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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sweethearts of the 60s

If you have the given name Paula and are a baby boomer then, you have inevitably been addressed at some time in your life as "hey, hey, Paula!" Not simply as spoken words but rhythmically in tune with the great 1963 No.1 hit, which was performed by a special duo affectionately referred to as the "Sweethearts of the 60s"! Of course, the song in today's spotlight is not limited to enjoyment by only all the Paula's of the world. Long live the 60s! Long live Rock 'n' Roll!

Today in Music History: February 9, 1963

Welcome into the Spotlight...

Paul and Paula 60s

'til now

Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson, aka, Paul and Paula 
pop singing duo best known by their No.1 hit "Hey Paula"

"Hey Paula" sold sixteen thousand records in one day and it didn't take long for Shelby Singleton of Mercury Records to call the Major, wanting to buy the master tape. "One other thing", said Singleton. "This is 'Hey Paula', by Jill and Ray...that doesn't make any sense at all. We're gonna change it to Paul and Paula". At first, Jill and Ray didn't like that idea, because everyone in Texas knew them by their real names, but they got used to it. [Source: Cape Entertainment]

1963 Paul and Paula started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'Hey Paula', it made No.8 in the UK. With its enticingly powerful melody, the song can be found in abundance throughout the YouTube playlists. 

Click HERE to see all the songs that were at number one on this day from 1940 - 2016.

Below are just a few...

1940 Glenn Miller - In The Mood (12 weeks)

1941 Arti Shaw - Frenesi (13 weeks)

1952 Johnnie Ray - Cry (11 weeks)

1993 Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (14 weeks)

1996 Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day (16 weeks)

2007 Beyonce - Irreplaceable (10 weeks)

2015 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (14 weeks)

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Reading in the Bathtub

If you think Talk Like A Pirate Day is the silliest day of the year, Think Again!

From the first posting of daily celebrations, it was inevitable for some crazy ways to celebrate to surface. I often wonder who comes up with such ideas and why????? Maybe just to allow a bit more humor into the day, a ray of sunshine so to speak. Who would not welcome more smiles, laughter and sunshine! So, as you Let the Good Times Roll today on Mardi Gras Day, below is just one of several crazies to also celebrate!

Read in the Bathtub Day
and this is not the ONLY day focused on "bath" time!
  • First, there's plain ol' Bathtub Day, celebrated every October 7th. We found a whole lotta very interesting info on this one – so much that it'll be needing its own dedicated post come October. (So be sure to come back and check it out.)
  • Then, there's National Bathtub Party Day. This one is simple and straightforward: Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy, it's an excuse to have a party in the tub, and is celebrated every December 5th.
  • And finally, there's Bubble Bath Day, the annual January 8th celebration which seems to have come about due to a greeting card company creation. 
Need something to do for relaxation? Why not relax in style? Read in the Bathtub Day sends out vibes of disconnecting the phone, locking the door, picking out your favorite book and simply enjoying time for yourself. Create your own calming ambiance perhaps with scented candles, posh bubble bath and for the more adventurous – perhaps the rubber duckie to keep you company!  

 Before you head off for a water-filled read-n-soak in the tub (or a pillow-filled read-n-snuggle in the tub, for those who'd rather not risk ending up with soggy books), be sure to gather your reading material!

Click the image or HERE...

And you don't have to stay indoors...
[Just keep your clothes on...hee hee!]

Image Source: Flickr
Image Source: Flickr

Use your imagination!

On February 9, you can also celebrate: 
National Toothache Day - National Bagels & Lox Day

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chocolate, Flowers or Sexy Lingerie

Have you begun thinking about or maybe even started preparing for the biggest romance day of the year? A day when spirits are lifted in both usual and unusual ways. Some stroke the heartstrings so tenderly tears are gently brushed away with a kiss; others are totally mesmerizing striking deep down into the soul. Then, of course, there are those completely unexpected bringing on smiles and laughter along with tears...bacon truffles, Christmas cactus, baby doll pajamas! Definitely not the usual chocolates, flowers or sexy lingerie!

The emotion associated with Valentine's Day is not limited simply to just that one day. With Valentine's celebrations occurring in the Winter season - the br-r-r-r-r coldest time of the year - all the more reason to snuggle up close in front of a fire with a mug of hot cocoa, spiced apple cider, classic Brandy Alexander or your favorite beverage. Why not make everyday Valentine's Day with the one you love!
Like all things there is history behind this day known for its everlasting expressions of love. Its roots date back to ancient times. Do you know why we celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th and where the holiday customs come from? 

 Maximize the window in order to read the historical facts. 
It may be necessary to pause periodically since the music 
moves faster than reading capability.

Some say this day is for couples...for lovers to express their sincerest, deepest feelings for one another. Isn't it a day to celebrate love of all ages, whether romantically involved or not? The hearts and minds of children are just as excited on this day as the most romantic of romantics. Valentine's cards, trinkets, candy and small gifts of expression are exchanged amid hugs and smiles of joy.

So, have you started getting ready for Valentine's Day?  
What thoughts or ideas do you have in mind for this very special day? Chocolates, roses, jewelry, lingerie, gift basket, stuffed animal for someone special?  Perhaps a surprise getaway, breakfast in bed, champagne brunch? Small, simple Valentine's card for a child or an assortment of cards for a group of children? A visit to a hospital, retirement center or elderly folks home? Hugs and kisses that show you care? Whatever you say or do, just don't forget the Conversation Hearts! Valentine, be mine!

It is not surprising that there are limitless possibilities, especially with the ability to traverse cyberspace over the World Wide Web. Fingers negotiate the keyboard like the hairy legs of the spider spinning its web. BUT, while the e-Valentine may contain the desired message, there is still nothing like that personalized hand-written love note! No comparison!

For whatever reason you will be celebrating Valentine's day, with that one someone special or not, just remember it is a day of love: remembering in ways to show you care.
We can be heroes, just for one day!
Be a hero for someone who simply needs no more than to know you care!

“Let the Good Times Roll”


“Laissez les bons temps rouler”, or in English, “Let the good times roll” because Mardi Gras is upon us! Mardi Gras translates to “Fat Tuesday” and marks the last day before Catholics begin Lent on Ash Wednesday, but it is celebrated around the world and often by people of various beliefs. It is a holiday that’s focus on having a good time and enjoying food and drink. What’s not to love?
February 9 is...
Mardi Gras Day

13 fun facts and trivia about Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras is New Orleans...New Orleans is Mardi Gras BUT Mardi Gras revelers are in our midst all over the country!
A Bit of Mardi Gras Tradition...

Centering on New Orleans's Christian faith, twelve days after Christmas is celebration of the coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child, aka, the Feast of the Epiphany or Little Christmas on the Twelfth Night. Along with this time of celebration comes the exchanging of gifts and feasting. The tradition continues all over the world today. During this time, a popular custom was (and still is) the baking of a special cake in honor of the three kings. The cake has been designated "A King's Cake".

After the gumbo and jambalaya comes the...

The King Cake is a New Orleans tradition that involves a pastry, a small plastic baby, and a party. The cake is baked with a small plastic baby inside.  What is the significance of the baby? Go HERE...

 Mardi Gras King Cake (Recipe)
A braided brioche or sweet roll, kind of like a crown shaped cinnamon roll all dressed up for a party.
Mardi Gras King Cake (Recipes for Style)

This frosted yeast bread can be the highlight of any Mardi Gras party!

Don't want to bake the whole cake?

 Mini King Cupcakes (Recipe)

A twist on the traditional King Cake. Only one contains the baby!

Easy Mini King Cakes (Recipe)

Super simple minis you definitely don't want to miss...

Is your mouth watering yet?




yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!


Mosey on up to the Bar

Where I live, there is no bar in town! Not even a sarsaparilla bar or a bar with a soda fountain. Makes me wonder how to celebrate the molasses bar. What kind of bar is it anyway and what are the specialties. Perhaps it is not that kind of bar anyway!

According to the foodie Patooie...
The Molasses Bar is kind of like a maple syrup brownie. It’s chewy, sweet, and the frosting has molasses in it too, making a dish that pretty much punches your mouth with an awesome fist. POW!
So, instead of jumping in your car and heading to the local bar, mosey on up to the bar (or counter) in your kitchen because

February 8 is...
National Molasses Bar Day


Molasses has been used for food sweetening since the 1500s. Molasses is adored for distinctive taste, that is why it is one of the ingredient of different sauces, baked beans, cookies and even fruitcakes. But, let's get to the bar! When did you last appreciate the taste of molasses bar? It's time to remember and celebrate National Molasses Bar Day on February 8.
Recipes for the Molasses Bar vary so click each image below and perhaps you will find just the right one for your taste. 

Molasses Bars (Recipe)
These Molasses bars are a cross between a chewy brownie and a soft molasses cookie.
Molasses-Ginger-Pecan Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan) (Recipe)
From Corrine who features the recipe: A new version of my standard granola bar recipe!

In 1919 there was a Molasses Flood in Boston?!

Chewy Molasses Bars (Recipe)
"Molasses, brown sugar, and walnuts bring chewiness, texture, and great flavor to these easy autumn lunch-box treats." 
Molasses Cake Bars (Recipe)
This tastes a lot like gingerbread without the "bite" so if you have someone in your house that just hates ginger or spicy sweets this might be a good option.
Molasses Raisin Spice Bars (Recipe)
Instead of being quite sweet, often chocolatey, with many layers and fun additions, these bars are more like a spice cake.

If  you prefer the video to the written recipe...



 Is your mouth watering yet?




yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!