Category Archives: Holidays

New Year’s Day Traditions

Every New Year’s Day, we eat a meal of black-eyed peas, leafy greens (usually spinach) and ham.   We eat black-eyed peas for humility.  We eat leafy greens for prosperity.  And we eat ham for progress.

This year we ate all of those and also a pineapple cake.  To some this is common practice, but to many others it is foreign.

Epicurious.com: Cakes and other baked goods are commonly served from Christmas to New Year's around the world, with a special emphasis placed on round or ring-shaped items.

Well … we didn’t make it up.  Epicurious.com did a great job explaining the reason behind it all. Check it out here.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2011!  I’m thinking we’re in for a good one!!

 

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Free Slurpee Day on 7-11

July 11, 2010 is 7-Eleven Day.  And to celebrate, 7-Eleven is offering FREE 7.11 oz slurpees at every store across the nation between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Hopefully the sun will be shining, giving us even more reason to celebrate 7-Eleven day with the cool and refreshing beverage.

Thanks, 7-Eleven and happy birthday to you!

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Drama at Nathan’s

He’s in the dog house!

Former Nathan's Hot Dog Champ Takeru Kobayash

Cops carted away six-time Nathan’s champ Takeru Kobayashi after the legendary competitive eater — banned from the Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest today — tried to rush the stage.

Two beefy men, wearing polo shirts with NYPD logos, stopped Kobayashi as he attempted to hop a barricade and reach Joey Chestnut after the San Jose, Calif., eating machine won his fourth consecutive Nathan’s title.

Full story: Kobayashi arrested as Chestnut nabs 4th hot dog crown – NYPOST.com.

Source: New York Post

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Happy Fourth of July

Thank you to all who have served and who currently serve our country.

Happy Fourth of July.

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July 4 Jell-o

Who doesn’t love the traditional July 4 cake made with white frosting, blueberries and strawberries?  It is patriotic and delicious. 

If you’re looking to mix it up a bit, I have a fantastic dessert just for you.  It is good for kids and adults alike. Layered July 4 Jell-o. 

It must be made in clear – glass or plastic – serving dish.  Think trifle bowl, footed dessert dish or even condiment cups for outdoor events.

Fair warning, this dessert cannot be done in a quick amount of time.  Today is July 2.  If you want to have it ready for July 4, start now.

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Red jell-o (any flavor)
  • Blue jell-o (any flavor)
  • Clear jell-o (I had to use Knox gelatin brand because I couldn’t find clear Jell-o brand)
  • Optional: substitute part of the water with clear alcohol for adults only

Directions:

Start with blue jell-o.  Make according to directions on box.  Pour layer in bottom of serving dish.  Be sure it covers at least 1/3 of the serving dish.  Put in the fridge immediately. Refrigerate overnight preferably, or at least until jell-o is completely set.

Next make the clear jell-o per package instructions.  Before pouring on top of blue layer, add ice until the mixture is at least room temperature.  Once it has cooled, then pour equal layer over blue and put in fridge immediately.  Leave in fridge until it has gelled. 

The clear layer is hard to see on top of the blue layer.  But don’t worry, it will show up once you put the red on top. 

Make red jell-o per package instructions.  Add ice to mixture.  Once it has cooled, pour on top of the blue and clear layer.  Place in fridge immediately. 

Do not serve until the red layer has completely set.  Top with whipped cream and serve.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Four Types of Potluckers

My friends Kim and Tati, who deem themselves serious potluckers like me, sent this article.  It is hilarious and so true.  Enjoy!

PotluckHow to Throw a Successful and Unique Office Potluck
Add a few twists to the standard office potluck lunch or dinner and see the participation grow!

For anyone who has been tasked with having to organize a company potluck, you know that good participation is key. The more organization and planning you do upfront, the better turnout you’ll have. In my company, we have found throughout the years that we have potluck participants from four categories:

  1. The “Chef”
  2. The “Sure I’ll Sign Up”
  3. The “Potluck?! Today!?!”
  4. The “Potluck? Where?”

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Source: Associated Content from Yahoo!

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Hacksaw: On Memorial Day weekend, remembering those who served

Happy Memorial Day and a big thanks to those who have served our country.   This is a nice article about remembering those heroes today.

Hacksaw: On Memorial Day weekend, remembering those who served.

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