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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ California ~ Sheet Pan Macaroni & Cheese ~ Schwans Order ~ National Middle Child Day

Good 48º clear sunny morning. 

Yesterday we topped at 99º.

Picture of the Day .... hmmmmmmmmm........

Interesting about California....

 California’s Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Its most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 feet summit. Wilderness permits are required.

In 1925 a giant sequoia located in California’s Kings Canyon National Park was named the nation’s national Christmas tree. The tree is over 300 feet in height.

More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.

Pacific Park, on the venerable Santa Monica Pier, re-creates the amusement parks once dotting the ocean areas along the Pacific Coast. Featured are 11 amusement rides including the 1910-vintage hand-carved merry-go-round appearing in the movie “The Sting.”

Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation.

In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies.

Located in Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is the largest museum of its kind in North America.

Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.

The Hollywood Bowl is the world’s largest outdoor amphitheater.

Death Valley is recognized as the hottest, driest place in the United States. It isn’t uncommon for the summer temperatures to reach more than 115 degrees.

The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902.

San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbor.

Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet in circumference.

It is estimated there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.

The state motto is Eureka!, a Greek word translated “I have found it!” The motto was adopted in 1849 and alludes to the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada.

The redwood is the official state tree. Some of the giant redwoods in Sequoia National Park are more than 2,000 years old.

The highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of one another. Mount Whitney measures 14,495 feet and Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level.

Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947 a young woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen. She went on to become actress Marilyn Monroe.

From Mr. Food....

You can count on lots of crispy edges when you make our recipe for Sheet Pan Mac 'n' Cheese! If your regular macaroni and cheese recipe is getting too routine, then you'll love this unique way of making a classic, cheesy, favorite. This is one the whole family will cheer for!


  • 1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup crushed butter crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  3. In the same pot over medium heat, combine soup, milk, 2-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, the mustard, salt, and pepper; heat 4 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in eggs. Add macaroni and mix until evenly coated. Spoon onto baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  4. In a small bowl, combine crackers and remaining 2 tablespoons butter; mix well. Sprinkle over macaroni and cheese.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let sit 5 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.

Historically this date....
1851 – Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.

1898 – The Hawaiian flag is lowered from ʻIolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.

1944 – Nazi German troops end the week-long Wola massacre, during which time at least 40,000 people were killed indiscriminately or in mass executions.

1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released.

1994 – Major League Baseball players go on strike. This will force the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

And births this date include...
1856 – Diamond Jim Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
  ... there was a restaurant on Hollywood Blvd near Highland called Diamond Jim's. It was SO GOOD!!! Went there a few times. It closed years ago!

1881 – Cecil B. DeMille, American director (d. 1959)

1910 – Jane Wyatt, American actress (d. 2006)

1911 – Cantinflas, Mexican actor, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1993)

1926 – John Derek, American actor (d. 1998)

1933 – Parnelli Jones, American race car driver

1939 – George Hamilton, American actor

Yesterday I got my Schwans order....
Orange Chicken Skillet Meal

Beef and Broccoli Skillet Meal 

Sausage Breakfast Skillet 

Grain Encrusted Cod Fillets 

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

Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day honors that in-between child in the family. Depending on the size of the family, sometimes more than one falls between the firstborn and baby of the family. 
Many believe birth order plays a pivotal role in the personalities of children. The Middle Child Syndrome states that the firstborn is often the leader and the role-player. Meanwhile, the youngest one earns the title of the baby family. Therefore, the middle child’s role remains undefined.
Birth order is known to contribute to the Big Five personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience. One personality study claims that middle children tend to be artistic and creative. 
No matter what the personality tests and therapists say, the day directs us to focus on the middle child. This day means that parents and siblings pull out all the stops. Make your middle-born family members feel special. 



Elizabeth Walker created national Middle Children’s Day in the 1980s. It was initially intended to be observed on the second Saturday in August. However, along the way, it has become generally accepted to celebrate it on August 12th. In a newspaper article submitted by her grandson, Litton Walker, III, Walker stated that she wanted to create a National Day to honor those children “born in the middle of families” who she felt were “left out.” The name was later changed to National Middle Child Day.