Wednesday, July 29, 2015

World Tiger Day JULY 29, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate World Tiger Day

The tiger is the largest of the world’s big cats and this magnificent creature, with its distinctive orange and black stripes and beautifully marked face, has a day that is dedicated to it. This was first celebrated in 2010 and was founded at an international summit that had been called in response to the shocking news that 97% of all wild tigers had disappeared in the last century, with only around 3,000 left alive. Tigers are on the brink of extinction and International World Tiger Day aims to bring attention to this fact and try to halt their decline. Many factors have caused their numbers to fall, including habitat loss, climate change, hunting and poaching and Tiger Day aims to protect and expand their habitats and raise awareness of the need for conservation. 

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Expressing contemptuous reproach; bringing disgrace.
Usage:His opprobrious conduct during an assembly earned him a series of Saturday detentions.

Cuban Tree Frog


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1773 - The first schoolhouse to be located west of the Allegheny Mountains was built in Schoenbrunn, OH.

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1890  - Artist Vincent van Gog Died of a self-inflicted gunshot would in Auvers, France at age 37.

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1957 - Jack Paar began hosting the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV. The name of the show was changed to "The Jack Paar Show." Paar was host for five years

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1963 - Peter, Paul and Mary's "Blowin' In The Wind" was released. 

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1980 - David Bowie made his theatrical debut when he opened in the title role of "Elephant Man." 

1981 - England's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married.

62 Today
Documentary filmmaker 
Ken Burns

Died at 87

James H. Allen (May 15, 1928 – July 28 2015)
Allen hosted shows on KOINKPTV, and KATU as Rusty Nails in
Portland, Oregon from 1957 to 1972. In 1998 he wrote an
autobiographical book called "Send in the clowns." His show 
on KPTV was the second-longest running children’s program 
in Portland, second only to Ramblin’ Rod Anders. 
A memorial service will be held at Beaverton Foursquare Church,
13565 S.W. Walker Road in Beaverton on Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. In
lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the
Oregon Diabetes Assn. or Legacy Hospice Portland.

Released 1951

This film is regarded as one of Disney’s greatest animated classics, notably
one of the biggest cult classics in the animation medium, as well as one of
the best film adaptations of Alice.


If You Were Born Today, July 29

You are magnetic, affectionate, and project much warmth. Very likeable, others sense that you care more than most. You conduct yourself with grace and you are especially fair, never discounting emotions in favor of logic when dealing with others. You are highly intuitive, sometimes dramatic, and have a flair for gently leading others. Moodiness can sometimes interfere with your material or professional path. There can be a great fear of boredom and restriction. Famous people born today: Stephen Dorff, Martina McBride, Peter Jennings, Josh Radnor, Genesis Rodriguez, Wil Wheaton, Rachel Miner, Allison Mack.

Picture of the day
NGC 1097
false-color photograph of NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy about 45 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. The galaxy was discovered by William Herschelon 9 October 1790. It has a super massive black hole at its center, which is 140 million times the mass of the Sun, as well as two satellite galaxies. The photograph was taken in infrared light by the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Picture of rice terraces in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

Painting With Land

Photograph by Tuan Guitare, National Geographic
Terraced rice fields are seen from above in Lao Cai Province in northern Vietnam. Rice is one of the country’s key exports.



knit (must log in)

Silly Striped Teddy

Image of Silly Striped Teddy



thanks, patty

crochet .. must be translated (i have it below)
Hængekurv the recipe

Yarn: Hoooked Zpaghetti (2 Nogler)
Needle # 10

ch = ch
sc = single crochet
hstm = half mast mask
STM = rod mask
km = kædemaske
* = Gentag (the row)
1. magical ring, 5 sc in ring
2. 2 sc in each sc = 10 sc
3. 2 sc in each sc = 20 sc
4. 2 sc in each 2nd st = 30 sc 
5. 2 sc in each 3rd st = 40 sc
6. 40 sc around x 4
7. * 1 sc, 2 sc in neighbor m * = 60 sc
8. 60 sc around x 2
9. 1 ch, 60 hstm, 1 km
10. 2 ch, 60 STM at bagerste suffered (længst væk from thee), 1 km
11 ch 1, 60 hstm (under both lænker), 1 km
12 ch 1, 15 hstm, 30 STM, 15 hstm, 1 km
13. gentag omg.12 but Crochet in bagerste suffered
14 ch 1, 60 sc, 1 km
15. Crochet in bagerste suffered! 1 ch, 15 dc, in the neighbor 30 m Crochet to 2 STM sm, 15 sc, 1 km
16. (hank) 10 ch, 1 km same place as on omg.14
17. krebsemasker whole vejen around, and 10 sc around the handle.
Tie string around the handle, and hæft ends.






Cauliflower Tomato Bake with Basil and Parmesan

 the nosher

tomatoes 2
If bread crumbs are omitted or almond flour is substituted, it’s grain-free and gluten-free friendly. I hope you enjoy!

tomatoes 5
1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (or almond flour if gluten-free)
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
kosher salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the tomatoes, cauliflower, garlic and olive oil in an 9x13-inch baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower are browning, about 25 - 30 minutes.  After 25 - 30 minutes, you might notice that the casserole has become a bit watery.
Note: you might want to spoon out some of that moisture to help the cauliflower keep its crispness.
Combine the panko bread crumbs and the butter, then sprinkle over the tomatoes. Next, sprinkle the Parmesan over the casserole. Broil for 30 - 45 seconds, then sprinkle the basil over the top. Serve.

stephanie o'dea

Baked Brie CrockPot Recipe

One of my most-requested and best-received crockpot appetizers is brie with candied pecans and cranberries. I like making it, because it's so gosh darn easy and because it seems more involved and elegant than it really is.

I was reminded about baked brie in a pastry crust last week when I was thumbing through and old cookbook put out by Pillsbury. I had a wheel of brie in the fridge, and thought I might as well try to do it in the crockpot.

The Ingredients.
The super easy way:

--a wheel of brie
--refrigerated crescent rolls

The Gluten Free Way (or a home-made way of making crescent rolls):
from the best crescent roll recipe ever, thanks to Delightfully Gluten Free

--1 /4 cup butter
--3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese or sour cream
--1 cup Gluten Free Flour mix (I used Pamela's) or All-Purpose Flour
--1 t xanthum gum (omit if using AP flour)
--1/8 t salt
--1/4 t cream of tartar
--1/2 t baking soda
--1 T sugar

--wheel of brie

The Directions.

If making the dough at home, follow the tutorial from the Delightfully Gluten Free site. I used sour cream the first time I made this dough, but used the cottage cheese this time. Both types of dough were delicious.

Roll out the chilled dough or crescent rolls on a cutting board. Don't tear apart the little crescent roll triangles, keep them together. I didn't bother to use an actual rolling pin, I just squished the dough down with a piece of plastic wrap. Place the wheel of brie in the center and fold the dough around the edges. If you have enough dough to cover the top, go for it. I did not, and left a peek-hole.

Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, with a toothpick wedged in the cover for just a bit of a vent hole. I usually use a chopstick, but tried a toothpick this time. I did get some condensation on the lid, but was pleased with the results. Your brie will be done when the dough has browned on top, and begun to pull away from the sides of the crockpot, or dish.

I put the brie and the dough directly into my 4qt crockpot and baked it like that. In retrospect, I should have put the brie into an oven-safe round dish, and then put it into the crockpot for easier removal. I was able to get it out, but it wasn't very pretty. There may have been some bad words said.

The Verdict.

Oh Em Gee. Delicious, and very fun to make and present. I am overjoyed to have found this gluten free dough, and was so happy to give a nice big slice of this to my kids. They hated the cheese but liked the dough.

Painted Rocks
Painted Rocks -- 29 of the MOST creative crafts and activities for kids!

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. - Douglas Adams



Despite being born with two faces, two mouths, two noses and three eyes, Frank and Louie, set a world record by living to the age of 15. Sadly, our favorite two-faced feline passed away several months ago.

. Cats born with two faces are called Janus cats – after a Roman god with two faces. Most of these cats fail to survive more than a few days, often because their two mouths cause them to choke.

Frank and Louie were lucky that though both noses worked, only one mouth did. The non-functioning mouth wasn’t connected to his esophagus, meaning that he couldn’t eat with it.

According to Frank and Louie’s owner, Martha Stevens, the cat started to appear sick around Thanksgiving. She brought the kitty to a veterinarian who said Frank and Louie were battling cancer.


"Good Morning" in Pijin (Solomon Islands)[good morning to you] -Gudfala mone go long iu

i'm sapphire .. you?

thanks, heide


  1. Loving tigers and rocks.............but best of all is showering under the downspout!

  2. Oh, yes..........I'm an Clarks!

    Emeralds are masterminds -- with cautiously wise and extremely clever discerning abilities. As an emerald, you can learn fast, adapt, and execute in an almost superhuman way. You tend to see in ways many people don't -- and you've been known to think outside-the-box from the time you were in your mother's womb.