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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Smoke/Temp ~ Throw Back Thursday ~ How Do Chicken Embryos Breath? ~ Picture of the Day ~ Zucchini Cornbread Pie ~ Cliff Kuehl ~ Maggie ~ Bruiser ~ Dude ~ National Sponge Cake Day

Good 54º smokey morning. 
Yesterday I was going to go shopping, but the smoke kept me in. We topped at 97º and the smoke stayed heavy and down low like fog. Here is Grants Pass (where I was going shopping) yesterday.... UGH

Happy Throw Back Thursday...
In 2008 Brian opened his State Farm office... this was a few years ago when he got me my iPhone and it was the first picture I took with it....

How do developing chicks inside egg shells breath?
The shell plays an obvious role in protecting the delicate, wet contents. The egg white also plays a protective role, as well as forming a source of protein. The yolk – in a fertilized egg, kept warm and allowed to develop – provides important nutrients to the chicken embryo. But what about oxygen? Have you ever wondered how a chick, or indeed an embryonic lizard, or a crocodile, breathes while inside its egg? Certainly, if you were to place a fertilized chicken egg under water, the chick inside would be starved of oxygen and would suffocate. So, somehow, the embryonic chick is normally able to absorb oxygen from the air outside the egg. It achieves this with the aid of a membranous bag, called the allantois, which is attached at one end to the chick’s gut, while the other end lies close to the inner surface of the egg shell.
The allantois** develops early on in chick embryonic development, as an elongated, sausage-shaped (this is what “allantois” means) pouch which grows out of the bottom part of the chick’s developing gut. But instead of being contained inside the body of the embryo, the allantois protrudes out, and fuses with another membrane which envelopes the chick and its yolk, called the chorion. This fused “chorioallantoic” membrane has a network of blood vessels within it. Lying up against the inner surface of the porous eggshell, this is where gas exchange takes place. Oxygen diffuses through the egg shell, then through the walls of capillaries in the chorioallantoic membrane into the blood, while carbon dioxide passes out in the other direction. The blood in the membrane is on the move – the pumping of the chick’s heart pushes blood around its body – but also out to through the allantois, to the chorioallantoic membrane, and back.
Carbon dioxide isn’t the only waste product that the chick needs to get rid of – and this is where the inside of the hollow allantois comes in: it’s used as a bag to store nitrogen-containing waste. When the chick hatches, it leaves its chorioallantoic membrane behind, still attached to the inside of its eggshell. Don’t bother looking for traces of the allantois in your unfertilized breakfast egg though – it only forms as part of a developing embryo. If there’s no chick inside the egg, there’s no allantois.
There are more than 7000 pores in an egg shell. This is done with the help of a diffusion process through tiny pores on the wall. The yolk color of an egg depends on the diet of the hen. The more it consumes orange and yellow plant pigments, the more vibrant the color of the egg becomes.
** al·lan·to·is
    the fetal membrane lying below the chorion in many vertebrates, formed as an outgrowth of the embryo's gut. In birds and reptiles it grows to surround the embryo; in eutherian mammals it forms part of the placenta.
Picture of the Day

Zucchini Cornbread Pie
Get a serving of tasty veggies in this comforting Zucchini Corn Bread Pie. Our Test Kitchen team outdid themselves creating this super go-along to enjoy with main dish favorites like stew, chili and more!


  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) package cornbread & muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 375º.  Coat a 9-inch deep dish pie plate with cooking spray. Coat a skillet with cooking spray.
  2. Heat skillet to medium heat. Saute zucchini and onion 3 to 4 minutes, or until zucchini is crisp-tender; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together evaporated milk, eggs, and salt. Stir in muffin mix just until combined. Add zucchini mixture and 1/4 cup cheese; mix well, then pour into prepared pie plate and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into wedges and serve.

Dear friend Cliff Kuehl is celebrating his 87th birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLIFFIE!! xoxo He and his Patty have birthdays 4 days apart!
And on this date in 2013 my Maggie passed away. She was the SWEETEST dog and I miss her every day!
She loved riding in the car! Since she loved it so much, Jerry got us a Post Office Box so he had an excuse to take her for a ride every day to pick up the mail!
She and Dude got along GREAT!
Historically this date.......
1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

1970 – Organized by Mexican American union leader César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history, begins.

1979 – Soviet dancerAlexander Godunov defects to the United States.

1990 – Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western"guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.

1996 – Osama bin Laden issues message entitled 'A declaration of war against theAmericans occupying the land of the two holy places.'

2000 – Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.

2006 – Natascha Kampusch, who is abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
...... this is an interesting story of her kidnapping and escape.

2011 – A 5.8 earthquake occurred in Mineral, Virginia, the earthquake was felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia. Damaged occurred to monuments in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage was estimated at $100 Million.


And births this date include....
1912 – Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (d. 1996)

1917 – Tex Williams, American singer (d. 1985)



1929 – Vera Miles, American actress



1933 – Pete Wilson, American politician and former California Governor



1934 – Barbara Eden, American actress and singer

1949 – Shelley Long, American actress
1949 – Rick Springfield, Australian singer and actor
Mug shot ... Malibu DUI 5-11

1976 – Scott Caan, American actor
  Who's your daddy? 
Bruiser's other favorite place is on the table by the big window.. he can keep an eye on the critters and birds!
Hi Dude, yes you can come in!

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

The quintessential classic of the cake world, this airy queen of teas is the guest of honor on National Sponge Cake Day on August 23rd.  
One of the trickiest cakes for bakers to master, a perfect sponge stands tall with a fine crumb while remaining moist.  Often served with fresh whipped cream and berries, sponge cake layers nicely as well.   
The sponge cake is believed to be one of the first non-yeasted cakes. 
Believed to have originated in the Caribbean, the earliest English printed recipe for sponge cake is in the 1615 book of English poet and author Gervase Markham entitled The English Huswife, Containing the Inward and Outward Virtues Which Ought to Be in a Complete Woman.
Get some sponge cake and enjoy. Or, if you are up to the challenge, try this Glorious Sponge Cake recipe.