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Friday, June 21, 2019

First Day of Summer ~ Clouds/Temps ~ Dude ~ Picture of the Day ~ Air Conditioner History ~ 25-Minute Baked Ziti Skillet ~ Barbara Voors ~ Wicked Good Clogs ~ Longest Day of the Year

Good 41º clear sunny morning. 
Today is officially the First Day of Summer. As I always say, thank goodness for Mr. Carrier.

We got a few clouds yesterday. Nice. 

By noon we weren't even out of the 60ºs yet! Temperatures topped at 76º. 
Dude is having his torn ligament right rear leg surgery today. I don't know what time, but they will call me when it's over. I will pick him up tomorrow.

Picture of the Day...  😄

Interesting about air conditioners.....
Many people are turning to their air conditioners to combat the current heat wave. These artificial breezes are a relatively novel innovation, however, as this history of air conditioning explains. Throughout the ages, humans have gone to great lengths to keep cool, from transporting mountains of snow to putting their underwear in the icebox.

The first modern air conditioner was invented in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier, a skilled engineer who began experimenting with the laws of humidity control to solve an application problem at a printing plant in Brooklyn, NY. Borrowing from the concepts of mechanical refrigeration established in earlier years, Carrier’s system sent air through coils filled with cold water, cooling the air while at the same time removing moisture to control room humidity. In 1933, the Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America developed an air conditioner using a belt-driven condensing unit and associated blower, mechanical controls, and evaporator coil, and this device became the model in the growing U.S. marketplace for air-cooling systems.

Today’s air conditioners, while operating on the same fundamental science as Carrier’s 1933 system, incorporate advancements in vapor compression, diagnostics and controls, electronic sensors, materials, and energy efficiency. Carrier’s new top-of-the line central air conditioner, the Infinity, is far different than the founder’s early models, featuring advanced components including a two-stage scroll compressor for quieter, more energy-efficient performance.

From the Slow Roasted Italian...
This 25-Minute Baked Ziti Skillet is inspired by my mom and her love of simple dinners and special occasions, but also my need to have fewer dishes to wash.  This entire meal is prepared in one pan and there is enough inactive cook time that you can have your entire kitchen cleaned when you put dinner on the table, only 25 minutes from prep to plate!

  • 1 lb hot Italian            sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • ½ (6-oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 16 oz whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb dried pasta (ziti or penne are best)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (8-oz) package shredded Italian cheese blend
  • basil, for garnish
  1. In a large (12-inch) skillet over high heat, brown sausage, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, sauce, paste, Italian seasoning, dried pasta, and water. Stir to combine, cover and bring to a boil. Boil until pasta is al dente (has a little bite to it).
  2. Meanwhile; combine ricotta, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir until well incorporated.
  3. Stir ricotta mixture into pasta. Preheat oven to broil. Top skillet with shredded cheese and place in oven. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Keep a close eye on it or you will have crispy cheese pretty quick.
  4. Garnish with basil. Serve and enjoy!

Special birthday today.... Barbara Voors (wife of legendary Steve LASD ret and Jerry's former partner and BFF) HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARB!!! xo

Historically this date.......
1942 – World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland.

And births this date include..

1921 – Jane Russell, American actress (d. 2011)

1933 – Bernie Kopell, American actor

1938 – Ron Ely , American actor
I got my new "slippers" yesterday from LLBean. They are called Wicked Good Clogs. Soooooooooooooooo comfortable! I buy a pair about once a year and usually wear them all day when I'm home.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy First Day of Summer. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

The longest day of the year marks the Beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere which starts on June 20th, 21st or 22nd. It is also known as the Summer Solstice.
This is the day in which we can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice takes place between June 20 and 22.. This year, it falls on Friday June 21. There are two solstices each year - one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occurs when the when the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. The term 'solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', meaning 'sun standing still'.

Since ancient times, the summer solstice has been marked on calendars with celebrations honoring the sun and as a way to mark the season