April 20th

What a beautiful day it is today. However, the temperatures are climbing so I hope everyone will drink plenty of water. If you are involved in any of the Running Events this weekend make sure you pace yourself and hydrate adequately.

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20 Look Alike Day

Have you ever wanted to look like someone else? Sure, you have and today is your day. It could be the popular kid in school, a celebrity, or president.

Today, we celebrate by looking like someone else. You can start with your hairstyle, then move down to the clothes. Learn their facial expressions, mannerisms, and talking patterns. Voila! You have succeeded.

Here are some pretty interesting look-alikes.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/lifestyle/celebrations/today-s-celebration-national-look-alike-day/article_a781a3a4-8ae9-11e1-b56c-001a4bcf6878.html

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For me Growing up I was always told I looked like Janet Lennon from the Lennon Sisters on Lawrence Welk. I use to wear my hair like hers, sing like her, dance like her and everyone compared me to her.

For my sister she was told she looked like Connie Frances. She wore her hair very much like her and although she looked similar and acted innocent her personality was somewhat different.

Growing older my sister and I got to where people would mistake us for each other if we weren’t together. That was fun for me because I was the extrovert. However, it could have been trouble for my sister if I had ever wanted to get even with her. But I didn’t. She has always been the introvert and I have had the rebellious tones to my personality. I knew if I ever got her into trouble she wouldn’t know how to get out of it so I joked with people then let them know who I was. We’ve had many a laugh over it but now as we are senior citizens and shrinking you can tell the difference. She is much shorter than I am.

However, they say everyone has a twin in the world somewhere. I have often been told that I look familiar.

Who would you like to look like or be for a day? Post your comments and lets share.

Today is a day to have some fun with it. Maybe I’ll go back to being Janet for a day.

20 Volunteer Recognition Day

There are thousands of wonderful people throughout the country who donate their time and services to volunteer for our organization and on April 20, National Volunteer Recognition Day, we wanted to thank all the businesses, organizations, donors and supporters who have gone above and beyond for our kids!

From face painters to professional athletes and celebrities, we’ve seen – and welcomed – our fair share of caring individuals who are on a mission to help brighten the lives of our deserving kids. We love what we do here at Kids Wish Network and we know that we couldn’t impact so many young lives without all the wonderful people who have lent a hand to help us reach out to our sick and deserving kids across the country.

For more information go to: http://kidswishnetwork.org/2011/04/happy-volunteer-recognition-day/

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Remember volunteering isn’t just about helping kids. You volunteer in the hospitals, work with senior citizens, go to nursing homes, animal shelters. Check out you local community and see where they need help. The churches always use volunteers and so does the food bank.

Take time to give back to your community it makes you feel good to pass it forward. Be a part of the pass it on movement.

Take your children and have them help you with volunteer work. Scout organizations and church youth groups also do volunteer work.

Remember this whole week is appreciate week for volunteers so be sure to say thank you to them for everything they do.

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yield: Serves 8

active time: 30 min

total time: 1 1/4 hr

This cake, thought to have first appeared in the 1920s, has had such names as pineapple glacé and pineapple skillet cake.

Ingredients

For topping:

  • 1/2 medium pineapple, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cored
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

For batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum for sprinkling over cake

Special equipment:

  • a well-seasoned 10-inch cast-iron skillet

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make topping:
Cut pineapple crosswise into 3/8-inch-thick pieces. Melt butter in skillet. Add brown sugar and simmer over moderate heat, stirring, 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Arrange pineapple on top of sugar mixture in concentric circles, overlapping pieces slightly.

Make batter:
Sift together flour, cardamom, baking powder, and salt. Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in granulated sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and rum. Add half of flour mixture and beat on low-speed just until blended. Beat in pineapple juice, then add remaining flour mixture, beating just until blended. (Batter may appear slightly curdled.)

Spoon batter over pineapple topping and spread evenly. Bake cake in middle of oven until golden and a tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cake stand in skillet 5 minutes. Invert a plate over skillet and invert cake on to plate (keeping plate and skillet firmly pressed together). Replace any pineapple stuck to bottom of skillet. Sprinkle rum over cake and cool on plate on a rack.

Serve cake just warm or at room temperature.

Cooks’ notes: •Some of the food editors found 3 teaspoons of cardamom to be too much, but others loved the intense flavor.
•Cake may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com:80/recipes/food/views/Pineapple-Upside-Down-Cake-103088#ixzz1sbcYUWPX

~~Today is also Respect Lima Bean Day for more information about Lima beans go to the following: http://blog.thenibble.com/

There are many different types of beans and I don’t claim to be an expert on any of them however, I have read this article at Nibble and it is full of wonderful helpful information. They also provide recipes and cooking hints so I recommend that site to everyone.

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Well the day is rapidly moving on and so must I so until next time enjoy being who you want to be today, enjoy some upside down cake and have a wonderful day today. 🙂

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