Vaca Preta

Last night I made the best Cream Soda Float and was thinking

“Gee what a great post that would make The history of Ice Cream Soda Float!”

😀 😀 😀


The ice cream soda was invented by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia, PA, in 1874during the sesquicentennial celebration. The traditional story is that, on a particularly hot day, Mr. Green ran out of cream for the flavored sodas he was selling and used vanilla ice cream from a neighbor and invented a new drink.

His own account, published in Soda Fountain magazine in 1910, states that while operating a soda fountain at the Franklin Institute‘s semicentennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1874, he wanted to create a new treat to attract customers away from another vendor who had a fancier, bigger soda fountain. After some experimenting, he decided to combine ice cream and soda water. During the celebration, he sold vanilla ice cream with soda water and a choice of 16 different flavored syrups. The new treat was a sensation, and soon other soda fountains began selling ice cream sodas. Mr. Green’s will instructed that “Originator of the Ice Cream Soda” was to be engraved on his tombstone.

Some more Ice Cream Soda Trivia 😀


Universal Studios park serves a concoction aptly named “Butterbeer” from the famous Harry Potter series which is a root beer and butter scotch version of the ice cream soda. Recipes for it can be found at many places online.

Snow White

A Snow White is made with 7 Up or Sprite and vanilla ice cream.

The origin of this variation is unknown, but it is found in some Asian eateries.

Purple cow

In the context of ice cream soda, a purple cow is vanilla ice cream in purple grape soda. The Purple Cow, a restaurant chain in the southern United States, features this and similar beverages. In a more general context, a purple cow may refer to a non-carbonated grape juice and vanilla ice cream combination.

Sherbet cooler

The Friendly’s chain also had a variation known as a “sherbet cooler,” which was a combination of orange or watermelon sherbet, vanilla syrup and seltzer water. (Presently, it is billed as a “slammer”.)

 Vaca Preta

At least in Brazil and Portugal, a non-alcoholic ice cream soda made by combining vanilla ice cream and coca-cola is known as vaca preta (“black cow”). Also, a better translation for this “lusophone black cow” is ice-cream-and-cola-float.

Vaca Dourada

In Brazil, a vaca dourada or golden cow is an ice cream soda combination of vanilla ice cream and guaranĂĄ soda. It can be enriched with coconut or bananas.

Orange Float (or Orange Whip)

An orange float consist of vanilla ice cream and orange soda.

Beer Float aka Shakin’ Jesse

Guinness Stout, Chocolate ice cream and espresso.  Although the Shakin’Jesse version is blended into more of a milkshake consistency, most restaurant bars can make the beer float version.  When making at home the beer and espresso should be very cold so as to not melt the ice cream.

YUK . ecchhh the last one does not appeal to me at all Stout beer mixed with coffee and icecream? 

Good night nurse 

How far you go

This quote was originally posted by Cast Light


Quotes for Kirty

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged,

sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.

Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

˜George Washington Carver˜

I am Purple and Jonathan is Blue

I was reading a new friends post today.  Jonathan Hilton  wrote “What is your Color?” which prompted this post.

You can tell alot about a person by their favorite color so I’ve learned….My favorite color is Purple and once was yellow.


If purple or violet is your favorite color, you have a deep need for emotional security and to create order and perfection in all areas of your life, including  your spiritual life. You also have a deep need to initiate and  participate in humanitarian projects, helping others in need.


Choosing yellow as your favorite means you have a deep need for logical order in your  everyday life and to be able to express your individuality by using your logical mind to inspire and create new ideas.

WOW that’s me in a nutshell – almost  😀

I suppose as we grow older and change so do our colors…….

What does your favorite or personality color say about you?

While you may not exhibit all the character traits of your personality color, you will find yourself somewhere in the description.  You may also find you exhibit some of the negative traits, particularly when you are stressed.

What does your favorite or personality color say about you?

While you may not exhibit all the character traits of your personality color, you will find yourself somewhere in the description.  You may also find you exhibit some of the negative traits, particularly when you are stressed.

  • If your favorite color is red, you are action oriented with a deep need for physical fulfillment and to experience life through the five senses.
  • If orange is your favorite color, you have a great need to be with people, to socialize with them, and be accepted and respected as part of a group. You also have a need for challenges in your life, whether it is physical or social challenges.
  • If green is your favorite, you have a deep need to belong, to love and be loved, and to feel safe and secure.  You need acceptance and acknowledgment  for the everyday things you do for others – just a ‘thank you’ is sufficient.
  • Lovers of blue have a deep need to find inner peace and truth, to live their life according to their ideals and beliefs without having to change their inflexible viewpoint of life to satisfy others.
  • Indigo lovers have a need to feel in harmony and at one with the Universe and to be accepted by others as the aware and intuitive spiritual beings that they are.
  • If your personality color is pink you have a deep need to be accepted and loved unconditionally.
  • If turquoise is your favorite color your deepest need is to create emotional balance in your life, to be able to express your hopes and dreams no matter how idealistic they may be and to make your own way in the world under your own terms.
  • If your favorite color is magenta, you are a non-conformist who sees life from a different point of view.
  • Lovers of brown have a deep need for a safe, secure, simple and comfortable existence with supportive family and friends.
  • Lovers of black have a need for power and control in order to protect their own emotional insecurities.
  • If white is your personality color, your deepest need is for simplicity in your  own life and to be independent and self-reliant so you do not need to  depend on anyone else.
  • With gray as your favorite color, you are the middle of the road type, cool, conserved, composed and reliable. You tend to conform just to keep the peace.
  • If silver is your favorite, you are intuitive and insightful and have a strong connection with a higher spiritual guidance.
  • With a personality color gold, you radiate charisma, personality and individuality, making others feel relaxed and valued in your company.

For much more information on color psychology –

Thank you Blue Jonathan and Creative Guru

How many veggies? – Meatless Monday Part II

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was very creative and creepy at the same time …….

I think it’s been around awhile but this is the first time I’ve seen it

veggie face

I  see 15 different veggies….

not sure what makes up the eyes so maybe 16 for black olives

I find the first five days after the weekend the hardest!

Meatless Monday – Crispy Edamame

This is one of my favorite snacks, I often just eat them plain with salt.


Crispy Edamame

  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place the edamame into a colander and rinse under cold water to thaw. Drain.
  • Spread the edamame beans into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle cheese over the top and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is crispy and golden, about 15 minutes.

Rumpy and DeDes’ Animal Welfare Challenge

A wonderful blog I follow is Rumpy Dog and today Rumpy has posed quite a challenge.

The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge

The challenge is to really look at something or things that we do in our daily life that impacts animals and write a post on the subject.

I wasn’t expecting this next part which has really made me think,

“A change in action is precipitated by a change in thinking, and this challenge is designed to make you think about what actions you take in your daily life that negatively impact animal welfare.”

I have always been an animal lover, have rescue animals in my home.  I have never really thought of the above statement before and it has made me really think, my stomach actually turned a bit when reading Rumpys thoughts, I never thought which is really stupid of me that I was negatively affecting animal world.

I am well aware of the treatment of cattle, poultry and pigs and more and the impact humans have on animal habitat.

Why I have I never really,really thought about this before?!

I eat pork, chicken, fish and eggs, I never consciously think of the impact or the inhumane treatment of animals when consuming these products.

After reading what Rumpy Dog posted this morning I will be making changes as to how we as a family purchase our food, a small step I could take would be to start buying eggs from local farmers, shopping more at farmers markets etc.  Having more than one meatless meal a week…and just simply being more aware of our “footprint” on the animal world.

I have purchased our Degus, fish and Mr. Rat from a pet store but will no longer do so, I don’t purchase cats or dogs from pet stores and never will, I do not shop at stores that sell animals I will now also check the labels on our cat and dog food bags and start making changes there as well.  I know these are small steps but they are steps :D.

Thank you Rumpy Dog and DeDe for opening my eyes.


Mouth and Foot Painting

I receive a calendar each year from the Canadian Mouth and Foot Painting artists.

The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) was formed in 1956, and has been operating in Canada since 1961, theMFPA is an international, for-profit association wholly owned and run by disabled artists to help them meet their financial needs. Members paint with brushes held in their mouths or feet as a result of a disability sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands.

These are some of the most beautiful paintings/works of art I have ever seen, and to think that they were painted using only  a brush held by feet or mouth !

Below are some of the artists and their paintings and check out their website at

Susie Matthias Mouth Painter London, Ontario

Susie Matthias was born in London, Ontario. As a result ofthe drug Thalidomide, she was born without arms or legs. Despite her obstacles,
she has always retained a positive outlook on life and the things that she canaccomplish. Throughout her childhood and early adolescence, Susie discovered atalent for art. She excelled in painting, and with support from her parents, shedeveloped her mouth painting technique.

Susie began showing promise asan art student at a young age. After high school, Susie continued with her loveof art by taking art courses at Saunders Secondary School, a school for the artsin London, and spent a year at Fanshawe College in Fine Arts.

In the early 1990’s, Susie was introduced to Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA), which has provided her with the opportunity to focus on her art full time by providing her with a monthly income. In 2000, one of Susie’s paintings won a national competition and was featured on the special Christmas stamp issued by Canada Post. Susie became a Full Member of the Association in March 2009.

One of her favourite pastimes is swimming which gives her relaxation away from her busy painting schedule. She has competed for fun in regional games and has won several medals and ribbons in her category. Susie also enjoys electric wheelchair floor hockey.

Susie currently resides in London, Ontario. She lives in her own apartment and enjoys visiting with friends and eight siblings.

 Michel Guillemette Mouth Painter Sainte-Foy, Quebec

As a young athlete, Michel Guillemette always had a preference for outdoor sports. In 1966, however, his life took an abrupt turn when, at age nineteen, he dove into the St. Lawrence River during low tide – hitting bottom and breaking his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the neck

He spent thirteen years of convalescence at the Sanatorium BĂ©gin at Lac Etchemin, Quebec. The first years were long and depressing. This changed when he became interested in rehabilitation activities and decided to learn to write, holding his pen with his teeth.

Very proud of his success and with the encouragement of his therapists, Michel continued making progress and had his first painting debut in 1977. “My first landscape was not bad at all,” he remembers, “so I decided to continue painting.”

Since then, Michel has left the sanatorium. He now lives alone in his studio apartment, which is equipped for his special needs. He prefers to paint his landscapes in oils.

Michel became part of the MFPA in 1987 and was appointed a Full Member in March 2004.Besides painting, Michel loves to play chess and cards and relaxes listening to music or watching television.

Cody Tresierra Mouth Painter Cloverdale, British Columbia

The abrupt halt to a young, active, sports-oriented life just reaching adulthood is among life’s worst tragedies. Cody Tresierra, 19 at the time, now counts himself lucky that his life was spared when a motor vehicle accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Born in Ashcroft, British Columbia, and raised in Clinton, Cody was living in Quesnel with his family at the time of the accident. Transferred to the extended-care Pearson Hospital in Vancouver, he took up mouth painting as a form of therapy.

Encouraged and guided by instructor Betty Black, he became more enthusiastic as his previously unknown talent surfaced. Cody has subsequently taken private tuition to develop his talent and excels in oils, especially landscapes and seascapes.

In 1986, Cody joined the MFPA, which supports him to pursue his artistic career. He became a Full Member of the Association in March 2000.

“I felt pretty devastated when I was first told that I would not get the use of my limbs back”, he says. “But after that, I just concentrated on getting on with my life. I was lucky that I was young, and young people are adaptable.”

Cody maintains a lively interest in music, sports and all forms of the arts, and now lives with his wife in Cloverdale, British Columbia

Michelle and the Versatile Blogger Award


I’ve had a couple of  surprises today, first was our morning temperature which was about -32 without the windchill brrrrr I think that was also the temperature at the North Pole today 🙂  and then I received the “Versatile Blogger Award” from the lovely Michelle who writes Fun Fit 5K Plus I have just started to follow her blog and I’m really enjoying it, here is a little bit of her “About” page :

This blog is about health and fitness.
My goals. My journey. My life.
I am not in this alone.
I have a very loving and supportive husband who is also on his own personal health quest.
I hope this makes you laugh. Encourages you. Gives you hope.
Most of all I hope you realize you aren’t alone……

want to read more

Thank you Michelle for this Award

On to the rules of accepting the Versatile Blogger Award  😀 😀 😀 😀

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

In no particular order I have recently started “following” these great blogs :

Piglet in Portugal

Jonathan Hilton

Jaspers Doggy World

Everything under the sun and more

Knocked over by a feather

Steph Writes

Cead Mile Failte

Me and the Boss 2012


Wayward Dogs

Tell me, when will my life begin

The Other Side of Ugly

Hope the happy hugger

Mix & Match Meme

and one more just cause 😀

heart flow 2013


Seven quick things about me – I love pasta, chocolate, red wine, would love to visit Italy, I have the most amazing friends anyone could ask for, my family is awesome, and I’m so happy to pass on this Award to the above bloggers I really wish I could choose more.

Wednesday Witticism 2 – Sponges



On my way to work today I was of course , and as usual listening to the radio, the station I listen to has Quarter after Laughter.  They highlight different comedians and todays was quite funny and one I actually remembered I don’t know who the comedian was…..


“Do you know that sponges grow in the ocean?

Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn’t live there!”


How silly is that?

I love these stupid jokes!

I better get back to work 😀