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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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chipper Dipper!

NBPD                                                                  Stay Tuned: The Kipfel

What are chips without dip? What is dip without the chips? 
 These two buddies go together like peas & carrots, Jack & Jill, sugar & spice,  
macaroni & cheese...you get the picture!

National Corn Chip Day

 The most recognizable corn chip–The Frito!

In 1932, C.E. Doolin bought a small business that manufactured corn chips and began to sell them from his Model T Ford in Texas. The most recognizable corn chip was born – the Frito. The Frito has become the #1 ever popular corn chip when it comes to snacks, parties and football. Speaking of the latter, coming up in a few days is Superbowl weekend, when the corn chips will rock 'n' roll...dance in, out & around the bowl!

 At a party, do you often wonder how many people take a chip, dip it, bite it, & dip it again?  There is a way around such an uncouth chipper dipper...

 Individual Dip Cups of 7 Layer Dip (Recipe)

With the corn chips must be dip of which there is a variety of combinations.

 Chips & Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip (Recipe)

Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip & Chips (Recipe)

How about something really different...beyond the chips & dip routine!



Frito Pie with One Hour Texas Chili (Recipe)

Is your mouth watering yet?

Blues Boom to Pop Rock

Today in Music History: January 28

From blues to pop is not unusual. Transitions include shuffling of band members and experimentation with styles until sound emerges 'just right'. Despite multiple changes, the core is solid with some things remaining constant. The band in today's spotlight encountered three definitive lineups: the blues-oriented music of the late 60s, ethereal pop masterpieces of the mid-70s and a solid rhythm section from mid- to late 70s.

Welcome into the Spotlight...

https://rockhall.com/inductees/fleetwood-mac/bio/Fleetwood Mac: a British blues band formed in '67 that became a California-based pop group in the mid-Seventies

Most bands endure numerous changes over the course of their careers but few groups do so with as much radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. In the 60s, the band was conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo. Gradually over the course of a decade, Fleetwood Mac evolved into a polished pop/rock act. 

The many lineup changes eventually narrowed down to only two consistent members, drummer MickFleetwood and bassist John McVie -- the rhythm section that provided the band with its name. In 1975, a newly forged band with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks quickly recorded an eponymous collection that went straight to No. 1 and sold 3 million copies.
"Rumours," the number three most successful album of all time, to date, has sold over 15 million copies. It won the "Album of the Year" at the 20th annual Grammy Awards in 1978. It is considered to be one of the "100 Greatest Albums in the Universe" (Q Magazine," 1998), one of the "Top 100 Greatest Rock and Roll Moments" in history ("ET Weekly," 1999), and put Fleetwood Mac on top of the charts as one of the greatest rock n' roll bands in the millennium. [Source: Rumours Album Interpretation]
1978 The Fleetwood Mac album 'Rumours' went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US. The album went on to sell over 15 million copies world- wide and spent over 440 weeks on the UK chart.
"Rumours," the number three most successful album of all time, to date, has sold over 15 million copies. It won the "Album of the Year" at the 20th annual Grammy Awards in 1978. It is considered to be one of the "100 Greatest Albums in the Universe" (Q Magazine," 1998), one of the "Top 100 Greatest Rock and Roll Moments" in history ("ET Weekly," 1999), and put Fleetwood Mac on top of the charts as one of the greatest rock n' roll bands in the millennium. [Source: Rumours Album Interpretation]
No. 1 Singles on this Day...

No. 1 Albums on this Day...

1988 Eleven years after it was released, The Sex Pistols album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols' went Gold in the US with sales over 500,000. 
1990 Paula Abdul started a 10-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Forever Your Girl'. Abdul spent sixty-four consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number one spot.
2007 Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture was at No.1 on the US album chart. The musical based on the history of Diana Ross and the Supremes featured Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson.  

1984 Backstage after a Motley Crue show in Buffalo, New York, Tommy Lee found out that his girlfriend has posed for the current issue of Penthouse magazine without his knowledge, after a fan passed comment on the pictures. Tommy punched the fan unconscious with one hit, Motleys manager Doug Thaler later convinced the fan not to press any charges.

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

Love Continues

On this day in 2013, Awakenings featured one of many love stories which have endured the pits of hell as a result of war. It is being posted again two years later as a reminder of the sacrifices being made every day by our military. Such pain is not endured by this one soldier only but by many of our military men and women. As for this story, many hurdles are yet to be crossed but through it all the love continues.
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." - Mahatma Gandhi
There are love stories and there are love stories and then there are TRUE LOVE stories. Many have been passed down through the ages from generation to generation. Some begin and end in bliss, others begin and end with hardships, even tragedy. Often times those encompassing hardships have the strongest bonds securely tied not to broken 'til death. This is one of those times. . .a TRUE LOVE story withstanding an extreme sacrifice!

Why is Awakenings featuring a love story? The answer is clear: wounded warrior. This is not just about a warrior but about what happened when that warrior returned home a different man having lost ALL of his limbs. Can you imagine what that would be like...no hands, partial arms, no legs?
When Taylor Morris, an explosives-detection and disposal expert with the U.S. Navy, stepped on a bomb in Afghanistan on May 3, 2013, his world changed forever.
Here is part of the Taylor Morris story and the link to read more plus a heart-rending video. He may have lost his limbs but not his spirit...

Injured Vet Returns To True Love

This story is about character. It is an untold story in many ways, because it is not just about the wounded warrior, the soldier’s sacrifice for the nation, it’s also about the character of those who our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines come home to. This young sailor, Taylor Morris, lost all of his limbs to an IED in Afghanistan. This kind of injury is devastating enough for the individual wounded serviceman, or woman, but we often don’t consider what that means to the young girlfriends, or wives, boyfriends, or husbands those wounded warriors come home to so physically changed.
Read MORE...and believe me you need to read the entire story!

A Love Story in 22 Pictures


Awakenings is all about America...My America, YOUR America, Our America. The posts and articles featured on this site Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future. Were it not for the personal hardships and sacrifices of the past America would not be defined as we know her today nor would her future be bright. But, the sacrifice has not stopped with the founding of America's freedom. 

Each day somewhere, either in America or on foreign soil, one of our soldiers is defending America...fighting to preserve pride and honor. It takes a vast amount of courage to stand up for America on the battlefields often splattered with blood and bone. Loss of life is the ultimate tragedy and all sacrifices affect family and loved ones for years to come. It is not a one-time event to be quickly forgotten: It is for a lifetime. 

Next time you meet a soldier or a veteran extend a hand in gratitude for the service he or she is giving so YOU can enjoy all the freedoms offered on a daily basis in America.

Salute Our Troops & Our Veterans,
Give them your support, They Support You! 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015


All for the love of CHOCOLATE!                     Stay Tuned: Chipper Dipper! 

Surely you have heard of NYPD but what about NBPD? 
If not, you have now for it is up for celebration and it's not a police department...
National Blueberry Pancake Day

Pancakes are terrific for breakfast...nutritious and you don't have to coax the kids into eating some! The addition of fruit makes them even more scrumptious. And, they are not just a breakfast food...prepare a plateful for brunch or maybe even a surprise 'breakfast supper'. Pancakes even make a great mid-day snack.

Cooking tip...
When making homemade blueberry pancakes, do not stir the blueberries into the batter. Wash and pat dry the berries. Pour a ladle of batter onto the griddle and dot with a handful of berries. This protects the berries from bruising during the cooking process. After all, when done you want every flavor burst to count...in your mouth! Top with blueberry maple syrup and lemon zest for a little extra pizazz. 

A few blueberry pancake variations...

 Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes (Recipe)

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes (Recipe)

Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes (Recipe)

Blueberry Cornmeal Pecan Pancakes (Recipe)

Ever thought about having a blueberry pancake for dessert? Dust with powdered sugar and put a scoop of whipped cream or ice cream on top!

 Fruity Pancakes (Recipe)

Is your mouth watering yet?


yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

Good Girl Gone Bad

Today in Music History: January 27

Many of our top recording artists in the 21st century place as much focus on their appearance and performance as their singing. Apparently there is no limit. The one featured in today's spotlight is no exception.
Welcome into the Spotlight...

http://www.biography.com/people/otis-redding-9453430Rihanna: the youngest artist to score 12 number one singles in the US

As a teenager, Rihanna turned to singing as a release from her troubles at home. She left home in Barbados and signed with Def Jam records at age 16 and released her first album, which sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in 2005.

"When I left Barbados, I didn't look back," Rihanna recalled. "I wanted to do what I had to do, even if it meant moving to America."
In 2007, Rihanna effected a transformation from cute teen pop princess to fully fledged superstar and sex symbol with her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, fueled by its smash hit lead single "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z. "It shows such growth for her as an artist," Jay-Z said about the track. "If you listen to the lyrics to that song, you know the depth and how far she's come." [Source: Biography.com]
2012 Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
"We Found Love" was met with mixed reviews from music critics, who praised the song's composition and Rihanna's vocal performance; however, some critics felt that the lyrical content was sparse and came second to Harris' production. Commercially, the song was a major success.
No.1 singles on this day...
[Click on the year for the songs that hit number one on the charts in the US during that year.]

  • 1962 Joey and the Starlighters started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Peppermint Twist, part 1'. The single reached No.33 on the UK chart.
  • 1973 'Superstition' the lead single from Stevie Wonder's Talking Book album gave him his second No.1 single in the US, 10 years after his first No.1. Jeff Beck created the original drum beat while in the studio with Wonder. After writing the song, Wonder offered it to Beck to record, but at the insistence of Berry Gordy, Wonder himself recorded it first. Beck was instead offered 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers', which he recorded on Blow by Blow in 1975.
  • 1981 Blondie - The Tide Is High
    "The Tide Is High" is a 1967 song written by John Holt, originally performed by the Jamaican group The Paragons, with John Holt as lead singer. The song went mainly unnoticed in the rest of the world, until it was rediscovered in 1980, when it became a US/UK No.1 hit for the American band Blondie.
  • 1990 Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed To Live Without You "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" is a song written in 1983 by Doug James and Michael Bolton. The ballad has been recorded by dozens of artists around the world, in English and Spanish, becoming something of a modern pop standard. Instrumental versions of the song have been recorded featuring variously the piano, guitar, saxophone, pan flute, steel drum, and music box. Bolton's own rendition of the song became a worldwide hit in early 1990.

The longest running No.1 hits on this day from 1940-2015...

1993 Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
In 1992, singer Whitney Houston recorded the song for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, her film debut. Houston was originally to record Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" as the lead single from The Bodyguard.
Houston's version was a massive worldwide success.
1996 Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
Both Carey and Boyz II Men wrote the song about specific people in their lives to include sufferers of the AIDS epidemic so globally prevalent at the time.
"One Sweet Day" has been lauded with a universal acclaim by contemporary music critics and won many prestigious awards throughout 1996
Songs released on this day...
1956 Elvis Presley's single, 'Heartbreak Hotel' was released by RCA Records, who had just purchased Presley's contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million, becoming Elvis' first Gold record.
1968 Otis Redding's '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' was released. The release came six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash.

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