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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day Then and Now ~ RMS Titanic ~ Meatless Monday (or any day) Enchiladas ~ National Junk Food Day

Good 52º clear sunny morning. 
Yesterday we topped at 96º.
Picture of the Day .... then and now, Sophia Loren 86

Italian beauty Sophia Loren is known for being one of the Hollywood Golden Age’s “it” girls. Some of her noteworthy performances include films Two Women (1961); and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963). She made a comeback in 2013 in an Italian short film adaptation of the play The Human Voice, and in 2020 she starred in the Italian film The Life Ahead. To read more, go here:
Interesting about the Titanic...

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner operated by the White Star Line

(check here for the meaning of RMS...

that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912, after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died, making the sinking at the time one of the deadliest of a single ship and the deadliest peacetime sinking of a superliner or cruise ship to date. With much public attention in the aftermath, the disaster has since been the material of many artistic works and a founding material of the disaster film genre.


RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time she entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. She was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in BelfastThomas Andrews, chief naval architect of the shipyard at the time, died in the disaster.


Approximately, three million rivets were hammered into the massive hull of the British passenger liner RMS Titanic. The 46,000-ton ship was made of steel and both its beams and plates were secured by its rivets. Each rivet was formed at a factory into a mushroom shape; it was heated at the worksite to incandescent temperatures and then inserted into the aligned holes of plates and beams. The glowing-hot end, or tail, was then hammered down to lock the parts firmly together.


The rivets were made of wrought iron, which contained some slag, usually a mixture of metal oxides and silicon dioxide. This contaminant has always been useful because pure iron is very ductile, bending easily without breaking. Slag gives it added strength.

Suspicions of rivet failure have long haunted the famous disaster, along with other possible culprits. Questions of any detective work however turned away from rivets after expeditions in the late 1980s and early 1990s picked up Titanic parts and artefacts. Analysis showed that the hull plates were made of mediocre steel that was apt to fracture in cold water, suggesting that the iceberg caused wide cracking


The wreck of Titanic was discovered in 1985 by a Franco-American expedition sponsored by the United States Navy. The ship was split in two and is gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet. 

Thousands of artifacts have been recovered and displayed at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, depicted in numerous works of popular culture, including books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorialsTitanic is the second largest ocean liner wreck in the world, only being surpassed by her sister ship HMHS Britannic; however, she is the largest sunk while in service as a liner, as Britannic was in use as a hospital ship at the time of her sinking. The final survivor of the sinking, Millvina Dean, aged two months at the time, died in 2009 at the age of 97.


If you want to read a whole lot more about the Titanic, go here:




From Mr. Food


Whether you serve these on a Monday or on any day, we’re sure that this fresh-tasting meat-free south-of-the-border favorite will have you smiling ear-to-ear. And to think that you can whip this up in no time, makes these even better. These Meatless Monday Enchiladas are everything you've been craving and more! One bite and you'll see just what we mean.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (6.2-ounce) package frozen plant-based veggie crumbles
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles, drained
  • 1 (19-ounce) can red enchilada sauce, divided
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 (4-inch) soft flour tortillas
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add crumbles; cover and cook 3 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook 3 to 4 more minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add green chiles, 1/4 cup enchilada sauce, 2 cups cheese, the garlic powder, salt, and pepper; mix well and remove from heat.
  • Pour 1 cup enchilada sauce in baking dish. Spoon equal amounts of veggie crumble mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas and place seam-side down in baking dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve immediately.

Historically this date....
1873 – At Adair, IowaJesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West.

1969 – Space RaceNeil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission (July 20 in North America).

1983 – The world's lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok StationAntarctica at −128.6 °F.
2011 – NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

And births this date include....
1899 – Ernest Hemingway, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1961)
He was also a collector of polydactyl cats, like my Bruiser! His home in Florida is a museum and they still have a lot of his cat relatives there.
Here was my Bruiser and his extra toes.... looks like thumbs!

1924 – Don Knotts, American actor (d. 2006)

1948 – Snooty, was the oldest known Florida manatee (d.2017)

1951 – Robin Williams, American comedian/actor (d.2014)
All I know. Nuff said. Have a happy Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

July 21st dedicates a giant menu of items to National Junk Food Day. Each year, the day permits us to chow down on the foods we usually don’t include in our daily diet. Junk foods, by definition, typically contain high fats, sugars, salt, and calories and very little nutritional value.
With the advent of packaged foods during the late 1800s, junk food made its way into American life. Still, home-cooked meals remained the standard for several more decades. Eventually, after World War II, the artery-clogging industry took off. Since the population ate out more, traveled more, the industry was primed to produce products at an increased rate.
From the frozen food aisle to fast food chains, a myriad of choices for consumers flooded the market. Potato chips, baked goods and so much more filled supermarket shelves, prepackaged and ready to go.
By the 1970s, junk foods earned a name and a bad one, too. Michael Jacobson, a microbiologist, is credited with coining the phrase. He also set out to curb our appetite for the high sugar, high salt, high preservative foods Americans consumed at an alarming rate.
While deep-fried, fat-laced foods increase our waistlines, cholesterol, and blood sugar numbers, an occasional indulgence shouldn’t impact a healthy, diverse diet and lifestyle. Also, producers make healthy versions of our favorite junk foods to entice us to enjoy a little.


Snack a little. Chow down on your favorite chip, dip or treat. In fact, treat the family or workplace to a beverage or take out.