Posted in 2016

Happy Thanksgiving !

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States.  It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest. Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family.

Thanksgiving celebrations differ from person to person & family to family.  Many still enjoy the traditional meal of Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberries, Sweet Potatoes (or Yams), Corn and of course Pumpkin Pie.  I’ll touch on those traditions & talk about a few newer ones, some I only just learned of myself… so sit back with a hot cup of coffee & enjoy!  🙂 

Starting with the name of the Holiday:  Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day, T-Day, Harvest Day and then there’s – “Yanksgiving”!   (Canadians came up with this to distinguish between the US & Canadian Thanksgiving Holidays).   I found this clever & funny, being a ‘yankee’ myself it seems fitting!  🙂

Turkey Pardon:  Every year, the president frees one lucky turkey while millions of its brethren are consigned to the dinner table. Though turkey farmers have been sending presidents the choicest birds since the 1800s, President John F. Kennedy was the first one on record to spare a turkey. In 1963, he sent back a turkey mailed by the National Turkey Federation, saying, “We’ll just let this one grow.” President Richard Nixon sent turkeys to a Washington, D.C., petting farm but didn’t officially pardon them, according to the White House Blog. President George H.W. Bush gave the first official pardon to a turkey in 1989. The survivor lived out its days at a Virginia petting zoo called Frying Pan Park.

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President George H.W. Bush giving the first official Turkey Pardon. 1989

Macy’s parade:  Many Americans sit down to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This annual tradition didn’t get started until 1924, when Macy’s employees held a Christmas parade filled with knights, clowns and jugglers. The 6-mile long parade attracted a crowd of 250,000 viewers, so the department store decided to hold it every year. The first balloon, Felix the Cat, floated above the parade in 1927.  Felix was filled with everyday air, not helium, and stood upright just off the ground — it didn’t float high above.  Mickey Mouse didn’t make his appearance until 1934.

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Felix the Cat – 1927 the first Macy’s balloon.

{Click the link below for interesting history on the Macy’s Parade}

Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade Tech

New twist on foods:  One twist I’ve learned about is called: Turducken.  
Turducken is:  a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken.  It’s becoming more popular at Thanksgiving  & originated in Louisiana. A Turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture (although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird).  I’ve read about this and I would caution you to read a lot about this prior to attempting this dish.  Poultry is one of the hardest meats to cook thoroughly enough to kill the bacteria and ensure the safety of eating it..  This is very difficult to achieve in Turducken because of the layers, the duck skin, and getting all of them to the proper temperature without over cooking or undercooking them.  No one wants to be poisoned by dinner.  Here is a link for you to check out to find out how best to prepare this meal.  TURDUCKEN

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Turducken

Personally, my family will be sticking to a traditional meal and we’ll all be together.  We are minus some loved ones and have a few new lives to celebrate.  My niece informed me today that she has been found cancer free after an extensive & alternative  year long battle with breast cancer at the age of 28 (with 4 small children all under 7) and having been given only a 3% chance to survive.   Still not out of the woods yet but this was a day we all hoped and prayed for. Our year has had it’s ups and down, peaks and valleys, but we’re here and we have a lot to be sincerely thankful for. I am thankful for my family, my puppy (who believes he’s human), my life, friends, health and you.

There is much debate on who we should be thankful to.   Not everything needs to be a debate, just simply  BE thankful for your blessings, all of them, big, little and ginormous.
By definition being Thankful is: to be appreciative, filled with gratitude, relieved.  Be appreciative of those around you, your friends, co workers, family.  Be thankful for your job, home, children, spouse, health.
By definition a Blessing is:  something that helps you or brings happiness.   That said, I guess it wouldn’t hurt any of us to become a blessing and to bring happiness into the lives of others, not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every single day of the year.  You looking for a New Years Resolution?  There it is – resolve yourself to bring happiness into someones life every single day. Consider this a challenge:  No need to even wait for the new year, start today. (you can renew it for the new year).    Do something that makes someone happy,  leave a comment here letting us know what you did, how it made you feel and what the result was.

I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Whether you celebrate the Holiday or not – you DO have something to be thankful for.   BE THANKFUL!!

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Posted in 2016

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
There are some cute costumes out there for babies through adults – I’ve decided to feature some of them here for “Halloween” ….  Enjoy!!!
Some are DIY and some are ready for purchase – all are adorable!
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DIY Winning Hand Costume http://ideas.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/2015/11/29/winning-poker-hand-family-costumes/

 

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Posted in 2016, DIY, Foaming Soap

DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP

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Ok, for starters, I’ve come to find that everyone has their own special idea of how this should be done. As for me, I choose to take the no fuss – no muss route!

I am not a huge DIY person, but there are a few DIY projects I do.  For me it’s all about the ease of the project or I just won’t bother with it.

For $1.oo I purchased a 10 oz pear scented liquid soap – at Target, and my DIY trial began. What I found is this:  my $1.00 purchase made 3 bottles of the foam soap that I paid $5 – $9 per bottle for.  It still smelled great & cleaned as well as the more expensive soap.
This is how:   3 no fuss – no muss steps:

STEP ONE:  You will need dispenser bottles. 

You can purchase empty foaming dispensers in an array of sizes & styles, online & at stores like Wal-Mart, Target, & dollar shops near you:

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I used my empties from previous purchases:
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Mango Mandarin from Bath & Body Works!

STEP TWO:  You’ll need transparent liquid soap. 

Choose any scent you like.  Many of the shops mentioned above, offer a variety of scents & sizes for around $1.00 (give or take).
** NOTE:  You can use any liquid soap, shower gels & dish soap, but the soap itself must be transparent!  Cream soaps will NOT work!!  Shower gels are typically a bit thicker, so use less gel when mixing.

 STEP THREE: You’ll need hot tap water.

No Fuss – No Muss…REALLY!!!  Whatever the size of the bottle you are using for the foaming soap, you will use 1/3 liquid soap & 2/3 water. Remember to leave room at the top of the bottle as the pump will take up some space.  I  use hot tap water because it mixes better (do not boil the water).  Add the water SLOWLY so suds don’t build up in bottle.  After you’ve added the liquid soap & water, place & tighten the pump.  Gently tip the bottle back & forth until it’s well mixed, making sure no unmixed liquid soap rests on the bottom. That’s important as it will clog the pump. Once it’s well mixed, prime the pump by compressing it, after a few presses it should be a perfect foam!

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Foamy soap!

If you’re a die hard Bath & Body Works shopper (or not), keep an eye out for their sales on your favorite scents, liquid hand soaps, & shower gels. They discontinue many scents often, & their sales are really pretty discounted.  More so if you hold out till the end, but keep in mind, the scent choices will be more limited as well.  Cheaper – but less choice.

Enjoy and happy foaming!!!   🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in 2016

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

 

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Posted in 2016

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY 2016

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A Mother:

Laughs our Laughter, Sheds our Tears,
Fears our Fears…
She lives our Joys, Cares our Cares
 & all our Hopes & Dreams she shares.
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Click on the name below the picture for an interesting history on Mother’s Day.  Anne Jarvis, pictured, is the founder of Mother’s Day.  
She also died trying to end it.

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Anne Jarvis

A thank you to every mother who nurtures a child.  Whether by choice or circumstance, birth, adoption or someone who stepped in to fill a void.  Motherhood is often a thankless job, done of the purest love, and is a never ending task.    Thank you for the sleepless nights while you worried as we were out with friends, away to college, or starting our lives as spouses and parents.  Thank you for listening to us as we sobbed out frustrations and for being our confidant as we shared our secrets only with you.  Thank you for your prayers and  for such unconditional love & wisdom. Thank you for teaching us to be strong & courageous and to press on facing what life brings our way.  Thank you for Roots and Wings!!
We love you “Mom”!

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Click here to hear the song Root & Wings

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Posted in 2016

Happy Easter

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Easter Beginnings:

According to the New Testament, Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday, then two days later he rose from the dead, appeared to the disciples and ascended to heaven. But many of the symbols associate with Easter are traced back to the pagan goddess of spring and fertility “Eostre”, who was associated with rabbits and eggs. The Christian holiday is also linked with Spring, people see daffodils in bloom & they associate it with new life.

So…what about the Easter Bunny?: (see video below)

Christ – Easter Bunny – New Life – Spring: How they are incorporated together

The Easter Pig:

The first time I ever heard of the “Easter Pig” was from a friend of mine who raised his children with the Easter Pig rather than the Easter Bunny.  I’d never heard of it, but have found since then that many celebrate Easter with the pig.  

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Yes, Yes, you read it right – The Easter Pig!
Here are 3 short stories about The Easter Pig’s beginnings.  

YEAR 1:

Everybody knows that in the off season, the Easter Bunny lives on a farm where he brags insufferably about how important he is, and acts like his shit don’t stink. Of course, all the other animals think he’s kind of an ass, but they never say anything because they’re too polite.
Finally, one day last winter, Pig had had enough. He couldn’t take the boasting and bragging for one more second! So he told Bunny that any animal could deliver chocolate just as well as he could – heck, Pig himself could do it better! Naturally, Bunny was offended and laid down a challenge: this year, both the Bunny and the Pig would take over Easter duties, and they’d just see who did the best job!
Pig agreed, except for one thing. Bunny had already spent years perfecting his system, and months making this year’s candy – there was no way Pig could be ready in time to deliver candy to the whole wide world. So the barnyard animals voted and decided that Pig would have to deliver candy to one child in each state or geographical region of the world.
And that’s how the Easter Pig got his start in the candy-delivery industry.

YEAR 2:

Pig was getting nervous. After all, Bunny had been doing this Easter thing for years and Pig really wasn’t sure where to start. He sat down to think about it. “Every year Bunny delivers eggs in a basket. But baskets are dumb. They’re boring and no fun. Lets see … what’s fun? I know! Dirt! Everybody loves dirt! You can dig in it, and roll in it, and scratch your itchy back in it. Dirt is a thousand times better than a stupid basket.”
So Pig got started. He gathered up the most delicious treats he could find. Then he carefully wrapped them up (because even Pig realized that while dirt is fun to play with, it’s not that great to eat.) For each child on his route he carefully prepared a special box of the very best, scratchiest, dirtiest dirt he could find in the barnyard and carefully buried the treats in the dirt. Pig was so proud. “The kids are going to love this!” he exclaimed.
Just then, Bunny hopped by with some wicker to make more of those ridiculous baskets. Bunny saw the boxes of dirt and stopped in his tracks. “You cannot be serious,” he sneered. “Tell me you did not put candy in DIRT. Disgusting!” Bunny twitched his nose and tittered, “Oh! This competition is going to be too easy! Dirt!” And he hopped away with his wicker giggling to himself.
Suddenly, Pig wasn’t so sure about the dirt. He looked at the boxes. They did look kind of grungy. Maybe the children wouldn’t like them after all? But, no. That’s not possible. It’s dirt. Everybody loves dirt! …Right?
Pig wished he’d taken more time to think through his options, but it was too late. There wasn’t time to change the plan now. And, anyway, he was sure (pretty sure) that his Easter treats would be the best. A least he hoped so.

YEAR 3:

Easter was just around the corner, and Pig was depressed. His wonderful idea last year had not exactly worked out as planned. Yes, some of the kids loved the dirt but most of them thought it was pretty weird. (How can dirt be weird?? Whatever.) And all the moms were furious at the mess it made in the house. Living in a barn, Pig hadn’t really anticipated how difficult it would be to vacuum dirt out of carpet.
So, okay, Pig was ready to admit that maybe baskets, as boring and stupid as they were, did have some use. This year, he decided to go with baskets. But how could he possibly get so many baskets ready in time? Bunny had been working on his baskets since the very day after Easter last year, and he was still hard at work. Pig realized that all those days he’d spent lazing in the mud this summer had really cost him. He was going to need help.
Chicken and Rooster just clucked at him when Pig asked them for help. They were too busy with their new chicks. Horse didn’t even think about it; he immediately said, “Neigh!” Sheep, Cow, and Duck were too excited to get out into the spring air after a long winter in the barn. There was no way they were going to stay inside and help. That left Goat.
Pig hesitated about asking Goat. He was a nice guy, but he wasn’t exactly responsible and he had a reputation for being a little, shall we say, dumb. But there was no one else, so Pig asked him.
“Sure!” Goat exclaimed. “I’d love to help! I love helping!”
So they got to work. Pig had never made baskets before, but he did the best he could, and Goat was eager to learn. The baskets weren’t perfect, but they were okay. After days and days of making baskets, they finally had enough. “Phew,” said Pig. “That was a lot of work! Wait here while I go get the candy, and we can fill the baskets.”
As Pig gathered up all the treats, he felt proud of himself. He’d really done his best, and he was sure that he could beat Bunny this year. He happily carried all the candy back to the corner of the barn where Goat was watching the baskets, only to find a disaster!
Goat had eaten the baskets! Every single basket had holes and bite marks in it, and Goat was just sitting there contentedly chewing on a piece of wicker. “WHAT DID YOU DO!?” shouted Pig. “I was only gone for five minutes!”
“What?” asked Goat. “I got hungry. These things are delicious, by the way. …Pig? What’s wrong?”
Pig sat down in the middle of the barn and put his hooves over his face. “They’re ruined!” he sobbed. “Everything is ruined. I’ll never be better than Bunny at Easter deliveries. I’m a failure.” Goat felt terrible. He’d had no idea that the baskets were gifts. He thought it was just a fun springtime activity He spit out his last piece of wicker, but it was too late. Pig cried and cried.
The other animals heard the commotion and came over to see what was wrong. They all felt sorry for Pig. He was so upset, and they all really did want him to finally beat Bunny, who had teased him mercilessly all year long about the dirt incident. “It’s not so bad, Pig,” said Horse. “Some of these baskets are only a little chewed up. I bet you can still use them.”
“Yes,” said Chicken. “The chicks are all down for their naps, so I can help you. We’ll make it work. Stop crying.” All the animals helped. They tied ribbons around broken handles and used bows to cover up holes. They filled the baskets with tissue paper so that the treats wouldn’t fall out. They did their best to hide the damage that Goat had done.
“Thank you,” said Pig. “Thank you so much. You all are real friends. I think these baskets look just great. Even better than Bunny’s perfect ones! The kids are going to love them.”
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Posted in 2016

Valentines Day: Sex Tips From 1861

I read this article on:  Rawstory.com.  

Thought you would enjoy it  🙂

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“The Book of Nature; Containing Information for Young People Who Think of Getting Married, on the Philosophy of Procreation and Sexual Intercourse; Showing How to Prevent Conception and to Avoid Child-Bearing. Also, Rules for Management During Labour and Child-birth.”

The book, written by sexual physiology lecturer James Ashton, M.D. and a part of the Duke University Historical Collection, recently resurfaced on The Paris Review and internet archive and certainly has some, um, interesting advice for the randy young people of the nineteenth century about sex, marriage and procreation. For some sexy Civil War-style intimacy, here are eight romantic pieces of advice straight from the pages that’s sure to kick your Valentine’s Day off:

1. Keep it clean.

“Always carry to bed a clean napkin….”       (don’t we all????)

2. Choose your timing.

“The proper time for sexual indulgence is an important consideration…. Persons who are predisposed to [dyspepsia, indigestion, and other affections of the stomach] should never have sexual intercourse just before eating, nor very soon after a full meal.”

3. Eat plenty of phosphorous.

“The particular food which is calculated to stimulate the sexual organs is shell-fish, or sea fish of any kind, and turtle, as these generally contain phosphorus.”

4. Hope that your past doesn’t catch up to you.

“Young girls of amorous desires get up a sexual excitement, and produce masturbation…and in boarding schools they often practice the habit upon one another until they caused repeated Orgasms, and in this manner injure their health.”           (o.O)

5. Practice safe sex.

“Some men tie up the scrotum to prevent a discharge of Semen, and thus hope to avoid impregnating the female.”           (oh my)

6. But not too much sex — that’s a bad thing.

“One of the greatest evils to mankind is a too free sexual indulgence by young men and boys. It not only injures their vital powers, but affects their intellects.”       (LOL)

7. And whatever you do, keep it missionary.

“…the position of their bodies during the nuptial act. Any unnatural performance of this act is apt to impair the health of the female and many women have been seriously injured…. No female, no matter how robust, can enjoy sexual intercourse except in the position intended by Nature.”          (1861 was a tough year!)

Make sure to share this wisdom with your lover, it may come as news to some.

Hope you all enjoyed that as much as I did… lol… always love a good chuckle!!
NOTE:  THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES YOU DON’T HAVE TO:   “GO BY THE BOOK”!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU ALL!!!!!