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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Electric Gate ~ Picture of the Day ~ Ravens & Crows ~ Cheesy Potato Casserole ~ National Blueberry Popover Day

Good 27º cloudy morning. 

Yesterday I was frustrated because my electric gate quit working. I am sure it's a dead battery. I called the company that installed the gate and they can't get a fix-it guy out here until tomorrow! Sheeesh! So, I'll have to open and close it by hand. Joy. So, I have to drive down there and get it open for the Schwans delivery today! 

Picture of the Day .... In the Ukraine the traffic light poles also light up....

Interesting about Ravens and Crows.......

A raven is one of several larger-bodied species of the genus Corvus. These species do not form a single group within the genus.
There is no consistent distinction between "crows" and "ravens", and these appellations have been assigned to different species chiefly on the basis of their size, crows generally being smaller than ravens.

The largest raven species are the common raven and the thick-billed raven. The term "raven" originally referred to the common raven, the type species of the genus 'Corvus', which has a larger distribution than any other species of Corvus, ranging over much of the Northern Hemisphere.
The term "raven" originally referred to the common raven ('Corvus corax'), the type species of the genus 'Corvus', which has a larger distribution than any other species of Corvus, ranging over much of the Northern Hemisphere.
The modern English word raven has cognates in all other Germanic languages, including Old Norse 'hrafn' and Old High German 'raban', all of which descend from Proto-Germanic 'hrabanaz'.
Collective nouns for a group of ravens include "unkindness", "treachery", and "conspiracy". In practice, most people use the more generic "flock".
More Info:
Ravens are large, the size of a Red-tailed Hawk. Ravens often travel in pairs, while crows are seen in larger groups. Also, watch the bird’s tail as it flies overhead. The crow’s tail feathers are basically the same length, so when the bird spreads its tail, it opens like a fan. Ravens, however, have longer middle feathers in their tails, so their tail appears wedge-shaped when open.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

1 32oz pkg frozen cowboy or cubed potatoes
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
16oz sour cream
1 can condensed cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 cup butter, softened
1 small onion chopped
3 cups crushed corn flakes

Preheat oven to 425º.
Pour hash browns into lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
In large bowl combine cheese, sour cream, and soup
In large skillet over medium heat combing onion with 1 stick butter and saute for 5 minutes. Add to soup mixture and spread over potatoes.
Arrange crushed corn flakes over the potatoes and soup mixture. Melt the remaining stick of butter and pour evenly over corn flakes.
Bake 425º for 1 hour.

Historically this date.......
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

1933 – An earthquake in Long Beach, California kills 115 people and causes an estimated $40 million dollars in damage.

1945 – The U.S. Army Air Force firebombs Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.

1977 – Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus. your anus? :o()

And births this date include...
1940 – Chuck Norris, American actor and martial artist

1940 – Dean Torrence, American singer (Jan and Dean)

1958 – Sharon Stone, American actress

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

What better way to start March 10th than with National Blueberry Popover Day? Popovers are airy rolls that puff up when baked, popping over the edge of the tin. They are light and crispy on the outside while the insides are warm and often hollow. They can be filled with custards, creams, and fruits for a sweet treat, especially blueberries.   
Popovers are similar to Yorkshire pudding and can also be served with savory combinations.
Most popover recipes are made using mostly eggs, milk, flour and salt.  When making popovers, using eggs and milk that are at room temperature produces the best result. The resulting batter is thin but has enough air it that when it bakes the steam expands the batter, causing it to puff up and pop over the tin.  The egg proteins help the pastry hold its shape and eventually the crust turns flaky and golden.
** 1850 – The oldest known reference to popovers in a letter of E.E. Stuart.
** 1876 – The first cookbook with a popover recipe was Practical Cooking by M.N. Henderson.


Make your home smell amazing with these homemade blueberry popovers: Toasted Coconut and Blueberry Popovers.  Another option is to visit your favorite bakery and surprise a friend or neighbor. Don’t forget to let them know what day it is and give your baker a shout out, too! Those are two great ways to celebrate.