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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bruiser ~ Throw Back Thursday ~ Turkeys (again) ~ Five Onion Soup ~ James Duran ~ Moose Day?

Good 38º foggy morning.

Same old same old... the temperatures never got above the mid 40ºs. Burrrrr..... wussy me. Layers of clothes, heater on, fire in wood stove! So, Bruiser takes over Dude's bed by the fire...

Happy Throw Back Thursday
Jimmy (LASD Lt.) and Olga Duran 1982:

I went out front to check the weather and was getting the "eye" from these two!

    Whatcha doin'?

This always has been a favorite soup of mine...
Five Onion Soup

1/4 cup butter
1 leek, chopped (white and pale parts only)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 cup dry sherry
4 cups chicken stock
1 12oz russet potato, peeled and cut into 1" pieces

Melt the butter in a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat. Add next 7 ingredients and sauté until translucent (6-10 minutes). Add sherry, simmer until liquid evaporates (about 3 minutes). Add the chicken stock and potato. Simmer 20 minutes until potato is very tender. 

Lightly puree soup in blender or food processor in small batches. Season with salt and pepper. Bring soup back to simmer. Thin with more stock if desired.

Sprinkle croutons on top and a little cheese if desired.

My pals Olga and Jimmy (in the TBT photo!)  are celebrating their son James 27th birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUBBA!!! James is also an LASD Deputy.

Historically this date...........

 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.

1954 – In Sylacauga, AlabamaUnited States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a 
humanbeing hit by a rock from space

1982 – Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller, with producer Quincy Jones was released worldwide and became the biggest-selling album worldwide and still is to this day.

2004 – Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings.

And births this date include...
1835 – Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American writer (d. 1910)

1918 – Efrem Zimbalist Jr., American actor (d.2014)

1926 – Richard Crenna, American actor (d. 2003)

1927 – Robert Guillaume, American actor (d.2017)

1929 – Dick Clark, American television host (d. 2012)

1952 – Mandy Patinkin, American actor and singer

1965 – Ben Stiller, American actor

Dinner, then chair, wine, TV..... the KOBI news, NCIS Los Angeles, Chicago Med, NYPD Blue

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
November 30th
National Moose Day

OOPS.... er, that should be:

November 30, 2017 is

National Mousse Day

Celebrate National Mousse Day! Mousse is a divine dessert made from egg whites and cream. Did you know that “mousse” is the French word for “foam”? It’s a fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection!
Chocolate mousse was a specialty in French restaurants during the 1800s, but now it can be found in restaurants and households worldwide. Popular variations include different kinds of chocolate, nut, and fruit flavors.
To celebrate National Mousse Day, make your favorite type of mousse for you and your friends!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Clouds & Rain ~ Grape-Peanut Butter Salad ~ Turkey Breast Sandwich ~ My Mountain

Good 39º foggy morning. 

Yesterday it stayed dark, cloudy, and we got mo' rain, 1/4"!

This recipe from Jerry's dad's, Hardin Maxwell, mother Lena Edwards Maxwell. She was a Texas lady who always made this to go with fried chicken.

Grape-Peanut Butter Salad
1 bunch green seedless grapes, rinsed, drained, and off the stem.
1 cup (or thereabouts) of Best Foods Mayonnaise
1 cup (or thereabouts) of creamy peanut butter
(amounts of mayo and pb depend on the number of grapes.) 
Mix peanut butter and mayonnaise until smooth. Add in grapes and stir.

This is strictly a Southern thing and so good! My Daddy, being from Alabama, he and I always had mayonnaise and peanut butter sandwiches!

Historically this date........

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.

1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole.

1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.

And births this date include...
1896 – Yakima Canutt, American actor and stuntman (d. 1986)
Interesting how he got his name, it sounds American Indian, not.
1927 – Vin Scully, American baseball announcer
1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian

Dinner was a turkey breast I got from Schwans.
From freezer to 375º oven for just over 2 hours.

I got some sourdough hoagie rolls
The length of the breast was perfect for slicing to fit the rolls...

A little lettuce and some mayonnaise and cranberry sauce! YUMMMMMMM!

Chair, wine, TV....

KOBI Channel 5 put another of my pictures on the news....

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

We hope your sweet tooth is ready to celebrate National Lemon Cream Pie Day on November 29th. We know this time of year is more typically associated with pumpkin pie, but honestly we’ll take any excuse to celebrate any kind of pie—especially a pie that's been around for thousands of years. Historians say lemon desserts have been around since the Middle Ages! Whipped cream, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer: it didn’t show up until the 16th century. It first appeared in recipes in Italy in the mid-1500s and then traveled to France and showed up in recipes there just after 1600. Somewhere between then and now, someone had the brilliant idea to marry them together in a way that’s basically sunshine baked into a pie dish. So grab your fork and let’s dig in to this delectable holiday
How to Celebrate National Lemon Cream Pie Day
1. Go to a diner 
Cream pies of all kinds—chocolate, banana, coconut—are a classic diner dessert. We happen to think this no-frills setting only enhances the enjoyment of a slice of pie. Find your local greasy spoon, grab a seat at the counter, and dig in.
2. Or bake one yourself 
No matter whether you choose to go the above no-bake route or take on a more complicated recipe, lemon cream pies are basically fail-proof. They’re also a choose-your-own-adventure baking experience. You can go with a classic butter crust, or mix it up with a graham cracker crust. Want some extra tang to back up the lemon? Mix some sour cream into the filling. Feel like it needs a little extra elegance? Shave some white chocolate on top, or even try sprinkling it with coconut flakes.
3. Make a cocktail to match 
If you feel like pairing an adult beverage with your pie (who wouldn’t?) try a Lemon Drop: pour vodka, fresh lemon juice, and sweetener (triple sec, simple syrup, or just plain sugar) into a cocktail shaker, give it a good shake, strain into a glass, and garnish with a fresh lemon slice. It’s elegant, and deceptively easy

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Turkeys ~ Gloria Whitley ~ William Hitler ~ French Toast

Good 38º dark foggy morning.

Yesterday apparently a few hen turkeys showed up and the boys were showin' off for them! Parading around (sorry, had to take out kitchen window!) and the followed them down the road...

After this parade, about an hour or two later I saw a lot of activity in the front yard and then in the backyard. Along with the normal number of Toms and Jakes, which is about 15, there was a HUGE number of hens with their grown chicks, had to be 40+.

Hard to get photos without scaring them through the window....
This this hen got on the shed roof.....

I guess now that Thanksgiving is over they feel better about roaming around!

Special birthday today.... my pal Edda's sister Gloria Whitley is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLOW!!

Glow and John when they lived here for a short time before moving to Idaho. John a 27 year Navy vet. Gloria is an awesome jewelry maker.

Historically this date........

 – After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

1994 – In Portage, Wisconsin, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by an inmate in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium.

And births this date include...
1933 – Hope Lange, American actress (d. 2003)

1936 – Gary Hart, American politician
Involved in one of the top 10 political sex scandals of all time.

1949 – Paul Shaffer, Canadian orchestra leader
...he's a weirdo just like that adam henry he worked for, Letterman!

1950 – Ed Harris, American actor
Man oh man, he's aged horribly!
1967 – Anna Nicole Smith, American television personality (d. 2007)
.... sorry, she was weird too!

Thought this interesting. Had never heard about it before....

William Patrick Hitler was the nephew of Adolf Hitler. In 1942, William wrote directly to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, begging to be allowed to serve in the US military. “I am one of many, but can render service to this great cause,” he wrote. FDR passed the letter on to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who looked into William’s background and finally cleared him for military service. Sworn into the US Navy, William Hitler went on to serve three years as a pharmacist’s mate, receiving the Purple Heart for a wound he suffered.

Dinner was my Schwans turkey breast. More on this tomorrow.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
November 28th
French Toast Day

Today is your opportunity to enjoy French toast, a delicious and tasty breakfast meal. Hold it right there! French toast can be enjoyed for any meal time: breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Try French toast with male syrup, sugar, cinnamon, whipped cream, or fruits. Better yet, use a combination of these.
Make plans to celebrate this special day, eating French toast for AT LEAST one meal today.
Did You Know? French toast has other names in its history. They include: American toast, German toast and Spanish toast.

Recipes were common back in medieval Europe, where eggs and milk were often used to soften and stale breads, then cook them. Often, other leftovers were added. Its' real origin dates back to at least ancient Roman times, and probably before.