Great American Campout Day, Onion Ring Day, Chocolate Éclair Day!

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
June 22, 2013

Minnie the Mountain Dog, Snowdonia National Park, N. Wales, June 2013

★~ Today’s Quote: “Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time.” Erma Bombeck

★~ Great American Campout Day:

Cole, Abby, Lucy, Andrea tent

When was the last time you spent a night out under the stars and moon? Tonight, thousands of people will set up a tent in the backyard or a local park to celebrate the great outdoor with family and friends. This day is brought to you by the National Wildlife Federation.

It’s the perfect night for a campout as the biggest, brightest full moon of the year shines in the sky. Supermoon 2013 

★~ Onion Ring Day:


In the early 1900s, Fannie Farmer published a recipe for “fried onions” in the “Fort Wayne Indiana Sentinel.” Then in 1933 a Crisco ad appearing in The New York Times Magazine included a recipe for deep-fried onion rings dipped in milk then dredged in flour.

Onion rings were officially launched at the first drive-in restaurants – the Texas Pig stands (a thriving chain restaurant in Oak Cliff, Texas) in the 1920s. While around that time, restaurants in the Big Apple were slicing sweet Bermudas thinly, battering the rings and then frying them as a savory change up from the popular French fried potato to attract the cosmopolitan palates of New York diners.

Fast food chains, including A&W and Burger King, added onion rings to their menus in the 1960s and ’70s, while Aussie’s Outback Steakhouse did a riff with the “bloomin’ onion,” an onion on steroids battered and deep-fried whole, artfully sliced to resemble petals of a blooming flower, accompanied by its signature mayonnaise chili dipping sauce!

Old Fashion Onion Rings

Beer Battered Onion Rings

★~ National Chocolate Éclair Day:

Chocolate Eclair

Eclair” is the French word for lightning. It may have gotten its name from the “flash” of frosting that glistens across its top, though the direct connection between lightning and this delicious French pastry is unclear.

The eclair has been a favorite treat since its creation in the 1860s, the French call the dough of these treats “choux,” which is carefully baked to allow for a hollow interior. Then cream, custard, or purée is piped into its center and it is topped off with fondant icing.

Si Bon!

Classic ( for God sake just go to the bakery) Éclair recipe

Easy Chocolate Éclair Recipe

The perfect contrast to the grease-laden onion ring—a sugary sweet eclair! The word eclair is French for lightening. To produce a real eclair, a baker must prepare pâte à choux, a dough that generates the necessary steam to hollow out a giant cavity into which a pastry chef can pump that lush vanilla cream. In other words the eclairs at our local Jewel fall woefully short of being the “real thing.” So stop by the local bakery and buy an eclair to enjoy tonight’s dessert

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1832 – John Ireland Howe patented the pin-making machine, better known as a pinmaker.

♥~ 1963  Fingertips – Pt 2, by Little Stevie Wonder, was released. It became Wonder’s first number one single on August 10th. Wonder had 46 hits on the pop and R&B music charts between 1963 and 1987. Eight of those hits made it to number one.

♥~ 2005 – Herbie: Fully Loaded debuted in U.S. movie houses. The comedy adventure stars Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, Breckin Meyer, Justin Long, Cheryl Hines and Jill Ritchie.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1922 – Bill Blass fashion designer: His client list included Jacqueline Kennedy, Barbra Streisand and Gloria Vanderbilt.

♥~ 1936 – Kris Kristofferson songwriter: Me & Bobby McGee, For the Good Times, Help Me Make It Through the Night; singer: Loving Her was Easier, Why Me; actor: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, A Star is Born, Semi-Tough, Fire Down Below, Dance with Me, Limbo, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town

♥~ 1949 – Meryl (Mary Louise) Streep Academy Award-winning actress: Sophie’s Choice [1982], [supporting actress] Kramer vs. Kramer [1979]; Silkwood, Postcards from the Edge, Death Becomes Her, Bridges of Madison County, The River Wild, Music of the Heart

♥~ 1949 – Lindsay Wagner actress: The Bionic Woman, The Paper Chase, Fire in the Dark, Nurses on the Line, The Second Wind

♥~ 1953 – Cyndi Lauper (Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper) Grammy Award-winning singer [1984]: Girls Just Want to Have Fun; Time After Time, True Colors; actress: Mad About You, Life with Mikey

★~ Odd News

Cat burgler

♥~ Catomaniantic: Theo, a part-Siamese cat in Ipswich, England, is a cat burglar, although he would probably describe himself as a “collector.” Theo’s family, Paul Edwards and girlfriend Rachael Drouet began noticing things around the house that they did not own. First it was cat toys, but the cat’s activities quickly escalated.

“We’ve had things like muslin cloths, fluffy pens, a USB phone charger cable, a child’s piece of art which they’d obviously spent most of the morning making – a glorious thing with lots of different color feathers and leaves stuck to it, lots of things.

Ms Drouet said she felt sorry for their neighbours, one of which is a household with young twins.

“Last month he broke into their home, ran upstairs and nicked a fluffy pink pen from the twins’ bedroom right in front of them,” she said.

Edwards says his neighbors are mostly understanding, when he reunites them with their belongings.

♥~  Sticky Situation: Six young squirrels whose tails had become fused together were brought in to the Animal Clinic of Regina in Saskatchewan. Veterinarian Dr. Steven Kruzeniski said the condition, known as squirrel king, was rare, but he’d seen a case before.

This particular group of six were nesting near a pine tree and sap fused their tails together. A city of Regina worker found the young squirrels and brought them to the clinic.

The animals were sedated and the veterinarian team worked to untangle the mess of tails. Their tails were then shaved of the matted fur and they were given antibiotics to prevent infection.

After the squirrels recovered, the were released back into the city park.

♥~ Crappy Neighbors: A subdivision just outside of Austin, Arkansas is in a tizzy about one neighbor who installed two toilets on poles high above the fence and signs that say “Trailer Park Coming Soon.” The local sheriff says there is a dispute between the property owner and a developer who is building new homes adjacent to the property, but he did not know the particulars. The neighborhood is just outside of the city limits, so there are no laws against toilets in the trees. Which residents of the neighborhood who’ve complained about the tree top toilets hurting their property value, feel is a bunch of crap.

♥~ Drinking and Drilling Don’t Mix: An unnamed dentist in Radomsko, Poland, was supposed to give the patient a crown, but ended up pulling his front tooth instead. The 28-year-old patient began to suspect the dentist was drunk when he was jabbed five times to be anesthetized. When he saw his front tooth in the garbage can, he demanded his dental records, and the dentist then threw him out of the office. Police responded to the incident, and took a blood test that showed the dentist was indeed drilling while intoxicated. Charges are being pressed against the dentist.


Hope everyone has a super Saturday!  Look for a Coke Mosiac update at an Odd Blog near you soon! Right now, I have to head over to the Bakery to buy a couple éclairs! I’m starving for one or maybe two…if Cole isn’t up before 10am. You snooze your lose!


8 thoughts on “Great American Campout Day, Onion Ring Day, Chocolate Éclair Day!

  1. Morno,
    I prefer a bed over a sleeping bag. I don’t mind the great outdoors but when I’m done for the day I like to come inside to a soft bed and climate controlled, bug fee environment. Too many kid camping trips over the years, I guess.
    Onion rings rule. Like them better than french fries. My sister will miss out when I don’t show up with éclairs for dinner tomorrow night. She assures me they will miss me but carry on despite their everlasting sorrow. I think she is being sarcastic, but maybe not.
    Taking some time out for much needed fun today. Movie, ice cream and dinner out.
    Home late Monday. Have a good one.

    • Your poor sister! I know she will feel much better when you are back at Sunday night dinner. This Sunday we will have to plan something really special for you to take to dinner!
      Glad you got out for FUN

  2. Good Morno,
    I see you are back to where you belong Mike ^. I’m sure your sister meant every word she said about missing you!
    Camping out is fun with the right group, in the right spot at the right time of the year. I don’t camp often.
    Love Chocolate éclairs. I bet your bakery has some really good ones. Onion rings are good too. I like those blooming onions they serve at Outback Steakhouse.
    Busy day cleaning house, running errands and I hope shopping with a friend for a new living room couch.
    Enjoy your day!

    • Our bakery has great éclairs. And the blooming Onion rings at Outback are the best.
      Did you find a new couch?

  3. beautiful bassett picture……nice background. must be a young cole with the girls?!
    camped a few times with the best time being with high school friends decades ago in canada. in fact, i am missing an every 2 yrs reunion with said group this weekend in mi 🙁 . we did facetime last night & will again today. not sure if that helped any…..
    those chocolate eclairs are tempting! onion ring are pretty good. like fries, too.
    the vw pictured looks very much like a neighbor’s……stripes, color, a #, no spoiler or race tires though.
    big outing yesterday to target for exercise & a few things! i just can’t bring myself to hobble outside in this hot boot down here. boot isn’t wash & wear! still…it was great to get out of the house.
    good day!

    • Aww. I’m sorry you are missing out. I know it wasn’t as fun without you! I bet they told you that too.
      I’m glad to ventured out but I bet it is an adventure with the boot on board.

  4. I AM IN LOVE WITH KRIS KRISTOFFERSON.I always have had a crush on him. Just something about that bad boy image I guess. I would like nothing better that to ride on the back of a motorcycle with him!
    Now…back to reality, I also love onion rings and eclairs which I will not be eating today…sniff sniff!

    • Isn’t he great. I like him too!
      Just keep telling yourself nothing tastes as good as thin feels. I know it’s hard tho especially when tasty food holidays keep popping up

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