Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fresh Veggies Day June 16, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Fresh Veggies Day

Five portions a day? Seven? Ten? Nutritionists agree that when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, most of us just aren’t getting enough. Make a change on Fresh Veggies Day, and invite family and neighbours around for a fun and surprising meat-free feast.
Originally, Fresh Veggies Day was celebrated in early summer, when the tastiest new-season vegetables start to become plentiful. With one eye on the weather, take a trip to your local farmers’ market or specialist food store and stock up on whatever is ripe – along with some free recipe ideas. For some early crops, you may even be able to go to a farm and pick your own: why not get some friends together and plan a day out?
Of course, most gardeners will tell you that nothing beats the pride, satisfaction and taste of home-grown veg. Seed clubs and gardening forums make it easy, and affordable, to cultivate your own weird and wonderful varieties.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A larval frog or toad.
Usage:The boy found it hard to believe that this tiny, legless polliwog would someday sprout limbs and hop away a fully formed frog.

Idiom of the Day

agree in principle

 — To accept the general terms and/or conditions of a deal without having completed or agreed upon the specific details.

thanks, patty


Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova Becomes First Woman in Space (1963)

Tereshkova was a Soviet cosmonaut who became the first woman to fly in space. In 1963, she was the solo pilot of a three-day flight aboard Vostok 6, orbiting the Earth 48 times. Her flight was her only experience in space, and she left the Soviet space program soon after and married cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev. Their daughter, Elena, born a year later, was the first child of parents who had both been in space. 

George Gaylord Simpson (1902)

Simpson, an American paleontologist, helped develop the modern biological theory of evolution, drawing on paleontology, genetics, ecology, and natural selection. His contributions to evolutionary theory include a detailed classification of mammals, which is still the standard, and the discovery of the migratory and evolutionary patterns of the prehistoric fauna of the Americas, from which he deduced that species reached adaptive peaks and suffered accidental dispersal. 


James Joyce's novel Ulysses describes the events of a single day in Dublin: June 16, 1904. First published in Paris in 1922, Ulysses caused an uproar when it finally did appear in Ireland. But since 1954, Bloomsday—named after the novel's main character, Leopold Bloom—has been a Joycean feast day, observed with a number of events throughout Dublin that commemorate its illustrious author and the lives of his characters. There is a ritual pilgrimage along the path followed by Bloom, public readings from the novel, costume parties, and parades. 

White House, Private Sector Act to Reduce Organ Transplant Waiting List

The White House and a group of universities, companies and nonprofits announced new steps Monday to reduce the wait time for an organ transplant, including a $160 million Pentagon program to develop ways to repair and replace cells and tissue.

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1858 - In a speech in Springfield, ILU.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He declared, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." 

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1883 - The New York Giants baseball team admitted all ladies for free to the ballpark. It was the first Ladies Day. 

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1884 - At Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY, the first roller coaster in America opened. 

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1904 - The novel "Ulysses" by James Joyce took place. The main character of the book was Leopold Bloom. 

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1922 - Henry Berliner accomplished the first helicopter flight at College Park, MD

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1952 - "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl" was published in the United States

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1961 - Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union while in Paris, traveling with the Leningrad Kirov Ballet. 

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1978 - The film adaptation of "Grease" premiered in New York City.

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1980 - The movie "The Blues Brothers" opened in Chicago, IL

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1993 - The U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps that featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley. 

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2008 - California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


If You Were Born Today, June 16
Your imagination is boundless and you are a true visionary. You possess an endearing youthful quality throughout life, and can be quite persuasive when you want to be. You are given to daydreaming and require frequent periods of rest and solitude in order to renew your spirit. You do thrive on sharing your ideas with others, but you need time alone to refresh. You can be quite ambitious, and at times critical and impatient when feeling restless or unfocused. Famous people born today: Erich Segal, Tupac Shakur, Ian Buchanan, Wally Joyner, Joyce Carol Oates.

Picture of the day
Emily Batty
Emily Batty (b. 1988) is a Canadian cross-country mountain biker. She began her career in 1999, and by 2001 she had raced in the Canada Cup Series. Batty is the current Pan American Games champion and was the silver medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Picture of a skier in Hakuba, Japan

Powdery Playground

Photograph by Cedric Bernardini, National Geographic 
A skier takes a route through the trees in Hakuba, Japan. Situated in the Japanese Alps, Hakuba is a favorite destination for powder hounds the world over. The town is located about an hour from Nagano, the Japanese city that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.











thanks, shelley

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

No bake orange jello creamsicle cheesecake
thanks, helen

4 serving size of orange jello 
1 C boiling water
2 (8oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
graham cracker crust (mine was store bought)

****whipped cream-optional

1.  add boiling water to jello and mix until dissolved, approximately 5 minutes
2.  in large bowl beat cream cheese and vanilla until creamy
3.  gradually add jello to cream cheese, drizzle it in and mix well
4.  place in refrigerator and stir every 15 minutes for 45 minutes total.  it will begin to thicken
5.  pour into pie shell and chill for at least three hours, once cool cover with plastic wrap --- let it sit overnight
     (i used a purchased pie shell, i put the plastic cover on that comes with pie shell instead of plastic wrap)

***when serving you can put on whipped topping if you wish


diy paint chip animals


There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. - Thomas Aquinas

Palm trees grew at the North Pole about 53 million years ago! -------------------- At London’s annual Boring Conference, mundane topics like sneezing, toast, barcodes and the sounds vending machines male are discussed! -------------------- It would take a snail about 220 hours to crawl one mile!

Fast Food - Fast Food Ketchup Container Hack

world wide public knitting day .. june 18th