NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DAY

Tuesday, June 12th: Cooooookies … Today is NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DAY. The peanut is such a versatile food. Peanut oil, peanut butter, salted and roasted.

Did you know …. It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter? Or that there are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches? (That’s A LOT of peanut butter sandwiches!)

I discovered another interesting piece of peanut trivia. Grand Saline, Texas (yea Texas!) holds the title for the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, weighing in at 1,342 pounds. Grand Saline trumped Oklahoma City’s 900 pounds peanut butter and jelly sandwich in November 2010. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma had been the reigning champion since September 7, 2002.

For more fascinating peanut trivia, check out this fun site: http://www.nationalpeanutboard.org/classroom-funfacts.php

For over 170 peanut butter cookie recipes, go check out this great recipe resource: http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Desserts/Cookies/Peanut-Butter-Cookies/

And on that note, I’m off to the kitchen. Peanut butter cookies; here I come!

CORN-ON-THE-COB DAY

Monday, June 11th: It’s not quite summer, but here in Texas it sure feels like it. Celebrate summer; celebrate CORN-ON-THE-COB DAY. Nothing beats the taste of freshly cooked corn and it’s easier to fix than you think.

Here’s a terrific site about how to cook corn-on-the-cob. It has step-by-step directions for grilling, microwaving, steaming and boiling. http://www.howtocookcornonthecob.com/

Here’s another Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob recipe: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/grilled_corn-on-the-cob/

Try the tasty butter and spice seasoning on this grilled recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tasty-BBQ-Corn-on-the-Cob/

For more corn recipes than you can ‘shake a stick at’, see this great site: http://southernfood.about.com/od/cornrecipes/a/Corn-Recipes.htm

Meet ya’ at the bar-b-que!

Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day

Sunday, June 10th: The numbers are astounding. Today is Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day, not a day to celebrate but certainly a day to increase our awareness.

Judith Natale, CEO & Founder of NCAC America-USA, claimed this day as “A day to reflect on how we can help stop the violence inAmericathat is destroying the lives and well-being of women and children. A day to prayerfully put an end to violent behavior in American homes, schools, workplaces and communities.” This day is recognized annually, the second Sunday in June.

National Organization for Women (NOW) reports: “In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner. That’s an average of three women every day. Of all the women murdered in theU.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.”

They also state that “According to theNationalCenterfor Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year. Less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury.” (See now.org for more information)

The statistics on children surpass these figures.

Childhelp.org reports: “Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in theUnited Statesinvolving 6 million children; that’s because reports can include multiple children. TheUnited Stateshas the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five children every day due to abuse-related deaths.”

That’s a lot of abuse inAmerica. What can we do to help?

First, become aware of the problem. Some is visible, but much of the abuse is hidden. Staying busy in our own little worlds, keeping our heads buried in the sand, won’t help. If you know of a neighbor or friend that’s experiencing abuse, try to be there for them, or guide them to an appropriate facility that has the resources and knowledge to help. Lend a helping hand to worthy organizations that assist in these matters. Financial aide and volunteering in always welcome. Check locally for churches and shelters in your community that need assistance.

Today, celebrate life by helping the lives of women and children in need.

BEST FRIEND DAY

Friday, June 8th: Today celebrates a special treasure. It’s BEST FRIEND DAY, a day to enjoy and appreciate your best friend … all of them! An anonymous poem is circulating that begins: “People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.”

Our life is filled with a variety of best friends. Some come and go for different reasons and seasons, and some are for a lifetime. Cherish and treasure them all. As John Leonard says, “It takes a long time to grow an old friend.”

Celebrate life; celebrate your best friends. Take time out of your day to spend some time with one or more of them. Give one a call. Jot a short note, telling them how special they are to you. Take a few minutes and send them a quick ‘You’re special to me’ email.

Following are a few true thoughts about ‘BFF’s.

Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend. ~Bill Watterson

Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things. ~Author Unknown

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had. ~Author Unknown

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~Flavia Weedn, Forever, © Flavia.com

A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse

Friends are relatives you make for yourself. ~Eustache Deschamps

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley

Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it’s good just knowing they are there. ~Author Unknown

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau

(Thanks to QuoteGarden.com for compiling a rich resource of quotes!!!)

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Thursday, June 7th: I scream, You scream, We all … (well, you know the rest). Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Now that’s a day worth celebrating, especially with these getting-warmer-almost-summer days. Ice cream is the perfect summer dessert. And chocolate, even better! Mmmmm … how about a scoop ofRocky Road, my favorite?

Here’s a yummy dessert that uses chocolate ice cream. http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Chocolate-Fudge-Ice-Cream-Pie-Food_com-94476ch.

What does your favorite ice cream flavor say about you? Go here to see ….http://www.icecream.com/funfacts/index.asp?b=105. I think you’ll be surprised.

Happy Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

DRIVE-IN MOVIE DAY

Wednesday, June 6th: Remember these? Today is Drive-In Movie Day, celebrating the opening of the first drive-in movie theater in 1933. The Park-In Theaters, as it was originally coined, was dreamed up by Richard Hollingshead, of Camden,New Jersey.

Hollingshead’s mother reportedly had difficulty sitting comfortably in traditional movie theater seats. Being a movie fan, he came up with the idea of an open-air theater to watch movies from the comfort of your own automobile. In May 1933 he first experimented in the driveway of his own home, using different projection and sound techniques. He tested for ways to guard against rain and inclement weather. He worked with the spacing of cars, for optimum viewing.

He obtained a patent for his idea and with an initial investment of $30,000, opened the first Park-In Theater, Inc. on June 6th. (Wow! Can ideas be implemented so quickly in today’s world?) Admission fees were 25 cents per car and 25 cents per person, with a one dollar maximum. This first theater seated 400 cars.

Hampered by the Depression andAmerica’s limited discretionary funds, things started out slowly. In 1945 there were only about 300 drive in theaters. Following the end of WW2, popularity spiked. In 1949 Hollingshead’s patent was overturned, opening the way for these popular venues, now called drive-in’s, to open up all over the country. By 1955 there were over 4,000 theaters.

Today very few drive-in’s remain. This venue may be destined as an icon of ‘Americana’. You may have to drive quite a distance to find one, so celebrating IN a drive-in may be difficult. We can still celebrate the memories of this slice of American history. Pop some popcorn, dim the lights and pop in a DVD. Celebrate life, celebrate a piece of “the good-ole days”.

INTERNATIONAL CLOTHESLINE WEEK

Monday, June 4th: Ahhhh…. Nothing beats the fresh scent of clean sheets dried on a clothesline. Celebrate INTERNATIONAL CLOTHESLINE WEEK (June 2-8) by drying at least one load of clothes on a clothesline this week. (All week works too!) Mother Earth appreciates it. She even provides the solar and wind power free of charge.

Wellness Mania, the sponsor of this earth-friendly celebration, states that there are many benefits in participating in this holiday. Fourteen benefits follow:

  1. Saves up to 10% of residential energy; Running a dryer 20 hours a month will cost you on average 100 kilowatt hours. A clothesline’s operating costs are zero!!
  2. Less need for nuclear energy or coal energy.
  3. Fewer emissions which saves our health, literally less deaths and saves the earth.
  4. Using solar and wind power – free.
  5. Clothes smell better (like sun and air).
  6. Clothes feel better.
  7. Clothes will last much longer (less wear and tear from the heat and tumbling of the dryer).
  8. Clothes don’t wrinkle – no need to use electric iron, another savings.
  9. No need to wait for the dryer to finish.
  10. Don’t have to empty the lint tray.
  11. Improve relationships; working together for the greater good builds friendships and love…
  12. Can be therapeutic – the time it takes to hang the clothes can be time of reflection of you, family, earth, etc.
  13. Burn calories – because you’re exercising many muscles you burn about 45 calories every 15 minutes.
  14. Go a step further and use cold water for your wash to save additional energy. Hot water does NOT clean clothes any better than cold. Hot water DOES deteriorate clothes faster and fades colors quicker. If cold doesn’t work for you, use warm instead of hot. This step alone will reduce massive amounts of pollution!

http://www.wellness-mania.com/international-clothesline-week.html

CHIMBORAZO DAY

Sunday, June 3rd: Chimba … Chimbo … Huh? It’s CHIMBORAZO DAY? What in the world is a Chimborazo? Do you eat it? Do you throw it? Do you run from it?

No running needed; Chimborazo, or MOUNT Chimborazo, if you please, just sits there. Proudly and majestically, Mount Chimborazo is an inactive volcano in Ecuador, rising 20,565 feet into the skies. Its claim to fame is that it reaches further out into space than any other mountain peak on Earth. Even though Mount Everest claims the title of highest mountain on Earth (nearly 10,000 feet higher thanMountChimborazo), it’s further from the moon. Mount Chimborazo is cheating a little. You know when you can’t quite reach the top shelf in the kitchen; you utilize a stepstool to give you that extra needed boost? With Mount Chimborazo being near the equator, that little extra bulge around the center of the earth (that many of us don’t realize is there), gives Chimborazo that little stepstool effect, giving it an extra 1.5-mile stretch. (Yep, the Earth too has one of those little middle-aged, too-many-french-fries “spare tire” bulges.)

The distance from the center of Earth to sea level at the equator is 13 miles greater than the distance from the center of Earth to sea level at the North Pole. Whew, that’s some “spare tire” Mother Earth.

Now, what to do with that information? I’m not sure how useful you’ll find it; but I know I’ve learned several new tidbits for the day. And finding a new day to celebrate, along with learning something new is ALWAYS a good day! Happy Chimborazo Day!

DRAWING DAY

Saturday, June 2nd: Drop everything and Draw! Today is the 5th annual DRAWING DAY. Celebrated the first Saturday of June, since 2008, Drawing Day is attempting to get 1 million people drawing worldwide – in one day!

Use a pencil, use a crayon, use a mouse; it doesn’t matter. This day is simply for the joy of drawing. According to Drawingday.org, “The goal for Drawing Day is simple – to create enough drawings to make some noise worldwide for the sake of art.” Draw your little heart out. Then take a picture and send it in. (Hmmmm, usually I advocate following the beat of your own drummer and being true to yourself. And here I am asking you to ‘join the crowd’.) To draw, or not to draw, that is the question. I’m off to draw; I already have a project in mind. I’ll post a picture later with my novice creation.

Here’s how to participate: http://www.drawingday.org/upload.php

75th NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY

Friday, June 1st: Chocolate glazed, plain cake, cream filled … Today is the 75th NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY. Annually, the first Friday of June, the Salvation Army celebrates Doughnut Day to honor the women, the “Lassies” who served doughnuts (or donuts) to soldiers during World War I. The day started in 1938 as a fundraiser inChicago. The Salvation Army’s goal was to help the needy during the Depression and to honor the “Lassies”.

Soon after entering World War I in 1917, around 250 Salvation Army volunteers went toFranceto help out in the canteens, or socials centers called “huts”, that were established near Army training centers. The huts were manned by six staff members and served baked goods, provided writing supplies and stamps, and provided a clothes-mending service.

Huts near the front lines were established in abandoned buildings. The volunteers found it difficult to provide fresh baked goods from these facilities. Two volunteers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, had the idea to serve doughnuts. The doughnuts were extremely popular. According to Wickipedia.com: Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.”

Many doughnut chains participate in National Doughnut Day and offer free doughnuts, often with the purchase of a coffee, to celebrate the day. Doughnuts are easy to make from home; you don’t need to go to a doughnut shop. (Although, as I write this I just finished my cream filled doughnut from our local doughnut shop!) Here are dozens of delicious make-them-yourself donut recipes. Gather the family around and whip up a few tonight. Cooking together in the kitchen is a good family-bonding activity. http://www.recipegoldmine.com/breakdonut/breakdonut.html

Want some even easier recipes? These recipes get their start with canned biscuit dough. Check them out. What could be easier? http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/canned-biscuit-dough-donuts-and-holes-recipe/index.html

Now, I’m off to go grab that chocolate glazed doughnut that’s waiting for me in the kitchen. Happy Doughnut Day everyone!

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