Friday, October 16, 2015

Dictionary Day OCTOBER 16, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Dictionary Day

A day for lexicographers everywhere, Dictionary Day was founded to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Noah Webster – the father of the modern dictionary. Why not take the opportunity to learn some new words?

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.
Synonyms:healthygood for you
Usage:She owned a cheerful vegetarian restaurant where she sold protein shakes and other salubrious refreshments.


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1829 - Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston)

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1847 Charlotte Brontë's book "Jane Eyre" published

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1912 - Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire," premieres

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1923 - Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded

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1942 - Aaron Copland/de Milles ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC

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1945The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded in Quebec City, Canada, to lead international efforts to defeat hunger.

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1956 - "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres

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1968 - During Olympics Tommie Smith & John Carlos give black power salute

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1978 - Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

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1984 - Baboon heart transplanted into a 15-day-old baby girl

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2002 - Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated.


If You Were Born Today, October 16

You are gifted at communicating with charm, tact, and likeability. Your understanding of the nuances and subtleties of human nature aids in your considerable writing and acting ability. Communication is important to you, and although you can be moody in this respect (sometimes very talkative, and other times silent), you value human contact more than most. You are able to read a face or a gesture quickly. In love, you might be drawn to emotional or dramatic people. Famous people born today: Angela Lansbury, Tim Robbins, Noah Webster, Suzanne Somers, Oscar Wilde.

Picture of the day
Behrmann projection
The Behrmann projection is a cylindrical map projection created by Walter Behrmann in 1910. It is equal-area, but distortion of shape increases with distance from the standard 30° parallels. Scale is true along the standard parallels. This projection is not equidistant.

Picture of people enjoying sunshine on Waikiki beach in Hawaii

Shore Having Fun

Photograph by Christine Kaharmen
On Waikiki Beach, the sand appears almost pink in the morning sun, and plenty of early beach goers dot the turquoise water. The color and energy of the scene wasn’t lost on Christine Kaharmen, who submitted this photo. “I woke up and went out to my hotel balcony that morning, and Waikiki was already packed with people!” she writes. “[I] love the scene of the beach life!”

knit, halloween

Yarnalized: Nina's shawl
Nina’s shawl
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knit, 5 yrs - adult
That Weasley Girl pattern by Jacquelyn Jefferies
This little cardigan began as a request by my daughter who (like mom) loves all things Harry Potter. She spotted this little gem which Ginny Weasley wore to...
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Swirlicious Hat pattern by Amber Noel
A simple ribbed hat with a little twist thrown in to keep it exciting.
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crochet, halloween
Tissue Covers
Stitch these holiday tissue toppers to decorate your home.Size: Fits a boutique style tissue box.Skill Level: Easy
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Sweetheart Ripple pattern by Kim Guzman
Update: This pattern is now also available in a new book called “Reversible Ripple Afghans”. It is available in hard copy and PDF download at Annie’s Attic.
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Dalek Egg Cosy pattern by Ellie Skene
This is my first attempt at writing up a pattern I have created. Its currently untested (but a friend is looking at it for me), so if anything doesn’t make sense, p...
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Multiplicity Lace Shawl pattern by Esther Chandler
This shawl is called Multiplicity because it can be worn in lots of different ways. The shawl is trapezium shaped, but could be made into a triangular version ...
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thanks, heide
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can of buttermilk greased 9x12
12 eggs beaten
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 cup cheddar grated
1/2 cup mozz grated
5 ounces cooked bacon crumbled or diced ham

pour over raw biscuits..
bake 350 for 35
(I think there were 7 in the generic can I bought so served 7)

thanks, shelley

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Harvest Stew Recipe

Here is a cozy stew certain to warm you after a day of pumpkin-picking. Or after a day of spending $5 a pop for a corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin cannon, inflatable bouncer, pony rides, or kid-size tractors. Or after a day watching other people pay $5 a pop for those things, and then deciding to get your pumpkins in front of the grocery store.

The Ingredients.
--1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken (I used chicken)
--1 yellow onion, chopped
--3 chopped garlic cloves
--1 can kidney beans, rinsed
--1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
--3 red potatoes, peeled and chopped
--1 acorn squash, peeled and chopped
--1 whole can tomatoes and chilies (rotel)
--4 cups chicken broth
--1/4 tsp cloves
--1/4 tsp all spice
--salt and pepper to taste

The Directions.

Use a big crockpot for this stew. I used a 6.5 quart eLume.

Guess what? I didn't brown the meat. If you are using extra lean ground turkey or chicken, there really isn't a need--the only worry about using beef or pork is the fat content. If you prefer those types of meat, or already have it on hand, brown on the stove top and drain before adding to the stew.

I used my mom's microwaving-the-squash trick for cutting the acorn squash, and it worked. It worked so well, I'm not scared to buy squash anymore. I microwaved it on high for 2 minutes. It sizzled and freaked me out, but it cut easily, and I used a paring knife to cut away the skin.

Peel and chop all of the vegetables, and add it to the crockpot. Break up the ground meat with your fingers and add it in. Dump in the kidney beans and the can of tomatoes and chilies. Add the broth and the seasonings. Stir well. It will look like there isn't enough liquid, but more will be made from the vegetables and meat. I promise.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours. I cooked ours on low for exactly 8. It was perfect.

The Verdict.

My parents and brother ate this with us (well, the kids had toquitos), and we (the grown-ups) all liked it a lot, and had 2 bowls each. Well, maybe my brother had only one bowl because he was going out to eat.Anyhow, it was good. Adam suggests next time using stew meat instead of the ground meat for a more-filling meal. He was pretty hungry a few hours later.


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Adventure is not outside man; it is within. - George Eliot


"Welcome" in Finnish (Finland) - Tervetuloa

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1 comment:

  1. Pink sands? Today DH and I were driving on very wet roads through lovely foliage--the foliage was reflected by the water on the wet highways...very interesting look!