Good 54º clear sky morning.
Yesterday stayed clear and warm and we heated to 103º.
Picture of the Day ... another super odd mailbox!
Interesting about John Wilkes Booth........
Despite his success as an actor on the national stage, John Wilkes Booth will forever be known as the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Booth, a native of Maryland, was a fierce Confederate sympathizer during the Civil War. Before the fateful night at Ford’s Theater, he had conspired to kidnap Lincoln and hide him until all Confederate prisoners were released.
The celebrated actor Junius Brutus Booth immigrated to the United States from England in the early 1820s and settled his family in Harford County, Maryland, where the ninth of his 10 children, John Wilkes, was born on May 10, 1838. In 1846, it was revealed that Junius Booth had neglected to divorce his first wife before eloping with his second, Mary Ann, 25 years before. The scandal made an impression on young John Wilkes, who was fiercely proud of his illustrious family name.
After his father’s death in 1852, Booth left his studies at the prestigious military school St. Timothy’s Hall. In 1855, he followed his older brothers, Junius Jr. and Edwin, into the acting profession, making his debut in Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Charles Street Theater in Baltimore. Booth worked for a year at a Philadelphia theater before moving to the Marshall Theater in Richmond, Virginia, where he became known for his dark good looks, his intensely physical, almost acrobatic, performances and his popularity with women.In October 1859, Booth–who, like many Marylanders, supported slavery–was shocked and galvanized by the abolitionist John Brown’s bloody raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. Booth briefly enlisted in the Richmond militia and witnessed Brown's hanging in December.
Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Lincoln declared martial law in Maryland as part of an effort to keep the state from seceding. Angry and frustrated, Booth nonetheless promised his mother he would never enlist in the Confederate Army. He continued his acting career, drawing crowds and impressing critics from St. Louis to Boston. In November 1863, he performed in The Marble Heart at Washington's Ford's Theater. In the audience were President and Mrs. Lincoln.
Less than a week later, Confederate forces evacuated Richmond, and within two weeks, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops. As Washington exploded in celebration, Booth attended another Lincoln speech on April 11, reacting strongly to Lincoln’s suggestion that he would pursue voting rights for blacks. Booth angrily told his co-conspirator, Davy Herold: “Now, by God, I’ll put him through.” Three days later at Ford's Theater, John Wilkes Booth made good on his word.
John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln on April 14, 1865 before being killed himself. Four years later, President Andrew Johnson returned Booth’s body to his family. Today, John Wilkes Booth is buried in an unmarked grave in the Booth family plot at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. However, that has not stopped people from determining its location — and leaving a little something behind. In lieu of flowers or stones, people leave pennies behind on the headstone as revenge for Abraham Lincoln, whose face is on the penny.
Bacon Cheeseburger Biscuit Bombs
All the flavors of your favorite cheeseburger - bacon, seasoned ground beef, and cheese - all stuffed into a flaky biscuit for a tasty grab and go meal. Serve with your favorite burger fixin's, like pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise....
8 oz lean ground beef
2 t. Montreal steak seasoning (or your favorite)
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (6 slices)
4 slices of American cheese, cut in quarters (or Swiss cheese for a different flavor twist)
1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Flaky refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits
1 T. melted butter
1 t. sesame seeds (or not)
Heat oven to 350º. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
In skillet, cook beef with seasoning over med-high heat until beef is brown. Drain. Cool 5 minutes and stir in bacon.
Separate dough into 8 biscuits, let sit 5 minutes. Gently pull each biscuit apart, leaving bottom and lower sides intact, forming a deep pocket. Place 2 of the pieces of cheese inside the pocket.
Holding opened biscuit in hand, place 1/4 cup of beef mixture inside. Gently stretch dough over filling, pressing and firmly sealing around edges of biscuit. Reshape into round and place on cooking sheet. Repeat for remaining biscuits. Brush with melted butter and top each with sprinkled sesame seeds.
Bake 18-22 minutes or until biscuit tops are golden brown and inside mixture is heated through. Serve with your favorite fixin's.
Historically this date....
1859 – Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well.
1918 – Mexican Revolution: Battle of Ambos Nogales: U.S. Army forces skirmish against Mexican Carrancistas in the only battle of World War I fought on American soil.
1980 – A massive bomb planted by extortionist John Birges explodes at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada after a failed disarming attempt by the FBI. Although the hotel is damaged, no one is injured.
2003 – Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.
And births this date include.....
Holy cow, 7 husbands!
1937 – Tommy Sands, American actor and singer
Sad, some people just don't age well!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Banana Lovers DayAugust 27 is a holiday for all of you banana lovers out there. The National Banana Lovers Day is the day to celebrate the most popular fruit in the United States and one of the most popular fruits in the world.
Bananas are edible fruit produced by several kind of plants in the genus Musa. Contrary to a common misconception, bananas are not trees but large herbaceous plants. Bananas are rich in dietary fiber and sugars. They are an excellent source of vitamin B6. They also contain other B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, iron, and manganese.
Bananas are extensively used in cooking. There are two main types of bananas. Dessert bananas, often referred to as simply bananas, can be eaten raw. They are either consumed by themselves or used for making pastry and desserts. Plantains, or cooking plantains, are consumed only after cooking. They can be fried, grilled, baked, boiled, and steamed.
There are a lot of dishes that include bananas as one of the primary ingredients. Some of them are: banana bread, banana pudding, banana split, banana cream pie, banana muffins, Bananas Foster, plantain soup. Banana chips are a popular snack food.
To celebrate the National Banana Lovers Day, cook any of these dishes. If you don't feel like cooking, just eat a couple of bananas which are both tasty and useful.