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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Rain ~ Picture of the Day ~ Iron Lungs ~ Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread w/ Caramel Sauce ~ Gay St Clair ~ Alex Corsaro Winner ~ National Coffee Day ~ National VFW Day

Good super dark, cloudy, and cold, 39º, morning.

Yesterday "sprinkles" started about 8am. We got 4 or 5! 

Then they stopped. Then still no rain by 1pm...
Then the rest of the day we'd get rain for 5 minutes, then it stopped, then an hour later start again. We topped at 61º for half and hour, then back to the 50ºs. 

Picture of the Day... 😱

Interesting about Iron Lungs...

In the 1940s and 1950s, throughout the United States, rows of iron lungs filled hospital wards as a result of the polio outbreak. Two types of polio called bulbar and bulbospinal polio were more common. The iron lung helped children and adults whose lung was paralyzed. More specifically, the breathing muscles were paralyzed.
Another name for the iron lung is a negative pressure ventilator or pulmotor. It is a mechanical respirator which enables a person to breathe on his or her own in a normal manner, when muscle control is lost, or the effect of breathing exceeds the person's ability.
Later, a improved model called an Emerson iron lung was developed. The patient had a bed that could slide in and out of the cylinder as needed and the tank had portal windows which allowed attendants to reach in and adjust limbs, sheets and hot packs. A patient would lie within the chamber, which when sealed, provided an effectively oscillating atmospheric pressure.
Today its use is largely obsolete as superior breathing therapies have been developed, and due to the eradication of polio. Most recently however (2019) there has been a re-occurrence of polio cases in select metropolitan areas in the US, due to the lack of vaccination (reported by major media outlets)
History: On October 30, 2009, June Middleton of Melbourne, Australia, died at age 83. She spent more than 60 years in her iron lung. Her life experience is an entry in the 'Guinness Book of Records'.

Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread w/ Caramel Sauce

6 oz cream cheese, softened (from 8oz pkg)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup + 2 T. sugar
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
2 cans (16.3oz each) Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup caramel topping

Heat oven to 350º. Spray a 12 cup tube cake pan (bundt pan) with cooking spray.

In bow stir cream cheese, pumpkin, 2 T of sugar and 1 t. of pumpkin pie spice until well blended.

In another bowl mix remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar and remaining 1 t. pumpkin pie spice until well blended. Set aside.

Separate dough into 16 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers, to make a total of 32 biscuits. Spoon 1 rounded t. of cream cheese mixture in the center of each biscuit. Bring all sides of dough over filling, stretching gently, and gather in center above filling to form a ball. Firmly pinch edges to seal. Dip each ball into melted butter and roll in sugar mixture.

Layer biscuits in pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.
Bake 45-50 minutes until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Run small spatula or butter knife between cake and pan on all sides. Cool 3 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate. Cool 15 minutes. Drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm.
Cover and refrigerate any leftover monkey bread.

Special birthday today, Gay St Clair, wife of infamous LASD ret. Bob, is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAY!

Historically this date........
1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

1966 – The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.

2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

 the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami.

And births this date include....
1904 – Greer Garson, British actress (d. 1996)

1907 – Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and businessman (d. 1998)

1925 – Steve Forrest, American actor (d. 2013)

1931 – Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (d. 2015)

1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician

1942 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999) sad she died so young ... she was cute and fun and funny!

1957 – Andrew Dice Clay, American comedian and actor
....weirdo! and ugleeeee..... ditch the glasses dude!

Yesterday my Italian son, Alex Corsaro, was in a 5K Heroes in Health Care Fun Race at Freestone Park in Gilbert Arizona, and won 1st Place! CONGRATULATIONS ALEX!!! 

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

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!
Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance roasted beans cast.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how we brew it will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.
Where a coffee bean grows determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!

Many legendary accounts tell how coffee first came to be. However, the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  Here, monks first roasted coffee seeds and brewed coffee, much like we prepare them today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, Baba Budan smuggled coffee seeds out of the Middle East by strapping seven seeds onto his chest. The first plants grown from these stowed away seeds were planted in Mysore. Coffee later spread to Italy and the rest of Europe, Indonesia, and the Americas.
While Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country, Colombia closely follows. Also, more than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, too. As a result, we choose from a bountiful selection of flavors for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.


Today is also.......

National VFW Day is observed annually on September 29, honoring the men and women devoted to this valuable organization and those members who have served our nation.
Members of the VFW today hold a long-standing history of volunteerism in their communities. Not only have they served their country, but they continue to serve their fellow veterans, families, and communities by sponsoring scholarships, career fairs, mental wellness campaigns, and so many more excellent services.
VFW membership since its inception has been instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Administration, the creation of the national cemetery system and passage of the GI Bill. Through the VFW, veterans honor veterans and serve their communities.  On National VFW Day, take a moment to recognize all the VFW does in your community.
Honor the VFW members and veterans in your community. Let them know that you appreciate the sacrifices they have made for all of us. We truly are the land of the free because of the brave.
The VFW was established on September 29, 1899, by a group of veterans from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. It has since grown to be the nation’s largest group of combat veterans. They continue “to honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW promote patriotism, goodwill and youth scholarships. They also provide military assistance and community service programs, promote youth activities and volunteer many hours in their local communities.