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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Geese/Crows ~ Jim Forbus ~ Chicken Thighs ~ Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake ~ Pfeffernusse Day

Good 32º foggy morning. Yesterday we topped at 45º.

Went to the post office and on the way into town on a pasture were about 100 Canadian Geese! 

A little farther down the road in a pond were about 20-30 more!
Then when I got into town on two adjoining yards were about 50 crows!
WOW! The geese are really hanging out in this area now and the amount of crows has increased tremendously over the years too!

Special birthday today... one of "our sons", Jim Forbus (former LASD and ret Lt. from Washoe Co SD). HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY!!! xo

     Jimmy and his bride Dawn, 1983.

Historically this date...
1954 – First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison, M.D. andJoseph E. Murray.

1968 – The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.

1970 – The North Tower of the World Trade Center in ManhattanNew York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.

1972 – The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.

1986 – Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world withoutaerial or ground refueling.

And births this date include....

1946 – Susan Lucci, American actress

1971 – Corey Haim, Canadian actor (d. 2010)

Here is something that works great for me. We all love chicken and there are so many things it works well in... soup, a spaghetti or any pasta dish, salads, sandwiches, etc. I buy boneless skinless chicken thighs...

Put them in the crock pot with a container of organic chicken stock.. (Costco 6 pack is less expensive than the regular store kind)

Cook them on low for 8-9 hours.

Then package them in zip lock bags. Freeze them 2, 4, 6 at a time and they will be ready for whatever you need to cook with them. They shred easy, they taste great, and after they are cooked you can add any type of seasonings you like.

Ok, speaking of crock pots... how about this SUPER EASY Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake:

20 can crushed pineapple, well drained
2 21oz cans cherry pie filling
1 box of white cake mix
1/2 cup butter, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Layer the pineapple, then the cherries, then the cake mix (dry, not prepared) in the slow cooker.
2. Top with butter slices and then pecans
3. Cover with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours until cake is set.

For dinner I had some ham in the freezer I thawed out and heated, and cooked (microwaved) some Schwans green beans and had a salad with key lime pie for dessert!

Chair, wine, tv..... NYPD Blue, Blue Bloods, NCIS LA, and S.W.A.T.

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


December 23rd is reserved for this German spice cookie.  It is National Pfeffernusse Day.
Very popular around the holidays, pfeffernusse are fluffy cookies made with ground nuts and spices and covered in powdered sugar.
The exact origin in unknown however the Dutch believe that pfeffernusse (or pepernoten) are linked to the feast of Sinterklaas, which is celebrated on December 5 in the Netherlands and December 6 in Germany and Belgium.  This holiday is when children receive gifts from St. Nicholas, who is partially the inspiration for the Santa Claus tradition. 
Over time, many bakers have created their own pfeffernusse recipes. Traditional methods included various nuts such as almonds and walnuts. Some modern recipes exclude nuts altogether along with the black pepper, retaining only cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom as flavoring.  Molasses and honey are often used to sweeten the cookie 
I love pfeffernusse cookies! Here is a recipe: