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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.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

45rpm

Today in Music History: February 1

45mph might seem more familiar than 45rpm with that determination, of course, being dependent upon in which era you grew up. From about 1949 - 1990, the former "LP" (Long Play) records replaced by a smaller size format allowed for longer playing time in jukeboxes because they took up less space.  More records. More music.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCA_Records#The_post-war_1940s
RCA 7-inch 45 rpm fine-grooved vinyl record

The 45 had the same smaller-sized groove as the LP, and the center hole was larger. 45s became popular in jukeboxes, which had previously used 78s, because 45s took up less space and you could fit more songs in the box. Suddenly jukes went from offering 24 or 40 songs on 78s to having 100 to 200 songs on 45s. 45s are also made of vinyl rather than shellac, and can hold up to about 5 minutes of music on each side. 45s are still being made in limited quantities for jukebox operators who have not upgraded to newer CD jukeboxes, so you can still get some of the latest releases on 45. [Source: history-of-rock.com]



On this day in...
1949 RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes of the 20th century possible.
http://jukebox-repair-manuals.com/jukebox-history/

Initially playing music recorded on wax cylinders, the shellac 78 rpm record dominated jukeboxes in the early part of the 20th century. The Seeburg Corporation introduced an all 45 rpm vinyl record jukebox in 1950, leading to the 45 rpm record becoming the dominant jukebox media for the last half of the 20th century. 33⅓-R.P.M., C.D.s, and videos on DVDs were all introduced and used in the last decades of the century. MP3 downloads, and Internet-connected media players came in at the start of the 21st century. The jukebox's history has followed the wave of technological improvements in music reproduction and distribution.






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

Somethin' Good's Happenin'

      Super 1st!                                                       Stay Tuned: A Heavenly Day 

National Baked Alaska Day 

http://thefoodiepatootie.com/recipes/national-baked-alaska-day/
Vanilla, Chocolate, Butterscotch Baked Alaska (Recipe) 
Baked Alaska is this wonderful ice cream cake concoction that seems easy, but actually isn’t because ice cream makes you nervous and you get scared it’s going to melt before you finish and then you can’t get the ice cream out of the bowl and you anticipate a pending disaster and then the oven wants to burn the hell out of your ice cream cake at the bottom. Oh, is that just me? So says The Footie Patootie...
A Bit of 'Baked Alaska' History...
We have American physicist Benjamin Thompson to thank for discovering how to make meringue back in the early 1800′s! For meringue is a key component of Baked Alaska (recipe), the spotlighted dish being celebrated on Baked Alaska Day!

This sweet treat was named by the chef at the famous New York Delmonico’s Restaurant in 1876 to celebrate America’s acquisition of its new territory. Its lesser known name of Norwegian Omelette also gives tribute to this dessert’s characteristic appearance of a cold, snow covered mountain. Enjoy!

Working Naked Day (No naked pictures, sorry!)

As its name suggests, Working Naked Day is the day in which you carry out the day’s work unclothed (hopefully at home). It should be hastily mentioned that this does NOT mean that you turn up at your workplace stark naked – rather, the whole point is that the day celebrates the act of working from home and the freedom that results from this situation. If you are still shy, then bear in mind that the day can be celebrated by wearing pajamas.



Take Your Child to the Library Day
Image Source: flickr.com
After all, February IS Library Lovers Month. Take your child to the library and you will feed their imagination! A love of reading and books starts with pictures, stories and rhymes which even the youngest child can enjoy; Take Your Child To The Library Day is a great excuse to swing by.

The library...a treasure trove for all ages. Priceless.
  
Decorating With Candy Day
Image Source: en.wikiipedia.org
On Decorating With Candy Day, people can create and enjoy their sweet creations without guilt. Why not slather a layer of your favorite chocolate candies over a batch of freshly baked and iced cupcakes? Or crush up some peppermint candies and sprinkle them over some minty cheesecake, to add a delicious, fresh taste? Or surprise your own family by creating a whole family scene of jelly babies on top of some cookies? Whatever you fancy, today is the day where you can buy a packet of those much-loved candies, and get decorating away to create a special sweet treat that will be sure to make everyone proud to celebrate Decorating with Candy Day!


Last for today...the quirky...would you believe?

Car Insurance Day
Image Source: flickr.com
It can’t compete for romance with Valentine’s Day. It can’t inspire the joy of Christmas. And it’s almost impossible to find an appropriate costume. But if you remember it, Car Insurance Day will keep you covered the whole year round.

Why not “celebrate” with a quick price comparison – or just a phone call to ask for a better deal. Then test the smoke alarm, tidy the garage and enjoy the peace of mind.

Just remember...no insurance, no car!

Whew! All of this celebration and on one day! 


Th-Th-Th-That's all Folks!

The only thing left to do is to decide which one(s) to celebrate. 
Have fun!



Check out 2014...Best Superbowl Commercials?

Super 1st!

      Looking back to plan ahead...                           Somethin' Good's Happin' 

Tomorrow will begin a new month with 1/12 of the year already gone. With the month of February comes many celebrations as already noted in looking back to plan ahead, some filled with absolute craziness but not without loads of foodie fun. Are you ready? Bring on the celebrations...

This year February 1st is super loaded! 

Super Bowl Sunday: Past, Present, Future


Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial -- "Puppy Love" (2014)
A Super Bowl is not a super bowl without the Clydesdale!

"The Super Bowl is a game. Life is for real. What I went through helped me get to where I am today. I won't forget. I can't forget. Because a man who forgets his past sometimes loses his soul and forgets where to go in the future."


 Embrace the Past...

  Few ads ever reach this level of heartfelt Americana.

Top 10 Best All-Time Commercials

 Empower the Present...

2015 Superbowl Ads

 Enrich the Future...

 50th Super Bowl in 2016 Goes to...


 Let's play football!


Don't forget the chips & watch out for the Chipper Dipper!

http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2015/01/looking-back-to-look-ahead.html

Looking back to look ahead...

          Brandy Alexander                                                              Super 1st! 

What's Happenin'? in ...


Something is happening and being celebrated on a daily basis! What's Happenin' kept you updated on funny days, weird holidays, foodie fun and celebrations during the month of February in 2014. The date of 'holidays' designated as specific days of the week change in 2015 but the celebrations themselves do not change providing choices on what to celebrate or not. Look ahead by looking back.
What will you celebrate in February, 2015? There is so much more to celebrate than just Valentine's Day. Check out what's on the calendar & plan ahead. In fact, it is not too early for a Prelude to Valentine's Day: The Day of Love



In addition to daily events, there are month-long festivities:


Berry Fresh Month
Celebration of Chocolate Month
 Great American Pies Month
National Cherry Month
National Fiber Focus Month
 National Fondue Month
 National Grapefruit Month
 National Heart Healthy Month
 National Hot Breakfast Month
 National Snack Food Month
 Potato Lover’s Month



Happy Celebrations & Bon Appétit 
 on the Foodie Days!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Brandy Alexander

The Kipfel                                             Looking back to look ahead...
National Brandy Alexander Day

Decadent delight on a cold winter's night!

When one hears the name Brandy Alexander, a person might readily come to mind with question as to who is he or she? Of course, for anyone familiar with cocktails knows it is not a person at all but still may wonder who was the eponymous chap named Alexander known worldwide as a specialty drink? Definitely not Alexander the Great for Alexander III of Macedon did not carry the first name, or any name part for that matter, of Brandy.


Classic Brandy Alexander
2 oz Cognac or other fine aged brandy
1 oz Dark crème de cacao
1 oz Cream
Garnish: Freshly grated nutmeg
Glass: Chilled Cocktail Glass

http://flourtrader.blogspot.com/2011/02/brandy-alexander-pie.html
   
WOW your friends with a Brandy Alexander Pie!

http://grammy-alimentatorecipes.blogspot.com/2009/02/brandy-alexander-pie-chocolate-petal.html


http://laurakulisekbaking.blogspot.com/2011/02/brandy-alexander-cupcakes.html
Tempt the taste buds with Brandy Alexander Cupcakes!



Cheers! Don't forget Super Bowl Sunday!


Is your mouth watering yet?

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!