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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Fog Cleared ~ Picture of the Day ~ Microwave Oven History ~ Country Skillet Bacon Cornbread ~ National Roof Over Your Head Day

Good super foggy again 33º morning. 

After the heavy fog cleared yesterday ....

Then we finally had clear blue skies and warmed to 59º!  Hopefully today also!

Picture of the Day ... happy dancing penguins

Interesting about microwaves...
Popcorn was actually the first food to be microwaved deliberately. In 1946 Dr. Percy Spencer of the Raytheon Corporation was experimenting with a magnetron (a new type of vacuum tube) when he noticed that the chocolate candy bar in his pocket had melted. He was curious, so he placed some popcorn kernels next to the magnetron and turned it on - the popcorn popped.
After experimenting with various other food items (including an egg that exploded!), he and Ratheon realized they were on to something and continued on to develop the first microwave oven. Raytheon saw the possibilities of this, and after acquiring Amana Refrigeration in 1965, was able to sell microwave ovens on a large scale. The first microwave oven was called the Radarange, and today, there are over 200 million in use throughout the world.

Microwave ovens are a common kitchen appliance and are popular for reheating previously cooked foods and cooking a variety of foods. They are also useful for rapid heating of otherwise slowly prepared foodstuffs, which can easily burn or turn lumpy when cooked in conventional pans, such as hot butter, fats, chocolate or porridge.

Country Skillet Bacon Cornbread

2 8½ oz pkgs corn muffin mix
10 slices cooked thick hickory smoked bacon, chopped
3/4 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 t. ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs

Heat oven to 450º.

Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, stir until just blended.

Pour into 12" cast iron skillet.

Bake 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool slightly.

If you don't have a cast iron skillet, spray a 9" square baking pan with cooking spray, add batter, bake 20-25 minutes.
Or... you can substitute an oven proof skillet sprayed with cooking spray.

Historically this date....
1910 – Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.

1927 – Putting Pants on Philip, the first Laurel and Hardy film, is released.

1960 – The musical Camelot debuted at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, and would become associated with the Kennedy administration.

1964 – Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at theUniversity of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest at the UC Regents' decision to forbid protests on UC property.

1967 – At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape TownSouth Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).

1976 – An assassination attempt is made on Bob Marley. He is shot twice, but plays a concert two days later.

1979 – In Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 fans are suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert.

And births this date include...
1927 – Andy Williams, American singer (d. 2012)

1947 – Patricia Krenwinkel, American murderess
.... so, how u likin' that '3 squares' a day and free room and board? This crazy is up for parole again in 2022!

1951 – Rick Mears, American race car driver

1960 – Daryl Hannah, American actress

1968 – Brendan Fraser, Canadian-American actor

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

Each year on December 3rd National Roof Over Your Head Day is observed across the United States.
National Roof Over Your Head Day was created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head.  There are many things that we have that we take for granted and do not stop to appreciate how fortunate we are for having them.
All across our nation, there are many that do not have the things that necessary to everyday life. They may lack a roof over their heads, enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For those who have those bare necessities, it may be insufficient.
National Roof Over Your Head Day is about remembering to appreciate what you have.  This day follows closely after Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful.  So just like Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you do have and always remember, that it is a better feeling than worrying about what you do not have.
To celebrate National Roof Over Your Head Day you can pick a name or two off of a Christmas Giving Tree, volunteer at or make a contribution to a homeless shelter in your area and maybe someone else will be able to have a “roof over their head” tonight.