Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) To deceive or drop (a lover) suddenly or callously.|
|Usage:||Since being jilted by his fiance, he had grown to distrust all women.|
|In the early stages of the Cold War, US President Harry Truman sought to protect Turkey and Greece from falling under Soviet influence when the UK announced that it could no longer provide them with aid. The Truman Doctrine, which called for the US to "support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures," shifted US foreign policy to a strategy of Soviet containment.|
|Considered the father of the Beat movement, Jack Kerouac was an American novelist whose semi-autobiographical, "spontaneous prose" reflects a frenetic, restless pursuit of new sensation and experience and a disdain for the conventional measures of economic and social success. His best known works are The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums, and On the Road, which is widely considered the testament of the Beat Generation.|
|This observance marks the anniversary of the founding of the American Girl Scouts by Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912. The day is the focal point of Girl Scout Week, which begins on the Sunday before March 12 and is observed by Girl Scout troops nationwide in various ways—with community service projects, anniversary parties, and plays. The 80th anniversary in 1992 was celebrated with various events, including the kick-off of a national service project on the environment.|
|The cockroach has long been praised—or feared—for its supposed supernatural qualities. It has been said that the insect can hold its breath for 40 minutes and run up to three miles in one hour. It can live for weeks without a head. And, on top of all that, it has serious personality .. read more ...|
Fox on the Rocks
Photograph by Irina C., National Geographic
Lingering at a lookout in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, Irina C. spotted this fox entering the scene. “It navigated very confidently among the rocks, moving small ones with its paws and picking up food scraps dropped by tourists during the day,” she writes. “I thought it was genius: Instead of wasting energy and time hunting for mice, this fox had it all figured out.”
knit (i've made this baby sweater again and again and again!)
ST. PATRICK'S DAY .. March 17th
on the go
Taste of Home
Cheesy Hamburger Noodle Bake Recipe
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings
I usually don't like creamed spinach. I think it's because it doesn't really taste like spinach, and I like the taste of spinach. I also like the bit of a crunch that fresh spinach has over frozen spinach. Frozen spinach is great for spinach dip, or for ravioli filling. Otherwise I really prefer the fresh stuff. This met my picky spinach requirements. It was cheesy and crunchy and fresh-tasting all at the same time.
This would be a great side dish for Easter.
The Ingredients.--1 cup milk
--1/2 cup cream cheese
--2 T butter
--1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
-1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
--1/2 t nutmeg
--2 6 oz bags baby spinach
--dump milk, cheese, butter and nutmeg into crockpot
--cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring whenever you feel like you're just going to explode if you can't stir.
Every 45 minutes or so.
When everything is hot and melty, add your two bags of baby spinach. Don't bother to stir yet. Cover, and set to high for 20-30 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
I loved this. Adam tolerated it. The kids refused to try it. Whatever. This totally rocked.
Even though I used 2 whole bags of spinach, this is really only enough for a side dish for 3-4 people. If you are going to feed a crowd (like for Easter, or something), you'll need to at least double it. The spinach will shrink after a little bit, and you can keep adding to the pot.
look closely, it's knitted!
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring
'where's the bathroom?' in Chinese(Taiwanese) - piān-so tī tó-ūi?
Edgar Müller ... 3D Sidewalk Chalk Art
Jigsaw Puzzle Tips
Before You Start
1. Choose a puzzle
• Seems obvious, right? But sometimes we’re drawn to the 3000 piece jigsaw puzzles when our skill level might actually be somewhere around 500 pieces. And that’s okay! Our brains like challenges, but not impossible ones! Build up your skill level first before tackling expert-level puzzles. It’ll make it more enjoyable along the way and deter you from abandoning your puzzle halfway through.
• Pick a puzzle that everyone participating in building it enjoys. Investment in the end product will keep everyone motivated.
2. Have an-end plan
• What do you plan to do with your puzzle afterwards? If it’s going to be deconstructed and put back in the box, you require less planning than if you are going to glue and frame your puzzle.
• If you do glue and mount, learn about gluing jigsaw puzzles before you start. Gluing puzzles can be messy, so if this is your end plan, work your puzzle out on a surface you don’t mind getting sticky, like a piece of cardboard (but make sure it’s big enough to hold your entire puzzle—you can check the dimensions on the box) or a roll up puzzle mat. Wax paper is great for keeping the sticky mess to a minimum.
• We have some great storage options for jigsaw puzzles - from mats that you can roll up to entire cases that keep all your pieces flat and in place. The cases even come with sorting trays and some are made with felt to create the perfect work surface for assembling your puzzle.
3. Choose a work space
• Workspaces that have another function (like a dining room table) are fine if you have a puzzle mat or a piece of cardboard or other portable surface that will allow you to move it if you need to make room.
• If your building space is permanent but you don’t like the clutter and don’t have a roll up puzzle mat, plastic baggies or tupperware containers for your extraneous pieces keep everything organized and ensure that you don’t misplace any small pieces along the way.
• Make sure your workspace is large enough to accommodate the full size of the puzzle, but also the extra pieces that you organize and build with as you go. 1000 piece puzzles are usually around 20" x 27", for example, so you'll need at least a 3-5 foot workspace to have room for the whole puzzle and loose pieces you're working on outside the edges.
1. Flip all pieces upwards
• Having all your pieces facing the same way can be tedious, but it makes it so you’re working with the whole puzzle the whole time, and it’ll make the next steps quicker.
2. Find all the edge pieces
• Constructing your border gives you a defined space that you’ll work inside as you build. Of course, this strategy only works for standard jigsaw puzzles that do have edges. If you've selected to have the added challenge of doing a puzzle with no edge pieces - you're out of luck here.
3. Sort by color
• From here you can build recognized sections of the puzzle. For most puzzles, this part will be pretty easy because you can tell the difference between different shades or different areas of the puzzle by what color you see on the pieces. Some puzzles that have been deemed "impossible" have repeating patterns and colors all over, this will be harder. For these, you'll want to try to seperate out colors that appear less often and also focus on the shape of the pieces.
• Pieces that have no dominant color should go in a miscellaneous pile that you’ll turn to when you’ve exhausted your main color-sort piles.
4. Special pieces
• Some pieces will be part of really distinguishing parts of the puzzle because it has text on it, or a color that’s only in one spot. Keep those separate and build on them as you can. You might also find puzzle pieces that shaped a lot differently from the rest of pieces - keep these seperate because it will be easy to spot where it goes as you start assembling the puzzle. Some puzzles even have what are called whimsies, special shapes like people and animals - scattered throughout the rest of the regular jigsaw shapes.
1. Pay close attention to shape
• Jigsaw puzzle pieces come in varying shapes with “knobs” and “holes.” Sometimes it’s really obvious which pieces won’t fit together, and sometimes it will look like it should but it doesn’t. As you get familiar with these shapes, you’ll be able to visualize the negative space and recognize more quickly what will fit together and what won’t.
• If you want to sort even further, you can organize your pieces by color AND shape. If you were doing a puzzle with a blue sky, for instance, you’d continue separating all your blue pieces into piles of “2 holes” or “2 knobs.” You’d then go searching for matching partners by visualizing the negative space.
2. Work on small sections at a time
• Instead of trying to work on the entire puzzle at once, it can be really helpful to work on small portions so that you’re accomplishing sections. This will help keep you motivated and you’ll have a visual record of your progress.
• Put these finished sections where they would be in the puzzle, even if it’s not connected to the edge pieces. You may connect to the edge sooner than you’d think, and visualizing the space around these sections may make it easy for you to find the pieces that will surround it.
3. Don’t give up
• When you’re tired or bored or your puzzle, take a break. Your puzzle should be fun, and sometimes too much time at one problem can take away from that. A fresh look at it later may help you see things you missed, too!
• Once you’re finished with your puzzle, congratulate yourself! Think about challenging yourself with a more difficult puzzle next time around... maybe start working up to that 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle you’d been eyeing. Practice and familiarity with jigsaw puzzles will develop your skills even quicker.
p.s. i buy jig saw puzzles at thrift shops. i go with the thinking that it will be complete. however, if it isn't complete, well .. i think that becomes part of the 'puzzle' - find the missing piece!
(by the way, this is a true representation of moi .. hehehe)