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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waffle Day

International Waffle Day- March 25th
National Waffle Day- August 24th.
Waffle Day is a day that you can waffle on issues and decisions. And, it certainly is a day to eat waffles.
International Waffle Day
This holiday originated in Sweden. It is called Våffeldagen. The holiday coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation. This day was also considered the start of spring in Sweden and Europe.  It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day.
National Waffle Day
Celebrates the patenting of the waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.
The origin of the waffle:  The waffle dates back to the 1300s in Greece. Greeks cooked flat cakes between two metal pans. At the time, they topped it with cheeses and herbs. Pancake syrup wasn't around back then.
Waffles are commonly eaten as breakfast or a snack. They are also an occasional dinner meal for some people.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mo' Rain ~ Lion Love ~ Corned Beef Quiche ~ Rice/Veggies/Chicken/Cheese ~ Dips


Good 42º raining morning.  Been raining for a while ... Since this rain storm started my rain gauge has now filled to 3".  Some radar here but the big storm is north in the Portland area..



 
 
 
PICTURE OF THE DAY
Lion family love .....
 

Leftover Corned Beef?
This following recipe from my friend PattyK. Said her friend Bev made this when they were visiting in Montana. This is a good "after St. Pat's Day" recipe for your leftover corned beef.
Corned Beef Quiche
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1 (15½ oz) can corned beef hash or 1½ cups finely chopped left over corn beef
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
9 inch unbaked pie shell 
2 eggs
1 container (4 oz) whipped cream cheese with chives
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 tsp pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Combine corn beef & onion, use to line bottom of pie shell
3. In medium bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add remaining ingredients, blend well and top the corned beef mixture.
4. Bake 50 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
I would also add with the corned beef, about 1 cup of cooked chopped cabbage.
 
Yesterday I put a bunch of stuff in my car I'm taking to the Salvation Army.  Took the golf cart to the road to put out the trash and Dude had a good run. Warmed to about 55º and stayed cloudy all day. Ten minutes after we returned up our hill it started pouring rain! Whew!
 
Dinner.... I cooked some of the Lundberg Rice Blend...

It is long grain brown rice, sweet brown rice, wild rice, whole grain Wehani Rice ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wehani_rice ) and whole grain black Japonica Rice.
The rice cooked in the rice cooker... 1 cup to 2 cups water. Dumped it into a large bowl. Then drained and added in a bunch of the re-hydrated veggies from the day before...



I had some chicken thighs I cut up.....



Added chicken thighs to rice/veggie mixture and mixed well.... most of the veggies went in, but saved broth and about a quart of the veggies for soup later.

Then I added in some minced garlic, drained sliced mushrooms, and drained artichoke heart quarters....

I seasoned it up with pepper, ground garlic sea salt, and some of Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute....

After it was all mixed I put it into the casserole Crock*Pot.

Sprinkled mozzarella cheese over all. Turned on the CP to "warm" and left it til I was ready to eat.
SOOOOOOOOOO GOOOD!!!!!! No guilt meal!!!
 

Historically this date..
1857 – Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City.

1965 – NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young).

2005 – Texas City Refinery explosion: During a test on a distillation tower liquid waste builds up and flows out of a blowout tower. Waste fumes ignite and explode killing 15 workers.


And births this date include....
1904 – Joan Crawford, American actress (d. 1977)
Pretty and soft looking when she was young... then the tough look and those eyebrows!
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1922 – Marty Allen, American comedian and actor
       .....he was always just too odd for my taste!
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1937 – Craig Breedlove, American land speed record holder
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My thoughts lately about losing weight, again... after watching my friend eat two bites only of a wonderful flatbread pizza.. sigh. I eat more than I need to. So out goes the pasta for awhile and the bread. Groan........................... Should get this shirt!

 
 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
March 23rd
National Chip and Dip Day (not going there!)

 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rain ~ Leadership Skills ~ Taj Mahal ~ Dehydrated Veggies ~ Elk's Corned Beef/Cabbage Dinner ~ Cindy Mize ~ Coq au Vin in Slow Cooker


Good 47º drizzling morning. Heard the rain coming down hard about 3am! Looks like we got 1/2". Yes!!! Need more. May get it if we believe what "they" are saying:


 
Friend Joan posted this on FB. Funny!

 
And then my friend Miss Bonnie posted this of her and her daughter Laurie in front of the Taj Mahal from their recent trip... Here's a link with 411:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal


 
Yesterday I was cleaning, doing laundry, and organizing. You know, the usual. Boring. I decided to make some of the easiest vegetable soup in the world. I have this supply of Harmony House dehydrated vegetables...  So into the casserole Crock*Pot I put 8 half cups of veggies... green beans, bell peppers, spinach, corn, carrots, leeks, broccoli, and celery.. 

and 1/4 cup of dehydrated onion and 1/4 cup of dehydrated garlic.

Then in went 1/4 cup O Olive Oil "California Mission Olives, organic Tahitian limes .. crushed together"..



and the O Olive Oil can be purchased through Amazon also:
Or direct from:
http://www.ooliveoil.com/   They also have AWESOME vinegars. Any flavor you can think of!
 
Then I added in the water and chicken stock, 4 cups of each. Turned on high and let it go for a couple hours.
Today I will add maybe some canned chicken or whatever strikes my fancy and finish it off. Dinner!
 
Then about 4:30 I left for Grants Pass. The Elks were putting on their annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner. Met up with Dee and Dale Yellin, Kathy and Tom Corso, Jennifer Murphy and Mike Hannan were supposed to join us but unfortunately Mike got sick so Jennifer also stayed home. Joining our table were Bill Jackson and his pal Pat and her friend Julie. Bill is an Elk and collects items for the vets over at White City Domiciliary and Rehab Center...
http://www.southernoregon.va.gov/. He and Pat raise and show dogs. Julie is a nurse. Formerly of El Cajon, then Alaska, then Reno, and now moving to Grants Pass.
 
I got to the lodge early, got a carafe of wine for the girls to share...


The gang:
L-R Kathy, Dee, Dale, Tom, Bill, Pat, and Julie....
We were all so sad that the turnout was so small. They had 6 tables set up to seat 8 people, but they weren't all filled! Normally that whole room is full. Declining membership and discontent with a female ER has a lot to do with it. No new young members.
Dinner was GREAT as usual. Chef Eric does an awesome job!

We all had a good time visiting and eating and drinking!
Home a little after 8. Bruiser happy to come in, Dude happy to finally get his dinner!!!
 

Today is my great neighbor's birthday... Cindy Mize. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CINDY!!
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Historically this date...
1621 – The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of theWampanoags.

1622 – Jamestown massacreAlgonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers aroundJamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony's population.
.... Good grief, sounds like they should have had a treaty~

1765 – The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.
... THIS MEANS WAR!

1984 – Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
....The trial lasted seven years and cost $15 million, the longest and most expensive criminal case in the history of the United States legal system, and ultimately resulted in no convictions. Can you believe it... Chuck Norris, the actor, was identified by one child as being one of the abusers!

1997 – Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion.


And births this date include....
1908 – Louis L'Amour, American author (d. 1988)
Jerry's favorite author!
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1912 – Karl Malden, American actor (d. 2009)
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1920 – James Brown, American actor (d. 1992)
Awww.... I loved Rin Tin Tin and even have an autographed picture from Mr. Brown!
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.... and look at this, the little boy in Rin Tin Tin was Lee Aaker who played Rusty... OMG! He's only 71. He was married one time, from 1969-1971. No children. No more marriages. Sad, he was soooooo cute as a child.
He went from 'so cute' to 'so weird'!

1923 – Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (d. 2007)
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1933 – May Britt, Swedish actress
She met Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1959. They began dating, and, after a brief engagement, were married on November 13, 1960. Their wedding caused controversy. A rumor or myth, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy told Frank Sinatra to tell Davis not to marry May until after the 1960 Presidential Election. At that time interracial marriage was forbidden by law in 31 U.S. states, and only in 1967 were those laws (by then down to 17 states) ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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She must have 'retired' because there are no recent photos of her anywhere!

 
1976 – Reese Witherspoon, American actress
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I absolutely LOVE her cologne 'Love To The Fullest'...
 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
March 22nd
National Goof Off Day




Now here's a day that just about everybody can relax and enjoy. It's a day to do anything and everything.....except what you're supposed to do today.
Assuming you won't get in trouble at work or school, go ahead and play some golf, or play games all day. Spend extra time surfing the net. Go out and spend the day window shopping with your favorite friend. Or, just read sit down and read a book or watch Tv. This day is set aside for you to do anything you enjoy doing.
A few years ago, a survey was performed to identify the most popular activity for goofing off. The top activity was playing video games. Who conducted the survey? Ninetendo.......no surprise. It kinda makes you wonder just who might have had the brainstorm to create this day......hmmmm. Nowadays, the most popular Goof Off Day activity is likely playing games on the internet, or on our Smart Phones.

Today is also "Coq Au Vin" Day

Coq au Vin is a classic French recipe, a bistro favorite, and one of the first things many people learn to cook as they approach the French repertoire. This recipe is the favorite umami-rich dish of umami expert David Kasabian. The recipe comes from the book, The Fifth Taste, Cooking with Umami, which David co-authored with his wife, Anna.
Coq au vin is French for “rooster in wine [sauce],” a fricassee* traditionally cooked with lardons (salt pork), mushrooms and garlic. Older roosters were preferred because they contain more connective tissue, which creates a richer broth. In postwar America, chicken is most often substituted for rooster and smoked ham for the lardons.
Here's an easy Crock*Pot version: