Good 32º lightly scattered clouds morning.
Yesterday we warmed to 76º
Throw Back Thursday...
Jerry with Spanky and Buckwheat, the pups he rescued
Picture of the Day
Interesting about Tigers.......
India is home to the world's largest population of wild tigers. A 2014 census estimated a population of 2,226, a 30% increase since 2011. Then, just 5 years later, on International Tiger Day (July 29th), the prime minister of India, Narender Modi, released a report estimating a population of 2,967 tigers in India, a 25% increase since 2014.
The increase is a result of an initiative called 'Project Tiger', started by Indira Gandhi, who established numerous tiger reserves. The project resulted in tripling the number of wild Bengal tigers from 1973 to the 1990s, but a 2007 census showed that numbers had dropped back to about 1,440 because of poaching.
Following the report, the Indian government pledged $153 million to the initiative, set up measures to combat poaching and promised funds to relocate up to 200,000 villagers in order to reduce human-tiger interactions. An additional 8 new tiger reserves were also established.
As of 2015, the global wild tiger population was estimated at between 3,062 and 3,948 mature animals, down from around 100,000 at the start of the 20th century. Major reasons for population decline include habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation, and poaching for fur and body parts.Data gleaned from the Global Tiger Forum (2016) reported an estimated 433 tigers in Russia, 189 in Thailand and 250 in Malaysia.
From the Slow Roasted Italian.....
The Best Ever Mashed Potatoes are rich and creamy with the perfect texture and flavor. A decadent side dish fit for a special occasion with a simple recipe that makes them easy enough to make any night of the week. With make ahead instructions these are the ultimate mashed potatoes!
- 5 pounds Yukon Gold (or Russet) potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Optional garnish: chives, chopped
- Place the potatoes into a large pot, and cover with salted water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until fork tender (meaning they break apart when you put a fork into a potato), approximately 15 minutes.
- Drain water. Return the potatoes to the pot. Turn heat to high, and allow the potatoes to dry for about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
- Add remaining ingredients. Begin mashing the potatoes with a potato masher. Mash until they are your desired consistency.
- Serve and enjoy! Top with chives if desired.
- I prefer my potatoes a little chunky, but mash until you like them. If you prefer them extra fluffy you can use an electric mixer on about half power for about 2 minutes. Then stir and scrape down side and them mix for another minute.
Historically this date.........
1910 – The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright Brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.
1940 – In Tacoma, Washington, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses in a windstorm, a mere four months after the bridge's completion.
1944 – Franklin D. Roosevelt elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America.
1983 – 1983 United States Senate bombing: a bomb explodes inside the United States Capitol. No people are harmed, but an estimated $250,000 in damage is caused.
2000 – Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the United States, although actually she still was the First Lady. (GAG)
2000 – Controversial US presidential election that is later resolved in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court Case.
And births this date include....
1918 – Billy Graham, American evangelist (d.2018)
1959 – Keith Lockhart, American orchestral conductor
..... Boston Pops, a big favorite of mine!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo