June 27th

Oh my a lot has been going on while I’ve been away. I will have to take a week and catch up again.

First and Most important: June 30th Book Signing at Book Plaza in Burley, Idaho from 10:00-5:00 pm. This will be the unveiling of “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue.”

I am anxiously looking forward to that.

Between Memorial weekend, someone hitting my car, a tooth pulled, and another battle of tooth ache. I decided to take some important me time.

Hopefully I will have my car back tomorrow and can run the errand s that I so badly need to do.

My time now is concentrated on being reading for the book signing.

I have gone back to working on other writings. I will be working to complete the sequel “Coming of Age in the Rockies” THe Rebel Years and moving on to “Try Walking in My Shoes.” I am in the process of learning about Children’s Book publishing and Illustrations.

I have also start a romance novel which I will talk more about later on.

I continue to write short stories and poems in between everything else.

Most of my time during June however, has been spent marketing, making contacts and taking care of myself.

July will bring new adventures. Looking forward to the Fourth of July however, concerned about the fires that are taking place.

My prayers go out to the families in Colorado along with the firefighters and entire communities working so hard.

In addition to Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, California, Arizona and Oregon are having bad fires. Idaho is just starting to have hot spots all over the place.

I hope everyone will join in tonight with a prayer for rains, no winds and safety for all. The fire personnel is beginning to be stretched to thin and working long hours. Everyone needs to do their part whether it is to say a prayer, give up fireworks or help on the scenes. Fire season hasn’t even begun. In Idaho it’s the worst in twenty years.

Well I’m going to leave it with that for today. I don’t know if I’ll be on tomorrow. But I will back track and catch up on days missed. So until next time:)

 

May 18th

I hope all had a wonderful Sunday, and Father’s Day.

We enjoyed a quiet day at home. I was in the 90’s and everyone was glad to be able to relax inside.

Temperatures today are suppose to drop by 2o degrees and this afternoon the windows are suppose to roll in. I hate that.  So I will make the best of the day and week that I can.

I will be working this week to get ready for my book signing at the Book Plaza on June 30th in Burley, Idaho from 10:00- 5:00  so this week I will spend ordering in a few extra books and making sure the word is out.

I will be working on a press release.

Then around working on being prepared I will will decide which book I will work on next.

It’s a continuous on going process. I am now trying to figure out illustrations and playing around with the idea of a children’s book.

National Days:

18 Go Fishing Day

The origin of Go Fishing day hasn’t been found however, in many areas the week before or after Father’s Day is a time when many places open up fishing areas for free fishing and assist in teaching beginners how to fish. This encourages the beginning of a wonderful summer sport. There is no better way to relax and bond at the same time than for a father and child to go fishing together.

the Best Times for Fishing  are:

One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour before and one hour after low tides. Inland, the times for high tides correspond with the times when the Moon is due south. Low tides are halfway between high tides.

During the “morning rise” (after sunup for a spell) and the “evening rise” (just before sundown and the hour or so after).

When the barometer is steady or on the rise. (But even during stormy periods, the fish aren’t going to give up feeding. The smart fisherman will find just the right bait.)

When there is a hatch of flies—caddis flies or mayflies, commonly. (The fisherman will have to match his fly with the hatching flies or go fishless.)

When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east.

When the water is still or rippled, rather than during a wind.

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. ~Herbert Hoover

Fun Facts About Fish:

– Fish have been on the earth for more than 450 million years.

– Fish were the first animals to evolve backbones.

– Fish move by creating a wave motion that moves the length of its body.

– Fish have a specialized sense organ called the lateral line which works much like radar and helps them navigate in dark or murky water.

– Fish are divided into three basic groups which include cartilaginous fishes, bony fishes, and lobe-finned fishes.

– Cartilaginous fish include the sea’s largest and most skilled marine predators.

– There are over 25,000 identified species of fish on the earth.

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ~Washington Irving

Happy National Go Fishing Day! Where are your favorite places to fish? Let’s us know in the comments section below!

June 18, 2012 is

International Picnic Day

It’s International Picnic Day! Today we celebrate one of the greatest ways to enjoy the summer season—an outdoor picnic with friends, family, games and activities, and delicious food.During the Victorian era, picnics were very important social occasions. They offered the rare opportunity for young men and women to spend time together in the great outdoors. They were also quite elaborate. A picnic for twenty people might feature cold salmon, lamb, veal, chicken, ham, pigeon pie, sandwiches, fruit, a selection of cheeses, and a variety of baked goods! The modern-day picnic is much less complicated. In fact, the phrase “it’s a picnic” means “it’s easy.”

To celebrate International Picnic Day, invite your friends and family to a summer picnic. Find a suitable location at a local park or field, and sit back and enjoy an al fresco meal in the company of your loved ones. Happy International Picnic Day!

 

 

National Cherry Tart Day

Chocolate Cherry Tart: National Cherry Tart Day

Fresh Cherries are everywhere, so National Cherry Tart day couldn’t have come at a better time! Let me begin by saying that one of the most useful kitchen gadgets is the cherry pitter, especially for doing anything with fresh cherries in a large batch. I’ve had a cherry pitter for over 30 years. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade, but I tend to keep things forever. I originally got my cherry pitter for pitting small plums for jam. The house I lived in at the time was surrounded by plum trees. Canning mania!

But back to the cherries. Since today is National Cherry Tart day, I’m posting a recipe for Chocolate Cherry Tart that was “blended and adapted” from recipes from Beverly Mills of Desperationdinners.com and  Dianasaurdishes.com. Beverly’s tart uses a ‘plain’ tart dough, but I can never have enough Chocolate! Diana has a wonderful chocolate tart recipe that’s pretty fool-proof. Have a look at Dianasaurdishes’ Raspberry Chocolate Tart Recipe. No time to make the tart shell? Feel free to substitute a prepared pie crust that’s not chocolate. I like Trader Joe’s frozen pie crusts.

CHOCOLATE CHERRY TART

Chocolate Pie Crust:
 
4 oz sweet butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tbsp unsweetened DARK cocoa powder

1. Beat butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the bowl and beat another minute so there are no lumps. Add egg yolk, beat well, and scrape downsides again.
2. Add flour and cocoa powder, beat on lowest speed until dough has just come together (but still has small to medium clumps) and looks moist with a dark uniform color. Scrape down bowl and use the spatula to incorporate anything that isn’t mixed in.
3. Put chocolate crust in an 11- to 12-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Use the heel of your hand to  press dough and spread along the bottom of the pan and up the sides ( if you’re having trouble, refrigerate  dough 15 minutes before pressing)
4. Cut off any dough above the top of the tart pan. Save dough for repairs. Place dough filled pan in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pan on cookie sheet and bake in lower third of oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and use leftover dough to repair any cracks. Bake another 8 minutes.
6. Remove tart pan to cooling rack and use rounded side of a spoon to press the center down and make more room for filling. Let cool completely (you can do this in refrigerator for faster results).

While the crust is baking, prepare the filling!

Filling:

12 ounce 65-75% dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 1/2 pounds fresh sweet cherries, rinsed and dried (any cherries will work)
3 tablespoons Bonne Mamam Cherry preserves (or strawberry jelly)

1. Put chocolate and cream in a doubleboiler or a metal bowl on top of another bowl with simmering water. Melt together, stirring, until smooth. Set aside

2. Remove cherry stems, remove pits with cherry pitter. Set aside.
3. When crust is cool, pour chocolate into the crust and smooth evenly with the back of a spoon. Place cherries into the chocolate in concentric circles, stem side up, pressing into chocolate a bit to hold in place.
4. Put jelly in a small measuring cup and microwave on High until spreadable, about 15 seconds.
5. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of the cherries with jelly just to glaze.
6. Place the tart in refrigerator, uncovered, to cool until chocolate is set, about 25 to 30 minutes.
7. To serve, remove sides of the tart pan. (Love this trick for removing the tart from the outside ring of the pan: Place the bottom of the pan over a small bowl that’s smaller than the tart pan. The pan ring will fall away if sides have shrunk enough, or you can jiggle gently and pull down on the pan ring to remove.)
8. Slice into wedges, and serve cold.

For more info go to : http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/06/chocolate-cherry-tart-national-cherry.html

Whenever my mother made pies she always used any extra left -over dough for tarts. We’d come home from school and have a wonderful after school snack. We would fill them with strawberry jam or whatever we happened to have on hand.

Tarts can easily be packed and taken on your picnic for the day. This is the best time of year for fresh berries, and delicious food.

So go fishing, have a picnic, splurge on that food you want for the day, and make tarts to fill with your favorite berries.

Whatever you do enjoy the day.

So until next time 🙂

Happy Father’s Day

Today I’d like to wish all those wonderful father’s out there HAPPY FATHER”S DAY.

I was fortunate to have a wonderful father.

What Father’s day means to me:

My father was a quiet patient man.

My father was loving and understanding.

My father made sure never to forget his girls even though he wanted a son.

My father on holidays always gave some special to us just from him , nobody else, it isn’t about the presents , it’s the fact he remembered me.

My father always knew what to say when times were difficult no matter what age I was.

My father always encouraged me to go for my dreams even though he wasn’t a risk taker.

My father walked me down the  aisle at my wedding even though he was shaking like a leaf.

My father took me fishing and let me walk the rivers with him even when I could barely fit into a pair of his waders.

My father never lost his patience with me even when he scolded me.

My father always made me feel loved even without saying a word.

My father made my world one that was safe, full of dreams, happiness, laughter and few tears.

My father never left me alone to fend for myself, or to question why.

Even today I know my father is looking down from Heaven and watching over me everyday. I feel his presence. He reminds me to renew my license plate tags and to take care of business.

My father taught me the meaning of truth, honesty, respect, responsibility, and reliability.

My father may have only be 5’8″ but to me he was the tallest man in the world.

He always said, “Don’t judge another until you have walked a mile in their footsteps.”
Truth be known no one could ever fill my father’s shoes.

He worked hard. He asked for little but he shined around all those that knew him.

Daddy I miss you and one day we will meet again. Happy Father’s Day!

 

To all of you Father’s out there take time while you have it to spend with your families and share that unconditional love. It will last eternally.

My father dropped dead suddenly. My sons and I had just gotten on the bus to return home and he was gone just like that.

Thank God we saw him one last time. You never know how much time you have on this earth so make the most of it. Love and be loved.

I hope all Father’s Understand how important they are and have a wonderful day today.

Enjoy the day and be safe 🙂

 

 

 

June 15th

Slow start today. The change in weather has taken its tole on my aching bones. I always know when the rain is moving in as my feet hurt so bad I can hardly stand up. That’s how the morning started. But now that I am up and about I am doing better.

I hated it when the weekends always turn and rain rolls in. I’d like to go for at least a couple of weeks with nice weather. At least there is a breeze today. Last night the air was still and it took awhile for the trailer to cool off.

Well let’s take a quick look at the National Days

National Days:

Today Friday:

15 Smile Power Day 🙂

On June 15th, smile at everyone you see all day long. Find ideas for crafts, games, and other activities.

Give everyone you see a big, friendly, “I like you” smile. You never know, you’re warm smile just might turn someone’s day right around…for the good!

Love may make the world go round. But, a smile makes the world a happy place. A smile is a powerful thing. Best of all, it’s contagious. However, we do note that in order to be effective, a smile must be sincere. People can see right through phony or forced smiles.

 

Spend the whole day with a big, bright smile on your face. Flash a toothy smile to everyone you encounter.

 

A smile is so powerful, that it can: 🙂

  • Add years to your life
  • Make you a happier person
  • Make someone else a happier person
  • It’s a mood change for the giver and the receiver
  • Improves relationships
  • In business, it sends a great customer service message

 

Did you know? It’s easier to smile than to frown. A smile uses fewer muscles.

 

What I use to tell my students in school  was smiles are contagious make someone’s day. If you walk in with a smile others can’t help but smile. It’s the best way in the world to set the mood for the day weather it is at home, work, school, or play. Put that smile on your face and let the positive love flow.

No information was given on how this day started but we could use more Smile Power days so take today and practice and see how it influences your life. 🙂

 

15 National Lobster Day

National Lobster Day

Today is National Lobster Day! Did you know that lobster was once considered peasant food? In the 1800s, lobsters were incredibly plentiful and New Englanders could simply walk down the beach and capture them during low tide. Many servants lived off of lobster during this time period. In fact, one Massachusetts community had to pass a law that limited how often you could serve lobster to your servants. It was a modest three times a week!

Today, lobster is considered a luxurious delicacy all over the world. In the state of Maine alone, lobster fishing is a $1 billion industry. There are many ways to enjoy lobster, but the most popular cooking methods are boiling, baking, steaming, and grilling.

To celebrate National Lobster Day, host your own lobster bake or order some lobster at your favorite restaurant tonight!

 

Maine Lobster Health Facts = A Heart Healthy Food
Lobster is continuously noted as one of the healthiest proteins available. In fact, it contains less calories, cholesterol and saturated fat than lean beef, the light meat of chicken, pork and even shrimp.

Per 100g Portion
(Cooked, edible portion)
Calories Cholesterol
(mg)
Fat
(mg)
Lobster (boiled) 98 72 0.6
Beef (lean) 216 86 9.9
Chicken Breasts
(skinless, roasted)
165 85 3.6
Whole Egg (poached) 149 423 10.0

Additional Health Benefits of Lobster Meat
Amino acids; potassium and magnesium; Vitamins B12, B6, B3 and B2; Calcium and phosphorus; iron, zinc and vitamin A.

http://www.lobsterfrommaine.com/lobster-recipes.aspx

Tomorrow Saturday:

16  Nursing Assistants Day – First day of National Nursing Assistants Week

National Nursing Assistants Week

Nursing Assistants Week is June 15th to 22nd and focuses on ways nursing assistants make a difference in the lives of the people in their care. It showcases innovative approaches nursing assistants create to foster comfort, alleviate stress, encourage friendships, and provide for the wellbeing for our elder or disabled citizens.

Each day of National Nursing Assistants Week addresses a different aspect of the “Caring is My Career” theme and provides ideas, discussion guides and other resources that can be used for Nursing Assistants Week and throughout the year for skill development and decision-making in the clinical setting, and for professional advancement.

For more information go to : http://www.pcihealth.net/pcin/nursingassistantsweek.htm

 

June 16, 2012 is

National Fudge Day

Got a sweet tooth? Then indulge in this rich, delicious treat to celebrate National Fudge Day.

Did you know that fudge used to be chocolate-less? That’s right: the concept of fudge originated in the late 17th century with a candy called Scottish Tablet. This confection has a hard consistency and is made from sugar, butter and condensed milk. Today, a variety of fudge flavors is available, including marshmallow, nuts, caramel, and peanut butter. But there’s always one key ingredient: chocolate!

To celebrate National Fudge Day, enjoy your favorite types of fudge with your friends and family. Don’t be surprised if they don’t want to share!

This is my favorite fudge:

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A slice of penuche with walnuts from the Mackinac Fudge Shop

Penuche (Italian: panucci) is a fudge-like candy made from brown sugar, butter, and milk,[1] using no flavorings except for vanilla. Penuche often has a tannish color, and is lighter than regular fudge.[2] It is formed by the caramelization of brown sugar, thus its flavor is said to be reminiscent of caramel. Nuts, especially pecans, are often added to penuche for texture, especially in the making of penuche candies.[1] It is primarily a regional food, found in New England and some places in the Southern United States, though in the latter it goes by different names, usually “brown sugar fudge candy”.

 

June 16th is Geronimo Day, named for the Apache leader and medicine man who was born on June 16, 1829. After eluding capture and also escaping many times, he was finally apprehended by the U.S. infantry and held at Florida’s Fort Pickens. Geronimo died of pneumonia as a prisoner at Oklahoma’s Fort Sill on February 17, 1909 at nearly 90 years of age.

In 1939, Paramount Pictures released Geronimo, a motion picture, based on the famous Apache’s life. According to U.S. Army lore, Private Aubrey Eberhardt saw the movie with several friends. the night before a test jump. The next morning, as Eberhardt plunged from the airplane, he yelled “Geronimo!”

National Hollering Day gives folks something to shout about on June 16th.

The origins of this holiday are unknown. Perhaps National Hollering Day started with the whole Geronimo-parachuting episode as well.

For whatever reason, in some rural parts of the United States, communities hold Hollering Contests. Often, these June 16th festivities include additional events, such as running racings, conch shell blowing, pepper eating, whistling, yodeling, hog calling, watermelon rolling, fire hose tug-of-wars and other high-decibel contests.

Sunday

17 Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 17, 2012 is

Eat Your Vegetables Day

Remember how your parents used to tell you to eat your vegetables? They were right: vegetables are essential for living a long, healthy life, and they are also delicious! This makes Eat Your Vegetables Day a terrific reason to celebrate.

There are many ways to celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day. Substitute vegetables in the place of junk food snacks, make a big salad for your family and friends, or even go vegetarian for the whole day! Whatever you decide to do, it will certainly be nutritious!

 

CELEBRATIONS - National Eat Your Vegetables Day
by Whitney Long
Summer is here and that means it’s vegetable time!  In fact, June 17 is “National Eat Your Vegetables Day”.  But here in the South, it’s something we celebrate every day.  
Home of  the “vegetable plate”, Southerners can enjoy the bounty of our crops year round and especially this time of year.  With tomatoes, squash, okra, butter beans, peas, corn, peppers, onions and much more growing abundantly, we are a blessed bunch to be able to go out and pick, pull and gather the makings for a fine and healthy meal. 
Is there anything better on a summer day than a fresh picked, juicy tomato on white bread with mayo and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper?  Sometimes, if I am feeling fancy, I top it with feta cheese.  I could eat one every day once the hot weather arrives.  Or what about a mess of field peas -  picked, shelled and cooked by your own two hands?  And don’t forget to top the peas off with a spoonful of tomato relish - a match made in Heaven.   
As for the above mentioned veggie plate - usually consisting 3 or 4 vegetables served with a slice cornbread and a glass of tea -  is there a better comfort food to the southern palate?  If there is one on the menu, that’s what I always order and if not, I have been known to create my own from the list of sides.  
Whether it’s a cinderblock building that’s been there forever with the chalkboard menu featuring staples such as creamed corn, cabbage, butter beans, stewed tomatoes and okra,  or a “New South” restaurant with choices like Snap Beans with Turnip Mostarda and Chile Flakes (www.huskrestaurant.com), Summer Salad (www.thenational.com), Caramelized Whole Roasted Cauliflower (www.runchickenrun.com) or Early Corn Soup (www.fiveandten.com),  eating your vegetables is a good thing and has never been more interesting!
We have some delicious recipes to share highlighting some of summer’s bounty:  
Fire-n-Ice Summer Salad  http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2009/06/fire-ice-summer-salad.html
Squash and Tomato Bake http://www.midwestliving.com/food/fruits-veggies/vegetable-recipes/#page=4
Snap Bean and Corn Salad http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/snap-bean-corn-salad-recipe-rbk0610
Corn, Tomato and Cheddar Pie http://www.clockworklemon.com/2011/09/corn-tomato-and-cheddar-pie.html
Summer Squash and Carrot Ribbons http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/parties/picnics/fresh-vegetable-side-dishes-toplist
Three Ways to Butter Up Summer Corn  http://www.midwestliving.com/food/fruits-veggies/vegetable-recipes/#page=9
For an unbelievably easy and ingenious way to cook corn on the cob see this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnBF6bv4Oe4
All of these recipes can also be found on The Southern C’s Pinterest board “Cocktails and Cuisine”  http://pinterest.com/thesouthernc/cocktails-and-cuisine/ 
photo via: www.midwestliving.com

CELEBRATIONS – National Eat Your Vegetables Day

by Whitney Long

For more information go to :

http://thesouthernc.tumblr.com/post/24539448484/celebrations-national-eat-your-vegetables-day-by

Summer is here and that means it’s vegetable time!  In fact, June 17 is “National Eat Your Vegetables Day”.  But here in the South, it’s something we celebrate every day.

Home of  the “vegetable plate”, Southerners can enjoy the bounty of our crops year round and especially this time of year.  With tomatoes, squash, okra, butter beans, peas, corn, peppers, onions and much more growing abundantly, we are a blessed bunch to be able to go out and pick, pull and gather the makings for a fine and healthy meal.

Is there anything better on a summer day than a fresh picked, juicy tomato on white bread with mayo and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper?  Sometimes, if I am feeling fancy, I top it with feta cheese.  I could eat one every day once the hot weather arrives.  Or what about a mess of field peas –  picked, shelled and cooked by your own two hands?  And don’t forget to top the peas off with a spoonful of tomato relish – a match made in Heaven.

17 Father’s Day

Father’s Day in United States

Father’s Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children’s lives. Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.

Father’s Day is a day for fathers and father-like figures. ©iStockphoto.com/aldomurillo

What do people do?

Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.

Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the ‘father’ figures in a particular extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before Father’s Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers.

Try this tempting apple streudel recipe to spice up your meals!

4 c sliced baking apples

3/4 c brown sugar

1/2 c flour

1/2 c oats (plain)

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/3 c soft butter

 

Blend dry ingredients until crumbly and spread over apples. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

 

Now matter what your plans are for today or the rest of the weekend there are plenty of things scheduled that you can enjoy. I will leave you with this.

Hope all Father’s have a wonderful Day. Remember you “Sow what you reap”.

There is only one chance at being a parent whether it is a mother or father so make the best of it you can because once that time is gone it’s gone forever.

Those who can enjoy the weekend the best way you can but keep it safe.

Remember this is the time of year when there are many, boating, swimming, hiking and camping accidents. Know the area that you are going to be in know about the wildlife and take precautions.

Check your weather reports as this year is an unusual year.

Enjoy yourselves be safe so until next time 🙂

June 14th

Hello everyone. It’s been a very busy day. Sorry I’m just now getting to my blog.

I checked my proof for “A Tribute To Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue ” and now it is live. I will be posting the links for it. I will have to wait a couple of days before Amazon makes it live but as of now it can be ordered through me.

Then I went to town and I hit every bookstore and library between the connecting two towns. Couldn’t find one, don’t know if it moved or just closed down so disappointing.

I managed to set up a book signing at the biggest book store we have for June 30th from 10:00-5:00. I am so excited.

Managed to get a couple other errands ran in the meantime.

I guess tomorrow I will try my efforts at a book trailer.

I may have found an illustrator. One of the managers of one of the bookstores gave me her sister’s name to talk to.

Also contact the local newspaper and am waiting for one of the journalist to call me. Hopefully they will do the write up before June 30th.

That will be the presentation for “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue” right in time for the fourth of July.

Made a brochure for my books which I left with the stores, and libraries. I am taking advantage of the nice weather.

Well let’s take a look at today’s National Days:

National Days

14 Flag Day

Check out the poem under Flag Day

The National Flag Day Foundation

Our mission is to carry on the tradition of the first flag day observance. On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. The crowning achievement of his life came at age fifty when President Wilson, on May 30, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Truman signed an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day. On June 14th, 2004, the 108th U.S. Congress voted unanimously on H.R. 662 that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Waubeka Wisconsin.

For more information go to: http://www.nationalflagday.com/default.asp

You’re a Grand Old Flag
Traditional Children’s Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
George M. Cohan
Performed by Rachel Rambach

 

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
For the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

 

Flag Day

President Woodrow Wilson was the first to issue a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day. He selected June 14 because it is the “anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union,” according to his proclamation. On June 14, 1777, John Adams introduced a resolution describing the 13 alternating red and white stripes and the 13 white stars on a blue field, representing a new constellation.

In his proclamation in 1916, Wilson wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”

 

Pop Goes the Weasel Day

Pop Goes the Weasel
Children’s Nursery Rhyme Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Performed by Marla Lewis

 

Round and round the cobbler’s bench
The monkey chased the weasel,
The monkey thought ’twas all in fun
Pop! Goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

A half a pound of tupenny rice,
A half a pound of treacle.
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

Up and down the London road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

I’ve no time to plead and pine,
I’ve no time to wheedle,
Kiss me quick and then I’m gone
Pop! Goes the weasel.

Pop! goes the weasel.”

 

What does the nursery rhyme which originated in the 17th century mean? Pop means pawn and weasel refers to coat. “It was traditional for even poor people to own a suit, which they wore as their ‘Sunday Best.’ When times were hard they would pawn their suit, or coat, on a Monday and claim it back before Sunday. Hence the term “Pop goes the Weasel,” according to Nursery Rhymes.

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe Birth Anniversary

 

Although she wrote more than 30 books, American writer Harriet Beecher Stowe is known for just one: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The book is an often misunderstood antislavery novel. “Like many northerners, [she] ignored slavery because it was too painful to think about, and she thought it would go away on its own. The Fugitive Slave Act made her see that would never happen,” according to Publishers’ Bindings Online. Stowe was born on June 14, 1811, at Litchfield, Conn. She’s buried at Phillips Academy Cemetery in Andover, Mass.

 

Strawberry Shortcake Day

 

Are you team sponge cake or biscuit? James Beard had a not-so-secret ingredient to keep strawberry shortcake biscuits airy and tender: cooked egg yolks. Pick your pastry, and prepare some fresh strawberries for this light and easy dessert. Modern strawberries are a cross between the Chilean strawberry and the Virginia strawberry, according to “The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink.” Strawberry cultivators, from Thomas Knight in 1817. In the 20th century cultivators developed strawberry plants producing two crops, one in the spring, and one in the fall.

* Serve strawberry shortcake with flavored whipped cream or a cream cheese sauce.

For more information go to : http://news.yahoo.com/june-14-pop-goes-weasel-day-flag-day-195700592.html

 

Strawberry Shortcake

http://www.starchefs.com/Summer/99/AWilkinson/recipe_04.shtml

…. Serves 12

Buttermilk Biscuits for 12 each:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 each lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter cut into chips
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Filling for 6 people:

  • 3 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup fine sugar
  • 1 pint heavy cream, whipped

    The day before mascerate the berries with the sugar and allow to sit overnight to extract fresh strawberry juices.The day of the party prepare the biscuits. Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add cold butter chips and pulse until the mixture resembles corn meal. Remove to a work bowl and add the buttermilk while mixing with hands until a sticky but firm dough forms. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with a non-stick spray.

    Make rough shape balls of dough , 3-4 inches in diameter. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 for about 20-25 minutes or until done.

    At service, split the biscuits and fill with strawberries and their juices. Top with whipped cream and the top half of biscuit.

 

Now for today enjoy the freedom that we have, the liberties, be a child again, and enjoy a wonderful summer dessert.

Until next time 🙂

June 13th

Been a busy day already. I had to figure out a pricing sheet on my books for a bookstore that wants to order direct from authors not publishers. That took me some time to figure out between shipping costs, publishing costs, and profit margins. Math never was my favorite subject. However, when I got serious I got to business and it worked out just fine. Now I’m waiting for the laundry to finish drying so I can take it over to the bookstore.

I also proofed one more time my book “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White and Blue. ” I thought it would go life today but took one last look and darned if a mistake didn’t almost jump off the page. Rats. Now I have to wait another 24-48 hours for them to review the new download.

I hope I can make it live tomorrow.

I also worked on my boards on Pinterest. I read my emails. I had breakfast and did three loads of laundry.

Pretty good for me. We won’t talk about the few games of Spider Solitaire I snuck in between things.

Okay so now that we are all here together let’s look at the national days.

National Day:

13 Sewing Machine Day

Sewing Machine Day

Today is Sewing Machine Day! Thomas Saint patented the first sewing machine in 1790. Since then, the sewing machine has become one of the iconic symbols of the Industrial Revolution, representing the transition from traditional handmade goods to automated production.For many decades the sewing machine was a standard household appliance, but it is no longer considered a domestic necessity. Although the heyday of the sewing machine has come and gone, we can still recognize its significance in our history. Without this important invention, the process of making clothing (and any sewn item) would be extremely tedious. Each article would have to be sewn by hand, stitch by stitch!

To celebrate Sewing Machine Day, dig out your sewing machine and start a new project, or sign up for a sewing class to learn this important handcraft!

I remember growing up and my mother working hours at the sewing machine. No one had ever taught my mother to sew. She learned it on her own. It was the one thing that kept her busy while my father was in World War II. Then she learned to make all of our kids clothes later on. Every holiday we would have look-alike dresses. Later on she would make our formals, and many bridesmaid dresses. She even made a wedding dress.

Mom was a perfectionist and I never enjoyed her enthusiasm for sewing. I learned the basics and could mend something when I needed to. I even made a pair of bibbed overalls for my first son. However, my heart wasn’t in it.

My sons both learned to thread a sewing machine and use it for basics. However, now that I can’t see to thread the needle I don’t even try to sew.

However, every time I see a Singer sewing machine I not only remember mom and all the hours she put in to make us look special but I also think of dad. He worked awhile at Singers so mom learned a lot about the mechanics of the machine and repairing it from dad. After all you never paid anyone to do something you could do yourself.

So my hats off to all of those who enjoy sewing and still do it today. It is a special art that shouldn’t be lost.

 

National Juggling Day

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at the art of juggling, this is the day. This entertaining performance feat is thought to have originated as early as the 15th century in Egypt, where a wall painting featuring juggling performers, was found in the tomb of a prince. The word, “juggling” is most likely derived from the Middle English word, “jogelen”, which meant “to entertain by performing tricks”. National Juggling Day was created to teach people how to juggle. After all, it’s never too late to teach an old dog some new tricks!

So get those balls, oranges, or anything but eggs out to practice. Make it a family contest have fun. Invite the neighbors over. Learn to juggle and you might find it helps you to not only have a sense of humor but also to juggle those daily activities that you need to put into perspective.

Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

Date: June 13

Are you a klutz in the kitchen? Well, stand up tall and proud on June 13. It’s your day. Attack your klutziness head on by taking over the dinner duties. If you make a one-pot dish, you may have less to worry about.

We’ve all had those moments of spilt milk or forgetting to put the lid on the blender. Now we have a day to recognize that we are all normal.
Today is the one day it is okay to be a Klutz in the kitchen. You might not want to have a banquet or family gathering on this day but it is okay to be yourself.
What a great day for a beginner to start and learn.
I can remember the first time I broke an egg. My sister had to make a cake for an activity she was going to and I begged mom to let me crack the egg. I had watched mom doing many times and I knew I could hit the edge of the bowl crack it and drop the egg in.  Well guess what. I cracked the egg and missed the bowl. The egg landed on the table which was spick and span because mom always cleaned it before cooking anything. My sister was furious but mom scooped the egg into the bowl and cracked the second egg. I was exiled from the kitchen for the remainder of the project but I had my first egg experience and knew what not to do next time.
How many of  us have gone to pour a drink and missed the glass, or forgot to stop pouring and had it overflow.
Everyone who has ever been in a kitchen has had that moment of being a Klutz so embrace it and move on. Have fun with your day and cook something delicious.
Since no one can agree on a food for today, I am going to give you a special recipe for Father’s Day. Go do your shopping and prepare this delicious treat for that special dad in someone’s life.

White Chocolate Coffee Cashew Blondies

Start to finish: 1 hour (20 minutes active)

Makes 9 servings

1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1½ cups packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white chocolate bits
1 cup unsalted roasted cashews

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the water, instant coffee and vanilla. Stir until the coffee granules dissolve.

Add the butter, brown sugar and salt. Use an electric mixer or whisk to beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between additions and scraping down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the flour, then the white chocolate bits and cashews.

Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Cool, then cut into 9 squares.

Nutrients per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 530 calories, 220 calories from fat (42 percent of total calories), 24 grams fat (12 grams saturated; no trans fats), 70 milligrams cholesterol, 71 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams protein, 1 gram fiber, 260 milligrams sodium.

Gentlemen prefer blondes, according to Hollywood. But what about blondies?

This Father’s Day, why not find out? We’ve dreamed up a white chocolate-studded blondie treat with a duo of tastes that’s easy to love — rich coffee and crunchy cashews. We brought it all together in a sweet, rich bar that, thanks to a generous helping of brown sugar, stays moist and chewy with just a hint of crunch on the outside.

Want to take it even further? Sprinkle the top with flaked sea salt just before popping it in the oven. And if Dad doesn’t like cashews, peanuts, almonds or walnuts would be good, too. Or maybe you want to add a bit of each.

 

Now remember tomorrow is Flag Day so make sure you are flying your flags this week.

Do your shopping for Father’s Day. Prepare for an awesome weekend.

So until next time 🙂

June12th

Hello everyone. Sorry I am getting such a late start. It’s just been one of those slow starting days. No excuses. Those are the kind of days I really hate.

THe sun is shining and the temperature’s are in the 80’s and climbing. I like it when it’s warm. I’m just still rebounding from a weekend of not feeling good. I still haven’t gotten completely back to normal on my eating habits and I probably won’t now until I have another tooth removed. That’s part of my down fall of being lazy.

I guess it’s time to pull out the vitamins and get back on them.

Well the cats are napping, slowly starting to stir so I’d better get busy before they decide they want attention.

Let’s see what’s happening in the National Days.

National Days:

12 Red Rose Day

Red Rose Day

When : Always June 12th

Red Rose Day is a time to enjoy and appreciate America’s favorite flower…..the red rose. A red rose signifies love. A June setting for Red Rose Day is very appropriate, as this is by far the most popular month for weddings. And, they are in bloom in the gardens across America this month.

In addition to being the most popular cut flower, roses are also the most popular flower in flower beds and around foundation of houses, garages and sheds. They are easy to grow, producing a bounty of sweet-scented flowers from June up to the first frost.

Did you know? Each rose color sends a different meaning to the recipient. Make sure you send the right message.
Roses come in a wide range of colors. Each different color has a different meaning, or significance. It sends a silent, yet extremely important message from the sender to receiver.

Who originally defined the rose color meanings? We don’t know. But, you should make sure you are sending the right message when you select roses for someone. Otherwise, he or she will get the wrong message!

Red Love, beauty, courage and respect
White Purity and innocence, silence or secrecy, also reverence and humility
Pink Appreciation,”Thank you”, grace, perfect happiness, and admiration
Dark Pink Appreciation, gratitude
Light Pink admiration, sympathy
Yellow Joy, gladness, friendship, delight, the promise of a new beginning
Orange Desire, and enthusiasm
Red and White Given together, these signify unity.
Red Rosebud A symbol of purity and loveliness
White Rosebud Symbolic of girlhood
Thornless Rose Signifies “Love at first sight”.

Celebrate Red Rose Day by:

Buying red roses for someone special or for yourself.
Planting roses around your yard.

The Origin of Red Rose Day:

for more information to : http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922918

June 12th National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 1900s. In 1916, George Washington Carver began promoting the peanut and its many uses. As part of the campaign, he published three peanut butter cookie recipes in a research bulletin entitled, “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption.”In 1932, the Schenectady Gazettepublished the first peanut butter cookie recipe that called for crisscrossed fork marks on the top. Today, a peanut butter cookie just wouldn’t be quite right without this iconic decoration!To celebrate National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, dig out Grandma’s famous recipe and make a batch of delicious homemade peanut butter cookies for your family!Red Roses have been traditionally through many of our holidays. It represents love, special feelings, romance, and it is considered a beautiful flower with a beautiful aroma. Whether ground in one’s own garden or bought on a long stem a red rose always manages to put a smile on the face of the one that shares in the experience. Let’s pass it forward today by giving a rose to someone you care about.

 

America to Celebrate National Jerky Day on June 12

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky pays tribute with one-of-a-kind “jerky art” and new Snackin’ With Sasquatch campaign

Minong, Wis. (June 11, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Tuesday, June 12, 2012 marks the inaugural National Jerky Day celebrating the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks. The fourth highest-grossing sector within the overall salty snack universe, meat snacks — including jerky — outsell other popular salty snacks, including popcorn and pretzels.

“In many ways, jerky is an ideal snack. Naturally packed with protein, jerky will keep you satiated between meals; but since it’s low in fat, calories and carbs, it won’t sabotage a healthy diet,” said Jeff LeFever, director of marketing for Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky, the No. 1 U.S. meat snack brand. “Plus, jerky tastes great. There’s no snack more deserving of its own special day.”

Why National Jerky Day matters:

  • Jerky has a proud heritage. In the U.S., the practice of drying meat dates back to the Native Americans and earliest European settlers who sought highly portable, satiating foods that required no refrigeration.
  • Snacking accounts for more than 25 percent of today’s average caloric intake, so selecting the right snack is key. Quality jerky is actually very lean, and naturally high in protein and low in calories, fat and carbohydrates.
  • Contrary to popular belief, jerky is not just a “guy snack.” Research shows that almost as many women as men snack on jerky.
  • While beef jerky may be more commonly known, Jack Link’s Jerky today offers more than 100 varieties made from premium cuts of beef, turkey, chicken and pork.

For more information go to: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/56705-jack-link-s-beef-jerky-celebrate-national-jerky-day-june-12

 

Well today is certainly an interesting combination of days. It reminds me of when the cowboys would come off of the range having eating nothing but biscuits and jerky.

Looking for a good whiskey and a pretty senorita possibly giving a red rose if there were any available.

However, peanut butter cookies would be more of a modern snack coming about after the development of peanut butter.

However, Today is a day of pleasure. Everything listed on today’s national days list is an item than can bring pleasure to someone.

With Father’s Day close maybe a jar of beef jerky, homemade peanut butter cookies, and a rose-bush plant is in order for that gift of love.

Whatever enjoy today. So until next time 🙂