Monday, June 22, 2015

Chocolate Eclair Day JUNE 22, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Chocolate Eclair Day

Sweet choux dough, chocolate, cream and icing; this light but oh-so tasty pastry snack is the star of Chocolate Eclair Day. Originating from France in the nineteenth century, eclairs are known a favorite cake all over the world.



Word of the Day

aguacate


Definition:(noun) A pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed.
Synonyms:alligator pearavocadoavocado pear
Usage:Jim prepared his special aguacate dip and served it with tortilla chips.




History

Meryl Streep (1949)


Streep is widely considered one of the most respected and talented film actors of all time. Famous for her mastery of a wide variety of accents, she has become legendary for the perfectionist approach she brings to each role. Streep has received more Academy Award nominations than any other actor in history and won two for her roles in Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice. She is also tied with Jack Nicholson for most Golden Globe Award wins. 

Sleep or Die -- Growing Body of Research Warns of Heart Attacks, Strokes


We have all experienced the aftermath of a bad night's sleep: grogginess, irritability, difficulty carrying out even the simplest of tasks. A growing amount of research suggests that not getting enough shut-eye could also have insidious effects on heart disease, obesity and other conditions.
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1870 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Justice


1874 - Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy. 


1944U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the "GI Bill of Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war


1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller's book, "Tropic of Cancer", could not be banned. 


1970 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It required that the voting age in the United States to be 18. 


1978 - James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered the only known moon of Pluto. The moon is named Charon.


2009 - Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.

Tragic

Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969)

53 Today


Clyde Austin Drexler was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Hall of Fame guard/forward Clyde Drexler won an Olympic gold medal with the
legendary Dream Team in 1992. He was selected to 10 NBA All-Star games as
a member of the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets and won an NBA
Championship with the Rockets in 1995.

Number 1, 1968

"This Guy’s in Love with Youis a song written by Burt Bacharach and  Hal David. Herb Alpert also recorded the song in Spanish and Italian.




DAILY SQU-EEZ


If You Were Born Today, June 22

You are an unusual, charming, and determined person. You have a bit of a perfectionist in you, and while you can be enormously sensitive, you are also so focused that you rarely give up on something (or someone, in some cases). You are dedicated, gentle yet strong, possess an unusual intelligence that might be defined as emotional intelligence, and you can be very stubborn in the pursuit of your goals. You are also very security-minded. Famous people born today: Meryl Streep, Kris Kristofferson, Cyndi Lauper, Tracy Pollan, Lindsay Wagner, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Katherine Dunham.


Picture of the day
The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries is an oil painting on canvas completed by Jacques-Louis David in 1812. It depicts French Emperor Napoleon, wearing the uniform of a colonel of the Imperial Guard Foot Grenadiers, standing in his study at the Tuileries Palace. Unlike David's earlier painting Napoleon Crossing the Alps, here the emperor is depicted as a civil hero rather than a military one, though his martial prowess is alluded to through the sword on his chair. The painting has been in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., since 1954.

Picture of a woman standing underneath a tree on Mount Hakkoda, Japan

Energy Flow

Photograph by Sho Shibata, National Geographic 
The spring season comes slowly to the mountains of Aomori, Japan, writes photographer Sho Shibata, adding that the beech trees will begin to bud before the snow has even melted. Here, Shibata captures a Mount Hakkoda forest wreathed in morning mist.




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RECIPE





CROCKPOT RECIPE
stephanie o'dea

(super easy) Slow Cooker Artichoke Pasta Recipe

This is a vegetarian meal (although you certainly can add chicken if you'd like) fit to serve company. This is  also a great weeknight meal for a busy family, and one the kids will enjoy. Everyone likes pasta!

The Ingredients.
serves 4 large adults (can easily squeeze in a few kids, too)


3 (14.5-ounce) cans Italian tomatoes (diced, stewed, your choice) (do not drain)
2 (14.5-ounce) cans artichoke hearts in water, drained and lightly chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup pimento-stuffed olives
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (to add later)
1 pound freshly cooked pasta

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour the tomatoes into your crockpot. Lightly chop the drained artichoke hearts and toss them in. Add garlic and olives. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. If you are adding chicken, cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or until chicken is no longer pink. 
Stir in heavy cream and hot, cooked pasta before serving.

*If you are out of the house all day, you can still make this by using a programmable slow cooker. Set it to turn to warm after 5 hours on low. The warm setting will work for a full 12 hours, and will keep your food nice and hot (but not still cooking) until you arrive home. Stir in the heavy cream. Cook pasta according to package instructions and toss with the sauce.

garnish with shredded parmesan cheese, if desired.

The Verdict.

I really like this sauce. I've served it to dinner guests a few times, and my parents have taken home leftovers. My kids eat the sauce, but prefer eating it separately from the cooked pasta. The olives provide enough of a salty flavor that additional seasoning is not required. So easy!





CRAFT ... sewing







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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... games






QUOTE
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. - Victor Kiam








Pakistani Company Allegedly Makes Millions Selling Fake University Diplomas

By Sumitra 
On its website, Pakistani company Axact calls itself the “World’s leading IT Company.” It claims to have ten “diverse business units” that offer over “23 world class products” to “prestigious clients worldwide.” It offers these clients services in the fields of software, application design, research, and education. But according to an investigative story by The New York Times,  Axact actually makes its millions by selling fake high school diplomas and degrees!
The report suggests that Axact does sell some software as it claims to, but its main business is to “take the centuries-old scam of selling fake academic degrees and turn it into an Internet-era scheme on a global scale.” The company ostensibly designs websites for fake colleges with dubious names like ‘Barkley’, ‘Columbiana’, and ‘Mount Lincoln’, offering online ‘degrees’ in several subjects along with authentication certificates signed by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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"Good Morning" in German (Central Europe)   -     Guten Morgen







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EYE OPENER

Legendary Photos That Prove This Century Is Overrated

Looking at these rare photos will change the way you think of the past. And possibly make you wish you could go back.
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Now everybody loves a man in uniform, but few can pull it off quite like Jimi Hendrix.
Now everybody loves a man in uniform, but few can pull it off quite like Jimi Hendrix.

With the 101st Airborne in 1962
2
You probably think you know how to tailgate, but you know Janis Joplin and her champagne are beating you at this game.
You probably think you know how to tailgate, but you know Janis Joplin and her champagne  are beating you at this game.
Woodstock, 1969
3
This is what live concerts looked like back in the day.
This is what live concerts looked like back in the day.

Big Jay McNeely in 1953
4
And this is what Santa looked like.
And this is what Santa looked like.

Nancy Reagan sits on Mr. T's lap, 1983
5
Today pop stars interact with their fans by working the crowd, but in the 40s they jumped in a garbage can and signed autographs.
Today pop stars interact with their fans by working the crowd, but in the 40s they jumped in a garbage can and signed autographs.

James Dean entertaining fans
6
Or rode up on a bike and signed an autograph on your head.
Or rode up on a bike and signed an autograph on your head.

Elvis Presley signing autographs in Germany, 1959
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Or played it cool by skateboarding around in a full suit.
Or played it cool by skateboarding around in a full suit.

Young Clint Eastwood in Rome
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Way before anyone ever carried a chihuahua in a purse, Audrey Hepburn took her deer to the grocery store.
Way before anyone ever carried a chihuahua in a purse, Audrey Hepburn took her deer to the grocery store.

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You know, back when celebrities did their own shopping.
You know, back when celebrities did their own shopping.

James Dean in Texas, 1955
10
Stars like Katy Perry and Demi Lovato think their colorful locks are edgy, but in the 90s they really knew how to rock the look.
Stars like Katy Perry and Demi Lovato think their colorful locks are edgy, but in the 90s they really knew how to rock the look.

Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain
11
You think the selfies you take are hot, but you've got nothing on these guys in the 20s.
You think the selfies you take are hot, but you've got nothing on these guys in the 20s.

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And you just know this selfie would have gotten all the right swipes on Tinder.
And you just know this selfie would have gotten all the right swipes on Tinder.

George Harrison at the Taj Mahal, 1966
13
Now boys and girls, this is how people watched movies before Netflix.
Now boys and girls, this is how people watched movies before Netflix.

Drive in theater in the 1950s
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And this is how they got breaking news before Twitter.
And this is how they got breaking news before Twitter.

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And this is how people got through the morning commute before smartphones.
And this is how people got through the morning commute before smartphones.

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And speaking of smartphones...
And speaking of smartphones...

Apple prototype for a touchscreen phone, 1983
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Sure, your Williamsburg tattoo artist is known for her skills, but I bet she doesn't keep it classy with a string of pearls too.
Sure, your Williamsburg tattoo artist is known for her skills, but I bet she doesn't keep it classy with a string of pearls too.

Maud Wagner, the first female tattoo artist in the U.S. in 1911
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Once upon a time men knew how to drink whiskey.
Once upon a time men knew how to drink whiskey.

Frank Sinatra emerging from a helicopter with a drink in his hand
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Move over basic vending machines, this is how people used to purchase the good stuff.
Move over basic vending machines, this is how people used to purchase the good stuff.

Second Automatic Vending Exhibition in London, 1960
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If you're anything like us, you love your school's mascot, but true love means serving it tea at the table, with a white tablecloth and a butler in tow.
If you're anything like us, you love your school's mascot, but true love means serving it tea at the table, with a white tablecloth and a butler in tow.

Alfred Hitchcock serving the MGM mascot tea, 1958
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But when all is said is done, we're all over these fuzzy slipper. Because some things never change.
But when all is said is done, we're all over these fuzzy slipper. Because some things never change.

Albert Einstein in 1950
































1 comment:

  1. Chocolate Eclair Day? That's something I could get my teeth into! Of course, they really only know how to make them in Quebec (at least this side of the pond). That could be me beneath the tree with my umbrella--the best kind of shock and awe. Gotta go and start practicing for my birthday dance--only days to rehearse:)

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