Archive | November, 2010

World AIDS Day 2010 – December 1st

29 Nov

World Aids Day is December 1st.  There are many ways to make a difference, as an individual, at a university, at a school or at work.   By helping to fundraise you can show your support for World AIDS Day and NAT!  Many of our celebrities are being silent on this day, to raise money!

How are they doing it?  By being silent, Multi-platinum recording artist Alicia Keyes has persuaded several of her celebrity friends to refrain from any Twitter feed updates or Facebook posting; until her charity – Keep A Child Alive has raised one million dollars!

If you can’t help in the fundraising, do show your support by wearing a red ribbon!  🙂

For more information on World Aids Day 2010, please go to worldaidsday.org.

Be Well – Letia

Sconce, Scone – It’s Not the Same Thing!

23 Nov

I’m listening to two of the sweetest elderly ladies here in the doctor’s waiting room this afternoon, I am completely in stitches. For about 20 minutes they went on about the Royal Wedding which is to happen next year.

“I wonder whether they are going to have sconces with their tea?  Sconces are so very good; if you make them right! I have a recipe.” I’d dared not correct them, I’m minding my manners!

A sconce is a type of light fixture affixed to a wall in such a way that it uses only the wall for support, and the light is usually directed upwards. It does not have a base on the ground.

A scone is a small British quick bread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of In Scottish language the verb scon means to crush flat.

Just had to tell you this one!  The letter ‘c’ is not needed <giggle>.

Letia 🙂

Different Wine Glasses for Thanksgiving Dinner??

21 Nov
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Maggie from Richmond, VA had a great question! 

 “I am confused about wine glasses, what’s the difference?  Thanksgiving is only a few days a way and my mother-in-law says, do I have the right glasses!  And floral or solid tablecloth, I have two… my napkins are solid?”    

In a few days, you will be greeting your guests for Thanksgiving dinner and you want to know what type of wine glasses should be on the table.   Is there a difference?   The answer is yes!   Red wine should be poured in a specific glass, which is different from white wine.   It’s all in the way the wine breathes and enhances the taste.    I don’t know what types of wine you’ll be having, but don’t get so crazy; you can quickly go to Target® or Bed Bath & Beyond and buy a couple of sets or how many you may need <usually comes in 4>.   

A wine connoisseur could go on and on about the specifics; where the glasses may become pricey!  You just need the basics!

  1. When looking at wine glasses,  you should have at least two for your collection. The Bordeaux glass, which is designed for full-bodied red wines such as Cabernets and Merlots; for the wine to breathe and brings out the aromas.   The glass allows the wine to touch the back of the mouth allowing for a great flavor. 
  2. Next is the Burgundy glass to use for other type of full-bodied wines such as a Pinot Noir.  It’s a bit larger, not as tall at the Bordeaux.   This glass allows the wine to dispense to the tip of the tongue; which makes its easier to taste the sweetness of the wine.
  3. Now white wine glasses are smaller to help keep wine cool.  These glasses allow the wine to dispense at the tip and sides of the tongue to better enjoy the wine’s sweetness.

As for the table setting,  you already have your china, so a solid tablecloth will do fine, as for napkins….go to the nearest Marshall’s, TJ Maxx to save money on buying extra cloth napkins.  When your there you can see whether you can pick up those last items;  but from your e-mail; you’ve got everything covered!

Good Luck, Maggie and Happy Thanksgiving!

Letia 🙂

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