American Grown launch: Michelle Obama BBQs with Rachael Ray at The White House Today, Thurs., May 31st

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Michelle Obama and Rachel Ray BBQ at the White House.   You can watch this happening on the Rachel Ray Show today, Thursday, May 31st.
For men that enjoy gardening and grilling; American Grown makes a wonderful Father’s Day Gift and also for couples getting married this Summer.
 “All author proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks,” said the First Lady’s Office. “Funds will be used for programs that promote gardening and healthy eating and give young people the opportunity to experience the outdoors and lead more active lives, as well as for the continued care of the White House Kitchen Garden.
To Your Health!
Michelle Obama and Rachael Ray have fun preparing a BBQ 
at The White House 
“In her first book, which was released Tuesday, the First Lady chronicles her journey from passive grocery store consumer to conscientious locavore and healthy-food advocate.  Only two months after her January 2009 move into the White House, Mrs. Obama—with help from 23 local fifth graders—broke ground on the 1,100 square-foot plot that would become the White House Kitchen Garden (the last person to grow a full-fledged vegetable garden at the White House was Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II).  Since that spring day, the garden has yielded more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce, which is served at First Family meals and state dinners alike, and a third of which is donated to local homeless outreach center, Miriam’s Kitchen.  Talk about a victory garden!”      
Read more:
Photo collage: White House chefs selecting garden vegetables for preparation of a delicious fresh meal.  When working in the garden; Bo often accompanies Michelle.  Local school children are taught life skills at the White House Kitchen Garden or the “Learning Garden”.
The First Lady arrives on the set of Good Morning America for an interview on her new book American Grown.
Book Signing
The First Lady will autograph copies of American Grown at the downtown Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 12th.
Please note:  Attendees must purchase a copy of the book and go through a Secret Service security clearance 4 days prior to June 12, 2012.  For details the store’s phone number is:               202-347-0176      
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You can be Fashionable while “Making A Difference”

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RELEASE DATE: Tues, May 29th – Michelle Obama’s book American Grown

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s book“American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,”   The book includes a history of White House vegetable gardens reaching back to Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden and also takes a look at gardens across the country.

Mrs. Obama is set to appear Tuesday May 29th on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The View,” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”   She’ll also tape an interview for “LIVE! with Kelly” while in New York on Wednesday, May 30th and an appearance on the “Rachael Ray Show” is set to air Thursday, May 31st.

“All author proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks,” said the First Lady’s Office. “Funds will be used for programs that promote gardening and healthy eating and give young people the opportunity to experience the outdoors and lead more active lives, as well as for the continued care of the White House Kitchen Garden.”

Ahead of the May 29th release date for First Lady Michelle Obama’s new book  American Grown, Crown Publishing has released a 44-second promo video;  “click on”  following link.

 Mrs. Obama is featured discussing her first outing as an author.  The book includes personal stories about Mrs. Obama’s experience with her 1,500 square-foot White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, as well as stories about other US gardens, gardening tips, and recipes.

“In this book, I share my experiences starting a garden at the White House, and I offer tips on how to start your own garden, whether in a few pots on your windowsill, or out in your backyard,” Mrs. Obama says.

“You’ll also hear the stories of people in every corner of our country, who are using gardens to feed their families and communities, to educate our children and to build a healthier future for the next generation. I hope that you’ll be as inspired by these stories as I was.”
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a luncheon for G8 Summit 
leader’s spouses after touring the mansion and the White
House Kitchen Garden.
This special luncheon was prepared with Kitchen Garden and locally sourced produce by guest Chef Jose Andres with White House staff.
“…and the winning Jose Andres Salad is…”.
In my post “Tale of Two Tomatoes” last week.  The most popular Jose Andres salad was Jose’s Classic Tomato & Bread Salad Extremadura.  Go To:  Tale of Two Tomatoes for the two Jose Andres salad recipes.
A copy of American Grown has been shipped to one of my Blog readers randomly chosen after submitting her salad preference..
Have a Terrific Week!

Camille Mitchell
NCM Enterprises

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Army 4 Spc. Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. awarded the Medal of Honor — & Complimentary admission to American museums for military families

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All posthumous Medal of Honor ceremonies are sad occasions for the family member(s) receiving this nation’s highest military honor.  However, one is especially poignant  because Leslie and Rose Mary Sabo spent only 30 days as a newlywed couple before Leslie went to Vietnam. Even though Rose Mary remarried and eventually divorced she stated “she was never truly happy again”. .
It would several decades before she found out Leslie died a hero and would be awarded the Medal of Honor 42 years after his death. I
‘ve included a video and article of Rose Mary remembering her late husband along with a clip of the May 16, 2012 Medal of Honor ceremony awarded by President Obama to Leslie Sabo’s widow Rose Mary.   For the full ceremony visit the White House Channel on You Tube.
Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend with Beyonce singing an inspiring “God Bless America” at the Lincoln Memorial.
Join forces with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr.Jill Biden in announcing and spreading the word regarding complimentary admission for military families at 1,600 American museums from May 28th thur Labor Day 2012.  Press releases from the Detroit Institute of Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts follow below.

Have a Memorable Weekend!
Camille Mitchell
NCM Enterprises

Leslie & Rose Mary Sabo as a newlywed couple in 1969. 

President Obama holds Rose Mary Sabo-Brown at the Medal of Honor 
ceremony awarded posthumously to Army 4 Spc. Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. 
The First Lady & President Obama comfort Rose Mary Sabo-Brown during the Medal of Honor ceremony for her late husband.
Beyonce sings America the Beautiful – Lincoln Memorial

Go to:Joining Forces  for organizations to volunteer. donate to or check out other projects that may spark creative mind of how you can support military families.

Have some FUN at Detroit’s Lemonade Day June 9th

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Hello Everyone:
For information and to register for Detroit’s Lemonade Day Saturday, June 9, 2012; “Click on”:  Detroit’s Lemonade Day – Website  
For the 36 other cities across the USA go to:  Lemonade Day – USA Cities
For a video overview of Lemonade Day from founder, Michael Holthouse.  Lemonade DaIntroduction, founder Michael Holthouse – Video

Even if you do not have children who can participate in this FUN event; there are several opportunities to participate.   “Click on” the website link above to see which area you would benefit from and enjoy.

             Karanja Famodou, Alia-Cummings & Lauren Brinker 
                                     Detroit Lemonade Day


At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.
Emo Philips

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
Ron White

I live in New York and it’s the greatest city, but sometimes I want to move to the place with the porch and the lemonade and the farm.
Leelee Sobieski
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. I have several stands around here.
James Brady
Have a Refreshing Day!
Camille Mitchell
NCM Enterprises

The Excitement Builds: Fly to New York and meet President Obama and President Clinton

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Hi Everyone:

You will want to act fast for this incredible opportunity to spend an evening with Two Presidents on June 3, 2012.  You and one guest will have the airfare and hotel room paid by the Obama 2012 Campaign.  See details below.  Entry deadline is May 29, 2012.

Camille–Big news: Very soon, someone is going to get picked to spend an evening with two presidents.

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton are getting together next month in New York, and they’re extending a special invitation to someone like you. If you donate today, you’ll be in the running to join them — hotel and airfare’s on us.

It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Make a donation of whatever you can to support Democrats today, and you’ll be automatically entered to join Presidents Obama and Clinton in New York.

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an event featuring these two remarkable leaders, and listen as they swapped stories and discussed the major issues of our time. I have worked in politics for quite a while now, but I can honestly say that it was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. It was inspiring.

Don’t miss this opportunity.

Donate today. You’ll be automatically entered to meet Presidents Obama and Clinton:

Good luck,


Patrick Gaspard
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter or win. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by May 29, 2012. You may enter by contributing to Sponsor here or click here to enter without contributing. One winner will receive the following prize package: round-trip tickets for winner and a guest from within the fifty U.S. States, DC, or Puerto Rico to a destination to be determined by the Sponsor; hotel accommodations; an opportunity to meet with President Obama and President Clinton on a date determined by sponsor; and tickets for winner and a guest to attend Sponsor’s “Barack on Broadway” event, on a date and at a venue to be determined by the Sponsor (approximate retail value of all prizes $1,650.00). Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or age of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Democratic National Committee, 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington D.C. 20003.

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Camille Mitchell
NCM Enterprises

Tale of Two Tomatoes

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 It’s Tomato Tuesday:

Chef Jose Andres, world renowned chef from Spain was the guest chef working with other White House staff preparing a luncheon for First Lady Michelle Obama and the G8 Summitleaders’ spouses.
American Grown:  The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens across Americaauthor  Michelle Obama.  The book’s release date is Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (proceeds go to charity)
Following are videos with two salads using tomatoes.  Chef Jose Andres prepares the first salad on a food show. The second one is prepared by ThinkFood Group, founder Chef Jose Andres.
Which salad do you prefer?  E-mail your reply back by Friday, May 25th with your salad choice and a sentence or two about your choice.  I will let you know what the results are. Your reply will be entered into a random drawing for the book American Grown.
Buen Appetit!

             Two Red Tomatoes
             Pepe Romero, renowned Spanish
                                          classical & flamenco guitarist
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