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and happiest of New Year's!
When I logged in to my Blogger dashboard this morning, I was greeted with a little pop-up notice saying that mobile templates were now available for Blogger users. Would I like to turn them on now?
fanatical regular iPhone web surfer, I do appreciate sites that are specifically formatted for mobile users. Mobile internet service has improved drastically in the past few years, and one no longer needs to walk away and make a sandwich while waiting for a site to download. However, some sites - my own, included - are still often painfully slow to load.
So, of course I clicked yes, that I would like to try out the new mobile template.
Here's what Little Bytes of Life looked like on my iPhone before the mobile template was installed.
|Pre-Mobile: Lots going on for such a small space.|
|Post-Mobile: Less clutter, more focus on posts.|
|Hello from the bottom of the page!|
|A post, in mobile format.|
|A few clicks, and your mobile template is installed!|
Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.In tribute to the ancestors whose birthdays and anniversaries may have fallen through the cracks during all the holiday chaos.
~Menachem Mendel Schneerson
|Divinity, done right, is divine!|
Although recipes for various nougat and sweet meringue-type confections (with and without nuts and fruit) can be traced to ancient Turkish and 17th century European and [sic] roots, food historians generally agree that Divinity (aka Divinity fudge, Divinity candy) is an early 20th century American invention. Why? One of the primary ingedients in early Divinity recipes is corn syrup, a product actively marketed to (& embraced by) American consumers as a sugar substitute at that time. Corn syrup was affordable (economical), practical (shelf-stable), and adapted well to most traditional recipes. Karo brand corn syrup, introduced by the Corn Products Refining Company in 1902, was/is perhaps the most famous. It is no coincidence that early Karo cooking brochures contain recipes for Divinity (from The Food Timeline).I never much cared for Divinity as a kid. My grandmother - who supposedly got the recipe from her mother-in-law "Zee" (Faivre) Dagle - made it in a loaf pan and served it in slices. I didn't like it this way; it included nuts and candied cherries, and reminded me too much of fruitcake. I prefer Divinity in small "dollops" like cookies.
Why does Divinity sometimes choose not to set? "Divinity is a tricky confection to make under the best circumstances--almost impossible under less than good. The recipe in one community cookbook advises a short consultation with the local meteorologist: "Please remember candy doesn't set unless the barometer reads 30 in. or over; doesn't make a difference whether it's raining or not, just watch your t.v. for the barometric pressure." Divinity like most other Southern canides shows up around the winter holidays. It is sort of a companion piece to fudge in Christmas gift boxes. ---Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie, Bill Neal [Alfred A. Knopf: New York] 1996, p. 138 (from The Food Timeline).My advice: mix, mix, mix some more. And just when you think you can't hold the mixer any longer... keep on mixing. But, be careful not to mix too much. There's a very fine line between too much and not enough mixing of Divinity.
|Yucky goo is not divine!|
|"The Drunkards Progress: From the First Glass to the Grave"|
Note the woman and child standing under the bridge.
|From "The Daily Times"|
February 25, 2899
|From "The Des Moines Leader"|
(Des Moines, IA)
April 13, 1902
|From Manhood Lost: Fallen Drunkards and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States, p. 3|
|Photo of Snickerdoodles by Flickr user Evening Edge.com|
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|My daughter adding a new ornament to our tree last Christmas morning.|
|A few of our special ornaments.|
|I was unable to find any old photos of holiday foods-past, |
but I did find this picture of my cousins and I
having breakfast in Christmas bibs, c. 1967.
That's me in the front with the creepy doll.