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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Temps ~ Picture of the Day ~ Hermit Crabs ~ Easy Pumpkin Poke Cake ~ Lisa Hannan ~ National Deviled Egg Day

Good 29º clear sky morning. 
Yesterday we started at 26º and topped at 76º.

Picture of the Day

Interesting about Hermit Crabs....

Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans of the super family 'Paguroidea'. Most of the approximately 1,110 species possess an asymmetrical abdomen that is concealed in a scavenged mollusc shell carried around by the hermit crab.
As the hermit crab grows in size, it must find a larger shell and abandon the previous one. Several hermit crab species, both terrestrial and marine, have been observed forming a vacancy chain to exchange shells. When an individual crab finds a new empty shell it will leave its own shell and inspect the vacant shell for size. If the shell is found to be too large, the crab goes back to its own shell and then waits by the vacant shell for up to 8 hours.
As new crabs arrive they also inspect the shell and, if it is too big, wait with the others, forming a group of up to 20 individuals, holding onto each other in a line from the largest to the smallest crab. As soon as a crab arrives that is the right size for the vacant shell and claims it, leaving its old shell vacant, then all the crabs in the queue swiftly exchange shells in sequence, each one moving up to the next size. Hermit crabs often "gang up" on one of their species with what they perceive to be a better shell, and pry its shell away from it before competing for it until one takes it over.

Here is a hermit crab in a piece of beach trash!

From Mr. Food
Pumpkin Poke Cake

You're going to love this seasonal version of our favorite poke cake recipe. The creamy vanilla pudding, delightful whipped topping, and the delicious pumpkin flavor make this easy poke cake recipe our most decadent way to enjoy fall time desserts. Our Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake is perfect through-and-through!

Poke cakes are one of those desserts that everyone is happy to see on the table. Whether you're making it for your spouse and kids, or whether you're bringing it to a big group gathering, you can be sure that this pumpkin poke cake will satisfy. We love the combination of the creamy vanilla pudding with the rich spices in the cake. It's a combination that might go out of season, but it never goes out of style.

We also love that this recipe is super easy to make. It requires a little advanced planning, since you have to let the cake chill, but the hands on time is nice and short. This pumpkin poke cake is so easy to make that you won't even mind if your family asks you to make a second one!
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package spice cake mix
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 (4-serving size) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, and water until thoroughly combined. Pour into baking dish.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke 25 to 30 holes in cake.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and milk until slightly thickened. Pour mixture into holes and spread evenly over top of cake. Spread whipped topping on top, cover, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or until ready to serve.

Special birthday today, Lisa Hannan, daughter-in-law of my pal Mike who comes over to help me with many chores. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!

Historically this date....
1898 – Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team.

1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose or H-4 The Hercules; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

1984 – Capital punishmentVelma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.

1988 – The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.

And births this date include...
1755 – Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (d. 1793)

1913 – Burt Lancaster, American actor (d. 1994)

1936 – Rose Bird, American judge (d. 1999)

1942 – Stefanie Powers, American actress

1966 – David Schwimmer, American actor

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

National Deviled Egg Day features a favorite hors-d’oeuvre or side dish for parties, holidays, family reunions and potluck dinners. Deviled eggs are the star of the show each year on November 2.
This well-loved food wows guests at the holidays. Designers have even created specially designed carrying dishes and plates. The deli section of the grocery store prepares packaged deviled eggs, and they can be found in some convenience stores, too.
Other names for this devilish dish include eggs mimosa, stuffed egg, salad eggs or dressed egg. To make them, hard-boiled eggs are shelled, cut in half and filled with the hard-boiled egg’s yolk. The yolk is mixed with other ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard.
Eggs are quite versatile when it comes to making simple dishes elegant. The deviled egg is another example of taking the humble egg and transforming it with one or two simple ingredients. The final result is centerpiece-worthy. Colorful relishes, spicy peppers, pimentos or savory herbs, elevate deviled eggs. Additionally, the variety offers entirely new flavor profiles demonstrating just how delicious this family favorite can be
Other approaches make them a little more creamy with sour cream. Or, a bit more tart with added vinegar. It’s possible to please just about every palate can be satisfied. From the traditional paprika garnish to crunchy bacon, or a little caviar, anchovy or herring, there is some devilish experimenting any cook can do.
The first known print reference referring to the term “deviled” about food, appeared in 1786. It was in the 19th century that it came to be used when referring to spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity.


Make up your favorite recipe or try something new. Try a fancy recipe. Serve them for guests or just for you.