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Birthday Party for DH!

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! Our big giveaway is still underway until next Monday. Have you entered yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Do it now!

 

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This week’s mewsic theme is “Your Choice” and I invite you to hit the dance floor with the 4M gals – XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me. Link-up and enjoy the fun!



 

Today is DH’s birthday!

To honor the birthday boy on his special day, I created a playlist of 1959 Billboard Top Chart songs from his birth year according to Wikipedia. The top song in July was Lonely Boy by Paul Anka (#11 on playlist).

 

Now, I want to share mewsic that makes me think of him. Some of the songs have specific memories connected with them and others are important for reasons I now can’t remember.

 

This playlist is sure to grow as new tunes come to mind but I have a good start and I hope you enjoyed the mewsic. Tonight, the birthday boy is having more triple chocolate cake with vanilla bean butter cream frosting. We did early celebrating over the weekend. I made a cake like this for DD#1 last month but if you missed that post and want to check out the recipe, then you’ll find it here.  Per DH’s request, I left the chocolate chips out of his cake which we actually liked better! What a shocker!!

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with …

 

 

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mewsic moves me Monday music

Mewsic Moves Me with #BoTB results & a new-to-me artist, Laura Veirs

July 15th, I asked all of my kittens and dawgs to vote in More Than A Feeling BoTB showdown. This isn’t an exclusive poll for only BoTBers, it’s meant for anyone to weigh in and I hope you got a chance to have your say so.

I pitted two new-to-me contenders against each other in this round. It was No Mercy vs Hit The Lights. I must admit it was a tough choice for me between these bands. No Mercy is a near copycat of Boston, except with a more disco vibe. I don’t like punk rock generally. Everything I’ve ever heard resembled screaming and banging, but Hit The Lights didn’t sound like this. The lyrics and music were a bit faster than No Mercy’s. My preferred music habits tell me to go with what I like best but Hit The Lights’ zippy version mimicked Boston’s style not losing the original’s identity. Who do I go with?

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Ok, I must stay true to myself. I’m giving my vote to my first choice and dominator this battle with a sweeping victory of 15 to 2,  No Mercy!

Congratulations and here’s another song by the winner!

 

Don’t fret, if you missed out on the vote. You’ll get another chance to play along at the first of the month. That being said it’s now time to hit the dance floor with the 4M chicks! This week’s theme is freebie choice! I’m sharing a new-to-me artist, I stumbled upon recently. Let’s give a round of applauds for Laura Veirs!

 

 

 

 

Ms. Veirs is an American folk singer/songwriter who lives in Portland, Oregon. I hope you enjoyed this sample. You can learn more about her by visiting her website or following her on Facebook or Twitter.

I appreciated the chance to step in for Naila Moon this month while on vacation. It was a pleasure to co-host with the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew. This is one super bunch of gals who can call on me anytime. Thanks, my friends you rock! I invite you to join the ladies and myself by adding your music post to the linky party and boogie with the gang!



What mewsic are you listening to lately? I’d love to know what songs are moving you, so please feel free to tell me in comments. ?

It was an honor to be a part of y’alls day. I hope you’ll decide to come back for my mid-week Not-so-Wordless Wednesday post. Have a tunetastic week!

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Peppermint Cathys recipe

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! We’re on the home stretch till jolly ole Saint Nick shimmies down the chimney. I’m here to tell you this elf has been a busy girl.

Do you like York Peppermint Patties? That’s one of our favorites, but ever since Hershey sent production south of the border we no longer buy them. I say keep the money and the jobs in the USA. Shortly after last Christmas, I embarked upon a journey to find a recipe to meet our candy needs. If you have time to spare, then you might want to make your own homemade peppermint patties and this recipe is a good copycat of the original candies that DH cleverly renamed to Peppermint Cathys.

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Peppermint Cathy’s from the kitchen of Curious as a Cathy

Ingredients:

*I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips in the past. It’s some of the best store-bought chocolate and I would use it again if needed. However,  Chocoley is smoother tasting and is now my new preferred dipping chocolate.

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, and cream. Beat them with a paddle attachment until the mixture comes together; increase mixer speed to high and beat until the candy is light and creamy. Candy should be soft but not sticky. If it’s sticky, add a little more powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, until it’s no longer sticky. It should be very stiff, like Play-Doh. NOTE: This is what you want if you like the consistency of the classic York Peppermint Patties. Scrape the candy paste out onto a long piece of cling wrap, and form it into a thin tube, about 1 1/2″ (mine was a bit smaller) in diameter; using the same piece of plastic wrap twist or fold ends over to stay in place. This amount of candy mixture should make about a 10″ log.

An optional step and nice trick to keep your candy round on the bottom is to cut a slit in an old cardboard paper towel tube and put the candy inside. This will help keep the bottom from flattening as it sits in the refrigerator.

Chill the candy until it is very firm, about 45 minutes. Use a large sharp knife to slice firm patty Cathy rounds about ¼ inch thick.  I think mine were thicker. I didn’t count, but I think my yield was about 2-dozen patties Cathys.

For the best way to melt Chocoley’s chocolate, I followed the website’s suggestions, here, and I’m sure these methods may work for any chocolate.   Use a fork or dipping tools to dip a patty Cathy completely into the melted coating, place fork or dipping tool under the candy to lift, allow excess to drain off, and then flip it upside down onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

Note: Until recently I always used a fork for this job and then I bought the Ateco 3-piece dipping tools (this is an Amazon Affiliate link, so I have to tell you, if you click on it and then make a purchase, then I will earn a few pennies.) and went nuts over the 2-prong fork. It worked beautifully and made the job a lot easier.

Chill the Peppermint Cathys in the refrigerator until chocolate has hardened completely and if you’re impatient like me, then stick them in the freezer about 5-minutes. Allow the patties Cathys to come to room temperature for best taste, but they are pretty darn good straight out of the freezer. 😀

Have you ever wished you had a Christmas carols songbook? If so, I found a list of Christmas carols PDF, here for you to save and print. Do you take part in Christmas caroling presently or have you in the past? Would you like to see neighborhoods serenaded by carolers like olden days again or does your neighbor get them?

Now, enjoy the Peppermint Cathys recipe and songbook. You may want to come back on Thursday when I share a yummy Christmas Stollen recipe I made for the first time. Have a terrific day!

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Dept 56 New England Christmas Village #WW

Ho-Ho-Ho, kittens and dawgs! Yesterday, I featured two flash mob videos for round one of December’s BoTB to kick off the Christmas season. I hope you’ll check it out here and play along.

I love every thing about Christmas. Please indulge my inner child and have fun with me.

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This is a scene from last Christmas I snapped of my Dept. 56 New England Village. That’s the Old North Church from Boston, ME and Addy’s Bed and Breakfast. These were the first two buildings DH got me for Christmas 1992.

I have prints of my darling daughters; ages 2 and 4 mesmerized with the lighted buildings and figurines. They were such sweet little girls; always respectful to not disturb the fragile pieces without help.

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I bumped the exposure a bit so you can see the pieces better.

Thinking about presents under the tree got those gears turning in my noggin’. I’m always short when it comes to having the right box on hand for gift giving. I stumbled upon this Christmas Pencil Box template (freebie) that not only cute, but it could serve as a life saver and I knew I had to share it with you. Just so you’ll know because I’m a good friend *insert cheesy grin* I shared another freebie on my BoTB post.

 



Thanks for joining the fun. I hope you’ll decide to visit a few of my favorite #WW shutterbugs link ups! Have a fototastic day!

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Spirit of Christmas #BOTB showdown

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! To kick off this most wonderful time of the year, I found a freebie I wanted to share with you (click image below). This is a festive DIY project. I used a sheet of beige card-stock, printed in color, and wha-lah I had a set of beautiful Christmas tags to use on gifts for the family!

Now I have you thinking about the holidays I ask you to join me in round one of December Battle of the Bands and thanks to Jeffrey’s last showdown I was inspired to do something different.

Instead of doing one cover song with two different bands, I’m featuring two Christmas flash mob videos for you to vote on. This is one time where I want you to not only listen, but watch the video to see which captures the Spirit of Christmas best.

This video is long, but flash mob #1 is at the opening segment that takes place at Cache Valley Mall.

 

The next scene is very different from the first and in what you typically find on YouTube; the mood set by flash mob #2 moved my heart.

 

Who gets your vote? Did you like flash mob #1 or #2 best? Tell me in comments which flash mob video gets your vote and why. There is no wrong way to vote, except a no vote and that’s a big bah-hum-bug! 😀

Grab a cup of hot chocolate, don’t forget the marshmallows, while you continue the fun with more epic battles with a few of my amazing friends:

?Far Away Series (Brain Child of this little meme)  ?Stephen from STMcC Presents ‘Battle of the Bands’(Blog Hop Coordinator of sorts)  Tossing It Out  Your Daily Dose  Book Lover  Mike’s Ramblings  The Sound of One Hand Typing dcrelief ~ Battle of the Bands  Alex J. Cavanaugh  Shady Dell Music & Memories The Doglady’s Den  Cherdo on the Flipside Angels Barks  JingleJangleJungle Janie Junebug Righting & Editing  J.A. Scott  NovelBrews Holli’s Hoots and Hollers  Quiet Laughter

Don’t forget, the polls close midnight December 6th and I’ll share the results of this competition with my pick on the 7th. Mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named! Thanks for joining in on the fun. I’ll be join the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew today and I am looking forward to dancing with you. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 

Check out Daily Blog Hops (at the top) for more music memes.

Save Room for All of Me Tonight

Lately, I cannot shake the need to listen to music with soul.  A few years back I was introduced R&B artist, John Legend.

 

It instantly became one of my favorites.  Welcome to week 179 of

Today we’re partying “freebie-style“. This means, whatever tunes are getting your groove on, then we want to hear them right here on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

Our lovely hostesses, XmasDolly, would like to thank you for joining the party and as always JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Just the stuff ya know & myself are happy that you came. Now, it’s time to get our groove on with you so remember to link up and shake your bootie with the fellow rockin’ blogger buds below!

 
** Remember, to be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up.**
 

Dance party rules: Grab XmasDolly 4M button here, display it on your blog, and then add your favorite weekly music theme YouTube videos for everyone to enjoy. We aren’t music snobs if you have tunes to share then we wanna hear them. All we want to do is dance with you!

 

 

Recently, on NBC Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Year of Beautiful, John Legend performed a beautiful love song that released last August. Now, one may deduce it was written for his wife, 2010 SI swimsuit cover supermodel,  Christine Teigen. In fact, according to Wikipedia Legend dedicates the song to her and coincidentally, Teigen makes her début in his music video below.

 

I couldn’t resist sharing this second YouTube video of “All of Me” featuring Lindsey Stirling.

If you like the sound of R&B, then you may want to check out 10 John Legend Songs You Should Know. I did and discovered a new song I like by Legend.

 

Did you have a good time on the dance floor? I did. Next stop… your place!  What music moves you?

Be sure to come back next week to dance with the 4M crew, and if you can’t get enough music, then join me for Saturday Song-suasion!

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Gregory Porter on 4M

Welcome to week 176 of

Good morning my lovelies in Blogosphere! It’s the start of a brand new week and it’s time to shake those Monday blues through music. Put on your dancing shoes coz it’s time to party freebie style! 

Whatever tunes are getting your groove on, then we want to hear them right here on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

Our lovely hostesses, XmasDolly, would like to thank you for joining the party and as always JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Just the stuff ya know & myself are happy that you came.

Now, it’s time to get our groove on with you so remember to link up and shake your bootie with the fellow rockin’ blogger buds below!

 
Remember, to be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up.
 
 
 

Two weeks ago, Belle from Coffee Bar Confessions introduced Gregory Porter – a soulful, jazz singer to me with these two songs…

 
 
Having liked the sound of this artist, I decided to find a few more new-to-me favorites. This is what I discovered…

Did you have a good time on the dance floor? I did.   Next stop… your place!  What music moves you?

Be sure to come back next week to dance with the 4M crew, and if you can’t get enough music, then join me for Saturday Song-suasion!

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