Today Is, Teddy Roosevelt’s Birthday…

Hi, Lakeside Stampers!

TheodoreTeddyRoosevelt October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26th President
Images-7 interests and achievements, his “cowboy” image and robust masculinity. He was President from 1901–1909.


Roosevelt’s lasting popular legacy, however, is the stuffed toy bears—Images-8 bear was born. Bears and later bear cubs became closely associated with Roosevelt in political cartoons thereafter.


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National “Nut” Day…

When : Always October 22nd


This day celebrates nutritious and healthy nuts (food) of all kinds. Celebrate today by eating lots of nuts, either as a snack, or in baked goods.  May I suggest Rocky Road Ice Cream?


 A couple of nutty facts:

  • Peanuts are not really nuts. They are Legumes, a member of the “Pea” family.
  • The center of seeds, like pumpkins and squash, is called a “nut”.


In honor of National “Nut” Day here is one of my daughter Meg’s favorite recipes. The picture is of the birthday cake I made her. Believe you me, there wasn’t any left over for the next day. Luckily I photographed it before it was all gone!







Hazelnut Torte 


6 Eggs, separated

sugar amounts in recipe

1/2 cup dried bread crumbs

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 cup groung filberts

2 cups whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 350.


In large bowl with mixers at high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Beating at high speed sprinkle in 1/4 cup sugar, beating well after each addition. Whites should stand in stiff peaks.


In small bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar until blended. Stir in bread crumbs, flour and 2/3 cup gound nuts. Fold into beaten egg whites.


Pour batter into 10″ x 3″ spring-loaf pan and spread evenly.


Bake 40 minutes until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert cake in pan on wire rack and cool completely.


In small bowl at medium speed, beat whipping cream, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form.


Remove cake from pan and with a long sharp knife slice cake horizontally in two layers. Place bottom layer on cake platter and spread one-fourth whipped cream on top. Place second layer on top. With remaining whipped cream spread it on top and sides of cake. With hand gently press remaining 1/3 cup of ground nuts into whipped cream.


Have a happy National Nut Day! DSC_0114








Happy Birthday Mick…

Images-5 Back in 2001, when my father passed away, I took over his baseball card shop at his request. Me running a baseball card shop? What did I know of sports cards? Well, I knew more then I thought.  Growing up in Brooklyn, New York we always attended Yankee games. I know you would think it would be Brooklyn Dodger games, but, it was always Yankee games. Back then you could walk across the baseball field and really feel the enormity of it all. At that time the flag pole seemed to be smack in the middle of center field and for years where the players plaques were, Monument Park, I thought the players were buried. What did I know? I was just little girl and  excited to be with my father spending another day at Yankee Stadium. I still feel that love and excitement every time we go to Yankee Stadium. And as the shop goes, I did run it for close to 7 years with the same love and excitement I had going to those Yankee Games with my dad. I couldn’t let today go by without posting a “Happy Birthday” to Mickey Mantle, who I was lucky enough to meet and see play in many games. 


Mickey Mantle Birthday and Biography 


Born October 20, 1931


Mickey Mantle is considered to be one of the best baseball players of all time. Mantle was born in Oklahoma in 1931. He was an excellent child athlete and played both football and baseball. He joined the New York Yankees in 1951 and played for the Yankees his entire professional career. In 1961 Mantle and team-mate Roger Maris both attempted to break Babe Ruth’s season home-run record. Mantle ended up finishing second to Maris in single season home-runs that season. Mantle accomplished setting several records throughout is career, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. His uniform numer 7 was retired by the Yankees.








In Honor of Farmers…

Unknown-18 Old Farmers Day

When : Always October 12th


 Old Farmers Day honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. Early American culture was heavily a farming culture. Early settlers cleared fields and pristine woods, to farm the rich land. They brought seeds and farming methods with them. They found new seeds, and learned new methods along the way. Many of those new farming methods came from Native Americans, who were already farming the land.  


The month of October is a very appropriate month to celebrate and honor farmers. At this time, the harvest is largely complete. It means that farmers can take a break from their labors, to enjoy this celebration.


A farmers’ work is long and hard. It certainly doesn’t make a person rich. It has its good years, and its bad ones. There is no guarantee of a good crop. Weather, pests, and disease problems often prove disastrous. But, through it all, farmers have persevered. And, their ceaseless hard work sets an example for all.


In honor of farmers and farming I made the following card.





 Here’s what to do:


1)    Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Real Red Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

2)    Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ and a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.

3)    Cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Soft Suede Card Stock.

4)    On the smaller piece of Very Vanilla stamp the barn image from the Stampin’ Up! Farm Life Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink. On the bottom half stamp the wheat image in Old Olive Ink.

5)    On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla stamp the farm animals from the same set.

6)    With Stampin’ Up! Pastels color in both images.

7)    Hand cut out the animal image. DSC_0099

8)    Out of another piece of Soft Suede punch a Large Oval using the hand held punch.

9)    Layer the card as shown wrapping a piece of Real Red or Red Gingham Ribbon around card and adhering the animal image with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.    


As Americans, we tip our hats to all farmers for their contributions to American culture, values,society, and the economy.


Here is a poem my father taught me when I waas four and I still remmeber every word of it. I thought it fit in with todays farmer theme.





Images-3 “Lazy sheep, pray tell me why
In the pleasant fields you lie,
Eating grass, and daisies white,
From the morning till the night?
Everything can something do,
But what kind of use are you?”


“Nay, my little master, nay,
Do not serve me so, I pray;
Don’t you see the wool that grows
On my back, to make you clothes?
Cold, and very cold, you’d be
If you had not wool from me.


True, it seems a pleasant thing,
To nip the daisies in the spring;
But many chilly nights I pass
On the cold and dewy grass,
Or pick a scanty dinner, where
All the common’s brown and bare.


Then the farmer comes at last,
When the merry spring is past,
And cuts my woolly coat away,
To warm you in the winter’s day:
Little master, this is why
In the pleasant fields I lie.”


Happy Old Farmers Day!






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DSC_0100 STAMP SET:    Farm Life (114411) W

PAPER:    Real Red Card Stock (102482). Very Vanilla (101650), Soft Suede (115318)

INK:    Basic Black (101179), Old Olive (102277)

FRILLIES:    Red Gingham Ribbon (104827) retires, Stampin’ Up! Pastels (120962)

TOOLS:    Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), Dimensionals (104430)


Today Is…


 Canadian Thanksgiving…


Like the United States, Canada gives thanks for its good fortune once a year and eats itself silly with turkey and mashed potatoes.


Whereas in the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, in Canada the second Monday of October is a statutory, or public, holiday. This year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday, Oct 11, 2010.


The Canadian Thanksgiving holiday is officially observed on the second Monday of October, however people generally get together for their Thanksgiving Meal on any one of the three days of this three-day holiday weekend.


Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time for Canadians to gather with family, so more people than usual are traveling on that weekend.


Canada does not have a big shopping day after Thanksgiving the way the United States does. “Boxing Day”, December 26th, is the equivalent in terms of sales and shopping extravaganzas in Canada.


Happy Thanksgiving to All my Canadian Demonstrators & Friends!!!!




Images-2  Columbus Day is also celebrated today. 


Contrary to popular belief, most educated Europeans in Columbus’ day understood that the world was round, but they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed. As a result, Columbus and his contemporaries assumed that only the Atlantic lay between Europe and the riches of the East Indies.

Origins of Columbus Day


A U.S. national holiday since 1937, Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. The Italian-born explorer had set sail two months earlier, backed by the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. He intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century.


Later that month, Columbus sighted Cuba and believed it was mainland China; in December the expedition found Hispaniola Haiti today, which he though might be Japan. There, he established Spain’s first colony in the Americas. In March 1493, the explorer returned to Spain in triumph, bearing gold, spices and “Indian” captives. He crossed the Atlantic several more times before his death in 1506; by his third journey, he realized that he hadn’t reached Asia but instead had stumbled upon a continent previously unknown to Europeans.


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Stampin’ Hugs,





Captain Kangaroo Day…

Unknown-18 Captain Kangaroo was a children television series which aired weekday mornings on the from October 3, 1955 until 1984, making it the longest-running children television program of its day. 




The show was conceived and the title character played by Bob Keeshan who based the show on “the warm relationship between grandparents and children.”  Keeshan also played Clarabell the Clown on “Howdy Doody”, another favorite of mine.


It had a loose structure, built around life in the “Treasure House” where Captain Kangaroo (whose name came from the big kangaroo like pouches in his coat) would tell stories, meet guests and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. The show was live for its first four years and was in black and white until 1968. Some regular friends on the show were Mr. Green Jeans, who always brought an animal to the show, Dennis, an apprentice and “do it all” person, Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit.


I loved Captain Kangaroo almost as much as the Mickey Mouse Club and Howdy-Doody Show! I hope for some of you this post brought back some fond childhood memories. It did for me.


Thanks for dropping by!


In honor of Captain Kangaroo and for some kangaroo inspiration order the Stampin’ Up! Build-A-Roo Stamp Set #(115948) below:








Today in History…


Peanuts Comic Strip Debuted


The “Peanuts” comic strip, by Charles M. Schultz, first appeared in newspapers.

Schulz, Charles M. (Charles Monroe Schulz), 1922–2000, American cartoonist, b. Minneapolis, Minn. Creator of the extremely popular syndicated comic strip Peanuts (1950–2000). Among its principal characters are Charlie Brown, a gentle, puzzled boy, usually failing, yet always persevering; Lucy, his bossy, know-it-all friend; Linus, a philosophical tyke with a security blanket; and Snoopy, a romantic, self-deluded beagle. One of the many collections of Peanuts comic strips published in book form is Peanuts Classics (1970) and a new release this year *2010). A number of cartoon television specials based on the strip have been made.



Working Parent’s Day…

This day is to honor all us parents who, have to pull double-duty, having a profession, as well as the job of raising children. If you want a new and great opportunity to work from your home become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Stampin’ Up! products are not sold in stores, but can be purchased at home workshops or through a network of independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Currently, more than 40,000 demonstrators throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand teach the art of stamping and share their enthusiasm for stamping, scrap-booking, and card making. Stampin’ Up! introduces over 100 new stamp sets and accessories annually in its full-color Idea Book & Catalog.

In the Idea Book & Catalog, customers and demonstrators can browse through Stampin’ Up!’s line of exclusive decorative rubber stamps. These stamps are sold in coordinating sets, making project coordination simple.  Stampin’ Up! accessories—including papers, stamp pads, and markers—are offered in 40 coordinating colors divided into four color collections(another measure taken by Stampin’ Up! to make project coordination simpler).

Stampin’ Up! Opportunity


Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive product lines are packaged in coordinated stamp sets and may be purchased from independent sales consultants, called demonstrators, at home workshops. Stampin’ Up! offers business opportunities to people interested in becoming demonstrators.  Whether you’d like to earn money to pay for your stamping supplies, create a full or part-time career, or simply get a discount on your stamping supplies, Stampin’ Up! will help you do it.

Email me at  for information on what could be the perfect opportunity for you as a parent.

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Elvis Presley & The Ed Sullivan Show…

Hi, Lakeside Stampers,



Today’s post is dedicated to my good friend Janet who LOVES Elvis!  While today’s post has nothing to do with card-making I thought it would be nice from time-to-time to do Today’s Trivia posts.


Do you know what was scandalous about Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956???

Well in the 1950’s, Rock ‘n Roll was considered scandalous music.It was unlike any previous music.  Elvis was considered shocking for his music, and his sensuality but especially because many people thought his hip movements were obscene and overly sexual.  Not all thought so. Teenage girls became hysterical over his blatantly sexual gyrations, particularly the one that got him nicknamed “Elvis the Pelvis” Ed Sullivan had him on his show but the TV cameras were not permitted to film below his waist. Elvis’ pelvic gyrations during his appearances on earlier TV shows such as Stage Show, Milton Berle and The Steve Allen Show had caused much discussion and concern about the suitability of airing such provocative and sensual movements on television.

After negotiating with Elvis’ manager, Ed Sullivan paid Elvis the huge sum of $50,000 for appearing on three of his shows: September 9, 1956, October 28, 1956, and then on January 6, 1957. For Elvis’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night at 8 p.m. on September 9, 1956, Ed Sullivan himself was not able to host since he had recently been in a very serious car accident that left him in the hospital. In his place, Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton hosted the show. Elvis was also not on location in New York for the show since he was in Los Angeles for the filming of Love Me Tender

Elvis appeared on a stage with large, artistic guitars as decoration. Wearing a plaid jacket and holding his guitar, Elvis thanked Mr. Laughton and then said, “This is probably the greatest honor that I’ve ever had in my life.” Elvis then sang, “Don’t Be Cruel” followed by “Love Me Tender,” which was the not-yet-released title track from his new movie.

Although the cameras stayed mostly from the waist up on Elvis’ first appearance on the show, the second time he appeared that night, the camera widened out and the TV audience was able to see Elvis’ gyrations. During this second set, Elvis sang “Ready Teddy” and then ended with a portion of “Hound Dog.”

Elvis’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was a major success. Over 60 million people, both young and old, watched the show and many people believe it helped bridge the generation gap for Elvis’ acceptance into the mainstream.

Hoping you enjoyed “Today’s Trivia!”




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