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Friday, May 31, 2019

Clear/Clouds ~ Sunset ~ Picture of the Day ~ Fear of 13 ~ Easy Egg & Cheese Souffle ~ David Dodge ~ National Macaroon Day

Good 50º clear sunny morning.

Goodbye May.

Yesterday started out sunny and clear, then later clouds moved in. It stayed warm and we topped at 88º!

Sunset was pretty........

Picture of the Day ... perfectly timed...

Interesting about fear of 13......
Triskaidekaphobia is easy to get through its Greek origin: tris means "three", kai means "and", deka means "ten" (that's where the decade comes from) and phobia means "fear", of course. So, Triskaidekaphobia is a fear of the number 13! Sounds really scaring, doesn't it?! Some people don't believe in the mysterious power of the thirteen, while others go crazy about that...
What is absolutely fascinating is that there is no satisfactory explanation of the reasons for this fear. But, here are some interesting observations, which prove that people really believe in this fear & change their way of living just to avoid 13! Here are these real-life stories:
  • Industrialist Henry Ford wouldn't do business on Friday, the 13th.
  • Multimillionaire Paul Getty once stated "I wouldn't care to be one of thirteen at a table."
  • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would not dine in a group of 13 people.
  • Many hotel guests refuse to stay in Room 13, so rooms are frequently numbered 12, 12A, and 14. Still, some people continue to avoid these very rooms and don't hesitate to bother the staff.

From Mr. Food...
If you're thinking that egg souffles are too delicate, too touchy, and too much work to prepare, think again! We've got a quick way to make an Easy Egg and Cheese Souffle that'll delight your taste buds every morning. Egg souffle recipes for breakfast are one of our favorite ways to start the day, and we think you'll feel the same once you get a taste of this cheesy, fluffy goodness! So the next time you think making a breakfast souffle is too hard, just remember this recipe and watch your breakfast routine be transformed!

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 dash Dash ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 slices white bread, crusts removed and slices cut in half diagonally
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) grated Cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Coat a 2-quart souffle or baking dish (with 4-inch sides) with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly beat together the eggs, milk, ground red pepper, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  3. Line bottom of prepared baking dish with 4 bread halves. Sprinkle with one-third of the cheese and pour one-third of the milk mixture on top; press down. Repeat layers twice. Press everything down lightly to saturate the bread.
  4. Bake 45 minutes, or until brown and bubbly, and a knife inserted through center shows that bottom is set.
  • For a creamier souffle, assemble then refrigerate this several hours before planning to serve. Bake just before serving. (It could take 10 to 15 minutes longer to cook after being stored in the fridge.)
  • You can also add 2 thickly sliced tomatoes, cooked broccoli, asparagus, green beans, or leftover cooked ham or chicken to make this souffle pop. Just add the meat or vegetables on top of the bread-cheese-milk layers and press down. Repeat sequence twice, ending with meat or veggies.

A special birthday today, my Kristen and Brian's cousin David Dodge (their dad's nephew) is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!!!

Historically this date........
526 – A devastating earthquake strikes AntiochTurkey, killing 250,000.
... unbelievable!

1935 – A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.

1970 – The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide that buries the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people are killed

Obviously not a good day for earthquakes!!!

And births this date include..
1930 – Clint Eastwood, American film director and actor
"I know what you're thinking. Did I fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?" Love it love it love it!!!!

1934 – Jim Hutton, American actor (d. 1979)

1943 – Sharon Gless, American actress

1943 – Joe Namath, American football player

1949 – Tom Berenger, American actor

1965 – Brooke Shields, American actress and supermodel

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

Each year on May 31, National Macaroon Day is observed.  This day celebrates the macaroon, a small coconut cookie.
The coconut macaroon is most commonly found in the United States. Most varieties of coconut macaroons are dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate.  Almonds, pecans, cashews or other nuts are sometimes added to the cookie.
Following are two macaroon recipes for you to try and enjoy!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Throw Back Thursday ~ Sunshine ~ Words Beginning With X ~ Golden Parmesan Potatoes ~ National Mint Julep Day

Good 46º clear sunny morning.
Happy Throw Back Thursday ... March 2000 when a tree fell down and Jerry got busy cleaning it up.........

Yesterday started out clear and sunny. Stayed that way all day and Dude was a happy camper. We topped at 85º. 
Picture of the Day ... Photographers. RUN!!!

Interesting about words starting with X...
Try naming five words that start with the letter X. Xylophone, X-ray…not so easy, right? You might want to stop because the Oxford English Dictionary only lists a mere 400 words that begin with the letter X. In fact, in Noah Webster’s Compendious Dictionary, which was published in 1806, there was only one word listed under the letter X: xebec, defined as “a small, three-masted vessel of the Mediterranean”. In 1828, when he put together his American Dictionary, that number had only risen to 13. The number of words starting with the letter X continued to rise until it reached the 400 that we have today.
Check this out:
Golden Parmesan Potatoes

2 pounds new potatoes (about 20) quartered
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 t. dried Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 400º
Toss potatoes with oil, seasoning, and garlic. Add cheese and mix lightly.
Spread on bottom of baking pan.
Bake 45 minutes or until tender.
Historically this date..........
1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson's wife of bigamy.
1842 – John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria as she drives down Constitution Hill, London with Prince Albert.
1859 – Westminster's Big Ben rang for the first time in London.
1883 – In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse causes a stampede that crushes twelve people.
1899 – Female Old West outlaw Pearl Hart robs a stage coach 30 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona.
1922 – In Washington, D.C. the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.
1958 – Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery
1998 – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
 ... and one this morning of 6.6 in El Salvador!
2005– American student Natalee Holloway disappears while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, and caused a media sensation in the United States.
2013 – Nigeria passes a law banning same-sex
And births this date include....
1927 – Clint Walker, American actor (d.5-21-2018)
... he sure WAS a hunk!
1936 – Keir Dullea, American actor
1936 – Ruta Lee, Canadian actress
.... WOW, she's sure still got IT~
1944 – Meredith MacRae, American actress (d. 2000)
.... sad sad sad .... brain cancer.
1958 – Michael Lopez-Alegria, astronaut
1964 – Wynonna Judd, American country singer

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

National Mint Julep Day is observed annually on May 30.  Each year, people around the country gather for a glass of mint julep! This refreshing southern classic is a traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby.
A classic mint julep is made with a mint leaf, bourbon, sugar and water. In the Southern states, where mint julep is more associated with the cuisine, spearmint is the mint of choice. Preparation of the drink may vary from one bartender to another.
  • It is believed that the mint julep originated in the southern United States sometime during the 18th century.
  • The term “julep” is generally defined as a sweet drink, particularly one used as a vehicle for medicine.
  • During the 19th century, Americans also enjoyed a gin-based julep.
  • Each year almost 120,000 mint juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.
  • May 2008 – Churchill Downs unveiled the world’s largest mint julep glass (6-foot  tall).

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

June Is Coming! ~ Gloom/Sun ~ Picture of the Day ~ Cheetahs ~ One Pan Baked Chicken Teriyaki ~ National Paperclip Day

Good 45º clear sunny morning.
Can you imagine that June starts in just 3 more days! Bunches of birthdays and anniversaries!
Yesterday started off dark and gloomy ... and then we got sunshine and blue sky! We topped at 84º!!!!
Picture of the Day... for us older folks, remember the Helms Bakery trucks? I got so excited when the Helms Man would pull out that drawer filled with donuts!!!! 


Interesting about Cheetahs ..........
The cheetah is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. The cheetah is characterized by a slender body, deep chest, spotted coat, a small rounded head, black tear-like streaks on the face, long thin legs and a long spotted tail. Its lightly built, slender form is in sharp contrast with the robust build of the big cats, making it more similar to the cougar. The cheetah reaches nearly 28 to 35 inches at the shoulder, and weighs 46–159 pounds. Though taller than the leopard, it is notably smaller than the lion. Basically yellowish tan or rufous to grayish white, the coat is uniformly covered with nearly 2,000 solid black spots.
The cheetah is the fastest land mammal on the planet, reaching speeds of up to 54 miles per hour. Cheetahs mainly hunt during the day to avoid competition with larger predators such as lions and hyenas, which usually hunt at night. Unlike other cats, the cheetah has claws that are not fully retractable, enabling it to grip the ground when in a hunting sprint. The common name ‘cheetah’ is derived from the Hindi word chita which means ‘spotted’ or ‘sprinkled’, describing the species’ striking coat.

From the Slow Roasted Italian...
One Pan Baked Chicken Teriyaki is an easy weeknight meal that is full of flavor. Baked with lots of veggies that you can use as a side dish. 

  • 4-6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cups ounces broccoli florets
  • 3 carrots, cut diagonally in 1-inch-thick slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. 
  2. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. To make the teriyaki sauce:  add all the sauce ingredients except cornstarch, to a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk to combine and bring it to a simmer. 
  4. Mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water until fully combined. Stir in cornstarch mixture into the sauce, and simmer until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Let the sauce cool to room temperature. Reserve 1/2 cup and set aside.
  5. Add chicken to a gallon size Ziploc bag or to a large Tupperware bowl. Add chicken and add the remaining sauce. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight, turning the bag occasionally to make sure the chicken marinates uniformly. 
  6. When ready to cook, drain the chicken from the sauce. Do not discard the sauce yet.
  7. Add the chopped veggies to a large bowl, add the olive oil, red pepper flakes and salt. Stir to combine.
  8. Add the veggies to the prepared baking pan. Top with the chicken and the remaining teriyaki sauce.
  9. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked,  about 25-30 minutes. With an internal temperature of 165º.
  10. Check the chicken and turn on the broiler for the last 5 minutes, for a crispier top on the chicken.
  11. Serve immediately over rice if desired, with veggies on the side, garnished with sesame seeds and green onion.
Historically this date.........
1886 – The Pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in The Atlanta Journal.

1942 – Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", the best-selling Christmas single in history.

1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.
Just think, if Hillary Clintoon had married Edmund .... what her name would be! LOL.

1988 – The U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

2001 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.

2004 – The National World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.


And births this date include...
1903 – Bob Hope, English-American comedian and actor (d. 2003)
Click on his name.... interesting read.
My mother (her parents both immigrated from Scotland) was born at her aunt's house in Cleveland Ohio in 1905.The Hopes immigrated from London and moved next door to my mom's aunt in 1908. Her aunt's kids all played with the Hope kids. And another thing, Bob Hope's name was Leslie and my mom married a Leslie (Laney)!

1917 – John F. Kennedy, American politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)

1939 – Al Unser, American race car driver

1955 – John Hinckley, Jr., American attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

National Paperclip Day is observed each year on May 29.  Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honor. It is about that well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps keep us organized.
While there are much earlier claims to the invention of the paperclip, according to the Early Office Museum, the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” was presented to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867.   The original intention of Fay’s clip was to attach tickets to fabric. However, U.S. patent 64,088 recognized that it could also be used to attach papers together.
There were as many as 50 others that received patents for similar designs prior to 1899. One other notable name receiving a patent for his paperclip design in the United States was Erlman J. Wright in 1877.  At that time, his clip was advertised for use in fastening newspapers.
The Gem paperclip, which was most likely in production in Britain in the early 1870s by The Gem Manufacturing Company, was never patented.  It is the most common type of wire paper clip and is still in use today.  It was introduced to the United States around 1892 and in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the “Gem” name in connection with paper clips.  Paperclips are still sometimes called “Gem clips.”
Today, paperclips come in various sizes, shapes and colors and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively.
Paperclips are not just for holding papers together. There are many other things that you can do with them!
  • Replace a zipper tab
  • Unclog a spray bottle
  • Unclog a single serve coffee maker
  • Hem holder
  • Emergency hooks for broken necklaces
The Paper Clip Project
During World War II this small, universal office supply provided a visual method of protest at a time when any outward signs of objection could be dangerous, even in familiar company.
Early in the war, Norwegians were particularly persistent in their development of symbols. The paper clip represented “sticking together” for a time until the Nazis caught on and banned the wearing of paper clips.
According to a March 5, 1941, Provo, Utah newspaper article (The Daily Herald), the Norwegians switched to new symbols as quickly as the bans could be issued.
In 1998, a group of middle school students led by language arts teacher Sandra Roberts and associate principal David Smith began a project through a Holocaust education class. The voluntary after-school class, Whitwell Middle School principal Linda Hooper’s idea, would be the foundation for developing tolerance and diversity.

Inspired by the story of the protesting Norwegians and their paper clips, the students began to collect six million paper clips – one paper clip representing one Jew who perished during the Holocaust. Adults today still wrestle with how the Holocaust could occur. Imagine middle school students trying understand the magnitude of such an event on humanity.
The Paper Clip Project gained international attention and by 2001 the students collected more than 30 million paper clips. The school dedicated a Children’s Holocaust Memorial which displays an authentic German rail car filled with a portion of the paper clips.