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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Soon Days Will Get Longer ~ Decorated Gate ~ Picture of the Day ~ Assassinated Presidents ~ Skillet Ramen Noodles ~ Re BBQ Beef Casserole ~ Alyssa Santisteven ~ National Cupcake Day

Good 38ยบ foggy morning. 

One more week until the shortest day and longest night. Thank goodness, then the days get longer again. YAY!!!

My neighbor Frank is the BEST neighbor ever! He decorated my gate.....

How cool is that!!

Picture of the Day.... yikes! 

Interesting about assassinated Presidents......

Four U.S. Presidents have been assassinated while in office and many more have faced serious attempts on their lives. Andrew Jackson holds the dubious distinction of being the first sitting president to survive a serious assassination attempt, which occurred in 1835. Thirty years later, Abraham Lincoln was the first to be slain. 

It was April 15, 1865, and the Civil War had officially ended just five days earlier. President Abraham Lincoln and his wife were attending Ford's Theater that evening to watch the play "Our American Cousin" when John Wilkes Booth shot him in the back of the head. Lincoln, fatally wounded, was taken across the street to Petersen House, where he died at 7:22 the next morning.

Odds are that President James Garfield would have survived the July 2, 1881 assassination attempt on his life had he lived in today's times. Lacking antibiotics and an understanding of modern ​hygienic practices, doctors repeatedly probed the entry wound on Garfield's lower back in the days and weeks after the assassination in an unsuccessful attempt to find the two bullets. The president lingered for more than two months before finally dying.
The president's assassin, Charles Guiteau, was a mentally disturbed man who had stalked Garfield for weeks in a deluded attempt to secure federal employment. On July 2, he shot President Garfield on the platform of a Washington D.C. train station as Garfield was preparing to board a train. He was arrested immediately after shooting the president. After a swift trial, Guiteau was executed by hanging on June 30, 1882.

President William McKinley was greeting visitors at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., on September 6, 1901, when Leon Czolgosz stepped out of the crowd, drew a gun, and shot McKinley twice in the abdomen at point-blank range. The bullets didn't immediately kill McKinley. He lived another eight days, succumbing to gangrene caused by the wound.
Czolgosz, a self-proclaimed anarchist, was attacked by others in the crowd and may have been killed had he not been rescued by police. He was jailed, tried, and found guilty on September 24. He was executed by electric chair on October 29. His last words, according to reporters who witnessed the event, were, "I am not sorry for my crime. I am sorry I could not see my father."

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, as he drove past crowds of onlookers that lined the streets of downtown Dallas during his motorcade from the airport. Kennedy was struck once in the neck and once in the back of the head, killing him instantly as he sat beside his wife Jackie. Texas Gov. John Connally, traveling with his wife Nellie in the same convertible, was wounded by another bullet.
The accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had staged his assault from the sixth floor of the Texas State Book Depository building, which overlooked the motorcade route. After the shooting, Oswald fled. He was apprehended later that day, shortly after fatally shooting Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit.
Kennedy's assassination was the first in the era of modern communications. News of his shooting dominated TV and radio for weeks after he was shot. Just two days after Kennedy was killed, Oswald himself was shot to death on live television as he was in police custody. Oswald's killer Jack Ruby died in prison on January 3, 1967.

From Mr. Food....

If you've never experimented with Asian-style Ramen noodles, you're in for a treat. Our budget-friendly and quick-cooking Skillet Ramen Noodles can be on the table in no time.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages chicken-flavored Ramen noodles
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots (or whatever is your favorite frozen vegetables)


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Break up noodles and add to skillet, cooking until browned, stirring constantly.
  3. Add noodle seasoning packets, water, and vegetables; cook until all water is absorbed and noodles are tender, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately.


To make this more of a meal, add some cooked, chunked chicken. Yum!

Speaking of recipes, my pal Jeannie made the BBQ Beef Casserole I posted on Friday, 12-13, and she said it was "yummy". She also made an addition of Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and garlic salt, pepper, and oregano. Plus she said add more cheese.

Special birthday today... 
Phil & Suzanne Santisteven (both LASD ret) are celebrating their daughter, Alyssa's birthday today. HAPPY 21st  BIRTHDAY ALYSSA!

Historically this date........
1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1973 – John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy, after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10, 1973.
After the trauma of his ear being cut off, he suffered emotionally and was in a self induced drug coma and later suffered paralysis.

1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.

1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan

2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.

And births this date include
1892 – J. Paul Getty, American oil tycoon (d. 1976)
... amazing his grandson was found on his birthday!
1918 – Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)
1949 – Don Johnson, American actor
Man oh man, his "marriages" and associations with women are something else!

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

Each year, December 15th also recognizes National Cupcake Day.  The cupcake was originally known as the 1-2-3-4 cake because the recipe called for 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 4 eggs and also 1 cup of milk and 1 spoonful of baking soda.
Even the word cupcake sounds like a miniature celebration. They’ve been known by other phrases that make us put our hands together in glee, too! For example:
  • Fairy Cakes
  • Patty Cakes
  • Cup Cakes (different from Cupcakes (one-word)
Someone must have wanted to surprise a loved one with a sweet, single-serving treat when they invented the cupcake. One of the first recipes for a cupcake can be traced back to 1796. A recipe notation for a cake to be baked in small cups was written in American Cookery (by Amelia Simmons). Don’t you wonder if she made them for her children or grandchildren?
The earliest known documentation of the term cupcake shows up in 1828 in Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats. The cookbook was by Eliza Leslie. Maybe she just liked individual servings. 
Cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups. Today, some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, larger teacups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes. They do make a beautiful presentation for these miniature cakes. 
Today, cupcakes are an art form. Bakers create elaborate decorations and displays utilizing a variety of ingredients. Whether they’re the centerpiece of a wedding, birthday, or anniversary cupcakes satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Colorful and fun, these single-serving delights offer a pleasing option when planning any celebration.
The single-serve cake makes it convenient for serving and sharing. Today there are a variety of recipes and just as many flavors to choose from.


Bake a batch of cupcakes and share them with a friend or two.  We even offer a couple of unique recipes for you to try.