Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bald Eagle Day JUNE 20, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Bald Eagle Day

A day for raising awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle Day encourages participants to adopt a bald eagle, to assist in the recovery of their natural environments, and to take part in educational outreach.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A deposit of urates around a joint or in the external ear; diagnostic of advanced or chronic gout.
Usage:Once the doctor saw the chalkstone, he knew his patient was suffering from gout

summer, that is !


"Red Telephone" Established Between US and USSR (1963)

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, it took the US nearly 12 hours to receive and decode Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev's initial settlement message. By the time the US drafted a reply, Moscow had already sent new demands. Afterward, it was decided that the crisis could have been resolved more quickly with faster communication. In 1963, a "hot line"—the so-called "red telephone"—was established to provide a direct link between the White House and the Kremlin. 

Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808)

Hirsch was a German Jewish scholar and rabbi who advocated combining traditional Jewish study with secular learning. Arguing that Orthodox Jews should separate from the larger Jewish community in defense of their traditions, Hirsch made a profound impression in German Jewish circles with his Nineteen Letters, which expounded his philosophy—often called neo-Orthodoxy—and helped make Orthodox Judaism viable in 19th-century Germany.

Dragon Boat Festival

Chu'ü Yüan (343-289 BCE) was a Chinese poet and statesman of the Ch'u kingdom who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River to protest political corruption and injustice. The dragon boat races that take place on lakes and rivers throughout China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan on this day are a reenactment of the search for his body. People celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, which occurs on Tuan Wu, or Double Fifth Day, by eating dumplings made of steamed rice wrapped in bamboo leaves called zong ze. This is also a traditional time for performing customs intended to drive away evil spirits and illness.

Big Change for #TheNew10 Dollar Bill

A woman will soon grace the face of American cash. In five years, the Treasury department will replace Alexander Hamilton featured on the $10 bill with a historical female figure. "It's time for a woman to be back on our paper currency," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said.

1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a cotton gin patent. He received the patent on March 14. The cotton gin initiated the American mass-production concept. 

1837 - Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV

1910 - Fanny Brice debuted in the New York production of the "Ziegfeld Follies"

1941 - The U.S. Army Air Forces was established, replacing the Army Air Corps. The Army Air Forces were abolished with the creation of the United States Air Force in 1947.

1950 - Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants. 

1967 - Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned the conviction.

1980 - "It's Still Rock & Roll" became Billy Joel's first #1 hit.

Number 1, 1961

“Moody River” was written by and originally recorded by country
rockabilly singer Chase Webster, also with Dot Records. It was
the title track from one of Boone’s better-selling albums.


If You Were Born Today, June 20

As gentle and likeable as you are, there is a resolute part of you that is unmistakable. This combination of heart and courage almost guarantees success. You also have a strong belief in yourself, which helps to take you places, quietly, gracefully, and surely. Love and relationships are very important to you, and you will go to great lengths for a person you love. Famous people born today: Nicole Kidman, Lionel Richie, Chet Atkins, John Goodman, Errol Flynn.

Picture of the day
Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra
The Great Hall in Parliament House, Canberra, which is accessible through the public entrance to Parliament. This hall is used for state functions, though it is also rented out to the public for such events as weddings and graduations. The tapestry at the rear of the room is an enlarged version of an Arthur Boyd painting, the original of which is found elsewhere in the building. At 20 by 9 metres (66 ft × 30 ft), the tapestry is one of the largest in the world.

Picture of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Dome Sweet Dome

Photograph by Michael O'Brien, National Geographic 
“Today in Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet Mosque [also known as the Blue Mosque] and Hagia Sophia are surrounded by busy streets and streams of visitors,” writes Michael O’Brien. “Yet it is still possible to glimpse a timeless and ancient view.” O’Brien captured this perspective from an upper window in the Hagia Sophia, now a museum.


Rafia – Cap & Visor
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Cotton Soft Baby Ensemble
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crochet, 2  10 yrs



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RECIPE (crockpot)
thanks, heide


2 large carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/2-inch thick
2 large red or green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
8 ounces orange juice
2 cups Mandarin orange segments or fresh orange segments
2 Green onions, chopped

hot cooked rice


Put carrots, peppers, garlic, then the chicken, ginger, salt, pepper & orange juice in Crockpot. 

Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours. 

Serve chicken on hot cooked rice on platter. 

Top with orange segments and green onions. Serve chicken liquid in gravy boat, if desired.

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Spinach and Feta Quiche

 I liked it, but I liked the egg, mushroom, and feta dish better. This is very similar, except that I put in some flour as suggested to create a thicker filling and to try to create a mock-crust. I haven't ever had a homemade quiche. I've had frittata a bunch of times, and maybe that's almost the same thing.

The Ingredients.

--6 oz bag of baby spinach
--1/2 onion, minced
--3 eggs
--1/2 cup flour (I used Pamela's)
--1/2 t baking powder (I omitted this, since Pamela's has baking powder in it)
--1/8 t cayenne pepper
--1/2 of a 4oz block of feta
--1 1/3 cup of milk

The Directions.

I used my mom's 4qt round crockpot for this dish, because I felt quiche should be round, and I still haven't given it back since Easter.

Butter or spray your crockpot stoneware insert. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, egg, flour, and cayenne. Add the onion and spinach to the bowl, and stir until all of the spinach leaves have a bit of the mixture on them. Pour into the crock, and shove down the spinach leaves with a wooden spoon.

Crumble the 1/2 block of feta over the top.

Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours, or on high for about 4. This is done when the edges are brown, and start to pull away from the sides of the crock. Check with a knife to make sure the eggs are fully cooked.

Unplug and let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

The Verdict.

I liked this, but we didn't eat very much of it. I wanted the cayenne to stick out more, and it was completely lost. The flour did settle a bit, which was neat to see, and the spinach and the egg was very moist and tasty. I like the combo of spinach and feta, and will probably try to do something like this again, but maybe with some more feta spread throughout, and perhaps a touch of lemon. I kept wanting a citrus bite.


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... game (memory game for all ages!)
click the last symbol that was added to the screen to progress to the next level


Make It: DIY Graphic Print Tablecloth


Make It: DIY Graphic Print Tablecloth
Do people buy tablecloths anymore? Everywhere I turn, there's a new way to update an old or plain one. And this graphic print is stunning for sure! And was created with something you have in the kitchen! 
Make It: DIY Graphic Print Tablecloth

Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin P. Jones

This Man Has Been Taking Selfies Every Day for the Last 16 Years

By Sumitra 
Long before selfies became a way of life, this Alaska man began to take pictures of himself every day. Now, 16 years later, Jonathan Keller has released an extraordinary time-lapse video consisting of a whopping 5,840 pictures of his face! The three-and-a-half minute video shows his transformation from a 22-year-old young adult to his current 39-year-old self.
Keller’s project, titled ‘Living My Life Faster’, began on October 1, 1998. Ever since, he’s been taking one picture of himself every single day, wearing the same emotionless expression. His goal, it seems, is to show that the daily changes to his appearance are almost insignificant when viewed in chronological order. But the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures show that he has indeed aged visibly.


"Good Morning" in Finnish (Finland)  -   Hyvää huomenta

Memory - How to Remember to Take your Pills

thanks, patty

1 comment:

  1. Longing to put some quilts in my life!

    from breezy VT,
    the Vermonster