Monday, November 23, 2015

Fibonacci Day NOVEMBER 23, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Fibonacci Day

Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing, and Fibonacci Day recognizes the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics.
Fibonacci or Random Stripe Generator:
 Biscuits and Jam

thanks, heide for all the pics in today's issue

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Miscellaneous items or written works collected together.
Synonyms:assortmentmixed bagmotleypotpourrisalmagundismorgasbordvarietymixture
Usage:The office was littered with papers, files, and assorted miscellanea.


John Milton Publishes Areopagitica (1644)

Best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, Milton, a 17th-century English poet, was also a writer of several political and moral pamphlets. More than two decades before his poetic masterpiece was published, Milton wrote Areopagitica, his best known prose work. One of the great arguments in favor of the freedom of the press, it was published in 1644 in response to his dissatisfaction with the strict censorship of the press exercised by Parliament.

Boris Karloff (1887)

London native William Henry Pratt adopted the stage name Boris Karloff while touring as an actor in Canada. After settling in Hollywood in 1919, he began acting in silent films and achieved stardom playing the monster in Frankenstein (1931). Thereafter typecast as a horror movie villain, Karloff went on to appear in more than 100 films. His most famous television performance was in the 1966 animated special How the Grinch Stole Christmas.


Zwiebelmarkt is a great celebration of onions in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The onion market is said to date back to the great fire of 1405, after which farmers of Fribourg were given the right to sell their products in Bern because they helped rebuild the city (though the first documented mention of onions came in the middle of the 19th century). Farmers at hundreds of stalls offer for sale more than 100 tons of strings of onions, as well as other winter vegetables and nuts. There are confetti battles, people dressed in disguises, and jesters doing satires of the year's events.

This Parasitic Worm Appears to Boost Female Fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world — on average having 10 children in their lifetimes — but some are even more fertile than others.

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1835 - Henry Burden patented the horseshoe manufacturing machine. 

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1889 - The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.

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1936 - The first edition of "Life" was published. 

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1946 - Mound Metalcraft changed its name to Tonka Toys Incorporated. 

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1963 - "Doctor Who" the long-running British sci-fi series debuts

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1964 - Vatican abolishes Latin as official language of Roman Catholic liturgy

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Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop
1998 - The tobacco industry signed the biggest U.S. civil settlement. It was a $206-billion deal to resolve remaining state claims for treating sick smokers

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2005 - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, elected president of Liberia, is the first woman to lead an African country.


If You Were Born Today, November 23

You are interested in knowing the truth, and you spend much of your life, especially your later years, searching for it. A humanitarian, you have an unmistakably idealistic nature. Freedom of thought (and of movement!) are important to you. Your multiple interests stimulate you to branch out into many directions. You need to be careful not to scatter your energies. Impulsiveness is both a liability and strength, as courage is behind it, but when you set your sights on new horizons, you might be leaving behind something worthwhile! Famous people born today: Franklin Pierce, Bruce Hornsby, Miley Cyrus, Harpo Marx, Billy the Kid.

Picture of the day
European hedgehog
The European hedgehogB(Erinaceus europaeus) is a species of hedgehog found in a wide range of habitat types in western Europe. It is a well-known species, and a favorite in European gardens, both for its endearing appearance and its preference for eating a range of garden pests. While populations are currently stable across much of its range, it is thought to be declining severely in Great Britain.

Picture of a Cape leopard cub in South Africa

Cape Cub

Photograph by Steve Winter
A camera trap set in South Africa’s Cederberg Wilderness records the steady gaze of a Cape leopard cub. Though not classified as a separate subspecies of leopard, these shy mountain cats are smaller than their savanna kin.




knit, 14 - 16, vintage
Sport Sweater No. 944, Date-Maker pattern by Columbia...
For size 14-16, 32-34” bust in Vol. 108, as Date-Maker. No final dimensions of cardigan given.
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knit, 4 - 10 yrs


Purple Mist Kimono Sweater
Purple Mist Kimono Sweater - Talking Crochet Newsletter ...
Welcome to the July 15, 2014 issue of Talking Crochet Newsletter! Enjoy making this free crochet pattern!
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the nosher
  1. Yield:8 servings
Sometimes the simplest recipes are just the best. So often we try to complicate our lives and our cooking by thinking more is better, and simple can’t be good. But I have recently discovered the secret to the best, nondairy garlic bread to accompany a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs, and it’s simplicity may shock you. Ok, maybe I am being overly dramatic. It is just garlic bread after all.
Roasted garlic is one of my favorite flavors. I add whole garlic cloves to lots of my dishes – roast chicken, root vegetables, etd. I love the slight sweetness of roasted garlic, plus it’s a cinch to prepare and it’s super healthy! Garlic has more vitamin c than even orange juice.
roasted garlic
Recently I roasted a whole head of garlic, added it to a healthy amount of olive oil and smashed it into a baguette for the simplest, most delicious garlic bread. I didn’t miss the butter, or Parmesan that some garlic bread recipes call for. Ok, maybe I missed the butter a little.
I would serve this crispy bread alongside some traditional Italian meatballs or a cozy bowl of soup. You will see – sometimes delicious doesn’t need to be complicated at all.
one large French-style baguette
2 whole heads of garlic
salt and pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
fresh parsley (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place garlic on a baking sheet or in a oven-safe ramekin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 35-40 ,minutes, until garlic is completely soft and golden but not crisp.
Allow garlic to cool. You can prepare this step a few hours or a day ahead of time.
Cut baguette in half. Squeeze cloves from bulb and smash with a fork. Add olive oil and continue smashing.
Spread half the garlic mixture on one side of the bread, and the other half of mixture on the other side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until just crisp and golden. Remove from oven and top with fresh parsley if desired.

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Peppermint Hot Chocolate/ Peppermint Mocha Recipe

Good morning! 

The Ingredients:
serves 10-12 people.

For the basic peppermint hot chocolate:

--3 cups nonfat dried milk
--1 cup powdered sugar
--3/4 cup cocoa powder
--1/4 tsp salt
--1/2 cup chocolate syrup
--1 to 2 tsp peppermint extract (my kids thought 2tsp was too strong.)
--7 cups water
--marshmallows and candy canes for garnish

for a "mocha":
--pour the cooked hot chocolate over a shot of espresso or a half-cup of very strong coffee

for an "adult drink":
--omit the peppermint extract and pour the hot chocolate over a shot of Peppermint Schnapps

The Directions.

I used a 4 quart crockpot.

Combine the dry ingredients into your crockpot and stir with a spoon. Squeeze in a half-cup of chocolate sauce, and add the peppermint extract. Add the water, a cup at a time, and stir well. The chocolate-y mixture will be bubbly and look powdery. It's okay---it will cook together.

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until completely hot. Serve with marshmallows and candy canes. If serving to guests, keep the pot on low with the lid off, and provide a ladle. If kept on warm, the hot chocolate will not stay warm enough.

The Verdict.

Very tasty. I tried it plain, and with a half cup of strong coffee. I did not try the Peppermint Schnapps version, but assume it would taste good. The kids thought that the 2 tsp of peppermint extract was too strong, but that 1tsp was perfect. I recommend starting with 1 tsp, and add 1/4 tsp at a time to taste.
today is our first day of snow .. about 6 - 8 inches this morning

 Welcome birds!

I used a utility knife and cut out letters from cardboard to spell the word "WELCOME". I also poked holes in the top of the letters for stringing. Then, we spread peanut butter on both sides and coated it well with bird seed.

Spreading peanut butter

Bird seed letter C

The letters are surprisingly heavy after you're finished. We strung twine through the letters to make a garland, then hung them in the trees.

It wasn't too long before the word got out!

If you want to make some similar at home, I have a couple of suggestions...

This is a very Messy project (note capital M). Protect your surface and your floor if you need to. We went through a jar of peanut butter to finish all the letters. You'll definitely get bird seed in your peanut butter jar, so, if you have any left, reserve it for later projects, not for eating ;)

I used thick cardboard cut from boxes for the letters. It needs to be thick to hold up to the peanut butter and seed.

Use a good heavy twine, light-weight rope or something similar for the garland. I thought our twine might not be strong enough to hold all the letters and the birds that would land on it, but so far, so good.

We've had a LOT of birds already, sometimes I'll look out the window and see it covered up with customers.


Feather Place Mats
  1. Trace the largest plate you'll be using on pieces of scrapbook paper. Cut out circles.
  2. Glue feathers along edges, leaving paper centers blank (they'll be covered by the plates).


Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed. - Blaise Pascal


"Welcome" in Innu (Labrador and Quebec Canada) - Waachiyaa

thanks, sheri
Water Bottle
Empty water bottles make for great yolk removers. 

thanks, patty

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1 comment:

  1. Fascinating Cape Leopard! Garlic bread is on my to-do list for today:)