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Monday, June 15, 2020

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ California State Flag ~ Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pot Pie ~ Julie Moran ~ National Smile Power Day

Good 57º dark cloudy morning. 

Yesterday some sun and blue sky! We topped at 77º. 

Picture of the Day

The California state flag consists of a white background with a grizzly bear above the words “California Republic” and a red stripe; in the upper hoist corner is a single red star. The flag was designed by William Todd (nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln), and officially adopted as the state flag of California in 1911. The bear on the original flag was modeled after the last California grizzly bear in captivity. The bear, named "Monarch", was captured in 1889 by newspaper reporter Allen Kelley, at the behest of William Randolph Hearst.

Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

Just when you thought you couldn't love your slow cooker any more than you already do, we go and bring you this biscuit-topped beauty that delivers big pot pie flavor with little hassle. There's chicken pot pie, then there's this easy, creamy version that basically makes itself!
from Pillsbury Kitchens...

2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1" pieces
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 0.87oz pkg  chicken gravy mix
1/2 t. salt
1 12oz bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 16.3 oz Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits 
Spray 5qt oval slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker. 

In small bowl mix whipping cream, flour, gravy mix, gravy mix seasoning, and salt. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low setting 4 hours. 

Heat oven to 350º. Stir thawed mixed vegetables into slow cooker. Cover and cook 20 minutes. Remove slow cooker bowl. 

Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Top mixture in slow cooker with biscuits. Bake in oven 40 minutes, or until biscuits are a golden brown and cooked through. 

Special birthday today........ Julie Moran, manager at Ace Hardware in Rogue River. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIE!!!!
Picture taken several years ago... L-R Andy, Tall Paul, Bobby, Julie, Big Dan, and Uncle Jimmy.

Historically this date....
1775 – American Revolutionary WarGeorge Washington is appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

1836 – Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.

1846 – The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

1864 – Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres  around Arlington Mansion (formerly owned by
Confederate General Robert E. Lee) are officially set aside as a

1896 – The deadliest tsunami in Japan's history kills more than 22,000 people.

1916 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.

1978 – King Hussein of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.

2012 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.

And births this date include....
1908 – Sam Giancana, American mobster (d. 1975)

1917 – Lash LaRue, American actor (d. 1996)

1937 – Waylon Jennings, American singer-songwriter and musician (The Highwaymen) (d. 2002)

1954 – James Belushi, American actor

1958 – Wade Boggs, American baseball player
   .... quite the controversial guy!

1963 – Helen Hunt, American actress

1964 – Courteney Cox, American actress, director, and producer

1970 – Leah Remini, American actress

1973 – Neil Patrick Harris, American actor, singer, and director

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

On June 15th each year, National Smile Power Day shares one powerful expression.  
From the good morning greeting and the first “How may I help you?” present yourself with a smile. No matter where you are employed, job seeking, retired, or looking for new horizons starting the day with a smile is certainly more empowering than a pout or grump. Starting with a smile first is easier than trying to get there later in the day. 
When you smile at someone, you are telling them that they are valued and worth the smile that you just gave them. Smiles are morale boosters and confidence builders.
Research has proven that smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability between humans. Smiling creates greater trust and increased interpersonal cooperation. Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will make you feel right. Even if you do not feel like it, smiling will lift your mood and can make you a  happier person.


Challenge yourself to smile more often today. Use a smile to disarm a tense situation, or simply smile during your daily tasks. Are you having trouble smiling? Try these tips to help you smile more:
  • Think of a few happy moments that automatically generate a smile for you. You know, those moments where you belly laughed until your stomach hurts or a time when you were so pleased with yourself your face hurt from smiling. Keep those memories handy and use them to help you smile more often.
  • Save a couple of short jokes that are just so silly you can’t help but smile. Tell them to others, too. The best ones are simple children’s jokes or riddles that play on words. 
  • Learn Spoonerisms. This fun way of swapping letters in two words in a phrase to make new words make people stop and think. And then they smile and so will you! An example of a Spoonerism is instead of ordering peas and carrots at a restaurant you say, “I’ll have the keys and parrots.”
  • Make a list of the things you’re grateful for. Which ones make you smile? Keep the list handy and refer to it often. Add to it and feel your smiles add up.