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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SuperBowl Sunday Recipes

Welcome to SuperBowl Sunday. I personally wish it would be on a Saturday, so we can stay to see the whole game at our friends' house. 

Appetizer Recipes

Velveeta Cheesy Dip

Famous Queso Dip recipe

1 lb.  (16 oz.) VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 can  (10 oz.) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
make it

COMBINE ingredients in microwaveable bowl.

MICROWAVE on HIGH 5 min. or until VELVEETA is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 3 min.

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Cups

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Cups recipe

24  won ton wrappers
1 can  (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, finely chopped
1 cup  KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1/3 cup  KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
1/3 cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup  finely chopped red peppers
2 cloves  garlic, minced

HEAT oven to 350°F.

PLACE 1 won ton wrapper in each of 24 mini muffin pan cups sprayed with cooking spray, with edges of wrapper extending over top of cup. Bake 5 min. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients.

SPOON artichoke mixture into won ton cups.

BAKE 12 to 14 min. or until filling is heated through and edges of cups are golden brown.

WHERE TO FIND WON TON WRAPPERS-  the produce section of the supermarket.

Super Bowl XLIX

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Seattle Seahawks v. New England Patriots - who are you rooting for? 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tu B'Shevat - Jewish New Year for Trees

Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is a Jewish festival similar to Arbor Day.

It is on Feb. 4, 2015

Tu B’Shevat (Tu Bishvat) is the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat. This festival is also known as the “New Year for Trees” and is observed in Jewish communities in countries such as the United States.

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For Jews outside of Israel, Tu B'Shevat is a celebration of the renewal of vision and awareness, a celebration of connections and connectedness--to our own inner-selves, to the social world of human beings, and to the natural world and its Source.

Many Jewish communities in the United States observe the festival by eating fruit on this day. The Torah praises seven “fruits”, in particular grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Many Jewish people also try to eat a new fruit, which can be any seasonal fruit. Some Jewish communities plant trees on Tu B’Shevat.

Tree of Life Green Swarovski Crystal Earrings

In Israel, Tu B'Shevat marks the beginning of spring in Israel. Sustaining rains are at the peak of their power and the world responds, brimming with buds of fragrant life. To mark this moment, school children plant trees. Often these trees have been provided by the contributions of Jewish students abroad through the good offices of the Jewish National Fund.

Friday, January 23, 2015

6 Facts about Valentine's Day

How many of these facts do you know about Valentine's Day? 

1. There are two theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. The first is that the day derives from Lupercalia, a raucous Roman festival on February 15 where men stripped naked and spanked young maidens in hopes of upping their fertility.

The second and more popular theory is that while the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry (apparently single men make better soldiers). In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14.

2. According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.

3. Husbands and boyfriends like to give bouquets. Men account for 73 percent of Valentine's Day flower sales.

4. Roses are the flowers of love. The favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love? The red rose, of course. The bud stands for strong romantic feelings, so it’s no surprise they make up the most popular Valentine’s Day bouquets.

5. “Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

6. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. The first Valentine's Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.

Source: Woman's Day magazine

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SRJAD Spring Guide 2015

The Self-Representing Artist in Jewelry Design (SRAJD) has published a new Spring Gift Guide see page 11 for my Peach Swarovski Heart Earrings.

Spring is coming, really. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WW: Love Cats

Love cats? I certainly do. And everyday is caturday.

Sammy and Tommy love to sleep touching

Tommy and Fritz touching

Happy Caturday