Monday, March 2, 2015

Dr. Seuss Day MAR 2, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day

We truly love him
in a house.
We truly love him
with a mouse.
We truly love him
here or there.
We truly love him
We truly love the silly goose.
We truly love old Dr. Seuss!
Today is Dr. Seuss Day, a full twenty-four hours to make a mess with the Cat in the Hat, dance around with the Fox in Sox, hear a Who with Horton, count the red and blue fish, help the Grinch see the error of his ways, and listen to Sam I Am’s friend complain about his dish of green eggs and ham, the ungrateful hairball!
Theodor Seuss Geisel, commonly known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was a writer, poet and cartoonist. Though best known as a children’s author (he released a whopping forty-six books for tykes), his career also saw him work as an illustrator for advertising campaigns and a political cartoonist during the Second World War. He was also a true perfectionist, known to discard 95% of his material before settling on a theme for a new book, sometimes spending up to a year writing a single story, and preferring payment upon completion, rather than in advance.
March 2nd is a celebration of his life and works, as it was on this day in 1904 that he entered the world. Having lived eighty-seven years and made an incredible impact on numerous generations, he died in 1991 at his home in La Jolla, California. His many bizarre, colorful and zany tales are still cherished by young and old alike, and, having been translated into more than twenty languages, are read all across the world every single day.
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 Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) An unbroken view of an entire surrounding area.
Usage:The panorama from the summit, with glistening lakes and green forests in every direction, is unmatched in the east.



Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Game

Recognized as one of the National Basketball Association's greatest players of all time, Wilt Chamberlain led the league in scoring for 7 seasons and in rebounding 11 times, was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player 4 times, and was elected to basketball's Hall of Fame. However, he is perhaps best known for being the only player in league history to score 100 points in a single game—a feat he achieved while playing for the Philadelphia Warriors.

Myanmar Peasants' Day

The Union of Myanmar, known as Burma until 1989, is in southeast Asia. Myanmar's predominant industry is agriculture, and, at one point, it was the biggest exporter of rice in Asia, but now its line of agricultural products is more diverse. The country could not support these agricultural activities without the peasant workers, and to show their appreciation for the peasants' contribution, the country has declared March 2 Peasants' Day. It is a national holiday.

Bees Can Experience False Memories, Scientists Say

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found the first evidence of false memories in non-human animals. Using a classic Pavlovian experiment, co-authors Kathryn Hunt and Lars Chittka determined that bumblebees sometimes combine the details of past memories to form new ones.

1807 - The U.S. Congress passed an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or country." 

1899 - Mount Rainier National Park in Washington was established by the U.S. Congress. 

1903 - The Martha Washington Hotel opened for business in New York City. The hotel had 416 rooms and was the first hotel exclusively for women. 

1908 - In Paris, Gabriel Lippmann introduced three-dimensional color photography at the Academy of Sciences. 

1917 - Citizens of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act.

1933 - The motion picture King Kong had its world premiere in New York. 

1949 - The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.

1998 - Images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean and a source of interior heat.

2004 - NASA announced that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water had existed on Mars in the past. 


If You Were Born Today, March 2

You are a hard working person who knows how to take care of business. You also have a very loving and giving side to you that is unmistakable. Those who you have let into your heart feel comfortable and safe with you. Partnership means the world to you, and you will do whatever it takes to make it work. In fact, you are more successful when you are content in a loving relationship. Although you are very forgiving, you are not a pushover either, and will expect others to meet you halfway. Famous people born today: Dr. Seuss, Jon Bon Jovi, Karen Carpenter, Desi Arnaz, Lou Reed, Chris Martin.

Picture of a constellation of orbs, rings, and halos hanging above the Greenland ice sheet

Icesheet #4727

Photograph by Murray Fredericks, National Geographic
A constellation of orbs, rings, and halos hangs above the Greenland ice sheet in this picture by Murray Fredericks, who spent months photographing the island’s remote beauty. The optical phenomena seen here occur when ice crystals—suspended by powerful winds called piteraqs—refract sunlight.

Downton pattern by Annie Cholewa
French translation available here, with thanks to Christine73
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crochet, filet






Banana Roll 

lady life hacks
eggs – 4
sugar – ½ tablespoon
vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
flour – ½ tablespoon
butter – 2 teaspoons
honey – 2 teaspoons
whipped cream – ¼ tablespoon
banana – 1
candied fruit, berries, grated chocolate as desired
Banana Roll
Whip eggs with sugar and vanilla until it all turns into a homogeneous mix.
Add flour in small portions while thoroughly mixing the dough.
Add softened butter and honey.
Whip everything vigorously again, so it turns into a homogeneous mass.
Preheat your oven to 180C. Rub the cooking tray with butter, and place the dough on top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. The dough should look golden, but make sure it doesn’t get too dry.
Cool it down to room temperature. Add some whipped cream. Place a cut banana on top. Roll the dough up tightly.
Pour some sugar syrup and sprinkle with powder and grated chocolate. Add berries or candied fruit as desired.


crockpot recipe!
stephanie o'dea

Creamy CrockPot Risotto

I've always been scared to make risotto because the different cookbooks I have say that you need to stir it constantly on the stove. But there's no stirring in crockpot cooking! You, too, can make this creamy, cheesy risotto without any pot-sitting whatsoever. I stirred the mixture exactly twice--once for the initial raw-ingredient stir and again at the very end when I added shredded Parmesan. The texture and taste was perfect.

The Ingredients.

1 1/4 cup uncooked Arborio rice (this type of rice is important! It's found in a box, in the rice aisle)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
3 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes (or 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion)
5 cloves chopped garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese (to add at the very end)

The Directions.

--toss the uncooked Arborio rice with the olive oil in your crockpot stoneware
--add the seasonings and garlic
--pour in the broth and white wine
--stir to mix flavors

--cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or until the rice is tender. It took 2.5 hours for me.

--stir in the shredded cheese and leave uncovered for about 15 minutes to let a bit of the moisture escape

The final product will be very creamy and have a porridge-like consistency.

The Verdict.

oh this was good. I probably used too much garlic; it was too much for the kids and added a crunch that risotto usually doesn't have.But it tasted so good and was so ridiculously easy I really didn't care. We ate it with leftover chicken parmesan, which was a great pairing.


I have a terrible sleeping disorder. It's called reading.


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Julia Louis-Dreyfus 
“If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you’re active in your community, there’s nothing more empowering. The best way to make a difference in the world is to start by making a difference in your own life.”
Aisha Tyler
“You can only really learn from failure … To win, you need to fail, and fail hard.”
Margaret Cho
“I am so beautiful, sometimes people weep when they see me. And it has nothing to do with what I look like really, it is just that I gave myself the power to say that I am beautiful, and if I could do that, maybe there is hope for them too. And the great divide between the beautiful and the ugly will cease to be. Because we are all what we choose.”
Amy Schumer 
“I want to quit. Not performing, but being a woman altogether. I want to throw my hands in the air, after reading a mean Twitter comment, and say, ‘All right! You got it. You figured me out. I’m not pretty. I’m not thin. I do not deserve to use my voice. I’ll start wearing a burqa and start waiting tables at a pancake house. All my self-worth is based on what you can see.’ But then I think, F*** that … I am a woman with thoughts and questions and s*** to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will.”
Zooey Deschanel:
“I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, ‘I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful.’ That’s a very good way to keep women down.”
Kristen Wiig
There are so many funny women in the world, and there has been for so many years, so I’ll be happy when people can just move on from that, and things can just be ‘comedies’ and not ‘female’ or ‘male,’ and everyone gets an equal opportunity.”
Maria Bamford
“Get out of your house and go see some live performance, for God’s sake. There are people creating things just outside your window.”
Rashida Jones 
“Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.”
Sarah Silverman 
Betty White
“Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about, but I’m still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, ‘I’m going to be 30 – oh, what am I going to do?’ Well, use that decade! Use them all!”
Tig Notaro
“Not many people have had as much bad luck as I have, but not many people have had as much good luck, either.”
Dorothy Parker (The Queen of Women’s Humor Jokes)
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
Chelsea Handler 
“First of all, who cares if people hate you? There’s always a guarantee that certain people will dislike you. There’s never any guarantee that anyone will like you. So if anyone likes you at all, you’ve already won.”
Lena Dunham
“It’s interesting how we often can’t see the ways in which we are being strong – like, you can’t be aware of what you’re doing that’s tough and brave at the time that you’re doing it because if you knew that it was brave, then you’d be scared.”
Mindy Kaling
One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.” 
Ellen DeGeneres
“Find out who you are and figure out what you believe in. Even if it’s different from what your neighbors believe in and different from what your parents believe in. Stay true to yourself. Have your own opinion. Don’t worry about what people say about you or think about you. Let the naysayers nay. They will eventually grow tired of naying.”
Amy Poehler 
“Be easy on yourself. Have fun. Only hang around people that are positive and make you feel good. Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good, kick them to the curb. And the earlier you start in your life the better. The minute anybody makes you feel weird and non-included or not supported, you know, either beat it or tell them to beat it.”
Tina Fey 
“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”

thanks, ellen

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