Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Canada Day JULY 1, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ...Celebrate Canada Day

Canada Day marks the Birthday of Canada, although not the day the nation was ‘born’. This is the day the British North America Act created the Canadian Federal Government in 1867 – the act also stated that Canada would be an Independent Dominion of England from this day onwards.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A pit for refuse or sewage.
Usage:The cesspit smelled foul, but without it all the refuse would have been strewn around the town.

look what patty got for her birthday, a variety of peonies!


Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (1968)

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is an international agreement to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. It was originally signed by the US, Britain, the USSR, and 59 other countries in 1968. The major signatories agreed not to help nonnuclear states obtain or produce nuclear weapons, while the nonnuclear signatories agreed not to try to obtain them. The treaty was extended indefinitely in 1995, and nearly 190 countries are now party to it.

Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau (1725)

Rochambeau was a French army officer who was put in command of a French army of 6,000 and sent to join the Continental Army in the American Revolution. He joined forces with George Washington in 1781 and marched to Yorktown, where they forced a British surrender that led to the end of the war. In 1783, he returned to France, where he commanded the Army of the North in the French Revolution and was made a marshal of France. 

New Firefly Species Uncovered in Southern California by College Student

Scientists may have discovered a new species of firefly in California. While college student Joshua Oliva was hiking, he managed to uncover a new species of this insect. Oliva was actually collecting insects for a class project.

1847 - The U.S. Post Office issued its first adhesive stamps.

1874 - The Philadelphia Zoological Society zoo opened as the first zoo in the United States.

1905 - The USDA Forest Service was created within the Department of Agriculture. The agency was given the mission to sustain healthy, diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations. 

1940 - In Washington, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was opened to traffic. The bridge collapsed during a wind storm on November 7, 1940. 

1941 - Bulova Watch Company sponsored the first TV commercial in New York City, NY

1963 - The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-digit ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) code

1979 - Sony introduced the Walkman.

1980 - "O Canada" was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada. 


If You Were Born Today, July 1

You are an intriguing person who attracts attention whether you want to or not because of this quality. You're a very determined person, sometimes quite stubborn, who is also hard-working. At the same time, you have a soft, giving, and perceptive side to you. Love relationships can be up and down because of a tendency to swing between being too soft and too hard. Famous people born today: Princess Diana, Pamela Anderson, Liv Tyler, Twyla Tharp, Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Harry, Estee Lauder.

Picture of the day
Territorial evolution of Canada
A map showing the territorial evolution of Canada. At Confederation in 1867, four provinces (OntarioQuebecNew Brunswick, and Nova Scotia) were established from three British colonies. This nascent country continued to accrete new provinces and territories, including Manitoba in 1870, British Columbia in 1871, Prince Edward Island in 1873, and Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905; previously established provinces also expanded their borders. The most recent province to be added was Newfoundland in 1949; it has since been renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
Since the cession of the Northwest Territories to Canada in 1870 and 1880, sections of the territory have been converted several times into new territories (Yukon in 1898, Nunavut in 1999) and provinces (Alberta and Saskatchewan), and transferred to expand existing provinces.

Picture of a man sitting on the edge of the Diving Board overlooking Yosemite National Park

The Best Seat in Yosemite
Photograph by Christian Fernandez, National Geographic 
Under a blanket of stars, a man takes in the landscape of Yosemite National Park from the edge of the Diving Board, a rock formation at Glacier Point.


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thanks, heide

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This is the best macaroni and cheese, ever
----this is a superb recipe.

I wouldn't recommend putting this in the crockpot unsupervised. There is a lot of liquid and the noodles cook VERY quickly. 

 Our pasta was perfectly cooked and al dente after about 90 minutes on high, but I left it on and accidentally fell asleep on the couch when I should have been folding laundry. 

 An hour later, the pasta was still amazingly delicious, but it got mushy.

The Ingredients.

1/2 pound uncooked macaroni or hearty pasta (I used a 1/2 bag of Trader Joe's Brown Rice fusilli)
4 cups of milk (I used skim cow's)
1 egg 
4 cups shredded cheese (I used all cheddar)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon dried mustard

The Directions.

Spray crock well with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, whip egg and milk together. Stir in spices.

Add cheese and noodles, and stir well to combine. Pour the mixture into the crockpot.

It will be very liquidy.

Cover and cook on low for 2-5 hours, or on high for 1-3. 


[you'll trust me! this still beats having to watch the stove and drain water and mix in the cheese sauce ingredients. I promise. You can fold laundry, take a bath, etc. Just check after an hour so you can judge the cooking time correctly.]

The cooking time will vary depending on what size crockpot you are using, and how quickly it heats and cooks. I was quite surprised at how quickly our pasta got fork-tender. 

The Verdict.

Woah. This tastes like macaroni and cheese should taste. The cheese on top was bubbly and brown and had the neat texture it gets when baked in the oven. The pasta was perfectly cooked.
Until I fell asleep. The kids each ate 2 bowls, and my three-year-old has requested that I make this every single day for lunch from now on. In the crockpot. I was a little surprised that the ingredients called for only a half-pound of pasta. This was more than enough food for 6 people to eat. The pasta swelled and completely filled a round 4qt. 


Our Best Bites

It's so easy, and doesn't take a lot of materials. Use it to celebrate whatever the heck it is you’re celebrating!
  • Straw Wreath- the kind wrapped in plastic, they’re super cheap at craft stores.  I think I paid $2 for a 14″ wreath.  Foam or styrofoam could work also, but the straw works really well and it looks better if you don’t end up covering every last inch.
  • Floral Pins- you don’t need a gigantic pack
  • Latex Balloons- lots of them.  You can really stretch the amount you have, or you can really pack them in tight.  I used about 275 Balloons.  Remember, balloons are cheap, buy in bulk, try the party store or dollar store.  I bought a bunch of mine at Walmart. I covered enough that you can’t see the wreath unless you get close up and look at the very side.
Take a floral pin and place a balloon right in the middle of the opening
Then just push the pin right into the wreath. Note you leave the plastic covering on your wreath.  The pins go right in, easily.
See?  Adorable little balloon. Grab another pin and just keep repeating the process.
You’ll get a feel for how close to place the balloons as you go along.  I found after a while I could spread them out more than I originally thought because the balloons are propped up and floppy so they fill in the space.  I probably placed the pins about an inch, or maybe a little less than an inch, apart.
When I got all the way around and there was just a little space left, I wrapped a big ribbon around the wreath.  I then placed the remaining floral pins and balloons right through the ribbon which secured it in place.
Then you’re all ready to go.  Hang ‘er up and party!
Seriously cute, right??  I love.

CHILDREN'S CORNER .. coloring pages

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. - Joseph Campbell

The Glowing Firefly Squids of Toyama Bay

By Sumitra 
Every year, between March and June, the 14-km shoreline of Japan’s Toyama Bay is lit up in blue. The electrifying light show isn’t man-made; it’s a natural phenomenon, caused by thousands of bioluminescent cephalopods known as ‘Glowing Firefly Squids’. These fascinating creatures normally live 1,200 ft underwater, but are pushed to the surface by waves during the Hotaru Ika(firefly squid) season.
Firefly Squid, or Watasenia Scintillans, are normally about three inches long and covered with photophores. Large photophores are present around their eyes and on the tips of their tentacles, while tiny photophores cover the entire body. These photophores contain light-producing chemicals that are responsible for the squid’s bioluminescence. Fireflies have similar photophores, so the squid are named after them.


"Good Morning" in Italian (Cent. Europe, E Africa) - Buon giorno

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go to the link and click on any pic to see how to do it!

1 comment:

  1. That black and white Canadian cat made me grin--ear-to-ear! Balloon wreathe? Really? I hate the smell of rubbery balloons:( Gonna stick with the peonies!