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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Weather ~ Emmys and Jack ~ Picture of the Day ~ Chicken History ~ Smothered Chicken Bake ~ John Berokoff ~ National Elephant Appreciation Day

Good 48º cloudy morning. 
There was a bright red sky when I first got up.... sailors take warning! 

The fog left yesterday and the sun came out with a clear sky! We topped at 86º.

Tonight is the Emmys. I don't normally watch them but will tonight as my grandson Jack will be on!! One of the hosts, Adam DeVine is going to sing and wanted a marching band to be his music. Some of the members of the Pasadena City College Honor Band will be participating, including Jack who plays the drums.
                               ^Jack in the Rose Parade
Picture of the Day

Interesting about chickens....

Long ago, lots of wild chickens lived in India and East Asia (China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam). That’s where people first domesticated (tamed) chickens, maybe around 7000 BC.
Recent genetic evidence shows that people tamed chickens in two different places: in China and in India. Probably the people in each place didn’t know that the other ones were also taming chickens. By about 5000 BC, people in China were certainly keeping chickens, and by 3000 BC people in India and probably Vietnam also had domesticated chickens.

In West Asia, people didn’t really keep chickens for their eggs and meat until some time after 1000 BC, in the Iron Age. To the Persians, the rooster crowing at dawn heralded the return of light conquering darkness.
When chickens finally reached Europe, sometime between 1000 and 550 BC, they and their eggs were an exciting new food; Greeks sometimes called chickens “the Persian bird.” Greeks and Romans often sacrificed chickens to their gods. Socrates, for example, asked his friends to sacrifice a cock to the god Asclepius for him as he was dying just after 400 BC. But even then, Greeks may have been using chickens more for cockfighting than for eating.

And.... how about 
Smothered Chicken Bake
5 ingredients for a quick weeknight meal....

3  slices bacon, chopped
1 cup diced red bell pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 t. ground pepper
1/4 cup basil pesto (from 7oz container)
1 15oz jar Alfredo pasta sauce
Heat oven to 350º.
In skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 3-5 minutes, stirring until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate. Leave drippings in skillet.
In skillet cook bell pepper over medium-high heat 1-2 minutes, until crisp tender. Remove with slotted spoon to medium bowl.
Sprinkle chicken breasts with pepper. In skillet cook chicken breasts in bacon drippings over medium-high heat 2-4 minutes, turning once
until brown.
Place chicken breasts in 2 quart baking dish.
In medium bowl stir bell pepper, pesto, and Alfredo sauce until well blended. Pour over chicken and cover with foil.
Bake 30-35 minutes until mixture is bubbly. Sprinkle with chopped bacon.
** serve chicken over cooked wild and white rice blend. Have a salad and a crusty French loaf.
Special birthday today... former Wilsonite, S'63, and friend John Berokoff is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!
    ^Sierra Park Grammar School.... John back row 2nd from left..

Historically this date.......
1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published
1941 – World War II: On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murder 6,000 Jews in VinnytsyaUkraine. Those are the survivors of the previous killings that took place a few days earlier in which about 24,000 Jews were executed.
1975 – Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but is foiled by Oliver Sipple.
1991 – The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library1993 – A barge strikes a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama, causing the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak history. 47 passengers are killed.

And births this date include...

1927 – Tommy Lasorda, American baseball manager
Interesting read.......
1959 – Tai Babilonia, American figure skater

1960 – Scott Baio, American actor
1961 – Bonnie Hunt, American actress


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

Remember, September 22 recognizes National Elephant Appreciation Day. The elephant probably won’t forget. 
People of all ages are fascinated by elephants. Discover some interesting facts about them to celebrate with us! 
These captivating and social animals live between 60 to 70 years. Like humans, elephants develop remarkably close family bonds. Two species, the African Savannah and Asian elephant, exist. However, recently scientists suggested that the African Forest elephant is also a unique species and not a subspecies. 
Each day, poachers kill approximately 100 elephants for their ivory, meat, bones, and skin. 
While the African elephants outgrow the Asian, both hold the prize for the largest land mammal on earth. However, there are some differences between the species, though.
Differences Between African & Asian Elephants:
  • The African elephant grows larger ears.
  • In the Asian species, only the male grows tusks. However, in the African, both male and female elephants grow tusks.
  • One of the things that fascinate us about elephants is their trunk. It’s super sensitive. At the end, a small finger-like appendage grows. The appendage, also known as a lobe, gives elephants the ability to pick up small twigs, bits of grass and other items. On the Asian elephant, the lobe grows at the top tip of the trunk. However, the African elephant grows a lobe at the top and bottom, giving it extra pinching dexterity. 
  • Both species live in herds. The herds are led primarily by a matriarch and comprised of sisters, daughters and their young. As the males grow, they move off on their own. Asian herds tend to be smaller than the African herds.
  • While both species are herbivores, their diets vary based on the available habitat. 
Elephants are spirited and playful animals. Have you ever seen them frolic in the water?  And they will defend their own with their mighty tusks. Whether foraging for food or digging a mud hole, their tusks are vital for survival. Since hunters value the ivory more than the life of the elephant, they endanger the continued existence of these majestic animals. 


National Elephant Appreciation Day originated in 1996 to raise awareness concerning the plight of elephants.