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November 27, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. —Lao-Tze
★~ Tie One On Day
Tie One On Day (created by EllynAnne Geisel) amplifies the GIVE in Thanksgiving and share our good fortune with someone in need of a kind gesture. On the eve of Thanksgiving, wrap a loaf of bread in an apron, tuck a note of encouragement in the pocket and deliver the wrapped bread to someone in your community who could use a gesture of kindness.
★~ Pin’s and Needle Day:
Today is the anniversary of the pro-union play “Pins and Needles.” (1937). The actors in the play were from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, hence the name of the political satire.
“Sing me of wars and sing me of breadlines, Tell me of front-page news. Sing me of strikes and last minute headlines. Dress your observation in syncopation. Sing me a song with social significance. There’s nothing else that will do. It must get hot with what is what, Or I won’t love you.”
★~ Bavarian Cream Pie Day:
Bavarian cream pie is a made with a cooked egg custard in a pie shell and layered with whipped cream and toppings. Cream, custard, and pudding pies have been around since the Middle Ages. After the technological advances in cornstarch extraction in the 1900s, instant pudding and custard mixes helped popularize these kinds of desserts. Thankful for cornstarch!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1977 – It was a big day for sweat hog Vinnie Barbarino, formerly of TV’s Welcome Back Kotter. His new character, Tony Manero, set box office records as Saturday Night Fever made a superstar of John Travolta. The soundtrack album, by the Bee Gees and others, sold more than 11 million copies.
♥~ 1983 – Stores across the U.S. were inundated by eager shoppers trying to buy Cabbage Patch Kids —
♥~ 1940 – Bruce Lee (Lee Jun Fan) actor: martial arts cult star; The Green Hornet, Game of Death, Return of the Dragon, Fists of Fury, Enter the Dragon, Chinese Connection,Marlowe; subject of the movie, Dragon
♥~ 1957 – Caroline (Bouvier) Kennedy American author, attorney, Ambassador to Japan, and daughter of U.S. President John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Bouvier
♥~ 1960 – Kevin Henkes children’s author and illustrator He’s best known for his mouse books, featuring a cast of spunky, colorful mice, like Lilly, the main mouse in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (1996). His picture books are about things all kids deal with, like anxiety and pride and getting teased. His newest book is My Garden (2010). Kevin Henkes said: “I want my characters to be believable. I want the story to be convincing. And I want to write good sentences. It’s as simple and difficult as that.
★~ Good to Know: Food Hacks
Last week, FoodBeast posted a video called “How to Eat an Apple Like a Boss” that went viral. The clip shows that rather than eating an apple from the outside in to the core—which wastes approximately 30 percent of the fruit—people should eat it from the top down. The core simply disappears, allowing for 100 percent consumption of the apple.
♥~ Pancakes: Drowning your pancakes in syrup is inefficient. The top pancake will be soggy, while the middle pancakes remain syrupless. The solution: Carve a hole in the middle of your stack before adding syrup, and the syrup will be more evenly distribute.
♥~ Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich: If you’ve eaten a PB&J, you’ve also probably had a dollop of jelly seep out and land on your table or clothes. There is a better way. Spread as much peanut butter as your heart desires on two slices of bread, then create a taller border with peanut butter on both sides. On one slice, put the jelly in the hole that the border creates, then complete your sandwich.
♥~ Oranges: Using a knife, cut a small slices off the top and bottom of the orange. Then, cut a slit in the side of the orange. The orange should unroll, leaving a nice row of slices.
[Image credit: JewelPie]
♥~ Pomegranates: This fruit is less difficult to seed if you use a bowl of water. First, cut the fruit in half. Then, submerge the fruit in cold water and pull the fruit apart, releasing the seeds with minimal mess. The unwanted membrane, which holds the seeds, will rise to the top of the water.
[Image credit: Food Wishes]
♥~ Cupcakes: Get rid of that pesky wrapper, slice about half of the bottom off the cupcake, then make a frosting sandwich out of the two slices.
[Image credit: Katy Brown/Mommy Mishmash]
♥~ Hard-shell tacos: Hard-shell tacos tend to fall apart. Prevent this pesky problemo by wrapping a tortilla around the outside of the taco. You can make this more binding with a layer of refried beans in between the tortilla and the taco shell.
[Image credit: Curry and Comfort]
♥~ Bananas: Most people start peeling a banana from the end with the longer stem. Wrong. Peel the banana from the bottom, it will be easier and the banana will contain less stringy pieces.
Good news! Thanksgiving IS the REAL Deal, Facebook page passed the 400 like mark (they like us–they really do).
My Hometown Gets It by El Morno friend and Blogger Debbie:
My hometown newspaper recently conducted an online poll of readers and guess what it found? Respondents, by an overwhelming majority, said they will NOT be shopping on Thanksgiving Day!
The actual number of people polled wasn’t listed, but 91 percent of them — that’s nearly ALL! — said they won’t be shopping on Thursday.
The War on Thanksgiving is another good read!
I am off and running, Campers are checking in right and left and I have a few last minute Thanksgiving errands to run.
Odd Loves Company!