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Friday, February 26, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Atlanta Braves ~ All-In-One Sausage Dinner ~ Mark Moran ~ National Pistachio Day

 


Good 37º cloudy/foggy morning. Predictions are for 80% chance of rain today. 
 
 
Yesterday started off cloudy and sunny on and off and we topped at 63º. 
 
 
 
Picture of the Day
 

 
 
Interesting about the Atlanta Braves...
 

The Braves, who played in Boston and Milwaukee before moving to Atlanta in 1966, trace their nickname to the symbol of a corrupt political machine. James Gaffney, who became president of Boston's National League franchise in 1911, was a member of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party machine that controlled New York City politics throughout the 19th century. The Tammany name was derived from Tammamend, a Delaware Valley Indian chief. The society adopted an Indian headdress as its emblem and its members became known as Braves. Sportswriter Leonard Koppett described Gaffney's decision to rename his team, which had been known as the Doves, in a 1993 letter to the New York Times: "Wouldn't it be neat to call the team the 'Braves,' waving this symbol of the Democrats under the aristocratic Bostonians? It wouldn't bother the fans." And it didn't, especially after the Braves swept the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1914 World Series.
 
 
 
From Mr. Food


 

Here's an all-in-one skillet meal that your family is sure to love! Our All-in-One Sausage Dinner is made with your favorite Italian sausage, along with some veggies, and yummy egg noodles. Everything cooks together in a homemade sour cream sauce for extra-goodness. And it only takes about 30 minutes!

 

  • 1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage, crumbled
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound narrow or medium egg noodles

 

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine sausage, onion, and green pepper. Cook until sausage is browned and onion is tender; drain off pan drippings.
     
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, sour cream, water, sugar, chili powder, and salt; mix well. Stir tomato mixture and noodles into skillet.
     
  3. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.

 
 
 
Special birthday today.... Mark Moran (Jackson Co Fire ret.) is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK!!
 
^Rogue River Fire Department "back in the day" with Mark
 

^Mark with his bride Julie (Manager at Ace Hardware in Rogue River) and his daughter Leah (who was my hairdresser for 20 years!). Great family!
 
 
Historically this date.....
1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).


1987 – Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.


1993 – World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.


 
And births this date include...
1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CAccpEWcjPI/USzYZKZNrHI/AAAAAAAAnFY/S9s7P1kJOdo/s1600/levi1MA29159799-0008.jpg
Jerry's "uniform" daily was a pair of Levis 501 jeans and a JC Penny white t-shirt and in the winter also his camouflage jacket.
 


1846 – William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American frontiersman (d. 1917)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-S5fY6Grg67E/USzYcSKj4LI/AAAAAAAAnFg/3-BxkqB1OOE/s1600/billMA29159799-0009.jpg



1852 – John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon and advocate (d. 1943)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--amA96uy_MI/USzYghaHu6I/AAAAAAAAnFo/WmPYWarPoLg/s1600/kellogg1MA29159799-0010.jpg





1887 – William Frawley, American actor (d. 1966)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-56_hOGmPAHs/USzYlaRMWxI/AAAAAAAAnFw/qg7zlF_tfV4/s1600/williamMA29159799-0011.jpg
 




1916 – Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer and comedian (d. 1987)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0R9ck_lQPyA/USzYqHGoSbI/AAAAAAAAnF4/fB-Wgk6SnvE/s1600/jackieMA29159799-0012.jpg
 


1920 – Tony Randall, American actor (d. 2004)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eFJ79JUMzwY/USzYunI7GtI/AAAAAAAAnGA/7czqaxkLrl4/s1600/tonyMA29159799-0013.jpg



1928 – Fats Domino, American musician (d.2017)
 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzaKYCDeFTo/USzYyAB6WfI/AAAAAAAAnGI/im4bAphMAHQ/s1600/fatsMA29159799-0014.jpg





1953 – Michael Bolton, American singer
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UictDJ5whf8/USzY1DMPemI/AAAAAAAAnGQ/hypnMOaClUc/s1600/mike1MA29159799-0015.jpg





1958 – Susan J. Helms, American astronaut
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OYdCjHQqGvw/USzY4tIKLPI/AAAAAAAAnGY/wAqe4ZoXK1s/s1600/susanMA29159799-0016.jpg
 
 
 
 
 
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo



February 26th recognizes all things pistachio and National Pistachio Day is the day to celebrate! Pistachio lovers rejoice as they eat their favorite nut all day long. For those who do not eat pistachios, buy some and give them to someone who does. Crack them open and eat them up or enjoy them in ice cream or your favorite pistachio dessert!
 

Pistachios arrived in the United States sometime in the 1880s, but they have been cultivated in the Middle East since Biblical times.

The pistachio tree grows to about 20 feet tall needing little or no rain and must have high heat.  Amazingly, in Iran, they claim to have 700-year-old pistachio trees!  A new tree takes between 7 and 10 years to mature and bear fruit.

Pistachio Facts:

  •  All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color.  Some companies dye nuts red or green if nuts are inferior or for consumer demand.
  • California produces about 300 million pounds of pistachios each year, accounting for 98 percent of America’s production.
  • Pistachio shells typically split naturally when ripe.
  • The kernels are often eaten whole, either fresh or roasted and either salted or unsalted.
  • In the Middle East, people call the pistachio the smiling nut.
  • In China, people call the pistachio the happy nut.

“Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese and a good source of protein, fiber, thiamine and phosphorus.  Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”  US Food and Drug Administration, July 2003

A Great Thing To Do — Recycle the Pistachio Shells!

The empty pistachio shells are useful for recycling in several ways.  If unsalted, the shells need not be washed and dried before reuse, but washing is simple if that is not the case.  Practical uses include as a fire starter; kindling to be used with crumpled paper; to line the bottom of pots containing houseplants for drainage and retention of soil for up to two years; as a mulch for shrubs and plants that require acid soils, as a medium for orchids; and as an addition to a compost pile designed for wood items that take longer to decompose than leafy materials (it can take up to a year for pistachio shells to decompose unless soil is added to the mix).  

Shells from salted pistachios can also be placed around the base of plants to deter slugs and snails.  Many craft uses for the shells include holiday tree ornaments, jewelry, mosaics and rattles.  Research indicates that pistachio shells may be helpful in cleaning up pollution created by mercury emissions.