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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On this Day...a step back in time

History is filled with myth and mystery, fact and fiction. It is the foundation of who we are, from whence we came. Each step back in time brings forward the beginnings of so much that has made us what we are today. Wartime and peacetime have both left their marks. As for foundings and inventions, some come and go while others leave the imagination to wonder how people ever survived without them.

Journey a few years back...
2010 Steve Jobs (Apple) unveiled (announced) the "iPad." This became known as the first-generation iPad. 300,000 iPads were sold on their first day of availability. During the first 80 days, three million iPads were sold. This iPad was relatively short lived for on March 2, 2011, Apple announced the new iPad2 and the discontinuation of production of the original iPad. By the launch of the iPad2, Apple sold more than 15 million iPads.
Now, go farther back to the 20th century...
1957 The "CBS Radio Workshop" was heard for the first time. It was an experimental dramatic radio anthology series that aired on CBS from January 27, 1956, until September 22, 1957. Subtitled “radio’s distinguished series to man’s imagination,” it was a revival of the earlier broadcasts in 1932 and from 1936 to 1943. The CBS Radio Workshop was one of American network radio's last attempts to hold onto, and perhaps recapture, some of the demographics they had lost to television in the post-World War Two era.
1944 The world was at war. World War II, which started in 1935, would not end until 1945. Men and women served their prospective countries but still found times for leisure and enjoyment. The bowling alleys of Fort McClellan, Alabama, were well patronized by the WAC Det #2 in their off-duty hours. 
Also in 1944...
  • Leningrad liberated by Soviet Troops from siege by Nazi troops in approx. 880 days. Some reports death count at 600,000, others much higher, 980,000 soldiers/officers of the Red Army and a million civilians. 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Leningrad.
  • Casey Stengel, manager of the Boston Braves since 1938, resigns. Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, & Joseph Maney buy control of Boston Braves.
How about even farther back to the 19th century...
1880 Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp. Can you imagine life without this invention? Hard to do so in today's society yet during century upon century, people managed!
1888 The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC. The National Geographic Society, headquartered in Washington, D.C. in the United States of America, is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. On January 13, 1888, 33 explorers and scientists gathered at the Cosmos Club, a private club then located on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., to organize "a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge." After preparing a constitution and a plan of organization, the National Geographic Society was incorporated two weeks later on January 27, 1888.
Keep going to the 18th century...

1785 1st U.S. state university chartered, Athens Georgia. Founded in 1785 as the United States' first state-chartered university, it is the oldest and largest of Georgia's institutions of higher learning and along with the College of William and Mary and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claims the title of the oldest public university in the United States.
This barely touches the surface. To learn more, click HERE or the image.

Thank you for visiting. I do hope you enjoyed your walk down memory lane. Do you have a favorite memory of this day?

Monday, January 26, 2015

All for the love of CHOCOLATE!

    Nutty, Crunchy, Sweet & Salty!                                       Stay Tuned: NBPD

Surely there are some but I dare say not many who do not love chocolate. It is heart. 
National Chocolate Cake Day

 Hope you enjoy every bite of it...just don't forget to share!

Probably one of the greatest memories of childhood is eating chocolate cake! The ooeier, the gooier, the betterer! Ooey, gooey goodness just doesn't get any better than this! So round up the kids, head for the kitchen and Bake, Bake, Bake Away! Today is another day to Have your cake...& eat it too!!
 All for the love of CHOCOLATE!

Today sheath cakes, layer cakes, cupcakes and maybe even a cheesecake should be on your menu but with one stipulation...the main ingredient is none other than chocolate...LOTS of chocolate! Ice it, dice it, any way you want to slice it, pour it on...chocolate that is!
Busy-day Chocolate Cake (Recipe)

Chocolate Butter Cake  It's a keeper! (Recipe)

Super Easy Choco Choco Chocolate Cake (Recipe)

Not into the trouble of baking a whole cake from scratch? Break open the cake mix for a quickie treat! Whip equal parts nutella and cream cheese in a bowl, then pipe onto your cupcake, topping with a little shimmer dust.
OR go for your own individual little cake...
Molten Lava Cake (Recipe)

 Last but not at all least...Some say it is a pie, others claim it is a cake. Whatever! It's chocolate and has 'cake' in its name so enjoy...
Deep Dark Chocolate Cheesecake (Recipe)

Need more ideas: Click HERE...

Is your mouth watering yet?


yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

When a Dollar was Worth About a Dollar

A quick post with thoughts on the economy back in the day vs. today...

Examine the picture below paying particular attention to the decor, the furnishings, the dress, the intensiveness by which the sewing tasks are being done. Also, notice the gender and ages of the persons in the photograph. Examine the photo very closely before reading the caption that provides the 'true picture' of the picture. Time Period is the early 20th century when a dollar was worth about a dollar.

Mrs. Battaglia, Tessie (age - 12 years), Tony (age - 7 years), 170 Mulberry St. Rear house, 5th floor. Garment workers. Husband crippled by a fall, tends to basement. Mrs. Battaglia works in shop except Saturdays, when the children sew with her at home. Get 2 or 3 cents a pair finishing men’s pants. Said they earn $1 to $1.50 on Saturday. Father disabled and can earn very little. New York. 01/25/1908
[From the series National Child Labor Committee Photographs taken by Lewis Hine

News reports on television and radio, in the newspaper, across the Internet each have their own opinions and explanations concerning the state of the economy. The fact is, however, across the board America is experiencing a decline amid ongoing financial struggles. Cost of living so-called increases in salary no where come close to the increases in the cost of living. The 2 - 3 cents or $1.00 - $1.50 earned at the beginning of the 20th century would not go very far in today's market. In fact, survival would be approaching nil.
For a little interesting activity, check out...

Purchasing Power of Money in the United States from 1774 to Present

It is a neat way to compare the relative value of a past amount of dollars to the present amount.
Food for thought...
“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” Sam Ewing

What are your thoughts on this economical matter?
Related Article:
Daily featured documents from the holdings of the U.S. National Archives

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Seemingly Unstoppable Career

Today in Music History: January 26

Like so many recording artists before her, today's feature started out young and is moving up the ladder fast with a seemingly unstoppable career. What will be next? We'll just see what we'll see...or hear, in this case...won't we?

Welcome into the Spotlight...

Alicia's talents do not rest on her voice alone!

Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as . . . Alicia Keys: American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress

Alicia Augello Cook was born in the area of New York City referred to as Hell's Kitchen. Better known by her stage name Alicia Keys, she began her career in entertainment with an appearance on 'The Cosby Show' at the tender age of four. Keys attracted attention of record company executives while she was still attending high school. She signed with Arista Records in 1998. But it wasn't until 2001 that Keys stormed onto the music scene with her debut album Songs in A Minor that went platinum five times over. Since then, the three octave singer has picked up nine Grammy awards, and even written soundtracks for the seminal 'The Wire' and Bond's 'Quantum of Solace.' With a seemingly unstoppable career, she won the Grammy for Best R&B Album in 2014.

"As I Am (Intro)" — Contains an interpolation of Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, op. posth by Frédéric Chopin
2008 Alicia Keys was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album As I Am. The album sold over 742,000 copies in its first week the largest ever first week sales for any female R&B artist.
As reported on Wikipedia...
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 742,000 copies in its first week, highest ever for a female R&B artist and eventually earned a triple platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. It became an international commercial success and produced four singles that achieved chart success, including "No One", which became the song most listened to of 2007 in America. Despite some criticism towards Keys' songwriting, As I Am received positive reviews from most music critics and earned Keys several accolades, including three Grammy Awards. It has sold over five million copies worldwide.
No.1 singles on this day...
[Click on the year for the songs that hit number one on the charts in the US during that year.]

  • 1963 The Rooftop Singers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Walk Right In', a No.10 hit in the UK.
  • 1965 'Downtown' by Petula Clark was at No. 1 on the US singles chart. A young Jimmy Page had played as a session guitarist on the track, giving him his first US No.1 hit, (and a No. 2 hit in the UK).
  • 1974 Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Johnny Burnette 1960 hit 'Your Sixteen', a No.3 hit in the UK.

Unable to locate the video...
really wonder what outrageous outfits she wore for the troops!
1991 Cher made a special video for the troops involved in Desert Storm during the gulf war. Cher's Video Canteen, featured Janet Jackson, Paul Simon, Van Halen and Bonnie Raitt.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Nutty, Crunchy, Sweet & Salty

    Coffee with a Kick!                                  All for the love of CHOCOLATE!
National Peanut Brittle Day

Where did peanut brittle come from?
It depends on whom you ask!

Brittle dates back to ancient cultures where those with access to molasses, sugar or honey produced some form of it. By most accounts, this is probably the first candy ever made. The extra ingredient - peanuts - came much later making this nutty, crunchy, sweet and salty indulgence very popular. The exact origin of the first peanut brittle is uncertain. Southern roots support the most common story although some accounts take the story out of the south, in fact, out of the county altogether, to Celtic roots. There are even reports, as with so many recipes, it evolved as a result of a cook's mistake.

When it comes to making homemade peanut brittle, much like divinity, it can be tricky to make. The atmosphere must be just right! One is advised NOT to attempt making brittle on a humid day. Another tip is to be sure you have FRESH baking soda!

Start out with a classic peanut brittle to learn the dos and don'ts...

With today's modern technology, time can be greatly reduced by cooking it in the microwave...

Love brittle but need a chocolate fix? Try this one...

Get a little creative with cupcakes! These tiny cakes seem to hit the spot better than the whole cake!

Caramel & Peanut Brittle Cupcakes (Recipe)
These gems shine with peanut brittle sparkling on the outside and caramel oozing on the inside!
Pie! Pie! Pie! Hard to beat especially when the pie is an ice cream treat...

Peanut Brittle & Caramel Crunch Ice Cream Pie (Recipe)

The combination of sea salt & peanuts help to up the ante in this salty-sweet treat!

That's all, folks! There are plenty of ideas and recipes on the web. Start lookin' to get cookin' if one of these does not suit your fancy!

Is your mouth watering yet?