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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Smoke/Temp ~ Yesterday ~ Picture of the Day ~ Honey Bees ~ Eggplant Pizzas ~ Bruiser ~ National Pecan Torte Day

Good 55º super smokey morning. No changes!!! UGH. We topped at 95º. 
Yesterday Quinton from All Natural Pest came over and checked the bait boxes. We had a great conversation about our pets... cats and dogs. Then Mike came by and mowed the lawn, did some weed eating, and put up my new shower head. 
Picture of the Day
A Dragoon Blood Tree in Yemen.....


Honey bees are always working, and they travel incredible distances to collect pollen. It’s because of these amazing journeys that we are able to enjoy many foods like cucumbers, pumpkins, cherries and apples. One out of every three bites of food we eat is a result of pollinators like honey bees, and crops like blueberries and cherries are 90 per cent dependent on pollination. Honey bees are so important that farmers often have bee hives transported and then placed on their farm to provide pollination for their crops. It’s a coexistence that needs to be protected: honey bees need healthy crops and healthy crops need honey bees. In fact, the involvement of honey bees in the growth of crops is essential for farmers to maintain their livelihood, but it’s also necessary for people to keep enjoying the foods they love. That’s why it’s so important to keep their hives healthy and why farmers are so invested in their thriving presence across the country.

Eggplant Pizzas

Prep Time:5 minutes Sit Time:20 minutesCook Time:25 minutes Total Time:50 minutesServings4
Mini pizzas made on eggplant slices that are tasty, easy to make and kid friendly!

  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 ounce pepperoni
  1. Sprinkle the eggplant with the coarse salt, let sit on paper towels for 20 minutes and wipe dry.
  2. Brush the eggplant slices with oil and season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Roast the eggplant in a preheated 400º oven until it just starts to turn tender, about 15-20 minutes. (Do not let them become too soft or mushy.)
  4. Top the eggplant with sauce, cheese and pepperoni and broil until the cheese has melted, about 3-5 minutes.
Option: Grill the eggplant instead of baking them.
Note: Eggplant can get bitter with age and salting it helps draw out that bitterness. If you are using younger eggplants you can skip the salting and save some time.
Historically this date.....
1851 – The first America's Cup is won by the yacht America.

1902 – Cadillac Motor Company is founded.

1902 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile.

1963 – American Joe Walker in an X-15 test plane reaches an altitude of 106 km (66 mi).

1989 – Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.

1996 – Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy

2007 – The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.

And births this date include..
1934 – Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., American general (d. 2012)
1939 – Valerie Harper, American actress

1947 – Cindy Williams, American actress

1970 – Giada De Laurentiis, Italian-American chef and author
 .... a real beauty who can cook like nobody's business!

Again, while I'm doing stuff on my desk, Bruiser has to be in the middle! Here, laying on my mouse pad......
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Each year on August 22, pecan lovers across the country participate in National Pecan Torte Day.
A torte is a rich dessert filled with whipped cream, buttercream, mousse, jam, fruits or nuts.  The baker will often glaze and garnish the torte once it is cooled.  Generally made with little to no flour, tortes use ground nuts or breadcrumbs, along with sugar, eggs and flavorings instead.
The pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America.
Other Pecan Holidays:
  • National Pecan Day – April 14
  • National Pecan Pie Day – July 12
  • National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day – August 20
Following are a few recipes for you: click on each...