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Friday, November 30, 2018

Storm Warning ~ Thankful for AC and Electric Blankets ~ Picture of the Day ~ Driving Under the Influence ~ Breakfast Monkey Bread ~ Computer Security Day

Good 39º dark cloudy morning. 

We have a winter storm warning in this area from 4pm today until 4pm Saturday.

Can you believe it is the last day of November already?? OMGOSH.

Yesterday I got home from Medford, had one of those Asian Chicken Wraps, and then got all the shopping items put away. Then it was work on today's blog a bit. Finally it was wine time!

In the summer I am thankful for Mr. Carrier's invention, the AC! This time of year I am grateful for heaters, wood stoves, and the electric blanket** in my leather recliner!!!

The American physician Sidney Russell invented the first electric blanket in 1912, although there is some dispute among historians as to whether Russell's electric blanket actually was the first.The early electric blankets were used under the bed and radiated heat upward.
An electric blanket is a blanket containing integrated electrical heating wires. There are several types; underblankets, overblankets, throws and duvets. An electric underblanket is placed above the mattress and below the bottom bed sheet. This is the most common type in the UK and Commonwealth countries, where it is known by default as an "electric blanket"; in the U.S. and Canada, where it is less common, it is called an electric heated mattress pad. An electric overblanket is placed above the top bed sheet, and is the most common type in the U.S. and Canada, where it is called an "electric blanket".

Picture of the Day.....
There are just times when this would be apropos...

Interesting about driving under the influence....

Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
The term “under the influence” refers to the fact that drugs and alcohol affect, or “influence”, a person’s behavior. Alcohol is a depressant, which can slow down a person’s motor skills, thus affecting his or her driving ability. Drugs can be either a depressant or a stimulant. In the U.S. driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal.

Some states use other acronyms:
OWI in Indiana and Iowa: Operating While Intoxicated;
OUI in Massachusetts and Rhode Island: Operating Under the Influence;
OVI in Ohio: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated;
DUII in Oregon: Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Breakfast Monkey Bread

Breakfast Monkey Bread is an easy breakfast bake the whole family will enjoy. Full of cheesy eggs, ham, and broccoli **, this breakfast bake is sure to fill everyone's bellies.
  • 1 (16.3-ounce) package refrigerated biscuits (8 biscuits)
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1/2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed, chopped **
  • 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Coat a 2-1/2-quart casserole with cooking spray.
  2. Slice each biscuit into 6 pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until well mixed. Stir in ham, broccoli, and 1 cup cheese. Add biscuit pieces and toss to coat evenly. Pour mixture into casserole dish.
  4. Bake 45 minutes, or until center is set. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and return to oven just until cheese is melted.
** If you are not fond of broccoli you could substitute it with chopped green bell peppers or spinach even.

Historically this date......
1902 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.

1954 – In Sylacauga, AlabamaUnited States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a 
humanbeing hit by a rock from space

1982 – Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller, with producer Quincy Jones was released worldwide and became the biggest-selling album worldwide and still is to this day.

2004 – Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings.


And births this date include...
1835 – Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American writer (d. 1910)
1918 – Efrem Zimbalist Jr., American actor (d.2014)
1926 – Richard Crenna, American actor (d. 2003)
1927 – Robert Guillaume, American actor (d.2017)
1929 – Dick Clark, American television host (d. 2012)

1952 – Mandy Patinkin, American actor and singer

1965 – Ben Stiller, American actor

Later, as usual it was chair, wine, Bruiser in my lap

. and TV.  

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
Computer Security Day is observed annually on November 30.
Identity theft, fake frauds, ransomware viruses and more can make our online experiences challenging.
Below is a checklist you can follow to help secure your computer. Help spread the word on social media using #ComputerSecurityDay to inform others how they can secure their data!
  • Windows Update is enabled.
  • Antivirus software is installed and running.
  • Windows Firewall is turned on.
  • The software on my computer is up to date.
  • Strong passwords are always used.
  • Passwords are not shared or written down.
  • A password is required to access my computer.
  • Unused programs are removed.
  • My home wireless network is secured.
  • My important data is regularly backed up.
  • I use caution when I browse the Internet.
  • I log off the computer when I’m not using it.
  • My web browser does not store or remember my passwords.
  • Temporary Internet files are periodically removed.
The first Computer Security Day was in 1988 started by the Association for Computer Security to raise awareness concerning computer security issues.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Late Blog ~ Doc ~ Costco ~ Asian Chicken Wraps ~ Rain in California ~ Throw Back Thursday ~ Picture of the Day ~ Toto ~ EASY Cranberry Pecan Cookies ~ National Lemon Cream Pie Day

Good 48º semi foggy afternoon! 
Today early early I had a doc appointment in Medford at 9am, so not enough time to get the blog up and out. All OK with me. BP perfect, heart rate perfect, and a blood draw to see how my cholesterol is.
After the appointment I went to Costco. OMGOSH, 10am on a Thursday was fabulous! Parking right in front of the door, not many customers at all. I got all the essentials I need and also a Christmas fruitcake and some Asian Chicken Wraps......
Had one for lunch when I got home! Sooooooooooooo good! 

I wore my USMC sweatshirt 

... and I got into several conversations with military vets and a few of their wives. They always ask if I had been a Marine. I tell them "Close. I married one and gave birth to one." I get cheers and clapping, high fives, and occasionally even a hug! 
I left for Medford a little early since I didn't know how the fog was going to be. Fortunately all of it was up on the mountains.... like here:

Kristen texted me this morning saying it was POURING since 1am down there in So. Cal. She said everyone was late to work! Southern Californians don't know how to drive in the rain! 
Happy Throw Back Thursday.....
2009 when we had a super freeze and these two coyotes were out and about...

Picture of the Day.....
A sandstorm in Gansu China! Yikes!
Interesting about Toto.....
In the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, Toto was played by a female brindle Cairn Terrier whose real name was Terry. She was paid a $125 salary each week, which was far more than many of the human actors (the Singer Midgets who played the Munchkins reportedly received $50 to $100 a week).
During production, Terry's foot was broken when one of the Winkie guards accidentally stepped on it. A second dog had to be used while she healed. Due to the popularity of the movie, and because that role was the one she was most remembered for, her owner and trainer changed her official name to Toto. She actually appeared in 13 different films. She died at age 11. Willard Carroll wrote her "autobiography," I, Toto (2001).

When she died in 1945 Carl Spitz buried her on his ranch in Studio City, CA. However, the construction of the Ventura Freeway in 1958 destroyed her grave. On June 18, 2011 a permanent memorial for Terry was dedicated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.


Cranberry Pecan Cookies - EASY!
  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup white baking chips
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cookie dough, pecans, chips, cranberries and vanilla. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
Historically this date....

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole.
1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.
And births this date include...
1896 – Yakima Canutt, American actor and stuntman (d. 1986)
Interesting how he got his name, it sounds American Indian, not.
1927 – Vin Scully, American baseball announcer
1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian
Later it was reruns for dinner, chair, wine, Bruiser in my lap

 and TV.... FBI, NCIS, Blue Bloods, Family Feud. 

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

We hope your sweet tooth is ready to celebrate National Lemon Cream Pie Day on November 29th. We know this time of year is more typically associated with pumpkin pie, but honestly we’ll take any excuse to celebrate any kind of pie—especially a pie that’s been around for thousands of years. Historians say lemon desserts have been around since the Middle Ages! Whipped cream, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer: it didn’t show up until the 16th century. It first appeared in recipes in Italy in the mid-1500s and then traveled to France and showed up in recipes there just after 1600. Somewhere between then and now, someone had the brilliant idea to marry them together in a way that’s basically sunshine baked into a pie dish. So grab your fork and let’s dig in to this delectable holiday.
If you feel like pairing an adult beverage with your pie (who wouldn’t?) try a Lemon Drop: pour vodka, fresh lemon juice, and sweetener (triple sec, simple syrup, or just plain sugar) into a cocktail shaker, give it a good shake, strain into a glass, and garnish with a fresh lemon slice. It’s elegant, and deceptively easy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rain ~ Clouds ~ Picture of the Day ~ NY Subway ~ Pillsbury Easy Crescent Taco Bake ~ National French Toast Day

Good 43º super foggy dark raining morning.
The rain was on and off yesterday. It stayed cloudy all day. We ended up getting another 1/2". 

Picture of the Day....
Nothing stops golfers, even a wildfire here in Oregon by the golf course!

Interesting about NY subway.....

The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, a subsidiary agency of the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Opened in 1904, the New York City Subway is one of the world's oldest public transit systems, one of the world's most used metro systems, and the metro system with the most stations. It offers service 24 hours per day, every day of the year.
The New York City Subway is the largest rapid transit system in the world by number of stations, with 472 stations in operation (425 if stations connected by transfers are counted as single stations). Stations are located throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The Staten Island Railway is not officially considered part of the subway, as it lacks a rail link with the subway system, so passengers traveling to another borough take a ferry or bus; however, free transfers are allowed to the New York City Subway and the MTA's bus system. The Port Authority Trans-Hudson and the AirTrain JFK, in Manhattan and Queens respectively, accept the subway's MetroCard but are not operated by the MTA and do not allow free transfers. Another mass transit service that is not operated by the MTA, the Roosevelt Island Tramway, does allow free transfers to the MTA and bus systems, however.

A couple photos I took when I was there in NY in the subway in 2008 and got a personal tour by my friend Joan Petit-Clair ...

We were on a cruise up the east coast, leaving from NY.

Pillsbury Easy Crescent Taco Bake

1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent rolls

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

3/4 cup Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa

2 tablespoons Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
 **lettuce and tomato optional
  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°. Unroll dough; separate into 8 triangles. Place in ungreased 9-inch square pan or 10-inch pie plate; press over bottom and up sides to form crust.
  • 2
    In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in salsa and taco seasoning mix; simmer 5 minutes. Spoon meat mixture in crust-lined pan; sprinkle with cheese.
  • 3
    Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese is melted. **Served topped with lettuce and tomato, if desired.
Historically this date.....
1520 – After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

1994 – In Portage, Wisconsin, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by an inmate in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium.
And births this date include...
1933 – Hope Lange, American actress (d. 2003)

1936 – Gary Hart, American politician
Involved in one of the top 10 political sex scandals of all time.

1949 – Paul Shaffer, Canadian orchestra leader
...he's a weirdo just like that adam henry he worked for, Letterman!

1950 – Ed Harris, American actor
Man oh man, he's aged horribly!
1967 – Anna Nicole Smith, American television personality (d. 2007)
.... sorry, she was weird too!
As for my blog tomorrow.......... don't worry, everything is fine, it will just be late. Probably published in the afternoon.

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

Eggy bread, omelet bread or gypsy toast is more commonly known as French Toast.   Each year on November 28, people across the United States observe National French Toast Day.
Home cooks and professionals alike whip up a few personal favorites when it comes to french toast recipes. The base consists of eggs and milk whisked together. Bread is dipped into the mixture and fried until golden.  Many people also add some sugar, vanilla and cinnamon to the base.
The flavor of French toast can be brightened with a squeeze of a fresh orange or stuffed with sauteed apples and cinnamon.  Make French toast kid friendly by cutting it into sticks that can be dipped into syrup and healthier by adding any fresh fruit for toppings.  Nuts and seeds add crunch to this delicious breakfast fare, and don’t forget the whipped cream! Just a dollop goes a long way.