Monday, June 30, 2008

Drink Up!, A Bad Sign, -and- Saved!

Drink Up! - luxury spring water $100 a bottle
A Bad Sign - directional arrows point wrong way
Saved! - wildlife officer rescues drowning bear

On this day in history: June 30, 1999 - Two members of the Old Order Amish, Abner Stoltzfus and Abner Stoltzfus, are sentenced to one year in prison for trafficking cocaine to other Amish folk in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The men had scored their drugs from a Philadelphia motorcycle gang.

Born on this day in history: June 30, 1917 - Lena Horne (1917 - ) Born in Brooklyn, NY, singer and actress Lena Horne began performing at age 16 at Harlem's Cotton Club. She was the first African-American to sign a long-term film contract. Outspoken about discrimination, Horne was blacklisted during the 1950s, then worked in film and on stage later. Her autobiography, "Lena," was published in 1965.

Scripture of the Day: But Moses said to the LORD, "Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?" - Exodus 6:30

Video of the Day: Why You Should Never Eat a Habanero Pepper - submitted by Cindy

I encountered this scene while passing the local rifle rang on my way to the office this morning. Click to enlarge.

Saturday evening, we had a celebratory dinner for my birthday and our anniversary. Wednesday was the actual date for these, but we felt it would be more festive to celebrate on the weekend. I grilled bacon-wrapped filet mignon sent us by my long-distance friend and reader/commenter, Chris, from Omaha Steaks. They were incredibly delicious. I also grilled giant shrimp. I cut the shrimp in half and grilled them on a fish grate—shell-side down—and brushed them while they cooked with a mixture of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Tony Chachere's More Spice, garlic powder, and lime juice. They were delightfully succulent. Laura exclaimed that they were the best shrimp she had ever eaten, saying that they had the texture and flavor of lobster. For desert, we had molten lava cakes, topped with fresh raspberries. Chris sent these, also. We enjoyed champagne with our meal. It was a wonderful dinner. Thank you, Chris!