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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.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Cheesecake! Cheesecake! All you want to eat...CHEESECAKE!

This is not the first time cheesecake has been on the dessert menu nor is this the first cheesecake day per se. This IS the day of Cheesecake! Cheesecake! All you want to eat...CHEESECAKE! plain or any flavor you like. This goes for the crust, too...graham, cookie, shortbread, biscuit, chocolate, vanilla or no crust at all.

July 30 is... 
National Cheesecake Day

4 Cheesecake Recipes Under 200 Calories To Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth

For some terrific recipe ideas, all you need to do is revisit some of Awakenings earlier postings. Start with Chocolate strikes again...this time on the white side! on White Chocolate Cheesecake Day, March 6th. Then, proceed to Creamy, Tangy & Sweet on National Cherry Cheesecake Day, April 23rd. With so many varieties available, move on to Ah-h-h-h! Sweet Americana for Blueberry Cheesecake Day, May 26th.

Or check out any of the following pulled from various celebrations...

Butterscotch Caramel Cheesecake (Recipe)
Deep Dark Chocolate Cheesecake (Recipe)
Caramel Apple Cheesecake (Recipe)
National Candy Apple Day
 Apricot Cheesecake (Recipe)
National Apricot Day
Hot Buttered Rum Cheesecake
with Brown Sugar-Rum Sauce (Recipe)

Hot Buttered Rum Day
Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake (Recipe)
National Carrot Cake Day
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe
Chocolate Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe
National Pecan Day

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
with Animal Cracker Crust Recipe
Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes Recipe
National Chocolate Wafer Day
 Individual Chocolate Pudding Cheesecake Parfait (Recipe)
Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts Recipe
Not a cookie crumb crust rather a cookie is the crust!
Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfait (Recipe)
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait Recipe
 National Strawberry Parfait Day
Butter Crunch Cheesecake Bars (Recipe)
National Buttercrunch Day 
 Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars (Recipe)
Cherries Jubilee Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Rocky Road Cheesecake  - NO Bake!
National Rocky Road Day

Kick up your heels...for cheesecake!

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

♫Blue Suede Shoes...but NOT Elvis!♫

Many persons of the 60s, then and now, contribute 'Blue Suede Shoes' and its rebellious message with Elvis Presley. True indeed is an Elvis version but that is not the original nor was it ever a chart hit. Yet, in the public eye, Presley has been associated with cultural ownership of the ever classic song.

Welcome into the Spotlight...

Yep, no question about it. 
Carl Perkins was one of those legendary artists that helped ‘make’ Sun Records.

Carl Perkins That's right, NOT Elvis Presley! 'Blue Suede Shoes' has been called the first true rock 'n' roll hit. It's fairly clear that the music dubbed rock 'n' roll incorporated elements of rhythm & blues and country & western. As for 'Blue Suede Shoes', this was the first record to borrow from the three categories - blues, country and pop, then, become a hit on all three charts. That achievement is attributed to Carl Perkins'!

Today in Music History: July 29

1956 On July 29, Carl Perkins was on the UK singles chart with his debut UK hit 'Blue Suede Shoes'. The song had already entered the local Memphis country charts on February 11 at No2. The following week it became No1, where it remained for three months. Billboard picked it as a "Country Best Buy." "Interestingly enough," Billboard added, "the disk has a large measure of appeal for pop and R&B customers." It starts to sell in huge quantities throughout the South.

Origin of the song 'Blue Suede Shoes'...
Carl Perkins actually wrote 'Blue Suede Shoes'. There are two versions how Perkins wrote the song. One version has Johnny Cash planting the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, and Elvis Presley toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had heard a reference in the chow line to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes." This prompted Cash to suggest that Carl write a song about the shoes.
A second version places Perkins a few nights later playing in Jackson, Tennessee. When he sees a dancer in the crowd trying to keep his girlfriend away from his new blue suede shoes, it connects with the idea that Cash had given him. At three o'clock the following morning, Perkins awakens with the genesis of the song in his head. He goes downstairs and writes out the lyrics in pencil on an empty potato bag.
A Tidbit of 'Blue Suede Shoes' Trivia...

• Presley and Perkins faced off in the "Top 100"
The two records also had a race to the top of the Hot 100. Both entered Billboard’s top pop chart on March 3, 1956, with Heartbreak Hotel at #68 and Blue Suede Shoes at #83. The very next week, however, Perkins’s record leaped up to #23, five spots ahead of Presley. Both recordings reached the top 10 on March 31, when they tied for the #9 spot. Then, slowly, Heartbreak Hotel inched ahead, reaching #1 on May 5, while Blue Suede Shoes spent six weeks vacillating between #4 and #5. In the end, Elvis’s first RCA record spent seven weeks at #1. Carl Perkins’ first entry in the Top 100 was a smash hit as well. Blue Suede Shoes spent 21 weeks on the chart, nine of them in the top ten. [Source: Elvis History Blog]
"Presley gave Blue Suede Shoes the full rock ’n’ roll treatment, at a faster pace and with greater energy than Perkins’s rockabilly recording." 

Which do you prefer?

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

Related Articles:


Blue Suede Shoes …A Classic Cut For 2 Rockabilly Singers in ’56

Songs: Blue Suede Shoes

Race in Space...the Beginning

Today's History Lesson...race in space

History has reported many different races occurring in many different places. To Rev Your Engines! meant the beginning of an automobile race. Yet, The World's Most Celebrated Road Race did not require any type of vehicle at all. Back to race cars centered on The Great American Race that left spectators wondering if The Race is on...???. Of course, there are the horse races, NOT just any horses!, with America's Superhorse at the top. Ongoing is the race to the peak of any endeavor whether personal, business, Olympian or the case in point today...the race in space.

This Day in History: July 29, 1958

"An Act to provide for research into the problems of flight within and outside the Earth's atmosphere, and for other purposes." 

NASA was established as a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America's activities in space. On July 29, 1958, its creation was secured with the signing of the National Aeronautics and Space Act by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. NASA's establishment further equipped the United States for leadership in the space age. 

The establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (The Birth of NASA) solidified the United States' commitment to winning the "race in space" against the Soviets. NASA's involvement occurred in response to the Soviet Union's October 4, 1957 launch of its satellite, Sputnik I, the first satellite to orbit the earth bringing about the dawning of the space age. Its launching became known as the "Sputnik crisis", which prompted attention of the United States to turn toward its own fledgling space efforts. The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958.

NASA thus became synonymous with the space race. It was the driving force that brought to reality what was once only envisioned in a sci-fi movie. What makes NASA even more intriguing are the events that followed within the next 56 years: Some ecstatic, others traumatic. 


A Walk on the Moon

In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States should set a goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Eight years and billions of dollars later, Neil Armstrong stepped out of the lunar module Eagle and onto the moon's surface on July 20, 1969.

The great space race was over.

Left to right: Armstrong, Collins, Aldrin 


Travel into Space

The astronaut program at its inception consisted of male candidates, that is in the United States. Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova traveled into space aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963. As the US program expanded, so did its candidacy. Almost twenty years to the day after the first woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride, a mission specialist, joined the Challenger shuttle mission on June 18, 1983 becoming the first American woman to complete the same feat.

Sally Ride communicates with ground controllers
from the flight deck of Space Shuttle Challenger
during her first mission in space, STS-7.
(Photo by NASA)

NASA Remembers Three Space Tragedies

With any successful program lies the possibility of tragedy. NASA has not escaped such horrific events. The end of January marks a somber time for NASA with the anniversary of three major tragedies int he history of U.S. spaceflight, each of which left a nation stunned but did not kill the spirit of exploration. Despite the risks, astronauts continue to risk their lives...in the name of adventure, exploration, and discovery.

Jan. 27, 1967

Jan. 28, 1986
Feb. 1, 2003


We've come a long way since the birth of NASA in 1958 and who knows what is yet to come. . . Look below at what happened today 2014 and take a peak at the Launch Schedule of what lies ahead!
Date: July 29, 2014 -- 7:47 p.m. Eastern
Mission: Automated Transfer Vehicle-5 (ATV-5)
Description: The European Space Agency’s fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5), named “Georges LemaĆ®tre” in honor of the Belgian astronomer and physicist, launched from Kourou in French Guiana to deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station.

The Congress hereby declares that it is the policy
of the United States that activities in space should be devoted 
to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind.

Royal Wedding, Whoops! & Trivia

An estimated 750 million television viewers in 74 countries tune in on July 29, 1981 to witness the now-legendary royal wedding of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, to Lady Diana Spencer, a young English schoolteacher. An additional 600,000 lined the streets of London hoping to catch even a mere glimpse of the wedding couple. This was the spectacular extravaganza of the decade setting the bar for royal weddings to come with Princess Diana wearing a silk taffeta and lace gown by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for her walk down the aisleattached to it, the now-infamous 25-foot-long train.

This Day in History: July 29, 1981

The Royal Wedding...

Whoops!  What endearing mistake did Lady Diana make during her wedding ceremony with Prince Charles? Lady Diana mixed up the order of Prince Charles' many names — Charles Philip Arthur George when reciting her vows. She called him Philip Charles Arthur George. Also of note, she did not say she'd "obey," her future husband.
Did the Royal Prince royally goof? The groom referred to "thy goods" rather than "my worldly goods".
& Trivia 
Cake, cake, cake and more cake!

Royal Wedding Cake
(Photo by Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
Diana and Charles inaugurated the balcony kiss at Buckingham Palace where not just one cake would do for the reception...try 27 wedding cakes! While most were donated by royal watchers, the Royal Wedding Cake was prepared by Chief Petty Officer chef David Avery of the Royal Naval Cookery School. Over five feet high, the cake was adorned with the Prince and his family's royal coat of arms, the couple's first initials and a spray of roses, lilies of the valley and orchids. In the photo at left, Chef Avery is putting finishing touches to the five tier royal wedding cake. A slice of the cake given to Moyra Smith, who worked for the Queen Mother at Clarence House, sold at auction for $1,830. 

 Cinderella perhaps!
Do you know what special conveyance carried Princess Diana to St. Paul's Cathedral for her wedding? Relating to Cinderella is a give-away for the answer to this trivia question. Princess Diana arrived at St. Paul's in the horse-drawn "glass coach" escorted by five mounted military police officers. The carriage was too small to comfortably seat Diana's father and Diana in her dress, especially with the 25-foot train. Diana's wedding dress was a puff ball meringue wedding dress, with huge puffed sleeves and a frilly neckline. The dress was decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls.

While this was the wedding of the decade, it was not the marriage of a lifetime. The couple divorced in August 1996 with the Princess continuing to live at Kensington Palace and carrying out public work. Tragically, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997. On 9 April 2005, the Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker Bowles.

Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, Great Britain
July 1, 1961 - August 31, 1997

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cheese Sacrifice?

Whoever is responsible for establishing various days of celebration certainly have a certain wit about 'them'. Today is a prime example. When you think about 'sacrificing' cheese, what comes first to your mind? Buying the best of the best and giving it away as a gift? That would indeed be a sacrifice. Of course, not without trying it first! Then, there are always the scrumptious recipes that call for a generous portion of cheese. Don't you 'sacrifice' the really good cheeses for super delicious dishes? Well, there is an altogether different possibility which is not so appetizing and a bit quirky to say the least.

July 29 is...

Apparently this day's celebration goes way back in time to the days before exterminators and glue traps. Hopefully, the necessity to even set a trap is long gone. But, if you do, beware of the strong, clever mouse!
HELPFUL HINT: Peanut butter (PB) works much better than cheese. Clever mice can snitch the cheese from the trap, but they have to stick around to lick the PB.
An all-American favorite 'mouse' is Mickey Mouse but you do not have to set a trap to catch Mickey. You can catch Mickey Mouse on the TV, Internet, DVD and in the movies. This is the one mouse you would actually invite into your kitchen!

Here are a few recipes to which you just might want to 'sacrifice' that extra flavorful cheese:

Click HERE for ooey gooey recipes!

A BIG round of applause to 'sacrifice' cheese today!

 yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!