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Happy Anniversary, Issue #010, April 19, 2005 --,

April 19, 2005

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In this issue you will find:

1. Our Anniversary--What makes it all happen?

2. This month's recipe selections--Dip into Fondue!

3. What's New!

This month, celebrates its 1st anniversary on the web! (Drum roll, please) For me, personally, it's been an amazing year! I've made the transition from being totally "in the dark" concerning all things "web-related" to being the webmaster of this site and little less "in the dark."

I've learned that HTML is not an abbreviation for Hotmail; that you can teach old dogs (that would be me) new tricks; and that behind every website there lies a human being, a new friend to be made and someone willing to "pay it forward".

I wouldn't have gotten this far had it not been for some very special people. My thanks go out to Elad Shippony ( for turning my attention to Site Build It; to Dr. Ken Evoy, founder and CEO of; to Liane Pifer ( for your friendship and guidance; and to my family--who didn't mind all that early morning keyboard pounding.

I'm not one to make the "hard sell" BUT if you want your own reason to "celebrate" and you've been tinkering with the idea of making your own mark on the internet, seriously consider Site Build It. I'm living proof that it can be done and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Now...let's get this Anniversary Party started!

My idea of entertaining tends to lean towards intimate, small gatherings. There's no better combination than good friends, good food and good conversation. If you don't have a specific celebration in mind, consider starting a Dessert Club. Invite a few good friends to gather once a month for a taste-testing get-together. Review cookbooks and discuss new recipes! It's a great way to keep in contact with old (and new) friends. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Chocolate Fondue with Fruit


12 ounces chocolate chips
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 small fresh pineapple
2 firm bananas, peeled
1 cup whole strawberries

Melt the chocolate chips, water, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a fondue pot, paying attention to the manufacturer's directions.

Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise. Remove fruit; core and cut into wedges.

Slice the bananas in diagonal chunks.

Arrange the pineapple, bananas and strawberries on a plate. Dip these fruits in the chocolate and enjoy.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Fondue is an easy, laid back and inviting dish to serve among friends. Place your fondue pot in the middle of your coffee table and invite the gang to take a seat. Pour some wine....and you've got yourself an evening. Perfect for a book club get-together!

For more fondue recipes check out this collection at

Strawberry Fruit Dip


1 cup strawberries
3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
4 ounces of whipped topping
Whole strawberries, apple slices, banana slices and other fruit dippers

Blend one cup of strawberries in a food processor. Blend until smooth.

Add the yogurt, cinnamon and ginger to the blended strawberries, then fold in the whipped topping

Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Use fresh fruit for dippers, and you've got yourself a cool, summer like party dip!


Here's what's new.....

We've joined the new blogging craze by adding an RSS feed to our site. Take a peek by logging on to our new blog. Consider subscribing to keep up with the latest information added to the site.

And don't forget to check out the progress made on our new sister site, There you'll find us busy making real crafts for real kids!

Happy Anniversary

And that about wraps it up. Thanks for sharing in our Anniversary Celebration!

Be on the lookout for Mother's Day ideas in my May newsletter.

See you!


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