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Help me Angel June 28, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:05 pm

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

Went to a baptism on Sunday for my friend Rachel. It was amazing. Here she is before and after the baptism. People all on the grass with their picnic baskets. Made me think of Ravinia without the booze. hee hee Old people and young people and ones in between all waiting patiently in line to be dunked in the lake and cleansed. Too bad I didn’t have a spare pair of clothes cause I woulda dunked too. I just love new life experiences.

Giving thanks and happy!

So this got me thinking about all things spiritual. God, angels, kindness, helpfulness, life and death. Since a friend of mine calls me angel and this song just played on the radio, this is the clip for today.

Steve Winwood’s Help me Angel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqFmzVbe_l8

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Big Fat Guy June 27, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 9:31 pm

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

Let’s play a game! What was in my shopping cart? Grapes, 2% milk, unsweetened apple juice, skinless/boneless chicken, bananas, asparagus, kitty food and okay I admit it a bad bag of cheese popcorn that I opened in my car.

What did the guy behind me in line that weighed 400 pounds have in his shopping cart? Three gallons of ice cream, two bags of potato chips and 5 pizzas. I tried not to stare but he saw me peeking. Oops!

So since it would not be too exciting to have an unsweetened drink with some asparagus, tonight’s drinkie poo for the night has to be ice cream based. I’d say drink it as dessert but first order yourself a pizza!

Banana Split  

■   1/2 oz Kahlua
■   1 oz. Vodka
■   1/2 Cup Milk
■   1/2 piece Banana
■   1/2 Cup (Softserve) Vanilla Ice Cream

Mixing Instructions

Put Kahlua, vodka and banana in a blender; blend til smooth. Put milk and soft-serve in a shaker with ice and shake until mixed (soft-serve should be slightly melted). Pour alcohol mix into glass then fill the rest of the way with the “milkshake”. You may choose to use the ice if wished, or leave it out (it is used in the shaker simply to help it mix better).

Here’s to you FAT GUY! May I never have that type of crap in my shopping cart!!! 

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Tribal Revolution June 25, 2011

Filed under: Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 2:28 pm

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

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer day! I’ve been playing with my new kitty, mowing the lawn (boo hiss), and gardening. Got my fancy dress on and headed out watch Tribal Revolution. It is going to be a specatular show as it always is!!!

Check out the Blue Lotus Tribe. I love this improv group that has been running the Tribal Revolutionf or 10 years: http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=blue%20lotus%20tribe&tnr=21&vid=877758645446&l=292&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fvideos%2Fthumbnail.aspx%3Fq%3D877758645446%26id%3Dc8ac8e6accb6362063618cbc16aaa2c1%26bid%3DeBi1ZMwYEgHrLw%26bn%3DThumb%26url%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.com%252fwatch%253fv%253do9EvTjdLO8I&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Do9EvTjdLO8I&sigr=11audu4ji&newfp=1&tit=Tribal+Revolution+2009+-+Blue+Lotus+Tribe+Part+1

The Saturday show is the culmination of our great event, with performances by the Tribal Revolution instructors and some very special guests, including the celebration of Blue Lotus Tribe’s 10th anniversary with performances by former Loti.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ballroom Doors open at 7:30pm. Show begins at 8:00pm.

Tickets: June 23, $25 at the door

Featuring the talents of:

Tempest (RI)
Celeste (IN)
Eliza (IL)
Ashar (WI)

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Kitty Litter Cake June 24, 2011

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs — celebrationgoddess @ 5:09 pm

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

hahahaha I never had any idea that…

#1 I’d be the owner of a new little mewing kitty cat today. Her name is currently Ramona the teenage girls told me that I got her from.
#2 That my recipe for the day would be kitty litter cake. Oh how appropriate!

My old fat cat Persia has been lonely for a couple of months now since my sweet other kitty passed away. So happiness all around!!! Persia, Ramona, and me!!! Now if I could just bring myself to eat that cake….Wonder if my evening holds any more surprises???

Kitty Litter Cake


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 (12 ounce) package tootsie rolls
  1. Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions.
  2. Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble.
  3. Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix.
  4. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won’t need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy.
  5. Line kitty litter box with the kitty litter liner. Put cake mixture into box.
  6. Put half of the unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the tootsie rolls slightly. Bury tootsie rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top.
  7. Heat 3 or 4 of the tootsie rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining tootsie rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining tootsie roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!Bethsheba

Gay Pride! June 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 8:52 pm


learning something new!)

DATE: Sunday June 26

TIME: 12 Noon

STARTS at: Halsted & Belmont

LINE UP: Halsted Street (from Belmont Avenue to Fullerton Parkway)

ROUTE: Step off from Halsted/Belmont corner, proceeding north on Halsted; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey, to Cannon Drive (in Lincoln Park).

Ok yet AGAIN this year I’m gonna miss the parade. I’ve been wanting to go and watch it for years. Just like I’ve wanted to go to the St. Pat’s Parade AND Shefield Garden Walk. Dern it…

The parade will feature 250 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents.

The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members.

Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street).  

The Chicago Pride Parade, also colloquially (and formerly) called the Chicago Gay Pride Parade or PRIDE Chicago, is the annual gay pride parade held on the last Sunday of June in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It is considered the culmination of the larger Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, as promulgated by the Chicago City Council and Mayor of Chicago.

The first parade was organized on Saturday, June 27, 1970, as a march[1] from Washington Square Park (“Bughouse Square”) to the Water Tower at the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues, which was the route originally planned, and then many of the participants extemporaneously marched on to the Civic Center (now Richard J. Daley) Plaza.[2] Today the parade takes place through the main streets of Lake View East, a neighborhood enclave of the Lakeview community area. Recent parades have started at noon on Halsted Street, proceeding north from Belmont Avenue, passing the Center on Halsted at Waveland Avenue; south on Broadway (at Grace Street) to Diversey Parkway and east on Diversey Parkway to Cannon Drive.

With the increasing political participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and the community’s relatively high financial resources through political action groups and as individual donors, Illinois politicians have increased their presence at the Chicago Pride Parade. Both the Illinois Democratic and Republican parties have been heavily represented, most noticeably by former Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, and former Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican. Both had strong support from many gay and lesbian voters.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Cute Chick and the Old Crow June 22, 2011

Filed under: Meet a goddess! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:22 pm

The Cute Chick and the Old Crow


Barb and the Spoiled Brat - the dog not the Old Crow

(enjoy learning about a goddess!)

Our Barbie was the sweetest woman. She used to be my step mother in law. And I had the privelege of carrying her train all around the church when she married while hearing a beautiful rendition of Ava Maria. It always makes me cry.  And today I cried as well because our sweet Barb is gone.

She battle hep C so hard for the past 10 years. She had 3 kids, a bunch of grandkids, a spoiled puppy dog, and a well-trained husband – Don! They spent many an hour together laughing and enjoying life.

Barb loved flowers and angels. Years ago I bought them a cute little birdie couple for the garden. The sign said Old Crow and Cute Chick and from that point on, I have always lovingly called them by this name.

I came upon this poem and wanted to share it on this day of rememberance:

“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.” – David Harkins

I’ll miss you…



What a storm June 21, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!!,Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 9:46 pm

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

Rain drops keep fallin’ on my head…tonight was one of the scariest drives home I’ve had in a storm. People were driving 25 MPH and I got next to a swerving 18 wheeler. YIKES!

So let’s hear a sweet rain drops song tonight:

Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ on my Head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VILWkqlQLWk

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Dad June 19, 2011

Filed under: Now THAT's a story! — celebrationgoddess @ 9:33 am

Happy Father’s Day

At the Thanksgiving VFW - we volunteer to feed 300 sailors!

What is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

My Dad’s favorite song. Good memories of him singing this one cranked on the stero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBHZFYpQ6nc

Happy Father’s Day Dad – we are very much alike. Love your Bessie

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Crowned Queen of the Blues June 14, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:56 pm


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

Anyone that knows me knows I love, love, love the blues. I was listening to Bluesbreakers on Monday night and they told the story listed below. So take a listen to the YouTube clip. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her as much as I do.

Blues Fest ends in celebration, tribute to a local label

June 13, 2011|By Kevin McKeough, Special to the Tribune


It was an evening of surprises, including a coronation, mayoral proclamations, and most remarkable of all, an all-star rendition of “Sweet Home Chicago” that was more celebratory than obligatory.

Altogether, Sunday proved a triumphal final night for the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park, restoring the high spirits that had been dampened, literally and figuratively, by rainy weather and some weak performances during the annual free festival’s first two days.

The evening’s finale in the Petrillo Music Shell was a 40th anniversary tribute to Alligator Records, the local label that has played a key role in nurturing the blues in Chicago and nationwide. A crew of Alligator artists headed by Lonnie Brooks took turns in the spotlight backed by Brooks’ band, which included his son Wayne Baker Brooks on guitar.

Brooks’ start was interrupted at its start for the reading of two proclamations from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel designating Sunday as Lonnie Brooks Day and congratulating Alligator Records on its anniversary.

Brooks began his career in Texas, and although he’s called Chicago home for roughly half a century, he still plays the blues with a Lone Star State accent. He energetically called his way through songs including “Watch Dog,” and made his guitar bark, bite and spiral over his band’s loping boogie rhythms.

Prior to Brooks taking the stage, Michael Burks made an impressive appearance that combined his strong, boyish voice and slashing guitar; Rick Estrin made his harmonica purr, wail and trill; and Eddy Clearwater gave a brief clinic in West Side blues as he sang with gravely fervor and played lean, piercing guitar solos.

Shemekia Copeland, young in blues years at 32, began her career on Alligator Records, making her an apt choice to precede the anniversary celebration. Copeland started out her career as a powerhouse blues shouter indebted to the late Koko Taylor, to whom she paid tribute on “Has Anybody Seen My Man?”

In a touching moment near the end of her set, Copeland was surprised by Cookie Taylor, Koko’s daughter, who presented the singer with a tiara that once belonged to her mother and bestowed on Copeland her mother’s honorific as Queen of the Blues. In addition to having all of Taylor’s vocal power—which she demonstrated by being audible in the back seats while singing a portion of “Ghetto Child” without her microphone—Copeland has even greater stylistic range, which she displayed smoldering through the slinky groove of “Never Going Back to Memphis” and with her towering pleas on the jazzy soul ballad “Salt in My Wounds.”

She still was wearing her tiara when she joined Brooks and the rest of the Alligator crew for the finale, and as they traded solos and verses, “Sweet Home Chicago” was transformed from an overused cliché to an affirmation of community and the music at the center of it.


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Push it push it real good June 13, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 8:59 pm

Yes I mean the lawnmower people! I actually some pushing in tonight.  While doing that, I was thinking this song in my head. Just think I coulda sang the song too because no one would have heard me. So tomorrow or whenever you’re mowing sing it and see if anyone notices ok?

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


4 oz Lemon Lime Soda   Lemon Lime Soda
1.5 oz Melon liqueur   Melon liqueur
1 oz Southern Comfort   Southern Comfort
2 tsp Vermouth Dry Vermouth

Pour all ingredients except Soda into shaker. Fill a Highball glass almost full of ice cubes, and dump ice into shaker. Shake well and pour drink into Highball glass. Add Soda, stir well, garnish with a Lime Wedge, and serve.

Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta

For the dressing
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Juice from half of a lemon
A few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
For the salad
1 head of Boston lettuce or small heart of romaine lettuce
3 small carrots, peeled
1/2 of a cucumber
6 radishes
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 of a head of broccoli, broken into florets
2 Candy Cane beets, or beets, scrubbed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
A few sprigs of mixed soft herbs, such as mint, chives, flat-leaf parsley
1 lemon
6 oz. block of feta cheese
Sourdough bread, sliced lengthways into long pieces

1.Put all dressing ingredients into a small screw-top jar with a tight–itting lid, adding a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake well and set aside.

2. Remove any wilted or bruised outer leaves on the lettuce. Separate the rest of the leaves, tearing out any thick stems; tear leaves into bite-size pieces. Wash the leaves, spin dry in a salad spinner, and transfer to a serving bowl.

3. Slice the carrots thickly on an angle. Halve the cucumber lengthwise and cut into half-moon slices. Slice the radishes as thinly as you can, and halve the tomatoes (or leave whole, if you like). Break up the broccoli florets into small bite-size pieces and add to bowl of lettuce along with the sliced beets. Gently toss together. Set aside.

4. Finely chop the herbs on a cutting board. Grate lemon zest over the herbs and use your knife to sweep everything into the middle of the board. Place the block of feta on top to coat it with the herbs. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper; turn it over and coat the other side of the cheese with the herbs.

5. Toast the long slices of sourdough on a hot grill pan for a few minutes until golden with grill marks on both sides. When ready to serve, quickly dress the salad with half of the dressing and toss together. Serve the salad on the toasted bread with the herbed feta crumbled on top. Makes 4 servings.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!