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Monday, February 18, 2019

Freeze ~ Snow ~ Picture of the Day ~ Wild Rice/Ojibwe Indians ~ Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole ~ Melinda Plumbridge ~ President's Day ~ National Drink Wine Day

Good 25ยบ everything frozen morning.
Yesterday the snow had just about all melted by 10am. We only had about 1". 

Picture of the Day.....

Interesting about wild rice...........

Manoomin, the Ojibwe word for wild rice, is the only indigenous grain in North America and is the cousin to wild rice found in China. Although they still use the plant stems as vegetables, China no longer indulges in their wild rice, meanwhile, North America has turned it into a delicacy over time.
The Ojibwe, Ojibwa, Chippewa, or Saulteaux are an Anishinaabe people of Canada and the United States. They are one of the most numerous indigenous peoples north of the Rio Grande. In Canada, they are the second-largest First Nations population, surpassed only by the Cree. In the United States, they have the fifth-largest population among Native American peoples, surpassed in number only by the Navajo, Cherokee, Choctaw and Sioux.

According to Ojibwe oral tradition, centuries ago the Ojibwe were instructed to find the place where "the food grows on the water" during their long migration from the East coast. This ultimately led them to the shores of Lake Superior and the northern inland lakes of the Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota where flowing fields of manoomin were found in abundance. Seen as a special gift from the Creator, manoomin became a healthy staple in the Ojibwe diet. When finished correctly, wild rice could be stored for long periods of time to be available when other foods were not.
Known for its unique nutty taste, manoomin offers a touch of excitement to menus with its unusual flavor and textur


Get out your crock pot for this yummy recipe...
                     Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole
1 cup long grain long cooking rice (NOT fast-cooking or minute rice!)
10.5 oz can Cheddar cheese soup
10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup chicken broth
4 cups cooked chicken cubed
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter sliced
1/2 cup onion chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. Spray your crock pot with cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl, mix together your rice, soups, broth and chicken
  3. Add in your milk, butter and onion and stir well
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  5. Spread your mixture into your crock
  6. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese all over the top
  7. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours (mine was done perfectly at 3 hours, but your crock pot may be different, so watch closely the first time so you can know how your crock pot cooks this recipe)
  8. Let it stand for at least 10 minutes before serving
  • This recipe is adapted from Gooseberry Patch’s 101 Hearty Recipes
  • Make sure you use long-grain, long cooking rice for this. A good way to tell is to look at the cooking instructions on the package. You want the package that tells you to bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes, NOT the package that says you can be done in 5 minutes in the microwave.

Today a special birthday... my nephew Jimmy Plumbridge's bride Melinda is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!! xo

Historically this date......
1911 – The first official flight with air mail takes place in AllahabadBritish India, whenHenri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.

1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.

1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.

2001 – Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.


And births this date include....
1919 – Jack Palance, American actor (d. 2006)

1925 – George Kennedy, American actor (d.2016)

1950 – Cybill Shepherd, American actress

1954 – John Travolta, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Happy President's Day Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
This day is set aside, by more and more of America’s population, to honor all of the past United States Presidents that have served our country.  Two of our nation’s most prominent Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, are brought to mind as we celebrate this day.  Their birth dates, which fall close to this same time, have been honored for decades and always will be.
Presidents Day is celebrated with public ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States.
The origin of Presidents Day lay in the 1880s when the birthday of George Washington was celebrated as a federal holiday.  In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved several federal holidays to Mondays.  During the debate on the bill, it was proposed to have George Washington’s birthday be renamed Presidents Day to honor the birthdays of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Washington’s birthday is February 22nd and Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th.  Although Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. However, after the bill went into effect in 1971, Presidents Day became the commonly accepted name.

AND today is also...................
While February 18 is observed annually as National Drink Wine Day, it would be a shame to celebrate only one day a year.  Perhaps this day is just a reminder to drink wine.
Wine does have its benefits after all.  Moderate drinkers of wine have lower risks of liver disease, type II diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, heart attack and stroke.  It also can reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good (HDL).