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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Islamic Extremist DEAD!

Today's History Lesson

All too often when we approach the subject of history, the topic of study is events of long, long ago, a recurring topic being war. War has found its place on foreign soil more often than on the shores of America. The American Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the War of 1812 were all fought on American soil. World War II, the Mexican-American War and The French and Indian War both took place on areas that would eventually be part of the United States.

Then came a different kind of war: the war on terrorism. One of the most horrific events on American soil took place on September 11, 2001 becoming one of America's darkest days. Nineteen (19) militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters. The images of that day are implanted in our hearts and minds.

This Day in History: May 2, 2011

Not long after the 9/11 attacks, America's President at the time, George W. Bush, declared Osama bin Laden, who was born into a wealthy family in Saudi Arabia in 1957 and used his multi-million-dollar inheritance to help establish al Qaeda and fund its activities, would be captured dead or alive. A vow was made, a promise was kept but it took nearly 10 years during the presidency of Barack Obama for that accomplishment to be met.

On this day in 2011, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, is killed by U.S. forces during a raid on his compound hideout in Pakistan. The notorious, 54-year-old leader of Al Qaeda, the terrorist network of Islamic extremists, had been the target of a nearly decade-long international manhunt. [Source: History.com] Read more HERE...
 Osama bin Laden DEAD!

Osama Bin Laden
March 10, 1957 - May 2, 2011

God Bless America!

♫Ba Ba Ba... Booo... Day♫

The "Booo" in this day does not come from a ghost nor does it mean it is Halloween. Of course not! It is only May, NOT October. The ba ba ba ba ba.... booo..... is a crooner's melody belonging to none other than...

Crosby in Road to SingaporeSource: en.wikipedia.org
The date: 1904. The place: Tacoma, WA The event: Birth of Harry Lillis Crosby

Harry Lillis Crosby is better known as "Bing". Interestingly enough about Bing Crosby is his actual birth date. During his lifetime, Bing claimed May 2, 1904 as his birthday. He had no birth certificate. It was only after his death in 1977  that a Tacoma priest disclosed Roman Catholic Church baptismal records revealing the actual birth date of Bing Crosby as May 3, 1903. So, today we will celebrate a day early since for the 73 years of his lifetime, he was wished Happy Birthday on May 2!

Bing Crosby's impressive showbiz career encompassed success with radio and hit recordings, as well as in movies and TV.  It is said Bing went on to sing well over 4,000 songs selling over 300 million records and starred in over 60 movies. His baritone and easy manner were the contributing factors to his unsurpassed solo career. Bing won an Academy Award for Going My Way in1944, won the Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1962, and has been called the number one recording artist of all time.
For 15 years (1934, 1937, 1940, 1943–1954), Crosby was among the top 10 in box-office drawing power, and for five of those years (1944–1948) he topped the world. He sang four Academy Award-winning songs – "Sweet Leilani" (1937), "White Christmas" (1942), "Swinging on a Star" (1944), "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" (1951) – and won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Going My Way (1944). Source: en.wikipedia.org
Bing is best remembered for his many "Road" movies with costar Bob Hope and the combination of jokes, songs, romance, burlesque and exotic locations. Such classic movies include "The Road to Singapore" (1940), "Going My Way" (1944), "White Christmas" (1954). His most successful tune is undoubtedly the holiday classic "White Christmas" (1942) written by Irving Berlin.

Today let's all croon in his honor: Ba Ba Ba... Booo....

Bing Crosby changed the sound and style of popular music. His songs are a part of the American soundtrack, and to this day, can still be heard on the radio, on TV programs and in films.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Decadence at its Finest!

At a very early age, each of us is taught the basic food groups. While this may vary from three to five groups, it is common knowledge for healthy living to include meat, dairy, grains, fruits and vegetables. That holds true unless you are a chocoholic! It really does not matter the time of day nor the day of the week nor the week within the month nor which month of the year, if you are a lover of chocolate, you are ready to indulge in the guilty pleasure of chocolate!


May 2 is...
National Truffles Day 

 What are truffles anyway?

Truffles are melt-in-the-mouth absolutely delightful sinfully rich pure decadence!

A chocolate truffle is a type of chocolate confectionery, traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, cocoa powder or chopped toasted nuts such as hazelnuts, almonds or coconut. Truffles are usually in a spherical, conical, or curved shape. [Source: examiner.com]
What do you do to celebrate National Truffles Day? You EAT TRUFFLES, of course. So, head on down to your nearest chocolate outlet and load up or if you are into making your on...

Homemade Truffles Recipe

Not only applaud chocolate but applaud the decadent chocolate truffle!

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The 'Perfect' Scoopable

Today's glass is not to be filled with a beverage but a foodie considered the perfect way to end the day. It's a tasty layered treat that may contain granola, nuts, yogurt or pudding, fresh fruits, and whipped cream. If you are not into granola, bits of cookies could be added for extra crunch. There is even a way to watch those calories. Substitute cottage cheese for the whipped cream or maybe your favorite flavored Jello. Not a bad idea, especially on this day since the special ingredient of the day is chocolate!

May 2 is...
National Chocolate Parfait Day


Parfait literally means "perfect". Often parfaits are associated with warm weather since they are mostly cool desserts or snacks. Parfaits make great make-ahead desserts or snacks and are so unique they are terrific additions to any festive season. Even better is they look like you have spent the entire day getting them ready! 

~Recipe Time~ 

Cupcake Mousse Parfaits (Recipes)

Who doesn't like cupcakes! Use them as the basis for a parfait and voila! the possibilities here are endless!

 Chocolate Parfait (Recipe)

That's not all either. Invite the kids into the kitchen, be creative and have fun. How can you go wrong with whipped cream and chocolate!

Chocolate-Bread Parfait (Recipe)

Want a little extra 'kick'? Don't throw away that day old bread...cut into cubes, soak with whisked sugar and rum. Then, celebrate!

 Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Parfait (Recipe)

Chocolate & vanilla go together like peaches & cream. Go for the combo that makes the perfect blend!

15 Amazing Chocolate Parfaits (Recipes)

Okay, all you chocolate lovers! Try these delicious versions of the classic parfait...perhaps one will blow your mind!

AND something special for cheesecake lovers...

 Individual Chocolate Pudding Cheesecake Parfait (Recipe)

Oh, my! Add layers of cake and make that parfait a trifle. Check out the trifle gallery! Here is a sneak peak...
 Peppermint Tiramisu Trifle (Recipe)

This gallery is loaded with parfait ideas. If one does not include chocolate, you surely will have no trouble figuring a way to add it!

Is your mouth watering yet?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

May Day

Today's History Lesson

As history is the study of the past, it comes in many contexts. Some events appear more complex than others but all have a connection with someone or something. They all embrace human emotions and are ever evolving.

May 1 is officially...

May Day

May Day has been celebrated for many centuries, and its origins date back to pre-Christian times. Today, May Day is celebrated throughout Europe and North America and is often recognized as a public holiday.

Traditional May Day activities include dancing around the maypole and the selection of the Queen of May/May Queen. A crowning will also take place of the Queen of May.

Morris dancing is another May Day tradition, and offers the perfect excuse to dress up in full Morris dancing gear. A sturdy stick will also be required, as Morris dancers striking each other’s sticks is just one aspect of this eccentric British tradition.

Though not so popular these days is the May Day basket tradition of leaving a gift basket on someone’s doorstep or hanging on the doorknob. This tradition has waned through the years but seems like a wonderful opportunity to surprise someone and make their day with a gift.
We would hang the baskets on the doorknobs of neighborsespecially old people—ring the door bell, then run away with great hilarity and peek out as the elderly person found the little bouquets on their door."
Source: A Rolling Crone
Embrace the Past...

There is a lot of history behind May Day. At the heart of Awakenings are historical accounts that embrace the past, empower the present and enrich the future. In 2013, Awakenings featured an article by author Micki Peluso. 

Click the image below and learn the origin of the month of May, events surrounding celebrations of May Day, ritualistic and symbolic fetes of olden days, when May Day celebrations flourished and the magical rites of May Day.

  by Micki Peluso

  Even sing along with The Merry, Merry Month of May!

  Or enjoy the poem written in 1609...


The Merry Month of May (poem)


Maybe even another song...



Happy May Day!