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Happy Easter! Posted on 20 Mar 00:00

Happy Easter
Easter is a Christian holiday and festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion at Calvary.

The festival is also known as Easter Day, Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day and Resurrection Sunday.

The Festival is commemorated in two parts the first is the religious part and the second is the Feasting part.

Both center around doing the right thing and sharing this special time with our loved ones … it is a time to serve those we love for the spirit of Easter … for God is love.

Celebrating Easter!

RELIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS

 

Many celebrate Easter in their own special way, for those who are religious, here are some suggestions:

RELIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS

  1. Brush up on Easter story by reading the passages in the Bible and spend the day in prayer.
  2. Celebrate the Easter spirit with others by attending an Easter Church service.
  3. Share the Easter Spirit by helping and teaching the importance of the day.

Easter Egg Hunt

EASTER EGGS AND DECORATIONS

  1. Have fun decorating Easter eggs with family and kids.
  2. Host your own Easter Egg Hunt
  3. Create an amazing Easter Basket
  4. Don your favorite Easter Hat and show off your prettiest nails, shoes and Spring dress at a local Easter parade!

Festive Food

FESTIVE FOOD

  1. Go formal with Spiral Ham, Brisket or Lamb
  2. Go simple with a picnic and cold fried chicken or any comfort food you know and love!
  3. And don’t forget delicious desserts – cupcakes, cakes, candies and treats!

Enjoy a Classic Movie

ENJOY A CLASSIC MOVIE

Easter Parade is a 1948 American musical starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire featuring music by Irving Berlin, including some of Astaire and Garland’s best-known songs, such as “Easter Parade”, “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”, and “We’re a Couple of Swells”.

It was the most financially successful picture for both Garland and Astaire as well as the highest-grossing musical of the year.

Animals love Easter Too!

And now for cute pics featuring your favorite furry and fuzzy animal…

Easter Bunny Photos

 

Easter Puppies Photo

 

Easter Kitty Photo

Easter Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts!!

Deviled Egg BunniesDeviled-Egg-Bunnies

T’was the night before Easter and all through the house. Adorable twist on deviled eggs … so cute and creative!

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Hot Cross Buns

 

Hot-Cross-BunsHot Cross Buns are a seasonal yeast bread traditionally served on Good Friday.

These sweet buns are nicely spiced with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, and are studded with currants (raisins) and candied fruit.

The ‘cross’ markings on top symbolically represents the Cross of Christ and the Crucifixion.

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Braided Easter Egg Bread

Braided Easter Bread

 

Recipe by MARBALET

“This decorative Easter bread has whole eggs baked into it! Do not cook the whole eggs, as they will bake at the same time that the bread does. The eggs can also be dyed for extra color.”

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Easter-Bunny-Pillsbury-RollsEaster Bunny Rolls

Cute Easter bunny rolls are perfect for Easter breakfast or brunch.

Simply take some Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and shape into an adorable bunny. Place a single raisin for the eye and bake according to directions.

For a spectacular presentation, place inside a lace lined wicker basket and dress up each rolls with a red ribbon!

Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

Honey Glazed Ham

 

Recipe by Colleen. “This ham tastes very much like the famous honey baked ham but costs much less, and there’s no need to fight the crowds at holiday time. You can even buy the ham presliced to make it easier and more like the original. It is very good.

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Rack of Lamb Recipe

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Recipe by JENNINE1980

“I have had this recipe for a long time, and always enjoy making it. You can also do the same thing with beef or pork.”

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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

The creamy cheese sauce and the tender potatoes in this classic French dish combine to make a deliciously addictive experience. It’s a great side dish with a roast pork loin or beef tenderloin.

 

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Butter Carrots Recipe

Buttery Cooked Carrots

Buttery and sweet even the harshest vegetable critics will love this recipe!

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Best Carrot Cake Ever Recipe

Best Carrot Cake Ever!

Recipe by OKBEE

Recipe by Tammy Elliott. “I’ve tried many carrot cakes, and this is my favorite recipe. If you don’t like pecans, feel free to leave them out.”

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Strawberry Pie Recipe

Scrumptious Strawberry Pie

“This is my favorite pie. It is very easy to make. I got the recipe many years ago in North Jersey. It is from the Sussex County Strawberry Farms.”

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Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Blue Ribbon Coconut Macaroons

Recipe by Kristil Kimbo Lyle

“This recipe has won many 1st place ribbons at my state fair. They are very simple to make.”

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Peanut Butter Eggs Recipe

Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Recipe by Valerie Lynne

“My Mom made these chocolate-dipped peanut butter eggs for many years. She would put our names on them in frosting and decorate with bunnies and flowers. They bring back wonderful memories.”

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Bunny Butt Cookies Recipe

Bunny Butt Cookies

These cute bunny butt cookies are sure to become a Easter favorite.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Posted on 28 Feb 03:48

 

Happy St. Patrick's DayEvery year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the world observe St. Patrick’s Day.

What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Parade

Checkout your local papers or town for time and location of where nearest parade is available for you to attend. It’s a festive day filled with shamrocks, rainbows, lively music! Checkout your local papers or town for time and location of where nearest parade is available for you to attend. It’s a festive day filled with shamrocks, rainbows, lively music!

St. Patrick’s Day Food

St. Patrick's Day MealSo may traditional and rustic food is eaten during this holiday including Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepard’s Pie, Irish Soda Bread, Irish Bacon and Cabbage Soup and more! For more recipes on my Pinterest Page! Click Here>> 

St. Patrick’s Day Dessert

St. Patrick's Day Desserts

And no celebration would be complete without fabulously created desserts. There’s chocolate covered strawberries, ice cream cones, brownie pops, macaroons, cupcakes, leprechaun cake hats and more!For more recipes on my Pinterest Page! Click here >>

St. Patrick’s Day Nails!

St. Patrick's Day Nails

Show off your terrific nails all dressed in green and clovers! We found a couple with gorgeous designs! For more designs on my Pinterest Page! Click here >>

St. Patrick’s Day Party!

St. Patrick's Day Decorations

Decorating in gold and green with a touch of orange is easy with our spectacular table setting ideas, centerpieces and party favors. For more tablescape ideas, centerpieces and party favors, check out my Pinterest Page! Click here >>


Celebrate Mardi Gras! Posted on 14 Feb 00:37

Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement. It’s one big holiday in New Orleans! Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold, and adorned with long beads caught from the beautiful floats. You’ll see a lot of crazy costumes, kids everywhere, and both locals and visitors having a great time. People sit on the ground, throw balls, play music, eat great food and watch the crowds walk by between parades. During Mardi Gras, all of the businesses and roads are practically shut down. People walk everywhere and meet new friends.

What is Mardi Gras?

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Mardi Gras happens early in the calendar year, just before the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is the last hurrah before the Catholic season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It also has links to the Christmas season through the period known as Carnival.

 

Mardi Gras Colors

The traditional colors of the New Orleans Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold.

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   Purple represents Justice

   Gold represents Power

   Green represents Faith

 

 

Mardi Gras Costumes and Masks

masks2Whether they cover the wearer’s eyes or whole face, masks add an element of mystery and intrigue when worn, especially around this particular holiday in the city.

Hundreds of designs featuring feathers, ribbon streams, and beads abound. They can be as simple or as ornate as you desire.

French Quarter Food!

New Orleans Recipes for Mardi Gras! So many delicious food and so colorful! Plan your Mardi Gras party classics like Mardi Gras King Cake, New Orleans Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, and more! Here are a few of our favorites. Get recipes!

Celebrate Mardi Gras food

Mardi Gras Beads

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“Throws” are Mardi Gras branded items that krewe members on floats throw to parade-goers as the floats pass by!

They include inexpensively made (often plastic oriented) doubloons, beads,  homemade trinkets, toys and more!

The bead phenomena is a relatively new one since the first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans occurred in the 1830s, it wasn’t until the Rex parade threw inexpensive handmade glass necklaces sometime in the 1920s that the tradition was born. So join the celebration and shout “Throw me something, Mister!”

Mardi Gras Party Favors

Mardi-Gras-FavorsCelebrate Mardi Gras in style with these fabulous favors! Compliment your Mardi Gras tablescape and decorations around the home with an assortment of favors that all your family and friends will enjoy. Get favors!

Mardi Gras Balls

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The King and Queen of each krewe work all year long for the big, spectacular ball. Their identity is a closely guarded secret and part of the mystique until the night of the Ball.

Most of the balls are a formal and private affair. Debutantes are introduced at the Ball Tableau as a formal introduction to society. Women dress in ball gowns and hope to be issued a “call-out” card. If a debutante is fortunate enough to receive one, she is seated in a select area and waits her turn to be “called out” for a dance by the krewe member who sent the card. Source: courtesy of www.mardigrasneworleans.com

Mardi Gras Parades

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Gather the family and catch beads by the handful! The parade is one of the highlights of this holiday with incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers. It’s fun and excitement for all ages.

 


Orchids in Paradise! Posted on 13 May 11:00

Orchids are stunning and exotic and conjure up images of a tropical paradise with warm ocean breezes and serene blue waters. They come in a variety of explosive colors those so many to choose from!

Orchids work well either alone, or mixed with other flowers. Use orchids for beautiful bridal bouquets, lucky bridesmaids and in centerpieces or table accents. A single orchid flower makes a stunning boutonniere or corsage that is sturdy enough to hold up through the entire wedding day.

Orange Yellow and Purple OrchidsDendrobium Orchids (Orange and Yellow)

Also known as Singapore orchids. These orchids have the smallest flower when compared to the other two varieties. They come in a good range of natural colors such as purple, yellow, orange, white and also available in stem dyed colors like blue. They are pretty and delicate look at but can also be exotic and tropical. If you would like to have a blue orchid wedding bouquet then blue dendrobium orchids would be the ideal choice.

Phalanenopsis Orchides (Purple)

Also known as moth orchids. The flowers are large and flat. These look beautiful when used in cascading bouquets. They can also be teamed with other orchid types such as the dendrobium orchids. Colors include white and purple and pink. They are modern and elegant.

 White and Pink OrchidsCymbidium Orchids

These orchids are quite hardy and will last well throughout the day. They work well in wired bouquets. Available in a large range of colors including white, green, pink, burgundy and cream.

Cymbidium Orchids (Fuschia/Hot Pink) - For those who love classic and those who love lavender, there is nothing more fitting to dress up any home than this hot pink orchid. Exquisitely graceful flowers are produced on tall spikes, cascading gently for the ultimate in presentation.

Green and Blue Orchids

Cymbidium Orchids (Green) - Green cymbidium orchids are perhaps the epitome of exceptional and luxurious wedding flowers. Green orchid flowers are unique in providing green hues to a complimenting color scheme, while remaining distinctly 'floral' rather than leafy looking.

Cymbidium Orchids (Blue) - This unique electric blue orchid adds elegance and class to any wedding. One of this years newest and most sought-after colors.

 

 


Orchid Tropical Inspirations and Party Planning Ideas Posted on 12 May 02:00

 An orchid wedding can be a beautiful, elegant, stunning and even an exotic choice for a wedding theme. There are many orchid wedding ideas. It will all depend on the chosen venue or destination and the style of wedding that is planned. These wonderful flowers come in many different colors and an orchid wedding theme is a popular choice for many couples.

Orchid Wedding Cakes

The great thing about orchids is that they make very beautiful decorations for cakes because they are not only easy to used to adorn sides of cakes, but they also withstand long periods without water, especially the cymbidium flowers.

Orchid Wedding Bouquets

Orchids are definitely among the most romantic, feminine and beautiful types of flowers that can be used or incorporated in a wedding. Not only for formal and dramatic wedding ceremonies but also for casual destination weddings, these lovely and precious types of flowers can make a special selection.

Orchid Wedding Centerpieces and Decorations

Orchid wedding centerpieces are one of the main elements of an orchid themed wedding. Placed in varying heights of containers and glass vases to create dramatic effects. Orchids are stunning and exotic and conjure up images of a tropical paradise with warm ocean breezes and serene blue waters. They come in a variety of explosive colors those so many to choose from!

Orchids work well either alone, or mixed with other flowers. Use orchids for beautiful bridal bouquets, lucky bridesmaids and in centerpieces or table accents. A single orchid flower makes a stunning boutonniere or corsage that is sturdy enough to hold up through the entire wedding day.
Orchid Wedding Inspiration and Ideas

Golf Sports Inspirations and Party Planning Ideas Posted on 09 May 17:00

Golf Wedding Party Theme

Whether you are hosting an elegant wedding, an exciting team-building corporate event, an extravagant awards ceremony or fundraising effort, a Golf themed celebration is the perfect venue.

Few locales rival the picturesque setting of a golf course. The rolling fairways, hillsides and water features orchestrate the perfect backdrop.

The Announcement Set the tone for the entire celebration whether it is an informal casual gathering or fancy country club soiree! Start with Save the Date cards or magnets, followed by the formal invitation and close out with a heart felt thank you.

Golf Party Table Setting Idea

Creating the Ambiance Decorating can be an exciting endeavor. The most popular decorating element for a Golf themed celebration is the argyle pattern. This pattern offers rich colors of green, navy, blues, and gold. And the most popular imagery of course with the golf ball, bag, flags or tees.

And for music, why not play Scottish tunes? The argyle pattern is synonymous with Scottish culture, so create a party play list of new and old Scottish tunes.

Golf Wedding Birthday Baby Shower Centerpieces

For your centerpiece, why not provide a Golf themed Favor Cake Box Centerpiece. It’s a centerpiece for your main table display and then when the celebration is over give your guests a favor cake box in the shape of a cake slice!

Golf Par-Tee Food Ideas

Fore the Food Enthusiast What to serve at a Golf Party? Here are some delicious and fund ideas and don’t forget to accompany your spread with Golf Punches, Cocktails and ice cold beer! 

  •  BOGIE Hoagies – sub sandwiches! Put a golf tee in the top to hold the sandwiches together.
  • CLUB Sandwiches – any sandwich will do. Make them extra-cute, put a golf tee in the top
  • Peanut PUTTER Sandwiches
  • Pizza by the SLICE
  • BIRDIE Fingers – chicken fingers
  • BIRDIE Wings – chicken wings
  • Irons – meat
  • PUTT PUTT Pasta Salad
  • BUNKER Balls – meatballs or cheese balls
  • LINKS in a Blanket – pigs in a blanket
  • Mac and “TEES”
  • MULLIGAN Meatballs
  • CHIP SHOT Dogs – hot dogs or pigs in a blanket
  • PAR and Beans – pork and beans, or just plain beans will work too

Peacock Inspirations and Party Planning Ideas Posted on 09 May 03:03

LMK Gifts Peacock Wedding Inspirations and Ideas

Peacock themed parties is hot, hot, hot! Celebrate with a display of brilliant blues, greens, navy, purple and gold! First things first! You need to tell all your friends and family about your exciting event. A beautiful Peacock designed Save the Date and Peacock invitation will do the trick. Now the fun part, planning the party!

Peacock Table Setting Idea

Table Display and Setting!

  • An turquoise colored table cover makes a lovely background for a Peacock-themed table presentation. Jewel-toned dishes and chargers also compliment beautifully with this theme.
  • Fold simple white napkins into “pockets” and tuck a peacock feather into each pocket. Decorate the napkin with a band of ribbon and a embellish with faux gem or rhinestone hot-glued in the center.
  • For cocktail glasses create your own wine rings by wrapping approximately 1/2 inch of the stem with thin silver ribbon. Tie the ribbon off and snip the edges close to the knot. Then hot-glue a gem or colored stone onto the ribbon-wrapped portion of the stem.

 Source: Hostess with the Mostess

Peacock Cocktail Drink Recipes

Cheers! Cocktail favorites...

Ginger-Pear Martini Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh gingerroot
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 2 canned pear slices in heavy syrup (from 15oz. Can)
  • 1/4 cup pear-flavored vodka

Peel skin from ginger with side of a spoon. Finely grate enough ginger to prepare as many drinks needed. To make one cocktail drink: Juice lime and pour into martini shaker. Add 2 spear slices to martini shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka. Shake vigorously 10 times, strain into chilled martini glass. Enjoy!

Bluebird Martini Recipe

  • 3 oz. of vodka
  • 1oz. of Blue Curacao liqueur

Combine both liquids in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass.
Source: Hostess with the Mostess

Peacock Cupcake Decorations

What to Serve

• Peacock Cupcakes - so popular, simple and versatile! Sugar art by Jean Marie Cake Design.

• Peacock Candy Buffet - arrange glass containers of different shapes and sizes filled with sweets showcasing colors of the peacock feather. Display courtesy of Sweet Creations by Judy.

• Other Peacock Confectionery Concoctions - Use teardrop cookie cutters and cut out shapes in sandwiches, brownies, cookies, Rice Krispie treats or fruit and arrange them on a platter to look like a peacock tail.


I Miss You Mom! Posted on 08 May 02:36

My Mother, My Inspiration, My Rock

I miss you mom - Happy Mothers Day

Today is the anniversary my mother died at 2:15pm on January 20, 1991. Tears well up every time this day comes as I miss my mother so very much. She was taken from us all too soon and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her.

I think of all the times I argued and fought with her over the silliest things. All the while not appreciating that she was doing it for my best interest.

How I wish I told her “I Love You” more when she was alive. I thank God that I was fortunate to have received her gift of creativity, imagination, drive, and perseverance. If not for her I would not be creative enough to have my own business and design things that other people enjoy. So many times I sigh and say “I wish Mommy was here … she would have appreciated this design.”

The only thing that washes my sadness away is that at least Mommy is with Daddy in heaven … her one true love and for that I am thankful!

I Love You Mom,

Lisa


Top 10 Thanksgiving Ideas Posted on 27 Apr 11:12

Get ready for Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving

From top-rated turkey recipes, sides dishes, desserts, decorations and activities.

We have all your favorites to share this year and years to come. Enjoy!

Good Eats Roast Turkey

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Nothing more mouth watering than the featured entrée … a golden brown, crispy roasted turkey.

Easy to make, gorgeous to look at and it’s gluten free. Checkout this recipe that take 9 1/2 hours to make and serves 10 to 12.

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Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

These Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs pack a bite-size punch of sweet and spicy, juicy and delicious!

Serve as an appetizer for friends and family while you are busy getting the main dishes prepared for the big feast!

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Rice Krispy Pumpkins – fun to make with Kids!

Rice-Krispy-Pumpkin-Treat

Checkout this fun, easy and quick Thanksgiving Mini Rice Krispy Treat to make with your kids.

All you need is rice Krispy cereal, tootsie roll, green fruit roll up, food dye, marshmallows and butter!

This fun activity with your kids will surely have long lasting memories

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Dazzling Nail Art Ideas

Thanksgiving-Nail-Art

Dress up your nails!

From fantastically elegant, to fun and quirky.

Checkout what we’ve collected for you on our Pinterest page.

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Tablescapes & Centerpieces

Thanksgiving-Decorations

Fabulous and creative ideas to make your Thanksgiving beautiful, easy and stress free.

You’ll find creative tablescapes in gold and bronze, woodland rustic settings, dazzling centerpieces with hydrangeas and cranberries!

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Thankful Party Favors

Thanksgiving Party Favors

Thank your friends and family with thoughtful personalized Thanksgiving Party Favors! Checkout some of these top party favors your guests simply can’t resist!

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Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais-Nouveau-Wine

Looking for the perfect wine served only around Thanksgiving? Try Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. Pairs deliciously with your Thanksgiving spread and so reasonably priced!

Since this French wine first came to the U.S. in 1982, Beaujolais Nouveau Day has been an annual celebration to honor the end of harvest and offer the first taste of the new vintage. Released at 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday in November per French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is a bright, flavorful red wine made from the Gamay grape.

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Awesome Activities

Thanksgiving-Parade

  1. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  2. Turkey Trot” Run or Walk – great to work up an appetite!
  3. Play Touch Football
  4. Have a Mini Pumpkin Hunt
  5. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
  6. Video-Chat with Far Away Friends and Family
  7. Make fun crafts with kids

Martin Luther King Day Posted on 27 Apr 11:07

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.

The Meaning of the King Holiday

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

The Speech – “I have a Dream”

It was late in the day and hot, and after a long march and an afternoon of speeches about federal legislation, unemployment and racial and social justice, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. finally stepped to the lectern, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, to address the crowd of 250,000 gathered on the National Mall. Here is his dream, click video above to listen to his inspirational words.

5 Ways to Honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

GIVE SOMETHING – your time, your gently used clothes, your retired household items.

LEARN SOMETHING – The life and times of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. fill enough tomes to keep the most voracious readers satisfied until kingdom come, but consider smaller bites for Monday in the form of documentaries (check your TV listings) or even archived news conferences available on the Internet or History Channel website.

TEACH SOMETHING – Learn all you can and share with others, particularly young people. Discuss with others or make it a challenging game about understanding the legacy of King and help them fill in the blanks. Organize a field trip to the library if you need some scholarly support, or find a King-focused church service to highlight the influence of where he was spiritually moored.

COMMIT TO SOMETHING – King’s legacy includes his unwavering commitment to civil rights and non-violent social change. What better way to pick up on the theme than by applying such principles to your own community. Among the questions you might ask yourselves: Do all your neighbors have unfettered access to polling places? Are the elderly as nourished as they should be? Are your best schools equally accessible by all? Are the children physically fit and destined for healthy adult lifestyles? These are a few possible places to begin your mission.

DREAM SOMETHING – King’s dream is well documented, thanks to his 17-minute, Lincoln Memorial speech at the March on Washington nearly 50 years ago.

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain,” he said on August 28, 1963, “and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”

This is Martin Luther King Jr’s dream … what is your dream?