An Advent Celebration!

Photo Credit: Christopher Bulle via CC Flickr
Photo Credit: Christopher Bulle via CC Flickr

I would like to take this time to personally invite you to visit my wife’s new blog pare created especially made for this time of year “Advent Celebrations.” Starting December 1 and all the way to Christmas Day, find new, daily holiday recipes, memories and passages from Scripture that will certainly put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

I hope you take the time each day to visit and enjoy…Advent Celebrations!

The Rules of Chocolate

Photo Credit: John Loo via CC Flickr
Photo Credit: John Loo via CC Flickr

One tasty treat that people around the world simply love is chocolate. Chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate pudding, and untold thousands of other kinds of thing made of chocolate. While many of us may know what many things about chocolate, I bet most of you don’t know the “Rules of Chocolate.” Well, the following rules were found on my friends web site “Thoughts About God”.


If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.

Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It’ll take the edge off your appetite and you’ll eat less.

A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn’t that handy?

If you can’t eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can’t eat all your chocolate, what’s wrong with you? If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.

If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don’t they actually counteract each other?

Money talks. Chocolate sings.

Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.

Q. Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? A. Because no one wants to quit.

If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top hose. An entire garment industry would be devastated.

Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done


The Story of Corned Beef & Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day

I don’t know about you…but St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holiday’s which is not only enjoyable to celebrate but it’s also fun to eat the food. I used to always wonder why one of my favorite foods, corned beef and cabbage, are eaten this day. So, I looked it up and the following information is what I found on I certainly learned some pretty cool facts about it…so I thought that I would share it with you. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!


Photo Credit: LearningLark via Flickr
Photo Credit: LearningLark via Flickr

In the 1800s, the Irish ate a lot of potatoes and pig (all pig: bacon, sausages, hams, etc).
From 1845 to 1852, the Great Famine occurred, when the potato crops were wiped out which left pig (and sometimes mutton).

In my family, corned beef was an immigrant’s meal…a cheap cut of meat with inexpensive cabbage made a hearty, filling meal at low cost.

…Corned beef was made popular in New York bars at lunchtime. The bars offered a ‘free lunch’ to the Irish construction workers who were building NYC in the early part of the 20th century. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. You had to buy a couple of beers or shots of whiskey to get that free lunch. And that’s how corned beef became known as an ‘Irish’ food.

However, corned beef was, in fact, a major export of Cork from the 17th century, shipping it all over Europe and as far as the sunny British West Indies, where they still love their corned beef in cans. Many people in Ireland deny that corned beef was ever eaten but that obviously isn’t true.

Now, back to pig…it became popular to picture the Irishman as a drunkard or overly-enamored of his pigs. “Irish Americans vigorously protested an alignment of their ethnicity with an animal that carried all sorts of connotations about dirt and disease.”

So, the Irish immigrants in the US had become somewhat upwardly mobile and wanted food to reflect their heritage much as the Italians became known for their pasta.
…the potato brought too much memory of heartache and loss
…pig had been stigmatized
…that left beef and corned beef was well-known

Basically, even non-Irish eat corned beef & cabbage on St Patrick’s Day the way many people eat dim sum at Chinese New Year or roast pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day as has been traditional in German communities.

You don’t have to be of a particular ethnic group to enjoy their foods!

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