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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Taprock ~ St. Patrick's Blue ~ Cowboy Chicken Casserole ~ Lacy Oatmeal Cookies

Good 39º dark gloomy foggy/cloudy morning. We warmed up to 50º yesterday and got rain in the late afternoon.
Yesterday was a St. Patrick's Day celebration with friends at Taprock... We had a good time with Nancy, Herm (hubby of Karen), Dale & Dee, Jennifer & Mike, Karen, and me.....

Taprock manager, Chase, took our picture for us and I got one of him!
My lunch was a BLT Crab Salad. OMGOOOD!!! 
The reason my Irish family's coat of arms is blue...
We should have been drinking blue beer rather than green yesterday, because blue was the color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick's color was blue, not green, say historians. The hue — St. Patrick's blue, can still be seen on ancient Irish flags. The blue flag of the Kingdom of Ireland was officially used from 1542 until 1801. That all changed in the 17th century. The association with the color green on St. Patrick's Day began during the 1798 Irish Rebellion, when the clover became a symbol of nationalism. That evolution, combined with the idea of Ireland's lush green fields, eventually made blue a thing of the past.
Then.......... on the news last night it showed some bagpipers in the NY St. Patrick's Day Parade.... wearing blue!
Cowboy Chicken Casserole

  • 1 (10-1/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 (2-1/4-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 corn tortillas, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup sliced scallions
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine soup, tomatoes, corn, black olives, chili powder, cumin, and salt.
  3. Line bottom of prepared baking dish with half the tortilla strips. Sprinkle half the chicken over the tortilla strips. Top with half the soup mixture, half the scallions, and half the cheese. Repeat layers.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until bubbly and hot.
Historically this date........

1968 – Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
1990 – In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
How sad the case has not been solved nor the art recovered!
2002 – U.S. invasion of AfghanistanOperation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.
And births this date include....
1837 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (d. 1908)
1858 – Rudolf Diesel, German inventor (d. 1913)
.. Thanks to him we have those horribly noisy smelly trucks that most men love!
1886 – Edward Everett Horton, American actor (d. 1970)
.... Do you think he ever heard a Who?
1909 – Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)
1926 – Peter Graves, American actor (d. 2010)
My sister, Marion, knew Peter. He had a house at Tahoe and her real estate office rented it out for him. He told Marion lots of Hollywood stories, especially ones about Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, with whom Peter socialized. The stories were always whoppers!
1938 – Charley Pride, American musician
.... love his voice!
1945 – Michael Reagan, American radio host; adopted son of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman
And later we had a pretty sunset.....

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day is observed annually on March 18th. This day is sometimes also referred to as National Oatmeal Cookie Day (which is celebrated on April 30th).  The difference between the two is that lacy oatmeal cookies are wafer-thin and typically accompany a scoop of ice cream or sorbet.
It wasn’t until the early 1900s that oatmeal became a major ingredient in the American diet.  Originating in England, oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s.  It is believed that they were created after the oatcake. Soldiers used to carry oatcakes with them for a quick boost of energy during battle.  Most research has found that the first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896.  Considered as a “health food,” the cookies quickly became popular, and by early 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats.
Oatmeal cookies are an excellent source of iron and fiber
There are many different recipes for the lacy oatmeal cookies. They can be made with a variety of oats, such as old fashioned oats, quick cooking oats, oat bran or oat flour.  For a healthier cookie, add finely chopped or ground fruits (such as raisins) or nuts and use a sugar substitute. Lacy oatmeal cookies are often decorated with icing drizzled on top of the cookie.
Enjoy this delicious recipe:  Lacy Oatmeal Cookies recipe.