Sunday, April 12, 2015

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day AP 12, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a delicious, toasted delight popular all across the world. They even have their own holiday, Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, when it’s practically your duty to indulge in them.
Melting cheese on top of bread is a culinary concept that has been around since the time of the Romans, but grilled cheese sandwiches as we know them didn’t become popular until the 1920s. Due to the ready availability of cheese and sliced bread, they became an American staple, but also spread around the world.
Naturally, the best way to celebrate Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is to make and eat a grilled cheese sandwich. All you need is bread, cheese and butter, although you can experiment by adding more ingredients of your choice. You butter the outside of each piece of bread, and grill the sandwich while the cheese melts on top. Delicious!

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Tediously prolonged; tending to speak or write at excessive length.
Usage:She was engaged in editing a prolix manuscript, trying to cut the length by at least a third.


Record-Setting Wind Gust Recorded on Mt. Washington (1934)

The highest peak in the northeastern US, New Hampshire's Mount Washington is famous for its erratic weather, caused partly by the convergence of storm tracks from the South Atlantic, Gulf region, and Pacific Northwest. Winds exceeding hurricane force occur there an average of 110 days a year. It is also where the highest directly measured surface wind speed—not including tornadoes or hurricanes—was recorded: 231 mph (372 km/h). 

Tom Clancy (1947)

Before beginning his writing career, American novelist Tom Clancy worked as an insurance agent. His first novel was the hit The Hunt for Red October, one of the defining works of the "techno-thriller" genre—suspenseful narratives in which military technology and espionage play a prominent part. He has 17 other bestsellers to his name, including Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, the latter the bestselling novel of the 1980s.

Halifax Day

Also known as Halifax Resolves Day, Halifax Resolutions Day, Halifax Independence Day, or Halifax Resolutions of Independence Day, this is the day on which, in the spring of 1776, North Carolina's delegates to the Second Continental Congress were given permission to join with representatives from other colonies in declaring their independence from British rule. The Halifax Resolutions helped lay the groundwork for the American Revolution. Halifax Day observances take place in Halifax, North Carolina, with reenactments and living history camps.

Pluto-Features Naming Campaign Extended to April 24

You still have some time to nominate names for Pluto features that NASA's New Horizons probe will discover during its epic flyby of the dwarf planet this summer.


1833 - Charles Gaylor patented the fireproof safe. 

1877 - A catcher's mask was used in a baseball game for the first time by James Alexander Tyng.

1892 - Voters in Lockport, New York, became the first in the U.S. to use voting machines. 

1934 - F. Scott Fitzgerald novel "Tender Is the Night" was first published. 

1938 - The first U.S. law requiring a medical test for a marriage license was enacted in New York. 

1955 - The University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center announced that the polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was "safe, effective and potent." 

1985 - U.S. Senator Jake Garn of Utah became the first senator to fly in space as the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. 

1988 - Harvard University won a patent for a genetically altered mouse. It was the first patent for a life form.

2002 - A first edition version of Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit" sold for $64,780 at Sotheby's. A signed first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" sold for $66,630. A copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," signed by J.K. Rowling sold for $16,660. A 250-piece collection of rare works by Charles Dickens sold for $512,650. 

No. 1 Today, 1970
At the time, “Let It Be” had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100,
coming in at Number 6. It holds the number-one spot on "The Fans’
Top 10" poll included in The 100 Best Beatles Songs: An Informed
Fan’s Guide by Stephen J. Spignesi and Michael Lewis. 
The song
is number three in the 100 Best Beatles Songs list, only behind
"Strawberry Fields Forever" and "A Day in the Life", which is
number one.

The Beatles listening to playbacks

If You Were Born Today, April 12

You are a very bright and interesting person. Your thoroughly unique spin on life is generally appreciated by others. You possess a certain amount of poise that earns respect, but you can also be very humorous and playful when the mood grabs you - and in fact, you can be quite moody and sometimes difficult to truly get close to. You are capable of making great sacrifices, and you recover quickly from reversals of fortune.  Famous people born today: Tom Clancy, David Letterman, David Cassidy, Herbie Hancock, Tiny Tim.

Picture of Table Mountain enveloped in fog, Cape Town, South Africa

Cloud Cover

Photograph by Brendon Wainwright, National Geographic 
Table Mountain wears her distinctive blanket while Cape Town flickers below in this picture by Brendon Wainwright. Taking advantage of a beautiful day, Wainwright had hiked with friends to the top of Lion’s Head in the Table Mountain range. “Most people know [that] when the southeasterly wind is blowing it is unpleasant, strong, and irritating; however, not the case on Lion's Head, which is situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill,” says Wainwright. “As a result of the southeaster, [we saw] a magical 'tablecloth' cloud phenomenon ... formed over Table Mountain.”


loop "teufelszwirn" pattern by beerentoene
…now available in english…nicky: thank you so much for the translation !!! :-)
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Woodland Wreath, Fat Flowers pattern by Frankie Brown
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Twinkle Kitty pattern by Sarah Bandoian
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CrockPot Korean Ribs Recipe

These are quite possibly the very best ribs I have ever had. They are the bomb. 

The Ingredients.

3 pounds or so beef short ribs (or pork!)
1 cup soy sauce (La Choy and Tamari Wheat-Free are gluten free) -- go ahead an use low-sodium if you'd prefer.
1 cup brown sugar
5 whole jalapeno peppers 
1/2 cup water

The Directions.

I plopped frozen solid beef ribs into the crockpot. I didn't even think of browning them because I hate cooking before I cook.

I then put the soy sauce, water and brown sugar on top, and threw in the WHOLE (don't cut them!) jalapenos on top.

Since my ribs were frozen, I cooked them on high for an hour, then used a wooden spoon to smash them down further into the crock. Then I cooked on low for another 8 hours.

If you are out of the house all day, cook on low. When you get home, turn the ribs over so the other side gets fully saturated with the most-awesome-liquid-ever while you change clothes and set the table.

We served this with brown rice and green beans.

The Verdict.

The kids ate this! I am not even lying! I took pictures, but promised Adam I wouldn't put them on the Internet--but they totally ate the meat.

I was brave and tried a jalapeno. The first bite of just skin was really tasty, but I got the seeds in the next bite and I thought I was going to pass out.

The meat and the sauce were not spicy, they just had a wonderful smoky flavor.

I love these ribs. The flavor is perfect and it's a fantastic way to have Take Out Fake Out at home ---you can watch a movie in your jammies and eat yummy Korean ribs -- it doesn't get better than that!


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring pages



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Post image for DIY Matchstick Coasters

Here is an excuse to start saving every match you strike. Light a candle? Save it. Burn some incense? Save that too.
Here is how to create matchstick coasters that are rustic, functional, and add a bit of nature to your home.
diy matchstick coasters

You’ll Need:
Approx. 200 burnt matches (to do all three designs)
Glue Stick
Spray Can of Polyurethane Wood Finish
Black Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Water Cup
Paint Tray
A design of your own
diy matchstick coasters

Cut out the template along its outside lines.
diy matchstick coasters

Trace the outline onto a piece of cardboard, or draw a 4” square with a ruler if you prefer.
diy matchstick coasters

Now, cut out the shape and trace that onto your square. If you’re doing a design of your own, draw your shape instead.
diy matchstick coasters

Cut out the cardboard squares.
diy matchstick coasters

Fill in the outlined shape with matches, cutting them to desired lengths when needed. Once you’ve done so, brush over the matches with watered down black paint. Don’t worry about getting paint on your cardboard; you will soon cover it up.
diy matchstick coasters

Fill in the rest of your square with unpainted burnt matches.
diy matchstick coasters

Spray with about three coats of polyurethane, waiting a couple of hours between each coat.
diy matchstick coasters

Put them out for use on a coffee or side table!

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi


There’s a lot of ways to get that worn look on your jeans from sandblasting, acid washing, and sometimes just taking sharp things to denim. Zoo Jeans opted to use a new method: The teeth & claws of their most deadly animals!


Zoo Jeans Denim Being Prepared Literally by Lions
Zoo Jeans Denim Being Prepared Literally by Lions
Believe It or Not! the animals are the ones making your clothes!
To get the the animals to participate, the zoo keepers took the animals’ favorite toys and wrapped them in the denim play with.
The zoo then took the cuts needed and turned the mauled material into hand-cut jeans.
Then, the finished jeans were auctioned off to raise money for the zoo!
Zoo Jeans raised more than $3000 US Dollars selling 3 pairs!




The jeans come in three varieties: Tiger, Bear, and Lion! Which would you pick?
Bears Hard at Work
Bears Hard at Work

'where's the bathroom?' in Norwegian - Hvor er toalettet? 


Food Storage - Keep bananas fresher by wrapping the stems in plastic wrap



today i found out
Rather than referring to a student’s year of study, in U.S. high schools and colleges, first year students are freshmen, second years are sophomores, third year students are juniors, and the most experienced are seniors.
Yet although this practice seems uniquely American, its origins date back several centuries to Cambridgewhere in 1688:
The several degrees of persons in the University Colledges . . . Fresh Men, Sophy Moores, Junior Soph, or Sophester. And lastly Senior Soph.
That said, the origins of these individual terms go back even farther.
A child of Modern English, “freshman” dates back to the mid-16th century where it has invariably meant either “newcomer” or “novice.” Its use to denote a “university student in first year,” also dates to the 1590s.
Likely derived from folk use of two Greek terms, sophos, meaning “wise,” and moros, meaning “foolish, dull,” sophomore originally probably meant a wise moron! Dating back to the 1650s, by the 1680s, the term was used to designate university students in their second year of study, as well as an “arguer” – this latter use referring to the “dialectic exercises that formed a large part of education in the middle years.”
Dating back to the end of the 13th century, junior has always meant someone younger, or more particularly, “the younger of two.” Defined in relations to their more learned upperclassmen, early on, juniors were called “Junior Soph,” and seniors were denoted with “Sophester”.
Since the mid-14th century, senior has been used in English to denote either an older person or one of authority. Derived from the Latin adjective of the same spelling (meaning older), by the early 17th century, it was being used to describe an “advanced student,” and since 1741, it has meant a “fourth year student.”

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