Monday, August 31, 2009

My Very Favorite Episode!

As promised, while the contest is still going on, I'm gonna tell you about some of my favorite episodes. My first and foremost, very favorite episode has not been mentioned by anyone in the contest, which kind of surprises me, but here goes.
It's not really shown very often and occurs in season 5. I think the title is RETURN HOME FROM EUROPE
The European tour has come to an end and the girls are packing up to go home. Lucy has bought souvenirs for everyone but her luggage is over the airlines weight limit so Ricky says she can't take stuff on the plane but would have to ship it by mail. Lucy just refuses to do this because she wants to present people with their gifts as soon as they return, especially her mother, to whom she has promised a 25# of special Italian cheese. She just has to get that cheese on the plane.
Well leave it to Ethel...for once, she has a bright idea. She tells Lucy that it's too bad it wasn't a baby, because babies fly for free, which gives Lucy the wonderful idea to put a bonnet on the cheese and to wrap it in a blanket.
She actually takes it on the plane and passes it off as a baby. Unluckily for her, a woman with a real baby sits next to her and the fun begins. The woman is very curious to see Lucy's baby. She shares her formula with her, which Lucy drinks and makes the same face and body shivers that she makes when tasting that awful vitametavegamin! There's just too many funny things too list but to make a long story short, she finds out you do have to pay for babies and afraid that Ricky will kill her, Lucy and Ethel try to eat the cheese. When they realize that they can't. they decide to stuff the cheese in the instruments of Ricky's band members. If you get a chance to watch it, please do. It's really funny!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Don't leave your little girl out of the fun!

I don't know about you, but all of my four children were raised on Lucy. Sometimes the boys wish they weren't. My oldest son is a dective and wishes he couldn't whip into "sweet sue" at a moment's notice infront of all of his cop friends when the name "Sue" happens to come up, or say "You've got some 'splainin' to do" when he arrests a drug pusher....but what can I say. The girls have more appreciation.

If you're like me, your girls will too, so here is a great costume for your little girl and a wig made espesciall to fit little heads. Check it out!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thinking ahead for Halloween, Lucy Style

It's never to earlier to start thinking of Halloween. This year, there are bunch of new "Lucy" costumes around to delight us Lucy fans. The classic polka-dot dress has been around awhile, but I'm including the picture here anyway because I still like it, but here's some new costumes for your to check out, available all over the web for you to get early and probably at your local costume stores that should be opening soon.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

ARROZ CON POLLO! Ricky's favorite dish!

Ricky's favorite dish and usually Lucy's favorite bribe!
When Ricky and Fred switch roles with Lucy and Ethel (called "Job Switching" which first aired on September 15, 1952), Ricky decides he wants to surprise the girls when they come home after a hard days work and make his native Cuban arroz con pollo for dinner. Obviously they have no idea how to cook. The Ricardo's kitchen is not big enough to hold one pound of rice per person! I don't know about you, but I don't like my chickens on the ceiling, on the floor or scrubbed with scouring powder, so here's a better recipe you could try.

For chicken
3 large garlic cloves, chopped coarsely
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (3 1/2- to 4-lb) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For rice
1 lb onions, chopped (2 1/2 cups)
2 bell peppers, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 bay leaf
1 (14- to 15-oz) can diced tomatoes, including juice
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (12 fl oz)
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups long-grain white rice (3/4 lb)
1 cup frozen baby peas (not thawed; 5 oz)
1/2 cup small or medium pimiento-stuffed green olives (2 oz), rinsed
1/4 cup drained chopped bottled pimientos (2 oz), rinsed

To Prepare chicken:
Purée garlic, orange and lime juice, salt and pepper in a blender. Put chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the purée over them while turning them to coat. Marinate the chicken, covered, turning occasionally. Put in the fridge 1 hour.

Transfer the chicken, letting the rest of the marinade go back into the bowl, to paper towels, then pat dry. Save the marinade.

Heat the oil and butter in 6- to 7-quart pot over medium high heat and then brown chicken in 2 or 3 batches, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer chicken when its done to a plate.

Prepare rice and bake:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 350°F.

Sauté onions, bell peppers, and garlic in fat in pot over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally and scraping up brown bits from chicken, until vegetables are softened, 6 to 8 minutes.

While vegetables cook, heat saffron in a dry small skillet over low heat, shaking skillet, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.

Add cumin and salt to vegetables and cook over medium heat, stiring, 2 minutes. Stir in saffron mixture, bay leaf, tomatoes (with juice), broth, water, and reserved marinade and bring to a boil.

Add all chicken except breast pieces, skin sides up, and gently simmer, covered, over low heat 10 minutes. Stir in rice, then add breast pieces, skin sides up, and arrange chicken in 1 layer. Return to a simmer.

Cover pot tightly, then transfer to oven and bake until rice is tender and most of liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Scatter peas, olives, and pimientos over rice and chicken (do not stir) and let stand, pot covered with a kitchen towel, until peas are Throw bay leaf away.

There you have it! Ricky's favorite dish! I don't know if my kitchen skills are up for this, but if you're brave enough, give it a try and pass the recipe along. I'd love to hear how this turns out so keep us posted.


More quotes from Lucy

"Heaven, no. I was shy for several years in my early days in Hollywood until I figured out that no one really gave a damn if I was shy or not, and I got over my shyness."

"I don't do T & A very well because I haven't got much of either"

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced"

I don't know about you, but these seem like things to live by!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lucy's Jewels to be auctioned - Some proceeds to go to Museum at Jamestown!

Celebrity jewels are being auctioned this fall. This sale will be held in New York City on October 16 and will include more than $25 million worth of jewels including some of the property from the estate of our beloved Lucy. This awe inspiring collection features some signed jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels including a yellow sapphire and diamond necklace, a pair of earrings and a ring. A portion of the proceeds from this collection go to the The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York.
Also being sold will be a variety of important diamonds including a diamond estimated to sell for $2,300,000-$2,500,000 and several other colored diamonds such as a pear-shaped fancy blue-gray diamond of almost 8 carats estimated to sell for $1,000,000. There is also a pear-shaped fancy orangy-yellow diamond of 12.55 carats with an estimate worth of $800,000-$1,200,000.
One of the favored piece of the 40-piece collection is a brooch by the Tiffany & Co. Shaped like a Maltese cross with a stained glass design of sapphires, gold and diamonds around a central square-cut aquamarine, this gorgeous piece weighs in a almost 20 carats and has an estimated value of $15,000 - $25,000. Here's a picture. It would have looked beautiful on Lucy!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Not Exactly I LOVE LUCY, but still our favorite redhead...

I know some readers of this blog are not only I Love Lucy fans but are just fans are anything that Lucy did in her long and wonderful career. In light of that, I thought I'd let you know about the release of the first season of the Here's Lucy show. This is the one Lucy did with her kids, Lucy and Desi Jr. The full first season on DVD goes on sale in a couple of days, August 25.
Look for the price to be somewhere around $29.99 or so.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

2009 Postage Stamps of 1950's Television Shows

It finally happened. Sorry for the late notification, but during the week of August 13th, the post office finally released the long foretold collection of television shows of the 1950's, including Howdy Doody, Dragnet, Burns and Allen, Texico Star Theater, Kukla Fran and Ollie, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Lone Range, Ozzie and Harriet, Perry Mason and least but not least.....da da ..da da....(drum roll)
I Love Lucy. For those of you (like me!) who haven't gotten your stamps yet, here's the official picture:


Well, It would seem from your posts that (so far) your top three favorite I Love Lucy episodes are:
When Lucy and Ethel get Jobs (The Chocolate Factory)

When Lucy and Ethel steal John Wayne's Foot prints and
Lucy Does a Commercial (Vitametavegamin)

All great episodes, and I love all three. One or two of you have mentioned the Hollywood episode with William Holden when Lucy set her nose on fire, the episode from Italy when Lucy when grape stomping and a couple of you got really creative and mentioned the episode with Lucy's awful maid and the episode when they were on their way to Hollywood and stopped at that awful old shack of a hotel with the trains going by and beds moving across the floor.

No one has mentioned my very very favorites. I'm going to wait for a few more entries and then I'll post about a few of my favorites. Don't forget to enter the contest, and tell your friends too.

To enter, just leave a comment under the contest post (you can find it on the side bar on the right of this blog)telling what your favorite I Love Lucy episode is and why. And, leave your email address. That's it. You can win the whole first season of I Love Lucy on DVD!

I'm so excited about this blogs first contest and can't wait to have more, so tell all the I Love Lucy fans you know

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Brand New I Love Lucy Merchandise to Buy!

Wow! I can't believe all the new I Love Lucy items you can buy for the new season! There are just tons of stuff that can be bought at the Lucy/Desi museum shop in Jamestown New York (where part of your purchase goes to the upkeep of the museum). The link for this site is on the sidebar of my blog under "favorite links". You can also get them from your own favorite online site at pretty reasonable prices. here's some great photos of my favorite photos. Have fun checking these out!

A P.S. To The "Friendship" Post

I found this awesome NEW 2010 calendar that is new to the I Love Lucy merchandise that can be yours for the buying at your favorite I Love Lucy On-line stores. It features Lucy and Ethel practicing their "friendship" number we talked about the other day so I thought his would fit in nicely as a P.S. to that post. Here's a great picture to whet your whistle. You'll find it in the $15 - $20 range at most places. You can also check out the Lucy/Desi museum at my Favorite Links sites on the right side bar on this blog. Here's a picture for you.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mrs. Lucy Ricardo on Twitter!

If you guys are into Twittering, or even if you are not, this is a good reason for you to start. Someone had a really good idea and set up a twitter account as if it was really Lucy Ricardo's and it is hilarious. You can twitter back and make it even better. I definitely suggest you become a follower. It's a lot of fun!

Just go here and if you aren't already a member it's really easy to sign up, if you already are, just click "follow". Let me know what you think of it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress - Episode 69

I thought since with my contest going on and I am asking everyone to name their favorite episode, I would write about a few of mine here. Actually, I have more than a few, so I'm gonna talk about a dozen or so. Sorry! But I guess we are all Lucy fans so you shouldn't mind too much.
Anyway, This episode aired on October 19 1953 in the third season. Carolyn Applebee's husband gave the girls a thirty minute spot on his TV station and Ethel and Lucy decided to do the duet "friendship" to close the show, so they practice and practice and even Ricky and Fred have to admit it's a pretty cute number even if it is a little bit corny. The decide to wear formals and oddly enough, they wind up shopping for their dresses alone, Ethel went to Macy's and Lucy went to Gimbles, but they both wound up with the same dress.
After they discuss what to do, the girls decide they should both return the dresses and buy something different. On the night of the performance, however, they find out that neither one of them has returned the dress. Too late to do anything about it now, they go on stage so angry with each the other for wearing ‘her’ dress, you can almost see steam coming out of their ears! While singing their song ‘Friendship’, they can't stand it anymore and they start to take their anger out on each other by ripping parts of each other’s dress off - in time to the music!
Ricky and Fred have to stop all this by coming out on stage, and dragging the two girls off.
Would you think that the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League would have learned their lesson by now? Every single show they have put on had bombed, largely because of Lucy, but still, they are a very untalented bunch of girls!

Here's a little trivia for you that goes with this episode:

Q: In what movie and with what co-star did Lucy sing "friendship" with before she ever sang it in this episode?

A: Lucille Ball had previously sung the ‘Friendship’ duet with Red Skelton in the 1942 movie, DuBarry Was A Lady

By the way, there are Barbie dolls of Lucy and Ethel made from this episode wearing these dresses.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

NEW!! A CONTEST FOR MY READERS! I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season (1951)

That's right! Every one of my readers has the chance to win the complete first season of the I Love Lucy show on DVD. All you have to do is leave a comment on this board telling what your favorite Lucy episode was and why your liked it! That's all. The contest will run through September 11, 2009 with winners being notified that weekend. Winners will be notified by email so be sure to leave your email addresses when you leave your comment! Prizes will be mailed out on Monday, September 14.

I hope you have fun with this and enjoy. Look for more fun and contests in the future. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and ideas. I'm thinking the next one will be a trivia contest, Just in time for Halloween.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More writing for any fans out there...if there are any?????

Hello fellow Lucy fans...I've had several articles published on Associated you might want to check out. Also, if you like writing yourself, it's a nifty way to pick up some extra cash! Just use this link and search my name and all my articles will pop up. Happy reading, and let me know what you think!

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