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Fuzzy Friday: Lil Bub

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Every once and a while one of our furry friends finds instant stardom on the internet just because they are so adorably fuzzy and such is the case with Lil Bub. When I first came across Lil Bub six months ago I indeed found his funny furry face to be pretty irresistible.  Although I did notice that Lil Bub always seemed to have his little pink tongue sticking out I never really thought much of it other then it was incredibly cute and after watching videos of the kitty cutie online I found Lil Bub also made sweet Ewok like noises when she was eating or enjoying a good petting session.   However it was not until Lil Bub was featured on Buzzfeed after she was invited to spend a day at their office that I decided to look further into the story of Lil Bub.

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What I discovered when I read the story of Lil Bub was sad yet heartwarming as Lil Bub’s unique look and purr was not just a character trait of the fantastic fur ball but instead was due to several genetic mutations she suffered from at birth making her a perma-kitten.  These genetic mutations cased Lil Bub to suffer from dwarfism, polydactylism, and a deformed lower jaw, leading her to be named by Buzzfeed as “Natures Happy Accident.”  Today, with 77,026 likes on Facebook, her own clothing line, series of Youtube videos with over 1 million views, 4,953 followers on Twitter and being featured on numerous blogs including Jezebel, Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post (and of course now The Lucky Penny) I would say that this pretty kitty’s star will just continue to rise!  Lil Bub may have been born with genetic mutations but she is a great example of how being different never means being less beautiful or well loved. Congratulations Lil Bub, with your irresistible fuzzy face and inspirational rise to fame, we think you are just purrrrrfect to be named this week’s Fuzzy Friday Feature!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars Recipe

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers as there are few late night snacks as irresistible as cold turkey and stuffing.  However I often find myself with some leftovers I could do without in the form of excess ingredients bought during the frenzy of grocery shopping in the days before turkey day.  One of the ingredients I almost always have in surplus after the Thanksgiving holiday is cans of pumpkin puree.  I always tend to over buy the affordable cans of pumpkin goodness so cleverly stacked by the check out counter thinking that I will inevitably use them in some recipe before the holiday season is over.   Yet, each spring when I commence my semi-annual cupboard reorganization there they sit, cans upon cans of unopened pumpkin puree, pushed all the way in the back, taking up much needed room in my tiny NYC size kitchen.

This year I came across a dessert recipe that was so amazing and well received I made it not once, but three times to take to different Thanksgiving celebrations last week.  The recipe is for Pumpkin Bars with cream cheese icing by the incomparable Paula Deen of the Food Network.  Her recipe makes on of the most moist, perfectly spiced pumpkin bars I have ever tasted and also is a great way to use any pumpkin puree that may be lingering around your house.  You can find the complete recipe here and I listed the ingredients below, happy baking!!

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Show and Tree Lighting 2012

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2012 before it’s big night!!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Every year in the days that follow Thanksgiving, Christmas arrives in New York City.  The trees that line the city streets are covered in lights, bows and garlands are hung on the outside of every shop, hotel, and townhouse, and Saks, Barneys and Bloomingdale’s unveil their much anticipated Christmas window displays.  Although the arrival of Santa’s Sleigh in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade marks the official start of the holiday season, it doesn’t really feel complete until they light the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.  Every year hundreds of thousands of people pack into Rockefeller Center, waiting for hours on end, to catch a glimpse of the Christmas in Rockefeller Center show with performances by popular musicians, dancers and even the Radio City Rockettes.  The show is then followed by the annual lighting of the biggest Christmas tree in town, The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Last year I wrote a little bit about my own past experiences going to see the tree lighting so this year I thought it would be fun to focus more on the history of the tree lighting ceremony itself.  The Rockefeller Center tree tradition officially began in 1933 with the opening of 30 Rockefeller Plaza however it was on December 24th, 1931 that the first tree was actually decorated in the famed plaza.  During the construction of Rockefeller Center in 1931, a group of workers decided to decorate a 20 foot balsalm fir tree on Christmas Eve with “strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans”, according to Danial Okrent’s Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center.  Although there wasn’t tree decorated in Rockefeller center in 1932, the following year would mark the official start to the spectacular tree lighting tradition that still continues today.  The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit this evening and remain aglow until January 6th, 2013.  If you can get yourself to Rockefeller Center this evening it will definitely be a fun night however no matter when you live, you can watch the tree lighting and the Christmas In Rockefeller Center show this evening on NBC November 28th, 2012 at 8PM EST.

Check out the pictures I snapped around Rockefeller Center today as they prepare for the big show tonight!!

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