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Monday, July 13, 2020

Weather ~ San Gabriel Mission Fire ~ Picture of the Day ~ Romania ~ Cold Fudge Cake ~ National French Fry Day


Good 51º clear sunny morning. 


Yesterday stayed warm and sunny and we topped at 92º. 




San Gabriel Mission Fire.............



A fire early on Saturday, July 11, morning destroyed the roof and badly damaged the interior of San Gabriel Mission, a Catholic church in California that is more than 200 years old and considered to be the “birthplace” of the Los Angeles region.
The mission was founded in 1771 by the Franciscan fathers under the leadership of the Rev. Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest who helped colonize California. Construction of the church started in 1775 and ended in 1805, said Terri Huerta, director of development and communications at the mission.
Ms. Huerta said the fire broke out one day after $200,000 in renovations had been completed. The walls had just been painted and the pews, which are more than 110 years old, had been refurbished.
“For one day, it was beautiful,” Ms. Huerta said.



The mission, which had been closed because of the pandemic, planned to resume services next week. 

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. 

I had several friends who were married there. 




Picture of the Day 




Interesting about Romania...


Romania is a country located at the crossroads of CentralEastern, and Southeastern Europe. It shares land borders with Bulgaria to the south, Ukraine to the north, Hungary to the west, Serbia to the southwest, and Moldova to the east and has its opening to the Black Sea. It has a predominantly temperate-continental climate. With a total area of 92,046 square miles, Romania is the 12th-largest country in Europe and the 7th most populous member state of the European Union, having approximately 20 million inhabitants. Its capital and largest city is Bucharest
The Palace of the Parliament is the seat of the Parliament of Romania, located atop Dealul Spirii in Bucharest, the national capital. The Palace has a height of 276 ft, a floor area of 3,930,000 sq ft and a volume of 90,000,000 cu ft. The Palace of the Parliament is the heaviest building in the world, weighing about 4,098,500,000 kilograms. (1kg = 2.2 pounds!!)


As of 2008, the Palace of the Parliament is valued at $3.4 billion, making it also the most expensive administrative building in the world. The cost of heating and electric use and lighting alone exceeds $6 million per year, comparable to the total cost for powering a medium-sized city.

The building was also erected on the site of some monasteries that were demolished and on the site of Uranus Hill that was leveled. In this area were previously located the National Archives, Mihai Vodă Monastery, Brâncovenesc Hospital, as well as about 37 old factories and workshops. Demolition in the Uranus area began in 1982. 2.7 sq miles of the old city center was demolished, with 40,000 people being relocated from this area. The works were carried out with forced labor of soldiers and so the cost was minimized.

Between 20,000 and 100,000 people worked on the site and project, operating in three shifts of 5,000 soldiers of the Romanian People's Army and huge numbers of "volunteers". Thousands of workers died in connection with the construction of the House of the Republic / People's House, some sources mention a figure of 3,000 people lost.

If you want to read more about Romania, go here:




From Mr. Food



Let's take a trip down memory lane with an easy dessert recipe that tastes like home. Our Cold Fudge Cake is Patty's favorite childhood dessert and, after one creamy bite, you'll see why. So, layer on the sweet flavors and get ready for a dessert that you'll want to turn into a family tradition.

 




  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • 2 (4-serving-size) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (16-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, flour, and 3/4 cup nuts. Press mixture into a 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until a firm crust forms; let cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until thickened; set aside. In another medium bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and half the whipped topping; mix well.
  5. Using a wet table knife, spread cream cheese mixture over top of cooled crust. Spoon chocolate pudding mixture over top of cream cheese mixture then top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle remaining walnuts on top.
  6. Cover and chill overnight, or at least 6 hours. Refrigerate any leftovers.



Historically this date......
1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above HollywoodLos Angeles, California. It originally reads "Hollywoodland " but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.


1990 – An earthquake with its epicenter in Afghanistan results in the greatest number of fatalities in a mountaineering accident in High Asian mountains when an avalanche kills 43 climbers in Camp I on Pik Lenina (Lenin Peak).



And births this date include....
1928 – Bob Crane, American actor (d. 1978)
.... murdered. Interesting read. Weird. Surprised me!
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mKQiPDJLr8g/UAA9BW5L-pI/AAAAAAAAZWw/tah1m6o30QQ/s1600/craneMA29034533-0010.jpg


1940 – Patrick Stewart, English actor
... Captain Picard!
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5galBBf5V64/UAA9GBIqKbI/AAAAAAAAZW4/tpDxxRSVZpQ/s1600/patrickMA29034533-0011.jpg


1942 – Harrison Ford, American actor
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mufMXd59xvs/UAA9LCjmORI/AAAAAAAAZXA/Bygp0ADkLxA/s1600/harisonMA29034533-0012.jpghttps://3.bp.blogspot.com/--TqLNWaZJdc/UAA9MHhINoI/AAAAAAAAZXI/tE7Mo94Sc7s/s1600/harisson2MA29034533-0013.jpg


1950 – George Nelson, American astronaut
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3IyS3Ltk9Gs/UAA9T6NhpeI/AAAAAAAAZXQ/M5Y9iwi1ZP4/s1600/nelson-pMA29034533-0014.jpghttps://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2Q9KMaQmnTU/UAA93MtjcEI/AAAAAAAAZXY/DgYxHTf42ls/s1600/george2MA29034538-0022.jpg


1988 – Steven R. McQueen, American actor
........grandson of Steve!
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qVUlk737CFE/UAA9_u9T5xI/AAAAAAAAZXg/sHNMAKiEUU8/s1600/mcqueenMA29034533-0015.jpg

1988 – He Pingping, Chinese world's shortest man (d. 2010)
       How about that for a name!
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PQatbaOXlpw/UeFnnEEKZzI/AAAAAAAAsD8/TFpAEvPDkMU/s1600/he1MA29237287-0013.jpg


 



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


National French Fry Day on July 13th recognizes a staple food on menus across the country. It comes in so many different cuts and styles, there’s a favorite for everyone to enjoy! 
French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips, or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes. No matter what we call them, they’re common fixtures at fast-food restaurants and are loved by all ages!
A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese, and many more complement French fries. As a healthier alternative, sweet potatoes also make delicious fries and accompany many dishes on menus around the country. Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle, or tornado cut. 
Beyond the condiments, chefs and home cooks sprinkle seasonings to add flavor and spice to their fries. Whether you add a little garlic and onion powder or spice it up cajun style, a potato crisped just right will satisfy a combination of tastes. We top them with chili or nacho cheese and jalapeños, too. Depending on the type of fries, we might top them with even more ingredients and call them all sorts of things.
The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.
It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries. Since French was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time, it is possible the American soldiers began calling the fried potatoes “French” fries.

 

Enjoy some French fries. Share them seasoned or dipped. Order them cut and shaped how you like them!