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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Blue Sky ~ Picture of the Day ~ Number 1 Song The Day You Were Born ~ Shells With Broccoli ~ Ginny & Merill Felker ~ Veggies/Tortellini/Red Clam Sauce ~ World Honey Bee Day

Good 47º not much smoke morning! Cooler this morning than it has been, and hotter yesterday than it's been. Yesterday it got to 100º.

Tonight at 18 minutes after 8..... 8-18-18  8:18

Yesterday we got some breezes and by 5pm we didn't have much smoke..... blue sky!!! (that is the moon the arrow is pointing at!)

Picture of the Day
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China.
This was shared by Dwayne-Honnee P-berger..........
It’s fun.. try it...
This one's a fun keeper.  It plays the song that was
Number One on the day you were born. And, if there
is a video available with the artist, it will play it for you.
This is really a fun site. Enjoy the show.
My song is On The Atchinson, Topeka, and Santa Fe ... by Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers.
Jerry's song is Only Forever by Bing Cosby.
Kristen's is To Sir With Love by Lulu.
Brian's is One Bad Apple by The Osmonds.
Find yours!
Close your eyes and let your taste buds set the scene, 'cause this recipe for Shells with Broccoli is going to transport you right to southern Italy.  From Mr. Food

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 pound shell pasta or similar shape
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets with 1-inch stems
  • 1/4 pound pepperoni, diced
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • In a small skillet over low heat, heat olive oil and butter until melted; stir in garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper. Cook until garlic is soft, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Do not let the garlic brown.)
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta and broccoli 8 to 10 minutes, or until both are tender, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.
  • Toss with garlic mixture, reserved cooking water, and pepperoni. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Special anniversary today.... friends from way back in California and members of our LE Motorcycle Club, the Chiorboys  (
Happy 62nd Anniversary Ginny and Merill Felker!!

Historically this date..........
1917 – A Great Fire in ThessalonikiGreece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.

1965 – Vietnam WarOperation Starlite begins – United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war.

1983 – Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD $1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).

And births this date include....
1587 – Virginia Dare, first English child born in North America (unk where/when she died)

1904 – Max Factor, Polish-born cosmetics entrepreneur (d. 1996)

1936 – Robert Redford, American actor

1952 – Patrick Swayze, American actor (d. 2009)

For dinner I found some stuff in the fridge that needed using... So I cut up some sweet mini peppers, celery, and artichoke bottoms.

I had some Buitoni Cheese & Spinach Tortellini ....

Cento Red Clam sauce....

and Kirkland Chunk Chicken.....
I sauteéd the celery and peppers...

When the tortellini was done cooking I added in that too, artichoke bottoms, and the chicken. All was mixed with the clam sauce and heated.

This is really good!!! I don't recall using the red clam sauce before, only the white.
Ran some errands yesterday... post office, grocery store, and Ace for a new shower head. I had on my "Lawn Enforcement Officer" t-shirt and got some great comments on it. I told Dan at Ace that I had a siren and blinking lights on my riding lawnmower and he said "Yes, that sounds like you!" 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Beekeepers, honey lovers and all blooming things in nature make note that the third Saturday in August in World Honey Bee Day.
Recognizing not only the honey bee but the beekeepers who tend to hives, World Honey Bee Day encourages everyone to enjoy and buy locally grown honey.
  • Collect and spread local wildflower seeds to promote honey bee pollination.
  • Flavors of honey will vary depending on the variety of flowers and nectar available to the bees.
  • Clover, alfalfa, lavender, orange, and chestnut are just a few to choose from.
  • Replace your usual sweetener with honey for the day. Taste the difference!
  • Give the gift of honey to a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member.
World Honey Bee Day began as National Honey Bee Day in 2009 with a proclamation issued by the Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas J. Vilsek. The day grew rapidly bringing awareness to the benefits and environmental needs of honey bees.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Smoke ~ Breakfast ~ West Fire Maps ~ Picture of the Day ~ Elvis Presley ~  Jalapeño Chicken Casserole ~ Erika  ~ Sunset ~ National Thrift Shop Day

Good 53º smokey morning.
Yesterday the smoke started off less than it had been for a few days...I could see my mountain! 

Tucker's Grants Pass High School Band is practicing constantly now for their trip to the NY Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but with the smoke so heavy they are busing the band up to Roseburg, about 90 miles away for daily practice.
Breakfast was two eggs (drizzle a little olive oil or water into the bottom of a microwave safe bowl .. I use a cereal size one... break two eggs into bowl, prick yolk with a sharp pointed object, i.e. knife. Cover dish with saucer or upside down other bowl. Microwave 1 minute or for harder yolks, 1:10 seconds. After out of the microwave I added mozzarella cheese... Served with plain yogurt, a chicken thigh (sweet and sour sauce on top), and mozzarella sticks. Perfect!

West coast fire maps.....
You can go to this site and expand the map, move the map with your  mouse ..  and then run your mouse over the fires and it will give you the name of the fire, then click on it for more information..


Picture of the Day .... Avalon, Catalina Island
Interesting about Elvis Presley....
On August 16, 1977, the King of Rock n' Roll took his last breath. Elvis Presley, just 42 years old, was found unconscious on the bathroom floor of his Memphis mansion, Graceland.  Here are  shocking facts you probably didn't know about Elvis Presley...

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, just a half-hour after his mother gave birth to his twin brother, Jesse Garon. Sadly, Jesse was stillborn and buried the next day in an unmarked grave. Though Elvis never met Jesse in life, he spoke of his brother frequently. His mother, Gladys, often said Elvis had the energy of two people.
The Memphis estate that would be his home throughout the entirety of his career was originally built as a 500-acre farm dedicated to the owner's daughter, Grace. When Elvis acquired the home in 1957 at the young age of 22, he kept the name but made a number of upgrades including a "jungle room" with a working waterfall and a wall of televisions so Elvis could watch multiple broadcasts at once. Today, more than 600,000 fans flock to Graceland each year to tour the King's castle, but almost no one has ever seen his bedroom.

Rumor has it that the heavily guarded room where Elvis spent his final hours remains in the exact condition it was in the night he died. Clothes remain in the drawers, sheets on the bed, and nothing touched. It's the holy grail for any Elvis fan, but almost no one has ever walked through the plush double doors. Only Elvis's family and the estate manager have keys to the padlocks, and when President Clinton toured the facility in the 1990s, he was denied access. Rumor has it there's only been one non-Presley to cross the threshold into the King's domain: actor Nicolas Cage. Cage married Elvis's daughter, Lisa Marie, and as the story goes, got a personal tour of the bedroom as his wedding present.
No stranger to extravagance and a glutton for greasy food, Elvis spared no expense when it came to getting what he wanted—food included. And one night, after waxing nostalgic about a $50 sandwich he once had at a restaurant in Denver, Elvis and his entourage hopped on his private plane to go get one. The trip cost a whopping $16,000. Oh, and the sandwich? A full loaf of Italian bread sliced lengthwise, scooped out and filled with margarine, an entire jar of grape jam, an entire jar of peanut butter, and a pound of bacon, deep-fried.
From Mr. Food.... Jalapeño Chicken Casserole

The powerful flavor kick coming from the chopped jalapeno peppers make our Jalapeno Chicken Casserole really pop. The ease of using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken means one less step to getting this one on the table in a flash.
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (12-ounce) package nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips
  • 6 cups chopped cooked chicken (see Note)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package shredded Mexican four-cheese blend
  1. Preheat oven to 350 º. Drain spinach well, pressing between paper towels.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion, scallions, and jalapeno peppers; saute until tender. Remove skillet from heat; stir in spinach, soup, sour cream, and ground cumin.
  3. Layer half each of tortilla chips, chicken, spinach mixture, and cheese in a lightly greased 9- x 13- inch baking dish.  Repeat layers, ending with spinach mixture.
  4. Bake 45 minutes; sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese, and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.


Two store-bought rotisserie chickens should yield enough chicken for this recipe.
Today is a special day... my friend Erika is celebrating her birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIKA!
This is Erika with her late pup Jake and her daughter Cathy's pup Brandy.
Historically this date............
1907 – Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, Washington, opened.
...............I love going here!!!

1969 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.42 billion in damage.
1998 – Lewinsky scandalUS President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship. (such a POS!!!!)

2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.

And births this date include...
1786 – Davy Crockett, American soldier and politician (d. 1836)
 ...Interesting, Fess Parker who played Davy on TV was born the date before, on 8-16!

1893 – Mae West, American actress (d. 1980)

1920 – Maureen O'Hara, Irish actress and singer (d.2015)

1929 – Francis Gary Powers, American pilot (d. 1977)
1933 – Glenn Corbett, American actor (d. 1993)
   ...born in El Monte!

1943 – Robert De Niro, American actor

1960 – Sean Penn, American actor and director

Here is the sunset last night................ 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Are you ready for a fun day of some great bargain shopping?  Then today is the day because each year on August 17th, National Thrift Shop Day is observed across the United States.
A thrift shop (also known as a thrift store, charity shop, hospice shop or resale shop) is a retail establishment typically run by a charitable organization to raise money to be used in accord with the organization’s stated charitable purpose.
Thrift shops are a type of social enterprise that typically sell used goods that are donated by members of the public and are often staffed by volunteers.  Donation of the items being sold allows for a lower cost to the buyers.
Saving money is on the minds of everyone these days and shopping at thrift stores is becoming more and more popular.  Clothing, furniture and household goods are great finds among the other hidden treasures within the walls of thrift shops across the country.  To some, shopping at a thrift store isn’t even about the price (that’s just a bonus!) but instead, it’s about the adventure of finding vintage and antique items.