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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ James Garner ~ Chicken Pot Pie Casserole ~ Dan Patz ~ Great American Pot Pie Day


Good 45º clear morning. 
Yesterday we had some clear sky and some fluffy white clouds. We topped at 88º.
Picture of the Day

Interesting about James Garner...

James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner) ( April 7, 1928 - July 19, 2014) was an American actor and producer. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including popular roles such as Bret Maverick in the 1950s Western series Maverick and as Jim Rockford in the 1970s private detective show, The Rockford Files. He played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, including The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueenPaddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964) with Julie AndrewsGrand Prix (1966) with Toshiro MifuneMarlowe (1969) with Bruce LeeSupport Your Local Sheriff! (1969), Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), The Castaway Cowboy (1974), Blake Edwards's Victor/Victoria (1982) with Julie Andrews, and Murphy's Romance (1985) with Sally Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Garner's career and popularity continued through another decade in movies like Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood, voicing an animated film titled Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) with Michael J. Fox and Cree Summer, and The Notebook (2004) with Gena Rowlands, and his TV sitcom role as Jim Egan in 8 Simple Rules (2003–2005).

Garner was born in Denver, Oklahoma (now a part of Norman, Oklahoma). His parents were German Americans, Weldon Warren Bumgarner, a widower, and Mildred Scott (Meek), who died five years after his birth. His older brothers were Jack Garner and Charles Bumgarner, a school administrator. His family was Methodist. After their mother's death, Garner and his brothers were sent to live with relatives. Garner was reunited with his family in 1934, when Weldon remarried.


Garner's father remarried several times. Garner came to hate one of his stepmothers, Wilma, who beat all three boys (especially him). He said that his stepmother also punished him by forcing him to wear a dress in public. When he was 14 years old, he fought with her, knocking her down and choking her to keep her from killing him in retaliation. She left the family and never returned. His brother Jack later commented, "She was a damn no-good woman". Garner's last stepmother was Grace, whom he said he loved and called "Mama Grace", and felt that she was more of a mother to him than anyone else had been.


After World War II, Garner joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. A high school gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits. It paid well ($25 an hour), but in his first interview for the Archives of American Television, he said he hated modeling; he soon quit and returned to Norman. He played football and basketball at Norman High School, and competed on the track and golf teams. However, he dropped out in his senior year. In a 1976 Good Housekeeping magazine interview, he admitted, "I was a terrible student and I never actually graduated from high school, but I got my diploma in the Army."


Shortly after his father's marriage to Wilma broke up, his father moved to Los Angeles, leaving Garner and his brothers in Norman. After working at several jobs he disliked, Garner worked as a merchant mariner in the United States Merchant Marine at age 16 near the end of World War II. He liked the work and his shipmates, but he suffered from chronic seasickness.


Garner enlisted in the California Army National Guard, serving his first 7 months in California. He then went to Korea for 14 months, as a rifleman in the 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War, then part of the 24th Infantry Division. He was wounded twice, first in the face and hand by shrapnel from a mortar round, and the second time in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dived into a foxhole. Garner received the Purple Heart in Korea for the first wound. He qualified for a second Purple Heart (eligibility requirement: "As the result of friendly fire while actively engaging the enemy"), but he did not actually receive it until 1983, 32 years after the event.


                       ^James in 1987

^ 2005


If you want to read a lot more about James, go here:




From Mr. Food


This comforting and easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole has all the homemade taste you crave without any of the fuss. Serve this chicken casserole warm and bubblin' out of the oven or make it ahead of time for busy days! If you're a chicken pot pie lover, this chicken pot pie casserole recipe is sure to be added to your weekly rotation.


  • 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 -ounce) can condensed cream of broccoli soup
  • 1 (10 -ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted



  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch or 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken chunks, mixed vegetables, chicken broth, and soups; mix well. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk biscuit baking mix, milk, and butter until smooth then spoon over the  top of the chicken mixture.
  4. Bake 60 to 65 minutes, or until no pink remains in chicken and topping is golden.



***How to Freeze: After following the recipe above, allow your casserole to cool, then cover with several layers of foil (to prevent freezer burn), and freeze. When ready to eat, place the frozen entree in the fridge to thaw for 24 hours in advance. When you're ready to enjoy this comforting chicken casserole, just reheat, serve, and enjoy!

Historically this date....
1969 – The Chicago Eight trial opens in Chicago.

1973 – Juan Perón returns to power in Argentina
1962 – The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opens in New York City.

1983 – Gulf Air Flight 771 is bombed, killing all 117 people on board.

1986 – Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros sets the major-league record by striking out the first eight batters of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1988 – José Canseco of the Oakland Athletics becomes the first member of the 40–40 club.
And births this date include.....
1920 – Mickey Rooney, American actor (d.2014)
1930 – Ray Charles, American musician (d. 2004)
 1945 – Paul Petersen, American actor
1949 – Bruce Springsteen, American singer-songwriter
 1959 – Jason Alexander, American actor
1961 – Willie McCool, American astronaut (d. 2003)
Columbia pilot.

For those of you who know Dan Patz (LASD ret) please keep him in your prayers. He just had triple bypass heart surgery.  
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


National Great American Pot Pie Day cooks up a toasty meal on September 23rd. Warm up the home with a toasty meal of pot pies to celebrate!


Pot pies typically include both a flaky top crust and a bottom crust. Occasionally, recipes omit the bottom crust. Fill them with tender chicken, beef or pork, and lots of vegetables for a hearty meal. Some other delicious fillings include turkey and seafood. Popular veggies include potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peas. Finally, the gravy and seasonings make the pies irresistible. When they begin heating up in the oven, the family knows when dinner is ready!
This crowd-pleaser draws families together. During the cooler days, a meal of pot pie easily uses up vegetables from the garden and leftovers. It fills bellies after a long day of work, too. Several pies may be prepared ahead and frozen, too.
During the crisper evenings, gather friends and family around the table. These hot pies can be made to serve individually or one large pie. Either way, the aroma fills the home and warms the heart.


We know you love celebrating all kinds of pie! This day gives you an opportunity to celebrate another version, a savory kind. Invite the family to help make homemade pot pies. Go out to eat and order one from your favorite country restaurant. Or, pick up some frozen pot pies at the grocery store. The broad selection will satisfy everyone.

Give this recipe a try. Chicken Pot Pie IX



The pot pie and frozen food company, Marie Callender’s, created National Great American Pot Pie Day in 2002.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ The Brown Derby ~ Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Roll-ups ~ John Berokoff ~ Autumn Equinox


Good 49º clear morning. 
Yesterday we stayed sunny and clear and topped at 98º.

Picture of the Day...😁How would you like to work for this PD??

Interesting about the Brown Derby....

Brown Derby was a chain of restaurants in Los Angeles, California. The first and best known was shaped like a man's derby hat, an iconic image that became synonymous with the Golden Age of Hollywood. It was opened by Wilson Mizner in 1926 across from the famed Coconut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel across the street. The chain was started by Robert H. Cobb (after whom the restaurant’s famed Cobb Salad was named) and Herbert Somborn (a former husband of film star Gloria Swanson) in the 1920s.

^Original Brown Derby under construction 1926


The original Brown Derby restaurants had closed or had been converted to other uses by the 1980s, though a Disney-backed Brown Derby national franchising program revived the brand in the 21st century. It is often incorrectly thought that the Brown Derby was a single restaurant, and the Wilshire Boulevard and Hollywood branches are frequently confused.


The Hollywood Brown Derby was located near Hollywood and Vine and the Hollywood Walk of Fame where all the radio shows were being broadcast from and is frequently confused with the original Brown Derby on Wilshire.  Stars were always eating there and the restaurant was frequently mentioned on the shows contributing even more to its fame. There were several other Brown Derby locations around Los Angeles, but by the 80s they had all closed down.  The only remaining Brown Derby is located at the Disney-MGM Studio theme park in Florida.


^Disney Brown Derby restaurant


The first restaurant was opened in February 1926 at 3427 Wilshire Boulevard in a building built in the distinctive shape of a derby hat. Whimsical architecture was in vogue at the time, and the restaurant was designed to catch the eye of passing motorists. The Brown Derby name originated from a Malverne, New York-based restaurant of the same name that had been a hang-out for vaudevillians in the 1920s. It was founded by Wilson Mizner as a small cafe, across the street from the Hollywood hot spot the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel. Wilson was the front man; Herbert K. Somborn owned the property and Jack L. Warner put up the money. Wilson Mizner sat in booth 50 almost every day. Unfortunately the original restaurant was small and suffered from acoustic problems in which sound from one end of the building bounced off the semicircular ceiling and traveled to the other side of the room.


From Mr. Food


What happens when you combine the deliciousness of French toast with the sweetness of strawberry cheesecake? You get a breakfast recipe that is nothing short of amazing! The best part? This recipe can be made ahead of time, so that you can just heat 'em up, and head on out! There's no excuse to miss breakfast, especially when it's this good!


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jelly
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 22 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Syrup (optional)
  • Sliced strawberries and blueberries for topping (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese, strawberry jelly, egg yolk, and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth; set aside.
  2. With a rolling pin, roll out each slice of bread so it’s about ¼-inch thick. Spread cream cheese mixture over bread, distributing evenly. Roll up each slice jellyroll-style and place seam-side down on a baking sheet.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Brush melted butter over rollups then roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, until completely coated. Repeat with remaining rollups, returning them to baking sheet after coating.
  4. Cover and freeze at least 2 hours or up to 2 months.
  5. Just before serving, preheat oven to 400º. Bake rollups 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Serve as is, or topped with syrup, and/or berries.



***Did you know these heat really well in an air fryer or toaster oven? That makes them perfect for the older kids in the morning or as a fun after school snack.
Special birthday today... former Wilsonite, S'63, and friend John Berokoff is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!
    ^Sierra Park Grammar School.... John back row 2nd from left..
Historically this date....
1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published
1941 – World War II: On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murder 6,000 Jews in VinnytsyaUkraine. Those are the survivors of the previous killings that took place a few days earlier in which about 24,000 Jews were executed.
1975 – Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but is foiled by Oliver Sipple.
1991 – The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library1993 – A barge strikes a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama, causing the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak history. 47 passengers are killed.

And births this date include...

1927 – Tommy Lasorda, American baseball manager (d.2021)
Interesting read.......
1959 – Tai Babilonia, American figure skater

1960 – Scott Baio, American actor
1961 – Bonnie Hunt, American actress




All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


The Autumnal Equinox in September ushers in a change of season. It is observed annually when the sun can be seen directly overhead along the equator. The day marks the end of summer and beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

The autumn equinox is one of two days when all points on Earth except the polar regions see the sunrise and set at due east and due west. With few exceptions, all latitudes see almost precisely 12 hours of daylight and 12 of darkness.

While the United States marks the official end of summer at Labor Day, the seasons mark time differently. Depending on where we live, the trees and animals behave differently based on the amount of sunlight they receive. By the time the equinox arrives in September, the leaves in many parts of the country have already begun to change. The air at night is crisper.

People’s minds begin to think about warmer clothes and preparing their homes for winter. Since children are already in school, most summer activities have ended. In the fields, farmers eagerly watch for the opportune time to harvest. Apples, pumpkins, and root vegetables ripen in the orchards and gardens. On cool evenings, long walks along the trails under the canopies of gold, umber, violet and crimson keep us warm.