Football is Back!

It is the game everyone has been talking about. The playoff rematch of one of the most exciting games in recent NFL history. Tonight is the NFL Kickoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. The Ravens are defending their Super Bowl championship, and the Broncos are looking for revenge for their heartbreaking, season-ending loss.

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Besides being a much anticipated game, this Ravens-Broncos rematch has also brought much controversy. Historically the Super Bowl Champions open the season at home, but the Ravens will be playing the Broncos in Denver because the Orioles have a game in Baltimore. There was a suggestion of changing it to a day game, but both the Orioles and their opponent the Chicago White Sox had night games on the road last night, which would have made a day game today extremely difficult. Baltimore Ravens fans are not happy. The NFL has tried to appease Ravens fans by having the Kickoff Celebration in Baltimore rather than in Denver, the actual host city of the game. This includes a full day of events culminating with fireworks, a water light show, and a free concert by Keith Urban. Meanwhile in Denver, Broncos fans have been annoyed that their stadium is adorned with a picture of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. This is the same quarterback who squashed the Broncos Super Bowl hopes in January with a last second, game-winning, hail mary pass in double overtime. The NFL mandated pictures of both quarterbacks, Manning and Flacco, are also lining the streets of downtown Denver. NFL vice president of corporate communications, Brian McCarthy, defends the banners saying, “think of this game as more of an opening ceremony, a celebration of the new season for the entire league.” But to Denver Broncos fans, this is a home game.

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Where do you stand on the controversy? Ravens fans, how upset are you that your Super Bowl Champions open up their season on the road? And does having the NFL Kickoff celebration make up for it? Broncos fans, how annoyed are you that this celebration is taking place in Baltimore and not in Denver? And how upset are you that there is a huge picture on your stadium of the guy who ended your season last year? Orioles fans, how annoyed are you that this NFL kickoff celebration with fireworks and a concert will be taking place just a few blocks away during the game? However you feel about it, all this controversy has already made this Ravens – Broncos rematch one of the most talked about games and kickoff is still hours away. May the best team win!

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Thanksgiving Recipes and Traditions – part 1

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, food and football. What could be better than that? For the next two blog posts, we at Century Corporation are going to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and traditions with you. But first, a little Thanksgiving history lesson.

How did Thanksgiving become a holiday? In Autumn 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared a three-day  harvest feast, which was considered the first Thanksgiving. They feasted on deer, geese, oysters, corn, onions, pumpkins, squash, and dried fruits. This tradition continued every year, but was not an official ‘holiday’, simply a celebration and gathering. It wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November a national day of Thanksgiving. Then in 1939, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up a week to create a longer Christmas shopping season hoping to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. There was such a public uproar about this decision that President Roosevelt had to move Thanksgiving back. In 1941, Congress sanctioned Thanksgiving a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. For more on the history of Thanksgiving, please visit http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Some favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the staff at Century Corporation are Cornbread Casserole, Sweet Sweet Potatoes, and Meatballs with Sweet Sauce.

Cornbread Casserole

1 Pkg Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
1 stick butter-melted
1 8oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 8oz can cream style corn, undrained
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 375, grease 1 ½ quart casserole dish

Pour butter and corn into prepared dish, blend in sour cream. In a separate bowl beat eggs and
stir into casserole along with muffin mix, blend thoroughly. Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is firm.

Sweet Sweet Potatoes

canned sweet potatoes
butter
brown sugar

melt lots of butter in frying pan
cut sweet potatoes in fourths – or bite size pieces
place sweet potatoes into frying pan
add lots and lots of brown sugar
continually turn sweet potatoes over
keep adding butter and brown sugar as needed to make a crunchy coating
cook until sweet potatoes are dark brown

Meatballs with Sweet Sauce

4lbs of ground beef
2 large eggs

Eyeball the following:
Bread crumbs
Garlic powder
Fresh ground black pepper

Bake in 400 degree oven bout 55 – 60 mins

In crock pot put 3 10oz bottles of chili sauce and 1 2lb jar of grape jelly
Cook on med high till all blended and hot
Add cooked meatballs

Some favorite Thanksgiving traditions from the staff at Century Corporation are watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (which started in 1924), watching Miracle on 34th Street, eating a turkey sandwich for dessert at 9pm, and donating food to families in need. Please have your Thanksgiving food donations in front of your door today Nov 8 for pick up, or take them to the leasing office.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please come back next week for part two of Century Corporation’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes and traditions.

Fall – is it the best season?

Sweatshirts, jeans, rustling leaves, pumpkins, football. What do these things remind you of? Fall – or autumn if you are more sophisticated. We have had Fall-like temperatures this past week, and it has put everyone in a fantastic mood! This leads me to the question, is Fall the best season?

Fall is the Best Season

If you love football, then Fall is definitely your favorite season. With September comes football, both college and NFL. And with football comes football parties. Friends gather together for football parties when their team is away and tailgate together at the stadium during home games. It is a great time of fellowship and fun. It is especially fun when your team is winning. Most folks who live at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments are very happy because their Baltimore Ravens are in first place and will most likely remain there throughout the season.

Fall is for Football

If you love moderate temperatures, then Fall is definitely your favorite season. People are happier when the weather is nice. And the weather during Fall couldn’t be any nicer – high 60s and low 70s with low humidity and mostly sunny skies. It is cool enough outside to open the windows in your house and have that fresh air circulating. It is warm enough during the day for a tee shirt and jeans and just cool enough at night for a sweatshirt. It is perfect weather for outdoor activities such as the Charm City Music Festival this Saturday September 15th in Baltimore City and the Main Street Music Festival in Ellicott City September 29th.

Fall is for Festivals

If you love school, then Fall is definitely your favorite season. Some youth (and I was one of them) get really excited to go back to school. It is fun to get new school clothes and new school supplies. Being back at school seeing your friends every day  – lots of fun to be had. And I am sure parents, especially those who stay home with their kids, are especially happy when schools start again. I know Fall is their favorite season.

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So, is Fall the best season? What do you love about Fall?