Monday, May 23, 2011


My prayers go out to the Tornado victims in Joplin. I know what it is like to have this happen to your town.
I was a senior at Waco High when a tornado struck Waco,Texas. Thank god I did what my mother had told me to do, and catch the bus right outside the school instead of walking downtown with my friends to catch that bus. I would have been right by the tallest building in Waco and look at the picture.

Lost so many friends in this tragedy. I am always sadden when this happens. Let us all remember & pray for residents of Joplin.

Waco, Texas: May 11, 1953
A powerful (F5) tornado ripped through downtown Waco, Texas, at 4:10 p.m. (CDT), May 11, 1953, killing 114 people and injuring nearly 600 more. More than 600 businesses, 850 homes and 2,000 cars were destroyed or severely damaged for an estimated loss of $41 million ($275 million in 2002 dollars). The deadliest tornado in Texas history and the tenth deadliest in the nation, the twister touched down about 10 miles south of the city. By the time it reached Waco, the tornado was moving almost due north, cutting a path of destruction a third of a mile wide through the heart of the city.
The 1953 Waco tornado outbreak was a tornado outbreak that affected portions of the central United States from May 9 - May 11, 1953. It is most known for the F5 tornado that struck Waco, Texas on May 11, 1953, killing 144 people.
144 deaths, with 597 injured and up to $41.2 million in property damage. 196 businesses and factories were destroyed, 217 sustained major damage, and 179 sustained lesser damages. 150 homes were destroyed, 250 sustained major damage, and 450 sustained lesser damages. Over 2000 cars were damaged or destroyed and the First United Methodist Church was severely damaged. Over half the dead - 61 - were in a single city block bounded by 4th and 5th streets and Austin and Franklin avenues.

On a lighter note:


Super easy, A great recipe! It’s a nice change from steamed veggies and has a ton of flavor.

7 cups small cauliflower florets
3 plum tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch cayenne
lemon juice

Toss small cauliflower florets and chopped plum tomatoes with olive oil, minced garlic,cumin seeds,turmeric, a pinch of cayenne,salt, and pepper to taste on a baking sheet. Roast in a 450 degrees F oven, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice and chopped cilantro.


Love my asparagus cooked this way, for an added plus to flavor: Remove asparagus from oven and sprinkle with freshly grated Reggiano Parmesan


2 pounds fresh asparagus
Good olive oil
Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they're thick, peel them. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.

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Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

It is the perfect time to learn to roast asparagus! We are getting enough every day for a good meal. Love it roasted. Love it steamed. Love it stir-fried. Love it on a salad. Last night had it steamed with butter and bleu cheese. It was awesome. Love it with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Will definitely try the cauliflower and tomato when ours are in season.
Beautiful picture!

Sue said...

That bleu cheese idea sounds good. Will try that tonight!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Your timing is right on Q ~ my husband just brought home fresh picked asparagus. He's going to love this recipe.
So sad to hear about all the distruction caused by all the storms that have been going through lately will be thinking about all those people. Prayers being sent their way.
Prim Blessings

Becca's Dirt said...

Those asparagus looks so yummy. I haven't tried it roasted yet.

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

Tornadoes are aweful, I know of another F5 that hit near Austin, that killed 27 or 28 people in one subdivision! I came out of Walmart on Friday and the sirens were going off for a tornado, I got home fast!
Have a great week!

Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

maureen said...

Love the roasted asparagus idea. Now that it is in season, I try to use it as often as possible. Thank you for sharing these wonderful mouth watering recipes.

Carol Stuck said...

Oh my cauliflower and asparagus!!! Thanks for the new recipes.


TheCrankyCrow said...

Aha Sue!!! This time I ate BEFORE reading your post! (But you still made me hungry!!!) ;o) Love the asparagus - my DH marinates it in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and grills it...YUMMO! And to think I didn't like asparagus up until a few years ago! My prayers, also, for those in the path of that tornado. We had several here too yesterday (every time we get over 60 degrees this spring it seems...) but nothing in our immediate neighborhood this time...Take care - have a wonderful week! Smiles & Hugs, Robin

Jonthy, Alice the uppity white cat's babysitter said...

Sue, I was born in Austin in 1955 but my parents told me about the Waco tornado when I was older. There was an F-5 tornado in Jerrel (just a little north of Georgetown) about ten years ago. It took the houses and left just traces of the foundations. It also ripped pavement up from the roads.

I pray for all of those who have suffered this terrible season of tornadoes.

West Side of Straight said...

Both of those recipes sound great. Going to try them. Great giveaway. That sure was a terrible tornado in '53.

Catherine said...

That was some tornado you experienced! Thank you for sharing your pictures.

I am going to try your cauliflower recipe. Sounds delicious.

Domestic Goddess said...

That is exactly how I make my asparagus! My kids LOVE that vegetable! Their friends wrinkle their noses but mine eat it right up!

Wendy/TheCozyYellowHouse said...

Roasted asparagus is so yummy!! I can't wait to put some on the grill!! Hope your having a great week!

Allison said...

What a devastating tornado and to lose your friends too.

I love your recipes, please enter me in your giveaway.