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Dad June 19, 2011

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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!



Get out the Spandex-Remember Roller Derby?!!! January 15, 2011

Filed under: Now THAT's a story! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:15 am

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

Zoom – CRASH! See them tonight!

I had a friend up visiting from Florida. She got a new pair of roller blades from her honey for Christmas. Since she lives near Miami, she’s acquired a new “girlfriend” who is very manly looking and they skate together. Her friend just happens to be in the Roller Derby and has the nickname SNIP. So it got me thinking about roller derby and it turns out they have it in Chicago. How fun! I remember watching roller derby all the time on TV (ahem I am in my 40’s….)

Windy City Rollers

Elizabeth “Juanna Rumbel” Gomez and Kelly “Sister Sledgehammer” Simmons could never have imagined what was in store for them when Juanna brought the idea of roller derby back from a trip to Austin, Texas, the derby revival capital. In September of 2004, that little idea became a reality when the pair recruited and formed Chicago’s premiere all-female flat track derby league–the Windy City Rollers.

The first season started in 2005 at Chicago’s historic Congress Theater, where they attracted the largest derby audience any flat track team had seen at the time. After realizing that the small track at the Congress was detrimental to their success on a national level, they relocated to The Stadium in Cicero for their second season. As bouts began selling out the 1,500-capacity Cicero Stadium, the league looked into finding a space in its namesake city that would enable league growth to continue at the same rapid pace. An agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago was formalized in July 2008 that made the UIC Pavilion the league’s new home.

The Windy City Rollers have been proud members of WFTDA (Womens Flat Track Derby Association) since its inception. There are now 4 national regions, and the Windy City Roller All-Stars are the currently #1 in the North Central Region.

For the future, the Windy City Rollers are focused on remaining a force in the national flat track derby arena. They strive to make roller derby synonymous with Chicago, as they remain tied to their home and especially to their fans. By continuing to train hard, the league will dominate in competition nationwide and keep the local regular season exciting and competitive.


  • The Jammer: The star of the show if you will. This skater has a star helmet cover and scores all the points for her team. She’s quick and agile, and covets that Lead Jammer status.
  • The Pivot: Skater with a striped helmet cover.  This little lady sets the pace of the pack and is often called the “last line of defense”. The brains of the operation!
  • The Blocker: You won’t catch her with a helmet cover, but she can and will knock down whomever she can to make sure her jammer gets through the pack first.  Beauty and brawn all in one tight package!

What’s What

Scoring is quick and the hits are crushing, so try not to blink! Five players from each team line up on the track (1 Pivot, 3 Blockers, and 1 Jammer). One whistle blows to start the Blockers (or “Pack“) and two short whistles blow to start the Jammers.  The first Jammer to make it through the Pack is named Lead Jammer, which gives her the right to end the play (or “Jam“) at any time. On the next pass, both Jammers start scoring Points for each player on the opposing team they pass. Pivots and blockers from the opposing team try to hold her back or knock her down, while her own team tries its best to make holes for her to slip through. It’s offense and defense at the same time— you’ll have to see it to believe it!


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Testicles – Eat them up Yum! November 20, 2010

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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!



History of Halloween October 28, 2010

Filed under: Now THAT's a story! — celebrationgoddess @ 7:05 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

Here is a tiny bit of history.

About 2,000 years ago in the area of the world that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, lived a group of people called the Celts.  The Celts’ lives revolved around growing their food, and considered the end of the year to be the end of the harvest season.  So, they celebrated new year’s eve each year on October 31st with a festival called “Samhain,” named after their Lord of the Dead (also known as the Lord of Darkness).  Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-in’) was presided over by Celtic priests called Druids.

Back then, winter was the time of year associated with human death.  The Celts believed that on the night that marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead blurred allowing ghosts of the dead to return to earth.  Celts thought that the presence of the ghosts made it easier for the Druids, their priests, to predict the future.  These predictions were an important source of comfort and direction for the Celts during their long, dark, frightening winters.

To celebrate Samhain, the Druids built huge sacred bonfires around which the Celts gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to their ancient gods.  During the celebration, the Celts dressed up in costumes consisting of animal heads and skins and tried to tell each other’s fortunes.

The Celts eventually were conquered by the Romans, and by about the year 43 AD two Roman festivals were combined with the Celtic Samhain festival.  The first Roman festival was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead.  The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.  The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples practiced today on Halloween.

By 800 AD, the influence of Christianity spread into Celtic lands.  In the seventh century, replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st as All Saints’ Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs.  The combined and updated celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

I watched a whole program on the history channel that was quite interesting. It spoke of medieval times and the fact that people went house to house asking for soul cakes. In return they prayed for people in purgatory.

Also there was the practice of going house to house and begging for food in masks. That way if you didn’t give food, the mask wearer’s may do damage to your property. And the masks protected them from people knowing who they were.

In the 1600’s they started the practice of carving turnips.

Stingy Jack, perhaps also known as Jack the Smith and Jack of the Lantern, is a mythical character apparently associated with All Hallows Eve. It is common lore that the “jack-o’-lantern” is derived from the character.

As the story goes, several centuries ago amongst the myriad of towns and villages in Ireland, there lived a drunkard known as “Jack the Smith”. Jack was known throughout the land as a deceiver, manipulator and otherwise dreg of society. On a fateful night, the devil overheard the tale of Jack’s evil deeds and silver tongue. Unconvinced (and envious) of the rumors, the devil went to find out for himself whether or not Jack lived up to his vile reputation.

Typical of Jack, he was drunk and wandering through the countryside at night when he came upon a body on his cobblestone path. The body with an eerie grimace on its face turned out to be the Devil. Jack realized somberly this was his end; the devil had finally come to collect his malevolent soul. Jack made a last request: he asked the devil to let him drink ale before he departed to hell. Finding no reason not to acquiesce the request, the devil took Jack to the local pub and supplied him with many alcoholic beverages. Upon quenching his thirst, Jack asked the devil to pay the tab on the ale, to the devil’s surprise. Jack convinced the devil to metamorphose into a silver coin with which to pay the bartender (impressed upon by Jack’s unyielding nefarious tactics). Shrewdly, Jack stuck the now transmogrified devil (coin) into his pocket, which also contained a crucifix. The crucifix’s presence prevented the devil from escaping his form. This coerced the devil to agree to Jack’s demand: in exchange for the devil’s freedom, the devil had to spare Jack’s soul for 10 years.

Ten years later to the date when Jack originally struck his deal, he found himself once again in the devil’s presence. Same as the setting before, Jack happened upon the devil and seemingly accepted it was his time to go to hell for good. As the devil prepared to take him to the underworld, Jack asked if he could have one apple to feed his starving belly. Foolishly the devil once again agreed to this request. As the devil climbed up the branches of a nearby apple tree, Jack surrounded its base with crucifixes. The devil, frustrated at the fact that he been entrapped again, demanded his release. As Jack did before, he demanded that his soul never be taken by the devil into hell. The devil agreed and was set free.

Eventually the drinking and unstable lifestyle took its toll on Jack; he died the way he lived. As Jack’s soul prepared to enter heaven through the gates of St. Peter he was stopped. Jack was told that because of his sinful lifestyle of deceitfulness and drinking, he was not allowed into heaven. The dreary Jack went before the Gates of Hell and begged for commission into underworld. The devil, fulfilling his obligation to Jack, could not take his soul. To warn others, he gave Jack an ember, marking him a denizen of the netherworld. From that day on until eternity’s end, Jack is doomed to roam the world between the planes of good and evil, with only an ember inside a hollowed turnip  to light his way.

There used to be a lot of drunkenness and things would get out of hand back in the olden times and then in the 50′ and 60’s kids used to like to do tricks on their neighbors. So in an attempt to solve the problems then and in the 60’s, people starting giving parties to contain the “fun” so to speak. There was games and treats. Why go egg someone, when you could eat delicious treats? Along came “The Great Pumpkin” with Charlie Brown and the rest is history. We have a fun holiday. With spookiness, treats, drinking, and costumes.

Happy Halloween! It’s one of my favorite times of the year. I love dressing up. Come on–I’m a goddess!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Rah rah sis boom bah October 16, 2010

Filed under: Image that,Now THAT's a story! — celebrationgoddess @ 8:35 am

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

Grayslake Central stayed alive in its quest for a playoff berth by beating crosstown rival Grayslake North 34-7 in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division game Friday night!

What a blast from the past! I attended this football game last night with my friend Cindy (who I’ve been friends with since I’ve been about 8 years old). We were cheerleaders and pom pons back in the day. Her daughter did the same. I guess that love of dance just runs in the veins.

I broke out my more than 30 year old old high school jacket for the evening. It made everyone laugh. “You still fit in that thing?” Oh duh they made them huge!

Cindy’s son Brock plays drums in the marching band. The theme of the evening was Breast Cancer Awareness. So there was pink everywhere! My crappy camera phone didn’t really live up, but here are some pics of some freezing pink boys!

It was really great people watching. Well enjoy your Saturday people. I’m off to dot lots of things, make some type of dessert for today, and see a speaker at my tri-garden club meeting. Hope you all enjoy your Saturday as well.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Red Hot Annie October 6, 2010

Filed under: Interesting,Meet a goddess!,Now THAT's a story! — celebrationgoddess @ 6:17 am

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

Our amazing goddess this week is: Annie Weinert. Her goddess name: Red Hot Annie

Red Hot Annie began as – and remains – a pinup model since 2003.  With an extensive performance background to draw on (having performed in nearly 50 bone fide theatre productions in about 13 years), she turned her attentions to burlesque in early 2008. In short order, she has become one of the most recognizable and visible faces in Chicago burlesque, blending comedy, sexiness, and storytelling into a crowd-pleasing style.

In July 2008, Red Hot Annie paired up with Dick Dijon to create Vaudezilla Productions, which has become a major force in Chicago by redefining the burlesque bar show and setting a new standard for burlesque variety shows. If you remember, I featured this company on my blog on September 18 because it sounded so interesting and different.

In 2009, she began expanding her presence beyond Chicago, making appearances at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the Texas Burlesque Festival, both of which have accepted her again in 2010. She regularly pops up all over the midwest and welcomes performance inquiries from other states & countries. http://redhotannie.com/ Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you: Red Hot Annie really knows how to make the wieners boil! (I just love her tagline!)

So having met Red Hot through social media, I offered to “expose” my readers to this beautiful woman. Being a red head myself, I simply can relate to being red hot! Hey people get up off the floor – I realize you’re laughing at that remark.

She has a free show next week and here is the information. I think I may just have to go see the show (especially Red Hot)  and learn a little about how to toss my boa! Ta da!!!

Vaudezilla presents Lincoln Fair, A Monthly Burlesque Exposition
Friday, October 15 – 9:00pm & 11:00pm (two different shows)

Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60657

Cover Charge: FREE

American burlesque got its start right here in Chicago in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition. And a few short months ago, Vaudezilla played an integral role in paying tribute to that as one of the producers of the first-ever Windy City Burlesque Fest, and now we bring you “Lincoln Fair: A Monthly Burlesque Expo.”

Every month, we’ll bring you everything you’ve come to expect from a Vaudezilla show: the finest burlesque talent that the Windy City has to offer, the fabulous Vaudezilla Vixens, our trademark swag bags, and more fun than the law should allow!

This month, expect two free shows, plus a free BOA lesson, eyelash applications, and submit a joke contest, but you never know just what Vaudezilla has in store for the future of this event!

Donna Touch,Jez Loueez,Barrett All,RenZena,Trixie Sparx,Cherry Brandi,Wham Bam Pam (Washington DC),Red Rum

Red Hot Annie,Donna Touch,Jeez Loueez,Wham Bam Pam (Washington DC),The Lady Aye (New York City),Chasity Chaos,Deirdre Doll,Dolls of Doom

I hope you enjoyed learning about another new goddess. Until next week:

Nobody seems to know yet how television is going to affect the radio, movies, love, housekeeping or the church, but it has definitely revived vaudeville.  – Edgar Bergen

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Deep-fried Beer August 26, 2010

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

This is so great I had to put 2 posts out for Friday! What man wouldn’t love this?

By jbrookston
Thursday, August 26th, 2010 at 11:44 am in On Beer.

Here’s something a little unusual out of Texas, where someone has a new patented process for making “Fried Beer.” Not sure when, or if, it will hit California, but we can hope it will be soon. Personally, I’ve often used the proverb “frying makes every thing taste better,” and people who’ve eaten with me know I take that seriously. I live for French fries and potato chips, and my favorite sandwich is the Monte Cristo, essentially a deep-friend sandwich. I’ll fry pretty much anything, and indeed have tried frying many an unusual foodstuff. There’s certainly a rich tradition of using beer in batters and other sauces that food is cooked in, but I confess I’ve never considered frying the liquid itself, for what I thought were obvious reasons. But then I don’t have Mark Zable’s experience and wherewithal. His father Norman has had a Belgian Waffle concession stand at the Texas State Fair for 47 years, and several years ago his som Mark began tinkering with a number of new food ideas, such as Chocolate Covered Strawberry Waffle Balls and Sweet Jalapeno Corn Dog Shrimp.

But it’s his latest creation that made me sit up and take notice: Fried Beer, which they’ve trademarked and the process they use is also being patented.


To me they look a bit like ravioli with beer inside. Three years in the making, the Dallas Morning News has the story:

For three years, Zable has been on a mission to concoct Fried Beer. He remembers staring at a bar menu in a restaurant. Calamari. Nachos. Fried cheese.


“Someone needs to figure out a way to fry beer,” he thought.

Zable started experimenting. But the beer-and-dough concoction kept exploding once it hit the fryer. He kept getting burned.

So he consulted with a food scientist — still, no luck.

Then, earlier this year, he finally found the recipe for success. Now Zable keeps the process shrouded in secrecy and has applied for a Fried Beer patent and trademark.

Mark Zable figured out how to fry beer by sealing it in dough. He had to persist because early efforts blew up.

I’m certainly willing to give it a try. Apparently when you bite into it, the beer squirts out into your mouth to mix its flavor with the dough. How bad could that be? It will debut at the Texas Fair and is also one of eight finalists in the Sixth Annual Big Tex Choice Awards.

Mark Zable with his fried beer. [photo by Vernon Bryant, Dallas Morning News.]

And here’s Zable talking about what he went through to come up with it:

They’ve also set up a website, where they further describe Fried Beer:

People said it could not be done; impossible is what we were told! When you put beer into a fryer, it will cause a violent reaction with the oil…

We took that challenge and did everything we could to prove naysayers wrong! As a result of three years of research and development, we are now excited to present Fried Beer™ to the world! In such a revolutionary way, we are able to put beer inside dough that is shaped like a ravioli and deep fry it. The process is so unique, we have a patent pending on the manufacturing process!

By using our patent pending process, we are able to place beer inside a salty pretzel like dough, and deep fry it. When you take a bite, beer pours out of the inside pocket of dough. We even had to get the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to rule on our new product. The verdict… You have to be over the age of 21 to purchase Fried Beer™.

The only other food I’ve seen that’s even similar is a Korean dish also called “Deep-Fried Beer” at the Korean Food website ZenKimchi’s Korean Food Journal. ZenKimchi even includes the recipe, though it seems more like a deep-fried batter that includes beer as an ingredient, so I’m not quite sure if it’s misnamed or it is similar at all. Though I may have to give the recipe a try one of these days.


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Wrong Number! August 18, 2010

Filed under: Now THAT's a story! — celebrationgoddess @ 12:05 pm

WACKY WEDNESDAY – (It’s Wednesday – enjoy an interesting story on this hump day!)

Leola Starling of Ribrock, Tenn., had a serious telephone problem.

But unlike most people she did something about it.

The brand-new $10 million Ribrock Plaza Motel opened nearby and had acquired almost the same telephone number as Leola.

From the moment the motel opened, Leola was besieged by calls not for her. Since she had the same phone number for years, she felt that she had a case to persuade the motel management to change its number. Naturally, the management refused claiming that it could not change its stationery. The phone company was not helpful, either. A number was a number, and just because a customer was getting someone else’s calls 24 hours a day didn’t make it responsible. After her pleas fell on deaf ears, Leola decided to take matters into her own hands.

At 9 o’clock the phone rang. Someone from Memphis was calling the motel and asked for a room for the following Tuesday. Leola said, “No problem. How many nights?”

A few hours later Dallas checked in. A secretary wanted a suite with two bedrooms for a week. Emboldened, Leola said the Presidential Suite on the 10th floor was available for $600 a night. The secretary said that she would take it and asked if the hotel wanted a deposit. “No, that won’t be necessary,” Leola said. “We trust you.”

The next day was a busy one for Leola. In the morning, she booked an electric appliance manufacturers’ convention for Memorial Day weekend, a college prom and a reunion of the 82nd Airborne veterans from World War II.

She turned on her answering machine during lunchtime so that she could watch the O.J. Simpson trial, but her biggest challenge came in the afternoon when a mother called to book the ballroom for her daughter’s wedding in June.

Leola assured the woman that it would be no problem and asked if she would be providing the flowers or did she want the hotel to take care of it. The mother said that she would prefer the hotel to handle the floral arrangements. Then the question of valet parking came up.

Once again Leola was helpful. “There’s no charge for valet parking, but we always recommend that the client tips the drivers.”

Within a few months, the Ribrock Plaza Motel was a disaster area.

People kept showing up for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and Sweet Sixteen parties and were all told there were no such events.

Leola had her final revenge when she read in the local paper that the motel might go bankrupt. Her phone rang, and an executive from Marriott said, “We’re prepared to offer you $200,000 for the motel.”

Leola replied. “We’ll take it, but only if you change the telephone number.”

What do you long to do to get back at someone?

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!