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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Storm/Tree Down Smilebox of Pictures ~ Garbage Pasta Salad ~ John Wayne ~ Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Good Saturday afternoon....
Pretty day for awhile.... stayed cool so far....

Yesterday was supposed to be haircut day, blood draw, post office for package, pharmacy for prescription. BUT, since there was no power since 5:30 pm Thursday until 5:00 pm yesterday, Friday, I stayed home and kept the generator running to keep the fridge and freezer working and my coffee pot! 
Here is the Smilebox of the photos from the storm and the tree down. When the storm started there was lots of thunder, shook the house! And lightening, but I never got a picture of it. Dang. Then the winds were wild and the rain came down like crazy. In 25 minutes we got 2" of rain! Suddenly my big oak tree in front of the house blew over. Shock! Fortunately it didn't hit anything. Then the power went out, caused by many trees down on the road hitting the wires.
Tree people were out Thursday night and Friday working on the downed trees and trimming others away from the wires. The power company was working on the power poles. Mike Hannan came over and started working on the downed tree. Finally the power guys, Mike (another Mike!) and Gary were here and getting the wires back up and power came on at 5pm. YEAH!!!!
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Quick! - Check the pantry and the fridge and grab whatever you've got on hand, 'cause you're going to need it to make a throw-together Garbage Pasta Salad that's potluck-worthy! This is one easy pasta salad that won't ever make it to the garbage.

  • 1 (12-ounce) package twist rainbow pasta
  • 1/2 head fresh cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 head fresh broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 cup 1/2-inch chunks Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup pepperoni slices, cut in half
  • 1 (16-ounce) can black olives, drained
  • 3/4 cup Italian dressing
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; add pasta and toss until evenly coated. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • This pasta salad is great made in advance, but you may need to add a little extra Italian dressing to moisten it just before serving.

Special birthday today.... John Wayne. A hero to so many. His birth name was Morrison and my family is distantly related on the Scottish side of my family. My sister's name was Marion!  He was a hero to Jerry's family too, as his mother named him John Wayne Maxwell, but his father said that wouldn't work, so they changed his name to Jerry Wayne Maxwell!!

Interesting read:
Historically this date...
1783 – A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut celebrated end of fighting in American Revolution.

1868 – The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.

1969 – Apollo programApollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.

1977 – George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center.

1983 – A strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people and injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed.

1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.

2004 – The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

And births this date include....
1886 – Al Jolson, American singer (d. 1950)

1912 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (d. 1980)

1923 – James Arness, American actor (d. 2011)
... another Hollywood Republican! Apparently that pissed off Lady Bird Johnson because she loved Gunsmoke!

1949 – Hank Williams Jr., American singer

1951 – Sally Ride, American astronaut (d. 2012)

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

A food holiday for cheesecake lovers, National Blueberry Cheesecake Day is observed on May 26th.
Cheesecake is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake. Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked and are often served topped with fruit, chocolate or whipped cream.  There are many varieties of cheesecake. However, this day honors the blueberry cheesecake.
Enjoy a blueberry cheesecake at your favorite restaurant.  If you’re handy in the kitchen, try one of these recipes:

Power Outage ~ Weather/Clouds ~ White Castle ~ Picture of the Day ~ Country Club Fruit Salad ~ Suzanne Santisteven ~ National Wine Day !!!

This blog was to be published yesterday on Friday May 25th, but we had a storm on Thursday afternoon that was the wildest storm I have ever seen in my life. Thunder, lightening, sideways rain, volatile wind, and a big huge oak tree in front of my house blew over! Then the power went out. The power was out for 23½ hours, until last evening. So, the blog is behind. I will publish photos of the storm and damage later today. 
Good morning.
Yesterday early it was dark and cloudy, then the blue sky moved in and the sun. Still no rain. Fuey. Guess I'll have to turn on the sprinklers.


The first White Castle location opened in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas making it the first American fast-food burger chain. White Castle is also generally credited as the first fast food chain in the United States. Founder Bill Ingram used $700 to open the starting location and started serving the chain's signature burgers. The chain is known for its small, square hamburgers, sometimes referred to as "sliders". The burgers were initially priced at five cents until 1929 and remained at ten cents until 1949. On January 14, 2014, Time labeled the White Castle slider the most influential burger of all time.

Picture of the Day
In many ways, the setting is just a typical family breakfast. Young children and their mother enjoy croissants and orange juice while sitting around a table together. But things become a little different when you notice a giraffe poking its head through the window to join them for a drink and a bite to eat. In fact, the Carr-Hartley family has the unusual distinction of sharing their home with eight Rothschild giraffes, some of the rarest on the planet. Talk about weird pets. In the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest animals are free to roam their 140-acre estate and are regular visitors at their English-style manor built in the colonial era. Every day shortly before 9am, the mammal beasts stroll up to the house and poke their heads through the windows and doors in search of morning treats. Owners Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley literally share their dining table with them. They know all of the giraffes by name: 13-year-old Lynne is the leader of the herd and can be very persistent about getting treats.

Well summer is a comin' and fruit salads are great in the warm weather...How about this one...

Country Club Fruit Salad is dressed up in a lively yogurt sauce that makes this fruit salad all the better!
  • 1 (8-ounce) container low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cantaloupe, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 honeydew, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed
  1. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, honey, orange juice, orange peel, and salt; mix well and set aside.
  2. Arrange assorted fruit on 4 individual plates and drizzle with yogurt dressing. Serve immediately.

Special birthday today.... Suzanne Santisteven (LASD ret and wife of the infamous Phil, LASD ret.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIDDO! ♥ (a day late now!!!)
                      ^Phil, their daughter Alyssa, and Suz
Historically this date..........
1935 – Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1961 – Apollo programU.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade.

1977 – Star Wars (retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981) is released in theaters, inspiring the Jediism religion and Geek Pride Day holiday.

... .this was Jerry's all time favorite movie. We went to the El Monte Drive-in at least 7 times to see it!

1979 – Six-year-old Etan Patz disappears from the street just two blocks away from hisNew York City home, prompting an international search for the child, and causing U.S. President Ronald Reagan to designate May 25th as National Missing Children's Day (in 1983).

the first missing child to be on a milk carton.........

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
..........thank God!


And births this date.....
1925 – Jeanne Crain, American actress (d. 2003)
(A Republican, 57 years married, 7 children with the same man! All Hollyweird oddities!)


1939 – Dixie Carter, American actress (d. 2010)


1947 – Karen Valentine, American actress


1963 – Mike Myers, Canadian actor and comedian


1969 – Anne Heche, American actress

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

Pour a glass of your favorite wine on May 25 to participate in National Wine Day.  Celebrated each year, it has a sister holiday in February, National Drink Wine Day.
I have this shirt, in yellow, and will be wearing it today!