Brownie Day, Bubbles and Peppermint Floats

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December 8, 2013

Posted Updated: December 8, 2014

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★~Today’s Quote:  “Insomnia is a glamorous term for thoughts you forgot to have in the day.” – Alain de Botton

★~ Brownie Day:

Brownies originated in New England during the early twentieth century. One story says that a Boston chef mistakenly added melted chocolate to a batch of biscuits, thus creating the first brownies. Another version claims that a housewife in Bangor, Maine was making a chocolate cake but forgot to add baking powder. The cake did not rise properly and, instead of throwing it out, she served it in flat pieces.

Click to find out why Ghirardelli brownie mix is the best and for some brownie baking tips.

★~ Today in History:

John Lennon Death

♥~ 1956 – The Olympic games, which opened Nov 22, closed in Melbourne, Australia. ‘The Friendly Games’, as this Olympics came to be known, was Australia’s first attempt at hosting the Olympics and left “an enduring legacy not only for Melbourne and Australia but for the Olympic movement itself.”

♥~ 1963 – Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a pay phone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes.

♥~ 1980 – John Lennon’s death . On the last day of his life…John Lennon posed nude for Rolling Stone magazine.  The photo of Lennon curled up and kissing his clothed wife, Yoko Ono, was used for the magazine cover after Lennon was shot and killed on December 8th in New York by an obsessed fan.  That same day, Lennon’s new single “(Just Like) Starting Over” was the number 3 song in the U.S.  It rose to number 1 by the end of December.

♥~ 1990 – Workers at the Hypermarket in Norwood, South Africa, baked histories largest pizza, 122 feet 8 inches in diameter.

★~ Born Today:

Does this song transport you back to another place and time?

♥~ 1902 – Oswald Jacoby bridge player, author, journalist: syndicated bridge columnist [1949-1984], considered the best card player in the world in 1950; died June 27, 1984

♥~ 1925 – Sammy Davis Jr, singer, actor. Sammy’s career included movies, Broadway, and hit songs like “The Candy Man,” but he’s also famous as a member of the Hollywood “Rat Pack” along with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

♥~ 1942 – Bobby Elliott musician: drums: group: The Hollies over 25 top 40 hits since 1963, 1972 US No.2 single ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’, 1988 UK No.1 single ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, first released in 1969.

♥~ 1943 – Jim Morrison, Songwriter, poet, lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison is considered to be one of the fathers of contemporary rock.

♥~ 1947 – Gregg Allman musician keyboards, guitar, vocals, Allman Brothers Band, (1973 US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’).

♥~ 1953 – Kim Basinger actress: Ready to Wear, Wayne’s World 2, The Real McCoy, The Getaway, Final Analysis, Cool World, The Marrying Man, Batman, My Stepmother is an Alien, Blind Date, 9 1/2 Weeks, The Natural, Hard Country; former town owner: Braselton, GA; married to actor Alec Baldwin

♥~ 1966 – Sinéad O’Connor singer: Nothing Compares to You, My Lagan Love, No Man’s Woman, Emma’s Song, This Is a Rebel Song, Molly Malone, Thank You for Hearing Me

★~ Good to Know: 

Bubble blowing

Ted and Mary in Manitoba made a video to show us what it’s like blowing bubbles at -45°. That’s cool, but what’s really impressive is: Mary doesn’t kill Ted, at least on the video! And Mary is such a good sport, don’t you think  Ted (if he is still alive) should buy her a pair of gloves for Christmas?



Our Day Yesterday:

Christmas jams from St. Nick were the perfect gift. Warm and soft. Score one for St. Nick and Target.

Christmas pj

A Facebook friend kept posting about making peppermint floats. Finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer and went to the store for peppermint ice cream.

Peppermint ice cream and Sprite, mix well. The key is mixing well. Tasty and a festive treat for my patient.

Ice Cream

Last night, I sat on the couch with Rascal who had one too many alligator jerky treats and was making my eyes water (if you know what I mean) and Cole who was coughing up a storm….So I gave them to each other. As long as you can’t smell them or hear them…cute as can be!

COle Rascal

Today, I just know Cole is going to wake up and feel well enough to escape to Sally’s our breakfast place. We need to escape for a couple of hours. Yes. We. Do.

What are you up to today?

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14 thoughts on “Brownie Day, Bubbles and Peppermint Floats

  1. Good Morno,
    Mary is a good sport and her husband is certainly enthusiastic or maybe the cold killed off a few brain cells. They look like they have fun together, at least on camera.
    Peppermint float and brownies are a good combination. I’ll take brownies and a quart of peppermint ice cream to dinner tonight. Might add 7-up for the adventurous.
    Glad your boy is on the mend. I see he hasn’t lost his smile.
    Have a good one.

    • They do. I am curious about OFF camera.
      Your sister is going to be so pleased with your dinner contribution. Tell her hi from El Morno.
      Kid was born smiling, one of the things I like best about him.

  2. Hahaha, that’s what happens to Canadians towards the end of a long cold winter. Don’t send relief – send moving trucks. Too funny.

    Didn’t know it was brownie day today. I made a big batch yesterday as a bribe for my son’s good friend Danny who braved the cold and risked his limbs to climb on our roof and put up our Christmas lights. It was so cold and he did such a nice job we also treated them to dinner at Maggiano’s! Our house is all lighted up for the holidays now.

    • They are nuts! Poor Mary. 😀 Of-course I am intrigued by the experiment.
      I am sure your brownies were a welcome bribe. We need to get busy and decorate. Moving slow this year!

  3. Hmm, I don’t think of blowing bubbles as a wintertime activity — interesting video, though. How do they survive at -45 degrees?!?

    Thanks for the fact about Jacoby. My late dad used to spend hours poring over Jacoby’s bridge books in an effort to better his own game. I still miss seeing him do that.

    Brownies are delicious any time! And peppermint floats sound perfect for the holidays. Hope Cole is feeling back to normal. He looks so cute in his jammies!

    We got SNOW overnight (maybe an inch or so). It’s pretty to look at, but I much prefer yesterday’s cold with sunny skies.

    • Well…maybe they were bored. I can see doing something like that with Cole, but we would dress for the occasion at least one of us would.
      Bridge. I was such a disappointment. We both must come from a long line of bridge players. I couldn’t master Old Maid, tho, so I was never taken as a serious bridge candidate.
      Wishing you clear skies tomorrow. I have no idea what to expect.

  4. Good Morno,
    Caught a cold and I’m staying in today. That peppermint float looks good, tho and I wish I had a pair of those jammies AND a Rascal to cuddle with even if she doesn’t smell so fine. I do have some brownies! I made a pan yesterday and was going to take them to church. Oh well….
    Hope Cole feels much better and you enjoy your breakfast out.

    • Hope you get well speedy quick! We would share if you were closer. Lucky that you have brownies tho! Plenty of rest, lots of fluids and a brownie! Call me in the morno.

  5. Mary is a VERY good sport. I am not sure I would have been able to have handled Ted quite as well as she did. I looked at the peppermint ice cream at HyVee today but did not succumb as I have some Moose Tracks to finish…..
    Nice header, btw. and snowflakes. They are falling outside now and my car was covered when I came out from church. A quick stop at the grocery store for a few more baking supplies for eggnog cookies, filled up all the bird feeders and I am in for the rest of the day. Baking,lounging and staying warm is on the agenda today. Enjoy yours!

    • Peppermint ice cream is very refreshing and I liked the punch but fortunately I am not a huge fan of ice cream, Thank goodness.
      Thanks changing these headers is fun. I’m sure the blog snow flakes will disappear once reality sets in. At least you don’t have to shovel them.
      Hope your day lived up to your expectations.

  6. love brownies!
    forgot all about the lennon anniversary until odd. still shake my head over the senselessness.
    this doors tune is my favorite. i always thought it ironic that morrison had such a strong voice for someone who abused his body through drink & drugs for so long.
    good sport mary to say the least. ted is a ……….. i thought all body parts needed covering up at -45* otherwise frostbite? what do i know……
    snazzy pjs!
    today i am cleaning like crazy & semi-watching the snowy detroit-philly game. dinner with friends after our dogs walk.
    good afternoon!

    • Cole and Joe went sleding one winter when the temp dropped to 20 below, but every extremity was fully layered. Frost bite happens quick, but those Canadians are tough!
      Sounds like you have a fun day planed (minus the cleaning).
      Morrison was a mess, but he sure could sing. A favorite of Joe’s and I found I liked a lot of his music.

  7. Mary is a saint and Ted is nuts. Who goes out in 43 degrees zero weather? I noticed that Mary laughed like crazy when Ted’s trick back fired.

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