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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Baker's Dozen ~ Asian Honey Garlic Chicken ~ National Park Service Founders Day


Good 48º smokey morning. 
Yesterday we had a lot of smoke and looks like today will be the same. We topped at 91º.
Picture of the Day ... then and now, Mel Brooks 95

Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky, has an impressive seven-decade career in the entertainment business. He is even on the “EGOT” list of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Recently Brooks voiced Dracula’s father Vlad in Hotel Transylvania.
Interesting... a "baker's dozen"....

A baker's dozen, devil's dozen, long dozen, or long measure is 13, one more than a standard dozen. The broadest use of baker's dozen today is simply a group of thirteen objects (often baked goods). The term has meant different things over the last few centuries.

In the United Kingdom when selling certain goods, bakers were obliged to sell goods by the dozen at a specific weight or quality (or a specific average weight). During this time, bakers who sold a dozen units that failed to meet this requirement could be penalized with a fine. Therefore to avoid risking this penalty, some bakers included an extra unit to be sure the minimum weight was met, bringing the total to 13 units or what is now commonly known as a baker's dozen.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term "baker's dozen" originated in the late 16th century and is "apparently so called after the former practice among bakers of including a thirteenth loaf when selling a dozen to a retailer, the extra loaf representing the retailer's profit."

According to the 1811 Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, by Francis Grose, "a Baker's Dozen is Thirteen; that number of rolls being allowed to the purchaser of a dozen".


From Mr. Food


When it comes to classic flavor combinations, we've got the best of the best in our Asian Honey Garlic Chicken! This dynamic flavor duo, honey and garlic, is going to make your mouth water. We're sure the sweet and savory taste of this easy chicken recipe will make you want Chinese food every night of the week.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 scallion, sliced


  1. In a shallow dish, combine flour, ginger, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; mix well. In another shallow dish, beat eggs and water.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Dip chicken in flour mixture, then in eggs, coating completely. Sauté chicken (in batches, if needed) 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden and no longer pink in center, adding more butter as needed.
  3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over low heat, combine the Honey-Garlic Sauce ingredients and cook until heated through. Spoon the sauce over chicken and top with scallions before serving.


Historically this date....
1933 – The Diexi earthquake strikes Mao CountySichuan, China and kills 9,000 people.
1944 – World War II: Paris is liberated by the Allies.
1989 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, the outermost planet in the Solar System.

And births this date include....
1913 – Don DeFore, American actor (d. 1993)
... "Thorny" in Ozzie & Harriet and "Mr. B" in Hazel.

1916 – Van Johnson, American actor (d. 2008)
.... one thing I remember about him is that he always, always, wore red socks!

1930 – Sir Thomas Sean Connery, Scottish actor (d.2020)
1933 – Tom Skerritt, American actor

1949 – Gene Simmons, Israeli-born musician (Kiss) Interesting read about his life...

1958 – Tim Burton, American film director

1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus, American singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist

1968 – Rachael Ray, American chef and television personality
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On this day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed what is now called the Organic Act. It established the National Park Service. As part of the Department of Interior, the National Park Service protects 400 areas in each of the 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia totaling 84 million acres.
National Park Service Founders Day recognizes the superior conservation and preservation efforts of the National Parks System. Whether enjoying scenic trails, open spaces, watersheds or recreational areas, the National Parks Service provides a natural outdoor resource accessible to every American. Hiking and biking trails entice us to explore. They also offer an outdoor experience like no other. These parks challenge us with more beauty and history that most of us can imagine.
A Trip Through Time
Not only does the National Park Service provide access to millions of acres of the most picturesque places in the country, but it also takes us back in time. Through historic trails, we walk in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman. A historic trail in Maryland takes us along the path of the Underground Railroad where Tubman led men and women away from slavery and to freedom. In Ohio, we explore the infancy of aviation in the United States.
As we travel through the beauty of the historic Natchez Trace, we’ll discover the intense and tragic histories that lay along the way. From Native Americans to European settlement and the Civil War, the Natchez Trace survived it all.
West of the Mississippi, ancient ruins and resurrected forts tell the stories of those who have gone before us. In rustic settings or an out-of-the-way oasis in New Mexico, rediscover the history of untold ages. After the arid West, head North and study the Klondike Gold Rush in Washington or the history of Columbia River, too.
Majestic beasts and glorious sunsets throughout the National Park Service entice visitors all year long. Some of these parks are in your own backyard, too! They are a mere stone’s throw away. Once you get started, you won’t want to stop. Make a list and keep going.


Celebrate by visiting one of the 400 management areas across the country. There’s one not far from each of us. There are several ways to get started, too!
The only National Park in Oregon is Crater Lake National Park....
Read about it here: