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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

 A friend of mine posted this picture and information.

The 25-foot-tall Christmas tree made of tumbleweeds, a tradition that has been taking place in Chandler since 1957. City workers spent months collecting nearly 1,000 tumbleweeds to adorn a wire frame shaped like a tree. From there, the tumbleweeds were sprayed with 25 gallons of white paint and 20 gallons of flame retardant, then dusted with 65 pounds of glitter. They say Chandler's Tumbleweed Tree was the brainchild of Earle Barnum.
 For those of you who are not from Arizona this is what a tumbleweed looks like

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas


Courthouse in Prescott, Arizona

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Did you know?


Did you know that Mistletoe is a parasite – it steals water and nutrients from trees.

The custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from England. The earliest recorded date mentioning kissing under the mistletoe is in 1784 in a musical. There was kissing under the mistletoe in the illustrations in the first book version of “A Christmas Carol” published in 1843, and this might have helped to popularize kissing under the mistletoe.

The name mistletoe comes from two Anglo Saxon words “Mistel” (which means dung) and “tan” (which means) twig or stick! So you could translate Mistletoe as ‘poo on a stick’!!!! No exactly romantic is it.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020

Recipe for two

                        Ham and Spinach Two-Cheese pasta


2/3 cup penne pasta

2 tsp. olive oil

1/2 cup shopped onions

1 tbl. flour

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup shredded Italian-blend cheese

2 tbl. shredded Parmesan cheese

1 5 0z. pkg. baby spinach

2 ounces cubed cookded ham

Preheat oven to 400 . In a medium saucepan cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

In a med. size pan heat oil over med. heat. Add onions, cook about 5 min or until tender. Stir in flour, dry mustard and pepper and cook and stir for 1 min. Gradually stir in the evaporated milk and cook till thickened. Stir in the shredded  cheese and 1 tbs. of the Parmesan cheese until melted. Gently stir in the pasta, spinach and ham.

Divide the mixture between two ungreased 10 oz. ramekins. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and bake uncovered about 10 min. or until tops are browned.

Served with chilled pears