Friday, November 13, 2015

World Kindness Day NOVEMBER 13, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day isn’t just about adopting all the children from your local orphanage – it’s about the little gestures of kindness too. Helping others can restore a sense of humanity, not to mention giving you that warm fuzzy glow inside.

World Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on November 13, 1997 and made a “Declaration of Kindness”. Likewise, on World Kindness Day everyone is encouraged to make a similar declaration. Donating books, food or clothes to your local community is a great way to celebrate. However, pledging to commit just one act of kindness is no less worthwhile: hold the door open for a stranger, compliment your neighbor on their collection of garden gnomes, let your partner have control of the TV remote for the evening.
However you decide to celebrate remember that the best thing about World Kindness Day  is that it doesn’t cost a thing!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A prehistoric megalith typically having two upright stones and a capstone.
Usage:All that was left of the pre-historic community was a dolmen, an enigma that stood in nature like a letter from a lost alphabet.


Holland Tunnel Opens to Traffic (1927)

The Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan to Jersey City, was designed specifically for automobile traffic and included ventilator systems to reduce carbon monoxide exposure. One of first examples of ventilated design, the tunnel was an engineering marvel of the time. Construction required workers to spend large amounts of time under high pressure.

Esaias Tegnér (1782)

Tegnér was the most popular of the Swedish romantic poets. An optimistic nationalist in his youth, he wrote the militant anti-Russian Svea and Axel, followed by Frithjof's Saga, which is based on collections of Scandinavian sagas and is considered the masterpiece of the Swedish Gothic tradition. The son of a pastor and a bishop himself, his sermons and speeches are classics of the Swedish language.

Feast of St. Frances Cabrini

The first American citizen to be proclaimed a saint of the Roman Catholic Church,Francesca Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) was born in Italy. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880, and went on to establish orphanages, schools and hospitals in many American cities, as well as in Europe and South America. She was canonized on July 7, 1946. Her feast day is commemorated in many places, but particularly at Mother Cabrini High School in New York City, in whose chapel she is buried, and at every establishment of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

Humans Have Minded Their Own Beeswax for At Least 8500 Years

For how long have humans been exploiting the labor of honeybees? More than 8,500 years, according to a new study. Researchers found beeswax residue on fragments of ancient cooking pots from archaeological sites across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

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1789 - Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." 

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1805 - Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invented a recipe and called it the "frankfurter." 

1977 - The comic strip "Li'l Abner" by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time.

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1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC. 

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1998 - "The Wizard of Oz" was released on the big screen by Warner Bros. 59 years after its original release.

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2009 - NASA announced that water had been discoved on the moon. The discovery came from the planned impact on the moon of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). 

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If You Were Born Today, November 13

You are wise beyond your years, and your eyes reflect this wisdom. The outward expression of your personality is strong and determined, although this hides a very emotional and sensitive nature. Success may come later in life, simply because in youth, you are inclined to more daydreaming than action. You may come across as sarcastic and even tough, but you are a thoughtful and kind person with a love of knowledge, justice, and truth. You also have a well-developed sense of humor. Famous people born today: Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Mulligan, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Noth, Garry Marshall, Gerard Butler, Frances Conroy.

Picture of the day
A map of the Swedish city of Gothenburg in 1888, during a period of heavy development. In the 19th century, the city's population increased tenfold to 130,000.

Picture of Indian women in veils walking down a staircase

In the Pink

Photograph by Dasha Horita
“[These ladies] were leaving work in the afternoon,” explains Dasha Horita, who submitted this photo of women in India, uniformly outfitted in bright-pink veils and flowered dresses, descending a staircase in the waning sunlight.





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CrockPot Granola Recipe

I found oats! yay! They were hiding out at the fancy-pants grocery store.We were all quite pleased with this granola, and have eaten almost all of it already. The kids and Adam ate a bunch warm, right out of the pot. I'm making some more today. 

There's no right or wrong way to make granola. Feel free to switch around ingredients depending on your family's tastes/wishes.

The Ingredients.

- 5 cups oats 
- 1/4 cup honey * (see note below)
- 1/4 cup melted butter * (see note below)
- 1 T flax seeds
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut 
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used raisins and cranberries)

The Directions.

Put all the dry ingredients into your crockpot. You'll need at least a 4 quart. 

Melt the butter in the microwave, and add. Add the honey. Toss well.

*note: if you add this amount of honey and butter, the granola will be cereal-like, and not trail-mix like. If you'd rather the granola clump together in pieces, you'll need to add more honey and butter. I tried it with the honey and butter doubled (1/2 cup each) and it still didn't clump much--so if you'd prefer your granola that way, you'll need to add at least 3/4 cup of honey. I didn't want that much sugar, and my kids are cool with eating it like this. 

Cover, but vent with a chopstick. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring every so often.

If you can smell the granola cooking, go stir. It will burn if you don't keep an eye on it. But it won't burn as quickly as it does in the oven!
Dump out on some parchment paper and let cool. Eat with milk like cereal, warmed with milk like oatmeal, or as is. Seal well in an air-tight container. Granola freezes well. 

The Verdict.

This is one of the only times I haven't burnt granola, and my kids have been eating it non-stop since the first batch came out of the crock.
 I'm going to go have some more right now.

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin

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"Welcome" in Hawaiian (Hawaii) - Aloha mai

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Steam clean mystery stains out of your carpets using an iron.

2. Steam clean mystery stains out of your carpets using an iron.
You don’t need to rent a giant hulking carpet cleaner, unless you plan on doing the entire house. You just need your iron, according to Homemaker Chic.

thanks, patty

1 comment:

  1. Our rescue pooch is named after St. Frances (with an e)--Francesca Xavier Cabrini. When she was taken into the shelter her name was Sassy, but the powers that be decided she would be more likely to be adopted with a more saintly name!