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Pickled Bluegills January 30, 2011

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SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

Anyone ever tried it ? I just did last night. I don’t really like herring so I was was turning my nose up on this one. But ooo la la it tasted so fresh, non-fishy and lemony It was hard to get the nerve to take the first bite but it was darn good. Plus it looks very purty in the jars.

Pickled Bluefill Recipe
(Recipe can be cut into half)

4 lbs. fish fillets
1 c. salt
4 c. water
4 c. white vinegar
1 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
5 tbsp. pickling spice
1 med. onion, sliced thinly
1 lemon sliced

All the fish should be filleted and frozen for three days in order to insure parasites are killed. Thaw and cut large fillets into 1/2-in. strips.

In a large stainless-steel crockery or plastic container, mix salt, water and add the fish. Store in a refrigerater for at least two days (longer wouldn’t hurt). Drain, then cover the fish with white vinegar for another day in refrigerater.

For the brine, combine in a saucepan two cups of white vinegar, sugar and pickling spice. Bring to a boil. Place in refrigerater until cool. Alternate layers fo fish and onion slices in quart jar, pour brine over the fish, cover and refrigerate for two weeks.

Put it on crackers and crack open a beer. Delish!

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Alter Ego January 8, 2011

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

Isn’t this just too cool? I  had never heard of ALTER EGO pictures. But I have a good friend who is a professional photographer extraordinaire,  who explained them to me. He said that the TV program, Real Housewives of Atlanta did an episode on this. I found their pics and thought  you’d like to see them as well!

He said he could take my pic in this fashion.

PICTURE THIS: Bethsheba in a cute little apron serving appetizers to my alter ego Bethsheba. She would be in a fur coat with hair in an updo and she’d would be taking a hors ‘oeuvre from the silver platter.

What do you think? Pretty damn cool I’d say! If you’d like Byron (he’s really good) to take your pic too, here is his website: http://byrongravesphotography.com/?load=flash


Last night on Episode 8 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the ladies revealed their alter ego photos by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks. Derek Blanks came up with the idea to capture celebrities with their alter egos a few years ago and over time has shot celebrities including Monica, Tisha Campbell Martin, Eva Marcille, Teyana Taylor, Teairra Mari, Akon, Kim Porter, Lala Vazquez and more.

For the Real Housewives of Atlanta alter ego pictorial, Derek captured Sheree as a robber and a victim, Lisa Wu-Hartwell as a young good girl getting bullied by a bad girl, and Kim Zolciak as a stedford wife and mistress (how fitting). Nene Leakes revisited her past as a stripper being watched by a housewife and Kandi re-enacted a drunk driver hitting a pedastrian. In March, her boyfriend AJ’s son, his nephew and a few of her cousins were involved in a head on collison that left AJ’s nephew in intensive care for over a month so Kandi really wanted to use her shoot to send a statement about drunk driving.

See all the ALTER EGO pictures on Derek Bank’s website: http://www.dblanks.com/

I own a Rosie the Riveter sweatshirt and love the image. I just happened to hear that the woman that was the inspiration for the photo, died. In honor of all the hard working babes in this country, our scarf is off to you Geraldine!

Geraldine Doyle said a photo of her as a teenager was the inspiration for the World War II “We Can Do It!” poster. She died in Lansing at age 86. (ROBERT KILLIPS/Associated Press) Read more: Geraldine Doyle, inspiration for ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ dies | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101231/NEWS08/12310337/Geraldine-Doyle-inspiration-for–Rosie-the-Riveter–dies#ixzz1ASkb651D

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Eat Some Peas for Luck! December 30, 2010

Filed under: Image that,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 10:17 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

It’s not too soon to begin planning for the New Year – our party outfits, resolutions, plans, hopes, wishes, and luck. That’s right: luck. Throughout the centuries and many disparate cultures, people have believed that certain foods prepared especially for the new calendar year would bring luck to those who prepare, serve, and consume it.

There are various theories about the history of the little black-eyed pea that go all the way back to the pharaohs in ancient Egypt. They were eaten by the pharaohs, to bring them humility.

In the American south, the most well known of these foods is black-eyed peas, commonly accompanied with hog jowls, ham, or the leftover ham bone from the Christmas dinner ham. Pork is considered lucky as the hog symbolizes prosperity. While some traditions require that the black-eyed peas be eaten before noon of New Year’s Days, others specify that exactly 365 peas be consumed, one for each day of the upcoming year. Black-eyed peas are said to be symbolic of coin money and were once tucked into African-American men’s billfolds to attract paper money and increased wealth.

Black-eyed peas are eaten prepared with pork in a traditional pot of beans or as an ingredient in soups and stews that are served over rice like a gumbo or popular Hoppin John.

Hoppin’ John is the Southern United States’ version of the rice and beans dish traditional throughout West Africa. It consists of black-eyed peas and rice, with chopped onion and sliced bacon, seasoned with a bit of salt. Some people substitute ham hock for the conventional bacon; a few use green peppers or vinegar and spices.

An easy version is: Start with a can of drained black-eyed peas and add some chopped green onion, celery, sweet red pepper and parsley or cilantro. Dress it with a splash of olive oil and vinegar, then season with salt and pepper. Serve it with your favorite chips, as a salad on top of sliced tomatoes, or as a side dish inside hollowed-out tomato halves.

Cabbage is another healthy  “good luck” vegetable with the leaves said to symbolize paper currency. Rice is another, depending upon one’s area and background. For those of you with a sweet tooth, donuts are also said to bring luck. Epicurious.com offers a list of six lucky foods that are eaten in different cultures – grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes (such as our black-eyed peas) and cakes – as well as their usual delicious recipes that feature these foods. http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/newyearsday/luckyfoods

Just as there are foods said to increase one’s luck, there are others to avoid on New Year’s Day. Lobster and chicken are to be avoided, supposedly due to the creatures’ habits of propelling themselves or scratching backwards. Some traditions hold that birds in general are to be avoided as they – and the luck that they represent – could simply fly away.

Whatever your choice, have a safe and Happy New Year.

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A British Christmas December 23, 2010

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs,Image that,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 10:28 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

Learn a little about celebrating in a British fashion:


7 slices of thin wholemeal bread, the crusts removed and then quartered
2 tblsp of honey
4-5 tblsp of almond slivers
1 and 1/4 C of milk
*plum sauce

*For the plum sauce-

5 medium sized, ripe plums, stoned and chopped
4 tblsp of honey
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies

How to-

  1. Mix together all the ingredients for plum sauce in a small saucepan and place over low heat. Stir well, cover and cook till the juices flow and the fruit softens (about 10-11 minutes). Stir frequently. Keep aside to cool.
  2. Pre heat the oven at 350 degrees.
  3. Mix together the milk and honey.
  4. Dip 1/3 of the pieces of bread and arrange at the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Top this with 1/3 of the plum sauce, followed by 1/3 of the almond slivers.
  5. Repeat step 4 till all the bread, plum sauce and almonds have been used up. Pour in any remaining milk.
  6. Place the dish in the center of the oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes or till hot and bubbly.
  7. Serve warm or chilled with some cream.

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Interesting Yule Tidbits December 18, 2010

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


So you think you know all there is to know about Yule? The history and origins and how certain delights came to be? Test your knowledge by reading some of the fun facts below—you may be surprised.

  • Modern-day astronomers say that the famous Star of Bethlehem wasn’t a star at all. More than likely, it was either a comet or an astronomical phenomenon caused by the conjunction of several planets at once.
  • According to historical records, the first American Christmas festivities took place in Jamestown in 1607. The celebration was a device to cheer up the forty settlers who had survived living in the New World. (The original number was one hundred.)
  • Because the British Parliament felt Christmas was a heathen holiday, they officially abolished all related festivities in 1643.
  • The historical records of 1836 show Alabama as the first state in the Union to give Christmas the status of legal holiday. Oklahoma was the last state to conform; they didn’t declare it a legal holiday until 1907.
  • The first commemorative Christmas stamp was issued in Austria in 1937.
  • Donder (not Donner), was the original name of the reindeer who helped pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. He was paired with Blitzen, whose name means lightning.
  • The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written specifically as a sales gimmick for the Montgomery Ward Company in 1939 by one of their employees, Robert L. May. The little book was given freely to every customer who shopped there during the holiday season.
  • The candy cane first gained popularity in churches, where it was given as a treat to children who behaved themselves during services.
  • Eggnog wasn’t always the creamy, rich drink we know today. It’s a derivative of a seventeenth-century ale called “nog.” The Irish celebrated each Christmas Eve by drinking a pint or so, for in their country all pubs were closed on Christmas Day.
  • Gingerbread houses became popular holiday gifts during the nineteenth century after the Brothers Grimm released the story of Hansel and Gretel.
  • St. Francis of Assisi introduced the singing of carols to holiday church services.
  • The first American carol—a song entitled “Jesus is Born”—was written by Reverend John de Brebeur in 1649.
  • At midnight on the Christmas Eve of 1914, German gunfire suddenly halted and was replaced by the singing of carols. At daybreak, the German soldiers began to call out “Merry Christmas” to their foes. Before long, both sides had declared a truce, shook hands with each other, and exchanged gifts of food, cigarettes, and liquor. The merriment and goodwill lasted for three days.
  • Along the shores of the Mississippi river—especially along the Louisiana coastline—bonfires are lit on Christmas Eve. Their purpose is to guide the way for Father Christmas.
  • The image of Santa as we know it today was popularized by none other than the Coca-Cola Company.
  • St. Nick doesn’t get a vacation after the winter holidays. Since he’s also the patron saint responsible for Greece, Russia, sailors, merchants, pawnbrokers, bakers, prisoners, children, and wolves, he’s a very busy spirit year ‘round.

Hope you’re enjoying your festivities and a good party tonight.

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How to Say Hello in Different Languages December 2, 2010

Filed under: Image that,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 6:41 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

How do YOU say Hi? Have you ever stopped to consider how many people are saying “hello” to each other today, and in how many different languages? If you want to say “hello” to everyone on the planet, you would have to learn at least 2,796 languages and greet at least 6,500,000,000 people. Here are some of the ways of saying “hello” around the world. Hola in Spanish, Ciao in Italian or bonjour/salut among peers in France, and many more!

  1. Acknowledge that the universal (non-verbal) way to greet others is a simple handshake or wave in the US and Canada. However, other gestures such as various forms of bowing, embraces, applause and other gestures are used as non-verbal greetings in other parts of the world.
  2. Look up the language in which you would like to say “hello or good morning”. You will find suggestions on that line. Pronounce the suggested wording.
    • Afrikaanshaai (hello) pronounced Ha-i
    • Amharic “tena yistelegn” is very formal. You can also say ” Selam”
    • Islamic Greetingالسّلام عليكم (peace be upon you) pronounced Assalamou Alykoum
    • Albanian – Tungjatjeta pronounced To-ngyat-yeta it means have a long life or c’kemi (hi)
    • A’Leamona – bees-e-lees-e (good day) pronounced tehl-neye-doe
    • Arabicصباح الخير (good morning)pronounced sabahou el kheir , مساء الخير (good evening) pronounced masaou el kheir : note that Kh-خ is pronounced from the back of the throat. mArHAbAN-مرحبا (Hello) pronounced Mar-ha-ban
    • Armenianbarev or parev
    • Australian – G’day (mostly informal but including strangers pronounced gu-day or ge_day )(“G’day mate”); also use is OI pronounced “OI” emphatically
    • Austrian – Grüßgott (formal, pronounced gree’assgott)/ Servus (Informal, said See-ahh-vass, not like the Latin word)
    • Azerbaijani – salam (hello) pronounced Sa-lam
    • Bahamas – hello (formal), hi or heyello (informal), what you sayin’, Buyh? (very informal – slang)
    • Basque – kaixo (pronounced kai-show), egun on (morning; pronounced egg-un own), gau on (night; pronounced gow own)
    • Bhutan – [kuzu-zangpo]
    • Bavarian and Austrian Germangrüß Gott (pronounced gruess gott), servus (informal; also means “goodbye”; pronounced zair-voos)
    • Bengalinamaskar (In West Bengal, India)
    • Bremnian – koali (pronounced kowalee)
    • British Sign Language(BSL) – Dominant hand wave, from core to outside with the palm facing towards recipient as the hand moves bring it into a thumbs up gesture (Formal ‘Hello’) Give two thumbs up (Informal Literal Translation ‘well?’)
    • Bulgarian – zdravei, zdraveite (to many), zdrasti (informal), Dobro utro (morning), Dobar den (day), Dobar vecher (evening)
    • Burmese – mingalarba
    • Cambodian (Khmer)- Sua s’dei (informal), Jum Reap Sour (formal), good morning, Arun Sua s’dei, good afternoon Tivea Sua s’dei, good evening Sayoan Sua s’dei, good night Reatrey Sua s’dei, good bye Lea Hoy (informal), Jum Reap Lea (formal)
    • Cape-Verdean Creole – oi, olá, Entao or Bon dia
    • Catalan – hola (pronounced o-la), bon dia (pronounced bon dee-ah)good morning, bona tarda (bona tahr-dah) good afternoon, bona nit (bona neet)good night. You can also say just “Bones (bo-nahs) to make it informal.
    • Chamorro – hafa adai (hello/what’s up?), hafa? (informal), howzzit bro/bran/prim/che’lu? (informal), sup (informal)and all other English greetings
    • Chichewa – moni bambo! (to a male), moni mayi! (to a female). Muribwanji (moori-bwanji) is used often, as a generalized greeting to everyone.
    • Chinese – In both Cantonese and Mandarin, it is written as 你好. Cantonese is nei* ho or lei ho (pronounced ne ho or lay ho) and Mandarin is nǐ hǎo (pronounced, nee how) (remember the tones). In Mandarin, you can also say 早上好 (zǎo shàng hǎo) for “Good Morning.” *as in eee not a
    • Congo – mambo
    • Cook Island – Kia orana (hello)
    • Cree – Tansi (pronounced Tawnsay)
    • Croatianbok (informal), dobro jutro (morning), dobar dan (day), dobra večer (evening), laku noć (night)
    • Czech – dobré ráno (until about 8 or 9 a.m.), dobrý den (formal), dobrý večer (evening), ahoj (informal; pronounced ahoy)
    • Danish – hej (informal; pronounced hey), god dag (formal), god aften (evening; formal), hejsa (very informal).
    • D’ni – shorah (also goodbye or peace)
    • Double Dutchhutch-e-lul-lul-o (hello), gug-o-o-dud mum-o-rug-nun-i-nun-gug (good morning; formal), gug-o-o-dud a-fuf-tut-e-rug-nun-o-o-nun (good afternoon; formal), gug-o-o-dud e-vuv-e-nun-i-nun-gug (good evening; formal)
    • Dutchhoi (very informal), hallo (informal), goedendag (formal)
    • Englishhello (formal), hi (informal), hey (informal,) yo (informal,)
    • Esperantosaluton (formal), sal (informal)
    • Estonian – tere päevast” (good day), Tere hommikust (morning), Tere Õhtust (evening) Tere/tervist
    • Egyptian Arabic – Salaam Alekum'(sulam ulakume) (Goodbye) Ma Salaama (ma sulama) the “U” is pronounced its usual way(Example:up)
    • Fijian – ‘Bula Uro’ (Informal Hello) and ‘Bula Vinaka’ (Formal Hello) is pronounced ‘Buh-la Vina-kah’
    • Finnishhyvää päivää (formal), moi, terve or hei (informal), moro (Tamperensis)
    • Frenchsalut (informal; silent ‘t’), bonjour (formal, for daytime use; ‘n’ as a nasal vowel), bonsoir (good evening; ‘n’ is a nasal vowel), bonne nuit (good night)
    • Frisian (Dutch dialect from northern Netherland, still spoken by many people) – Goendei (Formal), Dei (A bit more informal but still correct).
    • Gaelic – dia duit (informal; pronounced gee-ah ditch; literally “God be with you”)
    • Georgian – gamardjoba
    • Germanhallo (informal), Guten Tag (formal; pronounced gootan taag), Tag (very informal; pronounced taack).
    • Gujarati – Namaste,Namaskar,Kemcho
    • GreekΓεια σου (pronounced YAH-soo; singular to greet a friend, informal), Γεια σας (plural to be polite, formal)(it means “health to you”), καλημέρα (pronounced kalee-ME-ra; good morning; formal), καλό απόγευμα (pronounced ka-LOH a-PO-yevma; good afternoon; formal), καλησπέρα (pronounced kalee-SPE-rah; good evening; formal)
    • Hausa – Ina kwaana? (How did you sleep? – informal) or Ina uni? (how’s the day? – informal). Ina kwaanan ku? (formal) or Ina unin Ku (formal)
    • Hawaiian – aloha (pronounced ah-low-ha)
    • Hebrewshalom (means “hello”, “goodbye” and “peace”), hi (informal), ma kore? (very informal, literally means “whats happening” or “whats up”)
    • Hindi – नमस्ते, namaste ( this video shows you how to pronounce namaste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXlcpjgyrOg )
    • Hopi – “ha’u” (sounds like hah-uh) means “hello” but it’s not used as often as we use it in English. It’s more traditional to greet someone by saying “Um waynuma?” (you’re around?)
    • Hungarian, Magyar – jó napot (pronounced yoh naput; daytime; formal), szervusz (pronounced sairvoose; informal), szia (pronounced seeya; informal), or even heló, like english hello but a longer “o”
    • Icelandic – góðan dag (formal; pronounced gothan dahg), (informal; pronounced “hai”)
    • Igbo – nde-ewo (pronounced enday aywo), nna-ewo (pronounced enna wo)
    • Indonesianhalo (hello), selamat pagi (morning), selamat siang (afternoon), selamat malam (evening)
    • Irish – “Dia duit” (pronounced “Deah Duit”; also means “God Be With You”)
    • Italianciào (pronounced chow; informal; also means “goodbye”), buon giorno (pronounced bwohn geeornoh; good morning; formal), buon pomeriggio (pronounced bwohn pohmehreejeeoh; good afternoon; formal), buona sera (pronounced bbwoonah sehrah; good evening; formal)
    • Japanese – おはよう ございます ohayoou gozaimasu (pronounced o-ha-yo (go-zai-mass); good morning), 今日は konnichi wa (pronounced kong-nee-chee-wa; daytime or afternoon), 今晩は konbanwa (pronounced kong-ban-wa; evening); もし もし moshi moshi (pronounced moh-shee moh-shee; when calling/answering the phone); どうも doumo (pronounced doh-moh; informal way of thanking/greeting, but means countless other things as well so only use when context makes sense)
    • Jibberishhuthegelluthego, h-idiguh-el l-idiguh-o (formal), h-diguh-i (informal), h-idiguh-ow a-diguh-re y-idigah-ou? (meaning “how are you?”)
    • Jamaican(slang)- Yow Wah gwaan (pronounced wa-gwaan)
    • Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) – kwe kwe (pronounced gway gway)
    • Kannada – namaskara
    • Kazakh – Salem (hello), Kalay zhagday (How are you?)
    • KlingonnuqneH? [nook-neck] (literally: “what do you want?”)
    • Konkani:Namaskar,Namaskaru (I bow to thee,formal)’,Dev baro dis div,(may God bless you with a good day,informal)
    • Korean안녕하세요ahn nyeong ha se yo (formal; pronouned on-nyoung-ha-say-yo), 안녕ahn nyeong (informal; can also be used to mean “goodbye”)(when calling/answering the phone”; 여보세요 “yeo-bo-sae-yo” (prounounced “yuh-boh-say-yoe”)
    • Kurdishchoni, roj bahsh (day; pronounced rohzj bahsh)
    • Lao – sabaidee (pronounced sa-bai-dee)
    • Latin (Classical) – salve (pronounced sal-way; when talking to one person), salvete (pronounced sal-way-tay; when talking to more than one person), ave (pronounced ar-way; when talking to one person; when talking to someone respected), avete (pronounced ar-way-tay; when talking to more than one respected person)
    • Latvian – labdien, sveiki, chau (informal; pronounced chow).
    • Lingala – mbote
    • Lithuanianlaba diena (formal), labas, sveikas (informal; when speaking to a male), sveika (informal; when speaking to a female), sveiki (informal; when speaking to more than one person).
    • Lojban – coi
    • Luxembourgish – moïen (pronounced MOY-en)
    • Slavomacedonian – Здраво (Zdravo; meaning Hello), Добро утро (Dobro utro; meaning Good morning), Добар ден (Dobar den; meaning Good day), Добро вечер (Dobro vecher; meaning Good evening)
    • Malayalam – namaskkaram
    • Malaysian – Selamat datang, which can also mean welcome (pronounced seh-la-mat dah-tan, the g is silent) or you could say apa khabar, which can also mean how are you (pronounced a-pa ka-bar)
    • Maldivian (Dhivehi) – kihineth (meaning “how” – the common way of greeting)
    • Maltese – merħba (meaning “welcome”), bonġu (morning), bonswa or il-lejl it-tajjeb (evening)
    • Maori – kia ora (kia o ra) (literally “be well/healthy” and is translated as an informal “hi.” This term has also been adopted by English speakers in New Zealand), tena koe, ata marie, morena (good morning)
    • Marathi – namaskar
    • Marshallese – iakwe (pronounced YAH kway)
    • Mongolian – sain baina uu? (pronounced saa-yen baya-nu; formal), sain uu? (pronounced say-noo; informal), ugluunii mend (morning; pronounced ohglohny mend), udriin mend (afternoon, pronounced ohdriin mend), oroin mend (evening; pronounced or-oh-in mend)
    • Nahuatl – niltze, hao
    • Naokien – Atetgrealot (formal), atetel (informal)
    • Navajo – ya’at’eeh (Hello or Good) (pronunciation dependant upon the tribe, or area of the reservation you are on)
    • Na’vi – kaltxì (informal) (pronounced kal-T-ì with an emphasis on the T), Oel ngati kameie (formal) (pronounced o-el nga-ti kamei-e)
    • Niuean – faka lofa lahi atu (formal) fakalofa (informal)
    • Neapolitan – cia, cha
    • Nepalbhasha – Jwajalapa, ज्वजलपा
    • Nepali – namaskar, namaste, k cha (informal), kasto cha
    • Northern Germanmoin moin
    • Northern Sotho – dumelang
    • Norwegianhei (“hi”), hallo (“hello”), heisann (“hi there”), god morgen (“good morning”), god dag (“good day”), god kveld (“good evening”).
    • Oshikwanyama – wa uhala po, meme? (to a female; response is ee), wa uhala po, tate? (to a male; response is ee) nawa tuu? (response is ee; formal), ongaipi? (meaning “how is it?”; informal)
    • Oromo(Afan Oromo) – asham (hi’)akkam? (how are you?),nagaa (peace, peace be with u)
    • Palauan – alii (pronounced Ah-Lee)
    • Persiansalaam or do-rood (see note above – salaam is an abbreviation, the full version being as-salaam-o-aleykum in all Islamic societies)
    • Pig Latineyhay (informal), ellohay (formal), atswhay upay? (“what’s up?”)
    • Polish – dzień dobry (formal), witaj (hello) cześć (hi, pronounced, “cheshch”)
    • Portugueseoi, boas, olá or alô (informal); bom dia or bons dias (good morning, used before noon or before the noon meal); boa tarde or boas tardes (good afternoon, used after noon or after the noon meal, until twilight); boa noite or boas noites (good evening and good night, used after twilight).
    • Punjabi – sat sri akal
    • Rajasthani (Marwari)- Khamma Ghani sa, Ram Ram sa
    • Romaniansalut, buna dimineata (formal; morning) buna ziua (formal; daytime) buna searaformal; evening), buna (usually when speaking to a female pronounced boo-nhuh)
    • RussianPrivet!pronounced as pree-vyet (informal), zdravstvuyte (formal; pronounced ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh)
    • Samoantalofa (formal), malo (informal)
    • Scanian – haja (universal), hallå (informal), go’da (formal), go’maren (morning), go’aften (evening)
    • Scottish, howzitgaun (informal, means “Hello, how are you?”) hello (formal)
    • Senegal – salamaleikum
    • Serbian – zdravo, ćao (informal), dobro jutro (morning, pronounced dobro yutro), dobar dan (afternoon), dobro veče (pronounced dobro vetcheah evening), laku noć (night), do viđenja (see you soon)
    • Sinhala – a`yubowan (pronounced au-bo-wan; meaning “long live”)kohomada? (ko-ho-ma-da meaning how are you?)
    • Slovak – dobrý deň (formal), ahoj (pronounced ahoy), čau (pronounced chow) and dobrý (informal abbreviation)
    • Slovenian — živjo (informal; pronounced zhivyo), dobro jutro (morning), dober dan (afternoon), dober večer (evening; pronounced doh-bear vetch-air)
    • South African English – hoezit (pronounced howzit; informal)
    • Spanishhola (pronounced with a silent ‘h’: o-la), alo, qué onda (South America;very informal, like “what’s up”; pronounced keh ondah), qué hay, (South America; very informal), qué pasa (Spain, informal), buenos días (“good morning”), buenas tardes (afternoon and early evening), buenas noches (late evening and night). These three forms can be made informal by saying “buenas”. Also Qué Transa (Mexico;very informal, like “what’s up” pronounced keh trahansa). Qué tál, meaning “what’s up”, pronounced “kay tal”.
    • Sulka – marot (morning; pronounced mah-rote [rolled r and lengthened o], mavlemas (afternoon; v is pronounced as a fricative b), masegin (evening; g is pronounced as a fricative)
    • Swahili – jambo? or “hujambo?,” which loosely translate as ‘how are you?’ are commonly used but you may also say Habari gani? (What is the news?)
    • Swedish – tja (very informal; pronounced sha), hej (informal; pronounced hey), god dag (formal)
    • Swiss Germanhallo (informal), grüezi (formal, pronounced kind of grew-tsi), grüessech (formal, used in the Canton of Berne, pronounced grewe-thech)
    • Tagalog (Pilipino – Philippines) – Kumusta po kayo? (formal, means “How are you, sir or madam”, pronounced “kuh-muh-stah poh kah-yoh”), Kumusta ka? (informal, means “how are you?”, “kuh-muh-stah kah”). You can also add na when talking to someone you haven’t see in a while, Kumusta na po kayo? or Kumusta ka na?. Magandang umaga po (Good morning, pronounced “mah-gan-dang oo-mah-gah poh”), Magandang hapon po (Good afternoon, “mah-gan-dang ha-pon poh”), Magandang gabi po (Good evening or night, “mah-gan-dang gah-beh poh”), Magandang tanghali po (good day, literally midday or noon, “mah-gan-dang tang-ha-leh poh”); NOTE: to make these informal greetings, drop po from the end and add the person’s first name. Still, some people use words like mare or pare (very informal greeting, mare pronounced “mah-reh” for a close female friend; pare pronounced “pah-reh” for a close male friend). You may add it either before or after the greeting. Example, Mare, kumusta ka na? or Kumusta ka na, pare?
    • Tahitian – ia orana
    • Taiwanese (Hokkien) – Li-ho
    • Tamil – vanakkam
    • Telugu- namaskaram, baagunnara (means “how are you?”; formal)
    • Tetum (Timor – Leste) – bondia (morning), botarde (afternoon), bonite (evening)
    • Thaisawa dee-ka (said by a female), sawa dee-krap (said by a male)
    • Tigrinya (Eritrea) – selam
    • Tongan – malo e lelei
    • Tshiluba – moyo
    • Tsonga (South Africa) – minjhani (when greeting adults), kunjhani (when greeting your peer group or your juniors)
    • Turkishmerhaba selam (formal), selam (Informal)
    • Ukranian – dobriy ranok (formal; morning), dobriy den (formal; afternoon), dobriy vechir (formal; evening), pryvit (informal)
    • Uzbek – Assalomu Alaykum (Formal) Salom(Informal) YM
    • Ung Tongue – Hello (This is a made-up language, like Pig latin. This is pronounced Hung-ee-lung-lung-oh.)
    • Urduadaab or salam or as salam alei kum (the full form, to which the reply would be waa lay kum assalaam in most cases)
    • Vietnamese – xin chào (pronounced sin DJOW)
    • Welsh – shwmae (South Wales; pronounced shoe-my), “Sut Mae” North Wales( pron “sit my”) or “S’mae” ( Pron “S’ my”) or simply “Helo”
    • Yiddish – sholem aleikhem (literally “may peace be unto you”), borokhim aboyem or gut morgn (morning), gutn ovnt (evening), gutn tog (day), gut shabbos (only used on the Sabbath)
    • Yoruba – E karo (Good morning), E ku irole (Good afternoon), E ku ale (good night).
    • Zulu – sawubona for one person, “sanibonani” for multiple people. Sawubona translates to mean ‘we see you’ and you should respond by saying “yebo”-meaning ‘yes’

    Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Middle-Age Midwestern Experience Quest November 28, 2010

Filed under: Image that,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 6:37 pm

SUCH A RELAXING SUNDAY – (enjoy a way to unwind.)

I’m starting to unwind from my drive back from Wisconsin. So I thought I’d share my new idea for an adventure.

I’m having foot surgery next week and I won’t be able to drive for 6 weeks. After that, I’m going to fill the void in my life with an Experience Quest. What is it you ask?

It’s part bucket list and part Eat, Pray, Love. Since I don’t have any extra moola, my experiences need to be midwest-based and affordable. Yes I’ve done lots of things in my life already like hot air ballooning, riding an ostrich and climbing the pyramids. But I need more excitement! So if you have any marvelous ideas on things to add to my list, I’d love to hear them. Just send me a message on facebook.

Starting this winter, my family up in cheeseland have convinced me to do the Polar Plunge for charity in February. It’s a charity drive for special Olympics. Perhaps you’d like to pledge once I find out the details?

I’m also going to try to go dog sledding while I’m there too. I informed my sister that she will be regular sledding down a hill with me but she said the only hill her ass is going down is the small incline in her front yard. Damn wienie!

So I’m thinking to prepare for a polar plunge one must try it out in some fashion first. So lightbulb – ding! Fill the bathtub with cold water and ice cubes. I’ll see if I can handle it. I guess I better add a cold fan to the mix to so I can get the full effect.

Anyway, that’s the plan. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Extra Sexy Turkey November 24, 2010

Filed under: Image that,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 6:13 pm


Here is a great Thanksgiving Day Recipe…..


1 whole turkey
1 large lemon, cut into halves
salt and pepper to taste
butter or olive oil, whichever you prefer.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Rub butter or oil over the skin of the turkey until it is completely coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you prefer. Take a knife and gently separate the skin from the breast meat.

Slide lemon halves under the skin with the peel side up, one on each side. This way the juice from the lemon will release into the breasts.

Cover and bake for 30-45 minutes.

Remove cover and continue to roast until juices run clear, basting every 15-20 minutes.If you’ve followed these steps correctly, your turkey should look like the one in the picture above Bon Appetit!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Testicles – Eat them up Yum! November 20, 2010

Filed under: Image that,Interesting,Now THAT's a story! — celebrationgoddess @ 8:23 am

As Thanksgiving approaches each year, it’s also marks the season for turkey testicle festivals that take place throughout the USA and are especially popular in Illinois.

And why not – after all, turkey testicles are thought to be an aphrodisiac.

I’ve always wanted to go to the TURKEY TESTICLE FESTIVAL but just have never made it. What is it you ask? It’s a festival that has been going on in Huntley Illinois since 1978. They fry up about 1,200 pounds of testicles every year and the festival raised approximately $30,000 for local charities in 2007. You pay $10.00 at the door and that goes to charity. There are bikers to see, testicles to eat, beer to drink, music to listen and dance to and I’m sure it’s great people watching too!

It sounds like fun to me! Here’s all the details: http://www.parksidepubhuntley.com/

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Laughter Yoga!!! November 18, 2010

Filed under: Image that,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 7:56 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)


I’m going to learn how to do laughter yoga tonight through meet up group. There are 3 spots left. Tempting????

Laughter Yoga Drop-In Circle – 6:30pm

This will be a fun and interactive session of Laughter Yoga with Mary Martin, a certified Laughter Yoga instructor. NOTE: You do not need a yoga mat or to wear anything special, laughter yoga is all done sitting on chairs or standing. (No charge)

This event is hosted by The Present Moment and the number of people there from month to month fluctuates a great deal although it seems to be getting bigger. Please try to come a little early to secure a spot and then we’ll be able to chat as well.

The Present Moment
521 North Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, Illinois 60048

We all know that laughter makes us feel good. In addition, you burn 3 calories every time you laugh. I’m gonna lose 20 pounds!

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout.

The brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, a Physician from Mumbai, India, launched the first Laughter Club at a Park on March 13, 1995, with merely a handful of persons. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 Social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries.

Laughter Yoga combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

Laughter Clubs Free for All

Laughter Yoga Clubs are Social Clubs, free for all. There is no membership fee, no forms to fill, and no fuss. These Clubs are run by volunteers trained as Laughter Yoga Teachers and Laughter Yoga Leaders. Laughter Clubs are non-political, non-religious and non-profit, and run directly by Laughter Clubs International in India, and Laughter Yoga International in the rest of the world.

Mission – World Peace

The goal of Laughter Yoga is to bring good health, joy and world peace through Laughter. Laughter is universal with no language and cultural barriers. Laughter Yoga Clubs are fast growing into a worldwide community of like-minded people who believe in unconditional Love, Laughter and Fellowship. Every first Sunday of May is celebrated as World Laughter Day. In the year 2000, nearly 10,000 people laughed together in Copenhagen, Denmark to set a Guinness Book Record.

Life Changing Experience

Throughout India, thousands of Laughter Yoga Clubs meet every morning in public parks. Most Laughter Club members proudly report that they have not missed a day in five years or more. They say it makes them happy, healthy and energized – effecting a transformation in their lives. The Laughter Yoga session each day, results in positive energy that makes it easy to cope with stress of daily life and saves them from depression. In fact, the impact of laughter is so profound that many practitioners claim they no longer need anti-depressants. The sustained positive emotions keep them coming back for more.

Participants of Laughter Yoga report significant general health improvements. Many have felt a reduction in the frequency of respiratory infections like common cold and flu, and some others reported overcoming depression, relief/cure from chronic medical problems. With people’s committed participation, Laughter Yoga has helped many people become healthier.

Scientifically Proven

Clinical research on Laughter Yoga methods, conducted at the University of Graz in Austria; Bangalore, India; and in the United States has proved that Laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc) in the blood. It fosters a positive and hopeful attitude. It is less likely for a person to succumb to stress and feelings of depression and helplessness, if one is able to laugh away the troubles.

Laughter Yoga in Schools

In India, Laughter Yoga has been introduced in many schools of Surat, Baroda and Bangalore. The school schedule includes ten minutes of Laughter in the Morning Assembly, followed by five minutes of Laughter Session in the classrooms both at the beginning and at the end of the day. This routine has shown that the mood and atmosphere gets energized. Teachers and students are happier together, with a more positive outlook, and improves communication, discipline and attendance. Academic results have also shown improvement. Outside India, Ithaca College, New York and in Minnesota in the United States are fast becoming popular with the college students.

Laughter Yoga and Business World

Scientific research reveals that Laughter can help resolve many major issues at the workplace, yet, till now there has been no reliable and effective system to deliver laughter. Humor was the only tool available, but it is not reliable and seldom leads to continuous hearty laughter. Laughter Yoga is a breakthrough laughter delivery system that can enable a person to laugh continuously for 15 to 20 minutes with short breaks of Yogic Breathing. Many Laughter Yoga professionals have presented sessions to the business community, with positive results.

The concept is gaining popularity in companies and corporations in India, Denmark, US and many other countries. It is a powerful force for improving staff performance at the workplace. This was recently confirmed by studies in India and the USA, that showed a substantial stress reduction and enhanced productivity by the staff after just three weeks of Laughter Sessions.

Seniors and Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is being practiced by Seniors in many aged care facilities in Canada, USA, Israel and Europe. There is a distinct rise in life expectancy with improvement in health care, and advancement in medical technology. In fact, ten years from now the number of older people would have almost doubled. Faced with age and age-related troubles, Seniors find their physical and mental faculties on the decline. Since the cognitive abilities in seniors are compromised due to senile dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, they find it difficult to comprehend humor. Therefore, Laughter Yoga is the ideal form of exercise routine that can help them to get complete health benefits of Laughter.

Laughter Yoga and Cancer Patients

A significant number of Laughter Club members around the world suffer some kind of cancer, and laughter has brought a new hope in their lives. Many have reported that regular Laughter Sessions have benefited them tremendously. Cancer is the next biggest killer after Depression and Heart problems. Scientific research has proved that laughter has a profound impact on the immune system that influences the course of survival of cancer patients. Laughter Yoga has been effectively implemented in many Cancer Hospitals, helping the patients and their caregivers, cope with pain and trauma. Swedish Cancer Hospital in Chicago, USA, conducts Laughter Yoga regularly during the chemotherapy sessions.

Laughter Yoga in Prisons

Laughter Yoga is being practiced in several prisons in India, Europe and USA. British actor John Cleese visited Mumbai Prison in the year 2001 during the making of a documentary for BBC, on Human Expressions. He found that laughter had a profound impact on the prisoners, and the atmosphere in general lightened. With the rise in crime all over the world, the prisons are overburdened with prisoners, harboring negative emotions and thoughts. Laughter Yoga is a great method of dissipating negative feelings of anger and frustration. Many prisoners in India have found Laughter Yoga an effective tool to release their negative emotions. There have been positive changes in prisoner attitude, better prisoner-staff relations and reduced violence.

Laughter Yoga with Physically and Mentally Challenged

Laughter Yoga has made a major difference in the lives of many people with physical and mental disabilities in India, Canada, USA and Portugal. In fact, in Bangalore, India, the introduction of Laughter Yoga for the mentally and the physically challenged children has revealed a marked improvement in their motor and expressive skills besides control of hyperactiveness. Many such people who come to these sessions in wheel chairs have shown tremendous improvement in their physical condition and mental health. Laughter Yoga has also been introduced in many schools for the Blind, and among the deaf and mute children, to help them cope with their disabilities and generate a more positive attitude, that will help them to enhance their wellbeing.

Who doesn’t feel better after a good belly laugh? Remember that guy in the red suit?

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!