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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Coming? ~ Edda ~ No Cook Recipes ~ Becky's Tuna Jalapeños ~ First 3 Now 4

Good cloudy 50º morning.

Yeah, held it in the 80ºs yesterday. 3pm and only 88º.

The last day of August. Hard to believe. This month, even with lots of activities, seemed to move very slow. I think it was all the heat, smoke, and daily humidity. Hope it passes soon. I know, all my 'summer heat sun loving' friends don't want this particular season to leave, but I do! Moved to Oregon for the seasons and rain. Haven't had much rain for the past two years. I only really like 3 of the seasons. Enough...

Today is a special birthday... my friend Edda, visiting up here from Diamond Bar, Ca. HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDDA!!! xo 

Here are some great no cook recipes from Sunset:

1422 – King Henry V of England dies of dysentery while in France. His son, Henry VIbecomes King of England at the age of 9 months

1864 – During the American Civil WarUnion forces led by General William T. Shermanlaunch an assault on Atlanta, Georgia.

1986 – Aeroméxico Flight 498 collides with a Piper PA-28 over CerritosCalifornia, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.

..... that was one of those unbelievable events when you heard it and had to shake your head... "is that possible?"

And births this date include.....
1903 – Arthur Godfrey, American television host (d. 1983)

"Hawai-ya, Hawai-ya, Hawai-ya?"

1924 – Buddy Hackett, American actor and comedian (d. 2003)

1928 – James Coburn, American actor (d.2002)

1945 – Itzhak Perlman, Israeli violinist

He's just AMAZING!

1949 – Richard Gere, American actor

Mr. Gerbil!

My high school pal Greg Lundell replied to the blog with the Marinated Peppers and Tuna. He said his wife Becky makes a great appetizer using jalapeños. First she mixes mayonnaise and tuna. Then she cuts the jalapeños lengthwise and removes the membrane and seeds. Then she stuffs each half with the tuna mixture. Serve with some kind of fabulous crackers. 
Another recipe for this I saw they added in some whipped cream cheese, a few spoonfuls of taco seasoning, and some grated cheese. Jalapenos stuffed with tuna is supposedly a traditional Mexican recipe. Never heard of it before. Will try soon!

And I thought there were only 3 !!
(Thanks Pat Reardon, LASD ret., for this!!!!)

All I know. Happy Sunday. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
August 31st
International Bacon Day

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Critters ~ Smile ~ Freekah & Dolmas ~ Ace Dan ~ S'mores & S'mores Pie

Good 52º. Should only be in the 80ºs until next weekend. We shall see..............

Yesterday at noon it was 84º and my weather station said rain and thunder... never happened.

Squirrel trap Thursday...

Squirrel traps Friday...

And then........................ no squirrel, but :
So, Brian caught a skunk Thursday and one landed in this trap yesterday!
Jack showed up in the afternoon and off they went. He will bring more traps next week.

When I met Edda GloW and John at the Elks I word this shirt...
I had first gone to Ace and it made ALL the guys working and Dori smile and laugh! The wine gang at the Elks smiled and laughed too! See, you can't hide that secret!

Yesterday I fixed a "Greek" meal. I bought the Freekah at Grocery Outlet. Never had seen "young green roasted cracked wheat" before. Sounded interesting. Sort of like bulgur wheat. These Dolmas are grape leaves wrapped around rice and a little tangy. Mmmmmmm.....
(BTW, that's not vodka in the Ketel One bottle, I put white vinegar in it!) The Freekah comes from Turkey. I put it in my rice cooker with some grated garlic, diced tomatoes, and capers. When it was done I stirred in some mozzarella and some white/yellow cheese blend.
GREAT meal!!!! Next time I cook it I will add in some chicken or some tuna or salmon. Extremely healthy... LOTS of fiber.

Speaking of Ace..... I was watching the news and they announced this month's winner of the trip/one night stay/ at the coast. The winner was Ace's own Big Dan! (sorry, pictures off the TV are not my forté)

Historically this date...
1963 – The Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union goes into operation.

1974 – A powerful bomb explodes at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in MarunouchiTokyo,Japan. 8 are killed, 378 are injured. Eight left-wing activists are arrested on May 19, 1975 by Japanese authorities.

1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.

2003 – While being towed across the Barents Sea, the de-commissioned Russian submarine K-159 sinks, taking 9 of her crew and 800 kg of spent nuclear fuel with her.

Births this date include....
1896 – Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (d. 1983)

1898 – Shirley Booth, American actress (d. 1992)

1906 – Joan Blondell, American actress (d. 1979)

1908 – Fred MacMurray, American actor (d. 1991)

1939 – Elizabeth Ashley, American actress

1972 – Cameron Diaz, American actress

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
August 30th

During eleven out of the  twelve months of the year, we enjoy a wide range of holidays. When we get to August, there is a major shortage of big holidays to celebrate. Perhaps that is why many Europeans take the month of August off for vacation.
Perhaps it as just as well that there are no big holidays to compete with National Marshmallow Toasting Day. After all, how could any holiday compare with this day!?!
Enjoy today or tonight by a campfire or bonfire, toasting a big, soft, sticky and sweet marshmallow, or two, or three, or….. Summer would not be the same without a campfire and this great campfire treat. Summer is short. Summer is good. Let's enjoy it while it is still here. Toast a marshmallow and forget about everything else. 
And, don't forget to make a few S'mores. The recipe is below.

S'mores Recipe:

  • Chocolate candy bar
  • Honey Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Break off a square of Graham cracker
  • Add a piece of Chocolate.
  • Toast a big marshmallow over the campfire.
  • Add the hot marshmallow.
  • Top it with another graham Cracker.
  • Eat , savor and enjoy!
Note: You can make S'mores in the microwave. Just put them together and pop them into the microwave on high for 15 to 20 seconds.

Or make a S'mores Pie!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Peanut Butter ~ Skunk Trap ~ Arizona ~ Marinated Peppers and Tuna ~ Lemon Drop Martini

Good 57º couple clouds morning. 59% humidity! UGH. You'd think this was the South!

Noon yesterday, a few clouds coming in..

When I was shopping on Wednesday I picked up a few things for me.... One was
OMG!!!! This is blended with honey and I could have eaten the whole jar after tasting it! They 

also have
Their website sells it for $6, but Grocery Outlet sells it for $2.99. I think I'll go back and get the White Choc!!!!

Jack (former Dodger catcher!) was back yesterday and set more traps for the ground squirrels. He, so far, has trapped 4 of the little buggers!

Then an interesting story... Brian called and said he saw a skunk walk across his driveway. While out photographing a client's house (for State Farm) he was telling the guy about the skunk. The man loaned him a tube skunk catcher. It is so narrow that the skunk cannot lift it's tail to spray. Brian was in his truck on his way to the office when he called with the skunk trap with a skunk inside in the truck bed. I found this on line...

He said he didn't know what he was going to do with the skunk. The owner of the trap came down to the office and picked it up. Whew. He told Brian those traps were designed to be dropped in a barrel of water to drown the skunk.  
 :o(     Jerry had to get a permit from the Department of Forestry when he was catching the skunks living under our house and he had to dispose of them. Wish these traps were around back then. Boy, did that create a lot of stink here!

This came via my friend Cathy (LASD ret) ... you have to watch and share with your family and friends!
The person in this video is a professor (Ph.D.) at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. He puts a different spin on what Obama is doing to Arizona must be why he's rated highly by his students - 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. This may be the best video produced on the illegal alien problems that are being experienced. Watch the video, it is short and makes a lot of sense. Forward the email to at least ten people you know. We need to get the word out.

Historically this date...
1966 – The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
1970 – Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam WarEast Los Angeles, California. Police riot kills three people, including journalist Ruben Salazar.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $80 billion in damage
2007 – 2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident: six US cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads are flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base.

And births this date include...
1916 – George Montgomery, American actor (d. 2000) 
Jerry and I met him once at the Pomona Fair. He was into woodworking and made some beautiful furniture. Nice man. Big/tall.

1923 – Richard Attenborough, English film director (d. 8-14)
1936 – John McCain, American politician
... sure was a handsome young man!

1938 – Elliott Gould, American actor
... weird.....weird.....weird...

1940 – James Brady, American White House Press Secretary and gun control activist (d.8-14)

1958 – Michael Jackson, American pop singer (d. 2009)

Yesterday afternoon I went to Grants Pass, again, but to pick up some stuff from Brian for the JCRW basket I am putting together. Then to the Elk's for wine with GloW John and Edda. We had a good time talking with Zenita, the bartendress. She's very nice and we are on the same page politically. She's from Juno Alaska. She has some stories about that place! 

Then home for dinner.

Here is an interesting recipe... if you like peppers!
Herb Marinated Peppers and Tuna

This recipe combines tuna with peppers, garlic, capers, and basil. Serve with thick slices of crusty bread for soaking up the tasty seasoned olive oil.

2 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 head of garlic... peel and crush cloves
4 poblano peppers (1 pound) sliced lengthwise into 1/2" strips
1/3 cup drained capers
2  8oz jars good quality tuna, drained
1/2 cup basil leaves
Lemon wedges and crusty bread for serving..

Heat oven to 450º. In a baking dish combine the olive oil, garlic, poblanos, and capers. Roast for 20 minutes. Let cool until warm. Stir in the tuna and basil. Serve with lemon wedges and bread.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Pay Day Friday! Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
August 29th
Lemon Juice Day

Lemon Drop Martini
1½ oz good vodka
½ oz triple sec
1 t. superfine sugar
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
4-5 ice cubes
super fine sugar for glass rim
lemon twist
Chill martini glass in freezer for at least 10 minutes prior to serving. Place vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, sugar  and ice cubes into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Run the lemon twist around the edge of the glass, dip into the fine sugar and pour the strained martini into the chilled glass.

Commercial cultivation of lemons blossomed in both California and Florida in the 1800s, but due to a killer freeze in the winter of 1894-1895, commercial lemon culture in Florida ceased. Planting resumed in 1953 due to a need not for fresh lemons (of which there were plenty from California), but a market for frozen lemon concentrate, which had become popular (along with frozen orange concentrate), and for natural cold-press lemon oil.
Of the 200 or so cultivars (distinct varieties) of lemon that can be found in the U.S., some are best for lemon oil, some for juice and some are the best all-around. Some cultivars are more vigorous (disease-resistant), some are more productive (they bear more fruit), some have fewer seeds, some are better in humid climates like Florida, in arid climates like Arizona and Texas or in colder climates.
Lemons are hand-picked (they can’t be machine-harvested, or picked wet). They’re then sorted according to color, washed, coated with a fungicide to prevent stem-end rot, coated with a thin layer of wax for preservation and attractiveness and cured (stored) until ready for shipping.
The Lisbon lemon (above) and the Eureka
lemon are the two most prevalent in the U.S.
During curing, which can take days (or can happen in transit, as the lemons take days to be shipped to their destination), the peel of the picked fruit, which is green, turns yellow. It also grows thinner and the pulp gets juicier.