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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Matthew Bowler ~ Rain ~ Chicken Vegetable Noodle Soup ~ Homemade Rocky Road Ice Cream

Good 55º cloudy morning. I did try and get a picture of the big old moon last night but by the time I got my camera the clouds had covered it up~
I forgot to mention, my friends Trish and John Bowler's grandson, Matthew, took the gold in his first Taekwondo competition on Saturday. WOW, good job Matthew!!!

It stayed cool all day yesterday. Warmed to 64º and by noon it was raining. Rained nearly all day and we got about 1/4". Well, natch! I had my car washed!!

Yippppeeeeeeee. I am NOT a summer person and love the cool weather the best. Oregon is weird though... AC on Sunday, heater on Monday!
By 3pm the radar was all overhead..

I decided since it was cold and gloomy and rainy (my favorite kind of day~!) I would make some soup. I had a package of Harry and David's "hearty chicken noodle soup" mix. ( ) I love shopping there. It's close, in Medford. Anyway, I don't follow recipes, as you know...

I used half and half water and chicken stock, only called for water. Reconstituted some of the Harmony House veggies...
I used 1/4 cup of green beans, leeks, peas, and celery.
I was cooking chicken thighs for Dude and stole two of them and cut them up.
In the pot with the soup mix vegetables, my reconstituted vegetables, then the chicken, a can of sliced mushrooms (not drained), and last the noodles. Kept warm on a very low simmer. Then I mixed in the soup flavor pouch ...  Before serving it I added a couple handfuls of baby spinach.  YUMMMMMM! 

Historically this date...
1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
1886 – The U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.
1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his newest invention, the radio.
1924 – The U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United KingdomCanadaAustraliaNew Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised.
1997 – In Denver, ColoradoTimothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Buildingin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was executed four years later.
2004 – Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!
2012 – The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
And births this date include...
1731 – Martha Washington, American wife of George Washington, 1st First Lady of the United States (d. 1802)

1904 – Johnny Weissmuller, Romanian-American swimmer and actor (d. 1984)

1937 – Sally Kellerman, American actress and singer

1938 – Ron Ely, American actor

1941 – Stacy Keach, American actor and producer

1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (d. 2012)

1948 – Jerry Mathers, American actor and director
(Met him once at the Pomona Gun Show. Adam Henry! So in love with himself!)
1955  Dana Carvey, American comedian, actor, and singer

Caitlyn Jenner!!!!! Just in case you hadn't seen this on the news!

I received this from Ike Saben (LASD ret)... OMG, whodda thought!

Beware of wire grill brush leaving behind bristles
Watch video here:
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
June 2nd

National Rocky Road Day, a flavor created in 1929 in Oakland, California.
Rocky road ice cream is chocolate ice cream mixed with nuts and marshmallows, the “rocks” in the road. The original nuts, walnuts, were later replaced with toasted almonds.
In the prior year, William Dreyer and Joseph Edy had founded Edy’s Grand Ice Cream.
William Dreyer’s professional relationship with ice cream began in 1906 when, as a galley boy aboard a German passenger ship, he was tasked with making a frozen dessert to celebrate the ship’s arrival in America.
By the 1920s, he had established an ice cream manufacturing facility in Visalia, California. In 1926 he was recruited by National Ice Cream to run a large plant in Oakland. In Oakland he met Joe Edy, a prominent confectioner.
The original rocky road ice cream. Photo
courtesy Edy’s Grand.
In 1928, Edy and Dreyer teamed up to manufacture premium ice cream under the name Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, focusing on creative flavors. At the time, ice cream was only sold in basic flavors such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
Dreyer was inspired by Edy’s use of marshmallows and nuts in a candy creation. In those days there were no miniature marshmallows. So in March of 1929, Dreyer cut up marshmallows with his wife’s sewing scissors, and added them along with walnuts to a base of chocolate ice cream.
The flavor was named Rocky Road for the texture. You’ll also find references that it was named for the troubled economic times of the Great Depression. However, the flavor was created in March 1929 and the stock market crash that engendered the Depression didn’t happen until October of that year.
If you don’t want to make chocolate ice cream from scratch:
1. LEAVE a quart of store-bought chocolate ice cream on the counter to soften. You want it just soft enough to mix in the “rocks.”
2. STIR in 1 cup of miniature marshmallows and 1/2 cup roughly-chopped almonds or pecans.
3. RETURN the quart to the freezer to harden.


Lydia said...


Bruce appeared to have everything- world records, an earned fortune, a beautiful family. The one thing he never had- privacy. I will miss Bruce- but wish Caitlyn a happy future- out of the limelight.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the shout out for Matthew! I will show it to him and he will be very happy.

Poor Bruce. He has been tormented all his life about this. The interview he did with Diane Sawyer was very eye opening. Makes you wonder what happened?? He makes a very pretty woman but honestly I am tired of hearing about it. I feel bad for his children and grand children. What will they call him/her?? Well, he IS still a "him".

Thanks for the warning piece about the wire brush on the grill. Who woulda thought?

XO Trisha

Anonymous said...

OMG, where to start? Yea Matthew! I took Taekwondo for several years myself. I was in a female tournament (because the men/boys wouldn't "fight" a woman/girl) and took 3rd. place! However, there were only 3 women fighting, LOL! Sally Kellerman needs less blush and to add a scarf at her neck! The Rocky Road recipe looks amazing--guess who is going to make it? Cool and rainy here too and I also LOVE this kind of weather. Have a great day. Brooklyn V