29 February 2012

Dennys Art Sanctuary: Animation: Cute Valentines Day Doodle From Google


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Dennys Art Sanctuary: Animation: Cute Valentines Day Doodle From Google: From Denny: This is a delightful, animated, funny video about what women really want. Hint: It isn't about the type of gifts, what brand name they are or how much they cost. It also addresses relationship equality and how materialism isn't always the answer to life's dilemmas - even with the help of Google searches!
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28 February 2012

Dennys Art Sanctuary: Coolest Guitar Duet: Four Hand Exchange

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Dennys Art Sanctuary: Coolest Guitar Duet: Four Hand Exchange: From Denny: This is the best guitar video I've seen in a long time. It's from the Brazilian Music Institute. As the performance opens it sure looks funny as the man puts his hands over the shoulder of the woman holding the guitar. Then you see four hands playing at once - and the music is as wonderful as the image is funny! Makes you wonder how long it took to practice the piece and not get all tangled up doing it.
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22 February 2012

Beautiful and Easy: Decadent Chocolate Mousse Pie


Photo provided by Spice IslandsFor a delicious chocolaty dessert to celebrate Valentine's Day, try Decadent Chocolate Mousse Pie. It combines a chocolate crumb crust with semisweet chocolate chips and heavy cream -- a combination sure to appeal to most palates.





From Denny:  I love searching through the recipe databases of various companies promoting their food products.  You never know what gems you will find to inspire you to try something new or tweak a family favorite.

The recipe database at Spice Islands is a real treasure trove of goodies - and I've only started on the dessert section!  Color me into the Well Impressed Corner. :)

14 February 2012

Visual Insights: 57 Best Of Clever Romantic Valentines Day Photos

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Visual Insights: 57 Best Of Clever Romantic Valentines Day Photos: From Denny: Check out the cutest and funniest pet photos for Valentine's Day.

Then it's on to artistic creative photographers trying to figure out how to capture the theme of the day. It's tough to come up with something new and different for such an overdone theme as hearts. I especially like the ones of men walking across great distances in the cold weather clutching flowers for their ladies.

There are crafters and artists with creative turns on the theme, with links to their blogs. Not to be missed are the cupcake, cake and coffee food photos. One is a plate of rose petals with a fork.

Be sure to click on the photos to go to the photographers' flickr pages and blogs where they discuss their art process or the situation for the photo.

I sure had fun going through 2700 photos to do this post because so many made me laugh and others were food for inspiration. Happy Valentine's Day!
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Dennys Funny Quotes: 61 Best of Funny Mardi Gras Photos

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Dennys Funny Quotes: 61 Best of Funny Mardi Gras Photos: From Denny: Who said Valentine's Day had to be a bummer for the folks flying solo during this holiday? These funny Mardi Gras photos, mocking just about anything and everything that moves, will certainly bring a smile to your face.

So, if you know anyone feeling blue from this special day for lovers, send them this post full of funny photos that will have them laughing in no time.

Since it's 2012 and the whole world figures the Mayan Prophecy of the End of the World is at hand, well, we have the solution in Louisiana: party on. Our philosophy? You might as well go out in style 'cause you can't do anything about it anyway.
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Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: Funny Valentines Day Video: Say I Love You X 100 Languages

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Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: Funny Valentines Day Video: Say I Love You X 100 Languages: From Denny: Enjoy regular people on the street mugging for the camera and saying "I Love You!" in their language. It's a grin fest that will make your day. It's also an ad for memrise.com to visit their site to learn how to say the famous phrase in over 100 languages. Happy Valentine's Day!
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11 February 2012

Ouch Outrageous Obnoxious and Odd: Funny Joke From New Digg Follower




Ouch Outrageous Obnoxious and Odd: Funny Joke From New Digg Follower: From Denny: So, I'm checking my email updates from Digg about new followers. Along comes this funny guy. As his bio on the site he places this hilarious joke. If you are a woman you are especially going to enjoy it.
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07 February 2012

The Social Poets: Groundhog Day Louisiana Style: New Orleans T-Boy, Baton Rouge Boudreaux


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The Social Poets: Groundhog Day Louisiana Style: New Orleans T-Boy, Baton Rouge Boudreaux: From Denny: Groundhog Day contenders are popping up all over America. Groundhogs are not native to Louisiana (because it's too hot) but we didn't allow a little factoid like that to stop us. Louisiana likes it's holidays so what effort was it to rustle up another creative idea than to draft the swamp rat nutria into the Groundhog Day?

Up in the northern part of America it's considered really bad news when a groundhog sees its shadow, foretelling another miserable six weeks of winter. But here in Louisiana it means a spring that is shorter than usual.

A short spring means summer's grueling heat and drippy humidity will return sooner than desired. So, you see, burrow-loving animals can come in handy to predict the weather both in the chilly North and the hottie Deep South.
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Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Video: Little Girl Pranks Her Dad to Perfection




Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Video: Little Girl Pranks Her Dad to Perfection: From Denny: This little four-year-old is a kid after my own heart. OK, I used to do fun things like this to exasperate my parents too. None of which was well met either. :) I love precocious kids.

This little girl says at the beginning of the video - or sounds like, "I'm just gonna jump out and scare him."

The little girl goes to hide in the kitchen closet while the father and mother are unaware. The parents are busy looking for his car keys. This little girl is patiently waiting for Her Big Moment when the father opens the closet to look in there too. She got him good.

It sure makes you wonder who the Old Soul is in the house. Looks like she is working over time to get the parents to catch up to her. Get your laugh on!
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05 February 2012

Dennys Funny Quotes: 34 Funny Friday Quotes, Friday Music Video

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Dennys Funny Quotes: 34 Funny Friday Quotes, Friday Music Video: From Denny: Need a little weekend inspiration? Bored in your corporate cubicle? Your mind wandering far, far away from work because your body can't wait to leave?

These funny, and sometimes downright wicked, quotes should get you through the last remaining hours before the weekend officially starts.

Check out the silly Friday song by Rebecca Black. So far it's been viewed over 21 million times. Now that's a lot of bored folks out in the virtual work world with too much time on their hands.
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03 February 2012

Valentines Day Cookies: Reverse Chocolate Chip


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From Denny:  In the mood for a chocolate batter cookie with white chocolate chips?  This version also sports an unusual ingredient:  the heady spice coriander.  Add in the exotic flavorful macadamia nuts and this cookie is a huge hit.  You can always substitute your favorite nut like almonds or walnuts.


When I found this recipe on the ABC Recipe site, they referenced it to "Stew Leonard's."  Of course, I asked the obvious question, "Who is that?"

I live in south Louisiana so had never heard of the Connecticut grocery store chain.  So, I googled them and found a wonderful site worth the visit.  They started out as a dairy farm in Norwalk, Connecticut and branched out from there over the decades into a full blown grocery chain.  Check out this wonderful chocolate recipe.

02 February 2012

The Social Poets: Groundhog Day: How Many Talented Psychic Rodents In America?




The Social Poets: Groundhog Day: How Many Talented Psychic Rodents In America?: This is the stuffed, ok, taxidermied groundhog, known as Potomac Phil that hails from Washington, D.C. He gets wheeled out to the Dupont Circle Ground Hog Day celebration to determine whether he sees his shadow or not. Not sure who the human political hack is for him to make the announcement. But hey, the new burgeoning club played polka music to honor him.

His fans are hoping to raise enough money to replace him with a live groundhog next year. Until then, Potomac Phil continues to trash talk his beltway imitator Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania.

And what is Punxsutawney Phil's response to this stuffed upstart? "Ah, Potomac Phil is Newt Gingrich's first cousin, all trash talk and no money. I'm the real deal since 1887."
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Unusual 2 Tasty: Valentines Day: Warm Upside-Down Pear Cake With Tangerine Custard Sauce


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Unusual 2 Tasty: Valentines Day: Warm Upside-Down Pear Cake With Tangerine Custard Sauce: From Denny: For pear lovers - and lovers - this is an outstanding dessert good enough for any holiday!

Like any upside down cake this one is practically beginner cook and foolproof. The custard requires a more experienced cook and a little time but is well worth the effort.
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Valentines Day: Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Pie


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From Denny:  Pies are always an easy idea for holidays as they take less time and fuss than individual portion recipes.

This is a light taste of chocolate and butterscotch.  If you want to intensify those flavors, step up the chocolate chips to 3/4 cup, instead of 1/2 cup.  You could even drizzle the finished chilled pie with extra chocolate syrup to add that decadence factor.

As to intensifying the butterscotch flavor, why not add a few microwave melted caramel candies to the mix?  Or you could add more butterscotch chips instead of taking the time to melt caramels.

Most people prefer a light taste to dishes.  At our house we often like spicy dishes and strongly flavored desserts.  So, if it's supposed to taste like chocolate and caramel, we want it to be obvious.

I really think this cook was showcasing the mascarpone cheese above the other flavors, so a different name would have been a better idea since the chocolate and butterscotch flavors tend to be background in this pie. The choice is yours:  simple and creamy cheese with a light taste of chocolate and butterscotch - or kick it up a notch to just a bit more!

When I think of Valentine's Day it's often for creamy textured dishes as much as the all time favorite of chocolate.  Yes, a great Mac 'n' Cheese dish would definitely qualify. :)  Check out one of my other food blogs for some great recipes on that front:  Comfort Food From Louisiana.

Meanwhile, I like this simple creamy sweet cheese pie with hints of chocolate and butterscotch.

01 February 2012

Chefs Recipe 4 Valentines Day: Warm Chocolate Cheesecake

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From Denny:  Looking for an easy to make chocolate cheesecake?  Chef Sara Moulton is always coming up with great ideas that are simple to make.

Usually, we serve cheesecake chilled.  Have you ever thought of eating your cheesecake while still warm from the oven?  Sara likes this recipe to enjoy that warm creamy chocolate delight.


Sara bakes these chocolate cheesecakes in small ramekins.  She didn't offer up a photo but check out the awesome one I found of another version of chocolate cheesecake at flickr, decked out in blackberries.

Comfort Food From Louisiana: Mardi Gras: Quick Mardi Gras King Cake


Quick Mardi Gras King Cake


Comfort Food From Louisiana: Mardi Gras: Quick Mardi Gras King Cake: From Denny: This version of the sweet yeast bread known as King Cake only requires an hour in the fridge to chill and rest the dough. Then it rises for another hour or so while you work on putting together the yummy filling.

The traditional three colors of icing are green, purple and gold. Make sure you wait for the baked cake to cool off before inserting a small hole in the bottom of the cake to place the miniature plastic baby.

It's considered good luck for the following year to receive the baby in your slice of King Cake. You also get to pay for the next King Cake. Hey, with fame comes social responsibility! :)
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