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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Weather/Fog ~ Picture of the Day ~ Monaco ~ Ultimate Scalloped Potatoes ~ National Hard Candy Day


Good 42º foggy morning. 
Yesterday the fog was heavy....

Also foggy in Grants Pass....

 Then we got sun on and off and we topped at 56º.

Picture of the Day ... Momma Doxie and her baby....

Interesting about Monaco.....

 Central Park is located in New York City, and has an area of 1.3 square miles. Shocking, the entire country of Monaco could fit inside of Central Park with plenty of room to spare. With an area of .78 square miles, Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, after Vatican City, and roughly 60% of the size of Central Park. With a population of 38,300, Monaco is also one of the densest countries in the world. Monaco is famous for its lavish wealth, casinos, and glamorous events such as the Monaco Yacht Show and the Monaco Grand Prix.

From Mr. Food


When you're looking for a dish to complete the big spread, no ordinary side will do. Thankfully, our recipe for Ultimate Scalloped Potatoes is unmatched. We're talking cheesy, bubbly, and golden brown - your main entree better watch out!


  • 2 pounds potatoes, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • Salt for sprinkling
  • Black pepper for sprinkling
  • 10 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish or a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange one layer of potatoes in baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, and 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces and distributed evenly. Repeat layers 4 more times. Slowly pour half-and-half evenly over potatoes.
  3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown. Serve immediately.

Historically this date....
1972 – Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene CernanRon Evans and Harrison Schmitt, returns to Earth.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

And births this date include....
1946 – Robert Urich, American actor (d. 2002)


Too sad. Too young!
1963 – Jennifer Beals, American actress


1972 – Alyssa Milano, American actress

1980 – Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Have a happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

A favorite of young and old alike, National Hard Candy Day on December 19th, recognizes the sweet tooth in all of us.
Most hard candies are 100% sugar with flavoring and colors added. To achieve a hard candy, confectioners boil a sugar syrup to 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the temperature is reached, the hot, pliable sugar is poured into molds or rolled and folded into shapes and left to cool. Once cool, the solid sugar becomes hardened and brittle.
The first hard candies, such as lemon drops and peppermints, were likely prescribed as a remedy for stomach ailments.
Hard candy became popular in the seventeenth century as sugar prices fell. Previously, hard candy was something that only the well-to-do could afford.  By the mid-1800s, over 400 companies were manufacturing this popular treat.
In 2015, Jolly Rancher surpassed Werther’s Original was the best selling hard candy.  Other popular hard candies include Dum Dum Pops, Life Savers, Tootsie Roll Pops, and Charms Blow Pop.


Enjoy your favorite hard candy. While shopping for some to taste, be sure to pick some up to fill those stockings, too.