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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter ~ April Fools Rant ~ Marion's Pea Salad ~ Sunshine ~ Turkey ~ Sourdough Bread 

Good 34º clear Easter morning.

Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. 

Easter is the culmination, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on 20 March in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, in which the celebration of Easter therefore varies between 4 April and 8 May.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover
 by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are etymologically related or homonymous. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but attending sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting (Instead of "hello" or its equivalent, one is to greet another person with "Christ is Risen!", and the response is "Truly, He is Risen", and decorating Easter eggs, 

a symbol of the empty tomb,(Easter eggs are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide. In Christianity, they symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus.: though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.) are common motifs. Additional customs include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades, which are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians.

 Unfortunately, Easter this year falls on April 1st, aka April Fools. I am not a fan of April Fools. I don't like it when people are frightened, made fools of, or used. There is someone on TV I can't stand, Ellen DeGeneres, and she takes great delight in putting people in situations and then scaring the poo out of them! The only time in my life I went along with April Fools was when I was very young, school age, and I'd sometimes put salt in my mom's coffee instead of sugar. She never got mad! Just laughed at the terrible taste! Ok, off my soapbox!

Pea Salad.. This recipe was my sister Marion's. I love it!  Good use also for leftover hard boiled eggs!

2 pkg frozen petite peas, thawed to room temp (or 16oz bag)
4 stalks celery, chopped
green onions, chopped or red onion (your preference)
3 hard boiled eggs, grated

Mix with about 1 cup mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Sometimes she added a jar of red pimentos, drained and/or a can of chopped black olives.

Also, I like to add about 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon. Or... add shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese or a combo of cheese.....

Today is the day Jerry's dad, Hardin Maxwell, passed away. Jerry's brother Ron called to tell him and Jerry thought it was an April Fools thing! No, sadly it was true. Hardin's birthday was the same as my Kristen's.... 10-31 ... Hardin born in 1919 and Kris in 1967. RIP Hardin.

Historically this date.........
1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

1893 – The rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy is established.

1924 – Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch". However, he spends only nine months in jail, during which he writesMein Kampf.

1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

1976 – Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

And births this date include...
1929 – Jane Powell, American dancer, actress, and singer

1932 – Debbie Reynolds, American actress (d.2016)

939 – Ali MacGraw, American actress

1961 – Susan Boyle, Scottish singer and Britain's Got Talent contestant

Yesterday was a beautiful clear sunny day... we topped at 73º.

Out and about and noisy was the only turkey that is here much any more. This tom is a loner. I guess the others are busy with the mating season!

All I know. Nuff said. Have a wonderful Easter. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

One of the world’s oldest leavened breads, sourdough is produced through the process of long fermentation of the dough using lactobacilli and yeasts.  The use of naturally occurring yeasts and friendly bacteria versus cultivated yeast causes the bread to have a slightly sour, but pleasant taste. 
Most likely the first form of leavening available to bakers, it is believed sourdough originated in Ancient Egyptian times around 1500 BC.  It did remain the usual form of leavening into the European Middle Ages. During the California Gold Rush, sourdough was the principal bread made in Northern California and is still a part of the culture of San Francisco today.
The bread was so common at that time the word “sourdough” became a nickname for the gold prospectors. In The Yukon and Alaska, a “sourdough” is also a nickname given to someone who has spent an entire winter north of the Arctic Circle, and it refers to their tradition of protecting their sourdough during the coldest months by keeping it close to their body. The sourdough tradition was also carried into Alaska and western Canadian territories during the Klondike Gold Rush.
San Francisco sourdough is the most famous sourdough bread made in the United States today.  In contrast to sourdough production in other areas of the country, the San Francisco variety has remained in continuous production since 1849, with some bakeries able to trace their starters back to California’s Gold Rush period. Many restaurant chains keep it as a menu staple. Sourdough bread is a great side to your soup or stew or toasted with your morning cereal.
Jerry and I always loved Boudin's Sourdough bread from San Francisco and we'd always stop and get a few loaves 

... one time this was in the bag with the bread.... (

It must have fallen in when the gal took the bread off the shelf! LOL.
Now I think this loaf is around $2.50, because the 1# loaf is about $7.00.