Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Junk Food Day JULY 21, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Junk Food Day

Sometimes, the idea of being healthy, preparing a balanced meal, and snacking on carrot sticks isn’t too appealing. Junk Food Day is all about satisfying your cravings for something naughtier, greasier, and definitely more fattening than the nutritional but not-very-exciting meal you know that you really should be eating.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles.
Synonyms:dust coatsmockduster
Usage:He was an unshaven little man in a threadbare coat like a gaberdine, with his feet in slippers, and I thought him a harmless fool.


Sirimavo Bandaranaike Becomes World's First Female Prime Minister (1960)

After her husband's assassination in 1959, Bandaranaike became the first woman in the world to serve as a nation's prime minister. She led two coalition governments, from 1960–65 and from 1970–77, and promoted a new constitution that proclaimed a republic and changed the country's name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka. She was later stripped of her civil rights because of abuses as prime minister but reentered politics in the late 1980s

Don Knotts (1924)

Knotts was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of the bumbling but earnest sheriff's deputy Barney Fife on the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. When the show first aired, Griffith—as Sheriff Andy Taylor—was to be the comedic lead, and Knotts was to play his straight man, but Knotts's Fife proved so funny that this was soon reversed. The role earned Knotts 5 Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy.

Swan Upping

The tradition of marking newborn swans goes back six centuries, when most of the swans on England's public waters were owned by the Queen. Every year since 1363, the Queen's swan master and the swan wardens of the two livery companies row up the Thames, starting at Blackfriars and continuing upstream to Abingdon, and "up" all the swan families into the boats, where they are marked with identification numbers. There are very specific rules governing how ownership is decided, and the six boats, each flying a large silk flag, form a procession that has changed little over the centuries.

Why Beloved Polar Bear May Face Bigger Risk than Previously Thought

The embattled polar bear may be at greater risk from climate change than previously thought, according to a three-year study conducted in the southern Beaufort Sea. 

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1733 - John Winthrop was granted the first honorary Doctor of Law Degree given by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA

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1925 - The "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, TN. John T. Scopes was convicted and fined $100 for violating the state prohibition on teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned on a legal technicality because the judge had set the fine instead of the jury. 

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1930 - The Veterans Administration of the United States was established.

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1947 - Loren MacIver’s portrait of Emmett Kelly as Willie the Clown appeared on the cover of "LIFE" magazine. 

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1957 - Althea Gibson became the first black woman to win a major U.S. tennis title when she won the Women’s National clay-court singles competition. 

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1959 - A U.S. District Court judge in New York City ruled that "Lady Chatterley’s Lover" was not a dirty book.

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1999 - Charley Pride received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the 2,140th star to be dedicated. 

Born 1951 (so sad)

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)


If You Were Born Today, July 21

You are sociable, charming, and wise, and you love to share your thoughts and time with others. People receive you well, finding you entertaining and interesting. Your intelligence and unique perspective on life can sometimes lead to negative thinking, anxiety, and manipulative behavior. Your emotions are up and down. Extremely clever, you need to apply your mental ability to something constructive. You are unique and want to be recognized as such. Famous people born today: Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams, Jon Lovitz, Josh Hartnett, Cat Stevens, Juno Temple, Don Knotts.

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Picture of the day
Kavrayskiy VII projection
The Kavrayskiy VII projection is a map projection invented by Vladimir V. Kavrayskiy in 1939 as a general purpose pseudocylindrical projection. It produces maps with low overall distortion, despite its straight, evenly-spaced parallels and a simple formulation.

Picture of women selling items from steps at a market, Dalat, Vietnam

Step Sellers

Photograph by Quang Tran, National Geographic 
In the mountain city of Dalat in southern Vietnam, women work on market steps—adapted to the sloped terrain—after a heavy shower. Quang Tran was walking through the city “observing people do different things to earn [a] living ... and that way I caught this moment in front of an old market.”

Elephant & Mouse pattern by Susan B. Anderson
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Knitted Toy Box: Elsa Frozen Flip Doll
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Knitted Lace Wedding Garter
IOLI is an international organization organized to promote interest in the fine old laces and preserve them for posterity, to form local chapters and study o...
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Knitted Dogwood Blossoms - Purl Avenue
I have finally finished a pattern for knitted dogwood blossoms that I've been working on for the past week or so. This knitted flower is great for brooches, add...
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Button Quilt pattern by Frankie Brown
The buttons that make up this quilt are stuffed stocking stitch circles surrounded by flat garter stitch frames. They are easy to knit and each one uses only ...
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Love Beluga Whales!


stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Crab with Sundried Tomatoes and Horseradish Spread

I was playing in the kitchen yesterday and came up with this crab spread. I couldn't decide if I liked it or not---even after I ate two rice cakes smeared with the stuff. Adam thought it was too fussy.

The Ingredients.

--1 4.25 oz can of crab meat, drained
--2 T prepared horseradish cream
--5 reconstituted sun dried tomato halves
--1/4 cup parmesan/romano cheese
--3 fresh basil leaves

The Directions.

Soak the dried sun dried tomatoes in some hot water until they are soft and pliable. Chop. You could use the sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, but be sure to wring out the oil, or your pate will be awfully oily.

Drain the can of crab and add it to the little crockpot. Add the chopped sun dried tomatoes, the horseradish, chopped fresh basil leaves, and the cheese.

Mix with a fork.

Cover and cook (there isn't a temperature adjustment knob on the Little Dipper) for about an hour.

Serve with pita chips, corn chips, or on rice cakes.

The Verdict.

This was good, but maybe a bit too flavorful. I like horseradish, but maybe mixed with both the crab and the sun dried tomatoes was too much. It didn't stop me from eating a bunch, but it might have been better with fewer full-of-flavor ingredients.The kids had no interest, whatsoever, in giving this dip/spread a try.



  Simply hot glue the two books together, mark where you want your hole and using a 3" drill bit -- drill away!  Do take it slow and easy.  I used an empty sour cream container to pot my little plants  after I slipped it in the hole, marked it, and cut it off to fit.



We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Good Morning" in Motu (Papua New Guinea) - Daba namona

Food Preparation - Remove Strawberry Stem With Straw

eight seconds to answer the questions .. it's really fast paced!

1 comment:

  1. Smiling with Calvin and Hobbes? OK. But no junk food--just blueberries and strawberries and peaches for today. January days--perhaps then junk.