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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 3rd, 2014

beerIt’s a great weekend for sap and tap lovers.

The Asbury Woods Maple festival is this weekend — read about it here. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, you can enjoy pancakes and real maple syrup at a Millcreek treasure — Asbury Woods. On Monday, it’s time to celebrate the anniversary of Prohibition’s end on April 7, 1933 — #NationalBeerDay.

The hoppy holiday makes the night before New Beer’s Eve — lots of fun on Twitter and Facebook.

Where did National Beer Day come from? Prohibition.  On April 7th, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act. It ended the 13 years of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Clever folks made beer the night before to celebrate. Even if you don’t like beer, you can celebrate with a shandy, or shandygaff – beer mixed with soda, lemonade, ginger ale or even cider. Wikipedia says a shandy with beer and cider is called a snakebite.

Cheers!

Pam Parker 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 GramPam to one. 

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Posted: October 9th, 2013

Movie PopcornWell I am certainly late to this party, but what a party it is: wine flavored popcorn.

A New York City popcorn company — Populence (the web site is under maintenance, so if it doesn’t work, don’t pop your cork) – teamed with Kim Crawford, a winery out of  New Zealand to develop two popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle.

And what should you pair with the popcorn? Wine! Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011 and Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012.

While fruit of the vine flavors popcorn, the vegan, gluten-free popcorn has no alcohol content.

And who came up with this idea? A woman, of course! Maggie Paulus, originally from Florida, founded Populence in NYC in 2011. It’s all over Facebook and Twitter @PopulenceJimmy Kimmel weighed in @LateNightJimmy, and I learned about it from my October issue of InStyle magazine.

Paulus was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but turned to dressing up popcorn with seasonal favorites that include caramel, raspberry, chocolate, cheddar and other flavors. The store is a hit, and so are the wine flavors. You can get a gallon of popcorn for $35 on the website and for $28 at the NYC retail store.

And just in case you prefer other packaged foods, Foodbeast suggests steak-flavored Ruffles or Pepperidge Farm’s goldfish-flavored Mac and cheese. Or you can read about 200 other articles about foods that taste like other foods. Reminds me of the old “tastes like chicken” (Wikipedia dedicated a page to the phrase) — what some folks say about frogs’ legs. Hmm.

ABC News food blogger Lauren Effron noted that this isn’t the first snack to have some adult beverage flavor. Pub-Corn, out of Kansas City,  manufactures non-alcoholic beer and cocktail-flavored popcorn. Cary Silverman, of the University of Missouri, invented Pub-Corn in 2008. Current flavors include pina colada, beer and Irish creme.  It is $3.49 per bag.

I think I need some popcorn!

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

 

 

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Posted: August 16th, 2013

blue leatherSince leather and faux leather are back big-time, I had to post this Sarah metallic dress from ivyandblumaggyboutique.com. It’s metallic vegan leather — which is 60 percent polyurethane and 40 percent polyester. It’s lined and dry clean only. I almost bought a similar-fabric, green dress with long sleeves in Peebles. So it’s kind of sparkle and shine time. The dress at left is $165.

Sock it to me

This bit of “Laugh In” dialog has nothing to do with compression socks, but there’s news in compression socks. They were, well, let’s say not stylish. Until now. Look at these babies from RejuvaHealth.

sockittomeYou get the benefits of graduated compression in socks that are far from that surgical white variety.

These are often recommended to folks who have ankle and leg swelling, varicose veins, edema, a recent operation and more conditions.

According to the web site, company founder Kelsey Minarik developed Deep Vein Thrombosis at age 21 in 2008. She launched RejuvaHealth in December of 2010. The socks retail for about $30 to $40 on the RejuvaHealth website.

For fun: Quoted from Wikipedia: “‘Sock it to me!’ experienced its greatest exposure on ”Laugh In“ although the phrase had been featured in songs like Aretha Franklin‘s 1967 “Respect” and Mitch Ryder’s 1966 ‘Sock It To Me, Baby!’” And yes, Richard Nixon said it on ”Laugh In.”

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

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Posted: July 24th, 2013

PoinsettiaIt’s July 24, and my 2012 poinsettia is still hanging on with a few red leaves. The red ones look pretty sad, but the green ones are quite healthy.

Ordinarily, I don’t pay a lot of attention to Christmas in July — which celebrates that Christmas is six months away. This year,though, I have had numerous people and things calling it to my attention:

We are having a Christmas in July food day in the newsroom. What could be better than Christmas cookies in July?

A Texas company is sending out samples of pecan pie — a holiday item they are promoting in advance. I love pecan pie.

I’m wearing red nail polish and a lot of red to match, so I will just add some green this week.

All this Christmas stuff is even making me think about Christmas gifts. I usually don’t do that until November. My kids will be glad. My husband won’t be happy.

This mid-year celebration has a lot of history associated with it. It dates back to an 1892 opera, a 1932 summer camp presentation in North Carolina and a host of movies, starting in 1940 — all according to Wikipedia. Read about it here.

So Merry Christmas, everyone. We have no snow, but it is a cool 64 degrees this morning.  Enjoy!

Pam Parker 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 GramPam to one.

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Posted: July 8th, 2013

self driving carsMove over, George Jetson. These cars may not fly, but they pretty much take over at the wheel, and It all started with cruise control.

Driverless cars were the topic of conversation at lunch when my daughter and her boyfriend said Google is testing quite a few vehicles. The cars have been on the road for more than a year now.

From a New York Times article: “Driverless cars could change our lives, give us more green space, mobility, fewer hours wasted,” Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, said this month. “The average American spends 50 minutes commuting. Imagine if you got that back.”

Read the full article by clicking on the photo at left.

Here’s a link to last week’s article in Vehicles World.

According to Wikipedia, 10 Google driverless vehicles are on the road, but they do have drivers in them — just in case. They include: six Toyota Prius, an Audi TT, and three Lexus RX450h.

The vehicles can only be driven in specific states that permit the technology: Nevada, Florida and California, right now. And Google won’t be alone in their pursuit of the next big thing. Techcrunch.com says Mobileye is working to bring its own version of driverless technology to vehicles. Read the article here.

I hear a song in the making, “Google, take the wheel!!”

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

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Posted: April 3rd, 2013

beerSunday,  savvy suds lovers will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Prohibition’s end on April 7, 1933 — National Beer Day, called to my attention by KRUPS, the coffee maker people who dabble in the Beertender – a kitchen appliance that is a mini-keg.

The hoppy holiday makes the night before New Beer’s Eve, and of course it has its own Facebook page.

Where did National Beer Day come from? Prohibition, of course!  On April 7th, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act. It ended the 13 years of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Clever folks made beer the night before to celebrate. 

Even if you don’t like beer, you can celebrate with a shandy, or shandygaff – beer mixed with soda, lemonade, ginger ale or even cider. Wikipedia says a shandy with beer and cider is called a snakebite.

If you’d like a Heineken with that, here’s a picture of the Beertender — the ultimate at home draft beer experience. It costs around $150 and holds five liters of beer that stays fresh for three days. Here comes a weekend to celebrate beer and ingenuity. Cheers!  

Pam Parker 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. 

beertender

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Posted: March 27th, 2013

wizard of ozWhen I was a kid, an Easter tradition was the annual television viewing of “The Wizard of Oz” with a basket of candy in tow. The cowardly lion jumping through the window made me laugh belly laughs for decades, and those flying monkeys still creep me out.

Colleen Steenberge (sister of Kathy Dahlkemper) and I wrote and directed the play during our junior year at Villa Maria Academy. I know this movie by heart.

The 1939 film was based on the 1901 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum., according to Wikipedia. It starred Judy GarlandRay BolgerJack HaleyBert Lahr, and Frank Morgan, with Billie BurkeMargaret HamiltonCharley GrapewinClara Blandick and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins.

When I had my kids, the Easter Sunday TV tradition expanded right through the year because they loved the movie as much as I did. My older two watched the videotape of ”The Wizard of Oz” so often that it finally broke.

I never thought I could tire of hearing Judy Garland sing “Over the Rainbow,” but I came close.

When the movie “Twister,” came out, my kids were excited to see the flying cows — a flying house in “The Wizard of Oz“ had merely whet their appetites for more tornado footage, and that year — 1996 — was a particularly bad year for storms so we spent a lot of time in the basement.

I’m not sure I want to see the new movie “Oz,”  a supposed prequel that gives us some wizard history background. Some memories are better left alone. The backstory behind the film is fascinating. Buddy Ebsen was the original Tinman, and that makeup nearly killed him. Read it all here.

Pam Parker 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: March 13th, 2013

Irish gemsYes, I am Irish.

I love the idea of shamrocks, claddagh and trinity. These are just a few of the Irish treasures that make their way into rings, pendants and other baubles and bling.

This photo is from a link on the TipperaryWest website in Erie. It links to Solvar, a jewelry website. I am guessing you can ask your favorite jeweler for some Irish gems, and you’ll find them. Some are very inexpensive.

At My Irish Jeweler, I learned that the 3-leafed shamrock is a symbol for the Holy Trinity. Everything about the shamrock is fascinating. If you are looking for a wee bit of a $5 and under gift for a friend for Saint Paddy’s day, try a shamrock plant. I’ve had a few of them. They get beautiful white flowers that bloom all year long, and they thrive outdoors. I found mine at Wegman’s. They are as little as $4, and if I would remember to water them, mine would still be healthy. My first one grew as big as a shrub outside. In Saturday’s  House to Home, Sue Scholz will tell you all about shamrocks.

220px-CladdaghringFrom Wikipedia, I learned that the claddagh – a blend of hands, heart and crown  – represents love, loyalty and friendship. It originated in Claddagh near Galway in the 17th century.

No matter how you choose to celebrate this weekend, Happy Saint Paddy’s Day.

Pam Parker 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. Her paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Ireland. 

 

 

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Posted: March 1st, 2013

handzcastbootzThanks to fashionista Christine Eddy, director of communications at Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy! She called our attention to Cast Coverz. These colorful sleeves and other fashionable items dress up casts on arms and legs along with surgical boots.

Items retail for $16.99 and up. The company also has a full line of slings, crutch covers and much more. If you’re injured or recovering from surgery, you can still find some colorful styles to dress up any outfit.

Retiring Pope Benedict XVI brought back a centuries old tradition of red papal shoes — something I never knew until Pat Cuneo of the Erie Times-News mentioned it. Wikipedia has the story. The shoes have one tradition and the indoor papal slippers and Episcopal sandals are also very specific. Read the Wikipedia story here.

Papal shoes of Pope Pius VII (1808) from Wikipedia

Papal shoes of Pope Pius VII (1808) from Wikipedia

A set of red loafers, manufactured by papal shoemaker Adriano Stefanelli, Novara - Worn by H.H. Pope Benedict XVI - The Philippi Collection

A set of red loafers, manufactured by papal shoemaker Adriano Stefanelli, Novara – Worn by H.H. Pope Benedict XVI – The Philippi Collection from Wikipedia

I don’t wish to be disrespectful — I just thought this was fascinating. I went through 12 years of Catholic education but don’t recall learning about the significance of the shoes.

Pam Parker 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: February 25th, 2013

Bassey videoBaby boomers know Shirley Bassey, and this morning — so does everyone else. She’s the 76-year-old chanteuse who belted out the James Bond hit ”Goldfinger” to a standing ovation at the Oscars. Watch her sing at the 3 minute mark in the video tribute to Bond.

But she’s more than that — she sang the title songs to Goldfinger  in 1964, Diamonds Are Forever in 1971, and Moonraker in 1979, according to Wikipedia. Read more about what she’s been doing here

Bond won more accolades with Adele’s Oscar for best song for “Skyfall.”

More highlights:

The host seemed to do well. Seth McFarlane was ahead on the Zapitpoll early this morning as best host in five years. 

  • “Argo” won for best movie with Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov as producers.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis won his third Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham  Lincoln in “Lincoln.” 
  • Jennifer Lawrence, 22, won best-actress in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Her dress tripped up on her way up the stairs. 
  • Ang Lee hit it big as best director for “Life of Pi.” The movie won a lot of awards.
  • Anne Hathaway won supporting-actress Oscar in the musical “Les Miserables.” And the entire cast sang during the Oscars — another huge highlight. 
  • Christoph Waltz won supporting-actor in “Django Unchained,” and Quentin Tarantino won for original screenplay for “Django.” 

Pam Parker 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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