Monday, March 23, 2015

Puppies Day MAR 23, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Puppies Day

Puppy Day celebrates the joy that puppies can bring to our homes and lives, but is a great chance to adopt an orphan or needy dog and to give them home, a loving parent, and a chance at a happy life.


Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style.
Usage:The last part of the movement, a sweet, cantabile passage, resonated with the young audience.


Russia's Czar Paul I Assassinated

After his mother, Catherine the Great, suffered a stroke, Paul I ascended to the throne. The new czar instituted a number of reforms that angered the nobility and provoked a conspiracy against him. On the night of his murder, Paul was confronted in his bedroom and pressured to sign his abdication. When he refused, the assassins struck him with a sword, strangled him, and trampled him to death

Wernher von Braun

Devoted to the pursuit of rocketry and spaceflight since his teenage years, German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun was responsible for the successful development of the German V-2 rocket, thousands of which were launched against London and Antwerp during World War II's final year. Nevertheless, at the close of the war, von Braun was brought to the US and soon became a prime figure in the cold war arms race and later in the space program.

WHO Urges Mass Vaccination Against Other Diseases in 

The World Health Organization warned on Friday of a risk of outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases in West African countries hit by Ebola and urged a rapid intensification of routine immunizations. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 10,200 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and has reduced vaccination coverage as health clinics and healthcare workers focused on fighting the unprecedented outbreak.

1775 - American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give me death!" 

1806 - Explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the east. 

1836 - The coin press was invented by Franklin Beale.

1839 - The first recorded printed use of "OK" [oll korrect] occurred in Boston's Morning Post.

1840 - The first successful photo of the Moon was taken. 

1857 - Elisha Otis installed the first modern passenger elevator in a public building. It was at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.

1868 - The University of California was founded in Oakland, CA.

1901 - Dame Nellie Melba, revealed the secret of her now famous toast. 

1909 - British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole.

1912 - The Dixie Cup was invented. 

1967 - Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. called the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement. 

1972Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars.

1973 - The last airing of "Concentration" took place. The show had been on NBC for 15 years.

1998 - The movie "Titanic" won 11 Oscars at the Academy Awards.

Canadian born William (Bill) Shatner 
Shatner gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for
his portrayal of James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise,
in the NBC television series Star Trek (1966–69).


If You Were Born Today, March 23

Highly intelligent and perceptive, your mind doesn't seem to stop processing and analyzing. Others especially respect your opinions and ideas, which are progressive and unique. You are an effective communicator, although at times a little bossy! You are perhaps better at beginning projects than finishing them, and learning to finish one activity before starting a new one can be quite a challenge. You have little patience for dishonesty and vagueness. Famous people born today: Erich Fromm, Joan Crawford, Ric Ocasek.

Picture of Nasca geoglyphs and the Pan American Highway, Peru

Lines in the Sand

Photograph by Cezary Filew, National Geographic 
The Pan American Highway cuts a modern path past some of Peru’s ancient Nasca lines, here captured from a Cessna by Cezary Filew. For Filew, the mysterious lines and figures—called geoglyphs—have been a draw since childhood. “I am scared of flying, but this time ... I had to overcome it to see what I came for.”


AlinA pattern by Susanne Reese
The english pattern hasn’t been testknitted by now. Please let me know if there are any bugs or misunderstandings. Thank you.
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Bella Paquita pattern by Marnie MacLean
Designer Notes: Bella Paquita will be cherished as both sexy and endlessly wearable. The ribbing is form fitting as well as elongating, great for short waiste...
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Siddal pattern by Norah Gaughan
This eyelet scarf is designed by Norah Gaughan with her trademark unique construction.
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Cozy Comfort Prayer Shawl pattern by Kathy North
Pattern includes instructions for both one-color & three-color versions.   
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Baby Owl pattern by Little Muggles
Presenting my little beanbag baby owl!
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Easy bracelet pattern by Susanne Madsen
Extremely easy and pretty bracelet - done in less than 10 minutes!
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Cheese Straws
by Melina Hammer of Licking the Plate

You'll need: 

1 package (14 oz) puff pastry 
1 1/2 cups finely shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 tsp cayenne, optional (or other topping of your choice)
1/4 tsp nutmeg, optional (same as above)
1 egg, lightly beaten, for brushing
sea salt and fresh pepper
flour for dusting

Tools: You'll need a rolling pin, cheese grater, two baking sheets, parchment paper and sharp knife.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to a rectangle about 1/8-inch thick. If you're using cayenne and nutmeg (or other spices, like paprika or poppy seeds) add them in with the cheese and mix thoroughly to combine. Dust excess flour off pastry and paint egg wash over the surface. Tip: I work on a flour-dusted sheet of parchment paper, so when I need to transfer the dough, it's already on parchment, which makes things easier.

Sprinkle 2/3 of the cheese mixture onto bottom half of pastry. (See grid, above.) Fold top half down over cheese-sprinkled half and press gently with the flat of your hands to seal entire surface. Transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes. 

Roll dough to 1/8-inch thick, again a longish rectangle. Brush pastry with egg and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Add freshly cracked pepper and sea salt to taste. Gently and evenly press rolling pin along dough to embed toppings.

Use a sharp knife to cut dough into 1/4-inch wide strips. Twist, holding both ends, into spirals. A tip: If the pastry sags or stretches at any point, pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill so you can work it and it will stay in place for the cutting, twisting, etc. Repeat with remaining strips, spacing them 1/2-inch apart on two parchment-lined baking sheets. 

Preheat oven to 375F. Chill cheese straws for at least 20 minutes before baking to ensure they keep their shape. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden, rotating trays halfway through. Cool fully on wire racks and serve with aperitifs! I also like to serve my cheese straws with a dipping sauce, like harissa mayonnaise. Cheese straws may be stored for one week in an airtight container at room temp.


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Overnight Breakfast Potatoes with Sausage CrockPot Recipe

I keep envisioning little fairies swooping down the chimney at night who magically clean house and fold laundry.
So far, that hasn't happened. BUT! Breakfast can magically cook itself overnight in the appliance that keeps on giving: The CrockPot.

The Ingredients.
-- bunch of red potatoes
-- 1 yellow onion
-- package of breakfast sausage (I used uncooked maple chicken sausage --- I wish it had been pre-cooked so I could have chopped it up...)
-- 2 T olive oil
--a sprinkle each of kosher salt and black pepper

The Directions.

--wash potatoes well, and chop them into chunks. I didn't peel them because I am lazy. And it was already 11:15 at night and I turn into a pumpkin at 8:45 pacific time.
--chop up the onion 
--toss the veggies with the olive oil, salt and pepper.
--layer the sausage on top. 
--cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
--wake up to breakfast!

The Verdict.

Waking up to breakfast is always awesome.


DIY Playdough Mason Jars
I came across this DIY Playdough Mason Jars idea on Pinterest. I knew I had to make these for my youngest son. He is a play dough Jedi. All you need are
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John Lennon by Mateo Blanco
John Lennon 
Michael jackson Closeup in Dog Fur by Mateo Blanco
Michael jackson in Dog Fur by Mateo Blanco

Michael jackson in Dog Fur by Mateo Blanco

Michael Jackson 

Mateo Blanco explained to us that he has a itch to pay homage to legendary performers but wanted to use a challenging, alternate medium to make them stand out. As you can see, he used dog hair!




Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud

'where's the bathroom?' in Hebrew - Eifo ha'sheirutim? 

Optical Illusions 41 from Zane Education at - Today's Optical Illusion ... "Zabuton" - Japanese cushion    This checkered background consists of squares but appears to be distorted. In addition, this figure shows a great amount of anomalous motion illusion. Try scrolling up and down the page and see the "new" design jump out at you


very punny!

The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
I thought I saw an eye-doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .
She was only a whisky-maker, but he loved her still.
A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’
I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
A backward poet writes inverse.
In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you’d be in Seine .
A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’
Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, ‘Dam!’
Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says, ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’
Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.



Non Food Items to Freeze
by Nicole
Pantyhose: Frozen pantyhose are less likely to develop runs as you are putting them on. The fibers are constricted by the cold and more resistant to handling, which is how many runs occur. Store your hose in the freezer until right before you need to wear a pair, and save $3-$10 a pair, by prolonging the life of your hose!
Batteries:  All batteries can be helped by being placed in the freezer, especially rechargeable batteries, as their nickel-metal hydroxide can expect to see a life expectancy extension of 90% or greater! So be sure to store your batteries in the freezer until you need to use them. 
Seeds:  Seeds stay fresher in a frozen state and often will germinate more effectively after being frozen
Candles: Candles actually burn better, and for longer, if they are lit after being frozen, especially soy and beeswax candles. Store your candles in the freezer until you want to use them. If you will not use them for some time after a special occasion, place them back in the freezer until the next use. The thicker the candle width, the more freezing will extend burning life.
Moisturizers: Keep eye, face, and neck creams and moisturizers in the freezer. Remove them to get what you need, then place them back inside. Your creams and moisturizers last longer and work more effectively, for up to five years.
Dust Mites:  If you or someone in your family has a dust mite allergy, put pillows, curtains, small rugs, pillowslips, stuffed animals, linens and other small mite-infested items into sealed plastic bags and then into the freezer for at least 24 hours, will kill those pesky little buggers. If your child has lice, you can put no-wash items in the freezer to kill the lice. 
Denim: Don’t wash your raw, dark rinse denim pants, and instead freeze them for twenty-four hours to kill any bacteria or mites just as well as washing them can.
Hard Drives: If you experience a hard drive crash, place the hard drive into a sealed plastic bag, then place it in the freezer for 5 hours. Remove, replace, restart your computer and quickly back up your data; the low freezer temperatures allow heat damaged files to be accessed, only until the drives come to room temperature. 
Sealed Envelopes: If you need to re-open sealed envelopes, place the sealed envelope in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Then gently insert your finger beneath a corner of the seal and open it. This method also allows stamps to be removed from mail, too! 

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