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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Weather/Smoke ~ 10-8 ~ Picture of the Day ~ Mount Everest ~ Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake ~ National Pierogi Day


Good 39º smoky, ice on the barn roof, morning.
Yesterday the smoke was heavy and I could hardly see my mountain. We topped at 82º. 

10-8 radio code for "in service" ... or as the guys/gals would say, "10-8, out the gate"......
Picture of the Day... how would you like to live on this corner??

Interesting about Mr. Everest....

On September 29, 1988, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which is the highest point on earth. 

To celebrate this anniversary, here are five things you didn't know about Mount Everest...

Mount Everest Isn’t The Tallest Mountain.....Technically, Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth, but that doesn’t make it the tallest mountain. Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is 33,465 feet tall, but the base of the mountain is under the ocean’s surface. Only 13,796 feet of Mauna Kea is above sea level, but it would be 4436 feet taller than Mount Everest if they were placed on an equal level....
Its Official Height Keeps Changing.

The official height that both the Chinese and Nepalese governments recognize is 29,029 feet above sea level. But, in 1999 a National Geographic Team placed a GPS device on the summit and recorded the altitude as 29,035 feet. Then, in 2005, a Chinese team used even more precise instruments to measure the mountain. Their official measurement came in at 29,017 feet.  A joint Chinese-Nepalese team remeasured the mountain in May 2020 (taking advantage that the mountain was closed due to the pandemic). The teams had not yet publicly released new figures as of today.
Kami Rita Sherpa Holds An Astonishing Record.....

Climbing Everest is no small feat, and reaching the top remains a tremendous accomplishment. But for some people, climbing the mountain once just isn't enough. In fact, a climber by the name of  Kami Rita Sherpa has been to the summit on 22 separate occasions, giving him the record for most successful attempts on the mountain.
The Oldest and Youngest Climbers Had a 67-Year Age Difference Between Them.....Age is just a number when it comes to climbing Everest. Sure, most of those who travel to the mountain are experienced climbers in their 30's and 40's, but others certainly fall outside that age group. For instance, the record for the oldest climber to ever reach the summit is currently held by Yuichiro Miura of Japan, who was almost 81 years old. Sadly, Miura passed away on Everest while attempting to reach the summit once again at the age of 85. The youngest person to ever summit the mountain is American Jordan Romero, who was just 13 years old. Recently, the governments of Nepal and China have agreed to put age restrictions on climbers, requiring them to be at least 16 years old before attempting the mountain.
The Records for Fastest Ascent and Descent Round Trip Occurred in Less Than a Day.....Scaling Mount Everest is not easy, even when you've done it several times. However, a couple of brave souls have made the round-trip journey up and down the mountain in less than a day. On the northern, Tibetan side, Hans Kammerlander made it to the summit in 16 hours and 45 minutes in 1996. However, it's the southern, Nepalese side, that saw the absolute fastest ascent in 2003 when Lakpa Gelu Sherpa managed to get to the top in just 10 hours and 56 minutes. His whole round trip took only 18 hours and 20 minutes.
And now.... climbers are required to carry out their own poop! Read about it here:
From Mr. Food


This Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake is what fall is all about! With its festive pumpkin flavors and the silky ribbon of cream cheese, our easy Bundt cake recipe is sure to be the talk of every holiday party you attend. Get ready for smiles around the dinner table, because all it takes is one bite to fall in love with pumpkin!


  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioner's sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.  Coat a Bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk pumpkin, 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, 4 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until combined.  Add flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until creamy. Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour half of cake batter into Bundt pan. Spread cream cheese filling on top. Slowly pour remaining batter over top of cream cheese layer. 
  4. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes, then invert onto serving platter to cool completely.  Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve.
Historically this date.....
1862 – American Civil WarBattle of Perryville – Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at Perryville, Kentucky.

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

2005 – 2005 Kashmir earthquake: Thousands of people are killed by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in parts of PakistanIndia and Afghanistan.

And births this date include...
1939 – Paul Hogan, Australian actor

1943 – Chevy Chase, American comedian and actor

1949 – Sigourney Weaver, American actress

1956 – Stephanie Zimbalist, American actress

1970 – Matt Damon, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On October 8th, National Pierogi Day recognizes an international dish that is a type of dumpling.
Pierogi is the plural form of the rarely used Polish word pierog. In English, we spell pierogi several ways, including perogi and pierogy. However you choose to spell it, pierogi are dumplings made up of unleavened dough. First, pierogi are boiled. Then, cooks will either bake or fry the dumplings in butter to finish cooking them. Usually semicircular in shape, pierogi are traditionally stuffed with a variety of savory fillings.
Pierogi Combinations:
  • mashed potato filling
  • potato and cheese
  • potato and onion
  • cheese
  • cabbage
  • sauerkraut
  • ground meat
  • mushroom
  • spinach or fruit.
Other pierogi servings include melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms, and onions and/or green onion. The dessert variety, those filled with a fruit filling, can be enjoyed topped with applesauce, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream.
There are other similar types of dumpling-like dishes in other ethnic cuisines.
The Eastern European immigrants popularized pierogi in the United States. At first, immigrants served pierogi to only their families. However, ethnic restaurants also served pierogi. After World War II, ethnic churches sold pierogi as a staple fundraiser. By the 1960s, grocery stores marketed pierogi for the frozen food aisles in many parts of the United States. In fact, grocery stores still sell them today.
While pierogi are eaten as a main dish in other countries, Americans typically consider them to be a side dish.
Pierogi Tid Bits
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates hold a pierogi race at every home game. Six pierogi costume-wearing runners (Potato Pete, Jalapeño Hannah, Cheese Chester, Sauerkraut Saul, Oliver Onion, and Bacon Burt) race to the finish line between innings. 
  • Whiting, Indiana celebrates an annual Pierogi Fest each July.
  • Glendon, Alberta, Canada, is home to a 6000-pound pierogi standing 25 feet tall and is made of sturdy fiberglass and steel. Piercing the giant pierogi, built-in 1991, is an equally giant fork.