Wednesday, March 11, 2015

No Smoking Day MAR 11, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate No smoking Day

No Smoking Day encourages you to ‘take the leap’ and give up cigarettes and smoking. Local authorities, business and organisations come together on this day to support people who are trying to quit by offering support, advice and hosting activity days. Anyone struggling to quit smoking any drug other than tobacco should seek professional help. Check into a Florida drug treatment center, and come home clean and healthy. (my son and i stopped smoking together 11 years ago. my husband smokes as is his adult choice.)

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Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) To waste away; wither or deteriorate.
Usage:She had not painted in many years, and she was worried that her creativity had atrophied.

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Torquato Tasso

Tasso, an Italian poet, was one of the foremost writers of the Renaissance as well as one of its tragic figures. After penning many popular works, Tasso became psychologically unstable and was intermittently confined to a hospital in his later life. He is best known for writing Gerusalemme liberataJerusalem Delivered—an epic of chivalric exploits during the First Crusade. Considered his masterpiece, it has influenced countless poets

The Secret to How Chameleons Change Colors

If a chameleon's striking ability to change colors seems like a magic act of smoke and mirrors, that's because its skin is quite literally made up of special mirrors, scientists have discovered.

1302 - The characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare. 

1791 - Samuel Mulliken became the first person to receive more than one patent from the U.S. Patent Office. 

1824 - The U.S. War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Seneca Indian Ely Parker became the first Indian to lead the Bureau.

1904 - After 30 years of drilling, the north tunnel under the Hudson River was holed through. The link was between Jersey City, NJ, and New York, NY

1905 - The Parisian subway was officially inaugurated. 

1909 - The first gold medal to a perfect-score bowler was awarded to A.C. Jellison by the American Bowling Congress. 

1930 - Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for the sum of $80,000. 

1947 - The DuMont network aired "Movies For Small Fry." It was network television's first successful children's program. 

1948 - Reginald Weir became the first black tennis player to participate in a U.S. Indoor Lawn Tennis Association tournament. 

1964 - Gene Roddenberry First proposed a series called "star Trek" to MGM Studios.

1969 - Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans. 

1986 - Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model.

1993 - Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first female attorney general. 


The Supremes

“Love Is Here and Now you’re Gone” was the group’s ninth overall chart-
topper on the 
Billboard Hot 100.

If You Were Born Today, March 11

You were born wise, and your intuition is exceptional. However, your emotional ups and downs tend to be many until you learn to focus your energies. Getting a handle on this inner restlessness is crucial to success. You like to have many things going at once, and many of you have more than one profession or occupation. You might often find yourself acting on emotional whims. Balancing your mind and your emotional instincts is an important challenge for you in this lifetime. You are exceptionally caring and loving. Famous people born today: Lawrence Welk, Douglas Adams, Thora Birch, Anton Yelchin.

Picture of girls and young women, La Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre, Teotitlan del Valle, Mexico

Parade Rest

Photograph by Sara Lewkowicz, National Geographic
In Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, a group of unmarried young women and girls gather in front of Preciosa Sangre de Cristo Church after marching in a calenda (parade) for La Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre. During the parade, the young women wear traditional Zapotec clothing and walk while carrying canastas (baskets) with images of the saints on their heads.

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Kurs 0 Schnupperkurs pattern by Michael Schmidt
Gauge 30 stitches and 60 rows = 4 inches in kraus rechts
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A Piece of Cake Shawl pattern by Magdalena Roslaniec
This pattern participates in WRAP YOURSELF KAL in Maknetaknits group! Join us to have some fun and win prizes!
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braided interweaving pattern by Tuna :-)
Some Guide for the residual amounts of wool
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Transatlantic blanket pattern by Emily Play
A simple baby blanket with wavy pattern.
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Purple Kisses Cap pattern by Lynette Meek
This pattern is written to support Click for Babies.
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crochet, vintage



Crochet Puppet Scarf
Supplies: RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 Skein each 929 Bikini A, 373 Petal Pink B, 254 Pumpkin C. RED HEART® Sport: 1 Skein each 1 White and 12 Black...
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY - March 17th

St. Patrick's Day vintage card



thanks, nancy

Copycat Willow Tree Chicken Salad

Copycat Willow Tree Chicken Salad
1 pound cooked ,boneless ,skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cups mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons finely minced celery
3 Tablespoons finely minced onion
1 Tablespoon brown sugar ( I sometimes add a bit more)
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
Preparation Instructions
Shred chicken breasts with 2 forks into small pieces . Add remaining ingredients and stir by hand to mix well.
Serve over lettuce leaves, stuff a tomato, or make a sandwich.

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crockpot recipe
stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Seafood Alfredo Recipe

While I'm typing this up, I can overhear my six-year-old telling my three-year-old, "you have to try this. It tastes like restaurant food." I think that is the highest honor ever bestowed upon me.

The Ingredients.

--1 stick butter
--2 cups whole milk
--1 t herbs de provence
--3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
--3/4 cup shredded parmesan
--3 smashed and chopped garlic cloves
--1/2 t kosher salt
--1/4 t black pepper
--2 T flour (not pictured)
--1 bag Trader Joe's Seafood Medley (or 1 lb frozen, cooked shrimp or chicken. chicken would work.)

The Directions.

--put milk in crockpot.
--stir in the flour ( I used Pamela's Baking Mix)
--add the herbs and garlic, stir again
--put in the stick of butter and all the cheese
--cook on low for 4-6 hours

The butter will separate from the milk and cheese. It will look weird and won't look pretty.

Stir the mixture thoroughly and add your seafood blend or frozen shrimp. If you're doing frozen chicken, you're out of luck. You really should have put that in a long time ago. You could stir in cooked chicken, though.

Boil pasta according to package directions.

When done, toss the alfredo sauce with your hot, drained pasta.

The Verdict.

It tasted spectacular.It did look a bit weird though.

There were some white specks where the flour bunched together in spots. It was not Food Network worthy, but it was definitely worthy for our family.

ok. I've now learned that in order to make a proper roux, you need to melt the butter first, then slowly add your flour. So, in a small microwaveable bowl, melt your butter, and slowly whisk in the flour. It will mix into a thin paste-like consistency, and then won't be so lumpy in your dish. At the very end, when you stir in your frozen seafood, you really only need to cook it on high for another 20-30 minutes. All you want is for the seafood (which is already cooked) to warm up and not have icicles all over it. 

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Paper Beads to String a Bracelet


Plain white recycled copy paper
Colorful markers
Mod Podge or a clear glue stick
Small inexpensive paint brush, 1/2″ wide
Several toothpicks
Wax paper
Clear elastic thread
Painter’s tape
Small glass beads in multiple colors


Step 1: Create a design with markers on the white paper. Your design can first be drawn out with a pencil or made up without a pre-planned design.
Step 2: Take a ruler, and with your pencil, make lines that form long triangle strips. Cut the strips. I make my strips about 1/2″ wide at the base and about 1/8″ wide at the tip.
Step 3: Paint the uncolored side of the triangle strip with Modge Podge. Lay the toothpick at the base of your triangle strip (on the sticky side) and roll up your strip. You will be rolling from the base to the tip of the triangle. Roll tightly and carefully, using the toothpick to help wrap up the paper. Make sure to keep the triangle centered as you roll. Pull your bead off the toothpick and set onto wax paper.
Step 4: Roll at least 8-10 beads. Once you have done this, begin epoxying the beads. After the beads have dried from the epoxy (1-3 days), you can begin to string them.
Step 5: Lay your roll of clear elastic down on your work table and tape its case down with painter’s tape (making sure not to tape down the thread itself). This will make it easy to string your beads without also having to deal with your spool of thread. Now take your clear thread and begin stringing one epoxied bead onto the elastic. Follow this with one, two, or three glass beads – however many you desire. Repeat this and measure as you string to make sure you have enough beads on the elastic to fit your wrist. Once you finish stringing, make sure you have at least 3″ on each end of your beads before cutting the string.
Step 6: Knot the elastic and then trim, making sure not to accidentally cut into the knot.
Step 7: Wear and enjoy your one-of-a-kind, completely handmade bracelet.

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'where's the bathroom?' in Chinese (Shanghainese) - dahsoeke lalaq rahlitaq?

Waclaw Szpakowski Op Deco

massage and kiss


bear with a stick


True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. - John W. Gardner

dog working out with owner


thanks, sylvia

"Lexophile" is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location.
This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.
.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

.. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

.. The batteries were given out free of charge.

.. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

.. A will is a dead giveaway.

.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.

.. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

.. Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

.. Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.

.. A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.

.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

.. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.

.. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.
.. Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

1 comment:

  1. I'd take a kitten massage....or a dog to exercise with me. 'cept the dog would have to have hands and most especially thumbs and wrists!