Much aligned, much beloved. It’s the Christmas fruitcake that some say could be used as a spare tire in a pinch. But we fruitcake lovers know best. It’s a wonderful addition to the Christmas dinner table.
Just feast your eyes on that beauty, typically rich in fruit and nuts. And quite sweet. The fruitcake began in ancient Rome and quickly spread to Europe, then to colonial America.
Despite all the history and worldwide popularity, fruitcake isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday treat. Those cakes can be really heavy. And maybe because fruitcake lasts so long they often get forgotten, or re-gifted, and end up sitting around on shelves. December 27 is National Fruitcake Day, but then a little more than a week later it’s Fruitcake Toss Day on January 7. One town in Colorado takes getting rid of their unwanted fruitcake very seriously. Every year, Manitou Springs has a contest to see who can throw their fruitcakes the farthest and with the greatest accuracy. People build catapults, slingshots, or just hurl the cakes by hand. To make up for all the lost food, everyone competing has to bring a donation to the local food bank — anything except fruitcake!
Nonetheless, we lovers of fruitcake can’t wait for the holidays so we can enjoy this treat that has been around for 2000 years. Ah…..not the same cake, just the recipe. Enjoy !
Credit to What’s cooking America, cbc.ca and Wikipedia.org
Looking to REALLY get away. How about to a private island ? One catch, you have to take a cruise to get there. Read about the best islands to cruise to in this article by Lissa Poirot of Far and wide.com Then start packing your bikini !
Great Stirrup Cay
Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas may be “just” 268 acres, but Norwegian Cruise makes up for its relatively small stature with style.
Forget the barbecue lunches the other islands provide. On Great Stirrup there is a beach grill, taco bar and Caribbean-fare food truck, along with Bacardi, Patron and Bertram’s bars. When not dining, guests enjoy immaculate and groomed white-sand beaches.
Sample review: “WOW, is all I can say about GSC the Norwegian Cruise Line private island. We had a private villa for the day with its own AC, TV, bathroom with shower, butler service and living room. We had a front porch with lounge chairs and lounge chairs on the beach. There was a champagne bar and all the food you could eat. The beach was so beautiful. We can’t wait to go back.” – cathy s
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OK, I obviously didn’t write this hack. So if you’re studying for finals, and eat an apple but fall asleep before finishing, just remember yours truly didn’t pen this hack. But I will be extremely sorry for you if you fail the final. Just sayin’. Blame these guys:
Are you Linkedin ? Not I. So, I don’t know if this is the Ultimate cheat sheet or not, or if it’s that important to cheat your way in. I present this to you for your education because, as a tutor, that’s what I do ! (You can clue me in if this is legit or not).
Need something to do this holiday period ? Those living in the Southern Hemisphere have 26 best day and 2 day hikes right in your neighborhood in New Zealand. Check out this hiking guide from moonhoneytravel.com
The best way to experience New Zealand is with your own two feet. New Zealand is a hiker’s paradise. During our three months traveling in NZ, we sought out the best trails and hiked as much as possible. We’ve assembled our favorite hiking trails below for both the North and South Islands. You’ll find a range of short and long day hikes as well as 2-day hikes. We’ve also included trails we didn’t experience due to poor weather, or lack of proper equipment (basically our wishlist for our next trip). So, if you’re asking “where should I hike in New Zealand,” or “what are the best backcountry hut hikes,” keep reading because we’ve got you covered.
26 Best Hikes in New Zealand Overview
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island
Mount Ruapehu’s Crater Lake, North Island
Taranaki Falls, North Island
Tama Lakes, North Island
Mangorei Track to Pouakai Range, North Island
Wilkies Pool and Dawson Falls Loop, North Island
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, North Island
Pinnacles Track, North Island
St. Arnaud Range Track, South Island
Robert Ridge Trail to Angelus Hut, South Island
Sealy Tarns Track, South Island
Mueller Hut, South Island
Hooker Valley, South Island
Roys Peak, South Island
Isthmus Peak, South Island
Ben Lomond, South Island
Tiki Trail to Skyline Complex, South Island
Lake Alta, South Island
Lookout, The Remarkables, South Island
Routeburn Track to Routeburn Falls, South Island
Routeburn Track to Harris Saddle, South Island
Mount Aspiring Hut, South Island
French Ridge Hut, South Island
Rob Roy Glacier, South Island
Key Summit, South Island
Avalanche Peak, South Island
Click on this link to find location and particulars of each hike, and much more.
WhatIsaGothGarden? Popular in the Victorian era, these once picturesque gardens used to be the equivalent to a fun-filled theme park in their day. Loaded with carefully orchestrated effects and morbid reflections of death, the gothicgarden drew crowds then for the same reason horror flicks grab our attention today – a good scare. This, of course, need not always be the case. Gothicgarden design can take on a more magical concept too, depending on the gardener.
Here are some delightfully dark flowers and foliage for your Goth garden.