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Singing Frogs April 7, 2011

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something new!)

Sing it!

Ribbit, ribbit! I’ve been hearing the singing of the frogs near my house since I live near the Fox River

If you’ve ever spent some time near a frog-filled pond, then you already know that familiar sound is the call of a frog! So, why do frogs croak??

Why do frogs croak?In most frog species only the males croak. They croak to attract female frogs for breeding, and to warn away other male frogs from their territory. Female frogs think croaking is very sexy.

Many kinds of frogs puff themselves up enormously with air when they croak. This amplifies the sounds made by the frog’s vocal chords, kind of like how the stretched membrane of a drum works. This is why a little critter like a frog can make such loud noises! Enjoy this old cartoon. You’ll just “croak” up. Hee hee! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRnX4quv5W4&feature=related

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!


Fashion Trends Men Hate April 3, 2011

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SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).


Ok yes men like us in certain things. But here are the things they don’t like us in:

Too much make up or NO makeup

Here’s some more:  http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/top-10-fashion-trends-men-hate-to-see-on-women-567590

 Women let men dress them: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/women-let-men-dress-them-with-mixed-results-2468584/#photoViewer=1


Laugh, Learn, and Liven up your Taste Buds!




Think you feel old? March 31, 2011

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THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)


In our today world it is impossible for one to believe that a man can live up to the age of 150 years let alone 256 years. According to Time magazine and the New York Times that were published in the year 1933, there died a man whose age was 256 years. I am not sure if he was lucky to have lived up to this age or not.

He went by the name of Li Ching-Yun. In his lifetime he was able to bury 23 wives. He was able to get 180 descendants by the time of his death. If he were in Africa he would have been the role model of many men as the worth of a man was measured by the number of wives and children one had.
Li Ching-Yun claimed that the secret to his long life was sitting like a tortoise, sleeping like a dog, walking sprightly like a pigeon and keeping a quiet heart. He shared this information with a warlord that wanted to know what to do to live that long. Li insisted that peace of mind and calmness were the main contributors to his long life. For those that wonder what the man ate, you will be surprised to learn that he mainly consumed rice and wine.

Not much is known about the early life of Li Chung. The information that is known would be that he was born in the same town where he died. This would be in the province of Szechwan in China. He was literate by the age of ten and often traveled to Shansi, Tibet, Kansu and Manchuria to get herbs.

He continued selling herbs for almost 100 years. He sold his own herbs and also other peoples herbs. Time magazine also indicates that his fingernails were six inches long.

Many people by the age of 80 are usually shriveled and cannot do a lot of things for themselves. Surprisingly Li was very youthful and could do a lot for himself. This lead to many people doubting if he was that old.
Li admitted that he was born in the year 1736 and us this would make him only 197 years contrary to the supposed 256 years. It is a professor at the Minuko University that proved that Li was born in the year 1677. He was able to proof this by producing records that show that the Chinese government honored him on his 200th birthday.

This leads to the huge question if Li had forgotten his own age or was he even the legit Li. Looking at it from a medical perspective, it seems impossible for one to be able to live for that long. The age of Li has surpassed the official record by more than 130 years. It is claimed that he looked like a sixty year old.

The only reasonable conclusion would be that he either had a superhuman body or all this stories are mere exaggerations. Problem is we may never know the complete truth…

Laugh, Learn, and Liven up your Taste Buds!



Icy treat from heaven March 20, 2011

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SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

We just had a very noisy hail storm this afternoon. It woke me up out of a much needed nap! So got me thinking about hail and I decided to Wiki it. I remember being in Egypt in a shop when it started hailing there. They told me it almost NEVER hails there. And that a local hotel had a sign up in their lobby saying if it hailed that they would give everyone their room that night for free. Guess there were some happy guests that night!

I guess I shouldn’t complain, my car could have been riddled with this kind of hail!

Hail formation requires environments of strong, upward motion of air with the parent thunderstorm (similar to tornadoes) and lowered heights of the freezing level. Hail is most frequently formed in the interior of continents within the mid-latitudes of Earth, with hail generally confined to higher elevations within the tropics.

Unlike ice pellets, hail stones are layered and can be irregular and clumped together. Hail is composed of transparent ice or alternating layers of transparent and translucent ice at least 1 millimetre (0.039 in) thick, which are deposited upon the hail stone as it cycles through the cloud multiple times, suspended aloft by air with strong upward motion until its weight overcomes the updraft and falls to the ground. There are methods available to detect hail-producing thunderstorms using weather satellites and radar imagery. Hail stones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size, though complicating factors such as melting, friction with air, wind, and interaction with rain and other hail stones can slow their descent through Earth’s atmosphere. Severe weather warnings are issued for hail when the stones reach a damaging size, as it can cause serious damage to man-made structures and, most commonly, farmers’ crops. In the United States, the NWS issues severe thunderstorm warnings for hail 1″ or greater in diameter. This threshold, effective January 2010, marked an increase over the previous threshold of ¾” hail. The Service made the change for two main reasons: a) public complacency and b) recent research suggesting that damage does not occur until a hailstone reaches 1″ in diameter.

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Is that a Shillelagh? March 13, 2011

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SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

Shillelaghs are traditionally made from blackthorn (sloe) wood (Prunus spinosa) or oak. The wood would be smeared with butter and placed up a chimney to cure, giving the Shillelagh its typical black shiny appearance. Shillelaghs may be hollowed at the heavy “hitting” end and filled with molten lead to increase the weight beyond the typical two pounds; this sort of Shillelagh is known as a ‘loaded stick’. They are commonly the length of a walking stick (distance from the floor to one’s wrist with elbow slightly bent). Most also have a heavy knob for a handle which can be used for striking as well as parrying and disarming an opponent. Many shillelaghs also have a strap attached (hence the Irish name), similar to commercially made walking sticks, to place around the holder’s wrist.

Although originally used for settling disputes in a gentlemanly manner (like pistols in colonial America or Japan), the shillelagh eventually became a symbol of stereotypical violent Irish behavior. Modern practitioners study the use of the shillelagh for self defense and as a martial art. Of the practice, researcher J. W. Hurley writes:

Methods of Shillelagh fighting have evolved over a period of thousands of years, from the spear, staff, axe and sword fighting of the Irish. There is some evidence which suggests that the use of Irish stick weapons may have evolved in a progression from a reliance on long spears and wattles, to shorter spears and wattles, to the shillelagh, alpeen, blackthorn (walking-stick) and short cudgel. By the 19th century Irish Shillelagh-fighting had evolved into a practice which involved the use of three basic types of weapons, sticks which were long, medium or short in length.

In modern usage, the shillelagh is recognised (particularly in an Irish-American context) as a symbol of Irishness. For example, the Fighting 69th regiment of the United States Army National Guard carry shillelaghs as rank badges in parades. The Bostn Celtics logo has a leprechaun leaning on his shillelagh. In San Diego, Padres broadcaster popularized the shillelagh as a rally call, by using terms like “Shillelagh Power” to describe late game heroics by the Padres.

Shillelaghs are sometimes referred to in a similar context in folk songs, such as in ” Finnegan’s Wake,” in which the term “shillelagh law” refers to a brawl.

Enjoy some Shillelagh Sisters! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlszPkhQkKI 

Laugh, Learn, and Liven up your Taste Buds!



Holding on for dear life March 3, 2011

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THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

MANTECA, Calif. (CBS13) – A woman was able to hold on to a vehicle’s hood for dear life for more than 40 miles when her husband allegedly floored the accelerator after a domestic argument, authorities said. The Manteca Police Department said 36-year-old Christopher Michael Carroll attacked his wife shortly after midnight on February 26 and stormed out of the house, getting into the family minivan and pulling out of the driveway. His wife, who asked not to be identified, chased him outside and stood in front of the vehicle in an attempt to block him. “She jumped on the hood, and that’s when her adventure started,” said Manteca police spokesman Rex Osborn. Carroll allegedly stepped on the gas and sped through the streets of Manteca until he reached Interstate 205, authorities said. His wife clung to the minivan’s windshield wiper and side mirror as the vehicle accelerated to more than 100 MPH. Carroll allegedly didn’t slow down until he reached Pleasanton, more than 40 miles away, according to witness reports to police. “There’s a purpose that I’m still alive, because it was a miracle,” the victim said. The woman was able to roll off the hood safely when Carroll finally pulled over, and due to the 45 degree temperatures and high speeds, she was suffering from hypothermia when emergency crews found her.

Wonder what makes you eventually just pull over in a situation like this?

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Meatloaf Cupcakes? February 21, 2011

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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

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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!



Winterfest – See those Snow Sculptures! February 5, 2011

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

What can you do on a cold winter’s weekend? Well head out to Lake Geneva and the Winterfest! Piles of snow sculpted into incredible art!!! I’m sure food, cocoa and an occasionally snow ball thrown couldn’t hurt. hee hee

The nation’s top snow sculpting teams work day and night to create massive artwork from 3 ton cylinders of snow. Weekend activities include music, children’s entertainment, helicopter rides, horse drawn carriage rides, ice-skating and shopping in quaint downtown.

Winterfest 2011 Schedule of Events
Riviera Park, Lakefront

MON & TUE, Jan 31 & Feb 1st
– Building of the 9-foot snow blocks.

WED, THUR & FR, Feb 2nd, 3rd & 4th
– 10am to 5:30 pm, sculpting teams at work.

SAT, Feb 5th
– 11am sculpting ends.
– 11am – 2pm “Peoples’ Choice Award” voting.
– 3 pm Awards Ceremony.

SUN, Feb 6th
– all day viewing, activities

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Happy New Year!!! It’s my Year! February 3, 2011

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THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

Well I’m sure hoping this is my wonderful year of all years!
I am a Rabbit. Let’s celebrate!

The demure Ms. Rabbit is very considerate and understanding with her friends: a great gal to work with, shop with or just tell stories with. She is delightfully warm and witty and her company is always relaxing. She has a lot of energy for the things she likes to do and can tirelessly track down antique shops or plan a friend’s wedding to the last detail. But when she feels she has had enough of all that rigmarole, well, you can expect her to drop whatever she is doing, prop up her dainty feet and go all limp. That is the philosophical part of the Rabbit. Do you know why she can keep so serene with all that frantic action going on? The secret is to know when your batteries need recharging, and no one has better knowledge or timing on this than the Rabbit.

Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to “catch up” with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors. The sacrifice to the ancestors, the most vital of all the rituals, united the living members with those who had passed away. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family.

Even though the climax of the Chinese New Year, Nian, lasts only two or three days including the New Year’s Eve, the New Year season extends from the mid-twelfth month of the previous year to the middle of the first month of the new year. A month from the New Year, it is a good time for business. People will pour out their money to buy presents, decoration material, food and clothing. Transportation department, railroad in particular, is nervously waiting for the onslaught of swarms of travelers who take their days off around the New Year to rush back home for a family renunion from all parts of the country.

Days before the New Year, every family is busy giving its house a thorough cleaning, hoping to sweep away all the ill-fortune there may have been in the family to make way for the wishful in-coming good luck. People also give their doors and window-panes a new paint, usually in red color. They decorate the doors and windows with paper-cuts and couplets with the very popular theme of “happiness”, “wealth”, “logevity” and “satisfactory marriage with more children”. Paintings of the same theme are put up in the house on top of the newly mounted wall paper. In the old days, various kinds of food are tributed at the alta of ancestors.

The Eve of the New Year is very carefully observed. Supper is a feast, with all members coming together. One of the most popular course is jiaozi, dumplings boiled in water. “Jiaozi” in Chinese literally mean “sleep together and have sons”, a long-lost good wish for a family. After dinner, it is time for the whole family to sit up for the night while having fun playing cards or board games or watching TV programs dedicated to the ocassion. Every light is supposed to be kept on the whole night. At midnight, the whole sky will be lit up by fireworks and firecrackers make everywhere seem like a war zone. People’s excitement reach its zenith.

Very early the next morning, children greet their parents and receive their presents in terms of cash wrapped up in red paper packages from them. Then, the family start out to say greetings from door to door, first their relatives and then their neighbors. It is a great time for reconciliation. Old grudges are very easily cast away during the greetings. The air is permeated with warmth and friendliness. During and several days following the New Year’s day, people are visiting each other, with a great deal of exchange of gifs. The New Year atmosphere is brought to an anti-climax fifteen days away where the Festival of Lanterns sets in. It is an occasion of lantern shows and folk dances everywhere. One typical food is the Tang Yuan, another kind of dumplings made of sweet rice rolled into balls and stuffed with either sweet or spicy fillings.

The Lantern Festival marks the end of the New Year season and afterwards life becomes daily routines once again. This description is based upon the recollection of my own experience. Customs of observing the New Year vary from place to place, considering that China is a big country not only geographically, but also demographically and ethnically. Yet, the spirit underlying the diverse celebrations of the Chinese New Year is the same: a sincere wish of peace and happiness for the family members and friends.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!