Be sure and link to the Carnival on your blog to show your support for our volunteers. We depend on our wonderful volunteers to sift through all the recipes each week (pun intended), so if you have not volunteered before it's probably your turn! If you have volunteered before and you enjoyed it, feel free to volunteer again too. (It's a great way to introduce new readers to your blog and share your love of cooking at the same time.)
The Carnival will be hosted next week by New Hampshire State of Mind. Send in your favorite recipe by 12 p.m. CST on Saturday. If you're interested in hosting a future carnival send an e-mail with the word host in the subject line.
When is a paper plate not a paper plate? When it's Pier 1's Blue Melamine Paper Plate! Created to look just like its way less durable counterpart, these melamine plates are not just great for eating outdoors - they're dishwasher safe too! Available in Dinner and Salad Plate.
Fireworks first appeared around 1000 A.D., in Chinese religious ceremonies.
Various metal salts are used to create the colored explosions. Barium makes green, copper makes blue, and aluminum is responsible for the sparkle.
To make different shapes, a chemical mixture is glued to wax paper in the form that it will take when it explodes. Next, the paper is put inside a spherical shell made of cardboard or some other paper. Several are fired off at the same time to give the appearance of three dimensions.
The U.S. imported around $217 million worth of fireworks in 2007, with $207 million of that coming from China, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
[ via Kristin Appenbrink, Real Simple magazine, July 2008 ]
Two years ago, Gnarls Barkley did a great rendition of the Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone." The Violent Femmes returned the favor recently - and redid Barkley's "Crazy." It's available on iTunes today - or listen on MySpace here.
(I've always thought Violent Femmes is one of the coolest band names EVER, by the way.)
The dead zone, an area of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana coast that lacks marine life, could reach its largest size since 1985 - roughly that of Massachusetts - this summer. The growth could push it into Mississippi's coastal waters.
Dead zones also cause red tides, which could kill lots of fish and hurt tourism on the Coast, which attracts about 1 million people a year.
For the full story from The Clarion-Ledger, click here.
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art recently announced the WAMA Coastal Holiday Card Contest 2008. All artists throughout the Southeast are invited and encouraged to participate.
Walter Inglis Anderson had a love for nature that was not only apparent in his day to day life but most certainly in his art. Anderson referred to himself as an artist "more in love with nature than art," and easily portrays his ideals in all of his work.
Do you have a favorite memory of holidays on the coast? Perhaps a favorite coastal retreat you call home, joyfully decorated for the season. They want to see your ideas and share them with everyone that walks through the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
All drawings, paintings (water color, oil, pastels, acrylics, etc.) must be two-dimensional and represent a Coastal Holiday. Photographs will not be accepted. The winning entries of four artists will be selected. The four designs chosen will be sold at the Walter Anderson Museum Store as a collector’s set and a percentage of sales will be shared with each artist.
The deadline for entry is July 15, 2008. Artists can get an application online at www.walterandersonmuseum.org or by calling the museum at (228) 872-3164 or by mail to: ATTN: Betsy Myers, The Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
All mail-in entries must include a disc of artist’s work along with completed form. The collectors set will be printed and ready for the Peter Anderson Festival. For more information please contact Betsy Myers at (228) 872-3164.
The former federal building that now houses Biloxi's City Hall will mark its centennial on June 30, and the city is planning an observance to honor the occasion. The city is seeking old photos of the building to use in a photographic exhibit that will be displayed in the lobby of the downtown building beginning June 30.
City Hall is a three-story marble structure that once served as a U.S. Post Office, Courthouse and Custom House. A public reception is planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the day, which marks the 100th anniversary of the building being declared “completed satisfactorily.” The building became City Hall in 1960 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Those with photographs can bring them to City Hall weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be immediately scanned and returned. Photos and captions can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast between June 15 and Sept. 1 will receive a $50 gas voucher with a minimum two-night stay at participating hotels. Those interested should call 1-888-216-1552 to make reservations. At check-in, the visitors will receive a Kangaroo gas card valued at $50.