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Meow, Baa, Oink April 30, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 10:48 am

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

I wanted to share some cool pics with you from the farm I went to on Easter. This is my brother-in-laws family. The Stewart farm of 325 acres that has been in the family for 200 years/7 generations!!!! It was really unique. With an 1868 brick house, barns and even a smoke house that had been redone recently.

 

We all shared a yummilicious brunch, mimosas, had an Easter egg hunt around the property, and got to pet all the wonderful farm animals. The piggies were squealing and running around their pen (yes of of course I was scratching their heads). And lots of new life is all around. The Stewarts have the cute little boy (pictured with the eggs), the calico farm cat is preggers (perhaps I’ll be able to get one of those little kitties to replace my Boots), and the baby lambs that were kicking up their heels were only 3 weeks old! Their mama was eyeballing us and the lambie boy kept butting our hands. Those boys are tough even at a young age eh?

 

I even got some fresh brown eggs from the hens to make some French toast with!

French Toast Casserole and Mimosas

Ok I think everyone can figure out how to make a mimosa right? You take a champagne flute, you pour in some champagne and then add in some OJ. Ta da!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup

Directions

Slice bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Praline Topping:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

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Good Old Sponge April 29, 2011

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs — celebrationgoddess @ 10:58 pm

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

In honor of the English folk, let’s make some sponge cake! A Victoria Sponge was the favorite sponge cake of Queen Victoria, and has since become a tried-and-true recipe for tea-time sponge cakes. Victoria Sponges are generally filled with jam, and are undecorated on the top, but you can serve each piece with a dollop of whipped cream, or shake some powdered sugar over the top if you’d like.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch springform pan. Sift the flour and baking powder into a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time mixing thoroughly with each addition. Slowly stir the flour mixture in with the butter, sugar, and eggs. Beat in the milk and vanilla until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. This cake is traditionally served unfrosted, just cut in two horizontally and filled with jam or custard and dusted with confectioners’ sugar.

     

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Desert Opals April 27, 2011

Filed under: Meet a goddess! — celebrationgoddess @ 6:55 am

 

WOW WHAT A GODDESS WEDNESDAY –
(enjoy learning about a goddess!)

This week I want to feature LOTS of Goddesses!!! I’ve been taking belly dance classes from Kara Kowert (who was my featured Goddess in October: https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/shimmy-this-goddess/) and last night we learned about candle dancing. It was interesting we danced with cups of water to practice since we’re newbies. And needless to say, most of us spilled our water! Here’s an example of candle dancing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enz46SbyBfk

Desert Opal Dancers

The Desert Opal Dancers include women from diverse backgrounds and interests who share a love for the dance and the desire to relax and de-stress among friends.

Founded in 2006 by students participating in belly dance classes with Kara Kowert at The Wellness Center in Arlington Heights, IL, the Desert Opal Dancers have performed in a wide variety of venues including student belly dance shows, public libraries, theaters, outdoor events, national bellydance conventions and charity events. These ladies love their props! Here is one of their fantastic performances using fans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXkgFcB_EaA

http://www.desertopaldancers.com/

 

CHECK OUT THE PAST FEATURE GODDESSES:

https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/– AMATERASU
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

https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/ – TOOTS KELLEY – HAIRDRESSOR
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/2011/03/23/ – PETRA NEMCOVA
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/ – PLAYBOY BUNNY
jrehberg4@comcast.net – JODI WERHANE REHBERG – MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/ – JANE RUSSELL
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/2011/04/06/ – STRIKE EAGLES OF DUDETTE ‘07
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/2011/02/23/– VIRGIN MARY
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/– LEIGH ANN ROBERTS TOUHY
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!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Phoebe April 26, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:23 pm

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

 

In honor of Phoebe Snow:

TODAY FROM THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES

Phoebe Snow was one of Those Voices. Soulful, jazzy, bluesy, tender, sassy — she could do it all, without allowing her sheer vocal prowess to diminish the emotional power of a song.

The fact that fans couldn’t get enough of her wasn’t due to an irrational hunger. Ms. Snow simply didn’t record very often — after her initial flurry of activity in the mid-’70s, she made only four new studio albums in the last 30 years — and now her unique voice has been silenced.

Ms. Snow died Tuesday in Edison, N.J., from complications of a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January 2010. She was 58.

Ms. Snow’s manager Sue Cameron said the singer endured bouts of blood clots, pneumonia and congestive heart failure since a stroke.

“Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most talented singer-songwriters of all time and, more importantly, a magnificent mother to her late brain-damaged daughter Valerie for 31 years,” Cameron said. “Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment.”

Ms. Snow’s first album, a self-titled LP in 1974, contained her biggest hit, “Poetry Man.” The soothing song found fertile ground at FM radio among other burgeoning hitmakers, from Roberta Flack to Janis Ian.

That first record was released through Shelter, Leon Russell’s Oklahoma-based label that also helped launch careers for Tom Petty and Joe Cocker. Russell’s partner at Shelter, Denny Cordell, heard Ms. Snow in a Greenwich Village club the year before and snatched her up. That same year, he told Billboard magazine about his outlook for Shelter: “The music I’m looking for is that universal music where it makes no difference if the roots are in rock, country, soul, gospel or blues, as long as it has something which transcends Those emotions and can appeal to anyone.”

 That certainly described Ms. Snow. Her vocal talent adapted to genres far beyond the Greenwich Village folk that informed “Poetry Man.” On the records that followed, she ably delivered standards (“Teach Me Tonight”), soul (“Shakey Ground”), Gershwin (“There’s a Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon for New York”) and a lot of her own songs, most of which straddled the boundaries of jazz and pop, presaging an easy-going (but not easy listening) style that later would be folded into smooth jazz.

As Ms. Snow’s sales dipped, she stepped aside. Her daughter had been born in 1975 with hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain cavity that inhibits brain development, and required constant care. She died in 2007 at age 31.

“She was the only thing that was holding me together,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2008. “My life was her, completely about her, from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed at night.”

From 1981 to 2003, she released only four new albums of her own. In the interim, she contributed to many projects with other artists, including Donald Fagen’s Rock & Soul Revue tour in 1991 and a performance at the 1994 Woodstock anniversary concert.

Before her stroke last year, Ms. Snow was planning a new album and had a tour scheduled.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7QhKmi_fBc

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Eggxactly! April 25, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 6:34 pm

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

Hey people do you have lots of hard boiled eggs? I’m thinking you doooooo…So how about we make a few Bloody Mary’s and some egg salad samiches? Sounds like a yummy combo package? I think it really does. So let’s get crackin’. Get it – crackin? Ok shush, what else do I have to do but crack jokes? Bwahahaha got ya again didn’t I?

Sundried Tomato Bloody Mary
3 oz. Tomato juice 
3 oz. V-8 juice 
1 1/2 oz. vodka infused with sun dried tomatoes 
Pinch black pepper 
Pinch celery salt 
Dash grated horseradish 
Dash lemon juice 
Dash Tabasco sauce 

Put all ingredients into a large, chilled highball glass, add ice and mix well. To infuse vodka used in this drink, pour 4 oz. of vodka into a glass container with a tight-fitting top. Add four sun-dried tomatoes, cover, and let stand for at least two days. When ready to use, strain and discard tomatoes. If you age this infusion longer, after a week replace old tomatoes with fresh ones. Serves 1.

Sundried Tomato Bloody Mary

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 stalk celery (with leaves), chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Serving suggestions: 8 slices country-style sourdough bread, sliced tomatoes, or salad greens

Directions

In a small bowl, soak the onions in cold water, for 15 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, place the eggs and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover the eggs, remove from the heat, and set aside for 8 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and cool the eggs in the pan under cold running water. Peel the eggs and cut into sixths.

In a large bowl, mix together the onion, celery, mayonnaise, dill, mustard, lemon juice, and salt.

Add the eggs to the mayo mixture and gently mix them together. Season with pepper to taste. Use in sandwiches, with lettuce and tomatoes, or in a salad.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Somebunny Loves Me! April 21, 2011

Filed under: Appetizer Recipes - Sometime it can be the whole yummy meal — celebrationgoddess @ 7:05 am

 

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy
learning something new!)

  

Have you ever baked a loaf of bread? With its toothy grin, lovely golden crust and tummy that’s perfect for serving dip, this cute little rabbit will bring a smile to guests!!! I love freshly baked bread. mmmmm

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 raisins
  • 2 sliced almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Dip of your choice

Directions

  • Cut a fourth off of one loaf of dough; shape into a pear to form head. For body, flatten remaining portion into a 7-in. x 6-in. oval; place on a greased baking sheet. Place head above body. Make narrow cuts, about 3/4 in. deep, on each side of head for whiskers.
  • Cut second loaf into four equal portions. For ears, shape two portions into 16-in. ropes; fold ropes in half. Arrange ears with open ends touching head. Cut a third portion of dough in half; shape each into a 3-1/2-in. oval for back paws. Cut two 1-in. slits on top edge for toes. Position on each side of body.
  • Divide the fourth portion of dough into three pieces. Shape two pieces into 2-1/2-in. balls for front paws; shape the remaining piece into two 1-in. balls for cheeks and one 1/2-in. ball for nose. Place paws on each side of body; cut two 1-in. slits for toes. Place cheeks and nose on face. Add raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth.
  • Brush dough with egg. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  • Place bread on a lettuce-lined 16-in. x 13-in. serving tray. Cut a 5-in. x 4-in. oval in center of body. Hollow out bread, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Line with lettuce and fill with dip. Yield: 1 loaf.

    Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
    Bethsheba
    http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

     
 

Hippodie Hoppodie April 20, 2011

Filed under: Meet a goddess! — celebrationgoddess @ 6:31 am

WOW WHAT A GODDESS WEDNESDAY –
(enjoy learning about a goddess!)

Drinks are on their way!

In honor of the Easter Bunny, our goddess of the week is the Playboy Bunny. Think you could do the bunny dip, learn 143 cocktails or never gain more than 1 pound (cause they’d weigh you before work!)??? read on…I definitely remember there was a Playboy in Chicago.

A Playboy Bunny is a waitress at the  Playboy Club. The Playboy Clubs were originally open from 1960 to 1988. The Club re-opened in one location in The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas in 2006. Bunnies wore a costume called a “bunny suit” inspired by the tuxedo-wearing Playboy rabbit mascot, consisting of a corset, bunny ears, a collar, cuffs and a fluffy cottontail.

According to Hugh Hefner, the Bunny was inspired by Bunny’s Tavern in Urbana, Illinois.

Bunny’s Tavern was named for its original owner, Bernard “Bunny” Fitzsimmons, who opened for business in 1936. Serving daily food specials for a mere thirty-five cents, as well as ten-cent draft beers, Bunny’s catered to locals and University of Illinois students alike. One of those students (in the late 1940s) was Hugh Hefner.

Hefner formally acknowledged the origin of the Playboy Bunny in a letter to Bunny’s Tavern, which is now framed and on public display in the bar.

Behavior and training

The Playboy Bunnies were waitresses who served drinks at Playboy Clubs. There were different types of Bunnies, including the Door Bunny, Cigarette Bunny, Floor Bunny, Playmate Bunny and the Jet Bunnies (waitresses that served on the Playboy Jet). To become a Bunny women were first carefully chosen and selected from auditions. Then they underwent thorough and strict training before officially becoming a Bunny. Bunnies were required to be able to identify 143 brands of liquor and know how to garnish 20 cocktail variations. Most dating or mingling with customers was forbidden. Customers were also not allowed to touch the Bunnies, and demerits were given if a Bunny’s appearance was not properly organized. Only the C1, most important “Keyholders” (members of the Playboy Club), were allowed to date a Bunny.

A Bunny also had to master the required maneuvers to work. These included the “Bunny Stance,” a posture that was required in front of patrons. The Bunny must stand with legs together, back arched and hips tucked under. When the Bunny is resting or while waiting to be of service, she must do the “Bunny Perch.” She must sit on the back of a chair, sofa, or railing without sitting too close to a patron. The most famous maneuver of all, the “Bunny Dip,” was invented by Kelly Collins, once renowned for being the “Perfect Bunny”; to do the “Bunny Dip” the Bunny gracefully leaned backwards while bending at the knees with the left knee lifted and tucked behind the right leg. This maneuver allowed the Bunny to serve drinks while keeping her low-cut costume in place. Strict regulations were enforced by special workers in the guise of patrons.

The Playboy Bunny outfit was the first service uniform registered with the US Patent Office. The costume was made from rayon-satin constructed on a merry widow corset. Satin bunny ears, cotton tails, collars with bow ties cuffs with cuff links, black mesh pantyhose and matching high-heeled shoes completed the outfit. A name tag on a satin rosette was pinned over the right hip bone.

The uniforms were custom made for each Bunny at the club they worked in. Whenever the club was open there was a full time seamstress on duty. The costumes were stocked in two pieces, the front part being pre-sewn in different bra cup sizes such as B or C cup. The seamstress would match the Bunnies’ figure to the correct fitting front and back pieces. Then the two pieces were sewn together to fit each person perfectly.

There was a woman in charge of the Bunnies in each club, called the “Bunny Mother.” This was a human resources type of function and a management position. The Bunny Mother was in charge of scheduling work shifts, hiring, firing and training. The Club Manager had only two responsibilities for the Bunnies – floor service and weigh in. Before every shift the Manager would weigh each Bunny. Bunnies could not gain or lose more than one pound (exceptions being made for water retention). Playboy Enterprises required all employees to turn in their costumes at the end of employment and Playboy has some costumes in storage. Occasionally costumes are offered for sale on the Playboy Auction site or eBay. Some of the costumes on eBay may be counterfeit or damaged in some way. Genuine Bunny costumes in good condition have sold for over $10,000. The only two on public display are in the collections of The Smithsonian and the Chicago History Museum.

CHECK OUT THE PAST FEATURE GODDESSES:

https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/– AMATERASU
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

https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/ – TOOTS KELLEY – HAIRDRESSOR
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/2011/03/23/ – PETRA NEMCOVA
jrehberg4@comcast.net – JODI WERHANE REHBERG – MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/ – JANE RUSSELL
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/2011/04/06/STRIKE EAGLES OF DUDETTE ‘07
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/2011/02/23/– VIRGIN MARY
https://celebrationgoddess.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/– LEIGH ANN ROBERTS TOUHY
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!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html