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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Most Popular Regift

Christmas is a time for giving but in giving we are also receiving...words of thanks and gratitude, hugs, kisses and smiles from the heart. As an old saying goes, give what you would like for yourself for the gift may one day come back to you...that's right, as a regift! It's totally OK to regift! There is one regift, however, that is definitely the most popular simply because most people either just do not want it or they have come to the point in time when they are just sick and tired of it.

December 27 is...

National Fruitcake Day


Made with chopped candied or dried fruit, nuts and spices and sometimes soaked in “spirits”, fruitcake has been a holiday gift-giving tradition for many years. Although fruit cakes are certainly a delicious treat to enjoy around the holidays (to some people, that is), they are quite possibly the most popular item for re-gifting. A whopping 38% of people say they give fruitcakes away when they receive them! Nevertheless, fruitcakes have remained popular for thousands of years.

A Bit of Fruitcake History...
The Ancient Egyptians buried their loved ones with fruitcakes because they believed this particular food was essential for the journey to the afterlife. The Crusaders were known for eating fruitcakes during their campaigns. The small cakes could withstand long journeys without spoiling and were full of nutritious items like dried fruits and nuts.

To celebrate National Fruitcake Day, invite friends over to polish off the fruitcake you received as a Christmas gift, buy one of these holiday treats at your local grocery store to share with friends, or be a total 'fruitcake' yourself and make one of your own! There are really many varieties...light, dark, minis, cookies, cupcakes, etc. Um-m-m-m? Wonder if I iced it with chocolate, would that help?

 Lemon-Chardonnay Fruitcake (Recipe)

Old-Fashioned Christmas Cake (Recipe)

Fruitcake Christmas Cookies (Recipe)

Fruitcake Coconut Cookies (Recipe)

Festive Fruitcake Minis (Recipe)

'Spirited' Fruitcake Cupcakes (Recipe)

And, for a little musical entertainment...


Is your mouth watering yet?

Get to work and get some made!

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

Next on the Calendar...Chocolate 'Rains'!