April 13th

Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday the 13th. I never have had bad luck on Friday the 13th but then I seem to be one of those people who use superstitions to work in my favor.  However, that maybe because I have a strong foundation in my religious beliefs. Most superstitions are attributed to religious or cult practices or beliefs. I can’t tell you how many people of commented on the fact that we have a black cat that sits in our window. Yes a black cat. I am not at all superstitious about this wonderful animal but many are. I look forward to this being a good day and I hope the rest of you do to. Here is a bit of history on Friday the 13th.

For more information go to:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9202600/Friday-13th-a-history-of-superstition.html

The roots of Friday as an unlucky day lie in early Christianity; it was the day on which Christ was crucified.

In Britain there are regional variations. In Somerset, it is said that whoever turns a bed on a Friday turns ships at sea. In Cumberland, babies born on a Friday were laid on the family Bible.

In some areas, calling a doctor for the first time on a Friday is a certain omen of death. Cutting hair and nails on a Friday is a certain path to misfortune, and many couples will refrain from marrying on a Friday.

A Yorkshire legend has it that laundry should not be performed on a Friday. It is said that as Christ was walking to Calvary a woman washing outside her house derisively waved a wet garment at his face, leading him to curse her and all those who washed on that day in future.

Suspicion around the number 13 has Christian origins as well, reflecting the last supper where Christ dined with his twelve apostles.

The Romans also disliked the number, believing it to be a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune.

Houses often do not have a number 13, and many hotels, including the Carlton in London, miss out a thirteenth floor.

It is considered very unlucky for thirteen people to dine together, and the first to rise will reach serious misfortune – a superstition upheld by US President Roosevelt. He also refused to travel on Friday the 13th.

In the novel Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown cites the 14th century execution of Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay, which took place on Friday the 13th. He cursed the Pope and the King of France, spreading misfortune. Some historians have claimed it was the day on which Eve bit the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, the great flood began and the builders of the Tower of Babel

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National Days

National Scrabble Day for more info go to:http://ayearofholidays.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/national-scrabble-day/

April 13 is National Scrabble Day because the games inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts, was born on this day in 1899. Although Mr. Butts (Don’t laugh! He can’t help it!) invented the game in 1938, it didn’t really catch on until a Macy’s executive fell in love with it fourteen years later. His first game was called Lexico, but his 1938 version was reworked and renamed Criss-Crosswords. He sold the rights in 1948 to a man named James Brunot, who made a few minor changes and renamed it Scrabble.

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April 13, 2012 is

National Peach Cobbler Day

It’s National Peach Cobbler Day! A cobbler is a deep-dish fruit pie covered with a thick crust made from biscuit dough. This delicious dessert originated in the American West during the 19th century. Although for many years people did not consider cobbler fashionable enough to serve to guests, it has now earned a permanent place in the pantheon of wholesome American desserts.

Did you know that the world’s largest peach cobbler was 11×5 feet across and 8 inches deep? It appeared at the Georgia Peach Festival in 2007 and contained 90 pounds of butter, 150 pounds of sugar, 150 pounds of flour, 32 gallons of milk, and 75 gallons of peaches!

To celebrate National Peach Cobbler Day, bake a delicious peach cobbler for dessert tonight!

http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-peach-cobbler-day

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Wow!  National Peach Cobbler Day in April?  Decent peaches haven’t even hit the market yet.  Oh well … so, let’s make a cobbler anyway.  Now, a lot of things are called cobblers.  If it doesn’t have a biscuit crust, it IS NOT a cobbler!  The name cobbler comes from the fact that the surface looks like a cobbled street.  So, biscuits it is.

And, cobblers also traditionally referred to the ones made from larger fruit like apples an peaches.  A “grunt,” was made from berries.  Why were they called “grunts?”  Because as the small, soft berries cooled the dish would make a sort of grunting noise.  Then, if all this isn’t confusing enough, there are slumps and skips.  A “slump,” is an alternate name for a grunt.  Again, as the soft fruit cooled it tended to slump down.  A “skip,” however was made with a batter crust, and it was considered so east to make that it only took a hop, skip and jump, thereby the name.

Cobblers are usually deeper than a pie and with only a top crust, and of course that crust should be made of biscuits.  They are the very essence of summer, when fresh fruit is plentiful and deep in flavor, imparting the rich flavor of their juices to the dish.  What is more comforting than a cobbler, fresh from the oven, still warm and fragrant, swimming in its own sweet juices and perhaps topped with thick rich cream or fresh churned vanilla ice cream?  Now that what life is all about.

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Recipe for Peach cobbler for more info go to :http://allrecipes.com/recipe/peach-cobbler-3/

Prep Time:
15 Min
Cook Time:
25 Min
Ready In:
40 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 (16 ounce) can sliced peaches
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Pour butter into a shallow 2-qt. baking dish; set aside. Drain peaches, reserving 1/4 cup juice. In a saucepan, bring the peaches and juice just to a boil. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, flour, milk, baking powder and salt; mix well. Pour over butter in baking dish. Spoon hot peaches over batter. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm.

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My son had gotten into making cobblers. We just finished a peach cobbler yesterday. I don’t know if he’s up to another one today or not. It sure is nice though when someone else likes to do the cooking. I enjoy whatever he decides to make.  I like mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Well whatever you do today have a great day. I have my book signing tomorrow at Alice’s Used and New Bookstore in Burley Idaho. I will be there at 9:00 am until late. I won’t be back on here until next week.

Hope you all have a great weekend come and see me if you are in the area.

Until next time 🙂

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