Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I hope you guys are enjoying the long weekend, grilling out, popping off fireworks and buying new furniture (apparently that’s what people do or those “4th of July furniture warehouse liquidation” commercials wouldn’t keep coming back—that’s my theory anyway).

If you’re having people over for some grillin’ and chillin’, I’ve been using this steak rub recipe for two years and have yet to get tired of it.

Amazing Cajun Steak Rub Recipe

2 tbsp. of paprika

2 tsp. of salt

2 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 ½ tsp. ground white pepper

1 ½ tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. dry thyme leaves

1 tsp. oregano leaves

Slather vegetable or olive oil over the steaks, sprinkle the rub liberally over the steak, and pat the rub into the steak.  Get the coals nice and hot then grill for about 9 minutes on either side for medium-rare steaks.  Add a minute for each additional level of ‘doneness’ you want.  Serve with a side of corn on the cob thrown in a packet of foil w/ butter and pepper and grill it right alongside the steak!  (the corn will take a little longer than the steak)

Check out The Best Fireworks Displays in the Country from

#1 Macy’s 4th of July  New York City, NY

#2 Pops Concert at the Esplanade”  Boston, MA

#3 Central PA 4th Fest  State College, PA

#4 Welcome America  Philadelphia, PA

#5 Independence Day Celebration  Washington, DC

#6 WaMu Family 4th Seattle, Washington

#7 Go 4th on the River  New Orleans, LA

#8  Fair St. Louis  St. Louis MO

#9  Lights on the Lake  Lake Tahoe NV

#10  Freedom Over Texas  Houston, TX

Thanks for reading!



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Important February Dates

The month of February is full of important dates! Mark your calendars!

Month of February- Black History Month

Feb 1- National Freedom Day
A day in celebration of the signing of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution by Abraham Lincoln.

Feb 2- Groundhog Day
An old folklore legend says that if the weather is cloudy and the groundhog leaves his burrow winter will end soon. If it is sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow and retreats back to his burrow, winter will continue for six more weeks.

Feb 7- Greet Your Neighbor Day
The name speaks for itself…

Feb 12- Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He was born on February 12 1809. He successfully led the Union through the American Civil War, ending slavery.

Feb 14- Valentines Day
Formally named “Saint Valenteine’s Day”. This is a day to celebrate love and affection between two people. Saint Valentine was a Christian martyr given a calendar date of celebration.

Feb 15- Susan B. Anthony Day
A day of celebration for the birth of Susan B. Anthony. She was an advocate of women’s suffrage. The date began celebration in 1920 after the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. (Thanks girl! ;] )

Feb 20- Love Your Pet Day
As if you don’t already love your pet every day, there is a designated day! Cuddle your furry, feathered or bald pet friend! Celebrate your love for them!

Feb 22- George Washington’s Birthday
The first President of the United States. He was born on February 22, 1732. He was the leader of the United States in the Revolutionary War as the commander of the Continental Army. Props, George!

*President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
Also known as George Washington’s birthday. The holiday was created in 1880. This was the first holiday created to honor an American citizen.

Happy February!

Kat VonD

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What the Heck is Labor Day?

I always thought it was a day for my parents to celebrate the fact that my brothers and I wouldn’t be spending our weekdays at home. A.k.a. back to school and the end of the summer. I was wrong. Labor Day was started in the early 1880’s to exhibit the “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations”. What it really means is that Labor Day is a National Holiday giving everyone a day of rest in appreciation of their hard work during the rest of the year. Here are a few ways we thought of to help you kick back and relax this Labor Day.

White Party

    – In case you didn’t know, Labor Day Weekend is the last weekend of the summer that it is acceptable to wear white. So have a white party. Tell your guests that all attire must be white and make sure there are no bright red beverages.


        – I know we love to tell you to go camping on the weekends but the weather should be just about perfect this time of year, and the bugs are minimal. Check out

       to find a place to camp near you!

Go to the Lake

    – Labor Day weekend is one of the biggest weekends in the country for lake goers. Find a cool dock near you and join the party.


    – Most Cities across the country will have a Labor Day Parade, this would be a good time to get out and maybe hit up your local downtown for some funnel cakes and carnie games. If that’s what your into.

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