Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Aunt and Uncle Day July 26, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Aunt and Uncle Day

Aunt and Uncle Day is, as the name suggests, a day to celebrate a special set of relatives – your Aunts and Uncles.
The amount of aunts and uncles you have will vary from family to family. However, they often play a crucial role throughout your life; taking you to fun places, babysitting you when your parents are out, buying you birthday and Christmas presents and giving you important advice and support when you need it most. After all, there are some things we just don’t feel comfortable talking to our parents about.
So if you love your aunts and uncles, why not call them, spend the day with them, or send them a card or a gift? This is your day to show them how much you appreciate all of the effort they have put in, and all of the fun and laughter they have provided over the years.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment.
Usage:The audience was befuddled by the speaker's contradictory statements.

Idiom of the Day

a great many

 — A very large number of (people, things, etc.


Carl Jung (1875)

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Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. Early in his career, he worked with psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who studied and named "schizophrenia." Jung wrote a book on the illness, which led to a meeting with Sigmund Freud, and the two formed a close relationship for a number of years. However, Jung's criticism of Freud's emphasis on the sexual basis of neuroses ended their collaboration, and a formal break came when Jung published what revolutionary book?


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A bicycle ride (not race) across the state of IowaRAGBRAI is billed as the oldest, longest, and largest bicycle-touring event in the nation. The sponsor from the start has been the Des Moines Register, and RAGBRAI stands for Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The field is limited, and participants are chosen through a drawing. The ride began in 1973 and was intended as a one-time event, but interest was such that it continued the next year, and the next, when it got the RAGBRAI name. The route is different each year but always runs from west to east. 

Psychotherapy Helps People Turn Down the Din of Tinnitus

About three years ago, a high-pitched "eeeeeeeee" sound started ringing in Linda Gray's ears. Sometimes, the ring would suddenly turn into a roar, sending Gray into panic mode.

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1775 - A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin. 

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1885 - 1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii

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1908 - U.S. Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order that created an investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI. 

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1948 - Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time, when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, "The Babe Ruth Story." 

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1968John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed the song "Hey Jude."

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1984Prince's movie "Purple Rain" premiered in Hollywood, CA. 

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1999 - 1,500 pieces of Marilyn Monroe's personal items went on display at Christie's in New York, NY. The items went on sale later in 1999. 


If You Were Born Today, July 25
You have a wonderful sense of fun and a way with words. Playful, unique, and respectable all at once, you can be well-liked, and more so as you mature, probably because you retain a youthful playfulness throughout life. Even so, there is an element of mystery surrounding you, and others might sense that there is more to you than meets the eye. You do have a developed spiritual side that is not always evident. Certainly, you are an idealist and prefer to see the best in people, which of course can also lead to some ups and downs or disappointments in your social or love life. Even so, you are not one to become bitter. Famous people born today: Estelle Getty, Matt LeBlanc, Iman, Brad Renfro, James Lafferty, Jack Gilford.

why not visit ellen's blog for some edible ideas?

Pictures of the day

SMS Gazelle

SMS Gazelle was the lead ship of the ten-vessel Gazelle class, built by the Imperial German Navy. Armed with a main battery of ten 10.5 cm (4.1 in) guns and two 45 cm (18 in) torpedo tubesGazelle was capable of a top speed of 19.5 knots(36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph). She was commissioned into the High Seas Fleet in 1901 and participated in the Venezuela Crisis. She served with the fleet until 1914, when she was employed as a coastal defense ship after the outbreak of World War I. After hitting a mine, she was reduced to a mine storage hulk. In 1920, she was stricken from the naval register and sold for scrap.

Picture of a pasture in Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy

Valley of Shadow

Photograph by Emanuele Zallocco, National Geographic 
In this photo submitted by Emanuele Zallocco, a bale of hay casts a long shadow in Monti Sibillini National Park. Named for a legendary prophetess named Sibyl, this Italian park is a landscape of narrow valleys, rushing rivers, towering mountain slopes, and alpine pastures.

Geoffrey Giraffe pattern by Ann Franklin







thanks, shelley

Meat Lover's (No Bean) Chili Recipe

Meat Lover's Chili Recipe: there's NO beans in this one! Stew meat, smoked andouille sausage, tomatoes, garlic, onion, cumin

I was challenged to see if I could make a low-carb, no bean chili. I know there are lots of people who don't need beans in their chili. 

I am not one of them.

or at least I THOUGHT I wasn't one of them. I stand corrected. Very very very corrected.

This is a great chili --- it has all the spice, kick, texture, and heartiness of chili but doesn't have a single bean.  I hate it when I'm wrong.

The Ingredients.
serves 8

2 pounds beef stew meat (frozen is fine)
10 ounces smoked andouille sausages, sliced
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes (whole can)
1 onion, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced (or about 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups beef broth

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. I didn't brown anything for this recipe, but merely plopped it all in and turned the slow cooker on. Load everything into your cooker --- meat, sausages, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and all the seasonings. Stir in the broth. Cover, and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. For chili, the longer the better, in my opinion -- get the flavors to really meld together and provide the meat an opportunity to fall apart.

If you'd like, you can help the meat out by shredding it completely with two large forks, or you can even pulse a few times with a handheld stick blender to naturally thicken the gravy/sauce (what do you call the juice in chili?). 

Serve with your favorite toppings. My kids really like the Scoops chips that Tostitos puts out -- they ate their bowls that way.

The Verdict.
I served this on a chili night to three other families, because I was eager to test out a no-bean version. The crock was scraped clean! I've made quite a few chilies the past few years, and love having a new one to share. I think you'll really enjoy it.



DIY Mock Moccasins...In Felt!

Jealous? Don't be! These mock moccasins are not difficult to whip up yourself. I found this old men's magazine article on making your own leather moccasins on a site called Ffffound! and then tweaked it by using felt and yarn. Here's how you can too! 

What you'll need:
• ruler
• pencil
• paper
• scissors
• felt (the nicer/thicker the felt the better)
• yarn
• large needle
• two pins

First, take a look the old article. It has the instructions and measurements for making your pattern. Remember, this a men's article, so if you're a gal you'll have to figure out what US men's size you wear here. 

1) Once you get through the hard part, making the pattern, trace it on to the felt and cut out. Then, flip it over and trace on more felt to create a mirror image of the pattern.

2) String your needle and start stitching from the tip of the toe to the side.

3) Pull needle and yarn through to the middle and leaving 4", snip.

4) Do the same on the other side.

5) I had to trim down my pattern. For some reason the width was right, but the length was out of control. I had to extend both of the back slits up to 1/2" away from my heel.

6) Take both the side flaps and wrap them around your heel to see how much to trim.

7) Trim off the excess, as they simply need to meet in the middle of the back of your heel.

8) With the two side flaps still wrapped around the back of your heel, wrap the middle flap up and trim the excess off as well. Pin in place.

9) Use the yarn to stitch the flaps in place.

10) Follow picture.

11) Still using the same piece of yarn start stitching up the side of your shoe.

12) Stitch this piece of yarn all the way up to where the two pieces of the shoe meet and again make a big stitch towards the middle of the small top piece, pull through the same point as step 3.

13) Trim to the same length as the string already pulled through from step 3. Now tie the two bit of string from both side in a bow. You can use them to tighten and loosen your shoe.

14) To finish mine off I stitched around sides, being careful to stitch AROUND and not through the yarn that runs from the back of the shoe to the front. If you do this you may not be able to adjust them anymore.

Mine were made of the only felt I had, and I'll probably just rock them as slippers around the house. If you used really nice, thick felt you could slap a leather sole on them and wear them outside.

This summer, let your kids compete in a Popcorn Olympics!


Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

Dominic and Isaac Wright of Belmont, Michigan, found a toad in their backyard that had 5 legs! Submitted by Kendra Wright, Belmont, Michigan -------------------- Ronald Dick was knocked unconscious by a sturgeon that leapt into his boat while traveling down Florida’s Suwanee River. -------------------- Kenny Muhammad aka “The Human Orchestra,” can simultaneously generate an entire orchestra of sounds from his mouth!

Food Storage - Steer clear of ice cream freezer burn



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