Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Draw a Picture of a Bird Day AP 8. 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

Pencil, pen, felt tip or chalk, Draw a Picture of a Bird Day is great fun for everyone. It’s very straightforward: simply draw a picture of a bird in tribute to our feathered friends, but if you fancy some diversity there’s actually a wide range of options.
Will you draw a chicken or a chaffinch? Perhaps a peacock, penguin or puffin? If you’d prefer a goose, will it be of the Canadian, Red-breasted, Woods-walking or Spur-winged variety? And you’d be amazed by how many types of hawk there are prowling the skies!
And, being an ornithological day, it’s the perfect opportunity to tweet, so make sure to use the hashtag #drawapictureofabirdday when sharing your creativity with the Twitterverse!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content.
Usage:Many artists were still interested in depicting traditional narratives and came to find the doctrine of formalism limiting.


Krak des Chevaliers Conquered (1271)

One of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world, the Krak des Chevaliers in Syria was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller during the Crusades. The largest Crusader fortress in the Holy Land, it could hold up to 2,000 soldiers and included a chapel, a storage facility, and two stables that could accommodate up to 1,000 horses. Though it is estimated that the Hospitallers could have withstood a siege for five years, the fortress was captured in 1271

David Rittenhouse (1732)

Rittenhouse was a renowned American astronomer, inventor, mathematician, surveyor, and the first director of the US Mint. A clockmaker by trade, he developed many mathematical instruments, as well as perhaps the first telescope in the US. He later used tools he created to establish several state lines as well as part of the boundary known as the Mason-Dixon Line.

Hana Matsuri

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the 7th century, when perfume was used, as well as tea.

France Bans Skinny Models

France has sent shock waves through the global fashion industry by passing a surprise law making it a criminal offence to employ dangerously skinny women on the catwalk. Under the new law, anyone running an agency found employing undernourished models below an as-yet undefined body mass index (or BMI) risks a maximum sex month prison terms and a huge fine.

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1834 - In New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election. 

1873 - Alfred Paraf patented the first successful oleomargarine. 

1953 - The bones of Sitting Bull were moved from North Dakota to South Dakota

1974 - Hank Aaron hits 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth's record. 

1986 - Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, CA

2002 - Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play "Topdog/Underdog." 

If You Were Born Today, April 8

You are a true pioneer with exceptionally strong business sense. You have little patience for slacking off and slowness. Quick-minded and generally thorough, you are also very independent, rarely asking for help. This trait can lead you to feel lonely at times. However, you are quick to help others if they sincerely need a hand. You make an excellent manager, and while you like to lead or do things on your own, you are not arrogant or overbearing.Famous people born today: Mary Pickford, Betty Ford, Julian Lennon, Patricia Arquette.

Picture of a girl swimming underwater

Pool of Light

Photograph by Kelsey Gerhard, National Geographic 
In the summer months in Virginia, writes Kelsey Gerhard, “my daughters practically live in the water.” And the beauty of the girls in their element has become one of Gerhard’s favorite things to photograph. “One night, I knew we would be swimming late at a nearby pool, and I brought along my Nikon D700 and Ikelite underwater housing to play. I knew the pool lights would create some interesting images, but I did not realize just how magical they would be.”

Crazy Kiwi Bird pattern by Hannah Kaminsky
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PAUSA washcloth pattern by Loredana Gianferri
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Ammon - Crop top pattern by airali handmade
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By MissLaughsLot 
DIY Greek & Regular Style Yogurt!
Serves 12
makes 1 quart
this recipe that makes 1 quart, 1 cup of Greek Yogurt, or two quarts of regular yogurt, for only $2.20 (that's an 90% off savings)

Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
9 hr
Total Time
9 hr 5 min
  1. 1/2 gallon of milk; you can use any brand, with a fat content.
  2. 1/8 cup of plain yogurt
  3. Honey
  4. Fresh Fruit
  5. Food thermometer
  1. Pour 1/2 gallon of milk into the the crock pot.
  2. Turn the crock pot on the high setting, for 2 1/2 hours, or until the milk reaches 185 degrees; the milk will be hot, steamy, and just below boiling.
  3. When the milk reaches 185 degrees, shift the lid so there is a 1 inch vent for the heat to escape and turn off the crock pot.
  4. Let it cool to 110 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Next, add 1/2 cup plain yogurt to the milk, and do not stir the blend.
  6. Replace the crock pot lid, and wrap the whole crock pot in a blanket or heat sink bag.
  7. Let sit, undisturbed for 5 hours.
  8. Next, refrigerate the blend for 2 hours.
  9. At this point, be sure to reserve 1/4 cup of the blend, which should be frozen, and can later be thawed as your culture for your next batch.
  10. Now, be sure to strain your yogurt. To do this simply line a colander lined with cheese cloth, place your yogurt in the cloth for two hours, while refrigerated, and you now have 5 cups of Greek yogurt!
  11. Making sure to reserve and freeze your whey for smoothies, too!
  12. If you desire you could add honey and or fresh your yogurt, for a refreshing Spring treat!
  13. Enjoy!

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CrockPot Pound Cake Recipe

I lost a bit of weight when I was sick over spring break. That means that I am able to eat an entire pound cake all by myself, right? I did share. Sort of. okay, not really.

The Ingredients.
--2 cups of all-purpose flour (
--1/2 t cream of tartar 
--1/4 t salt
--1 cup butter
--1 cup sugar
--1 t ground nutmeg
--6 eggs. I know. it's a lot. but it tastes soooooooooo good!
--1 1/2 t vanilla

The Directions.

--melt butter in a mixing bowl
--add the rest of your ingredients. I have no idea in what order I added them, and I am of the school of thought that it doesn't really matter.
--mix with a hand or stand mixer until ingredients are well incorporated
--grease the inside of your crockpot. I used my mini 1.5 qt crock for this recipe, because I was eager to see how it baked. It did a good job!--- if you don't have a mini crock, you can dump the batter directly into your big one or plop it in a loaf pan or similar heat-resistant dish inside of your crock stoneware. Don't add any water.

--prop the lid open with a chopstick or the end of a wooden spoon. I started with a chopstick, but needed to switch to a toothpick because the dough rose SO much that the chopstick started getting stuck in the dough. If you are using a large crockpot, that won't happen to you.

--cook on high until an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean. This took about 4 hours in my mini crockpot. I probably checked it too often, but I was excited.

This smells so wonderful while it's cooking. .

The Verdict.

I ate it all. Every last crumb. One of the edges was slightly burnt--I didn't care, but it is something to note. I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely it fell out of the greased stoneware. I'm really enjoying baking without hovering.



I also found that the selection of large foam stickers was far greater than their smaller counterparts. In summary, find large tops.

Then go to your local Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar Tree or any craft supply store and purchase foam shape stickers. I had some on hand but found more at my local Dollar Tree store. You can get an 80 piece package for just $1.
Now comes the hard part. Stick your foam stickers to the tops of your bottle caps and you have a homemade stamp! Pretty tricky, huh?

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' - Erich Fromm

'where's the bathroom?' in Lithuanian - Kur yra tualetas?

Blue Vortex Optical Illusion -

thanks, heide

An eleven-hour, continuous performance during which the artist crocheted herself into a cocoon using red yarn.


The Royal Navy on the way home from France with Queen Victoria on board, who had just visited Napoleon III, 1858
Gold diggers marching through Chilkoot pass, the only way towards Dawson City, 1898
Selfie circa 1920
A rare color photograph of two Parisian women from 1930
Class held in a train wagon (reason unknown), Ontario, Canada, 1932
Driving class at Michigan Highland Park University, 1939
Searchlights on the Rock of Gibraltar, 1942

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