Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sugar Cookie Day JULY 9, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Sugar Cookie Day

Sugar Cookie Day is about unleashing your inner child and celebrating the simple sugary-goodness of this traditional treat. In the 1700s a group of German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania, and by combining sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and baking soda they created a simple yet delicious food, now known as the Sugar Cookie. Of course, the original recipe never fails to please, but these days it’s easy to give it a modern twist – adding sprinkles, chocolate chips and frosting is the easiest way to jazz it up.
Sugar cookies are a great way to keep the kids entertained too; just give them the dough, cookie cutters, an assortment of toppings, and let their imaginations run wild! For the ultimate Sugar Cookie Day experience, you can organize a Cookie Exchange party with your friends and neighbours – just don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth!


Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) An assortment or a medley; a conglomeration.
Synonyms:hodgepodgeomnium-gatherummelangemingle-manglemishmashoddmentsodds and endsragbag
Usage:If the farrago of newspaper clippings, stale coffee mugs, and chewed-on pencils strewn around the office was any indication, her boss had been at the office all night



Johnny Weissmuller Breaks One-Minute Barrier in 100-Meter Freestyle (1922)

During the 1920s, Weissmuller earned himself recognition as the best all-around amateur swimmer in the US. In 1922, he broke the world record in the 100-meter freestyle, swimming it in 58.6 seconds, and went on to win gold in that event at the 1924 Summer Olympics. He eventually won 5 Olympic gold medals and set 67 world records before parlaying his celebrity into an acting career. After starring as Tarzan in 12 films between 1932 and 1948, 

Carlos Chagas (1879)

Chagas was a Brazilian physician who discovered in 1909 what is now called Chagas' disease. Caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, the disease of South and Central America usually affects children and is transmitted by the feces of infected insects. Chagas's work is unique in the history of medicine in that he alone completely described a new infectious disease, including its pathogen, vector, host, clinical manifestations, and epidemiology. 

Why the US Postal Service is Excited about NASA's Mission to Pluto

On July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make our world's first encounter with Pluto. But this highly anticipated flyby will carry a special passenger you might not have heard about: A stamp. 

1792 - S.L. Mitchell of Columbia College in New York City became the first Professor of Agriculture. 

1872 - The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.

1878 - The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe. 

1955 - The Bill Haley & His Comets single "Rock Around the Clock" hit #1 on Billboard's Pop charts. This was the first time a rock and roll recording accomplished this feat. 

1956 - Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV

2005 - Danny Way, a daredevil skateboarder, rolled down a large ramp and jumped across the Great Wall of China. He was the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid.

59, Today


Thomas Jeffrey "TomHanks is 59 years old today.


If You Were Born Today, July 9

You have a strong desire for success, yet you also have a strong sense of family and security, so that for the most part you stay grounded. You generally work well under pressure, and often appear unaffected by what is going on around you. Few know your strongly emotional nature and your sensitivity, as you tend to keep a calm and cool appearance. You are enthusiastic about new approaches, but you don't easily abandon the traditional values that you hold dear. Famous people born today: Tom Hanks, Fred Savage, Jimmy Smits, Courtney Love, Jack White, Kelly McGillis, Toby Kebbell.

Picture of the day
Edible frog
The edible frog (Pelophylaxkl. esculentus) is a fertile hybrid of the pool and marsh frogs which is commonly found in Europe. The species is commonly used in food, including the French delicacy frog legs.

Picture of a chameleon

Golden Eye

Photograph by Florence Bennett, National Geographic 
A chameleon heads for a heat lamp in Chester, England, “at an incredibly slow pace, with robotic movements,” writes Florence Bennett. As seen here, chameleons have two finger-like appendages on each foot, and each foot has five claws—two on one "toe" and three on the other.

Confetti Color Blanket (must log in)
Confetti Color Blanket








crochet, vintage


thanks, heide
Slow Cooker Corn On The Cob
Yield: 8-10 ears of corn
  • 8-10 ears of corn
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • unsalted butter, to taste
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • fresh herbs or green onion, to taste
  1. Place corn in slow cooker and pour in 1/3 cup water.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 2 1/2-3 hours, or until corn is bright yellow and tender.
  3. Use tongs to remove corn and season with salt and pepper, and your choice of butter, lemon juice, and fresh herbs.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!
 Never Boil Your Corn Again - Make It Like This Instead!



Top 5 warning signs that the potato salad at your picnic has gone bad

Junk Mail Paper Flowers

Junk Mail

Step 1:  Grab a stack of junk mail 8-10 pages thick and cut out three sizes of circles from it: one large set, one medium set, and one small set.

Step 2:  With each circle set, cut five small triangle slices towards the center, but don't cut all the way into the center.  You want to leave room in the middle.

Step 3:  Starting with the smallest circles, stick an unopened brad through the center.  I could only get the brad through 2-3 layers at a time. 

Step 4:  After getting the brad through the smallest circles, stick it through the medium and then large circles. Turn over and open the brad to secure it in place.
Junk Mail Paper Flowers
Junk Mail Paper Flowers

Step 5:  Gently fold or curl the layers of your junk mail flower to give it some texture.  All done!
Junk Mail Paper Flowers
Junk Mail Paper Flowers

You can string these little flowers up on a garland to decorate for the holidays or use then as bows for gifts. 

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A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. - Max Muller

Advanced Artificial Leg Allows Amputees to Feel Sensations in Their Foot

By Sumitra
Austrian scientists have invented a revolutionary product in the world of prosthetics – an artificial leg with lifelike sensations. The one-of-a-kind man-made limb has sensors fitted to the sole, which are able to stimulate nerves at the base of the amputee’s stump.
“It feels like I have a foot again,” said Wolfang Rangger, the very first recipient of the sensory-enhanced prosthesis. “I no longer slip on ice and I can tell whether I walk on gravel, concrete, sand, or grass. I can even feel small stones.”


"Good Morning" in Luxembourgish (Luxembourg) - Gudden Muergen

Cutting & Slicing Food - The Right Way To Cut Watermelon

thanks, patty

1 comment:

  1. I'd love a sugar cookie today.......but I don't think it will be happening.