thanks for the funny Reader's Digest comics, Mary (Part 2)
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.|
|Synonyms:||wetting agent, surface-active agent, wetter|
|Usage:||She ordered a new pair of glasses and had the lenses coated with a surfactant that would act as an anti-fogging agent.|
Idiom of the Day
To make no difference (to someone) one way or another; to be unimportant (to someone) what happens.
Egypt's Fuad I Transitions from Sultan to King (1922)
Fuad I was the first king of modern Egypt. Educated in Europe, he returned to Egypt in 1880 and founded the University of Cairo in 1906. He succeeded his brother as sultan in 1917, but in 1922, when British control of Egypt ended, Fuad took the title of king. The following year, a new constitution was established. Fuad later abolished it and frequently threw the country into turmoil by dismissing parliament.
Andrew Jackson (1767)
The seventh US president, Jackson was a child of the frontier and lost his entire family in the American Revolution. He was just 14 at the time and was already a member of the local militia. After emerging from the War of 1812 a hero for his defense of New Orleans, he rode a wave of popularity to the presidency in 1828. He was seen as a champion of the common man, but he relentlessly displaced many Native Americans. His wife died weeks before his inauguration.
Study: Every Eight Minutes, a Baby Is Injured Using a Nursery ProductMore than 66,000 children younger than three go to the emergency room annually for accidents involving nursery products, according to a new study. That's about one every eight minutes.
Study: Every eight minutes, a baby is injured using a nursery product
1820 - Maine was admitted as the 23rd state of the Union.
1835 - Composer Eduard Strauss was born.
1875 - The Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, John McCloskey, was named the first American cardinal.
1892 - New York State unveiled the new automated ballot voting machine.
1892 - Jesse W. Reno patented the Reno Inclined Elevator. It was the first escalator.
1910 - Otto Kahn offered $500,000 for a family portrait by Dutch artist Frans Hals. Kahn had outbid J.P. Morgan for the work.
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson held the first open presidential news conference.
1937 - In Chicago, IL, the first blood bank to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration was established at the Cook County Hospital.
1945 - "Billboard" magazine began listing a top albums chart. The first #1 was "The Nat King Cole Trio."
1948 - Sir Laurence Olivier was on the cover of "LIFE" magazine for his starring role in Shakespeare’s "Hamlet."
1954 - CBS television debuted its "Morning Show."
1956 - The musical "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway.
1960 - The first underwater park was established as Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve.
1968 - "LIFE" magazine called Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."
1977 - The first episode of "Eight is Enough" was aired on ABC-TV.
1989 - The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs became the 14th Department in the President's Cabinet.
2002 - In the U.S., Burger King began selling a veggie burger. The event was billed as the first veggie burger to be sold nationally by a fast food chain.
Pictures of the day
Kristen Visbal was commissioned by State Street to install a statue of a girl standing defiantly in front of Wall Street’s charging bull
knit - ST. PATRICK'S DAY
crochet - ST. PATRICK'S DAY
No-Bake Energy Bars - 2 ingredients
2 cups pitted Medjool dates
About 1/2 cup hot water (If dates are not soft soak them overnight in just enough water to cover)
2 cups organic oats
Pulse water and dates in a food processor to a thick, smooth paste; use a little water to thin if necessary. It should be the consistency of a thick jam. Add the oats and pulse until blended. Press mixture into the bottom of a glass pan to about 1/2-inch thick and chill. Once chilled and firm, cut and serve.
Tie-Dye Fabric Using Turmeric --- Yes! The Kitchen Spice
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring
*this is not the exact picture you will be playing on this puzzle - but it's similar!*
Growing Popcorn Shoots
Used for many years in European cuisine, Popcorn Shoots are rapidly gaining popularity in fine US restaurants. The shoots are amazingly sweet! They are most tender when light is withheld - this is called Blanching. Popcorn Shoots are not for everyone. They are easy to grow but their sweetness is intense. They are very cool looking and make a groovy garnish for any dish!
- Soak8 - 12 hours
- Rinse / Drain2 times per day
- PlantDay 2
- Harvest8 - 12 days
The materials are as follows:
In order to ensure a better germination rate, pre-soak the popcorn for 24-72 hours. I put approximately 3/4 cup of popcorn seeds in a glass dish and cover them generously with water. Place the container in the fridge for up to three days.
- Fresh Popcorn, i.e. not 3 years old (unpopped, not the microwavable kind)
- Flat Casserole Tray or other container with sides less than 2" deep
- Small Container
- Potting Soil
- Kitchen shears
When you can see the nub of the root sprouting out of the majority of popcorn seed, they are ready to plant.
Start by pouring off and discarding the soaking water. Pour 3-4 cups seed starting mix into a large mixing bowl. Add enough water to the mix so that it feels like a dampened but not soaking towel. Place enough seed starting mix in the casserole container to cover the bottom of the container about an inch deep. Gently firm and smooth out the mix. Spread the pre-sprouted popcorn seeds on the moistened seed starting mix and carefully press the seeds into the mix. They should be on top of the mix and not overcrowded.
Cover the newly planted seeds with the clear lid provided with the tray/casserole container. The covering creates a steady, moist environment ideal for sprouting seeds.
Growers Note: An option for blanched shoots would be to cover the lid with a cloth. Some folks like yellow blanched shoots.
Place the popcorn in a brightly lit window and wait. Check the container every day to ensure that the seeds are still moist. If needed, water the shoots by misting with fresh water. If mold starts to develop, just leave the lid off for a day. This will allow the surface of the seed starting mix to dry out a little. If your house stays dry during the winter, mold should not be an issue. If the lid is not fitted tight to the container, the shoots will lift the plastic lid up as they grow. It will take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to reach harvest. The popcorn shoots are ready to harvest when they are 2 to 4 inches long.
From the pictures, you will notice that the seed germination rate is different. Some shoots will take longer to reach the desired length, which provides a longer harvest. For reference, this picture was taken seven days after planting.
To harvest your popcorn shoots, simply cut each shoot as far down the stalk as possible. Once picked, if you do not use the shoots immediately, dry off any water and wrap them before placing in a container the vegetable crisper.
Enjoy your crisp fresh greens!