Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Today is Tuesday June 29, 2010

National Waffle Iron Day

National Waffle Iron Day is an important date on the calendar of every real breakfast lover! Who doesn't love homemade waffles? They are easy and fun to make with a waffle iron. After you mix the waffle batter, simply pour the batter into the center of the waffle iron, cook until golden brown, and voilà! Delicious homemade waffles.
However, making the waffle itself is only half the fun... the other half is adding toppings! First, add some whipped cream to your waffle. Then add your favorite fruits including bananas, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Finally, add some syrup or even chocolate chips to finish off your masterpiece! And don't worry about waking up early to cook yourself a full meal... today is a day that you can have breakfast for lunch and dinner!
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

Today is also National Almond Butter Crunch Day

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On this day in History:

1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth.

1897 - The Chicago Cubs scored 36 runs in a game against Louisville, setting a record for runs scored by a team in a single game.

1917 - The Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio got a base hit in his 42nd consecutive game. He broke George Sisler's record from 1922.

1987 - Vincent Van Gogh’s "Le Pont de Trinquetaille" was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England.

1998 - With negotiations on a new labor agreement at a standstill, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that a lockout would be imposed at midnight.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life"I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know."

--Joanna Field


Today's Tip:

Cool Your Mouth After Spicy Food

When the innocent-looking red thing you swallowed with your kung pao chicken turns out to be a pepper with 350,000 Scoville units (in layman's terms: Ouch!), your first impulse is to reach for a glass of water. Don't. “That just spreads the heat around,” says Shawn Theriot, a quality-assurance manager and food technologist for McIlhenny Company, the maker of Tabasco Sauce. Instead, “eat a lot of bread or rice,” says Chuck Subra, chef at LaCôte Brasserie, in New Orleans, home of notoriously spicy Cajun food. Or try dairy products, like milk, sour cream, ice cream, yogurt, butter, or cheese―
the softer the better, says Theriot.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Today is Monday June 28, 2010

Paul Bunyan Day

Paul Bunyan is certainly a great American legend! This mythological lumberjack is credited with digging out the Grand Canyon by simply dragging his axe, clearing out North and South Dakota for farming, and scooping out the Great Lakes to provide water for Babe the Blue Ox.
To celebrate this American folkloric character, visit the amusement park Paul Bunyan Land or retell his tall tales to your friends and family!
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

Today is also National Tapioca Day

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On this day in History:

1894 - The U.S. Congress made Labor Day a U.S. national holiday.

1911 - Samuel J. Battle became the first African-American policeman in New York City.

1919 - The Treaty of Versailles was signed ending World War I exactly five years after it began. The treaty also established the League of Nations.

1938 - The U.S. Congress created the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction loans.

1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life"Life, for all its agonies of despair and loss and guilt, is exciting and beautiful, amusing and artful and endearing, full of liking and love, at times a poem and a high adventure, at times noble and at times very gay; and whatever (if anything) is to come after it -- we shall not have this life again."

--Rose Macaulay


Today's Tip:

Buy Clothes Without Trying Them On

You have good reasons to avoid the dressing room―long lines and fluorescent lighting among them―so skip it altogether by sizing yourself up first at home, says designer Cynthia Rowley. Note how your favorite clothes look when you hold them to your body, and recall that when you're shopping. If the fabric of a pair of jeans or a skirt doesn't exactly meet the edge of your waistline when you hold it up, it won't fit correctly, Feldon says. And the next time you're in a hurry at the department store, remember this measurement trick from Rowley: The distance from the side of your neck to the tip of your fingers (on an outstretched arm) is about the same length as your inseam.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Today is Friday June 25, 2010

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Ever feel the pain, remorse, and utter sadness of having to leave your dog all alone at home while you are at work all day? Well, today is your lucky day, my friend, because it is Take Your Dog To Work Day!
Today, thousands of businesses will open up their doors to employees' pets in celebration of man's best friend. But if you do decide to bring your dog to the office, you probably won't be able to use the excuse that he ate your homework! Learn more about Take Your Dog To Work Day and the benefits of adopting a loving dog or puppy!
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

Today is also National Strawberry Parfait Day & National Catfish Day

This week is Watermelon Seed Spitting Week

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On this day in History:

1868 - The U.S. Congress enacted legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the Federal government.

1876 - Lt. Col. Custer and 210 men of the U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana.

1984 - The soundtrack "Purple Rain" was released five weeks ahead of the film.

1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the line-item veto thereby striking down presidential power to cancel specific items in tax and spending legislation.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
"Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have."

--Doris Mortman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today's Tip:

Run Errands
“Plan the order of your stops in a clockwise direction,” advises Susan Hamersky, owner of the Los Angeles–based errand company California Concierge. “That way, you avoid all the time-consuming left turns.” Also, schedule your errands so you can drop things off on your way out and pick them up on your way home, says Dan McMackin, a spokesman for UPS and a former driver. Keep a cooler in your car for perishables, too. Then a stop at the market doesn’t have to be immediately followed by a run home to the refrigerator, says Julie Hagenmaier, founder and CEO of My Girl Friday, an errand company in Cincinnati.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today is Thursday June 24, 2010

National Pralines Day

A rich tradition in New Orleans, pralines were originally created in France by coating almonds in caramelized sugar. The praline, however, got its name from French soldier and sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin, as it was his cook who invented it.
The recipe evolved when French settlers brought the recipe to Louisiana where chefs in New Orleans eventually began substituting pecans for almonds, and adding cream.
Very popular around the holidays, pralines come in many flavors and include several different types of nuts. It's no wonder they have their own day. Happy National Pralines Day!
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

Today is also International Fairy Day & National Handshake Day

This week is Watermelon Seed Spitting Week

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On this day in History:

1509 - Henry VIII was crowned King of England.

1922 - The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League.

1931 - The Soviet Union and Afghanistan signed a treaty of neutrality.

1940 - TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.

1962 - The N.Y. Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, after 22 innings.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
"To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work."

--Sister Mary Lauretta

Today's Tip:

Get Cut Flowers to Bloom

First try cutting the stems at an angle, then placing the bouquet in warm water. If that doesn’t work, use a blow-dryer with a diffuser to simulate the sunshine’s warmth, says Denis Chandler, the owner of Bloomsberry Flowers, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today is Wednesday June 23, 2010

Public Service Day

Today is the day to volunteer your time to help in your community. Across the world, volunteer opportunities are endless. You can help out in your local food pantry or become a big brother or big sister. Volunteers are always needed in schools, nursing homes, fire stations and churches.

Public Service Day was started by the United Nations in 2002 as a way to highlight the contribution of public service. Get your friends and family involved in volunteering too, because every act of compassion and kindness, no matter how small, can make a difference!
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

Today is also National Pink Day  

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On this day in History:

1700 - Russia gave up its Black Sea fleet as part of a truce with the Ottoman Empire.

1860 - The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.

1868 - Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention that he called a "Type-Writer."

1904 - The first American motorboat race got underway on the Hudson River in New York.

1926 - The first lip reading tournament in America was held in Philadelphia, PA.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."

--Dolores Ibarruri


Today's Tip:

Lemonade Kool-Aid

Original purpose: Quenching your thirst.

 Aha! use: Cleaning lime deposits and iron stains inside the dishwasher. Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup and run the (empty) dishwasher.

 Reward: Citric acid in the mix wipes out stains; you don't have to

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today is Tuesday June 22, 2010

National Chocolate Eclair Day

Did you know that eclair is the French word for lightning? It is believed that these delicious pastries got their name from the glistening frosting resembling a flash of lightning. 

Eclairs have been a favorite treat since at least the 1860's and will be a bakery shop staple for a long, long time. Eclairs are carefully baked until the dough rises just enough to allow for a hollow interior. Then, cream is piped into its center and the eclair is topped off with icing. 

With that sugary, crispy dough and cream filling, they are a favorite dessert worldwide and it is difficult to eat just one. But you can start your diet tomorrow, right?
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

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On this day in History:

1772 - Slavery was outlawed in England.

1933 - Germany became a one political party country when Hitler banned parties other than the Nazis.

1944 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the "GI Bill of Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.

1946 - Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.

1959 - Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.

1990 - Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
"My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success."

--Helen Hayes -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today's Tip:

Vegetable oil will put a shine on leather shoes. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt, then run a soft cloth with a drop of oil over the surface to (literally) add polish.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Today is Monday June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice

Today is certainly the day to enjoy some extra summer sunshine! It is the summer solstice, the longest day of daylight for people living in the northern hemisphere. In the Arctic Circle, there will be 24 hours of daylight, whereas in Antarctica there will be 24 hours of nighttime. As the earth spins on its axis around the sun, the summer solstice occurs when the earth's axial tilt is closest to the sun.
The worldwide interpretation of the summer solstice varies from culture to culture. Most countries however, recognize it as a symbol of fertility. Various festivals, gatherings, and rituals take place today worldwide. In Celtic and Slavic cultures, people used to celebrate with dancing and bonfires, believing that these rituals would help increase the sun's energy. In England, thousands of people gather every year at Stonehenge and Avebury at sunrise to welcome the summer solstice.
To celebrate today, grab your sun glasses and sun screen and head outside to enjoy the extra hours of daylight!
Today is also Go Skateboarding Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

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On this day in History:

1788 - The U.S. Constitution went into effect when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

1939 - Lou Gehrig quit baseball due to illness.

1942 - Ben Hogan recorded the lowest score (to that time) in a major golf tournament. Hogan shot a 271 for 72 holes in Chicago, IL.

1945 - Allied forces captured Okinawa, Japan.

1981 - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" opened.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."

--Helen Keller

Today's Tip:

Skateboard as a Shelf
Purchase a pair of L-brackets (available at hardware stores) that are a little more than half as long as the skateboard's width. Screw the brackets into two studs in a wall, about 16 inches apart. Remove the trucks and the wheels from the skateboard—or leave them on if they aren't grungy and you want to hide the supports—and place the board atop the brackets.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Today is Friday June 18, 2010

International Picnic Day

International Picnic Day is an opportunity to plan the perfect picnic for your friends and family. First, invite your loved ones to a park or large grassy area. Next, pack a lunch, complete with snacks and drinks. Finally, bring blankets to sit on and most important bug spray! Ants and mosquitoes are a picnic-planners worst enemy.

While outside, take a minute to enjoy the crisp air of the outdoors and the various sounds of nature. Take some time to enjoy the laughs and fun times with friends. They might even be contagious enough to entice other park visitors to follow your example and have picnics of their own!
Today is also Go Fishing Day & National Cherry Tart Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Flag Week

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On this day in History:

1155 - Frederick I, Barbarossa, was crowned emperor of Rome.

1812 - The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain.

1873 - Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote for a U.S. President.

1927 - The U.S. Post Office offered a special 10-cent postage stamp for sale. The stamp was of Charles Lindbergh’s "Spirit of St. Louis."

1959 - A Federal Court annulled the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.

1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in California.

1975 - Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game against the Detroit Tigers.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
"Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing is to avoid being a bore to oneself."

--Gerald Brenan

Today's Tip:

Cupcake Foils as Votives
The best part of using foils to hold tea lights: No cleaning up the dripped wax. Simply toss the cupcake foils when the wick is snuffed.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Today is Wednesday June 16, 2010

Fudge Day

Got a sweet tooth? Indulge yourself in this chocolate deliciousness. The concept for fudge first started in the late 17th century with a candy called Scots Tablet, which was a slightly harder consistency than American fudge and did not have chocolate in it. Today, fudge can be found in a wide array of flavors and variations including marshmallow, nuts, caramel, and peanut butter. Celebrate Fudge Day by enjoying your favorite types of fudge with your friends and family. But don't be surprised if they don't want to share!
Today is also Fresh Veggies Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Flag Week

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On this day in History:

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

1903 - Ford Motor Company was incorporated.

1952 - "My Little Margie" debuted on CBS-TV.

1975 - John Lennon sued the U.S. government, charging that officials tried to deny his immigration through selective prosecution.

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.

1996 - "Batman Forever" opened in the U.S. 
Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
"The greatest despair is not to become the person you were meant to be."

--Soren Kierkegaard


Today's Tip:

Use Earrings as Pushpins
Face it: That long-lost earring is probably gallivanting with a wayward sock in Ye Olde Land of Misplaced Items. (What a stud!) Let its lonely, abandoned mate rebound as a pretty thumbtack on a bulletin board.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today is Tuesday June 15, 2010

National Lobster Day

If you crave lobster, today is your day to celebrate! Boil 'em, grill 'em, steam 'em, or bake 'em. No matter how you decide to cook lobster, the result is always delicious.
Lobster is a respected delicacy all over the world, especially in the United States, which would explain why lobster fishing in Maine alone is a $1.8 billion industry. As a whole, New England is known for its lobster. They were so plentiful in the 1800's that early Americans could simply stroll the shores of beaches to pick up lobsters to take home for dinner.
Indentured servants were fed lobster so often that one community in Massachusetts instated a law prohibiting lobster dinners from being served more than three times a week. Nowadays, many of us would gladly enjoy this seafood seven days a week!
National Lobster Day is also the perfect to host a lobster bake at your house with your fellow lobster lovers!
Today is also Smile Power Day & Nature Photography Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Flag Week

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On this day in History:

1215 - King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta.

1864 - An order to establish a military burial ground was signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The location later became known as Arlington National Cemetery.

1909 - Benjamin Shibe patented the cork center baseball.

1938 - Johnny Vandemeer, of the Cincinnati Reds, pitched his second straight no-hitter.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
"The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness."

--Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

New Uses for Things You Already Own

 Tissue Box as Grocery Bag Holder

Original purpose: Helping you through a weepie movie.

Aha! use: Storing plastic grocery bags under the kitchen sink. After An Affair to Remember has exhausted your supply of tissues, stuff the bags into the empty box.

Reward: Restored order in your cabinets and bags ready for reuse.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Today is Monday June 14, 2010

Flag Day

Oh say does the star spangled banner yet wave! Today, we honor and commemorate the adoption of the flag in the United States.
This holiday was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the flag goes back as far as 1885. Numerous newspaper articles cite the occurrence of a Wisconsin schoolteacher arranging June 14 as "Flag Birthday" for his students to observe.
Celebrate Flag Day and raise your American flags with pride for the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Today is also National Children's Day & National Strawberry Shortcake Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Flag Week

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On this day in History:

1777 - The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the "Stars and Stripes" as the national flag of the United States.

1900 - Hawaii became a U.S. territory.

1922 - Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to be heard on radio. The event was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.

1951 - "Univac I" was unveiled. It was a computer designed for the U.S. Census Bureau and billed as the world's first commercial computer.

1965 - Bob Dylan recorded "Like A Rolling Stone."
Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life "If one only wished to be happy, this could easily be accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are."

Kitchen Cleaning To-Do List
When cleaning the kitchen always start with the sink. "Keep it empty and shining," says Marla Cilley, author of Sink Reflections (Bantam, $15, amazon.com) and creator of FlyLady.net, a housekeeping website.

A sparkling sink becomes your kitchen's benchmark for hygiene and tidiness, inspiring you to load the dishwasher immediately and keep counters, refrigerator doors, and the stove top spick-and-span, too.


Every Day

  • Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher (30 seconds).
  • Wipe down the stove top (one minute).
  • Wipe down the counters (one minute).
  • Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor (two minutes).

Every Week

  • Mop the floor (five minutes).
  • Wipe the cabinets, backsplashes, and appliances (10 minutes).
  • Wash the dish rack (four minutes).
  • Wipe the switch plates and phone (one minute).
  • Wipe the inside of the garbage can (one minute).

Every Season

  • Empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator (30 minutes).
  • Empty and clean the insides of the utensil drawers (15 minutes).
  • Scrub down the cupboard exteriors (30 minutes).
  • Clean the stove-hood filter (10 minutes).
  • Perform "Shiny Sink 101"

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today is Saturday June 12, 2010

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

It's time to dig out Grandma's famous peanut butter cookie recipe, or better yet, find a new favorite to bake in honor of National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!
Peanut butter cookies have been an American favorite since 1916 when George Washington Carver began promoting the peanut and published three peanut butter cookie recipes in his research bulletin entitled "How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption."
During the 1930's when smoother, creamy peanut butter started to be produced, the recipe for peanut butter cookies was perfected into the delicious version that Americans know today. Yum! Enjoy National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!
Today is also Red Rose Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Fishing and Boating Week

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On this day in History:

1667 - The first human blood transfusion was administered by Dr. Jean Baptiste.

1812 - Napoleon's invasion of Russia began.

1935 - At age 17, Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first songs. The two songs were "Love and Kisses" and "I'll Chase the Blues Away."

1987 - U.S. President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

1989 - Graceland opened the Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, which contains over 20 cars owned by Presley.

Quote of the Day:
"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes the big ones don’t really mean anything."

--Norman Lear

Friday, June 11, 2010

Today is Friday June 11, 2010

Kamehameha Day

Aloha! Today is a public holiday in the state of Hawaii honoring Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. This king is known as the Napoleon of the Pacific for all of his achievements in warfare and diplomacy.
To celebrate, Hawaiians attend carnivals, floral parades, and horse races. There is also a large hula competition that takes place in which hula companies from all over the world come to Hawaii to compete. Kamehameha Day is the perfect excuse to take a vacation out to the beautiful islands of Hawaii and join in the celebration!
Today is also Hug Holiday
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Fishing and Boating Week

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On this day in History:

1793 - Robert Haeterick was issued the first patent for a stove.

1927 - Charles A. Lindberg was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross.

1942 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a lend lease agreement to aid the Soviets in their effort in World War II.

1972 - Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career.

1993 - The Ike and Tina Turner film biography "What's Love Got To Do With It" opened.

1996 - The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in a 1-0 triple overtime game. The win ended a four-game sweep for the Stanley Cup

Quote of the Day:
"Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then."

--Dr. Samuel Johnson

Get your grill looking spick-and-span in just 15 minutes. The tools you’ll need: work gloves, dish soap, foil, paper towels, a grill brush, a bucket, stainless-steel wipes, and a whisk broom.
  • Minute 1: Make sure that all dials are in the off position. While the grill is slightly warm, turn off and disconnect the propane tank.
  • Minute 2: Wearing work gloves, remove the grates and the metal plates under them. Place in a bucket of hot water mixed with dish soap.
  • Minutes 3 and 4: Loosely cover the heating elements with a big piece of foil to protect them. With the grill brush, scrub the underside of the hood. (That residue that looks like peeling paint is actually a harmless buildup of carbon from grease and smoke.)
  • Minutes 5 through 7: Use the grill brush to scrub the inside walls above the elements. (Ash and debris will fall onto the foil.) Wipe the walls with a damp paper towel.
  • Minute 8: Remove the drip pan and turn it upside down over a trash can to empty it. Drop the pan into the bucket to soak.
  • Minutes 9 through 11: Take the grates and the drip pan out of the bucket. Lean them on a wall or a ledge, scrub them with the grill brush, then spray with a hose to rinse.
  • Minute 12: Toss the foil and swipe the elements with the grill brush. Replace the metal plates, the grates, and the drip pan (no need to dry them) and reconnect the propane tank.
  • Minute 13: If your grill has a cabinet, sweep out any leaves and debris inside with a whisk broom.
  • Minutes 14 and 15: Grab a few stainless-steel wipes and clean the grill’s exterior and the inside of the cabinet. (For porcelain-coated, cast-iron, or ceramic grills, use a cotton cloth dampened with soapy water and follow with a dry cloth.) Voilà! Like new.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Today is Thursday June 10, 2010

Iced Tea Day

With the first day of summer quickly approaching, what better reason to celebrate than Iced Tea Day. With so many flavors to choose from, this refreshing beverage has been a long time summer favorite.
It is believed that tea was first served cold during the 19th century and was often mixed with other beverages. Its popularity grew very quickly when it started being sold at public events and world fairs.
Sweetened or unsweetened, flavored or unflavored, celebrate Iced Tea Day with a nice tall glass of your favorite iced tea!
Today is also Ball Point Pen Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Fishing and Boating Week

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On this day in History:

1776 - The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.

1902 - The "outlook" or "see-through" envelope was patented by Americus F. Callahan.

1935 - Alcoholic Anonymous was founded by William G. Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith.

1944 - The youngest pitcher in major league baseball pitched his first game. Joe Nuxhall was 15 years old (and 10 months and 11 days).

1964 - Capitol Records released the Beatles' single "A Hard Days Night" and the album of the same name.

1981 - Andy Gibb opened in the role of Frederic in a Los Angeles production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."

1996 - The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in a 1-0 triple overtime game. The win ended a four-game sweep for the Stanley Cup

Quote of the Day:
"If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time."

--Edith Wharton

Stop searching high and low for hair clips and elastics: Store them tidily on an empty TP tube.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Today is Wednesday June 9, 2010

National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

Wow, that’s a mouthful—of deliciousness! There aren’t many pies that combine fruits and veggies (rhubarb is a vegetable in case you didn’t know). Any dessert that gets us to eat our veggies definitely deserves its own day.
This tangy, tart treat was first made popular during the early 1800's after Ben Franklin introduced rhubarb seeds to the North American east coast. Nicknamed "pieplant," rhubarb quickly gained fame as it began being cooked into pies. Yum!
Today is also Donald Duck's Birthday
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Fishing and Boating Week

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On this day in History:

1790 - John Barry copyrighted "Philadelphia Spelling Book." It was the first American book to be copyrighted.

1943 - The withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by the U.S. Congress.

1946 - Mel Ott (with the New York Giants) became the first manager to be ejected from a doubleheader (both games).

1962 - Tony Bennett made his debut in Carnegie Hall.

Quote of the Day:
"This is my 'depressed stance.' When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this."

--Charlie Brown

Re-purpose an old frame for a vanity tray that’s pretty as a picture. Place a piece of colored paper or fabric inside as a finishing touch.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Today is Tuesday June 8, 2010

Best Friends Day

Best friends are difficult to find but once you have one, you won't know how you ever lived without them! Spend the day with your best friend -- grab some lunch, go for a walk, or see a movie together. But whatever you decide to do, be sure to thank them for all that they do for you!
Today is also Name Your Poison Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month
This week is National Fishing and Boating Week

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On this day in History:

1790 - The first loan for the U.S. was repaid. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was negotiated and secured on September 18, 1789 by Alexander Hamilton.

1869 - Ives W. McGaffey received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner.

1942 - Bing Crosby recorded "Adeste Fideles" and "Silent Night."

1961 - The Milwaukee Braves set a major league baseball record when four consecutive home runs in the seventh inning.

1961 - Elvis Presley's seventh film, "Wild in the Country" premiered.

2000 - The Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils played the NHL's longest scoreless game in Stanley Cup finals history. The fifth game of the series lasted 106 minutes and 21 seconds. The game ended with a goal by Mike Madano that allowed the Stars to play a game six back in Dallas.

Quote of the Day:
"Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not."

--Virgil Thomson


Use Marshmallows to Keep Brown Sugar Soft

A clever way to re-purpose an everyday item.

Original purpose: Topping hot chocolate.
Aha! use: Keeping brown sugar soft. Toss a couple inside the bag or a canister to prevent the sweet stuff from turning rock-hard.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Today is Monday June 7, 2010


National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

How sweet it is, an entire day to celebrate one of the best ice cream flavors ever! In a dish or in a cone, hard ice cream or soft ice cream, you just can't go wrong with chocolate. That's probably why today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. As if we really need a reason to indulge in this cool, sweet treat.

Today is also Daniel Boone Day

This week is National Fishing and Boating Week

June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

"Images and text courtesy of MyPunchbowl.com" -- http://www.mypunchbowl.com/

On this day in History:

1775 - The United Colonies changed their name to the United States.

1776 - Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.

1892 - John Joseph Doyle became the first pinch-hitter in baseball when he was used in a game.

1937 - The cover of "LIFE" magazine showed the latest in campus fashions of the times, which included saddle shoes.

1939 - King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in the U.S. It was the first visit to the U.S. by a reigning British monarch.

1976 - "The NBC Nightly News", with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, aired for the first time.

1993 - The ground breaking ceremony was held for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH.

Quote of the Day:
"Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route."
--Charles Caleb Colton

Clear Nail Polish:
1. Keep an eyeglass screw in place. If your specs are a bit wobbly, tighten the screws and top them with a dollop of polish.

2. Secure buttons. Apply a thin layer of polish to the center of a button to keep the thread from coming loose.

3. Avoid rust stains in the bathroom. Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rings on the ledge of the tub.
4. Seal an envelope. When a flap won’t stay stuck, find closure with clear polish.
5. Extend the life of jewelry. Paint a thin coat onto a costume bauble to prevent it from losing its luster.

Friday, June 4, 2010


* Not actual Spa that is for sale. This is just a picture form the website.

FOR SALE BY OWNER (Customer of Burgin Construction)
If Interested please call Michelle - (562) 430-4402 - Spa is located in Seal Beach.

Have had spa for 1 yr. & 5 mths - used less than 10 x's , looking for Best Offer: ..............

*2008 Sundance Spa: 880 Maxxus, seats 6 adults (flag ship spa)

*7'6" x 9'2" x 41.5" w/ steps approximately 11 x 10,

*55 jets in total (including nine jet refexology foot dome, full body lounge with pulsator wrist jets, three ThermaMax jet pumps)

*Dual aqua terrace waterfalls (volume control)

*Colored LED lighting system (lock in or change colors, high/low setting)

*Sun Sound AM/FM sub-woofer stereo system with i-pod docking station, MP3 jack & a wireless floating remote, water proof dual speaker raise / lower towers, fully programmable i-pod touch control panel (digital touchpad), digial touch pad for lighting features (waterfall & footwell)

*Vacuum-molded locking shell w/keys (cover). Additional/included: curved steps align two sides of spa against cabinetry (makes easy access into spa).