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Frugal Spring Family Activities

Frugal Spring Family Activities

With Spring will upon us depending on where you live, it’s likely been a fairly cold winter and possibly filled with snow. While spring is a popular time of the year to clean things up and air out the house from the long winter, you can also consider some outdoor activities that weren’t possible during the cold months.
Many of these activities can be frugal while also creating memories or traditions for years to come.
1. Visit the farmers’ market.
2. Go to a nearby park.
3. Give geocaching a try.
4. Start a garden.
5. Visit a zoo
7.Go fly a kite

From: money.usnews.com

Beautiful Spring Recipe

Beautiful Spring Recipe

Chopped ramps add crunch, bite and attitude to pristine, fluffy ricotta which is smeared over crostini and topped with a jumble of sweet pea shoots. This simple recipe highlights the freshest ingredients and the contrasting nice and naughty flavors of springtime. If you can’t locate ramps in your market, then try substituting spring onions.

Serves 8

  • 8 – 1/2″ thick slices baguette
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/cup fresh whole milk ricotta
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/cup finely chopped ramps or green garlic, bulbs and stems only (or substitute with the bulb and pale green parts of spring onions)
  • tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • generous handful pea shoots
  • 1/2 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly brush baguette slices with olive oil. Arrange on baking sheet. Bake in oven until golden brown on both sides, turning once, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove.
  2. Combine ricotta, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoons salt and black pepper in a bowl; mix well until light and fluffy. Stir in ramps, mint and lemon zest. Spread ricotta on baguette slices.
  3. Top crostini with a generous pinch of pea shoots. Drizzle a little olive oil over crostini, followed by a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with a few grains of sea salt and black pepper.

 

 

From: food52.com

SPRING has SPRUNG

SPRING has SPRUNG

During early spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt relative to the Sun, and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly, causing new plant growth to “spring forth,” giving the season its name.

At the spring, or vernal, equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.

Swedish meteorologists define the beginning of spring as the first occasion on which the average daytime temperature exceeds zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days, thus the date varies with latitude and elevation.

 

Spring Break

The 1960s: Swinging Sixties bring Spring Breakers and broken barriers

Meanwhile, the spring break scene and its lusty young demographic was getting noticed. In 1986, MTV launched its first spring break special from Daytona Beach, Fla., a program which has continued from varying locales ever since. The images it broadcast only reinforced spring break’s reputation for alcoholic and sexual excess. The American Medical Association began warning of the dangers of binge-drinking and risky sexual behavior; fingers have also been wagged at young women for prebreak “anorexic challenges” and documented promiscuity. Many universities have taken to distributing “safe break bags” to students — including sunscreen, condoms and a sexual-assault manual. 

1935—Sam Ingram, swim coach at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, fears that his team might get out of shape during Christmas break. A student’s father, living in Fort Lauderdale at the time, suggests the team train at the Casino Pool—the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in Florida. The swim team, the first group of northerners to swim at the pool, receives a warm welcome from the locals and a new American ritual is born.

1938— City officials and business owners in Fort Lauderdale sense a marketing opportunity in the making, and decide to host the first College Coaches’ Swim Forum at the Casino Pool. Over 300 swimmers attend this event.

1950’s— By 1954, an estimated crowd of 20,000 college students make their way down to Fort Lauderdale Beach. In April 1959, Time Magazine highlights spring break in an article titled, “Beer & the Beach,” and Fort Lauderdale quickly becomes the unofficial Spring Break Capital of the World.

1960’s— In 1960, the hit film Where the Boys Are debuts, and further spreads Fort Lauderdale’s spring break appeal. In 1961, 50,000 students were in attendance, and as the destination’s popularity grows, so does Daytona Beach’s interest in spring break. Daytona’s marketing efforts targeted to spring breakers is successful, bringing over 100,000 students to Daytona in the late 1960s.

1970’s— A significant shift in the tradition occurs, and the partying becomes raucous enough to cause damage to beaches, hotels, and other public property—communities are outraged and local residents question the desirability of living in a spring break tourist trap.

1985— After a rowdy spring break with at least 350,000 people in attendance, the city of Fort Lauderdale passes a series of restrictive laws in an effort to reduce the mayhem. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act is also enacted, requiring Florida to raise the minimum drinking age to 21.

1989— Dissatisfied with the new rules and regulations, the number of vacationers traveling to Fort Lauderdale drops to 20,000. Fort Lauderdale officially relinquishes its role of Spring Break Capital of the World to Daytona Beach.

1990’s— The Daytona spring break empire reaches its height in the early 90’s, but by the middle of the decade, the city cracks down. As a result, a new trend emerges—travelers start flocking to more southern destinations where the rules are looser, the drinking ages are lower and the sun is even hotter.

2000’s—With MTV’s help, Panama City, Florida builds its reputation as the undisputed Spring Break Capital of the World. Today, Panama City is still one of the top-booked Spring Break destinations along with Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Miami (South Beach), and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

St. Patrick’s Day Healthy Green Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Healthy Green Recipes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of these healthier green foods. St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all about beer and bread!

1. Green Smoothie
Spinach and kale give this delicious beverage its beautiful green hue. Plus, they offer tons of antioxidants and vitamins (namely iron and vitamins A and C). The addition of banana, mango, and ginger create a distinct, crave-able flavor (and add even more nutritional power).

2. Green Egg Casserole
 This breakfast dish is perfect for feeding a crowd. Simply throw together some eggs, frozen spinach, milk, whole-grain bread, and cheese and bake until cooked through! Add any other green veggies you like, too (pepper or jalapeno would be especially tasty).

3. Matcha Green Tea and Almond Flour Mini Muffins
Green tea and almonds — two of our favorite super foods! Better yet, that match a powder is a great (natural) way to turn just about anything green. Is this the new St. Patrick’s Day celebration staple? We think so.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of these healthier green foods. (No artificially colored green beer on this list!) (St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all about beer and bread; you can celebrate with these healthy green recipes!

From: greatist.com

St. Patrick’s Day: Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day: Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – or the luck of the Irish every day – with this slow-cooker corned beef and cabbage dinner. A perfectly seasone… …MORE+

Ingredients Beef and Vegetables

4 medium red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces SAVE $

1 medium onion, cut into 6 wedges

1 corned beef brisket with seasoning packet (2 to 2 1/2 lb)

1 can (12 oz) beer or nonalcoholic beer

Water SAVE $

8 thin wedges cabbage

Sauce

1/4 cup applesauce

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

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Steps

  • Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, place potatoes, carrots and onion. Top with corned beef; sprinkle with contents of seasoning packet. Add beer and enough water to just cover corned beef. 
  • Cover; cook on Low heat setting 10 to 12 hours. 
  • Remove corned beef from cooker; place on serving platter and cover to keep warm. Add cabbage wedges to vegetables and broth in cooker. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 30 to 35 minutes longer or until cabbage is crisp-tender. 
  • Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix sauce ingredients. 
  • To serve, cut corned beef across grain into thin slices. With slotted spoon, remove vegetables from cooker. If desired, skim fat from juices in cooker. Serve vegetables with juices and corned beef with sauce.

Women’s Life in the Viking Age

Women’s life in the Viking Age
 
Viking Women enjoyed more freedom and held more power in their society than many other women of their day.
 
Women in Viking Age Scandinavia did enjoy an unusual degree of freedom for their day. They could own property, request a divorce and reclaim their dowries if their marriages ended. Women tended to marry between the ages of 12 and 15, and families negotiated to arrange those marriages, but the woman usually had a say in the arrangement. If a woman wanted a divorce, she had to call witnesses to her home and marriage bed, and declare in front of them that she had divorced her husband. The marriage contract usually stated how family property would be divided up in case of a divorce.
 
Woman played an active role in managing her husband, as well as the household. Norse women had full authority in the domestic sphere, especially when their husbands were absent. If the man of the household died, his wife would adopt his role on a permanent basis, singlehandedly running the family farm or trading business. Many women in Viking Age Scandinavia were buried with rings of keys, which symbolized their roles and power as household managers.
 
If further information is needed please visit:
https://www.history.com/news/what-was-life-like-for-women-in-the-viking-age
 
slow cooker chicken recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe LOVE.

Unless you’re living in paradise, you are probably experiencing the first few cold snaps of Winter! With the memory of Thanksgiving dinner fresh in our minds and the anticipation of Christmas morning in store, evening dinners with family demand to be warm, comforting and EASY! This Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe fits the bill! With just a few ingredients and a couple of minutes invested, you can run your errands and come home to a house smelling of a delicious and nutritious home cooked meal! Enjoy!

It’s just mind blowing when so few ingredients thrown into a pot can come out tasting so good and so complex. Add to that the fact that you can serve this mixture a number of ways and you’ve got a real winner and a super practical answer to, “What’s for dinner?” I ate this saucy shredded chicken and peppers over my Garlic Parmesan Polenta, but you could totally spoon this over pasta or rice, OR my favorite idea: spoon the hot mixture into rolls or a loaf of Italian bread, top it with some mozzarella, and make yourself the most amazing slow cooked sandwich ever. EVER.

via Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Peppers – Budget Bytes.

Washington’s Birthday

Washington’s Birthday

Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. It can occur on the 15th through the 21st of February inclusive. This year it is the 19th of February. 

Colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington.

The day is a state holiday in most states, with official names including Washington’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, President’s Day, and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday.

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

First awarded: May 16, 1929; 90 years ago

Websiteoscar.go.com

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

Official Name: Academy Award® of Merit

Height: 13½ inches

Weight: 8½ pounds

Number of Awards Presented: 3,140

The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit”, although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the “Oscar”. The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art Deco style.

92nd Academy Awards

The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in what would become known as the 1st Academy Awards. The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast by radio in 1930 and was televised for the first time in 1953. It is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony and is now televised live worldwide. It is also the oldest of the four major annual American entertainment awards; its other three equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, which honors the best films of 2019, will be held on February 9, 2020. The ceremony will again be broadcast on ABC. It will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, for the 18th consecutive year

77th Golden Globe Awards: Sun, Jan 5 • 5:00 PM PST

77th Golden Globe Awards

Date: Sun, Jan 5 • 5:00 PM PST 

Location: The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA

www.goldenglobes.com

Ricky Gervais will return to host the 2020 Golden Globes Awards, Sunday January 5th. The telecast will broadcast live from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on NBC.

The 2020 Golden Globes mark the fifth time Gervais will host the show, though he’s also said it will be his last. The comedian previously hosted from 2010 to 2012, then returned in 2016. While his previous stints haven’t been universally acclaimed, Gervais’ penchant for off-color jokes and celebrity roasts do have tendency to go viral.

The top film nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes are Marriage Story, which picked up six nominations, and The Irishman, which garnered five. For television, The Crown, Fleabag and Succession all picked up multiple nods.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Home baked cookies are a Christmas tradition for our family. We typically use recipes that have been passed down from my husband’s family but this year I’ve been tempted to try something new. Cookies are a great project to bring the whole family together and you can make a day (or two) of it by baking several different types of cookies. We plan on giving them to our neighbors, friends, and sharing some with the local fire fighters down the street (those guys deserve cookies from all of us!).

Now here at the Women’s Suite test kitchen, we’ve been busy trying recipes for Christmas cookies to share with you! We’ve had a blast (and gained a few pounds) baking cookies from around the web and have found several that we think are keepers! We’re not done yet, as there are still several cookies on our list. We hope to test these recipes and share them with you in the coming weeks. Hopefully, you will enjoy these recipes and use the “work” as an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. 

For pictures of our adventures in the kitchen, click here: Cookies!

For the first cookie in our series, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, click the link below. 

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — Recipes from The Kitchn | The Kitchn.

Truffles and Chocolates

Truffles and Chocolates

When you are boggled down by your holiday to-do list and need some “me-time” from family, try indulging in some delicious, vegan truffles, candy, and chocolates. These are healthier options to store-bought sweets.

Some of these desserts are also raw vegan, so you get the maximum nutritional benefits from a candy or truffle that you possibly can. Because, let’s face it, desserts aren’t  ”superfoods,” but these are definitely the healthiest. They also make great homemade edible Christmas gifts for those on a budget and you will sure to be remembered as the best chef/baker there is.

Best of all, you can eat more than one in a sitting without feeling guilty. So go ahead, what are you waiting for?

 

Indulge in some of these decadent, vegan truffles, candy, and chocolates for the Holidays!

From: www.onegreenplanet.org

The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year Lyrics

The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year Lyrics
 
A packful of toys means a sackful of joys
For millions of girls and for millions of boys
When Christmas Day is here
The most wonderful day of the year!
A jack in the box waits for children to shout,
“Wake up, don’t you know that it’s time to come out!”
When Christmas Day is here
The most wonderful day of the year!
Toys galore
Scattered on the floor
There’s no room for more
And it’s all because of Santa Claus!
A scooter for Jimmy, a dolly for Sue
The kind that will even say “How do you do.”
When Christmas Day is here
The most wonderful day of the year.

Watch “CMA Country Christmas” Tuesday, December 24th on ABC as Trisha Yearwood hosts!

WATCH THE ENCORE PERFORMANCE ON DEC. 24 AT 9|8C ON ABC

Watch “CMA Country Christmas” Tuesday, December 24th on ABC as Trisha Yearwood hosts!

CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

“CMA Country Christmas” features artists, including Lady Antebellum, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Young, CeCe Winans, host Trisha Yearwood and more, who will take the stage to ring in the holiday season with a night full of festive classics and one-of-a-kind musical performances. Now in its 10th year, the concert is filmed for a two-hour television special that airs on ABC during the holiday season.

Support Your Local Salvation Army

Support Your Local Salvation Army

This Christmas, give to the charity that keeps your donations in your local community.

Our Mission
* The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
* The Salvation Army is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Ways to Give
* To donate by phone with a live operator call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
* Give by Check
* Volunteer
* Auto Donations
* Miles
* Donate Goods
* Thrift Stores

Sony Music Entertainment sign merchandise agreement for The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Sony Music Entertainment’s The Thread Shop merchandise agency sign an agreement to produce a merchandise line for The Beatles. Now, the company has signed a similar deal for another rock legend: Jimi Hendrix.

The new deal with Authentic Hendrix LLC and Experience Hendrix LLC — includes the rights to design, develop and distribute exclusive Hendrix merchandise goods, wares, lines and products worldwide, including clothing, accessories and collectibles. The product line will be available online, in pop-up shops and at brick-and-mortar retail stores.

The Thread Shop will coordinate with Legacy Recordings on integrated merchandising, promote, market, sell, retail, advertise, publicize, push, informal plug and music opportunities. It marks the first time the iconic artist’s merchandisewill be available in one place.

In addition to Hendrix and The Beatles, The Thread Shop’s roster includes the likes of Camila Cabello, Bob Dylan, Joan Jett, Led Zeppelin, Maluma and P!nk.

Jimi Hendrix 77th Birthday

Jimi Hendrix 77th Birthday 

Jimi Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix at 10:15 a.m. on November 27, 1942, at Seattle’s King County Hospital, was later renamed James Marshall by his father, James “Al” Hendrix. Young Jimmy (as he was referred to at the time) took an interest in music, drawing influence from virtually every major artist at the time, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Holly, and Robert Johnson. Entirely self-taught, Jimmy’s inability to read music made him concentrate even harder on the music he heard.

On September 21, 1969 at the Jai-Alai Fronton, in Miami, FL I had the rare opportunity to work for Hendrix’s sound reenforcement company. The entire evening I stood less than 20-feet away from him. Riveted to watching him play every note.

Other Florida concerts:

JUL 5, 1970: Jimi Hendrix at Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, FL, USA

Jimi Hendrix  http://youtu.be/_PVjcIO4MT4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxey Lady (Miami Pop 1968)

Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL * Sunday 24 November 1968

The 27 Club is in remembrance of popular musicians who died at the age of twenty-seven. The ‘club’ is generally taken to include Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse

Jimi Hendrix Factoids:

Jimi Hendrix Trivia Question:

Does anyone know why a large majority of Hendrix's' songs, he tunes a half step down. … step down. 
 
I have always thought it was:
a) for singing and
b) because it is easier to bend the strings if they're tuned down. 
 
Jimi Hendrix Trivia: All Along the Watchtower 
 
The rhythm guitar you hear in the beginning of “All Along the Watchtower” is a 12 string acoustic performed by Dave Mason. The 12 string is a key part of what makes All Along The Watchtower so distinctive. You will notice if you play the chords on a regular 6 string it just doesn’t have the right feel to it.
 
Basic Jimi Hendrix Woodstock Rig Setup
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let’s start by looking at the rig Jimi Hendrix used in his famous performance at Woodstock in 1969. 
 
This is quite a basic setup so let’s look through the labelled gear:
        A: 1968 Fender Stratocaster
        B: Coiled Cable
        C: VOX wah pedal
        D: Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face
        E: Uni-Vibe with expression pedal
        F: Marshall 100w Superlead Plexi heads with 4×12 stacks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In addition to the
(A) VOX wah
(B) Uni-Vibe
(C) Fuzz Face 
(D), this rig includes an Octavia 
 
The Octavia (also known as Octavia Fuzz, Octafuzz and Octavio) was a prototype when Hendrix used it. It was designed by Roger Mayer – Hendrix’s sound technician. It mixes in an octave higher than the original input as well as add in some fuzz distortion.
 
The Uni-Vibe was created to simulate the sound of a Leslie speaker. Think of it as a chorus/vibrato/phaser pedal. This is again a key component to achieving a great Hendrix tone because it is such a distinctive and unique effect.