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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Saint Patrick and Green ~ Bacon-Barbecue Sloppy Joe ~ National Sloppy Joe Day


Good 41º cloudy morning. 

Rain predicted for the rest of the week. 
Yesterday we topped at 70º.
Picture of the Day ... Kentucky police... what a name!

Interesting about Saint Patrick and the green...


(WYTV) – How much do you actually know about St. Patty’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day falls on the anniversary of Patrick’s death on March 17 in the 5th century.


His followers in Ireland began to celebrate his feast day on that day during the 9th and 10th centuries, even though a pope — any pope — never formally canonized him.


Early depictions of St. Patrick show him wearing blue. You can celebrate this day by wearing blue, which was the background color of the first coat of arms when England’s King Henry VIII created the Kingdom of Ireland.


Later, the Order of St. Patrick knighthood also wore blue. After it was established in 1783, the organization’s color had to stand out from those around it and since dark green was already taken, the Order of St. Patrick went with blue.


Even today, the national color of Ireland is blue. In fact, it’s called Patrick’s Blue. The color appears on the Constitution of Ireland and the Presidential Standard flag — a golden harp on a dark blue background.


So how did this day become fixed in green?

Green replaced blue because Ireland’s nickname is the Emerald Isle.

The green stripe in the Irish flag also played a role, representing the Catholics of Ireland. The orange represents the Protestant population and the white in the middle symbolizes the peace between the two religions.


St. Patrick is thought to have used green shamrocks to teach people about the Holy Trinity.


My dad's family were Irish and the Laney coat of arms had blue on it...


To read more about St. Patrick, go here:
From Mr. Food

One bite is all it will take to realize we've got the best Sloppy Joe recipe around. We got rid of the same old Joe taste and instead used a savory barbecue sauce, mixing in crumbled bacon, for an extra bold flavor. Because our Bacon-Barbecue Joe's are a make-ahead meal, you can easily serve them up in place of the same ol' burgers at your next backyard summer bash!


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp; remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool, then crumble.
  2. In the same skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and onion 6 to 8 minutes or until no pink remains, breaking up clumps as it cooks; drain off any excess fat. Add crumbled bacon, barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper and cook 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Spoon over toasted buns and serve.


Historically this date.....
1968 – Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.

1990 – In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

How sad the case has not been solved nor the art recovered!
2002 – U.S. invasion of AfghanistanOperation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.

And births this date include....
1837 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (d. 1908)

1858 – Rudolf Diesel, German inventor (d. 1913)

1886 – Edward Everett Horton, American actor (d. 1970)
1909 – Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)

1926 – Peter Graves, American actor (d. 2010)
My sister, Marion, knew Peter. He had a house at Tahoe and her real estate office rented it out for him. He told Marion lots of Hollywood stories, especially ones about Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, with whom Peter socialized. The stories were always whoppers!

1938 – Charley Pride, American musician (d.2020)
.... I always LOVED his voice!
1945 – Michael Reagan, American radio host; adopted son of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

No matter how you make this hot sandwich, on March 18th, celebrate National Sloppy Joe Day.
The Sloppy Joe is one of America’s all-time favorite hot sandwiches. Its base ingredient is often ground beef. However, others use turkey and buffalo, too. The other elements give it its flavor, though. Onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it – and of course, any secret ingredient families may add over the years. All of it is served up on a hamburger bun or roll. And is it ever sloppy! Be sure to grab more than one napkin!

Who Created The Sloppy Joe

Meet Joe
There are different claims to the origin of the sloppy Joe.  In Havana, Cuba, in the 1930s, there was a genuine bartender who gained popularity with vacationers who went by the name of Sloppy Joe. He earned his name for his less than enthusiastic way of cleaning the bar.  He was, however, an attentive bartender, and the bar was a hot spot for the jet set.
However, no mention is found in papers from the era of a hot sandwich on the menu matching the description of a Sloppy Joe, and the man of the same name retired to Spain in 1933.
Town Hall Deli
Reader Steven Hirsch wrote to National Day Calendar and informed us that Town Hall Deli in Maplewood, NJ has a direct connection to Sloppy Joe of Havana fame. It opened in 1927, and during the 1930s, Maplewood’s Mayor Sweeney traveled to Havana, where he met the bartender named Sloppy Joe and was served a delicious sandwich. The mayor came back to New Jersey and with a well-developed taste for Joe’s sandwich. The mayor enjoyed it so much he asked one of Town Hall Deli’sproprietors, Fred Heinz, to replicate it. According to the website, “It was made with coleslaw, ham, cow tongue, swiss cheese, with lots of dressing and was served on thin rye bread. Hence, the origin of the Sloppy Joe sandwich and how Town Hall Deli of South Orange became The Birthplace of the Sloppy Joe!”
Then in 1934…
At the Ye Olde Tavern Inn, in Sioux City, Iowa, Abraham and Bertha laid claim to the Sloppy Joe when they added a loose meat sandwich on their menu in 1934.
Whoever brought the Sloppy Joe to the world, Hunt’s made it more convenient in 1969. They put it in a can and called it Manwich.
Today many families have their secret recipes that make their Sloppy Joe’s special.  Whether it’s an unusual spice, a novel ingredient for sweetening or a homemade tomato sauce, a Sloppy Joe lends itself to originality and personality.  A new flavor is just around the corner.  In the south, you might come across a barbecue flavor while in the north, Sloppy Joe might be a little sweeter. Whatever your flavor, it is undoubtedly an all-American food holiday!


You know what to do! Whip up your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe and sides. Enjoy one of the following Sloppy Joe recipes: