Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Plush Animal Day OCTOBER 28, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Plush Animal Day

Plush Animal Lovers Day is a day of celebration that is held every year to show your favorite stuffed toy some extra special love and appreciation. There’s an urban legend that says that the Teddy Bear, one of the worlds most popular plush animal pets, was invented when American President Theodore Roosevelt saw a baby bear on a hunting trip, and refused to shoot it.
The original origins of the day’s creation are vague but there is an unconfirmed Urban Legend that the day first came about after a collectibles dealer named Royal Selangor came up with the idea of a Teddy Bears Picnic Day in the late eighties. Other stuffed toys became jealous that Teddy Bears were being singled out for their own celebration and demanded a special day all of their own! Not long after, Plush Animal Lovers Day quickly replaced Teddy Bears Picnic Day in popularity!


Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A brownish substance consisting of a mixture of pollen and honey and used by bees as food.
Usage:The worker bees prepared the beebread, which was then fed to the larvae.


Jonas Salk (1914)

Salk was an American physician and microbiologist renowned for his work in developing the first vaccine against polio. He began his groundbreaking studies on viruses and immunization with the influenza virus. Later, while working with other scientists to classify the polio virus, he confirmed earlier studies that identified three strains, and he showed that the killed virus of each strain could induce antibody formation without producing disease

St. Jude's Day

Because St. Jude is believed to have been martyred with St. Simon in Persia, where they had gone to preach Christianity, their feast is celebrated jointly on October 28, thought to be the date on which their relics were moved to old St. Peter's basilica. Since St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, the saint's day is observed particularly by students. St. Jude and St. Joseph traditionally are the most important saints to Roman Catholics in Buffalo, New York, where people buy St. Jude medals to help them win over impossible odds or achieve the un-achievable.

Mysterious Space Object Set to Enter Earth's Atmosphere Next Month

A mysterious piece of space junk dubbed WT1190F will enter Earth's atmosphere on Friday Nov. 13, scientists say, plunging into the Indian Ocean about 62 miles off the coast of Sri Lanka.

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1636 - Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America.

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1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin.

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1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World." 

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1904 - The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting. 

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1956 - Elvis Presley's song "Love Me Tender" became the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit. He became the first artist to follow himself into the No. 1 position. The song "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" had been the No. 1 song for 11 weeks. 

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1958 - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected Pope. He took the name John XXIII. 

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1965 - The Gateway Arch along the waterfront in St. Louis, MO, was completed. 


If You Were Born Today, October 28

Some might say you are a law unto yourself. You combine originality with a sharp and logical mind into a very intriguing "package". Able to dig deep and come up with treasures, you are never satisfied with what appears to be, which gives rise to some restlessness. Warm and affectionate, you value your "down time" with family, as well as your privacy. However, when push comes to shove, you know you have yourself to rely on. You have a pioneering quality that is unmistakable. Famous people born today: Julia Roberts, Bill Gates, Lauren Holly, Caitlyn Jenner, Annie Potts, Jonas Salk, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Paisley, Troian Bellisario.

Picture of the day
$10,000 gold certificate
A 1934-series gold certificate in the denomination of $10,000. This bill depicts Salmon P. Chase and was signed by Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and W.A. Julian. This denomination was never released to the public and does not exist outside of United States government institutional collections.

Picture of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry

Free to Dream

Photograph by Donato DiCamillo, National Geographic 
Donato DiCamillo sought to make a photo of a subject that was both “aesthetically and internally” pleasing. A ride on the Staten Island Ferry afforded him his shot: Ferry riders freely engaged in activities of their own choosing, while the Statue of Liberty seemed to train her protective gaze on the vessel. For DiCamillo, the scene called to mind the theme of self-determination. “My interpretation of the woman sleeping,” he says, “was that of an ‘American dreamer.’”
(i went from brooklyn to staten island - on the ferry - every day as i went to university. each evening i thought i would complete my homework on the ferry in the morning but the views were so magnificent that i never did a thing besides stare at the water, the statue of liberty, lower manhattan, etc.) 

knit, halloween
Round Dance pattern by Thomas Pototschnig
Gauge 7.5 stitches and 10.5 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
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Map of the World Afghan pattern by Kay Niederlitz
The designer created the “Map of the World” sweater for Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 1991 and reworked the design as an afghan for this issue.
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Reading Rest pattern by Frankie Brown
If you like to knit and read at the same time, this contraption will hold your Kindle or iPad steady for you. It is quick to knit and only uses about 30g of DK w...
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knit, 1 yr
Cabled Baby Hat
Not to be knit for sale or resale.  Please let me know at twiceknit at gmail dot com if you find an error!   Pattern as pdf.   Designed to accompany the Cabled ...
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crochet, halloween
Masquerade Mask
Crochet Masquerade Mask
Crochet Masquerade Mask
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Electric Earflap Hat pattern by Sharon Mann
This hat will keep you extra warm and look extra bright in the snow and cold, plus you can crochet it in record time thanks to the bulky weight of this yarn.
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RECIPES ... halloween
Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle
etsy handmade and vintage goods

Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Yield: About 6-8 servings
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas; feel free to use any tree nut you’d prefer)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

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(For the Pistachio Sesame brittle, use 2 tablespoons sesame seeds and 3/4 cup pistachios.)
Grease a 9×12 baking sheet with butter and set aside.

In a small, heavy-bottomed pot over a medium low flame, melt the butter with the cinnamon, chile powder, ginger and sea salt. Add the sugar and stir thoroughly. Continue to stir sugar almost constantly to prevent burning. When the temperature of the mixture reaches 280 degrees, add the nuts. Continue stirring almost constantly.
The sugar will slowly begin to clump and melt. Keep stirring! At 300 degrees, remove from heat and quickly stir in the baking powder.
Working quickly, pour the brittle onto the greased baking pan, spreading with a spatula. Let stand until thoroughly cooled and hardened. (You can expedite this by putting it into the fridge.)

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CrockPot Sweet and Sour Caramelized Onions

I made these onions on a whim because I had found this recipe in one of the Cooking Light magazines my mom brought over, and I liked the picture. They tasted fantastic and would be great paired with a nice juicy steak.

The Ingredients.
adapted from Jan. 2008 edition of Cooking Light, page 164
--2 pounds tiny onions (sometimes called boiler or pearl onions)
--1/2 cup raisins (one box)
--1 T butter
--2 T balsamic vinegar
--1 T sugar
--1/4 tsp kosher salt
--1/4 tsp black pepper
--1/4 cup pine nuts

The Directions.

I used a 6 quart crockpot, but anything 4 quarts and up will work.

Cut the top and bottom off of all of the onions and peel away the skin. If you get some of the onion and peel that off an outer layer, that's okay. It takes a while to peel the onions; make sure you're in a good mood.

Put the onions in the crockpot and toss with balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add the pat of butter and the raisins. Toss in the pine nuts.

Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours, stirring every 45 minutes or so. I cooked ours for a bit more than 3 hours, and stirred 3 times. I wanted the onions to get brown and caramel-y on all sides.

The Verdict.

Adam and I liked this a lot. This would be a great accompaniment to a holiday meal, or to bring as an addition to a potluck dinner. It looks fancy, and tastes fancy, but is easy to throw together. The raisins plumped and took on the vinegar flavor, and the pine nuts added a bit of crunch and some smokiness.

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Time: 5 minutes + dry time Materials: drift wood, photocopy image, white acrylic paint, brush, water
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If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality. - Norman Cousins


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"Welcome" in Giryama (Africa) - Zhoyo



thanks, helen for so many of today's funny pics

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