THE MIRACLE OF PIZZA…Ideas, That Is!


Well, as all of you bloggers and blog followers out there have already known, as well as others who have not already known by now, we are still in the midst of National Pizza Month in the good ‘ol month of October; It is the ever-so-perfect month to honor that most cherished food that has been the most perfect presence at football tailgating, birthday parties, dinners, you name it-Pizza is everywhere!

But here is one teensy-weensy widdle problem: Since it is still National Pizza Month, which pizza are all of you going to celebrate with? Well, have no fear: That ever-so-full-of-ideas website, Pinterest, has a slew of those slice-tastic ideas; I have carefully selected 4 of those ideas for you to try out for your pizza perfective pleasure…

Everybody just loves chicken, as well as bacon; This pizza covers both treats that should please the palate of pizza lovers everywhere: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza!
This, I think, just happens to be the most healthiest pizza that would suit any family dinner menu: It’s the Green Pizza!
Of course, garlic may be enough to keep vampires away come Halloween night, but this treat happens to be one in which hungry pizza fans just cannot keep away: Garlic-Ranch Chicken Pizza!
And finally, caramelized onion is a rather surprising ingredient in any kind of meal imaginable, and when it comes to pizza, that certain ingredient would make this one a real, true winner: Caramelized Onion Bacon and Spinach Pizza!

Famous Firsts of the 1920s…


(Zentangle(R)-inspired background art by Jenn Webster)

They aren’t called the Roaring ’20s for nothing: The 1920s appeared to be called that way because of the economic boom after the end of WWI; The 1920s was also known as the “Jazz Age”, and that is due to the jazz music that was playing throughout the decade. The prosperity of the economy that many countries experienced were like the ones experienced in the later decades of the 1950s and 1990s, and each shift of prosperity was due to a paradigm shift in global affairs.

But the 1920s were also known for something else: The most time-honored things of pop culture that we take for granted began in the decade; The very first movie wit a soundtrack was a movie called Don Juan, made by Warner Brothers in 1926. The following year, the studio would make the very first part-talkie feature, The Jazz Singer, featuring Al Jolson. An electrical recording process introduced by record companies had been put on their phonograph records in 1925; The process was developed by Western Electric. Meanwhile, an American manufacturer by the name of Col. Jacob Schick patented the very first electric razor, while the Automated Musical Instrument Company began to introduce the first selective jukeboxes.

A man by the name of Clarence Birdseye had invented a process for something in which Americans take for granted today: Frozen food. In the world of entertainment, the very first Oscars were held, and the very first Best Picture prize went to Wings (1927-28). Walt Disney would produce the very first animated short film that would introduce a certain little mouse who would be celebrating 90 years in show business this year: Mickey Mouse. The name of that certain cartoon in which he made his debut? 1928’s Steamboat Willie.

When it came to radio in the 1920s, well, it came along with all the other firsts of the decade: The United States had its first commercial radio stations: 8MK (WWJ) in Detroit and KDKA 1020 AM in Pittsburgh, PA, began going on the air on August 27th, 1920; The radio craze began to sweep the nation, even though there were only a precious few stations in 1920-21.

Meanwhile, there happens to be a tradition that got its start during the 1920s; In 1924, a man named Louis Bamberger started the annual Bamberger’s Thanksgiving day parade in Newark, New Jersey, which was then transferred to rival department store Macy’s to New York City. There, its employees wore vibrant costumes while marching all the way through the Big Apple and on to Macy’s flagship store on 34th street; The parade featured live animals that had been borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. As has been the case at every parade since, this event ended with Santa Claus bringing up the rear, and then he was welcomed into Herald Square. Balloons would soon replace the live animals, as well as many celebrities from the world of TV, movies, music, and sports who would march in the parade throughout the many coming years.

Four years earlier, Philadelphia had its Thanksgiving Day parade, which was sponsored by a department store that went by the name of Gimbels. In its early years, the event was called the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade, and it would feature the store’s employees dressed in their costumes, along with floats and balloons that marched down Market Street, with Santa Claus at the end being the finale of the parade. In 1986, Gimbels stores would shut down for good, while a Philadelphia TV station by the name of WPVI-TV would be the main sponsor of the parade, and would sometimes share sponsorship of the annual parade with another company, mainly Dunkin’ Donuts (soon to be called just plain Dunkin’).

And so, that was some of the many things that have made their debut in the 1920s; Sometime in a future post, I shall have a story about the most wonderfully wonderful things that made their debut in the 1930s. Meanwhile, which certain thing that made their debut in the 1920s that you like best? Let me know in the comments below!

Help Me Pick the Next Digital Calendar Girl!


AUTUMN: Expectation vs. Reality (Or, Do Them Leaves REALLY Change Color?!?)


(Zentangle ®-inspired background illustration by Jenn Webster)

We have just begun the season of Autumn a few weeks ago; But what exactly IS Autumn, you would ask?

It happens to be one of the four seasons as well as being one of two in the intertropical zone; It starts astronomically with a little something called the autumn equinox, which happens about September 21, finally coming to an end with the winter solstice. However, it is in these months is that the period of autumn happens: September, October, and November, while in the Southern Hemisphere it is March, April, and May. Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is the harvest season, while in literature, autumn represents maturity.

Of course, autumn is the best season for some, because people enjoy jumping into the leaves and even kicking them; Others enjoy a good, refreshing drink of warm apple cider.

However, the reality of autumn happens to be when one has to clean up all of the #@$&$#@$-ing leaves on the #$@&%$&%#-ing ground; And yes, there are those who are ever so #%&$#%$#-ing fed up and tired of that stinkin’ pumpkin spice latte; There are those who would rather think that it tastes like (CENSORED) anyway…

Yup, we SWEAR that autumn can be a pain in the hiney sometimes…(yuk, yuk, yuk!!)

How Food Service Works for People…


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Yup, that is the place that I am working three days a week now…(Background art by Jenn Webster)

       As most of you readers have already known, This past week I have just started on my job as a food service worker for a company called Sodexo at the Dover Air Force Base (I shall try and do posts on those in the future)…
       Now, as I have begun to do my food service work, that was when I had started to begin wondering what food service actually is as well as how it works; Well, food service is the kind of service that provides freshly made food for such places as businesses, companies, and institutions that are responsible for any meal that is outside the home, and the food service industry’s places include restaurants, catering operations, school, and hospital cafeterias, and many others. The food service distributors, on the other hand, are companies that supply foodservice operators; In addition to foods, they also sell goods like kitchen utensils. And even some companies manufacture products in both foodservice and consumer versions.
       The difference between the two is while the foodservice version of the product is packaged in a much larger industrial size while lacking the colorful label designs, the consumer version usually comes in individual-sized packages with elaborate label designs.  

       However, there is much difference between foodservice food and non-processed food: The food service food, on average, tends to be higher in calories and lower in key nutrients than the foods that are prepared at home. In addition to fast food, most restaurants offer salads and fruit offerings, whether they are offered by choice or in response to nutrition labeling.
       And yes, food service is not ever without its dangers: Because of food not being able to be kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as not being able to wash their hands, food-borne illnesses abound, such as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.
       There is another kind of food service, and that is called table service: That is food being served to the customer’s table by waiters and waitresses, who are also known as “servers”. The places where table service is most common are I think fast food restaurants. 

       I guess that would there be all I would need to know about the wonderfully wonderful world of food service; So, with that, I shall do as good a job as ever at doing the most important things that go along with food service, such as even washing my hands before returning to work!   

Here is How You Can Make The Holidays Even Better For Needy Children…


The joy of living really is in the giving; And that could not ever be more truer when it comes to the upcoming holiday season. After all, the holiday season is a time when we give our shut-up hearts ever-so-freely to those in need.

Toys For Tots was founded in 1947 by a man by the name of Major Bill Hendricks, a Marine reservist. The goal of this program, which is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, is to distribute toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

Each year in the months of October, November and December and its accompanying days leading up to Christmas, Toys For Tots collection boxes can be found in stores such as Walmart, in which customers can drop off a new, unwrapped toy to a child in need. Giving this fact that giving toys to needy children this time of the year some thought, I have planned on doing something that would help Toys For Tots bring even more toys to children, especially children who are living in places right here in America that has been hit hard by not one, but two hurricanes: Florence and Michael.

So it is with that, starting today, from now until December 12th, I have just created a fundraiser over at my Facebook page, in which you can do your part to help support Toys For Tots by donating whatever you can to this great charity, and to help make this Christmas even brighter for children who would otherwise have a bleak Christmas of having absolutely no joy of receiving gifts of toys that they would enjoy.

Please donate whatever you can to my Toys For Tots fundraiser over at Facebook; You can find the full details right here. Now, I am surely thinking that with Hurricane Michael destroying everything, especially the children’s toys, I am so very much sure that those kids who have faced so very much, especially this hurricane as well as the previous one by the name of Florence, are definitely going to need all of the help that they could ever get so desperately. Please give before December 12th, and thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “We Will Not Fear”


This week’s sermon explains that we do not have to fear, especially when we have God through Jesus Christ at our side.

COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “The Overcoming of Rage”


Titus 3:3-8

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.”(Joel 2:28, NLT) (Illustration by Jenn Webster)

It is so very hard for one to keep calm, doesn’t it? Whether you go to work or trying so very hard to study for that big test at school, no matter how hard you try at keeping calm, something would cause you to snap inside of you, such as your family putting too much pressure on you, or maybe you have been forced to stick to a very tight schedule. Whatever they are, those things would force you to snap into total rage and anger that, before you know it, you are causing disaster! Furniture ruined, friendships destroyed, and injuries abound, and even though that fury of your rage has subsided, the damage has already been done, and somewhat very permanently, the disaster is on your mind.

Under any circumstance should we not ever justify rage; However, one might say something like, “if those people have not given us too hard a time, then we would not have lost our tempers!” That may be true, but would any judge acquit anyone that has such an excuse? No matter what we or others do, our Lord God holds each of us accountable for our attitudes as well as actions… “Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.” (1 John 3:15, NLT) That one happens to be true: Those who murder do not have eternal life.

The very question in which one is a search of the heart is this: “Why do we fly into rage so very easily? Could we ever stop ourselves before we go too far?” Yes, we have tried many self-help books in the past, just so that we might improve ourselves, but in the end, frankly, there are nothing more than disappointing results. How do we answer to rage that is uncontrollable? Well, first and foremost of all, we have to acknowledge that evil and it’s impulses are ruling each and every one of us, and that we do not have any control over them. Not even such a thing as positive thinking can ever change us. But here is the very best thing: the only One who can change all our hearts is God Himself; Yes, He, and only He, can change the heart. With that, we need to sincerely pray this: “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal Spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10, NLT)

In the 3rd chapter of Titus, vs. 3-8(NLT), it addresses that we were once the most foolish and disobedient of people, but then, here is how God showed His great love for us because He still loves us just as we are: “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But-When God our Savior revealed His kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of His grace He made us right in His sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good.”

The apostle Paul has just summarized what Jesus Christ has done for us when His blood in which has been shed on the cross has saved us; When Christ Jesus took our place as punishment for all of our sins on the cross, then we have moved from a life which has been full of sin to that one life in which we are led by God’s Holy Spirit. Not merely some but ALL of our sins have been washed away by the precious blood of Christ. When a person confesses that he or she has sinned against God and then repents of their sins while inviting His Son into their hearts, then they become Christians, and becoming children of the Lord Jesus Christ, they, as well as we, acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the One, true Lord while we recognize the saving work of Christ, and we gain eternal life.

What about you? Could that be the life that you would very much like to have? Come on, admit it-You have been living a life full of darkness, ignoring God, His Son, and His most precious message of salvation, all while you had continuously dabbled in such sins as alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling, and even spewed out curse words from your mouth, in front of everyone you may or may not know. Don’t you think that you ought to give up on such despicable sins, and rather live your life that is dedicated to serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? After all, He paid the price for you by doing His Father’s work by allowing Himself to be whipped, beaten, forced to carry, and then be nailed to, suffering, bleeding, and then dying on the cross at Calvary, shedding His blood for all of us. Then God raised Him from the dead, defeating death so that each of us could have life eternal. My dearest friends, there is no better time to have a change in your hearts by giving them to Christ Jesus than right now!

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)

Are you ready to have your heart changed, and to let go of your despicable past sins by allowing Christ to enter in your heart right now? Then I ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I have sinned against You. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins, and that You have been raised from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I humbly ask that You please forgive all my sins, and to please come into my heart, so that I could follow You always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for taking my place on the cross as punishment so that I shall be saved. In Your most holy and blessed name, Amen.”

Now that you have given your heart to Jesus, may I welcome you into God’s Great, Big Family! The very next thing for you to do now would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s most blessed Word, each and every day of your life; And then, you must go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday of your life, so that you can praise, worship, and thank our Heavenly Father for sending His Son to make the ultimate sacrifice on the cross to save you. I very much hope and pray that you make this most blessed decision of following Jesus today, for always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read my message today; Until the next time, Lord willing, may God ever so richly bless you.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY


From Psalm 25(NIV):

(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

In You, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in You; do not let me be put to shame, not let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.

Show me Your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. Remember, LORD, Your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to Your love remember me, for You, LORD, are good.

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore He instructs sinners in His ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of His covenant. For the sake of Your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. The LORD confides in those who fear Him; he makes His covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only He will release my feet from the snare.

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in You. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in You. Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!

Not Too Much Time For Your Chance to Share Your Thanksgiving Memories with the World…


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Well, as this post’s title states, even though my Writer’s Cafe Memories of Thanksgiving writing contest has been extended to November 9th, there is not too much time for the members of that certain online community to submit their own writings of their Thanksgiving memories for their chance of having their stories told in a planned special on this here blog that is in light of my past special, Homemade Stories; If you have not even heard of the Writer’s Cafe and would like to find out more as well as how to join, then may I very well suggest that you go to http://www.writerscafe.org.
Now, as to how the writing contest works, here it is: Members of the Writer’s Cafe online writing community can submit their stories of their Thanksgiving memories in 650 words or less; Yours truly shall pick five lucky winning stories to be featured in a planned Thanksgiving-themed special series on KALEIDOSCOPE (www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com)! To learn more about this writing contest as well as how to enter, then please go to this link right here: http://www.writerscafe.org/contests/%22Memories-of-Thanksgiving%22-/54838/ But you only have until November 9th to submit your stories, because this contest over at the Writer’s Cafe comes to a close on the aforementioned date! So, with that, I say this: GOOD LUCK!  

Verse Of The Day


So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
James 4:7‭-‬10 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jas.4.7-10.NLT