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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Weather ~ Excitement ~ Picture of the Day ~ Blood Types ~ Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara ~ National Banana Split Day

Good 52º clear sky morning. 
Yesterday we warmed to 100º and predictions for higher for the next few days. 
Yesterday was exciting... fill water tubs for the critters outside, filled the bird feeders, kill weeds, vacuumed. Just over the top exciting and fun day! Hope your day was as fun. 
Picture of the Day....  Ahhh.... no wonder!
Interesting about blood types...
Humans have 4 basic Blood Types: A, B, AB & O. For each type, there is a + (positive) & a - (negative). 45% of the population is either O+ or O-. 40% of the population is either A+ or A-. 10% is either B+ or B- and 5% is either AB+ or AB-. Type O- is called the Universal donor blood type and a person with type AB+ can receive Red blood cells as a Universal Recipient.

O- blood cells are called “universal” meaning they can be transfused to almost any patient in need, and only 6.6% of the population has O- blood. In the event of an emergency, trauma patients and accident victims are given a fighting chance at life due to O Negative blood transfusion. You may hear that “O- blood is the type they carry on the medical helicopters”. This is often the case when there is no time to ask questions.
Additionally, O- red blood cells are safest for newborn infants with under-developed immune systems. Your commitment to regular and frequent donations is especially important to maintain sufficient supplies for our community. And, local patients are grateful for your “gift of life”. It is also important to remember that while donors of all blood types can receive O- blood, those with O- blood can generally only receive O- blood. In extreme emergencies when O- is in short supply, sometimes O+ can be substituted. 1 in 15 people have O- blood (approximately 6.6% of the population).


Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara

Prep Time:10 minutes Cook Time:40 minutes Total Time:50 minutes Servings: 4
Roasted asparagus and mushrooms in a creamy and cheesy egg sauce with plenty of fresh cracked black pepper.
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces fettuccine (or pasta of choice) 
  • 4 ounces bacon cut into 1 inch pieces or 4 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Parmesan), grated
  • plenty of fresh cracked black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Toss the asparagus and mushrooms in the oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400º oven until they start to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes, mixing half way through
Start cooking the pasta as directed on the package.
Cook the bacon in a pan, pour off all but a tablespoon of the grease from the pan, add the garlic, cook for 30 second and turn off the heat.
Mix the egg, cheese, pepper and salt and parsley in a bowl.
Drain the cooked pasta reserving some of the water.
Mix the pasta, egg mixture, asparagus and mushrooms into the pan with the bacon, adding reserved pasta water as needed.
Note: To speed things up, about 20 minutes into roasting the asparagus and mushrooms, get your pot of water for the pasta on the stove and start bringing it to a boil.
Option: Replace the Parmesan with pecorino romano.
Historically this date......
1933 – The Diexi earthquake strikes Mao CountySichuan, China and kills 9,000 people.
1944 – World War II: Paris is liberated by the Allies.
1989 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, the outermost planet in the Solar System.
And births this date include....
1913 – Don DeFore, American actor (d. 1993)
... "Thorny" in Ozzie & Harriet and "Mr. B" in Hazel.

1916 – Van Johnson, American actor (d. 2008)
.... one thing I remember about him is that he always, always, wore red socks!

1930 – Sir Thomas Sean Connery, Scottish actor
1933 – Tom Skerritt, American actor
1949 – Gene Simmons, Israeli-born musician (Kiss) Interesting read about his life...
1958 – Tim Burton, American film director
.... He directed one of Kristen's favorite films... The Nightmare Before Christmas....

1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus, American singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist (Shudda done a better job raising that nutcase half naked bootie wiggling tongue wagging daughter of his!)
1968 – Rachael Ray, American chef and television personality
(....if only she could keep her open palms in her pockets instead of waving them all over and in front of her face when she's talking and brushing back her hair! But, I guess it's impossible since she's Italian, but also she NEVER stops talking. Even interrupting special guest (all guests!) Tom Selleck! She cooks great, but wish she'd shut up and keep her hands DOWN! Also, she needs to quit saying (in lyrical style) "I know."

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


National Banana Split Day recognizes the sweet ice cream treat served with a banana, whipped cream, and various toppings. Get yours on August 25th!

How to Make a Banana Split:
Originally served in drug stores, soda fountains and ice cream parlors, the banana split is traditionally served in a long dish called a boat. To make a banana split, cut the banana lengthwise and place it in the dish. Then add scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream between the slices of banana. Each scoop gets a topping; add crushed pineapple to the strawberry, drizzle chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and add strawberry topping to the chocolate. Next, sprinkle with crushed nuts. Finally, garnish with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. 
The Inventor
A 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania created the first banana split in 1904.  David Evans Strickler enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. For only 10 cents, Strickler sold his first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae,” double the cost of all the other sundaes.  


We were unable to find the creator of National Banana Split Day. However, in David Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August. In 2013, they placed an official marker at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split. Then, the United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp” depicting the banana split.  It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series.  For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.