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Monday, August 23, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ President's Education ~ Meatballs and Potato Hotdish ~ National Sponge Cake Day


Good 46º scattered clouds morning. 
Yesterday we topped at 92º.
Picture of the Day ... momma owl with her babies

Interesting about President's education...

Regarding men who have been President of the United States, nine of the presidents didn't go to college. They are: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Harry Truman. As an aside, President James Monroe enrolled in the College of William and Mary, but he never graduated.

In the last few decades since the 1960s, every chief executive elected to the White House has held at least a bachelor's college degree. Most have earned advanced degrees or law degrees from Ivy League schools. Every president, in fact, since George H.W. Bush has held a degree from an Ivy League college/university.

President Bush was a graduate of Yale University. So was his son, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, and Bill Clinton was also a Yale graduate. 

Barack Obama got his law degree from Harvard University.

 Donald Trump, the billionaire real-estate developer and businessman, elected president in 2016, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, another Ivy League school.


From Mr. Food


Busy nights call for busy night dinners, like this heartwarming family recipe for Meatballs and Potato Hotdish. It's an all-in-one meal that features some of their favorite flavors. In every bite, there's lots of beefy, creamy, potato-y goodness. (Oh, and a good-for-you serving of veggies too!) Serve this up and watch them chow down.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (28-ounce) package frozen cocktail-sized meatballs
  • 1 (12-ounce) packaged frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 (10-1/2-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 (32-ounce) package frozen potato nuggets
  1. Preheat the oven to 400º. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil until hot, but not smoking.  Sauté onion for 3 minutes or until tender. Add meatballs and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add vegetables, soup, milk, sour cream, pepper and 1-1/2 cups cheese, mix well. 
  3. Spoon mixture into casserole dish. Top with potatoes and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. 
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until heated through and the top is golden.


Historically this date.....
1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

1970 – Organized by Mexican American union leader César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history, begins.

1990 – Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western"guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.

1996 – Osama bin Laden issues message entitled 'A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.'

2006 – Natascha Kampusch, who is abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
...... this is an interesting story of her kidnapping and escape.

2011 – A 5.8 earthquake occurred in Mineral, Virginia, the earthquake was felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia. Damaged occurred to monuments in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage was estimated at $100 Million.
And births this date include....
1912 – Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (d. 1996)
1917 – Tex Williams, American singer (d. 1985)

1929 – Vera Miles, American actress

1933 – Pete Wilson, American politician and former California Governor

1934 – Barbara Eden, American actress and singer
1949 – Shelley Long, American actress

1949 – Rick Springfield, Australian singer and actor
Mug shot ... Malibu DUI 5-11

1976 – Scott Caan, American actor
  Who's your daddy?
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On August 23rd, enjoy National Sponge Cake Day with the quintessential classic of the cake world. This airy queen of teas is the guest of honor, but we get the pleasure of tasting!
One of the trickiest cakes for bakers to master, a perfect sponge stands tall. Another balancing trick for bakers includes maintaining a fine crumb while keeping the cake moist. If you enjoy layering berries and whipped cream, the sponge handles this task beautifully.
The sponge cake is believed to be one of the first non-yeasted cakes.
The sponge cake is thought to have originated in the Caribbean. However, the earliest English printed recipe for sponge cake comes from an English poet and author, Gervase Markham. In 1615 he published a sponge cake recipe in the book The English Huswife, Containing the Inward and Outward Virtues Which Ought to Be in a Complete Woman.
In 2003, the sponge cake played a tiny role in the movie Calendar Girls starring Helen Mirren. In the scene, Mirren’s character, Chris, enters a baking competition. However, she forgets she entered, and instead of entering a sponge cake of her own making, she submits a store-bought Victoria sponge cake.


Get some sponge cake and enjoy it. Or, if you are up to the challenge, try this Glorious Sponge Cake recipe. Serve it with berries or a preserve.