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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Clouds/Turkeys/Bruiser ~ Beef Veggie Stew ~ PCC Band ~ Grandson Jack ~ Rose Parade

Good 41º cloudy foggy morning. Yesterday no different than it's been......

The turkeys were out running around.... munching and then chasing each other!

.... and Bruiser napped in a dining room chair!

If you ever wanted a super easy and good beef stew... this one is for you packed with beef, vegetables, and potatoes with a creamy cheesy sauce. It shouts "stick to your ribs goodness"!

1 pound ground beef
1/4 t. salt
1/2 of a 16oz package of frozen mixed vegetables
1 10oz can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 of a 32oz package of frozen seasoned tater tots

1. Preheat oven to 400º.
2. Brown beef and salt in skillet over medium heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink... drain.
3. Spoon ground beef into 2½ quart shallow baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
4. Layer frozen vegetables, soup, and cheese over ground beef. Top with tater tots.
5. Bake 30 minutes until potatoes are golden

Historically this date....

1862 – American Civil WarAbraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.

1879 – Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, NJ.

1907 – The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York CityNew York.

1909 – Manhattan Bridge opens.

1960 – The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
................OMG, I first thought this said "farting" coin!

1983 – The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.

1999 – Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime MinisterVladimir Putin as the acting President.

And births this date include...
1920 – Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)

1930 – Jaime Escalante, American teacher (d. 2010)

1943 – John Denver, American singer and songwriter (d. 1997)

1943 – Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor

1947 – Tim Matheson, American actor

1958 – Bebe Neuwirth, American actress

1959 – Val Kilmer, American actor

1965 – Nicholas Sparks, American author

1974 – Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver

Tomorrow, New Year's Day, my grandson Jack will be in the Rose Parade with his Pasadena City College Marching Band.

They will be marching in spot #51... just a little over half way through. Here is the band at PCC yesterday ....
Jack is in the second row of drummers. Tuba on the outside of the row, and Jack is 2 in from that.

This is Jack last year in his Gabrielino High School Band...

All I know. Nuff said. Have a safe and Happy New Year's Eve. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
New Year's Eve

Date When Celebrated : The evening of December 31 to the morning of January 1
New Year's Eve is when all the fun and festivities are. We see out the old year and ring in the new. While it is often thought of as a time to drink and be merry, many people take it as an opportunity to eat and be merry. Drinking is not as much a part of the event as it was decades ago, if only because of tougher drunk driving laws.
New Years' Day on the other hand, is a time to relax and enjoy the start of a bright and promising new year....a new beginning. It is a time to be with family. After all, you haven't seen your mother in law since last year.
So, enjoy everything about New Year' only comes once a year.
To many Americans, the ball dropping at Times Square in New York City signals the start of the new year in this country. The ball was first dropped in 1908.
New Years Trivia: Did you know that a raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Did you make a New Year's resolution? Millions of people do. It's easy to make resolutions, yet much harder to accomplish them.