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Initial post: Jan 26, 2014 8:51:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2014 8:59:31 PM PST
Elle says:
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*♫♪ It's just another manic Monday*♫♪
*♫♪ ¸¸.¨Wish it were Sunday*♫♪
*♫♪ ¸.¨'Cause that's my fun day*♫♪
*♫♪ ¸.¨My I don't have to run day*♫♪
*♫♪ It's just another manic Monday*♫♪
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Hello everyone and welcome to another manic Monday on Free Books and Chat.

Today is January 27, 2014.

Thought for the day :

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
― Charles M. Schulz

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Posted on Jan 26, 2014 8:51:48 PM PST
Elle says:
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Posted on Jan 26, 2014 8:52:20 PM PST
Elle says:
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KaJoLa - Sunday, January 26, Start time 11pm-1am ET
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Robb - Wednesday January 29, Start time 10 pm PST
Susan - Thursday, January 30, Start time around 6am ET
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Posted on Jan 26, 2014 8:52:58 PM PST
Elle says:
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~~ Happy Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!~~
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We don't have any birthdays or anniversaries on the FB&C chart for today.
So if today is your special day, please speak up and let us know.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Austria on this day in 1756. He was the only surviving son of his parents, Leopold and Maria. His father was a violinist and composer and both Wolfgang and his sister were introduced to music at young ages. The children soon embarked on several European tours showcasing their musical talents.

A few years later, an archbishop appointed Mozart assistant concertmaster where he composed operas, symphonies and sonatas. At the age of 21, he wrote Piano Concerto Number 9 in E Flat Major, and the rest, as they say, is history! Despite his father's disapproval, Mozart went on to marry his sweetheart, Constanze. The couple eventually had six children together - only two survived. Although a success, he was plagued with financial problems and failing health for years. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791. He was only 35 years old.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 8:54:51 PM PST
Elle says:
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

27 January 2014

That's right - there really is a whole day dedicated to bubble wrap!

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day - Whether you're packing boxes for moving or using it to protect a gift for someone you love, bubble wrap is almost always a temporary distraction. We've all been caught popping bubble wrap!

But this January you don't have to be ashamed or guilty that you should be doing something more useful. Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is all about popping your bubbles proudly.

How is Bubble Wrap® packaging made?

Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning starts as polyethylene (plastic) resin, in the form of beads about the size of pea gravel. The beads go into an extruder - a long cylinder with a screw inside that runs its entire length. As the screw is turned, heat builds up and the resin melts into a liquid that is squeezed out of the cylinder into two stacked sheets of clear plastic film. One layer of the film is wrapped around a drum with holes punched in it, and suction is applied drawing one web of film into the holes that form the bubbles. The second layer of film is then laminated over the first so that when the two films are joined, they stick together and trap the air in the bubbles.

This may sound easy, but polyethylene is a porous material like a sponge. Air can easily leak out through the pores, which tends to limit the cushioning ability of the packaging. Realizing this, Sealed Air started using a Saran coating to seal the air in the bubbles. Eventually, a method of encapsulating an air retention barrier in the polyethylene during the extrusion process was developed. This process is a trade secret of Sealed Air Corporation

Who invented Bubble Wrap® packaging?

The story begins in 1957 in a garage in Hawthorne, NJ with two engineers, Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding. Marc and Al were trying to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. Surprisingly, this product didn't take off. They realized, however, that their invention could be used as a cushioning packaging material. At that time, only abrasive paper products were used for packaging, and they did not suffice for cushioning heavy or delicate items. Marc and Al raised $9,000 to fund a developmental production line. They incorporated Sealed Air Corporation in 1960, and today, Sealed Air is a leading worldwide manufacturer of numerous protective and specialty packaging materials with annual revenues exceeding 3 billion dollars.

Who started Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day?

"Spirit 95" Radio, the FM radio station in Bloomington, IN that started Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day in 2001, held its first annual Bubblympiad with events such as a Bubble Wrap® popping relay, Pop-a-Mole (similar to a well-known carnival game), and sculpture and fashion design contests

So, the "Spirit 95" FM Radio Station started up this special event in 2001 and has been holding annual events like bubble wrap popping relays, bubble wrap sculpting and fashion design contests!

You can buy bubble wrap online in loads of different colours too! I also found the online bubble wrap game which was a lot of fun and quite good for stress-busting too!
Time to get poppin'!

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 8:55:18 PM PST
Elle says:
Happy Thomas Crapper Day!

Thomas Crapper
Although you may not be familiar with him, his name is synonymous with one of the best inventions of all time. The toilet! Thomas Crapper was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1836. He was a plumber with a reputation for quality workmanship and was a shrewd businessman. Although he is often associated with inventing the flushing toilet, he did not. But he did hold numerous patents for plumbing related products that helped popularize the toilet.

Crapper did invent the bathroom fittings' showroom and displayed his products in large plate glass windows which, at the time, caused quite the commotion. Ladies who observed the display reportedly became faint "at the shocking sight!"

Crapper died on January 27, 1910. He was 73 years old. He is buried at the Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium in England. His company, Thomas Crapper & Co., is still in business.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 8:56:05 PM PST
Elle says:
And saving the best for last.

January 27, 2014 is National Chocolate Cake Day

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day! Cakes have a rich culinary history. In Greece, cakes (or "plakous") were heavy and flat, and people served them with nuts and honey. The Romans made cakes that were more like cheesecake or pastry, and presented them as offerings to the gods. In Medieval England, people used the words "bread" and cake" interchangeably to refer to anything made with flour dough.

A company called O. Duff and Sons created the first boxed cake mix in the late 1920s. In 1947, after years of research and development, General Mills released the first "just add water" Betty Crocker cake mixes. The available flavors were Ginger, Spice, Yellow, and White. In 1948, Pillsbury introduced the first chocolate cake mix.

Today, the most popular kind of cake is chocolate. There are many different types, including Black Forest, Devil's Food, Flourless, Fudge, Ganache, German Chocolate, Lava, and much more. Head to your local bakery or whip up your favorite recipe to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day!

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 8:57:51 PM PST
Elle says:
Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

If you want to make a homemade chocolate cake from scratch, this is a simple, yet easy recipe to make. It's one you are certain to enjoy.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting Recipe

Yield: frosts one three layer cake.

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

* 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
* 3 tablespoons milk
* 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm
* 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 3 cups powdered sugar

How to make Chocolate Frosting:

1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Allow to cool until just warm.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
4. Add melted chocolate. Beat about 3 minutes.
5. Add powdered sugar, beating on low until smooth and creamy.

Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

* 3/4 cups butter or margarine, softened
* 3 eggs
* 2 cups sugar
* 2 cups flour
* 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
* 2 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 1/2 cup milk

How to make Chocolate Cake:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease and flour three 6" X 1 1/2" round cake pans.
3. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, beat butter, eggs and vanilla.
5. Gradually add sugar.
6. Beat on medium to high speed for about 3-4 minutes until well mixed
7. Alternately combine in flour mixture and milk to batter while beating.
8. Continue to beat until batter is smooth.
9. Pour equal amounts of batter into greased and floured round cake pans.
10. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.
11. Check with a toothpick to se if it is done. Bake a few minutes more, if needed.
12. Remove from oven and allow cakes to cool in pans for a few minutes.
13. Place cakes on a wire rack, to them allow to completely cool.

Frosting Cakes:

1. Place one round cake on a cake plate.
2. Spread frosting on top.
3. Repeat this for the third cake.
4. Frost top of the third cake.
5. Frost the side for the cake.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 8:58:38 PM PST
Elle says:
"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
― Linda Grayson

"Will looked horrified. "What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?"
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

"Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain."
― Dave Barry

"Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world's perfect food. "
― Michael Levine

"Don't wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty.
Chocolate isn't like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant.
And it always feels good."
― Lora Brody

"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already."
― Dave Barry

"Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces."
― Judith Viorst, Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Etc

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 9:06:22 PM PST
Elle says:
Good morning, afternoon, evening or good night as the case may be. It is nearly my bedtime as work beckons tomorrow. Please drop in and let everyone know how you're doing today. Have a great day for those of you starting your days. Sweet dreams for those heading of to bed soon. I'll be back in a few hours. 'night

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 9:24:10 PM PST
National Chocolate Cake Day
Now this is a day I can enjoy to the fullest.. with a nice cold glass of milk..

Elle, Thanks for getting us started today...

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 9:29:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2014 9:31:02 PM PST
Biscay says:
Thank you for such an interesting start, Elle! Too much to digest all in one go so I will go back and enjoy it later. But I saw enough to think to myself, "Where else could you see Mozart, bubble-wrap, Thomas Crapper and chocolate combined all on the one page!"

I'm one of those strange people who can take or leave chocolate. And almost always leave chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. I know, I know!!! (I've bored everyone here with that information a bit too often, so I won't go on). Although yours does sound delicious, and I'm sure I could force down a piece or three, since you've twisted my arm :D Meanwhile, hubby is not very interested in sweets at all including chocolate, unless it's a special good dark one, and then he can easily stop after one or two squares, which I could never do just on principle!

Having said that, I used to feel I could "take or leave" ice cream, and almost never bought it, but in the last while I find I get anxious if there's not a tub of decent vanilla and preferably one other such as a mango, citrus or caramel/toffee type flavour residing in the freezer should the urge arise, as it seems to most nights! Having a teen and a tween has probably retrained me as they wail as though they are living in a 19th century workhouse if there's not dessert after every dinnertime meal. When I grew up it was a "sometimes" treat! I guess though I can't completely blame them for their upbringing, can I? Sigh...

Hope that everyone has a good day (or evening). Thinking of you and your mum/sis, DinkyD - and hope that Kathleen is ok too. So nice to see Sally yesterday, and Lenora too, and everyone else of course!

Biscay x

ETA - I was typing while you posted - hello to Sandy. I couldn't drink a glass of milk unless it was practically freezing and tasteless - LOL - but hubby and children regard that as a great treat. How different we all are!!

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 9:31:57 PM PST
Sally in SA says:
Truly fabulous start Elle, thank you so much.

Mmm, National Chockolate Cake Day! I for one am glad that it's a national holiday and not an international holiday!~ No chocolate cake for me today.... but my resolve could break down very easily if someone offers me a slice!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 9:36:20 PM PST
Sally in SA says:
Biscay, nice to see you this morning. I can eat chocolate until the cows come home, but not chocolate ice cream. Any other flavour goes down a treat.

Hi Sandy, how are you enjoying your Inspector Gamache book?

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 9:42:58 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Elle
Thanks for your start - how informative, and I agree with Biscay, where else would one get all of that info on one page LOL
I am just hoping that the chocolate cake does not get put in bubble wrap - but chocolate cake accompanied by Mozart sounds good

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 9:50:02 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Sally
I am sooo glad to see you posting again, I missed you so much and I would like to thank RL for releasing you - hoping you are well and happy.

@ Sandy - Did you finish all the DVD's ? I note that you have started reading again phew I was worried for a bit there LOL

@ Biscay - I am not sure I believe that you can take or leave chocolate - if you left any here it wouldn't last for long LOL

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 10:03:53 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ ebook addict - Fabulous that you post about books that you have read and what you think of them I find it so helpful and please keep those pet peeves coming, they are informative and interesting.

@ BubbaK - So glad that you posted on yesterday's thread - I was going to send a search party out for you, hope you are well.

@ Leo - Healing vibes being sent your way constantly - was it the 31st that you are getting the tests done ?

@ Sandy - thank you for checking Kathleen's FB and bring us the update, very upsetting that things are still so tough and nasty where she lives - but wonderful that she has the strength to be there for others.

@ KayKay - thank you for writing on FB to Kathleen - I do hope that she will pop in here sometime soon, I do miss her.

@ Oregon Dreamer and @ Oregon Fiddler - do hope that you both post again soon, I miss you too and hope all is well in your worlds

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 10:10:50 PM PST
Leo Little says:
yep Friday

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 10:15:54 PM PST
Sally in SA says:
Hi Red, how are you today? Getting ready for your twice daily excercise? Have a good day at work.

It is very distressing to hear that Kathleen is still battling so much. I wonder if she is still working.

Sandy, you are great the way you manage to keep in touch with everyone.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 10:16:49 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Dynkyd
Wishing you enough strength to get through this difficult time - you and your family are in my thoughts, you and your sister are doing a wonderful job and I am sure that if your mother was able, then she would tell you how much she appreciates your help in caring for her and helping her as she wanted. ♥

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 10:21:35 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Sally
Yes getting ready, though I have no real incentive to leave home today since we have (stealing Suze's phrase from yesterday) a Polar Vortex used to be called a Cold Spell!
If it was just freezing that would be, sort of, OK, but it is the stiff wind and freezing sleet/rain that is hard to deal with --- please send us all some of your sunshine

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 10:26:44 PM PST
I feel as though I have been very quite the past few days..
I haven't been doing much at all....

I read that my "favorite dept store" the best thrift store in town was broken into the other night and over $3000.00 was
stolen.. This store give 100% of it profit to the Enid community and knowing this has put me in a bit of a funk...

On top of that I'm not feeling very good.. so that might be part of it..
Anyway it's nothing serious so don't worry, I think it's the changes in the weather. Cold one day and nice the next.. then freezing..and back to nice..

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 10:35:42 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Sandy
Yes you have been very quiet for quite some days, I and have been feeling that it might be because you were feeling a bit down, and I agree the weather does affect one in adverse ways sometimes.

One would think that there would be more attractive/profitable places to break into, how mean to steal from charitable establishment :-(

Hope you will be feeling better soon, you have been feeling under the weather for a while, is your tummy still bad ?

Take care and feel better, in all ways, soon ♥

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 10:37:29 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Susan
We need to know ...... did you see Pink ???

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 10:42:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2014 10:47:12 PM PST
Sally in SA says:
Sandy, sorry you are still not feeling good. You haven't been well for a while now.

Did you get to chat to you mom yesterday? Perhaps that's what you need. There is nothing like a mothers unconditional love to get you through a day.

You will be so pleased when she gets back, I'm sure.
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