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Saturday, November 30, 2019

"Mother's Rolls" ~ Picture of the Day ~ Name of the State of Oregon ~ Black Friday Origin ~ National Mason Jar Day

Good 28º cloudy/foggy morning. 

30 days hath September..... April, June, and November. All the rest have 31, except February, which has 28, but 29 in leap year!

Picture of the Day... LOL

Interesting about the state name of Oregon...

The earliest evidence of the name Oregon has Spanish origins. The term "orejón" comes from the historical chronicle Relación de la Alta y Baja California (1598) written by the new Spaniard Rodrigo Montezuma and made reference to the Columbia Riverwhen the Spanish explorers penetrated into the actual North American territory that became part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This chronicle is the first topographical and linguistic source with respect to the place name Oregon. There are also two other sources with Spanish origins, such as the name Oregano, which grows in the southern part of the region. It is possible that the American territory was named by the Spaniards, as there are some populations in Spain such as "Arroyo del Oregón" (which is situated in the province of Ciudad Real), also considering that the individualization in Spanish language "El Orejón" with the mutation of the letter "g" instead of "j".

Most scholarship ascribes the earliest known use of the name "Oregon" to a 1765 petition by Major Robert Rogers to the Kingdom of Great Britain, seeking money to finance an expedition in search of the Northwest Passage. The petition read "the rout... is from the Great Lakes towards the Head of the Mississippi, and from thence to the River called by the Indians Ouragon...." Thus, the early Oregon Country and now the present day state of Oregon took their names from the river now known as the Columbia River.

George R. Stewart argued in a 1944 American Speech article that the name came from an engraver's error in a French map published in the early 18th century on which the Ouisiconsink (Wisconsin River) was spelled "Ouaricon-sint", broken into two lines with the -sint below, so that there appeared to be a river flowing to the west named "Ouaricon". The theory was endorsed in Oregon Geographic Names as "the most plausible explanation".
In 1863, Archbishop François Norbert Blanchet advanced the theory that the name derives from early Spanish settlers who referred to the big, ornamented ears of the region's native people by the name "Orejon."
Joaquin Miller explained in Sunset magazine, in 1904, that "The name, Oregon, is rounded down phonetically, from Ouve água—Oragua, Or-a-gon, Oregon—given probably by the same Portuguese navigator that named the Farallones after his first officer, and it literally, in a large way, means cascades: 'Hear the waters.' You should steam up the Columbia and hear and feel the waters falling out of the clouds of Mount Hood to understand entirely the full meaning of the name Ouve a água, Oregon."

According to the Oregon Tourism Commission, present-day Oregonians /ˌɒrɪˈɡniənz/ pronounce the state's name as "or-uh-gun, never or-ee-gone".[20] After being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2002, former Oregon Ducks quarterback Joey Harrington distributed "Orygun" stickers to members of the media as a reminder of how to pronounce the name of his home state. The stickers are sold by the University of Oregon Bookstore.
Tomorrow's state name will be information on how California got it's name.

Here is the "Mother's Rolls" recipe I make every year.....

2 cans of refrigerated Pillsbury Grands ... buttermilk kind
1 cube melted butter
Bundt pan
Heat oven to 350º. Stand biscuits up on their sides and fill the Bundt pan. Pour the melted butter over all. Bake until very golden brown on top, I did for 40 minutes.

Turn the pan over onto a plate and serve. Everyone loves them!!!

Historically this date....
1902 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.

1954 – In Sylacauga, AlabamaUnited States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a 
humanbeing hit by a rock from space

1982 – Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller, with producer Quincy Jones was released worldwide and became the biggest-selling album worldwide and still is to this day.

2004 – Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings.

And births this date include...
1835 – Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American writer (d. 1910)

1918 – Efrem Zimbalist Jr., American actor (d.2014)

1926 – Richard Crenna, American actor (d. 2003)

1927 – Robert Guillaume, American actor (d.2017)

1929 – Dick Clark, American television host (d. 2012)

1952 – Mandy Patinkin, American actor and singer

1965 – Ben Stiller, American actor

Origin of "Black Friday"....
The name “Black Friday” originated in Philadelphia, when it was coined by the Philadelphia Police Department in 1966 to describe the chaos caused by massive traffic jams, car accidents and congested sidewalks that resulted from the shopping day after Thanksgiving. Contemporary use of the term now refers to it as the point in the year at which retailers begin to turn a profit, thus going from being "in the red" to being "in the black". Since 2006, there have been 11 deaths and 108 injuries as a result of Black Friday events.

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

On November 30, National Mason Jar Day commemorates an ingenious invention that’s been bringing families together for generations.
Simply by opening a jar of fruit preserves or spicy salsa, we enjoy the flavors of summer in the midst of winter. For those who love to pickle, the Mason jar rescues fruits and veggies from the garden. From green beans to watermelon, we make them sweet or spicy!
While food preservation has existed for centuries, John Landis Mason from New Jersey made home canning safe. The young tinsmith’s patent #22186 for an “Improvement in screwneck bottles” issued a revolutionary design.
Since then, gardeners have been canning. They stocked their pantries from their victory gardens. Some padded their wallets with their heirloom collections. And many more shared their bounty as colorful gifts. Mason jars pull double duty as beautiful DIY projects in shabby chic vases or as an artfully painted desk caddy.
However, we use these versatile vessels, this holiday delight in their existence and their utility.


Misty Campbell-Olbert, the founder of Unboxing the Bizarre, founded National Mason Jar Day to celebrate a day that should have existed a long time ago! Mason jars are synonymous with ingenuity, independence, and creativity – all things worthy of celebration!
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Mason Jar Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Day After Thanksgiving ~ Picture of the Day ~ Seals ~ Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata ~ National Native American Heritage Day

Good 31º cloudy/foggy morning. 

Happy Day After Thanksgiving. Hope yours was a good one. Mine was great... with Brian, Jen, Tucker, Sami, Dash, Grandma Jean. Also joining us were two couples, friends of Brian and Jen,  and their children at Grandma Jean's house. Here is Jen carving the turkey...

Interesting about Thanksgiving...

...George Washington was the first president to declare Thanksgiving a holiday, but it was on a year-to-year basis, so each president had to re-declare it every year. Thomas Jefferson was so adamantly against Thanksgiving that he refused to declare it a holiday during his entire presidency. Jefferson passionately believed in the separation of church and state, and thought that the day of "prayer" violated the First Amendment. It wasn’t until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a federal holiday to be commemorated each year on the fourth Thursday of every November. 

Picture of the Day...😁

Interesting about seals....

Pinnipeds, commonly known as seals, are a widely distributed and diverse clade (a group of biological taxa, such as species, that includes all descendants of one common ancestor) of carnivorous, fin-footed, semiaquatic marine mammals. There are 33 extant species of pinnipeds, and more than 50 extinct species have been described from fossils.
Although pinnipeds are widespread, most species prefer the colder waters of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. They spend most of their lives in the water, but come ashore to mate, give birth, molt or escape from predators, such as sharks and killer whales. They feed largely on fish and marine invertebrates, but a few, like the leopard seal, feed on large vertebrates, such as penguins and other seals.
Baby seals are called pups. Pups are typically born in the spring and summer months and females bear almost all the responsibility for raising them. Mothers of some species fast and nurse their young for a relatively short period of time while others take foraging trips at sea between nursing bouts.

Largest seal is the Elephant Seal...

Something to make with your leftover turkey.....


  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 oz grated Gruyere cheeseomit for Whole 30
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onionchopped
  • 12 ounces peeled Sweet Potatoesdiced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp fresh or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 6 oz leftover turkey breastchopped
  • 1 loose cup baby spinachroughly chopped
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Crack the eggs and egg whites into a large bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and a pinch of fresh cracked pepper and beat until blended. Mix in cheese.
  • Heat a 10-inch nonstick oven safe skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the oil and onions to the pan and cook until the onions are golden, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the sweet potatoes and thyme, season with 3/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, paprika and pinch of black pepper. Cover and cook the sweet potatoes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp and tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Add the chopped turkey to the skillet and stir to combine. Add the spinach, and cook until wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the edges are set, 6 to 8 minutes.
  •  Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the frittata is completely set and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut into 6 wedges and serve.

Historically this date....
1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.

1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole.

1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.

And births this date include...
1896 – Yakima Canutt, American actor and stuntman (d. 1986)
Interesting how he got his name, it sounds American Indian, not.

1927 – Vin Scully, American baseball announcer

1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF (Black Friday). Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Native American Heritage Day on the day after Thanksgiving honors American Indians across the nation. The day celebrates the vibrant cultures, traditions, and heritages while recognizing the many contributions Native Americans have made.
The day encourages listening to Native American voices and fostering pride in the vibrant and layered heritage that’s embedded deep within our society.
In the United States today, Native Americans contribute to society daily. Whether through art or government, their insight and perspective elevate an art form or a district. They serve in the military, the medical and legal fields. Their knowledge wins battles large and small.
Carol Metcalf-Gardipe – Geologist
Ms. Gardipe’s many roles include director of the American Indian Engineering Program (the first of its kind) and one of seven founders of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). She is also a professor, administrator, and an award-winning geologist who held positions with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
Lila Downs – Musician
The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter immigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico, and has been singing since she was eight-years-old. While her Latin style speaks to a global audience, her music also has heavy jazz influences.
Deb Haaland (Rep-D)
Representative Haaland was elected to Congress in 2019 from New Mexico’s 1st District. She has served on the Armed Services Committee and Natural Resources Committee. Both parents served in the U.S. Military. Her father was in the Marines and her mother in the Navy.
Emory Sekaquaptewa – Anthropologist
Hopi linguist, anthropologist, scholar, educator, artist, and appellate court judge, Emory Sekaquaptewa is best known for developing the first Hopi language dictionary.
Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble
In 2008, Keeble became the first full-blooded Sioux Indian to receive the Medal of Honor. During a battle in the Korean War, his actions saved the lives of fellow Soldiers. He was born in 1917 in Waubay, SD, but spent most of his life growing up near Wahpeton, ND. As the war heated up in Europe, Keeble joined the North Dakota National Guard in 1942. His service included World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Badge in addition to the Medal of Honor.


To celebrate Native American Heritage Day, try any of the following:
  • Read a story about or by a Native American.
  • Visit one of many Native American museums, heritage centers, or historical sights.
  • Try a delicious Native American recipe.
  • Watch a movie or documentary about or by a Native American.
  • Participate in or watch a game of Lacrosse.
  • Attend one of many seminars, performances, or events honoring Native American culture across the country.


Riding horseback from state to state in 1914, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, sought endorsement from 24 states in support of a national day recognizing and honoring Native Americans. He presented these endorsements to the White House the following year. While no national day was proclaimed, the state of New York declared the second Saturday in May as American Indian Day.
In 1986, the 99th Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing the President to proclaim the week of November 23-30, 1986, as American Indian Week. President Ronald Reagan declared the first American Indian week that year and each year following of his presidency. President George H.W. Bush continued the proclamations until 1990 when he approved a joint resolution to declare November as National American Indian Heritage Month. This tradition has continued annually. In 2008 the Native American Heritage Day Act was enacted by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. (aka BO!)