June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

It’s Father’s Day! And sometimes it coincides with my Mom’s birthday, and that’s just the case this year. But this is a note about my dad, who I have the honor of sharing his first and last name. I am not a junior.

No dad is perfect, and my father was far from perfect. But after my father passed away did I realize the values and life’s lessons I learned from him and what a wise man he was. My father spent the majority of his married life providing for my mom and his 5 children. Most of the time, we never went without, unlike the struggles my father and mother experienced growing up in times when there wasn’t a lot.

Although I never said it enough, this is just a “thank you” to my dad for helping me stand up for myself and giving me courage. For always watching over me, and my siblings. For giving me memories of a fun-filled childhood. For doing everything he could for me even during his own personal struggles.

I look back and think of the many times my father was right in his advice to his children. And what he did for us as we were growing up, even as young adults, he never stopped providing for us, or believing in us.

Although you’re not here today to hear this, “Thank you and Happy Father’s Day, Dad!” I love and miss you every day! 




June 1, 2012

Reach The Beach Relay: MA 2012 Team Vansome

Congratulations to my niece Genevieve and her friends who formed #TeamVansome in the Reach The Beach relay from Wachusett Mtn., to Westport, Massachusetts.


The team is trying to get their entry paid for for 2013 Reach The Beach Relay, so if you would kindly click "Like" on the YouTube landing page; the most team likes on YouTube will get a FREE entry into next year's race.


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Thanks for your support! Lenny XO

February 13, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake

If you're lacking in the Valentines Day gift department, what's better than baking up some goodies for your sweetie? Here's a recipe that Korbel shared today ~ Champagne Cake of course. I can't wait to try it out!

Happy Valentines Day ~ Bon App├ętit!



  • 3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups KORBEL
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. corn oil
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 9” cake pans, line with parchment paper. Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together KORBEL, oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Then mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients at high speed until well mixed. Pour the batter into prepared pans. Drop cake pan onto the table from about 3 inches high to release any bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cool completely before icing.


  • 10 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 lb. butter (unsalted)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Bring sugar and cream to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 6 minutes, remove from heat. Add chocolate while stirring, add butter and vanilla. Place mixture in an ice bath and stir gently until desired consistency.

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January 19, 2012

Highest, lowest median incomes in Massachusetts

If this doesn't show you the disparity amongst cities and towns. . . Take a look at this slide show that Boston.com has shared with its readers:

It opens with "Over the past 30 years, Sherborn’s median household income, adjusted for inflation, has increased more than 40 percent to nearly $190,000, while the median income in Lawrence has dropped 20.1 percent to $36,573, according to US Census statistics."

The 20 highest and lowest towns are depicted in this presentation.

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