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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘vodka’
Posted: October 30th, 2013
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Kelly Eckert as Luigi and some other “Mario” friends.

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My daughter, Kelly Eckert, as Woody from “Toy Story” with her boyfriend Nick — Buzz Lightyear.

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Pizza slices — that daughter of mine is very clever.

If you’re empty nesters and feeling a little lonely on Halloween, you can rummage through your kids’ Halloween photos like I have for the past few weeks, or you can celebrate a couple things.

Today is a Hallmark holiday – National Candy Corn Day. I’m not a fan of candy corn, but it’s good to know we can celebrate.

Halloween My kids may not be around, but kids here at the Erie Times-News are very entertaining. Little costumed kids are rolling through for treats, and our own employees often dress for the fun. Here’s Abercrombie and Witch (Sean Cuneo, that devil, and Andy Colwell, who wore the Her Times witch hat so well last year, he is repeating the performance).
Happy Halloween to all the empty and full nesters.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: October 14th, 2013
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From Halloween Cottage on Facebook or visit http://www.holidaycottagepage.com/

Friday, Oct. 18, is World Menopause Day, and I’ll get to that, but first the fun facts about this week — mostly taken from holidayinsights.com.

How about a candy corn cocktail? 

Candy Corn Cordial, an adult beverage, is made with vodka and floating candy corn. Lots of other martini/candy corn recipes exist. Check these links out at DrinksMixer.com, about Cocktails and Pillsbury, to name a few.

Oh and if you missed it, Oct. 1,”The Twilight Zone” premiered in 1959, and Walt Disney World opened in Orlando — in 1971.

Menopause Day is Friday

On this 30th anniversary of World Menopause Day, the International Menopause Society marks the day by encouraging education, but the site has a welcome from the president — a man. The board has a lot of men listed too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, and I’m sure they’re all very intelligent men.

But when one of those men experiences menopause instead of studies it, let’s make it a full-blown holiday, shall we? I’m just sayin’.

Instead of the medical jargon at the IMS, you can visit the Poise site and get real answers about real problems that women have. For example, it’s got lots of stuff about why our feet hurt. A picture of a woman greets you.

Last year at Her TimesDebbie DeAngelo wrote a great feature on how to deal with menopause symptoms – check it out here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: February 17th, 2013

Margarita on Flag of MexicoNational Margarita Day is Friday, Feb. 22. It might seem odd that I would post this — I don’t like tequila. But when I saw the list of sponsors for the day — see below — I had to stand up  and take notice. So come Friday, make mine one of those blackberry delights  from Longhorn Steakhouse with vodka — not tequila.

As my cartoon friend, Speedy Gonzales would say, “Andele, Andele! Arriba! Arriba!”

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Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: October 29th, 2012

Yes it is a Hallmark holidayNational Candy Corn Day is Oct. 30. I’m not a fan of candy corn, but I did find links to candy corn cocktails, so read on.

From the website 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Candy Corn, here’s some other fun stuff about the good stuff:

Candy manufacturers sell from 9 to15 billion kernels of candy corn annually.

A handful has about 28 grams of sugar per serving.It’s fat free and about 140 calories.

Candy Corn Cordial, an adult beverage, is made with vodka and floating candy corn. Lots of other martini/candy corn recipes exist. Check these links out at DrinksMixer.com, about Cocktails and Pillsbury, to name a few.

Candy corn was involved in a destructive industrial fire in 1950 at Goelitz’s New Jersey factory. Gustav Goelitz started making candy in 1869 in Belleville, Ill. Today, the fourth generation of the Gustav Goelitz family is still making candy under the Jelly Belly name. See how candy corn is made right here in a Food Network video.

In the 1880s, Wunderle Candy Company made candy cornGeorge Renninger is often credited with creating it, but no one really knows who made it first.

If you don’t like candy corn, the National Confectioners Association has more holidays for us. Oct. 31 is National Caramel Apple DayNational Candy Day is Nov. 4 and Nov. 7th is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.

I think I like these holidays.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: February 22nd, 2012

It’s appropriate food for thought, today.

There were years that I gave up chocolate for the 40 days of Lent. I even got my kids to do it with me a few times. After a few of those adventures, my family and co-workers (at several different companies over the decades), begged me to never give up chocolate again. I obliged.

I’ve also given up wine, beer and vodka. Not all within the same 40 days, mind you. All but one kid in the Eckert-Parker brood is over 21 now, and I am guessing I won’t get any company on a liquor-less Lent.

Chocolate and booze are optional sacrifices, but meat-free Fridays have been an almost lifelong habit. After all, meatless Fridays were a part of life when I grew up — not just Lent. We ate tuna casseroles, meatless pizza and fish sticks, fish sticks, fish sticks ever since I can remember. I maintained meatless Lenten Fridays raising my kids. When they got old enough to read the rules on Lenten sacrifices, they realized that they didn’t have to do the meatless thing until they were 14. I told them it was a tradition, and we weren’t breaking tradition.

I did draw the line at fish sticks though. I’ve permanently given up fish sticks, but McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish on Ash Wednesday and every Friday for the next month is all right with me. Last year was a beerless lent, and I think it’s time for a repeat — a time-honored tradition my parents started. One thing’s for sure. It won’t be a chocolate-free lent.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2012

Would you like that cleaner shaken or stirred?

Well, who knew that vodka could clean chrome plumbing, freshen clothes and more? I learned all about it on CBS’ morning show yesterday. Now, I know rubbing alcohol does the same thing, but with a somewhat nasty medicinal odor.

No olives or lemon twist required for cleaning. And keep the flavored stuff out of the cleaning category. The best part of this TV segment was that a shot of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar will give extra life to cut flowers. Well, I’ll drink to that.

Watch the segment on vodka’s little known uses here.

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