Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hammock Day JULY 22, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .... Celebrate Hammock Day

Nothing sounds quite as relaxing as kicking back and relaxing in a hammock – and there’s no better way to celebrate Hammock Day! Find two sturdy, conveniently located trees (or improvise – and don’t limit yourself to the outdoors), string up a comfy bed… and relax!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice.
Usage:She was on a strict diet and avoided foods with high levels of amylum, sugar, and saturated fat.


Wiley Post Becomes First Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe Solo (1933)

In 1931, American aviator Wiley Post flew around the world with navigator Harold Gatty in 8 days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes, breaking the previous record of 21 days. They published an account of their trip in Around the World in Eight Days. Two years later, Post became the first person to fly around the world alone, a feat he completed in just 7 days and 19 hours. Post died in 1935 when his plane crashed in Alaska

Selman Waksman (1888)

Waksman was a Russian-American biochemist and microbiologist whose study of organic substances and their decomposition led to the discovery of the antibiotic streptomycin. His four decades of research at Rutgers University in New Jersey led to the discovery of more than a dozen "antibiotics," a term for antibacterial microbial metabolites he coined in 1941. In 1952, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of streptomycin 

Golden Days

Golden Days is a celebration in Fairbanks, Alaska, of the discovery of gold there on July 22, 1902, and the Gold Rush days that followed. This is the largest summertime event in Alaska. The week of activities includes "Fairbanks in Bloom," billed as the farthest-north flower show, a rubber ducky race, beard and hairy-leg contests, drag races, a golf tournament, concerts, and a grand parade. There's also a Felix Pedro look-alike contest. Felix Pedrone (remembered as Felix Pedro) was the Italian immigrant who first found gold on a creek near what is now Fairbanks.

How Mosquitoes Track Their Human Targets, Study Explains

Mosquitoes have an uncanny ability to track their human targets by using a multiple sensory strategy involving visual cues, odours and body heat to draw closer to the prey, according to a new study. While use of bug repellents and lighting citronella 

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1376 - The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.

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1798 - The USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the first time since being launched on October 21, 1797. 

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1926 - Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York. The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet. 

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1933 - Caterina Jarboro became the first black prima donna of a U.S. opera company. She sang "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. 

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2000 - Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.

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2003 - In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported. 


If You Were Born Today, July 22

You are very intelligent in a quiet way. You have a great love of security and consistency that you avoid making major changes if you can. Your worst enemy is self-doubt and procrastination. You may attract, or be attracted to, a certain level of drama in your love life. You work best in life when you have a passion. Family and work are two great loves for you, and you need to strike a balance between the two. Famous people born today: Amy Vanderbilt, Willem Dafoe, David Spade, Selena Gomez, Rufus Wainwright, Rhys Ifans, Keegan Allen, Colin Ferguson.

Picture of the day
Common raven
The common raven (Corvus corax) is a large, all-black passerine bird and the most widely distributed of all corvids. Averaging 63 centimetres (25 inches) in length and 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds) in weight, these intelligent birds can live up to 21 years in the wild. They are commonly found in mythology, folklore, art, and literature.

Picture of a dead tree overlooking Crater Lake with the Milky Way above, Oregon

The Show at Crater Lake

Photograph by Keith Marsh, National Geographic 
Specializing for the past four years in what he calls astrophotographic landscapes, Keith Marsh has captured the Milky Way in locations from Alaska to Cuba. He photographed Oregon’s Crater Lake looking south from the north rim, where the Milky Way is brightest. “I also wanted to have something in the foreground for additional interest and spent several hours during the day searching for just the right spot,” he writes. “As it turned out, this old dead tree is very popular with photographers, and over a period of several hours there were as many as 20 photographers huddled in this same spot.” The lights on the horizon are from Klamath Falls, Oregon, about 60 miles away.






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CrockPot Blueberry Buckle Recipe

I picked up a copy of Good Housekeeping's Quick & Simple magazine over the weekend, solely because there was a large headline that read "Oprah's Favorite Summer Treats!" I wondered what they could be. I was tickled when I read that one of Oprah's favorites was a blueberry buckle, or cobbler. I knew that I could find a way to convert this recipe to MY favorite way of being Quick & Simple: I used the CrockPot.

The Ingredients.

This serves 4, in two ramekins that I put inside of a 6qt crockpot. If you'd like to omit the step of adding ramekins and only have a large CrockPot (4qts or larger), double the recipe to serve 8, to ensure that there is enough inside of the crockpot so it won't burn on you. CrockPots work the best when they are at least 2/3 of the way full.
I also cut the sugar content back, and used plain non-fat yogurt instead of buttermilk.
--2 T granulated sugar
--2T dark brown sugar
--1/4 cup of flour 
--1/4 t ground cinnamon
--2 T butter, melted
--2 cups fresh blueberries (if you do not have access to fresh, use unsweetened frozen)
--1/2 T lemon juice
--1/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt
--1/2 cup flour (Pamela's)
--3 T granulated sugar
--1 egg
The Directions.
The original recipe called for three steps, and I found that a bit confusing. They suggested keeping the crumble topping, the filling, and the batter all separate and layering the filling and the batter a few times before adding the crumb topping. I omitted those steps and combined the filling and batter.
This is what I did:
In a large glass bowl, mix all ingredients for the filling, except for the blueberries. Wash and pick any remaining stems off of your blueberries, and then toss them in the bowl with the filling. Set aside.
In a different glass bowl, melt your butter, and add the dry ingredients. Mix. The crumbs will be moist, and crumbly.
If you are using ramekins, place them into the bottom of your crockpot to ensure a proper fit. Spray the ramekins with cooking spray. If you are going to put the batter directly into the crockpot, spray the stoneware with cooking spray.
Put the blueberry filling evenly into the ramekins, or dump directly into your crockpot. Add the crumb topping.
Cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours, removing the lid of the crockpot during the last 45 minutes or so to crisp up the topping. This dessert is finished when the crumb topping has set and is no longer dough-y. I cooked ours on high for exactly 4 hours. The crumb topping was set, and was a bit crisp on the outer edges, but remained a bit damp in the center. This didn't bother us, but if you'd like it set a bit more, cook longer.
The Verdict.
Oprah's favorite is now our favorite, too! The blueberries had a perfect mix between sweet and tartness, and the crumb topping was sweet, without being overkill. I would make this again and again. I liked the ease of the crockpot for this dish---I got everything assembled and plugged it in during the mid-afternoon. After dinner we cleaned up and went to the park, and then came home to a nice warm bubbly dessert. It was very nice to not be stuck inside on oven-watch.

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What you need: 8.5 x 11 paper, hot glue gun, double sided transparent tape, cardboard from cereal box
Step 1: You’ll need 8 sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper to make a large pinwheel. Start by taking the paper (portrait, not landscape orientation) and accordion folding it, making the folds about 1 inch wide. (To speed up this process, you can fold two at a time.)
Step 2: After folding all 8 sheets, you’ll want to take them one by one and cut a round edge on one of the sides. Or you can skip this step, but I love mine looking a little bit curvier.
Step 3: Next start taping the folded pieces of paper together using your double sided tape.
Step 4: Continue step 3 until you have all 8 pieces taped together creating one long strip of folded paper.
Step 5: Fan out the strip in a round shape creating a circle and close it up using double sided tape.
Step 6: Cut out a circle of cardboard from a used cereal box and hot glue to the back of your pinwheel. This will give it stability and then you can punch a hole and hang it or press a thumb tack in to  stick it on the wall.
And you are done! To make the smaller pinwheel, just cut an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in half long ways, giving you two 4.25 x 11 strips of paper. You will need a total of 4 of these strips to make a pinwheel. Experiment with different sizes, and papers with patterns!  Try stacking the smaller ones on the larger to create a layered effect. Another idea is to use a decorative edge punch before folding to give the outer edge some added charm. You can do no wrong with these.
Happy pinwheel making! 

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25 Of The Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken

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Every day humans all over the world take pictures, and while all pictures are special in their own unique ways very few can be considered among the most powerful photos ever taken.
No matter where you live in the world, you share the same human experience as your brothers and sisters near and far. A photo may capture a moment you have never directly experienced, but the compassion human beings have for one another allows you to still relate, understand and feel for the people in the photos.
The following list includes some of the most powerful photos ever taken throughout human history. Each one tells the real story of human life, the struggle, triumph, defeat and love that keeps us going even when during the darkest of days.

1. During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, one brave villager risked his own life to save stray cats from drowning.


2. WWII Russian Veteran found this old tank standing as a monument in a small Russian town. It was the same tank he passed the entire war through.


3. Greg Cook reunites with his dog Coco after his home in Alabama was destroyed by a Tornado in March 2012.


4. Zanier the dog was buried with full honors in 2000. He is credited with saving thousands of lives during the Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 when he detected over 3,329 kgs of RDX explosives, 249 hand grenades, 600 detonators and 6406 rounds of live ammunition.


5. Lending a helping hand to hunger


6. Terri Gurrola embraces her daughter after spending 7 months away in Iraq.


7. Afghan man offers tea to hardworking soldiers


8. A view of the sunset on Mars


9. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada on October 1, 1940.


10. A woman sits among the wreckage of her town after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Natori, northern Japan, March 2011.


11. The real faces of addiction, a son tries to help his alcoholic father


12. “The Falling Man,” World Trade Center, 9/11


13. Leao, a loyal dog, sits by his owner’s grave for the second day after a disastrous landslide near Rio de Janeiro in 2011.


14. A public market in Jayapura, the capital of Papua, holds condom usage demonstrations in 2009.


15. In the rubble of a collapsed factory this couple was found in a tight embrace.


16. Homeless men wait outside a mosque in New Delhi, India awaiting free food distribution.


17. Firefighter helps out a koala in Victoria, Australia during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.


18. 29-year-old Hhaing The Yu stands in front of what remains of his home after cyclone Nargis hit southern Myanmar in 2008, leaving millions of people without a home and over 100,000 dead.


19. Russian soldier plays on an abandoned piano found in Chechnya, 1994.


20. Christians and Muslims come together to protect one another during the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt.


21. Photo of young man just moments after finding out his brother had been killed


22. 12-year-old Diego Frazão Torquato plays the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The same teacher helped him escape poverty and violence through music.


23. The walls inside of an Auschwitz gas chamber


24. Father and son, then and now, 1949 and 2009


25.Exhasted heart surgeon after completing a successful heart transplant surgery that lasted 23-hours. You can see his assistant sleeping in the corner.


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