dievca’s friend had a delivery from her Father – new potatisar (potatoes) and jordgubbar (strawberries) from their Summer House garden. We have a dill plant, chives in the garden, sour cream and pickled herring. Lamb will be on the grill.
The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps.
dievca’s task? Scrub the potatoes…
photos: dievca – Scandinavia 06/2022
The Holiday that’s celebrated by almost two billion people across the world, known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, is upon us!
Though the titles can be used interchangeably, the name Lunar New Year is inclusive to other countries that refer to new year celebrations by different names. Additionally, the holiday has a longstanding connection to the moon.
Although the date varies annually, it will always fall between Jan. 20 and Feb. 21 on the Gregorian calendar. This year, it starts on Lunar New Year’s Eve, beginning on Jan. 31, and ending on Feb. 15, 2022. Only the first seven days, Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, are considered a public holiday.
Another constant is that each year has a corresponding animal from the Chinese zodiac, based on ancient Chinese mythology; 2022 will mark the Year of the Tiger.
Previous Tiger Years include 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010
(click on the photos for details)
Thank you to Elle Decor, People, CNN Style, DailyMail UK
Please find your most elegant champagne, wine, whiskey, or highball glass to fill and please Toast my lovely Mother (and my Gentleman of a Father). Now, they have both moved on.
It took the Priest and ‘Last Rites’ to help change Mom’s breathing pattern – we think she was working things out in her mind.
Anyways, the funny thing is that dievca had read a NYer Article about Estate Sales before bed. So, when she dreamed about Waterford Crystal at 1:30 am and her Mom came in for a chat – she didn’t think much of it. But, it was Mom stopping by – she passed at 1:30 am.
And the Waterford? Going to dievca’s Niece-In-Law if she wants it.
May you have a very Healthy, Happy and Positive Year in 2022!
Sending love, dievča
Photo: Gloria DeHaven
dievca is heading to Master’s for Christmas Eve, as He just got back from Ireland – she knows He brought home some hooch…
OK, maybe we shouldn’t be using the word “hooch” (noun – informal)
alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or illicit whiskey.
Irish Coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey (excellent), and sugar, stirred, and topped with cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. The original Irish Coffee was created by an airport chef named Joe Sheridandievca, who worked at the little Foynes airport near Limerick, according to the Ireland Whiskey Trail. He whipped it up one rainy winter night for passengers whose plane got turned around due to a storm. He later moved to the Shannon Airport, and took the drink with him.
(Note: In 19th-century France, a mixture of coffee and spirits was called a gloria.)
Main alcohol: Irish whiskey
Ingredients: 1 1/3 oz (2 parts) Irish whiskey, 1 oz (1½ parts) Fresh cream, 1 tsp. Brown sugar, 2 2/3 oz (4 parts) Hot coffee
Preparation: Heat the coffee, whiskey and sugar; do not boil. Pour into glass and top with cream by carefully pouring it over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little until the entire layer is floated.
Drinkware: Irish coffee mug
Inventor: Joe Sheridan
Master’s Birthday is coming up and dievca is gathering her supplies, the plan is:
Classic Apple Crisp recipe with fresh sliced apples, topped with crisp and buttery cinnamon oats.
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Servings: 10 people
For the Apple Crisp Filling:
4 lbs firm-crisp apples, 11-12 medium apples*
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar, or to taste**
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
For the Crumb Topping:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt1 cup unsalted butter, (room temperature), plus more to butter pan
1 cup rolled oats, or old fashioned oats
Prep: Generously Butter a 9×13 casserole dish with 1/2 Tbsp butter. Preheat the oven to 375F.
Peel core and thinly slice apples to 1/4’ thickness. You should have 12 cups of sliced apples. Squeeze 2 Tbsp lemon juice over the apples and toss to coat.
In a separate bowl, stir together 3/4 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp flour, and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon then sprinkle mixture over apples and toss to combine. Transfer apples into the buttered casserole dish.
Make the topping – in a large bowl, use your hands to stir together flour, oats, brown and granulated sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Add the diced butter and work it into the mixture with your hands until pea-sized crumbs form throughout. Spread topping over apples.
Bake at 375˚F for 45-50 minutes or until the topping is golden and crisp and apples are bubbling at the edges. The center should register above 175˚F.
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Something simple worn to brunch celebrating the Life of a close friend.
It was a lovely day in NYC.
“Today is Day 472. Today is Tuesday. And effective immediately, state-mandated COVID restrictions are eliminated.”, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as he announced New York had achieved his 70% adult partial vaccination milestone early.
Photo: dievca Essential Workers Firework Display for 70% of NYC having one dose 06/15/2021
Might be something for a Presentation Out in the future.
Sing a song of May-time.
Sing a song of Spring.
Flowers are in their beauty.
Birds are on the wing.
May time, play time.
God has given us May time.
Thank Him for His gifts of love.
Sing a song of Spring.
Photo: Paul Nadar 1874-1939
Rue d’Anjou, Paris, France
The son of the Famous French photographer Felix Tournachon (Nadar). Paul began working at his father’s studio in 1874. He investigated the many possibilities of photography such as capturing views from hot air balloons. In 1890 he made a trip to Central Asia using George Eastman’s new flexible bromide film. The collaboration worked so well that Nadar became the representative for Kodak products in France. Both Paul and his father photographed many famous people of their time but Paul’s emphasis on those at the cutting edge of society strained their relationship. Paul not only produced portraits of celebrities of the stage, he hosted the first exhibition of Impressionist painters.
In the 1920’s a good number of real photo postcards were produced under the Nadar name, most of them of full nudes with some of them having hand coloring. But there is serious doubt to whether the cards of nudes were actually made from Nadar’s photographs. Another unknown publisher may have borrowed Nadar’s logo to enhance the prestige of these cards and make them more sellable.
A “Thank You” to metropostcard.com
Are there people who are called Secretaries anymore? (OK, the Secretary of State) Is it gender-distributed? Did the original type of job bring a good wage? What’s the difference with a typist? Flasback.com took a good look – click here for the article. I just remember my Dad introducing us to his secretaries and they were really lovely people. Efficient.
The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20 annually. Lunar New Year 2021 is tomorrow, February 12, and in terms of the Chinese zodiac animal, it’s the Year of the Ox.
It is called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries including China, South Korea, and Vietnam, which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. The New York Times explains, “A solar year—the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun—lasts around 365 days, while a lunar year, or 12 full cycles of the Moon, is roughly 354 days.” As with the Jewish lunisolar calendar, “a month is still defined by the moon, but an extra month is added periodically to stay close to the solar year.” This is why the new year falls on a different day within that month-long window each year.
A Metal Ox Year combines an already diligent and strong Ox with the robust, firm, and wealthy characteristics of Metal, it heralds a year of incessant energy, effectiveness, and abundance! Take advantage of the toughness and vitality of the Metal element to accomplish your best work. Between the perseverance of the Ox and the fortitude of Metal, get the needed boost and enjoy a year of great success and productivity.
What to watch out for? The laser focus and determination of the Ox can lead to stubbornness and an unyielding approach which may result in missed opportunities. This will be a very dynamic and intense year, don’t miss the forest for the trees, try to strike a good balance, and don’t let that bullheadedness set in.
After a wild and erratic Year of the Rat, the Year of the Ox brings much-needed balance and strength. This is the time to be persistent and tireless, to tackle all ventures with the energy and stamina of the Ox. Here’s to a gratifying, booming, and prosperous Year of the Ox!
Note: SWATCH WATCH – Though giving a clock or watch as a gift is one of the biggest no-nos in Chinese culture because it symbolizes ‘running out of time’, a lot of watchmakers still released a Year of the Ox edition to welcome the Chinese New Year. So maybe buy it for yourself.
All others are good gifts to give or just go with the Red Envelope and Money. 🧧
Thank You to the Chinese Family Adventure, The Japanese Times, TimeOut NY, and Oprah Mag
For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest nights and shortest days of the year. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere is having short nights and long days. The first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere is marked by the Winter Solstice, which occurs today – Monday, December 21, 2020, at 5:02 A.M. EST.
Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright but is instead tilted on its axis by 23 1/2 degrees, the Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly. The tilt of the Earth – not our distance from the sun – is what causes winter and summer. At the December solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is leaning most away from the sun for the year.
Being the shortest day means the solstice is also the longest night of the year, and one of the original traditions was rooted in candlelight—both for the needed light, and to celebrate the return of the sun in the coming months.
To celebrate, use a tabletop and cover it in unlit candles either in a circle or a varied pattern. Place a candle that symbolizes the sun (ideally in yellow or gold) in the center and taller than the rest of the candles. Light the sun candle first, and then the rest of the candles. You can recite a ritual while doing it, too.
(Or just have your coffee at 5:02 am EST – sounds like a ritual to dievca!)
Photos: dievca's 2020 Candles and Coffee for the Solstice
No coffee this morning – Champagne it is!
The Blog turned 7 years, yesterday and dievca’s years will continue on this week.
As Master says, “Time ceases to exist with You.”
Thank you for coming on dievca’s ride.
The Tiffany Champagne Flutes she won on auction from Housing Works NYC are clean and ready for use:
They are beautiful, yet quite traditional…
dievca isn’t that traditional anymore ~
she might have to change it up with this Etsy offering in the future.
Or maybe a set of these from Julianna Glass
she doesn’t see a birthday cake in her future, but this submissive design made her laugh!
dievca does see Maryland crabs and crabcakes arriving tomorrow –
🤞 (cross fingers) that they are good.
she used to order from Annapolis Seafood, but they stopped shipping
so she’s trying a new place in Rockville, MD.
Peanut Butter and Jelly in dark chocolate.
Just enough for a Sweet Tooth.
dievca and Master love these bars for a sweet treat during aftercare.
Click the photo above to buy the bars.
The Original Lunchtime Dessert
A surprisingly delicate central texture of crispy peanut praline and sweet raspberry påte de fruit sandwiched between layers of 72% dark chocolate.
Bite by bite, these carefully positioned ingredients merge into the exquisite one-of-a-kind mouth feel that has come to define this signature creation.
From the Chef: Jean-François’ love affair with PB&J began at the age of fourteen when he spent several months in the United States as a foreign exchange student. One of the first American foods he tried was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In France, peanuts are only consumed with pastis, or small alcoholic beverages served before meals so he was relatively unfamiliar with the flavor. Jean-François enjoyed PB&J’s so much that when he returned to France he found a British supermarket that carried white bread so he could continue eating them at home.
Went to 2 am and everyone seemed to have a good time. Whew!
The celebration day started in 2015
and commences, again, on July 31st!
dievca is “in”!
The O Project is a series of photographs taken by Marcos Alberti, a renowned Brazilian photographer who was behind the 3 Glasses project in 2016. This time, Marcos has worked with Smile Makers to create something daring, unique and meaningful: a series of photos of women before, during and after they climax through self-pleasure. Far from the fake and standardized depiction that porn gives of it, the series showcases the female orgasm as it is: DIVERSE, BEAUTIFUL and EMPOWERING!
Just to keep in mind:
(click here for Marcos Alberti’s other photo project)