★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
November 14, 2014
★~Friday Giggle: Q: What does the non-believing pickle say? A: You’re gherkin my chain.
★~ Pickle Day:
The Pickle has been popular for thousands of years. In fact Cleopatra “attributed her good looks to a hearty diet of pickles” according to the New York Food Museum. Today we honor the pickle as a condiment, snack, or side dish. The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year.
★~ Loosen Up Lighten Up Day:
LU-LU Day! is all about celebrating joy and laughter. Don’t worry be happy! Is today’s motto.
★~ Today In History:
♥~ 1851 – “Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world…” Thus begins Herman Melville’s book Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, which was first published in New York City by Harpoon & Brothers (or was that Harper and Brothers?)
♥~ 1987 – The Dirty Dancing movie soundtrack was the number one album in the U.S. It was number one for a total of eighteen weeks.
♥~ 2007 – A sculpture of a stainless steel heart hanging from a golden bow sold for $23.6 million at a Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale in New York. The piece, by artist Jeff Koons, was the most expensive piece by a living artist ever auctioned.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1907 – Astrid Lindgren, author- She grew up on a farm in southern Sweden, playing with her brothers and sisters and listening to her family tell stories. Eventually she got married, had a daughter, and gave up working at age 24 in order to stay home and take care of her kids. One day, her daughter, Karin, was sick in bed, so Astrid started telling her stories of a spunky, strong, independent girl who mocks adults and manages to get by just fine without a family, caution, education, or the opposite sex. The girls name was Pippi Longstocking, with magical powers, a pet monkey, freckles, and bright red pigtails that stuck out on either side of her head. The book was published as Pippi Långstrump(1945) in Sweden, Pippi Longstocking in English, and it became one of the most beloved children’s books of all time
♥~ 1948 – Prince Charles (of Wales) (Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor Mountbatten) heir to British throne.
★~ Clean Smell Gallimaufry:
We love to reuse jars and may be addicted to mason jars. Occasional though our efforts are thwarted by the smells of its previous contents. Usually the culprit is garlic, garlic-based, or pickled.
There is, however, a quick and easy way to get that old stink out of your jar and make it usable again. You just need two things…
Mustard & Water
Yes, mustard! Turns out basic yellow mustard (no need to get the fancy Dijon or whole-grain kind) or mustard powder (if you have some in your spice drawer) mixed with hot water will get out the smell.
Pour about a teaspoon of the yellow stuff in the bottom, add hot water and swirl or shake the solution with the lid on. Throw out the water, and then wash and rinse your glass container. It’s like the Ghost of Pickled Onions Past was never even there.
Why is mustard so good at dispelling odors? There is vinegar present in most mustard condiments and mustard seed itself is known as a rubefacient, or a substance that causes the skin to redden because it creates heat. Perhaps those factors in combination with the pungent, powerful, and volatile compounds in mustard seeds themselves helps get rid of stinky stuff.
It definitely works, try it the next time you want to reuse that pickle jar!
Home Sweet Home Friday. No place to run off too, just a day at home with my campers, computer, camera, and a pot of tea for the morning and little cokes for the afternoon. My teen wants to explore Merz Apothecary so we may meander over there this afternoon, or not. And I’m planning to make stew and fry up some of my own doughnuts. What are your plans for the weekend?
Odd Loves Company,
Q: What do you get when you cross a deer and a pickle?
A: A dilldoe