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  • Friday, April 30, 2010

    In praise of Sue Sylvester

    She's the evil character: the one the audience loves to hate.
    She's the one determined to force the others to fail.
    She is so self-centered that even her thoughts and journals reflect her nastiness.

    She's played brilliantly by Jane Lynch on the Fox show Glee.

    Yes, I'm a Gleek. I watch Glee, record it to enjoy again later, and tweet/ plurk/ share my reactions with other Gleeks online and in person. I watched the Glee cast on Oprah, enjoying their personal take on the characters they play. All are wonderful, talented musicians and actors. But as I'm cheering on the New Directions (the show choir/ glee club featured in the show's name), I'm laughing uncontrollably at their nemesis, the cheerleading coach.

    Glee is a classic situation of jocks vs. artists. The football team welcomes a gay student because he can kick; he teaches them to dance. The cheerleaders (Cheerios!) in the choir are caught in a loyalty tug-of-war because their coach (the aforementioned Sue Sylvester) hates their glee club director so badly she's determined to cause the ensemble's failure. The principal is caught in a bind; he supports the Glee Club, but evil Sue blackmails him (unbelievably and hysterically) into keeping her on staff despite her transgressions and favoring her Cheerios' budget.

    So how can she be funny? Pay attention when Sue speaks. In fact, turn on the closed captioning. Her lines contain such surprising, creative, and outrageous statements, you'll want to hear them twice. Complaining to the Cheerios that their performance was substandard, she cries through the bullhorn, "You think that was hard? I just passed a gallstone! Now that was hard!"

    Wait until she confides in Kurt and Mercedes about her hair hang-ups and throws "napalm" into the conversation without a blink.

    I can't wait to see more. But Ms. Sylvester, don't count out the musicians. Still waters run deep, especially in artists. They may be geeks and nerds, but their talents are strong and motivation stronger. Together with Spanish teacher & Glee Club director Will Schuester, the New Directions will pull through.

    While hilarity and great tunes ensue, of course.


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    Thursday, April 29, 2010

    Earth Week in retrospective

    You can tell it's spring by the signs of Earth Week in my classroom. Worked into the collection between the other books are many Earthy titles. Science Verse is there because it's one of my favorites and April is also Poetry Month.

    Look to the right, and you'll see why there are so many on the shelf; the Seasonal bucket wasn't big enough for all the books on an environmental theme.

    My desk is often a repository of evidence of whatever we're studying. Cluttered, perhaps; but look closely. Here, in the corner by the keyboard.

    It's one of our Earth Week specialty plans: the Circle of Earth Cookie. One of my colleagues at the environmental charter shared this plan. The cookie is a circle, like Earth. The M&Ms represent soil (brown), plants (green), animals (orange), sky/ air (blue), and last but not least, yellow for the sun. The frosting is there to hold it all together.

    The students loved the cookies and the simple plan. They really knew what each piece represented.

    I had a hard time keeping Paddington, Snoopy, Fluffy and pals from eating mine!
    This post is going up a week after the official Earth Week celebration. However, it's important to keep inserting eco-conscious habits into our lives every day.

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    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    New Growth for a new year

    Do you see what I see? It's small. There's not much of it (yet) -- maybe only four stalks.

    Look more closely -- really closely. In front of the shell.

    Yes, it's asparagus! It's growing!

    No, we can't pick it this year. We need to wait one more year - perhaps two - to allow it to strengthen and establish itself. Delayed gratification can be tough; for now, I'll buy our asparagus at the farmers' market. But I can still be excited!

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    Tuesday, April 27, 2010

    Chicken Soup with Melba Snack Crackers

    You know me. You know I don't teach by the script in the book, and I don't make recipes precisely by the instructions - well, not often. When MomCentral sent me two boxes of Melba Snack Crackers to review, I looked up a few recipes and made one - in my own way.

    It was a dark and stormy Saturday, the kind that encourages sleeping late and staying indoors. It was the perfect day for chicken soup in the crockpot. I used chicken stock from the freezer combined with water and stock mix from a nearby corner market, and then added two carrots, two stalks of celery, and a little onion from the freezer. A small frozen jar of chopped leeks fell into the soup, too. Okay, it wasn't an accident. I thought leeks would enhance the flavor of the soup.

    The melba recipe had specific spices listed; 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric. I added these and a little lemon pepper. When summer arrives, I'm sure I'll use fresh thyme. Mmmm.
    The vegetables and stock simmered all day. Mid-afternoon I added diced chicken, chicken breasts I'd thawed and partially cooked over the dying coals from the grill the night before. The original recipe called for okra; with none in the pantry, I left it out. Southern friends, please try it and let me know if okra makes a difference in the flavor.
    To serve, I followed the instructions (really, truly) and served the soup over Melba Crisp Crackers, the Spicy 3 Pepper flavor. Results: delicious. The Melba Crisps were a little like croutons; more flavorful than saltine crackers, a little more fun with the soup.

    While I waited for the soup to simmer, I sampled the Sea Salt flavor with cheese and summer sausage. It was delicious. Chuck tried the Spicy 3 Pepper for snacking. True to form, I thought the flavor was just right, and he thought it was a bit bland but good.

    In their mission to encourage healthy eating and exercise, the people at Old London Melba Toast are also sponsoring a dance contest. “Dance Your Way to Hollywood” will send one lucky winner and a guest to Tinseltown for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, including private dance lessons and tickets to watch the taping of a highly popular television show. The four-day, three-night, all-expenses-paid experience includes air travel and accommodations at a popular Hollywood hotel. Sweepstakes entries will be accepted March 17 through June 30, 2010.

    I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Old London Melba Toast and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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    Monday, April 26, 2010

    Seeds starting! The garden life begins.

    The broccoli is on its way! The seedlings are sprouting in their little egg cartons, poking a little green through the rich, dark soil. The seeds were part of the variety pack from

    Is there more on the shelf in the sun? Go to Green Spot-On for my weekly update.
    You might find out!

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    Saturday, April 24, 2010

    Ah, Saturday morning.

    Bubbleboo often addresses the Small Talk Six on Saturdays. I haven't tried yet, but this one looked like fun. Here goes: my first Saturday Small Talk Six.

    The First Six Things You Do When You Open Your Eyes In The Morning
    1. Squint at the clock.
    2. Stretch.
    3. Turn off alarm. I often wake just before it goes off.
    4. Visit the bathroom.
    5. Consider how this will be more difficult when the remodeling project starts and we have no bathroom on the second floor.
    6. Stagger downstairs to feed the rabbit, shower, and prepare for another school day.
    The weekend version is similar.
    1. Squint at the clock.
    2. Wonder why I wake up at 5:30 on weekends.
    3. Use the bathroom, consider the upcoming demolition and remodeling and the accompanying challenges.
    4. Give up on going back to sleep, stagger downstairs.
    5. Feed rabbit, start coffee.
    6. Read morning newspaper.
    You might wonder why I didn't mention coffee in the weekday set. Simple: I set it the night before. It's primed and ready to start dripping while I'm showering and getting dressed. Be Prepared is the Girl Scout motto, after all. It works for me!

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    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Spring has Sprung!

    Spring means chores. Somehow, I don't mind the extra work that comes with the melting of the snow and the warming of the temperatures. One of the first: I need to cut back or pull out the dead mint surrounding the tulips and other pretty spring blooms. Put simply, it's time to get rid of the brown and make room for the green.

    In the garden, the green onions are coming back. The parsley is returning; I didn't even know parsley was a perennial. Is it? Maybe it reseeded itself. The chives are poking their slim green head above the ground, too. But the asparagus, the new plants I put in last year? Gone. No sign of them. Sigh. Maybe they didn't have enough sun; maybe I bought a bad batch. I'll try again in a new location and see what happens. It's a bit discouraging when asparagus takes 2-3 years to develop. Losing a year in the process - well, there's always the Farmers' Market!

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    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    How cold was it?

    Our April showers can be snow showers, but it's not this cold.

    Not that cold. Seriously.

    But if you don't like the weather, you know the saying: wait a day.


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    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    Red beans and rice


    2 cups cooked rice (see #3)
    2 cups small red beans, dry (or 1 16 oz can of red beans)
    2 Tablespoons chili powder or Creole Seasoning
    1 teaspoon garlic powder or chopped garlic
    1 small white onion, chopped
    salt and pepper to taste
    hot sauce, if desired
    Optional: smoked sausage, cooked chicken, added in last 30 minutes of cooking.

    1. Soak beans overnight. Drain and rinse.
    2. In 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, layer all ingredients in order listed.
    3. Cover; cook on Low setting 6 to 8 hours.
    4. Meanwhile, cook rice in water as directed on package. Serve bean mixture over rice. (Optional: Serve with pepper sauce or hot sauce)

    Isn't that easy? Next year, this could be a lenten special for those of you who like a meatless Friday. For now, I might send the link to my friends at the Green Phone Booth for their Meatless Monday specials.

    Next time, remind me to photograph the rice on a different color plate. Really, there is a bed of rice under the bean dish.


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    Monday, April 19, 2010

    Branching out with new seed sources

    The growing season is short in my Wisconsin climate zone. I don't dare put in tomato or pepper plants until late May, usually Memorial Day. At the end of the growing season, when die-hard locavore gardeners are canning their salsa and preserving their heirloom seeds, I'm starting a new school year. I've used that timeline as an excuse to plant only mass-produced garden center seedlings for years. This year, I'm branching out.

    Thanks to gifts from Hometown Seeds and City Slipper (@CitySlipper on Twitter, blogging at Small Kitchen Garden), I'm starting a few heirloom varieties from scratch.

    Read the whole post at Green Spot-On!

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    Saturday, April 17, 2010

    Going Green Today and tomorrow, too

    I was going to skip it this year, but I didn't. I signed up for the 30 day "Going Green Today" project through my employer's wellness program. Last year I felt that it was rather redundant for some like me, a mom/teacher/ blogger/ gardener who already incorporates a lot of eco-conscious habits into everyday living.

    They made it easy and paperless. I signed up. After the start of tracking green behaviors, I decided to focus on a specific area every day.

    One day I reached for the maximum (nine points) by using only one-point activities. Another day I counted only activities at work; another day only that which occurred at home.

    For example, I earned 3 points for re-using paper at work. That was too easy; I often copy on the backs of used paper. I filled the remaining six with single point items: using recycled paper, turning the computer on sleep mode, using white boards or slates (chalkboards), turning off my computer at the end of the day, reusing packing materials, and reusing office supplies (never throw away a paper clip).

    On the home front, I reported a 3-pt. car tune-up (recent, not today, but it counts), a low-flow showerhead also for three (chosen for our upcoming remodeling project), and for one point each: donating used items instead of throwing them away (to purge the closets before the closet remodel), using biodegradable cat litter (rabbit litter, in our home), and finally, filling the dishwasher full before running it.

    Yesterday I decided to focus on big actions that I've done in the past, actions that provide an opportunity to be green daily. Four points for starting a compost pile; I started it years ago, use it daily, and added a second bin last August located so that I can fill it all winter. Another four points for insulating our water heater; we bought a new insulated water heater recently. I'll check next time I'm in the basement; if it's an Energy Star appliance, I can count it for four points some other day. Third, but not least, I added one point for using my Starbucks thermos rather than getting a disposable cup every day.

    The project is not a contest. The goal of participating is to build good, green habits by paying attention to everyday actions. I'm fairly green already, so I participate to challenge myself and validate my choices. Next week maybe I'll focus on putting a twist on regular actions - taking a daily behavior and tweaking it up a notch.

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    If you don't like the weather, wait a day.

    I looked out the window last week and saw this.
    Good think I hadn't planted any herbs yet!


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    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    Ham in the Crockpot with Pineapple and Orange Marmalade

    Last time I bought a ham, it was a canned ham, much too big for the family. Great! I thought. Planned-overs! Nope. Not so simple. The ham just wasn't very good. I wished I'd have paid a little more attention to the brand and type, but by the time we decided it wasn't worth it, we'd totally forgotten which ham NOT to buy.

    This time, we bought a better grade of ham and had a successful dinner with leftovers, and not too many leftovers. The original recipe is from Pillsbury.

    1 (3-lb.) boneless cooked ham
    1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in unsweetened juice
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    3 tablespoons orange marmalade
    1 teaspoon prepared mustard
    1. Place ham in 3 1/2 to 5-quart slow cooker. Drain pineapple liquid from can into slow cooker; refrigerate pineapple. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of the marmalade and mustard; mix well. Spread over ham.
    2. Cover; cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours.
    3. About 5 minutes before serving, remove ham from slow cooker; slice or cube as desired.
    4. In small microwave-safe bowl, combine pineapple and remaining 2 tablespoons orange marmalade; mix well. Microwave on High for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring once halfway through cooking. Cut ham into slices. Serve ham with pineapple mixture.

    Now, the true confessions. I forgot the brown sugar. How? I don't know. But given that this was an all-day simmering in the crockpot, I turned the ham and then put another dose of the (corrected!) glaze on it midway through the cooking time. It worked.

    True confession #2; I used more than 3 Tablespoons marmalade. Remember my marmalade? It's delicious, but too thin to spread on toast. It was perfect for this glaze, though - at least with brown sugar added.


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    Monday, April 12, 2010

    Food of the month: Rhubarb!

    Our new school wellness coordinator is my kind of person: she's a green fiend. One of her newsletter recommendations has been a New Food of the Month. She suggests a fresh food that might be new to some, tells us why it's good for us, and gives a little more information about it. This month's fabulous food was something that's poking its little green leaves and little red stems above the ground next to my garage: You guessed it! Rhubarb!!

    To read the rest of this post, go to Green Spot On, my home away from home on Mondays.

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    Saturday, April 10, 2010

    Is this the New Normal?

    Economic woes.

    Call it what you will, but it means jobs lost. Eliminated. Cut.
    Incomes diminished, destroyed,
    Homes lost, combined, foreclosed.

    If the economy begins a recovery, even at the rate of generating 200,00 jobs a month, it will still take more than three years to return to where we were just one year ago (source: Time).

    If families with little or no income become the norm rather than the exception -- imagine the possibilities.

    One symptom of poverty is lack of telephone service. Families turn to prepaid phones, turn them on only when needed, and neglect to give the new phone number to the school. You can guess the next piece: teachers and principals try to contact the family and reach only disconnected phone numbers. Student is sick: no luck. Student is in trouble and needs support from family: no luck. Student is suspended and needs to be removed from school: well, that happens, too. If more and more families have trouble paying for phones, landline or cell, what happens to the children then?

    Another symptom of poverty is hunger. If widespread unemployment is the new normal, then the number of families needing free breakfast and lunch will increase. Who will fund this increase? The money has to come from somewhere.

    I haven't even mentioned shelter. Families double up, moving often, when they have no money. Kids lose sense of stability; not knowing where they'll be after school, much less the weekend. We make referrals to agencies that can help, but even those agencies have limited funds.

    Then there's the instability that affects behavior. The child who feels angry at the world may lash out at the kid in the next seat on the school bus. The angry child gets disciplined, perhaps suspended from the bus. How does that child get to school now? Parents may or may not own a vehicle. If they do, it is not likely to be maintained well. Without money, what happens?

    Is this the new normal? Joblessness, homelessness, hunger? If so, what's next?

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    Thursday, April 08, 2010

    Dear Discovery Channel: Ms. Palin's Alaska is not eco-friendly.

    Dear Discovery Channel Powers that be, including Mr. David Zaslav (President and CEO):

    What on Earth were you thinking? Producing a show - an 8-part show! - called Sarah Palin's Alaska, when Sarah herself led the state backwards in environmental stewardship? Let's look at the background.

    -Ms. Palin fought against protections for endangered whales.
    -She worked counter to protecting the dwindling polar bear population.
    -Instead, she pushed for oil and gas development, including dangerous drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge.
    -Then-Governor Palin sponsored escalated aerial wolf-kills, including suggesting a $150 bounty for the foreleg of each wolf killed.
    -All this was "accomplished" in only two and a half years as governor, before she quit to take to the talk show circuit.

    This show (which will pay Ms. Palin a reported $1 million per episode) cannot be produced with integrity as long as the Sarah Palin name is on it. Any attention gained by her fame and notoriety will be negated by her actions while in office. Viewers may be able to see Russia from some of Sarah Palin's Alaska, but the show's content will not be credible.

    Please, Mr. Zaslov, reconsider.

    Dear Readers; if you would like to add your name to a petition protesting this outrageous program, go to to read more and sign up.

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    Wednesday, April 07, 2010

    Spring Cleaning: the Medicine Cabinet

    It was on my list. Really. But my list gets so long sometimes, important jobs remain undone. When Chuck opened the cupboard to get his daily BP meds and three bottles and a box tumbled out and landed on the counter, we decided that cleaning the meds cabinet needed to rise to the top of the to-do.

    If you think the "Before" picture above looks scary, check out the "During" picture. I pulled everything out -- every single bottle, every single box, every inhaler, every little medicine measuring cup -- and spread out the contents on the cupboard.

    No, the coffee wasn't in the cupboard. I needed it for strength. Really.
    After combining half-full vitamin bottles, storing extras in an accessible place (two-for-one sales are only a bargain if we can keep track of what we already own), checking expiration dates, and throwing away junk like the 6 inch stack of med cups, I could organize and set up the categories. On the top shelf are over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for illnesses. I get a little OCD about OTC because when someone is sick, I do not (repeat, do NOT) want to be making a pharmacy run. We have a good stock of that which we need, and nothing unusable or out of date. They're sorted in three small boxes: cold/ allergy, tummy troubles, and pain killer/fever reducer/ anti-inflammatories.

    On the bottom are the prescriptions and everyday needs.
    All extras (mainly from Buy-one Get-one deals) are behind the boxes on the top shelf. Extra prescriptions? We order most of our daily meds by mail through our insurance, so we get 3 months worth in one bottle. It really saves time and space.
    Not bad, really. Most of this chore was sorting and organizing. Now if we can maintain it... now that will be the challenge!

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    Tuesday, April 06, 2010

    Carrot Cake

    I approached the carrot cake mission as I do many others: I did a lot of research, checked out several cookbooks, looked online and asked my Plurk buddies for assistance. I settled on a recipe from Food to Live By; the Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook, and then (you guessed it) I modified it slightly. I offer you the original and my adaptations - and a picture this time!

    Carrot Cake: the original
    Butter, for greasing the cake pans
    2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus a little more for flouring the cake pans
    2 cups granulated sugar
    1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    4 large eggs
    1 1/2 cups canola oil
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    3 packed cups peeled and grated carrots (about 1 pound)
    1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

    1 cup (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
    8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
    4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
    1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    1 Tablespoon milk or water, if needed
    2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
    For the Cake
    1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325. Heavily butter and flour 2 round 9-inch cake pans, tapping out the excess flour. Set cake pans aside.
    2. Place the flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
    3. Place the eggs, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine.
    4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Add the carrots and nuts and stir.
    5. Evenly divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the edges have pulled away from the side of the pans, 55 to 65 minutes.
    6. Place the cake pans on wire racks a let the layers cool completely, about 1 hour.
    For the frosting:
    7. Place the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl and beat with an eletric mixer until very smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer running on medium speed, slowly add 3 1/2 cups of the confectioners' sugar and beat until it is fully incorporated and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until just combined. If the frosting is too soft, slowly add the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. If the frosting is too stiff, add the 1 Tablespoon milk or water.
    8. Remove cake layers from pans. Place one cake layer on a plate. Spread some of the frosting on top. Place the second layer on top of the frosting and frost the side and top of the cake. Press the 2 cups of nuts onto the side of the cake. Cake can be refrigerated, covered, for up to one week.
    Now, Daisy's changes.

    • Use 1 cup egg substitute for the eggs.
    • Instead of the 1 1/2 cup oil, use 3/4 cup applesauce and 1/2 to 3/4 cup oil.
    • I skipped the nuts in the cake, and mixed the nuts into the frosting instead of pressing them on top. That made for a lumpy (but delicious) frosting; I might do it the other way next time. Instead of a nut garnish, I sprinkled extra carrots on top.
    • I had whole walnuts, so I put them in a small zipper bag and smashed them with a meat tenderizer on a cutting board.
    The cake was pronounced "Good!" by Chuck and Amigo.

    I didn't ask the rabbit.


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    Monday, April 05, 2010

    Signs of Spring at the O.K. Chorale

    Yes, I do mean Chorale. We're all musician types here at the Daisy-headed household. And it's spring! Time to sing! Fa-la-la-la-la-lah-lah-laaaa!

    The garden may look messy with its layer of leaves and mulch from last October, but if you look closely, you'll see green onions, parsley, and chives coming back up. No asparagus, though -- I'll give it another try in a different location this year. Maybe it just didn't have enough sun.
    Below, you'll see the rain barrels, all ready for the first shower. Why does Snoop Dogg have an umbrella? Fo' drizzle, of course. Uh-huh. I do, indeed, have a teen and a college kid in the house; did you need to ask?

    And for more signs of spring in the Daisy household, go to Green Spot On, my home- away- from- home on Mondays. Meanwhile, I'll go try to corral that rabbit before she sneaks up the stairs. Hey, Buttercup! Over here! Carrots!

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    Friday, April 02, 2010

    Ah, coffee. Such a history!

    I felt obligated. With Tea Parties making the headlines and calling themselves patriotic, I had to do the research. Tea? Nope. Coffee, of course.

    According to legend, coffee was discovered by a goatherd who noticed his goats were energetic and happy after eating the berries of a certain bush. Later on, Arabs cultivated this fascinating plant, calling its berries "qahwa" -- literally, that which prevents sleep.
    In the 16th century, coffee was so popular with Turks that Turkish law allowed a woman to divorce her husband if he did not provide her with a daily dose.
    It's possible that Lloyd's of London began in the 17th Century as a coffeehouse called Edward Lloyd's, a place where merchants and insurance agents met.

    The 18th Century was full of coffee history. Coffee spread to the Western Hemisphere, Brazil's coffee industry started as a result of a liaison between a Dutch mediator and the wife of French Guiana's governor. He left her after the conflict was resolved, but he left her with a bouquet in which he hid the seeds of a new crop and a whole new industry.
    J.S. Bach composed his Kaffee Kantate (why didn't I learn this in my History of Baroque Music in college?) dedicated to while at the same time mocking women who dared sip the devastating brew thought to make them sterile. It contains an aria with the lyrics announcing, "Ah! How sweet coffee taste! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine! I must have my coffee." Ah, Johann, I couldn't have said it better myself.
    Toward the end of the 18th century I found my favorite piece of coffee history:

    1773: The Boston Tea Party makes drinking coffee a patriotic duty in America.

    There you have it, folks. Forget the so-called Tea Parties. Ever since the Sons of Liberty trashed the merchant ships, the fact remains: True patriotism is grounded in coffee.
    Pun intended.

    I used several sources to find the facts for this post, but the most useful was this: A History of Coffee Timeline. Pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy.

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    Thursday, April 01, 2010

    Hershey's Basket Blog Hop

    Easter baskets = bunnies and chocolate. Hershey's Chocolate has partnered with Children's Miracle Network to sponsor Hershey's Better Basket Blog Hop. For every participating blog post, Hershey's will donate $10 to Children's Miracle Network. Their goal is to reach $5000.

    Since my house is home to some of the cutest bunnies, Easter or not, I wanted to share.


    •Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
    •Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
    •Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
    •Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
    •Leave your link at comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
    •Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
    •Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

    No Fooling: I am passing on a virtual Easter baskets to all the parent- bloggers I know in hopes that you will take a few minutes to participate in this Blog Hop as well and help support Children’s Miracle Network. (And if you don't want the ears to that chocolate rabbit, I'll be happy to help you out. It's a dirty job, but someone has to eat it. Er, do it.)

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