Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wife Appreciation Day SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Wife Appreciation Day

Wife Appreciation Day is an exciting event that gives husbands a chance to demonstrate just how much they love and appreciate their wife. It has been listed in Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events since it was first established, and has been hugely popular ever since. There are so many things that a supportive and loving wife does for her husband, and this is a chance for husbands to look back and remember all the big and little things that add up to so much.
Husbands may want to order a beautiful bouquet of her favorite flowers, and/or arrange a fabulous surprise, such as making a reservation at her special restaurant, booking to see a spectacular show; or taking her on a romantic mini-break. Alternatively, they may want to get her a gift of designer perfume or a unique piece of jewelry, both of which are always gratefully received!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The area or compartment into which a ship's furnaces or boilers open.
Usage:When the ship was sinking, many passengers were able to escape, but the stokehold crew was trapped below deck.


The Battle of the Sexes (1973)

Though she won 67 tournament titles in her career, American tennis player Billie Jean King is perhaps best known for the "Battle of the Sexes" against former champion Bobby Riggs. In 1973, Riggs emerged from retirement and defeated Margaret Court in a nationally televised match. Proclaiming the superiority of the male athlete over the female no matter what the age, he challenged Billie Jean King, who accepted and routed him in three straight sets.

Upton Sinclair (1878)

Sinclair was a prolific American novelist and socialist activist who wrote over 90 books, including The Jungle, a best-selling muckraking exposé of conditions in the Chicago meat-packing industry that aroused public indignation and resulted in the passage of food inspection laws in the US. He also organized a socialist reform movement in the 1930s and won the Democratic nomination for governor of California but was defeated in 1934

Walloon Regional Day

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. September is a month of celebration for Belgium's Walloon Region. In addition to the local traditional festivities, Walloon Regional Day takes place on the third Sunday of the month, and the Feast Day of the French Community is held in Wallonia during September. Established as a federal state in 1993, Wallonia is Belgium's largest region, making up 55 percent of the country's territory. The main festivities take place in the regional capital, Nemur.

How Yoga Can Help People with Arthritis

Exercise works all kinds of wonders on the human body, from stabilizing joints to improving muscle mass to reducing inflammation. That's pretty motivating when your body feels good—but less so when it aches. 

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1519 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey. 

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1946 - The first Cannes Film Festival premiered. The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II. 

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1964 - After a charity show that finished their U.S. tour, the Beatles appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show." 

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1967 - The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) was launched. It went out of service on November 27, 2008. 

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1973 - The Roxy Theater opened in Los Angeles, CA. The opening acts were Elton John, Carole King and Jackson Browne.

1976 - "The Captain & Tennille" show premiered on ABC-TV.


If You Were Born Today, September 20

You seek security and harmony in your life, preferring to keep the peace than to deal with too much conflict. You have a gentle, peaceable manner. Intelligent and analytical, your opinions are strong although rarely forced upon others. Although generally quiet and likable, you have strength of character that others sense. You have a straightforward manner, yet you are also magnetic and intuitive. Idealistic in love, it can take some time before you see a partner clearly.Famous people born today: Sophia Loren, Upton Sinclair, Alexander the Great, Jon Bernthal, Moon Bloodgood, Asia Argento, Anne Meara.

Picture of the day
The Day the Earth Smiled
The Day the Earth Smiled refers to the date July 19, 2013, on which the Cassini spacecraft turned to image Saturn, its entire ring system, and the Earth from a position where Saturn eclipsed the Sun. Cassini imaging team leader and planetary scientist Carolyn Porco called for all the world's people to reflect on humanity's place in the cosmos, to marvel at life on Earth, and to look up and smile in celebration. The final mosaic, shown here, was released four months later and includes planet Earth, Mars, Venus, and a host of Saturnian moons.

Picture of a street artist in Florence, Italy

“La Fornarina on Pavement”

Photograph by Dmitry Butuzov, National Geographic 
A street artist re-creates Raphael’s “La Fornarina,” or “Portrait of a Young Woman,” in chalk on the sidewalks of Florence, a common canvas for serious and whimsical nods to the Italian masters. Margherita Luti, depicted in the portrait, was a baker’s daughter from Trastevere and mistress of the Renaissance painter. The original work is housed in Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica.













These Maple Chili Meatballs combine sweet and heat for the ultimate game day or party appetizer!
These Maple Chili Meatballs combine sweet and heat for the ultimate game day or party appetizer!
Fall is upon us and with it brings game days and potlucks and the need for quick, easy, and delicious appetizers. One of the things I love most about fall is that Maple is back in season. I love maple and I love that it’s an extremely versatile flavor that can be used for sweet and savory dishes. When paired with Farm Rich Italian Style Meatballs and chili sauce, you get the best of both worlds in this full flavored snack! 
These Maple Chili Meatballs combine sweet and heat for the ultimate game day or party appetizer!
For me, maple makes everything better, that’s probably the New Englander in me, but it’s true! Also, when we’re at parties, Matt and I tend to hang out by the meatballs all night, who needs the other stuff when you’ve got cocktail meatballs in a killer sauce. The chili sauce gives them a nice hint of heat that’s perfect for those who love it and still enjoyable for those who prefer things more on the mild side. Plus, did I mention you can make these in less than 30 minutes with only 6 ingredients!!! Seriously, these meatballs are AWESOME! And according to my husband they make great mini meatball sliders too!
What’s you favorite appetizer when it comes to fall get togethers? 
These Maple Chili Meatballs combine sweet and heat for the ultimate game day or party appetizer!
Prep time
2 mins
Cook time
25 mins
Total time
27 mins
These Maple Chili Meatballs combine sweet and heat for the ultimate game day or party appetizer!
Author: Rebecca
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 56
  • 1 cup Chili Sauce
  • 1 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup, pure is best
  • 3 tbsp Sweetened Lime Juice*
  • 1 Bag Farm Rich Italian Style Meatballs
  • Fresh Chives
  1. Stir together liquid ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Add meatballs and sauce together in a large pot and stir until meatballs are evenly coated.
  3. Cover and cook over medium heat for 20 - 25 minutes until meatballs are tender, stir every few minutes for an even cook.
  4. Transfer cooked meatballs to a serving dish and garnish with chopped chives.
*Use a brand like Rose's that is often found in the liqueur aisle at more grocers.

stephanie o'dea

Moroccan Lentil Soup CrockPot Recipe

Soup season has officially begun. I'm embarrassed to admit that I have never cooked or even bought lentils before the other day. The dude at Whole Foods brought me right to the display. I chose the green ones.

The Ingredients.

--1 cup dried lentils
--1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
--1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
--1 onion, chopped
--2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
--1/2 cup chopped celery
--1/2 cup chopped carrots
--28 oz can of diced tomatoes (and juice)
--4 cups vegetable broth
--1 1/2 tsp garam masala
--1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
--1/2 tsp cumin
--1/4 tsp nutmeg
--1/4 tsp cinnamon
--1 inch ginger, peeled and grated

The Directions.

Use at least a 5 quart crockpot for this. It makes a lot.

Chop up all of your vegetables and add them to the crockpot. If you are rushed in the morning, consider chopping the vegetables at night---it took me longer than I wanted it to. Drain and rinse off the beans, add to the pot. Add the dried lentils. Grate your ginger, and add it along with the dried spices. Stir in the vegetable broth and tomatoes.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Soup tastes best the longer you cook it, and it is even better the next day.

Before serving, use an immersible blender and pulse to blend some of the vegetables and beans together. This isn't necessary, but it really improves the texture of the soup and melds the flavors nicely.

The Verdict.

Adam and I really liked this a lot and are excited to have a bunch left for lunches throughout the week. This makes a lot of food, but I've learned through this year that many times soups, stews, and chili dishes taste better the next day than they do on cooking day. The kids were not interested.


Papilio machaon caterpillar

click on the food group until you get the correct food above the animal that eats it
Feeding Animals

Thrissops formosus


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela


"Welcome" in Bosnian (Bosnia and Hercegovina) - Dobro dosli

Cooking - Trick to Removing Fats Out of a Soup, Stew, or Casserole

thanks, patty
Family Portraits

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