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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cough Cough Cough Smoke! ~ Local Fires Update ~ LASD Lakewood In Station Shooting ~ Wild Turkeys ~ Picture of the Day ~ Creamy Cheesy Potatoes ~ French Fries

Good 49º less smoke morning..............

Yesterday the smoke stayed low and heavy. My mountain completely disappeared! Neither Bruiser or Dude wanted to be outside. Me either! We warmed to 88º. 
It was just as smokey in Grants Pass..... 
Then by early evening the smoke dissipated quite a bit with a little breeze!
Here is the update posted yesterday afternoon re the fires in our area... We are close to the Taylor Creek and Garner Complex fires that are in Josephine County near Grants Pass...

In case you didn't hear about the shooting inside Lakewood Sheriff's Station on Friday, here is the news report on it...
The turkey is a large bird in the genus "Meleagris", which is native to the Americas. Turkeys are classed in the family of "Phasianidae" in the taxonomic order of "Galliformes". Males have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak (called a "snood"). They are among the largest birds in their ranges. As in many "Galliformes", the male is larger and much more colorful than the female.
They were first domesticated by the indigenous people of Mexico from at least 800 BC onwards. Turkeys were mainly bred for their beautifully colored plumage until about 1935, after which the breeding emphasis changed to their meat qualities.
Domestic or tame turkeys weigh twice what a wild turkey does and are raised on farms. Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly.
Wild turkeys live in woods in parts of North America and are the largest game birds found in this part of the world. They spend their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They spend their nights in low branches of trees.
The Toms are the full grown males and have a "beard" that is long on the front of their chest....

The Jakes are the young male birds with a short "beard" on their chest.... 
And the hens and chicks .....

Picture of the Day....
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm............ wonder where she got that!
Here is a yummy easy potato side dish....
Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

1 16oz package O'brien frozen potatoes, thawed (or use plain frozen diced potatoes)
1 cup sour cream
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 10½ oz can cheddar cheese soup
1 cup milk
salt, pepper, garlic powder (or garlic salt and pepper)
4 T. butter
Preheat oven to 350º
Season potatoes to taste. Spray casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
In a bowl combine milk, soup, and sour cream. Add potatoes and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
Spread evenly into casserole dish and push a tablespoon of the butter into the mixture at 4 different places. (This will help prevent sticking while the dish cooks. Top with remaining cheese.
Bake 30-45 minutes, or until cheese starts to brown.
Historically this date....
1851 – Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.

1898 – The Hawaiian flag is lowered from ʻIolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.

1944 – Nazi German troops end the week-long Wola massacre, during which time at least 40,000 people were killed indiscriminately or in mass executions.


1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released.

1994 – Major League Baseball players go on strike. This will force the cancellation of the1994 World Series.


And births this date include...
1856 – Diamond Jim Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
  ... there was a restaurant on Hollywood Blvd near Highland called Diamond Jim's. It was SO GOOD!!! Went there a few times. It closed years ago!

1881 – Cecil B. DeMille, American director (d. 1959)

1910 – Jane Wyatt, American actress (d. 2006)

1911 – Cantinflas, Mexican actor, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1993)

1926 – John Derek, American actor (d. 1998)

1933 – Parnelli Jones, American race car driver

1939 – George Hamilton, American actor

Later dinner was the rest of the Schwans Shrimp Spring Rolls and veggies. Trying to eat as much in the freezer as I can so I have room for new stuff!!!
Then chair, wine, and TV. Reruns of Hawaii 5-0, NCIS LA, and Blue Bloods.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
Here are today’s five thing to know about Fries:
Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
In England these are referred to as “chips”
French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.