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The Sound of Music – Julie Andrews

It’s time for some fun….Lets reminisce about the wonderful movie “The Sound of Music”, and the star actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews. A friend of mine sent me this email, and I can’t get the song out of my mind, so I am passing it on to you all, so you can try the new lyrics.

Botvinka – Red Beet Leaf and Herb Soup

Once my garden produces an abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables, the time is right to cook Botvinka. Soups are very popular in Eastern Europe, and are the first course of a lunch of dinner meal, just like tossed salads in the US.

The name for this soup derives from the description of the tops (botvinka – leaves and stalks) of very young red beet plants, which are the major ingredient in this soup. This dish is full of goodness of fresh, young, green leafy vegetables, and because they are so tender, they require very short cooking time.

Ukrainian Wedding – Korovai, Greeting Bread, and Wedding Cake

June is a very popular month for weddings, at least in the United States. I have attended many weddings with various traditions, but if you ever attended a Ukrainian wedding, you can attest to the fact that there is lots of food, endless desserts, special breads (Greeting Bread and Korovai) in addition to the Wedding Cake, and lots of dancing, to most likely lots of very fast beats of a Ukrainian live band.

The Fairy Tea Party – Colorful and Fun

I have a very special friend who loves tea so much that she organizes tea parties with her adult friends, attends tea parties, and now organized a tea party for her grandchildren and their friends. She was so nice to share this experience with me, so I just could not resist not to share it with all of you. She is very talented and creative, and does not only make these special costumes for tea parties, but she also makes beautiful costumes for plays in her area. Her guests immensely enjoy these events, costumes, and stories that go along with each theme.

This sounds like such a wonderful idea for a party. Here is her short story, including the menu, and lots of pictures:

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New ID rules begin June 1 for Mexico, Canada trips

As you probably remember, there was a lot of talk going around about the new travel regulations to Canada and Mexico. Well the talk turned to reality, and the new regulations have been approved and are being implemented. I came across this article regarding the ID requirements for travelers to these countries.

As of Monday June 1, new ID system has been implemented, which is much tighter than it used to be. Please read the inserts I have selected for a quick overview, however if you wish to read the whole article please click here.