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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Halloween ~ Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Halloween History ~ Sheet Pan Maple Salmon ~ Kristen Follen ~ Isabella Bowler ~ Hardin Maxwell ~ Halloween and Girl Scout Founder's Day


Good 37º cloudy foggy morning. 

Be safe out there with this full moon!
Yesterday clear and sunny and we topped at 79º.
Picture of the Day.....

Interesting about Halloween.......

Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' evening"), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints Eve is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

One theory holds that many Halloween traditions may have been influenced by ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, which may have had pagan roots; some scholars hold that Samhain may have been Christianized as All Hallow's Day, along with its eve, by the early Church. Other academics believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, being the vigil of All Hallow's Day.


 Today's Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries, some of which are believed to have pagan roots. Jack Santino, a folklorist, writes that "there was throughout Ireland an uneasy truce existing between customs and beliefs associated with Christianity and those associated with religions that were Irish before Christianity arrived". Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, which comes from the Old Irish for 'summer's end'."[39]


If you want to read a whole lot more about Halloween, go here:
From Mr. Food


Need an easy dinner packed with all the flavors of the season? Try our Sheet Pan Maple Salmon! It's an easy all-in-one recipe that's got something for the whole family. Plus, because it's all-in-one, cleanup is a breeze. After all, nothing's better than a fast and delicious dinner without the fuss.


  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 8 spears fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 2 (6-ounce) fresh salmon fillets


  1. Preheat the oven to 425º. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine syrup and mustard; mix well and set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; mix well. Add potato slices and toss until evenly coated. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, then turn potato slices over and move to one side of tray (overlapping is fine). 
  4. Toss asparagus in remaining oil mixture, then place on baking sheet. Add salmon to baking sheet, lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle syrup mixture on salmon and potato slices. 
  5. Return to oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with fork. Serve immediately.
Super special birthday today.... my girl Kristen is celebrating! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!
                       ^with her Alex and Jack
             ^20 years ago... with Alex and Jack!
               ^Kristen's current Halloween outfit!
 Today is also my friend John Bowler (LASD ret) and Trish's granddaughter's 8th birthday. Happy Birthday Isabella!

 And today was also Jerry's dad, Hardin Maxwell's birthday. 
Historically this date....
1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state.

1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States.

1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.

1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards.Riots soon break out in New Delhi and nearly 10,000 Sikhs are killed.

And births this date include...
1860 – Juliette Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts (d. 1927) (How about that Kristen!!! And you were a GS Leader!)

1912 – Dale Evans, American singer and actress (d. 2001)
... I wanted to be her when I was small!

1922 – Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (d. 2005)
.... "Miss Ellie" !

1927 – Lee Grant, American actress

1936 – Michael Landon, American actor (d. 1991)
I had a cowboy hat he wore in Bonanza as Little Joe Cartwright and had his autograph in it. My pal Jeannie was a HUGE Landon fan so I gave her the hat!

1943 – Brian Piccolo, American football player (d. 1970)

1947 – Frank Shorter, American runner

1950 – John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (d. 1994)
He was sure a funny guy. Loved him in Uncle Buck!

1963 – Dermot Mulroney, American actor

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

Of course, during this Corona Virus mess, a lot of traditions have been cancelled.
On October 31st, Halloween brings out the ghouls and goblins, creatures, and strange folk. They come creeping about the neighborhood seeking favors over trickery.
People of all ages look forward to Halloween traditions. While dressing up and baking, we carve up glowing pumpkins. Children breathing life into storybook characters, practicing their trick or treat. In twos and threes, they traipse through the neighborhood, collecting their bounty in pillow sacks. A ghost, a pirate, a robot or Dorothy, and Toto. No matter their age, they come to the door. They knock or ring. Here and there, a screech or a boo!
The crisp air and autumn colors set the mood. Seasonings fill our senses with a taste of autumn. We set forth on an adventure and finish with a warm apple cider around a flickering fire.


Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”). While many attend costume parties, bob for apples, and light bonfires, others look forward to counting trick or treaters. Houses are decorated with sprays of fall leaves, scarecrows, and pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns. Attractions include visiting a haunted house, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
However, trick or treating has also changed. In the United States, some organizations around the country offer trick or treat events for children to come dressed up and collect candy in a safe environment.They may also offer Halloween parties for children to attend, too.
In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remains popular. Although, in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration.
Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.


The observance dates back to an ancient pagan harvest festival marking the end of summer and beckoning the beginning of winter. Seasons overlapped during Samhain (pronounced sah-win), and revelers believed the worlds of the living and the dead crossed. To interact with the spirits, the living would wear costumes and light, bright bonfires to help protect them.
Similar celebrations honoring the dead took place in Roman traditions, which were gradually blended and soon replaced the Celtic ceremonies.  However, All Martyrs Day established by Pope Boniface IV in 609 A.D. was eventually moved by Pope Gregory III to November 1. Later, it became known as All Saint’s Day. The eve of this celebration became known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween.
Through the Colonial era in America, Halloween celebrations were considered taboo due to religious beliefs. By the Victorian era, though, Halloween traditions featured fall festivals, parties, and foods involving communities and neighborhoods.
Today is also.....

On October 31st, Girl Scout Founder’s Day recognizes the founders and all the great things Scouting has done for girls since its inception. It commemorates the birth of the founder, Juliet Gordon Low. 

The day is special for all girls. It is a time to think about who we would like to be, let our imaginations run wild and turn those dreams into a reality. We can genuinely transform ourselves into something different—something more significant, bolder, and more daring than we ever thought possible.

Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting. At the first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were 18 girls present. For these girls, Juliette Gordon Low organized enrichment programs, service projects, and outdoor activities and adventures. Since the time of the first meeting, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.

  • The organization’s original name was the Girl Guides of America
  • By 1920 there were close to 70,000 members
  • By 1930 there were over 200,000 members
  • In 2005 there were over 3.7 million members
  • Motto – “Be Prepared”
  • Slogan – “Do a Good Turn Daily”

“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”


Juliette Gordon Low, also known as Daisy, who was born on October 31, 1860, was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, along with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement.  In 1912, Low formed a Girl Guide troop in Savannah, Georgia, and in 1915, the Girl Guides became the Girl Scouts with Low becoming the first president.  She remained active with the Girl Scouts until the time of her death in 1927.  Low’s birthday, October 31, is celebrated by the Girl Scouts as “Founder’s Day.”


Friday, October 30, 2020

Pre Halloween ~ 10-30 ~ Picture of the Day ~ Maize ~ Ghoulish Halloween Cake ~ Halloween Mug ~ National Candy Corn Day


Good 31º morning. 
Tomorrow is Halloween and it's a full moon!!! 😱
Yesterday started cold and with the clear sky and sunshine we topped at 81º.
10-30 is a radio code for 'transmission does not conform to regulations'.
LOL, that is what Jerry called his bff/radio car partner, Steve Voors. His nickname was 10-30 Dude!!!
Picture of the Day.... 😁


Maize was domesticated from its wild grass ancestor more than 8,700 years ago, according to biological evidence uncovered by researchers in Mexico’s Central Balsas River Valley. This is the earliest dated evidence — by 1,200 years — for the presence and use of domesticated maize. the studies confirmed that maize derived from teosinte, a large wild grass that has five species growing in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Native Americans taught European colonists to grow the indigenous grains, and, since its introduction into Europe by explorers, corn has spread to all areas of the world suitable to its cultivation.


The domesticated crop is one of the most widely distributed of the world’s food crops.

Although it is a major food in many parts of the world, corn is inferior to other cereals in nutritional value. Centuries of cross breeding have produced larger plants, and specialized varieties.

Corn is used as livestock feed, as human food, as biofuel, and as raw material in industry. A greater weight of maize is produced each year than any other grain. In 2014, total world production was 1.04 billion tonnes. Maize is the most widely grown grain crop throughout the Americas, with 361 million metric tons grown in the United States in 2014.



A store-bought cake mix baked in a Bundt pan is the trick to a spooky Ghoulish Halloween Cake. Get your creative juices flowing by decorating your very own edible pumpkin that'll be the hit of your monster bash.


  • 1 (18-1/4-ounce) package devil's food or any flavor cake mix, prepared according to package directions
  • 2 (16-ounce) containers white frosting
  • Red, yellow, and green food colors
  • 1 flat-bottom ice cream cone
  • Candy corn for garnish
  • Decorating gel for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray; pour in prepared batter.
  2. Bake 30 to 35 minutes; let cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan and invert onto platter; let cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir white frosting with a few drops of red and yellow food colors, until frosting reaches desired orange color. Set aside 1/4 cup orange frosting in a small bowl and add a drop of green food color to make desired brown color. Place ice cream cone upside down on waxed paper and frost with brown frosting then cover and refrigerate.
  4. Frost cooled cake with orange frosting. Create eyes, mouth, and nose with Halloween candy or decorating gel. Place frosted ice cream cone in center hole of cake at an angle for stem.
Use your favorite Halloween candy, licorice, or decorating gel to decorate.


Historically this date.....
1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States.

1965 – Vietnam War: Just miles from Da NangUnited States Marines repel an intense attack by wave after wave of Viet Cong forces, killing 56 guerrillas. Among the dead, a sketch of Marine positions is found on the body of a 13-year-old Vietnamese boy who sold drinks to the Marines the day before.

1985 – Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.


And births this date include...

1893 – Charles Atlas, Italian-born bodybuilder (d. 1972)
Charles in his youth and at 79 years old.

1945 – Henry Winkler, American actor

1946 – Robert L. Gibson, American astronaut

1951 – Harry Hamlin, American actor
I'm ready for tomorrow.... my coffee/tea mug!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On October 30th, the country celebrates its favorite vegetable with National Candy Corn Day.
In the late 1800s, George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn. His sweet treat represented the bright colors of corn kernels. Originally, candy corn was yellow, orange and white. However, it wasn’t until 1889 that the Goelitz Candy Company made the candy popular. Later, other candy makers developed a variety of popular colors and flavors as well.
The original confection was made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree). However, modern candy makers produce the treat using machines while using the original ingredients.
These days, numerous recipes create the candy corn flavors in cakes, cookies, beverages, and more.


Candy corn inspires desserts, too. Add the candy to popcorn for a spooktacular treat. Another delicious way to celebrate the day would be to layer gelatin, pudding or cakes with white, yellow and orange colors and flavors. Salty and sweet always pair well together, too. Add pretzels, candy corn, and nuts to a snack mix.
Try this terrific candy corn cookie recipe.