Friday, February 13, 2015

Celebrate Radio Day FEB 13, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Radio Day

Before the internet, many people relied on the humble radio to deliver their daily dose of news, entertainment and important weather updates. This was especially true for poor or remote communities who didn’t have access to television or other means of communication.
UNESCO formally announced the formation of Radio Day in 2011, after a suggestion put forward by Spain to celebrate this important means of communication. In some parts of the world, radio still remains an important lifeline to the outside world.
In remote farming communities in Australia, children learn their school work through radio. In poor communities in Africa, villages gather around the radio each evening to keep up to date on national news and hear music and speeches. Radio has been superseded by the internet and satellite communications for large parts of the world, but for millions of less fortunate people, radio is still a miracle of technology.

Doesn't he realize he can eat her? One lick at a time! :) Dogs <3  ~ Dog Shaming Tiny Girl - Too Cute!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
He found that he could look back upon the brass and bombast of his earlier gospels and see them truly.

Pete lost a hundred dollars on a bet, and then said "Oh, well. Easy come, easy go." He wanted us to think that

 a. he was very upset about it

 b. he didn't care about it

 c. he could easily win it back again

Every. Single. Day.


Last Original Peanuts Strip Is Printed

With 355 million readers in 75 countries at the peak of its popularity, Charles Schulz's Peanuts is one of the most beloved comic strips in the history of the medium. Among its principal characters are Charlie Brown, a gentle, puzzled boy, usually failing but always persevering; Lucy, his bossy, know-it-all friend; Linus, a philosophical tyke with a security blanket; and Snoopy, a romantic, self-deluded beagle

Peter Gabriel

Gabriel is an English singer and songwriter who first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flutist of the progressive rock group Genesis. In the 1970s and 80s, he became an influential solo artist, producing music videos with groundbreaking special effects and writing the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.

One Giant Keep for Mankind

When Neil Armstrong returned from his famous moon walk in 1969, he brought back some souvenirs of the trip—and apparently kept them in a closet in his home until his death in 2012. That’s where his wife discovered the camera that recorded the landing and two waist tethers, objects that Armstrong called "just a bunch of trash" in the Apollo 11 mission transcripts. This "trash," which was supposed to stay in space, is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

1633 - Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.

1741 - "The American Magazine," the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1914 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (known as ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.

1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized.

1955 - Israel acquired 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls. 

1965 - Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY. 

1997 - Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery brought the pace Hubble Telescope aboard for a tune up. The tune up allowed the telescope to see further into the universe. 

2000 - Charles M. Schulz's last original Sunday "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before. 

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If You Were Born Today, February 13

You work very hard for the things that are important to you. You instinctively appreciate what you have and that it might not be there tomorrow. While this could translate to nervousness or perhaps pessimism, especially when it comes to money, many of you are simply determined, proactive, hard-working, and realistic. You are highly intelligent and intuitive. Others can rely upon you. Famous people born today: Peter Gabriel, Kim Novak, Stockard Channing, Jerry Springer, Mena Suvari.

Picture of a northern flicker on a snowy branch in Fish Creek Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

Snow Bird

Photograph by P. Vaudry, National Geographic
During a milder February day in Alberta, Canada,  P. Vaudry went for a hike along the Bow River in Fish Creek Provincial Park. “While walking through Hull’s Wood, I noticed this northern flicker in a tree. I approached, and the flicker remained still. To me, [it] was thoroughly enjoying the warmth of the sun, so much so that it didn’t seem to notice that I was there.”


Bee Stitch Hat pattern by Melissa Metzbower
This sweet little hat is a fantastic addition to any baby’s wardrobe! Knit in the round, with a very easy stitch pattern, this hat is a fun, quick project to make! ...
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Papagena pattern by Caoua Coffee
Papagena is this young, pretty and playful woman in W.A.Mozart’s opera ‘The Magic Flute’, whom I always imagined to be a sort of flower girl, as she ench...
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Sarastro pattern by Caoua Coffee
in ‘The Magic Flute’, opera by Wolfgang A. Mozart, this story about good and evil, Sarastro is the high priest of the temple preserving the power-bestowing s...
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knit, newborn
Baby Girl in Red pattern by Filomena Lanzara
This is simple cardigan for a baby girl, it is worked top-down, seamless.
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kid has moves

Hearts Gift Bag pattern by Nancy Hearne
This heart shaped bag is perfect as a little girl’s purse, gift bag for small items, and cosmetic bag for one’s purse. It is shown unlined.
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Gatitos Multicolor pattern by Irene Kiss
You can download the pattern in English too!
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If you love fish, water, and reading books, then this bookmark if perfect for you! The little goldfish will keep you company as it dangles from the pages of yo...
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Flower Garden Stitch Markers pattern by Shelly Jackson
I made a few sets of these sometime ago and have been meaning to make more. I love the cheery way that they mark the end of a long row of boring stockin...
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Such is life..

recipe (gluten free)
Kettle Corn Potatoes
Kettle Corn Potatoes- Kettle Corn Baked Potatoes which are gluten free, vegan and a taste sensation- sweet, salty, savoury- impress your guests!
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Grammar humor

crockpot recipe
Stephanie O Dea

CrockPot Crème Brulee Recipe

Oh yes I did! And I'm so excited! Crème Brulee is my absolute most favorite dessert ever. I scour the dessert menu at every restaurant hoping that it will be there. But now I can make it at home---in my most favorite kitchen appliance----without spending $40 on dinner first.

Valentine's Day is around the corner; surprise your loved one with a gourmet dessert that tastes like a million bucks.

The Ingredients:
--2 cups heavy cream
--5 egg yolks
--1/2 cup sugar (baker's or fine sugar is better so the granules disappear)
--1 T good vanilla
--1/4 cup raw sugar (for topping, add later)

The Directions:

Find a heat-resistant dish that fits inside of your stoneware insert. Fit it in, and using a cup or pitcher, pour water around the edges so there is water 1/2 - 3/4 of the way up the sides of the dish. Push it down with your hand if it starts to float up. Take the dish back out. If you have separate dessert ramekins, do the same thing after nestling them all inside.

--whip the 5 egg yolks in a medium-sized bowl
--slowly add the cream and baking sugar while mixing
--add the vanilla

pour mixture into the dish and carefully lower into the stoneware without sloshing water into the dish.

Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours. If you are using little ramekins, check after an hour; I'm not sure how long they will take. Custard should be set with the center still a bit jiggly. Touch lightly with your finger to check. Unlike an oven, it will be difficult to overcook this. Try not to worry. I cooked the one above for 4.25 hours on high.

VERY carefully (use oven gloves!) remove dish and let cool completely on counter, then chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of raw sugar evenly over the top of the custard. Move your oven rack to the top rung and broil for 3-10 minutes, checking often. The sugar will boil and brown.

Cool again in the fridge for a few hours - Amazing.- Utterly amazing.

Magazine Illusions 5

Crafts with Thumb Tacks
Paint a canvas and make a custom phrase with thumb tacks.  Hang it on the wall or display it on the fireplace.

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CHILDREN'S CORNER - coloring page:
Free mandala printable coloring pages

'hello' in Turkish: Merhaba 
Geometric Art



Use yarn scraps to wrap your gifts.

Use yarn scraps to wrap your gifts.

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Artist's mandala bowls extol magic of superfoods

Yummy mandala bowl with starfruit and kiwi

After embarking on her "clean eating" journey five years ago, art student Amalia Bussard realized it was only a matter of time before she would combine her love of art and food — and the resulting fruit mandalas are as tasty as they are beautiful.
"My drive to share these food art mandalas with the world stems from a deep desire to inspire people," Bussard explains. "With a little guidance, we are all capable of living a healthy, wholesome lifestyle!"
These meticulous mandalas are comprised of a colorful variety of fruits, nuts, seeds and other garnishes, all of which are usually assembled atop a bed of vegan "nice cream." This homemade ice cream alternative is made from bananas, and according to Bussard, it's "magical and life-changing."
Want to learn how to make your own "nice cream"? Simply drop a frozen banana (and whatever other ingredients you want) into a food processor and blend until it reaches a froyo-like consistency.
Like ice cream, this frozen banana magic melts the longer it stays out at room temperature, so Bussard must work quickly when creating her mandalas. No more than 10-15 minutes is spent decorating and photographing each bowl, or else it will just devolve into a soupy mess.
"This whole process of creating my bowls is meditative and very therapeutic for me, so I tend to do it everyday," Bussard tells MNN. "Not to mention I'm left with a delicious and nourishing meal after I'm done!"
In the bowl above, we have banana-beet-raspberry nice cream topped with kiwi, star fruit, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut and cacao nibs.
Continue below for more mandala bowls, or check out Bussard's Instagram, The Wholesome Bowl, to follow her journey as a food artist.
Yummy mandala bowl with purple and pink yin yang
Yin yang made of nice cream, topped with pomegranate rubies, almonds, blueberries and coconut.
Yummy mandala bowl with berries and nuts
Chocolate dark cherry banana nice cream topped with blueberries, buckwheat, raspberries, pomegranate rubies, almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and goji berries
Yummy mandala bowl with watermelon
Spirulina-wheatgrass banana nice cream topped with watermelon, dark cherries, pomegranate rubies, frozen blueberries, coconut, buckinis and goji berries.
Yummy mandala bowl with pomegranate seeds
Nice cream with pomegranate rubies, almonds, coconut, cacao nibs, buckwheat and goji berries
Yummy mandala bowl with green grapes, pineapple
Pineapple-banana smoothie with ginger, green grapes and wheatgrass powder, topped with green apples, green grapes, fresh pineapple, almonds, coconut, goji berries and pumpkin seeds.
Yummy mandala bowl with bananas, grapes and nuts
Nice cream with bananas, almonds, goji berries, cacao nibs, sunflower seeds, goji berries and pomegranate rubies
Yummy mandala bowl with kiwi, bananas and coconut
Raspberry-banana-beet root nice cream topped with persimmon, banana, goji berries, kiwi, buckinis, coconut, cacao nibs and chocolate covered hemp seeds
Yummy mandala bowl with pink kiwi yin yang
Banana-ginger-beet-raspberry nice cream topped with kiwi berries, buckwheat, cacao nibs, almonds, goji berries and a yin yang of coconut
Yummy mandala bowl with oranges, kiwi and pomegranate
Banana-blueberry-ginger nice cream topped with clementine, kiwi, almonds, goji berries, pomegranate rubies, pumpkin seeds and coconut.
(thanks, patty)

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