Mar 312015
 

April 1 is International Tatting Day. If you don’t already know, tatting is a form of lace making. Most people do not know how to tat anymore, but if you have a chance to learn, it is a very rewarding craft. Tatting involves using fine crochet thread and a shuttle. One of my favorite projects has always been making small doilies or making snowflakes that I hang from my Christmas tree. Here is a great video showing you how to tat:

For those of you who already know how to tat, check out this awesome tatting project that uses the needle method. This is one of my favorite projects that I have seen:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Tatted-Mask-1/

 Posted by on 03/31/2015
Mar 292015
 

pencils

We even have a day to celebrate the pencil, March 30th! Some even call this day, Pencil Appreciation day. Did you know that in 1858, Hymen Lipman, from Pennsylvania, received his patent that attached the eraser to the pencil?

Some say that the discovery of graphite in the early 1500′s in England was the beginning of the pencil. The locals found graphite to be useful in marking their sheep. The deposit of graphite that they had found was very pure and solid so they could cut it into sticks. At the time it was discovered, it was thought that it was lead so they called it plumbago. Plumbago is Latin for lead ore. This is why the core of a pencil is referred to as lead even though it didn’t contain lead.

It was the Italians who thought to use wooden holders for the graphite. An Italian couple named Simonio and Lyndiana Bernacotti are believed to be the first to create carpentry pencils. These pencils are flat rather than round.

Most history shows that William Munroe, a cabinetmaker in Massachusetts, made the first wood pencils in America.

 Posted by on 03/29/2015
Feb 232015
 

tortilla chip dayFeb 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day. Another food holiday and who doesn’t love tortilla chips. Well, I’m sure some people don’t. But I love them. So on this day, eat as many chips as you want. Or cook something with tortilla chips. I couldn’t find any information on the origins of this holiday, but I did find some information on the origins of the tortilla chip.

Did you know that tortilla chips were invented by Rebecca Webb Carranza in Los Angeles in the 1940′s as a way to use misshaped tortillas that came out of an automated tortilla machine. These rejected tortillas were cut into triangles, fried, and sold for a dime a bag by the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. They became immensely popular and in 1994, Carranza received the Golden Tortilla Award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry.

Why don’t you try Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Soup tonight?

1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes,
mashed
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile
peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Tortilla chips

Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn and cilantro. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.

To serve, place a handful of tortilla chips (slightly crushed) in the bottom of a bowl and spoon the soup on top.

 Posted by on 02/23/2015
Nov 082014
 

Tongue TwisterToday is Tongue Twister Day. So get ready to try out some tongue twisters today. Do you remember any from your childhood. Try “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood”. Or how many times can you say “Rubber baby buggy bumpers”? Have some fun today with some tongue twisters.

Did you know that according to the Guinness World Book of Records that the most difficult tongue twister in the English language is “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”?

 Posted by on 11/08/2014
Nov 072014
 

DunceDunce Day sounds like it should be a day to celebrate those who are dim-witted, unintelligent, or brainless. But do you know where the word Dunce came from? I found some articles that state that it is celebrated on this day in remembrance of Blessed John Duns Scotus who died on November 8, 1308. He was known for subtle distinctions and nuances in thinking. But in the 16th century he was accused of sophistry which led to his name Dunce that became synonymous for being incapable of scholarship or refusing to learn anything new.

 Posted by on 11/07/2014