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Love my strawberry February 28, 2011

Filed under: Appetizer Recipes - Sometime it can be the whole yummy meal,Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 6:28 am

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

I’m thinking of a warm summer June day, picking a basket of strawberries and making a delicious drink then a sweet and sour appetizer. Can’t wait 4 months? That’s why they make grocery stores silly…

Cucumber and Strawberry Mojito


1 1/2 oz. gin
3 slice(s) cucumber
2 strawberries
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice
1 splash(es) soda


Muddle strawberries and cucumber together. Add other ingredients (except soda) and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Top with a splash of soda. Garnish with a half a strawberry and a cucumber slice.

Strawberry-Balsamic Appetizer


12 Triscuit Cracked Pepper & Olive Oil crackers
12 tsp. softened cream cheese
6 ripe, sweet strawberries, halved
Balsamic vinegar


Put a dollop of cream cheese on the cracker, place a delicious strawberry on top, and then drizzle it with vinegar.
(Note: If you can’t find the triscuits, you can mix a little olive oil and lots of cracked black pepper into the cream cheese and use a neutral flavored cracker.)

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Infini-tea! February 27, 2011

Filed under: happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 12:00 am

SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

Spot of tea anyone? I’m looking forward to meeting my friend Lisa there for some lunch. Think I’ll wear a hat and white gloves. Give her a little surprise!

Infini-tea is located in downtown Antioch which has a quaint, hometown atmosphere featuring antique shops, craft shops, homemade candies and various other establishments to visit and peruse. Today’s pace is just too hectic, so leave it out there and come in and enjoy some relaxing moments in the company of others or just a little peace and quiet for yourself.

Lorrie, Leah and Kenelm are the proprietors, with Kenelm as the master scone maker. Having experienced the fast paced corporate world, they know how important it is to have a haven to come to. They insist on giving excellent service and high quality food. They are high maintenance people and no detail is too small to make a visit with them a pleasant experience. The staff is well versed in teas and coffees and are willing to assist in your selections.

Various promotional nights are featured, such as a tea-tasting night, jazz, folk and other musical entertainment.


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Mmmmm an Irish Buffet February 26, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:14 am

SO MUCH FUN SATURDAY – (the greatest day of the week!)

Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove: Cathy Richardson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. An Irish buffet will be available during the show. $30 dinner and show in advance. Show only: $10 in advance; $15 at the door.


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Buttery Soft Pretzels February 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 5:58 am

FOODIE FRIDAY – (enjoy a new recipe to try this weekend!)

Get out the mustard and beer. Fresh pretzels are the way to go!


  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
  4. When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.

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Can you trust the review? February 24, 2011

Filed under: Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 8:34 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

The AP reports that TripAdvisor, one of the Web’s biggest travel review sites, is warning travelers that some unscrupulous hotels are using the site to post fake reviews to improve their own image or hurt competitors. Last month, the there were new warnings on the site.

TripAdvisor has reasonable cause to believe that either this property or individuals associated with the property may have attempted to manipulate our popularity index by interfering with the unbiased nature of our reviews. Please take this into consideration when researching your travel plans.

TripAdvisor spokesman Brooke Ferencsik told the AP, “The 23 million reviews and opinions are authentic and they’re unbiased and they’re from real users.” In June, BeatOfHawaii.com, a Hawaii-centric travel site, found over 90 hotels sporting the warning label. Currently, only 16 of the warnings remain. Jeff Tucker, co-author at BeatOfHawaii told the AP, “I’d really like to see TripAdvisor deal with the public in kind of an openhanded way, talk to people [about] this issue.”

NBC mentioned a website that discusses this issue: http://www.oyster.com/

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



The Blind Side February 23, 2011

Filed under: Meet a goddess! — celebrationgoddess @ 6:54 am

(enjoy learning about a goddess!)

I watched this wonderful movie The Blind Side last night and recommend you see it if you haven’t. It was an incredibly inspirational story. So our goddess for the week is Leigh Anne Roberts Tuohy.

She is an American interior decorator and graduate of the University of Mississippi in the early 1980s. She is best known for being featured in Michael Lewis’s 2006 book, The Blind Side, later made into a 2009 feature film. In the film, Tuohy was portrayed by actress Sandra Bullock, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the performance.

Tuohy resides in Memphis, TN. She and her husband own more than 82 fast food franchises including Taco Bell, KFC, and Long John Silver’s. She is the adoptive mother of former Ole Miss player and Baltimore Ravens first-round draft selection and starting offensive tackle Michael Oher. Michael came from a broken family and the Tuohy’s took in Michael and ended up adopting him. Oher eventually increased his 0.6 grade point average to a 2.52 GPS by the end of his senior year, went to college and became a professional football player.


https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/meet-an-amazing-goddess/– LAURIE BUCHANAN – HOLESSENCE
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/ – DEMETER GODDESS OF FERTILITY
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/– DENISE GASKELL – SHAKLEE
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/– MARILU GIANNI – GOLD JEWELRY
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/ – JESSICA GUENTHER – SCENTSY & SUGAR DRAMA
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/– JOAN ISENBERG – PHOTOGRAPHER
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/– JEANETTE JESKY – OLD FRIEND AND GREAT MOM
http://www.candyekane.com/– CANDYE KANE – SINGER
http://www.persephonesdaughters.com/– KARA KOWERT – DANCER
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/ – KRIS LASKOWSKI HORN – MOM AND PTAer
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/ – PAMELA MADSEN – WRITER
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/– DENISE SCHINBERG – PAMPERED CHEF DEMONSTRATOR
https://www.sendoutcards.com/107453– CATHY STEIDINGER – SEND OUT CARDS
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/– SUPER MAMIKA – 91 GRANDMOTHER
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/ – SUSAN TEDESCHI – BLUES SINGER
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/– VIRGIN MARY
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/ – ANNIE WEINERT – DANCER

I love to learn about lots of new people and goddesses. Send me a friend request on facebook. Find me at: Bethsheba Celebration-Goddess. Let’s share! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000713596291

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Candyman February 22, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 7:23 am

TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some
music, especially an old favorite or something totally new!!)

I dare you not to jump and jive!!!


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Dirty Martini February 21, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 10:38 pm

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

I almost forgot my drink of the day! Break out a jar of olives to munch on and add them to your Dirty Martini!!!




Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Meatloaf Cupcakes?

Filed under: Entree Recipes,Image that — celebrationgoddess @ 8:58 am

Hell yeah! Last night I braved the rainy weather to meet with some friends at Galway Arms Irish bar in Chicago. We had Guinness Stew, beer, and listened to some authentic Irish music (with dancers!).

After I left the bar, I noticed the Meatloaf Bakery was a couple doors down. I’m so totally bummed!!! I would love to visit because I found this place while noodling around an idea for an appetizer to serve at a party. I made meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting and the partiers loved it!!! Anyway here is their website: http://www.themeatloafbakery.com/

The day that I ever become hip… please shoot me and put me outta my misery! – Meat Loaf

Which brings me to a new TV show. The Meatloaf Bakery made me think that this show sounds like it could bring some really clever ideas as well. One contestant will survive elimination and receive one of the biggest reality prizes in television history – their concept turned into a new restaurant chain.

Ok no restaurant chains for me. Think I’ll go eat some cereal. Oh I can fancy it up by pouring it into china…




  • 2 pounds Ground Chuck
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Bread, Torn Into Pieces
  • 16 ounces, weight Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 2 whole Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • ¼ cups Tomato Sauce
  • ¼ cups Ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper



  • ½ cups Tomato Sauce
  • ½ cups Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Regular Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar




  • 3 pounds Potatoes, Peeled And Cubed
  • ½ sticks Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ cups Sour Cream
  • ¼ cups Evaporated Milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cupcake trays with 24 aluminum foil baking cup liners.

Mix ground chuck, bread pieces, cheese, onion, eggs, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce.

Fill each cup with meatloaf mixture. Press into aluminum baking cups and fill tops above the liners in a mounded shape simulating the finished cupcake shape since the mixture won’t rise.

Bake for almost an hour or until done.


About halfway through baking, mix together ingredients for the sauce and spoon or baste it on the tops of the meatloaf cupcakes.


While meatloaves are baking, prepare potatoes.

Boil peeled and cubed potatoes for 20 minutes or until tender.

Drain in a colander and return to pot. Add butter and salt.

With a mixer, beat on medium until completely smooth.

Add sour cream and evaporated milk for a creamier consistency.
You can add more or less sour cream and milk to achieve different consistencies.


When meatloaves are done, remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes. Remove the foil liners from the trays. Be careful because the sauce may cause the edges to stick to the trays. Separate with a knife if this happens and lift out of the trays. The meat will have shrunk a little and some grease will be in the bottom of the liners so be careful.

Spoon potatoes into a large ziploc bag with the corner cut off and pipe potatoes on top of meatloaves in a swirling motion.

Use leftover sauce when serving if you like.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Sorcerer’s Apprentice February 20, 2011

Filed under: Image that — celebrationgoddess @ 10:47 am

SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

What a gloomy Sunday. But the gloom is a little brighter because I met some new friends this weekend. One of which had a picture on her FB site of a broom standing in the middle of the room by itself.

She said it reminded her of this clip. Since I think we all love this Mickey Mouse clip, I thought I’d share it. I especially like the part where the sorcerer parts the “red sea” and then spanks happy little Mickey on his hiney!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!