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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mailboxes ~ Bizarre Vegetables ~ Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake ~ Funny Sign ~ Joan Petit-Clair


Good 41º foggy morning. 

And yes, I slept in! Well, not really, got up at the usual 6:45 time, just the time has changed and it felt like I slept in! 
 

Yesterday we didn't get much sun here, stayed pretty cloudy. 
Today the prediction is for 70º. OMGOSH! I hope so. That would be nice!! 
 
As for the drunk hitting our mailboxes yesterday morning at 4am, the posts that hold up the mailboxes were destroyed and a couple of the mailboxes destroyed. Mine was smashed, but Frank (my neighbor) said he could fix it. I talked to my insurance agent (my son) and he said to get a copy of the report and get someone out to give an estimate for repair and we'd get it paid for by the drunk's insurance. Joy. I called the Sheriff's office and talked to a nice gal. She said it would be best to wait until Monday to make sure the report is ready. I told her about my background and we had a nice chat. Her boyfriend used to be a Montebello officer! ( http://www.montebellopd.org/ ) Then I called my other neighbor, Maria Deruyte, and since her son is in construction asked if he could give an estimate for repair. The posts have to be secured in the ground with cement. These heavy key lock mailboxes cost anywhere from $80 - $200 for one that will hold a weeks worth of mail....


 
 
 
Here's the last of the bizarre vegetables...
 
Emo carrot......

Evolved radish.....

Foot radish.....

Mother and child carrots.....

Long faces eggplant....
 
 
 
 
 
Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake


Here is a modern day way to serve up a classic dessert.  Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake features everything you love about Boston Cream Pie, including yummy yellow cake, creamy filling, and a layer of homemade chocolate glaze. This easy poke cake will quickly become one of your favorites!
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
  • 1 (4-serving size) package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
  • 2 cups milk
 
  • Chocolate glaze:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 ounce (1 square) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Add batter and bake according to package directions; let cool. 
  2. Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes about 1-inch apart all over top of cake. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk until slightly thickened. Pour mixture into holes and spread evenly over top of cake. Chill 1 hour. 
  4. To make Chocolate Glaze, in a medium saucepan over low heat, combine sugar, cornstarch, water, and chocolate; cook until chocolate is melted and mixture is thick and smooth, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow to cool, then spread gently over top of cake. Chill 2 hours or until ready to serve.
 

This sign was on FB and it cracked me up...
 
 
 
 
Today is a special birthday, my traveling pal Joan Petit-Clair is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOAN!!! I hope your day is GREAT and sunny!!!
 
 
 
Historically this date.........
1945 – World War II: The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived puppet state, is established with Bảo Đại as its ruler.


1946 – Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops.


2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.


 


And births this date include....
1934 – Sam Donaldson, American reporter

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1936 – Antonin Scalia, American Supreme Court Justice (d.2016)
 
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1956 – Joey Buttafuoco, American criminal
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1965 – Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician
There you go..... good old Chicago politician!!! How to make your daddy proud: In 2012 federal prosecutors and FBI agents in Washington, D.C. investigated Jackson for alleged financial improprieties, including possible misuse of campaign funds. Jackson resigned from Congress on November 21, 2012, citing mental and physical health problems, including bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and gastrointestinal problems. On February 8, 2013, Jackson admitted to violating federal campaign law by using campaign funds to make personal purchases. Jackson pleaded guilty on February 20, 2013 to one count of wire and mail fraud.
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Later dinner was Schwans Pork Potstickers with a sweet soy sauce and some sweet potatoes.... OMGOOD!!! 
 
 
 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
Johnny Appleseed Day
 
 
** JohnnyAppleseed is said to have worn a tin pot on his head to cook his meals in while on his journeys. While this claim is legend, he did frequently travel with a pot in his belongings and a satchel full of seeds.

Date When Celebrated : March 11th and/or September 26th. Why two dates?......read on

Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America's great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.

A Little About the Legend:
  • John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774.
  • He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.
  • During the life of John Chapman, the "West" was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
  • John Chapman was a deeply religious person He was known to preach during his travels.
  • According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received.
  • It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the "winter plague". The actual date of his death has been disputed.
There is a lot of "legend" in stories written about Johny Appleseed. By it's definition, over the years, legends grow bigger than life. It also appears that there is some link between Johny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.
Celebrate today with an apple rich menu. Include fresh apples for snacks, and some applesauce or apple pie for dessert. And, make plans to plant an apple tree.


Origin of "Johnny Appleseed Day":
There is plenty of documentation to support claims for Johnny Appleseed Day on March 11th and on September 26th. We found no one who claims to have created this special day.

So, here's the skinny on the two dates:
  • John Chapman was born on September 26, 1774. This date is undisputed.
  • It is believed he died on March 11, 1845. However, his date was not formally recorded and the date of death is disputed.

Here is how we come out on the debate: This day should be celebrated on the day of his birth. His birth date is undisputed. His birthday coincides with the season of the apple harvest. A birth is a more positive day than a death.  We think Johnny would agree.