Monday, November 21, 2016

The "Elvis" sightings rolling in #'s 5 and 6....

Here we go with  Elvis as we get closer and closer to the holidays......

So #5 belongs to an Insurance commercial where we get to hear LOVE ME TENDER, the first Elvis movie song....

and # 6  goes to X FACTOR UK contestant Ryan Lawrie as he opens the show last night with
JAILHOUSE ROCK .  This is movie week on the X FACTOR UK for the last handful of contestants....

Both sightings have to do with Elvis in the movies.....


Saturday, November 19, 2016

So let's talk PIE !

Hey all,

Is everyone getting ready for the upcoming Holiday Season? It seems like as soon as Halloween hits we are ringing in the New Year in the blink of an eye.....this week....THANKSGIVING !


 Well for many of us it is Turkey and all the trimmings. I know there are many out there that don't even celebrate this holiday as this blog is read all over the World.... so let's just say that we give thanks no matter what we celebrate. Each day we can all find something to be thankful and grateful for.....

Now let's talk PIE....

According to Food and Wine the pie that comes in as the all time favorite is  (drum roll, please...)

                         PEACH PIE....also one of my favorites....



Here is a recipe I grabbed from the story.... Also, feel free to send me your own favorites.... maybe I'll even try one of your recipes !!!! 

INGREDIENTS

CRUST
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (4 ounces) cold solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup ice water
FILLING
  • 8 large, ripe but firm peaches (3 1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced
  • Egg wash made with 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • Bourbon Whipped Cream, for serving

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  1. In a food processor, pulse the flour with the sugar and salt until combined. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and sprinkle the ice water on top. Stir with a fork until a crumbly dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead 2 or 3 times, just until the dough comes together. Cut the dough in half and form into 2 disks; wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disk of dough to a 12-inch round. Ease one of the rounds into a 9-inch glass pie plate and transfer the other round to a baking sheet. Refrigerate the dough.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and fill a large bowl with ice water. Using a sharp knife, mark a shallow X in the bottom of each peach. Blanch the peaches in the boiling water for about 1 minute, until the skins begin to loosen. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peaches to the ice water to cool. Drain and peel the peaches and cut them into 3/4-inch wedges. Transfer the peaches to a large bowl. Add the sugar, lemon juice and flour, toss well and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the peaches and their juices into the chilled pie shell and scatter the butter slices on top. Brush the edge of the pie shell with the egg wash and lay the round of dough from the baking sheet on top. Press the edges of the pie shell together to seal and trim the overhang to a 1/2 inch. Fold the edge of the pie dough under itself and crimp decoratively. Brush the remaining egg wash on the top crust and cut a few slits for venting steam.
  5. Transfer the pie to the oven and place a baking sheet in the bottom to catch any drips. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°, cover the edge of the pie with foil and bake for about 40 minutes longer, until the filling is bubbling and the crust is deeply golden on the top and bottom. Transfer the pie to a rack to cool completely. Serve with Bourbon Whipped Cream.

MAKE AHEAD

The dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month. The peach pie can be stored overnight at room temperature.

NOTES

As an alternative to the Bourbon Whipped Cream, serve the pie with vanilla ice cream.


ENJOY !



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Elvis sighting # 4

Hey Hey Hey...moving along....sighting # 4 comes from a post from my Sister on FaceBook....



It's the evolution of Dance video going from the Roaring 20's up to the 90's....take a peek and see who's music they used in the 50's segment...

ok...so I've spent an hour trying to get the video in here...it's on FaceBook at the Ava HollyLewis-Korth page....
It was sent to me so I thought it would make a great entry here.

 In meantime, here is a clip of Elvis doing "Hound Dog" as You Tube's evolution of Dance Songs....then they go into Chubby Checker doing the twist....








So entry #4 is the video clip on my FB page, that was sent to my timeline, with Elvis music featured as the segment for the 50's....

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ok...Elvis sightings begin.....

Good Morning, 




So this is part of our "Balcony Blogger Challenge" where we are posting anything "Elvis" related as we move close to the Christmas/Holiday Season.  So Elvis loved Christmas and they do a big celebration at Graceland. They also have places to post your Elvis sightings on the Graceland page.... 

We are doing our own....sightings/events/ experiences.... happenstance.... around Elvis . 

So as I mentioned, I hadn't seen anything or heard anything for days, except for what I hear on the Elvis radio channel....

Now I've got:
# 1  Late night TV mentioning Elvis in one of his stories... 
#2 Yesterday, I was visiting with my in-laws and we were discussing the new Elvis CD THE WONDER OF YOU with the Royal Philharmonic. We couldn't get it to play on the player they had so I pulled up one of the songs to share with them on my phone.... just then, I get a text from one of my networking buddies asking me for the name of a restaurant owner we had met..... too funny, his name is ELVIS !

#3 This morning watching the voice taped from last night's show.... Garth Brooks is one of the advisors for the top 12 and mentions Elvis being one of the World's greatest singers...along with a handful of others.... 

So we are up to 3   in the countdown to Christmas and Elvis experiences ! 

Join us in spotting YOUR Elvis related events.... Have fun..........see you for our regular Blog post at end of week.... 

Ava

Friday, November 4, 2016

Direct, Direct and Direct....

Hello this beautiful Friday here in South Jersey....

Well, it just amazes me how the Universe works....so many stories, so little time... so let's get DIRECT...

First , I have to share that since I posted about our "Elvis Sightings" in the  Balcony Blogger Challenge, I haven't seen ONE thing.... that's just amazing for I've seen Elvis stuff every day which made me want to chat about it and invite you all in..... I'm not even counting the Elvis Channel I have on my radio dial.... so today, I heard something cool.... Elvis' Grandma, Minnie Mae Pressley was also known as "Dodger"..... that's interesting. Makes one wonder how or why she got THAT ncikname!
Let's keep it all going as I'm still waiting to post # 1.....

On another note, you can use the word direct to mean a lot of things... in this case let's call it direct shopping !!!   With direct sales being hot, hot, hot, how would you like to be able to shop at your favorite stores on line and get cash back???  How would you like to receive deep discounts on line for fabulous products???  How would you like to purchase gift cards and double dip???  All this and more when you find out about one of the hottest sites out there,  www.shop.com/eefirst 
Now you can direct where and who you want to shop under, yet you get the same benefits as if you were just shopping at your favorite stores... You can even DIRECT, your sales to go to a place where you can pick up your on line orders.... If you are in the NJ area ( Southern NJ)  there will be an event to show you exactly how this works on 10/10/ 16 in Egg Harbor Township , NJ.... inbox me at Face Book on the 4 A STAR page for more info on the live event. In the meantime, for those of you not in the area, here is some DIRECT Information....

Let's start with James and Lauren Ridinger of Market America. James had a vision, along with his spouse and family, for people to be able to buy anything they want, get paid for it and have everyone benefit from that experience. Well, that has been DIRECTLY going on for over 24 years now...

About 4 to 5 years ago, shop.com was purchased by the Ridinger company and has been growing and growing ever since. There is even a way to have your non-profit shop and the non-profit can earn funds all year long without changing anything they do.....and at NO COST TO THEM !



My friend and business partner, Linda McLaughlin, along with her husband Mike have been working in the business for over 13 years.  Now I have other friends and associates involved and it's just a DIRECT win win for everyone.... How cool was it to blog about this, when today, we put our foundation into the program to earn funds for the National Brain Tumor Society !

In this time, many people have climbed aboard the Market America train for various way to DIRECTLY shop !  There is LaLa, J-Lo, and Marley Coffee !!! Yep, Bob Marley's brother who opened a partner store with Market America where you can buy your Coffee---Mon !!
There is also a line of coffee DIRECTLY  in the company itself called Mochatonics. It's an exclusive line for energy, fat-burning, and mind enhancing ways to drink coffee ! Yum....

So Market America offers just about anything you can think of from make-up to music, healthcare and weight loss to financial services and now.... on line shopping World Wide.  ( with no cost to be a customer !)

You can visit our new site at www.shop.com/eefirst  to check it all out !

In the meantime, it's a DIRECT  win at least look it over, be a customer for free, sign up a non-profit for free, come to a live event for free  OR learn about all the other ways to DIRECT the way you shop and earn !


Enjoy !
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Good Monday Morning,

Yes, I'm in here on a Monday, my day off..... Well, it's Halloween and the close of another month.... Before we start a new month and head into the Holiday Season, I wanted to get in here and try out a few ideas......
First, I'm channeling a massive prayer for my Sister, Robin, who is undergoing open heart surgery as we speak.... when I'm done here, I'm heading to the hospital in hopes that she is out of surgery and beginning the recovery process !

So I wanted to share some happy Halloweening thoughts for the day..... I know there are many people that don't celebrate Halloween. It's cool.... do what you feel.  I enjoy the Holiday for candy, seeing fun kids' faces and spending some time with friends handing out candy and visiting.... Oh and I love wearing wigs at Halloween. I dressed up for our Township Trunk or Treat on the 29th. Today just a mild Halloween scarf as I am around the day for my Sister..... May do some visiting tonight !



 Found these cuties on line today !  

Next, and probably a most brave "Balcony Blogger Challenge" for you.... we are going to implement something until Christmas and see how it goes....

So, lately, I've become the most crazy Elvis Fan !  I mean, I have always loved Elvis , just finding out about all the things they do at Graceland , everyday, for millions of fans, makes me want to learn and know more about the original King of Rock and Roll......Some of you may remember my good friend TED PRIOR who was the ultimate Elvis Tribute artist that passed away some years ago. He passed from the same illness that took my Mom. I think of him often, especially when I hear an Elvis song.... so ..... all that said, I have been laughing lately at all the music, signs, mentions and innuendos  surrounding Elvis that I see on a daily basis.....well, almost everyday .....

I've decided to do another "Balcony Blogger Challenge" with the Secret Elvis Sightings.... I think this is so fitting right now for they just opened the brand new "Guest House at Graceland" the other day. With Christmas being one of Elvis' favorite holidays, I thought this would be fun....
So the regular blog will continue on Friday's ( except for today... LOL)  and starting tomorrow, I'm going to get in each day that I see something ELVIS... I have heard there is a beautiful song of his backing up a new Prada commercial, yet I haven't heard or seen it yet..... So let's see how many days we have a secret Elvis sighting , in any way shape or form , between now and Christmas !  Let's have some fun !  ..... in Style....  feel free to add your own sightings as we embark on another segment of ...
"The Balcony Blogger Challenge"......

Here are a couple of photos from the new Gorgeous 450 room Guesthouse at Graceland.... The first pic is of the outside of the place.... the inside photos are amazing.... The 2nd pick, with the purple bedspread , is so cool. The mirrored ceiling was inspired by one of Elvis' capes.....


Happy Halloween and Happy Elvis sighting......
Enjoy !

Saturday, October 15, 2016

How to shake hands, and what your handshake says about you !

Hello all,

I can't believe it's the middle of October already ! Halloween is just around the corner and the Holidays will be upon us before we know it. Time just seems to fly anymore....

In all the hustle and bustle, let's get into the "greeting" scene.  How do you shake someone's hand when you introduce yourself? What is the proper way to shake someone's hand and what does that handshake say about you.


I have observed a few You Tube videos and I selected one that I thought was really good in showing the different types of handshakes and how they have become a sign of introduction and respect.

I have also seen a few small presentations, over time, on this very subject.

My Mom used to say that she hated people who shook your hand as if their hands were
WET NOODLES !  Wow, what do you think that says about you !

From my own learning and observation, it is a sign of respect to stand up, and to greet someone with a firm handshake. I'm not talking about a BONE CRUSHER shake, that you will hear about in the little clip below, or the WET NOODLE shake that will always make me hear my Mom talking.

Your handshake should be web to web, straight across and with a firm and confident grip.
A handshake knows no gender, so keep that in mind as well.

Since we are in an age of confidence and empowerment, I wanted to share the fact that there IS an art to a good solid handshake.

If you are in business, your handshake can say a lot about your confidence.

There are also acceptable ways to shake someone's hand when it is in a more relaxed, or personal setting and not in a business environment.

So take a look at the clip I found and make your own assessment of the HANDSHAKE.
It's about 5 minutes long.... I like the way this is presented so enjoy it....

Have a great weekend and we will talk again soon !

Enjoy !!!