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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fog ~ Artichoke Recipes ~ Smilebox #3 ~ Mary & Gil ~ Rescued Hummingbird ~ Washing Machine Repair ~ Leah ~ Roasted Veggies & Crab Cakes


Good 43º foggy morning...

Here are 205 artichoke recipes:

The California Poppies are blooming.... and the Red Hot Pokers are starting too..

Here is Smilebox #3... the last leg of our journey from Laughlin back to Oregon... A stop along the way to visit with Kristen, Alex, and Jack. Dinner. Back to Linda's in Woodland, then home to my Dude and Bruiser.....
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Today is a very special anniversary... high school pal and fellow Job's Daughter Mary (Fancher) and her hubby (also high school pal) Gil Zavala are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. CONGRATULATIONS kids!!!

Ok, just so you  know, my computer is acting up and won't show the following in larger text. I am soooooooooooooooooo frustrated!!!!! TURK... help!!! 

Historically this date....
1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York CityGeorge Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1900 – Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.

1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

1945 – World War II: FührerbunkerAdolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building.

1993 – Monica Seles is stabbed by Günter Parche, an obsessed fan, during a quarterfinal match of the 1993 Citizen Cup in HamburgGermany

And births this date include...
1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American businesswoman (d. 1967)
... if you ever wondered where that term for marijuana laces brownies came from... read this

1908 – Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)

1926 – Cloris Leachman, American actress (d.2012)
Interesting about her life and family.....

1933 – Willie Nelson, American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and activist

1938 – Gary Collins, American actor (d. 2012)

1944 – Jill Clayburgh, American actress (d. 2010)

1945 – Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (d. 1986)

1975 – Johnny Galecki, American actor

This is an amazing video... a rescued dog rescues a hummingbird!
Scroll down from the 1st video to two other short ones with the dog and hummingbird.

Yesterday the Sears guy came to fix my washing machine. What a treat Pat was. Good looking! And really nice. Anyway, back to washing laundry. Yeah! It is of the new electronic age and had to be recalibrated! 

Then it was haircut time. Glad the repair guy got here and I wasn't late for my appointment. On the freeway I saw this black cloud overhead...
when I got under it, the rain poured down!! Then it was gone and the rain stopped!

I took Leah a late birthday present... she loves frogs like I do so found this solar lit frog for her new deck...

For dinner I roasted some veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, yam, carrots, asparagus, shallot) ... tossed with olive oil and garlic seasoning, roasted 400º 30 min. Then had those with crab cakes topped with Dijonnaise.  

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 30th

April 30, 2016 is
National Raisin Day
It’s National Raisin Day! People have been dehydrating grapes to make raisins for thousands of years. The practice dates back to 2000 B.C. and originated in Persia and Egypt. Raisins were also highly prized by the Ancient Romans, who used this delicious snack food to barter. They also awarded raisins as prizes at sporting events!
Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. Raisins first became commercially popular in 1873 when a heat wave destroyed acres and acres of California grape vines. One grower decided to sell the dried grapes and marketed them as a “Peruvian delicacy.” Today, California produces half of the world’s raisin supply!
To celebrate National Raisin Day, snack on a box of raisins or bake a delicious batch of oatmeal raisin cookies!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Weather ~ Bruiser ~ Baby & Puppy ~ Duckling Rescue ~ Gnocchi & Veggies ~ Arbor Day

Good 41º wispy cloudy morning. Rain later, maybe...

Hey, it's payday!!! Yippeeeeeeee.......

Beautiful yesterday...


Bruiser was out and about. He was way down in the pasture sitting on this 'farm thing'... don't know what it's called, anyway he was intent on watching something. Then I opened the door and came out and took his picture. He lost his concentration and beat it for the house!

Speaking of animals.. this 26 second video is precious!
Historically this date...
1945 – World War II – FuehrerbunkerAdolf Hitler marries his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor. Both Hitler and Braun will commit suicide the next day.

1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.

1945 – The Italian commune of Fornovo di Taro is liberated from German forces byBrazilian forces.

1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.

1986 – A fire at the Central library of the City of Los Angeles Public Library damages or destroys 400,000 books and other items.

1992 – Los Angeles riotsRiots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed.

2004 – Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.

And births this date include....
1917 – Celeste Holm, American actress (d.2012)


1951 – Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)

1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian

1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress

1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress

1970 – Andre Agassi, American tennis player
Now if this isn't the neatest thing... a little girl, with help from her mom, rescued these seven little ducklings in Laguna Nigel.
Wednesday I was in the cooking mood so.................... Gnocchi, chopped clams, baby spinach, lemon juice, chunky garlic, olives, broccoli, mushrooms, sweet peppers, celery...

First I put some olive oil and a few pats of butter in the pan and sauteéd the mushrooms, then in went the celery and garlic...

Next the broccoli and sweet peppers, lid on part way and steamed a bit....

Olives and chopped clams were stirred in along with most of the clam juice (had to share with Bruiser!) and about 1/4 cup lemon juice...

The cooked Gnocchi was added and the spinach stirred in...

All of it went into the casserole crock pot and on warm and added some Ricotta cheese and let it sit until I was ready to eat....


Yesterday was putz around day. I was waiting to hear from my friend Neil and Flory. They were on their way home from Lake Havasu City to Lakeside Oregon (on the coast) and were going to be passing through here and wanted me to meet them for dinner. Never heard from them. Hope all is OK.  
Dinner was reruns.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 29th
National Arbor Day

National Arbor Day is the Tree Planter's holiday, and has been celebrated since 1872. It began in Nebraska, a largely treeless plain back in the 1800's. It is a day to plant and dedicate a tree to help nature and the environment. Millions of trees are planted on this day.
The National Arbor Day Foundation provides millions of trees for planting. It is estimated that 18 million tress are planted each year on Arbor Day.

Did you know? The Latin word for "Tree" is "Arbor"...sure you did!!!