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Oh Olive Tree Oh Olive Tree!!! December 10, 2010

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

I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it! Rodney Dangerfield


5         jars (7 ounces each) pitted queen-size green olives, drained
3         cups olive or vegetable oil
1/2      cup shredded orange peel
1/2      cup orange juice
1         cup orange marmalade, melted
2         cups honey-roasted peanuts
1         cone-shaped florists’ foam topiary with dowel and base, 8 inches tall
Flowerpot to fit topiary base, about 5 inches in diameter
Rocks to weight flowerpot
Tissue paper

  1. Mix olives, oil, orange peel, orange juice and marmalade. Cover and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours to blend flavors.
  2. Press topiary base securely in flowerpot (glue if necessary). Fill pot 2/3 full with rocks. Insert toothpicks into topiary cone; place olives on toothpicks.

Line top of pot with tissue paper; cover with peanuts.




In parts of Italy, adults get to act like kids this in December. It’s not an abundance of Christmas Spirit, it’s olive picking season. But Albina Fabiani fears this tradition is being crushed by the modern workplace.

Olive picking may soon be a thing of the past … Many Italian families have already given up picking. They’re hiring migrant workers to bring the olives from tree to table. By using Innovative Olive Farming, Albina hopes to keep the old traditions in Abruzzo alive.

For EUR 68 per year, free shipping, customers receive all the produce from their adopted tree.

Besides an adoption certificate and booklet about the tree, this includes a Spring Package containing stone crushed extra virgin olive oil, and an Autumn Package of Abruzzo herbs flavored olive oil and handmade soap as well as your own Personalized CookBook.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Spend Halloween with a fuzzy in mind! October 30, 2010

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

Who doesn't need a buddy?

There are three fundraisers for Save-A-Pet animal shelter on Saturday, October 30, 2010. In Libertyville, the gundraisers include a customer appreciation day and Halloween pet parade at North Shore Harley Davidson and a recital at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church. There is also a bake sale at Save-A-Pet in Grayslake, Illinois. Save-A-Pet is a no-kill animal shelter in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.The shelter has announced that their financial situation is dire and they may be forced to close their doors if they cannot raise the necessary funds. The following fundraisers allow you to attend a community event and enjoy yoursef, while supporting a good cause.

Someone to help with the chores.

Pictures of dogs residing at Save-A-Pet Animal Shelter


Harl-O-Ween at North Shore Harley Davidson

North Shore Harley Davidson in Libertyville is hosting a family-friendly and pet-friendly customer appreciation event on Saturday. The customer appreciation event will include merchandise sales, treats of kids, free food and a pet costume contest.  The Pet costume contest starts at 1:00 p.m.

Save-A-Pet will be there for an aduption fundraising drive. 15% of T-shirt sales will be donated to Save-A-Pet, so this is a great day to purchase t-shirts for yourself and for gifts, while benefitting a good cause.

Harl-O-Ween hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2010. North Shore Harley Davidson is at 14000 Rockland Road, Libertyille, Illinois.

Music Recital at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church

The afternoon recital at St. Lawrence Episocpal Church will benefit Save-A-Pet. The recital runs from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2010. St. Lawrence Episcipal Church is located at 125 Church Street in Libertyville, Illinois.

Bake Sale at Save-A-Pet

Stop in at the shelter on Fairfield Road to pick up some baked goods. The employees of BHFX Digital Imaging in Vernon Hills are holding the benefit for the shelter. The bake sale hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Save-A-Pet is located at

Save-A-Pet at Grayslake Farmers’ Market

Save-A-Pet is at the Grayslake Farmers’ Market every Saturday through December 18.

Ever hear of a 3 dog night?




Happy Halloween everyone. Hope it’s safe, fun, and potentially saves a pet!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



32,000 carved pumpkins? Well I’m going! October 23, 2010

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

Highwood is trying for the world’s record on lit pumpkins tonight. It’s sounds so exciting!


  • Evening Gourmet Farmer’s Market at City Hall Park and Antique Vendors at Everts Park from 12pm to 8pm
  • Noon to 8pm a day full of pumpkin carving and counting, food, vendors, children’s entertainment, live music on four different stages (City Park Main Stage: noon-4 pm Dr. Mudd, 4-8 pm TBA, Sheridan and Webster Stage: Phase Recording Studios will provide live music from noon-8, School of Rock will provide live music from 5:30-8 pm at School Of Rock (Everts) Park gazebo, Scout (WestOver) Park Stage: 2:00 noon – Midwest Young Artists’ brass ensemble), shopping, haunted fun house, hay rides, etc.
  • 11am is the Giant Pumpkin Land Regatta, featuring huge pumpkins propelled by human power in a 100-yard race from the corner of Sheridan Road and Highwood Avenue, due north. First 20 contestants receive free 200 lb pumpkins. Contact Rob Sabo at: rsabo@cityofhighwood.org to register.
  • Noon Pumpkin Pie contest winner announced at City Hall Park, entrance fee $1. Registration and rules contact Catherine Lambrecht at: cal60035@sbcglobal.net or 847/432-8255.
  • 1pm to 3pm Pumpkin Chuckin’ Catapult Contest at Scout (WestOver) Park. Visit www.celebratehighwood.com or email rsabo@cityofhighwood.org to register.
  • 2pm to 4pm Dress Your Pet Halloween Costume Contest at School of Rock (Everts) Park.
  • 4-5:30 pm The Great Costume Parade starting from the School of Rock (Everts) Park winding through Highwood.
  • 5:30pm Artist Pumpkin Carving Competition winner announced in front of City Hall (17 Highwood Avenue). 1st place $500, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50. Submission fee is $25. Contestants can register at: highwoodpumpkincompetition@msn.com.

The festivities culminate at 6:30pm with the lighting and grand display to break the Guinness Book of World’s Record for the most jack-o-lanterns.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Oktflorifest! October 2, 2010

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

Having a going away party for a close friend tonight. And since it is October and there is lots of oom pah pah going around right now, I’m naming it Oktflorifest!

What do you possibly serve for Oktflorifest?


My friend is moving to Florida near Miiiammi. I will miss her so much but this gives me an opportunity to go back to visit and possibly go to Calle Ocho: One week each March, Miami transforms itself into a traditional Latin street festival. Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) becomes the scene of Carnaval as over a million spectators gather to celebrate in the city’s largest annual party.

What goes on at Calle Ocho? What doesn’t! Well not much English. But we got along just fine.

The big party is one of Miami’s “don’t miss” events. If you’ve never been to El Festival de la Ocho, you owe it to yourself to attend! The festival closes off 24 blocks of SW 8th Street to host dancing, food, drink and 30 stages of live entertainment. This is one heck of a party! In 1988, the festival was the scene of a Guinness World Record, as 119,986 people joined in the world’s longest conga line!

We had the best time dining on Cuban foods, dancing in the streets and even hitching a motorcycle ride with some sweet Latin guys! Which totally freaked out our hostess.

Hey ya gotta live for the moment, savor the foods of the world and always dance your little booty off.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Dinner in the Dark September 25, 2010

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

Ignite the Senses
Take a normal dinner and turn it into a complete sensory experience! Have someone create tasty foods or order some random items from various restaurants and eat (without knowing in advance what will be served) in pitch darkness, either by shutting the blinds, or using a basement. Shut your mind, close your eyes and let your tongue do all the tasting. Sounds interesting….

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



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.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Eat what you want day! May 12, 2010

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Well gosh I didn’t even know it was that holiday today. But hmmmm I didn’t eat what I REALLY wanted but I’m living vicariously through my friend who did. Every year now for about 7 or 8 years, I’ve attended Chef Fest. What a wonderful stuff yourself until you’re going to explode opportunity!


About 60 bars and restaurants that have booths. You pay a fee, you eat and drink until you can’t move, then you go home and plop on the couch!!! The sweetie called to tell me all the gory details. Oh well, maybe next year…And it’s a wonderful time–give it a try!!!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Cinco de Mayo is on it’s way! Fiesta with me and your amigas! April 28, 2010

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Okay you don’t have to have it ON MAY 5 but…

A little history, a little party planning, a big fiesta!

    Cinco de Mayo is a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Althought the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the “Batalla de Puebla” came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest.

Cinco de Mayo’s history has its roots in the French Occupation of Mexico. The French occupation took shape in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. With this war, Mexico entered a period of national crisis during the 1850’s. Years of not only fighting the Americans but also a Civil War, had left Mexico devastated and bankrupt. On July 17, 1861, President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for a brief period of two years, with the promise that after this period, payments would resume.

The English, Spanish and French refused to allow president Juarez to do this, and instead decided to invade Mexico and get payments by whatever means necessary. The Spanish and English eventually withdrew, but the French refused to leave. Their intention was to create an Empire in Mexico under Napoleon III. Some have argued that the true French occupation was a response to growing American power and to the Monroe Doctrine (America for the Americans). Napoleon III believed that if the United States was allowed to prosper indescriminantly, it would eventually become a power in and of itself.

In 1862, the French army began its advance. Under General Ignacio Zaragoza, 5,000 ill-equipped Mestizo and Zapotec Indians defeated the French army in what came to be known as the “Batalla de Puebla” on the fifth of May.

In the United States, the “Batalla de Puebla” came to be known as simply “5 de Mayo” and unfortunately, many people wrongly equate it with Mexican Independence which was on September 16, 1810, nearly a fifty year difference. Over, the years Cinco de Mayo has become very commercialized and many people see this holiday as a time for fun and dance. Oddly enough, Cinco de Mayo has become more of Chicano holiday than a Mexican one. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on a much larger scale here in the United States than it is in Mexico. People of Mexican descent in the United States celebrate this significant day by having parades, mariachi music, folklorico dancing and other types of festive activities.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds! Call me up and say OLE!



A Strange Half Naked Man? How about a BETTER bachelorette idea? April 7, 2010

Filed under: Cool party idears — celebrationgoddess @ 3:18 pm

Wedding season is almost upon us! For those of you who know the bachelorette wants a more interesting time with her friends and isn’t into the crazy party thing, how about a cooking class party?

Choose one of the guests or the bride-to-be’s house and all have a great time! Tell funny stories about the bachelorette. Kid about what kind of cooking she does and doesn’t do. Put on fun costume accessories such as boas, jingly hip scarves or masks.

You can drink in the safety of your own home, sing, dance, cook, eat and have fun! This can be a very memorable time for all of you!

How about a sexy Moroccan party? You can all learn a little belly dancing moves for your men! http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/themes_moroccan.html

Almond Stuffed Dates Baked in Bread Almonds, hot sauce, cream cheese and sweet dates are baked up in bread. It’s a mouth-watering appetizer!

Chicken Bastilla Pronounced “bastiyya”, this dish is traditional in Morocco and is usually made with pigeon! Ours will combine chicken, onions, spices, almonds, eggs, phyllo dough, and powdered sugar.

Moroccan Lentil Salad Garbanzo beans, lentils, green peppers, and onions in a savory sauce.

Fruity Couscous Couscous is a Moroccan’s staple dish like our mashed potato’s. Our recipe will incorporate dried fruits and vegetables, with almonds of course!

Almond Cookie Cups with Ice Cream A simple recipe made with almonds, sugar, and eggs that we’ll bake and form into a cup. Then we’ll add some ice cream and shazam, you’ll dance for joy!

Drinks you can serve:
Mint Tea
Melon Smoothie
Melon Berry Smoothie
Melon Martini
Pomegranate Martini

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!


Adult Easter Egg Hunt April 1, 2010

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Don’t we all miss the Easter egg hunt? The starting line, colorful woven basket in hand, heart racing, eyeballs trying to catch a glimpse of color hidden in the landscape before us. You might be surprised to find how many of us “grown-ups” get a kick out of the traditional hunt, but leave the kiddies at home folks! This party is for the mature crowd.

  1. Step 1
    Invite those some fun people to your place!
  2. Step 2
    Load your plastic eggs with all kinds of funky, sexy, sweet, and grown-up treats. We all love Easter candy and the individually wrapped ones are very convenient. Think about your days as a kid, hunting for eggs. What did you like? Parachute men, mood rings, bubbles, finger puppets, yo-yo’s… a few of these things added to your loot are fun for us big kids and they’re good and cheep. Don’t forget the grown-up things; you can be as risqué as you’re comfortable with. Condoms in all kinds of varieties, the little sample sized lubricants and flavored gels, visit your local adult super store for some Easter egg sized ideas.
  3. Step 3



    Decide on how many large prizes you would like to have. 1 big prize for the golden egg (my mom used to take the biggest sized plastic eggs she could find and decorate them by hot gluing on lace and fabric trim). 1 big prize for the most eggs collected. 1 consolation prize for the least eggs collected. Depending on your budget, you can do as many prize eggs as you wish. The prizes can be as simple as a big chocolate bunny (who don’t like big chocolate Easter bunnies?) To a lavishly stuffed Easter basket adding some adult store goodies with your Chocolate bunny.

  4. Step 4

    Hide your eggs. Since your crowd is a little more sophisticated then your average 3-year old, go ahead and hide those eggs in some complicated places. High in the trees, barely sticking out of perennials, behind the flower pots…

  5. Step 5

    Easter cocktails anyone?

    Easter cocktails anyone?

    Set up a self-serve bar and print up a few drink recipes (an “Easter Egg” is 1 once blue Curacao, 1 once white cream de cocoa, topped with half and half served over ice – see what you can find on the internet). Add a few snacks around the bar and the place is set for the party. All you have to do is get your own self primped and ready.

  6. Step 6

    The actual hunt, if your guests didn’t bring Easter baskets from home, a simple plastic grocery bag will collect plenty. Even better, buy a bunch of reusable grocery bags and give them away for favors and impromptu Easter baskets for the hunt. Get your guests together and set a 20 minute time limit and release them to hunt for the Easter eggs (you’ll be laughing so hard, you won’t believe how your friends turn into such kids again). After the 20 minutes is up, gather everyone around and do an egg count. Award your big prizes and kick back and enjoy the rest of the day.

Let’s just hope that Sunday’s weather is warm warm warm! Have fun!
Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!