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Region: Texas

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Creme Brûlée Day
National Scotch Day

Quotes of the Day:
“It is quality rather than quantity that matters.”- Seneca

“The most important things in life aren’t things.”- Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Wherever you are, be totally there.”- Eckart Tolle

“Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants.”- Epictetus

Music of the Day:

One Direction - Steal My Girl (Official 4K Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTblx3FmUVY

On This Day In History:
1999 Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900"
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/900_(skateboarding))

2003 90th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

2005 STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem

2006 The Federal Republic of Germany is deemed guilty in the loss of Bashkirian 2937 and DHL Flight 611, because it is illegal to outsource flight surveillance

2007 Two News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. Worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.

2012 Queen Elizabeth II opens the 30th Olympics in London, United Kingdom (with some help from 007)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AS-dCdYZbo)
(https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/london-olympics-parachute-queen-james-bond-daniel-craig-355725)

2013 First Przewalski’s horse (whose wild populations were believed extinct in 1969) is born via artificial insemination at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as part of a worldwide effort to rebuild the wild herds

2017 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly becomes world's richest man at $91.4bn overtaking Bill Gates for half a day

National Creme Brûlée Day

In a miraculous stroke of culinary genius, someone thought that topping vanilla custard with a brittle crust of caramelized sugar would taste good. Of course they were wrong — it tasted incredibly delicious! The dessert is best known as Crème Brûlée (“burnt creme” in French) and depending on where you’re from, it’s also known as Crema Catalana and Trinity Burnt Creme. Whatever you like to call this intensely creamy, crunchy and luxurious dish, schedule your day of indulgence on July 27, National Crème Brûlée Day.

NATIONAL CREME BRÛLÉE DAY TIMELINE

1691
Printed recipe

The first printed recipe for a dessert called crème brûlée appeared in the 1691 edition of the French cookbook, "Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois".

1600s
Cambridge Burnt Cream or "Trinity Cream" appears in England

According to Colin Spencer, author of "British Food: An Extraordinary Thousand Years of History," a dessert similar to crème brûlée appears to have been prepared regularly.

15th century
Burnt cream dish goes to college

Burnt cream dessert — branded with the official college crest on top — begins to be served at Trinity College in Cambridge, England.

Medieval times
Crema Catalana becomes a go-to dessert in Spain

Crema Catalana, a custard topped with caramelized sugar, is reportedly served regularly in Spain.

NATIONAL CREME BRÛLÉE DAY ACTIVITIES

Cook up a classic version and enjoy!
There's nothing like the original. If you haven't made a standard crème brûlée before, just know that there are lots of nuanced variations between recipes in terms of ingredient amounts and methods. This includes whether you broil the cream to create your crispy topping or go all-in by using a small butane torch to get that crust.

Share your variations with friends
No need to stop at vanilla to make a killer crème brûlée. You can substitute virtually any flavor extract or spice mix as you prepare your custard and include fruit or other garnishes before baking. You can even flavor your dessert with key lime, chai, Irish coffee, even pineapple!

Throw a crème brûlée-themed party
You can make each party-goer their own individual crème dessert or you can be adventurous and try out crème brûlée-flavored brownies, cheesecake, cupcakes or pies. If there's anything better than decadence, it's decadence shared among friends!

5 FIERY FACTS ABOUT CRÈME BRÛLÉE

Torches optional
You don't need a butane torch to make a crème brûlée topping — just broil for two to three minutes.

Simple ingredients
Eggs, cream, vanilla, sugar and water are all you need to make crème brûlée.

Big brûlée
The largest crème brûlée on record weighed 1,600 pounds.

Vegan crème
Vegan crème brûlée can be made from coconut and almond milk, sugar, corn starch, nutritional yeast and vanilla bean.

Weird science
Popcorn, chocolate bars, donuts, cocktails and even, hair products have all been made to taste or smell like crème brûlée.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL CREME BRÛLÉE DAY

It's a heavenly dessert
Consider that crème brûlée is a custard made up of a mixture of vanilla-infused cream, egg yolks, and sugar, with a scattering of sugar on top. If you've never tasted one, add this luxurious dessert to your bucket list.

It's got intriguingly contested origins
The first crème brûlée recipe appeared in a royal cookbook written by a cook at France's Palace of Versailles in 1691. But a similar dessert called Trinity Burnt Creme appeared as far back as the 1400's in England. There's even earlier evidence of a Spanish version called Crema Catalana.

It's tasty and versatile
Since crème brûlée bounced back into popularity during the '80s, the dessert has been modified way beyond its vanilla basics — with cooks jazzing up the flavors to include everything from chocolate and lemon to peach and Nutella. There's even a recipe calling for a snickerdoodle-flavored crème. Bon Appetit!

https://nationaltoday.com/national-creme-brulee-day/

Coronavirus live updates: Moderna could provide 1 billion vaccine doses in 2021; swastika masks draw outrage
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/07/27/covid-updates-coronavirus-relief-bill-florida-case-numbers-mount/5515522002/

Portland police detain two suspects after reported shooting near federal courthouse protest site
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/26/portland-protests-police-detain-2-suspects-after-shooting/5516075002/

John Lewis: The 'conscience of Congress' returns to the Capitol one last time to lie in state
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/07/27/john-lewis-conscience-congress-returns-capitol-one-last-time/5514713002/

Mike Ditka to kneeling athletes: 'Get the hell out of the country'
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ftw/2020/07/26/mike-ditka-kneeling-athletes-national-anthem/112416850/

Kamala Harris: COVID-stricken USA is desperate for a strong leader. Instead we have Trump.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/07/27/covid-economy-trump-incompetent-weak-dishonest-kamala-harris-column/5514701002/

Hawaii braces for Hurricane Douglas; Tropical Depression Hanna brings rain, flooding as it leaves Texas
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/weather/2020/07/26/tropical-storm-hanna-update-rain-flooding-storm-pushes-into-mexico/5513896002/

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Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 16: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: San Antonio Fire Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

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