Sunday, May 31, 2009

Holiday Previews for the week

May 31 - National Macaroon Day - Macaroons are made from ground nuts and leavened egg whites. Coconut and potato starch is common in Macaroon recipes. Macaroons were believed to have been first made in an Italian monastery in 1792. While monks are well known for their vows of silence, they just couldn't keep quiet about this tasty treat. It is popular among the Jewish community, especially during Passover, when Jews can not cook with flour. But Jewish or not - they are just gooooood!!

May 31 - Save Your Hearing Day - Many hearing loss problems are avoidable. Hearing loss can result from a variety of reasons, including: health, genetic and environmental causes. On the environmental side, repeated long term exposure to loud, high decibel noises can overtime cause hearing loss. This cause, in particular, is often avoidable. Use Save Your Hearing Day as an opportunity to learn what you can do to avoid hearing loss to yourself, and your family.

May 31 - World No Tobacco Day - According to the World Health Organization's website: The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a "a world no-smoking day." In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May. World No Tobacco Day brings awareness of the health issues and dependency issues related to tobacco use. World No Tobacco Day stresses the importance of making people all over the world aware of the health dangers of using tobacco. And, it also stresses the addictive nature of tobacco use. JUST KICK THE HABIT!! I did :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

June 1 - Dare Day - Dare Day is a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. It's a day that daredevils truely relish. Today is definitely a call to action. It is not a day for procrastinators or for hesitation. Come on get out there and dare or D.A.R.E. - I double dare you!

June 1 - Flip a Coin Day - When making decisions needs a helping hand. This tradition dates back to Julius Caesar. Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice was unclear. The correct answer was "heads", which of course carried his image on the coin.

June 2 - National Bubba Day - Did you Know? Bubba is the Yiddish word for grandmother. National Bubba Day honors anyone named or called Bubba, formally or informally. You can even take on the name "Bubba" for just the day.

June 2 - National Rocky Road Day - Oh yeah! I like this holiday!! Who can't go for some cool, sweet ice cream on a day like today? Want to make your own Rocky Road Ice Cream? Just add nuts (almonds and/or pecans), mini marshmallows, and chunks of semisweet chocolate to your favorite ice cream recipe.

June 3 - Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day") - A good day to repeat yesterday. I suppose this is a good day to try to do something that you already tried before but could not properly do, but it is a really great day to repeat eating Rocky Road!

June 4 - Applesauce Cake Day - Applesauce Cake Day is a time to enjoy an old and often forgotten goodie. This is a truely delicious day. Here's a simple recipe if you lost yours:
APPLESAUCE CAKE

2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 c. raisins
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 stick butter
1 large egg
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. applesauce
1 tbsp. confectioners' sugar (for topping)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Stir together the flour, soda, baking powder, and spices.

In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and then slowly add a portion of the dry ingredients, then a little of the applesauce, and continue alternating wet and dry ingredients, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Add the raisins, walnuts, and vanilla at the end.

Turn into a greased and floured pan, and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tests done. To test for doneness inserted toothpick into the center of the cake -- it should remain clean when removed.

Cool the cake in the pan. Dust with confectioners sugar after removing from pan, when cake is cool.

June 4 - Hug Your Cat Day - oooo, good day! I hug my cat every day, but I will do extra today for the purpose of celebration! You don't have a cat? You can correct this today. The month of June is "Adopt a Cat Month".

June 4 - Old Maid's Day - The year was 1946 (or thereabouts). WWII was over, and millions of soldiers were returning home. There was a huge increase in marriages. Somewhere during this time, it was noted that there were plenty of Maidens waiting for the returning GIs. And, the ladies were not getting younger as they awaited the return of their GI. The long war had disrupted and put on hold many relationships. And, many GIs did not return home. Dances and socials were held to bring together returning soldiers and the many available, unmarried ladies. It is from this occurrence that Old Maid's Day emerged. Old Maid's Day exists to put into the spotlight all of the fair maidens who have yet to find their Prince Charming.
Ladies, celebrate Old Maids Day by getting out and getting noticed. Guys, open your eyes.... "Mrs. Right" may be right under your nose.

June 5 - National Doughnut Day - The term "Doughboy" was popular in referring to U.S. Army infantryman during World War I. American foot soldiers were occasionally called doughboys during the Civil War. The earliest references to the term, comes from the U.S-Mexican war. The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a moral boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army's "first doughnut girl".
Go to Dunkin's if you must - Just enjoy the doughnuts!

June 5 - World Environment Day - created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and focuses attention on important environmental issues. Celebrate World Environment Day by learning more and participating in World Environment Day activities and cotributing to organizations supporting environmental issues.

June 6 - National Gardening Exercise Day - Jumping jacks with your junipers, push-ups with your philodendrums...in reality, gardening is exercise. Experts say the various activities and tasks of gardening ultimately uses all of the major muscle groups. In addition, strenuous gardening activities such as raking, hoeing, and digging is both aerobic and muscle strengthening.

June 6 - National Yo-Yo Day - Many believe that the Yo-Yo originated in China as early as 500-1000 B.C. However, their is some evidence that it was first used in Greece even before this time. The Yo-Yo was made wildly popular in America by businessman Donald F. Duncan Sr. He manufactured the "Duncan Yo-Yo" in the early 1900's. Steal your sons yo-yo for the day if you must - go "walk the dog"!

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