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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cucumber Salsa ~ Memorial Day Hydroplane Race ~ Macaroons

Good 47º clear sunny morning.

Ok, here's the recipe for the Cucumber Salsa... so good!!!
(1/4 cup = 16 calories... YUMMM!)

2 cups finely chopped seeded peeled cucumber
½ cup chopped seeded tomato
¼ cup chopped red onion
2 T. minced fresh parsley
1 jalapeño seeded and chopped
4½ t. fresh chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic minced
(Peel and cut the cucs in half and lengthwise in half and use a spoon to scrape out seeds. Then cut them in thin lengths and chop them. The one tomato wasn't enough, so I used another half. Using a spoon with the tomato to remove the seeds also. As well as the jalapeño.)

I decided to use a shallot instead of the red onion. It didn't take much of the shallot, had half left. I like this garlic, saves chopping and mashing garlic!)

¼ cup light sour cream
1½ t. lemon juice
1½ t. lime juice
¼ t. ground cumin
¼ t. seasoned salt
Combine first 7 ingredients. Next combine in separate bowl the last 5 ingredients. Mix and the pour over the cucumber mixture, tossing gently.

Serve with your favorite chips. (I love Fritos Scoops!)

Yesterday I took the cake, salsa, and some pre-made (from Costco) Artichoke/Parmesan/Jalapeño Dip and chips to a little "river adventure" Jennifer hosted. It was the last day of the boat races on the Rogue River. Jennifer's house is right on the river . The boat race started at 1pm from Riverside Park to Carpenter Island and back. A total of 50 miles. It's the Tom Rice Memorial White Water Hydroplane Race. The following are not my photos, got them off the Boatnik site...

Mike barbecued GIANT shrimp and Cartwright's hot dogs we had along with sour kraut, my dips, my cake, and Chris' parfaits for dessert.

Historically this date...
526 – A devastating earthquake strikes Antioch, Turkey, killing 250,000.
... unbelievable!

1935 – A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.

1970 – The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide that buries the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people are killed

...Obviously not a good day for earthquakes!

And births this date include..
1930Clint Eastwood, American film director and actor
"I know what you're thinking. Did I fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?" Love it love it love it!!!!

1934Jim Hutton, American actor (d. 1979)

1943Sharon Gless, American actress

1943 – Joe Namath, American football player

1949Tom Berenger, American actor

1965 – Brooke Shields, American actress and supermodel

I was gone to Jennifer's all afternoon. Got home and it was chair, wine, and TV. I had climbed down the narrow steep path from Jennifer's yard to the river. That exhausted me. I thought several times I was going to fall. It was a scary climb both down and back up! Then I went down in her lower yard to the river's edge. Too much walking and climbing for me in one day!!! Will share photos tomorrow. Chris and David Church were there along with Micol Klamm and her daughter Kim. Bob is off on an adventure with his granddaughter to Yosemite.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Bill Pay Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
May 31st
National Macaroon Day

The first macaroons were almond meringue cookies similar to today's amaretti, with a crisp curst and a soft interior. They were made from egg whites and almond paste (equal parts of ground blanched almonds and sugar, mixed with egg whites) The name of the cookie comes from the Italian word for paste, maccarone (amh-kah-ROW-nay), and is also the word for pasta/macaroni and dumplings.
While origins can be mruky, some culinary historians claim that the macaroons can be traced to and Italian monastery where they were modeled after the monk's belly buttons!
Macaroons came to France in 1533 with the pastry chefs of Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II. Two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth, seeking asylum in the town of Nancy during the French Revolution paid for their housing by baking and selling macaroon cookies, and thus became known as the "Macaroon Sisters" (the French word is macaron, pronounced mah-kah-RONE).
Italian Jews adopted the cookie because it has no flour or leavening (the agent that raises and lightens a baked good, like yeast, baking powder, and baking soda - instead macaroons are leavened by egg whites) and can be enjoyed during the eight-day observation of Passover. It was introduced to other European Jews and became a popular year round treat. Over time the coconut was added to the ground almonds and in certain recipes replaces them.
Coconut macaroons are more prevalent in the U.S. and the U.K. and they are a lot easier to make and transport than the fragile almond meringues.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day ~ "My" Marines ~ Lemon Bundt Cake ~ Indy 500 ~ National Memorial Day Concert

Good 46º Memorial Day morning.

This short video is about Memorial Day and Freedom Isn't Free. Wonderfully done. Thanks Rich Steinhurst (LASD ret) and Dewayne Preimsberger (LASD ret) for sharing.....

Thank you to "my Marines"... Jerry, Brian, and my Italian son Alex Corsaro for their service to our country!
Jerry was not only a Marine, but he also served in the California National Guard. (yes, cigar and all!)

Thank you to my Daddy for his US Navy service in WWI, to my brothers-in-law, Bill Plumbridge & Joe Mueller, for their Navy and Army service, to my nephews Bob & Jim Plumbridge for their Navy service and my friends.... Andy Nantz, Greg Lundell, Jim Harper, Dale Yellin, Joe Kirk, Dan Patz, Jon Austin, Terry Bonyea, Mike Centofante, Don Davies, Sally Harwell, Lynn Helbing, Moon Mullen, Mel Nix, Spike Dammer, Ben Hunt, Rod Johnson, Gabe Ramirez, Ron Wisberger, Lynn Crowell, George Hill, Norm Spencer, Gar Austin, Moon Mullin, Jim Pierce, and our Rogue Valley Marine Corps League members. Thank you all!

Historically this date.... if you are interested, go here:

Yesterday I took Dude for his run to the road to put out the trash cans. I was then going to mow the front and back yards, but didn't have any gas for the lawnmower! Dang. So I watered instead.

Then I made one of my favorite cakes, lemon bundt cake. Almost like a pound cake. Dense because I use the Duncan Hines cake mix (my fav), instant lemon pudding, 3 eggs, 1/3 cup avocado oil (any vegetable oil works), and 1 cup water. Follow directions on cake mix box.... and bake

Then I made the cucumber salsa.....recipe tomorrow....

The 100th Indianapolis 500 was won by a rookie and a California boy, Alexander Rossi. Over 300 thousand there at the raceway to see the race! Spectacular.

The post race show was fun. History about the race and the cars and cameos by some of my favorite racers... Rick Mears and AJ Foyt. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Then I watched the PBS National Memorial Day Concert from the Capitol Mall in DC. Hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna with the Beach Boys (sigh ) GREAT show!!!!

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
May 30th
Memorial Day
(Our Rogue River Depot Street Bridge)

Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday during the month of May. Memorial Day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The roots of Memorial Day observance, goes back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War.

Memorial Day was traditionally held on the 30th of May. In 1971, Congress changed it to the last Monday, in order to afford a three day holiday weekend. Regardless of the date, we encourage you follow Memorial Day tradition: attend a parade, and visit a cemetery to honor and remember our serviceman. Take time to remember lost loved ones in whatever way you feel appropriate.

Did you Know? Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day. It was changed to Memorial Day in 1882.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the gardening and summer seasons, even though summer will not occur until a few weeks later. This day usually includes the first family picnic of the year.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Deer ~ Box Bruiser ~ Drummer Tucker ~ Cod Stuffed w/ Crab and Stuffed Baked Potato

Good 50º sunny clear morning.

Yesterday I opened the door to let Bruiser in and there were two deer, a young doe and a young buck in my front yard. The doe was munching the poppies and the grass and the buck was munching the apple tree leaves.... (taken through the screen door and the kitchen window.... )

A box I got a shipment in is a fav place for the Bruiser!
It has some soft foam in it and he likes laying on that!

I went into town to pick up some prescriptions, took Dude for the ride, and then to the market for a couple things I forgot on Friday and also items for a cucumber salsa I saw on FB. It sounded soooooooooo good, I have to make it! I will share the recipe later..

Historically this date...
1886 – The Pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in The Atlanta Journal.

1942Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recordIrving Berlin's "White Christmas", the best-selling Christmas single in history.

1953Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.

1988 – The U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

2001 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.

2004 – The National World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

And births this date include...
1903Bob Hope, English-American comedian and actor (d. 2003)

1917John F. Kennedy, American politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)

1939Al Unser, American race car driver
He was my favorite driver!

1955John Hinckley, Jr., American attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan

Our Tucker was in the Grants Pass Boatnik Parade yesterday. He is in the school band now and plays drums! (Just like other grandson Jack, who also is a drummer) Brian took this picture of Tucker.... second from right in blue shirt...

Dinner last night was Omaha Steaks cod stuffed with crabmeat and one of their stuffed baked potatoes (I added sour cream on top) and I served it on a bed of broccoli slaw ....

How easy is that! Put both in the 360º oven for 40 minutes. Voilá dinner!

Today is mowing lawn day, trash can to road day, set out recycle container, make a cake day, and make cucumber salsa day. Also the Indy races are on!

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
May 29th

Indy 500 Day