Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Watermelon Day August 3, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Watermelon Day

With a name like watermelon, one would expect it to be juicy, scrumptious and amazing. The watermelon meets, and in every case, exceeds that very exclamation. The presence of so much water makes this melon an impressive addition to the fruit family. Here it comes, the carefully procured but wonderfully amazing, Watermelon Day!
Whether it is the more than 90% water in the fruit, or the sweet flavor that explodes in your mouth with every bite, this fruit lives up to a crowned ‘favorite fruit’ of children the world over. That hard rind around the edge gives a smooth texture, easy to hold by even the youngest of hands, the soft inner red fruit easy to eat by young and old alike, and with a juicy burst of flavor, it is liked by most that do eat it. Even the seeds are an enjoyment, spitting them has become contests between family, friends and neighbors. But even the seeds do not detract from this wondrous fruit, merely giving us a reason to open our mouths for yet another bite of the succulent melon.
That sweet taste of watermelon on the rind may just be one of the best ways to share it this Watermelon Day. Cut up the melon, plate it up, add a little salt or sugar if that is your preference, and enjoy the delight of sweetness this summer.

thanks, patty

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together.
Usage:The top floor is devoted to the servants-a congeries of little kitchens and cubicles, used by many as lumber-rooms.

Idiom of the Day

happy as a lark

 — Very happy; contented.


Leon Uris (1924)

Related image

Uris was an American novelist known for his many popular novels, especially the 1958 bestseller Exodus, a fictional account of Israel's early history that was eventually translated into dozens of languages. Meticulously researched, much of his fiction is set in historical periods of the 20th century. Uris also wrote screenplays, notably for the classic Western Gunfight at the OK Corral, and many of his novels were made into films.

Nebuta Matsuri

Related image

Nebuta Matsuri, the main festival of Aomori Prefecture in Japan, features processions of huge, elaborately painted papier-mâché figures called nebuta. In the capital city of Aomori, the nebuta figures, up to 49 feet wide and 26 feet high, depict ferociously scowling samurai warriors. Illuminated from within by candles, they glow as they are carried through the streets at nightfall. Spectators wear hats made of flowers and dance in the streets.

How Dental Floss Became a Thing in the First Place

Those regularly chided by their dentists got good news on Tuesday, as the U.S. government acknowledged something to which TIME had brought attention last year: there is little scientific evidence that flossing your teeth really makes a difference when it comes to cavities and gum disease.

Related image

1750 - Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. It was titled "A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management." 

Related image

1777 - During the Siege of Fort Stanwix the first U.S. flag was officially flown during battle. 

Related image

1922 - WGY radio in Schenectady, NY, presented the first full-length melodrama on radio. The work was "The Wolf", written by Eugene Walter. 

Related image

1933 - The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75. 

Related image

1936 - Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals. 

Related image

1949 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League. 

Related image

1956 - Bedloe's Island had its name changed to Liberty Island. 

Related image

1984 - Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. 

Related image

2004 - NASA launched the spacecraft Messenger. The 6 1/2 year journey was planned to arrive at the planet Mercury in March 2011. On April 30, 2015, Messenger crashed into the surface of Mercury after sending back more than 270,000 pictures. 

Related image


If You Were Born Today, August 3
You are bright, inquisitive, and playful. Your presence is strong and, very frequently, all eyes are on you. You enjoy attention, but as you mature and gain more self-awareness, you learn to offer others the stage now and again! You have good money sense, and can at times be quite materialistic. Your ambition and desire to do your own thing can easily put you in the role of boss or self-employed. When motivated, you can be extremely determined and hard-working. Love can sometimes be a difficult life department, but you are very earnest with and supportive of those you love. Famous people born today: artin Sheen, Tony Bennett, John Landis, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Ealy.

A pioneer of the Symbolist art movement in France, Paul Gauguin is renowned for his “savage” art depicting sumptuous Tahitian women, nude bathers and haystacks in the Breton landscape, and decorative door panels around his hut on the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. 

Pictures of the day

Hubble Ultra-Deep Field

The 2014 edition of the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field, a composite image of separate exposures taken from 2003 to 2012 with the Hubble Space Telescope, and showing the full range of ultraviolet to near-infrared light. Made from 841 orbits of telescope viewing time, the image contains approximately 10,000 galaxies, extending back in time to within a few hundred million years of the Big Bang.

Picture of a man wearing a feathered headdress smoking and holding a chicken in Sarawak, Borneo

Lifting the Veil

Photograph by Jonathan Nyik Fui Tai, National Geographic
A lacy veil of cigarette smoke encircles a man in Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. “I embarked on photography trips to inland Sarawak to seek out the native people [who] preserve their way of life,” Jonathan Nyik Fui Tai says. ”Many of the tribes have slowly [been] assimilated into modern society.”












Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs

Here’s what you will need:

  • 12 peeled hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. pickle relish
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
* Paprika, or seasoning of choice to top
Heat cooking oil for deep-frying in a medium-size pan over medium heat.
Cut the hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Gently separate the cooked egg white from the yolk and remove to a medium bowl.
Coat the cooked egg white in flour, eggs, and panko bread crumbs. Carefully place eggs into the hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from pan and drain excess oil on a paper towel.
Add mayonnaise, relish, mustard, hot sauce, salt, and pepper to the yolks and mash until smooth. Fill a piping bag or plastic sandwich bag with yolk mixture. Pipe mixture back into the fried egg white, dust with paprika, and serve!

thanks, shelley

Easiest Ever Fudge RecipeIMG_5176.jpg

Step 1: Ingredients and tools

Picture of Ingredients and tools
  • 3 cups chocolate chips - I mixed milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons good vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts or dried fruit - optional
You can mix whatever chocolate chips you like here. I've even seen folks use peanut butter or butterscotch chips in this fudge and it's amazing. :D
I highly recommend these with 3/4 cup of walnuts - that's my favorite! The walnuts are a little bitter so they balance out the sweetness of the milk chocolate.
  • wax paper
  • pan for forming and cooling the fudge - 8x8 inches or smaller

Step 2: Pick a pan and line it with the wax paper

Picture of Pick a pan and line it with the wax paper
As long as the pan is smaller than 8x8 inches, it should be totally fine! I chose a slightly smaller roasting pan.
Press a piece of wax paper down into the pan and cut off any crazy excess. 
A note about the wax paper: if you're using a deep rounded pan like I am, you may have problems getting the fudge out, even with the wax paper in the bottom! However, it is easy to cut it and pry out a piece - the wax paper will peel right off!

Step 3: Melt the chocolate with the condensed milk

Picture of Melt the chocolate with the condensed milk
Take a saucepan and set it over low heat.
Pour in the condensed milk and add the three cups of chocolate chips along with a pinch of salt. Stir this frequently until it all melts together. The milk chocolate chips melt nearly instantly, but anything darker will take a little longer.
As soon as it's smooth, take it off the heat. Add in the vanilla and mix it well. 

Step 4: Pour into the pan and cool in the fridge

Picture of Pour into the pan and cool in the fridge
Once the fudge is all melted together, you'll want to pour it into the pan lined with wax paper. Use a spatula to spread it out. :)
The one downside to this fudge: it takes about two hours in the fridge to cool down.
The fudge will look super glossy when you pop it in the fridge, but after the two hours are up it will have lightened and look pretty matte.

Step 5: Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Picture of Cut into pieces and enjoy!
Once it's cool, use a large sharp knife to cut it into pieces.
This fudge is great cold OR at room temperature. Right from the fridge, this fudge is fairly creamy and dense. If you leave it out at room temperature, it stays solid and creamy, but the texture is more similar to traditionally made fudge.
I'd store it in the fridge for the longest shelf life, though!


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... salt painting


Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. - Meister Eckhart

A seagull in Southeast Wales turned bright orange after falling into a vat of tika masala! -------------------- A baby seahorse is called a “fry”. -------------------- The Tsavo man-eaters are on display at the Field museum of natural History in Chicago. -------------------- In 1989, a pair of lions ate as many as 135 men working on the British Kenya-Uganda railway.

CLEVER .. odd and interesting products


No comments:

Post a Comment