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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween ~ 10-31 ~ Clouds ~ Picture of the Day ~ Rum ~ Bacon Lovers Chicken Alfredo w/ Fettuccine & Broccoli 30 Minute Meal ~ Kristen Follen ~ Isabella Bowler ~ Tucker/Sami 6 Years Ago ~ Smart Meters ~ Halloween History

Good 46º dark cloudy morning.

10-31 radio code for 'request unit and frequency'

Yesterday stayed pretty much dark cloudy and gloomy until early afternoon when we got some sun and blue sky. By then it warmed to 52º.

By 3pm the clouds had gone and we warmed to 65º. 
Picture of the Day.....
Kristen 2 years old,  Halloween...
About Rum....
Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses or honeys, or directly from sugarcane juice, by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels.
The majority of the world's rum production occurs in the Caribbean and Latin America. Rum is also produced in Austria, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Philippines, Reunion Island, Mauritius, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, the United States, Canada, India, Nepal, and United Kingdom.
Rums are produced in various grades. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas "golden" and "dark" rums were typically consumed straight or neat, on the rocks, or used for cooking, and are now commonly consumed with mixers. Premium rums are also available, made to be consumed either straight or iced.

When Jerry and I were in Jamaica we toured the Captain Morgan Rum Company. We were given samples. Not surprising, on the way back to our hotel on the bus, most of the people were sound asleep! Ya think they had enough samples???? LOL.
Do you know the story of Captain Henry Morgan?  Well, Captain Morgan was not only a legend; in fact, he was the Governor of Jamaica. A young 17th Century Welshman who set out for the West Indies, Captain Morgan’s unwavering ambition and leadership took him to every port-of-call, creating a legend, and building a reputation, that would precede him the rest of his life. He became the most legendary and likable pirate to ever sail the seas, a distinction that earned him the loyalty of his crew, and the title of Sir Henry Morgan, who became Governor of Jamaica. So is the legend of the man on which the famous Captain Morgan Rum Company is built.

Here you go, a quick yummy simple 30 minute meal....

Bacon Lovers Chicken Alfredo with Fettuccine and Broccoli

  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz fresh parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz dried fettuccine
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets
  1. Preheat a large (12") skillet over high heat.
    Fill large stock pot with water, add pasta when water boils. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once pasta is pliable (no longer breaks if you try to bend it) add broccoli. Cook until pasta is just shy of al dente. Remove from heat.
  1. Meanwhile: Grate cheese and set aside.
  2. Once skillet is hot; use clean scissors to cut bite size pieces of bacon into skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally until bacon is cooked through (adjust heat as necessary). Cook time about 10 minutes
  1. Meanwhile; wash and chop chicken into bite size pieces. Set aside.
  2. Remove cooked bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon. Place on a plate. Drain most of bacon grease from skillet, leave about 1 Tbsp (do not wash skillet). Add chicken to skillet. Return to stove and medium-high heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from skillet, about 5 minutes.
  Drain drippings from pan. Return to stove, over medium heat. Cut butter into 8 pieces and add to skillet. Once butter is mostly melted add cream and whisk until combined. Add cheese and whisk until your alfredo sauce is smooth, keep sauce at a bubble.
  1. Using tongs, remove pasta and broccoli from water and add to Alfredo sauce. Twist the pasta in the sauce to coat. Add chicken and bacon, toss with and tongs. Heat until sauce is absorbed and coats the pasta, about 5 minutes.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
Today is a SUPER SPECIAL DAY. It's my Kristen's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOTIE!!! Love you sooooooooooooo much. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!
Kristen age 1:
Age 23 with her mom:

Age 41 with Alex and Jack and me...
Today is also the 6th birthday of Isabella, granddaughter of John (LASD ret) and Trish Bowler. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISABELLA!

Historically this date......

1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state.

1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States.

1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.

1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards.Riots soon break out in New Delhi and nearly 10,000 Sikhs are killed.

And births this date include...
1860 – Juliette Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts (d. 1927) (How about that Kristen!!! And you were a GS Leader!)

1912 – Dale Evans, American singer and actress (d. 2001)
... I wanted to be her when I was small!

1922 – Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (d. 2005)
.... "Miss Ellie" !

1927 – Lee Grant, American actress

1936 – Michael Landon, American actor (d. 1991)
I had a cowboy hat he wore in Bonanza as Little Joe Cartwright and had his autograph in it. My pal Jeannie was a HUGE Landon fan so I gave her the hat!

1943 – Brian Piccolo, American football player (d. 1970)

1947 – Frank Shorter, American runner

1950 – John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (d. 1994)
He was sure a funny guy. Loved him in Uncle Buck!

1963 – Dermot Mulroney, American actor
And going back 6 years.... Tucker and Sami in a pumpkin patch...

Monday the Pacific Power guy, Michael, came and installed my new "smart meters". One for the house and one for the well pump. It went really fast, when he put in the one for the house the electricity was only off 2 minutes!

Dinner was "clean out the fridge night" with reruns!
Later it was chair, wine, cat on my lap, and TV.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Halloween. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On October 31st ghouls and goblins, creatures and strange folk come creeping about the neighborhood seeking favors over trickery. This holiday tradition has become known as Halloween.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular. Although, in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
Dating back to an ancient pagan harvest festival marking the end of summer and beckoning the beginning of winter, seasons overlapped during Samhain (pronounced sah-win) and revelers believed the worlds of the living and the dead crossed. To interact with the spirits, the living would wear costumes and light bright bonfires to help protect them.
Similar celebrations honoring the dead took place in Roman traditions which were gradually blended and soon replaced the Celtic ceremonies.  All Martyrs Day established by Pope Boniface IV in 609 A.D. was eventually moved by Pope Gregory III to November 1 which later became known as All Saint’s Day. The eve of this celebration became known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween.
Through the Colonial era in America, Halloween celebrations were considered taboo due to religious beliefs. By the Victorian era, though, Halloween traditions featured fall festivals, parties and foods involving communities and neighborhoods.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

My Mountain ~ 10-30 ~ Breakfast ~ Picture of the Day ~ Mobile Phones ~ Tortellini Chili ~ New Mug ~ Dude ~ Patriots vs Buffalo Bills ~ Candy Corn Day

Good 41º super foggy dark morning.
Yesterday we went from this........... 
to this............
to this...........

The clouds hung around and we barely hit 61º!
I had heard from family and friends that it POURED rain in Grants Pass as well as Medford. We didn't get a drop here! Darn.

10-30 is a radio code for 'transmission does not conform to regulations'. 

LOL, that is what Jerry called his bff/radio car partner, Steve Voors. His nickname was 10-30 Dude!!!

Breakfast was instant oatmeal topped with a microwaved egg (40 seconds in bowl with lid, prick yoke) and some plain non-fat yogurt with fresh melon, coffee and a Stroopwaffel.
I get the Stroopwaffels from Amazon. Soooooooooooo good!!!
Picture of the Day.... Greenland
This is different and not some place I'd want to live. Looks very uncomfortable, especially in a storm!

Interesting re mobile phones...........
Prior to 1973, mobile telephony was limited to phones installed in cars and other vehicles. Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On 3 April 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.The prototype handheld phone used by Dr. Cooper weighed 2 pounds 6.8oz and measured 9 inches long, and almost 2 inches wide. The prototype offered a talk time of just 30 minutes and took 10 hours to re-charge.
John F. Mitchell, Motorola's chief of portable communication products and Cooper's boss in 1973, played a key role in advancing the development of handheld mobile telephone equipment. Mitchell successfully pushed Motorola to develop wireless communication products that would be small enough to use anywhere and participated in the design of the cellular phone.
Isn't it fascinating how this invention has changed our world today?
Do you like chili? Do you like pasta? This sounds sooooooooo good!!!

Tortellini Chili

Prep Time:5 minutes Cook Time:25 minutesTotal Time:30 minutes Servings: 6
A quick and easy, 30 minute, one pot chili with cheese tortellini that is just perfect comfort food!
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1+ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 6 cups beef broth or chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 8 ounces fresh cheese tortellini (gluten free for gluten free)
  • salt, pepper and cayenne to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onions and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, chili powder, paprika and cumin and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the beef and brown, about 6-8 minutes, before draining any grease.
  4. Add the broth, beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano and tortellini and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the tortellini is tender, about 10 minutes
 Slow Cooker: Implement steps 1-3, place everything but the tortellini in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or on high for 2-4 hours before adding the tortellini and cooking on high until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
Option: Start by cooking 4 strips of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces, and use the bacon grease to saute the onions instead of the oil.
Option: Replace some of the broth with beer or coffee.
Option: This chili benefits from simmering for longer so if you have the time, hold off on placing adding the tortellini and simmer for up to 2-3 hours before adding the tortellini and cooking until tender, about 10 minutes.

Historically this date..........
1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States.

1965 – Vietnam War: Just miles from Da NangUnited States Marines repel an intense attack by wave after wave of Viet Cong forces, killing 56 guerrillas. Among the dead, a sketch of Marine positions is found on the body of a 13-year-old Vietnamese boy who sold drinks to the Marines the day before.

1985 – Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.

And births this date include...

1893 – Charles Atlas, Italian-born bodybuilder (d. 1972)
Charles in his youth and at 79 years old.

1945 – Henry Winkler, American actor
1946 – Robert L. Gibson, American astronaut

1951 – Harry Hamlin, American actor

I'm ready for tomorrow.... my new coffee/tea mug!

Here is Dude from a year ago today. His leg ligament surgery was healing well and he could jump back up onto his couch.
He is great now. Runs and jumps and is just fine. The doc did a great job on my boy.

Later dinner was Schwans Shrimp Spring Rolls and some green beans and mushrooms.
Last night, after watching the Dodgers lose the World Series on the weekend, I watched my Patriots play the Buffalo Bills and WIN 25-6!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Candy Corn was created by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800s. He created this sweet treat to represent the bright colors of corn kernels.   Originally, Candy Corn was yellow, orange and white, but it has become popular in other colors as well.
This confection was originally made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree), but it is now produced using machines.  The original ingredients are still used in the recipe.