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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sun ! ~ Christmas At Brian and Jen's ~ FaceTime with Kristen Alex & Jack ~ Marie Chris Maxwell ~ Grands Cinnamon Pull Apart Monkey Bread ~ Candy Cane History

Hello! Today started out foggy and 32º. Slowly warmed to 35º by 9:30 and then the sun came out! And by noon it was a balmy 47º!
With all the dark gloomy cloudy weather we have had all month, this sun is like a miracle worker on our moods! 
The moon was out but hard to see. I put this on my wallpaper...

Nice yesterday we got sun and no rain!
Here are the remnants of Tucker's snowman

Our family... Brian, Jen, Tucker, Sami, Jean (Jen's mom), Jimmy (Jen's brother) and me.....

One of Tucker's favorite football players is Marcus Mariota. He was the first Heisman Trophy winner for the Oregon Ducks and the first Hawaiian born player to win and now is with the Tennessee Titans. I got him this jersey...

Jen had everything decorated so pretty!

This is the pull apart monkey bread I made... (recipe to follow) Everyone loved it!

My deviled eggs for Brian~!

Jen made a couple of quiches, bacon wrapped sausage, tater tots, and had a variety of fresh fruits. YUMMMMMM!!!

Jimmy, came up from Alhambra California. No, he's not the king (although he could be!), just playing with items that were in the poppers Jen had on the table!
Super Great breakfast Jen!!! Thank you!!! xoox
We got to do 'FaceTime' on Sami's iPad with Kristen, Alex, and Jack....

One of Tucker's gifts was a skateboard... Brian was trying it out!

And Tucker sitting on it!

Wonderful Christmas morning. On my way home there was sun and blue sky!

My friend Pat Reardon (LASD ret) sent me this, knowing my penchant for wine: "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, but if the white runs out, I'll drink the red."   Of course!
Today is a special birthday..... Marie Chris Maxwell, wife of Aaron. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIE!!!
Born the day after Christmas, her name is pronounced
"Mary Cris" !

Historically this date....
1919 – Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox is sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee.

1941 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka,IndiaIndonesiaThailandMalaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train.

And births this date include....
1914 – Richard Widmark, American actor (d. 2008)

1921 – Steve Allen, American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer (d. 2000)

1927 – Alan King, American comedian (d. 2004)

Grands Cinnamon Pull Apart Monkey Bread...
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 t. ground cinnamon, divided
2 cans Pillsbury Grands Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup brown sugar, not packed
1 stick butter
cinnamon roll icing (comes in with rolls)
1. Heat oven to 350º and spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray or use a 12 cup fluted tube pan
2. In large plastic storage bag put granulated sugar and 1 t. of the cinnamon. Separate biscuits and cut each on into 4 pieces. 
(They are hard to come apart and you have to pat them back together. I will make this again and use just the plain Grands biscuits) Place the biscuit quarters in the bag with the sugar/cinnamon and shake to coat.
3. Put the biscuits pieces in the Bundt pan. Melt the butter and brown sugar and 1 t. cinnamon and pour over the cinnamon roll pieces.
4. Bake 28-32 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto a serving plate.
5. If you use the cinnamon rolls, microwave the icing slightly and drizzle over the cooked rolls. Serve warm. Pull apart....
There are a few variations of this recipe here, scroll down through them:
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 26th
National Candy Cane Day

Candy Cane History
Candy canes were created in 1670 in Germany, by the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral. He created sugar sticks for the young singers in the choir, to keep them quiet during the long Living Crèche ceremony. He bent the sugar-sticks to represent a shepherd’s staff.
At this point, candy canes were all-white and had no flavoring. They remained this way for more than 330 years. White candy canes can still be seen on Christmas cards dating to 1900.
Shortly after then, the first red-and-white striped candy canes appeared. The name of the innovator is lost to history. At about the same time, confectioners added peppermint and wintergreen flavors to create the “modern” candy cane.


Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas too. Love especially the fruit bowls served at breakfast. Curious me wants to know what that dark liquid in the stemmed glasses was. We had the Grands too but I just served them as biscuits as we had sooo much food.

Love that "saying" about white/red wine. Me too. :)

Alex's hair cute makes her look so grown up. Very pretty.

Hugs! XO Trisha

Oregon Sue said...

Yes T, it was wonderful, as I am sure yours was! The "drinks" for the children was pomegranat juice and adults had champagne with pomegranate juice! YUMMMMM.... Thanks re Alex. Yes, she is grown up... she will be 20 in January! ox

Anonymous said...

Christmas looked like fun and delicious food. The monkey bread looks wonderful! Yum re;your turkey!!! Did you save me some skin? xxoo Jennifer

Oregon Sue said...

No skin for you Jennifer!!! I use it along with the bones to make soup. xoxo

Lydia said...

Perfect. Lovely holiday for a lovely family.

I used to love watching candy being made through the window at Knott's. Wonder if they still do that?

Oregon Sue said...

Thank you L!! You might google Knotts for information. I have no idea. Haven't been there in a hundred years! xo