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Friday, May 30, 2014

Sue's Chicken Picatta ~ Old Boat ~ Bruiser ~ Dude ~ Mint Juleps

Good 43º morning. Looks like for the next week or so the temps will be in the 80ºs.

Lots of bird commotion, so went out and this couple was involved in procreation activities on the fence posts! LOL
That's why I was getting "the look". You are bothering us!

I was asked by Sideways Mom, Tammy, about my chicken picatta recipe. Here it is...
My Version of Chicken Picatta - Susan Maxwell

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
olive oil
3-4 anchovies
1 can quartered drained artichoke hearts
1 cup radiatorre pasta (or small shells or any small pasta) cooked and drained
1 cup fat free sour cream
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 t. capers
1/4 cup white wine
garlic cloves (precooked in boiling water until soft or baked)

Drizzle olive oil in frying pan. Heat to medium. Add anchovies and cook, stirring until anchovies are melted into the oil. Preseason chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Shake off excess. Add chicken to pan and sauté until browned. Remove to warm plate. Deglaze pan with white wine. Add lemon juice and 2 pats of butter. Stir. Add sour cream, artichoke hearts, pasta, garlic cloves, and capers. Return chicken to pan, put on lid, and heat for 5 minutes.
(FYI, if you have never used anchovies in cooking, they do not leave a salty taste, rather a savory flavor. They melt right into the hot oil. The capers, on the other hand, can leave a very salty taste, so I use them in moderation!)

Brian is interested in the boat up by the pond, so Dude and I went up and took some pictures. Been sitting there forever! Has been in the pond a few times..... trailer has flat tires and the boat probably needs some work. Have a couple of small boat motors  in the barn.

Dude's "dad" came by in his UPS truck yesterday and dropped off a box. Dude happily sniffed his truck inside and out, then Dave gave him a big dog cookie and off he went to the shade to enjoy it! Such a good dog!!!!
He's such a love and so gentle.

Did some errands yesterday and took the Bruise to the vet's for his last tape worm meds. He's been chewing the hair off his tail so got some stuff to wipe on that. A couple of ladies in the waiting room at the vets were so taken with Bruiser. He does have that special look! And those HUGE paws!  

Nothing exciting... dinner was reruns of the turkey meatball mixture and some steamed veggies.... siracha added and some of that salsa ranch sauce. GOOD!

Historically this date.....
1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson's wife of bigamy.

1842 – John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria as she drives downConstitution Hill, London with Prince Albert.

1859 – Westminster's Big Ben rang for the first time in London.

1883 – In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse causes a stampede that crushes twelve people.

1899 – Female Old West outlaw Pearl Hart robs a stage coach 30 miles southeast ofGlobe, Arizona.

1922 – In Washington, D.C. the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.

1958 – Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

And births this date include....
1927 – Clint Walker, American actor
... he sure WAS a hunk!

1936 – Keir Dullea, American actor

1936 – Ruta Lee, Canadian actress
.... WOW, she's sure still got IT~ Second photo taken last year!

1944 – Meredith MacRae, American actress (d. 2000)
.... sad sad sad .... brain cancer.

1958 – Michael Lopez-Alegria, Spanish American astronaut
.... if he's an American, graduated from Mission Viejo High School, USN Captain, why the "Spanish American" bit....??? Sooooo....??? he was born in Spain. He's still an AMERICAN period! I guess I should be called a "California American" ! Sigh..

1964 – Wynonna Judd, American country singer

All I know. Happy TGIF. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Fun Food Holidays™ May 30th is National Mint Julep Day

National Mint Julep Day
While thought of as a Southern U.S. tradition, this cocktail really only shines during the Kentucky Derby each year. Made from bourbon whiskey, mint, water, and sugar the mint is only lightly bruised before mixing and serving the drink over shaved ice. With the increased popularity of the "Mojito" drink, most bars stock fresh mint year around so ordering this classic cocktail has become easier.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

TBT ~ Interesting Dog Photos ~ Windset Farms ~ Greek Yogurt Dressings ~ Coq A Vin

Good 37º ice on the barn roof clear morning.

Happy Throw Back Thursday.... Brian little league 1983

Kristen track star 1983.... Citrus College Invitational

Got this from Ike Saben (LASD ret) and it has the most interesting photos of dogs I have ever seen... Thanks Ike!

Yesterday was haircut day and take Jennifer's artichokes and avocados from Costco to her since she works and couldn't join us. I had an interesting chat with a couple in Safeway. She had worked in the pet food industry and told me a lot about pet food and what not to buy. He had been a cop in S. Carolina. Received a bad injury (broken back) in a fight during a family disturbance call. He retired and they moved to Oregon. He was funny. Looked like an old hippie with a pony tail and gold necklaces! Really nice people though and I enjoyed talking to them. Wow, but the transition from cop to hippie was something!

Here is a great site...
This is where the tomatoes I got at Costco came from... You can sign up for recipes or newsletter... they have some AMAZING recipes here!

This was the news a year ago today... and it's not getting any better!
"The news today is horrendous. 5 teens killed in Orange County in horrible car wreck, man puts his baby in the freezer because she was crying, a step-father in LA stabs an 11 year old boy to death, Justin Bieber "stoned" and driving reckless AGAIN. The amazing story was the baby found alive in the sewer pipe in China! Flushed down the pipe a new born. Unbelievable!"

Historically this date...
1886 – The Pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in The Atlanta Journal.

1942 – Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recordIrving Berlin's "White Christmas", the best-selling Christmas single in history.

1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.

1988 – The U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

2001 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.

2004 – The National World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

And births this date include...
1903 – Bob Hope, English-American comedian and actor (d. 2003)

1917 – John F. Kennedy, American politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)

1939 – Al Unser, American race car driver
   He was my favorite driver!

1955 – John Hinckley, Jr., American attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan

Dinner was leftovers and I picked up some yogurt dressing in the refrigerated department at Safeway.. Cilantro Avocado by Bolthouse. The other bottle of dressing I got was Salsa Ranch. These dressings have no artificial flavors or colors, no trans fats, no high fructose, gluten free ....

All I know. Happy TBT. Nuff said. Ciao.

xo Sue Mom Bobo

May 29th
National Coq A Vin Day


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Heart Shaped Noses ~ Silly Goats ~ Crab Ravioli Stir Fry ~ Daryl & Kevin ~ Kirk ~ Brisket BBQ Flavor

Good 48º cloudy possibility of rain morning.

(those heart shaped noses are so adorable!!!)

This came from Ben Hunt. What a riot. Goats and a piece of sheet metal.... You will laugh!

Yesterday PJ and I went to Cash and Carry and to Costco. Picked her up at noon and we were home at 2. Wow! Fast. Got dog treats, cat treats, cat food, artichokes, avocados, some Roma tomatoes on the vine from BC Canada (sooooo good and SO much cheaper than Safeway!), mini squash, celery, and some dungeness crab raviolis. OMG. The lady was giving out samples. Could NOT pass those up. They also had lobster ravioli, but I was good and only got the crab. At Cash and Carry I got the syrups for my coffee. I LOVE the peanut butter flavor!

Then for dinner I made a "ravioli stir fry".. Using only 5 of the raviolis (not all.... divided them up into freezer bags) and half a package of steamer veggies I put them in the frying pan with a little water, a little olive oil, touch of sea salt, and pepper and of course a cut up tomato....

After it was all cooked I mixed up some pesto with extra Parmesan cheese and mixed it in..

OMGOOOOOOD!!!!!!! Cut up half an avocado to go with.... being good and staying away from the rich creamy sauces! (not easy!)

Today friends Trish and John Bowler (LASD ret) are celebrating their twin son's 36th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN AND DARYL!

Today is also one of my favorite baseball player's birthday. HAPPY 57th BIRTHDAY KIRK GIBSON!!!

My sis Marion and I were there at Dodger Stadium in 1988 when he hit that winning home run against the Oakland A's! WOW! Later he came to the BC Range to show the staff (my Jerry) he knew how to use a gun so he could get a gun permit from the Sheriff after being robbed at gunpoint in front of his Santa Monica home with his family present. Lasorda and Block were friends! I got my picture taken with him and he autographed all the pictures and programs I had! Nice man!!!

Historically this date....
1930 – The Chrysler Building in New York City officially opens.
1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge in San FranciscoCalifornia, is officially opened byPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., who pushes a button signaling the start of vehicle traffic over the span.
1952 – The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
1996 – U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land dealJames McDougal and Susan McDougal, and the Governor of Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.
...... AND in  In 2001, in the final hours of his presidency, President Bill Clinton granted Susan McDougal a full Presidential pardon.    Of course! What a guy!   Another ADAM HENRY who ran our country into the ground and committed fraud, among other things.

And births this date include....
1888 – Jim Thorpe/Wa-Tho-Huk, American pentathlete, decathlete, football, baseball and basketball player (d. 1953)

1908 – Ian Fleming, English author (d. 1964)

Interesting read, a Naval Commander in Naval Intelligence in the Royal Navy. No wonder he could 'do up' James Bond so well!

1931 – Carroll Baker, American actress Gadzzzzzzzzzz      

1934 – Annette Dionne, Dionne quintuplets – Cecile Dionne, Dionne quintuplets
1934 – Emilie Dionne, Dionne quintuplets (d. 1954)
1934 – Marie Dionne, Dionne quintuplets (d. 1970)
1934 – Yvonne Dionne, Dionne quintuplets(d. 2001)
        Annette - Cecile - Yvonne

1947 – Sondra Locke, American actress

All I know. Happy HUMP DAY. Nuff said. Ciao.

xo Sue Mom Bobo
May 28th
National Beef Brisket Day

6 pounds fresh beef brisket, well trimmed
1 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite)
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup liquid smoke
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons celery salt
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. 

In a large Pyrex baking dish, thoroughly mix all ingredients for sauce. Put the brisket in the baking dish, and turn it over once to coat it with the sauce. 

Seal the dish well with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake at 275 degrees F for 5 to 6 hours. 

Remove brisket from oven and allow to stand for one hour before slicing. Slice across the grain, and serve with sauce.
(or cook it in your crockpot all day!)