Thursday, December 8, 2016

Brownie Day December 8, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Brownie Day
Brownies, that rich, decadent, purely hedonistic blend of cake and cookie that feels amazing in your mouth and leaves you craving more. There’s a million different derivations of how to make these delicious treats, but there’s one thing they all have in common. Levels of chocolate so thick and rich they should be illegal. So popular are they that you can find them served as the foundation for sundaes, they can be found in milkshakes, and there’s even been breakfast cereal based on them. Brownie Day is your chance to get in and indulge in all that decadent goodness you’ve avoided the rest of the year, or at least an opportunity to go into some serious brownie overload.

The first brownies ever made set the bar for the hedonistic indulgence that was to follow, created for a fair luncheon in the late 1800’s, the first variety of these was found bedecked in an apricot glaze and inundated with delicious walnuts. To this day the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago serves the same recipe as that served to these ladies well over a hundred years ago.

Brownie Day was established by the millions of fans of this chocolatey-cakey treat, and the recipes that have cropped up over the years have been legion. From Chocolate Mint brownies to those made with rich swirls of caramel, the variations of brownie are limited only by the extent of your imagination.

Well let’s be frank, the best way to celebrate Brownie Day is to hunker down over a big ol’ slice of brownie and indulge in this favorite. Whether you buy a boxed mix or swing into your local confectionery establishment, don’t let Brownie Day go by without getting a mouthful of rich cakey chocolate. Then share with your friends! Brownie Day, another great excuse to overload on chocolate!

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 Word of the Day


Definition: (noun) A person who acts independently or remains neutral, especially in politics.
Synonyms:fencesitter, independent
Usage:The public relations firm believed that the key to victory was to capture the hearts and minds of the mugwumps who would otherwise remain passive.

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Idiom of the Day

have (one's) heart in (something)

To be emotionally and enthusiastically involved in something; to do or undertake something with passion and zeal.  
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SpaceX Launches and Returns a Spacecraft from Orbit (2010)

In 2002, PayPal cofounder Elon Musk established the space transportation company SpaceX. In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to place a spacecraft into orbit and successfully recover it. The craft, called Dragon, was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. In 2012, Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with and be attached to the International Space Station (ISS).

James Thurber (1894)

After working at various newspapers, Thurber served on the staff of The New Yorker from 1927 to 1933 and was later a principal contributor to the magazine, publishing drawings, stories, and anecdotes of his misadventures. He is especially known for his short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In 1940, his failing eyesight forced him to curtail his drawing, and by 1952 he had to give it up altogether as his blindness had become nearly total.

800-Pound Groupers Making a Comeback-But Not Everyone's Happy

Somewhere in the warm waters off the Florida Keys lives a fish named Sylvia. She is six feet long, friendly as a golden retriever—and a rarity.
800-Pound Groupers Making a Comeback—But Not Everyone's Happy


 1765 - Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, MA. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts.


 1863 - Tom King of England defeated American John Heenan and became the first world heavyweight champion.

 1865 - Composer Jean (Johan) Julius Christian Sibelius was born.

1952 - On the show "I Love Lucy," a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time.


1980 -In New York City, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon to death. Earlier in the day, Lennon had autographed an album for Chapman.


 1994 - In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.


 1997 - Jenny Shipley was sworn in as the first female prime minister of New Zealand.



If You Were Born Today, December 8
You are an enthusiastic and determined person who has high ideals as well as very big plans and goals. A deep thinker, your morals are unusual yet strong, and your courage is great, particularly when it comes to standing up for a cause you believe in. You have a definite religious or philosophical bent. You are exceptionally attractive no matter what you look like, as you have much in the way of personal charisma. You are frequently devising new plots and challenges for yourself. Famous people born today: Jim Morrison, Kim Basinger, David Carradine, Sammy Davis Jr., Sinead O'Connor, Teri Hatcher, Ian Somerhalder, Nicki Minaj, AnnaSophia Robb.

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2. thanks, sally

i signed up for this KAL although i am so sock addicted i don't know if i will ever accomplish anything else! lol .. i believe you can get all the patterns for her little teeny sweaters.
Tiny Sweater ornament KAL 2016 - Mountain Street Arts
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Pictures of the day

 Still Life: Vase with Pink Roses

Still Life: Vase with Pink Roses is an oil painting on canvas completed in 1890 by Vincent van Gogh in Saint-Rémy. At the time the work was painted, Van Gogh was readying himself to leave the Saint-Rémy asylum for the quiet town of Auvers-sur-Oise outside of Paris. The painting reflects the optimism Van Gogh felt at that time about his future, both in his choice of flowers as a subject and the colors used. The painting is owned by the National Gallery of Art of Washington, D.C.

The Difference Two Days Can Make in Minnesota

Picture of the Day: The Difference Two Days Can Make in Minnesota Winter has come

sleigh sweater
 knit - christmas
Oisin The Reindeer pattern by Aine Marriott
 knit - chanukah
Hanukkiyah cable chart pattern by Kale Levin
Twilight Rose Beanie pattern by Gretchen Tracy

nice 'n' easy cardigan pattern by Judith Braun
 knit - christmas
thanks, dawn

Woolly Hand-Mufflers on the BIKE – Uldne Hånd-Muffer på CYKLEN | food and knitting stories   christmastree
 christmas tree sweater

 crochet - christmas
Mitaine Père Noël Scrubby
Mitaine Père Noël Scrubby | Red Heart
 crochet - newborn
thanks, clara


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 crochet - christmas
DIY Crochet Envelope and Pattern
How to make crochet envelopes - Mollie Makes

santa on a reindeer sweater

RECIPE - christmas
I made these treats years ago for a Christmas Eve Party and they flew out of the table…
Best 25 Handmade Christmas Ideas These are gorgeous!

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Crockpot Green Beans Potatoes and Ham

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Caramel Brownies
Caramel Brownies Recipe
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CRAFTS - christmas

Holiday Packaging DIY // ink blot gift bags
Make This: Ink Blot Gift Bags for the Holidays - Paper and Stitch
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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... christmas craft
pompom tree
DIY: Colorful Pom Pom Trees will make fun craft projects for the kids to create during their Christmas break. Who doesn't love pom-poms!:

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PUZZLE - chanukah

Jigsaw Puzzle
Jewish on-line jigsaw puzzle

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snowflake turtle

 The ocellated icefish of Antarctica has see-through blood! -------------------- The drug penicillin was once so rare that it was recycled from the urine of treated patients. -------------------- Chocolate was once eaten as a cure for smallpox.


here’s a much easier way to flossThere's a much easier way to floss.
Tie floss into a loop and never strangle your fingers again.
chanukah candle tank
Chanukah in 2016 will start on Sunday, the 25th of December and will continue for 8 days until Sunday, the 1st of January. Note that in the Jewish calander, a holiday begins on thesunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Chanukah on the sunset of Saturday, the 24th of December.

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