The First Day of Spring!!

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Gene Kelley’s most famous movie moment ever.

What better video clip can capture the Joy of Spring, Spring fever and what it is like to be in Love!

A romantic to the last! Enjoy the coming Spring with a song in your heart.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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Happy St. Patrickโ€™s Day!

Kiss Me Iโ€™m Irish!!

No reasonable offer refused ๐Ÿ˜‰

The History of St. Patrickโ€™s Day

On a more serious note…And something for the stomach!

Classic Irish Soda Bread
Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
4 cups Flour
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Caraway Seeds
1 1/2 cups Raisins
2   Eggs — beaten
1 cup Butter or Margarine — melted
1 cup Milk

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a loaf pan. Place raisins and caraway seeds in a large bowl. Sift together flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. Pour sifted mixture over raisins. Add butter, eggs and milk to the bowl; mix well.

Mold dough into a loaf shape on a floured board. Place dough in greased pan and bake for one hour, or until bread tests done.

Enjoy! And have a Happy and Safe St. Patrick’s Day.

Pride Lasts a Lifetime

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I am working on the Easter Holiday Appeal for the Pride Lasts Foundation and in doing so I am reflecting on the needs of some of the kids we are trying to support. These are not kids that are starving or typically even homeless so the question begins to form why should we be interested in these kids? It is a good question. I came across this very poignant video, featured below, that really puts things in perspective on who needs immediate help. But there is a but that answers my original question, why these kids? The answer is actually pretty simple: contagious. We should help these kids because Pride is contagious and the more these kids believe in themselves the more they will do with their lives and the more they will develop the propensity to help others.

We are looking to make a small splash that will have a ripple effect on society. It is our belief that while helping these kids we are potentially having a bigger impact. That is not to say that this is a more Nobel cause or that we should forget the plight of the truly destitute, we should not. Help us increase the the potential of these children who are already struggling to make a better life for themselves. Helping those who demonstrate a desire to improve themselves IS a Nobel endeavor, for they improve us and our society and perhaps more important they serve as proof to their peers that they can succeed. We do it because their future is worth it.

If we do not support these children then the facts in the video I mentioned before will always remain just that, the facts.

Perhaps this is the beginnings of a strange appeal letter!

The American’s Creed

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In celebration of President’s Day I thought this would be an appropriate quote to reflect on.

Written by William Tyler Page and adopted by the House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

The Americanโ€™s Creed

I believe in the United States of America
as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
a democracy in a Republic,
a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States;
a perfect Union one and inseparable;
established upon those principles of freedom; equality,
justice and humanity for which American patriots
sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it,
to support its Constitution,
to obey its laws,
to respect its flag,
and to defend if against all enemies.

“Referring to the Creed, Page said: It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders. His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln”s Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster”s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.”

President’s Day

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Presidentโ€™s DayToday, the third Monday of February, America celebrates President’s Day. President’s Day is a tribute and a memorial to the office of President of the United States. Traditionally the holiday was observed in memory of George Washington (2/22) and Abraham Lincoln (2/12), both of whom were born in February. Today the national holiday recognizes the tremendous contribution of all 43 presidents who have shaped the history and destiny of our nation.

Yummy Cherry Pie

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In preparation for President’s Day I thought I’d share this Cherry Pie recipe:

First you need a Pie Crust:

Standard Pie Pastry
For a 9-inch single-crust pie:
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 tablespoons ice water
1/2 cup Criscoยฉ or other good shortening
For a 9-inch double- or lattice-crust, just double this recipe.

Preheat oven to 425ยฐF.

Note: Glass (Pyrexยฉ) pie plates generally make better pie shells than those made of metal.

Put the Crisco in a medium bowl. Over it, pour 1 cup of the flour and the salt, reserving 1/4 cup flour. With your pastry blender (some old timers use a fork), cut the flour and salt into the Crisco until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine the reserved 1/4 cup of flour with the 2-1/2 tablespoons ice water (estimate, or, if you must be exact, a half tablespoon equals 1-1/2 teaspoons) in a cup to make a smooth paste. Pour the paste over the pastry mixture and continue cutting in with the pastry blender until incorporated. Remember, the less you work the dough, the lighter and flakier the pastry. Form the pastry into a ball, flatten and roll between sheets of waxed paper (you may see little veins of Crisco here and there, but that’s okay) to a thickness of about 1/8 inch and 1-1/2 to 2 inches wider than the pie plate.

Peel off the top piece of waxed paper, invert a 9-inch pie plate on dough surface, and turn the sheet of dough and the pie plate over. Center the dough on pie plate, if necessary, and peel off the second sheet of waxed paper (tear off in pieces, if you like). Fit the dough into the pie plate without stretching it. If the dough tears a little, just pinch it back together.) Trim the dough to overhang the edge of the pie plate by about 1-1/4 inches, then turn under to make an edge. You can put a fancy crimp in the edge at this point, if you wish.

Pre-Baked Pie Shells:
For a pre-baked pie shell, prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork to avoid bubbles developing, and bake in a 425ยฐF oven for 10 to 12 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.

Cherry Pie

Now make the filling!

Grandmas Cherry Pie

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/3 tablespoons butter (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 14.5-ounce can of pie cherries, NOT cherry pie filling (look for Pitted Red Tart Pie Cherries in water)
  • Pastry for double-crust pie

Preheat oven to 425ยฐF.

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and undrained cherries. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils (about 6 or 7 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Pour mixture into a 9-inch unbaked pie shell. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust, seal edges and crimp. If a lattice crust is not used, put one or several vents in the crust. Bake at 425ยฐF for 30 to 35 minutes until crust is brown.

YUM! Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentineโ€™s Day


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The Story of Valentine’s Day

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The holiday of Valentine’s Day probably derives its origins from the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia. In the early days of Rome, fierce wolves roamed the woods nearby. The Romans called upon one of their gods, Lupercus, to keep the wolves away. A festival held in honor of Lupercus was celebrated February 15th. The festival was celebrated as a spring festival. Their calender was different at that time, with February falling in early springtime.

One of the customs of the young people was name-drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew a slip. The girl whose name was chosen was to be his his sweetheart for the year.

Legend has it that the holiday became Valentine’s Day after a priest named Valentine. Valentine was a priest in Rome at the time Christianity was a new religion. The Emperor at that time, Claudius II, Happy Valentineโ€™s Dayordered the Roman soldiers NOT to marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars. Valentine defied the Emperor’s decree and secretly married the young couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and put to death.

Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, the eve of the Roman holiday Lupercalia. After his death, Valentine was named a saint. As Rome became more Christian, the priests moved the spring holiday from the 15th of February to the 14th – Valentine’s Day.

Now the holiday honored Saint Valentine instead of Lupercus.

Chinese New Year: Day 7

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Today is day 7 in the 15 day celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Today is the day for farmers to display their produce. These farmers make a drink from seven types of vegetables to celebrate the occasion.ย  In many ways this is a celebration of prosperity and life, a day of thanks giving and a day to pray for a bountiful year to come.

The most interesting thing about this day (for me) the the fact that the seventh day is also considered the birthday of human beings.ย  It seems interesting to me that like Genesis, the Chinese New Year recognizes the 7th day as the creation or birth of Man.ย  Noodles are eaten to promote longevity and raw fish for success.ย  I’m going to have some Noodles but think I’ll take my chances with success!

Lincoln’s Birthday

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Abe Lincoln


Exhile, there’s something I wish we still did.