Waffle Iron Day, Camera Day, Almond Butter Crunch Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥
June 29, 2014

Lake gator

★~ Today’s Quote: If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

★~ Waffle Iron Day:


The earliest waffle iron was made in the 14th century in Belgium. However, it wasn’t until 1869 that Cornelius Swarthout patented the American waffle iron. Then in 1911, General Electric produced the first electric waffle iron. The rest is on your breakfast plate in the form of a fluffy delicious, golden brown homemade waffles.

Did you know, the waffle iron was the inspiration and maker of the first NIKE sole/tread? Bob Knight made it on his waffle iron in his garage in Portland Oregon. He then used that tread to gather investors for his dream to make the perfect running shoe: NIKE (Thank you El Morno friend Nancy Baird!)

It’s the weekend! Celebrate by whipping up a batch of  waffles with your favorite topping! Syrup, whipped cream, fruit, chocolate, jam….or go to breakfast which is what we are going to do.

★~ Camera Day:


Celebrating the camera is easy–just enjoy a day of taking pictures or share some of your favorite pictures…or spend some time organizing and tagging your pictures…I love taking pictures – the one above and at the top of the post was taken at the lake yesterday.

★~ Almond Butter Crunch Day:


This nutty confection became increasingly popular during World War II. The candy company Brown & Haley had developed their own recipe for almond buttercrunch a few years earlier, and J.C. Haley, the company’s co-founder, had the nutty idea of storing it in tins. He figured that if tins kept his coffee fresh, they’d do the same for his beloved candy.

The buttercrunch was shipped to soldiers fighting overseas and soon became an international hit. Brown & Haley called it Almond Roca because most of the almonds during that time were exported from Spain, and “roca,” the Spanish word for rock, is indicative of the candy’s crunchy texture.

Almond buttercrunch requires only a few ingredients: butter, sugar, salt and almonds. The butter and sugar are melted together to form a toffee, which is then poured over crushed almonds.

Some recipes have chocolate chips in them, and some are dipped in chocolate. If the confection lasts long enough (i.e. you don’t eat it all in one sitting), store your buttercrunch in an airtight container – perhaps even a tin.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1925 A patent for the frosted electric light bulb was filed by Marvin Pipkin. What a bright idea. The frosting inside the light bulb created less glare because it diffused the light emitted, spreading it over a wider area, providing a much softer glow.

♥~ 1940 – Brenda Starr, the first cartoon strip by a woman (Dale Messick), appeared in The Chicago Tribune.

♥~ 1985 – John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385, at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.

♥~ 1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s Le Pont de Trinquetaille brought in$20.6 million at an auction in London, England. No one knows who the anonymous European collector was who paid that staggering price for the piece of art. No one, that is, except the buyer.

♥ ~ 1991 – Cher started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Love Hurts’.

♥~ 2007 – The Apple iPhone went on sale across the U.S.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1868 – George Ellery Hale:  American astronomer; developed the Hale telescope.

♥~ 1900 – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French aviator and writer. He is best known for his book, The Little Prince (1943).

♥ ~ 1910 – Frank Loesser songwriter: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition, Baby It’s Cold Outside, On a Slow Boat to China, Once in Love with Amy, Luck Be a Lady, Thumbelina; died July 28, 1969

♥~ 1943 – Bob Brunning musician: guitar: group: Fleetwood Mac: Don’t Stop, Rhiannon, Dreams, Go Your Own Way, Black Magic Woman; author: The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies, Behind the Masks, Blues: The British Connection

♥~ 1965 – Matthew Weiner, Producer, writer : Mad Men, The Sopranos.

★~ Good to Know: 

Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism, Tolerance, and Changing Your Mind:

“That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”

The notion that the only way you can critically engage with a person’s ideas is to take a shot at them, is to be openly critical — this is actually nonsense. Some of the most effective ways in which you deal with someone’s idea are to treat them completely at face value, and with an enormous amount of respect. That’s actually a faster way to engage with what they’re getting at than to lob grenades in their direction…


What we call tolerance in this country, and pat ourselves on the back for, is the lamest kind of tolerance. What we call tolerance in this country is when people who are unlike us want to be like us, and when we decide to accept someone who is not like us and wants to be like us, we pat ourselves on the back… So when gays want to be like us and get married, we finally get around and say, “Oh, isn’t that courageous of me, to accept gay people for finally wanting to be like us.”

Sorry — you don’t get points for accepting someone who wants to be just like you. You get points for accepting someone who doesn’t want to be like you — that’s where the difficulty lies.

I feel I change my mind all the time. And I sort of feel that’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.


If you create a system where you make it impossible, politically, for people to change [their] mind, then you’re in trouble. Why is this?



Off to breakfast. Where are you off too?

Odd Loves Company,

6 thoughts on “Waffle Iron Day, Camera Day, Almond Butter Crunch Day

  1. Oh, I like Malcolm Gladwell–great writer! I wish I were off to a waffle, but unfortunately, I don’t have an iron. Hope you have a wonderful breakfast, Katybeth–and an awesome Sunday while you’re at it!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • No waffle iron? Say it isn’t so??
      Thanks your wishes came true for us – it was a very good day.

  2. Morno,
    I had waffles for breakfast. Going back out the lake for a little cocktail fishing a little later today. We’re heading home late tomorrow.
    Nice pictures. Have a good one

    • You had waffles? Cool beans. Hope you toasted your fish. . We had Salmon for dinner tonight. Very yummy.

  3. When I was in school, it seemed that all my friends were reading The Little Prince — in French — and I remember being so jealous. I took Latin and spent way too many nights conjugating and translating boring passages of this and that. Maybe they were jealous of me? Nah, I doubt it!
    How did I miss Camera Day? Lovely photos you got of the lake.
    Interesting segment by Gladwell. Might have to re-read that to better understand his position.

    • I wanted to learn French too! But was stuck with Spanish. So I refused to learn it…not one of better choices.
      Emerson said most of it long before Gladwell but I’m glad he is putting it out there again. A good reminder to reexamine our own ideas about things and let others do the same thing.

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