Category Archives: Holiday

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), younger brother of John Wesley. Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing was composed specifically as a “hymn for Christmas day” and appeared in 1739 in a book called… Continue Reading

Guy Fawkes Day: A History of the person & event

Guy Fawkes Day: A History of the person & event

November 5th is “Bonfire Night” in the UK, the day when Britons everywhere set fire to massive piles of flammables, light fireworks, and host parades. Straw dummies representing Fawkes, as well as those of contemporary political figures, are tossed into the bonfire. Why, you may ask? Well, here is a bit of history– The beginnings ~ Guy… Continue Reading

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016!

  American Independence Facts In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve their differences with England, the colonies sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Finally, in June, admitting that their efforts were hopeless, a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the… Continue Reading

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

The final and full text of the Declaration of Independence was adopted in Congress on July 4, 1776. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the intention of the Declaration was not to say something new, but– to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command… Continue Reading

Celebrate Independence Day with Savory Delights

Celebrate Independence Day with Savory Delights

Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad Ingredients: 16 oz rotini pasta Red and blue food coloring 16 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed 6 oz pepperoni slices, quartered 7.5 oz marinated artichoke hearts, chopped 3.5 oz sliced olives 15.5 oz garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained 1 medium red onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced Cheese & Garlic… Continue Reading

Celebrate Independence Day with Sweet Delights

Celebrate Independence Day with Sweet Delights

Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles Ingredients Fresh Berries (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, etc.) Coconut Water (best with pure coconut water such as Amy and Brian’s Coconut Juice) Instructions Drop berries into popsicle molds (smaller pieces will go to the bottom, others will have to be gently nudged into the mold using a butter knife… Continue Reading

Easter Week ~ Maundy Thursday

Easter Week ~ Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday, also referred to as Holy Thursday or Covenant Thursday or Great Thursday. The term “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum which means “command” and refers to the command Jesus issued on the last Thursday of His life, which was to “love one another as I have loved you.” Royal Maundy is an… Continue Reading

The Incredible, Edible Peeps!

The Incredible, Edible Peeps!

Peeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the United States and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent ad campaigns tout the candy as “Peeps – Always in Season”. They are made from marshmallow,… Continue Reading

Traditional Easter Food

Traditional Easter Food

Today is Shrove Tuesday — also known as “Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday” — the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Traditionally viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become a day of celebration and feasting before the period of fasting required during the Lenten season. The name Shrove is derived from the old… Continue Reading

Wishing a Very Merry Christmas!

Wishing a Very Merry Christmas!

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   “The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious… Continue Reading

Christmas with the Muppets

Christmas with the Muppets

I love Christmas and I love The Muppets!   The late, great John Denver on the original The Muppets show. A terrific rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. The Muppets spread Holiday cheer with their rendition of “Joy To The World.” The Muppets sing Jingle Bell Rock from Muppet Family Christmas. The Muppets “It’s… Continue Reading

Caroling to Santa Claus

Caroling to Santa Claus

Here Comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer are pulling on the reins. Bells are ringing, children singing; All is merry and bright. Hang your stockings and say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Here comes Santa Claus!… Continue Reading

The Centerpiece: Christmas Plum Pudding

The Centerpiece: Christmas Plum Pudding

In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered — flushed, but smiling proudly — with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top. – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol All of us, I presume, are familiar with the image… Continue Reading