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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Rain ~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad ~ Weird Shoes ~ Vanette Christensen ~ Potato Chips

Good 39º foggy morning.
We stayed cloudy yesterday and the temp hit 51º. Total rain was 1/2".
.... and we had a goose visit....
This is interesting. I never knew this....
Eleanor Roosevelt owned a handgun, which she often carried while she was First Lady of the United States. She refused Secret Service protection, insisting that she be able to travel as freely as possible. It was Eleanor’s determination to drive her own car that led to her pistol ownership. The Secret Service begged her to take an agent, or a police escort; she refused. The agents complied with her wishes only after they discovered she knew how to shoot, and convinced her to carry a pistol when she drove alone. She owned a prized .22 Smith & Wesson Outdoorsman revolver.
Do you like quinoa? This is a great salad. First some information...
Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad 
Bulgur wheat - a whole grain that has been cracked and partially cooked - is healthier than rice and quinoa is even healthier.
An ancient food first cultivated by the Incas, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) looks like a grain, but actually is a seed loosely related to spinach and chard. Available in a variety of designer colors, quinoa has a mild grassy taste and boasts tons of protein and calcium. It's hardy, too, and so drought-resistant that the United Nations has designated quinoa a super-crop for its potential to feed the poor.
One note: freshly-harvested quinoa is coated with bitter-tasting saponins. A natural insect repellent, saponins happen to repel humans, too. Most of the quinoa sold commercially in this country has been processed to remove this coating, but you should be sure to rinse and drain it yourself before cooking.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

A light and fresh tabbouleh salad with quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers and loads of fresh parsley and mint in a bright lemon dressing. Serves 4
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring the water and quinoa to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has all been absorbed, about 17-20 minutes and let cool.
  2. Mix the quinoa, tomato, cucumber, parsley, mint and green onion.
  3. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper and toss with salad.
More weird shoes..... would you wear them?

Special birthday today, Vanette (Ford) Christensen
(LASD ret.. Temple Stn and ELA Sgt.). Hope you have a GREAT Birthday Van!!!! xo

Historically this date............
1910 – Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere.
1951 – Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul.
1964 – A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy.1995 – Space Exploration: Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle.
And births this date include....
1863 – Casey Jones, American railroad engineer (d. 1900)

1879 – Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1914 – Lee Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
Lee Petty is shown here with son, Richard, grandson, Kyle and great-grandson, Adam in a 1999 photo.
Sadly, Lee Petty passed away on April 5, 2000 and Adam died tragically about a month later in a racing incident when he was practicing with a Busch series car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Racing was in their blood right on down the line from Lee.

1920 – Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (d. 2001)
1928 – Frank Borman, American astronaut and CEO

1933 – Sir Michael Caine, British actor
1946 – Steve Kanaly, American actor
1948 – Billy Crystal, American actor and comedian
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Potato Chip Day

National Potato Chip Day celebrates the ever popular potato chip. Potato Chips are America's #1 snack food. But, its not just a snack food. Its the potato of choice for many lunchtime and dinner meals. Regular (or plain) potato chips are by far the most popular. Other popular flavors are barbecue, sour cream & onion, oil & vinegar, and ranch.

Did you Know? Potato chips were first made by Chef George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 24, 1853. Americans have been in love with them ever since.
Make your own potato chips! Its easy to do. The kids will love it, and so will you. Find out how.

Celebrating National Potato Chip Day is easy.... eat potato chips during meals and snacks.