Chinese New Year Celebration!

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The Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in China. It lasts for the first fifteen days of the Chinese lunar calendar, which on the Western calendar begins sometime between January 21 and February 21, varying from year to year. There are many customs relating to food, decorations, greetings, and gifts.

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Westminster Kennel Dog Show 2015

Westminster-Dog-Winner-2015-Miss-P4And the winner of this year’s for best in show is …. The Beagle! “Miss P” wins Best of Show at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Dog Show!

So adorable and did you know that she is related to Uno another fellow beagle who won best in show only a couple of years ago!

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Stay Warm as the Temperatures Plunge in the East Coast

February 15, 2015 forecasters are predicting temperatures will be a high of 16 degrees and a low of -2 degrees! What better way to take the chill off than with a delicious mug of hot chocolate! Try out this recipe we found on allrecipes.com

Hot-Chocolate-CocoaCreamy Hot Cocoa

“The kids will love this homemade, creamy hot chocolate recipe using unsweetened cocoa, white sugar, and milk.” ~ Jeanie Bean

This recipe takes 2 minutes to prepare, 5 minutes to cook and is ready in 7 minutes. Recipe serves 4.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

Submitted By: JEANIE BEAN
Photo By: mominml

 

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What is difference between a Baptism and a Christening?

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Even though the words baptism and christening are used interchangeably, there is a subtle difference.

Christening refers to the naming ceremony (to “christen” means to “give a name to”) where as baptism is one of seven sacraments in the Catholic Church.

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Valentine’s Day

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Each year on February 14th, people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” Learn 5 top things to do on Valentine’s day, 10 Top Classic Romantic Movies, Cute Valentine’s Pets, Fabulous Shoe Finds and Fun Facts and Stats!

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Are you Sleeping Enough?

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We live a hectic life everyday no matter if you’re a child in school or an adult juggling work and home. How many times have you exclaimed “There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything!”

But how much sleep is enough?

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Celebrate Groundhog Day!

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Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2.  According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog.

We have a collection of fun arts and crafts, terrific recipes, and creative nail art to celebrate.

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iPhone 5S survives the Snow

February 1, 2015 – Two days ago I rushed home from grocery shopping around 9:30am so that my husband could use the car. We just survive Storm Juno that blanketed a large part of the East Coast.

It wasn’t until 10:30pm in the evening I discovered that my iPhone 5S was missing. As anyone who’s lost a mobile phone can attest, panic sunk in. My husband tried calling my phone hoping that I could hear it ring … but it just went to voice mail. Searching all evening I went to bed dejected.iPhone in Snow

I awoke the next morning feverishly cleaning the house even looking through the trash bags … still no luck.

I resigned to the fact it was lost my phone and have to go out and purchase another one. As I climbed into my car. I once more checked around the snow on the ground… then something caught the corner of my eye. I looked down and was amazed to see my iPhone buried in snow and ice!

I shouted with amazement “I found it!” I ran into the house and got my hair dryer to carefully melt off the ice and dry it off. I plugged in the recharger and saw I still had 51% power left. I guess because the iPhone froze outside it must have turned itself off.

Snoopy-found-iPhoneI called my iPhone using the house phone and it worked! I checked all my apps and even emailed myself and it worked too!

I use to be a Blackberry owner and when the time came to decide whether to purchase a Samsung or iPhone I chose the iPhone. It took days for me to figure out which one I liked better.

Now there’s absolutely no question, iPhone hands down is my pick … I am a true believer!

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Super Bowl 2015 Commercials

As many football fanatics are aware of, Super Bowl Commercials have become as big an attraction as the game itself. Many are hilarious, some are really innovative, and others are plain simple, sweet and tug at your heartstrings.

I just had a preview of the latest Super Bowl commercial that will be airing tomorrow, February 1, 2015 by Budweiser. We have a loveable dog that’s been with us over 10 years and she’s given us nothing but pure happiness and unconditional love.

So it’s no wonder this commercial touches us … as it will for many animal lovers out there.

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Super Bowl National Anthem … Who Sang it Best

The excitement of the Super Bowl kicks off with a popular singer belting out the U.S. national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner. Notable singers include Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Renee Fleming, and Harry Connick, Jr.

But among the list of super stars, few have topped the one delivered by Grammy Award Winner, Whitney Houston before Super Box XXV in 1991 in Tampa.

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