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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunshine ~ Rain ~ Saturday's Football ~ Sunday Football ~ Santa Boot Camp ~ Erika's Blautkraut ~ Simon's Cone ~ Sangria

Good 37º very dark and gloomy raining morning. Don't know when the rain started, just a steady fall and not enough to measure yet. Yesterday we did have SUNSHINE intermittently ! Nice.



I went outside and just let the sun shine on my face. Felt sooooooooo good!
By sunset the sky cleared out and I thought for sure we'd have freezing temps, but no. More rain through the week and rain/snow for Christmas! 
Saturday's football game between the Jets and the Cowboys....
Yeah, Tootie! Your guys pulled it off. Didn't think that would happen as the scores were so close and back and forth!

Today's football:
Here is a video of Marine Basic Santa Training.
(Shared by George Bachmeier-LASD ret)
I told a few people about my pal Erika's Blautkraut and a bunch of them wanted the recipe... This came from her mom's cookbook, Meine Rezepte. It is soooooooooooo good!
I, of course changed some of the recipe and cooked it in my Crock*Pot for 3 hours

3 T butter (original calls for lard)
2# red cabbage, 3-4 pound head of red cabbage, shred about 3/4 of it
1-2 onions, chopped
2 bay leaves (as a substitute I used crushed thyme leaves)
2 cloves (I used powdered cloves)
salt and pepper to taste
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
Melt the butter in the bottom of your Crock*Pot, alternatively add the cabbage apples, and onions in a couple of layers. Sprinkle sugar on top and wash it over with the vinegar. I added 3 more pats of butter on top.
I put the Crock*Pot on low for a couple of hours, stir now and then,  then on high for 3 hours and stirred the mixture every hour. This can be made ahead and freezes well. A great side to turkey, ham, pork, or chicken. I like it hot or cold.

High school friend Linda (Kretzinger) Price just had her cat "fixed" and Gracie is wearing a cone for the present time. I saw this Simon video and shared it with her in FB. Too funny!

Historically this date....
1946 – The popular Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.

1959 – Unknown attackers murder the Walker family in Osprey, Florida.
..... horrible. Can't imagine what they went through!

1989 – United States invasion of Panama: The United States sends troops into Panamato overthrow government of Manuel Noriega. This is also the first combat use of purpose-designed stealth aircraft.

1991 – A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria todeath for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.

2007 – Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassingQueen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

2007 – The Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, and O Lavrador de Café by Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari, are stolen from theSão Paulo Museum of Art.

And births this date include...
1908 – Dennis Morgan, American actor (d. 1994)
1927 – Charlie Callas, American comedian (d. 2011)
....and a bunch of other people, of whom I do not know!
Yesterday was laundry. Joy. Make the bed. Joy. Take trash to the can by the road, because I knew it would be raining today so the trash can went up onto the road, so a day early! Joy. And dinner was reruns. A snuggy fire in the wood stove, chair, wine, and a Hallmark movie.
Feeling a bit puny, so taking Zicam* 
and drinking hot tea with lemon!
( *Zicam is a branded series of products marketed for cold and allergy relief whose original formulations included the element zinc. The Zicam name is derived from a portmanteau of the words "zinc" and "ICAM-1".) Which seems to help.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 20th
National Sangria Day (Boy, that sounds good right now!)

December 20th is National Sangria Day. The word derives from the Spanish word for bloodletting, and refers to the red wine that was used as a base for the punch.
Around 200 B.C.E., the conquering Romans arrived in Spain and planted vineyards. They soon discovered that red grape varietals produced the best wine in the local soils. While some was enjoyed locally, the majority of the wines were shipped to Rome.
The locals created fruit punches from the wines, and called these drinks sangria after the color.
While sangria was drunk in Spain for more than 1,000 years, it didn’t arrive in the U.S. until 1964—at the Spanish Pavilion at the World’s Fair in New York. It was quickly adopted by Americans.

In Spain, sangria is typically made with Rioja or another local red wine. There are white wine versions, called sangria blanco (white sangria) and sparkling versions using cava, sparkling white wine.
The wine is typically blended with chopped fruit, fruit juices or other sweetener (honey, sugar, syrup, lemon-lime soda instead of the club soda), soda water and sometimes brandy. While some people feel that the cheapest wine will suffice because the flavor gets blended with these other ingredients, we recommend using a good quality wine. (Let “quality” refer to anything you’d be happy to drink straight from the glass.)
Ideally, the sangria—without the soda water—should be allowed to chill overnight for the flavors to meld. The chilled soda water should be added right before serving.
To serve, pour the sangria into a pitcher filled with ice cubes and garnish with more fresh fruit.
  • Traditional sangria pitchers have a pinched lip so that the fruit and other solids do not splash into the glass.
  • But if you’re going to purchase a pitcher, we particularly like a pitcher with a central well to hold the ice. This keeps the drink cold without diluting it.