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Monday, September 24, 2018

Full Moon ~ Clear & Sunny ~ Kaleidoscope for Tucker's Birthday ~ Picture of the Day ~ Willie Shoemaker ~ Perfect Peach Cobbler Dump Cake ~ National Cherries Jubilee Day

Good 35º clear sunny ice on the barn roof morning. 
Full moon..... be careful out there!!

It was totally clear and sunny yesterday and we topped at 79º.

Yesterday I met Brian, Jen, Tucker, Sami, and Jean at Kaleidoscope Pizza in Medford for a family lunch for Tucker's birthday. 
Birthday boy and Jen.....
Grandma Jean and Sami and PIZZA!

Silly Brian....
The whole group.......
My turkey calzone....
Picture of the Day......
Panicked dogs that were left caged by owner who fled rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence are rescued by volunteer rescuer Ryan Nichols of Longview Texas, in Leland NC.

Interesting about Willie Shoemaker....
Born 1931 in Fabens, Texas, Willie Shoemaker is the most successful jockey in history. He won his first race at 18. By the time he retired in 1990 he had won 8,833 races, including four Kentucky Derbies, five Belmont Stakes, and three Preakness Stakes. He was the first jockey to win over $100 million.
Fifty four years after the 2 1/2-pound pre-maturely born Shoemaker was placed in a shoebox and shoved into an oven to keep him alive,  he survived, but remained small, growing to 4 feet 10 inches  and weighing 91 pounds. His diminutive size proved an asset as he went on to become a giant in thoroughbred horse racing, despite dropping out of El Monte High School in El Monte, California.
Willie Shoemaker nursed a 171 shot, a colt named Ferdinand, to victory in the 1986 Kentucky Derby.
It was one of sport's most memorable achievements. It would have been a historic feat, no matter who was in the saddle, but, coming as it did from the gifted hands of the world's greatest jockey at such an advanced athletic age, the feat took on miracle proportions. The sports world was awed and delighted.

The victory put a crown of gold on a 41 year career that saw the pint sized Texan ride more horses, win more races, capture more stake purses and earn more prize money than any jockey who ever lived. Before retiring in 1990, Shoemaker rode 8,833 winners, 1,009 of them in stakes races and 250 with purses of $100,000 or more. He also won 10 national money titles and over $123 million in purses.
Toughness was tested from the day of his birth and throughout a career that saw him labeled at first "too small to be a jockey," suffer two life threatening accidents during the late 1960s, undergo marital problems, and temporarily lose some of his competitive drive after being lured into the fast lane of California celebrity life.

Then, on April 8, 1991, a little more than a year after retiring to become a trainer, Shoemaker was involved in a one-car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Shoemaker retired as a trainer in 1997 following Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet. He now works with the Paralysis Project, where he serves as honorary chairman.
I remember seeing Willie and his wife Cynthia once. She was twice as tall as he was!! 

They lived on Baldwin across from the Santa Anita Race Track. 

I think they were married in the 1970s and divorced in the 1990s. He died in 2003 in San Marino.

Perfect Peach Cobbler Dump Cake
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (divided)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (29-ounce) can sliced peaches in juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Butter a 9x13 baking dish (or 2-8x8 baking dishes). Set aside.
  2. Place butter in a medium size microwave safe mixing bowl.  Heat butter in microwave until melted.  Add 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and whisk to combine.  Add milk and vanilla, whisk until combined.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  3. Spoon peaches over top of batter, placing them evening around the pan.  Reserve the juice from the can.
  4. Add 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the juice.  Whisk to combine.  Pour juice over peaches.
  5. Bake 55-60 minutes until golden brown.  Serve with a scoop of ice cream on top if desired.
  6. Enjoy!
Historically this date....
1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument.

1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.

2005 – Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texasand portions of southwestern Louisiana.

2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world's highest residence above ground-level.


And births this date include....
1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist (d. 1940)


1924 – Sheila MacRae, singer & actress (d.2014)

1930 – John W. Young, American astronaut (d.2018)


1936 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer (d. 1990)



1941 – Linda McCartney, American singer and photographer (d. 1998)

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Full Moon Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Cherries Jubilee Day is observed annually on September 24.  Smitten with this simply elegant dessert, cherry lovers celebrate National Cherrie Jubilee Day with delight.
Auguste Escoffier receives the credit for the Cherries Jubilee recipe. Knowing the queen’s fondness for cherries, Escoffier prepared the dish for one of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations. The original recipe didn’t include ice cream.  Instead, the chef poached the cherries in a simple syrup and poured warm brandy over them.  Then just before serving, dramatically set the alcohol aflame.
Later recipes added the liqueur **Kirschwasser and ice cream.
** Kirsch, also called Kirschwasser, dry, colourless brandy distilled from the fermented juice of the black morello cherry. Kirsch is made in the Black Forest of Germany, across the Rhine River in Alsace (France), and in the German-speaking cantons of Switzerland.