To read about the creation and early history of the American Flag, please click on “New Eyes for Old Glory.” Celebrate Flag Day!
They’ve mastered the fine art of outdoor cuisine…they can operate a computer, a TV, and balance a drink at the same time using just two hands and three remotes…they’re big fans of power tools and they know 243 different uses for duct tape! But truly, they rule because whether you’re having a great day or the chips are down, dads are right there beside you…loving you with all their hearts.
Guess you could say that dads are their children’s first heroes…they’re men with super-strength who are gentle enough to shed a tear when they think no one is looking. They’re the ones who look out for you from the time you’re little till long after you’re all grown up…and in return, they’re the ones you look up to all the days of your life.
Happy Father’s Day!
Have fun with this Father’s Day Word Search! Answers are below.
Summer Is Almost Here!
Even though the official start of summer is still a few days away, don’t be surprised if you’re already craving a cool, refreshing glass of iced tea–after all, it’s National Iced Tea Day! If any beverage should have its own holiday, iced tea is not only one of the tastiest choices but it’s one of the healthiest as well.
So, How Did Iced Tea Come To Be?
In 1904, English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair. However, it was an extremely hot day and fair visitors wanted something cold. So Blechnyden simply poured the tea over ice and it was an immediate hit!
Since ancient times, tea has had a wide range of medicinal uses, and modern research gives merit to its benefits. Tea is commonly used to alleviate cold symptoms and, usually with honey, provide instant relief for a sore throat. For stressful situations, certain teas can be very relaxing and even help you drift off to sleep. Tea is also believed to help avoid heart disease. And green tea may even reduce the risk of breast cancer. This is because one glass of tea can contain as many antioxidants as fruits and veggies such as strawberries and spinach!
While even some bottled iced teas can be surprisingly super-powered, brewing your own is the best way to get the maximum health benefits.
So let’s say you want the best of both worlds—a healthy tea and a great tasting drink. A tea brewed hot and then chilled would logically be your best choice, since hot water releases more of the tea’s antioxidants. But overnight fridge tea has proven to be comparably healthy, so can’t go wrong with either technique.http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Iced-Tea http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Iced_Tea http://www.food.com/recipe/sun-tea-110885
Talk about Variety!
While basic black or herbal teas are still popular, often sweetened with sugar, lemon or mint, tea connoisseurs are constantly coming up new and creative concoctions. Even if you’re not a fan of the classic brew, flavors such as peach or raspberry, mango pineapple or Blackberry Mojito Iced Green Tea, make it possible for everyone to enjoy National Iced Tea Day in their own special way. And with the countless recipes and products now available, you can easily enjoy new Iced Tea flavors all summer long!http://www.teavana.com/tea-info/how-to-make-iced-tea http://www.teaforte.com/store/tea-over-ice/ http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Drinks/Tea-Drinks/Iced-Tea/Top.aspx
Tea for Beginners to Tea Connoisseurs
The following website has a great selection of teas, brewing pots, tins, and gift ideas and is filled with information for the novice at tea to the connoisseur. Also includes some great information on iced tea as well!http://www.teavana.com/ http://www.teavana.com/tea-info/cool-off-with-iced-tea
This Memorial Day, as we honor our fallen men and women in uniform who have served since America’s birth, let us take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom for all.
The following poem pays tribute to those who have given their lives so that others may pursue America’s great promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Fallen For Freedom
With every fallen hero,
And every sacrifice,
Each man and woman serving
Knows freedom has its price.
As stars and stripes fly higher
Over lands, both far and near,
New generations take the pledge
To protect what we hold dear.
And should that mean they offer up
Their lives for liberty
Their sacrifice is not in vain—
For freedom isn’t free
And so today we honor those
Who have been laid to rest—
Remembering that these brave souls
Gave better than their best.
We’re happy to say there was a great response to our Mother’s Day Postcard Design Contest and we’d like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to the many talented students who participated in the contest by submitting their unique designs celebrating moms everywhere.
The winning postcard above scored the highest in our judging criteria, and the creative director for bluemountain.com appreciated and complimented the “heart symbolism and the colors/feelings emanating from it.”
Congratulations to Rory Duncan from Butte College…our Grand Prize winner! Enjoy your Wacom tablet, Rory!
May is National Barbeque Month, so it’s time to tie on that apron and fire up that grill! Whether it’s hot dogs and hamburgers, a juicy steak, or mouth-watering shish kabobs skewering all of your favorites, here are some tasty recipes and creative ways to add some finger-licking fun to any cookout!
Location, Location, Location!
Potluck / Block Party
Turn your barbeque into a savory smorgasbord! Pick a bright, sunny afternoon, invite friends and neighbors to bring whatever whets their appetite, and swap recipes as you sink your teeth into plenty of great eating. Not to mention, when the party comes to a close, cleanup will be a snap as everyone takes their serving dishes home. Save Mom some kitchen sink time and serve everything on paper plates.
Beach Barbeque / Park It!
Another fun option—barbequing on the beach. Not only is it a relaxing way to enjoy your feast while you take in the cool lake or ocean breezes, but putting out the fire is easy: just add sand!
Don’t forget, many parks come equipped with built-in grills, too—just add charcoal or other kindling. Plus, picnic tables make it easy to spread out all of the goodies. Just be sure to bring plenty of supplies like barbeque sauce brushes, serving forks and tongs.
Great Grilling Recipes
Tantalize your taste buds with some of these lip-smackers that are sure to fire up any cookout:
Shish kabobs: Whether it’s steak, chicken, seafood, or going green on the grill with veggies from the garden, kabobs are always a fun way to make the most of your barbeque! These recipes from the Food Network give you the basic ingredients for different kabobs and are great inspiration for creating your own!http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bob-blumer/build-your-own-shish-kabobs-recipe/index.html
Savory Sides: From grilled corn and baked beans to onion rings and mashed potatoes, nothing beats a tasty side grilled to perfection and these recipes from the National Barbecue Association will make your mouth water just reading about them! Mac-n-cheese is another quick recipe that’s easy to make and serves as the perfect complement to any cookout cuisine.http://nbbqa.org/recipes-sides-appetizers
Save the Smoke: Just because the fire’s gone out doesn’t mean the fun has to end. While the grill is still warm, why not roast some marshmallows to make smores for this tasty dessert recipe from Mr. Food. Looking for a fun and healthy alternative? Another great dessert recipe, from the National Barbecue Association, Grilled chocolate bananas are sure-fire way to satisfy your sweet tooth!http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Desserts/Smores-on-the-Grill# http://nbbqa.org/recipes-desserts
Raiding the Pantry: There are all sorts of fun ways to indulge your grilling appetites, even during the off-season. Miss those seasoned burgers and want to taste the flavor? Stock-pile some of your favorite barbecue sauces or even some cup-a-soups you can mix into the hamburger patties before cooking on an indoor griller. It’s a great way to add extra flavor to a cookout classic.
Stocking up for Next Season:
For some, it’s Barbecue Season year ’round, but for many, the season ends with the first flurries of snow. But it’s never too early or late to fill up the freezer for next season. Keep an eye out for when your favorites—steaks, chicken, seafood, and other extras—go on sale. Your taste buds will definitely thank you for it!
The bicycle is a simple solution
to some of the world’s most complicated problems.
May 13th marks the beginning of National Bike Week. It’s the time to get outdoors, get some exercise, and trade in gas for something greener! Besides the fun and fellowship of other cyclists, here are a few of the many benefits to getting your bike in gear.
Bicycling helps reduce the chances of obesity and diabetes, as well as high blood pressure, and improves overall cardio-vascular fitness. It doesn’t take much to help maintain good health, either—only 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. Not to mention, it can help reduce health care costs in the long term as well.
No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.
With most children driven to school by bus or car and a lack of exercise in their daily regimen, bicycling is a great way for kids to get fit everyday. Just make sure they have locks and cables to keep their bikes safe.
Auto emissions are the largest contributor to U.S. air pollution, with shorter rides as the main culprit. Help save Mother Earth and go green by biking that route instead. The money you save on gas can really add up nicely for any rainy days ahead.
Nothing beats peddling with a pal! Cycling with a friend has several advantages: You motivate each other, take breaks together, and keep track of your mileage together. Simply put, biking is more fun with a buddy!
Re-Cycling Moms: Tikes and Bikes
With parents doing housework and childcare duties in a more eco-friendly manner, many are adapting biking set-ups to cover their daily routines with their kids. Child seats for bicycles are a great way to do just that. Don’t forget bike helmets for everyone on board! Visit your local bike shop to find the most comfortable, safe seat and helmet for you and your little ones. You’ll be taking care of your family as well as the environment.
Bike-to-Work Day is Friday, May 17. As motivated employees embark on their bike routes to work, here are a few things they should keep in mind:
- Biking to work improves company morale
- It saves on gas—the Earth and your wallet will thank you!
- It helps foster teamwork
- Employees who bike to work are healthier physically and mentally, more alert, and more productive, and use fewer sick days.
- Bikes are easier to store and can maneuver around traffic. Just stay safe for yourself and those around you!
Be sure to check out the following guide for other awesome biking ideas, too!
Re-Cycling Moms: Tikes and Bikes: http://blog.bikeleague.org/blog/2013/04/women-bike-webinar-getting-more-moms-and-families-on-bikes/
Bike-to-Work Day: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/
Happy Mothers Day from Blue Mountain
This year, in celebration of Mother’s Day and moms everywhere, Blue Mountain has partnered with 10 important and deserving non-profit organizations that support women-related causes. Help us spread the love and raise awareness for the health and well-being of mothers and children around the world by celebrating with us and sending or sharing these touching holiday ecards from the following organizations:
Clicking on the image above will direct you to the page at bluemountain.com that showcases each charity organization’s mission and their individual postcard design that you
Happy Mother’s Day!