Situated among the lush wooded hills of Cullman, Alabama, lies a world of miniature creations carefully crafted of recycled materials. Built by Brother Joseph Zoettl, it was dedicated on May 17, 1934 and named Ave Maria Grotto. It is visited by more than 35,000 people every year. Walk around the park-like path and you will see miniature shrines, abbeys, basilicas, Herod's Gate, Noah's Ark, a dragon, and other eclectic works of art. Here are some pictures that I took last week on an … [Read More...]
I have been told that Thursday, July 24, 2014 is National Tequila Day. I have been trying to verify that information. Though I cannot find the official declaration, I decided that it really didn’t matter – does it? We just had National Ice Cream Day a few days ago, why not National Tequila Day?
If you are like I was, you might not know that much about tequila, so let me share a few facts with you that I discovered in my research:
Happy National Ice Cream Day!
Did you know that in 1984 that President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday (perhaps that should it be Sundae) as National Ice Cream Day? How cool is that!?
It’s a true story. From what I have read, resolution 298 was sponsored by Kentucky Senator Walter Dee Huddleston. Though it was probably set up for just 1984, we can thank ice cream manufacturer’s for the continuation of the celebration.
Paleo + Slow Cooking might not seem like they go together, right? That’s what I thought. Who ever heard of a caveman – or cavewoman – plugging in a Crock Pot? After reading Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple by Chrissy Gower, I learned a thing or two about slow cooking. It is probably the oldest cooking method that humans have used and will continue to be used because of the convenience, it’s affordability, and the results – foods come out moist and tender.
My friends at Wise Monkeys Abroad are on the trip of their life and I am so happy for them. Being the sweeties that they are, they have shared this photo of one of the meals they enjoyed – delicious beef stroganoff. If you have been following their blog or on Facebook, you might have an idea as to where this was enjoyed. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Wise Monkeys Abroad, I am going to provide a few clues for you for today’s challenge:
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty — they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum
Many of the foods we consume affect the quality of our hair and skin – from water to omega-3s to antioxidants. But if beauty is more than skin deep, why do we turn to face creams rather than whole foods for solutions? Shouldn’t we be working on beauty from the inside out?
Have you been to parties where the hostess served cute, colorful cakes and treats and wondered how you can make some at home? Is it really possible or is a trip to the local bakery in order? Well, if you get a copy of Simply Sweet ColorCakes: Wow-Worthy Desserts Anyone Can Make you will have “more than 125 dipped, sprinkled, layered, stacked, and on-a-stick sweet treats that can easily be made at home.”