Sunday, December 21, 2014

Today's Quote

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

-Emily Dickinson

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Overnight Egg Brunch Casserole


What You Need:
•8 Strips of bacon
•1 onion, peeled and chopped
•1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
•1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
•1 cup brocolli, chopped
•1 cup mushrooms, chopped
•2 (1 lb.) bags of frozen hash browns
•1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar or Cheddar Jack cheese (you can double this amount for more cheesy flavor)
•12 eggs
•1 cup 2% milk
•1 teaspoon dried dill
•½ teaspoon salt
•½ teaspoon pepper

Instructions:
1. Cook strips of bacon until crispy. After cooling the bacon on a plate with paper towel, chop it up into ½-inch strips.

2. Chop up onion, garlic, bell pepper, broccoli and mushrooms.

3. Saute the five chopped vegetables in a large skillet for 5 minutes, or until slightly tender.

4. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

5. Place one-third of the hashbrowns into the bottom of the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.

6. Layer one-third of the vegetables and one-third of the cheese on top of the potatoes.

7. Repeat these steps until the ingredients are used up, ending with a layer of cheese on top.

8. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, dill, salt and pepper.


9. Pour the liquid mixture over the top of the ingredients in the slow cooker.


10. Place a piece of paper towel beneath the lid of the slow cooker to absorb excess moisture as it cooks.



11. Cover the slow cooker, and cook on HIGH for 4 ½ hours or LOW for 8-10 hours.



12. After the time has elapsed, a thermometer inserted in the middle of the bake should read 160 degrees F.



13. Serve this easy egg casserole with fresh fruit, and enjoy!

Today's Quote

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”

 ~Unknown

Friday, December 19, 2014

Today's Quote

“Death is nature's way of saying, "Your table's ready."

~ Robin Williams 1951-2014

Deaths - August 2014

1st
Godwin Chepkurgor, 45, Kenyan journalist, offered Bill Clinton dowry to marry Chelsea Clinton, injuries sustained in an elephant charge.
Michael Johns, 35, Australian singer-songwriter (American Idol), blood clot.

2nd
Ed Joyce, 81, American television executive, President of CBS News (1983–1985).
June Krauser, 88, American Hall of Fame swimmer, swimming official and rules writer, Parkinson's disease.
Billie Letts, 76, American novelist (Where the Heart Is).
Sir Alan Peacock, 92, British economist.[21]
Pete van Wieren, 69, American sports broadcaster (Atlanta Braves), cutaneous B-cell lymphoma.

3rd
Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98, American crime fiction writer, recipient of the Grand Master Award (1985).

4th
James Brady, 73, American government official and gun control advocate, White House Press Secretary (1981–1989).

5th
Marilyn Burns, 65, American actress (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre).
Ruth Sacks Caplin, 85, American screenwriter (Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont), heart ailment.
Scott Ciencin, 51, American adaption novelist (Godzilla, Kim Possible, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), blood clot.
Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 87, American naval officer and physician, Surgeon General (1969–1973), complications from a stroke.
Emanuel Tanay, 86, American physician and Holocaust survivor, prostate cancer.

6th
Ralph Bryans, 72, Northern Irish Grand Prix motorcycle racer, World Champion (1965).
Aloha Dalire, 64, American hula dancer, first Miss Aloha Hula winner (1971).
John Woodland Hastings, 87, American biochemist, pioneer in antibiotics research, pulmonary fibrosis.
Li Hu, 40, Chinese HIV activist, complications from AIDS.
David Weidman, 93, American animation background artist (The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, Wacky Races) and silkscreen artist (Mad Men).

8th
Menahem Golan, 85, Israeli director and producer (Operation Thunderbolt, The Delta Force, Masters of the Universe), recipient of the Israel Prize (1999).
Charles Keating, 72, English Emmy Award-winning actor (All My Children, Another World), lung cancer.
Danny Murphy, 58, American actor (There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene), cancer.
J. J. Murphy, 86, Northern Irish actor (Mickybo and Me, Angela's Ashes, Game of Thrones).

9th
Arthur G. Cohen, 84, American real estate developer (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Royalton Hotel, One Worldwide Plaza, Olympic Tower).
Jerome Ehlers, 55, Australian actor (Quigley Down Under, The Marine, The Great Raid), cancer.
J. E. Freeman, 68, American actor (Miller's Crossing, Alien: Resurrection).
Dave Lloyd, 77, American football player (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles).
Ed Nelson, 85, American actor (Gunsmoke, Murder, She Wrote, Peyton Place), heart failure.
Myrtle Young, 90, American potato chip collector, heart failure.

10th
Dotty Lynch, 69, American television journalist and editor (CBS News), melanoma.

11th
Sam Hall, 77, American Olympic silver-medalist diver (1960), politician and mercenary, member of the Ohio House of Representatives.
Liz Holzman, 61, American animation designer, producer and director (DuckTales, Animaniacs, Darkwing Duck), cancer.
Joe Viskocil, 61, American visual effects artist (Independence Day, Star Wars), Oscar winner (1997), complications of liver and kidney failure.
Robin Williams, 63, American comedian and actor (Good Will Hunting, Hook, Aladdin), Oscar winner (1998), suicide by hanging.

12th
Lauren Bacall, 89, American award-winning actress (Key Largo, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Misery), stroke.
Arlene Martel, 78, American actress (Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes, The Twilight Zone), heart attack.

13th
Alan Landsburg, 81, American screenwriter, film producer (Jaws 3-D), racehorse owner and official, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board.]

14th
Leonard Fein, 80, American Jewish activist, academic, editor (Moment), columnist (Forward) and author, founder of MAZON and Moment.
Stephen Lee, 58, American actor (The Negotiator, Burlesque, WarGames, Dark Angel), heart attack.
Rick Parashar, 50, American record producer (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Alice in Chains), blood clot.

17th
Michael A. Hoey, 79, British producer, director and screenwriter (Fame, Falcon Crest).

18th
Lawrence N. Guarino, 92, American Air Force colonel, prisoner of war.
Jim Jeffords, 80, American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Vermont's at-large district (1975–1989), Senator for Vermont (1989–2007).
Levente Lengyel, 81, Hungarian chess player.[290]
Don Pardo, 96, American radio and television announcer (Saturday Night Live, Jeopardy!).

19th
Ameyo Adadevoh, 57, Nigerian physician, Ebola virus disease.
James Foley, 40, American photojournalist, beheading.[302] (death reported on this date)
Brian G. Hutton, 79, American actor and director (King Creole, Kelly's Heroes, Where Eagles Dare).

21st
Robert Hansen, 75, American convicted serial killer.
Steven R. Nagel, 67, American astronaut, melanoma.

22nd
John Fellows Akers, 79, American businessman, President (1983–1989) and CEO (1985–1993) of IBM.
Amy Shuman, 89, American baseball player.
John Sperling, 93, American businessman, founder of the University of Phoenix.
John S. Waugh, 85, American chemist and professor (MIT), recipient of the Irving Langmuir Award (1976) and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (1983).

23rd
Philippine de Rothschild, 80, French winemaker.

24th
Richard Attenborough, 90, English award-winning actor, producer and director (Gandhi, The Great Escape, Jurassic Park).
Leonid Stadnyk, 44, Ukrainian farmer, world's tallest man claimant, brain hemorrhage.

25th
John Brandon, 85, American actor (Dynasty, Scarface).

27th
Al Carrell, 88, American home improvement expert and columnist, pneumonia.

29th
George L. Little, 63, American costume designer (Apocalypse Now, Jarhead, The Hurt Locker).

30th
Andrew V. McLaglen, 94, British film and television director (McLintock!, Gunsmoke, Rawhide

31st
Stan Goldberg, 82, American comic book artist (Archie), stroke.
Jimi Jamison, 63, American musician (Survivor), suspected heart attack.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today's Quote

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."


- Martin Luther King, Jr.: American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today's Quote

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”

― Mary Oliver

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Molasses Crinkles

Prep Time 1 hr 10 min|
Total Time 3 hr 25 min|
Servings 48

Ingredients
  3/4 cup shortening
  1 cup packed brown sugar
  1/4 cup mild-flavor molasses or full-flavor molasses
  1 egg
  2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  2 teaspoons baking soda
  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1 teaspoon ground ginger
  1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  1/4 teaspoon salt
   Granulated sugar

Directions
1 Mix shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg thoroughly in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

2 Heat oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheet. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip tops in granulated sugar. Place balls, sugared sides up, 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. Sprinkle each with 2 or 3 drops of water.

3 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set but not hard. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

The Best Bisquick Apple Cobbler

Ingredients

•FILLING:
•1 c. sugar
•2 tsp. cornstarch
•½ tsp. cinnamon
•a pinch of nutmeg
•½ tsp. allspice
•¼ cup water
•2 tsp. butter
•5 c. apples, sliced
•½ tsp. grated lemon peel

TOPPING:
•1 c. homemade bisquick mix
•¼ c. milk
•¼ c. sugar
•2 tbsp. butter, melted


Instructions
1.FILLING: In a sauce pan, blend sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add butter, apples and lemon peel. Pour into a buttered baking dish.
2.TOPPING: Mix bisquick with milk, sugar and butter until well combined. Drop by spoonfuls on top of apple mixture.
3.Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

He Implied Black People Are Born Dangerous. Watch What She Says Back.


Dip

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups sour cream (I used light)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup sliced green onion

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and green onion. Spoon mixture into a 1-quart baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and hot.
Serve with bread slices, crackers, or veggies.

Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
Lowry's Seasoning Salt
6 bacon slices
1/4 cup regular mustard
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
1 cup sliced fresh mushroom (I omitted because my family does not like mushrooms)
2 cup shredded Colby/Jack cheese

First, Sprinkle and rub the chicken breasts with seasoning salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

While the chicken is in the refrigerator, cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside. ***Do not discard grease.***

Saute chicken in the bacon grease for 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until browned. Place chicken in a 9" × 13" casserole dish or pan.

To make the Honey Mustard: In a small bowl, mix the mustard, honey, mayonnaise and dried onion flakes.

Spread some of the Honey Mustard over each piece of chicken, then layer with mushrooms, crumbled bacon, and shredded cheese.

Bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and chicken is done.

Serve with the left over Honey Mustard Sauce that you made.

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She took it to the silversmith and asked him to remove her monogram and put the new one on. The silversmith examined the tray carefully, shook his head and said, "Ma'am, this kind of thing can only be done so many times!"

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Deaths - July 2014

1st
Stephen Gaskin, 79, American counterculture figure, peace activist and commune founder (The Farm).
David Greenglass, 92, American atomic spy for the Soviet Union, worked on the Manhattan Project.
Anatoly Kornukov, 72, Soviet-born Russian military officer, commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force (1998–2002), ordered KAL 007 to be shot down.
Walter Dean Myers, 76, American award-winning children's writer (Fallen Angels, Monster).
Seth J. Teller, 50, American computer engineer and scientist (MIT), pioneer in human-robot interactions.

2nd
Errie Ball, 103, Welsh-born American golfer, oldest PGA member, last living player from inaugural Masters Tournament, natural causes.

4th
Richard Mellon Scaife, 82, American billionaire philanthropist, newspaper publisher (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) and political activist, cancer.
Avelin P. Tacon, Jr., 99, American USAF officer, major general commander of Nellis, Langley and Foster Air Force Base, deputy commander of the Twelfth Air Force.

5th
Imogen Bain, 54, English actress (The Phantom of the Opera, Casualty).
Noel Black, 77, American film and television director, writer and producer (Skaterdater, Pretty Poison, Private School).
Rosemary Murphy, 89, American actress (To Kill a Mockingbird, Eleanor and Franklin), Emmy winner (1976), esophageal cancer.
Don Wright, 84, American Gwich'in politician, President of the Alaska Federation of Natives (1970–1972), involved in negotiations for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

6th
Dave Legeno, 50, British actor (Harry Potter, Snatch, Batman Begins), heat stroke.[103] (body discovered on this date)

7th
Philip Hurlic, 86, American actor (Our Gang).
Dick Jones, 87, American actor (Pinocchio, Buffalo Bill, Jr.).
Lammtarra, 22, British racehorse, Cartier Champion Three-year-old Colt (1995), won Epsom Derby, KG VI and QE Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, euthanized.

9th
Eileen Ford, 92, American model agency executive, co-founder of Ford Models, complications from meningioma and osteoporosis.
Don Lenhardt, 91, American baseball player and coach (St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox).
Ken Thorne, 90, British composer (Superman II, Help!), Oscar winner (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).

10th
Curt Gentry, 83, American author (Helter Skelter), lung cancer.
Paul Gibson Jr., 86, American airline executive (American Airlines), Deputy Mayor of New York City (1974–1977).
Gloria Schweigerdt, 80, American baseball player (Chicago Colleens, Battle Creek Belles).
Zohra Sehgal, 102, Indian actress (Bend It Like Beckham, The Mistress of Spices, Doctor Who) and choreographer, heart failure.

11th
Charlie Haden, 76, American jazz bassist and bandleader, three-time Grammy Award winner (Nocturne, Land of the Sun, The Shape of Jazz to Come), post-polio syndrome.
Ray Lonnen, 74, British actor (Harry's Game, The Sandbaggers, Z-Cars), cancer.
Tommy Ramone, 65, Hungarian-born American Hall of Fame record producer and drummer (The Ramones), bile duct cancer.
John Seigenthaler, 86, American newspaper journalist and editor (The Tennessean, USA Today), editor for team that won Pulitzer Prize (1962).

12th
Tom Tierney, 85, American paper doll maker.
Barbara Turf, 71, American home furnishing executive, CEO of Crate and Barrel (2008–2012), pancreatic cancer.

13th
Thomas Berger, 89, American novelist (Little Big Man).
Nadine Gordimer, 90, South African writer (The Conservationist, Burger's Daughter, July's People) and anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Prize laureate in Literature (1991).

14th
Alice Coachman, 90, American high jumper, first black woman to become Olympic champion (1948).
Martin Richard Hoffmann, 82, American public servant, Secretary of the Army (1975–1977).
Tom Rolf, 82, Swedish-born American film editor (Taxi Driver, The Right Stuff, Heat), complications from hip surgery.
Jack Tocco, 87, American mafioso, head of the Detroit Partnership, suspect in the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance, natural causes.
Vintage Crop, 27, Irish Thoroughbred racehorse, won Melbourne Cup (1993).(death announced on this date)

15th
James MacGregor Burns, 95, American historian (Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom) and political scientist, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (1971).

16th
Karl Albrecht, 94, German billionaire grocery executive, co-founder of Aldi.
Hans Funck, 61, German film editor (Das Experiment, Downfall, Sophie Scholl – The Final Days), asthma attack.
Johnny Winter, 70, American Hall of Fame blues guitarist, singer (Nothin' but the Blues) and triple Grammy Award-winning producer (1978–1980).

17th
Henry Hartsfield, 80, American NASA astronaut and test pilot (Columbia), commander for Discovery and Challenger missions, complications from back surgery.
Elaine Stritch, 89, American award-winning actress (Elaine Stritch at Liberty, 30 Rock).
Joep Lange, 59, Dutch physician, President of the International AIDS Society (2002–2004).

18th
Augie Rodriguez, 86, American dancer, popularized the Mambo.
Sir Nicholas Scheele, 70, British automotive manufacturing executive, President and CEO of Jaguar Cars (1992–1999) and Ford Motor Company (2001–2005).

19th
Madeline Amgott, 92, American television producer (60 Minutes), lymphoma.
Skye McCole Bartusiak, 21, American actress (The Patriot, The Cider House Rules, Boogeyman).
Jack Coffey, 87, American director (All My Children).
John Fasano, 52, American screenwriter (Another 48 Hrs.), director (Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare) and weapons expert.
James Garner, 86, American Hall of Fame actor (Maverick, The Rockford Files, Murphy's Romance), heart attack.
Peter Marquardt, 50, American actor (Desperado, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over).
Yehuda Nir, 84, Polish-born Israeli-American psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor (The Lost Childhood).

21st
Dan Borislow, 52, American telecommunications executive, inventor of magicJack, heart attack.

22nd
Johann Breyer, 89, German-American suspected war criminal.

24th
Walt Martin, 69, American sound mixer (Flags of Our Fathers, Mystic River, Jersey Boys), vasculitis.
See More Business, 24, Irish thoroughbred, won King George VI Chase (1997, 1999) and Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999).

25th
Alan C. Greenberg, 86, American financier, chairman and CEO of Bear Stearns, complications from cancer.
Bel Kaufman, 103, German-born American teacher and author (Up the Down Staircase).

26th
Charles R. Larson, 77, American naval officer, Commanding Admiral of the USPACOM, Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy (1983–1986, 1994–1998), pneumonia.

27th
Kristina Fetters, 34, American convicted murderer, youngest woman to receive life sentence in United States, breast cancer.

28th
Margot Adler, 68, American journalist (NPR), radio broadcaster (Hour of the Wolf, Justice Talking) and author, endometrial cancer.
Sally Farmiloe, 60, South African-born British actress (Howards' Way), breast cancer.
Benedict L. Stabile, American admiral, Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (1972–1986).
Theodore Van Kirk, 93, American military officer, Army Major, navigator and last surviving crew member on the Enola Gay.

29th
Jon R. Cavaiani, 70, American NCO and prisoner of war, Army Special Forces sergeant major, recipient of the Medal of Honor (1974).

30th
Robert Drew, 90, American documentary filmmaker (Primary, Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment), natural causes.
Dennis Lipscomb, 72, American actor (In the Heat of the Night, Wiseguy, WarGames).
Rick Mittleman, 84, American television writer (Bewitched, CHiPs, The Flintstones, The Odd Couple), traffic collision.
Dick Wagner, 71, American rock guitarist (The Frost, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed) and songwriter ("Only Women Bleed"), lung infection.