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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Frozen ~ Dash & Dude ~  Picture of the Day ~ General Sherman Tree ~ Creamed Corn w/ Roasted Red Peppers and Bacon ~ Dale & Dee Yellin ~ Dave Perry ~ No Shave November ~ Dash Watching TV ~ Dude/Dash/Bruiser ~ National Peanut Butter Fudge Day


Good 25º frozen scattered clouds morning. 
Yesterday started off frozen (26º), but then the sun came out and warmed us up to 46º.......

Since the sun was warming us up, Dash and Dude wanted to be outside...
We topped at 68º.
Then a little later Dash took a nap in the sun coming in the window...
Picture of the Day...... LOL!

Interesting about the largest living tree.....
The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet in diameter.
The General Sherman was named after the American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman, in 1879 by naturalist James Wolverton, who had served as a lieutenant in the 9th Indiana Cavalry under Sherman. In 1931, following comparisons with the nearby General Grant tree, General Sherman was identified as the largest tree in the world. One result of this process was that wood volume became widely accepted as the standard for establishing and comparing the size of different trees.

In January 2006 the largest branch on the tree (seen most commonly, in older photos, as an "L" or golf-club shape, protruding from about a quarter of the way down the trunk) broke off. There were no witnesses to the incident, and the branch — larger than most tree trunks; diameter over 2 m (6.6 ft) and length over 30 m (98 ft) — smashed part of the perimeter fence and cratered the pavement of the surrounding walkway. The breakage is not believed to be indicative of any abnormalities in the tree's health, and may even be a natural defense mechanism against adverse weather conditions.


Creamed Corn with Roasted Red Peppers and Bacon

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • **1/2 cup roasted red pepper, diced 
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup green onions (optional)
  • salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
  1. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the corn and cream cheese, stir until the cream cheese has melted.
  2. Mix in the milk, roasted red pepper, bacon and green onions and cook until hot, about 5 minutes.
Option: Make a day or two ahead, place in a baking dish, cover and store in the fridge and then remove cover and bake at 350º to warm, about 15 minutes.
 **Roasted Red Peppers
(or you could buy jarred roasted red peppers)
  Roasting the red peppers makes them nice and tender and it intensifies their flavor and sweetness along with imparting them with a touch of smokiness.
  1. Cut the red peppers in half, remove the stem and seeds.
  2. Place the red peppers on a baking sheet with the cut side facing down.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450º and then change it to broil.
  4. Place the baking sheet on the top shelf in the oven and broil until the outer layer of the skin has blackened, about 10-20 minutes.
  5. Place the peppers in a zip-lock bag or other sealable container, seal and let them cool until you can handle them, about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the skins from the peppers. The skins should easily “pinch” off.
Special anniversary today, pals Dale (LASD SR SEB Motors ret) and Dee Yellin are celebrating #28. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!!! xo

Special birthday today, friend Dave Perry is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!!! xo
Historically this date........

1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story).

(Click on the word "Essex" and read a fascinating story of the ship sinking and the survival of a few crew)

1974 – The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T. This suit later leads to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System.
... the sad end of Ma Bell and excellent customer service and polite telephone operators!!!

1992 – In Englanda fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage.

1993 – Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.

And births this date include...
1925 – Robert F. Kennedy, American politician (d. 1968)

1939 – Dick Smothers, American comedian

1942 – Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States
1945 – Rick Monday, American baseball player
1956 – Bo Derek, American actress
(Interesting read)

Since this is No Shave November (a cancer awareness) ... I thought this apropos...

In the afternoon there were a few clouds and contrails. The cloud formation just above the lower contrail (and behind the tree) looks like a giant bird flying..... do you see it?
Like this:
While watching TV..... animal stories.... and a dog barked that got Dash's attention. Dash got comfy right under/in front of the TV and watched with interest!
Bruiser got comfy in my slippers for a bit.....
Then the three of them were getting along.......
Finally Dash slept in my chair with me.....
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Peanut butter lovers and fudge lovers can come together on November 20 to observe this delicious treat.  It’s National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!
On June 16, people across the United States celebrated National Fudge Day.  Just by adding creamy or crunchy peanut butter the celebration continues. They will have the yummy taste of peanut butter as the fudge flavor and star of the show.
Fudge originated in the United States, possibly by a happy accident.  In 1886 a letter was found, written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, referring to fudge that her cousin had made, in Baltimore Maryland, selling it for 40 cents per pound. Hartridge was able to obtain the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.  
In the late 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce similar products as the Vassar College fudge and sold it to summer vacationers.  Fudge is still made in some of the original shops there today.
Two other fudge holidays on the calendar are National Nutty Fudge Day on May 12 and National Penuche Fudge Day on July 22.
Enjoy one of the following peanut butter fudge recipes: