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Monday, February 10, 2020

Picture of the Day ~ Phoenix Arizona ~ Fritos Chili Pie Bake ~ Jack Fimple ~ National Umbrella Day 

Good 30º foggy everything is frozen out there morning!

Picture of the Day... 😮

Interesting about Phoenix Arizona....

Phoenix is easily the most-populated state capital. At almost 1.5 million people, Phoenix is much larger than the second-biggest capital, Indianapolis, which is home to about 850,000 people.
It Gets Really Hot in PhoenixPhoenix holds the number one spot in the nation for the number of days where the temperature in a major U.S. city is above 100-degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, the average high temperature in Phoenix in July is 106.1 Fahrenheit. The highest temperature in Phoenix ever recorded was in a balmy June in 1990 when it reached a scorching 122-degrees Fahrenheit. Snowfall in the city is a rare event indeed, with the record being only .04 inches back in 1939.
Phoenix Received Its Name From an English Lord Phillip Darrell Duppa was a member of the committee chosen to select the name of the new town. Duppa, who preferred to be called Lord Duppa, spoke seven languages and had royal relatives. After the discovery of irrigation canals from a prehistoric period when the Hohokam lived on the land, Duppa made an eloquent argument that the town should be named Phoenix after the mythological bird that arose from ashes. It was certainly better than suggestions made by other committee members — which included Stonewall and Pumpkinville.

The “Sunshine State” is a More Accurate Nickname for Arizona Than Florida.Meteorological statistics don’t lie. Arizona is the sunniest state in the country. (Florida comes in fifth.) Yuma is sunny 90% of the time, and Phoenix and Tucson tie at 85%. No city in Florida even makes the top ten.

Fritos Chili Pie Bake 

This easy Fritos™ chili pie knows how to impress! With taco-seasoned ground beef and a saucy pinto bean mix, plus all the Fritos™ corn chips you can handle, it’s a guaranteed winner dinner.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 1oz pkg Old El Paso taco seasoning mix
1 14.5oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 15.5oz can chili beans (pinto beans with chili peppers, onion, and garlic, in a zesty tomato sauce
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 8oz can Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls
3 cups Fritos corn chips, coarsely crushed
Sliced green onions, tomatoes, and sour cream if desired

Heat oven to 375º. Spray 13x9 glass baking dish with cooking spray. 
In large nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink, drain. Reduce heat to medium, stir in taco seasoning mix, diced tomatoes, and chili beans . Cook 2-3 minutes until heated through. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Remove from heat.

Unroll crescent dough, press in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of baking dish. Spread beef mixture on top. Bake 20 minutes. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and corn chips. Bake 5-7 minutes until dough is a deep golden brown and cheese is melted. 

You can buy Fritos in the chili cheese flavor, which would bring out even more flavors of chili.
Canned pinto beans are sold in flavored sauces, which was used in this recipe. 

Jack Fimple, former Dodger catcher, retired and now lives here working at All Natural Pest Elimination as Director of Operations, is celebrating his birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!

This is the baseball card he gave me and autographed it......

Historically this date....
1863 – The fire extinguisher is patented.
I have one that was Jerry's... made in the early 1900's... that looks something like this:

Between 1900 and 1920, fire grenades resembling light bulbs could be purchased with a special bracket. This bracket had a spring device and a fusible link. When the fusible link melted, the spring would cause a metal arm to shatter the grenade and release its contents into the fire. Fire grenades of this era came in a metal case, such as the Shur Stop Kit that contained six grenades.

1962 – Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

1981 – A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino kills eight and injures 198.

2005 – North Korea announces that it possesses nuclear weapons.

And births this date include....
1893 – Jimmy Durante, American actor and comedian (d. 1980)
1906 – Lon Chaney Jr., American actor (d. 1973)

1930 – Robert Wagner, American actor
Three wives, married Natalie Wood twice, then Marion Marshall, and last Jill St. John....


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

National Umbrella Day casts a little shade on February 10th. The day honors one of the world’s most useful inventions, the umbrella!
Not only does the umbrella help keep us dry from the rain, but it also protects us from the heat of the sun. Umbrellas can also be used as a fashion accessory. While the umbrella is primarily practical, they also decorate cocktails. These brightly colored paper umbrellas make for fun party favors especially when visiting sunny locations.
Umbrellas have also found their way into the art world. Their color and shape make sharp silhouettes. They also serve as the canvas for art. In movies, umbrellas play a role, too. For example, they played vital parts in both Singing in the Rain in 1952 and in Mary Poppins in 1964. 
Interesting Umbrella TidBits:
The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow.  Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, often used in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.  Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism for an umbrella from the late 19th century.
The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt  Assyria, Greece and China.
We can credit the Chinese for being the first to protect us from the rain. Their paper parasols received a layer of wax followed by lacquer that made the umbrella repelled the elements. 
One of the first umbrella shops in existence opened in 1830 at 53 New Oxford Street in London, England. The shop, operated by James Smith and Sons, still operates regular hours at the same location today. 
In 1928, Hans Haupt’s pocket umbrellas appeared. In 1969, Bradford E. Phillips, the owner of Totes Incorporated of Loveland, Ohio, obtained a patent for the first “working folding umbrella.”
Umbrellas have also been fashioned into hats as early as 1880 and as recently as 1987.
Photographers use umbrellas with a reflective inside as a diffusion device when employing artificial lighting and as a glare shield and shade, most often in portrait situations.


While the origins of the utilitarian holiday remain a mystery, it’s been celebrated since at least 2004. However, another celebration on the calendar promotes opening umbrellas indoors. The entire month of March recognizes the umbrella, too!