October 13th, 2016

Did y’all know that 157 million people participate in Halloween, and more than 141 million buy candy? That’s almost 45 percent of the entire U.S. population filling plastic pumpkins and pillowcases with sugary goodness. Can you say Yummm!!!

Can you guess which is the most popular of all?
Reese’s peanut butter cups. My fave!

Sales neared $510 million in 2013. It’s also the most popular candy in California and Texas. M&M’s came in a close second with over $500 million in sales in 2013.

We candy lovers spend $2.1 billion on Halloween candy every year. Gullty as charged here.

More than half of the money we Americans spend on Halloween candy is used to buy….drum roll! : Chocolate !
And for all you Chocolate addicts ahem..like moi….chocolate can stay good for six to eight months past its expiration date. Who knew?
Just freeze it and you can have leftover Halloween candy all year long. Just make sure it’s tightly sealed. and wala!

We manage to gobble down between 3,500 and 7,000 calories…Yikes. But who’s counting when you can have this?

Forget your troubles and this morally inverted world we live in my friends and have a Spooktacular holiday!!!

Sept 11, 2016: Fifteen Years On

September 7th, 2016

Fifteen have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights………….

I will NEVER forget every rescuer who died in honor, nor every single family whom I tried desperately to console and who live forever in grief.

The firefighters I had the honor to try to help heal as well the uncounted wakes and funerals I attended… with empty coffins.

Those wretching last phone calls, and funerals of sons, daughters and children.

(Photos: Courtesy AP, Newsweek, Getty)

I remember the shattered glass, the cement and steel melting in the inferno of senseless cruelty, while the hearts of humanity screamed in anguish.

I pray for you all my loyal friends- who have not given up this fight.

May God’s grace heal, unite and empower you to continue to serve with love always.

I am eternally grateful for each and every one of you.

Please take a few moments to watch:

Please Do not let pain crush your hearts my friends. Cherish goodness always.

Dallas PD releases touching video Tribute

July 19th, 2016

Please watch:

Saying “our heroes will never be forgotten,” the Dallas Police Department released a moving tribute video to the members of its force who were killed and wounded by a black assassin driven by racial hatred.

Dallas PD releases touching video tribute to ‘our fallen officers … our heroes’

Dear Officer,

I want you to know that I see you. I see you choose the booth in the restaurant that allows you to have your back against the wall. I see you walking to your next traffic stop while you hope that it isn’t your last.

I see you pulled over, two hours past your shift, as you finish your reports under a street light. I see you as you direct traffic in the scorching heat, the gusting snow, and the downpour of rain.

I see you being filmed every time you try to do your job. I see you as you watch mainstream media crucify your character while minimizing your cause. I see that you are tired. I see that you are frustrated and misunderstood.

I see that you are hurting as the world watches you bury your brothers and sisters that died because they were guilty of one thing; wearing a uniform with a badge. I see you. I see that you are flesh and bones just like me.

I see that you are a human being who has a heart that beats for your calling to serve and protect.

I see your cause and I want you to know that I appreciate it…..


Tip o the hat to the Zipster

May the good Lord bless and protect you all my friends.

July 4th 2016!

July 1st, 2016

Sweet Fourth of July weekend Friends~!woodstock





Planning a fabuloso barbeque..(gain about 5lbs) heh

and …then…….

Will drag mah crew down to the Macy’s annual show stopping fireworks display. Woot!
I can’t see it enough times.4thofjuly

Can you say Wowza!

It features more than 40,000 shells..all exploding in a 26-minute jaw-dropping spectacle.

And I mean spectacle.

The fireworks were fired from six barges on the Hudson River.
There were wall to wall people…and I mean WALL to WALL…between 24th and 50th Streets.


And yours truly will one of them. Heh.

Here is just a snippet of years gone by…:

Red, white and boom!

Jus rememba sweet friends:

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
Moshe Dayan

Red, white and blue HUGS! sweet, patriotic, Friends!

Sooo, what are Y’all doing?( besides gaining 5 pounds, that is)

Happy Father’s DAY!!

June 19th, 2016


He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
Clarence Budington Kelland


Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. laughing0
Red Buttons


“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”
Charles Wadsworth


“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

Theodore Hesburgh



For all of you who have, had…or are Dads:
For your generous souls
Strong, comforting arms ..and
Your wisdom of the ages.

And…For your “memorable lines”: Heh. joy


This will hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.

Turn off those lights. Do you think I am made of money?crazysmile

You call that noise “music”?

Don’t ask me, ask your mother.laugh9

We’re not lost.
I’m just not sure where we are.i-dont-know

In MY day……


Hugssssssssssssssssssssss…Taker easy and enjoy your day DAY!

Oh by the way..Do you have any “memorable” lines?..Heh goodvibes


Special luvs to our Dad’s fightin the good fight for us all.




Police at its Finest: Alejandro “Alex” Valadez R.I.P.

June 5th, 2016

Police officers fill in for slain colleague at child’s kindergarten graduation

Alejandro “Alex” Valadez Jr. never got to meet his father, so more than 20 Chicago police officers filled in to help celebrate the boy’s kindergarten graduation Friday.

Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez, was killed in the line of duty in 2009 when he and his partner were investigating a report of shots fired in West Englewood. The convicted gunman was sentenced to 125 years in prison in 2011. Valadez died three months before his son was born.

Sometimes you have to make the ultimate sacrifice,” Johnson said. “Alex Sr. did that. … He was part of the CPD family then, he’s a part of the CPD family now, you’re a part of the CPD family forever.”

After the graduation ceremony, the children were greeted by the officers, police horses and dogs, a group of firefighters and two firetrucks with their ladders raised outside the church.

“That’s what they do when they honor someone who died,” one mother explained to her child quietly.

The boy completed a second rite of passage that morning. In a corner of the parking lot behind a police van, Valadez’s family surrounded him as a handful of officers unveiled a brand new bike.

There are three kinds of people in the world. There are wolves and there are sheep. And then there are those who protect the sheep from the wolves.

To the family and loved ones of Officer Valadez. May beautiful memories comfort you always.

My loyal friends: May the “Force” be with you.

Hat Tip to the Zipster

Rest in Peace

Memorial Day Weekend ( and …BBQ!)

May 27th, 2016


They fought for our precious Freedom of Speech..
Yet we get scared and stay Silent.

They fought for our precious Constitution..
while most of own children haven’t a clue about it.

They fought and died to offer us Freedom of the Press…
as our very own media aids and abets our sworn enemies.

They fought to offer us a government which serves the people…while our fellow citizens vote for a terrorist enabler, Dictator wanna be.

I apologize to the memory of all the soldiers and their sacrifices……

I promise I will
never give up the good fight.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Bless them and bless you all Sweet Friends.

Thank you for your service and may God bless you George.
You are not forgotten.


If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag.


While we still have some freedom left, spend time with your precious loved ones my friends and fire up that grill!


Feeling anxious? Your mood may actually change how your dinner tastes, making the bitter and salty flavours recede, according to new research.

Mood makes food taste different

This link between the chemical balance in your brain and your sense of taste could one day help doctors to treat depression.

..The work has also generated interest from flavour houses — companies that develop chemicals for the food and drink industry — who are interested, for example, in making foods taste just as sweet with half the amount of sugar. “

Theoretically there would be the possibility of enhancing your meal with drugs that affect brain chemicals so that things would taste better — you could have a ‘designer taste tablet’..”

The good ole brain chemicals..uh uh… serotonin , noradrenaline, tryptophan.

As for me, I’ll pass on the new “drug” they discover, and just take the chocolate thanks. smileyhelmut.jpg

A glimpse of what we plan to indulge in ….Memorial DAY weekend’s barbecue at mah haunt:









And..and..and….Who can resist patriotic desserts?

Not I.

Here’s some ideas to ‘steal’ just in time for the Memorial DAY bbq!!!!









Ok, ok, ok, all you health food junkies.
We DID have some asparagus and whole wheat buns too.~ Heh.candycorn2



Alritey. Back to the ole diet~! scaleii

The cardiologist’s diet:
If it tastes good, spit it out.

MORE Scientific contributions by Israelis that have changed the World :)

March 17th, 2016

The exhibit features about 60 discoveries and developments in Israel selected for their innovation and their direct or indirect influence of the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Alongside well-known developments such as cherry tomatoes, USB flash drives, PillCam, Copaxone (used to treat multiple sclerosis), a robot for back surgeries, the Mobileye system for preventing accidents, and Intel’s chips, all developed in Israel, there are also important, lesser-known contributions: A method to activate immune cells in cancer treatment, technology for early diagnosis of diseases via one’s breath, drugs to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, the discovery of fungal species in the Dead Sea, the development of strains of seedless cotton, the development of algae for healing heart tissue, detecting the shape of bacteria’s self-organization, development of muon detectors that were used in the particle accelerator at CERN, the Venus satellite for environmental monitoring, and more.

Scientific contributions by Israelis that have changed the world

Brilliant and free History Lesson too!

Listen all the way through friends…wowza.

The tune is contagious!

A political science BA from the University of Oregon, the 27-year-old ba’al tshuva reggae rapper is probably the only musician around capable of undertaking the long hours of research involved in making the extremely informative, catchy six-minute song.

Jewish Rapper Speaks da Truth

Ari Lesser is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and spoken word artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed all over the world.

Shop to support the only Democracy in the Mid-East!!

HERE Is LIST of ONLINE Israeli Stores

Go Shop!!!!

Then make some Israeli dishes..Yumma!

Top it all off with this baby~!


Happy Purim and St. Pattys!!

March 8th, 2016

Start the day off with a glass of green milk in your a bowl of Lucky Charms eh?


Make sure you have a few drops of green food coloring, or lime-flavored syrup to toss into some seltzer or clear soda to make a fizzy, green beverage.

Just remember: A little drop or two of food coloring goes a looonnngg way.

Making pasta?
Serve your pasta with broccili or green Alfredo or pesto sauce.

Serve chicken with green gravy and green mashed potatoes. Yummmmmmmm.
Use with green vegetables, of course.

Make green whipped cream and don’t forget that touch of mint extract!

Offer up some sliced kiwis, green grapes, celery stalks, and don’t forget the green cupcake with green icing, oh..and some lime Kool-aid to wash it all down.
(But easy on the Kool aid k?)

And my all time favorite: Mint ice cream..with or without the chocolate chips.

Want to make it real easy on yerself?
The lighter the color of the food, the easier it is to make it green!

And don’t forget to get dolled up. Heh.

Now get started.
Whatcha waitin fer?

Sweet friends:

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

And moving right along……


PURIM~! is in 2 weeks!

In a nut shell:
Purim is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar.

After all…. how often does a miracle come our way?

Wer’e left with the inescapable realization that nothing is quite as it seems, and that G-d is always pulling the strings, even when events appear to be “just happening.”

Ever get that feelin?daydream

It commemorates the time when the Jewish people who were living in Persia were saved from extermination.


The twisted, maniacal villain of the story is Haman, the arrogant, egotistical advisor to the king.


Haman despised the Jew Mordechai because Mordechai refused to bow down to him, bow.gif so Haman plotted to exterminate ALL the Jewish people.

With the intervention of Mordechai’s lovely neice, Esther, the Jewish people were saved, and Haman was hanged on the very same gallows that he prepared for Mordechai.

Payback can be such a bummer eh?crying

A time-honored Purim custom is for all children, and some of the adults as well.heh… to dress up in costume.

This is also the significance behind the traditional Purim food, the hamantash, a pastry whose filling is hidden within a three-cornered crust, just like Haman’s three cornerned hat.

Y’all know by now that If ya wanna celebrate like a Jew, however…ya gotta eat!

So, without further ado……I give you………….Back by popular request..kiss:


Mmmmmmmmm. Good.


1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup orange juice

2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon

Any kind of jelly, preserve, fruit butter, or even pie filling that ya like.


Here’s whatcha do:
Mix the butter and/or margarine with the sugar.
Add the egg and blend.
Add the orange juice.


Then add your flour, 1/2 cup at a time, alternating white and whole wheat.
Mix in the baking powder and cinnamon.
You can refrigerate the batter for few hours to make it easier to handle. Heh.chef

Roll out your dough.
(Try rolling it between two sheets of wax paper lightly dusted with flour to avoid gettin your hands all ikky or gettin holes in yer dough)

Cut out 4 inch circles… like this:

Now, the fun part:
Drop your filling of choice in the middle of each circle…like this.

Fold up the sides to shape a triangle.

Paint each hamantash with a wash of beaten egg to make it look purdy if you like.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, but make sure the filling doesn’t spill out..heh.


Traditional Purim fillings are poppyseed and prune.
Many also use apricot, cherry, strawberry jelly or jam, apple butter, or even cherry pie filling.

Now eat as many as you can without countin calories or havin your hubby or wife have to pry them away from ya.foodcandyy143

Or mebbe jus go for the potato pancakes instead. MMMMMMMMmmmm.


Happy Purim!…and hey…Iran, wer’e comin.
Any day now dude.


Old Toys Coming Back!

March 1st, 2016

Prizes for anyone who can name or remember these..ha

I’ll start you off!

The iconic Chatter Phone is coming back so that a new generation of kids can play with the same toy phone you did – but you might have to explain to them what a landline is first!

OK your turn: Name that toy!
hint: This is one of my faves..heh

Which was yer favorite? C’mon. Admit it. ha

Because pulling your musical instrument along with you everywhere you go was so important to us as mini humans, Fisher Price is bringing back the colorful Pull-a-Tune Xylophone for the next generation of musicians.

Ah..What memories are flooding back??

Trolls have definitely gotten a bit of a makeover since we were kids, but with the Trolls movie due to hit theaters this year, there will be plenty of the new collectibles out there for tots to collect and trade. Our favorite may be the one who’s all hair!

Who could forget this cutie! woof!

Feelin old yet? lol

Toys From Your Childhood Are Coming Back This Year