30 December, 2010

Celebrating...dazzling desserts for New Year's Eve

I know...I know...I keep saying that this will NOT become a foodie blog---yet all I do is post about food. Ha ha...today is no different. Well...actually it is a little different. Instead of posting one food thing, I'm posting TWO...ha ha ha!!

Earlier this week, I watched Oprah and she had the sisters from Georgetown Cupcakes on. They showed the absolute cutest dessert perfect for a birthday, an anniversary or...hmmm---NEW YEAR'S EVE!! It's Strawberry Champagne Sparkle Cupcakes. Here's a link to the recipe and here's a link to the video. Aren't these FAB?!!



The second thing that I want to share is a link to Sugar Swings blog for Neopolitan Cupcakes. These seem easy enough, but I think the presentation is adorable. Here's the link to the instructions.

Fancy and sweet!! Hope however you plan to celebrate out with the old and in with the new, that you have a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2011!!

Happy New Year!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

20 December, 2010

Celebrating...the 12 Days of Christmas---with cake!

As if there is anyone left in the world who doesn't know---I LOVE cake! As I was checking out one of my fav blogs, Serious Eats, I found a very nice way to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. It's a posting by Cakespy and it's for a 12 layer Christmas cake. That's right...I said TWELVE LAYERS!!!

Here's a pix of the cake...looks very festive and yummy, right?
Here's the link to the post.

With only 5 days until Christmas, you'd better get started making this show piece!!

Enjoy!

Luv ya!!
Pixxa

18 December, 2010

Celebrating...with something CUTE!

tsk...tsk...tsk! I have let the holidays get in my way of checking in here to celebrate. But given the fact that this is December, usually considered the busiest month of celebrations, I'm sure that you don't have to look far for things and ways to celebrate. I pray that you are all having a wonderful Christmas season and that you are looking forward to all of the get togethers that this time of year brings.

Hmmm...going to get togethers, hosting get togethers---I've just come across a really cute idea that could be used as a hostess gift or as a favor for events that you are hosting. It comes from one blog who got them from another blog and maybe even another. So I am doing my blogging part and passing it on too! It seems that the original posting came from Laurie Furnell's blog. On her blog she shows different variations and she offers the template for downloading so that you can make your own. So make sure you check it out!!

These pix are from Connie's Creative Corner's blog by way of Splitcoast Stampers and Kerry's Paper Crafting blog, respectively. Aren't these CUTE?!!

So grab some Hershey bars, sit down and make some snowmen and be ready with a cute basket for a hostess gift or as a giveaway when guests leave your party. Tis the season to celebrate!

Hope you are enjoying your pre-holiday preparations as much as I am!

Luv Ya!
Pixxa

29 November, 2010

Celebrating...Leftovers

I saw this the other day and just had to share. Since this is all about celebrating, and usually you celebrate with cake, this was perfect.


It's a Thanksgiving Leftovers Cake!! Yep...you make turkey meatloaf layers and add some cranberry filling with mashed potato frosting and topped with sweet potato frosting. Just slice and you've got an entire Thanksgiving feast!!

For how-to info visit chow.com.

Celebrate...with a slice!

Luv Ya!!

Pixxa

11 November, 2010

Celebrating...because it's Veteran's Day!!

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

(taken from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs website)

Happy Veterans Day!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

03 November, 2010

Celebrating...the cliché

"It's the same old same old"..."you can say that again"..."a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link"..."all in due time".

Although "money can't buy you happiness"...a celebration can make you happier! Today is (undocumented) cliché day! Let's celebrate the cliché!!

A cliché is a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, acorrding to Dictionary.com. And believe it or not, there is a website ClichéSite.com, which features a cliché a day, a searchable database of clichés as well as categories of clichés. Yes, there is something for everyone!

Well..."time is money", so I'll end here because "it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings"...fa la la la la la

Celebrate words, celebrate the language and celebrate clichés!

Luv Ya!
Pixxa

01 November, 2010

Celebrating...November

Happy November!! Can you believe that we have already lived through 10 of the 12 months we get in the year 2010? And in 2 short months we'll be celebrating the dawn of a new year, 2011. But between now and then, we pass through my favorite time of year...preparing for the holidays. Now that Halloween is past, it is time for all of the Christmas decorations to come up. I love seeing all of the bright twinkle lights everywhere you go. And of course this means this is the busiest time of year for celebrating...office parties, get-togethers with friends, family dinners---let the celebrations begin!!

And though there are lots of parties and events over the next few months, this is also the time for my most important hobby---shopping!! How could you not love this time of year?!! But in all the busy-ness, make sure you take time to rest among all of the celebrating. You want to make sure that you pace yourself so that you make it through the celebrating without missing a thing. Finally, it's also the time of year when we stop to think of our fellow man and help others. Don't forget to plan accordingly. In this interesting time, there are so many who could use a little hand.

So let's celebrate getting ready to celebrate...as the celebration season is here---that is after tomorrow...election day. Don't forget to vote!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

28 October, 2010

Celebrating...chocolate

I can't believe that October is almost already over. I have let a great month go by without alot of celebrations. I know I am trying to keep this blog from becoming another foodie blog, but this was a great month that I should have been celebrating. October is National Apple Month (I could have done so much talking about different types of apples, making caramel and candy apples and talked about apple picking), National Cookie Month (do I even mention that I could have done a cookie of the day for the entire month ), National Pizza Month (have I mentioned that pizza is one of my favorite foods?), and National Pretzel Month (home made pretzels...yum!). I missed out on celebrating alot with you!! But there's still a few days left for you if you are so inclined to celebrate any of these things this month. Fortunately, I didn't miss THE most important day...

Today...October 28th, is National Chocolate Day. Now anyone who knows me, knows that chocolate is one of my basic four food groups. (smile) No way should I ever miss out on celebrating ANYTHING chocolate---EVER!!! So here I am, ekeing in to celebrate National Chocolate Day! I think I am going to celebrate by going out and buying a chocolate bar, but no matter what, you should do something to celebrate too (that is, if you are a chocolate fan).

I found a really neat post about National Chocolate Day at SQUIDOO and they have some really interesting tidbits on chocolate. You can even celebrate today by taking the Chocoholic's Pledge.

So for heaven's sake, if you are a chocoholic like me, do something to celebrate National Chocolate Day!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

27 October, 2010

Celebrating...Cranky Co-Workers

Today is Cranky Co-workers Day. This "holiday" was created by the owners of a website that has alot of quirky holidays, http://www.wellcat.com/. It's a day to let those cranks that are a part of your work situation be cranky, with no push back to be less cranky. But why not "sweeten" the day by taking in a box of donuts for morning snacks, or some other sweet treat for the afternoon?

Remember, a smile is just a frown turned upside down!!

Have a Happy Cranky Co-Workers Day!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

17 October, 2010

Celebrating...wisdom

Yesterday a friend imparted a bit of wisdom that I thought was celebration worthy.

"In the end, it will all be okay. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

I thought "what great advice if you happen to be going through something and it seems like things just won't get better". Basically, keep your head up and it eventually will be okay.

So remember this when things seem to get to you.

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

05 October, 2010

Celebrating...Do Something Nice Day

I just love holidays like today. According to Holiday Insights, today is Do Something Nice Day. At first, you might wonder why such a day is necessary, but once we look at the routine that we fall into on a daily basis, it is easy to see how we lose sight of others. So since today is Do Something Nice Day, make sure you do something nice!

It doesn't have to be a major production or cost any money. But it could or it can. Things you might consider...holding the door open for someone, complimenting someone's shoes, or even flashing a simple smile as you pass by. Or if you'd like, take an office mate a cup of coffee or treat your assistant to an afternoon ice cream break.

But you don't have to do anything in person---why not give a donation to a favorite charity? Yesterday on Ellen, Ellen Pompeo introduced a new charity that is partnered with Huggies, called Every Little Bottom; whose mission is to diaper the bottoms of babies in need.

The possibilities are endless!!! So celebrate today nicely!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

01 October, 2010

Celebrating...October

Happy October!! It was a long, hot summer, but things are now starting to cool down as the earth prepares for it's winter slumber. These are the days I enjoy most...low humidity, cooler temperatures, and the sun seems to spread a lovely goldish-orange cast on everything. And soon, the leaves will start their magnificent color change---and it will be time to pull out the cozy, comfy sweaters.

Being a month of transition, October is known for alot of different things. Did you know that in 1892, this was the first day of classes at the University of Chicago? Or that Disney World opened on this date in 1971? Or that Night of the Living Dead was released on this date in 1968...and four years later, the book, The Joy of Sex was published?

October 1st is also Lee (Jeans) National Denim Day, National Diversity Day, World Smile Day and World Vegetarian Day. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (don't forget those self-exams), National Popcorn Poppin' Month, Spinach Lovers Month, Photographer Appreciation Month and National Chili Month.

Wow...that's alot to celebrate!! Pick one...or two...or three and go for it!!

Happy October!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

16 September, 2010

Celebrating...National Guacamole Day!

Today is National Guacamole Day...Happy National Guacamole Day!! I guess it makes sense to celebrate guacamole since we are in the midst of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and guacamole is traditionally a Hispanic dish.

I must admit that I am not a big guacamole fan. I can take it or leave it. But from what I understand about it, guacamole is (or should I say can be) one of the more healthy condiments or dips you can eat so I thought I'd share some guacamoole recipes. I went to the Hass Avocado website and wow...they have a ton of info and recipes!!



Click here to see a bunch more guacamole recipes (very interesting combinations!)

So grab some avocados and the rest of the ingredients and some tortilla chips (or whatever else you have) and celebrate guacamole!!

Luv ya!!

Pixxa

14 September, 2010

Celebrating...the Moon

Photo taken from www.apod.nasa.gov Saguaro Moon by Stefan Seip


I have a friend who is celebrating her birthday this week and in her honor, I thought I'd celebrate the moon. She is definitely a moon fan and often captures beautiful pictures of the moon rising over the lake her in Chicago. Today the moon enters it's first quarter so I thought today would be a good day to celebrate the moon.

My favorite time to see the moon is just as it's rising over the horizon before it starts climbing in the sky. It's so big and mysterious and beautiful and it just lights up the night when the sky is clear.
If you are more interested in the phases of the moon and more scientific information about the first quarter, I think Wikipedia has a nice article. But if you're just like me and just like to look up in the sky to appreciate the moon's beauty, that's okay too.
So tonight, take a look up into the clear, evening sky and celebrate the moon!
Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

08 September, 2010

Celebrating...the comfort of a teddy bear


Woke up this morning to a cool, crisp, bright, sunshiny day---and it was wonderful!! Although some people aren't yet ready for Autumn to start, I have had more than enough of summer and welcomed the breeze as it floated through the house. It made me smile and burrow down under the cozy comfort of my sheets. And I immediately remembered the days when I would awake with my teddy bear tucked under my arm.

I have always loved dolls and teddy bears and always, even to this day, kept a nice collection of them. I love all kinds of teddy bears, new fluffy ones, old-fashioned scruffy ones and everything inbetween. But there was one special one.

I loved MY teddy bear! His name was David. (No, this pix is not my David.) I got him in 6th grade and he saw me through my college years and a little beyond. Now David was a rather big teddy bear, but there was always room for him when I snuggled 'neath the covers on a crisp, Fall day. He was always there with his big brown eyes and his open arms whether I needed a hug, a smile, a shoulder to cry on or someone to tell my secrets to. He was there to share in the good times and to comfort me and let me know that everything would be okay.

David brought me happiness and this morning reminded me of times past when he was my best buddy. He has since moved on to that big stuffed animal kingdom in the sky, but the times we shared will always be remembered. And as I snuggle underneath the covers, I smile and remember the cozy comfort of my teddy bear.

Celebrate the things that bring you comfort!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

04 September, 2010

Celebrate...with one last summer hurrah

Can you believe that that Labor Day holiday weekend is already upon us? It seems as if it was only a few posts ago when we were celebrating the start of summer! Okay...it really was a few posts again since it seems that I took most of the summer off from blogging. But seriously...now is the time for that one big, last hurrah. Summer is slowly slipping away. Gone are the days (in my neck of the woods anyway) when it didn't get dark until almost 9pm. When you look up at about 7:30pm now, it's almost dark. That means that it's time to break out that favorite pair of sandals for one last wearing...crank up the bbq grill for one last summer party...squeeze out the last bit of suntan lotion and slather it on...grab that blanket or lawn chair and lay out and soak up the sun one more time!

It's been a great summer!! Bright, sun-shiny days, warm nights with cool breezes, high temps and not too much rain. Don't forget to make mental notes of all of the summer fun...soon we'll be celebrating the memories of these last glorious days of summer!!

Have a GREAT Labor Day Weekend!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

02 September, 2010

Celebrate...the little things

A friend passed an email on to me which contained a message that I thought was perfect for today. And it shows that the little things, no matter how annoying they may seem, deserve to be celebrated.

Enjoy the message and celebrate the little things!!
Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

The ' L I T T L E ' Things

As you might remember, the head of a company survived
9/11 because his son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was
His turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her
Alarm clock didn't go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
Because of an auto accident.

One of them
Missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
Time to change.

One's
Car wouldn't start.

One couldn't
Get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man
Who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
Took the various means to get to work
But before he got there, he developed
a blister on his foot.

He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today..


Now when I am
Stuck in traffic ,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone ...
All the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself,
This is exactly where
God wants me to be
At this very moment..

Next time your morning seems to be
Going wrong,

You can't seem to find the car keys,
You hit every traffic light,
Don't get mad or frustrated;
It May be just that
God is at work watching over you.



May God continue to bless you
With all those annoying little things
And may you remember their possible purpose.

01 September, 2010

Celebrating...2 years!!

Happy Anniversary On The Occasion of Celebration!! It's been 2 years since this blog started. And despite the frequent "vacations" (defined as lazy periods when I just didn't or decided I was too busy to write) I've taken, I have really enjoyed blogging! But since today is not only the anniversary of the blog, but also the anniversary of my birth (and Stephanie's birth too), I am rededicating myself to making this blog bigger and better than ever! We've got a new look and hopefully a few understanding followers who will continue to hang in with us with our celebrating!

So today...join us in celebrating two years of celebrations.

Celebrating celebrating!!

Luv Ya!!

Pixxa

07 July, 2010

Celebrating...July!!

Happy July!! Evidently, I decided to take the month of June off...definitely wasn't planned...just kind of happened. But today I am back...with a new look---do you like?

July is National Ice Cream Month. You know what that means, don't you? Ice cream every day!! Or as many days as your waistline allows you. Afterall, what is better on a hot, humid, summer day than a nice cool treat?!! And so far, this month has definitely been hot and humid and summer.

I was reading a news article online and came across something that I thought would be cute to kick off celebrating with ice cream. It's a recipe for a different kind of Turtle Sundae.

Isn't he cute?

Here's the recipe, courtesy of Blue Bunny Ice Cream

Turtle Sundae

Ingredients:
  • 4, 3½-inch waffle bowls
  • 5 cups Blue Bunny Premium Homemade Turtle Sundae Ice Cream
  • 16 chocolate Turtle candies
  • Assorted candy, for facial features
  • 1 1.5-ounce package chocolate covered crisp wafer stick candy, such as Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes

Directions:

Form four scoops of ice cream and set aside. Fill each waffle bowl with remaining ice cream. Place each waffle bowl ice cream side down on an individual dessert plate. Place each of the four ice cream scoops that were set aside against each waffle bowl for the turtles' heads.

Arrange four turtle candy pieces partially under the bottom of each waffle bowl to form the turtles' legs. Press assorted candy pieces into ice cream scoops for eyes and mouth. Place one chocolate wafer stick partially under waffle bowl for tail. Serve immediately. (Makes 4 servings)

How cute for a summer afternoon party...or just make one for a special treat just for you!

Celebrate the days of summer with a cool, sweet treat!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

31 May, 2010

Celebrate...Memorial Day

In honor of those who have fought for our freedoms...



Have a safe and blessed Memorial Day!

Luv Ya!
Pixxa

28 May, 2010

Celebrate...the burger


Happy National Burger Day!!

And since it's National Burger Day, let's check out a Food Network piece, 50 States 50 Burgers, which features a burger in every state that you absolutely MUST try.

Guess what I'm having for dinner...

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

27 May, 2010

Celebrate...a beautiful, sunny, afternoon

Today I happened to be driving around town in the warm (not hot) afternoon sun, with the windows down enjoying the air blowing, and this song came on the radio. It's a PERFECT driving song for a summer day so I thought I'd share.



Don't talk...just enjoy the ride!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

26 May, 2010

Celebrate...and be refreshed

Since summer decided to come early, and, since this weekend is the unofficial start of summer, I thought I would share the recipe of a cocktail I just saw on the Fine Living website.

Kiwi Kutee

By Stephen Phillips

You'll be feeling pretty cute after downing this delicious drink.

Ingredients:

1-1/2 oz. light rum
1 whole kiwi, skinned and diced
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. pineapple juice
3 oz. guava juice
Quarter cup freshly chopped guava
Lime wheel

Preparation:

Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lime wheel.

If you're not into alcohol, I think this will be equally as good if you replace the rum with 7Up or Sprite.

A nice, healthy, refreshing treat for a warm summer day!

Enjoy!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

25 May, 2010

Celebrate...the unbelieveable

This one doesn't even need an explanation...I present to you, The Garbage Burger from McGuire's Irish Pub in Pensacola, Florida. UNBELIEVEABLE!!!



Yum?

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

24 May, 2010

Celebrate...bringing the heat


I was reading a friend's Facebook post last night and the comment that he made was if you blinked you've already missed spring in Chicago. Although we are still about a month a way from the summer season, Chicago is bringing the heat. Chicago is notorious for having only 2 seasons...winter and summer. Either it is cold, windy and wet or it's hot and humid. There is usually a week or two inbetween where we get nice, calm weather, but as my friend said, if you blinked, you missed it. Yesterday the temps were in the low 90s, today we're around 90, in fact the weather for the rest of the week is projected to be nothing lower than the mid 80s. And the humidity...as usual for Chicago, it's high.

So today, I celebrate Mother Nature bringing the heat. Pardon me while I crank up the air conditioner!!

Enjoy the heat!!

Luv Ya!
Pixxa

20 May, 2010

Celebrate...You've Got A Friend

James Taylor and Carol King were on the Ellen Show earlier this week and sang their song "You've Got A Friend". Such a GREAT song...so I'm celebrating a song that's still as good today as it was almost 30 years ago!!



and if "they" disable the video, here's a link to it:
James Taylor & Carol King perform "You've Got A Friend"

Celebrate..."all you have to do is call and I'll be there"

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

18 May, 2010

Celebrate...and plan a party

I'm usually talking about reasons to celebrate, but today, how about talking about ways to celebrate? Katie Brown (LOVE HER!!) of The Katie Brown Workshop (PBS) stopped by the ABC news studio here in Chicago today. I thought her segment was great and thought I would share it.







Celebrate and get ready for the party!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

17 May, 2010

Celebrate...with a smile

Wow! It's been a while! It is always amazing that sometimes life can drain you so that you don't have the energy to do the things that you like to do, which for me includes posting to this blog! But we should celebrate anyway because life is to be celebrated!! When I posted things to celebrate in the month of May, it was not my intention to not post for the rest of the month, but since life seems to be getting the best of me, I thought I'd post this video that made me smile. It's my favorite pastime so I thought it worthy of celebrating!!

Hope you enjoy!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

02 May, 2010

Celebrating...the month of May

Yesterday was May 1st, also known as May Day. So as we welcome the month of May, complete with the May flowers that grew from the April showers, I thought I'd share some interesting things to celebrate.

May is National Hamburger Month, National Bike Month, National Egg Month, National Salad Month, National Salsa Month, National Sweet Vidalia Onion Month, National Vinegar Month, National Smile Month, National Photo Month, Personal History Month, and National Military Appreciation Month.

Pick one, or, two or ten and celebrate. You’ve got the whole month!!

Luv Ya!!

Pixxa

01 May, 2010

Celebrating...cakes---day 7

Whew! We made it! A week of cakes---yum!! I certainly hope that at least a few of the cakes whet your appetite. Well, for the finale, I had to find something special. So back to Martha Stewart for mousse. (click link for recipe)

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
What else can I say? A picture is worth a thousand words. And chocolate is always worth having!!

Thank you for joining me for a week of cakes!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

30 April, 2010

Celebrating...cakes---day 6

Friday...the start of the weekend. That means it's party time!! How about a sweet little margarita cupcake? Afterall, cupcakes are cakes too!

Summer Breeze Margarita Cupcakes
For recipe and instructions, check out Bake Decorate Celebrate!'s website (click link for recipe)

A toast to the weekend!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

29 April, 2010

Celebrating...cakes---day 5

While I enjoy a beautiful, decadent dessert, when it comes right down to it, there is nothing that I enjoy more than the basics. Today...caramel cake.

Fabulous Caramel Cake
This recipe is from Hostess with the Mostess (click link for recipe)

Do you say KAR mel or CARE i mel?

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

28 April, 2010

Celebrating...cakes---day 4

Are you tired of cakes yet? I hope not because I am enjoying this trip down the sweet lane of cakes. Well, it's hump day so I thought today would be perfect for a wonderful combination of flavors.

The Perfect Party Cake
This 'fluffy white cake' is filled with lots of fruit flavors...coconut, raspberry and lemon---YUM!

Check out the blog Slow Like Honey for a cute write up and the recipe on this perfect for spring cake! (click link for recipe)

I think it's the perfect cake for a Mother's Day Tea Party!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

27 April, 2010

Celebrating...cakes---day 3

I don't remember the first time I saw her cake balls and cake pops, but I do remember when the lady who runs Bakerella was on Martha Stewart's show. I thought the cake balls was an amazing idea---especially when thinking about party planning. It's a bite sized treat that even the most health conscious person wouldn't mind indulging in. And to stick a stick in the cake ball to make a cake pop---ingenious!! So today...cake balls, of the red velvet variety.

Red Velvet Cake Balls
Check out the recipe for this and more at Bakerella (click link for recipe)

Have a ball!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

26 April, 2010

Celebrating...cakes---day 2

Well, while we are doing lots of layers...and because it's Monday and we need something to kick off the week with a smile, today let's see a rainbow cake. This cake was featured on the Martha Stewart show last week by blogger Kaitlin Flannery of Whisk Kid.

Rainbow CakeNow that's a slice of cake!!!

For recipe, see Martha Stewart's site (click the link for the recipe)

Celebrate rainbows and cake...a winning combination!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

25 April, 2010

Celebrating...cakes---day 1

So, since cakes and cupcakes are one of my most favorite things, I thought it might be fun to do a week of cakes. So let's not waste any time...here's the cake for day one.

Mile-High Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
Photo by Brian Finke from the BonAppetit site (click the link for the recipe).

Chocolate anyone?

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

22 April, 2010

Celebrating...Earth Day


Happy Earth Day!!


This WWF Malaysia photo shows a seven-centimetre flat-headed frog, known as the "Barbourula kalimantanensis", discovered in 2008 and which breathes entirely through its skin instead of lungs, in an unknown location in the "Heart of Borneo", in a remote area of dense, tropical rainforest that borders Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

(AFP/File/David Bickford)

Celebrate the earth!!

Luv Ya!!

Pixxa

11 April, 2010

Celebrating...innovation

A friend passed this on to me and I thought it would be perfect to celebrate our innovative fellow man. Some people call it laziness---but you've got to admit these are pretty innovative!!
"Hey kids...let's go for a comfy ride in the wagon!"


"Why bother attaching the cabinet to the wall...this works just as well!"



"Steps and storage all in one!"



Flat screen mounted for in-bed viewing.



"You wanted hands free, it's hands free!"


"Who needs bricks when you've got Legos?"

You can do things right...but sometimes it's more fun to do it differently. Celebrate innovation!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

02 April, 2010

Celebrating...PB&J Day!!


Happy Peanut Butter & Jelly Day!! I don't remember the last time I had a pb&j sandwich...and I'm not sure why. I LOVE pb&j's!! So when I saw the newsfeed from ABC Chicago News, I knew that I had to share this with you.

Not only is a pb&j a good treat, but can you believe they are good for the environment?!! According to the PB&J Campaign, "each time you have a pb&j, you shrink your carbon footprint, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution, you cut back on habitat destruction, and you conserve water." Pretty cool for something so yummy, huh? Their theory is that any plant-based meal that you eat, instead of meals based around various meats can make a big impact. (Seems like a great site to check out if you are interested in living green.)

Then I found a website, Favor Affair, that has a free, 18-page downloadable e-book, National Peanut Butter & Jelly Party Guide. Really? An 18 page party guide? You know I had to download it and it's so cute!! It features all kinds of pb&j facts and links to cool and interesting pb&j stuff (including a link to a recipe to make pb&j hot wings). It's not really a party guide, but more interesting facts about pb&j.

If you are thinking of celebrating pb&j day with a cocktail, I even found a recipe for PB&J Jell-O Shots. Or if pizza is your thing, here's a recipe for pb&j pizza. Or...just simply take some bread, peanut butter and your favorite flavor of jelly, and enjoy!!

Guess what's for dinner?!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

Celebrating...happy on Good Friday

First, I'd like to wish you a Happy Good Friday. It's almost time to celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ. In addition to that, it's almost time to get off of your Lent diet. So in keeping with that, (and the fact that most people will have some Peeps in their Easter Baskets on Sunday), I thought I would share the link to the Washington Post's annual Peeps contest photo gallery. It is AMAZING what people can do with some sugar coated marshmallows!! And some of these are so cute they just make you happy and put a smile on your face!!

Washington Post Peeps Gallery

Enjoy Peeping!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

31 March, 2010

Celebrating...Herb Alpert


March 31, 1935 was the day that Herb Alpert was born. Most famous for playing his trumpet, he is known for his great jazz, latin, funk, pop and r&b sounds. Although most of his career was as a solo artist, his start was with the group Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. He alo partnered with Jerry Moss to create A&M Records where he worked with other artists including The Carpenters, Sergio Mendes and Janet Jackson.

Here is a video of Herb Alpert performing two of his songs that are among my favorites:


For more music samples, check out his website.

Happy Birthday Mr. Alpert!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

30 March, 2010

Celebrating...in moderation

With Spring comes the beginning of the outdoor fairs season. After the long, dreary winter, people are anxious to start spending time outdoors. What better way than to check out a local fair? There are state fairs, country fairs, art fairs and more. And what do people like to do at these various fairs? EAT!

A link on MSN.com directed me to an article on Delish.com about state fair foods. Here's the best of the best.

Chicken Fried Bacon (photo: Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)

Hot Beef Sundae (photo: Iowa Beef Industry Council)

Pizza Cones (photo: Indiana State Fair)

Spaghetti and Meatball on a Stick (photo: Minnesota State Fair)

Fried Coca-Cola (photo: Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)

Krispy Kreme (photo: Charlie Boghosian)
Alot of these sound very interesting and I would certainly be tempted by quite a few of them...but remember...everything in moderation!!

To check out the full article, Top 10 Most Unusual State Fair Foods, click here.

So as you gear up for spending time outdoors and eating on the run, remember to indulge, but in moderation.

Celebrate because the weather is nice!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

29 March, 2010

Celebrating...Earth Hour---the results

On Saturday evening at 8:30pm all over the world (whatever your time zone), participants in the third annual Earth Hour turned off the lights. How amazing that hundreds of millions of people in over 125 countries on all 7 continents joined together to support efforts for how we treat the world.

On the Official US Site for Earth Hour, there is a slide show of pictures from all across the world of lights on and lights out. If you get a chance, check it out!

Celebrate coming together for the good of all!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

28 March, 2010

Celebrating...the best of both worlds

Ever had a craving for something sweet and couldn't decided whether you wanted a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie? Why choose---thanks to Matt Lewis of Brooklyn's Baked Bakery, you can have a Brookie! And thanks to Martha Stewart, you can make your own at home.

A Brookie is chocolate chip cookie brownie...oh my! To a chocoholic like me...heaven!!

Here's the recipe:

Brookie Ingredients:

Makes 6

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes, plus more for pie tins
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72 percent cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (recipe below)
  • Ice cream, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Butter bottom and sides of six 4-inch-round pie tins; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and cocoa powder; set aside.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Turn off heat but keep bowl over water; whisk both sugars into chocolate mixture. Remove bowl from water and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Add eggs to chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Add vanilla and stir just to combine; do not overmix. Sprinkle flour mixture over chocolate mixture. Using a spatula, gently fold flour mixture into chocolate mixture until just a trace amount of the flour mixture is visible.
  5. Fill each prepared pie tin halfway with batter. Place pie tins on a large baking sheet and transfer to refrigerator; let chill for at least 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Using a 1/4-cup ice cream scoop with a mechanical release, scoop chilled cookie dough into six balls. Using your hands, shape dough to form perfect balls and gently form into a round disk that is slightly domed at the top; disks should be slightly smaller than the top of the pie tins.
  8. Remove pie tins from refrigerator and gently press 1 disk of cookie dough into each tin of batter. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake until cookie is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through cooking time. Serve warm with ice cream or at room temperature.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ingredients:

Makes 6

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chunks or chips

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and both sugars until smooth and creamy. Using a spatula, scrape down side of bowl; add egg and beat until well combined. Mixture should be light and fluffy. Add vanilla and beat just to incorporate, about 5 seconds.
  3. Add half of the flour mixture and beat until just combined, about 15 seconds. Add remaining flour mixture and beat until just incorporated. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least 3 hours before using.
From The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010

Grab your apron and celebrate brownies and cookies together...yum!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

27 March, 2010

Celebrating...movies


Last night, I watched the movie "Where the Wild Things Are". I don't remember reading the book as a child, but with the giant puppet creatures and the little I heard about the story, I thought this would be a fun and light movie. Hmmmm...not so much. While I thought it was visually amazing, I tend not to like movies that don't have a happy or hopeful ending. What I did enjoy about the movie was that it showed how every once in a while everyone, even a little kid, needs to have a little escapism. Young Max definitely escaped his everyday life with his very vivid imagination. BTW, while searching for an image, I found a neat review of the movie, if you are interested.

One of the ways that I escape is to be absorbed into a movie. It is for that reason that today I celebrate movies...pop one in your DVD player and grab on to an adventure.

Celebrate with popcorn too!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

26 March, 2010

Celebrating...candy fluff

I was watching The Wendy Williams Show today and Jaime Oliver was on talking about his new show, Food Revolution. As he was talking (I LOVE his accent), he mentioned going to the circus and having some candy fluff. I fell in love!

I've always had a thing for the unique, the different and sometimes the strange---especially names. Candy fluff is THE cutest name for cotton candy! I'm guessing that's what he was referring to. And since I LOVE cotton candy...er...um...candy fluff, I thought...let's celebrate it!

Now...the circus...that's another story! But celebrate candy fluff!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

P.S. - Don't forget...tomorrow night at 8pm whatever time zone you're in---lights out for Earth Hour!!

25 March, 2010

Celebrating...Chicago sandstorms

Today Chicago earned it's nickname, the Windy City. Winds were gusting at around 20-30mph all day today. Usually I love the wind, but these winds were chilly and biting, so it wasn't good. But despite the wind, I had to smile when I saw a snippet on the news of a sandstorm describing our wind. Now if you aren't from Chicago, we do have sandy beaches here, but nothing that could generate a sandstorm. Okay...maybe it's been a long day and I'm just in a silly mood, but I thought this was hilarious! (note: this is not the pix that was shown on the news, but I am cracking up imagining this rolling down the streets of Chicago)

Celebrate in rain or sleet or wind!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

24 March, 2010

Celebrating...the bologna sandwich


To all you non-meat lovers, sorry, but today I am craving a bologna sandwich (and there is none in the house) so I thought I'd celebrate the bologna sandwich. And of course I had to find something to make everyone smile, so check out this quick video...



Celebrating simple pleasures!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

23 March, 2010

Celebrating...I don't care

Not celebrating a non-caring attitude, but I am celebrating a song that I heard on the radio on my way home this evening. It's called "I Don't Care" by Raheem Devaughn. While the message is not enlightening, it is rather empowering. Basically he's singing about how his girl's friends don't think he's right for her. His message...I don't care. GREAT attitude!! But that's not really the part that I wanted to celebrate.

It's the music...the tempo...the beat that I love. When I heard this song, it just made me happy. It's what I would call a good driving song. Listening to this song, I could see myself driving down the highway in my (imaginary) convertible with the top down on a bright, summer day. The music has a riff that reminds me of the type of music I listened to when I was growing up.

I don't know if Raheem Devaughn is new to the music scene, but if he keeps coming up with music like this, I will come to know who he is.

Hope you enjoy it too!



Celebrate a good attitude with happy music!
Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

22 March, 2010

Celebrating...yellow

Yesterday, I was reminded of Sesame Street for some reason and the thing that came to mind was how at the end of some of their skits, the announcer would come on and say something like "this message brought to you by the letter C". I always thought that was so cute so I decided that today, this post would be brought to you by the color yellow.
While yellow is not my favorite color, today is finally a bright, sunshiny day and it reminds me of yellow.


And what would the world be without yellow? There would be no Sesame Street's Big Bird.How would we find phone numbers without the Yellow Pages?
What would Texas do without it's yellow rose?
How would you travel in New York?
Red would have no best friend.

What fun would summer days be without a tall, ice cold glass of lemonade?
And how could dreams be sought without the yellow brick road?
So...here's to yellow---a very important color!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa