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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Bruiser ~ Dash ~ Picture of the Day ~ Enchiladas ~ Cheesy Beef Enchilada Tortellini Skillet ~ Gaye St. Clair ~ National Coffee Day ~ National VFW Day

Good cloudy 57º morning. Rain predicted for later today. Everyone is hoping!!! 
Yesterday it was smokey smokey and the smoke kept the sun from heating us up too much. We topped at  94º. 
Yesterday in the morning, as usual, Bruiser went out and about. When he came back in he was covered with those nasty little dry weed stickers.

I managed to get a comb and comb a bunch of them off of him. Then he came and laid on my desk, so I picked some more of them off. What a mess!!! 

Yesterday Jen and Tucker brought Dash here. 

He will stay until tomorrow when Brian picks him up.
Picture of the Day......
Not now dear, I have a headache!

Interesting about enchiladas....

An enchilada is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including various meatscheesebeanspotatoesvegetables or combinations. Originating in Mexico, enchiladas are popular dish throughout Mexico and American West.
The Real Academia Española defines the word enchilada, as used in Mexico, as a rolled maizetortilla stuffed with meat and covered with a tomato and chili sauce. Enchilada is the past participle of Spanish enchilar, "to add chili pepper to", literally to "season (or decorate) with chili".

The idiomatic American English phrase "the whole enchilada" means "the whole thing".

Enchiladas originated in Mexico, where the practice of rolling tortillas around other food dates back at least to Mayan times. The people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate corn tortillas folded or rolled around small fish. Writing at the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Díaz del Castillo documented a feast enjoyed by Europeans hosted by Hernán Cortés in Coyoacán, which included foods served in corn tortillas. (Note that the native Nahuatl name for the flat corn bread used was tlaxcalli; the Spanish gave it the name tortilla.) The Nahuatl word for enchilada is chīllapītzalli  which is formed of the Nahuatl word for "chili", chīlli  and the Nahuatl word for "flute", tlapītzalli. In the 19th century, as Mexican cuisine was being memorialized, enchiladas were mentioned in the first Mexican cookbook, El cocinero mexicano ("The Mexican Chef"), published in 1831 and in Mariano Galvan Rivera's Diccionario de Cocina, published in 1845.

So........... how about this.....
Cheesy Beef Enchilada Tortellini Skillet
Prep: 5 minutes  Cook: 20 minutes  Servings: 6
8 oz tortellini
1 pound ground beef
1 T. taco seasoning
1 cup water (or beef broth)
1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinseed
1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
1 cup cheddar cheese (or Monterey jack, etc.) shredded
1/4 cup sour cream
2 green onions, sliced (optional)
1 T. cilantro, chopped (optional)
Start cooking the tortellini as directed on package.
Meanwhile cook the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain any excess grease.
Mix in the seasoning followed by the water and enchilada sauce, the tortellini, beans and corn into the beef and bring to simmer.
Top with the cheese, place under broiler until cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes, before topping with sour cream, onions, & cilantro. Or, save the sour cream, onions, and cilantro for each individual to place on their serving.
Today is a special birthday, Gaye, the bride of Bob St. Clair (LASD ret) is celebrating her birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAYE!

This picture taken wayyyyyyy back in 1975 at a party at our house.

Historically this date.....
1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

1966 – The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.

2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

 the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami.

And births this date include....
1904 – Greer Garson, British actress (d. 1996)
She must have shied away from public as there are no pictures of her older.

1907 – Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and businessman (d. 1998)

1925 – Steve Forrest, American actor (d. 2013)

1931 – Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (d. 2015)

1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician
1942 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999) sad she died so young ... she was cute and fun and funny!
1957 – Andrew Dice Clay, American comedian and actor
....weirdo! and ugleeeee..... ditch the glasses dude!

Later it was chair, wine, and TV while Dash napped in my lap....

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

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!
Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.
The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!
There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.
Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia.  More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.
Enjoy a cup or two of your favorite coffee. Here is a Coffee Brewing Guide to help create your own.

Today is also............

National VFW Day is observed annually on September 29, honoring the men and women devoted to this valuable organization and those members who have served our nation. 
Members of the VFW today hold a long-standing history of volunteerism in their communities. Not only have they served their country, but they continue to serve their fellow veterans, families, and communities by sponsoring scholarships, career fairs, mental wellness campaigns, and so many more excellent services.
VFW membership since its inception has been instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Administration, the creation of the national cemetery system and passage of the GI Bill. Through the VFW, veterans honor veterans and serve their communities.  On National VFW Day, take a moment to recognize all the VFW does in your community.
Honor the VFW members and veterans in your community. Let them know that you appreciate the sacrifices they have made for all of us. We truly are the land of the free because of the brave. 
The VFW was established on September 29, 1899, by a group of veterans from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. It has since grown to be the nation’s largest group of combat veterans. They continue “to honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW promote patriotism, goodwill and youth scholarships. They also provide military assistance and community service programs, promote youth activities and volunteer many hours in their local communities.