Thursday, June 18, 2015

Int'l Picnic Day JUNE 18, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Int'l Picnic Day

It’s often claimed that life is no picnic – but today it is! International Picnic Day is a chance to eat out in the open air with friends or family.
The word “picnic” comes from the French language, and it’s believed this type of informal outdoor meal became a popular pastime in France after the Revolution. As fans of Jane Austen’s novels will know, 19th-century picnics were elaborate social occasions, with menus featuring a wide range of cold meats and pies that took days to prepare.
International Picnic Day is celebrated in many countries, though its origins are uncertain. Charity events, school picnics and all kinds of other group meals are organised to mark the occasion. You could also bike, walk or hike to a nearby beauty spot, or just take your sandwiches and cold hard-boiled eggs into the garden and enjoy an al fresco lunch

patty's japanese lilac tree in bloom

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Having a harmful effect; injurious.
Usage:A guest speaker came to the high school to warn the students about the deleterious effects of smoking.


Monks Witness Possible Formation of Moon Crater (1178)

Giordano Bruno is a small lunar impact crater that is estimated to have been formed less than 350 million years ago. Some believe that its age can be pinpointed exactly thanks to five English monks who reported that on June 18, 1178, during the annual Taurid meteor shower, they saw "two horns of light" on the shaded part of the moon—a description some say is consistent with the visual phenomena associated with such a crater's formation.

E. W. Scripps (1854)

Scripps began publishing his own newspapers in 1878 and eventually went on to own 34 papers across the US. His Scripps-McRae League of Newspapers was the first major US newspaper chain. In 1907, he consolidated regional Scripps news services into what would become United Press International. In 1922, he transferred his interests to his son, who, with Roy W. Howard, formed the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain.

Seychelles National Day

The Republic of Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770. In 1814, it was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty elections were held in July. June 18 is known as National Day in Seychelles and commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech.

Mystery Solved: Why Large Dinosaurs Avoided the Tropics for Millions of Years

New research has revealed why it took more than 30 million years for large Triassic dinosaurs to populate the tropics after they first appeared on Earth, ending a mystery that has kept researchers baffled for decades. 

1621 - The first duel in America took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.

1817 - London's Waterloo Bridge opened. The bridge, designed by John Rennie, was built over the River Thames. 

1863 - J.J. Richardson received a patent for the ratchet wrench.

1925 - The first degree in landscape architecture was granted by Harvard University

1942 - The U.S. Navy commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson. 

1983 - Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger

2009 - Greenland assumed control over its law enforcement, judicial affairs, and natural resources from the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenlandic became the official language. 

73 Today

Sir James Paul McCartney is 73 years old today.

"Silly Love Songswas written by Paul McCartney and performed by Wings. The song appears on the 1976 album Wings at the Speed of


If You Were Born Today, June 18

You are highly intuitive - an "old soul" who can understand people from all walks of life. Not much can get past you! Your ability to communicate articulately and, at the same time, with great warmth is admirable. You can be inconstant and contradictory at times, due to mood swings and emotional restlessness. You are respected, charming, and very fair with others. Famous people born today: Paul McCartney, Roger Ebert, Isabella Rossellini, Carol Kane.

Picture of the day
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia was the youngest daughter ofTsar Nicholas II, the last sovereign ofImperial Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna. At age 17, she was executed with her family in anextrajudicial killing by members of theCheka – the Bolshevik secret police – on July 17, 1918. Rumors have abounded that she survived, and multiple women have claimed to be her. However, this possibility has been conclusively disproven.

Picture of terraced rice fields in Yuanyang, Yunnan Province, China

Terraces of Yunnan

Photograph by Thierry Bornier, National Geographic
Photographer Thierry Bornier captured this picture of the rice terraces of Yuanyang County in China’s Yunnan Province from the top of a mountain in the late afternoon. The scene, says Bornier, looked “like a giant puzzle.”




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CrockPot Broccoli and Three Cheese Soup Recipe

This is an amazing soup. I didn't want to stop eating it---my stomach was full, but my tongue wanted more and more. The kids each had thirds. Put some cheese on your shopping list, you've gotta try this one.

The Ingredients.

--1 qt chicken broth (or vegetable)
--2 cups milk (I used 2% cow's)
--2 10 oz bags of frozen broccoli florets
--1/2 diced white onion
--1/2 t black pepper
--1/2 t kosher salt
--1/2 t ground nutmeg
--1 cup each of three different cheeses, I used jarlsberg, gruyere, and cheddar.

The Directions.

Mince the onion into really small pieces. I used my pampered chef chopper thingy. The onions are going to soften in the milk and the broth, and need to be quite small so you don't crunch on onion pieces when the soup is complete.

Add the onion to your crockpot, and top with the milk, broth, and spices. Stir in the two frozen bags of broccoli.

Cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-6. The broth is done when the onion is cooked nicely.

20 minutes or so before serving, shred all the cheese you are going to use, and stir it in. The cheese will be stringy and will stick to the broccoli florets---that's okay!

Serve with your favorite rolls or drop biscuits.

UPDATED: so, um, some of you have issues with texture and HATE the way the broccoli and cheese collide. You should blend this a bit, then. Use a hand held stick blender to blend some of the large broccoli florets. In doing so, the broth will thicken without needing to add extra calories with a roux, and the texture will be more even. And no worries, there's no judgment from me... :-)

The Verdict.

This is the best broccoli and cheese soup I have ever had. That sounds like a big stretch or an exaggeration, but this so very much beats the canned soup. I read about six different recipes before deciding on making up this one. I didn't like the idea of making a roux with butter and flour and stirring that in to thicken the broth. It seemed like an unnecessary step. This broth is thin, but very buttery in flavor. I am happy that I didn't mess with making a roux. I sent Adam to the store to get the cheeses, and he went to a rather expensive grocery store. My heart skipped a bit when I read the price tags; if I was shopping myself, I wouldn't have bought them. This cheese combination is magical---it works better than I could have imagined, but since I'm me, I probably would opt for the 4-cheese blend of shredded cheese next time for two of the cups and then a cup of cheddar.


What’s black and white and black and white and black and white and green?
3 penguins fighting over a pickle.




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We are twice armed if we fight with faith. - Plato

New York Artist Makes a Fortune Selling Other People’s Instagram Photos

By Sumitra 
While plagiarism is generally abhorred in artistic circles, controversial artist Richard Prince makes millions by brazenly duplicating others’ work. In his last project, ‘New Portraits’, he took screenshots of 37 Instagram photographs (without permission), blew them up, and displayed them at the Frieze Art Fair New York. One of the portraits – posted by a woman called Doe Deere – reportedly sold for a whopping $90,000!
The portrait in question depicts Deere styled in blue hair, identical to the doll she’s holding. “No I did not give permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway,” Deere wrote on Instagram, where she has 328,000 followers. “It’s already sold ($90k I’ve been told) during the VIP preview. No, I’m not gonna go after him. And nope, I have no idea who ended up with it!” She hashtagged the post #modernart and #wannabuyaninstagrampicture.


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Cézanne – Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902-4)

Landscape of Aix, Mont Sainte-Victoire by Paul CezannePaul Cezanne's Mont Sainte-Victoire.
The broken vision of Cezanne is a glittering array of glimpses and hesitations and reconsiderations. The intensity of his gaze and the severity of his mind as he attempts to see and somehow grasp the essence of the mountain before him is one of the most moving and revelatory struggles in the history of art. Out of it, very quickly, came cubism and abstraction. But even if Cezanne's researches had led nowhere, they would put him among the greatest artists.

Salvador Dalí, Lobster Telephone (1936)

Dalí's Lobster Telephone at the Pompidou Centre in 2002
The surrealist movement in the 1920s and 30s believed that revolutions begin in dreams. Taking their inspiration partly from the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, they set out to create art from the unconscious. Dali's Lobster Telephone is an iconic example of one of their most haunting discoveries, the "surrealist object", a ready-made thing or combination of things that speaks in some obsessive, inexplicable way to the artist. For Dalí, telephones are sinister messengers from "Beyond" while the lobster is sexual. With a lobster telephone, you can dial up a dream.

Picasso – Guernica (1937)

The  Guernica Picasso's Guernica at Reina Sofia museum, Madrid.
When Picasso started to paint his protest at the bombing of Guernica, the ancient Basque capital, by Hitler's air force on behalf of Franco in the Spanish Civil War, he was at the height of his powers. Thirty years after painting his subversive modernist grenade of a picture Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, his cubist intelligence was now enriched by the mythology and poetry unleashed by the surrealist movement. He also looked back to such historical paintings as Raphael's Fire in the Borgo as he set down the greatest human statement of the 20th century.

1 comment:

  1. Great day for a picnic here! Perfect in fact:)