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Friday, September 28, 2018

Sunrise/Smoke ~ Picture of the Day ~ Maize aka Corn ~ Country Style Tater Tot Casserole ~ Sandy (Todoran) Beck ~ Terry Polley ~ National Drink Beer Day

Good 43º smokey morning....

Yesterday wasn't bad, we did get a little smoke from the Klondike fire that is still burning. Our temps stayed in the 80ºs and then by early afternoon we got into the 90ºs.  We topped at 99º. 

Picture of the Day
Guy texts his brother that after graduation full time employment is just around the corner! LOL.

Corn or Maize....

The history of modern-day maize begins at the dawn of human agriculture, about 10,000 years ago. Ancient farmers in what is now Mexico took the first steps in domesticating maize when they simply chose which kernels (seeds) to plant. These farmers noticed that not all plants were the same. Some plants may have grown larger than others, or maybe some kernels tasted better or were easier to grind. The farmers saved kernels from plants with desirable characteristics and planted them for the next season's harvest. This process is known as selective breeding or artificial selection. Maize cobs became larger over time, with more rows of kernels, eventually taking on the form of modern maize.
The identity of maize's wild ancestor remained a mystery for many decades. While other grains such as wheat and rice have obvious wild relatives, there is no wild plant that looks like maize, with soft, starchy kernels arranged along a cob. The abrupt appearance of maize in the archaeological record baffled scientists. Evolution was generally thought to occur gradually through minor changes. Why did maize appear so suddenly?

Through the study of genetics, we know today that corn's wild ancestor is a grass called teosinte. Teosinte doesn't look much like maize, especially when you compare its kernels to those of corn. But at the DNA level, the two are surprisingly alike. They have the same number of chromosomes and a remarkably similar arrangement of genes. In fact, teosinte can cross-breed with modern maize varieties to form maize-teosinte hybrids that can go on to reproduce naturally.

One of the first scientists to fully appreciate the close relationship between teosinte and maize was George Beadle. In the 1930s, Beadle studied teosinte-maize hybrids and showed that their chromosomes are highly compatible. Later, he produced large numbers of teosinte-corn hybrids and observed the characteristics of their offspring. By applying basic laws of genetic inheritance, Beadle calculated that only about 5 genes were responsible for the most-notable differences between teosinte and a primitive strain of maize.

Do you like tater tots? Vegetables? Cheese? Chicken? Then you will like this super easy yummy ....
Country Style Tater Tot Casserole


  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cooked chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch chunks 
  • 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 (32-ounce) package frozen potato tots
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375º.  Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine soup, sour cream, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper; mix well. Stir in chicken and mixed vegetables.
  3. Spread mixture evenly in baking dish. Place potato tots on top.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, then top with cheese and bake 5 additional minutes, or until cheese is melted

Special birthday today, my pal from high school, Sandy (Todoran) Beck. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAL!! Glad you caught up to me! xoxo

It is also Terry Polley's birthday (station mechanic at Temple Station way back when..... and Jerry's pal) HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'Da Pully' ! xo

Historically this date.....
1928 – Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later.
1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
1994 – The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.
1996 – Former president of Afghanistan Mohammad Najibullah is tortured and brutally murdered by the Taliban.

And births this date include...
551 BC – Confucius, Chinese philosopher (d. 479)
1836 – Thomas Crapper, English inventor (d. 1910)

1901 – Ed Sullivan, American television show host (d. 1974)

1934 – Brigitte Bardot, French actress. Wow, 6 "partners" and 4 husbands! Busy woman!

1987 – Hilary Duff, American actress and singer

Last night one of my favorite shows was on, Chicago PD. I was sooooooooooooooo disappointed in the first show of the season. Lousy. Now tonight we'll see how Chicago Med or Chicago Fire works out. 

Also, tonight Jen is bringing Dash over to stay a couple days. Brian has gone to a State Farm National Convention and Jen has to take Tucker to Salem for a band competition. Dash, Dude, Bruiser, and I will have fun!

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

That malty elixir is toasted annually on September 28th on National Drink Beer Day.  As the Oktoberfest season comes to an end, this day is a great reminder to enjoy the world’s most popular adult beverage.
Beer lovers have more selection than ever before in the ale and lager market. An explosion in the craft beer industry keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors seasonally.  Beer connoisseurs quench their thirst with flavors drastically different from their grandfather’s beers.  Rootbeer to raspberry, caramel, and hints of herbs all tickle the palate when it comes to artisanal beers.
From the wide assortment available, enjoy National Drink Beer Day.  There is something for everyone!