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Friday, August 31, 2018

Clouds ~ Birthday Lunch for  Karen Baertschiger ~ Picture of the Day ~ French Fries ~ Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce ~ Edda Gahm ~ Sunset ~ National Trail Mix Day

Good 55º dark cloudy gloomy smokeless morning.

The smoke filled in our valley again yesterday. We topped at 91º.
By later afternoon the winds came in and the smoke left and a few clouds showed up...................

Yesterday I met up with my pal Karen Baertschiger and a group of her friends, that all worked at the school district together, at Taprock to celebrate her birthday (9-4). It was nice. We all had a good time.... Karen is 4th on the left in the green shirt:

For my lunch I had the Crab BLT Salad..... lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, crab, olives, hard boiled egg.... so good!!!

I sat next to a gal I had a lot in common with... named Susan who has a son named Brian and her husband is a retired cop and also was a Marine! Small world.

Picture of the Day

Interesting about French Fries.....
While the number one favorite food in the USA is hamburgers, the number two is hot dogs, and the number three is french fries!

French fries, or just fries (North American English); chips (British and Commonwealth English), finger chips (Indian English), or French-fried potatoes are batonnet or allumette-cut deep-fried potatoes. In the United States and most of Canada, the term friesrefers to all dishes of fried elongated pieces of potatoes, while in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa (rarely), Ireland and New Zealand, thinly cut fried potatoes are sometimes called shoestring fries or skinny fries to distinguish them from chips, which are cut thicker.

French fries are served hot, either soft or crispy, and are generally eaten as part of lunch or dinner or by themselves as a snack, and they commonly appear on the menus of dinersfast food restaurants, pubs, and bars. They are usually salted and, depending on the country, may be served with ketchupvinegarmayonnaisetomato sauce, or other local specialties. Fries can be topped more heavily, as in the dishes of poutine and chili cheese fries. Chips can be made from kumara or other sweet potatoes instead of potatoes. A baked variant, oven chips, uses less oil or no oil. One very common fast food dish is fish and chips.

Thomas Jefferson had "potatoes served in the French manner" at a White House dinner in 1802. The expression "French fried potatoes" first occurred in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren: "French Fried Potatoes. – Cut new potatoes in thin slices, put them in boiling fat, and a little salt; fry both sides of a light golden brown color; drain." This account referred to thin, shallow-fried slices of potato – it is not clear where or when the now familiar deep-fried batons or fingers of potato were first prepared. In the early 20th century, the term "French fried" was being used in the sense of "deep-fried" for foods like onion rings or chicken.

Although French fries were a popular dish in most British Commonwealth countries, the "thin style" French fries have been popularized worldwide in large part by the large American fast food chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's.[48] In the United States, the J. R. Simplot Company is credited with successfully commercializing French fries in frozen form during the 1940s. Subsequently, in 1967, Ray Kroc of McDonald's contracted the Simplot company to supply them with frozen fries, replacing fresh-cut potatoes. In 2004, 29% of the United States' potato crop was used to make frozen fries – 90% consumed by the food services sector and 10% by retail.[49] The United States is also known for supplying China with most of their French fries as 70% of China's French fries are imported.[50].[40] Pre-made French fries have been available for home cooking since the 1960s, having been pre-fried (or sometimes baked), frozen and placed in a sealed plastic bag.[51] Some varieties of French fries that appeared later have been battered and breaded, and many fast food chains in the U.S. dust the potatoes with kashidextrin, and other flavor coatings for crispier fries with particular tastes. French fries are one of the most popular dishes in the United States, commonly being served as a side dish to entrees and being seen in fast food restaurants. The average American eats around 30 pounds of French fries a year.

My favorite fries are Animal Fries from In-N-Out!

Chicken "Schnitzel" with Mushroom Sauce
When you tell them what's for dinner, your family will probably ask you, "What's a schnitzel chicken?" Instead of answering, just have them taste! This easy chicken recipe is perfect for bringing a little German flavor to the table, in a whole new way!

A schnitzel is meat, usually thinned by pounding with a meat tenderizer, that is fried in some kind of oil or fat. The term is most commonly used to refer to meats coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and then fried, but some variants such as Walliser Schnitzel are not breaded. Originating in Austria, the breaded schnitzel is popular in many countries and made using either veal, mutton, chicken, beef, turkey, reindeer, or pork

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves (1 to 1-1/4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  1. Between 2 pieces of waxed paper, gently pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness with a mallet or rolling pin; set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter and sauté mushrooms 2 to 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Add soup, milk, wine, onion powder, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover to keep warm.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil.
  4. Whisk eggs in a shallow dish and place bread crumbs in another shallow dish.
  5. Coat chicken in egg, then in bread crumbs. Saute chicken in batches 4 to 5 minutes per side or until golden brown and no pink remains in center. Place on serving dish and serve immediately topped with mushroom sauce.

Today is a special friend's birthday, my pal Edda who lives down in Diamond Bar Ca. HAPPY BIRTHDAY E!!! xooxo
These photos were taken on Wednesday when her pals took her to lunch....

Historically this date.......

2006 – Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.

And births this date include....
1903 – Arthur Godfrey, American radio and television host (d. 1983)

1924 – Buddy Hackett, American actor and comedian (d. 2003)

1928 – James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)

1945 – Itzhak Perlman, Israeli violinist
............ amazing talent!

1949 – Richard Gere, American actor
    .... too weird for my taste! But of course... his middle name is Tiffany!!!


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

Observed annually on August 31, National Trail Mix Day honors the mix that was developed as a healthy snack to be taken along on hikes.
Trail mix is an ideal hike snack food because it is very lightweight, easy to store, nutritious and provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruits or granola as well as sustained energy from the fats in the nuts.
One claim to the invention is held by two California surfers, who in 1968 blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.  However, in the 1958 novel The Dharma Bums written by Jack Kerouac, trail mix is mentioned when the two main characters describe the planned meals in preparation for their hiking trip.
Trail mix is sometimes referred to as “Gorp”.
You can make your own trail mix using your favorite ingredients.  Many varieties of trail mix are available at your favorite grocery or convenience store.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Throw Back Thursday ~ Sunrise ~ Sunrise Sunset Chart ~ Smoke ~  Picture of the Day ~ Names ~ Bacon Ranch Crock Pot Meatloaf ~ National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Good 50º smokey morning. 

Happy Throw Back Thursday...
This was 2-15-2013.. the last photo of our Harley. He was 22 years old and died that evening. Such a sweet cat!

With the days getting shorter again and the sunset is now at 7:21 instead of 8:30. And by the time the sun comes over my mountain to the east it's 7:40am, although sunrise is at 6:25am. Bruiser still wakes me up before the sun is out!

This was the first rays of the sun coming over the mountain at 7:45 yesterday morning....

Here is the sunrise sunset calendar....
Up in the right top there is a search box, put in your city.

By 2:30 the nasty old smoke had come back in. DARN! We topped out at 93º.

And prior to sunset this was 5:30pm.........

Picture of the Day

Interesting about names.......

In Korea the surname is first then the given name

Kim Jong-Un's last name is Kim, Jong-Un is his given name. Korean names often consist of two parts. Interestingly, the two-part names can't be shortened in a conversation... you should call a person named Jin Pin not just Jin.

2. The Russians have a middle name based on the father's given name.

The given name comes first. For every name, there is a variety of forms that can express different emotions. For example, you can express affection for Maria by calling her Mashenka. There is also a short neutral form for every name: Maria - Masha, Aleksander - Sasha, Natalia - Natasha. Some Russian names have more than 15 forms!

The second name is a patronymic. It's formed from the father's full given name by using special endings - "-ich" and "-evich" for males and "-ovna" and "-evna" for females. Alexander's daughter Maria is Maria Aleksandrovna. His son Sergey is Sergey Aleksandrovich. Calling someone by their given name + patronymic name shows respect for the person.

The family names take on a feminine ending for women. Mikhail Sidorov's wife Anastasia is Anastasia Sidorova

3. Spanish children are usually given two surnames.

Spanish-speaking people's first surname is their father's family name. It's followed by the second surname, the mother's family name. In everyday life, some people choose only one surname, but it's up to them.

4. The Japanese surname comes first

We all know the famous writer Haruki Murakami, but, according to the Japanese tradition, his name should read Murakami Haruki. Anyway, a lot of Japanese names are rearranged today to sound more comfortable for English speakers

5. Until the 1950's, Hungarian women adopted their husband's complete names.

Traditionally, if Szendrey Júlia married Petőfi Sándor, she would become Petőfi Sándorné ("-ne" meaning "Mrs"). Today women usually adopt only the family name (Petőfi Júlia) or just keep their maiden names.

Bacon Ranch Crock Pot Meatloaf

3 eggs beaten
1 1/4 c milk
4 slices of bread torn into small pieces
1 1/2 t salt
3/4 t pepper
3/4 c ketchup plus extra to squirt on the top
3 lbs ground beef
1/2 c onion diced
2-1 oz pkg ranch dressing mix
3 pieces of bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
  1. Mix together your eggs, milk, bread, salt and pepper in a very large bowl and let set for 20 minutes
  2. Add 3/4 c ketchup, ground beef, onion and ranch mix
  3. Mix well
  4. Form into a mound or loaf (depending on the type of slow cooker you are using) and top with desired amount of ketchup
  5. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes, switch to low and cook for additional 7 hours
  6. Top with crumbled bacon just before serving
Historically this date.....

1963 – The Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union goes into operation.

1974 – A powerful bomb explodes at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in MarunouchiTokyo,Japan. 8 are killed, 378 are injured. Eight left-wing activists are arrested on May 19, 1975 by Japanese authorities.

1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.

2003 – While being towed across the Barents Sea, the de-commissioned Russian submarine K-159 sinks, taking 9 of her crew and 800 kg of spent nuclear fuel with her.

Births this date include....
 1797 – Mary Shelley, English author and playwright (d. 1851)
1896 – Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (d. 1983)
1898 – Shirley Booth, American actress (d. 1992)
1906 – Joan Blondell, American actress (d. 1979)
1908 – Fred MacMurray, American actor (d. 1991)

1939 – Elizabeth Ashley, American actress

1972 – Cameron Diaz, American actress

Later it was the usual... chair, wine, and TV.

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

On August 30 be sure to stock up on one of America’s favorite fire roasted treats.  It’s National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
Get your friends together, gather up some firewood, a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallow. Then, you make plans for a great night! Toasted marshmallows are a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire. Also, what better way to kick off a long weekend than to enjoy a delicious, warm, gooey, toasted marshmallow? Add a pair of graham crackers and a cholate bar – and ask for s’more!
Depending upon personal preference, heat marshmallows to various degrees from gently toasted to a charred outer layer.  To char the outer layer, ignite the marshmallow then quickly blow it out.  Marshmallows now come in a variety of flavors as well as sizes for maximum toasting opportunities. For a fun alternative, try roasting Marshmallow Peeps. Watch them closely as the granular sugar coating will burn more quickly.
Believe it or not, marshmallows date back to Ancient Egypt. The mallow plant provided a sap that the Egyptians used to create a candy with nuts and honey.
Ligonier, Indiana holds an annual Marshmallow Festival and is the marshmallow capital of the world.
Homemade marshmallows use sugar, unflavored gelatin, corn syrup, and flavoring.
National Confectioners Association sponsors National Toasted Marshmallow Day.