Sunday, December 31, 2006
Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? And here's a hand, my trusty friend And gie's a hand o' thine We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet For auld lang syne
- Replace the tahini with ½ C peanut butter and add a pinch of red pepper flakes and a dash or two of hot sauce to make a spicy peanut sauce.
- Add 2 extra cloves of garlic to make garlic hummus.
- Add 2 roasted red peppers to make roasted pepper hummus.
- Add a handful of basil and replace tahini with roasted pine nuts to make pesto hummus
- Omit tahini and olive oil and add one avocado and the juice of one lime, after blending add 1/3 C. diced tomatoes for a creamy guacamole
Saturday, December 30, 2006
3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1/3 C. tahini
½ t. salt
Olive oil (about ¼-1/3 C.)
Mix chickpeas, garlic, juice, tahini and salt in a food processor. Slowly stream in olive oil until desired thickness. Serve with pita bread, chips or veggies.
Friday, December 29, 2006
½ C. crushed pineapple (drained)
½ C. chunky salsa
1/3 C. roasted pecans (chopped fine)
Mix first 3 ingredients together and then form into a ball or log shape. (wax paper is helpful) coat in pecans and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve with crackers
Thursday, December 28, 2006
One can refried beans
1t. chili powder
1T. onion powder
3T. taco sauce
1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
2T. lime juice
1 Pt. sour cream
1 ½ C. shredded cheese (cheddar or taco/Mexican blend)
6 green onions (sliced)
1/3 cup black olives (sliced)
Mix refried beans, garlic, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, pepper and taco sauce together. Spread evenly in a 9” X 13” pan. Then add even layers of the remaining ingredients in the order they are listed. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips.
Answer to Yesterday’s Question:1966, it was invented by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a way to bring the African-American community together by combining parts of harvest celebrations from all over Africa together or by Ron Karenga as an alternative to Christmas. Or maybe someone else for some other reason, but everyone seams to agree on the date.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The history channel
Everything about Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa Information center
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
But, if you too had no idea what the holiday is about, you are not alone, many people in countries that have Boxing Day, do not know the history of the holiday. Retailers use the day, and sometimes that week, as a way to sell Christmas items on sale and have Black Friday like discounts to increase sales. -T
Monday, December 25, 2006
See the president sing “Deck the Halls”
Learn the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide
Have fun with pictures
Laugh at silly ideas
Answers you never thought you would know
Tons of Quizzes
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Aries, the event was thought to be a sign that a great king would be born. Also as the changing of dates to B.C. and A.D. happened around 500 years after Jesus was born, many Bible scholars believe He was really born between 8-5 B.C.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Non-fiction, apologetics, history, Christian living
91 pages, 9th grade reading level, 1st printed 1998
The 1st thing that you need to know about this book is the author’s background. He studied law, was a journalist and also was an atheist. The second thing you need to know, is that this book’s title is misleading, it’s not about Christmas so much as it is seeing if there is any way to rationally prove or disprove the claims of Jesus. He attempts to do this by a series of interviews with experts in different fields. 1st he uses his legal training to see if the Gospel writers could be considered reliable witnesses. Then he talks to an archaeologist for any scientific evidence that backs or refutes the Gospels. Next, he tries to see if Jesus had the attributes of God. And last he sees if Jesus fulfilled the prophesies about the Messiah from the Old Testament.
This book was a quick read but it was packed full of information and the format was interesting. We would suggest it to people who like courtroom dramas, learn about Biblical history, or want to know why Christmas is so important in the first place.
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Hallmark, before that gifts were wrapped in plain white tissue paper or not at all. Hallmark had run out of tissue paper and was forced to order envelope liner paper as a replacement. Using this colored paper quickly spread and soon wrapping paper as we know today was born.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Christmas elf, Shlomi aka Goofy the Elf came to Lancaster county PA to write on the Amish. While there he ran into Jim Morrison aka Santa Jr. who was starting the National Christmas Center and he ended up working for him, where he works to this day.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Mincemeat pie, which was then shaped in a manger like rectangle with a dough figure meant to represent the baby Jesus on it. Which the Puritan objected to. Of course from our Thanksgiving blogs you may remember Puritans also were against celebrations at Christmas at all.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
- We all have people on our gift list that we have no idea what to get. People like your neighbors, co-workers, that friend of a friend that always get you a gift and sisters. Here are some random, generic gifts that they might not hate.
- Money- every one likes money; however, nothing says “I put no thought into your gift” like money does. So use it as a last resort, or for people that could see it more as a Christmas bonus then a gift (Christmas bonus: Noun- extra money employers gave their employees around the holidays back when they actually pretended to care about them.) This would be people like babysitters or paperboys.
- Lotto tickets (scratchers) – this is a great gift to give little old ladies that go to bingo every week. But, it has the downside that you are most likely giving people useless pieces of cardboard worth nothing.
- Popcorn tins- everyone likes popcorn right? Funny story one year my parents and their neighbor each got the other the same tin.
- Gift Cards- Pro: it’s like money, only it shows some effort. Con- it’s like money you can only use at some places.
- Candles- give people candles, lots and lots of candles for every gift giving time.
- Lotion- people use lots of lotion in the winter, but what type do they like?
- Summer sausage- Get a guy dead animal parts and they will love you forever, or at least the 5 mins. It takes to eat.
- Candy- Just make sure that they are not diabetic first.
- Those box sets they have out at all the stores for gifts- They are scientifically designed to be liked.
Well, we hope that this has helped you pick out gifts, and just remember we at Weird News BNI have lots of lotion, but could always use more money. (This is a paper, sort of.) :P
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Wassail, which contains: ale, Sherry, spices (such as cinnamon and nutmeg), sugar, roasted apples, and bread crumbs to thicken it. It is traditionally served warm in the large communal bowl, although when wassailing carolers would take cups with them to carry individual servings as they sung.
Monday, December 18, 2006
- It is traditional during Hanukkah to eat fried foods in remembrance of the miracle of the oil. As Hanukkah continues we at Weird News B.N.I. thought that we would give you a list of fried foods, and foods that can be fried in case you are getting tired of Latkes and jelly donuts. (Note: although we think that there are ways to make kosher versions of all these dishes, we could be wrong. If so we are sorry.)
- Turkey- remember to follow all safety procostens when deep frying a turkey, it can be very dangerous.
- Chicken- also chicken nuggets, tenders etc.
- Corn dogs
- Waffles – actual all waffles are fried, as a waffle iron is a specialty fryer
- Rice balls – Fridays Malto Mario had a recipe for this
- Ice cream
- Mars Bars
- Funnel cakes – carnival donuts
- Elephant ears – same
- Churroes – Mexican Donuts
- Zeppolenies- Italian ones
- Onion rings
- Tempera Veggies
- Cheese sticks
- Yorkshire pudding- also always fried in an odd way
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Rejoice, when advent was first started it was mainly a time of penance, much like lent, in order to spiritually prepare oneself for the coming of the Lord at Christmas. That is why purple is mostly used, the same as in Lent; however, the 3rd week was set aside as a time to rejoice at the coming of the Lord. Which is why there is a pink candle, and priest would wear rose colored vestments. (And in modern times often note that they are wearing rose and not pink, as if rose was a more manly color.)
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: the Hanukiyah
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Arabic: Milad Majid
Basque: Zorional eta Urte Berri On
Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
Chinese( Cantonese): Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Chinese (Mandarin): Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Danish: Glaedelig Jul
Dutch: Zalig Kerstfeast
Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
Farsi: Cristmas-e shoma mobarak bashad
French: Joyeux Noel
Greek: Kala Christouyenna
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha Chena tova
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto Kurisumasu Omedeto
Navajo: Meri Kirihimete
Norwegian: God Jul
Polish: Boze Narodzenie
Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: 20 cubits high, or 360 inches (30 feet). The world’s tallest menorah was most likely the one made in 1997 in Latrun, Israel that was more than 60 feet tall.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Cross International – www.crossinternational.org – This organization works to help improve the lives of the poorest people in the world. Including feeding, housing, and schooling kids and adults. Also 98.8% of the money goes directly to helping people, one of the highest amounts for a charity.
Feed the Children –www.feedthechildren.org- This organization works to help improve the life of children around the world. Also you could watch the commercial with the train with out feeling bad.
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan – www.fbem.org- This organization provides food for hungry people in Eastern Michigan and is one of the top food banks in the country.
Ronald McDonald House – www.rmhc.com- This organization works to provide housing to families whose children are in hospitals.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital – www.stjude.org- This organization works to treat sick children and find cures for childhood illnesses. If you don’t care about tax deductions you can do some holiday shopping at Kohl’s to give to them too, just buy “Kohl’s cares for Kids” items.
The Red Cross – www.redcross.org- Do we need to explain about the Red Cross?
World Wildlife Fund –www.worldwildlife.org- This organization works to save animals around the world. You can also get a visa connected to them.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: St. Francis, and yes the patron saint of animals used real animals but, most likely not real people.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Paul Newman, Goldie Hawn, Harrison Ford, Lenny Kravitz and Courtney Love.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
As Hanukah starts this Friday at sundown (as all Jewish holidays do, as well as some Christian and secular ones [think of any holiday with an Eve. I.e. Christmas, New Years etc.]) We thought we would go over all the reasons why people celebrate it for 8 days.
1st although we stated that as far as we know no one’s Bible has the Miracle of the Oil in it, the Talmud has the story, which is that after the Maccabees won control of the Temple back from the Greeks they found only one days worth of consecrated oil in the Temple, which miraculously lasted for 8 days- how long it took to make more oil suitable for use in the Temple.*
1 Maccabees (which is in many Bibles, but only considered sacred text in Catholic and Orthodox Churches) says that they celebrated the rededication of the altar for eight days, and then decreed that every year they should celebrate it for eight days.*
2 Maccabees (see note on 1 Macabees) states that because they couldn’t celebrate the feast of Booths that year they would celebrate the 8 days of the feast then.
Both the books of Maccabees and the Talmud tell the story of a woman (traditionally called Hannah) and her 7 sons. All 7 sons were killed because they would not eat pork and worship a pagan statue. And then after watching her sons be killed she committed suicide rather then be tortured and killed too. Some say Hanukah is 8 days long to honor them.
*The Temple needed to be rededicated because the Greeks, like most ruling peoples, had set up there religions worship in the same place that the people already there had worshiped. And so the temple contained statues of Greek gods and offerings to them.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: The story of the Miracle of Hanukah is no where in the Jewish Bible, for that matter as far as we know it isn’t in any Christian Bible either. Although Bibles with the Apocrypha contain the books of 1 and 2 Maccabees and have the story of the rededication of the temple, neither talk about the oil lasting for days. (Although there are like 2 or 3 more books of Maccabees, we have never seen them anywhere and don’t know if maybe they have the miracle in them.)
Friday, December 08, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: (OK Wendsdays question, we had a really busy day, sorry.) “Jingle Bells” which was first called “The One Horse Open Sleigh”.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Over time people started to bring the small fir trees inside. And for some reason, unknown to us they would hand them upside down from their ceiling beams.
Then one dark night, Martin Luther was walking in the woods before Christmas thinking up a sermon, when he looked up and saw all the stars in the sky. This reminded him of the Christmas star and God’s light. He thought up his sermon and brought home a fir tree for Christmas, but thinking back to the stars he set it upright and added candles to light on it.
Over time various decorations were added to make the tree look nicer or because of symbolic meanings, but the Christmas tree stayed largely a tradition only in Germany in the surrounding countries until the Victorian era. During that time Queen Victoria married Prince Albert (of can fame) who was German. They added the Christmas tree to their holiday festivities and within a few years all of England embraced the Christmas tree as if it had always been a part of their Christmas. And from their it spread to America and around the world.-T
Monday, December 04, 2006
Office Space- This DVD must be owned by anyone who has ever worked in an office or a large company. (Compliance to this will be mandatory starting Jan. 1st 2008.) So if your friend doesn’t own it, they need to.
The Office Space Kit- It contains the things that anyone who has watched Office Space has always wanted including; Flair, TPS Report covers, a “Jump to Conclusions” mat, a sign asking “Is it Good for the Company?” and more.
A Rubik’s Cube – It’s a great way to waste the 8 hours your “working” every day.
A 20 questions game – see above.
Despair, Inc. 2007 Calendar – It contains 12 great Demotiavtor designs. (Think the cheesy picture of a man climbing a mountain at work, only a realistic message.) It also includes less then important dates, like July 9th, 1982 was the theatrical release of TRON. (This is available at www.thinkgeek.com)
Dilbert 2007 Calendar – If they hang it up at work, it’s a cube inside a cube! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Try Rebooting Yourself: A Dilbert Collection BY: Scott Adams- as this is the newest book; they may not have it yet.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
For advent prayers click here.
For Protestant advent info, click here.
For a short history of Advent in the Catholic Church, click here.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: John Grisham – Who would have thought he could write comedies with no court houses in sight.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Answer to Yesterday’s Question: There is no number listed, as there were three gifts traditionally there were thought to be three givers, also as there were three continents know of, they are traditionally pictured as one being from Africa, one Asia and one Europe.