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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Full Moon ~ New Chair ~ Shot ~ Apricot Quinoa Salad ~ Apricot Dijon Glazed Salmon ~ Easter Bunny Breakfast ~  President Reagan ~ Quiche ~ Hershey Gold 

Good 39º clear morning. Yesterday we climed to 77º!!!! 

Happy Saturday. Full moon day! Be careful out there!!!

Yesterday Robert and David from Gates Furniture in Grants Pass delivered my new chair. It is electronic. No lever on the side to raise and lower the legrest... you push a button and it raises and lowers, as well as the back of the chair. It also has heat and massage! OMGOSH. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO comfortable!!! The minute I tried one in the store I was convinced I needed one!

This was special order from La-z-boy. I wanted the red leather....This is La-z-boy's discription,  "Add modern style and reclining comfort to any room with Oscar. A chaise seat and padded arms surround you in softness as you rock or recline, while heat and massage take relaxing to a whole new level. Recline at the touch of a button, as the independently powered back and legrest provide limitless reclining positions. On days when you really need to unwind, choose from three massage settings, plus enjoy the soothing power of heat. And did we mention this recliner rocks? Power recline, massage and heat settings are controlled by a hand-held remote that makes it easy to personalize your comfort. How did we fit so many features into such a perfectly proportioned recliner? Relax, that’s our little secret."

This is cool......
The term "shot " for an amount of booze originated in the town of Tombstone (where my parent, Leslie & Margaret Laney were married on January 31, 1926!) in the old west when the cost of a bullet equaled the amount for a serving of whiskey. If someone had no money they would trade the bartender a bullet for a "shot "of whiskey. The glass was just what the shot was served in.
A while back I bought a "shot" glass with a bullet in it! So neat!!!

Ok, here are two recipes.... the first is a salad that will go with just about anything as a side. The second is the salmon that goes perfectly with the salad!

Apricot Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings4
A light and tasty apricot quinoa salad packed with fresh herbs.
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint, chopped or julienned
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring the water, quinoa and dried apricots to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and has absorbed the water, about 15 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
  2. Mix the quinoa, almonds, green onions and mint and toss with the mixture of the apricot preserves, oil, lemon juice, ginger, salt and pepper.

Apricot Dijon Glazed Salmon

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings4
Salmon baked in an apricot dijon glaze with ginger and lime

  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves/jam
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce (or tamari fro gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, grated
  1. Place the salmon on a baking dish, brush with the mixture of the apricot preserves, mustards, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger and garlic and bake in a preheated 400º oven until the salmon just starts to flake easily, about 10 minutes.

Option: Marinate the salmon in the glaze for 30+ minutes before baking.

But, since tomorrow is Easter, serve this bunny up for breakfast!

Historically this date..........
1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.

1918 – Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.

1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sexcrimereligion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty eight years.

1951 – Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.

1992 – The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.

And births this date include....
1929 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-American fashion designer (d. 2007)

1934 – Richard Chamberlain, American actor

1934 – Shirley Jones, American singer and actress (The Partridge Family)

1935 – Herb Alpert, American trumpeter and band leader

1943 – Christopher Walken, American actor

1945 – Gabe Kaplan, American actor and comedian

1948 – David Eisenhower, American author and professor
.....David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower...

1948 – Al Gore, American politician, 45th Vice President of the United States andNobel laureate
.............So, after he said he invented the internet, he decided we were going to have climate change. Ergo... the Nobel Prize! GAG!!!!!! And if you look at the list of Nobel "winners" (weeners!) you will see Jimmy Carter and BO. Excuse me while I go throw up!                     (I LOVE Photoshop!)

1948 – Rhea Perlman, American actress

On yesterday's blog was the story of President Reagan being shot... here's follow up....

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr. In an impressive feat for a 70-year-old man with a collapsed lung, he walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power. As he prepared for surgery, he was in good spirits and quipped to his wife, Nancy, “Honey, I forgot to duck,” and to his surgeons, “Please tell me you’re Republicans.” The next day, the president resumed some of his executive duties and signed a piece of legislation from his hospital bed. On April 11, he returned to the White House.

Dinner was several slices of la terra fina Spinach & Artichoke Quiche. Really good! You can either heat it in the oven or microwave. I got it at Safeway. They also have them at our Costco.

On their web page you can click on "where to buy" and enter your zip code for locations near you.

Also, while standing in line at the market I noticed the new Hershy's Gold candy bar. I have been wanting to try one. I LOVE a regular Hershy bar slathered with peanut butter, but this has peanuts and pretzels in a "caramelized cream".
OK, don't buy this candy. Really. I tasted one bite and the gobbled down the whole thing!! OMG~!! ADDICTIVE!!!

Later it was my new chair, wine, and TV. Oh, and of course Bruiser in my lap! He likes the new chair too!

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
Oh be still my heart. I LOVE clams on the half shell!!!

The best variety of hardshell clams (also called Quahogs) for serving on the half-shell is the topneck, but you will find recipes using littlenecks and cherrystone as well. The topnecks run about two inches across, and the meaty clam is enough for a bite-sized morsel of Atlantic saltwater goodness.
Clams on the half shell can be raw, steamed, grilled or even smoked.
One popular “on the half shell” recipe originated in Rhode Island.  Often served as an appetizer, Clams Casino is a dish with toasted breadcrumbs and bacon.  Legend has it the recipe for Clam Casino dates back to 1917 and the Little Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  According to Good Housekeeping Great American Classics, maître d’hôtel Julius Keller and Mrs. Paran Stevens developed clams casino for her guests, as she wanted to serve up something special and named it after the hotel.  The dish soon became so successful, word spread, and it began appearing on menus across the nation.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Phone Call ~ Ham & Eggs ~ Deviled Egg Salad ~ Neighbor Deterrent ~ National Doctor Day

Good 34º cloudy morning.
Yesterday was errand day... groceries, post office, etc.
Interesting... I got a phone call yesterday with a local area code and prefix and it sounded recorded telling me that I was going to be arrested very soon if I didn't respond to this call and get in touch with him immediately! Good grief. People go for this stuff?????

Now when you are having ham and eggs for breakfast... how about a little fancy plating....

This from Mr. Food....
We've taken your favorite party appetizer and turned it into your favorite spread and deli salad too! Our Deviled Egg Salad makes a great filling for sandwiches or a great party dip. No matter which way you choose to serve this you can bet that everyone is going to love it!

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Paprika for sprinkling
  1. In a large bowl, coarsely chop the eggs. Add scallion and roasted red peppers.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Add dressing to egg mixture, stirring well. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  • Want to serve this Deviled Egg Salad the way we do? Garnish with a few chopped peppers (for a pop of color) and serve with pita chips or French bread slices.
Historically this date............
1842 – Ether anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long.

1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.


And births this date include....
1853 – Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (d. 1890)


1926 – Peter Marshall, American game show host


1930 – John Astin, American actor

1957 – Paul Reiser, American actor


1965 – Piers Morgan, British journalist and television personality
    YUCK... creep!


1968 – Celine Dion, Canadian singer

Do you have neighbors who are a problem? This looks like a fun way to deal with them.....
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day.  This day was established to recognize physicians, their work and their contributions to society and the community.  On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and our loved ones.
Healthcare today is more complex than ever.  With more advancements, tools and information at their fingertips doctors have an overwhelming job to diagnose and treat their patients every day.  This is the day to honor the men and women who see us 365 days a year.
March 30, 1933, was the first observance of Doctors Day in Winder, Georgia.   Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians.  On this first day in 1933, greeting cards were mailed and flowers placed on the graves of deceased doctors.  The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.
The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors Day.  On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia.   Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.
In 1991, National Doctors Day was proclaimed by President George Bush. The following is the complete proclamation.
George Bush
Proclamation 6253 – National Doctors Day, 1991
February 21, 1991
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation by President George Bush
More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling, and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellowman understand the tremendous responsibility it entails. Referring to the work of physicians, Dr. Elmer Hess, a former president of the American Medical Association, once wrote: “There is no greater reward in our profession than the knowledge that God has entrusted us with the physical care of His people. The Almighty has reserved for Himself the power to create life, but He has assigned to a few of us the responsibility of keeping in good repair the bodies in which this life is sustained.” Accordingly, reverence for human life and individual dignity is both the hallmark of a good physician and the key to truly beneficial advances in medicine.
The day-to-day work of healing conducted by physicians throughout the United States has been shaped, in large part, by great pioneers in medical research. Many of those pioneers have been Americans. Indeed, today we gratefully
remember physicians such as Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and Dr. Charles Drew, who not only advanced their respective fields but also brought great honor and pride to their fellow Black Americans. We pay tribute to doctors such as Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk, whose vaccines for poliomyelitis helped to overcome one of the world’s most dread childhood diseases. We also recall the far-reaching humanitarian efforts of Americans such as Dr. Thomas Dooley, as well as the forward-looking labors of pioneers such as members of the National Institutes of Health, who are helping to lead the Nation’s fight against AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening diseases. These and other celebrated American physicians have enabled mankind to make significant strides in the ongoing struggle against disease.
However, in addition to the doctors whose name we easily recognize, there are countless others who carry on the quiet work of healing each day in communities throughout the United States — indeed, throughout the world. Common to the experience of each of them, from the specialist in research to the general practitioner, are hard work, stress, and sacrifice. All those Americans who serve as licensed physicians have engaged in years of study and training, often at great financial cost. Most endure long and unpredictable hours, and many must cope with the conflicting demands of work and family life.
  As we recognize our Nation’s physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury, it is fitting that we pay special tribute to those who serve as members of the Armed Forces and Reserves and are now deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Whether they carry the tools of healing into the heat of battle or stand duty at medical facilities in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere, these dedicated physicians — along with thousands of nurses and other medical personnel — are vital to the success of our mission. We salute them for their courage and sacrifice, and we pray for their safety. We also pray for all those who come in need of their care.
  In honor of America’s physicians, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 366 (Public Law 101-473), has designated March 30, 1991, as “National Doctors Day” and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 30, 1991, as National Doctors Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fifteenth.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sunshine ~ Throw Back Thursday ~ Flags Up ~ Carrots ~ Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries ~ Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Good 33º cloudy morning.
Yesterday was another fun sunny day. We rose to 73º. 

The morning started off a pain in the neck. I made a cup of hot tea, set it on my desk, and proceeded to look for something in the file drawer. Bruiser jumped on my desk and I shooed him away, knocking the cup of tea into the file drawer! GADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What  a mess!!
Ok, so I got that cleaned up and the files set out to dry and mopped up the tea out of the drawer and off the carpet. Sheesh!
Happy Throw Back Thursday... 2007 the Josephine County Fair
Tucker 3 years old....

Mike came over to do some yard work. He helped me get my new flags up. Yes!
He also sprayed some weed areas, pulled some weeds, & mowed.


ARE CARROTS good for You?

Yes! Carrots are great for you, and also very low calorie! Carrots are a great source of antioxidant compounds, and it's the richest vegetable source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes. Antioxidant compounds help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer and also promote good vision, especially night vision.

Is raw or cooked carrot good for You?

Carrots are good for you whether you eat them cooked or raw, but interestingly, cooking carrots actually makes the nutrients more bioavailable…which is a fancy way of saying it’s easier for your body to use the nutrients in carrots if the carrots are cooked.

Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4 in thick 'fries'
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Gently toss the carrot fries in the oil, salt and pepper, sprinkle on the cheese and mix to coat before spreading on them in a single layer on a silicon mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Roast in a a preheated 425º oven until tender and lightly charred, about 16-20 minutes, mixing half way through.
Here's an idea for a dipping sauce...
Option: Serve with chipotle mayo! (1/2 cup mayo and 1-2 chipotle chilies in adobe pureed in a food processor with an optional splash of lime juice.)  Or use some Ranch Dip.
Historically this date...........
1886 – Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.

1911 – The M1911 .45 ACP pistol becomes the official U.S. Army side arm.

1971 – My Lai massacreLieutenant William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.

1971 – A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers.

1973 – Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam.

2004 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.

And births this date include....
1790 – John Tyler, American politician, 10th President of the United States (d. 1862)

1918 – Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (d. 1990)

1918 – Sam Walton, American businessman, founded the retailers Walmart and Sam's Club (d. 1992)

1937 – Billy Carter, American businessman, brother of Jimmy Carter (d. 1988)
..........Good old Billy Beer. I still have one can of it!
..........interesting, the drunk borrowed money from the country of Lybia and was under investigation, but I'm sure his donkey brother who was President took care of any problems!

Their last name should have been "Creepy" not Carter!

1943 – Eric Idle, English actor, writer, and composer

1965 – William Oefelein, American astronaut

Later it was chair, wine, and TV. 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 
For a nice refreshing spring dessert, chiffon cake is a very light cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder and flavorings.  A fluffy texture is made by beating egg whites until stiff and folding them into the cake batter before baking.  Chiffon cakes tend to be lower in saturated fat than butter cakes, potentially making them healthier than their butter-heavy counterparts.

The recipe for the chiffon cake was a closely guarded secret for years.  In the 1920s angel food cake was quite popular, but Henry Baker thought he could make a lighter, richer cake. The insurance salesman turned caterer tinkered with ingredients until in 1927 he came upon the perfect combination of ingredients and methods to produce the airy richness he was looking for. 
  Keeping the recipe to himself, he offered his services to the Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles which catered to Hollywood’s elite.  Until 1947, Baker was the only person to bake chiffon cakes.  Then he sold the recipe to General Mills for an undisclosed amount and the rest is baking history.