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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Jennifer Lopez's Dress ~ Spring Vegetable Couscous ~ National Beer Day

 

 Good 32º clear sunny morning. 
 
Yesterday we topped at 79º.
 

 
Picture of the Day... how to fix your bike!
 


 
Interesting about Jennifer Lopez's dress....
 

American recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez wore a green Versace silk chiffon dress to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony on February 23, 2000. The sheer fabric was printed with a tropical leaf and bamboo pattern, and cut with a very low neckline that extended well past Lopez's navel, while the waist of the dress was studded with citrines.

This garment instantly received significant global media coverage, and it has been cited, along with Elizabeth Hurley's black Versace dress, as one of the most high-profile dresses that made the designer Versace a household name. In addition, this dress was described as a turning point in designer Donatella Versace's career after the death of her brother, Gianni Versace. It was chosen by the fashion journalist Lisa Armstrong to represent 2000 in the Fashion Museum of Bath's Dress of the Year collection, at which point it was described as a key example of the close relationship between fashions, celebrities and publicity.

Another duplicate of the dress is displayed at The Grammy Museum while, as of 2015, Lopez herself still owned the original gown.

 
The effect of her outfit — now referred to as simply “The Dress” — became the inspiration of Google Images. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, wrote: "It was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J.Lo wearing that dress." As a result, Schmidt said, "Google Image Search was born."


American recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez wore a green Versace silk chiffon dress to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony on February 23, 2000. The sheer fabric was printed with a tropical leaf and bamboo pattern, and cut with a very low neckline that extended well past Lopez's navel, while the waist of the dress was studded with citrines.

This garment instantly received significant global media coverage, and it has been cited, along with Elizabeth Hurley's black Versace dress, as one of the most high-profile dresses that made the designer Versace a household name. In addition, this dress was described as a turning point in designer Donatella Versace's career after the death of her brother, Gianni Versace. It was chosen by the fashion journalist Lisa Armstrong to represent 2000 in the Fashion Museum of Bath's Dress of the Year collection, at which point it was described as a key example of the close relationship between fashions, celebrities and publicity.

Another duplicate of the dress is displayed at The Grammy Museum while, as of 2015, Lopez herself still owned the original gown.


If you want to read more about Jenifer, go here:

 
 
From Mr. Food
 

Looking for a lighter and brighter meal option to welcome spring back into the kitchen? Try our Spring Vegetable Couscous! This recipe is packed with veggies and tastes great; that's why we make it every year in the Test Kitchen. You can serve it as a main course, or as a simple and refreshing side dish. Either way, this spring vegetable recipe is going to be an exciting springtime treat!

 

  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) package couscous

 

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, and onion; sauté 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Add peas, water, salt, and black pepper; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add couscous; mix well. Cover and allow to sit 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff lightly with a fork and serve.

 

****We like to call this our "leftover couscous," because we can add leftover cooked veggies, chicken, or even shrimp to turn this fun side dish into a fill-ya-up main dish in moments.  

 
 
Historically this date.......
1788 – American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrive at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory, and opening the westward expansion of the new country.


1798 – The Mississippi Territory is organized from disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain. It is expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.


1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.


1827 – John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year.


1967 – Film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times.


2003 – U.S. troops capture BaghdadSaddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.

 

And births this date include...
1928 – James Garner, American actor (d. 2014)
 
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1933 – Wayne Rogers, American actor (d.2015)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EiBpw_hJyzM/UWGOCwKXqhI/AAAAAAAAoZo/dIgfRBRulSY/s1600/wayneMA29181927-0014.jpg
 
 
 


1954 – Jackie Chan, Chinese actor, director, producer, and martial artist
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-m45khMT2VfQ/UWGOO5YIOII/AAAAAAAAoZ4/R904DVbOqB0/s1600/chanMA29181927-0016.jpg
 



1956 – Christopher Darden, American lawyer, writer, and lecturer, prosecutor in O. J. Simpson murder case
.... click his name, interesting read.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X78BOdpQYAQ/UWGOTrAsAHI/AAAAAAAAoaA/Rh_vOhuZ8v8/s1600/dardenMA29181927-0017.jpg
 



1964 – Russell Crowe, New Zealand-Australian actor
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uZQNS62Az3s/UWGOW8dDjFI/AAAAAAAAoaI/bytg-CkOLRc/s1600/croweMA29181927-0018.jpg
 
 
 
 
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Beer Day on April 7th annually, recognizes the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. Following water and tea, it is the third most popular drink overall.
One of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer possibly dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed. It is also recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.
Perhaps there’s a porter or a Belgian in your glass. Whether yours is fermented or not, dark or pale, hoppy, bitter, smooth, raise your mug. Lift it high among friends around the world, thanking those who work brewing delicious beer in your local area. And besides, beer lovers have more selection than ever before. The craft beer industry continues to challenge the classics, providing a wide variety of choices. Thanks to these opportunities, new beer drinkers are joining the club every day.

NATIONAL BEER DAY HISTORY

On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.
Our research found this day was created as National Beer Day by Justin Smith, a Richmond, Virginia Craft Beer Examiner, and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England. April 7th corresponds with the date the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law and became active. In 2009, Smith and Connolly created a National Beer Day Facebook page. From this page, they invited friends to join, and word spread to many sources.