Pigs in a Blanket Day, Library of Congress Anniversary

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
April 24, 2014


★~ Today’s Quote:  It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office. ~Shirley MacLaine

★~ Pigs in a Blanket Day:


FUN! Pigs in a Blanket: In the United Kingdom, pigs in a blanket are small sausages wrapped in bacon. People traditionally serve them as Christmas dinner appetizers. In Israel, kids enjoy Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moses in the Ark), which are miniature hot dogs rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry and baked in the oven. In the United States, pigs-in-a-blanket are hot dogs or Vienna sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked until golden brown. Yum! Of-course many of us also enjoy a breakfast sausage link wrapped in a pancake and dripped in sausage.  So Good, Gobble, Gobble. Enjoy!

Chili Cheese Dogs in Beach Blankets

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1800 – Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.

♥~ 1849 – The New York Knickerbockers became the first baseball team to wear uniforms. The ball players wore blue trousers, white shirts and straw hats. Sharp!

♥~ 1970 – On the cover of LIFE magazine: Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell.

♥~ 1979 – Ray Charles’ Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia.

★~Born Today:


♥~  1880 – Grideon Sundback, the inventor of the zipper. Read more below.

♥~ 1905 – Robert Penn Warren Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: All the King’s Men [1947], poet: Promises: Poems, 1954-1956 [1958], Now and Then:Poems, 1976-1978 [1979]; 1st official poet laureate of U.S.; died Sep 15, 1989

♥~ 1934 – Shirley MacLaine (Shirley MacLean Beaty) Academy Award-winning actress Terms of Endearment [1983]; Emmy awards: Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now [1974], Gypsy in My Soul [1976], Shirley MacLaine… Every Little Movement [1980]; Irma La Douce, The Turning Point; sister of actor Warren Beatty

♥~ 1942 – Barbra (Joan) Streisand Grammy Award-winning Best Female Pop Vocalist [1963-1965, 1977, 1986], Best Songwriter [1977]; People, The Way We Were, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers; Academy Award-winning Best Song [1976: shared w/Paul Williams]: Evergreen [Love Theme from A Star Is Born]; Academy Award-winning Best Actress: Funny Girl [1968]; I Can Get It for You Wholesale, The Owl and the Pussycat, Hello Dolly, Funny Lady, The Way We Were, Yentl; actress/director: Yentl, The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces

♥~ 1942 – Richard M. Daley, Former mayor of Chicago.

♥~ 1953 – Eric Bogosian actor: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Witch Hunt, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Special Effects; actor, playwright: Talk Radio, Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll: Eric Bogosian

♥~ 1964 –Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ (Cedric Kyles) comedian, actor: Back to School, Flash, The Honeymooners, Be Cool, Man of the House, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

♥~ 1977 – Eric Balfour actor: Arresting Behavior, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, What Women Want

♥~ 1980  – Danny Gokey, Singer (“American Idol”)

♥~ 1982 –  Kelly Clarkson, Singer (“American Idol”)

★~ Good To Know:  The Library of Congress was established 214 years ago today. 

Library of Congress

♥~ The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. It holds 155.3 million items stored on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves.

♥~ That breaks down to 35 million books, 3.4 million audio recordings, 13.6 million photographs, 5.4 million maps, 6.5 million pieces of sheet music, and 68 million manuscripts.

♥~ The LoC was established in 1800 by an act of Congress, and was begun with $5,000.

♥~ The LoC adds approximately 11,000 new items to its collections daily. Their paper card catalog (pictured above) hasn’t been updated since the 1980′s, but can still be used to locate older titles.

♥~ The LoC’s collections span 470 languages. Only about half of the library’s materials are in English.

♥~ The LoC is working with other libraries around the world to build a World Digital Library, which sounds too cool for words.

♥~ The LoC’s largest book is a 5-by-7 foot book featuring color images of Bhutan. It’s smallest book is a copy of Old King Cole that measures 1/25” x 1/25”.

♥~ The oldest item in the LoC is a cuneiform tablet from 2040 B.C.

♥~ The original Library of Congress was burned when the pesky British army set fire to the Capitol building in August of 1814. Retired President Thomas Jefferson sold the country his personal library of 6,487 volumes as a replacement shortly thereafter.

♥~ The LoC possesses the world’s largest collection of comic books.

♥~ Click to find out how to register, research and read at the LoC 


I baked the rest of my cookies this morning after burning 3 batches last night. I was certain my kitchen was possessed until I finally figured out that I can’t bake cookies in my oven at 375 degrees without burning them. Internet recipes for the most part suck. When do cookies ever need to be cooked at 375 degrees? 350 is fine. I am not an intuitive cook (we ALL know this about me) and internet recipes are thrown together mostly by people who think, “Oh anyone can write and publish a recipe.” They can’t, and should not. I feel like outing all of those so called “easy” recipes one by one so other people don’t suffer my cooking angst. Recipes should be shared with care, clarity and a genuine interest in a successful outcome. So there. My cookies are lovely this morno, tho, golden brown and not burned.

Last night:

My Kitchen is Possessed from Katybeth on Vimeo.

This Morno! Success.


FYI:  You can’t go wrong with the red and white Betty Crocker cookbook.

Wishing you a terrific Thursday.

Odd Loves Company,

8 thoughts on “Pigs in a Blanket Day, Library of Congress Anniversary

  1. Oh, how I hate to purchase ingredients, prepare a recipe, make a big mess in the kitchen and then have the finished product just YUK.. 🙁 That is why I don’t bake or cook much anymore.. I agree with you about some of those internet recipes..some don’t turn out so good.. 🙄

    • Me too. Those cookies were too much work. Next time I am making the original toll house. Recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. Or better yet, I’ll talk my Mom into sending me some! 😀

  2. Morno,
    Sorry about your cookie fiasco. My sister says the best recipes come from people who share them with you. Seem true, enough. Even I have the Betty Crocker cookbook. The final outcome looks good.
    Interesting facts about the LoC. I visited with my kids years ago and it was a beautiful building.
    Have a good one.

    • Your sister is wise. The cookies did finally turn out tasty. Stick with Betty.
      The google picture of the LoC looked beautiful! I hope to visit someday.

  3. I’ve gotta hand it to you, Kb — at least you’re persistent! I think I’d have given up after the second burned batch. They look yummy, tho, and I’ll bet Cole was glad to be welcomed home with fresh cookies.
    Loved the facts about the LoC. I’ve never been there, and you’re right — a World Digital Library DOES sound too cool for words!
    What a pretty patch of tulips — ours haven’t bothered to bloom yet.

    • I thought the 3rd time would be the charm. It wasn’t. They are good cookies when they aren’t burnt.
      We usually have tulips after Mother’s Day.
      Lot’s of cool stuff to see in D.C. but I don’t remember going to the LoC. Time to make another trip. :-D.

  4. There’s my tulips!
    The card catalog. I haven’t heard that library term in ages! Brings back research memories.
    So last night’s baking was a two bottles of coke job? Yeah, the red & white Betty Crocker cookbook. Tried & true recipes!
    Good night!

    • I was never a fan of the car catalog. I think what we have now is a vast improvement. Google. :-D.
      It was…actually three bottles of coke. One bottle was off camera I did not want to be a documented lush.
      Betty Crocker! Never fails you.

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