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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Frozen ~ Hump Day ~ Sunshine ~ Dude ~ Egg Nog ~ Vegetable Pizza ~ Hughes Net ~ Leftover One Pot Meal ~ St. Nicholas Day

Good 27º everything is frozen morning. Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....................

Yesterday the sun came out about 12:30. YEAH. 
Dude was a happy camper laying on the porch!

Egg Nog:

Although some continue to debate the origin of eggnog, most culinary historians agree this spiced and spiked milk-and-egg-yolk mixture originated in early medieval England. It was originally called "posset," a milky, ale-like drink served hot. In the 13th century, monks drank posset made with eggs and figs. The wealthy used milk, eggs and sherry in their posset toasts to prosperity and good health. Eggnog became a Christmas favorite when it crossed to the American colonies in the 1700s.

Historically this date....

1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica is published.

1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, banning slavery.

1877 – The first edition of the Washington Post is published.

1877 – Thomas Edison, using his new phonograph, makes one of the earliest recordings of a human voice, reciting "Mary Had a Little Lamb".

1884 – The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. is completed.

1897 – London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs.

And births this date include....

1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)

1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)

1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)

1928 – Bobby Van, American singer (d. 1980)

1948 – JoBeth Williams, American actress

How about a new twist on pizza... great for a snack or while watching a game or movie on TV...
Vegetable Pizza

2 (8oz) packages refrigerated crescent rolls
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (1oz) package dry Ranch dressing mix
1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped cauliflower
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375º
Roll out crescent roll dough into 9x13 baking sheet, pinching edges together to form crust.
Bake crust 12 minutes. Once finished cooking, remove crust from oven and let cool 15 minutes, don't remove from pan.
In small mixing bowl combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix. Spread over cooled crust. Arrange chopped veggies and cheese over the top.
Chill for an hour, slice and serve.

I had a chat with the Hughes Net tech yesterday. I was told the problem I am having is being worked on by their engineers, as a number in our area are having the same problems. Their excuse was a large number of new customers. Ok, fine. It is supposed to be totally fixed by 4 weeks and for the next 6 months I get a $30 discount on my bill because of the troubles. Hmmmm............ It is working slightly faster right now, but sure hope it improves to what it is supposed to be! 

For dinner I had some leftover frozen angel hair pasta and some clams I thawed out. Heated them all together with some green beans and cooked yam and drizzled on olive oil and some garlic salt. Mmmmmm........

Chair, wine, TV..... a new show I like, S.W.A.T. (about LAPD's swat team with lots of LA City scenery), NYPD Blue, news (HORRIFIC fires in So. Cal and my heart breaks for all those people!). 

Mike is coming over today to blow the leaves off the road, trim up the grapevines and a big bush in the back of the house and work on taking down a dead oak tree. Maybe he can get to the leaves in the gutters too. Or else, he'll be back again.....

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 6th
Saint Nicholas Day

Yes, there really was a Christian Saint Nicholas. He lived in the country of Greece, just a couple hundred years after the birth of Christ. This day is in honor of Saint Nicholas and his life.
Saint Nicholas became a priest, and later, a Bishop of the early Catholic Church. True to the Christian concept of giving up belongings and following Christ, St. Nicholas gave up all of his belongings. He was well known for giving to needy people, especially children. There are many stories and tales of him helping out children in need.
The practice of hanging up stockings originated with Saint Nicholas. As the ancient legend goes, Saint Nicholas was known to throw small bags of gold coins into the open windows of poor homes. After one bag of gold fell into the stocking of a child, news got around. Children soon began hanging their stocking by their chimneys "in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there".
It wasn't until the 1800's that the spirit of St. Nicholas' life evolved into the creation of Santa Claus. And, this happened  in America. Santa Claus emerged (or evolved) from the stories and legends of St. Nicholas. Santa Claus was kind and generous to children. Unlike "St. Nick", Santa Claus is largely a non-religious character.