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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cirrostratus Clouds ~ Food Bank ~ Picture of the Day ~ Deviled Eggs History ~ Avocado Breakfast Pizza with Fried Egg ~ Sgt. Grunt Purchase ~ National Hydration Day

Good 49º clear sunny morning. We got into the mid 90ºs yesterday and predictions for triple digits for tomorrow. Happy summer!
Early on yesterday the cirrus clouds filled the sky..... actually cirrostratus!

Cirrus is a genus of atmospheric cloud generally characterized by thin, wispy strands, giving the type its name from the Latin word cirrus, meaning a ringlet or curling lock of hair. This cloud can form at any altitude between 16,500 ft (5.0 km) and 45,000 ft (14 km) above sea level. The strands of cloud sometimes appear in tufts of a distinctive form referred to by the common name of "mares' tails".
Jet stream-powered cirrus can grow long enough to stretch across continents while remaining only a few kilometers deep. When visible light interacts with the ice crystals in cirrus cloud, it produces optical phenomena such as sun dogs and halos. Cirrus is known to raise the temperature of the air beneath the main cloud layer by an average of 18 °. When the individual filaments become so extensive that they are virtually indistinguishable from one another, they form a sheet of high cloud called cirrostratus.
I took the food bank items to the Community Center. The lady at the desk tested the bags and said they felt like about 30 pounds. She was very happy to get all the food!

Picture of the Day

Interesting about deviled eggs....

Deviled eggs (US) or devilled eggs (UK), also known as stuffed eggsRussian eggs, or dressed eggs, are hard-boiled eggs that have been shelled, cut in half, and filled with a paste made from the egg yolks mixed with other ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard.They are generally served cold as a side dishappetizer or a main course, often for holidays or parties. The dish's origin can be seen in recipes for boiled, seasoned eggs as far back as ancient Rome, where they were traditionally served as a first course.The dish is popular across Europe and in North America.
The term "deviled", in reference to food, was in use in the 18th century, with the first known print reference appearing in 1786.[4] In the 19th century, it came to be used most often with spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity.
In parts of the Southern and Midwestern United States, the terms "stuffed eggs", "salad eggs", and "dressed eggs" are used instead. The term "angel eggs" has also been used in association with fillings with less fat and cholesterol
Deviled eggs are a common dish in the United States. In the Midwestern and Southern U.S., they are commonly served as hors d'oeuvres before a full meal is served, often during the Christmas season. Deviled eggs are so popular in the United States that special trays are sold specifically for serving them. Prepared and packaged deviled eggs are now available in some U.S. supermarkets. While deviled eggs are sometimes sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning on the east coast, paprika is more commonly used in the south.

Having grown up with an avocado tree in our yard, and a favorite thing to eat was mashing the avocado and adding salt and pepper and a drop or two of lemon or lime juice and slathering it on a piece of toast. But now, this sounds even better....
Avocado Breakfast Pizza with Fried Egg .....

  • 1/2 cup avocado, mashed
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pita, lightly toasted
  • 1 egg, fried
  • 1 strip bacon, cut into 1 inch sliced, fried and draind (optional)

Mix the avocado, lime juice, salt and pepper, spread it on the toasted pita and top with fried egg and other toppings.

Historically this date......
1917 – In a game against the Washington SenatorsBoston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retires 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.

1940 – World War IIGerman leader Adolf Hitler surveys newly defeated Paris in now occupied France.

1942 – World War II: the first selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz take place on a train full of Jews from Paris.
..........unbelievably horribly sickening!

1982 – Chinese American Vincent Chin is beaten to death in Highland Park, Michigan, by two auto workers who had mistaken him for Japanese and who were angry about the success of Japanese auto companies.

1985 – A terrorist bomb aboard Air India flight 182 brings the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 aboard.


And births this date include...
1929 – June Carter Cash, American singer (d. 2003)

1957 – Frances McDormand, American actress
....ah yes, Fargo!

I received my purchase from Sgt Grunt. I have a couple USMC sweatshirts and wanted a "summer" shirt. So I ordered this t-shirt...

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
The games get intense under the hot summer sun. On June 23rd, National Hydration Day reminds us to replace fluids lost in the heat of battle.
The human body contains more than 60 percent water. Maintaining that balance while training is a challenge, doing it during the summer months is a practice that must be consistent. Becoming overheated or dehydrated can lead to heat stroke and possibly death.
There are ways to help prevent dehydration. Being hydrated before a workout even begins is important. If you are under hydrated before you start it is hard to catch up once the sweating starts.  Drink plenty of fluids throughout the training. These can include sports drinks which contain electrolytes (Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium and Potassium) to replenish the essential minerals the body loses through perspiration.
For some sports, there is also a product like FuelGard™ Mouthgard and Electrolyte Tablets, which has the dual duty of protecting the athlete as well as providing essential electrolytes for maintaining hydration balance while the athlete trains.
After the workout, your body will continue to need to replenish fluids.
Whether you are an athlete or not, stay hydrated on these hot summer days. 
Founded by SafeTGard Corporation in honor of football Coach Victor Hawkins (September 1, 1964 – June 23, 2012) who invented a mouthguard that releases electrolytes to keep his players hydrated during games and practices. This day honors Coach Hawkins’ contributions to athlete health, safety and success. SafeTGard Corporation founded National Hydration Day to increase awareness of the importance of proper hydration to athletes everywhere. The day was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Pretty Day ~ So. Cal June Gloom ~ Mike Artoff Plumber ~ Pears ~ Picture of the Day ~ Crock Pot Nacho Chicken & Rice ~ Take Your Dog To Work Day

Good 51º clouds in the sky morning.
Yesterday it was so pretty in the morning, as usual this time of year...
.... and Kristen texted me about the "June Gloom" down in So Cal. Here is So Cal's June Gloom info...

We get cloud cover here in So. Oregon, and "gloom" most of the winter and it gets depressing. In So Cal their June gloom is refreshing for a time, as it's cooler!
Because of the age of my house (born 1935) and a lot of re-construction went on, but still the plumbing sucks! I had Mike Artoff out here 3 months ago to snake the kitchen pipes. So, this time he "hydro scrubbed" the pipes using a super long hose and a big machine. Should be better for a longer time! 

Do you like pears? You should. Here are 11 benefits of eating pears...

Picture of the Day
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken
2 10-3/4 oz cans Cheddar cheese soup
1 1/4 cup water
16 oz jar chunky salsa
1 1/4 cup long-cooking rice, uncooked
  1. Cut your chicken into cubes
  2. Put all your ingredients in your 6-quart slow cooker and mix well.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours, stirring occasionally (It is done when your rice and chicken are tender)
**  You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, breasts or tenders.
     I know that stirring a recipe a few times while it is cooking is a drag, but it really helps to make a rice recipe in a slow cooker succeed.
      It helps you to keep an eye on it toward the end so you don’t end up with a mushy mess (because remember slow cookers cook differently, so what takes one slow cooker 5 hours to cook to perfection, another slow cooker may be done in 3 hours).

Historically this date.......
1944 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.
2003 – The largest hailstone ever recorded falls in Aurora, Nebraska
2009 – Washington Metro train collision: Two Metro trains collide in Washington, D.C., USA, killing 9 and injuring over 80.
2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announces that it will discontinue sales of theKodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.
And births this date include...
1903 – John Dillinger, American bank robber (d. 1934)


1919 – Gower Champion, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1980)
I took adagio ballet from his wife's, (Marge Champion) dad, Ernest Belcher. Marge and I have the same birthday... different years though!
1936 – Kris Kristofferson, American singer and actor

1949 – Meryl Streep, American actress

1949 – Lindsay Wagner, American actress
1952 – Graham Greene, Canadian actor
'Kicking Bird' in Dances With Wolves.

Dinner was reruns, then chair, wine, and TV. Excitement abounds!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Every year employees across the country bring their dogs to work the Friday after Father’s Day. It’s National Take Your Dog to Work Day.
A celebration of the companionship between canine and human, National Take Your Dog to Work Day hopes to inspire others to adoptions from shelters and humane societies.
To find participating employers and to download a toolkit visit Pet Sitters International.  
Take Your Dog to Work Day originated in the United Kingdom in 1996.  Then in 1999, Pet Sitters International founded the first day in the United States.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice ~ Clouds ~ Throw Back Thursday ~ Picture of the Day ~ History of Mac & Cheese ~ Fried Mac & Cheese Balls ~ Barbara Voors ~ Errands and Food Bank ~ Selfie Day

Good 50º clear sunny morning.
Today is the first day of summer!

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year – the day in which we can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice takes place between June 20 and 22.. This year, it falls on Thursday June 21. There are two solstices each year - one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occurs when the when the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. The term 'solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', meaning 'sun standing still'.
Yesterday was another clear then clouds appeared and the temps were in the low 90ºs day. By afternoon we got a BUNCH of wind!

This cloud looks like Mickey Mouse on a skateboard with a little airplane over his shoulder and someone down below looking amazed ....
This one looks like a female with an Afro and she's coughing.....

Today is also Throw Back Thursday
2009 my trip to Greece and standing with two Greek Policemen...
Picture of the Day
Your own cacti garden in your car!!!
Interesting about the history of Macaroni & Cheese:
Rumor has it that Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, could include, among his many other accomplishments, inventing macaroni and cheese (a favorite food of many!). The Wikipedia entry for mac and cheese mentions this rumor:
According to more than one urban legend, macaroni and cheese was invented by Thomas Jefferson, who, in the variant told by Alton Brown of Good Eats, upon failing to receive an Italian pasta-making machine, designed his own machine, made the macaroni, and had the cook put liberal quantities of York cheddar and bake it as a casserole.
Needless to say, the rumor is incorrect. Jefferson does appear to have served macaroni and cheese at the White House, however he definitely didn't invent the dish.
Macaroni was a highly fashionable food in late eighteenth-century Paris, and Jefferson not only enjoyed the dish but also commissioned William Short to purchase a machine for making it. The machine was later shipped to America. Jefferson also investigated the manufacture of macaroni during his trip to northern Italy and drew a sketch with detailed notes on the extrusion process. When Short was in Italy, he sampled the local product and concluded that the cooks of Paris made better pasta than he could get at Naples. Apparently, the macaroni machine that Short bought was either not durable or unsatisfactory, for in later years Jefferson imported macaroni and Parmesan cheese from Marseilles for his use at Monticello. While in France, he also copied a recipe for making macaroni ("Nouilly a maccaroni") without a machine. This recipe makes clear that what was eaten as macaroni was what Americans today would term spaghetti — the dough was rolled thin and cut into strips, and each strip was then rolled with the hands into a noodle shape.So there you have it. No one knows exactly who invented mac and cheese, but it wasn't Jefferson, though he seems to have been a fan of it.
Fried Macaroni & Cheese Balls

The next time you invite your friends and family over to watch a game, set out a platter with Fried Mac 'n' Cheese Balls and get ready to watch them dive, dip, and lunge for these munchies! They're going to love the crispy coating and cheesy goodness in every bite!


  • 1 (12-ounce) package frozen macaroni and cheese, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • Using a small ice cream scoop or a teaspoon, shape macaroni and cheese into 1-inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze 2 hours, or until firm.
  • In a shallow dish, beat egg and water. In another shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • In a deep saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until hot.
  • Dip frozen balls into egg wash then roll in bread crumbs. In small batches, fry balls 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and center is hot. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and serve immediately. Use whatever kind of dipping sauce you like.


  • Keep remaining macaroni and cheese balls frozen until ready to fry.
  • If you have leftover macaroni and cheese, you can use that instead of the frozen. Just make sure it's chilled before rolling into balls.

Special birthday today.... Barbara Voors (wife of legendary Steve LASD ret and Jerry's former partner and BFF) HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARB!!! xo

Historically this date............
1942 – World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland.

And births this date include..

1921 – Jane Russell, American actress (d. 2011)

1933 – Bernie Kopell, American actor

1938 – Ron Ely , American actor

Later I made a run into town to pick up a package at the PO, get a new sprinkler, get some boneless/skinless chicken thighs to cook for Dude, and check with the Community Center about their food pantry of food they give to the needy. They do have a food bank and take donations. After cleaning out a cupboard I have a few to donate.... several of these Harry & David dry soup mixes... 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Summer! Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Thanks to social media and the smartphone, June 21st recognizes a form of self-portrait that couldn’t exist without them.  It’s National Selfie Day!
On National Selfie Day, we are encouraged to take creative (appropriate) selfies and share them on social media.
While the act of taking a selfie may predate social media, smartphones and the word which is now in the Oxford dictionary, the popularity of taking these self-portraits and the ability to do so has never been easier. Selfie sticks and multi-functional camera phones make it all too easy to take these kinds of photographs as well as group selfies (aka groupies).
Founded by DJ Rick McNeely in 2014. For more information visit National Selfie Day.