Monday, July 6, 2015

Fried Chicken Day JULY 6, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ...Celebrate Fried Chicken Day

The bird gets the spotlight on Fried Chicken Day, and stomachs are rumbling already. Move over vegetarians, there’s a deep-fried chicken leg and breast coming this way!
To add more pizzazz to the day, coat the legendary southern food in spices and yell “Yeehaw!” Cover the chicken with a mixture of cayenne pepper, garlic powder and paprika to put the spring back in the step. A little hot sauce? Sure, let’s go all out! Serve the mouth-watering fried food with chicken gravy to up the yum-factor even more.
Pair the succulent bird with waffles for a classic combo. Or, why not make chicken the star of the show and add a tasty side dish? Lip-smacking sides include buttermilk biscuits, cold potato salad or coleslaw. With fried chicken on the plate, the taste is sure to taste clucking good!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Any of the long stiff hairs that project from the snout or brow of most mammals, as the whiskers of a cat.
Synonyms:whiskersensory hair
Usage:The mouse's vibrissae alerted it to the presence of a predator.


Frida Kahlo (1907)

Kahlo, a Mexican artist noted for her self-portraits, taught herself to paint while recovering from a severe bus accident that crippled her as a teen and required her to undergo some 35 operations. Drawing on her personal experiences, her works often starkly portray pain and the harsh lives of women. Though once known only as the wife of famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera, she eventually eclipsed his fame.

Jan Hus Day

This day is celebrated in the Czech Republic to commemorate Jan Hus, an early 15th-century Czech priest and reformer who advocated the idea of a poor Church that limited itself to Biblical teachings and spiritual affairs. Hus was summoned to the ecclesiastical Council of Constance in 1414; when he refused to recant his teachings, Hus was excommunicated and burnt at the stake on July 6, 1415. Jan Hus Day is a national holiday in the Czech Republic. A wreath is placed on his monument in Old Town Square in Prague, and the national flag is flown at all public places.

Simple Sniff Test Could Detect Autism

The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test to accurately detect autism, a new study has found. Researchers have found that autistic children go right on sniffing in the same way, no matter how pleasant or awful the scent is.

1699 - Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA, and deported back to England. 

1854 - In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.

1885 - Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute

1928 - "The Lights of New York" was previewed in New York's Strand Theatre. It was the first all-talking movie.

1957 - Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event. 

1957John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced to each other. 

1983 - Fred Lynn (California Angels) hit the first grand slam in an All-Star game. The American League 
defeated the National League 13-3. 



Roy Rogers (Leonard Franklin Slye)

(November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998)

69 Today


Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone was born in 
New York City, New York
Director, actor and screenwriter Stallone was voted into the Boxing Hall of Fame
and his film, Rocky (1976), was inducted into the National Film Registry. He also
portrayed John Rambo in the Rambo film franchise (1982 to 2008).

Number 1, 1969


Enrico Nicola "HenryMancini
(April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994)
The instrumental "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet", also known as "A 
Time for Us", was arranged by Henry Mancini for Franco Zeffirelli‘s film of 
Romeo and Juliet, starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. It topped 
the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and remained there for two weeks. It 
was Mancini’s only Top Ten single on that chart. 


If You Were Born Today, July 6

You are passionate, proud, and highly sensitive, although this is not always immediately obvious. Seeking to balance your emotions is the major key to success in life, as is learning to let go and move forward. You are excellent at networking, but you are also moody - extroverted one day and introverted the next. You have family connections and support, and you can be quite a collector, as you are both sentimental and intrigued with history. You are good at big-picture thinking as well as tending to details. Famous people born today: Merv Griffin, Janet Leigh, Sylvester Stallone, Curtis Jackson, Della Reese and Jane.

Picture of the day
Hobo–Dyer projection
The Hobo–Dyer projection is a cylindrical equal-area projection commissioned in 2002 by Bob Abramms and Howard Bronstein. This projection was drafted by cartographer Mick Dyer, who based it on the 1910 Behrmann projection.

Picture of young woman carrying her infant sibling, Ethiopia

A Sister’s Care

Photograph by Ali Al-Zaidi
Losing a mother is especially painful for young children, and older children may take on the bulk of the responsibility afterward, writes photographer Ali Al-Zaidi. Here, a young woman cares for an infant sibling in Ethiopia. “But still the sadness shows on the little kid’s face, because something is missing, which is the mother,” Al-Zaidi writes.
Best Picture Quotes: A Series of Inspiration to Make Picture Quotes!

Pot 'o Gold Afghan  (must log in)

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Rainbow Wave Flowerpot Cover - Willow Yarns
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knit, 3 mths

Always next year

Pink Grapefruit Coasters - Willow Yarns
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diabetic friendly


stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Sweet and Sour Tofu

We hadn't had tofu in a while, and after the french dip sandwiches, needed some lighter fare. 

The Ingredients.
-1 pound extra firm tofu, drained 
- 4 cups fresh vegetables (I used 2 bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli)
- 1/2 white onion, chopped

- 1 tablespoon corn starch 
- 10 oz jar of La Choy sweet and sour sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon water
- 1 T butter

The Directions.
You know how in Chinese restaurants the tofu is always really crispy on the outside and has a nice texture? I learned a trick last week to help create that at home without deep-frying. Cube your tofu, and put it in a zipper bag with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Shake the tofu until it's coated completely in cornstarch.

Then fry on the stove on medium heat in a tablespoon of butter.
Resist the urge to flip the tofu often. Let it get a nice crusty coat before turning. 

While that's cooking, wash and trim your vegetables and add to the crockpot.
 When the tofu is done, put it in also. Pour the entire bottle of sweet and sour sauce on top of the tofu and vegetables.

Add a 
1/2 tablespoon of water to the "empty" jar, and shake. Pour the contents on top. Toss gingerly.

Cover and cook on low for about 3 hours.

This is finished when the vegetables have reached desired consistency. 
We like the veggies to have a crunch, so I didn't let it cook very long. The broccoli was not very crisp, but the onion, bell pepper, and carrot still were al dente. 

The Verdict.

My kids each ate 2 helpings. They didn't eat the onion or bell pepper, but happily ate the tofu, carrots, and broccoli. The sauce is a good flavor; it tastes like take-out. I might add red pepper flakes to the adult servings next time  
We ate this over white rice, outside. It was a really nice night.







Damn coffee filters

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. - Plato


Artist Manipulates the Movement of Bees to Create Accurate Wax Maps

By Sumitra 
Chinese artist Ren Ri successfully combines his love of beekeeping and art to create accurate honeycomb maps of various countries and continents.
Ren works closely with honeybees; in fact, he considers himself more of a beekeeper than a professional artist. He started beekeeping in 2007, and within a year, he mastered the basics. As he got more proficient, he began to think of ways in which he could manipulate the bees’ movements, by controlling the queen bee. Over time, he started creating meaningful beeswax patterns, and he eventually managed to produce a world map.
To create the map, Ren placed a map of the world inside the beehive. He then manipulated the queen bee to move in different directions and angles, so that the bees would build the hive at the locations he desired. “The bees continued to mould the beehive, and this moulding affected the original shape I had given the piece, through a process of addition and subtraction,” he said. Once the world map was ready, Ren created individual maps of several countries as well. He called the series Yuan Su I: The Origin of Geometry.


Story of my life.

"Good Morning" in Latvian (Latvia) - Labrit


For when those party guests messed up your furniture, use your hair dryer.

4. For when those party guests messed up your furniture, use your hair dryer.

Better world with exclamation comma.


Famous Paintings In The WorlD (PLUS QUIZ)

Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci. The most famous painting in the world is the main attraction of the Louvre museum in Paris, where it is seen by six million people every year! Leonardo da Vinci painted it from the year 1503 or 1504 till shortly before he died in 1519
 Most Famous Paintings: Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci
The Last Supper – Leonardo da Vinci. This world famous painting is not shown in a museum, but rather covers the back wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery in Milan, Italy. It was painted by the most famous artist of all time, Leonardo da Vinci in the late 15th-century. The painting depicts the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples
Most Famous Paintings: The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci

The Creation Of Adam – Michelangelo. Located on the ceiling of The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Rome. The Creation Of Adam was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 and it is just one of nine scenes from the book of Genesis that are painted on the center of the ceiling of the chapel
Most Famous Paintings: The Creation Of Adam, by Michelangelo

Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh. Painted by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in 1889, Starry Night is one of the most well known paintings in modern culture. The painting is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The painting was the inspiration for the song “Vincent” (also known as “starry starry night”) by Don McLean. McLean’s song reference the painting as well as other paintings by the famous artist
Most Famous Paintings: Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh

The Scream – Edvard Munch. The most famous piece by Edvard Munch, painted around 1893. It was painted using oil and pastel on cardboard. This frightening painting is on display at The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway
Most Famous Paintings: The Scream, by Edvard Munch

The Persistence Of Memory – Salvador Dali. Painted in 1931 by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory is one of the most recognizable pieces in art history. This work of art is known to make people ponder on their way of life and the way they spend their time, and it is also thought that this wonderful painting was inspired by Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity
Most Famous Paintings: The Persistence Of Memory, by Salvador Dali

Girl With A Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer. Considered by many to be “the Dutch Mona Lisa” or the “Mona Lisa of the North”, this beautiful painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer features, well… a girl with a pearl earring. The painting was completed around 1665 and is on display in the Mauritshuis Gallery in the Hague, the Netherlands
Most Famous Paintings: Girl With A Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer

 The Night Watch – Rembrandt van Rijn. Completed in 1642, this famous artwork is on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The painting depicts a city guard moving out, led by Captain Frans Banning Cocq, his lieutenant and the rest of the guard’s armed men
Most Famous Paintings: The Night Watch, by Rembrandt van Rijn

Self-Portrait Without Beard – Vincent van Gogh. Even though Van Gogh painted many portraits of himself, this one is by far the most famous as it is his last self-portrait and one of the few that depicts him without a beard. It was given by him to his mother as a birthday gift. It is also one of the most expensive paintings of all times, as it was sold for $71.5 million in 1998, and is now part of a private collection

Most Famous Paintings: Self-Portrait Without Beard, by Vincent van Gogh

Guernica – Pablo Picasso. The most famous painting by Picasso, completed in 1937. The painting was painted in Paris and is Inspired by the bombing of Guernica in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. The painting is on permanent display in Museo Reina Sofía,Madrid, Spain
Most Famous Paintings: Guernica, by Pablo Picasso

World Countries Quiz

1. Which is the largest country in the world?

2. And which is the second largest country in the world?

3. What is the country with the largest population in the world?

4. And the country with the second largest population?

5. Now water - which country has the largest absolute water area?

6. And country with largest absolute forest area?

7. Which of the following countries has the longest coastline, with either the sea or lakes?

8. Which country produces the most oil barrels a day?

9. Which country receives the most tourists annually?

10. And the second most visited country?


1. Which is the largest country in the world?

2. And which is the second largest country in the world?

3. What is the country with the largest population in the world?

4. And the country with the second largest population?

5. Now water - which country has the largest absolute water area?

6. And country with largest absolute forest area?

7. Which of the following countries has the longest coastline, with either the sea or lakes?

8. Which country produces the most oil barrels a day?

9. Which country receives the most tourists annually?

10. And the second most visited country?
United States

1 comment:

  1. "A Time for Us" is the tune played by my music box from DH. It was threaded through a gorgeous movie.