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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rain!~ Mr. Spock ~ Odd Couple ~ Turkeys So Pretty ~ Top Dogs ~ Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Good 41º foggy morning. So far, with this storm, we have gotten 3/4" of rain! Yeah. This is good and snow expected on Mt. Ashland also.
Yesterday I was going to get a potassium blood test my doc wants, but with the fog and rain I decided to stay home! I can do it another day. Just wasn't in the mood. Put a fire in the wood stove, got snuggy, and took a vacation from doing stuff!
Reading that Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, had died yesterday was sad. The total end of an era....again. Star Trek certainly had been a favorite of so many my age.
He was in 80 episodes from 1966-1969. Every time I think about him and Robin Williams I get all teary eyed. Sigh....

I watched The Odd Couple again. The new version with Matthew Perry. Sucked worse than the first episode. It's certainly off my list!

This series was developed by Perry. Thomas Lennon is his roommate and horrible! Well, neither one is funny. You cannot replace Tony Randall and Jack Klugman!!! This was a BAD idea!

I was watching the turkeys, Toms all decked out in feathers galore showing off

and it ALWAYS reminds me of the 1961 movie West Side Story with Natalie Wood singing "I Feel Pretty"!
She was spectacular, singing with a Spanish accent and dancing. Awesome woman!  Another tragedy! 
Only 43 when she died. Another one that still makes me sad.
Historically this date
1935 – DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon

1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.

1991 – The first Gulf War ends.

1993 – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.

1997 – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Armenia and Azerbaijan kills around 1,100 people

1997 – An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.

1997 – The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.

2001 – The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the SeattleTacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.

And births this date include....
1906 – Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947)


1931 – Gavin MacLeod, American actor

1934 – Willie Bobo, American jazz percussionist (d. 1983)
........good thing I didn't marry him!! for more than one reason.

1940 – Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver
His winery in Napa makes awesome wine!!!

The American Kennel Club has named the Labrador Retriever as the number one dog pick on the list of the top 10 for the 21st year in a row. Also, number 10 is a Rotteweiler. Now, when I got Dude his dad said he was Black Lab and Heeler. This is a Heeler:

I didn't see any of the  in him, so on line I typed in Black Lab/Rotteweiler mix.... This is a Black Lab:

...and this is a Rottweiler:

....this is a Black Lab/Rottie mix:

...and this is my Dude:
What do you think? I think I have a cross of the #1 dog and the #10 dog!!!
Whatever he is, he is sooooooooo special and such a love! 
Here is a good and easy recipe from Taste of Home.
Bacon Cheese Potatoes (what could be better!)

3 pounds potatoes (about 6 medium), peeled and cubed
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 pound process cheese (Velveeta) cubed (or...... use your favorite ... Cheddar, Mozzarella, fresh grated Parmesan, American ... or a combination of your favs)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 pound bacon cooked and crumbled (or like I do, get the cooked bacon crumbles at Costco!)
3/4 cup sliced ripe olives (I think even green stuffed olives would be good!)
chopped fresh parsley (optional ... or use fresh snipped chives!)
Paprika (optional)
Place potatoes in a large saucepan with water, cover. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain. In large bowl mix potatoes with onion, cheese, and mayonnaise.
Transfer to an ungreased 13x9 baking dish (or your Crock*Pot Casserole) Sprinkle with bacon and olives. Cover and bake 350º for 30 minutes, until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley (or chives) and Paprika if desired. 8-10 servings.
For me, I'll make this in a 9x9 pan after cutting ingredients in half.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 28th
National Tooth Fairy Day


National Tooth Fairy Day celebrates one of childhood's favorite visitors. The Tooth Fairy is an American tradition with European and superstitious roots.
Losing baby teeth is a sometimes traumatic experience for young children. Enter the world of the friendly, smiling and soothing Tooth Fairy. As a young child's first baby tooth becomes lose, the child often fears losing it. The promise of a visit from the tooth fairy and a gift, turns the occasion into something to look forward to. When the tooth finally falls out, mom cleans it off. It is often put it into a "tooth box". At bedtime, the child puts the tooth under his pillow. The tooth fairy comes after the child falls asleep. She takes the tooth and leaves a small gift, usually money. The tooth fairy leaves a gift every time the child loses a tooth.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fog ~ Quality Fence ~ Bruiser ~ Things I Trust ~ Deep Dish Pizza Casserole ~ Southwest Chili-Topped Corn Muffins ~ Safe Saddle ~ Soup & Grands Waffle Biscuits ~ Kahlúa Cake

Good VERY foggy 44º morning!
My pasture:
Rain started about 1:15 pm yesterday afternoon. Heard it on and off. Raining pretty good now. So far a total of 1/8". More on the way.
Black Cat Blue Domed Church ... Santorini

Yesterday Steve from Quality Fence

arrived early and FIXED my gate!!! Said the battery was good and charging, but don't know what he did to get it working. Added a part to the gate but said this motor has been discontinued and as long as it's working good, but may in the near future have to be changed out. It was put in in 1998 and was discontinued he said about 15 years ago. They bought as many parts as they could at the time but are running out. Guess I'll be looking to get a new one soon...
While Steve was working on the gate, the Bruise was inspecting the fence up here ...


Saw these recipes on an email I get from Hungry Girl..
Hungry Girl homepage...
Two recipes that sound fantastic...
Deep Dish Pizza Casserole and Southwest Chili-Topped Corn Muffins..

Historically this date...
1951 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limitingPresidents to two terms, is ratified. (THANK GOD!) if only that could be with Congressmen and Senators!!!

1964 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
..............personally, I think we need help to keep our government here, in the good old U S of A, from toppling over. Get that Socialist OUT of the WHITE HOUSE!

2010 – An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale strikes central parts of Chileleaving over 500 victims, and thousands injured. The quake triggered a tsunami which struck Hawaii shortly after.

And births this date include....
a bunch of people .... and.....
1930 – Joanne Woodward, American actress

1932 – Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (d.2011)

1934 – Van Williams, American actor
"Williams, the Green Hornet, said goodbye to Hollywood around 1970 and followed his interests into a job in the actual world of law enforcement, spending 25 years as a reserve officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and also working at the San Diego Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department."

1940 – Howard Hesseman, American actor

1980 – Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton
She's just as butt ugly as her mother!

1981 – Josh Groban, American singer
Now if you lived in Texas or Arizona... this would be the perfect saddle/seat for your scoot! I'd love one, if I still had my Harley!

Dinner last night was one of my favs... I heated some Progresso Tomato Basil soup...

Take Grands biscuits and separate them. Then slice most of the way through, added in some mozzarella cheese, and a drop of pesto sauce. I had some spinach pesto I made and was frozen, but you can use the kind in a jar. (Use your fav cheese... use a little butter...for breakfast put in butter and cinnamon and a sprinkle of sugar...)

Spray outside with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter..both sides.

Put in a heated waffle iron that has been sprayed with cooking spray.... Med High heat...

Check periodically to see stage of being done...

This morning I had 3 left so I put them in my Crock*Pot casserole on warm until I have my coffee...

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 27th
National Kahlúa Day
Easy Kahlúa Cake (YUMMMMMMM!)


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weather ~ Spring Flowers ~ TBT ~ Picture Of The Day ~ Ground Squirrel ~ Spaghetti w/ Brussels Sprouts & Sausage ~ Robins

Good 36º not frozen cloudy morning!
Yesterday it stayed cloudy and cool (61º) all day. The sun came and went on and off behind that cloud cover.  I did manage to get wood put on the porch for the stove. 

Rain a comin'....
And even though my yard is not in the best shape I do have two little rays of sunshine out there....

Kristen's pal Jenny, Kristen, me at their high school graduation in 1985

Historically this date...
1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).

1993 – World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below theNorth Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.

And births this date include....
1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)
 Such a shame they are now 'heche en Mexico'!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr............

The boys used to be mad because I made them wear Sear's Toughskins ... couldn't afford Levis for growing kids back then! Levis and a JC Penny's tee shirt was Jerry's "uniform" until the Levis were made in Mexico! Then he bought Prison Blues ("made on the inside to be worn on the outside") made at the Oregon Corrections Institution in Pendleton. In other words, the USA
You can order direct from the prison or they are sold through 

1846 – William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American frontiersman (d. 1917)

1852 – John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon, advocate of
dietary reform (d. 1943)


1882 – Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
............Geeeesh, how would you introduce this guy, "I want you to meet my husband Husband" !  What was his mother thinking!!!

1887 – William Frawley, American actor (d. 1966)

1916 – Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer, and comedian (d. 1987)
"Bang. Zoom." Straight to the moon!!

1920 – Tony Randall, American actor (d. 2004)

1932 – Johnny Cash, American musician (d. 2003)

Wayyyy up in my pasture there is a tree stump.. and low and behold the danged ground squirrels are awake from their winter hibernation!

Dinner was a recipe I got from Food & Wine ....
Spaghetti w/ Brussels Sprouts & Sausage
1/2 pound spaghetti (I like Angel Hair! 1/2 the package and break the pasta into thirds)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 pound brussels sprouts, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
1/2 pound loose pork sausage
1 cup Panko
2 T snipped chives
salt and pepper
lemon wedges for serving

My dried chives were just about gone so I found some in a pot growing on the porch. Yeah!

I used the lemon infused olive oil too cook the sprouts and sausage along with a pat of butter...

In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al denté. (I cooked it in water with lots of garlic salt)
Meanwhile in a large skillet heat 1/4 cup of oil (1 pat of butter), add Brussels sprouts and sausage and cook over medium high heat, stirring until sausage is browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the Panko and cook until crisp, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the chives and season with salt and pepper.
(I didn't add salt as I wanted to add some of the Reserved garlicky salted pasta water to the pan after the spaghetti ...about 1/3 cup)
Drain the spaghetti, top with Brussels sprout mixture, drizzle over olive oil and serve with lemon wedges.(I didn't have any lemon, that's why I used the lemon olive oil and instead of topping the sprout/sausage mixture I mixed it all together.)

I have never been a Brussels sprouts lover but this was OMGOOD!!!! Will make again... and add in more sprouts.
I found that when slicing them, I cut off the bottom bump and then stood them upright to slice. Easier than slicing laying on their side.

While I was cooking I looked out and there were a bunch of Robins in my yard...


All I know. Happy TBT. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Pistachio Day


National Pistachio Day is a nutty day. You can celebrate National Pistachio Day by eating them, and learning more about them. We're going to help with the learning part........ read on.
Nutty Pistachio Facts:
  • Pistachios grow on trees. They are native to the Middle East.
  • Its a long wait to get the first nut. A pistachio tree takes 7-10 years to mature.
  • California is the major producer in the U.S.
  • Pistachios are harvested in September by machines that shake the trees. It less than a minute.
  • The red dye is added to the nuts is only due to consumer demand for the color.
  • Its open hull is unique. The nut is ripe when the hull splits open.
  •  People in the Middle East call it the "smiling nut" and in China its called the "happy nut".
  • Pistachios are nutritious, so eat them up!
Celebrate today by eating Pistachios. They are great plain as a snack, in ice cream, and in a wide range of desserts.