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Friday, December 18, 2020

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Cauliflower ~ Breakfast Monkey Bread ~ National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

 




 
Good 39º cloudy foggy morning. 
 
Yesterday early we got some fluffy clouds and blue sky....
 

Later the clouds rolled in, mostly gloom and some rain.   We topped at 50º.
 
 
 
Picture of the Day
 


 
Interesting about cauliflower.....
 

Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea in the genus Brassica, which is in the Brassicaceae (or Mustard) family. It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed. Typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called "curd" (with a similar appearance to cheese curd). The cauliflower head is composed of a white inflorescence meristem. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds as the edible portion. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, collectively called "cole" crops, though they are of different cultivar groups.

The word "cauliflower" derives from the Italian cavolfiore, meaning "cabbage flower". The ultimate origin of the name is from the Latin words caulis (cabbage) and flōs (flower).

Because weather is a limiting factor for producing cauliflower, the plant grows best in moderate daytime temperatures 70–85 °F, with plentiful sun, and moist soil conditions high in organic matter and sandy soils. The earliest maturity possible for cauliflower is 7 to 12 weeks from transplanting. In the northern hemisphere, fall season plantings in July may enable harvesting before autumn frost.

Long periods of sun exposure in hot summer weather may cause cauliflower heads to discolor with a red-purple hue.

 



 
 
 








Breakfast Monkey Bread
 

 
Breakfast Monkey Bread is an easy breakfast bake the whole family will enjoy. Full of cheesy eggs, ham, and broccoli **, this breakfast bake is sure to fill everyone's bellies.
 
  • 1 (16.3-ounce) package refrigerated biscuits (8 biscuits)
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1/2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed, chopped **
  • 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided
 
 
  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Coat a 2-1/2-quart casserole with cooking spray.
  2. Slice each biscuit into 6 pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until well mixed. Stir in ham, broccoli, and 1 cup cheese. Add biscuit pieces and toss to coat evenly. Pour mixture into casserole dish.
  4. Bake 45 minutes, or until center is set. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and return to oven just until cheese is melted.
 
** If you are not fond of broccoli you could substitute it with chopped green bell peppers or spinach even.
 

 
Historically this date....
1916 – World War I: The Battle of Verdun ends when German forces under Chief of Staff Erich Von Falkenhayn are defeated by the French and British, and suffer 337,000 casualties. Unbelievable!
 

 

1932 – The Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL Championship Game. Because of a blizzard, the game is moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field measuring 80 yards (73 m) long.
 

1958 – Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched.
 

1966 – Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
 

 
And births this date include...
1878 – Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union (d. 1953)
 
 
 
1916 – Betty Grable, American actress (d. 1973)
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1932 – Roger Smith, American actor (d.2017)
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1943 – Keith Richards, English guitarist (The Rolling Stones)
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1946 – Steven Spielberg, American film director
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1954 – Ray Liotta, American actor
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1963 – Brad Pitt, American actor
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1978 – Katie Holmes, American actress
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1980 – Christina Aguilera, American singer
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She can't even remember the words to our National Anthem!!!

"Christina Aguilera mixed up the words to the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. When she was supposed to sing, “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, o’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” the Grammy winner went with, “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, what so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last reaming.” Whoops."
 
 
 
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Friday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
 

Since 2011, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has grown to be an international event. Now occurring on the third Friday of December, the celebration gives holiday lovers worldwide a chance to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters.

Each year, ugly Christmas sweater wearers, decorate, shop, and do their darndest to out ugly last year’s ugliest sweater. Whether they sport the most lights or colors, bells or characters, ugly sweater wearers find the most ribbon and felt ladened sweaters and festoon them with glitter so blinding no Dustbuster invented will capture the wave left behind. The sweaters serve as beacons of light so bright, Rudolph himself will someday be out of a job.

However, don’t be sad. So often Rudolph is featured on many of the sweaters. Elfs, donkeys, snowmen, and many other holiday characters we love and adore find their way to these ugly monstrosities. It’s all part of the fascination with the holiday. So, join in the fun. Celebrate and donate, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE 

Try these tips to take the prize:

  • Animal or cartoon characters with a holiday theme give sweaters a kitsch feel. Think reindeer, snowmen, mice, kittens or elves.
  • Select ridiculous colors. The more they clash, the better.
  • Embellish. Scratch that. Over-embellish! Pom-poms, bells, felt, tinsel, or any other glittery, jingly items lying around the house.
  • Add a collar, dickey, or ruffle.
  • Electrify it! Put Rudolph to shame and go to the head of the team with bright, flashing lights!
  • Give it some 80s flair with shoulder pads.

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater. 

NATIONAL UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER DAY HISTORY

In 2011, ugly Christmas sweater lovers created National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day as a way to lighten up the busy holidays and to show off their absurdly, ugly sweaters. The day has grown in popularity and is celebrated worldwide.