Celebrate Grammar Day by crossing your I’s, dotting your T’s, and making sure that you’re correctly punctuating and structuring your sentences. Watch those apostrophes!
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) One who has the power and position to rule over others.|
|Usage:||She was a potentate in her home, all her relatives being too cowed to protest her decisions.|
|Henry the Navigator, a Portuguese prince, figured strongly in Portugal's early development as a colonial empire. Though not a navigator himself, Henry was a great patron of exploration and is credited with establishing a school for navigators and encouraging the study of navigational instruments and cartography. Under his patronage, Portuguese sailors explored and colonized Madeira, the Cape Verde Islands, and the Azores.|
|Omizutori Matsuri is marked by religious rites that have been observed for 12 centuries at the Buddhist Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, Japan. During this period of meditative rituals in the first two weeks of March, the drone of recited sutras and the sound of blowing conchs echo from the temple. On March 12, young monks on the temple gallery brandish burning pine-branches, shaking off burning pieces. Spectators below try to catch the sparks, believing they have magic power against evil.|
|Two gorgeous new species of peacock spiders nicknamed "Skeletorus" and "Sparklemuffin" have been discovered in Australia, according to a new report.|
1634 - Samuel Cole opened the first tavern in Boston, MA.
1791 - Vermont was admitted as the 14th U.S. state. It was the first addition to the original 13 American colonies.
1877 - Emile Berliner invented the microphone.
1881 - Eliza Ballou Garfield became the first mother of a U.S. President to live in the executive mansion.
1908 - The New York board of education banned the act of whipping students in school.
1914 - Doctor Fillatre successfully separated Siamese twins.
1950 - Walt Disney’s "Cinderella" was released across the U.S.
1954 - In Boston, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital reported the first successful kidney transplant.
1975 - Queen Elizabeth knighted Charlie Chaplin.
2002 - Canada banned human embryo cloning but permitted government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
If You Were Born Today, March 4
You have a strong sense of karma and tend to watch what you do and say as a result. You are responsible and caring, although not always patient when others around you are not doing their fair share. You are not a big risk taker, but you are not lacking in ambition either. You do slowly but surely work hard and push forward. You tend to be orderly and organized, or at the very least strive to be. Famous people born today: Patricia Heaton, Catherine O'Hara, Chastity Bono, Emilio Estefan, Joshua Bowman, Andrea Bowen.
Photograph by Felipe Jacome
The mangroves of the Cayapas Mataje Mangrove Reserve in northwestern Ecuador are the tallest in the world. The area is home to many Afro-Ecuadorian communities who rely on gathering black cockles that can be found in the mud of the mangroves and sold as a culinary delicacy. Picking shells is a tremendously arduous task, asconcheros have to crouch down for hours in knee-deep mud.
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TWO Purim recipes
Yummy Gluten-Free Hamantaschen
By Rella Kaplowitz
7-8 dozen small hamantaschen
This recipe makes hamentashen that are crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. If you prefer them to be completely crispy, bake an additional 2-3 minutes.
1 cup (2 sticks) of margarine, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour, divided*
jam or other filling of your choice
*Make sure you choose a gluten-free flour that includes xanthan gum (I like Bob's Wonderful Bread Mix or Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend), or add 1 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum with the flour.
Cream margarine and sugar on high for 2-3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, allowing to combine before adding the next.
In a separate bowl, whisk together baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 3 cups of gluten-free flour (and xanthan gum if required). Turn mixer to the lowest speed and add to wet mixture a 1/2 cup at a time, allowing the dry ingredients to be incorporated before adding more. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
Divide the dough into four parts, roll each into a ball, wrap separately in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Dust the counter and the rolling pin with gluten-free flour. Remove 1 dough ball from the refrigerator and cut into circles using a 4 oz. mason jar or small juice glass (if the dough is too sticky to roll out and cut, add additional flour a tablespoon at a time until it is pliable enough). Fill with 1/4 tsp tsp of filling, pinch into a triangle, and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Repeat with remaining dough balls.
One of the really cool things about crockpot cooking is that you can throw frozen things in the crock to cool all day long and they will tenderize and release a whole bunch of flavor while they cook slowly in their own juices.
This is a grown-up version of lazy chicken. The taste is sophisticated, but the preparation takes all of twelve seconds. The most difficult part of this dinner was remembering to take a picture before we ate it all.
--3-4 frozen chicken breast halves
--bag of frozen artichoke hearts
--half jar of green olives (no juice)
--large can of tomatoes (and juice)
put everything in your crockpot.
cook on low for 8 hours, high for 4-6.
Serve over pasta, rice, or quinoa. We ate it with quinoa, and it was a great pairing.
CHILDREN'S CORNER .. craft fun
Canned Food Stilts
What You Need:
- 2 empty metal food cans
- Old towel or rag
- Thin rope
- Paint and brush (optional)
- Pack an old towel or rag tightly into each can. Use your hammer and nail to punch holes near the top of the closed end of the cans. Make the holes opposite each other.
- Cut two pieces of rope that measure about the length of your body.
- Take one piece of rope, thread it through one of the holes (towards the inside of the can) and tie a knot. The knot will be hidden inside the can.
- Thread the loose end of the rope through the other side of the can and tie a knot. Pull the rope tight and the knots will hold the rope in place.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other can and piece of rope.
- If you like, decorate your stilts with paint.
- Be sure to wear tennis shoes, and start stilt-walking!
The part of the can where the holes are punched may be sharp so be careful!
BUTTERFLY AZURE JIGSAW PUZZLE
'where's the bathroom?' in Arabic (Lebanese) - Wayn el 7emmem?