How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

June 23, 2014 in Desserts, Recipes

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You could buy a box of candy or make delicious cakes or cookies – but there really is no treat that will equal to fresh, locally grown strawberries that are coated in real chocolate!

And – you can make these ahead of time or have them ready on a short time notice – just a perfect treat!

Directions:

  1. Coarsely chop about 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
  2. Wash and dry 1 lb. of fresh strawberries (that’s about 20 of them and if you use locally grown strawberries, you will definitely notice the difference)
  3. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  4. Dip the strawberries – holding each strawberry by the stem end, dip in the melted chocolate, letting the excess chocolate drip of. Repeat with the remaining berries.
  5. Transfer dipped strawberries onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  6. As you set each berry down, slide it about 1/2 inch to the side to prevent the formation of a “chocolate foot”.
  7. Refrigerate the strawberries until the chocolate is firm – at least 30 minutes.
  8. The dipped strawberries will keep up to 3 days, covered, in the refrigerator.
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Fun Easter Games for Kids

March 31, 2014 in Featured Articles

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easter eggs (284x177) (284x177)It is definitely a good idea to have few games ready for your Easter gathering – especially if there are children present. You can easily have these games organized ahead of time – when I do it, I have little plastic baskets filled with materials for each game ready to go on a moment’s notice. If you decide to do that, you will find out that it is very easy to call the kids together and occupy them for quite a while. And don’t be surprised if adults get involved as well – after all – being competitive is just human nature, even if it involves cupcakes and Easter Eggs!

 

Easter Cupcake Walk

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Materials:

  • Cupcake for each child
  • Numbers taped to the floor
  • Easter basket to hold number call cards
  • Music

 How To Play:

When the music starts the children begin to walk around the room stepping on each of the numbers as they go. When the music stops the children should step on the number closest to them. A number is pulled from the Easter basket and the child standing on that number gets to choose a cupcake and return to their desk. That number is then removed from the floor and the bag. Continue until every child has a cupcake.

Egg Toss

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Materials:

  • Large cardboard with Easter basket drawn on one side and a good size hole cut-out in center of basket, or a few small holes for older kids.
  • Colourful egg-shaped bean bags (Easter eggs)
  • Bucket to hold bean bags
  • Tape to mark distance line

How To Play:

Place cardboard basket a little distance from a wall with a paper box lid on floor to catch Easter egg bean bags. Mark your distance line according to age and skill of children. Line children up behind the line and place a bucket of Easter egg bean bags beside them. Give each child three tries to get their bean bag through the hole. Get all three Easter egg bean bags in and earn a ‘egg-licious’ reward.

Easter Egg Roll

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Materials:

  • 1 hard-boiled Easter egg for each team (maybe a few extras)
  • 1 spoon for each team

 How To Play:

Divide children into teams. The goal is for the first person to roll the egg with the spoon to the end of the course and back. The person hands the spoon to the next person in line and the relay continues until a team finishes.

 

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How To Make a Special Valentines Day Card

January 23, 2014 in Crafts

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It always means more when you – or you along with your child – take the time to let your creativity kick in a make a special card for that someone special. And Valentines Day is as good as any other time to do that. Here are some creative ideas that will help you do that:

Thumbprint Valentines Card

You can make this card with even the youngest child – just help them to dip their thumbs into poster paints and show them how to put them onto the card (you may want to do a little practice  session or two)

What You Need:

  • Sheet of pink construction paper
  • Red and pink poster paint
  • Shiny pipe cleaner
  • Markers

How to Make it:

  1. Fold the sheet of construction paper in half and crease to create your card – trim to desired size
  2. Dip thumb in red paint and press onto card at slight angle. Lift and repeat to create the desired design – check out the picture for guidance, but feel free to get creative!
  3. Use the pipe cleaner to create a heart for centre of the card and markers to write your – or your child’s message. You can get even more creative here – use the marker to add arms and legs to the heart and even add a smiling face!
  4. Then just write a message into the centre of the card and you are done!
  5. Instead of construction paper, you can use white or coloured stock for this card

 

Hope all this information will help you have a very special Valentines Day – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is welcomed and much appreciated

 

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The ABCs of NFL

January 20, 2014 in Featured Articles

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I thought about this topic for a while and decided to venture into that typically male territory and give it a shot. Why you ask? Well – you see – I don’t really have a problem with the football season. I actually enjoy watching a good football game. And I do have an explanation for it for those of you who think I am just saying it. I have two sons – now actually a grown adult men. As they were growing up, I decided to join them in the NFL football passion and it became quite entertaining. We each had a favourite team. Mine were the San Francisco 49ers – and the incomparable Joe Montana. Dusan’s were the Denver Broncos and to this day, Dan is a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints. And we did have some fun Sunday afternoon and Monday nights – especially if any of those 2 teams were pitted against each other!

All that to say that it is possible to enjoy the game and refuse to be the football widow as they call it. The key is figuring the stuff out and actually understanding a bit what those guys on the TV screen are after.

So I decided to give my best shot to lending a  helping hand and provide anyone interested with the basic football info – the terms that will more than likely make the whole thing clearer.

But first – let me give you a little overview:

  • The purpose of the game is to move the ball forward, heading towards and ultimately into, the opposition’s end zone.
  • This is achieved be either running with the ball until tackled or throwing the ball in the right direction and hopefully to a team-mate.
  • While they are doing this, they are moving the ball forward in chunks of at least 10 yards. (The white lines on the field are marked in 10 yard sections)
  • The guys that have the ball and are doing this are the offence and the number of times it takes them to get through the 10 yard chunks are called downs.
  • They have 4 of these downs to get at least 10 yards.
  • If they do that – they get to keep the ball, if they don’t do it within the 4 allowed times, they loose the ball.
  • Then the other team gets it and the process starts all over again until one of them gets it either into the end zone – and that is a touchdown or decides to call their kicker and he kicks the ball into that funny looking U-shaped goal in the end zone. And that is called a field goal. Different scoring points for each :

How they score:

Touchdown – 6 points

A touchdown is scored when a offensive team player crosses the goal line with the ball, or catches or collects the ball in the end zone.

Field Goal – 3 points

The field goal is usually attempted on fourth down if the kicker is close enough to the end zone to kick the ball through the posts (they also call them uprights)

Extra Point – 1 or 2

A point is earned by kicking the ball through the uprights after a touchdown. Two points are scored by taking the ball into the end zone again.

Safety (2 points)

These points are awarded to the defensive team when a member of the offensive team is tackled with the ball in his own end zone.

So now that you know a little about the game, here are the most common used NFL terms:

The ABC’s of NFL:

a

Audible: Verbal commands shouted by the quarterback to his teammates at the line of scrimmage to change play on short notice.

b

Backfield: the area behind the line of scrimmage.

Backs: the running backs; the halfback and the fullback.

Ball carrier: any player who has possession of the ball.

Blocking: the act of preventing a defensive player from getting to the ball carrier; blockers use their arms and bodies but may not hold an opponent.

Bomb: a long pass thrown to a receiver sprinting down the field.

Bump-and-run: a technique used by pass defenders, where they hit a receiver once within 5 yards (1 yard in college) of the line of scrimmage to slow him down, and then follow him to prevent him from catching a pass.

c

Call a play: instruct players to execute a pre-planned play.

Cut back: a sudden change in direction taken by a to make it more difficult for defenders to follow and tackle him.

d

Down: one of 4 chances a team on offense has to gain 10 yards; also, the state of a player who has just been tackled; also, a ball that a player touches to the ground in the end zone to get a touchback.

Draft choice: a player chosen by a professional sports team from a pool of college players in an annual draft.

Drive: the series of plays a team puts together in an attempt to score.

Drop back: when a quarterback, after taking the snap, takes a few steps backward into an area called the pocket to get ready to pass.

e

Encroachment: if a player (besides the center) is in the neutral zone and contact occurs prior to the snap; a foul punishable by a 5-yard penalty.

End line: the boundary line that runs the width of the field along each end.

End zone: the area between the end line and goal line bounded by the sidelines, which a team on offense tries to enter to score a touchdown.

Extra point(s): additional point(s) scored by a team after it has scored a touchdown, either by a point-after-touchdown (1 point) or a 2-point conversion (2 points).

f

Fair catch: when a kick returner decides only to catch a punt or kickoff and not advance it, protecting himself from being hit by an opponent; he signals for a fair catch by raising one hand in the air and waving it.

Field goal: a place kick that passes above the crossbar and between the uprights of the goalpost, earning the team that kicked it 3 points.

Field position: the location of a team on the field relative to the two goal lines; good field position for a team is near its opponent’s goal line, while bad field position is close to its own goal line.

First down: the first chance out of 4 that a team on offense has to advance 10 yards down the field; as soon as it gains those yards, it earns a new first down.

Forward pass: a pass thrown by a team closer to the opponent’s goal line; a team is allowed to throw only one forward pass per play, and it must be thrown from behind the team’s line of scrimmage.

Forward progress: the location to which a ball carrier has advanced the ball, even if he was pushed backwards after getting there.

Free kick: a type of kick taken to start or restart play after a team has scored, with no defenders nearer than 10 yards away; includes a kickoff and a kick after a safety.

Fumble: when a ball carrier loses possession by dropping the ball or having it knocked away before a play ends; the first player to regain possession of the loose ball is said to make the recovery, and his team becomes the offense.

g

Goal line: a line drawn across the width of the field, 10 yards inside each end line, which a team must cross with the ball to score a touchdown.

Goalpost: a tall metallic structure that stands at the back of each end zone; consists of a crossbar and two uprights that extend upward from it, supported directly above the end line by a base; teams try to kick the ball above the crossbar and between the uprights to score a field goal or extra point.

h

Heisman Trophy: an award presented annually by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York to the best college football player in the country.

Holding: a foul where a player impedes the movement of an opponent by grasping or hooking any part of his body or uniform; punishable by a penalty – 10 yards if against the offense, 5 yards (10 yards in college) plus a first down if against the defense.

Home field advantage: the benefit a team gets by playing games in the area where it is based, due to fan support, familiarity with its surroundings and the lack of required travel.

i

Incomplete pass: a forward pass that touches the ground before being caught.

Intentional grounding: a foul called against a quarterback who purposely throws an incomplete forward pass solely to avoid a sack; cannot be called if the pass lands at or beyond the line of scrimmage.

Interception: a pass caught in the air (picked off) by a defender whose team immediately gains possession of the ball and becomes the offense.

k

Kickoff: when a player kicks a ball from a tee at his own 30-yard line (35 in college) to the opposing team, whose player tries to advance it the other way; used to start the game, the second half and overtime, and to restart play after each score.

l

Lateral: a pass thrown to a teammate backwards from the team’s line of scrimmage or parallel to it; unlike a forward pass (which can be thrown only once per play), players may lateral the ball as often as they want.

Line of scrimmage: an imaginary line which no player may cross before the snap; each team has its own line of scrimmage, separated by the neutral zone.

Loose ball: a ball that is not in possession of either team, such as after a fumble or a kickoff; it can be recovered by either team.

m

Man-in-motion: a single player on the offense who is permitted to move prior to the snap; he may only run parallel to the line of scrimmage or away from it.

Midfield: the 50-yard line, which divides the length of the field in half.

n

Neutral zone: the region that contains the ball as it sits on the ground before each play; the area between the two lines of scrimmage.

NFL (National Football League): the major professional football league in the U.S. with 32 teams; its headquarters are in New York.

NFL Championship: the game held from 1933 through 1965 to decide the champion of professional football; renamed the Super Bowl in 1966.

Nickel defense: when a defense brings in a 5th defensive back to replace a linebacker on the field, increasing its pass coverage.

o

Offside: when any part of a player’s body is beyond his line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped; a foul punishable by a 5-yard penalty.

p

Pass defender: a defensive player who covers an opposing receiver.

Pass protection: blocking by offensive players to keep defenders away from the quarterback on passing plays.

Pass rush: a surge by defenders to get past blockers and sack the quarterback.

Personal foul: a foul that might cause injury; punishable by a 15-yard penalty.

Picked off: intercepted.

Play: a spurt of action that begins with a snap and ends with a dead ball.

Play clock: a clock displayed above each end zone that limits the time teams may take between plays to 40 seconds (30 in college); the ball must be snapped before the clock runs down to 0.

Play-action pass: a passing play after the quarterback has faked a hand-off.

Playoffs: the post-season tournament that determines the NFL champion.

Possession: to be holding or in control of the football.

Punt: when a player 10 yards behind the center catches a snap, drops it and kicks it before it hits the ground; an opponent tries to catch and advance it the other way.

q

Quarterback: the leader of a team’s offense, he takes the snap from the center and either hands the ball to a running back to run with, passes it to a receiver or runs with it himself; he also communicates each play to his teammates.

r

Reading the defense:
recognition by the quarterback of the defensive formation; he may then call an audible to adjust the offense.

Receiver: an offensive player who catches or attempts to catch a forward pass.

Red zone: the imaginary area between the defense’s 20-yard line and its goal line from which the offense is most likely to score points.

Return: an attempt by a player who has just caught an interception, punt, or kickoff to advance the ball the other way.

Rush: a running play; also, a pass rush.

s

Sack: a tackle of the quarterback behind his line of scrimmage.

Safety: when a ball carrier is tackled in his own end zone after bringing the ball there under his own power; the defense earns 2 points and receives a free kick from the offense’s own 20-yard line.

Scrambling: evasive movements by a quarterback to avoid being sacked.

Snap: when the center while facing forward quickly hands the ball between his legs to a player standing behind him (usually the quarterback) to start each play.

Special teams: the group of players who participate in kicking plays.

Spike: when a player throws the ball at the ground to celebrate a touchdown.

Super Bowl: the championship game of the NFL, played between the champions of the AFC and NFC at a neutral site each January; it is the culmination of the NFL playoffs.

t

Tackle: a player position on both the offensive and defensive lines; there is usually a left and right offensive tackle, and a left and right defensive tackle; See also tackling.

Tackling: contacting a ball carrier to cause him to touch the ground with any part of his body except his hands, thereby ending the play.

Touchback: when a player who gains possession of a ball in his own end zone kneels to the ground and automatically starts the next play at his own 20-yard line; also awarded if his opponent kicks the ball across the end line.

Touchdown (TD): when a team crosses the opponent’s goal line with the ball, catches a pass in the opponent’s end zone, or recovers a loose ball in the opponent’s end zone; earns a team 6 points.

Turnover: the involuntary loss of possession of the ball during a play, either by a fumble or by throwing an interception.

2-point conversion: when a team that just scored a touchdown starts a play at the opponent’s 2-yard line (3-yard line in college) and crosses the goal line to earn 2 points; when successful, it looks just like a touchdown; introduced to the NFL in 1994.

I do hope you enjoyed reading this and that it was helpful to you – I will most welcome your comments, additional input and suggestions!

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How to Choose Your Valentine Rose

January 13, 2014 in Featured Articles

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red  rosesI have to say it – it really is only roses that you should consider giving to your special person for Valentines Day. In my mind – no other flowers will do. They are the traditional gift given for Valentines Day, even though it is true that they will be well received any day of the year.  But before you go ahead and buy roses, you might want to know what message you are sending, because – yes – there is a message in the colour of roses you will choose.

The colour of rose can have a very different meaning from what you have intended so to make sure your loved one understands what her roses mean, here is a guide for you:

RED ROSE: this one is simple – red roses say “I Love You” and they are the ultimate symbol of love and passion

 

YELLOW ROSE: These indicate friendship and freedom – so you do not want to send them if you have romantic intentions

 

PALE PINK ROSE: THis one says : grace, gentleness and gratitude

 

LIGHT PINK ROSE: A joy to behold, light roses express fun and happiness

 

DEEP PINK ROSE: These simply say “Thank You” and remember that this colour of roses has also become closely associated with breast cancer

 

LILAC ROSE: This colour clearly sates that the sender has fallen in love at first sight and is enchanted

 

WHITE ROSE: Pure white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also send a message of: “I Miss You” and “You Are Heavenly”

 

PEACH ROSE: These speak of appreciation and gratitude

 

CORAL ROSE: This colour expresses on thing that matches the passionate colour – desire

 

ORANGE ROSE: This colur communicates enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender

 

WHITE AND YELLOW

 

RED AND YELLOW ROSES: You will be sending a message of happiness and celebration if you choose this combination

 

RED AND WHITE ROSES: When you give this combination of roses, you will be sending the message of bonding and harmony

 

SINGLE RED ROSE: You will like this one: “I love you but I am not going to go broke telling you!”

 

I hope you have enjoyed this information and that it will help you in choosing the roses you will give to your loved one this Valentines Day! Please send in your comments – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

 

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

January 2, 2014 in Desserts, Recipes

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GLuten free oatmeal chocolate chip cookiesYou can make these with white or milk chocolate or dried apricots or currants – they will make great substitutes for the dark chocolate. Make sure you use just a level tablespoon of dough for each cookie, that will guarantee you the not-to-thin chewy texture that will make everyone wanting seconds!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of gluten-free baking flour
  • 1/2 cup of gluten-free quick-cooking (not instant) rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips of coarsely chopped dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. In large bowl., beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. Whisk together all purpose flour, oats, sweet rice flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Stir into flour mixture.
  5. Stir in chocolate.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  7. Roll by 1 tablespoon into balls, arrange 2 inches apart on 2 parchment paper lined rimless baking sheets.
  8. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 350F oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until golden – 10-12 minutes.
  9. Let cool on pans on racks for couple of minutes.
  10. Transfer to rack and let cool completely.

 

Hope you will enjoy these delicious gluten-free cookies! Please send me your comments and suggestions, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

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Homemade French Onion Soup Recipe

December 30, 2013 in Recipes, Soups

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french onion soup main 001You don’t have to be French to be able to create this bistro classic. There is a simple secret to the robust flavored broth – you need to caramelize the onions. Here is the list of ingredients and the ” How To” for a great French Onion Soup:

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium white or red onion or 6 small white onions
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • 1/2 cup of dry white or red wine
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 6 springs of thyme or 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small baguette
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, at room temperature
  • 1-2 cups of grated Gruyère or Emmenthal cheese

Directions:

1. Peel Onions

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Then cut each in half lengthwise, slicing through the root end. Place onions cut-side down on a chopping board, then thinly slice into half-moon pieces. Sliced onions should measure about 5 cups.

2. Heat Butter

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and oil in a large wide saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and sprinkle them with sugar. Cook, uncovered and stirring often, until very soft and caramelized – about 15 minutes. Reduce heat if they brown too quickly.

3. Add Broth

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wine , Dijon mustard and seasonings. Scrape up brown bits from pan. If using a carton of broth, add 1/2 cup of water. For canned, add 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high then cover and simmer over medium low for 30 minutes to develop flavor. Discard bay leaf and thyme springs.

4. Place Oven Rack

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in top half of the oven. Cut bread into 8 slices, each about 1/2 inch thick. Butter both sides of each and toast on a baking sheet until slightly golden – about 2 minutes per side.

5. Place Oven-Safe Soup Bowls

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on a baking sheet. Ladle in soup. Top each bowl with 2 slices of toasts. Sprinkle with cheese. Place sheet in oven and broil until cheese is slightly bubbly – 2 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

If making ahead, soup (without toasts) will keep well in the fridge for 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months and flavor will improve as it sits.

Hope you will enjoy this awesome soup treat – please send me your comments and experiences, your input is always welcomed and much appreciated!

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Auld Lang Syne Lyrics

December 30, 2013 in Featured Articles

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Are you one of those people who love to sing the traditional Auld Lang Syne to welcome in the New Year , but get sort of stuck after the first few lines? I am – I must admit that. So for all of us – here is a bit about the song, the original Scottish version and much needed English translation.

The “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish poem by Robert Burns. He wrote it in 1788 and it was set to to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is very well known in English-speaking countries and it is best known for welcoming in the new year at the stroke of midnight.

And what does “Auld Lng Syne” mean? Translated into English, it literally means “old long since”, translated loosely – “long long ago” – “days gone by” – or “old times”. If you add the first words of lyrics, it can be translated “ for the sake of old times” – either sentiment is nice and friendly. Enjoy!

Burn’s Original Scot version:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind ?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and auld lang syne* ?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my jo,

for auld lang syne,

we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !

and surely I’ll be mine !

And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae run about the braes,

and pu’d the gowans fine ;

But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,

sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,

frae morning sun till dine ;

But seas between us braid hae roar’d

sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !

and gie’s a hand o’ thine !

And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,

for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

English translation:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind ?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

and old lang syne ?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne,

we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !

and surely I’ll buy mine !

And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,

and picked the daisies fine ;

But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,

since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,

from morning sun till dine† ;

But seas between us broad have roared

since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !

And give us a hand o’ thine !

And we’ll take a right good-will draught,

for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

Hope you will enjoy this information and have a wonderful time welcoming in the New Year. I wish all of you, your families and friends only the best in 2011 and Thank you for visiting with me!

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All About New Year’s Resolutions

December 27, 2013 in Featured Articles

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I don’t really understand why people do it, but for a lack of better words, I will tack it to tradition. Yes – New Year’s resolutions are definitely a tradition – and maybe it just makes us feel better that we are actually doing something about things we would like to change.

I am reading and hearing a lot about Top 10 New Year’s resolutions and I do have to wonder just how many people actually make – and keep! Hope not 10! Then I thought – let’s take a look and first see what the most popular New Year’s resolutions are and give it a thought to see just how many a person really should make.

I know you are probably wondering if I made some resolutions for 2010 – but I have to admit that I didn’t. As traditional as it is, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I will tell you the reason – but I think that after you finish reading this, you will probably know anyway.

First – let’s take a look at the 10 Most Popular New Year’s resolutions – and I am adding my comments to each one:

1. Spend More Time with Family and Friends

Kind of too bad that this needs to be a New Year’s resolution – you should always spend all the time you can – especially with your family. Personally, I don’t need this one and let me give you a tip: Keep imagining  that you wouldn’t have your family, that they would be gone forever and think what it would feel like and what you would be missing if you couldn’t spend time with them. But – In a way I understand that some people need to make a conscious effort to allocate their time to being with their family and friends – I hope it works for them and I hope it will change into something they don’t have to make a resolution for.

2. Get into Better Physical Shape

Again – nice resolution and it is known fact that you need to be truly motivated and in the right emotional state to really mean it. I didn’t need to make this resolution either – I am motivated and have been for a while now. As you get older, it really, really becomes harder to lose weight and get into better shape and you have to understand that you have a long trek ahead of you. A really long trek – let’s just call it a permanent trek, because it has to be. Once you get this through your head – making it a resolution is useless. My motivation? I am facing a major surgery and my desire to get into better shape comes from understanding that I will heel faster and get back into normal life a whole lot faster if I lose weight and get more fit.

3. Lose Weight

Apparently the most popular New Year’s resolution.  And a good one without an argument! But also one with a comment: It should really read – change the way you eat, drink and live to make healthy eating a permanent way of your life. I don’t have to tell you that going on no-eating, depriving yourself, etc. trips is no way to do it. Personally – I have “discovered” the one that works for me – I have joined Jenny Craig program last year and it really helped me! I have gone off the program couple of time – but guess what? In the process of being on the program, I have learned to control my portions and automatically stay off foods that are definitely no good for me. So the program changed the way I look at food and all I can say is: Thank You Jenny!

4. Quit Smoking

Another pressure filled one! There is a person on the face of this Earth that doesn’t know that smoking is no good for you. But – so are a tons of other things and I say: Try to quit but do it if you want to! Adding this resolution to your list for the New Year is just one more pressure and stress point that you probably don’t need. So think about it and do it WHEN YOU ARE READY!

5. Enjoy Life More

This one has me totally flabbergasted! Can you imagine wanting to enjoy life less? Do we really need to put this one on the list? The way I see it is that it cannot possibly be defined in a more nondescript way. If that mean that you would be walking with a permanent smile on our lips looking happy than I ask “WHY?”Of course you and all of us need to enjoy life more and that means pretty much taking all the New year’s resolutions listed here and living them every day as a matter of standard! So take a quick look back, write down things that made you unhappy and then – don’t do them! (yes I know I am pretty much quoting Dr.Phil again – but it is worth it: If it doesn’t work for you – stop doing it!)

6. Quit Drinking

Definitely, definitely, definitely a good move! If you have a situation in your past where you have – and not just once – been in a state that you don’t recall what you said or did, please think carefully about how excessive drinking can ruin your life. And get some help – don’t do it because it is a new year’s resolution – do it because it will save you!

7. Get Out of Debt

Oh yes – and that will work if you have a job, if you make enough to cover more than your necessary monthly expences, if you are healthy, etc. etc. Definitely a good possible New Year’s resolution – depending on your situation. If you are stretched beyond limits already, perhaps it should read: Don’t get deeper into debt or Do your best to manage debts – with the focus of seeing the light at the end of that financial dark tunnel. Baby steps here are recommended so it doesn’t get worse!

8. Learn Something New

Personally, I really don’t need this one – but maybe you do. Understand one thing – learning something new and then using it is one of the best ever experiences you may have. I greatly admire those 80-90 year old who graduate from universities! And it is for just because they want to keep learning, keep living. Amazing! I think if you make this a New Year’s resolution and then go and learn something new and say: OK, now I have kept my resolution – you are way off the track! Know what I mean?

9. Help Others

Please don’t sit there thinking only about what charity you should contribute to or what group you should join! This thing again should be a way of life! Help you neighbour clear snow of  their driveway, help an senior lady unload her grocery cart into her car, volunteer in your local hospital…..start with small things and understand just good you feel each and every time you help someone. And please – make this a way of life for you – if you at all can, spread the message of helping each other around – that is the right thing to do!

10. Get Organized

If you are not organized then get to it! But understand that you first need to determine what is “organized” for you. What it means. Some people feel organized with piles and piles of files on their desks (I had a lawyer like that once and I was amazed just quickly he could locate information from them!) Others have a spotless desk as a norm – it really is up to your standards so work on those first. Same with your house – some people have surroundings fit to be photographed and featured in a magazine – personally, I like the “Live In”feeling – clean mess I call it. I kind of like things at my fingertips – if you know what I mean. Definitely a choice of preference on this one.

OK – so these are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions with my comments. Do you know why I don’t make my own? I am at the age where I really focus on loving every day. I do have bad days – some with physical, some with emotional pain – just like everyone else. But focusing on the good things and feeding off those work well for sure.

One advice for the New Year:

Enjoy Life with all its ups and downs and if you don’t already know it -

Make it Your Everyday Resolution!

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Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

December 3, 2013 in Recipes

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Chicken quesadilas

 

Looking for something easy and delicious for dinner? I found this recipe and I am going to make these Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas tonight. Try it and let me know how you liked it!

Ingredients:

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 cup of salsa
  • 1/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream

Quesadillas:

  • 2-1/2 cups of Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups of shredded leftover chicken\2/3 cups of salsa
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Combine salsa, cheese and sour cream for dipping sauce.
  • Combine cheese, chicken and salsa for filling.
  • Divide filling over half of each tortilla.

Hope you have enjoyed this recipe – please send me your comments, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

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