Thursday, March 29, 2012

Some fun mountain jokes!!!!

What did the mountain say to the Cloud....???

..Cry me a River.

What did the Athlete Mountain say in his Podium speech??

...To Summit all up, I was able to make the pass for the win easily. my altitude training has put me at my peak.

If you would like to hear another give me a call @ (866) 372-2246 (I'm saving the best ones for your call)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chances of Snow

You just never know when we are to get some awesome ski conditions in the mountains. When the sky looks like this I would say pretty soon!!!!!!!

Give me a call for real time accurate and current weather conditions and take it from a skier at heart when its good to get up there and carve it up!

(866) 372-2246 For more information about Big Bear

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Romantic times and memories to be lived

Seems we all could use a weekend to relax and get away form responsibility, work and anything else you can think of that needs to be left behind.

Come to Big Bear and see what we have to offer, from skiing and and extreme sports to just relaxing and watching the sun go down. There is always a way to find satisfaction from our wonderful Bear Valley.

With deals ranging from $250 for two nights who could pass this trip up?
Give us a call and we will plan your vacation (866) 372-2246

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Family Fun close to home!

We are having the BEST week up here in Big Bear! If you haven't heard there's plenty of sunshine and we just had a few feet of snow. We're closer than you think. Just a gas tank and a few hours away. So get your spring gear packed the kids ready and bring your family to Big Bear to our beautiful mountain community. We have great specials going on right now just go check out our specials pages to find the best deals for you and your family! Make your reservations now by calling 1-800-372-2246 or go online here as well.
Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Enjoying the niceness and left over snow

After about 2 1/2 feet of snow the sun decides to shine on the Big Bear Valley. This means we get to savor the wonder clear sunny days and still enjoy our snow!!!!!!!
Come see for yourself what's happening in the Bear Valley

Give me a call @ (866) 372-2246 and I'll tell you all about whats happening here in real time.

Have fun everyone and I hope to see you soon!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Come join us for snow packed fun in the mountains!

This weekend’s snow storm left 28 to 32 inches of fresh powder in its wake and blue skies are forecast for the rest of the week! The packed powder and powder conditions are the best they’ve been all season long. We got sunshine, fresh powder and we’re just a tank of gas away round trip. Now is the time to come ski, ride and stay in one of our beautiful cabins. With the weather report looking great for the week and more snow expected this weekend, make sure to check out our specials to find a screamin' deal on your next vacation. We are set for spring for sure so make those reservations soon!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lots of great Snow

Looks like we got the years best snow-fall this weekend!!!!

Quick Joke :D

Q: What did the big furry hat say to the warm woolly scarf?

A: "You hang around while I go on ahead."

Too long have we been waiting for this, c'mon down and make sure you take advantage of this special weather condition and we have the place for you clean and ready to accommodate.

Give me a call for accurate current conditions and insider snow-play areas

The Banishing of the Snakes

It has long been believed that during his mission in Ireland St. Patrick stood on a hilltop, now known as Croagh Patrick, and with only a wooden staff at his side banished all the snakes from Ireland.

When in fact the island nation of Ireland never was home to any snakes. The "banishing of the snakes" was in reality a metaphor for the removal of pagan ideology and the triumph of Christianity in Ireland.

Two hundred years after Patrick's arrival the people of Ireland were completely Christianized, with St. Patrick being largely responsible for Catholicism being the most dominant religion in Ireland.

A Lesson On St. Patrick for St. Pats Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!

One of Christianity's most widely known figures is St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was not actually Irish he was born to a wealthy British family near the end of the fourth century. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17 the day that St.. Patrick is believed to have died in 460 A.D. For over 1000 years the Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday.

At the age of 16 Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders that attacked his family's estate. He was transported to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. While in being held prisoner he worked as a shephard, outdoors and away from people. He became a devote Christian while lonely and afraid he had turned to his religion for solace.

Patrick escaped captivity, when according to his writings, a voice-that he believed to be God's-spoke to him in a dream. The voice told him that it was time for him to leave Ireland. After escaping Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the coast of Ireland. Once back in Britain, Patrick had a dream in which an angel told him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Patrick then began religious training that lasted for 15 years. Once he was ordained as a pries he was sent to Ireland to minister to Christians already in Ireland and to convert the rest of the Irish.

Patrick chose to incorporate some traditional Celtic rituals, honoring their gods with fire, into his lessons. Patrick created the Celtic cross by superimposing a son onto the Christian cross. He did this so that veneration of the symbol would feel more natural to the Irish because the sun was a powerful Irish symbol. Although there was a small number of Christians already on the island most of the Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion. About two hundred years after the arrival of St.. Patrick Ireland was completely Christianized with the predominant religion being C

What is St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick's Day is a religious feast day observed on the anniversary of his death, March 17. St. Patrick's Day falls during the Christian season of Lent which prohibits the consumption of meat. Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon, the prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and the people would dance, drink, and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. Up until the 1970's Irish laws prohibited pubs across Ireland from opening on March 17 due to the quite dignity of the holy day.

The United States is the home to the very first St. Patrick's Day Parade when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the streets of New York City on March 17, 1762. This parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. Through the next thirty-five years Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, which prompted the rise of "Irish Aid" societies that would hold annual parades. In 1848 several New York Irish aid societies united their parades to form one New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. That parade is held to this day and is the world's oldest civilian parade as well as being the largest held in the United States. President Truman attended the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City in 1948, this was a proud moment for many Irish Americans whose ancestors fought stereotypes and racial prejudice to be accepted in America.

In 1962, two hundred years after the first St. Patrick's Day Parade, Chicago pollution-control workers used green dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges. They realized that this might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday. That year they poured 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river, this was enough to keep the river green for a week. Today they only use 40 pounds of dye which will keep it green for only a few hours.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Shamrock or Clover, What is the Difference?

Well, nothing really. The word Irish "shamrock" translates to clover in English.

The real difference comes in the amount of leaves that the clover bears, and we all know that the four leaf clover is the lucky one. Why? Well, it is much more rare to find one of these. It has been studied, and the four leaf clover is a special mutation of the three leaf clover, and its said only one of ten thousand plants mutate, making it a very unique occasion to find one.

The four leaves of the clover stand for, hope, faith, luck and love. The three leaf clover is commonly associated with Christian Trinity. For instance, think of the sign of the cross for the Catholic religion, Its forehead, shoulder, shoulder, three leaves.

The history of the clover still holds many mythical beliefs such as, that they posses a magic in them, to be able to see fairies and plant spirits. So this St. Patrick's Day, I wish you all the luck and if you can't get your hands on a four leaf clover, maybe have yourself another pint and you'll see the fairies and spirits without the shamrock!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mustard Corned Beef In Honor of St. Patrick's Day

After simmering in a tangy-sweet sauce, this corned beef gets extra flavor from a buttery cracker-crumb topping!
4 lb. corned beef brisket
1 C. apple cider vinegar
1 C. packed light brown sugar
4 bay leaves
20 Ritz crackers, crushed, 3/4 cup
2 Tbs. butter, at room temperature
2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
Place corned beef in large pot. Whisk together vinegar and sugar; pour over beef. Add bay leaves and enough water to cover by 1". Over high heat, bring to boil; skim foam from top and discard. Cover; reduce heat to low. Simmer, turning every 30 minutes,until meat is very tender, about 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain beef; pat dry. Place in small roasting pan. In bowl, combine crackers, butter, mustard and parsley; spread mixture over top of beef. Roast 8-10 minutes or until crumbs are golden.
Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
Serves 10

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The History of Corned Beef and Cabbage

While most Americans associate Corned Beef and Cabbage with St. Patrick's Day as a traditional Irish food it actually has its roots here in America.
Corned beef is first found in a 12th century poem that tells us that corned beef was a delicacy given to a king in an attempt to conjure "the demon of gluttony" out of his belly. Its status as a delicacy doesn't make much sense until it is understood that beef was not a major part of the common Irish diet until the last century. Cattle were kept from early times for their dairy products not for their meat. Corned beef surfaces again in the late 1600's as a specialty that was a costly delicacy because of the expensive salt used. It was made to be eaten at Easter and sometimes for Halloween. The Irish were the biggest exporters of corned beef from the 1600's until 1825. It was their chief export and sent all over the world. By the 17th century salting beef had become a major industry for Irish port cities where Irish beef was salt cured and exported to France, England and eventually to America. The term "corned" comes from putting meat in a large crock and covering it with large rock-salt kernals of salt. These were refered to as "corns of salt".
With the majority of Irish beef being exported, beef was too expensive and unavailable to the majority of Irish citizens. Cows were only slaughtered after they were no longer good for milking and sheep were only raised as a source of wool. Hogs and pigs were the only livestock raised by the peasantry for consumption. Salt pork and bacon then became the commonly consumed meat of Irish tables. Even today many Irish people still consider corned beef to poor or plain to be eaten on a holiday..
After the Great Potato Famine of the mid 19th century brought hundreds of Irish emigrants to America. The new Irish Americans found corned beef to be more accessible and more affordable than in Ireland. Both corned beef and green cabbage were ingredients of the lower class, due to the inexpensive nature of salt cured beef and green cabbage.. When many Irish immigrants came over in the 1800's they found that Jewish corned beef was similar in texture so they used it for their holiday celebrations.
While both corned beef and cabbage have connections to Ireland the serving of it for St. Patrick's Day dinner is an Irish American tradition, that would be hard to find served in Ireland unless in a tourist heavy area. As the stigma of eating working class food faded and the celebration of Irish ancestry grew, corned beef and cabbage became a staple meal for many Americans in March.
So if you are planning on having some corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day then be happy to know that you are participating in a tradition that is wholly Irish American.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Leprechaun's are American

The cheerful, friendly leprechaun that most Americans associate with St. Patrick's Day is a purely American invention. Thanks to Walt Disney, who in 1959 released a movie called Darby O'Gill & the Little People, we were introduced to a very different type of leprechaun than the cantankerous little fellow of Irish folklore.

St. Patrick's Day, a Catholic holy day, had nothing to do with leprechaun's until this movie helped make belief in them more mainstream.

"Lobaircin" is the original Irish name for these figures in folklore meaning "small-bodied fellow". The belief in these little people more than likely stems from Celtic belief in fairies. Fairies are tiny men and women with magical powers that are used to serve either good or evil. In Celtic folklore leprechauns were cranky souls that are responsible for mending the other fairies shoes. Even though they were only minor figures in Celtic folklore the leprechaun was known for their trickery, which was often used to help protect their fabled treasures.

Since the release of Disney's movie the leprechaun has very quickly evolved into the cheerful little fellow that we know and love as one of the most recognized symbol's of St. Patrick's Day and Ireland.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Shamrock Shake for St. Patty's Day

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St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Make sure you wear green so that you don't get pinched!

Here's a cute little recipe we have fun with on this holiday. It's quick and very simple but delicious!

Leprechaun Shake

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

1 cup milk

3-4 drops of green food coloring

chocolate syrup, whipped cream, green sprinkles

Put ingredients into blender. Blend until smooth and green. Pour into glass. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and give a quick stir.

Top with whipped cream and little green sprinkles

Another variation on toppings would be to add chocolate covered wafers or cookies.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Fruited Irish Soda Bread

1 C. golden raisin and dried cherry mix, chopped
1/2 C. orange juice
4 C. all purpose flour
2/3 C. sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbs. fennel seeds, crushed
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 C. half and half
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. In microwave safe bowl, combine fruit mix and juice; microwave on high in 15 second intervals until hot.
In large bowl, mix flour with next six ingredients. Stir in half and half, 1 egg and fruit mixture until combined. On lightly floured surface, knead until dough forms. Shape into 6" round loaf. Place on baking sheet. With knife, cut 1/2" deep X into top. Beat remaining egg; brush over dough.
Bake 50-55 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Transfer to rack; cool.
Serves 12

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Make Your Own Irish Cream Liqueur

If you've ever tasted Bailey's cream liqueur you already know how delicious and decadent it is, do you think your friends would be impressed if you made your own from scratch?

Try this simple recipe for some of your own smashing Irish Cream Liqueur.

1/2 C. honey

1 C. heavy cream

1 1/2 C. Irish Whiskey

1/2 teaspoon instant coffee

Combine all ingredients, mix well and store in the refrigerator.

Make at least 3-4 days before serving, giving the container a shake a couple of times a day.

Make sure you consume within within 2 weeks.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Leprechaun's Favorite Green Shake

Are you looking for a tasty St. Patrick's Day treat? I've got the perfect thing to satisfy you pallet this holiday.

It's the leprechaun's favorite green shake.

What you need to do, is get

Mint chocolate chip ice cream

Vanilla ice cream, take a couple scoops of each and put into a blender,

Add milk (whole milk works the best for thickness) covering about half of the ice cream,

Add chocolate syrup, a two second squeeze and blend.

If shake is too thick, add more milk as needed.

This should make two to four servings, depending on the size of your glass, but be on the lookout for those leprechaun's, they go after those green shakes like gold.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Killarny Cake

1 pkg. chocolate fudge cake mix

1/4 C. creme de menthe or 1 tsp. peppermint extract

1/2 C. chopped green maraschino cherries

1 1/2 C. heavy cream

3 Tbsp. creme de menthe or 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract and 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1/4 C. whole green maraschino cherries

Chocolate Curls

Prepare cake mix following package directions, substituting 1/4 cup creme de menthe for 1/4 cup water. Stir in chopped cherries. Pour into 2 greased 9 inch layer cake pans; back as directed. Cool. Whip cream with tablespoons creme de menthe. Spread 1/3 of whipped cream between cake layers. Heap remaining whipped cream on top. Arrange whole cherries and chocolate curls over whipped cream.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Godiva Irish Coffee

This is a wonderful coffee for anytime, not just at St. Patrick's Day.

1 1/2 ounces Godiva Liqueur

3/4 ounce Irish Cream Liqueur

4 ounces hot coffee

whipped cream for garnish

sprinkle green candy shamrocks on top of whipped cream garnish

Pour ingredients into a mug, stir, garnish the top with the dollop of whipped cream and sprinkling of candy shamrocks and ENJOY!