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Friday, March 15, 2019

Sunshine ~ Dude ~ Haircut ~ Picture of the Day ~ Mini Chicken Pot Pies ~ Maggie ~ Scottish McNabs ~ National Pears Helene Day

Good 28º cloudless morning. 
Yesterday with just a few wispy clouds and contrails,  it was sunny all day.

Happy Dude......

We topped at 66º!!!! 

Yesterday was haircut day with a new hair girl, Linda, over in Grants Pass. I really like her. She also  has a dog and cat. We had a nice chat and she did a great job on my hair! I will be going back to her for sure! Thanks Linda!
Then a few errands.

Picture of the Day...... Stop talking!

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 cup diced cooked chicken
1 10.75oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 16.3 oz can Pillsbury Grands refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

  1. Heat oven to 375º. In medium bowl, combine vegetables, chicken and soup; mix well.
  2. Press each biscuit into 5 1/2-inch round. Place 1 round in each of 8 greased regular-size muffin cups. Firmly press in bottom and up side, forming 3/4-inch rim. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup chicken mixture into each. Pull edges of dough over filling toward center; pleat and pinch dough gently to hold in place.

  3. Bake at 375º 20 to 22 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from pan.

  4. If you like cheese, sprinkle some on top.

Today was my Maggie's birthday, born in 1999. She was a Scottish McNab.

Ah, Scotland. Is there any place as magical as thee? Rolling green hills. Culture. Castles.
It’s the home of the Loch Ness Monster, kilts and golf.
Anyway, since my Mom was Scottish and had red hair and her name was Margaret, I named my pup Maggie!

Some history of the breed.... There are black and white McNabs and red and white...

Alexander McNab left his native Scotland in the late 19th Century homesteading his 10,000 acre sheep ranch located in the Sanel Rancho, which later became Hopland, California. Looking to develop a herding dog that could handle the rough conditions on his ranch, McNab crossed the Scottish Collies he brought with him with the tough dogs of the nomadic Basque sheepherders he met near his ranch. McNab aptly called his dogs “McNab Shepherds.”

In the early 1900s, the elder McNab passed the ranch down to his youngest son, John McNab, an attorney and stockman who reinvigorated his father’s breeding style. Refinement of the McNab Shepherd continued and additional dogs were imported from Scotland for breeding and ranching purposes.

Over time, the McNab dogs proved to be supreme herding dogs which California ranchers came to depend on with confidence. Now the breed is spreading across the United States and Canada with a few McNabs working as stock dogs in Germany and some sporting McNabs as far away as Japan.

Historically this date......
The Ides of March (LatinIdus Martii or Idus Martiae) is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. It was marked by several religious observances, and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE.

1916 – President Woodrow Wilson sends 4,800 United States troops over the U.S.-Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa.

1985 – The first Internet domain name is registered (

2011 – Beginning of the Syrian civil war.

And births this date include....
1767 – Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (d. 1845)

1941 – Mike Love, American musician (The Beach Boys)

1970 – Derek Parra, American speed skater

1975 – Eva Longoria, American actress

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

March 15th is National Pears Hélène Day.  This food holiday is about the delicious smooth French dessert combining warm poached pears, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Pears Hélène is a dessert made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crystallized violets. It was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffier and named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach. 
Over time, Pears Hélène simpler versions have been developed by substituting poached pears with canned pears and the delicate crystallized violets have been replaced with sliced almonds. These modifications have made it easier for more cooks to prepare this must-have dessert. 
  • There are more than 3,000 varieties of pears grown in the world.
  • Washington, Oregon and Northern California grow more than 95% of the pears sold in the United States.
  • California grows 60% of all Bartlett pears in the United States.
  • Pears ripen best off of the tree.
  • Pears are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as copper, fiber and potassium.
  • Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits.
Enjoy this delicious recipe: Pears Belle Helene recipe.