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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ The Barbie Doll ~ Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich ~ National Blueberry Popover Day

 




Good 36º drizzling rain morning. 
Yesterday we got sun for a short time and topped at 55º. 
 
Picture of the Day
 

 
 
Interesting about the Barbie Doll...
 

 
On March 9, 1959, Barbie made her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York City. To celebrate Barbie's birthday, here are 5 stunning facts you probably didn't know about everyone's favorite doll...

Mattel founders Elliot and Ruth Handler named Barbie after their daughter, Barbara Handler. The Ken doll was named after their son Kenneth Handler. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she was born March 9, 1959, which makes yesterday her 62nd birthday. In Barbie's world, her parents are George and Margaret Roberts from Willows, Wisconsin. She has seven fictional siblings, including Stacie, Skipper, Krissy, Chelsea, Todd, Tutti, and Kelly. In 1959, the first Barbie, which sold for $3.00, came with a ponytail and dressed in a striped bathing suit.
 
Jack Ryan began his career as an engineer, making missiles for the Pentagon, but was eventually hired away by Mattel for his "space-age savvy" and knowledge of materials. Ryan worked at Mattel for 20 years, becoming the company's vice president of research and development. There he was responsible for the Barbie doll, Hot Wheels, and Chatty Cathy. He was the sixth husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.
 

According to Mattel, Barbie has had over 200 inspirational careers including a Desert Storm medic, a cashier at McDonald's, and a paleontologist. In 2013, a collaboration between NASA and Mattel, introduced "Mars Explorer Barbie," a space suited version of the iconic fashion doll, which launched on the first anniversary of when NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Barbie even ran for president seven times. Unfortunately, America has yet to see Barbie in the Oval Office.
 
A study was conducted in 1965 on the proportions and body shape of a Barbie doll compared to a female human. The study reported that Barbie, if she was human, would weigh 110 pounds and be 5’7” tall. The human Barbie’s measurements would be 32” x 16” by 29,” which is more than a little unrealistic. In 2016, Mattel released three new Barbie's with different proportions: petite, curvy, and tall. The company has also introduced a wider range of skin tones to reflect different ethnicities.
 
Making body-image matters even worse is a piece of Barbie's history—1965's Slumber Party Barbie came with her very own "How to Lose Weight" book with just one instruction: "DON'T EAT!" One of her slumber party essentials was a pink scale that was permanently set at 110 lbs. The controversial doll also included a pink satin pajama top and bottoms, a pink robe with a sash, pink open-toe heels with blue pompoms, pink curlers, bobby pins and a blue brush and comb.
 
 
From Mr. Food


 

There is no denying it, this is truly the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich. No matter how you choose to serve this melty and delicious sandwich, you can't miss. It makes a fantastic lunch for you and the kids, or a comfort filled way to compliment a bowl of soup! Either way this ooey-gooey meal is grilled cheese perfection.

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 10 slices sourdough bread
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened

 

  1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat mayonnaise and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Stir in Cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, and garlic powder; mix well.
  2. Spread each of five bread slices evenly with cheese mixture. Top with remaining bread slices. Spread butter on both sides of the sandwiches.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, cook in batches until golden on both sides and the cheese is melted.

 

Historically this date......
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."


1933 – An earthquake in Long Beach, California kills 115 people and causes an estimated $40 million dollars in damage.


1945 – The U.S. Army Air Force firebombs Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.


1977 – Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus. your anus? :o()
 
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And births this date include...
1940 – Chuck Norris, American actor and martial artist
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1940 – Dean Torrence, American singer (Jan and Dean)
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1958 – Sharon Stone, American actress
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All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
 

What better way to start March 10th than with National Blueberry Popover Day? Popovers are airy rolls that puff up when baked, popping over the edge of the tin. They are light and crispy on the outside while the insides are warm and often hollow. They can be filled with custards, creams, and fruits for a sweet treat, especially blueberries.  
Popovers are similar to Yorkshire pudding and can also be served with savory combinations.
Most popover recipes are made using mostly eggs, milk, flour and salt.  When making popovers, using eggs and milk that are at room temperature produces the best result. The resulting batter is thin but has enough air it that when it bakes the steam expands the batter, causing it to puff up and pop over the tin.  The egg proteins help the pastry hold its shape and eventually the crust turns flaky and golden.
** 1850 – The oldest known reference to popovers in a letter of E.E. Stuart.
** 1876 – The first cookbook with a popover recipe was Practical Cooking by M.N. Henderson