Thursday, August 6, 2015

Wiggle Your Toes Day AUGUST 6, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Wiggle Your Toes Day

Wiggle Your Toes Day is an excellent opportunity to let your tootsies see the daylight and indulge in some public wiggling adventures. With so many opportunities to let those ten little piggies get some action, Wiggle Your Toes Day means it’s time to plan something special to celebrate. Whether you chose to wiggle alone, or use the occasion as a chance to join with like-minded friends, family or colleagues in a glorious session of communal wiggling, no one can afford to let the day go by unmarked.
There are numerous ways to show your support for Wiggle Your Toes Day; sandals at the office are an obvious start, with some discreet toe flexing getting your digits limbered up for the rigours of later wiggling. Why not plan a group wiggle at a lake or beach? Simply dip those feet in the water and luxuriate in a fun-packed toe workout.


Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The umbrellalike fruiting structure forming the top of a stalked fleshy fungus, such as a mushroom; the cap.
Usage:The recipe instructs the chef to separate the pileus from the stalk, presumably because the former adds more flavor to the dish.



Andy Warhol (1928)

Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, was the leading exponent of the pop art movement. Seeking to minimize the role of his own hand in his work, Warhol began mass-producing silkscreen paintings with the help of assistants at his studio, dubbed "the Factory." His works, which are both popular and controversial, feature commonplace objects, such as dollar bills, soup cans, and soft-drink bottles, as well as celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. 

FDA Approves First 3D-Printed Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures. 

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1890 - Cy Young achieved his first major league victory. He would accumulate 511 in his career.

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1960 - Chubby Checker performed "The Twist" on American TV for the first time on "American Bandstand." 

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1969 - The first fair ball to be hit completely out of Dodger Stadium occurred. Willie "Pops" Stargell, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit the ball 506 feet from home plate. 

1986 - William J. Schroeder died. He lived 620 days with the Jarvik-7 manmade heart. He was the world's longest surviving recipient of a permanent artificial heart. 

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1995 - Thousands of glowing lanterns were set afloat in rivers in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing. 

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2000 - It was announced that Ice-T would play a detective on the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." 


If You Were Born Today, August 6

You are gifted creatively, possessing a powerful imagination and a distinct spiritual side, but also make an excellent business person. Security conscious and savvy with practical matters, you have a knack for sales and promotion as well as the more factual side of business. You can be exceptionally gracious, diplomatic, and peace-loving. Others easily find the warmth and beauty in you. You love a good debate and solid conversation. Family means the world to you. In love, you easily make sacrifices and you are often drawn to people who are youthful in spirit (sometimes there can be a big age difference), playful, and creative. Famous people born today: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lucille Ball, Andy Warhol, Robert Mitchum, Catherine Hicks, Vera Farmiga.

Picture of a baby humpback whale

Big Baby

Photograph by Karim Iliya, National Geographic 
A young humpback whale eyes Karim Iliya, who spotted the calf and its mother while diving in the waters off Tonga. “I could not help but wave and smile at the newborn whale almost three times my length,” Iliya writes. “Its curiosity got the better of it and emerging from under its mother's fin, it swam toward me, approaching less than 30 centimeters [11 inches] from my face.”

This is my life.







U-Shaped Handle Purse




#LifeMotto!!! :D


30 sec Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding in a Mug


When my 6 year old son asks "what's for dessert Mummy?" and we've just had a roast chicken dinner, who am I to just give him plain vanilla ice cream for dessert? Right? That would just be cruel. I had to satiate this poor little guy's appetite with a nice tummy warming pudding but couldn't be bothered mixing and baking a full size pudding. (And besides, I would just eat the bloomin' lot!)

You've all seen the recipe for the chocolate cake in a mug? Well, this is an actual self saucing pudding. A quick search and I found a recipe for this 30 second pudding in a mug. I'm not sure if its a help or a hindrance. I certainly don't need to know any 30 second recipes for rich chocolate gooeyness. But as a public service, I'm here to share it with you, my lovely readers. You're welcome!

I used your regular sized coffee mug to allow for mixing and spluttering in the microwave. Its so, so easy. Just a matter of spooning in flour, cocoa, sugar and milk. Topping with a sprinkling of cocoa and brown sugar and then some hot water. Zap in the microwave for 30 seconds (although mine needed 40 seconds) and tip out into a bowl. The sauce is sitting at the bottom of the cup.

As you can see in the top photo, I served my son's in a bowl with a few banana chips. Me? I couldn't wait. I just spooned ice cream into the mug. Your dessert dilemma is sorted.

30 second Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding in a Mug

  • 1 heaped tablespoon self raising flour
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 heaped tablespoon sugar
  • 1 and a half tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot water

  1. Mix together self raising flour, cocoa, sugar and milk in a coffee mug (or other small microwave proof jug).
  2. Sprinkle on top extra cocoa and brown sugar and carefully pour on hot water.
  3. Cook in microwave for 30 seconds. (Mixture should be combined and cooked. If undissolved cocoa exists, zap for an extra 10 seconds.)
  4. Pour into a bowl or add ice cream or cream to the cup.

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot French Toast Bake Recipe

French toast! In the crockpot! While you sleep!

The Ingredients.

--1 whole loaf of bread (I made a gluten-free raisin bread)
--1 dozen eggs
--2 t vanilla
--4 cups of milk (1 used 3 cups of soy, and 1 cup of heavy cream)
--1/4 t salt
--2 t cinnamon
--1/4 cup brown sugar
--1/4 cup walnuts, or other desired nuts (optional. I did not use nuts this time.)

The Directions.

I used a 6 qt Smart-Pot Crock-Pot for this. I'd recommend a 5 or 6qt for this dish. If you have a smaller crockpot, scale back a bit. Maybe only use 1/2 a loaf of bread.

Grease the inside of your crockpot very well with butter, shortening, or cooking spray. Slice your bread into large slices (if it's already sliced, just dump it in) and place the bread into the crockpot.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla together. Pour on top of the bread.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. This is done when the bread has soaked up all of the liquid and the egg has cooked (you can tell because you'll see bits of cooked egg stuck to the bread). The bread will expand---it's like one of those spongy foam things that come in the capsules and turn into a dinosaur. Very cool.

After 8 hours, I had a bit of liquid left in the crockpot, but the bread on top was browned nicely and the egg was done. I took the lid off and went hunting for the camera, and then checked email, and then watered the garden. 30 minutes had passed before I remembered that I had left the lid off of the crockpot, and that it was still plugged in. BUT! all the moisture was gone and the french toast was perfect.

so there you go. I'd give that a try.

The Verdict.

Very good! We ate this for dinner, but I will most definitely make it again for a nice family breakfast or brunch. 


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best. - John C. Maxwell

"Good Morning" in Sardinian (Italy) - Bonas dies

Beverages - Keep a Pitcher Cold


20 Oddly Shaped Fruits And Veggies That Look Like Something Else

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1. Strawberry Butterfly

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2. Mother Child Hugging Veggies

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3. Angry Birds Coming To An Onion Aisle Near You

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4. Human Radish On The Move

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5. This Funky Carrot Got Moves

unusual-shape-fruit-vegetables-3__605Photo Credit: Tatsputin

6. The Most Mystical Eggplant

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7. Quack-Quack, Duck-shaped Tomato

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8. The Pouting Carrot…Does Anyone Carrot About Me At All?

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9. Chicken Strawberry

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10. A Beary Good Potato

unusual-shape-fruit-vegetables-103__605Photo Credit: Geoff Robinson

11. I Like My Veggies Screaming For Their Life

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12. Radish Shaped Like A Foot With Five Intact Toes ‘Stands’ On Display

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13. Owl Apple

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14. Angry Monster Pickle Trapped At Bottom Of Jar

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15. ‘Draw Me Like One Of Your French Girls’

unusual-shape-fruit-vegetables-101__605Photo Credit: the2belo

16. Obvi, This Pumpkin Could Only Mean One Thing: The Dragons Are Coming This Halloween

unusual-shape-fruit-vegetables-110__605Photo Credit: uglypatty

17. This Lemon Thinks It’s A Banana

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18. Foot-shaped Carrot

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19. That Is One Sheep Potatoe

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20. This Broccoli Isn’t Afraid To Speak Its Mind



  1. You never outgrow your need for hilarious vegetables:) Cheers!

  2. I won't ask how long it takes to do one of these posts. It is like browsing thru a magazine. I could watch the cats going up and down the slide--forever! I find the vegetables "disturbing". Better go back to the cats and slide!