Sure we have come upon some challenging times (the confines from Corona Virus) but there is ‘no place like home’.
Staying within the safety and comforts of home for Summer festivities can be the start of many full-proof and adventurous, fun ideas.
Whether it is morning, mid day or evening, in our homes, we can entertain using an array of creative comforts which include food, beverages, music, movies and games.
Home is where the imagination sleeps, and wakes up each day, to a fresh new start. Best wishes to all of you this Summer season. We sincerely hope that our share today will inspire your party plannings and social mixers. Enjoy! AmericaOnCoffee!
Hawaiian music is very calming. Ukuleles with other string and wind instruments are softeners to the soul. Percussions give way to the visualization of cones, fruits, smells of fragrant of Plumeria and other heavenly scents as the waters rise and fall against sea rocks in perfect timing with the rhythm and dances of the islands. Enjoy the journey and the mist delicious cup of coffee today!
Chantal and Mike are a truly dynamic duo, one with a dream of starting a boutique coffee shop and the other with a zeal for eco-tiny house building. When these unique passions were combined to create Le Bon cafe, a wonderful and rare work of functional art was the result.
We first metLe Bon Cafeat the Tiny House Street Festival in Pink Hill, North Carolina where they were getting a huge amount of attention. At night, their stunningly crafted cafe lights up and becomes an alluring sight. Later we travelled to their hometown of Asheville, NC to find out more about the cafe and it’s construction as well as Mike’s tiny house company,Rolling Roots
Impressively, the tiny coffee shop was actually created using about 75% recycled materials. The sustainability story of the tiny house is incredibly important to both Chantal and Mike, who are avid environmental activists and who aside from running a cafe and tiny house building company are also behind theBolivian Amazon Land Trust Alliance. Naturally, all the produce from the cafe is sustainably sourced and organic wherever possible. Le Bon offers discounts on coffee to people who bring their own re-usable cups and the cafe is even towed around using a truck which runs on used vegetable oil.
Although the cafe is based in Asheville, it frequently travels to events outside of the area. One of the major benefits to owning a business on wheels is that it can easily be moved to where the people are and Le Bon can always find itself in the heart of the action. There’s no question that the design of the shop turns some heads wherever it goes.
Inside the tiny house is the workings of a fully functional cafe. The layout is well designed to allow for service on both sides of the cafe and fast efficient workflow inside.
Mike and Chantal are an inspiring couple and together are doing some incredible things in the world, from saving the rain forrest and it’s creatures, to building tiny houses and making sure people have a very good cup of coffee. Article source
In the U.S.A., trains date back to the old west and cowboy era, However, during these modern times, wagon trains and railway have inspired many innovations about trails and railways. We can attribute these makeovers to: time, technology and trends. Mass transportation has transitioned from horsepower, locomotion to being propelled by various modern energy sources. Passengers, waiters, cooks, porters and conductors, have all been impacted and/or displaced.
What are some of the changes that have taken place? Railways and trains are being modified into unique structures. Some of the most popular modifications have been stationary museums. Others are used solely for public accommodations. And many are utilized in full or part, for transportation.
As people, places and needs for accommodations keep transitioning, more railway concepts are coming forth. Keep in mind that whichever innovative train adventure you choose to journey, it will be fun, nostalgic and very scenic.
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Railroads have been an integral part of our country’s history, connecting east to west, shipping supply to demand, and connecting farm to hungry city table. It’s a rich history tied to – and driving – major events, and it’s a history worth seeing, smelling and feeling up close. The following museums let visitors hear the steam-whistle blow, smell the grease on the axels and step back in time. source
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“Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” was the debut solo single of Motown singer Diana Ross, released in April 1970.
Ross, having just left The Supremes after a decade of serving as that group’s lead singer, went through a difficult situation trying to piece a solo album together. With Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson writing and producing for her, and Paul Riser arranging, Ross recorded “Reach Out and Touch”, which carried a heavy gospel influence, and was one of the few songs the singer recorded to express her social conscience, previously experimented with Supremes singles such as “Love Child” and “I’m Livin’ in Shame.”
“Reach Out and Touch” peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on the Cash Box Top 100, and #7 on the R&B charts with 500,000 copies sold. It was also a hit in Great Britain, making #33 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1970. While the song’s initial success fell short of expectations, “Reach Out and Touch” became one of Ross’ most popular and notable songs. During her concert performances of the song, Ross often had the whole crowd turn to their neighbors, and “reach out and touch” their hands.
On Saturday, July 28, 1984 Vicki McClure sang “Reach Out and Touch” before an estimated TV audience of 2.5 billion people during the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, CA.
Ashford and Simpson would perform the song with Teddy Pendergrass in the Philadelphia portion of Live Aid in 1985. In 2005, Ross would perform the song in closing, Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope.
In 1970, the same year that Diana released “Reach Out and Touch” as her first solo single, ironically the song was also covered by the group that she had just left at the start of that year, The Supremes (now fronted by Jean Terrell, along with other members Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong).
The Supremes’ version was a duet with fellow Motown Records artists The Four Tops on the two group’s joint album “The Magnificent Seven,” released by Motown toward the end of 1970. In one of her autobiographies, Mary Wilson mentioned that some fans at the post-Ross Supremes’ concerts used to call out requesting that The Supremes would sing this record live, as some fans erroneously recalled that it had been The Supremes’ version, and not Ross’s, that had charted as a hit Billboard single in early ’70.
She also performed this song as the finale for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert held in Oslo, Norway, in 2008. Source
Every human being should have shelter. Why not? Today we live in an advanced world where technology and communication extend into many open arms, an extreme of luxuries and abundance.
When listening to Silvia and Thomas Salzbauer’s music entitled “Homeless”, It won’t be hard for you to envision homeless people wandering all across the urban “O”zones. “O” meaning outcast. AmericaOnCoffee!
The Duo Salzbauer consists of the spouses Thomas and Silvia Salzbauer. Last but not least, both have a love of music. On their first joint album “Zeitfenster” they weave classic piano with jazzy saxophone improvisations in dreamlike beauty.
They adapt and interpret composers such as Einaudi, Bach, Satie and Piazolla with great taste. Thomas Salzbauer’s own composition blends seamlessly into the flow of sounds, which alternately appears to be tearingly threatening to the listener, then carries it calmly and fluently again.
Here music is played at the highest level and yet it’s all about the great feeling. There is pain in every joy, hope flashes in every grief. The production itself supports the emotional change of the duo by trusting the magic of the music and letting the artists act honestly and unadulterated.
The sound of the saxophone is wonderfully uncompressed. Here you can hear breath and flaps. The entire album was recorded live in the studio in one day. The experience can only be more direct at a concert. It’s like standing by and listening to great musicians communicating.
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MPRNews.org – Thinking small to make big difference on homelessness
The following is one story about spousal abuse. It is written as a fictional reality to give our readers, who may be victims, themselves, an objective point-of-view.
There’s A Problem With My Husband Stan!
Stan and I have been married for 19 years. And we have two beautiful twin teenage children, a boy and a girl, Reed and Reece. Both are good students and will be graduating in one year. Their graduating and going off to college will leave me alone and vulnerable to the temper tantrums of my husband Stan.
I work a nine to five job while mothering my two children, cooking cleaning and caring for my husband. Does he ever hit me? No, but he really flies off the handle. For instance: I overslept a couple of mornings leaving Stan without coffee and breakfast. Stan screamed, yelled, threw things all around and breaking them. Our neighbors were disturbed and called the police. Here is another occasion: due to an emetgency meeting at my job, I was late coming home to prepare Stan’s dinner. As a result, Stan deliberately caused the stove and refrigerator to be inoperable. It cost us a good sum of money to have both the stove and the refrigrrator repaired.
So… you all are wondering – “Why don’t you leave that mad man”? My response: I just may do that, AND SOON!
Got toast? Then you have the makings of a healthy breakfast when you prepare these 10 toast toppings to jazz up your morning.
You’ve heard it for years: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And research suggests there’s truth to that. People who eat a morning meal consume fewer calories over the course of the day. In one study of people who maintained a 30-pound weight loss for more than one year, nearly 80% said they ate breakfast every day and 90% said they ate it at least five days each week .
These toast toppings make it easy to enjoy a healthy breakfast that supports long-term weight loss and nourishes the body with nutrients. From protein-rich egg toppings to comforting cinnamon toppings, you can plan on these recipes to satisfy your appetite and your taste buds.
Brotherhood of Man are a British pop group who achieved success in the 1970s. They won the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest with “Save Your Kisses for Me”. Created in 1969 by songwriter and record producer Tony Hiller, Brotherhood of Man was initially an umbrella title for a frequently-changing line-up of session singers.
Created in 1969 by songwriter and record producer Tony Hiller, Brotherhood of Man was initially an umbrella title for a frequently-changing line-up of session singers. Early on, they scored a worldwide hit with the song “United We Stand”. By 1973 the concept had run its course and Hiller formed a definite four-member line-up consisting of Martin Lee, Lee Sheriden, Nicky Stevens and Sandra Stevens.
Designing Coffee is truly an art of labor and flavor– And it is also an expression of love, from the Barista to the Coffee Drinker! AmericaOnCofee!
“Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring microfoam into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. Itcan also be created or embellished by simply“drawing” in the top layer of foam.”Quote
Every culture has its own taste preference and it’s own traditional method for preparing coffee. You may have considered traveling the world to taste and learn about the fine selection of international coffees.
Traveling abroad is no longer necessary to experience theses wonders when, technology, trade shows, marketing have placed the world’s coffees within your close reach.
Please review our growing list of coffees. If you have any suggestions on coffees, AmericaOnCoffee would love to know what they are. Post them in your comment reply.
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OliangThai iced coffee
Dark Roast Sumatra Mandheling Beans from Indonesia
I’ll have a MOCHA ESPRESSO with a Buttercrunch Biscotti, to go, please!
A Coffee, Hazelnut & Cream Flavored Edible Cocktail
When I decided to make a coffee flavored cocktail gel I kept thinking of how people order their chi-chi coffees at places like Starbucks and that great parody of the whole process in the movie L.A. Story with Steve Martin and Sarah Jessica Parker.
This inspired my whole approach to how I decided to make this Mocha Espresso Edible Cocktail. To tickle the barrista in my soul, I have created a “mocha espresso with a shot of hazelnut. a dash of cinnamon” and it comes with an order of three little gel biscotti on the plate!
This is my “half, double decaffeinated, half-caff” homage to all silliness we’ve gotten involved with in ordering a simple cup of coffee. It’s a little tongue in cheek presentation, complete with a twist of humor!
1 C. Espresso
1 C. Kahlua
2 Pkgs. Knox Gelatin
3 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Coffee
1/2 C. Milk
1/2 C. Hazelnut Liqueur
1/2 C. Hazelnut Creamer
2 Pkgs. Knox Gelatin
Non-stick Medium Saucepan
12 – 16 Small Plastic Shot Cups
Mini Loaf Pan or similar small pan
Sharp, Thin Blade Knife
BASIC GEL DIRECTIONS
Spray all your molds with cooking spray and set aside.
Measure out all your ingredients and get your tools ready.
Pour your non- alcoholic liquid (juice, water, puree, milks, creams, etc.) into your saucepan, stir well and let this sit for a few minutes.
Place the saucepan on a burner, turn the heat to low and warm the mixture, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. This takes about 2 to 4 minutes. Do not boil, it’s not necessary.
Remove the pan from the burner and, if the recipe calls for a package of dessert gelatin, stir it in.
Next, quickly stir in your alcohol ingredient.
Pour gelatin mixture immediately into whatever mold(s) you plan on using.
Place in the refrigerator to set for at least an hour.
You can then pour on additional layers, if any.
Once all layers are set, you are ready cut, press out with a cookie cutter and/or release the elements of your cocktail gels and plate.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS & TIPS FOR MOCHA ESPRESSO EDIBLE COCKTAILS
I used the small, plastic shot glasses for my molds to get the shape of a cup of coffee from a coffee house.
Start with the espresso layer first and do the mocha layer last. Save enough of the mocha gelatin to make your Gel Biscotti.
To make the small Gel Biscotti I reserved about 1/3 of a cup of the mocha layer and poured this into the small loaf pan. I tossed in the crushed Butterfingers, let it set then cut out small crescents with my knife. I then rolled the round edge in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
GENERAL SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS & TIPS
If you are molding in a cake pan, dip your knife blade in hot water and slide it around the edge of the cake pan. Do the same when you cut out the separate pieces. Use a flat metal spatula to lift your gel out of the pan.
Cookie cutters don’t need to be heated and silicone molds do not need to be heated to release either – but don’t forget the cooking spray before you pour your gelatin into any mold!
Most cocktail gels can be frozen, depending on the ingredients.
If you’re preparing these for a party that will have children present create some without alcohol simply by replacing the liquor with the same amount of a non- alcoholic liquid or puree of a complimentary flavor, BUT be sure to make the non-alcoholic ones look very different from the ones with alcohol.
Although Castor is known for his funk, r&b, soul rhythms, many of his group’s tunes have been heavily sampled in films and in hip-hop. In particular, the saxophone hook and groove from the title track of It’s Just Begun. For example Ice-Tsampled the track for the title track of his 1988 album Power.
“Imagine” is a song by English rock musician John Lennon from his 1971 album of the same name. Not only is Imagine a beautiful, solemn song, but it’s history holds lyrical expressions and phrases for baby boomers, that encouraged triumphs over the 1960s and 1970s social struggles, such as world peace, barriers without borders or the divisions of religion and nationality. The lyrics tell of the possibility of humanity could one day live harmoniously, unattached to material possessions.
In 1988, Imagine became the working theme for Lennon’s documentary soundtrack. In 1996, the song became part of the Beatles’ anthology. Shortly before his death, Lennon said that much of the song’s lyrics and content came from his wife, Yoko Ono, and in 2017 she received co-writing credit.The social struggles referenced in the song’s lyrics still exist, the ongoing struggles may be the reason why many musicians of the “now generations” are covering and giving tribute to Imagine, today. Fabio Marziali, a professional, multi-talented musician, shares is sax version so sweetly. Enjoy!
Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959),commonly known asThe Big Bopper, was an American musician, songwriter, and disc jockey, whose big rockabilly look, style, voice, and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. He is best known for his 1958 recording of “Chantilly Lace”.
On February 3, 1959, Richardson died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, along with music stars Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson. That event has become known as “The Day the Music Died” because it is so called in Don McLean’s 1971 song “American Pie”.
J. P. Richardson was born in Sabine Pass, Texas, the oldest son of oil-field worker Jiles Perry Richardson, Sr. and his wife Elise (Stalsby) Richardson. Richardson had two younger brothers, Cecil and James. The family soon moved to Beaumont, Texas. Richardson graduated from Beaumont High School in 1947 and played on the “Royal Purple” football team as a defensive lineman, wearing number 85. Richardson later studied prelaw at Lamar College, and was a member of the band and chorus.wiki
Maybe”is a song with words and music originally credited toEnd RecordsownerGeorge Goldnerand “Casey”. The co-writing credit was later transferred toRichard Barrett. Arlene Smith, lead singer ofThe Chantels, is believed to be an uncredited co-writer.It was first recorded by the Chantels on October 16, 1957, in adoo-wopstyle with Barrett playing piano, and released in December 1957. It climbed the charts in January 1958, reaching No. 15 in theBillboardHot 100and No. 2 in theBillboardR&Bchart. It was subsequently described as “arguably, the first true glimmering of thegirl groupsound”.Rolling Stoneranked it No. 199 on its list ofThe 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song has been covered by many artists, includingJanis Joplin,The Three Degrees(whose 1970 version became a top thirty hit) andThe Shangri-Las.John Fruscianteof theRed Hot Chili Peppershas performed the song in concert, as seen onLive at Slane Castle.
The song made an appearance in the 2010 video gameMafia II, even though the game takes place in 1951 and the song was recorded in 1957.
Billboardnamed the song No. 60 on its list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
“Carnival”is a1995song written and produced by singer-songwriterNatalie Merchantand was the lead single from her debut solo albumTigerlily. In the lyrics, the protagonist compares the many colorful sights and sounds of day-to-day life inNew York Cityto a carnival. Merchant was inspired to write the song after visiting the city for the first time when she was 16, claiming she was fascinated with the residents’ unusual lifestyles, as she has grown up in the country.
The single was released to US radio in summer 1995 and reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Merchant’s highest-charting solo single in the US. It is also her most successful hit in Australia, peaking at number 24 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and her third-most successful song in Canada (after “Wonder” and “Jealousy”), where it reached number 17. The single received a radio edit cutting the song down from the six-minute LP version. The video for the song, directed by Melodie McDaniel, shows scenes of Merchant walking the streets of New York City taking street photographs with a Leica M3.
Since I Don’t Have You” is a song written and composed by Jackie Taylor, James Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Joseph Rock, Joe Verscharen, Lennie Martin, and Wally Lester. It was a 1958 hit single for thedoo-wopgroupthe Skylinerson theBillboardHot 100.Country musicsingerRonnie Milsaphad a hit with the song in 1991.Guns N’ Rosesalso had some success in 1994 with their top ten hit cover on theUK Singles Chart.
I LOVE YOU BABY is a song by American producer Surf Mesa featuring vocals by Emilee Flood. It was first released on November 26, 2019. The original song they “got an idea from” was either “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frank Sinatra, or “I Love You Baby” by Frankie Valli.
Originally just titled “ILY”, the song was renamed as “ILY (I Love You Baby)” to make it easier for people to find the song. Mike Wass of Idolator described the song as a “chorus on a loop over a dreamy synth-scape that falls somewhere between Petit Biscuit and Kasbo” and praised it as “the perfect soundtrack to any blissed-out moment”.
Hits Daily Double called the song “the heating-up club banger” version of the original.
So simililar in every way, including the lyrics (for the most part) the song “got an idea from” was either “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frank Sinatra, or “I Love You Baby” by Frankie Valli.
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I think two dogs at a time is usually best, sometimes three if the dogs are well behaved. It’s important to me to keep the dogs I’m walking under control and at my side. I will not allow a group of dogs to pull me down the street.
Through mydog walking business, I learned to handle three dogs pretty well, and I’m sure some of you can also handle three with no problems. Sometimes one dog is far more difficult to handle than three or four dogs. It depends on the dogs.
There was a group of four golden retrievers I walked together regularly. I also walked a group of three small dogs and a pitbull mix together, even adding my own dog to the mix once or twice for a total of five dogs. I knew all these dogs well, and I could predict how they would respond to passing dogs and anyone else we might run into. Most of all, they could all sit and stay reliably, and they would all come when called. How well the dogs are trained is the most important factor when walking multiple dogs, in my opinion.
I’d love to hear from all of you. How many dogs do you walk at once? Do you think it’s irresponsible for someone to walk three or more dogs at once?
The first five pics are some of the dogs I’ve walked. The rest are some Internet treats. Some look a lot more responsible than others, if you ask me. I’m not a fan of allowing dogs to walk out ahead on tight leashes. You’ll have to let me know what you think.