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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Over 5" of Rain! ~ Overflowing Creek ~ Jennifer Murphy ~ Optical Illusion ~ Chicken Vegetable Gnocchi Soup ~ Penguins ~ Brian & Tucker

Good 50º raining morning. Since the 1st we have received 5.05" ! Between yesterday morning and this morning we got 1¾". I see where the storm has hit San Francisco hard too. Lots of flights canceled.

My seasonal creek is  way up there.... (sorry, don't know how to focus when the video is running.)
That was the part of the creek coming down from the pond. Here is the creek going down towards Evans Creek... The chairs upside down cover water faucets so the brush hogging guy doesn't run over them. The turkeys saw me and think I should be standing out there feeding them something! HA.

Today is a special birthday.. friend Jennifer Murphy...
Sorry I missed out on the celebration yesterday!

Yesterday I was going to meet up with Jennifer, Mike, Micol & Bob at Musashi to celebrate Jennifer's birthday. I started feeling icky, tummy, semi-chills, so decided to stay home, keep warm, rest, drink hot tea, and eat chicken soup. Dang I missed out on sushi and hot saké! Best to be safe than sorry. Who knows what started this. Don't want to share.
These are some interesting pictures... Mirrors were put on this desert shack. What a great optical illusion! Shared by Mike Cipolla. Thanks Mike.

Historically this date....
1935 – The classic board game Monopoly is invented.

1962 – The United States bans all Cuban imports and exports.
............I sure wish that would happen with China! Danged Chinese made products are all inferior!

And births this date include...
1804 – John Deere, American manufacturer (Deere & Company) (d. 1886)
This was Jerry's 1941 John Deere that my high school friend, Jon Harting, bought. Thanks Jon, for taking such good care of Jerry's pride and joy!

1812 – Charles Dickens, English novelist (d. 1870)

1867 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957)

1885 – Sinclair Lewis, American writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1951)

1908 – Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)
His name just never did suit him!

1962 – Garth Brooks, American singer
Decided to make some chicken vegetable soup...
Stir fry veggies, dried chopped bell pepper, chicken stock, mushrooms, gnocchi....
Everything went into the old Crock Pot, on high for the first hour then low for another 4 hours because the gnocchi was frozen. The last hour I put in a can of chicken and a slew of baby spinach...

And stirred in the Bacon Flavored Cream Cheese. YUMMMMMMM!!!
This is THE BEST soup EVER!!!! Going to have some for breakfast this morning too!

Yesterday I received a phone call that said "Private" for the caller ID and a man named "Jack" said he was with Microsoft. He had an East Indian accent. He told me my computer has a major virus and Windows sent him a notification via their satellite. I told him I didn't understand him so he said it again. I almost laughed and said, "I will scan my computer, thank you. GOODBYE!" and hung up. Emailed my computer tech, Turk, (I know, Turk the Tech!) and he said it's quite the scam going around. Microsoft would never call unless they were taking a survey, maybe. He was going to tell me he could 'dial in' and fix it and then wants a credit card number. HA! Why would I do that, I have Turk!!!!

Antarctica Penguins....

I love this new iPhone of mine. So many things I am learning to do. Sent Brian a text last evening while bored and sitting in my chair. He sent me this "selfie" of he and Tucker saying goodnight to me. Love it! Love it!

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 7th
National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
The History Of Fettuccine Alfredo
For Fettuccine Alfredo, the fettuccine is cooked in the same skillet in which the sauce is made. The original recipe was created in 1914 by Alfredo Di Lelio, owner of Alfredo alla Scrofa restaurant in Rome. In a restaurant setting, the hot fettuccine are tossed with the cheese, butter and cream and, as the cheese melts, it unites with the butter and cream to form a coating or “sauce” for the pasta.
In Italy, “Alfredo sauce” and “Fettuccine Alfredo” are not common terms. Long before Alfredo created his recipe, Italians enjoyed fettuccine al burro, fettuccine with butter, or fettuccine al burro e panna, with butter and cream, both served, of course, with grated cheese. Alfredo just tweaked the recipe slightly. When butter was added both before and after fettuccine was put in the serving bowl for tossing, it was known asdoppio burro, double butter.
Di Lelio doubled the amount of butter in the bowl before the fettuccine was added, creating a triplo burro, triple butter, recipe: more butter made more of a sauce. The chef created the dish to entice his pregnant wife, who had lost her appetite. He served it with egg fettuccine, hoping that the “nutritious dish” would do the trick. Today, we know that a typical serving of the “nutritious dish” has 455 calories, 38g of fat, 291mg of sodium and 143g of cholesterol. But for people who love rich, creamy food, it hits the spot!

How to make your own:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup heavy cream, slightly whipped.
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly-ground white pepper to taste*
*White pepper—the fruit of the pepper with the black outer skin removed—is used in the light-colored sauces of European cuisine because it was felt that black specks sullied the light sauce. This is old thinking. Feel free to use black pepper.
I like the Bertoli, Classico, or Prego. The Prego now has a bacon flavored Alfredo sauce!!!

Interestingly enough I got an email from Taste of Home on making Broccoli Shrimp Alfredo this morning!