This last weekend marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, that separated East and West Germany during the Cold War.
A total of 50,900 Acres of pumpkins were harvested in the U.S. in 2013. Which had an estimated value of $149.9 million. Illinois was the leading producer of pumpkins in the country, with an estimated 547.6 million pounds of this vined gourd
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Page 9 and 38
In Iceland names are regulated. Childrens first name must be of Icelandic origins. Also in the law is a provision that states a first name may not cause its bearer embarrassment.
Giant Kelp, in opportune conditions, can grow up to 2 feet in a day, and reach a towering height of 175ft.
Today is sharpshooters Annie Oakley, full name Phoebe Ann Moses, 154th birthday!
Mosquitoes are responsible for killing more humans than any other animal. They have killed more people than those who have died in war.
Mosquitoes transmitting malaria kill 2 million to 3 million people and infect another 200 million or more every year. Tens of millions more are killed and debilitated by a host of other mosquito-borne diseases, including filariasis, yellow fever, dengue and encephalitis.
Today marks what would be Ernest Hemingway's 115th birthday!
Commuting to work by bike had the largest percentage increase of any form of commuting, from the years 2000 to 2008-2012 census data. It increased from about 488,000 bike commuters to 786,000.
One in 5 college grads now gets a degree in the field of business, which include accounting, marketing, operations and real estate.
Blue eyes appears to have originated some where between 6,000 to 10,000 years ago and where highly selected for. Scientists aren't sure what the advantages of blue eyes are but there are two leading theories as to why they where passed on: blue eyed people are highly desirable sexually or maybe they hitchhiked with a more advantageous gene, light skin.
Owls, unlike other birds of prey, are completely covered by feathers. There are even feathers on their legs. Their feathers have frayed edges to allow for silent flight.
Enjoy these treats that open at the close!
pinch of salt
5 drops red food coloring
3 eggs (2 for the brownie and one for the cheesecake)
Place wax paper on to large cutting board. Lay dough into paper and flatten with palm. Add another piece of wax paper on top and roll out dough to desired size and thickness.
Peel off top paper and invert into a lightly greased pie dish. Peel off second sheet and fix crust edge. I just use my thumb between my index and middle finger to get the wavy edge seen below. (Chill dough for 30 minutes if dough is too soft.) Poke the crust with a fork on the bottom several times to avoid air bubbles. Bake unfilled crust on bottom oven rack for 28-30 minutes***.
***However if you are planning to fill the pie with something that needs to be cooked, only place the crust in the oven for about 5 minutes. Then take it out, fill, and bake to the pie directions instructions.***
Guinness Stout Chocolate Cupcakes
1 cup Guinness
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
Jameson Whiskey Ganache Filling
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 to 2 tablespoons Jameson whiskey
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4oz unsalted butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
4-6 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream
4-6 drops green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350°F. (Good time to take out the cream cheese so it's room temp. before the frosting steps)
Bring 1 cup Guinness and 1 cup butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Take the mixture off the heat and add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt together in large bowl. Using a mixer, beat eggs and then add sour cream and mix well. Add Guinness-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and mix in mixer to combine--don't overmix. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed.
Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way. Bake cake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean which can happen in about 17 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely before coring for filling.
|Cupcakes Filled with Ganache|
|Frosting Before the Green|
There are 12 new events in this year's winter Olympics. Three of which are mixed events.
Todays official holiday is called Washingtons Birthday and not Presidents Day according to the Federal government. However George Washington's actual birthday was on February 11.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them! I added candy hearts for decoration.
Nitrogen accounts for 78% of the atmosphere, oxygen 21% and argon 0.9%. These gases precentages stay fairly constant day to day. The other atmospheric gases appear in trace ammounts and can vary day by day.
|Sea Salt on the outside, caramel on the inside!|