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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Iced Iberian (from my mom's OLD recipes )
Ingredients
1 ripe medium tomato, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 Kirby cucumber, peeled and thickly sliced
2 scallion bulbs with just a touch of the green
1 cup tomato juice
Juice of ½ large lemon
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
Directions
Blend to a fine puree. Adjust seasoning
Top off with tomato juice to make 2 1/2 cups and whirl briefly.
Serve
I used V-8, cause it was what I had in the house, I added a couple of stalks of celery, and switched worcestershire for the hot sauce. (Mom wouldn't have liked it with the hot sauce. )
My motivation for this, it can be used as a gazpacho, or, for a Bloody Mary. Mom's been going on about wanting a bloody mary for a couple of weeks. I don't understand watering down perfectly good tomato or V-8 with vodka and ice. Mom agreed, this left a lot of tomato taste. I will add hot sauce to mine from now on, whether it's a soup, or a drink.
Sunday at 00:41 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Jokes  Mr. Dude, that one about the fonts got loud guffaws from my tech writing team, thanks.
Saturday at 11:19 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  Re-watching one of my favorite shows, John Adams, originally on HBO, I watch it on DVD or Amazon Prime. Abigail and John are walking their land, and she says do you realize we've been married 14 years and it's not half that time we've had the joy of being together. Then, they show a scene with the couple in bed. in 1777 Abigail asks where he is going, she knows he is not staying. He is going to Paris. For once Abigail resists before she relents.

On the Main page they were talking about Nancy Pelosi's bizarre comments on women's suffrage. Many Main Page commenters thought women had nothing to do with our battle for independence. John Adams gave his all for this country. Abigail gave more. She is a role model for all Americans, but maybe especially for us women. How to support our nation, no matter the cost to ourselves.
August 29 at 23:36 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Your comments on the John Adams story reminded me of the achievements of the leaders at that time - knowledge of the classics, the Bible and the law, the privations they endured without our so called modern conveniences, the harrowing surgery their daughter underwent for breast cancer, John's sense of duty and Abigail's incredible patience and good counsel. I wonder if we will ever be so blessed again to have men and women of such caliber.
18 hours ago .

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   Straitpath  Belwhatter, I am surrounded by such people, men and women, who could rise to these circumstances given the need.
16 hours ago .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Nuff said.
   August 29 at 12:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  this showed up on my FaceBook, it was posted by a Packers fan to a Bears fan.
August 29 at 12:32 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Daniel Snyder, owner of our hometown team the Redskins, wants to build a new stadium because FedEx field is 17 years old! I would so love to remind him of the Nice Little Place on the North Side (Wrigley Field ) that is 100 years old this year, and the best place in the world to watch baseball.
August 29 at 12:29 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  The politicians are going to tell Snyder, "No stadium unless you change the name"...Snyder will agree to the trade. I believe this is Snyder's plan.
Saturday at 20:25 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Since moving to our new office 6 June, today we had our second luncheon. The first was from a barbecue place. I ate coleslaw and watermelon. Todays was "mexican". As a restaurant employee was laying out the food, someone aked what restaurant. She named it, and it just popped out, "I hate that place" Everyone wanted to know why. I said everything they serve has meat. I actually like taco meat, but, i refuse to eat there when their cheese enchiladas are covered in meat sauce. I cannot bring an actual vegetarian to that restaurant.
At some point, i ran into the lady who arranged it, and thanked her. She said it was really good wasn't it? i said no. i don't eat meat.she said there was rice, beans and the taco toppings of lettuce tomato and cheese.That is what I had, rice, tomato, cheese, and lettuce.
Why do people think that is alright? I get the leavings, everyone else has a meal.
August 28 at 22:34 EST .

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   Gram77  For goodness sake, can't this bunch take turns as to where someone likes to eat? I think it's called consideration, but that's just me.
Saturday at 11:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  I usually bring my own in, a salad or a soup, just in case. One of our guys doesn't eat pork, and at the barbecue he was late in the line and had to scrape together chicken and beef, seems not many liked the pork that day.
Saturday at 11:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It's time to corner the person responsible for setting up these luncheons and request at least one vegetarian dish be served and maybe even go as far as to offer suggestions as to what caterers to try. As part of the "team" you also deserve to be able to enjoy the meal and should not have to bring your own.
Sunday at 08:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  I agree, Birdie. I have two vegetarian granddaughters in a very large, meat-eating family. When they are here, it's not that hard to put together a few dishes they can enjoy. Even a plate of prettily-arranged fresh veggies can help. Just a word to the planner or the caterer should do it.
Yesterday at 11:48 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  I am currently listening to "The Landscape Turned Red" by Stephen Sears. It is a history book, about Antietam. It starts early on in the Civil War, cause you begin to get really tired of McClellan, and believe Lincoln has more patience than Job. I am listening, and working (I do this often, I just keep repeating sections I wasn't listening to. )

So, this evening I have to go to the grocery store. I just heard the Yankees found three cigars wrapped in General Lee's battle plans. I want to find out what happens next (yes, I really do ), so I took my iPhone and listened while I shopped.

I read about the Civil War all the time, I obviously know the major parts, this is a good book, I wanted to know what I already knew.
August 26 at 22:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  McClellan got the battle plan, but he disregarded it, as he did most things. I'm hoping this Labor Day weekend I can get up there, it's only about 3 hours, and my Miata convertible should make the trip fun.
August 28 at 00:33 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Faith  Prayers for PianoGirl. I am late to this, but her daughter Stephanie died July 22 of cancer, it is very hard on her. And, Piano Girl, if you read this, I live in Fairfax Cty, we aren't that far apart, if you need. L can get us in touch.
August 23 at 11:53 EST .

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   Pianogirl88   Thank you, Balogreene! Prayers are always appreciated!
August 23 at 17:32 EST .

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   Gerty  Just learned about this--my sympathy goes with you, Miss Pianogirl. My prayers are also for you--I can't imagine anything more emotionally painful than to lose one's child.
August 23 at 19:55 EST .

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   Jerico  I'm sorry for your loss. It seems so wrong for a child to pass first and I'm praying for you.
August 26 at 22:22 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  I finished typing in my mom's handwritten recipes from the 50s-90s this afternoon. I was stunned by the amount of salt some recipes called for. Mom has never been a big salt user, so I'm betting she didn't use what the recipes called for. On most, I marked the salt as optional.

I hear chefs say you have to flavor every layer with salt and pepper, and they do just sprinkle a pinch, but, I've given even that up. I make most of my food homemade, don't use a lot of canned ingredients, but, I only add salt once. Now, pepper is a different story.
August 18 at 00:18 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  By Mysel and then some by Lauren Bacall. I never read "star" books, but something led me to this one. According to Kindle I'm 12% through! and I've fallen in love. Betty is a mere 18, it is 1942, and she has spent two years working for the USO, auditioning, dreaming, and doubting herself. She has already made lifelong friends of major stars, she is starting on Broadway. A wonderfully successful woman, I can't wait to read more. And, it's $2 on Kindle.
August 15 at 23:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  Sometimes memoirs by a celebrity (or about a celebrity ) are surprisingly rewarding. I'm glad you found Bacall's book. Over the years, I have particularly enjoyed Ann Miller's "Miller's High Life", Nick Tosches' "Dino" (Dean Martin ) and Evelyn Keyes' "Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister".
August 16 at 07:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  I forgot to mention Michael Caine's "What's It All About", which is a delightful romp and any of David Niven's fine memoirs, particularly "Bring on the Empty Horses".
August 18 at 07:52 EST .

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