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BAWK BAWK – Grilled Citrus Chicken May 29, 2010

Filed under: Entree Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 1:35 pm

I’m dreaming of a lite BBQ grill – Just like the one we had last yearrrrr….
Where the lips are smackin’ and crowds are packin’ to eat chicken off the grill!!!!

Citrus Sage Chicken

2 large oranges
2 large lemons
1/4 cup chopped fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 chickens, 3 1/2 pounds each, each cut into 8 pieces, skin removed
fresh sage leaves for garnish

Grate 1 tablespoon peel and squeeze 3 tablespoons juice from oranges. Grate 1 tablespoon peel and squeeze 3 tablespoons juice from lemons.

In large bowl, with wire whisk or fork, combine orange and lemon peels, orange and lemon juices, chopped sage, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add chicken, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours, turning pieces 3 or 4 times.

Place chicken, meat side down, on grill over medium heat. Cook chicken 20 minutes. Turn chicken and cook 10 to 15 minutes longer until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with tip of knife.

Place chicken in large serving dish; garnish with sage leaves.


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The Quiche of Death May 28, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast - grumbly tumbly in the morning,Cool party idears — celebrationgoddess @ 12:33 am

I have no idea why, but this title of a book my friend told me about today  made me laugh and laugh!!! And the other day I met someone that owns a bed and breakfast in Wauconda.  Her name is Sherry and it’s the cutest little place! I think she should start having murder mystery weekends and they can be called The Quiche of Death. Breakfast = quiche = get it???

Here is Sherry’s place:


The Quiche of Death – by MC Beaton
Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely, and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest. Despite the fact that Agatha has never baked a thing in her life, she is sure the pie she has secretly bought from an upper-crust London quicherie will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when the judge not only snubs her entry – but falls over dead!

Broccoli Quiche Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onions, garlic and broccoli. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft. Spoon vegetables into crust and sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Combine eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in melted butter. Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until center has set.

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How to make a Root Beer Float! You’ll be floating! May 27, 2010

Filed under: Drink Recipes,Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 1:30 am

Doesn’t this just make you want to the nearest drive in with ladies that roller skate? It’s hot out and so I got to thinkin’ bout a float. I could be floating in a pool drinking/eating my float!

Guess what there’s even a boozy version! Watch this video:


Fill each glass 3/4 full with root beer. Set the glass on small plates so you can catch the overflow from the fizz.

Slowly add one scoop of vanilla ice cream into each glass. Drizzle a small amount of root beer on top of the ice cream. This will turn to foam. Keep pouring until your glass is full.

Be careful because the glasses may begin to overflow as the ice cream begins to float. If this happens, keep the foam to a minimum by pouring the root beer first, stirring and waiting for the bubbles to subside before adding the ice cream. Be sure you tilt the glass to the side and slowly pour in the root beer the same way you’d treat beer anytime you pour it.

Eat slowly, starting with the cold frozen foam on top, scooping ice cream and root beer together with your spoonUse the straws to sip the remainder of creamy root beer left in the glass.

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Memorial Day is a comin! May 23, 2010

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs,Entree Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 1:39 pm



  • 1 lb lean ground sirloin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 large Vidalia onion
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese


Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Using your hands, lightly shape the ground sirloin into four 1/2-inch thick patties. Try to leave some air in the burger and avoid packing them too densely.

Season with salt and pepper.

Lightly drizzle the red pepper quarters with olive oil.

Cook the burgers on both sides over the hot grill for about 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium burgers.

At the same time, grill the peppers for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Lightly toast the buns on the grill.

Serve the burgers on toasted buns with grilled red peppers, slices of sweet white onion and crumbled blue cheese.



  • 1/2 cup cold whole mil
  • 3 1/2 ounces cheesecake flavor instant pudding
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 frozen pound cake, thawed
  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup banana sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted


In medium bowl, combine milk and pudding, mix and whisk for 1-2 minutes until smooth.

Fold in the thawed whipped topping.

Cut the thawed pound cake into 1/2-inch cubes.

In a large glass bowl, layer 1/2 of of the cake cubes, 1/2 of the fruit, and 1/2 of the pudding mixture.

Repeat layers.

Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Sprinkle with toasted almonds.

Prepare now to make your friends oooo and ahhhh – Have a great Sunday!

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Anyone interested in robbing my house? May 22, 2010

Filed under: happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 12:13 pm

Couple make burglar clean their home at gunpoint burglar

An American couple turned the tables on a burglar they caught ransacking their home by dispensing their own summary justice.

Without waiting for the law to arrive, the pair doled out their own punishment to the surprised criminal – they made him clean up the house at gunpoint!

The unlucky burglar was caught red-handed when Adrian and Tiffany McKinnon returned to their house near Montgomery, Alabama, after a week away.

To their dismay they discovered their home had been plundered.
“Tears just rolled down my face as I walked in and saw everything gone and piles of trash all over my home,” Mrs. McKinnon told her local newspaper the Montgomery Advertiser.

When her husband walked into another room to check what was missing he came face to face with the burglar, who was wearing one of Mr. McKinnon’s hats.

“My husband Adrian caught the thief red-handed in our home. And what is even crazier, the man even had my husband’s hat sitting right on his head,” Mrs. McKinnon said.

Mr. McKinnon held suspect Tajuan Bullock at gunpoint and made him sit down until he decided what to do.

“We made this man clean up all the mess he made, piles of stuff, he had thrown out of my drawers and cabinets onto the floor,” Mrs. McKinnon said.

When the police arrived the work-shy burglar had the cheek to complain to them – about having to clean up his mess at gunpoint.

“This man had the nerve to raise sand about us making him clean up the mess he made in my house,” said Mrs McKinnon.

But the police officer laughed at Bullock when he complained and told him that anybody else would have shot him dead.

Bullock was arrested on burglary and theft charges and was held in Montgomery County Detention Facility.

A police spokesman said the victims were lucky to be able to catch the suspect in the act and hold him until police arrived. It was an unusual case because usually burglars struck while the homeowner was away and were in and out fast so they could quickly sell the stolen items, the spokesman added.

Wash and wax car
Vacuum and mop
Pick up husband’s poo poo undies
Clean out cat’s litter box
Remove ashes from fireplace
Weed the garden

And can you bring some cookies when you come to rob my house? I’d love to have some cookies and milk while I watch you work.

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4 OUT OF 10 May 20, 2010

Filed under: Image that — celebrationgoddess @ 11:03 am

Ladies I just met last night and had dinner with were out of work. That’s 40%!!! They say unemployment is at 9.9%. But news results say it’s more like 24% if you count the people who have stopped looking. Seems to me most folks you meet this days have a family member out of work or is out of work.


A lot of outsourcing goes to India. A June 18 Christian Science Monitor article reported “India Winning Higher Status Jobs From U.S.” U.S. companies used to send mundane data-processing jobs there, but now more and more “U.S. firms are farming out much more sophisticated work … taking advantage of skilled accountants, market researchers, and medical technicians … who work for nickels on the dollar.”

The global corporations see the wage disparities and grab them. A table in this same CSM article cites the average salaries for Information Technology programmers (Source: CIO magazine, 11-15-02). A U.S. programmer makes slightly over $63,000 a year versus an Indian programmer who gets $5,880, a Filipino who gets $6,564, a Russian about $6,000, a Chinese about $9,000.

So middle-class, educated Americans with advanced skills are hurt both ways. Aliens come in on temporary visas, particularly H-1Bs, or the lesser-known but fast emerging L1 visa program for “intercompany transferees.”

According to a May 2003 report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, this program permits multinational companies to transfer employees from a foreign corporation to a U.S. branch, parent, subsidiary or affiliated entity for up to seven years.

I wanted to share what I see happening out there. But I also wanted to share something one of these ladies shared with me. There is a good website to find jobs out there. It’s: http://www.indeed.com.

Good luck

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A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. May 19, 2010

Filed under: Gigi's — celebrationgoddess @ 4:10 am

Thank you to all the computer geeks I met with tonight. They taught me all about shopping cart software. So someday when I grow up, I can be a fat, rich goddess.

Well 2 out of 3 ain’t bad sista!!!

Wish me luck on my quest for the perfect offerings on my website. I’m going for spices and oils.What’s your big dream when you grow up?

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Pizza is a lot like sex. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. May 18, 2010

Filed under: happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 3:14 am

Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza EACH DAY, or about 350 slices per second.

Pizza is a $30+ BILLION per year industry. There are approximately 69,000 pizzerias in the United States. Approximately 3 BILLION pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.

93% of Americans eat AT LEAST one pizza per month.

Each man, woman and child in America eats and average of 46 slices, (23 pounds), of pizza per year.

94% of the population of the U.S. eats pizza. (Source: Parade Magazine.)

Pepperoni is by far America’s favorite topping, (36% of all pizza orders). Approximately 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni are consumed on pizzas annually. Other popular pizza toppings are mushrooms, extra cheese, sausage, green pepper and onions.

Gourmet toppings are gaining ground in some areas of the country such as chicken, oysters, crayfish, dandelions, sprouts, eggplant, Cajun shrimp, artichoke hearts and tuna. More recent trends include game meats such as venison, duck and Canadian bacon.

US pizza makers have turned breakfast into a pizza-eating opportunity by adapting peanut butter & jelly, and, bacon & egg toppings to their pizzas.

62% of Americans prefer meat toppings on their pizza, while 38% prefer vegetarian toppings.

Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza.

Barbeque pizza emerged as one of the more popular pizza variations in a 1994 study by the National Restaurant Association. Nearly 33% of menus offered some form of this dish. Other popular variations were Mexican pizza, white pizza, five-cheese combos, non-cheese pies and traditional Italian pizzas such as Margherita, Florentine and new potato pizzas.


In Caracas, Venezuelans love pizza as much as anywhere in the world. Predominantly, pizzas are separated into to varieties: the “artisan” type, made in ovens with wood fires and, the “commercial” type, (Dominos, Papa Johns, etc). They have tomato based pizzas and cream based pizzas and with a lot of toppings: mozzarella, (some times bufala cheese), anchovies, olives, artichokes, pepperoni, sausage, onion, bacon, mushroom, tomato, goat cheese, and corn. The most popular toppings being pepperoni, vegetarian and anchovies.


Some of the more popular international toppings in India are pickled ginger, minced mutton and “paneer,” (a form of cottage cheese), which looks quite like tofu but is obviously a dairy product. Tandoori chicken and chicken “tikka” are also increasingly popular toppings in India.


Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato and bacon), and, eel and squid are favorites in Japan.


Brazilians favor green peas on top of their pizzas.


In Russia, they serve pizza covered with “mockba,” a combination of sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon and onions. Red herring is also a topping of choice.


In France, a popular pizza combo is called the Flambé, with bacon, onion and fresh cream.


In Pakistan, curry is a big seller.


Australians enjoy shrimp and pineapple, as well as barbeque toppings on their pies.

Costa Rica

Costa Ricans favor coconut on their pizzas.


Vegetable for pizza toppings in Iceland are grown in greenhouses because of the lava terrain there.


In the Netherlands, the “Double Dutch” is a favorite pizza recipe; double cheese, double onions and double beef.

Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, all meat toppings must be 100% beef. Pork products are not consumed in the country.

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World’s oldest chewing gum found – And it wasn’t found under a table! May 17, 2010

Filed under: happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 3:07 am


Spitting out chewing gum on the street is a widely despised habit that can land you with a fine.

But our tendency to discard the half-masticated blob appears to date back at least 5,000 years, it was revealed.

The ancient equivalent of a Wrigley’s Spearmint has been prised from the ground by a British archaeology student digging in Finland.

The lump of birch bark tar dates back to Neolithic times and comes complete with Stone Age tooth prints.

Sarah Pickin, 23, was among five British students volunteering at the Kierikki Stone Age Centre in Finland when she found the tiny, ancient blob.

‘I was delighted to find the gum and was very excited to learn more about the history,’ she said.

Neolithic people are thought to have chewed the bark tar to heal mouth infections – and also used it to glue broken pots together.

The tree tar contains phenols which have antiseptic properties, explained Prof Trevor Brown, who is Miss Pickin’s tutor at the University of Derby.

The gum is to go on display at the centre in Finland. Chew on that one…

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You’ll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime. May 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 4:08 am

I wonder if I should start counting. My life is most likely at least half way over. So I should be able to about 17,500 more!!!

Caramel Filled Cookies Recipe

2 1/2 cups Flour
3/4 cup Cocoa
1 tsp Baking soda
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Brown sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup Pecans, finely chopped
48 Rolo candies
1 tbsp Sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Mix well. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat the sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture; blend well. Stir in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.

For each cookie, with floured hands, shape about 1 Tbsp of dough around a Rolo, covering completely. In small bowl, combine rest of pecans and 1 Tbsp sugar. Press one side of each ball in pecan/sugar mixture. Place nut side up on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.

Bake 7 – 10 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire racks.

Note: 1 pkg of Rolo candies has 48 in it. I buy 2 packages to allow for some being eaten during the baking process and because I can manage to get more than 4 dozen cookies out of the dough.

Chocolate is tasty
Chocolate is yummy
Chocolate is better
when inside my tummy

Chocolate is bitter
Chocolate is sweet
Chocolate smells better
than my husband’s feet

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