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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Turtles and Tortoises ~ Broccoli Pasta Noodle Ring ~ National Noodle Ring Day

Good 39º dark foggy cloudy morning. 

The dark clouds hung around yesterday and we stayed in the 30ºs until before noon. 

Rain started in the early afternoon and we topped at 42º.

Picture of the Day ... LOL. Cheers!  

Interesting about Turtles and Tortoises .....
Tortoises and turtles are both reptiles from the order of Testudines, but in different classification families. The major difference between the two is that tortoises dwell on land, while turtles live in the water some or nearly all of the time.
The bodies of tortoises and turtles are both shielded by a shell, the upper part of which is called carapace, with the lower portion called a plastron. The carapace and the plastron are attached by a bridge, which means that though the head and limbs of a turtle or tortoise may be withdrawn from the shell, the whole body can never be totally detached from it. These reptiles are generally reclusive and shy in nature.

Turtles live some or most of the time in the water, while tortoises live on land. Both turtles and tortoises lay eggs on the ground. The mother will dig a burrow and lay two to twelve eggs there. The future hatchlings will stay inside the egg for 90 to 120 days, incubating on their own. Once the incubation process is complete, they dig their way to the surface. Tortoise mothers provide protection to the hatchlings for about 80 days, after which they survive on their own, but turtle hatchlings are on their own from birth.

We had a couple tortoises when we lived in Temple City. They'd do this mating thing....

and the male would breath hard and so loud we could hear him!!! LOL.

Since it's National Noodle Ring Day.....
Broccoli Pasta Noodle Ring

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti
  • 1 (8 ounces) package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook noodles as directed on package; drain. Cook broccoli as directed on package; drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cooked noodles, cooked broccoli, butter, bread crumbs, and red pepper flakes; toss to combine. Pour into prepared ring mold.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, 2 cups whole milk, and a pinch of salt. Pour this mixture over noodles.
  5. Set ring mold in a pan of hot water. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into noodle ring comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a platter. Top with your favorite sauce.

Historically this date......
1816 – Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state.

1920 – Irish War of Independence: In retaliation for a recent IRA ambush, British forces burn and loot numerous buildings in Cork city. Many civilians report being beaten, shot at, robbed and verbally abused by British forces.

1941 – World War IIGermany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the Americans' declaration of war on the Empire of Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on them.

1941 – World War II: Poland declares war on the Empire of Japan.

1941 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy suffers its first loss of surface vessels during the Battle of Wake Island.

1946 – The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established.

1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.

2008 – Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

And births this date.......
1889 – Walter Knott, American farmer and businessman, founded Knott's Berry Farm (d. 1981)

1931 – Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican-American actress, singer, and dancer

1939 – Tom Hayden, American activist and politician (d. 2016)

1940 – Donna Mills, American actress and producer

1943 – John Kerry, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 68th United States Secretary of State

1944 – Lynda Day George, American actress

1944 – Brenda Lee, American singer-songwriter

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

National Noodle Ring Day on December 11th recognizes recipes made with pasta into a delicious round casserole. While baking up your favorite recipe, maybe use round pasta noodles to really punctuate the ring in the day. 
While the day could possibly be about the little round pasta noodles, it would be a fun way to celebrate. They make up a delicious pasta salad or several other pasta dishes. They also are popular with kids (of all ages) to use in different craft projects, maybe even one that results in a beautiful snowflake for the holidays.
However, the day celebrates the pasta dish formed in an 8 or 9-inch ring mold or bundt pan. Usually made from noodles, flour, breadcrumbs, cheese, eggs, and other seasonings, this dish is quite versatile. When baked, recipes call for the noodle ring to be removed from the mold and served on a plate giving it an elegant appearance.


Test your skills by making a noodle ring. Invite family and friends over for a taste-testing. We’re sure they will enjoy it. We provide a few different recipes to use: