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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Somewhat Clear Morning ~ Bruiser ~ Blue Sky! ~ Bruiser & Dude ~ Picture of the Day ~ Texas ~ Crustless Veggie Pie ~ National Banana Split Day

Good 44º somewhat clear morning...
Bruiser was up and out climbing around the downed tree....
He did let me sleep in today... until 7am!! 
Yesterday we actually got some blue sky!! 
Bruiser and Dude were comfy on the porch, as by noon it was only 73º!

We got some wind that was nice for us, but not nice for the firefighters!
We topped at 84º.

Picture of the Day

Interesting about Texas.... 
The Spanish Conquistadors encountered the Caddo Indians around 1540 in the area of East Texas. The Caddos referred to the Spanish as "tayshas", which meant "friend" or "allies." The Spanish translation was "tejas", as more English speaking settlers moved in it became known as Texas.
The Caddos came to East Texas from the Mississippi Valley around 800 A.D. Their territory included parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and East Texas. At the height of their mound-building culture - around 1200 A.D. - the Caddos numbered 250,000 people.
The Caddo Nation is a confederacy of several Southeastern Native American tribes. Their ancestors historically inhabited much of what is now East TexasLouisiana, and portions of southern Arkansas and Oklahoma. They were descendants of the Caddoan Mississippian culture that constructed huge earthwork mounds at several sites in this territory. In the early 19th century, Caddo people were forced to a reservation in Texas; they were removed to Indian Territory in 1859.

The Caddos were expert gardeners. They grew corn, beans, squashes, pumpkins, gourds, melons, tobacco, and sunflowers. They also hunted buffalo. The Caddos were known for being savvy and skilled traders. In Caddo territory there was an abundance of hardwood, oak, walnut, pecan and a tree called bois de arc. The bois de arc is an important tree to the Caddo. It has a strong and flexible wood perfect for making bows for shooting arrows. Bows and arrows were the favorite weapon for hunting and for war. The bois de arc only grows in this region, so the Caddo had the only available bois de arc wood. They didn't just make bows for themselves. They made bows to trade with other Indian tribes who did not have bois de arc wood.
As more Europeans arrived the opportunity for trade increased as the variety of European goods became more accessible. Unfortunately along with the European trade came cholera and smallpox. It has been estimated that perhaps 95% of the Caddo population was decimated in major epidemics between 1691 and 1816. Today, the Caddo live primarily in Caddo County, Oklahoma.

Crustless Veggie Pie
Great idea for lunch, brunch, or a light main dish at dinner. This turns your favorite veggies into a crustless pie that spins the mystery of what to serve into a whole bunch of hoorays!


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 medium-sized zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium-sized onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 medium-sized fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) whole tomatoes, drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced or shredded
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil; saute the eggplant, zucchini, and onion for 7 to 10 minutes, until vegetables are softened. Add the tomatoes; cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until mixture is quite soft. (If using canned tomatoes, reduce cooking time to 10 minutes.) 
  2. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Preheat oven to 350º. 
  3. In a small bowl. Beat the eggs in 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the parsley, basil, and oregano. 
  4. Add the cheese mixture to the sauteed vegetables; season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Pour half the mixture into a greased 10-inch pie pan and sprinkle another 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over the top. Add remaining vegetable mixture and then the remaining Parmesan cheese. 
  6. Top with mozzarella and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until sat and golden brown.
Historically this date...........
1933 – The Diexi earthquake strikes Mao CountySichuan, China and kills 9,000 people.
1944 – World War II: Paris is liberated by the Allies.
1989 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, the outermost planet in the Solar System.
And births this date include....
1913 – Don DeFore, American actor (d. 1993)
... "Thorny" in Ozzie & Harriet and "Mr. B" in Hazel.

1916 – Van Johnson, American actor (d. 2008)
.... one thing I remember about him is that he always, always, wore red socks!

1930 – Sir Thomas Sean Connery, Scottish actor
1933 – Tom Skerritt, American actor
1949 – Gene Simmons, Israeli-born musician (Kiss) Interesting read about his life...
1958 – Tim Burton, American film director
.... He directed one of Kristen's favorite films... The Nightmare Before Christmas....

1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus, American singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist (Shudda done a better job raising that nutcase half naked bootie wiggling tongue wagging daughter of his!)
1968 – Rachael Ray, American chef and television personality
(....if only she could keep her open palms in her pockets instead of waving them all over and in front of her face when she's talking and brushing back her hair! But, I guess it's impossible since she's Italian, but also she NEVER stops talking. Even interrupting special guest (all guests!) Tom Selleck! She cooks great, but wish she'd shut up and keep her hands DOWN! Also, she needs to quit saying (in lyrical style) "I know."
Later it was dinner, chair, wine, and TV. Standard. 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Banana Split Day recognizes the sweet ice cream treat served with a banana, whipped cream, and various toppings. Get yours on August 25th!
How to Make a Banana Split
Originally served in pharmacies, soda fountains and ice cream parlors, the banana split is traditionally served in a long dish called a boat. When making a banana split, cut a banana lengthwise and place it in the dish. Then add scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream between the slices of banana. Each scoop gets a topping; add crushed pineapple to the strawberry, drizzle chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and add strawberry topping to the chocolate. Next, sprinkle with crushed nuts. Finally, garnish with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. 
The Inventor
A 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania created the first banana split in 1904.  David Evans Strickler enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. For only 10 cents, Strickler sold his first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae,” double the cost of all the other sundaes.  
Celebrate with a delicious banana split and don’t forget the cherry on top!
We were unable to find the creator of National Banana Split Day. However, in David Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August. In 2013, they placed an official marker at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split. Then, the United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp” depicting the banana split.  It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series.  For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.