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Friday, June 29, 2007

Destination--Chicago, My Kind Of Town

When I was a kid, we had a trip to Chicago, stayed in a great hotel and had several tours including going to Chinatown. It was a blast but when you are a kid you do not really appreciate things like you do when you grow up. So, I went back there when I was about 23 years old. Big difference.

My family and I visited several places while in Chicago but the one that I will always remember is the Museum of Science and Industry. It is loaded with interesting things to do and look at. Ah, I know. Science. Boring. Industry. Even more boring. Not so. That place has a working coal mine, a full sized submarine, a farm, a space center, an internet area and so much more that I cannot believe it would only take a day to see it all.

Okay, this all reminds me of traveling and vacations. If you were talking about Air Travel, I have flown in a jet from Miami to Chicago. That was extremely memorable since I had never flown in a jet before. My whole experience was a twin prop Cessna over an Ozark lake. That ride was incredible. You feel like you are taking off in a rocket. When we landed at Chicago, I wanted to visit it again but we had to catch a commercial prop plane to Moline, Ill.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Saying Farewell To A TV Icon

Fans have been gathering for days to say goodbye to the television legend, Bob Barker, who is retiring after 35 years on "The Price Is Right". They have come from all over to wait at CBS Television City in Los Angeles to see him do his finale taping on Wednesday. The diehard fans come from as far away as Canada and Florida and have camped out as early as Saturday.

The tickets were available months ago and gone as fast as they were available. CBS sends out tickets in the mail for the 325 seat studio but they allow for "no shows" and send out more than are actually available. So, if a fan wants to be in that studio, they must be there early. The people are in sleeping bags and blankets hoping to find a seat.

Naturally, those who are seated will also be eligible to play the game "The Price Is Right". Strategies and options are discussed over and over to find the one thing that will be a sure win.

The last show is already a winner since the rumors are flying about the possibility of a rare million dollar prize. Others say that there will be a car given to each member of the audience.

Without a doubt, the 83 year old Barker will be missed. Thank you, Bob, for all the fun. Have a great retirement.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Let's Have Ham Today!

Once in a while you can find a recipe that you simply have to share. My turn to do just that. This is a great casserole that you can use for whatever time of day you please. It is great for supper or for breakfast. Doesn't this sound great to wake up to or come home to after a busy day? The kids will love it. Serve with a side dish of broccoli or green beans.

Ham Casserole

2 cups cooked ham, cubed

3 eggs, beaten

black pepper to taste

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup

16 oz. sour cream

2 lb.frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

1 onion, chopped

3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

2. Season beaten eggs with pepper; pour into baking dish. In a large bowl, combine ham, soup, sour cream, hash browns, onion and cheese. Mix thoroughly and pour over eggs.

3. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove and pour butter over top of mixture. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until golden.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Even The Reporters Blow It Once In A While

Remember the New Jersey Governor that didn't have his seatbelt on when his car crashed? He did some heavy time in the hospital and recovery. Jon Corzine was riding in the front seat of a State Police driven SUV when the near fatal accident occurred. Because he did not have a seatbelt on, he was seriously injured.

Matt Lauer interviewed Corzine about that crash and the lack of seatbelt. Naturally, the Gov. was not happy to have broken the laws in his own state. Of course, Mr. Lauer apparently did not learn from the lesson either. A few weeks later, Lauer was on the Today show, in the back seat of an SUV Republican Presidental hopeful, Mitt Romney. Ahem. Neither person was wearing a seatbelt!

The boo boo was noticed before the show aired today but Mr. Lauer needed to address the situation as did Mr. Presidental hopeful, Romney. Both were sorry about the oversight. Uh, guys? Law of the land. Newscaster is one thing...he should set a good example. However, Mr. Romney wants the highest seat in the land but does not want that seat to have a seatbelt!!! Set a good example, Mr. Not-ready-for-primetime politician.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

When I Can't Find The Words

When I can't find the words, like today, I resort to giving out information. This time I am providing a simply scrumptous recipe for Chicken, Veggies and Stuffing. Why am I doing this? I told you. I'm out of things to say. Can you believe it? I heard that!!! Despite that attitude, I can forgive and forget and still provide the wonderful recipe forthwith.

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Chicken with Veggies and stuffing.

1 cup water

1 pkg herb seasoned chicken bouillon

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1/4 cup flour

1 cup skim milk

1 pkg herb flavored cubed stuffing mix

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1 cup low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese

Bring the water to a boil in a 3 quart sauce pan. Dissolve the bouillon in the boiling water. Add the chopped vegetables, cooking just until tender. Add the flour, stirring constantly while the mixture thickens. Then add the milk. Remove from the heat.

Add the chicken and stuffing and mix lightly. Pour mixture into a greased 3 quart casserole. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven, covering with the shredded cheese. Return to the oven for five minutes, or place in the microwave on high for three minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serves four to six.

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