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ImageJaeRae
Feb 7, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Is Olie that passed out cat?

Muriel, are you feeling any better today?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNanubunny
Feb 7, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Name: Bonnie
A very small town in Virginia
Congratulations to the Packer fans! The way things are going with the Collective Bargaining Agreement in the NFL, you may just get to keep it for two years!

Jamie, no, it wasn't Miller - we could get that in Pittsburgh. It was something that was not familiar to me, but I was wishing it was. Rolling on the floor laughing I haven't seen it since. I decided it might be good reason to visit Green Bay. When I finally got up that way (Oshkosh for the fly-in a couple of times), I couldn't remember the name of it, but I had fun trying different beers, trying to find it. Guess I'll just have to go back again.... Besides I still haven't crossed "Visit Lambeau Field" off my Bucket List. Have you got a recipe for that beer/cheese soup? I think somebody had that at one of those tailgate parties too!

Neil, I rarely refer to the Super Bowl champs as World Champions, although they are the NFL World Champions - where else to they play NFL Football? Smiling That sausage looked pretty good, although it would have looked better with some chili or sauerkraut on it.

Hi, Muriel, are you feeling better now?

Charleen, what a wonderful picture of Charley - I just want to pat his lovely fuzzy nose!

Love to all,

Bonnie
". . . folks I wouldn't sweat the thunderstorms since the radar has also picked up a squadron of Russian ICBM's"
-- George Carlin, a.k.a. "Al Sleet, the Hippy Dippy Weatherman"
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 7, 2011 1:49 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Bonnie, you confuse me even more! If you get a Gold in the Olympics it means you are the best in the whole world at an amateur level. In a world cup say in soccer (football), every country that plays soccer is allowed to compete and the best wins, in a professional game. Same with Rugby, Cricket, Tennis etc.
However there are as I have just found out people who play American football in the UK and other countries as well, see here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_football_teams...
But they are not allowed to play in the NFL or are what is deemed a Premier team. So therefore it should be called NFL Champions, not world Champions, as they have not as in a world cup competed against other teams in or from other countries. So they are Champions of the NFL, but not the world!
I had been Rowing from an early age and won Head of the River at Putney at 15 on single sculls. When I went into the British Army, they found out I was a Rower and put me in a team.
Our eventual goal was the world Championships at Holme Pierpoint in Nottingham. This was against the USA, the then USSR, Canada, China and every other country.
We won in coxed fours and indeed my mother was proud of me and our team who she fed! That was a world Championship, for you had small countries against the big ones, and the best team won.
Kindest Regards to your goodself and Tom, who I trust is well?
Neil.
+ Phoenix.
ImageJaeRae
Feb 7, 2011 1:58 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Aww...Bonnie...was it Leinenkugel's???

Beer/cheese soup...well, 2 things: one, while I can be caught with a BLT club sandwich from the local deli, I rarely eat meat (so I am likely to make it without but to fry up some bacon and/or good spicy crumbled sausage on the side for guests to add at will), and two, the recipe is totally varible so it is one where (if you cook like I do) a general resource is good.

Since I don't use recipes, here's what I would typically do:

dice carrots, chop celery and parsley, thin slice lots of sweet onion
in a big cast iron pan saute in olive or sesame oil until carrot softens and onion is carmelized
add a bit of Wocestershire, some fresh ground black pepper and a little cayenne, squirt in some dijon mustard and mix all
turn heat up and add a cup or so of chicken or vegetable broth bringing to simmer until veggies are cooked
stir in a couple of TBS butter, after it melts add flour to make a roux, saute until reduced
turn temp down and slowly whisk in 2 cans of beer
as it warms add about 4-5 cups of shredded cheddar stirring so it melts.
Thereafter, adjust liquid (with beer or broth) and cheese to taste.

Serve in a warming pot with the meat, crusty bread and some chopped chives and parsley on the side.

AND DRINK BEER!

**********Warning***********Do NOT do this less that 3 days prior to any medical testing. Hilarious!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageJaeRae
Feb 7, 2011 2:01 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Sorry...we cross posted. Bonnie, Neil is correct. The US of A tends to think itself into the center of the map (of course so does the UK in ways)! Hilarious!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
murielw1
Feb 7, 2011 2:40 PM CST
Hi Jamie,
My head feels a little better, but still not right, still went to the Womens Legion, But took a bus in to town, then thought I would walk home, that was a mistake, the wind was so bad, thought I would be swept off my feet, so was glad when I reached home safe, bits of tree's falling off as I walked pass the Arboretum, it looked as if some of the tree braches had been sawn off, gardeners in the Arbouretum were driving instead of walking round the park, I did not walk through the park, bad enough just walking along the path near the road was bad enough.
Yes Ollie is the black and white cat.
ImageJaeRae
Feb 7, 2011 2:48 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
You cuddle down and take care of yourself Muriel. Perhaps you should have taken the broom, it flys above the wind I expect?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNanubunny
Feb 7, 2011 3:12 PM CST
Name: Bonnie
A very small town in Virginia
Muriel, you need to not go out in that ghastly weather again until it stops, and you are feeling better. (That was an AND, not an OR situation, mind you). You and Ollie, just snuggle in, and wait it out! Hope you are better soon.

Wow, Neil, I had no idea American football was so popular in the UK! (I was told otherwise). Looks like the NFL draft and free agency should be looking on the other side of the Atlantic for prospective players. There's even a team called the Steelers! Lovey dubby As I said, I don't refer to them as the World Champions, I call them Super Bowl Champions or NFL Champions. Of course, as with many sporting events, as you can tell from our discussion, its also about the food! Tom is doing much better, after a recent seven day course of intravenous antibiotics for a nasty infection that does not seem to go away for good. Needless to say, since it's coming up on the one-year anniversary of his cancer surgery (tomorrow) he is ready to have these infections over and done! He feels fine, otherwise. We are hoping that this has done the trick.

Jamie, that might have been the name of the beer - it was a long name. I'll remember that one and look for it at some of the places that advertise long lists of beers. That soup sounds *delicious*! We have a cold snap coming towards the end of the week. (It's in the mid to high 50's now), so it might just be the right time for it. Might have to find some good cheddar and buy a couple of bottles of good beer.

Back to programming,

Love to all,

Bonnie
". . . folks I wouldn't sweat the thunderstorms since the radar has also picked up a squadron of Russian ICBM's"
-- George Carlin, a.k.a. "Al Sleet, the Hippy Dippy Weatherman"
murielw1
Feb 7, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Hi Bonnie and Jamie,
Ollie is my youngest daughter's , Sarah's cat, but I do have two cats Tiggy and Tilly, will not go out tomorrow or wednesday, still have some finishing off on the lower stairs wall then the walls are finished thank goodness, that will be the biggest part of the house sorted.
I think it must be the weather why I feel rough. as well decorating, at least now when going upsatairs and down it is like spring in the house, Lemon and white, then when the better weather comes and we can have the doors and windows open, we will paint the woodwork, hate the smell of gloss paint.
Jamie the way the wind was today, my broomstick would have not needed it's turbo blaster, I would have landed in the states jet propelled, Hee Hee.
Last night the wind was coming down the chimney and Tilly the youngest cat, was sitting in front of the fireplace looking at the chimney breast wondering what the noise was, she was funny to watch her, her head going from side to side.
Tiggy just likes his comfort.
Tale care.
LOL Muriel
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 7, 2011 9:21 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Something to brighten you all up!
Regards.
Neil.
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Imagecececoogan
Feb 7, 2011 9:53 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Oh how wonderful Neil! I just love Narcissus, daffodils or whatever you want to call them................... Thank you. They do brighten up ones mood.
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 7, 2011 10:07 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Cherie, there us a stunning red Japanese ornamental quince in flower as well. I will see if I can get a picture of it as the weather does not know what it is doing!
Did you see my Superbowl (1967) equipment, which is above with a Hot Dog?
I hope you an Ed are well, and have recovered form Sunday!
Group hug
Regards.
Neil.
Imageirisarian
Feb 7, 2011 10:21 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
We needed the yellow, thank you, Neil. Snow & ice getting dirty. I wishit would go away more quickly. The melting has turned the driveway into a sheet of ice. John had to buy some sand to put on it.
Imagecececoogan
Feb 7, 2011 10:53 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
We're looking at sub zero temps to the next 5 days in a row with highs in the teens. I am so sick of winter, cold, ice snow, cloudy days with no sun................................. NEXT year I will live on a tropical island somewhere. Wishful thinking I know.,
the faster I go, the behinder I get
murielw1
Feb 8, 2011 8:45 AM CST
Neil, will my Rosemary still be ok, when we had all that bad weather, it has gone black as a couple of other plants also. my bay is still fine, and that is next to the Rosemary bush. the blackcurrent sage seems to be ok as well, creeper Rosemary in the front garden has also gone weired.
Regards
Muriel
Imagecececoogan
Feb 8, 2011 10:03 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Woke up to -5º but it is now 10º with lots of sunshine. My sun room is up to 75º on the East end and 65.9º on the West end. I have a heliotrope that started blooming last month and is still blooming. I'm a happy camper this morning. No where to go out in the cold and one booming plant. See if I can find the pic I took of it, if not I'll take another.

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Not a very good one but I think you can get the idea.
the faster I go, the behinder I get
murielw1
Feb 8, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Here is what we had tonight for dinner, Roast Chicken, roasted potatoes, and carrots, then mashed swede, then homemade stuffing, 1 glove of garlic, 1 small red onion, 3 slices of toast, 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, chestnuts, salt and pepper, chopped up in the food procesor all together, then a little boiling water, to mix together, leave to get really thick, then stuff into the bird, or instead of boiling water you can use a egg to make it a little richer, chicken gravy.
ImageJaeRae
Feb 8, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Wow Muriel! You're supposed to be RESTING!!!! At least that good chicken fat should help knock the infection out.

Sounds great! I was just discussing with another how when I was little dad used to make whole chickens stuffed (his stuffing was wonderful) and they were nicely sized and tasted very different from chicken here these days (which I no longer eat). Now they are starting to 'free range' again but for the most part, the chicken farms are evil and they stuff those poor critters with food containing growth hormones; it's no wonder all the children are fat and folks get sick.

Now keep taking care of yourself and get well.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 8, 2011 11:44 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
A lovely sunny day and my first time to try my new lens for the camera out. So I got some pictures to cheer you up, hopefully! There are too many to put on at once so I will do it in stages for all to see.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I have done taking them at a long distance.
Spring is bearing new life, from a horrible winter.
Regards.
Neil.
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Snowdrops, what a lovely sight.
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A wonderful Polyanthus.
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This white cyclamen amongst the lavender.
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Winter Jasmine.
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What a beautiful pansy, that has survived the ice.
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Fully open yellow crocus, in the sunlight.
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Purple crocus, just enjoying themselves.
murielw1
Feb 8, 2011 11:51 AM CST
Jamie.
If I feel lazy, and cannot be othered to make stuffing, I just cut in half two lemons or two onion and put in the cavity of the bird, keeps the bird moist. or smoked streaky bacon on the top of the chicken, or gentlly lift the skin fron the bird and slid in homemade garlic butter under the skin.

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