Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother Goose Day MAY 1, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Mother Goose Day

Mother Goose Day is a celebration of classic nursery rhymes of long ago, that are quickly passing into the realms of history. Established in 1987, Mother Goose Day aims to promote pre-school reading and learning via nursery rhymes, and it is acknowledged across many cities, by establishments such as kindergartens, junior schools, cereal makers, libraries and care homes.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it, as along the front of a gallery.
Usage:She leaned over the balustrade, trying to see what was happening below.


Penny Black Is Issued in the UK (1840)

Before the issuance of the Penny Black—the first adhesive stamp to indicate prepayment of postage—letters were commonly paid for by their recipients. Part of an effort to reform the antiquated British postal system, the stamp featured a profile of Queen Victoria. Because its dark background made cancellation marks hard to see and made reusing stamps quite easy, it was soon redesigned. 

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852)

Considered one of the founders of neuroscience, Ramón y Cajal was a Spanish histologist and Nobel laureate. He devised a method of staining nerve tissue that allowed him to study the structure of the nervous system and make many important discoveries. In 1906, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Camillo Golgi.

Legacy of Agent Orange

As April 30 approaches, marking 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange. Respiratory cancer and birth defects among both Vietnamese and U.S veterans have been linked to exposure to the defoliant.
1889 - Asa Candler published a full-page advertisement in The Atlanta Journal, proclaiming his wholesale and retail drug business as "sole proprietors of Coca-Cola ... Delicious. Refreshing. Exhilarating. Invigorating." Mr. Candler did not actually achieve sole ownership until 1891 at a cost of $2,300. 
1912 - In London's Kensington Gardens, a statue of Peter Pan was erected. 
1931 - The Empire State Building in New York was dedicated and opened. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time. 
1941 - "Citizen Kane," directed and starring Orson Welles, premiered in New York.
1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen. 
1999 - On Mount Everest, a group of U.S. mountain climbers discovered the body of George Mallory. Mallory had died in June of 1924 while trying to become the first person to reach the summit of Everest. At the time of the discovery it was unclear whether or not Mallory had actually reached the summit. 
2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. soldiers had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.


If You Were Born Today, May 1

You are an independent, determined, and faithful person who is at once stable and restless! While you have a calm manner that soothes others simply by your mere presence, and you value security, you have a rather restless spirit and need to create some challenges for yourself in order to feel "alive". You remain youthful throughout life, with a mischievous quality that is unmistakable. Famous people born today: Jack Paar, Joseph Heller, D'Arcy Wretzky, Judy Collins, Tim McGraw, Rita Coolidge.

Picture of the day
motorboat pulling a water skier in VictoriaAustralia. For such activities, boats often have a high power-to-weight ratio and a hull design which allows for easyplaning.

Picture of a snowboarder jumping over an ice cave, Austria

In the Hole

Photograph by Christoph Jorda, National Geographic

To get this shot, taken in Austria, Christoph Jorda set up two Profoto B1 flash systems: one on top of the ice cave and one inside. “We had to dig out the entrance of the cave because it was almost totally closed by the snow you see in the foreground,” Jorda writes. The problem? According to Jorda, the ice cave was at an altitude of nearly 9,800 feet, the temperature was at minus 4ºF, and the flash didn't work properly. “So he [had] to jump a couple of times to get it right,” he says.

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Boys Can Wear Pink pattern by Kate Oates
errata: Skeins MC needed: 34, 4, 4, 5, 6
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Dotty Bag pattern by Frankie Brown
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Cheryl's Knitting: dishcloth turned bib
Girly Bib  To make this bib I started out with this pattern and altered it. The Cotton Dishcloth (Once Removed or Dressed Up!) Designed by: Marion Torgers...
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Psy And Thai's Kitty Cozy

Puffy Tortillas

Puffy Tortillas

a spicy perspective

fill with cooked veggies or meat

COOK TIME:20 seconds each


  • vegetable oil
  • flour tortillas


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Once the oil is smoking hot, use tongs to carefully add a tortilla to the hot oil. Cook for 5-10 seconds until golden brown, then flip and fry another 5-10 seconds. The tortilla with puff up like a balloon once flipped.
  3. Carefully pull the tortilla out of the hot oil and  place on a paper towel lined plate. Lightly sprinkle with salt and repeat, repeat, repeat!

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Indian Chicken Recipe

My favorite kind of take-out is Indian. I was thrilled when I came across a recipe for an Indian Masala-inspired slow cooker recipe onMichelle's What's Cooking Blog. After reading her ingredient list, I finally got up the nerve to buy my very own spice bottle of garammasala---I had put it off long enough.

I'm so glad that I did. It was well worth the $3.99, because now that I know how flavorful and how full of depth it is, I am sure I will use it often. If you'd like to not buy a bottle, you can make your own by following this mixture (scroll down to the bottom where it lists the ground spices).

The Ingredients.

There's a lot. It'll be okay.

--frozen chicken pieces--enough to feed 4 grownups
--1 can tomatoes (drained, mine had seasoning, I don't think it matters)
--1/2 diced onion
--1/2 t ginger
--2 cloves garlic, minced
--1/2 t ground coriander
--1/4 t cayenne pepper
--1 t garam masala (1/2 t to add now, 1/2 later)
--1/2 cup plain non fat yogurt

The Directions.

--put your chicken pieces into the crockpot and add the can of tomatoes and all of the spices, minus 1/2t of the garam masala.

Don't add the yogurt yet.

cook on low all day. I cooked this for 8 hours, and the chicken shredded and lost it's shape, but tasted so good that it didn't matter. Remember that the food you cook at home in your crockpot will not look like restaurant food---but trust me that the spice combo is spot-on.

30 minutes before serving, stir in the yogurt, and taste. I wanted the garam masala flavor to be pronounced, so I added another 1/2 t to the mix. Add what tastes right to you.

The Verdict.

All four of us enjoyed this a lot. The kids liked the sauce a lot and dipped warmed corn tortillas into the rice and "juice" to soak up the yummy flavors. I am interested in trying this again with pieces of lamb, and watching my chicken a little closer so it retains shape. Very yummy.




A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. - Elbert Hubbard

Corn Chips, Her ONLY Meal
By Sumitra 
35-year-old Debbie Taylor loves cooking big meals for her boyfriend and teenage son. But when the time comes to sit down at the table and dig in, she just pulls out a packet of Beef-flavored Monster Munch crisps instead. In fact, that’s about all she’s been eating for the past decade!
Debbie, a hotel chambermaid in Harlow, Essex, is so paranoid about food that she actually takes a packet of crisps when she goes out to restaurants, and munches on them while her boyfriend Gerald indulges in a traditional meal. She takes them everywhere. For example, when the boyfriend took her and her son Luke for a holiday in Spain, she actually packed a separate suitcase full of Monster Munch for the trip!
“I’m not a fan of the cooked meal,” she wrote in a life and style experience article in The Guardian a few years ago. “I’m much happier with Monster Munch crisps – beef flavor; I wouldn't touch pickled onion. When I open the bag, I check if they have enough beef coating on them; if it’s not enough, I’ll throw them away.”

thanks, heide

thanks, patty
Hyperbole And A Half: The Alot Is Better Than You At Everything. This needs to be appreciated again and again.
why do i write without capital letters? it's quicker to write out a well formed sentence! besides, it's a youthful approach! lol

1 comment:

  1. Mother Goose Day and the day we finally got our snow tires off. The forsythia is blooming as is the Star Magnolia. Lots of daffodils with the promise of tulips and lilacs and peonies.