Tuesday Tunes – “Libertango” by the Swingle Singers

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I’m always intrigued by the ingenuity of human beings - having been in choirs virtually all my life, one of the things that I am in awe of is really well-done a cappella music. The Swingle Singers – while the faces/voices may change as the years go by – have consistently continued to amaze with their vocal gymnastics:
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One Small Step – July 20, 1969

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“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Today marks the anniversary of the first manned Moon landing. Those of us who are old enough to remember seeing it live can still recall the awe and wonder of that moment when Neil Armstrong stepped down and set foot where no man had gone before.

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Foodie Friday – Sylvan Beach Summer Soup

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Once again, while looking for one thing I found something completely different….

Back in college, I got a little recipe booklet from the Imperial Sugar company which was full of recipes from around the state of Texas. One of the recipes apparently used to be served back in the day at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion in my hometown of La Porte, Texas.

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By the time we moved to La Porte, they weren’t serving fancy luncheons there any more, but the pavilion was the site of many functions while I was growing up, including parties after high school graduations.  Whenever we go back to La Porte to visit friends and family, I still enjoy going to Sylvan Beach and revisiting one of my favorite old hangouts.

The pavilion was damaged during Hurricane Ike, but in October, 2013, it reopened after a big renovation which restored the pavilion to its former glory. I hope that many, many more generations of South Texans are able to have as much fun at the restored pavilion as past generations did at the original pavilion.

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Tuesday Tunes – “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “Sing, Sing, Sing”

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I don’t know why, but music like this just makes me think of summer.  This is just lots and lots of fun!

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The talented group of singers/dancers is called “Burn the Floor“.  You can get a copy of their “Best Of Burn the Floor Soundtrack” on MP3, as well as DVDs of both their 2000 (“Burn The Floor“) and 2008 (“Floor Play“) shows.

Burn the Floor has a traveling troupe on the Norwegian Cruise Ship “Breakaway“; might be time to take Paul up on that offer to take a cruise “One of these days”….. :P
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Sunday Funnies – Thank Goodness For Lifeguards

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Happy Birthday to the One I Love

On this day 54 years ago, a very special little boy was born.

I just LOVE Birthdays!  (Especially mine….)

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Foodie Friday – Loaves and “Fish” Sticks

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Since my favorite fella has a birthday coming up, I thought it might be nice to share the recipe of one of his all-time favorites with everyone.

Way back in the day, Paul’s Grandma Nettie started making this recipe for her family.  Being a good Catholic, Nettie followed the rule about not eating meat on Fridays.  For a farming family with 8 growing children living in a remote landlocked town, fish – which was the Church’s recommended food of choice on Fridays – was a bit of a luxury.

So Nettie came up with an idea: while staying within the letter of the edict of not serving meat on Fridays - and in the “spirit” of serving fish - she came up with a tradition that has since been passed down through several generations of the Koch clan.

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