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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Weather/Snow/Sunshine ~ Chiefs and 49ers Super Bowl ~ Picture of the Day ~ Aaron Rodgers ~ Cream Cheese Danish ~ Squirrel Appreciation Day 

Good 39º super dark cloudy raining morning. 

Yesterday a slight break from the total gloom and snow has just about all melted. The only snow left is on the barn roof over the upstairs room that is insulated.

Sunday the football games were interesting. Now the Super Bowl will be played by the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams wear red, so the stadium will be crazy all red! This years Super Bowl will be played on Sunday February 2nd at 6:30pm ET at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida.

Picture of the Day ...getting creative with snow!!!

I was interested in looking up information on Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback, and found this...

He was born in Chico California on 12-2-83. My Jerry's birthday was 12-2! Anyway, he lived there and then played football for UC Berkeley. He also lived in Beverton Oregon for awhile.
In 2011 he and his Packers won the Super Bowl. His girlfriend is Danica Patrick, retired race car driver.

From Mr. Food.....

Sometimes breakfast calls for something a little sweet, like a creamy danish! On those days just bake up a batch of this recipe for Cream Cheese Danish. This breakfast favorite is easy to make and tastes heavenly.

  • 2 (8-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Sifted powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Unroll 1 can of rolls; press into a lightly greased 9- x 13-inch pan.
  2. Beat egg yolk, cream cheese, and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric beater until blended; spread over dough in pan.
  3. Unroll remaining can of crescent rolls on a sheet of wax paper; press into a 9- x 13-inch rectangle. Place over cream cheese mixture. Whisk egg white; brush over dough. Sprinkle with pecans.
  4. Bake 25 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Historically this date.......

1968 – Vietnam WarBattle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.

1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.

1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.

And births this date include...
1922 – Telly Savalas, American actor (d. 1994)

1926 – Steve Reeves, American actor (d. 2000)

1938 – Wolfman Jack, American disk jockey and actor (d. 1995)

1940 – Jack Nicklaus, American golfer

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

On January 21st, Squirrel Appreciation Day recognizes a critter some consider a pest and others see as just fascinating. The creator, Christy Hargrove, is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina and is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center.  According to Christy, “Celebration of the event itself is up to the individual or group — anything from putting out extra food for the squirrels to learning something new about the species.”
According to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System of North America (ITIS), there are over 200 species of squirrels.  Some of the oldest squirrels categorized on the list are the nocturnal arrow flying squirrel (validated in 1766) and the Black Giant (validated in 1778).  Of all these species, they fall into three types.  
Three Types of Squirrels
Ground squirrels, such as the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, the rock squirrel, California ground squirrel, and many others blanket the prairies and deserts of North America. Often causing damage, they often earn the name of pest, and they are labeled rodents. Predators enjoy them as a tasty morsel, too. As a result, they work together to protect themselves. Their only protection is to flee!
Tree squirrels make their homes in the trees. However, they also find their nesting materials and food on the ground and above. Making their homes in cities and the countryside in nations all around the globe, these familiar backyard and park residents help themselves to your birdfeeders or snag your snack right from your hands if they have become practiced enough!
The third type of squirrel leaps farther than the others with flaps of skin between the legs. Flying squirrels glide greater distances giving the impression they can fly. When they jump from tree to tree or building to building, they spread their legs wide and float on the breeze escaping predators or perhaps other snarky tree squirrels with a nut to pick with them.


Learn more about these fascinating creatures. Tell us your favorite squirrel story or share a picture of your squirrel visitors.
  • Set up a squirrel feeder and watch them as they feed. Can you identify what kind they are?
  • Go to a park and watch the squirrels as they travel from tree to tree. How many are there?
  • Squirrel watching is similar to bird watching and nearly as fascinating. Study their behavior and note their differences.
  • Watch a squirrel documentary to learn more.


Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina, created Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2001.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Fog ~ Picture of the Day ~ BMW ~ Mexican Crescent Casserole ~ Maria DeRuyte ~ National Cheese Lover's Day 

Good 35º dark gloomy high fog/clouds morning. 

Yesterday the fog ....

 It gets depressing!!! Come on sunshine!!!! Finally we did get some sun coming through the clouds and we topped at a whopping 52º! 

Picture of the Day .... perfect timing! LOL!

BMW stands for Bavarian Motor Works, or, translated into German, Bayerische Motoren Werke. If you’re a little rusty on world geography, Bavaria is a southern state in Germany where BMW originally started making airplane engines in 1917. After the end of World War I, BMW was forced to cease aircraft-engine production by the terms of the Versailles Armistice Treaty. The company consequently shifted to motorcycle production in 1923, followed by automobiles in 1928. If Bavarian Motor Works is too formal for your taste, their automobiles are nicknamed Bimmers, while the motorcycles are often called Beemers (or Beamers).

Mexican Crescent Casserole 

Easy. 5 Ingredients. 30 minute prep time.

1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained.
1 1oz pkg Old El Paso taco seasoning mix
1 11oz can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, undrained
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar-Jack with jalapeno peppers cheese blend
1 8oz can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 8oz can Pillsbury refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet
In skillet mix beef, taco seasoning mix, and corn. Heat to boiling over med-high heat, stirring occasionally. Spoon into ungreased 12x8 in (2 qt) baking dish, sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese.

Separate or cut dough into 2 long rectangles (if using crescent rolls, press perforations to seal). Place on top of meat mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake at 375º 15-20 minutes

Today is my special neighbor's birthday. My neighbor Maria DeRuyte is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA!! Hope you have a GREAT day!

                                    ^with her hubby Gerard.

Historically this date...
1885 – L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster.

1887 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to
            lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.

1929 – In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion
             picture filmed outdoors, is released.

1937 – Franklin Roosevelt is inaugurated for a second term as U.S. President. This is the first inauguration on January 20. The date was changed from March 4 by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

1941 – Franklin Roosevelt is the only President inaugurated for a third term.

1945 – Franklin Roosevelt's fourth and final inauguration is held at the White House due to wartime considerations.

1953 – Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the first Republican President in twenty years.

1961 – John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as the youngest elected and first Roman Catholic President of the U.S. His inaugural address is one of the most memorable of the 20th century.

1977 – Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States. He is the last President inaugurated at the east front of the Capitol, which had been the traditional site for Presidential inaugurations since 1829.

1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President, Iran releases 52 American hostages. It is the first Presidential inauguration to be held at the west front of the Capitol.

2017 – Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America

And births today include.....
1896 – George Burns, American actor, comedian (d. 1996)

1902 – Leon Ames, American actor (d. 1993)

1910 – Joy Adamson, Austrian naturalist and writer (d. 1980)

1920 – DeForest Kelley, American actor (d. 1999)

1926 – Patricia Neal, American actress (d. 2010)

1929 – Arte Johnson, American actor (d.2019)

1937 – Dorothy Provine, American singer, dancer and actress (d. 2010)
 She must not have gotten old, there are no pictures of her except for when she was young and beautiful.

1958 – Lorenzo Lamas, American actor
5 women he married and divorced!

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

On National Cheese Lover’s Day, don’t feel bleu, throw a feta or act capricious. January 20th is a gouda day to kummin over and have some cheddar or asiago or fontina! 
There is no firm evidence of how cheese making was discovered. but legend tells us it was likely by chance that someone created the first cheese. Thousands of years ago, people transported milk and stored it in sheep stomachs. Left to sit a few days, the proteins would separate into curds and whey. From there, preserving the solids with salt may have seemed a logical next step. Salt was a highly valued preservative in ancient times.
The earliest record of cheese making dates back to 5,500 BCE in what is now Poland.  Today there are over 1,400 varieties of cheese.
Basic Cheese Making
The basic principles behind making cheese are quite simple. Let the milk sour (or scientifically, coagulating the casein protein). Then separate the curds (solids) from the whey (liquid). The curds are then salted and left to age.
Bacteria, enzymes or fungi may be added at various stages. These along with the type of milk, temperature, time and moisture are all controlled to produced the desired taste, color and texture. Herbs and spices may also be added.
The nutritional value of cheese varies depending on the variety. Cottage and mozzarella cheese are at the lower end of fat and calories per serving while mascarpone and cream cheese pack it on. Marscapone makes desserts like tiramisu rich and creamy. 
For the Love of Cheese
For cheese lovers who think one day is just not enough to celebrate cheese, National Day Calendar presents a calendar full of cheesy celebrations. There are 18 other cheese specific holidays on the calendar. Check out this shortlist of tasty cheese-based celebrations:


Enjoy some cheese with your lunch or as a snack. Share your favorite cheesy recipes or puns. Try a new cheese pairing. Visit your favorite cheesemonger and be sure to give a shout out, too.