Kentucky Derby

Good morning readers. Lots going on this weekend. Kentucky Derby. Wanted to include my Mint Julip recipe. You will need to do the mint simple syrup. This is a very strong drink. But very Yummy. Got the recipe from the show Creative Juice. The recipe for the simple syrup is: 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat, stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a glass bowl. Add a large handful of Fresh Mint. Stems and leaves. Press down into the syrup with a spoon. Plastic wrap top of bowl and put into fridge, 1 hour at least. Pour infused simple syrup into a glass pitcher. Will look nice with the mint in there. Keep in fridge. For each drink, use crushed ice.  If you don’t have a derby glass that’s Ok. A short fat glass will do the same. Add 1 shot simple syrup. and 2 shots whiskey. Stir. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig. I use Woodford Reserve Kentucky Whiskey for this drink. But what ever brand you want will be fine. The drink starts out very strong, but gets sweeter as you drink it. And don’t forget to wear your special hat!

400 Red Roses are used in the Kentucky Derby garland of roses given to the winning jockey and horse.

If you are ever in that area when the race is not going on, Take the time to do the Tour of Churchill Downs. It is very interesting and fun. IMG_0422IMG_0442Enjoy the Race everyone. Have a great Weekend.

All the riders and the horses, Be Safe! Have a good race!

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CINCO DE MAYO

Tomorrow is the day.Contrary to popular belief, Cinco De Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The Holiday is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, which lasted from 1861-1867. Although Cinco De Mayo seems like a popular holiday in the US, Mexican Independence Day, on September 16, is a much bigger celebration.

In American Culture, Cinco De Mayo has become a holiday for everyone to enjoy festivals, fiestas, Latin food and lots of alcohol for the adult crowd.

Enjoy!

ALL ABOUT MAY

Welcome to May everyone. This month is: National Physical Fitness Month (Get on your bikes and Ride!) Mother’s Day occurs on the second Sunday in May. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. It is National Salsa Month, National Salad Month, National Egg Month, National Hamburger Month, May 28th is National Hamburger Day. Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and Cinco De Mayo is the 5th. The 4th is National O.J. Day. The 8th is Coconut Cream Pie Day, 13th National Apple Pie Day. The 14th is Buttermilk Biscuit Day, the 15th National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, 23rd National Taffy Day. The 28th National Brisket Day, May 31 is National Macaroon Day.

Birthstone: Emerald, Meaning: Success – Flower:Lily of the Valley, Meaning: Sweetness

Just a few May tidbits, too many to write them all. Enjoy! and have a Wonderful Day!

LIGHTNING BUGS

Spring has Sprung and the little blinkers are everywhere. I must have seen millions last night. Enjoy them while you can. They are only back for a limited time. They seem to last about 2 weeks here in my hood. So this weekend, Before it gets dark, Take a minute to Google these little guys and gather the information. Wait until dark. Turn off the outside lights and grab your lawn chairs. Sit out there and take in the seasonal blinking world around you that God created. It’s Amazing!

GLOW WORM

Shine little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer. Shine little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer. Lead us lest too far we wander. Love’s sweet voice is calling yonder. Shine little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer. Hey, there don’t get dimmer, dimmer. Light the path below, above. And lead us on to love.

Glow little glow worm, fly of fire. Glow like an incandescent wire. Glow for the female of the species. Turn on the AC and the DC. This night could use a little brightnin’. Light up you little ol’ bug of lightnin’. When you gotta glow, you gotta glow. Glow little glow worm glow.

Glow little glow worm, glow and glimmer. Swim though the sea of night, little swimmer. Thou aeronautical boll weevil. Illuminate yon woods primeval. See how the shadows deep and darken. You and your chick should get to sparkin’. I got a gal that I love so. Glow little glow worm, glow.

Glow little glow worm, turn the key on. You are equipped with taillight neon. You got a cute vest-pocket Mazda. Which you can make go slow and faster. I don’t know who you took a shine to. Or who you’re out to make a sign to. I got a gal that I love so. Glow little glow worm, glow.

By: The Mills Brothers.

ALL ABOUT APRIL

Good Morning Readers! It is April. This month’s facts:

Passover started at sundown on the fifteenth day of the Jewish lunar month Nissan, which typically falls in March or April. Administrative Professionals Day is the Wednesday of the last full week in April. This  month is Cancer Control Month.  Earth Day is this month. It is also National Florida Tomato Month, National Grilled Cheese Month, National BLT Sandwich Month, National Garlic Month. Neighbor Day comes around this month. Today is National P B and J Day. The 12th Grilled Cheese Day. The 13th National Peach Cobbler Day. The 20th Lima Bean Respect Day. The 22 National Jelly Bean Day. The 30th National Raisin Day.

Birthstone: Diamond-Meaning: Innocence, Flower: Sweet Pea- Meaning-Delicate

Just a few April Facts Too Many to list them all. Have a Great Day!

Excellent Eggs

Celebrate National egg month in May by brushing up on the history and health benefits of this incredible edible.

BREAK THE FAST: During medieval times, eggs, milk and meat were forbidden during Lent. They were traditionally used to break the fast on Easter Sunday.

GOOD FOR YOU: Research has shown that one egg a day won’t increase the risk of heart disease in healthy adults. Plus, eggs have vitamins B12 and D, Riboflavin and Folate.

DYE DESIGN: Red is the most traditional color for dyeing Easter eggs, and it remains the most common color used today, especially in countries with Orthodox faiths.

ON A ROLL: The first White House Egg Roll took place in 1878 with President Hayes and his wife, Lucy. Today’s youngsters gather on the south lawn the Monday after Easter for this traditional event, which is open to the public.

A NO-FAIL METHOD FOR HARD-BOILED EGGS: Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan. Add cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Bring to a rapid boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 15 minutes. For extra large eggs, let stand for 18 minutes. Drain, then place in a bowl with ice and water. When completely cooled,drain. To peel, gently tap eggs on the countertop and roll between the palms of your hands.

HAPPY EASTER FROM SHOPWORNDESIGNS!

Information from: Publix Family Style Magazine.