Monday, April 28, 2014

Super Sunday Supper of Salmon and Zucchini

When I was a kid, you could always count on Mother serving a Super Sunday Supper. It was always the best meal of the whole week. The table was full of many dishes to choose from. Today, I take on that family tradition & make Super Sunday Suppers as well. But since I don't have so many mouths to feed; I don't make as many dishes. But... it's still a Super Sunday Supper to remember.
My Super Sunday Supper is: 
Baked Salmon and Butter fried Zucchini

Darn my photo turned out a little blurry but I already ate the meal so I couldn't take another one. Oh well - Tonight I went with huge salmon fillets with the skin on. Now I don't eat the skin like many people do but I do cook it, skin side down and then I peal off the skin before I eat it. grin~

I preheated the over to 375. Placed the fillets in olive oil and butter baking dish. Then salt, pepper, paprika and lemon was added to the top. I baked it for 20 minutes. I baked my bread in the over right along side it too.

My favorite thing to eat with baked salmon is a baked potato and buttered bread but since I was holding back on the carbohydrates on this meal I went with a veggie instead. I choose to go with zucchini. Now I'm one of those people who loves to eat zucchini. Tonight I lightly fried them in butter but I like them baked as well but I didn't have room in the over since I was baking salmon and my bread together.

Look how pretty the zucchini looks on the plate. Can you see the ridges on the sides? I have this really cool veggie cutter that makes all the veggies look really pretty. Here's a photo of mine: I got this one from Wal-Mart but Amazon sales 2 different styles. I will post the link of both of them.


Vegetable Crinkle Cutter and French Fry Slicer
New 7-Inch Wide Commercial Crinkle Cutter, Garnish Cutter, Potato Vegetable Cutter Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel




Holidays To Remember:
Is there a National Salmon Day? "An Oregon newspaper from March 1, 1916 declared March 10 to be "National Salmon Day," but that's the only reference to it I see!"

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Laugh when you can...✿ Apologize when you should...✿ And let go of what you can't change...✿ Love deeply &  forgive quickly...✿ Give your everything ...✿  Love what you have... and  "Live Everyday like a Holiday"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April 24, 2014 Holidays and Events for the Day

My Research found these Holidays to Celebrate for
April 24, 2014

World Day For Animals In Laboratories (also known as World Lab Animal Day - World Day for Laboratory Animals) is observed every year on 24 April. The surrounding week has come to be known as "World Week for Animals In Laboratories". The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) describe the day as an "international day of commemoration" for animals in laboratories.  --World Day For Animals In Laboratories was established in 1979 by the British National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS). The date 24 April was chosen as it marked the birthday of former NAVS president Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding. - Today the event is marked by demonstrations and protests by groups opposed to the use of animals in research.

Genocide Remembrance Day (Armenian:Episcopal Church (USA)) or Genocide Memorial day, is a national holiday in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and is observed by Armenians in dispersed communities around the world on April 24. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923. In Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, hundreds of thousands of people walk to the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial to lay flowers at the eternal flame.

  • Poem in Your Pocket Day. See www.poets.org
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. 21st annual. See www.DaughtersandSonstoWork.org
  • Concord Day (Niger) Commemorates the peace accords ending the Tuareg Rebellion in 1995
  • Democracy Day (Nepal)
  • Earliest day on which National Arbor Day can fall, while April 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Friday in April. (United States)
  • Earliest day on which Turkmen Racing Horse Festival can fall, while April 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Sunday in April. (Turkmenistan)
  • Genocide Remembrance Day(Armenia, Episcopal Church (USA))
  • Kapyong Day (Australia)
  • Republic Day (The Gambia)
  • Armenia: Armenian Martyrs Day
  • National Pigs-N-A- Blanket Day
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Do you know of a holiday that's celebrated on "April 24" in your country? Add it in the comment section. Be sure to tell us if it's a set holiday or a movable holiday.
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Laugh when you can...✿ Apologize when you should...✿ And let go of what you can't change...✿ Love deeply &  forgive quickly...✿ Give your everything ...✿  Love what you have... and  "Live Everyday like a Holiday"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Munch for Lunch Tuna Broccoli Pasta Salad


  1. Pasta salad is a dish prepared with one or more types of pasta, usually chilled, and most often tossed in a vinegar, oil or mayonnaise-based dressing. It is typically served as an appetizer or a main course.
Pasta





There are some days when a hot meal is way to much, especially when you've been gardening in the hot morning sun. That's when you go for a nice cooling lunch of fresh giant size grapes and a chilled pasta salad.

My Munch for Lunch today: Tuna Broccoli Pasta Salad

It rained like crazy this week and I've never been so glad to see the sun in all my life. ha ha- Don't get me wrong. I enjoy a few rain days where I can read and wrap up in a warm blanket but I can only stand to be stuck in the house for a couple of days. Last night the weather man said the sun was returning today so I knew exactly what I was going to be doing. Yep, that rain makes the weeds around the house grow like crazy so.... pulling weeds was my job for the day.

Since I knew I would be doing yard work, I cooked and mixed up my tuna broccoli noodle salad last night so it could chill over-night. I think the flavors always taste better if you let it mingle for several hours. I also knew I wanted something I could just spoon out of a bowl and be done with it. giggle~ So pasta salad was the easy choice.

I'm not fussy about my pasta salads.  I use what ever I've got in the frig that would make a filling meal. Today I had broccoli and tuna so that was the theme of my salad for today. 

Ingredients I used today:
  • 1 cup of noodles
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1/4 cup of diced onion
  • Add noodles, broccoli & onions to pot. Boil according to noodle bag instructions. Drain
  • Add in 1 can of drained tuna - salt and pepper to taste.
I'm a 1/4 cup kinda-girl when it comes to my noodle salads
  • 1/4 cup of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of grated cheese (what ever you have)
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
Add all to the bowl and mix. If you want to eat it while it's hot then now's the time to go for it. If you want to have it for a cold salad then put it in the frig to chill over night. wink~ by: Pam Svoboda
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When to eat this?
  • When you need a easy food to pack for a picnick
  • When you need a easy meal for your lunch box
  • When you need a cold meal after a hot day in the sun.
  • When you need to celebrate National Picnic Day!
  • When you need to have a meal just for 1
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Holidays To Remember:
National Noodle Month - celebrated in March
National Picnic Month - celebrated in July
National Picnic Day - April 23


Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 Holidays and Events for the Day

My Research found these Holidays to celebrate for
April 21, 2014

Kartini Day (Inonesia) Sukarno's Old Order state declared 21 April as Kartini Day to remind women that they should participate in "the hegemonic state discourse of perkembangan (development)". After 1965, however, Suharto's New Order state reconfigured the image of Kartini from that of radical women's emancipator to one that portrayed her as dutiful wife and obedient daughter, "as only a woman dressed in a kebaya who can cook." On that occasion, popularly known as Hari Ibu (Mother) Kartini or Mother Kartini Day, "young girls were to wear tight, fitter jackets, batik shirts, elaborate hairstyles, and ornate jewelry to school, supposedly replicating Kartini's attire but in reality wearing an invented and more constricting ensemble than she ever did."

Aggie Muster (Texas A&M University) Aggie Muster is a time-honored tradition at Texas A&M University which celebrates the camaraderie of the school while remembering the lives of Aggies who have died, specifically those in the past year. Muster officially began on April 21, 1922 as a day for remembrance of fellow Aggies. Muster ceremonies today take place in approximately 320 locations globally. 

National Tree Planting Day (Kenya) National Tree Planting Day is on April 21. Often people plant palm trees and coconut trees along the Indian Ocean that borders the East coast of Kenya.

San Jacinto Day (Texas) San Jacinto Day is the celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. It was the final battle of the Texas Revolution where Texas won its independence from Mexico.
It is an official holiday in the State of Texas. An annual festival, which includes areenactment, is held on the site of the battle. The Sabine Volunteers, a reenactment group from East Texas, participate in the San Jacinto Reenactment annually.

  • Birthday of Rome (Rome)
  • Grounation Day (Rastafari movement)
  • Heroic Defense of Veracruz (Mexico)
  • Inauguration of Brasília (Distrito Federal, Brazil)
  • Parilia, in honor of the Pales. (Roman Empire)
  • The first day of the festival of Ridván. (Bahá'í Faith)
  • Tiradentes (Brazil)
  • Vietnam's Book Day (Vietnam)
  • Aggie Muster (Texas A&M University)
  • Birthday of Rome (Rome)
  • National Chocolate Covered Cashews Truffle Day 
  • Peeps Day (The Monday after Easter)

Christian Feast Day:
    • Abdecalas
    • Anastasius Sinaita
    • Anselm of Canterbury
    • Beuno
    • Conrad of Parzham
    • Holy Infant of Good Health
    • Shemon Bar Sabbae
    • Wolbodo
    • April 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

Do you know of a holiday that's celebrated on "April 21" in your country? Add it in the comment section. Be sure to tell us if it's a set holiday or a movable holiday.
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Laugh when you can...✿ Apologize when you should...✿ And let go of what you can't change...✿ Love deeply &  forgive quickly...✿ Give your everything ...✿  Love what you have... and  "Live Everyday like a Holiday"

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Munch For Lunch Pinto Beans and Cornbread


My Munch for lunch today is:
If your a southern girl like me then a simple bowl of pinto beans and cornbread is just perfect for a rainy day. Add a glass of cold  milk,  a shot or two of hot sauce, a wedge of salted down onion and you have a true meal to satisfy any southern girls belly.
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It rained all night long last night and the rain is set in to rain all day long today. Once I knew the raindrops were going to pore off the roof of the house in buckets and make ting-tang sounds on the old fashion metal rain covers above my windows, I knew I had to pull out the big simmer pot and bag of dry beans. 

Today I made my pinto beans like this:

You know the way to do it. Pick the bad beans out then wash your beans. Follow the directions on the bag for boiling. Today I added 1 can of beef stock, 1 large diced onion and 1 can of corned beef hash. (yes it's true- I love a can of corned beef hash in my pinto beans.) Try it I think you will like it. If you don't you can substitute with ham hock or sausage. Then add salt and pepper to taste. But all I did was cook on medium heat for 1 hour then simmer for 2 hours or until done. I enjoy thick gravy so I let it simmer a bit longer to start the beans to break down and make a medium thick sauce. If I'm in the mood for a thin sauce.... so  I can crumble cornbread up into it....  and stir it all together, then I make a thinner sauce.

Today I made my cornbread like this:

Well this is going to be hard to tell you how much of what I use because you see I make my cornbread by sight. That's how my Mother taught me to do it. I'm going to guess it's about a cup of cornmeal and I'm going to guess it's around 2 or 3 tablespoons of flour. 1 egg is nice if I want it soft. But if I want it crumbly I don't use a egg and I use water for my liquid instead of buttermilk. But for today I used buttermilk. I just pored it in so it was a bit thinner than what pancake batter looks like. Add salt, pepper and a bit of dry onions. Stir, pore in a pre-heated cast iron skillet and bake at 400 for 30 minutes, depending on your oven.

It's seemed so damp in the house so while my beans and cornbread were cooking I built a fire in the fireplace and sit myself down in a old southern rocker with my laptop in hand and typed you this very "Much for Lunch" your reading now. Once I finished I could smell the beans and I knew they were ready to eat. I bowled myself up the very bowl of beans you see in the photo and I carried my creation for one to the fireplace where I ate it on the hearth while watching the flames of the fire.

Today I am truly thankful for a rainy day.
by: Pamela Svoboda
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Holidays to remember:
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Laugh when you can..✿. Apologize when you should..✿. And let go of what you can't change..✿. Love deeply & forgive quickly..✿ . Take chances & give your everything ..✿. Love what you have...and "Live Everyday like a Holiday"

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