Thursday, July 2, 2015

I Forgot Day JULY 2, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate I Forgot Day

I Forgot Day gives you the chance to make up for forgetting birthdays, anniversaries, and even those days you think you might forget in the future.
Apologise (belatedly) for anything you’ve missed, let slip or otherwise forgotten!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) One who traitorously switches allegiance.
Usage:He was a turncoat who betrayed his friends to curry favor with the King.

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Thurgood Marshall (1908)

As the chief legal counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for more than 20 years, Marshall argued 32 cases before the US Supreme Court, successfully challenging racial segregation, most notably in Brown v. Board of Education. In 1967, he became the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court, a position he held until his retirement in 1991


Ommegang is a medieval pageant presented on the Grand-Place of Brussels, Belgium, and one of the country's most popular attractions. The pageant is preceded by strolling musicians, followed by a parade of people representing the magistrate and city officials, the court of Marie of Hungary, and the Court of Charles V. Then the actual procession takes place, led by the Knight of Peace. Participants include trade groups with floats, archers, and groups of dancers and clowns dancing around symbolic animals, including the legendary horse Bayard, a unicorn, dragon, and serpent.

Babbler Bird Calls "Convey Meaning"

A bird can communicate in a similar way to how humans use language, scientists have discovered. A study of the chestnut-crowned babbler bird from Australia revealed a method of communicating that has never before been observed in animals

1857 - New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business

1939 - At Mount Rushmore, Theodore Roosevelt's face was dedicated

1955 - ABC Television premiered "The Lawrence Welk Show." 

1962Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas. It was the first Walmart store.

1979 - The U.S. Mint officially released the Susan B. Anthony coin in Rochester, NY.

1981Bruce Springsteen played the first show ever at the 21,000 seat Brendan Byrne 


James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997)

Recorded Today, 1956


It took Elvis Presley 31 takes to get just the right version of "Hound Dog" on
acetate. The record became the most successful two-sided hit on Billboard’s
Top/Hot 100 chart. The two titles spent a combined 55 weeks in the Top 100
in 1956-1957.

If You Were Born Today, July 2

You have great strength of character and have a gift for seeing the value of things. Although you do have a unique perspective on most matters, you can be very stubborn about seeing only that side to a story. You are a natural leader and often seek to have your way, but you are also quite poised and regal in manner. Learning to compromise is important to your success on a personal level. You are passionate in love. Famous people born today: Hermann Hesse, Ashley Tisdale, Jerry Hall, Lindsay Lohan, Margot Robbie.

Picture of the day
NGC 6752
NGC 6752 is a globular cluster ofintermediate density in theconstellation Pavo. First identified in 1826 by James Dunlop, the cluster lies around 13,000 light years distant. It is visible to the naked eye in good viewing conditions

Picture of young ballerinas sitting in front of dressing room mirrors

Ballerina Rainbow

Photograph by Evelyn Reinson, National Geographic 
“The second I walked into the dressing room at the Mahaffey Theater holding my little girl's hand, I knew this setting was magic,” writes Evelyn Reinson, who captured this picture in St. Petersburg, Florida. “In a room that moments before was bustling with dozens of little ballerinas, the photography gods gave me minutes with only these seven.”

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Seasonal Socks - Spring, Summer & Fall
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HINE is a girl - the beautiful sister pattern to TAMA
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Princess and the Pea Pillow

Me, My Purse & The Boys: Heart Baby Bib - Crochet
 Crochet Heart Bib hdc = half double crochet sc = single crochet ss = slip stitch ch = chain hdc2tog
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thanks, heide

Serves 16-20


10 ounces loaf stale French bread, crumbled (if you use fresh french bread reduce milk to 3 cups) or 6 -8 cups any type crumbled bread (if you use fresh french bread reduce milk to 3 cups)
2 cups sugar (granulated)
1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 eggs
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 cups milk
Joes Whiskey Sauce
1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
1⁄2 cup Bourbon

For the Bread Pudding:.
Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Set oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients. Mixture should be very moist but not soupy. Pour into the buttered dish and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes until top is golden brown. Serve warm with Joe's Whiskey Sauce.

For Whiskey Sauce:.
Using a hand held mixer, cream butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, beating until all butter is absorbed. Remove from heat and blend in yolks. Pour in bourbon gradually, stirring constantly. Sauce will thicken as it cools. Serve warm on warm bread pudding.

A frog walks into a bank, and approaches the teller. He sees the teller's name tag read Paddy Black and says "I'd like to take out a loan, Mrs. Black"

"Certainly," says the teller, "how much would that be for?"

"One million dollars." replies the frog. "Don't worry, it's ok, I know the manager."

The teller is understandably taken aback by this, and asks if the frog has any collateral to cover this. "As a matter of fact, I do!" says the frog, and he reaches into his pocket and hands over a tiny ceramic elephant.

"What?!" says the teller, "This is garbage! I can't take this!"

"Well, take it up with my father then!" The frog retorts.

"Oh yeah, and who might that be?" The teller is quickly getting more and more annoyed at the frog.

"Why, it's Keith Richards!" The frog is waiting impatiently, tapping his toe on the ground. "Now, can I have that loan or not?"

"Wait right here" the teller says, as she storms into the back room, looking for her manager.
"There's a frog out there who claims to know you, and wants a million dollar loan. He claims his father his Keith Richards! He even gave me this as collateral," she says, holding up the elephant. "I mean, what even is this?"

The manager takes a look at the elephant and replies "It's a knick knack, Paddy Black, give the frog a loan. His old man's a rolling stone!"

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CrockPot Cream of Asparagus Soup

I took the kids to a little zoo and amusement park last week with my friend Jennifer, and her baby, Max. Jennifer went on and on and on and then on some more about cream of asparagus soup. She had some as a starter in a restaurant and was really impressed, and asked if I could try to make it in the crockpot.

So I did. There are two versions---one with cream and one without. The without cream is just as creamy, but doesn't leave a velvety film on your tongue the way the other one does. And the color is more forest-green than asparagus-ish. 

The Ingredients.

--1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus (although I'd imagine frozen would work just fine)
--4 cups vegetable broth 
--1/2 white onion, chopped

--2 tiny red potatoes (or one med. brown) 
--1 t black pepper (please don't use this much. it was a mistake.)
--1/2 t seasoned salt
--1/2 cup half and half (optional; to add at the end of cooking time)

The Directions. 

Wash and trim the woody ends off of the asparagus, and feed to the guinea pigs. Cut the rest of the asparagus into 2-inch-or-so chunks.

Add the asparagus to the crock, along with the chopped onion and potato (I didn't peel the potatoes, by the way). Pour in your broth and add the seasoned salt and pepper. I chose seasoned salt because it sounded fancy, and I was in a fancy mood. Kosher salt would work just fine.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 3-5.

The soup is ready when the potatoes are tender.

CAREFULLY, seriously, BE CAREFUL: use a hand blender to soupify. If you don't have a hand blender, you can blend the soup in batches in your traditional blender.

Return to the crock and stir in the half and half, if using.

Salt and pepper to taste (I, um, didn't need to add more pepper...)

The Verdict.

This is a good soup; very asparagus-y and creamy. I'd start with 1/2 t of pepper, and then season accordingly to taste when finished.
 I like asparagus, and I like soup. So by default, this was a winner. Adam suggested adding some tabasco; I'm going to try that for lunch.

Mind blown.


i'm tekikatoku .. you?

Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for toy cars.
Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid's toy cars.
The tape comes up easily when you’re done.

All the time!

Use plaster to create these gorgeous conversation piece votives. Don't look so worried. You'll be using faux flowers to create the final plaster shape. Love the elegant result.

Funny onesie

Where there is love there is life. - Mahatma Gandhi


Russian Powerlifter Will Make You Reconsider Condescending Terms Like “Weaker Sex”

By Spooky 
Natalia Trukhina is a professional powerlifter from Russia. At just 23-years of age, she has already accomplished more than other athletes do in their entire careers, setting multiple bench press and armlifting world records as well as earning several world champion titles.
Natalia discovered her passion for powerlifting when she was 14 years old. She had always liked power and combat sports and was a very active child. However, she weighed only 40 kilograms at the time and started hitting the gym in order to gain a few extra pounds. The rest, as they say, is history. Now 23, Natalia Trukhina has grown from a scrawny girl into one of the most muscular women in the world. Her impressive figure and strength put most men to shame.


"Good Morning" in Japanese (Japan) - Ohayo

Did not know that...




today i found you
doughnutThe word “doughnut” is American in origin and traces its roots to the early 19th century. It is presumed to have been a combination of the words doughand nut. It first appeared in print in Washington Irving’s 1809 Knickerbocker’s History of New York
Sometimes the table was graced with immense apple-pies, or saucers full of preserved peaches and pears; but it was always sure to boast an enormous dish of balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks —- a delicious kind of cake, at present scarce known in this city, except in genuine Dutch families.
The holes in doughnuts were first noted in print in 1861, when it was used to describe how little a person consumed: “Her brother James, who never talked anything but nonsense when he could help it, declared she ate nothing but the hole of a doughnut.”
It has often been claimed that the holed doughnut was invented just shortly before this in 1847 by one Captain Hanson Gregory, see: Why Do Doughnuts Have Holes.
The alternate spelling “donut” is said to trace its roots to 1870 and “Josh Billings,” although after doing a review of the 1870-1879 edition of Josh Billings’ Old Farmer’s Almanac, it appears to only reference doughnuts (and, incidentally refers to them as “greasy,” but in a good way).
In any event, “dollar” is a much older word, tracing its roots back to the Low Germandaler and first appearing in English in the 1550s. It has since been used to describe a variety of currencies, most notably for the topic at hand, the U.S. dollar in 1786.
So now we have “dollars” and “doughnuts,” but when did someone get the bright idea to put them together? “Dollars for doughnuts,” or alternatively “dollars to doughnuts,” meaning a “safe bet,” or a “sure thing,” seems to have first popped up, at least in its documented form, in a February 6, 1876 edition of the Daily Nevada State Journal:
Whenever you hear any resident of a community attempting to decry the local paper . . . it’s dollars to doughnuts that such a person is either mad at the editor or is owing the office for subscription or advertising.
It again appeared in that same newspaper a little over a month later on March 11, 1876 where it stated, “Several Benoites took advantage of the half fare tickets offered to those who were to attend the ball given by the railroad boys at Carson last night, and attended it. It’s dollars to doughnuts all enjoyed themselves.”
Given that the newspaper used the expression without explaining it or otherwise giving emphasis, it is likely the author felt that people would already be familiar with the phrase, so it had probably been around in slang for at least a few years up to this point, if not longer.
As to why “dollars to doughnuts,” beyond the alliterative qualities, it was essentially just a way to say you’d bet dollars to something mostly worthless, relative to the dollars, emphasizing how sure you are that you’re correct.
Going back to the 1840s, there was a very similar expression with the same basic meaning “dollars to dimes.” Two other similar expressions also existed in the 1880s “dollars to dumplings” and “dollars to buttons.” A couple decades later, “dollars to cobwebs” also popped up, but none of these had the staying power as “dollars to doughnuts.”  In all cases, the latter thing is the worthless item relative to the value of the dollars, but you’re so sure about what you’re saying, you’ll happily bet your dollars to someone else’s doughnuts over the matter.

1 comment:

  1. Heading to Mt.'s just gotta be true!