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Friday, November 20, 2020

Weather ~ Turkeys ~ Picture of the Day ~ World's Longest Beaver Dam ~ Hillbilly One Pot ~ Dave Perry ~ National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

 




Good 33º super foggy morning. 
Yesterday ended up sunny and beautiful and we topped at 57º.
 
 
This time of year the wild turkeys gather.......
 


 

Picture of the Day...Marilyn Monroe at a drive-in....
 
If you want to read her history, go here:



 
 
 
 
Interesting about the world's longest beaver dam....
 

The longest known beaver dam in the world was not discovered by intrepid hikers, but rather by a researcher looking at “Google Earth”.

Beavers are one of the few species capable of creating structures that are significant enough to be seen from space. The toothy critters are remarkable environmental engineers. Their dams reroute streams and thus are capable of alterIng entire ecosystems. The creations, which are built to last, are barriers that form ponds, which in turn serve as defensive moats to protect the beavers from predators.

The dam, located in Wood Buffalo National Park in the Canadian province of Alberta, measures some 2,790 ft long, more than twice the length of the Hoover Dam. It was first spotted in 2007 by a Canadian researcher studying satellite photos. Its existence was verified in May of 2010 when rangers from Parks Canada took photos of it from a helicopter.

The dam is believed to be the work of several generations of beavers, who have probably been busy at the site since the mid-1970s. It stretches across a remote wetland area, which provides the creatures with plenty of fresh water and bountiful building materials.

The isolated location makes it difficult for any curious human to reach and disturb the site, which is located around 50 miles from the nearest human settlement.


 
 
 
From Mr. Food


 

If you're wanting an easy, savory recipe, then it's time to rustle up our Hillbilly One Pot. It's loaded with ground beef, black eyed peas, and other ingredients that will bring the flavors of the South to your kitchen! Know what's great about one pot recipes? Clean up is a breeze, which means our Hillbilly One Pot allows you more time to spend with the family. It's a budget-friendly, all-in-one recipe you have to try!

 

  • 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 (15.5-ounce) cans black eyed peas, not drained
  • 3 potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

 

 

  1. In a soup pot over medium heat, saute ground beef 5 to 6 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat as it cooks.
     
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine and bring to a boil.
     
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 to 35 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender and all the flavors blend together.

 

****If you are not familiar with smoked paprika, this is a great recipe to start with. It adds a rich, smoky flavor to the dish. You can usually find smoked paprika in the spice aisle of your local grocery store.

 
 
 
 
Special birthday today... he was one of Jerry's good friends and is my pal, Dave Perry is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!

 
 
Historically this date....
1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story).


(Click on the word "Essex" and read a fascinating story of the ship sinking and the survival of a few crew)


 
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1974 – The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T. This suit later leads to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System.
... the sad end of Ma Bell and excellent customer service and polite telephone operators!!!


1992 – In Englanda fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage.


1993 – Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.




 
And births this date include...
1925 – Robert F. Kennedy, American politician (d. 1968)
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1939 – Dick Smothers, American comedian
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1945 – Rick Monday, American baseball player
 
                 HERO!
 
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1956 – Bo Derek, American actress
 
(Interesting read)
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All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
 

Peanut butter lovers and fudge lovers come together on November 20th to celebrate National Peanut Butter Fudge Day.
On June 16th, people across the United States celebrated National Fudge Day.  Just by adding creamy or crunchy peanut butter the celebration continues. They will have the yummy taste of peanut butter as the fudge flavor and star of the show.
Fudge originated in the United States, possibly by a happy accident.  In 1886, a letter written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge was discovered. Ms. Hartridge attended Vassar College as a student in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the letter referred to a fudge her cousin had made.  Her cousin, in Baltimore Maryland, was selling the fudge for 40 cents per pound. Ms. Hartridge obtained the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction. 
In the late 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce products similar to that of the Vassar College fudge and sold it to summer vacationers.  Fudge is still made in some of the original shops there today.
Two other fudge holidays on the calendar are National Nutty Fudge Day on May 12 and National Penuche Fudge Day on July 22.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Peanut butter fudge adds great flavor to many desserts. Add it to ice cream, pies, and other candies. Of course, enjoying peanut butter fudge on its own is perfectly fine, too. Stop by your favorite candy shop or make your own. If you need a recipe, try these out.