George Rucker's Newsletter for January 3, 2017

Here we are the first Tuesday of 2017, I had an error on my Swedish greeting a couple of letters back.  The greeting of Hello is “Hej” and not “Hey”, darn phonetics.

Sorry about the pickle soup recipe the other day.  I made it and it was terrible, Patty thought it was a joke recipe.  To me it tasted much like hot sour milk, just yucky.  I now see why my Polish grandmother never made it.

I think I will look back about and see what I wrote about the first Tuesday of 2013.  I do not have a complete library of old letters as my computer if broken loses some old letters.  I plan to put my 2017 letters onto a disk like my 2013 letters.  That will make it a little more permanent.

Starting with a joke,

GOD CREATED CHILDREN
(AND IN THE PROCESS, GRANDCHILDREN!)

To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren,
nieces, nephews, or students... here is something to make you chuckle.

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing he said was 'DON 'T! '

'Don 't what ? ‘Adam replied.

‘Don't eat the forbidden fruit. ‘God said.


'Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve, we have forbidden fruit! '

' No Way ! ' 'Yes way! '

'Do NOT eat the fruit! ‘said God.


‘Why? ‘

'Because I am your Father and I said so! ‘God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked !
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit? ‘God asked.


Uh huh, ' Adam replied.

'Then why did you? ‘said the Father.

'I don't know, ' said Eve.
'She started it! ‘Adam said.

'Did not! '
'Did too! '
'DID NOT! '

Having had it with the two of them, God 's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven 't taken it, don 't be hard on yourself.

If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you ?
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!

1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.



ADVICE FOR THE DAY:

Be nice to your kids…They will choose your nursing home one day!

AND FINALLY:

IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION AND YOU GET A HEADACHE, DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:


'TAKE TWO ASPIRIN ' AND 'KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN '!!!!!

Quick, send this on to ten people within the next five minutes.
Nothing will happen if you don't, but if you do, ten people will be laughing!!

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Spread the Stupidity

Only in This Stupid World ......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in This Stupid World.....do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in This Stupid World .....do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters..

Only in This Stupid World ......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in This Stupid World ...........do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in
Packages of eight..

Only in This Stupid World .....do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

EVER WONDER
...
Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?

Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

Why is it that Doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who Invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that Indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

I like this one!!!

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

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Back to this year,  Calling a “Hatchimal” popular is an understatement. The toy was named one of the hottest items for the 2016 Christmas season. Stores sold out in minutes, and parents spent plenty of time trying to get their hands on one.

Veronica Moser is one of those parents. She bought the toy for her daughter. A Hatchimal starts in an egg, and within 20 to 25 minutes the toy breaks through and children can take it out to play. But on Christmas day, Moser’s daughter was in tears.

“The only thing she wanted for Christmas was a Hatchimal,” Moser said. “It took us two days, still nothing, and it would come on and go right back off. I thought maybe the batteries were dead. Last night we ended up just breaking it open to get it out.”

Jamie Sparks’ granddaughter went through the same thing during the hatching process.

 “It just stopped. There was no light, there was no sound, it just stopped,” Sparks said. “My daughter tried to get it going again, and we just never got it going. The purpose of it is to watch it hatch, and they didn’t get to watch it hatch. It’s a Hatchimal that’s what it’s supposed to do.”

Moser, Sparks, and thousands of other unhappy customers spent hours on the phone trying to get answers. Moser said each time she got someone, they hung up. Sparks’ daughter said she spent almost two hours on hold and couldn’t get through. They reached out to Walmart.com who told them they could exchange the toy, but had to do it before January 13. The toy is currently out of stock.

TV-9 reached out to the toy company Spin Master, but haven’t received a response. On the company facebook page, it put out an apology, and directed parents to video of tips and tricks for the Hatchimal toy. There are thousands of comments with parents asking similar questions.

In situations like these, the Better Business Bureau said the best thing to do is ask for store credit, and  file a complaint.

“There really is no law that tells a retailer or store owner about what they have to do about return policies,” Greater Cedar Rapids BBB Director Barbara Green said. “We always recommend keeping the receipt and the packaging the product came in. This is going to be kind of a tricky one because this was the hot item this year.”

In the meantime Moser and Sparks say they will do what they can to get the problem resolved, but they don’t plan on purchasing another Hatchimal in the future.

Taken from    http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Parents-disappointed-after-popular-toy-Hatchimals-stops-working-408439705.html

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With terriosts using trucks of late pretty much around the world, I have been avoiding large crowds.  One of the largest crowds during my life that I was in happened to be in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a Mardi Gras.  It was shoulder to shoulder both on the street and in the clubs.  I was in my 20s and it was an incredible time.

Well, in many cities for New Years the same thing happens, pretty much around the world.  I read an article about Bourbon Street in New Orleans on what they are doing to protect its citizens.

Bourbon Street to be pedestrian mall for New Year's weekend

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (LAND-roo) says that to ensure that truck-driving terrorists cannot get to the city's biggest New Year's crowds, much of Bourbon Street will be pedestrian-only.

He says trucks will block intersections from New Year's Eve through the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

Landrieu says the city also will bring light towers, security towers and many temporary security cameras in the French Quarter and some other areas.

The mayor says police, state troopers and federal agents will watch for weapons in the area.

A shooting on Bourbon Street killed one and wounded nine a month ago.

The head of the FBI's New Orleans office, Jeffrey Sallet, says there are not currently any credible terror threats in Louisiana. He and Landrieu say the actions are precautions.

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I saw a video on Facebook about problems in Paris with homeless illegal immigrants.  It has been removed and when I posted it, the video was quickly removed.  Here is the article if you want to read about the problem.

 The Paris you know or remember from adverts or brochures no longer exists. While no part of Paris looks like the romantic Cliches in Hollywood movies, some districts now resemble post-apocalyptic scenes of a dystopian thriller. This footage, taken with a hidden camera by an anonymous Frenchman in the Avenue de Flandres, 19th Arrondissement, near the Stalingrad Metro Station in Paris as well as areas in close proximity, shows the devastating effects of uncontrolled illegal mass immigration of young African males into Europe.

If it weren't for the somewhat working infrastructure, the scene might as well have been the setting of movie shooting - or a slum in Mogadishu. The streets are littered in garbage, the sidewalks are blocked with trash, junk and mattresses, thousands of African men claim the streets as their own - they sleep and live in tents like homeless people.

If no portable toilets are in reach, open urination and defecation are commonplace. Tens of thousands of homeless Illegal immigrants, undocumented or waiting for a decision of their asylum application, waste away trying to pass the time in the city. Although their prospects of being granted asylum as Africans are bleak, they're hoping for a decision that would grant them an apartment, welfare and make France their new home.

The conditions are absolutely devastating. The police have given up trying to control these areas, the remaining French people avoid the areas at all cost, crime and rape is rampant, just recently mass brawls and riots made the news as fights broke out near the Stalingrad metro station.

If current trends continue and the French become minority in their own capital in even more areas, scenes like this might spread to areas frequented by tourists, forever changing the last romantic parts of Paris that match what most people have in mind when they think of the iconic city.

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The other day I had some left over Mexican style chicken.  I do not know why they sell boneless chicken breasts that weigh over a half a pound.  During my third meal to try something different I decided to make stuffed peppers using the leftover chicken, rice and black beans.  It is almost like using a tortilla but using a pepper instead.

Let me talk about stuffed peppers a bit.  I like almost all peppers, all the bell pepper colors, jalapeno, pickled for sandwiches, the long Italian peppers, etc.  I have found that many people do not like the taste of peppers.  There are also some that the peppers do not like them and mess up their abdominal tract.  I think growing up on a farm with almost every vegetable at a young age allows me to be quite happy with most foods.  Most except for pickled beets, I have however managed to keep roasted beets down.  I happen to like every form of stuffed pepper.

The following is how I made the peppers without using a recipe.  I made two but ended up eating both as Patty will eat raw peppers but is not a fan of roasted ones.

Peppers seem to have different body types.  The ones with three sections to not stand well.  I used the ones with four sections.  I have seen some with five sections but not in the store today.  Feel free to share this recipe with anyone as any knowledge of cooking probably comes from someone else anyway.

Ingredients:

2 bell peppers,  top cut off and cored
1 cup cooked chicken cut bite size
1 cup cooked rice
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons medium salsa
2 tablespoons Jack cheese

cilantro for garnish, plus some of the cut off pepper tops, diced.

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350, spray oil on a small pan.

Heat oil and then add onions, cook them at medium low heat about 4 minutes or until soft.  When onions are soft add garlic and cook for one minute.  Add rice, beans, chicken, and taco sauce.

Top each pepper with salsa and place in the lightly greased pan.

Cook in the oven for 45 minutes, pepper should be soft, if not cook a while longer.  If soft top with cheese and cook for the another 5 minutes.

Serve with some cilantro leaves and diced pepper.

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This winter soup gets 5 stars from the both of us, unlike the pickle soup a couple of letters back.

Cheddar Ham Soup Recipe, takes about an hour to make.

Ingredients

    2 cups diced peeled potatoes
    2 cups water
    ½  cup sliced carrot
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/4 cup butter, cubed
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups 2% milk
    1/4 to ½  teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
    1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
    1 cup corn

Directions

    In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, carrot and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.

    Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

     Stir into undrained potato mixture. Stir in cheese until melted.  Add ham and corn; heat through. Yield: 7 servings.

If corn is not wanted you can try peas or another vegetable.  This is a modified recipe from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cheddar-ham-soup

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The other day I had some left over Mexican style chicken.  I do not know why they sell boneless chicken breasts that weigh over a half a pound.  During my third meal to try something different I decided to make stuffed peppers using the leftover chicken, rice and black beans.  It is almost like using a tortilla but using a pepper instead.

Let me talk about stuffed peppers a bit.  I like almost all peppers, all the bell pepper colors, jalapeno, pickled for sandwiches, the long Italian peppers, etc.  I have found that many people do not like the taste of peppers.  There are also some that the peppers do not like them and mess up their abdominal tract.  I think growing up on a farm with almost every vegetable at a young age allows me to be quite happy with most foods.  Most except for pickled beets, I have however managed to keep roasted beets down.  I happen to like every form of stuffed pepper.

The following is how I made the peppers without using a recipe.  I made two but ended up eating both as Patty will eat raw peppers but is not a fan of roasted ones.

Peppers seem to have different body types.  The ones with three sections to not stand well.  I used the ones with four sections.  I have seen some with five sections but not in the store today.  Feel free to share this recipe with anyone as any knowledge of cooking probably comes from someone else anyway.

Ingredients:

2 bell peppers,  top cut off and cored
1 cup cooked chicken cut bite size
1 cup cooked rice
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons medium salsa
2 tablespoons Jack cheese

cilantro for garnish, plus some of the cut off pepper tops, diced.

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350, spray oil on a small pan.

Heat oil and then add onions, cook them at medium low heat about 4 minutes or until soft.  When onions are soft add garlic and cook for one minute.  Add rice, beans, chicken, and taco sauce.

Top each pepper with salsa and place in the lightly greased pan.

Cook in the oven for 45 minutes, pepper should be soft, if not cook a while longer.  If soft top with cheese and cook for the another 5 minutes.

Serve with some cilantro leaves and diced pepper.

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This winter soup gets 5 stars from the both of us, unlike the pickle soup a couple of letters back.

Cheddar Ham Soup Recipe, takes about an hour to make.

Ingredients

    2 cups diced peeled potatoes
    2 cups water
    ½  cup sliced carrot
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/4 cup butter, cubed
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups 2% milk
    1/4 to ½  teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
    1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
    1 cup corn

Directions

    In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, carrot and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.

    Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

     Stir into undrained potato mixture. Stir in cheese until melted.  Add ham and corn; heat through. Yield: 7 servings.

If corn is not wanted you can try peas or another vegetable.  This is a modified recipe from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cheddar-ham-soup

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Not much room left but will try another invention.  The Optical Sensor.
Big Brother may not be watching, but optical sensors increasingly monitor our every move.

Optical proximity sensors are frequently used to enhance a user’s experience and to extend battery life on smartphones.  For example, it the phone “knows” it is being held up to the user’s ear for listening, ambient light sensors will allow the display screen to dim, saving battery power.  Optical sensors are also at work when the door to a darkened area, like the inside of a copy machine, is opened, triggering an automatic safety response that halts the operations.  Along the same likes, the technology is employed inside factories to monitor production and facilitate automatic safety responses.  Optical sensors are also used to monitor the rotating blades of wind turbines and activity on airport landing strips.

Given the ability to measure and react to changes in light, when the sensor “reads” that the available light has increased or decreased , it responds as a photoelectric trigger either increasing or decreasing the electrical output, depending on the type of sensor.

Today, it would be hard to imagine life without digital cameras, motions detectors, smart phone functionality and computer features such as the optical mouse, which uses a red LED and optical sensor instead of the traditional ball-tracking device.  The optical mouse is especially efficient for graphic design applications.

When it comes to optical sensor technology, the future looks Increasingly bright.

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I will see some of you later in the morning.

George

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Do you like rice served in a Mexican restaurant?  I is easy to make without using any of the boxed mixes.

Mexican style rice.

Ingredients

1 cup rice, white, basmati and jasmine work great
2 cups Progresso chicken broth
1 10oz can Old El Paso enchilada sauce
salt and pepper to taste


Directions

In a large skillet or saucepan add the rice, Progresso chicken broth and Old El Paso enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir well, cover the pot, then turn down the heat to a medium.

Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt and pepper.

Top with tomatoes, green onions and cilantro or whatever else you prefer before serving.

I could personally just have rice, or rice and beans for lunch or dinner. I know not everyone feels that way though. This rice works as a filler for burritos as well. You’ll find that it’s simple to remember, too; which allows you to just whip it up whenever as the perfect side. This rice goes so perfectly with pretty much anything that you don’t have to pay too much attention to your main dish.

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