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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Red Sky ~ Picture of the Day ~ Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr. ~ Grands Monkey Bread ~ Greg Lundell ~ Mike & Nan Cipolla ~ National Doughnut Day

Good 34º red sky morning....
Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. 

Yesterday, again another sunny day and we topped at 79º.

Picture of the Day


Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007)
Merv Griffin is best remembered as the creator of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, two of the longest-running and best-loved TV game shows of all time. He also hosted his own celebrated TV talk show for more than 20 years. In an interview, he said that his wife Julann came up with the idea of giving contestants answers and asking them to come up with the questions. He sold the idea to NBC without even creating a pilot episode. At the time of his death, he was one of the wealthiest people in the entertainment industry, with a net worth of over $1 billion.

Grands Monkey Bread ....

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 t. cinnamon
2 cans (16.3oz each) Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layer refrigerated biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Heat oven to 350º. Generously grease 12 cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In a 1 gallon plastic food storage bag mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.

Separate dough into 16 biscuits, cut each in to quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces. Sprinkle any remaining sugar over biscuits.

In small bowl mix brown sugar and butter, pour over biscuits pieces.

Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in the center. Loosen edges of pan with metal spatula. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate, replacing any biscuit pieces and caramel from pan. Pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

Special birthday today, my high school pal Greg Lundell is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREG! xo

And a special anniversary today, Mike and Nan Cipolla are celebrating 41 years. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!

Historically this date.......
1872 – Women's suffrage in the United States: In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, and is later fined $100.

1895 – George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.            ............interesting story and pictures on the link (click his name)

1967 – The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. Survivors include Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

2006 – Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.

2009 – US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 and wounds 30 at Fort HoodTexas in the largest mass shooting at a US military installation

And births this date include....
1905 – Joel McCrea, American actor (d. 1990)
I have discovered lately that a lot of 'old timey' Hollywood folks were born in So. Pasadena (like McCrea) or Pasadena.

1911 – Roy Rogers, American actor (d. 1998)

1913 – Vivien Leigh, English actress (d. 1967)
Sadly a lot of health problems and emotional problems. Died too young.

1940 – Elke Sommer, German actress

1941 – Art Garfunkel, American musician

1943 – Sam Shepard, American playwright and actor (d.2017)

1963 – Tatum O'Neal, American actress

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

National Doughnut Day on November 5th is one of two observed by doughnut lovers across the nation. The first Friday in June is the other day doughnuts steal the bakery case spotlight ready to tease their way into white bakery box home!
For more information on the National Doughnut Day celebrated in June.
History disputes the origin of the doughnut. One theory suggests Dutch settlers brought doughnuts to North America much like they brought other traditional American desserts. They receive credit for such desserts as the apple pie, cream pie, and cobbler. 
Doughnuts come in many shapes. Was the original doughnut round? If so, American, Hanson Gregory laid claim to inventing the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847. He was on-board a lime-trading ship. Only 16 at the time, Gregory claims he punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship’s tin pepper box. Later, he taught the technique to his mother.
Traveling further back in time, we look at an English cookbook. According to anthropologist Paul R. Mullins, an 1803 volume included doughnuts in the appendix of American recipes. However, the earliest recorded usage of the term doughnut is found in a short story in a Boston Times article about “fire-cakes and dough-nuts” published in 1808. 
A more commonly cited first written recording of the word is Washington Irving’s reference to doughnuts in 1809 in his History of New York. He described balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat. The author called them doughnuts. Today, these nuts of fried dough are called doughnut holes.
Another author, William Cullen Bryant describes doughnuts fried in lard in his book Picturesque America; Or, the Land We Live In which was published in 1872.
Donut versus Doughnut
  • Print ads for cake and glazed donuts and doughnuts existed from at least 1896 in the United States.
  • George W. Peck published Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa in 1900It contained the first known printed use of donut. In it, a character is quoted as saying, “Pa said he guessed he hadn’t got much appetite and he would just drink a cup of coffee and eat a donut.”
  • In 1919, the Square Donut Company of America was founded. Square donuts offer an easier to package product.
The more traditional spelling is doughnut. However, both doughnut and donut are pervasive in American English.
Doughnuts come in a large variety of recipes, flavors, and toppings. However, just like many pastries, we are only limited by imagination and ingredients at hand. From syrups and jellies to sprinkles and custards, top them, fill them, bake them or fry them. Doughnuts have a mouth-watering way of glazing and dusting their way into our shopping carts. They also slip into the break room at work to share.