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Monday, March 26, 2018

Frozen/Rain/Sun/Clouds ~ Kid's Tests ~ Funny Name ~ Baked Ziti Casserole ~ Spinach Day

Good 29ยบ everything is frozen morning. 
The rain started about 10am yesterday. Drizzled then the sun came out for a few and then got dark and cloudy again and then the sun came out.... back and forth.

 Whine whine wine! 

Here are a couple of tests and the answers the kids gave. Funny. Creative!

Another odd name was shared by Suzanne Santisteven on FB, she knew a guy Justin Time! Of course if his last name was Case that would be good too!

Baked Ziti Casserole 
It's just a simple and delicious baked ziti recipe that you can customize however you'd like!
  • 1 pound ziti
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish or 3-quart casserole with cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook ziti until just barely tender; drain and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, garlic, salt, and parsley to the ziti; mix well. Spread half the spaghetti sauce over bottom of prepared baking dish. Spoon ziti mixture into baking dish; cover with remaining spaghetti sauce, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake 25 minutes, then top with remaining mozzarella cheese and bake 10 additional minutes, or until heated through.
****Use your favorite type of flavored spaghetti sauce to add additional flavor to this ziti. And don't worry if you don't have ziti on hand -- just substitute any other equal-sized shape.
Historically this date......
1942 – World War II: The first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
1978 – Four days before the scheduled opening of Japan's Narita International Airport, a group of protestors destroys much of the equipment in the control tower with Molotov cocktails.
1982 – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C..
1997 – Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides.
1999 – A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
And births this date include....
1934 – Alan Arkin, American actor
1940 – James Caan, American actor
1940 – Nancy Pelosi, American politician    ... Gag
1944 – Diana Ross, American singer (The Supremes)
.....She really needs that big hair! Not.
1946 – Johnny Crawford, American actor
.... Still cute! Nice smile.
1948 – Steven Tyler, American singer (Aerosmith)
.....He makes my skin crawl! Creepy! Weirdo. Strange.
1949 – Vicki Lawrence, American actress and singer
.......She always seems like the happiest person~ I'd like to meet her.
1950 – Martin Short, Canadian comedian
   .... Very funny guy!
1960 – Jennifer Grey, American actress
...............She was always cute, but now with that little cosmetic surgery she is a beauty!

Later it was chair, wine, and TV. 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Spinach Day is observed annually on March 26th.  Not only are there so many delicious ways that you can enjoy spinach, but it is also incredibly good for you!
An annual plant,  spinach is native to central and southwestern Asia. Thought to have originated in ancient Persia, Arab traders carried spinach into India, and then it was introduced into ancient China where it was known as “Persian vegetable   The earliest available record of the spinach plant was found in Chinese, saying that the spinach plant was introduced into China via Nepal.
During her reign as queen of France, Catherine de Medici was well known to have enjoyed spinach so much that it was served at every meal.  To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine” reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.
Spinach is:
Eaten raw or cooked and is available fresh, frozen or canned.
One of the best sources of iron.
An excellent source of calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein, calcium and vitamins A, C and K.
Is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants
Believed to help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.
Types of spinach:
Savoy:  dark green color with curly leaves; usually sold in fresh bunches.
Flat or Smooth Leaf:  broad, smooth leaves;  mostly grown for canned and frozen spinach as well as soups, baby food and processed foods.
Semi-savoy:  a hybrid variety with crinkly leaves:  is sold fresh and processed.

Following China, the United States is the world’s second-largest producer of spinach.

California, Arizona and New Jersey are the top spinach producing states in the United States.
You might want to have a fresh spinach salad or a spinach pizza or maybe a warm, delicious spinach dip.  If one of those is not your choice, perhaps it would be a dish of creamed spinach or spinach lasagna. There are many ways to add spinach to your daily diet and partake in its health benefits.