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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team ~Deep Dish Pizza Casserole ~ National Middle Child Day


Good 64º super smokey morning. The smoke hasn't gotten better, it's gotten worse!
Yesterday we topped at 107º. UGH
Picture of the Day... :(

Interesting about the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team...

The Cincinnati Reds are an American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati, and were the first ever professional baseball team. The Reds compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. They were a charter member of the American Association in 1881 and joined the NL in 1890.


The Reds played in the NL West division from 1969 to 1993, before joining the Central division in 1994. They have won five World Series championships, nine NL pennants, one AA pennant, and ten division titles. The team plays its home games at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003. Bob Castellini has been chief executive officer since 2006. From 1882 to 2020, the Reds' overall win-loss record is 10,630-10,422 (a .505 winning percentage).


In 1912, the club opened a new steel-and-concrete ballpark, Redland Field (renamed Crosley Field in 1934).

The Reds had been playing baseball on that same site, the corner of Findlay and Western Avenues on the city's west side, for 28 years, in wooden structures that had been occasionally damaged by fires. By the late 1910s the Reds began to come out of the second division. The 1918 team finished fourth, and new manager Pat Moran led the Reds to an NL pennant in 1919, in what the club advertised as its "Golden Anniversary". The 1919 team had hitting stars Edd Roush and Heinie Groh while the pitching staff was led by Hod Eller and left-hander Harry "Slim" Sallee. The Reds finished ahead of John McGraw's New York Giants, and then won the world championship in eight games over the Chicago White Sox.


Riverfront Stadium, by then known as Cinergy Field, was demolished in 2002

Great American Ball Park opened in 2003 with high expectations for a team led by local favorites, including outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr.shortstop Barry Larkin, and first baseman Sean Casey. Although attendance improved considerably with the new ballpark, the team continued to lose.

The Reds' 2015 season wasn't much better, as they finished with the second-worst record in the league with a record of 64–98, their worst finish since 1982. The Reds were forced to trade star pitchers Johnny Cueto (to the Kansas City Royals) and Mike Leake (to the San Francisco Giants), receiving minor league pitching prospects for both. Shortly after the season's end, the Reds traded home run derby champion Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox, and closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees.


In 2016, the Reds broke the then-record for home runs allowed during a single season, The Reds held this record until the 2019 season when it was broken by the Baltimore Orioles. The previous record-holder was the 1996 Detroit Tigers with 241 longballs yielded to opposing teams. The Reds went 68–94, and again were one of the worst teams in the MLB. The Reds traded outfielder Jay Bruce to the Mets just before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline in exchange for two prospects, infielder Dilson Herrera and pitcher Max Wotell. During the off season, the Reds traded Brandon Phillips to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for two minor league pitchers.


On September 25, 2020, the Reds earned their first postseason berth since 2013, ultimately earning the seventh seed in the expanded 2020 playoffs. The 2020 season had been shortened to 60 games as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Reds lost their first-round series against the Atlanta Braves two games to none.


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From Mr. Food


Looking for a budget friendly, fast, and delicious way to feed the kids now that school is back in session? Our Deep Dish Pizza Casserole is just what you need! This easy deep dish pizza is ready in just 30 minutes, and is sure to please the kids with its cheesy pizza goodness. You'll give the flavors and simplicity of this dish an A+!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen bell peppers and onions, thawed and drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown beef, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain off pan drippings. Stir in spaghetti sauce, Italian seasoning, and onion and pepper mixture and cook until heated through.
  3. Meanwhile, unroll pizza dough and press into bottom and halfway up sides of baking dish (see Notes). Line pizza dough with 6 slices of mozzarella cheese. Top with meat mixture. Place remaining 6 slices of cheese over meat filling and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese begins to bubble up. Cool 5 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.


**Make sure to push the pizza crust up the sides of your baking dish so the delicious pizza filling will bubble up inside the crispy crust. And if you like your pizza with more toppings, add pepperoni or crumbled, cooked sausage for extra taste!
Historically this date.....
1851 – Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.

1898 – The Hawaiian flag is lowered from ʻIolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.

1944 – Nazi German troops end the week-long Wola massacre, during which time at least 40,000 people were killed indiscriminately or in mass executions.

1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released.

1994 – Major League Baseball players go on strike. This will force the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.


And births this date include...
1856 – Diamond Jim Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
  ... there was a restaurant on Hollywood Blvd near Highland called Diamond Jim's. It was SO GOOD!!! Went there a few times. It closed years ago!

1881 – Cecil B. DeMille, American director (d. 1959)

1910 – Jane Wyatt, American actress (d. 2006)

1911 – Cantinflas, Mexican actor, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1993)

1926 – John Derek, American actor (d. 1998)

1933 – Parnelli Jones, American race car driver

1939 – George Hamilton, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day honors that in-between child in the family. Depending on the size of the family, sometimes more than one falls between the firstborn and baby of the family.
Many believe birth order plays a pivotal role in the personalities of children. The Middle Child Syndrome states that the firstborn is often the leader and the role-player. Meanwhile, the youngest one earns the title of the baby family. Therefore, the middle child’s role remains undefined.
Birth order is known to contribute to the Big Five personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience. One personality study claims that middle children tend to be artistic and creative.
No matter what the personality tests and therapists say, the day directs us to focus on the middle child. This day means that parents and siblings pull out all the stops. Make your middle-born family members feel special.



Elizabeth Walker created national Middle Children’s Day in the 1980s. It was initially intended to be observed on the second Saturday in August. However, along the way, it has become generally accepted to celebrate it on August 12th. In a newspaper article submitted by her grandson, Litton Walker, III, Walker stated that she wanted to create a National Day to honor those children “born in the middle of families” who she felt were “left out.” The name was later changed to National Middle Child Day.