Take a Chance Day~Cherry Cheesecake Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
April 23

To eat an egg, you must break the shell.  ~Jamaican Proverb

★~Take a Chance Day:

A long time ago I had a boss who told me, “Katybeth, once you ask, you have cut off your options. Don’t ask. Take a chance.” If it doesn’t work out; ask for forgiveness and try something else. Asking is overrated. Be Bold. Take a chance. Tell the little know-it-all voice in your head to shut-up for once, and go for it . . . do something daring even if for you that means wearing socks that don’t match or trying a flavored creamer in your coffee. Opps. Now, I’ve lost some of you, for sure!!

Come back . . . it’s also Cherry Cheesecake Day. Ha. I knew that would coax you back

Whoeth in their righteth mind maketh a Cherry Cheesecake the day beforeth we are besotton with Easter treats. Methinks the canker blossoms failed miserable wheneth planning this day. T’would haveth been better planed for a another day. Mayhaps we could dineth on Cherry Cheesecake at thy local Bakers Square, wherefore giving thy Cheery Cheesecake its due without hardship to thy cook.

Oh, did I forget to mention, today is also Shakespeare’s birthday?

★~ Today in History:

Hank Arron

♥~1900 – The word, hillbilly, was first used in print in an article in the New York Journal. It was spelled a little differently, as the story said that a Hill-Billie was a “free and untrammelled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills.” The article continued that “he has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it and fires off his revolver as the fancy takes him.”

♥~ 1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run on this day.

♥~ 1963 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues. It was a booming triple off the Pirates’ Bob Friend. ‘Charlie Hustle’ went on to break Ty Cobb’s all-time hitting record more than 20 years later, playing for the Reds, the Phillies and the Expos.

♥~ 1964 Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts will certainly never forget this day. Johnson tossed the first no-hit game — for a loss — in baseball history.

♥~ 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, GA, made a showy, glitzy announcement that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was called “the most significant soft drink development” in the company’s history. Yeah, well, so much for history. Fans of the original Coke were instrumental in bringing Classic Coke back. The way they did it was, actually, quite ingenious. They didn’t buy the new Coke and it turned out to be one of the biggest corporate flops ever.

★~ Born Today:

William Shakespeare

♥~ 1564 – William Shakespeare poet, playwright: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, MacBeth and at least three dozen more plays and over 150 sonnets; died Apr 23, 1616

♥~ 1928Shirley (Jane) Temple Black child actress: Little Miss Marker, Curly Top, Heidi, The Little Colonel, Poor Little Rich Girl, Wee Willie Winkie, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; U.S. delegate to the United Nations and chief of protocol

♥~ 1930 Alan Oppenheimer actor: Murphy Brown, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Home Free, Eischied, Big Eddie, Trancers 4 and 5, Child of Darkness, Child of Light, The Bionic Woman, The Groundstar Conspiracy, Star!

♥~ 1932 – (Roy) Halston (Frowick) fashion designer: created famous pillbox hat [1962] worn by Jackie Kennedy at JFK’s inaugural; his designs set standard for American designers in 1970s; died Mar 26, 1990 1936

♥~ 1936 – Roy Orbison singer: Only the Lonely, Running Scared, Oh, Pretty Woman, Crying, Dream Baby, It’s Over; died Dec 6, 1988

♥~ 1939Lee Majors (Harvey Lee Yeary II) actor: The Six Million Dollar Man, Big Valley, The Bionic Woman, The Covergirl Murders

♥~ 1960Craig Sheffer actor: The Second Front, Dracula II: Ascension, Final Breakdown, Deadly Little Secrets, Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal, Without Malice

★~ Did You Know: The first chocolate eggs were made in Germany in the 19th century

♥~ 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.

♥~ 82 percent of Americans say they would prefer a chocolate or candy bunny for Easter, while only 4 percent say they would prefer a live rabbit.

♥~ According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.

♥~ When it comes to knowing which types of bunnies please the palate, the majority of Americans say a solid chocolate bunny (42 percent) first and foremost, followed by a hollow chocolate bunny (21 percent), marshmallow bunny (10 percent) and other types of Easter bunny candy (9 percent).

♥~ If you are being given a chocolate made out of a shape of a bunny, what would you like to eat first among his body parts?  76% of American prefer to bite off the ears first, 5% eat the feet first and 4% go for the tail first. Ahh ! poor bunny.

♥~ 700 million peeps are sold each Easter.

♥~ Solving murder mysteries is popular in Norway during Easter. The major television networks show crime investigation programs and newspapers have murder mysteries for their readers to solve! Even milk cartons have murder mysteries printed on them!


A long time ago, in a spring soccer season far, far away, Cole was kicked in the butt on the soccer field. On the drive home, he complained that his butt hurt . . . since I had seen this joke, I immediately quipped, “WHAT!”  Joe got the joke and was mildly amused; Cole did not get the joke until I explained it to him, and then, being my son, was very amused. It does not take much to amuse us.

Today, I am going to attempt to make an Easter Bunny cake, which my mom’s grandmother used to make for the children every Easter, in an old, antique caster iron mold. When Cole  was around 5, I took the cake mold pan to the local bakery to make the cake for the kids in his kindergarten class—I will tell the story later today, but let’s just say it’s been 10 years since the mold has been used again. Wish me luck—I have a feeling I’m going to needs lots of it.

Naturally, we will also hard boil and dye our Easter eggs today with the traditional PAAS egg dye. This year, however, I also asked Cole to blow out some eggs, so that we could glitter and découpage them Martha Stewart style (cue hysterical laughing). Blowing out the eggs was accompanied by some creative swearing, and a few fists full of egg (I told him to hold them lightly). I was informed that he might die from swallowing raw egg—I promised to remind him of that the next time he plunged into my raw cookie dough (if he lived of course). Out of 18 eggs, we ended up with 9.

All I can say about our family when it comes to crafts is we are not quitters!

So tell me, how do you celebrate Easter?



7 thoughts on “Take a Chance Day~Cherry Cheesecake Day

  1. So glad you told us it was Shakespeare’s birthday–I was beginning to wonder if you had eaten to many peeps.
    Cheery Cheesecake Day right before Easter is poorly timed.
    I remember New Coke and I remember boycotting it. It was so awful.
    Keep us posted about the cake and have a great Saturday.


  2. The Six Million Dollar Man was born in 1939? How on earth can that be? Can’t wait to see pics of those blown eggs and that bunny cake. Happy Easter to you and Cole. Hugs, Diane

  3. Have a wonderful Easter. You, Cole and your little dogs too. Time for all good things to come everyones way.

  4. You lost me when I read that 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year. Yum! And while I do love real bunnies, having a herding dog means no live rabbits in my house. I’ll just stick with chocolate — and it doesn’t much matter whether it’s solid or marshmallow!

  5. We used to do the easter egg coloring thing. There were four of us and Mom didn’t want too many hard boiled eggs to eat…so we each got 2 to color…A couple of years ago my sister and I did a WHOLE DOZEN just cause we could. It was great! 🙂

  6. We buy ours pre-blown out 😉 We get cascarones. Confetti filled eggs that they sell on all the street corners in Texas. And we eat, lots. I want to make something sweet but I think the hubs might have used all the flour. I’m sure we’ll make do. 😉

  7. Every day should be Cherry Cheesecake Day…

    I gave up dying Easter eggs a few years ago…we’ve had some fails when it came to blowing them out too!

    We used to watch Six Million Dollar Man every week growing up.


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