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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Picture of the Day ~ Phoenix Arizona ~ Stay At Home Soup ~ Dude ~ National Gardening Day 

Good 32º clear sunny morning. Yesterday we topped at 76º. 

Picture of the Day...

Interesting about Phoenix Arizona....

Phoenix (/ˈfnɪks/) is the capital and most populous city in Arizona, with 1,660,272 people (as of 2018). It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.
Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area is the 11th largest by population in the United States, with approximately 4.73 million people as of 2017. Phoenix is the seat of Maricopa County and the largest city in the state at 517.9 square miles, more than twice the size of Tucson and one of the largest cities in the United States.
Phoenix was settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers and was incorporated as a city in 1881. It became the capital of Arizona Territory in 1889. It is in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert and has a hot desert climate. Despite this, its canal system led to a thriving farming community with the original settler's crops remaining important parts of the Phoenix economy for decades, such as alfalfa, cotton, citrus, and hay. Cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper were known locally as the "Five C's" anchoring Phoenix's economy. These remained the driving forces of the city until after World War II, when high-tech companies began to move into the valley and air conditioning made Phoenix's hot summers more bearable.

The Phoenix is a mythical bird known for rising from its ashes.

Accordingly to ancient legend, the Phoenix is a bird that cyclically burns to death and is reborn from its own ashes. For this reason, the Phoenix often serves as a symbol of renewal and rebirth. The name of Phoenix, Arizona is a direct reference to this idea; Phoenix was built upon the ruins of a former civilization that had collapsed long before, apparently due to drought. The legend of the Phoenix focuses on its new life from the ashes, and served a perfect name for the new city.

From Mr. Food.... Stay At Home Soup....

As we’re all asked to stay at home and are challenged with the task of making 3 meals a day, nothing is better than this warm-you-up soup that’s made with lots of shortcut ingredients from the freezer aisle. And the best part, besides the taste, is that we can mix ‘n’ match the veggies based on what’s available.


  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen fully-cooked cocktail-sized meatballs, thawed
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled tortilla chips
  • In a large saucepan, combine broth, meatballs, mixed vegetables, salsa and cumin, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 7 to 8 minutes or until meatballs are heated through.
  • Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle evenly with shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips.

Test Kitchen Tip: Maybe make a double batch and freeze some. This way you can cook once and eat twice…or three times. Now that’s our idea of an easy-peasy meal.


On this date in 2013 Dude came to live with me..... he was 6 years old, and born the same year Jerry died.  He's been such a blessing and a love. I know he's Jerry reincarnated because he snores just like him!!! 😍

Historically this date.........
1846 – The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.

1860 – The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California.

1865 – U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.

1969 – At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

And births this date includes.....
1925 – Rod Steiger, American actor (d. 2002)
I always thought he was beyond strange!

1930 – Bradford Dillman, American actor (d.2018)

1932 – Loretta Lynn, American country musician/singer

1936 – Frank Serpico, American policeman

1941 – Julie Christie, British actress

1941 – Pete Rose, American baseball player

1977 – Chandra Levy, American intern (d. 2001)
What a story!!! Click on her name and read....

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

National Gardening Day on April 14th encourages gardeners and would-be gardeners to pick up a shovel and some seeds and kick-off a beautiful year of homegrown bounty.
Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, National Gardening Day celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades. Growing your own food also lets you provide fresh and natural nourishment for your family for a fraction of grocery store prices.
As many gardeners know, the benefits of gardening come from more than the produce. Spending time in the garden also provides physical activity and an opportunity to join with nature.
The observance is a call to action to get out and grow flower or vegetable gardens. No matter how you garden, plant in the ground, in containers, in straw bales or a square foot gardening box. Just garden!


There are many ways that you can celebrate the day, including:
  • Look for a community garden in your area.
  • Organize a seed and perennial plant swap with neighbors and friends.
  • Join a garden club. There isn’t one near? Start one!
  • Visit your local nursery or garden center—you will be amazed and excited by all the beautiful options