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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Fog ~ Goose ~ Roads ~ Picture of the Day ~ New Orleans Saints ~ Everyday Chicken Casserole ~ National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

 




Good 29º frozen cloudy morning. 
 
The fog yesterday morning was very heavy.......
 

One goose on the barn roof......

 
And the off ramp down at the freeway.....
 
The fog left and we had a beautiful blue sky and a few fluffy white clouds. We topped at 64º.
 
 
Picture of the Day   
 

 
 
Interesting about the New Orleans Saints.....
 
Drew Brees has retired after 15 years with the Saints....

The Saints became a franchise as a direct result of the AFL-NFL merger.

Several pro football teams had looked to the City of New Orleans as a possible home, such as the Dallas Texans (AFL) in 1963. After years of war, escalating player salaries, and dwindling profits, the AFL and NFL began discussions about a possible merger of the two leagues.

On June 8, 1966, it was announced that the leagues would merge completely beginning with the 1970 season. All franchises in both leagues would remain in their present location, with a common draft and common preseason schedule beginning in 1967.

But, there was a problem. Even though representatives of both leagues agreed to the unification, the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) in Washington, D. C. had to exempt the merger from antitrust law sanctions. At the time, the chairman of the HJC was Emanuel Celler from New York.

By the fall of 1966, Celler refused to let the bill out of committee. The NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle, was introduced to Louisiana House Majority Leader Hale Boggs; who was looking for some political enhancement ever since he voted for the civil rights amendment in his state. Boggs offered to help push the bill through in exchange for an NFL expansion franchise granted for the Crescent City.  

Boggs covertly attached the league bill to a budget bill that was certain to pass, thus detouring Celler altogether. When the budget bill passed on October 21, 1966, the NFL and AFL got their merger and New Orleans got an immediate franchise.

At a league meeting on November 1, it became official. That date just happened to the Catholic holiday All-Saints Day. New Orleans has a large Catholic population and numerous centuries-old Catholic churches. It was only fitting to nickname the team the "Saints" for the day they were officially conceived.

History was made in 1970 when kicker Tom Dempsey booted a 63-yard field goal to defeat the Lions 19-17. 

The franchise has won one NFL title: Super Bowl XLIV.

Origin Facts:

Established: 1967

Original Owner: John Mecom, Jr.

Original Colors: black, gold & white

First Stadium: Tulane Stadium, seating 80,985

Retired Jerseys: No. 31 Jim Taylor, No. 81 Doug Atkins, No. 57 Ricky Jackson

 
 
 
From Mr. Food


 

We all have those nights when making dinner seems impossible. After a long day, you may not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. That's when our Everyday Chicken Casserole comes in! This all-in-one chicken casserole recipe can be made the night before and cooked right before everyone gets home.

 

  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cups diced cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled potato chips

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a large bowl, combine soup, mayonnaise, onion powder, salt, and pepper; mix well. Add rice, celery, peas, and chicken; mix until well combined. Spoon mixture into casserole dish and top with potato chips.
     
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until heat through and golden brown.

 

 
Historically this date.....
1882 – Robert Koch announces the discovery of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.



 
1900 – Mayor of New York City Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.



 
1934 – U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth.



 
1944 – Ardeatine MassacreGerman troops kill 335 Italian civilians in Rome.



 
1958 – Rock'N'Roll teen idol Elvis Presley is drafted in the U.S. Army.



 
1989 – Exxon Valdez oil spill: In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (38,000 m3)
of petroleum after running aground.



 
1998 – Jonesboro massacreMitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, aged 11 and 13 respectively, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro,Arkansas; five people are killed and ten are wounded.
Click on the "massacre" link and it is an interesting read. Sick puppies, both...Golden more so.




 
 
 
 
And births this date include....
1930 – Steve McQueen, American actor (d. 1980)
 
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1944 – R. Lee Ermey, American actor (d. 4-15-18)
Born in Emporia, Kansas, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1961. Ermey was a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, and Parris Island, South Carolina from 1965 to 1967. In 1968, Ermey arrived in Vietnam where he served for 14 months with the Marine Wing Support Group 17. He then served two tours of duty in Okinawa, Japan, during which he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) and was medically discharged in 1972 for several injuries incurred during his tours
 
 
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1954 – Donna Pescow, American actress
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1976 – Peyton Manning, retired American football player
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All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

When it comes to a National Day, a chocolate covered raisin or a box of them is worth celebrating. On March 24th, National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day celebrates raisins coated in a shell of either milk chocolate or dark chocolate.
Moviegoers have been snacking on chocolate covered raisins for many, many years. Somehow, popcorn, a box of chocolate covered raisins go together perfectly. It doesn’t matter the kind of movie either. Chocolate covered raisins are also a conventional bulk vending item across the country.
More than 1 million Raisinets are produced per hour.
In some countries, chocolate covered raisins are known as Raisinets. Raisinets produced the first and one of the most popular brands of the product. Currently made by Nestle, they are the third-largest selling candy in United States history.  The Blumenthal Chocolate Company introduced the Raisinets to the United States in 1927, and then in 1984, Nestle acquired the brand. However, a large number of other brands produce chocolate covered raisins for us to enjoy.  
Raisins are an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, fiber and vitamin B.  When you combine the raisins with dark chocolate, you have a great tasting, healthy snack.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy your favorite brand of chocolate covered raisins. Or, make your own. We’ve even provided several different recipes using this delicious snack.