Cheap Family Recipes – Dinners Under $8

One way to plan some cheap family recipes when you are just starting out and don’t really know how to go about it, is to make a list of staples that are inexpensive in your area. The reason this works well is that the whole meal can be planned around that staple, and small bits of more expensive foods can be added to it to create interest, add nutrition, and round out the meal.

In general, the following staples can be purchased fairly cheaply in most areas and are filling and healthy.

* Legumes- dry beans, peas, lentils

* Grains- barley, rice, millet, cracked wheat or bulgur, oats, flour

* Pasta

* Vegetables- potatoes, cabbage, onions, carrots

Try a rich, tasty split pea soup. You could combine this with discount or homemade buns and serve canned peaches for dessert. The cost for this soup is $4.00 and it serves 6 people.

Rich Split Pea Soup

2 tbsp oil, 1 chopped onion, 1 cup red lentils, 5 cups water, 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 1 (11oz) can condensed split pea soup, 1 (11oz) can condensed cream of potato soup, 1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk.

In large pot, combine oil and onion. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes until onion is browned. Stir in water, bouillon cubes and lentils. Bring to boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes.

Add soups to pot and stir well. Bring back to a simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk and turn off heat.

Serve immediately.

Pesto Pasta Salad

This recipe serves 8 and costs $6.40 to make. Serve with deli ham and orange wedges on the side.

1/2 cup Spinach Pesto, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup salad dressing, 2 Tbsp milk, 1 (16 oz) bag bow tie pasta, 2 cups frozen peas, 1 chopped green pepper, 3 stalks celery chopped, 1/4 cup chopped green onions.

Bring to boil a large pot of salted water. Meanwhile, combine in large bowl the pesto, mayo, salad dressing, and milk. Mix well. Cook pasta until al dente. Place frozen peas in strainer and drain pasta over peas to warm them. Add pasta and peas to pesto mixture and stir in pepper, celery, and green onions. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours before serving.

Cheap Family Recipes can be made with beans and rice. These 2 ingredients together make a complete protein, so no need for meat. Cost of this dish is $6.55; serve with carrot sticks on the side for a great color combination.

Red Beans and Rice

1 1/2 cups long grain rice, 3 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 3 Tbsp butter- divided, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped green pepper, 3 stalks chopped celery, 2 (15 oz) cans red kidney beans drained, 1 (4 oz) can green chilies with juice, 1/2 cup chili sauce, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper.

Cook rice according to directions. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter in large skillet; add onion and cook 3 minutes. Add pepper and celery; cook 4 more minutes. Add beans, chilies, chili sauce and pepper. Bring to a simmer.

When rice is cooked, add 2 Tbsp butter. Put rice on serving plate and make an indentation in the center. Pour bean mixture into center and serve immediately.

Viva Las Vegas Buffets

Please correct me if I am wrong but are not Las Vegas Buffets just the best in the
World! OK there are a few ones that are a bit how your your father (an Australian term
For so so) but I am still going to a buffet that I havn't enjoyed. This is probably why I
Have a Vegas Buffet waist line.

Here I would like to share with you my top seven favorite buffets in Las Vegas.

1. La Village Buffet as Paris hotel.

I have to say that this buffet is total class, great service and the best French cuisine I
Have ever tasted. They also have a great seafood selection and as far as I know are
The only buffet that serves Bananas Foster for dessert! With great atmosphere I give
It a 10/10

2. Spice Market Buffet at Aladdin.

This buffet has a similar feel to the buffet at paris but more fake jewels on the walls
. The food is great but I have to say the selection was not as exciting as at paris.
However it really is great value and located in the middle of some of the best
Shopping in Vegas, who can complain!

3 Todai Japanese Seafood Buffet at Aladdin.

If you love Japanese then this is the place for you. More sushi then you can poke a
Stick at! They seem to have the most fresh and best selection of sushi I have seen
In a very long time. Other buffets really could afford to learn from this great place.

4.French Market Buffet at Orleans

I really liked this buffet. It was clean with a great selection of French foods on show.
Judging by the size of some of the partrons of this place they could not either! If
You are over that way and looking for a not too expensive lunch or dinner option
Then this is place for you.

5. Village Seafood Buffet as Rio

If you love seafood then you will be in heaven! Well worth the wait for the bus ride
To Rio (you catch it a Bally's) the seafood here is the best in Vegas. The ironic thing
Is that I can not eat seafood, but I was taking my Mom out so I wanted to make sure
She had a great night. Despite not being able to eat much of the buffet, I was still
Able to leave with a more then full feeling that left me more then satisfied. By the
Way Mom says the seafood was fantastic!

6. The Buffet at Bellagio at Bellagio

For a place that is as glitzy and showy as the Bellagio I have to say I was a little
Disappointed at the fare they presented. Do not get me wrong it was all very nice but
Perhaps just not at the level you would expect of such a "high roller" establishment.
The day I was there they did have lovely duck and I had just lost $ 100 on blackjack
So let's not mention that again?

7. Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station.

Ok Ok I know that this place is off the beat track but really it's worth the cab ride.
This has to be the absolutely best priced, quality buffet in town. It's cheep and
Cheerful and boy the food and service was great. Sometimes it's nice to get off Las
Vegas Blvd for a change after all, and you get to avoid all the snooty high rollers
That would not be seen dead here! Save your pennies for the craps table and still
Leave as full as an egg.

Well that's my top seven buffets. But before you run off do not forget to have a look
For some of the discounts that are available with great coupons and clubs. These
Books are great, you get to rub shoulders with the stars and still have cab fare
Home!

Viva Las Vegas Buffets!

Fat Loss For Busy People – The Warrior Diet

The Warrior Diet: fatloss for busy people.

In today`s society, most of us lead extraordinarily busy and hectic lives, so the idea of trying to remember what to eat or not eat at exactly what time is a prospect that often turns off people to dieting. I am definitely in the same boat, with classes at odd times during the school year, and a full and part time job on my breaks so I hate having to worry about what my next meal is going to be.

Enter the Warrior diet!

The basic premise of this diet is that you only eat one big meal per day and nothing else, except maybe a piece of fruit in the morning. This is an incredibly flexible diet that almost anyone can fit into their schedule. Most people end up eating their large meal at either lunch or dinner, but you can eat whenever you want to. I love eating like this during especially busy days since I actually feel more energetic during the day without food in my stomach, and then I`m ready for a big meal

Don`t worry about your metabolism slowing down.

I think many people tend to get caught up in the idea of eating multiple meals per day as “healthy”. This is a mainstream media and bodybuilding myth perpetuated by supplement companies who want nothing more than you eating protein shakes and popping pills six times a day. Now I`m not saying that eating 6 meals per day is not effective, I just think most people tend to eat too much at these smaller meals, and it requires a lot of discipline and planning to be effective. If anything, your body will go into overdrive to maintain your lean body mass, while living off of your fat stores during the period you aren’t eating. You lose more fat, your body works better: a win-win situation!

Elite military units do it: You can too

A good example is the US Army Ranger School. These guys are forced to go days at a time eating little to nothing, then come back and essentially “make up” their calorie deficit. Now I admit this isn’t the greatest example since they actually lose muscle mass during their training, but that is because they aren’t doing any heavy resistance training (i.e. weights), and they are in an extreme survival scenario eating foods with low protein and vitamin content. You and I don`t have that problem, so don`t worry about it.

Why eating all your calories in one meal is actually healthy

Think about it. Our caveman ancestors almost certainly didn t have access to food 24/7, eating snacks every couple of hours “To keep their metabolism up”. I really don`t think it`s healthy to have food constantly in your stomach. If your gut, liver and stomach are constantly working to process food, when are they going to rest? It seems very natural to have one big meal after a period of fasting. Now I wouldn t recommend eating like this every single day, but maybe 3-5 times a week is definitely doable.

A caveat before you try this

Be careful not to overeat while on the Warrior diet. Eating all your calories in one meal can be a lot of fun and you can be a little less strict on the types of foods you eat. However, I would definitely try to fill up on veggies and lean meats as the base of the meal first, and then move on to starches or high carb foods like bread or potatoes. This will help you keep calories in check and insure you get an adequate amount of protein.

Blogging for Dollars

Blogging for dollars may sound like the latest game show or some new drinking game, but it's the latest craze to hit the Internet. Bloggers began blogging for a number of reasons, but as the blog movement has increased in popularity, they have found ways to monetize their blogs and are seeing their commitment pay off.

Whether a blogger's focus is to communicate with customers or just to have fun, they have begun looking at ways to earn revenue from their blogs. The most popular ways for bloggers to earn some added cash for their pet projects are:

1.) Google AdSense in Blogs
Google AdSense allows webmasters to dynamically serve content-relevant advertisements in blogs. If the visitor clicks one of the AdSense ads served to the blog, the website owner is credited for the referral. Webmasters need only to insert a Google-generated java script into the blog or blog template. Google's spider parses the AdServing blog and serves ads that relate to the blog's content. Google uses a combination of keyword matching and context analysis to determine what ads should be served.

2.) Affiliate Programs (Product Endorsements)
Affiliate Programs work when an affiliate web site receives income for generating sales, leads, or traffic to a merchant website. Generally, bloggers will mention or endorse specific products and if site visitors purchase the product, bloggers will receive a portion of the sale.

3.) Product Promotion
Businesses use blogs to detail how specific features or product add-ons can increase functionality and save time. Content-rich product promotion will help with search engine placement.

4.) Banner Ads
While less popular than in the past, websites with high traffic levels can still earn decent revenue by selling banner space.

As the Internet evolves bloggers will continue to seek out ways to monetize their opinions and thoughts. Daily journals and online blogs have become more than just a communication means to many.

Tips To Select Luxury Watches For Men

Watches reflect personality of an individual. They not only act as time showing gadgets, but also work as fashion accessories revealing style and status. Luxury watches are very famous high end accessories. Their charming appearance and performance can attract any individual. These timepieces are highly valuable and are available in various styles and designs. By following these tips, you can select a perfect product in quick time.

Consider style statement

The first thing which should be considered while selecting a luxury timepiece is preferences of the recipient. Before considering any design, you should analyze style statement of the person who will wear the product. Without considering preferences, you cannot determine whether he’ll like it or not. Some people like lavish designs while others prefer simple dials with classy appearance. Therefore, consider choice of the recipient and look for a timepiece which compliments his personality perfectly.

Consider the factor of looks

While selecting a watch, another thing which should be considered is its appearance. A luxury timepiece should perfectly complement personality of the recipient. It should give an attractive and classy look. In order to select a perfect product, it’s very important to try out various options and look for something which gives a unique and aesthetic look. A rough look can never help in selecting a perfect timepiece.

Shape and size of the dial

The next factor which should be considered is shape of the dial. Men luxury watches are available in square as well as round dials. Both of them give a nice look and improve personality of an individual. You can pick a perfect dial by checking different products. Trying out various sizes will give a clear idea of best products. Therefore, check different products and look for a dial looks perfect on recipient’s wrist.

Strap type

While selecting a timepiece, you should check which type strap it carries. Some timepieces have leather straps while some have metal ones too. In order to select a perfect product, you should consider recipient’s needs and determine which strap would be best for him. There is wide range of straps and proper analysis is the only way to select a perfect one in quick time.

These were some tips to select luxury timepieces for men. After following these tips, you can select a perfect watch to enhance your personality. Just look for a product which depicts your lifestyle, personality and status perfectly.

Durable TV Stands

TV stands and for that matter audio racks, media storage, speaker stands and almost all components of home theater furniture, are available in wood, steel, and glass. Some are also available in clear or tinted acrylic. When setting up your home theater you need to locate those that are built to last, unless you plan to replace the furniture every couple of years.

For wooden stands, solid wood is the best, though not the only choice, for durable material. Take your pick from hardwoods, softwoods, wood veneer, and engineered woods. Hardwood is premium wood. In hardwood, you have a choice of maple, oak, teak, cherry, mahogany, and ebony. These are generally harder to work, more attractive, and more expensive.

Softwoods include pine, spruce, cedar, redwood, and fir. Although the name might suggest, these are not necessarily softer. All solid wood, whether hardwood or softwood, have a strong decorative appeal in their grain, which looks elegant and canker a lifetime and more. Wood veneer is another popular material for making stands. It looks as good as solid wood, but is much cheaper. It is made up of thin strips of real wood glues to a substrate, which makes it cheaper than solid woods.

Engineered woods are made from mill waste, wood scraps and other materials that would otherwise be discarded as trash. The mill waste and wood scrap is glued and bonded into sheets. These products are environmentally friendly and recycled. They reduce the need for tree cutting and in many ways are better than solid wood because they cost less and do not warp. TV stands made from engineered wood are not as durable as those made from solid wood, but with a little care and upkeep can last for decades.

Metal stands come in aluminum, brass, and stainless steel, which is the predominant material in the market. Unlike the other metals, stainless steel does not rust or tarnish. It takes chrome plating as well as powder coating very well, which means that it is available in a variety of attractive finishes. It can be worked into an overwhelming variety of sleek, creative and innovative designs with ease. A modern stand made of steel goes well with your high-tech audio and video systems, and lasts very long.

Glass is of three types. Regular glass, also known as 'annealed glass', shatters into large shards with razor sharp edges, and is not suitable for furniture. Heat-treated or 'toughened' glass is much stronger than annealed glass. Glass that is treated with chemicals and heat, known as 'tempered glass', is many times stronger than annealed glass. When broken, it forms small cube-like pieces instead of sharp-edged shards, and is there much safer than annealed glass. Stands, speaker stands, audio stands etc made of tempered glass can last long but need careful handling. You need to be extra careful while cleaning or moving them.

Serenitylivingstores strives to assist people in making informed decisions on furnishing their homes. He writes for http://www.tv-stands-shop.com/ , an online shop for TV stands and other furniture.

Buying Your First Drum Kit

Buying a new drum kit might be too overwhelming for the beginner. After all, you’re not just buying one piece (i.e., an acoustic guitar, a saxophone, etc.); rather, you’re about to buy an assortment of drums and cymbals. With different brands and various prices to choose from, you might find yourself a bit confused when you arrive at the music shop. This said, here’s a drum lesson for the first-time consumers.

I’m Ready… and so is my Wallet

Let’s start with the most important aspect of buying a drum kit: the budget. First of all, it’s best that you spend as little as possible. After all, you’ve just enrolled for a drum lesson program. This said, don’t buy the biggest, best sounding drum set available at your music shop. They’re expensive; plus, they might be too advanced for you. Rather, set your budget for a drum kit that’s worth around $300 to $600.

Now you might say: “Hey, I’ve got the money anyway; might as well spend it.” If you’re a beginner, there’s a huge chance that you’d be wasting your cash. See, if you get the best sounding drum kit and then you assume that your playing will improve then you’re definitely wrong. Though you will eventually improve with practice, playing a cheaper starter kit would make you more eager to make your sound as good as possible (since you strive to play better).

Wait, There’s no Cymbals!

A lot of beginners might get shocked upon knowing that a typical starter drum set doesn’t come with cymbals. This is because drum manufacturers generally do not construct cymbals (and vice versa). But then again, a drum set wouldn’t be complete without its own set of cymbals. With that in mind, a good set of cymbals would typically include a 20″ride cymbal, a 16″ crash cymbal and a couple of 14″ high hat cymbals.

If you’re just starting out, you can buy a combination ride/crash cymbal, separate it into two, and use these as distinct cymbals. Though it may save you a bit of cash, eventually you’ll want to get a separate set of crash and ride cymbals as you progress. If you’re buying second-hand cymbals, however, be sure to inspect it for cracks. Look around its edges for splits as well. Again, budget wisely; don’t spend over $200 on beginner cymbals.

What Piece?

If you find yourself with a really tight budget, don’t worry if you can only afford a four piece drum kit. Look at it this way: the fewer the pieces the better. See, too many drums might be too much of a temptation for you. During a drum lesson, you’d feel that you’re compelled to play with your extra toms, cowbells, and octobans-instead of focusing on the fundamentals. Don’t worry if you only have a basic drum kit, you can add more equipment later.

Asking for a Little Help

Lastly, it’s not bad if you ask for some help when you’re shopping. If you have a friend who already owns a drum kit, be sure to ask him (or her) to help you with inspecting, shopping, and even negotiating for your new drum kit. If you can, you can also ask for your drum instructor for some help and advice. After all, a drum set is something you wouldn’t want to waste your hard-earned money on.

Top 25 Children Quotations

  1. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”
    — Franklin P. Adams
  2. “A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine.”
    — Anonymous
  3. “Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.”
    — Aristotle
  4. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
    James Baldwin
  5. “The best inheritance a person can give to his children is a few minutes of his time each day ”
    O. A. Battista
  6. “Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.”
    — Bill Cosby
  7. “There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.”
    Monta Crane
  8. “The children despise their parents until the age of 40, when they suddenly become just like them – thus preserving the system.”
    — Quentin Crewe
  9. “Your children will see what you’re all about by what you live rather than what you say.”
    Wayne Dyer
  10. “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”
    — Albert Einstein
  11. “We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “Teach your child to hold his tongue; he’ll learn fast enough to speak.”
    — Benjamin Franklin
  13. “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
    — Theodore M. Hesburgh
  14. “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation Where they will not be judged by the color of their skin But by the content of their character.”
    — Martin Luther King, Jr
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  15. “The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”
    — Sam Levenson
  16. “Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.”
    Harold Hulbert
  17. “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters.”
    — Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
  18. “Children are living jewels dropped unsustained from heaven.”
    Robert Pollok
  19. “Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them.”
    — Jonas Salk
  20. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
    — Angela Schwindt
  21. “I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.”
    James Thurber
  22. “Child rearing myth #1: Labor ends when the baby is born.”
    — Unknown
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  24. “Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.”
    Unknown
  25. “Children are the sum of what mothers contribute to their lives. ”
    Unknown
  26. “When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.”
    Zig Ziglar

History of Ear Gauging in Tribal Civilizations

A study of the history of ear gauging indicates the practice to be as old as recorded human history. For males, this form of ear piercing has been a symbol of status, while for women, in addition to being used as means of bodily decoration, it has also been employed to signify the attainment of womanhood.

Ear gauging, which is also referred to as ear stretching, is the stretching of ear lobe piercings to larger diameters than that of the original piercing. It is a form of body enhancement or beautification that many young western people adopt to look ‘different’ from the usual crowd. However, this is not a modern form of body piercing, since it has been around for as long as archaeological records exist.

In many cases, ear gauging has been used historically to indicate the standing of members of a specific tribe, and in many respects this is still the situation today. Stretched piercings have been, and still are, a reflection on the individual’s sexual capability and also their superiority over other males in the tribe. The larger the stretching, the more important the individual.

Otzi the Iceman is a prime example of mummies known to have stretched ears. This is the earliest known example of ear gauging, Otzi having 7-11 mm ear piercings during 3300 BC. It has been suggested that the stretching of the ears noted in depictions of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Buddha, may have been caused by the weight of the gold jewelry he wore, but this is mere supposition.

It is supported, however, by the fact that the Masai tribe of Kenya and the Lahu and Karen-Paduang people of Thailand use this ‘gravity’ technique to stretch their piercings. Let us have a look at the ear gauging practices used today by various cultures.

A. Mursi Tribal Women

The Mursi is an Ethiopian tribe where the women are obliged to wear plates in their gauged ears and on their bottom lip. About a year prior to her marriage, or at about 15 years of age, a Mursi girl’s lip will be pierced by her mother and a wooden peg pushed through the incision.

Once healed, the peg is changed for a larger diameter one. Eventually, the peg is replaced by a plate of clay or wood, and this plate is successively changed for larger diameter ones until the required diameter is attained – from around 8 – 22 cm in diameter (3 – 9 inches). Once these plates have been secured, she receives a higher degree of respect than those without them, and is known as a ‘Bhansanai’.

These lip and ear plates need not be worn permanently, but are an expected adornment during special occasions such as during weddings and other celebrations, and when they serve food to men. Today, young women can generally make their own decision as to whether or not they follow this tradition.

B. The Masai People of Kenya

The practice of ear gauging has been common among Masai men and women for thousands of years. In recent years, however, most young men have not been following this custom, although you will still find many Masai women wearing ear decorations made from stones, cross-cut elephant tusks, wood and animal bones.

The original piercing is carried out using a thorn, sharpened twig or a sharp knife point. Once healed, ear gauging is then carried out by wearing increasingly heavy jewellery that pulls the lobe down and stretches the piercing. This is the traditional way of gauging ears in the more primitive cultures, although many Masai today will use proper ear gauging techniques, such as their own versions of insertion tapers or taper spikes. Beads are a common form of ornamentation, although plugs made from bone, tusks and wood are also used.

C. The African Fulani Tribe

Fulani women from Nigeria and Central Africa tend to use smaller diameter ear gauges, and decorate them using large gold domes or hoops carrying earrings. A Fulani child will have her ears pierced at around 3 years old, although they may not be stretched until she is older. The gauges used by Fulani women are relatively small compared to the Masai and Mursi, although the jewellery can be larger.

D. Asian Hill Tribes

Of the various hill tribes, the only two known to practice ear gauging are the Lahu from Thailand, and the Karen-Padaung (Longnecks) from Myanmar (Burma) and also the Phrae province in Thailand. That latter tribe are best known for their neck rings, offering the appearance of long necks, but both cultures believe the ear to be sacred and the more jewellery they can wear on the better. By gauging their ears, they are able to wear the maximum amount of jewellery they believe possible.

E. Mexican and Central American Civilizations

In Mayan and Aztec society, ear gauging was regarded as desirable for males. There are many Mayan representations of men with flares and ear plugs (ear spools) in gauged ears, and the material used was indicative of the social standing of the wearer. Jade ear plugs were worn by the higher classes, while the rest would use bone, stone, wood and other materials. In central Mexico, the craftsmanship of the Aztecs is evident in the ear gauging plugs and ornaments of gold and silver, though the lower classes would adorn their stretches earlobes with shells, copper and wood among many other imaginative materials.

Ear gauging has been carried out worldwide, and among other notable areas involved in this practice are Japan, where the Ainu used ear jewellery made from shells, bone and a ball and ring known as Ninkari. There are many other cultures worldwide where ear gauging was a part of their life, and even today many people regard ear stretching as a fashion statement and a way of expressing their own personality and individuality.

What You May Not Know About Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games there is out there. Why? Well, it could possibly be because it is such a simple game to learn and play. There truly is only one rule. You need to get as close as possible to twenty-one without going over. Ta-da! That’s it. No real rocket science involved. If you can add, you can play. So based upon that alone, that may be the reason why it has been and will continue to be one of the most popular casino games.

But, was it invented by Americans? Nope. Card games as a whole were the invention of the Chinese. The earliest forms of card games known were played with paper money in China around the year 900 AD. From what is understood from research, they used to shuffle money and one day said hey, that would make a great game; so what they called “paper tickets” was born. Time and tide changes all things-what a great saying-and a German gentleman by the name of Johann Gutenberg in 1440 said: Hm, I can make this better (not really but it’s fun to think he said that). Or it may be that he just saw a way to make a product that would be high in demand and make him lots of money. Smart man! So he printed the very first deck of cards.

But let’s not digress, back to blackjack, the closet game way back when to blackjack most think was in France in the 1700s. It was called “vingt-et-un” or ta-da! twenty-one. There were some wonderful card games that spun off from this first game; much as a famous TV series will have a spin off show. “Seven and a Half” and a game from Spain called “One and Thirty” are just a couple that have been pin pointed as possible spin offs from blackjack. Then in the 1800s its popularity spread to the US. Again, time and tide change things because it wasn’t exactly the same as the blackjack that we know and love but so close that most agree that its roots came from this game.

But in about the year 1910, this great game had reached the US version of casinos and was being pushed to them in an effort to entice them to play. Their marketing of the game went so far as to give players a bonus if they got the “Black Jack” and the “Black Ace” in their hand. From this bonus, came the wonderful name we all know and love now: Blackjack.

Now, blackjack is a wonderful casino game or a great fun family night game. Many movies have featured it in all its simplicity in their films, further expanding its popularity. So the next time you and your family sit down for a family night maybe make it a blackjack night. Not only will it be a great way to impart some history on cards but-shh don’t tell them-it will give them more practice in math.