June 10th

Well it’s time to get back to my blog and catch up on as much as possible. Let’s see how we can do at this. I’ve missed so many days.

May days that I missed

27 Sun Screen Day

Sun Screen Day

Today is Sun Screen Day! With summer on the horizon, you are probably starting to spend more time outdoors. It is essential to wear sunscreen to protect your body from the harmful effects of the sun.Sunlight consists of ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, both of which are harmful to humans. UVA rays cause suppression of the immune system, which has a negative impact on the body’s ability to protect against the development and spread of skin cancer. UVB rays cause a sunburn to occur, which can also lead to the development of skin cancer.There are more than 1 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. To minimize your risk, wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun — even on non-sunny days. Sunscreen should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming. Even if you do not typically burn from the sun, your skin is still at risk from the harmful UV rays.Sun Screen Day is a good reminder to make sure you apply and reapply your sun screen whenever you go outside!


May 27th is National Grape Popsicle day

Summer can be the most magical of times. Do you remember the endless summer days of your childhood? Playing without a care in the world, swinging, swimming, vacations, summer holidays and feeling as though the summer would go on forever? One thing that can create fun summer memories is making fun and cool summer treats. These recipes for homemade popsicles are all are kid friendly, and any of them can be slightly diluted and used as slush.

Shaved ice or snow cones are another fun summer treat that are easily flavored with punch, soda or juice. Ice can be crushed in a blender, or using an ice shaver. Inexpensive ice shavers are available at mass merchandisers like Wal-Mart, Target and K-Mart. Pampered Chef also offers a relatively inexpensive ice shaver that is very sturdy.

Popsicle molds are also widely available, but one convenient trick is using small paper cups and lollipop sticks. Either method works well. Here is our list of popsicle recipes; have a cool summer blast!

By Connie Sorensen, staff writer

1 package fruit flavored Jell-o
1 package kool-aid
2/3 cup hot water
2 cups cold water
1 cup sugar

In a large pouring pitcher mix together: Jell-o, Kool-Aid, sugar and hot water, until dissolved. Then add cold water. Pour into molds and freeze. Will not drip! Makes 20 ice tups (Tupperware ice molds).

RC Note: In our “test kitchen,” we used black cherry Jell-o and cherry Kool-aid. Recipe made eight, 2.5 oz. pops.

Recipe from: recipesource.com

1 package of chocolate pudding
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Make pudding according to directions on package. Add marshmallows and nuts. Mix well, pour into molds and freeze.

RC Note: In our test kitchen, we doubled the recipe by used a large package of instant chocolate pudding made with skim milk. The result – eight large (2.5 oz.) yummy popsicles.

For a creamier consistency consider using milk with more fat (like 2%), or try using cook-n-serve pudding.

Recipe from fabulousfoods.com

1-12 oz. can fruit nectar (strawberry and peach work great!)
1-12 oz. can tropical Sprite
1 cup crushed or shaved ice

Mix well, pour into molds and freeze. The crushed ice seems to help the pop retain its’ “sparkle.”

Recipe by Connie Sorensen

1 quart orange juice
2 cups strawberries fresh or frozen
3 tablespoons sugar *
1 cup vanilla yogurt

*(omit if using sweetened strawberries)

Blend till smooth or not-so-smooth, depending on preference. Pour into molds and freeze.

Made 12 – 2.5 oz. popsicles.

Recipe from: recipesource.com.


1-6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, softened (or grape juice, cranberry juice)
1-6 oz. can water
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened, or plain yogurt

Whir in a blender. Pour into molds, insert sticks, and freeze.

Made seven, 2.5 oz. treats.

RC Note: In our test kitchen, we used orange juice concentrate and vanilla ice cream. The result is a refreshing “dreamsicle” flavor.

Recipe from MasterCook.


1 (6 oz) can peaches in light syrup or
2 fresh ripe peaches, sliced and pitted
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp sugar or honey (optional)
Popsicle sticks and cups

Whip cream in a blender for 30-45 seconds. Add peaches and honey. Whir until smooth. Pour into molds, insert sticks and freeze.

Recipe from: recipesource.com.


1 cup seedless watermelon chunks
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
Popsicle sticks and cups

Blend these ingredients into a blender, pour into molds, insert sticks, and freeze.

Recipe from: recipesource.com.


1 cup pineapple tidbits
1 small can mandarin oranges
2 cups white grape juice

Combine all ingredients (can blend smooth if preferred). Pour into molds, making sure the fruit is evenly distributed. Freeze.

Recipe by Connie Sorensen.


3 cups grape juice or fruit punch
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
12 – 3 oz. paper cups
12 wooden sticks

Mix juices and sweetened condensed milk with wire whisk. Transfer mixture to a container with a pouring spout. Put paper cups into a square pan and fill the cups, almost to the top, with juice mixture. Put in freezer for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, remove cups from freezer and insert wooden sticks. Return to freezer for 5 hours. To serve, peel off paper cup.

Frozen pops will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks if kept in a plastic bag.

RC Note: This recipe creates a pop that tastes like frozen yogurt. In our test kitchen we used grape juice and fresh lemon juice. The addition of fresh lemon juice was too strong, we suggest decreasing the amount of lemon juice.

Recipe from FamilyFun.com.



28 Amnesty International Day

Amnesty International Day recognizes the need to protect human rights around the world. The Amnesty International organization strives to accomplish these goals by providing awareness and recognition of the issues. They work to publicize local and regional problems, and to arouse citizens, governments and politicians to action.

Celebrate Amnesty International Day by:

  • Learning more about human rights issues
  • Becoming active in human rights causes
  • Writing your politician on human rights issues
  • Making a donation

It’s important to remember that we don’t have the same freedom and rights in another country as our own.

28 Memorial Day

Memorial Day

(Last Monday of May)


Flowers appear,

Crying is near.

Flags are flying,

Remembering dying.


Families to the cemeteries go,

Remembering those who left solo.

Departed for another world,

Heavenly angels around them swirled.


Some were young and some were old,

On this day, their stories are told.

Soldiers fighting for freedoms ring,

Everyone stand, cheer and for them sing.


Babies who have gone ahead,

Angelic innocence that will never be dead.

Mothers, Fathers, aunts and uncles too,

Will all be at the Pearly Gate waiting for you.


Grandparents, grandchildren once alive,

Memories continue in every heart to thrive.

Families gathering from everywhere,

Taking time to remember and care.


A special day,

 For one and all.

No differences on this day,

 Will anyone call.

For all have chosen,

 To morn in peace.

Leaving a memory,

A simple showpiece.


Some will bring flowers,

 To place on the grave.

While they rant and they rave,

Many will place American flags.


All will say a prayer,

 For the loved ones lying there.

Remembering a time of joy,

When gathered many a girl and boy.


Departing for home,

 Each going their own way.

Quietly remembering,

 This very special Memorial Day.


Leaving swiftly,

 Silently into the dark.

I know where you will be,

 When my angels hark.


You left us so suddenly,

 We did not say so long.

Remember together,

 We always will belong.




When you hear me,

 Talking to you each day.

I say how much I love you,

 In my own special way.


Though our bodies are far apart,

We are always connected at the heart.

So as your spirit floats on by,

Send me a cloud and have it wave high!


Send me a bird that will sing out loud,

Not being afraid when there is a crowd.

When flowers I see send a bumblebee,

And I will know you’re on bended knee.


When raindrops come down,

 Put a drop on my frown.

I will know you are here,

Your reach is so near.


If the wind gently blows,

 Have it circle around me so I know.

Feeling your arms on me,

As you, touch my body.


When the sun shines down,

 There will be no reason to frown.

I will feel the warm love,

 You are sending down from above.


The stars in the sky,

 Will twinkle and I will know why.

Wishing you were here,

Yet feeling you are near.


So to my loved one I say,

 On this special Memorial Day.

You are in my heart to stay,

 I love you in every way.


For those many soldiers who past on,

We will remember you forever long.

For when your duty came to call,

You stood up for your country through all.


Many a good soldier has gone ahead,

Preparing a place in heaven instead.

So as we try to understand why,

We bless you for the reason you had to die.


Never forget those who have gone away,

Thank them for each special day.

Live life to the best that you can,

You owe it to each woman and man.


So on this Memorial Day,

Take a moment to bow and pray.

Everyone in their own way,

Remembering the importance of this day.

National Brisket Day

 Brisket is meat taken from the ribs and chest of an animal, usually beef or veal.2 Brisket is usually sold in local grocery stores without the bone. The brisket is divided in to two sections called flat cut and point cut. The flat cut has less fat and is generally more expensive.2 Brisket is cooked slowly for a long time on low heat. It can be braised, smoked or barbecued.3

Texas Brisket

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6 pounds fresh beef brisket, well trimmed
1 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite)
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup liquid smoke
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons celery salt
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup water


Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

In a large Pyrex baking dish, thoroughly mix all ingredients for sauce. Put the brisket in the baking dish, and turn it over once to coat it with the sauce.

Seal the dish well with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake at 275 degrees F for 5 to 6 hours.

Remove brisket from oven and allow to stand for one hour before slicing. Slice across the grain, and serve with sauce.


Nutritional data has not been calculated yet. Request nutrition for this recipe.http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/437/TexasBrisket73134.shtml

29 Learn About Composting Day

Learn About Composting Day is a great opportunity to “Go Green” and help the environment. Composting is easy. It makes you feel good, knowing you are doing your part to keep our environment a little bit cleaner. You may be surprised at how easy it is to compost. And, everyone can compost.

What to compost- As you learn about composting, you will be surprised at all the things you can compost. It is common knowledge, that you can compost garden and yard vegetation, as well as kitchen (vegetable) scraps. But, you can also recycle many other things, including papers, untreated wood, and cardboard. Cardboard paper towel and toilet paper holders are great items to compost.

You can use  compost around your plants, to feed them, keep the weeds down, and to help retain soil moisture. If you don’t have a yard, you can give it away to family and friends that do. Your reward will be flowers, vegetables or herbs from thankful gardeners.

Did you Know?  You can make Compost Tea with your compost materials to feed your indoor and outdoor plants!  It will save you $$$.

Find more about Compost Materials

As you learn about composting today, you will also see the wide array of ways you can compost. You can start a simple compost pile in your back yard. Or, you can select a range of composters, from compost bins and compost barrels, to compost tumblers. You can even use an indoor compost pail. More on Composters and Compost Tumblers.

How to Celebrate Learn About Composting Day

There are a wide range of activities you can do to celebrate this special day. They include:

  • First and foremost, everyone should learn more about composting. See More on How to Compost.
  • Today is a great day for schools to create a lesson plan on composting.
  • Restaurants and businesses can buy composters to start a compost program and hold training for staff.
  • Organizations, local governments, and gardening groups can hold seminars on composting for the general public.
  • As an individual, learn more about composting. See More on How to Compost.
  • Learn the different kinds of composting: Compost piles, compost tumblers,and compost bins.

Origin of Learn About Composting Day:

Holiday Insights created this special day in 2011.

We are strong advocates of the “Go Green” movement. Composting is easy. We believe everyone can practice composting, to leave a better world for our children.

As a Boy Scout leader, this author follows the Boy Scout motto “Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle”. Composting is a great way to re-use a wide range of things that otherwise would go un-necessarily into the waste stream.

30 Water a Flower Day

May 30 is Water A Flower Day.  But why just water one flower, why not water them all!  Every flower needs water just like the last one so celebrate this day by watering a flower and then another flower and then another flower and so on.

It is especially important as the weather changes and the heat begins to rise to check those flowers and make sure they are getting the necessary water.

National COQ AU VIN Day

This is a good classic and economical dish to prepare for a Sunday or holiday meal or when you’re expecting company.

6 slices bacon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 chicken legs and thighs
1 lb baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
6 large cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 lb pearl onions, peeled
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 shallots, minced
1 celery stalk
1 can low sodium chicken broth
3 large carrots
3 baking potatoes
1/3 cup all purpose flour
2-3 cups red wine
2 bay leaves
3-4 stalks fresh thyme
2 sage leaves
salt and pepper
This is a good classic and economical dish to prepare for a Sunday or holiday meal or when you’re expecting company. Plan on one chicken leg per person. Other dark meat chicken may be used but the white portion of the chicken has a tendency to dry out during the cooking unless marinated. Note: Chicken may be optionally marinated in a zipped plastic bag for several hours or overnight for better flavor; use 1 cup red wine and 2 tablespoons Kosher salt and a clove of crushed garlic. Turn over a few times. Discard marinade when done.Choose a hearty red wine such as Merlot or Marsala.

Wash chicken under cold running water; drain and pat dry with paper towels.

Slice bacon crosswise into 2 inch long strips and saute with a tablespoon olive oil over low heat in a large Dutch oven to obtain drippings. When bacon is crisp, remove from pan using a slotted spoon (save bacon for later).

Brown the chicken in the bacon drippings and olive oil over high heat, turning to brown other side. Chicken legs only need to brown, but do not need to be fully cooked at this point. Remove from pan and set aside.

While the bacon and chicken are cooking, prepare the vegetables: Peel garlic, shallots and onions

Note: frozen pearl onions and frozen sliced carrots may be substituted for fresh; red onions can be used if shallots are not available.

Wash and peel carrots and potatoes. Crush garlic and mince shallots. Wash and remove strings from celery and coarsely chop. To remove strings from celery, break off a small bit from the edge on the bottom end of the celery stalk and peel upwards along the outer side; or a vegetable peeler can be used.

Slice carrots into 1/2 inch thick coins (circles) and do the same with the potatoes. Clean the mushrooms; brush off using a clean towel or silicone vegetable brush and slice into halves.

Saute mushrooms, pearl onions and carrots in drippings over high heat until they begin to take on color. Don’t stir too often; allow to brown. Add minced shallots and garlic to vegetables when vegetables begin to caramelize.

Add potatoes and celery. Sprinkle 1/3 cup flour over vegetables. Stir to distribute flour; pour wine over all and add fresh herbs. Use the wine with a silicone spatula to scrape up the brown flavor bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in broth. Be careful not to break up vegetables when stirring.

Return bacon and chicken to pot. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until vegetables and chicken are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove thyme and bay leaves before serving.


31 National Macaroon Day

The term macaroon is applied to a variety of different types of cookies with different origins. The French cookie made with egg whites, sugar and almonds is the “macaroon.” The earliest American cookbooks contained recipes for similar cookies according to Food Timeline. The Italian version dates back earlier than both the French and American recipes, to 1792.


Carmelite nuns made the cookies to pay for their housing when they needed asylum during the French Revolution. They believed, “Almonds are good for girls who do not eat meat. … They became known as the ‘Macaroon Sisters,'” according to What’s Cooking America.


Macaroon is also used to describe the coconut macaroon, the cookie celebrated on May 31. The coconut macaroon is a rich combination of almond paste, shredded coconut, condensed milk and egg whites. The cookie can be dipped in chocolate or drizzled with melted chocolate for a touch of elegance.

Chocolate Macaroon Squares
RSource: NESTLE and CARNATION Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 package chocolate cake mix (18.25 ounces)
1/3 cup butter or margarine — softened
1 egg — lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk (14-ounce can)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups flaked sweetened coconut — divided
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels (6 ounces)

Combine cake mix, butter and egg in large bowl; mix with fork until crumbly. Press onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Combine sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla extract in medium bowl; beat until well blended. Stir in 1 cup coconut, nuts and morsels. Spread mixture evenly over base; sprinkle with remaining coconut.

Bake in preheated 350F. oven for 28 to 30 minutes or until center is almost set (center will firm when cool). Cool in pan on wire rack



Mint Julep #1


Mixing instructions:

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

31 Save Your Hearing Day

Helen Keller once said “Being blind cuts you off from things…being deaf cuts you off from people.” While deaf Americans have a strong Deaf culture to turn to and grow into, those of us who have lived the majority of our lives with in tact hearing can suffer dire emotional and social consequences from untreated hearing loss. An affected person may withdraw from his or her surroundings, exhibit changes in personality, problems at work, embarrassment, and loss of intimacy. Hearing loss can develop a result of a health condition, genetic factors, or environmental causes. In many cases environmental causes, such as prolonged exposure to high decibel noises, are avoidable. Save Your Hearing Day, celebrated every May 31st, is an opportunity to learn about hearing loss and how it can be avoide

31 World No Tobacco Day

Step away from the tobacco and nobody will get hurt. The World Health Organization observes World No Tobacco Day annually. The theme for 2012 is “tobacco industry interference” and focuses on exposing “the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control because of the serious danger they pose to public health,” according to the WHO.


Chew on these numbers from WHO:


1: Tobacco use is number one leading cause of preventable death.


Some have listed May 31st as Macaroon Day for me any day is macaroon day so try different recipes on the different days in May.

So until next time 🙂


6 million people each year: Number of people who die from tobacco.


12: Hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal


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