Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.|
|Usage:||Milady had listened to all this menacing tirade with a smile of disdain on her lips, but rage in her heart.|
|Established in the aftermath of World War II, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aims to further peace by acting as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas and knowledge and by improving education, especially supporting efforts to eliminate illiteracy. In 1972, it helped establish the World Heritage program, which promotes government protection for cultural sites and natural areas|
|Largely self-taught, Handy was American songwriter and band leader who began his career as a cornet player in a minstrel show in 1896. He later organized various small bands and was among the first to publish blues sheet music, rising to prominence with his Memphis Blues. In 1918, he moved from Memphis to New York City and remained active as a writer and publisher of music, in spite of growing blindness, until shortly before his death.|
|The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916. Since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs.|
|A new study suggests that being a little shrimpy might come in handy when the going gets tough. A mass extinction called the Hangenberg event, which took place some 359 million years ago, led to a reduction in vertebrate size for around 40 million years afterward.|
After mass extinctions, the meek (fish) inherit the earth
1835 - Charles Darwin's voyage published in Cambridge Philosophical Society
1941 - Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
1915 - Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year.
1952 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown.
1981 - A vaccine for hepatitis B was approved. The vaccine had been developed at Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.
1999 - Johnny Depp received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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If You Were Born Today, November 16
You are a bit of a paradox. Strong-minded and somewhat wilful, you also reveal a soft, sensitive, and spiritual side when at ease with the people around you and your surroundings. Others find you extremely intriguing and fascinating, and a little difficult to know. You have unusual tastes and interests, you are extremely sensual, and you are not at all afraid to reveal the individualistic side of your nature. You are both organized and progressive, and highly perceptive. Famous people born today: Lisa Bonet, Burgess Meredith, Mary Margaret, Oksana Baiul, W.C. Handy.
Monticello, located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. Jefferson began construction of the plantation and its main house at age 26, and continued work for the remainder of his life, incorporating a wide variety of techniques and styles. The home and plantation were built and cultivated using slave labor. It is now owned by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which operates it as a house museum and educational institution, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photograph by Stas Bartnikas
Photographing from a Cessna, Stas Bartnikas captures a seasonal view of southern Iceland. Bartnikas explains that as glaciers melt in the summertime, rivers start their currents among fractures in the lava fields. “The easiest way to see it is [by] flying above,” he writes.
I so love my crockpot. It has gotten me to think out of the box, and I now have a refrigerator full of 2! TWO! kinds of perfect crockpot stuffing. I think I need to bronze the crockpot after this year. I've never had cornbread stuffing before.
--8 x 8 pan of baked cornbread
--4 slices of toasted bread
--2 cups celery, chopped
--1 large yellow onion, diced
--3 beaten eggs
--1/4 cup butter, melted
--1 T poultry seasoning
--1/2 tsp salt
--1/2 tsp pepper
--2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable!) --and another 1/4 cup if desired, later
I used a 6 quart crockpot. If you only have a 4 quart, toss the stuffing together in a huge mixing bowl, and then transfer to your 4 quart.
Bake the cornbread according to package directions (or by all means, make it by scratch!)
If you have a few days to let it go stale, do that. Other wise, cut into slices and bake at 300 degrees until toasty (along with your bread slices). It took about 30 minutes in my oven.
While the cornbread is toasting, chop up the onion and celery. Put the pieces into your crockpot. Add the seasoning.
Melt butter in the microwave, and mix together with 3 beaten eggs. Stir well into the veggies and seasonings in the crockpot.
Cut the cornbread and toasted bread into cubes, about 1/2 inch square.
Toss the cubes of bread and cornbread well with the ingredients in thecrockpot.
Pour in 2 cups of broth. Stir gingerly to combine. The cornbread will break up, but try to keep a few pieces whole for texture.
Cook on high for 2 hours. This can be on warm successfully for up to 2 hours.
If you'd like a more moist dressing, add another 1/4 cup of broth before serving.
DIY NEON POP PUSHPINS
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring
Take off the blade of a pencil sharpener and attach it to a wooden peg/clothespin.
Now your peg can strip wires/cables.