Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waffle Day MAR 25, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Waffle Day

As it turns out, waffles are such a popular world-wide phenomenon, that they merit two days in the calendar to celebrate them. Waffle Day began in Sweden as Våffeldagen, actually due to confusion between the Swedish “vårfrudagen” meaning “Our Lady’s Day” which falls on the same date. The day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.
The alternative Waffle Day began in the USA and honors the anniversary of the patenting of the first US waffle iron invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York and is celebrated on 24th August. Whichever day is picked to honor it, however, the waffle is certainly deserving of celebration. The remarkable dough-based gridded cakes can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or dessert. 

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Of or associated with sacred persons or offices.
Usage:The laws did not apply to the heratic class, whose members were held as nearly gods.


World's First Passenger Railway Begins Service

In 1804, British Parliament approved the laying of a railway line between Swansea and Oystermouth in South Wales to move limestone from the quarries of Mumbles to Swansea and to the markets beyond. Later renamed the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, the line was approved to carry passengers in 1807. The world's first regular passenger service began that same year and operated in one form or another for more than a century and a half before it was decommissioned.

Aretha Franklin

Known as the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin began singing in church choirs as a child before achieving mainstream success with a string of hit songs including "Respect," "Think," and "Natural Woman." In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and, in 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian decoration in the US. She is the second most honored female singer in the history of the Grammy Awards


Lego is a line of toys featuring colorful plastic bricks, gears, and minifigures that can be assembled to create models of almost anything imaginable. The company had very humble beginnings in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a poor carpenter from Denmark, but today manufactures about 20 billion bricks a year. A substantial fan culture has developed that has used the toys to build such things as a harpsichord, a pendulum clock, and an electronic lab kit The word "Lego" comes from a Danish phrase meaning "play well."

50 Years Ago, a Gemini Astronaut Smuggled a Sandwich into Space

Gemini 3, NASA's first two-man space mission, launched 50 years ago yesterday. With it, an unauthorized deli sandwich found its way into orbit—provoking the ire of Congress in the process.

1655 - Christian Huygens discovered Titan. Titan is Saturn's largest satellite. 
1807 - British Parliament abolished the slave trade.
1857 - Frederick Laggenheim took the first photo of a solar eclipse. 
1901 - The Mercedes was introduced by Daimler at the five-day "Week of Nice" in Nice, France. 
1911 - In New York City, 146 women were killed in fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. The owners of the company were indicted on manslaughter charges because some of the employees had been behind locked doors in the factory. The owners were later acquitted and in 1914 they were ordered to pay damages to each of the twenty-three families that had sued. 
1941 - The first paprika mill was incorporated in Dollon, SC.
1947 - John D. Rockefeller III presented a check for $8.5 million to the United Nations for the purchase of land for the site of the U.N. center. 
1954 - RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production. 
1970 - The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
1989 - In Paris, the Louvre reopened with I.M. Pei's new courtyard pyramid. 

Promotion for Peace on This Day in 1969
Following their March 20 marriage, John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to 
use the publicity to promote world peace. They spent their honeymoon in 
the presidential suite (Room 702, later renovated and became 902) at the 
Amsterdam Hilton Hotel for a week between March 25 and 31, inviting the 
world’s press into their hotel room every day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m
#1 on this Day in 1967
"Happy Togetherknocked The Beatles‘ "Penny Lane" out of the
number one slot for three weeks on the 
Billboard Hot 100. It was
the group’s only chart-topper.

If You Were Born Today, March 25

You are playful, spirited, and totally unique in your self-expression. Anyone who knows you thinks you are "one in a million". As likable as you are, some may be intimidated by your blunt approach, perhaps taking your many jokes a little too seriously. Underneath, you are far more sensitive and spiritual than you appear. Your memory is extraordinary and your talents are many. You love a good debate, and with your sharp mind, generally win! Famous people born today: Gloria Steinem, Aretha Franklin, Anita Bryant, Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Picture of a snowy owl in the snow near Quebec City, Canada

Against the Wind

Photograph by Dominic Roy, National Geographic 
A snowy owl appears to fight against the elements during extreme weather conditions near Quebec City, Canada. “I knew that many snowy owls were in the area,” writes Dominic Roy, “but it’s not always easy to find them.”

Rich Millionaire 

A rich millionaire decides to throw a massive party for his 50th birthday, so during this party he grabs the microphone and he announces to his guests that down in the garden of his mansion he has a swimming pool with two alligators in it. 'I will give anything they desire of mine, to the person who swims across that pool.' 

So the party continues with no events in the pool, until suddenly, there is a great splash and all the guests of the party run to the pool to see what has happened. In the pool is a man and he is swimming as hard as he can, and the tails come out of the water and the jaws are snapping and this guy just keeps on going and the alligators are gaining on him and this guy reaches the end and he gets out of the pool, tired and soaked. 

The millionaire grabs the microphone and says, 'I am a man of my word, anything of mine I will give, my Ferraris, my house, absolutely anything, for you are the bravest man I have ever seen. So sir what will it be?' the millionaire asks. 

The guy grabs the microphone and says, 'Why don't we start with the name of the nut that pushed me in!' 

Bilby pattern by Berroco Design Team
Sweet details like a ruched front panel and ruffled sleeves give this little dress irresistible style.
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Anniversary Afghan = knit afghan pattern
If you love cables and the aran look in your afghan, you'll love this pattern it's easy, fun, quick to work up.
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Finished slipper (child size)
Free knit pattern: 2 needle slippers
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Capuchon pattern by Tagil Perlmutter
Several years ago my eldest daughter received a Red Riding Hood cape as a gift from Grandma. The cape has been a favorite ever since, passing from child ...
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Chicken Parmigiana Meatballs
by Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story
(Makes about 20 meatballs)

What you'll need: 

1 1/4 lbs ground chicken
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup parmigiana
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 egg, whisked
zest of half a lemon
3 tbsp olive oil
1 14-oz can store bought pizza sauce or homemade marinara sauce
about 4 oz fresh mozzarella (a dozen thin slices; to pile on the cheese would be to cancel out the fact that you were virtuous enough to replace fatty beef with lean chicken)

Preheat oven to 400F, setting rack to upper third part of oven. In a large bowl, using your hands, gently mix together first 11 ingredients. Shape into golf ball size balls and place a few inches from each other on a foil-lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix one spoonful of your pizza sauce with olive oil. Brush this mixture on top of each meatball. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove meatballs from oven, spoon some sauce on top of each meatball, and cover each with a slice of cheese. Broil another 3 to 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden. Heat remaining sauce in a small saucepan. Serve meatballs with a dollop of sauce.

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CrockPot Taco Dip Recipe

If you're looking for a last-minute appetizer to bring for brunch, this is a winner---and chances are you already have everything you need on hand.

The Ingredients.
--a bit of ground meat (optional). I had two frostbitten hamburger patties leftover in the freezer under way too many packages of frozen edamame
--packet of taco seasoning
--whatever cheese you have on hand--you'll need about 1 cup
--1 cup sour cream
--1 can refried beans
--1/2 can of black beans
--cilantro for garnish 

The Directions.

I used my mini crockpot for this. If you don't have a mini, you can place an oven-proof dish inside of the stoneware of your crockpot to create a smaller space.

--if you are using meat, brown it.
I wasn't kidding when I said that the meat I had was old and frostbitten...
--plug in your crockpot and turn it to high
--add your meat and the can of refried beans
--add 1 cup of sour cream
--mix in taco seasoning
--sprinkle the beans on top
--add shredded cheese 

--cover and turn the heat down to low if you want to eat it in about 3 hours, or leave it on high if you'd like it done in 1-2 hours.
--everything is already cooked, so you just want the cheese nice and gooey

serve with your favorite chips. I used flax seed so I could pretend it was health food.

The Verdict.

Everyone liked what I was willing to share.

Knock Knock 

Who's there? 


Armenia who? 

Armenia every word I say! 


Woven Wall Art

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Post image for DIY Woven Wall Art

Have fun with it and experiment with different colors and patterns!
diy weaving

What you need:
A piece of cardboard to make the loom – I used the cardboard backing from a square frame, and later used the frame to hang the weaving.
String to make the loom
A needle
Yarn and additional string and thread in various colors and textures

To make the loom, simply wrap string around the cardboard to create rows as pictured.
diy weaving

Thread the first piece of yarn around the needle and wrap it under and around the first string on the loom, and then under the first two strings as pictured above. Pull upwards to create a knot around the first string. Repeat this step across the loom.
diy weaving
diy weaving

\When you reach the last string, wrap the yarn around the back of the cardboard and start on the next row.  Keep going until you run out of yarn or feel like switching colors!

You can stop one color in the middle of the loom, and pull the remaining string through to one side.  Start a new color by tucking the yarn underneath the strings of the loom until you reach the one where you left off.

When you’re finished, there are a number of ways you can use the weavings. Place them back in their frames and hang them as wall art:

You can also cut them off of the cardboard (simply cut right down the middle of the strings in the back) and use them as coasters or little decorative mini carpets. I love how they look with the frayed edges!



DIY: Rock Your Alphabet

The only way to have a friend is to be one. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'where's the bathroom?' in Icelandic - Hvar er klósettið?
Magenta Mirage    Swirling shapes rotate in opposite directions in this optical illusion of the illusory motion variety.


These are goats in a tree. These sure-footed, four-legged creatures are really real. People who think these images have been Photoshopped must not have been to Morocco lately, because if they had, they would be used to seeing goats in trees.
Goats in a treeThese sure-footed, four-legged creatures are really real.tree-goatsThe agility with which these goats traipse the trees is unbelievable.The agility with which these goats traipse the trees is unbelievable.Goats in a treegoats2Goats in a treeExactly how many goats can you fit on one tree?Exactly how many goats can you fit on one tree?goats5The goats climb the Argan trees of Morocco looking for food.The goats climb the Argan trees of Morocco looking for food.



Awesome Works of Lip Art


In memory of Robin Williams, by Laura Jenkinson. 
Shrek by Laura Jenkinson
Maleficent by artist @depechegurl
3d Spider
Cartoon lip art by Karla Powell.
Crime scene
Rolling Stones
Little Mermaid's 'Sebastian' 
Darth Vader lip art by KCMussman

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