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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Full Moon ~ Throw Back Thursday ~ Picture of the Day ~ Pizza History ~ Sizzling Shrimp Stir-fry ~ Margaret Laney ~ Herman Baertschiger Jr. ~ Dr. Ron Dickey ~ Barry Perrou ~ National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

Stand by today and be safe..... Full Moon!!!

Good 55º clear sunny morning.
Yesterday, again, stayed clear sunny and we heated to 101º. 

Happy Throw Back Thursday..... Here is my Brian just after he graduated from USMC Boot Camp 1990....
Picture of the Day....another crazy mailbox...

Interesting about pizza..........
One of the most popular dishes in the world today is without a doubt a pizza. Its long history spans centuries and millennia's, unifying the countries of Europe and later on continents and entire world. As we look further back to the past we can see the origins of the pizza in the 1st century BC as a sort of flattened bread that was used by several European civilizations. The first major breakthrough in the history of pizza happened in 16th century with the arrival of tomatoes from the New World. Often thought as a poor man's vegetable, sauces made from tomato soon became integral part of the Italian pizza and which later spread across the entire world.
The earliest known home of ancient pizza comes from the island of Sicily, where archaeologist found remains of the 3000 years old flattened breads and tool for their manufacture. The similar kind of dishes papered in the surrounding European areas in the following centuries. One of the earliest mentioning's of pizza came from the historical writings of the Darius, the Great conquest of Europe. It mentions the habit of his soldiers to bake flattened bread on their shields, which were later covered with cheese and dates.
The moment witch solidified popularity of Pizza in Italy happened in 1889, when famous Naples pizza chef Raffaele Esposito made three pizzas for Umberto I King of Italy and his wife Queen Margherita di Savoia. His successful pizza presentation made his designs part of an Italian food culture, and consummation of pizza continued to spread across Italy.
America became acquainted with pizzas in late 19th century, when many Italians colonized several US cities. Concentrated Italian presence in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia became one of the first areas where pizza was sold in United States. At first, street vendors sold pizzas in Italian districts, but soon after street peddlers who walked up and down the Chicago's Taylor Street and sold hot slices of pizza to surrounding traffic. As the popularity of pizza grew, the need for dedicated restraint that served only pizza brought the foundation of first pizzeria in USA. Created by Gennaro Lombardi in Little Italy, Manhattan, this pizzeria was active all up to 1984, until it was reopened 10 years later by Lombardi's grandson.
Although popularity of pizza grew in the USA, it was mostly limited to the Italian immigrants and their descendants. The moment that brought true international fame of the pizza happened after end of the World War II, when soldiers returning from the European fronts brought with themselves an appetite for this incredible dish. Another big promotion for pizza happened during 1950s when many American celebrities of Italian origin started promoting pizza, most notably Jerry Colonna, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, and baseball star Joe DiMaggio. As the new pizza parlors became formed across the entire America, the beginnings of the modern pizza industry started being born. Some of the most famous worldwide pizza franchises founded in that period were Pizza Hut in Wichita, Kansas(1958) Domino's(1967) and Papa John's (1984).

Do you like Chinese Take Out? Try this... from Mr. Food

It's such a cinch to throw together this terrific restaurant-style dish at home; you'll never want to order out again!
Sizzling Shrimp Stir-fry ...


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 pound snow peas, trimmed
  • 1/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

1. In a large wok or skillet over high heat, heat oil. Add garlic and saute until tender. 
2. Add red pepper, snow peas, and mushrooms, and stir-fry 2 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes, or until shrimp are pink and vegetables are crisp-tender. Serve immediately. 

** Make it a complete meal by serving over warm cooked rice or fresh spinach for a low-carb option


Today was a special day, still is, it was my Mom's birthday. Margaret Elizabeth Mills Laney. She was born, 1905, in Cleveland Ohio in her aunt's house that was next door to the Bob Hope family house. Her cousins and Bob Hope played together.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! Love and miss you! ♥

Today is also several other special birthdays.... The son of my pal Karen, aka Sugar Bear, Herman Beartschiger Jr is celebrating. Herman is our Oregon State Senator from Senate District 2 which includes Josephine and Northern Jackson counties and the towns of Grants Pass, Central Point, Rogue River, Eagle Point, White City, Gold Hill and Cave Junction. 

Also celebrating is my vet Dr. Ron Dickey. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOC!!

And LASD ret Barry Perrou is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARRY!
Picture of Barry and his bride Laurie Ann....
Historically this date.......
1914 – A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.
.......... Wright was definitely and interesting man. I love his architecture! Click on the word "Taliesin" and read the fascinating story of that home.... his second wife and her murder. His 'winter home' he built in Scottsdale AZ and called it Taliesin West. I would love to go there and see it. Some day. Scottsdale is a very neat place!

1935 – Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.

1945 – World War II: Japan surrenders to end the war.

1965 – The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, in an event later seen as marking the birth of stadium rock.

1971 – President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.

1974 – Yuk Young-sooFirst Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South KoreaPark Chung-hee.
..... Man oh man, can you imagine your name being "Yuk"!


And births this date include....
1912 – Julia Child, American cook and TV personality (d. 2004)

1923 – Rose Marie, American actress (d.2017)

1925 – Mike Connors, American actor (d. 2017)

1968 – Debra Messing, American actress

1972 – Ben Affleck, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


National Lemon Meringue Pie Day on August 15th gives pie lovers and lemon lovers a chance to celebrate. Tart lemon curd and delicate meringue sing together in this deliciously bright pie. 
When making a lemon meringue pie, the crust is usually made with shortbread pastry. The filling for the pie is lemon curd. Of course, the topping is a fluffy and crisp meringue topping.
Whip egg whites to stiff peaks to make a meringue. Add sugar to make it sweet. Meringues are baked in a slow oven so when they’re finished, they come out crisp and golden. 
Since meringue is versatile, it can be baked into individual servings with fruit fillings. Pastry chefs also like to make meringue cookies, too. By adding cocoa, coffee or any number of flavorings, the light, airy cookies melt in your mouth. The same applies to meringue pies. 
The meringue was perfected in the 17th century. Meanwhile, lemon meringue pie as we know it today was developed in the 19th century.


 Try this Lemon Meringue Pie recipe.