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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Peanut Butter Fudge Day

November 20
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Except for peppermint fudge, peanut butter is my first favorite. Of course I like peanut butter in just about any way shape form or manner (including a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich).

Here is a recipe I might trying making in a little while, my oh my it sounds SO good!
Peanut Butter Fudge

1/2 cup butter
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8x8 inch dish. Chill until firm and cut into squares.

I just found a site that might become my second home, lol Come to Momma!

World Day of Rememberance for Road Traffic Victims

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was first celebrated nationally by RoadPeace in 1993. Since then it has been observed and promoted worldwide by several non-governmental organization (NGOs), including RoadPeace, the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) and the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and its associated organizations.

In recognition of the enormous strength that NGOs possess as advocates for road safety, WHO hosted a meeting of 12 such groups in September 2003. The meeting led to the creation of an informal network of agencies that advocates for road safety, and the identification of areas for joint activities. ASIRT, FEVR and RoadPeace were invited to be members of the UN Road Safety Collaboration. They, together with other NGOs in the informal network, lobbied through the Collaboration for a day to be dedicated to victims and their families. This led to the recognition by the United Nations General Assembly of the third Sunday in November every year as a World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims "as the appropriate acknowledgment for victims of road traffic crashes and their families".

WHO, FEVR and RoadPeace have jointly developed a book, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims: a guide for organizers, to provide practical guidance to people or groups on how to plan and organize events on this day. The book gives a brief history of the day and provides examples of specific activities. All those concerned with road traffic crashes and their consequences are encouraged to use this guide to organize annual events in different parts of the world to ensure that the advocacy opportunity of this day is fully realized.

I have had a few friends die from car accidents, three that are closest to my memory, are Michael Stokes from Moberly, Mo, he was best friends with my best friends brother. We had grown up together, spent some time together, but we honestly never got to know each other. He died the day before his engagement party. I will never forget you Mike. Mike was working nights in Columbia, Mo, and was on his way home one morning, when someone pulled out in front of him. He never had a chance.

The next is Donald Stewart, my favorite uncle. Donald would have given you the shirt off his back, and then would have asked if you needed anything more. He had no prejudice or malice towards anyone, everyone was worthy of his kindness, and God's love in his eyes, and he showed it in every minute of his life. He lived in Murphy, NC, and was a car dealer. He had gone down to SC for a couple of vehicles to bring back to his dealership, and he was driving through a mountain pass, and a truck coming his way had lost a tractor off the back, and Don slammed into the tractor, never knowing what happened.

The third one is Stacy Roper, she and her sister worked with me at the same nursing home. One morning they were coming home from partying, and no one honestly knows what happened, Stephanie can't remember who was driving, but who ever was, lost control on some ice, and they flipped the car on an embankment. Stacy was in a coma for a week, and was unable to come out of it, so the family decided to unplug her. Stephanie was severely hurt, and was in the hospital, and then rehab for nearly a year. Almost a year to the day after the accident, she came back to work. I no longer work at that nursing home, and I miss everyone very much.

November 20th 1602 Otto von Guericke, inventor (air pump)
November 20th 1620 Peregrine White, son of Wm & Susanna White, born aboard Mayflower
November 20th 1726 Oliver Wolcott, (Ct-Gov)/signed Decl of Independence
November 20th 1866 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/1st commissioner of baseball
November 20th 1889 Edwin Hubble, astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift)
November 20th 1890 Robert Armstrong, Saginaw MI, actor
November 20th 1892 James B Collip, Canadian biochemist/physiologist (insulin)
November 20th 1900 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy)
November 20th 1908 Alistair Cooke, Manchester England, TV host (Masterpiece Theatre)
November 20th 1916 Ferdinand AM van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter
November 20th 1920 Gene Tierney, Bkln, actress (Laura, Razor's Edge, Ghost & Mrs Muir)
November 20th 1924 Benoit Mandelbrot, Warsaw Poland, mathematician (proved Zipf's law)
November 20th 1925 Robert Francis Kennedy, Brookline, Mass (D-Sen-NY) AG; assassinated
November 20th 1927 Estelle Parsons, Lynn Mass, actress (Rachel Rachel, Bonnie & Clyde)
November 20th 1928 Franklin Cover, Cleve, actor (Tom-The Jeffersons)
November 20th 1928 Rex Reason, Berlin Germany, actor (Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s)
November 20th 1929 Dick Clark, Mt Vernon NY, TV host (American Bandstand)
November 20th 1939 Dick Smothers, NYC, comedian (Smother Brothers' Show)
November 20th 1942 Joseph R Biden Jr, (Sen-D-DE, 1973- )
1942 - Norman Greenbaum
November 20th 1943 Veronica Hamel, Phila, actress (Joyce-Hill St Blues, 79 Park Ave)
November 20th 1945 Dan McBride, rocker (Sha Na Na)
November 20th 1946 Duane Allman, Nashville Tn, rock guitarist (Allman Brothers)
November 20th 1948 Richard Masur, NYC, actor (David-One Day at a Time)
November 20th 1955 Bo Derek, [Mary Collins], Long Beach Ca, actr (10, Tarzan the Ape Man)
November 20th 1956 Thea Vidale, actress
November 20th 1959 Sean Young, Louisville Ky, actress
November 20th 1968 Ming Na-Wen, actress
November 20th 1976 Dominique Dawes, Silver Spring Md, gymnast

Today in History:
1700 Sweden's 17-year-old King Charles XII defeats the Russians at Narva.
1866 - The rotary-crank bicycle was patented by Pierre Lallement in Paris, France. The bike, incidentally, was known as the bone shaker.
1903 In Cheyenne, Wyoming, 42-year-old hired gunman Tom Horn is hanged for the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell.
1914 Bulgaria proclaims its neutrality in the First World War.
1919 - The first municipally-owned airport in the nation opened -- in Tucson, Arizona. The entire community turned out for the big celebration.
1928 Mrs. Glen Hyde becomes the first woman to dare the Grand Canyon rapids in a scow (a flat-bottomed boat that is pushed along with a pole).
1931 Japan and China reject the League of Council terms for Manchuria at Geneva.
1943 U.S. Army and Marine soldiers attack the Japanese-held islands of Makin and Tarawa, respectively, in the Central Pacific.
1945 The Nazi war crime trials begin at Nuremberg.
1947 Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey.
1955 The Maryland National Guard is ordered desegregated.
1962 President John F. Kennedy bars religious or racial discrimination in federally funded housing.
1967 U.S. census reports the population at 200 million.
1971 - Isaac Hayes of Memphis, TN got his first #1 hit as the Theme from Shaft began a two-week stay at the top of the charts.
1978 In Jonestown, Guyana, American Rev. Jim Jones leads his followers in a mass suicide.
1982 South Africa backs down on a plan to install black rule in neighboring Namibia.
1992 - Fire erupted at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth's official residence west of London, causing much damage. The queen and Prince Andrew pitched in to help save priceless artworks and other valuables housed in the fortress. The fire burned for 15 hours damaging or destroying nine principal rooms and over a hundred other rooms. It took a million and a half gallons of water to put out the blaze. The next five years would be spent restoring the Castle to its former glory.

1713 - Thomas Tompion, English clock maker (cylinder tunnel)
1997 - Gary Burris, murderer (Kenneth Chambers), executed in Indiana
1997 - Robert Palmer, rock critic, dies at 52
2010 Laurie Bembenek, 52, American convicted murderer, liver and kidney failure.
2010 Roxana Briban, 39, Romanian soprano, apparent suicide.

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