It’s National Hot Dog Day during National Hot Dog Month

Hotdogs, franks, frankfurters, from behind the pen, sausage

Image Credit: National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

What’s your favorite hotdog? Kansas City, Sonoran, Michigan Coney Island, West Virginia, New York or Southern style? Do you prefer an alternative dog, like a vegetarian or vegan dog? Today we celebrate National Hot Dog Day during National Hot Dog Month. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year, which works out to be about 70 hot dogs per person each year. Hot dogs are right up there with baseball and apple pie. It’s a favorite concession stand and grilling treat in the United States.

Click here and check out our previously published writing prompt for National Hot Dog Day, which is celebrated annually on July 23. Whether you call it a frank, wiener, Frankfurter, sausage dog or hot dog, grab your favorite condiments and accessorize your hotdog into a sumptuous treat this weekend.

Be sure to download your free copy of Hot Dog Facts, Figures and Folklore from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. You can also click on the image to the left that will direct you to that link.

Happy National Hot Dog Day!

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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Celebrations, Food


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It’s Fry-Day on Friday Y’all

Fried Foods, Frying, Food, From Behind the Pen

Today I’m taking a break from the roughage I’ve been chomping on during the week and eating a little naughty. So, if you want to get your naughty on with me, today I’m diving into some sizzling, straight from the hot oil, stick to your gut, fried food. Yep, today is Fry-Day on Friday.

*Disclaimer – I am not responsible for anyone overindulging by eating a lot of fried foods today! You’re on your own! LOL 

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Posted by on July 22, 2016 in Food


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Art of the Setting Sun

Sunset, Poetry, From Behind the Pen

Ahhh…sunkissed orange!

Sunset, From Behind the Pen, Sky, Clouds

The amazing texture of copper-tone billowing clouds!

Sunset, Sky, From Behind the Pen

The cloud swept wings between tangerine and marine blue!

Sunset, Sky, From Behind the Pen

Peach creampuff clouds at sunset!

Sunset, Sky, From Behind the Pen, Clouds

Sunset shades of lilac and lavender!

Sunset, From Behind the Pen, Sky

Reflections of hazy apricot skies!

Sunset, From Behind the Pen

Sometimes words cannot define the magnificence of watching the splashes of colors and textures in a picture perfect sunset. My fascination with each one, unique in its own way, is divine poetry to me.

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Posted by on July 21, 2016 in Nature, Poetry


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When I Grow Up I Wanna Be…

Goals, Dreams, Imagination, From Behind the Pen

An insatiable zest for life
where influences spark vivid imaginations
bold, fearless, energetic and steadfast
childhood desires empowering adulthood achievements

what do you want to be when you grow up they asked
perhaps a doctor, nurse, fireman or astronaut
maybe a singer, artist, musician or famous athlete
big dreams skyrocketing to possibilities without boundaries

when we grow up, when I grow up
through the brave spirit glowing from a kid
I want to do more, in fact I gotta do more
paving a legacy of bigger dreams for the next child.

From Behind the Pen, Ideas, ImaginationAs children, we didn’t know how to dream small. We believed we had unlimited potential to achieve those dreams by the time we grew up. To dream the impossible? Nah! No matter what, even when someone said that you couldn’t do it, you still continued to dream…continued to imagine and continued to create.

As adults, did we fulfill those dreams we had as children? Sometimes we lose our sense of purpose and get sidetracked by adult distractions of discouragement. We become so enamored with our grownup issues that we veer from those dreams and aspirations we had as kids. 

Regardless of where we are in our adult journey, we can still look back and embrace that fearlessness we had as a child. When I grow up I wanna be…well…I’m still working on that!

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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Empowerment, Reflections


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The Power of Imagination

Imagination, Creativity, Dreams, From Behind the Pen

The power of imagination makes us infinite!

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Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Empowerment


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Who Doesn’t Love a Great Dessert?

Bakery, Pastries, From Behind the Pen, Pies

Ah, the magical essence of homemade pastries and pies! Growing up, having that sweet treat after dinner was the ultimate reward to complete your meal. I am on a quest, as I map out upcoming places to visit, to find a bakery, confectionery or dessert bar who bake their own fresh, pastries and/or pies every day.

Pies, Pastries, From Behind the Pen, Food, BakeryNo matter where you live, I’m looking for bakeries (preferably mom/pop establishments, sorry right now, no franchises who mass produce) who carry the BEST pastries or pies in your neck of the woods. So now’s the time to give your favorite sweet spot a shout-out. Where do you get your sweet tooth on?

Leave the name of your recommended bakery/pastry or pie shoppe and the city/state/providence/country where it is located. Also, leave the name of your favorite pastry or pie that you’ve eaten from this particular establishment, and tell me why you like that item. Is it the texture, combination of flavors, flakiness, portion size, price, etc.? I’m looking forward to hearing your recommendations!

Have a Sweet-a-licious Day!

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Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Food


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Random Thoughts

Thinking, Poetry, Freedom, From Behind the pen

I am allowing my mind to simply reflect on the peace that surrounds me, as I watch this day unfold, without hesitation, in perfect harmony! Whatever my senses reveal, I will embrace those special moments with gratitude. Worry is not on my things to do list today and if it shows up, I will immediately strike it off. In the midst of so many unthinkable things that have occurred around the world recently, I invite the type of peace that surpasses all understanding, in MY world, this day. What an awesome gift!


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