20 December, 2011

Celebrating...quick celebrations

I know...I have missed so many celebrations!!  But today I happened upon a very interesting post that is so timely for the Christmas and New Years celebrations that may be coming up, that I just HAD to share!!  The post is for 60 Holiday Snacks in less than 20 minutes.  There are dips and spreads and nuts and popcorn and wraps and tarts and bites.  So if you are looking to have a quick little get-together, take a peek and you might find something new to try!

Happy Holidays!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

14 October, 2011

Celebrating...Autumn

There is a chill in the air and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red.  Autumn has officially arrived.  Last weekend I happened upon a blog that gave a recipe that seems like it would be an amazing way to celebrate the days of Fall. 

The blog Tokyo Terrace is by a woman who grew up in the Midwest, but currently lives in Tokyo.  Her longing for a Midwestern Autumn prompted her to post a recipe for Apple Cider Pancakes.  They look yummy so I thought I would share.



Here's the link to her post for Apple Cider Pancakes.  http://www.tokyoterrace.com/2011/09/apple-cider-pancakes-cinnamon-sugar-topping/

If you try this before me, drop me a line to let me know how they turned out!

Celebrate Autumn with Apple Cider Pancakes!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

13 October, 2011

Celebrating...actions that speak louder than words

A friend just forwarded the information below and I thought I'd share it here.  We've all seen it a million times before, but everytime it comes my way, I appreciate it more and more. 

A nice modern-day parable!


IT'S WHAT YOU SCATTER

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas.  I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Barry, how are you today?'

'H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'

'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'?

'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'?


'Good. Anything I can help you with?'?


'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'?


'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.


'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'


'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'


'All I got's my prize marble here.'


'Is that right? Let me see it', said Miller.


'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'


'I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.


'Not zackley but almost.'


'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'. Mr. Miller told the boy.


'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'


Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. 

When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.'


I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.


Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.

Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.  Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.


Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.


Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.


'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.  They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt.'


'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho ..'  With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.


The Moral:
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

So as we reflect on this, I hope that you find that it's not the big things, but the little things that make a difference. 
 
Celebrate...good deeds!
 
Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

12 October, 2011

Celebrating...National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work Day


As a doll collector, this day fits right in for me...National TakeYour Teddy Bear To Work Day.  I think the name of this day says it all!  So grab your Teddy Bear and have a good day!!

Luv Ya!!


Pixxa

10 October, 2011

Celebrating...National Kick Butt Day

I use several resources to find "special occasions" to celebrate.  One of them is Chase's Calendar of Events, published annually by McGraw Hill.  Today there is an entry that I thought was very good for most of us who are over 10 months past our annual New Year's Resolutions.  At this point, I don't even know what I resolved to accomplish this year (which means I didn't do it), but today is the day proving that it's not too late.

Today is National Kick Butt Day.  No, this doesn't mean go out and kick someone's butt.  It instead is directed at YOU.  According to the listing in Chase's Calendar of Events "On this day we commit to kicking ourselves in the butt to take action on goals we've set and not achieved, actions we've committed to but not taken, promises we've made and not kept, excuses we've created that have us stalled and difficulties we've faced and not overcome.  This is the day we get our butts in gear and move forward in out lives.  No butts about it!" 

Further research of this "holiday" led me to Sylvia Henderson's website Spring Board Training(http://www.springboardtraining.com/).  Ms. Henderson is a motivational speaker who provides "interpersonal skills for workplace, professional, & relationship success. We help people SHOW that they are as great as they say they are!"  Her site offers alot of information and is definitely worth taking a look around.

So get to kicking your butt in gear because you are as great as you say you are....do some great things and say how great you are!


...and celebrate!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

09 October, 2011

Celebrate...in another month

I was just sitting here reflecting on how fast this year has passed and it occurred to me that there is a day coming that is worth celebrating.  Mark your calendars so that next month you can plan to celebrate 11/11/11.  The time to celebrate?  11:11:11am. 

Between now and then, we'll have to find at least 11 ways to celebrate...maybe with 11 bites of cake!! 

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

02 October, 2011

Celebrating...October

Hello dolls!!  Happy October!!  Can you believe how fast this year has gone?  We are in the final quarter and I feel like the year just started.  But alas...we've saved the best for last.  I mean, the three biggest celebrations of the year are upcoming...Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas (and New Years)...LET THE CELEBRATING BEGIN!!! 

Surely we are all ready for the major celebrations, but I am here to help you look around and discover the little things to be celebrated.  Things like the leaves turning their fabulous shades for autumn, or unpacking your cozy, warm sweaters, and football, and caramel apples (you knew I had to throw something food in, right?). 

If you need some help coming up with things to celebrate, here's some ideas for you:
  • October is adopt a shelter dog month, so if you can go out and get a new friend
  • October is also financial planning month---a great time to start thinking of all of the trips you want to take next year
  • We all should know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  If you haven't already, make sure you have your annual breast exam...and be a friend and take a friend too!
  • My favorite is October is Positive Attitude Month
  • And food related...October is National Chili Month and National Popcorn Poppin' Month
This is enough to get you started...you'll just have to keep checking back for more things to celebrate this month.  Or feel free to send me your ideas...

But before I go, I'd like to celebrate an important anniversary with you... sixty one years ago a famous icon was born...and here it is... 
Peanuts premiered in 8 newspapers, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Tribune, The Allentown Call-Chronicle, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, and The Boston Globe as a daily strip and featured Charlie Brown, Shermy and Patty  And as they say...the rest is history!

Happy October!!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

20 September, 2011

Celebrating...something to celebrate with

Okay, it's not my fault.  I see all of these pretty cakes and since I love cake, I get distracted and somehow they end up here, sharing with you!  But this one, I just couldn't pass up passing on to you.  Are you ready?!!  Pancake cakes!!  That's right...I said it!  Pancake cakes!!  Or as they are titled on the site where the creator posted, cake batter pancakes.

I was over at "How Sweet It Is" and found this delectible delightful treat!!  And their post immediately grabbed my attention.  It started "I’m fairly convinced that the world would be a better place if more sprinkles were involved."  That is soooooooo true!!!  They believed that these cake batter pancakes should be saved for special occasions, but you know my philosophy...everything should be celebrated---so that doesn't limit the use of these.  And I laughed when the writer said "But I don’t need an excuse to eat cake and sprinkles. I believe it should be a daily occurrence."  My thoughts exactly!


So if you are fairly intrigued, pop on over to "How Sweet It Is" and check out the recipe for Pancake Cakes!!  And read their post...it's really cute!!

Have an impromtu celebration!!
Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

12 September, 2011

Celebrating Oooey Goooey Chocolate

I know, I know...I am supposed to stop writing so much about food...but sometimes you've just got to break the rules (not that it's a rule that I not write about food...ha ha!)!!  I came across this and just HAD to share.

It's The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n'Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar.  Can you say "Oh My Gosh!!!!"? 

So find a reason to celebrate something (even if you are only celebrating making this scrumptious dessert), mosey on over to Kevin & Amanda's site and enjoy!!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

10 September, 2011

Happy Nine/Ten/Eleven (9/10/11)!

Today is September 10, 2011 which means the date is 9/10/11.  How cool is that?  And just think, this "phenomenon" will only happen in the next three years and then not again until 1/2/3 which will be January 2, 2111.  I don't know about you, but I don't think that I will be around for that...so now is the time to celebrate it!!  See, you don't always have to have a major reason to celebrate.  The simplest of things make great reasons to celebrate too!  Happy Nine-Ten-Eleven!!

03 July, 2011

Celebrating 4th of July!!

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy 4th of July weekend celebration!!  And in case you are looking for a little something to cap off the celebrating, check this out...
http://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cakes/gunawanfamily/the-hidden-american-flag-cake

Enjoy the fireworks!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

21 June, 2011

Celebrating...the lazy days of summer!

Just stopping by to wish you a happy first day of summer!!  May you be blessed with an enjoyable summer full of things to make you smail and laugh and feel good!!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

04 June, 2011

Celebrating...Old Maids

This one is for all the single ladies...

Today is Old Maid's Day.  Yes, it the day dedicated to the single ladies.  Old Maid's Day exists to put the spotlight on all of the fair maidens who haven't yet found their Prince Charming.  Not exactly sure what you are supposed to do to call attention to yourself on this day, but I thought it was one of those quirky days that should be celebrated. 

A bit of history.  Old Maid's Day was created in sometime in the mid-1940's after WWII.  The GI's were coming home and there were ladies...and then dances and socials...and that all grew into this holiday.

I know, there are those of you who look at being an Old Maid as a negative thing, but if there is one thing that I have learned in my many years, it's that life is what you make it.  So you've got to find ways to make the best of everything.  As the cliche's go...make the best of everything...live life to the fullest...when life gives you lemons, make lemonade...and live each day as if it's your last, because tomorrow is not promised.

So celebrate the fact that your Prince Charming is on the way.  Happy Old Maid's Day!!

Luv Ya!!

Pixxa 

21 April, 2011

Celebrating Earth Day


Hmmmmm, my last post was about Earth Hour, so why not have my next post be about Earth Day. Yahoo Green (who knew they even had a whole blog dedicated to green stuff?!!) has a nice blog post about getting free stuff on Earth Day (tomorrow, April 22nd). Get free coffee, free bags, free cleaners from Origins and free trees. There are also lots of discounts and more. Swing by and check it out at http://green.yahoo.com/blog/greenpicks/295/earth-day-deals-2011.html And while you're there, make sure you sign up for their blog or feeds. You can also follow Yahoo Green on Facebook and Twitter.

And for more information on Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network website at http://www.earthday.org/. There are lots of videos and lots of ideas and many ways to get involved

Save the earth...Happy Earth Day!!

Luv Ya!!
"Green" Pixxa

26 March, 2011

Celebrating...well, I really haven't been

It's been a rough few weeks! I know that I haven't been posting so much this year so far, but I am letting my life get the best of me. I didn't wish you Happy St. Patrick's Day, I didn't wish you a Happy Spring, I didn't wish you Happy Super Moon watching---and today I neglected to wish you (and encourage you to participate in) a Happy Earth Hour. I should be ashamed (and am)!!

But as I was tooling around on Facebook, I came across this video on Earth Hour...so better late than never, I thought I'd share!!



Celebrate the environment...it's the only one we've got!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

24 February, 2011

Celebrate...Our Differences

I just love music with a message! I have been hearing this song on the radio and loved it, but only recently saw the video. After I saw it, I just sat for a minute and reflected on hard hard life is. Instead of celebrating the things that make us all unique and who we are, people would rather put others down for being different. Bullying ain't cool! And it is so sad that so many people are taking their own lives because of it---or other reasons.

So please, take a listen and a look (as long as this video is up on youtube) and celebrate the things that make us the same and the things that make us different.



Celebrate with love because we are all different!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

12 February, 2011

Celebrating...things to come

It's Auto Show time in Chicago. I remember as a child that our family used to go every year to see what was new. I would love climbing in the cars and pretending I was a grown up driving all the roads. And I was expert at collecting all of the brochures so I could come home and dream about all of the possibilities.

Well it's been a few decades since I've gone to the Auto Show, but I can still feel the excitement when I hear the news reports about the opening of the show. And every year I vow to go, but I never do.

Anyway, I just came upon this information about a true care of the future. The reporter said that maybe in the next 10 - 20 years, we will be whizzing around in these...or something similar. One can dream, right?!!

Enjoy this report! And celebrate all that is yet to be!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

GM Hy-Wire "Car of the Future"

GM Hy-Wire "Car of the Future"

28 January, 2011

Celebrate...Fun at Work Day

Today is Fun at Work Day!  Hmmm...can you think of any simple ways that you can have fun at work today?  I don't usually like practical jokes, so I certainly am not recommending that.  They are usually only funny at some elses expense.  Not cool! 

One thing that I used to do at one job I had was participate in an afternoon break.  We would all gather together and  go for an ice cream break.  It was fun...a bunch of adults standing around like little kids with our ice cream.  And it was quite a boost going back to work for the afternoon.

Something else that could be fun is to plan a little morning walk...around the halls or around the parking lot.  Or plan to order lunch in for everyone...or plan for everyone to go out together at lunch time.  It's too late for this now, but it would be fun to plan something like wear your fav sports team shirt, or wear a particular color from head to toe or wear your pajamas to work day.  Then arrange some sort of contest.

There is so much that you can do---even in a short amount of time.  So think of something that can work in your office and enjoy Fun at Work today!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

22 January, 2011

Celebrating...New Beginnings

Happy New Year!! I know...I am a tad late in extending my wishes. Try as I might, this has been an interesting year thus far. I pray that it only gets better! I have had a cold since the new year began. And this cold hit me hard. I think it was further amplified by the arctic cold temperatures that we have been having. Everytime I thought I was getting better, it would get super cold again and my symptoms would rebound. But I think the cold has finally moved on, so I am finally starting to enjoy the new year. Therefore, the wishes aren't totally belated. (smile)

So January is almost over. There has been so much to ccelebrate---I hope that you have been holding up your end and celebrating the big things as well as the small stuff. It is so easy to overlook the small stuff---that's why my mission is to make sure that we all take a little time to notice and celebrate.

So here we are...a new year, with a new, healthy (no cold) attitude...where do we go from here? I say on to the celebrations!! Today is Saturday and I am meeting up with a friend for breakfast and lunch. Weird, huh? Nope...we are celebrating the small stuff. For the longest time, we craved Chick-fil-a but the closest location was over two hours away. But the chain has finally moved into the Chicago area, albeit in the suburbs for now (downtown location to come in April). So I am picking her up and we are going to catch the end of the breakfast shift. Then we'll do a little shopping and then head back for lunch. Some people think that's crazy, but I say to each his or her own. When you find ways to celebrate, then do it!! And I tell you, a fun morning/afternoon spending time with a friend is a great way to celebrate the new year.

Hope you enjoy your today (and if you are in a part of the country where it's cold...may you celebrate keeping warm)!!

To new beginnings!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa