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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.