January 31st

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Brandy Alexander Day

Close out Sales Day

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 Inspire Your Heart With Art Day:

What a perfect time to involve art and heart leading into February.

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is to celebrates art and how it your emotions of the heart. Art is very valued and appreciated for a many reasons such as the feelings, emotions, connections, that it stimulates in a person. Who knows why people react to art the way they do but the bottom line is ART connects to the HEART!!!!

Look at a piece of art and ask yourself: What story is it telling me? How does it make me feel? What emotions are created within me?

A sense of love and romance can be one of those feelings and emotions that artwork can awaken and inspire; possibly looking to create a little romance with that special someone. Art forms can set the mood, with an appropriate piece of art. What is more appropriate for February’s coming Valentine’s Day. Now is the time to get busy and see what you can find to set the mood for someone special when that special day arrives.

Although it is not known how this day started you can determine it’s ending. Possibly find an art class to take. Visit a museum or forge through various ideas for setting the perfect atmosphere for that perfect someone you want to connect with.

No matter what you do take remember It is Appreciation Day!

What could be greater than to have a special Drink while you are enjoying Inspire your heart with art day. Take time to sit back and enjoy this wonderful drink


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Brandy Alexander

While you’re frying up some eggs and bacon, we’re cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today’s food holiday.

Seriously, half the fun of this early 20th century cocktail is just saying the name with a ridiculous accent. But by all means, clink glasses and make sure you enjoy one today too.

The Brandy Alexander is a sweet cocktail made with cognac and crème de cacao. It is based on an earlier gin-based cocktail known as the Alexander. It was created in 1922, near the time of Princess Mary’s marriage to Viscount Lascelles, most believe the drink is named after Alexander II, the Russian tsar.

Make yourself the ultimate Alexander, complete with coffee ice cream and chocolate syrup. If that doesn’t put a slap happy grin on your face, maybe just saying “Brandy Alexander” will do the trick.

The Ultimate Alexander can be made by using the following ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cold brewed coffee
  • 2 pts. coffee ice cream
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • Garnish: sweetened whipped cream, chocolate curls, and milk chocolate sticks

Preparation

  1. 1. Process cold brewed coffee, ice cream, brandy, and chocolate syrup in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour mixture into glasses, and garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.
  2.  Häagen-Dazs Coffee ice cream and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Sticks maybe used for the delight of testing this incredible drink.

or for those not wanting coffee you can go with

Brandy Alexander #2

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Brandy
  • 1 oz  Dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Half and Half
  • 1/4 tsp grated Nutmeg

Mixing instructions:

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the brandy, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the nutmeg.

 

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Closeout Sales/ Tax Returns

While you are out and about don’t forget January is the month for close out sales. Stores are doing end of the year inventory and are trying to clear their racks after the Holiday madness.

This is a great time to find those needed bargains or to begin next years Christmas shopping.

Beware of anything that could be outdated by next years such as electronics, or battery operated equipment.

Fashions that may no longer be popular.

Stick with the tried traditional and true values. Look for after the season bargains.

This is an excellent time for clothes, shoes, and coats.

Whatever it’s a wonderful time to get out and think about how you are going to spend your tax return.

But be careful because some prices will be jacked up watching for those people who love to spend their tax returns. Make sure large items are really a good deal. Do price comparison . Look at online shopping and closeout sales.

Get out and walk around and enjoy your day.

Remember this is the last day of January for the year 2012. How will you end this month?

Until next time 🙂

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January 30th

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Birthday

National Bubble Wrap Day

National Croissant Day

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR)

 

Born Jan. 30, 1882, Hyde Park, N.Y, Franklin D. Roosevelt was striken with polio in 1921. He became the 32nd president in 1933, and was the only president to be elected  4 times. Roosevelt led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II, and greatly expanded the powers of the federal government through a series of programs.

He introduced the New Deal, Social Security, heavier taxes on the wealthy, controls over banks and public utilities; and a relief program for the unemployed. On December 7, 1941, he directed organization of the Nation’s manpower and resources for global war. During his time in office he dedicated his efforts to the very issues that are plaguing our country today. Congress needs to look at the efforts of this man and his accomplishments for his time; see how they would now apply to our economy and look for the leadership that he gave. History is known to repeat itself. There are answers to every problem if we only look. When and how were his programs changed? When did they start to go wrong? Go back to his original design of the programs and evaluate the problem, outcomes, and solutions. He was a man of vision for his time. He helped the working class. He devoted much time and work planning the United Nations. Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office from a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945. He was a president who should be remembered, for even with health issues and handicaps he reached for his dreams.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! In the late 1950s, an American engineer named Al Fielding and a Swiss inventor named Marc Chavannes created Bubble Wrap. They were actually trying to come up with textured, plastic wallpaper. However, they soon realized their product had huge potential as a packaging material.

Did you know that Sealed Air sponsors an annual Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors? Kids compete to create the most innovative product using Bubble Wrap as the primary material.. Past winners include a floating garden, a cell phone cover, a swing for children with movement disorders, and a transformable kite kit. How about designing your own invention today? Have some fun with bubble wrap and see what you can invent. Whatever you do have fun with it.

To celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, join a social media group for Bubble Wrap fans or enjoy popping an entire roll of Bubble Wrap bubbles! Then again you can just enjoy using bubble wrap to ship mail around the world whatever your use may be.

For me I like using the Bubble wrap to protect my books when they are shipped to their destination. I know they will be well protected . Here’s to fun with Bubble wrap.

National Croissant Day

It’s National Croissant Day! Although it is most likely just a myth, the history of the croissant is a colorful tale full of adventure dating back to the Turkish Empire. It is said that in 1683, the Turkish Empire laid siege on Vienna, Austria. During this time the Turks had made many attempts to enter the city by force, but were unsuccessful, so they decided to dig an underground tunnel..

IT was during the tunnel digging that the bakers of Vienna, who worked in the basement storerooms, heard the sound of digging and alerted the army.

The bakers having saved the day received high honors and thanks for their assistance in outwitting the Turks.

In celebration of their achievement The bakers then baked their bread in the shape of a crescent moon—the symbol of the Ottoman Empire.

The rest is history for after the Turks were defeated, it became custom to serve morning coffee with the crescent-shaped pastry! A reminder of the success.

The legend doesn’t stop there but goes on to say that over a hundred years later, Marie Antoinette (an Austrian Princess who married Louis XVI) introduced the pastry to the French who dubbed it a “croissant.”  No matter what the real story may be we enjoy Croissants around the world . Everyone enjoys a Croissant sandwich or a breakfast Croissant, or how about Croissants on that holiday table. So wherever you are today is a great day for having Croissants and being thankful for their discovery no matter what it was.

To celebrate National Croissant Day, warm up a delicious croissant and enjoy it with a generous helping of butter. Yum! ( It is also great with ham and cheese as a Sandwich, or Turkey, or whatever your favorite meat combination may be.)

Bon a petit

So until next time

January 29th

National Blueberry Pancake Day

National Kazoo Day

National Blueberry Pancake Day

Now who wouldn’t like to start a cold winter’s day off with beautiful Blueberry Pancakes. Yummm. Top them off with your favorite syrup, some fruit or some whip cream.  Add a side of bacon or ham and some has browns and what a great breakfast you’ve got for the day. But who says it has to be breakfast. There is nothing wrong with finishing your day with a wonderful Pancake dinner with all the trimmings. What a wonderful fundraiser this day would be for some special scout group or school organization. No matter where you are or what you are doing enjoy you Blueberry Pancakes today.

When you get done with eating how about some relaxing time with a Kazoo.

Jan. 28 is celebrated as National Kazoo Day,a day when, according to organizers, Americans are supposed to take time to recognize the kazoo, that musical instrument that takes only a minute to master for a lifetime to annoy.

This is a wonderful way to introduce a young child to music. I remember as a young child having a circular white Kazoo. I loved it and played it outdoors not to drive my parents crazy. When my sons where in cub scouts I introduced their troop to Kazoo’s. The Scout troop had decided that all the boys should march in the Fourth of July Parade but they didn’t know what to have them do. That’s when we became the first scout Kazoo Band. Over fifty boys marched in band formation Hum the Kazoo’s. Do you know how loud Kazoo’s can be outdoors when there are fifty of them? We had metal ones that were tubular shaped. Some were blue and gold others were red and gold but each boy had his own. It was an experience the scouts and parents never forgot and neither did I. We hummed the Star Spangled Banner. America the Beautiful, and several others which I over time have forgotten. The point is we had fund doing it and we were also able to participate in a very important holiday. Sometimes the simplest things work out the best. Everyone should try a Kazoo. You can find them at your local music store.

 

While the kazoo can be irritating when played by a hyperactive 5-year-old, it is a legitimate musical instrument, Scott Paulson uses kazoos to help provide soundtracks at silent movie screenings.

“It can be annoying, but it can be a delightful instrument,” Paulson told HuffPost Weird News. “It’s known mostly as a child’s toy, but it has a history of being a ritual instrument in Africa.”

Paulson went on to explain that those early kazoos were used in rituals where the natives would disguise their voices using an animal horn which was made from the membrane of spider eggs.

“It’s basically a mask of the voice,” he said.

It has been said that the modern kazoo was invented in 1850 by former slave Alabama Vest of Macon, Ga., who devised the plans and then had it built by clockmaker Thaddeus von Clegg, a German immigrant.  He then introduced it two years later at the 1852 Georgia State Fair, but the now familiar sub shape wasn’t created until 1902.

In the late-19th and early 20th centuries, the kazoo became a popular instrument in jug bands, minstrel shows and was  featured on early jazz records.

“Many early recordings featured kazoos because they recorded well on the early sound equipment,” Paulson said. ”

Sometimes they sound like a trombone.”

Classical musicians like Richard Wagner, Leonard Bernstein and Charles Ives actually wrote pieces using the kazoo, and the instrument was also utilized by rockers like Frank Zappa, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, who used the ‘zoo for his classic “Crosstown Traffic.”

Still, the instrument gets its share of  criticism in the form of jokes, prompting Rick Hubbard to promote National Kazoo Day since the early ’80s. He has also been trying to get the idea of declaring it “America’s official musical instrument” to resonate with Congress.

“The kazoo’s musicality is only limited by the player’s imagination.”

Hubbard, who claims he can coax 40 separate sounds from his instrument, performs 250 kazoo concerts each year.

To be fair, National Kazoo Day is a way to toot his own horn since he is also chief executive officer of Kazoobie Inc., a Beaufort, S.C., company that sells a million kazoos annually.

The factory is also the site of the National Kazoo Museum, which features all sorts of classic kazoos, including one used in the television program

The fact that no training is needed is one factor in the kazoo’s favor, but Kazoobie spokeswoman Teresa Howey says some musicians such as classically trained singer Barbara Stewart, who died in 2011, have demonstrated what the instrument is really capable of doing.

“Anyone can play the kazoo, but a good singer can breathe longer and hum the pitches better,” Howey said.

So if you aren’t too full from eating your Blueberry pancakes. Have some fun with a Kazoo today. They work great at football games to support your team.

No matter what you do today. It’s Saturday enjoy what you can and make it family fun.

Here today the sun is out bright it looks like a great day but it is actually very cold out. I think I will stay inside enjoy eating, and hum a verse or two.

Then I can get into the mood for cowboy poetry that I am currently working on.

So until next time folks enjoy your day 🙂

January 27th

Friday! Yay!

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

National Chocolate Cake Day

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!

Cakes have a rich culinary history.

Greece, cakes (or “plakous”) were heavy and flat. They were served  with nuts and honey.

Romans made cakes that were more like a cheesecake or a pastry. They presented them as offerings to the gods.

Medieval England, used the words “bread” and cake” interchangeably to refer to anything made with a flour dough.

Then a company called O. Duff and Sons pioneered the first boxed cake mix in the late 1920s.

After years of research and development, General Mills released the first “just add water” Betty Crocker cake mixes, in 1947. The available flavors were Ginger, Spice, Yellow, and White. Pillsbury introduced the first chocolate cake mix in 1948 .

Today, the most popular kind of cake is chocolate. There are many different types, including Black Forest, Devil’s Food, Flourless, Fudge, Ganache, German Chocolate, Lava, and much more.

Head to your favorite bakery or whip up your favorite recipe to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day!

However, my favorite chocolate cake is my mother’s “Fool’s Proof,” recipe made from scratch with Carmel homemade frosting. There is nothing more delicious than that. Add a dish of vanilla ice cream with it and you’re in heaven.

Whatever your heart desires today is definitely a celebrate Chocolate kind of day.

However, since I’ve been eating chocolate cake all week for my son’s birthday, I’m going to pass and not have any more. I got an early start celebrating and now it’s time to exercise.

Friday is a great time to go to a local restaurant in the evening with friends and just order cake.

Whatever you do whether it’s in town or on the ski slopes enjoy your weekend and stay safe. Watch the weather reports as another storm is moving in.

Until next time enjoy Chocolate 🙂

January 26th

Oh, I am so sick of rain!!!! You would think I had moved to Seattle.   All it does is rain here. Yesterday a glimmer of sun between rain spurts. Today it’s grey and the wind is trying to pick up.

Sorry I got lazy a couple of days. It must have been that hard child Labor I did 38 years ago . LOL

I’ve been busy working on my book trailer for “Growing Up in the Rockies” and I am busy getting ready to publish my third book. It’s a book of Horse Poetry.

Not quite where I want it to be yet but I’m getting there.

In the mean time the cats aren’t sleeping. Everyone is off schedule and I’m over tired. Got sick last night from being tired but still couldn’t sleep, darn restless legs.

I haven’t seen Maggie Magpie for a while now, she must be staying close to home with all the rain. Sammy squirrel hasn’t been around either. Must be enjoying all the nuts he collected before the weather socked in.

Baby and Skeeter are getting bored because there’s nothing to watch out the window just the rain. They missing no sun bathing. When Skeeter acts up I turn on my desk lamp and he comes and goes to bed on the desk where he can sleep under the warmth of the lamp.

Yes I know the cats are spoiled as my sons keep telling me. However, I look at as understanding the needs of my cats. After all they have feelings to and cats stress out real easy. IF I can distress them it’s better for me.

Australia Day is January 26th for our Aussie Friends

January 26 as a day of celebration and since 1994 all states of Australia have adopted that date as a day of vacation.

Australia Day is represented by rituals and celebrations throughout the country and on this occasion are very prestigious national awards: “Order of Australia” and “Australian of the Year”.

The Australia Day Achievement Medallion is an award reserved for civil authorities, this well-deserved recognition for the works and virtues demonstrated. The Australian Air Force air shows and popular shows of fireworks will celebrate this day.

However, most of the Australian Aborigines call Australia Day “Invasion Day”, in relation to the extermination of their ancestors, land confiscations and destruction of their culture. For several years, many Aboriginal people celebrated the festival as “Survival Day”, thanking the fact that their nationality did not become among those extinct

Today is National Peanut Brittle Day!

So what is peanut brittle? It’s a really hard but brittle, hence the name, sugary treat with peanuts embedded inside it. It usually comes in flat, broken pieces and has a nice golden brown color to it.

They mix sugar and water together and then boil it until it reaches what they call the “hard crack stage”, which happens at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’ve ever had hard toffee then you know what the hard crack stage is all about! It’s the point where the sugar caramelizes in a particular way so that it’s nice and hard when it cools down.

Then they add in peanuts and other ingredients, mix it together and then pour it out onto a flat surface to cool. As it cools it becomes a solid sheet of peanut brittle-y goodness that is then broken up into bite-sized pieces. You can sometimes find people breaking it up with little mallets.

Pecans and almonds are sometimes added to their own brittle but today is peanut brittle’s day so toss those other nuts aside!

Celebrate:

Introduce your kids to Peanut brittle!

Go to the store, buy some.

Have a make Peanut Brittle Day – recipes are online.

Share Peanut Brittle at work with your co-workers.

Just relax this evening after dinner with a special treat of your favorite Peanut Brittle.

But don’t forget it’s also:

National Pistachio Day:

Pistachios were considered an exclusively royal food by Queen of Sheba. Early explorers and traders snacked on pistachios because they are nutritious and have a long storage life . The green nut is native to the Middle East and there’s evidence suggesting humans have been eating them since 7,000 B.C. The first pistachio trees planted in California and the southern U.S. states did not thrive, but pistachio plants from Iran planted by William E. White house did, according to “The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink.”

For each 1 ounce serving (about 49 nuts), pistachios have 6 grams of protein just like almonds. Similar to cashews, they have the lowest number of fat grams at 13. The only nuts with fewer grams of saturated fat are almonds and hazelnuts. Enjoy pistachios in a savory dish like zucchini, garlic, pistachio and pasta or pistachio-crusted tofu salad with glazed turnips. If you can’t get some open, use this Pistachio trick. Wedge the edge of an opened pistachio shell into one that is barely open to free the pistachio.

You can find Pistachio recipes online.

However a favorite of mine is to take pistachio pudding mix in cool whip and add miniature marshmallows and pineapple.  It makes for either a good salad or a desert. It satisfies the appetites of adults and children alike and takes five minutes to make.

Whatever you do enjoy nuts today.

Last but not least:
National Spouse Day:

Some say this is a day for making your spouse feel special some say it is national Spouse Friend Day. So maybe you want to let her spouse have a friend over for dinner. There are many activities that you can plan together.

THere are movies, bowling, dancing, game night, go to dinner, and many more. Whatever you decided to do  find a way to let your spouse know they are important to you.

So for today I will end with be kind to your spouse. Bon Apetit’ and have fun

Until next time 🙂

January 24th

Shawn’s Birthday

Thirty – eight years ago today I gave birth to my first child. He was due on the 22nd but decided he wasn’t ready to enter this world yet. They put me in the hospital and tried to induce labor but nothing happened and they sent me home. That was the worst feeling in the world to leave the hospital with a baby.

I lived thirty miles down the road in another town so we decided I would stay at my parents until the baby came. At 6:00 am I returned to the hospital on the 24th. I was in so much pain in my back I could hardly breathe.

They called the doctor and the first thing I heard the nurse say on the phone is by 10:00 o’clock. She returned to me and I asked what was going on. She said, if my water didn’t break by 10:00 the doctor would break it. Guess what it didn’t and he arrived and broke it at 10:00 I’m thinking great now we’re on our way finally. Then he announces if the baby hasn’t arrived by noon he was going hunting and another doctor would deliver. “WHAT?” I spent nine months with this man looking at me from every angle and now he’s going hunting!!!! Word’s couldn’t express what I was thinking then.

Well at noon I was still there waiting. At 2:00 I was still there waiting. All day I was waiting in a hospital run by Nuns. It was very strict back then and the nurses were cold and unfriendly. Finally at 6:00 pm the nurse came in and yelled at me for not pushing hard enough. I lost it and screamed back and said I was pushing with all my guts why don’t you try it!!!! She decided she had better call the doctor before he went on his dinner break.

The doctor decided to come and take a look. Oh, that’s the problem he said. The baby is face the wrong direction. That’s when I really got mad.

They had left me in hard labor pushing for twelve hours not knowing the position of the baby.

THe doctor said, Well it’s going to take at least another hour for to turn on his own or we can turn him for you and get it over now.

I told him just get it over with I am exhausted.

Now keep in mind my own doctor had never explained any options of delivery because I had told him I want to go natural with as minimal as I could.

Suddenly I heard the doctor say Saddle Block. I didn’t know what it was but I knew it wasn’t a good thing.

Then I had to sit up and have this shot in my spine. I could barely sit up. After having the shot he turned the baby and within a half hour the baby was there. Then they told me the great news. No pillow for twenty – four hours.

Oh great I’m not a person to lay flat.

But at least now I had my baby boy. It took the doctor five minutes to determine if he had hair because he was so blonde and covered in peach fuzz.

Now we were a family of three.

Everyone visited that day and wore me out.

The nurse made a mistake of giving me a pillow to soon and the next morning I got the dry heaves.

Do you have any idea what that feels like after delivering a six pound baby boy.

I thought I was going to tear from one end to the next but I didn’t.

I survived that too.

This first baby was a good baby. He ate and slept all the time. However, as he got older he became my challenge child. Very active, impulsive, and always into things.

He is my creative musician. He goes against the flow. Funny how live changes as you get older.

The one lesson I learned is not to count on one doctor. Make sure you have a backup. I hated not knowing the doctor that delivered him. Back then the hospitals were cooled and isolated.

I am so glad to see the progress they have made.

I hope that young mothers will ask many questions and be prepared for the unknown.

I wasn’t.

TOday is the day that changed my life forever because once a mother you will always be a mother. No matter what age your children are you will always worry, want to protect them from pain, and be there for them. You will have to learn the hard lesson of when to pull back and let them go their own direction.

Babies don’t come with directions. But a mother comes with instincts, love, and nurture. A mother must be responsible, kind, and use common sense.

I celebrate this day with my son for the times of laughter and the times of tears. We have been through a lot over the years but the one thing that will never change is my love for him.

If I could have but one birthday wish for him it would be to fill his heart will the love of his life, and let his life be complete by those people that he loves and the music he enjoys.

Shawn is a Thursday’s child.

Shawn “God’s Love”

Today the son is shining down on him.

 

Today will be a calm day as we celebrated with his brother on Sunday. Now he can choose to do what he wants to do today.

Happy Birthday my son. I love you

January 23rd

First snow that stuck but now it’s gone for the most part. Woke up to almost wo inches. Now it’s just another grey and drizzly day. However, there is more snow in the forecast.

National Handwriting Day

National Pie Day

 Measure your Feet Day

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Today is National Handwriting Day in the United States, a time for acknowledging the history and influence of penmanship.

Established in 1977, it’s celebrated on January 23, the birthday of John Hancock.

The American founding father often remembered for his iconic signature on the Declaration of Independence would have turned 275 this year.

We commemorate the holiday below with a look at how handwriting has evolved.

There are many things you can do on this day to recognize penmanship. Decorate a card or poster with you fancy penmanship. Take a cake and decorate it with icing. Come up with as many creative ways to use your penmanship as possible. Perhaps this is a good day to develop your signature for long-term life purposes.

Whatever it is, remember the beauty of penmanship and its importance in everyday life. It is after all what separates your signature from everyone else’s. Let today be a celebration of your signature as a blue print of your writing.

Measure your Feet Day

Yes! There is a day called Measure your feet Day!! No one knows how it was originated or why it is celebrated. However, it is celebrated on the 23rd of January. On this particular day everyone measures their foot.  After all when was the last time you measured your foot?

There is no particular origination of this particular day. The most exciting part of the day is to play some activities which involve on your feet. You may not get a holiday on this particular day but after office you can go home and enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. Measure your feet day can be a simple day but you can celebrate it in your own way.

This is a good time to see whose foot is bigger, which toe is longer, count how many toes you have. See how many feet it takes to walk a foot. Make up activities but have some family fun with it.


National Pie Day

Why is National Pie Day celebrated on Jan. 23 or 1/23? Because celebrating the wholesome goodness of pie is as easy as 1-2-3.

Created by the American Pie Council, National Pie Day is dedicated to the celebration of pie. As part of our American heritage, this day is a perfect opportunity to pass on the love and enjoyment of pie eating and pie making to future generations.

CHINESE NEW YEAR

The Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year) begins on Jan. 23 and will be welcomed in Asian communities with 15 days of food, firecrackers and fanfare designed to ensure that the Year of the Dragon is full of good fortune.

For more about this look up information about Chinese New Year and foods to eat.

 

No matter what you do today there are plenty of activities to celebrate, and many foods to experience and celebrate. Learn about new Chinese customs and what the year of the dragon means. Today is a day of adventure, celebration and fun.

Start your day land enjoy where it takes you.

 

Until next time:)