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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Rain/Fog ~ Picture of the Day ~ Attempted Presidential Assassinations ~  Cheese Filled Ravioli Lasagna ~ Sally Harwell ~ National Brownie Day 

Good SUPER foggy 45º drizzling morning.

Friday to Saturday we got just over and inch of rain...

Yesterday, first thing in the morning after all the rain it was clear and beautiful. Then, the fog rolled in again! Ugh. Since then we've gotten another 1/2" of rain. 

Picture of the Day ... uh huh!

People have plotted to assassinate the president for nearly as long as the U.S. has existed as a republic. There's no record of an attempt on George Washington's life while he was president, but an assassination plot was thwarted in 1776. Here are some of the most notable attempts to kill the president:
  • The first recorded attempt on a president's life occurred on Jan. 30, 1835, when English-born house painter Richard Lawrence attempted to shoot Andrew Jackson. Lawrence's gun misfired and Jackson was unharmed. Lawrence, found guilty by reason of insanity, died in an insane asylum in 1861.
  • Theodore Roosevelt, who became president when William McKinley was assassinated, barely survived an attempt on his own life on Oct. 14, 1912. Roosevelt had already left office but was trying for a third term as an independent. He was speaking at a hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin​ when he was shot in the chest at close range by Bavarian saloon-keeper John Flammang Shrank. Shrank's aim was good, but the bullet hit the eyeglass case in the president's breast pocket, as well as a voluminous copy of the speech he was about to give, saving his life. Shrank died in a mental institution in Wisconsin in 1943.
  • Giuseppe Zangara attempted to kill President Franklin Roosevelt on Feb. 15, 1933, just as the President wrapped up a speech in Miami's Bayfront Park. A total of five people were hit by the hail of bullets. Rumors ran rampant for a while that the actual target was Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who was in attendance, sustained a bullet wound and eventually died. Zangara confessed and was sentenced to 80 years in prison but died of peritonitis on March 6, 1933.
  • Harry Truman's life was threatened on November 1, 1950. Would-be assassins Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, both Puerto Rican activists, stormed the home where Truman was staying while the White House underwent renovations. The President was under heavy guard at the time and Torresola was killed. Truman was never harmed. Collazo was convicted and sentenced to death, but Truman commuted his sentence. Paroled in 1979, he returned to Puerto Rico where he died in 1994.
  • Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, attempted to kill Gerald Ford on Sept. 5, 1975, in Sacramento, Calif. Her reason? She was protesting environmental pollution. Her gun failed to fire although she was at close range. No one was hurt. Fromme was sentenced to life imprisonment and paroled after 34 years in 2009.
  • "Honey, I forgot to duck." That's what President Ronald Reagan told his wife Nancy as he was being wheeled into an operating room after John Hinckley, Jr. shot him outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. Hinckley wanted to impress actress Jodie Foster. Reagan was shot in the chest and suffered a punctured lung, but he survived. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was released from institutional care in 2016.
Then and now...

There have been recorded attempts on the lives of most presidents in the modern era, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Following the death of William McKinley, Congress directed the Secret Service to assume full-time security for the president, a role the federal agency still fills today.​

This frozen cheese-filled ravioli brings this lasagna to the dinner table in 45 minutes..... a spin on the Italian classic  featuring spinach,pesto, and jarred Alfredo sauce.

1 6oz bag fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
1/3 cup refrigerated basil pesto
1 15oz jar Alfredo pasta sauce
1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 25oz pkg frozen cheese filled ravioli (do not thaw)
1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
Chopped fresh basil leaves, if desired
Paprika, if desired

Heat oven to 375º. Spray 11x7 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

In medium bowl toss spinach and pesto. In another bowl mix Alfredo sauce and broth. Spoon 1/3 of the sauce mixture, about 1/2 cup, into the baking dish. Top with half of the spinach mixture. Arrange half of the ravioli in a single layer over the spinach mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce mixture.

Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer, until bubbly. Garnish with basil and paprika.
** Although the dish calls for frozen ravioli you can let the ravioli sit for about 5 minutes before preparing the recipe to allow the ravioli to separate more easily.

Special birthday today, Sally Harwell (LASD ret and former Marine) is celebrating.
Sally with her granddaughter Sally Jr. ^
Sally and Jerry were in the same LASD academy class, #115

Historically this date.....
1941 – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "a date which will live in infamy", after which the U.S. and the Republic of China declare war against Japan.

1980 – John Lennon, an English musician and peace activist, is murdered by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City.

And births this date include...
1930 – Maximilian Schell, Austrian-born Swiss actor and film director (d.2014)

1933 – Flip Wilson, American comedian (d. 1998)
LOVED his Geraldine! Jerry could do it perfectly!

1936 – David Carradine, American actor (d. 2009)

1937 – James MacArthur, American actor (d. 2010)
The original 'Danno' on Five-O from 1968-1980. Jack Lord's partner. 

1953 – Kim Basinger, American actress

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

Each year on December 8, brownie lovers across the nation enjoy one of their favorite baked goods on National Brownie Day.
In the United States, the chocolate brownie is a favorite, with the blonde brownie running a close second.  A blonde brownie is made with brown sugar and no chocolate and is often called a blondie.
The earliest recipes for brownies we are familiar with today are found published in regional cookbooks and newspapers around the turn of the last century. The 1904 Laconia, NH Home Cookery, the 1904 Chicago, IL Service Club Cook Book, and an April 2, 1905, edition of The Boston Globe are three early examples. In 1906, Fannie Merritt Farmer published a recipe in an edition of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book.  
Three myths have gained popularity over the years regarding the creation of the brownie:
  • In an accidental mixing of ingredients, a chef added melted chocolate to biscuit dough.
  • A forgetful cook left out the flour when mixing the batter.
  • When a housewife did not have baking powder, she improvised to create this new treat. The wife decided to serve her guest flattened cakes.


Enjoy some fudgy, warm brownies. Be sure to invite friends and family to enjoy them with you, too! Pour a glass of milk and maybe add a scoop of ice cream.