Monday, November 28, 2016

French Toast Day November 28, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate French Toast Day
There’s a blend that just makes our morning fantastic, and it’s a blending of eggs, milk, and cinnamon with bread dipped in. There’s something about the savory sweet smell of it, and the anticipation of having it painted with butter and drizzled with syrup, with a side of breakfast sausage and a tall glass of orange juice that’ll get us out of bed on even the worst of days. French Toast Day honors this amazing breakfast delight, and encourages you to enjoy it for breakfast with a few friends.

The breakfast favorite French toast goes by many names depending on where it’s being served up – eggy bread, German toast, poor knights’ pudding, Bombay toast – but it’s always made of the same key ingredients. Egg, milk – or cream – and bread. This delicious sweet snack is often served with sugar or syrup and fruit, and consists of bread slices fried in a mixture of milk and egg. In France, its name is ‘pain perdu’, which literally means ‘lost bread’, because it would often be made with stale or old bread.

Although we tend to call it French Bread, the dish isn’t known to have come from France. Some ancient Latin recipes from the 4th century mention soaking bread in milk before frying, and in fourteenth Century Germany the term ‘poor knights’ pudding’ was coined for the sweet treat because it was seen as an affordable meal for those without too much money to spend. Today, it’s eaten across the world as a breakfast meal or a sweet snack.

In Italy, there’s a savory version, called ‘mozzarella en carrozza’, which sees the egg-soaked bread sandwiching slices of mozzarella cheese before it is fried. Its name literally means ‘mozzarella in a carriage’. So you can have eggy bread for your main meal, and your pudding!

One Liners - thanks, barbara
 Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

Word of the Day


Definition: (adjective) Clearly expressed or presented; easy to understand.
Synonyms:lucid, luculent, pellucid, crystal clear, limpid
Usage:The lawyer presented a perspicuous closing argument, clarifying the forensic evidence for the confused jurors.

If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.

Idiom of the Day

good enough for jazz

Sufficient to suit the purpose(s) at hand without needing to be perfect. 

 William Blake (1757)

  Blake was an English poet and artist. Trained as an engraver, he opened a print shop in 1784 and developed an innovative technique for engraving illustrations and text on the same plate and for producing colored engravings. Blake's paintings, engravings, and illustrated books of poetry feature detailed images of realistic natural forms as well as fanciful creatures. He lived on the edge of poverty, was considered mad, and died in neglect.

Underwater Stone Age Settlement a Haven for Fishing - and Yields Mysterious Elk-Antler Pick Axe 

A Stone Age settlement submerged off the coast of Sweden has been comprehensively mapped for the first time.

Underwater Stone Age settlement a haven for fishing - and yields mysterious elk-antler pick axe


 1520 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.

1919 - American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.


 1922 - Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting. He spelled out, "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over New York's Times Square.


1944 - The MGM movie musical "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland opened in New York.


1964 - Willie Nelson made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.


 1977 - Larry Bird was introduced as "College Basketball's Secret Weapon" with a cover story in Sports Illustrated. (NBA)



If You Were Born Today, November 28
You are warm, spontaneous, emotional, and magnetic. Your smile is infectious. You love to have fun, yet you have a deeper side to you. Moodiness is something you struggle with from time to time. You are not the most consistent person around, as you tend to feel your way through life, and your emotions are up and down. You are very perceptive, at times complex, and generally quite contradictory! You are a compassionate person. Others may find it hard to assign you traits, simply because you can be brave and adventurous one day, and withdrawn the next. Famous people born today: Anna Nicole Smith, William Blake, Jon Stewart, Judd Nelson, Gary Hart, Ed Harris.


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting has been one of New York City's most celebrated events for over 80 years, and a world-wide symbol of the NYC holiday season. It's the perfect place to kick off the holidays with a beloved tradition - and the perfect time to complete your holiday shopping.

The 16th annual One of a Kind Holiday Show in Chicago is Dec 1st-4th

The 16th annual One of a Kind Holiday Show is a 4-day show that offers the ultimate holiday shopping experience including more than 600 artists from North America presenting hand-crafted and specialty items, artwork, festive food offerings from gourmet vendors, fashion shows and live music.
The Mart
7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
(800) 677-MART (6278)
When:December 1-4
Hours are as follows:
December 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
December 3 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.December 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
You will have to purchase tickets, but a portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Dec 1-4, 2016 | Miami Beach, FL


Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr Miami Beach, FL

About This Festival

Art Basel Miami Beach is an esteemed Modern and contemporary art show that is held annually in Miami Beach, Basel and Hong Kong. In addition to showcasing world-renowned artists and their work, the event is a platform for innovative new artists working across a variety of media in the visual arts. This gathering aims to create and foster connections among the international art community and offers various presentation formats for artists and galleries as well as talks and panel discussions. Art Basel is recognized for its first-rate productions, so don’t miss the delightful sights.

Charlotte Nativity Festival

Dec 2-3, 2016 | Charlotte, NC


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
5815 Carmel Rd Charlotte, NC

About This Festival

The family-friendly Charlotte Nativity Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a religious celebration that’s open to people of all faiths. The three-day event features recreations of the nativity scene, displays of nativities from across the globe, performances featuring musicians from the school and children’s activities.

 Pictures of the day

 Legong Bapang Saba

An adult Legong Bapang Saba dancer from Sanata Dharma University's Sekar Jepun Balinese dance troupe. Legong, which can be traced to the 19th century, is a narrative dance performed to gamelan music. Although the fifteen types of legong have traditionally been performed by prepubescent girls, today the dance may also be performed by adult women and men in women's costumes.
X-Ray of a Pregnant Dog
Picture of the Day: X-Ray of a Pregnant Dog How many can you count?


 knit - christmas
Knitted Christmas star pattern by Cecile Renaud



 knit - christmas gift
Knit a fun, fur-trimmed earflap hat in three sizes.
Snowy Child Earflap Hat | Red Heart


 crochet - christmas



Clothespin Bag Photo

 crochet - christmas
Holiday Delight Afghan
Everyone will love this festive Christmas afghan strewn with evergreen wreaths. Size: 44" x 65".Skill Level: Average

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Steff's Shepherd Pie


Slow Cooker Artichoke Dip


Super Easy Lemon Pie




CRAFTS - christmas 
Reuse Thread Spools -  
Make An Advent Calendar 
 Just Something I Made


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... christmas craft

Advent Tissue Paper Tree

Babycenter Community


It's fun! Count down the days 'til Santa's arrival, and get a treat with each one!

Prep time: 20 min.
Difficulty: Challenging

What you'll need:

Assortment of candy
28 4-1/2-inch paper tubes (empty gift wrapping tubes or paper towel rolls cut into 4-inch pieces)
Double-stick tape
1 piece of cardboard (4 x 12-inch)
Green tissue paper, cut into 8-1/2-inch wide strips
Thin red ribbon, optional
Small toys and games, optional

What to do:

Roll each tube in the center of a strip of green tissue paper, leaving 2 inches on both ends. Close one end of the tube by neatly folding the tissue over the opening and taping it shut.

Through the other end, fill each tube with the candy, toys and/or games. Close this end by twisting the extra tissue shut and then tying it with ribbon.

To build the tree: Tape 7 tubes in a straight row onto the cardboard strip, making sure the ribbons face the same direction.

Continue making diminishing layers, securing each tube with double-stick tape, and finishing with one tube on top.
Decorate the sides with Candy Canes and Fruit Chews.

Celebrate, pop open a tube from the "back" of the tree.





 In 1917, about 10,000 sailors gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to create a “living flag”! Submitted by Dan Paulun, W. Lafayette, OH -------------------- Sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren of Brooklyn, New York, rode motorcycles 5,500 miles across the United States in 1916 to prove women’s abilities to be wartime couriers! Submitted by Dan Paulun, W. Lafayette, OH -------------------- Nineteenth-century heiress Josephine Wendel, of New York City, had her table set for six imaginary guests each night and held conversations with them over dinner. Submitted by Dan Paulun, W. Lafayette, OH

 Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.

CLEVER- christmas
perfect XMAS centerpiece

 Just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year; not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

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Question: This enamelware coffeepot is in great condition with minimal rust and no dents. There are no marks on it anywhere to distinguish a maker. How old do you think it is? What is it worth?
Answer: The process of applying layers of porcelain enamel over metal began in Germany during the 18th century. Many European immigrants with enameling skills opened factories in the United States during the late 1800s. Production of enameled ware, sometimes known as graniteware, peaked between the early 1900s and the 1930s. The process consisted of dipping metal pots, pans, pitchers and dozens of other items in enamel and heating them in a kiln, which produced a hard, glass-like finish. Labels identifying the manufacturer were often affixed to the wares, but quickly wore off from use. The style and color of your coffeepot indicate it is likely American-made. Price guides place the value at $150 to $225.
-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News

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