June Has Arrived

 June is the sixth month of the year.

 

Month:

  • Aquarium Month
  • Candy Month
  • Dairy Month
  • National Accordion Awareness Month
  • National Adopt a Cat Month
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
  • Rose Month
  • Turkey Lovers Month

Weekly Events:

  • Week 1 Fishing Week
  • Week 2 Email Week

Daily:

1 Flip a Coin Day

Heads or Tails? It was Julius Caesar who started the practice of flipping a coin to make decisions. His own head was on one side of every Roman coin, so “heads” determined the winner in each flip. People thought “heads” meant that Caesar agreed with the decision. The coin flip was used in serious litigation involving property, marriage and even criminal guilt. Just think how many lawyers would be out of a job if we went back to this method today!

Hazelnut Cake Day

Ingredients:

Servings:

16

Units: US | Metric

Directions:

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. 2
    Lightly grease bottom only of a 10-inch springform pan.
  3. 3
    Reserve 8 whole hazelnuts for garnish.
  4. 4
    With a blender or food processor, grind hazelnuts to a coarse meal (makes about 1 1/3 cups).
  5. 5
    Reserve 1 Tablespoon ground hazelnuts for garnish.
  6. 6
    Melt butter; set aside to cool.
  7. 7
    In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until thick and lemon colored, about 2-3 minutes.
  8. 8
    Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.
  9. 9
    Add flour, baking powder, and ground hazelnuts; mix well.
  10. 10
    Continue beating, adding cooled, melted butter gradually until well blended.
  11. 11
    (Mixture will be quite thick).
  12. 12
    Spread batter in prepared pan.
  13. 13
    Bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  14. 14
    Cool 15 minutes; remove sides of pan.
  15. 15
    Run long knife under cake to loosen from pan bottom; invert onto serving plate.
  16. 16
    Allow to cool about 30 minutes, covered with light cloth towel.
  17. 17
    To prepare glaze, bring half-and-half and salt just to a boil; remove from heat.
  18. 18
    Stir in chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until melted and smooth.
  19. 19
    Spread glaze over top of cake, allowing some to drizzle down the sides.
  20. 20
    Sprinkle reserved ground hazelnuts around the top edge of the cake.
  21. 21
    Halve reserved whole hazelnuts; arrange around top edge of cake over nut garnish.
  22. 22
    Store in a tightly closed cake container as this cake will dry out.
  23. 23
    I have also frozen it successfully.

2 National Bubba Day

Today, June 2, is National Bubba Day, a day to salute and recognize men who–through no fault of their own in most cases–have come to be known as “Bubba”. How and why a man earns the nickname “Bubba” are as varied as the men themselves.

1 National Doughnut Day always the first Friday in June

National Donut Day was dreamed up during World War I when Salvation Army workers delivered coffee and donuts to soldiers, according to the Salvation Army website. The first official National Donut Day was celebrated during the Great Depression, as a way to fundraise for the organization.

Donuts were first made in Northern Europe during the Middle Ages and didn’t come to the U.S. until the 1800s, according to Yahoo. The first American donuts had no holes! In fact, it would take about a half century for American donuts with holes to emerge.

For more info go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/national-donut-day-2012-free-donut_n_1562711.html

2 National Rocky Road Day

Ranked 10th in ice cream flavor popularity (Wikipedia), Rocky Road ice cream consists of marshmallows, roasted almonds, and, without a doubt, chocolate ice cream. Recent variations have consisted of vanilla ice cream. The Wall Street crash in 1929 had a big influence on the name of this chocolaty creation: the company that created Rocky Road ice cream wanted to “give people something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression” (Wikipedia).

Rocky Road ice cream may be delicious, but it contains a lot of fat, calories and cholesterol that are typical of any ice cream. On average, the ice cream has 300 calories, 15 grams of fat and 15 mg of cholesterol per ½ cup. A source of calcium, Rocky Road ice cream beams with 6% of calcium per ½ cup. These numbers differ with the brand and whether the ice cream is regular or light.

So, as a healthy alternative, Rocky Road frozen yogurt is available! The trick is that in most instances you have to make it instead of buy the treat. Here is a video tutorial from Food Network. The Rocky Road frozen yogurt recipe substitutes chocolate frozen yogurt for the chocolate ice cream, yogurt-covered raisins for the nuts and chunky peanut butter—also a substitute for the roasted almonds. Just mix these ingredients, and voila! You have a healthier version or Rocky Road ice cream on National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day!

But, as National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day occurs only once a year, why not splurge on Rocky Road ice cream? It’s a delicious way to celebrate!

Rocky Road ice cream is available in many Chicagoland ice cream shops, including national retail chains, such as Baskin Robbins and Dairy Queen. Here, however, is a Chicago-area specialty ice cream shoppe where Rocky Road ice cream is available:http://www.examiner.com/article/rock-on-it-s-national-rocky-road-ice-cream-day-june-2

3 Repeat Day (I said “Repeat Day”)

Repeat Day

Did you know today is Repeat Day? Did you know today is Repeat Day? That’s right: Repeat Day is a quirky holiday celebrated every year on June 3, giving you an excuse to do things over and over again!Take this opportunity to repeat things you enjoy, such as watching your favorite movie twice or going in for that second piece of cake. It could even be as simple as giving your kids two hugs before they go to bed instead of just one.Repeat Day can also be a funny holiday to share with your friends. Try sending them the same email twice or the same text message throughout the day and see if they pick up on it!Happy Repeat Day! Happy Repeat Day!

http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/2011/6/3/repeat-day

June 4th National Egg Day

For many interesting recipes go to :http://www.ifood.tv/network/egg/recipes

June 4th National Cheese Day go to : http://homecooking.about.com/od/cheeseinformation/Cheese_Varieties_and_Cooking_Information.htm

June 4th National Fozen Yogurt Day

 
Title: Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Categories:
Yield: 8 Servings 2 c Yogurt cheese 3/4 c Sugar  1 1/4 c Milk 1/4 c Heavy cream 1/2 ts Vanilla extract  1 Vanilla bean In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt cheese, sugar, milk, cream and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, and scrape the seeds into the bowl, stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream machine  and freeze according to manufacturers directions.

4 Hug Your Cat DayWarm & Cuddly Day...

Have you ever wondered,” when I could give my cat special attention?” Well, there is a day set aside for that.

Today, we celebrate Hug Your Cat Day. If you are a huge cat fan, then today should be like every other day. If you are like me, you might remember you actually have a cat.

Baby sitting patiently while I finish at the computer waiting for some loving.

She knows if she’s on my blankets eventually we will curl up together and go to sleep. This look is telling me it’s nap time she’s ready.

Skeeter not content with my working so hard as I take my drawers out to look in the box climbs in and says here I am.

My cats are very spoiled and get hugs everyday. I spend a lot of time with them even when I’m writing they are close at hand. Right now Skeeter is asleep on the desk not a foot from my hand. Baby however, has found a place on the floor trying to catch a sunbeam but there aren’t many today.

So take some special time to let those cats know you love them. Don’t take them for granted as they are much more sensitive then you may realize.

5 World Environment Day

What do people do?

World Environment Day is celebrated in many ways in countries such as Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United States. Activities include street rallies and parades, as well as concerts, tree planting, and clean-up campaigns. In many countries, this annual event is used to enhance political attention and action towards improving the environment. This observance also provides an opportunity to sign or ratify international environmental conventions.

6 National Gardening Exercise Day– Get out and exercise with your plants.

Grab your hoe, pick up a spade, trim the shrubs or cut the lawn! Today is National Gardening Exercise Day!

While that’s a clunky mouthful of a holiday, the truth is, gardening can have significant health benefits—and it sure beats hammering away at the elliptical trainer, don’t you think?

Some of the salubrious side effects of digging in the dirt include:
*decreased stress
*less depression
*caloric burn (hey, pushing a mower is a gajillion times more active than just watching the grass grow!)
*improved memory in older adults
*faster healing (hospital patients have been shown to get better quicker when they have a green view—of some plants of fresh flowers, for instance—as opposed to one that’s all parking lot, all the time)

TIP: While you can simply wear a beat up pair of sneaks to garden, these shortie booties from Bogs (below) are the original gardener/farmer boot. Originally favored by folks in the notoriously muddy, wet Pacific Northwest, they make some seriously adorable, seriously waterproof garden clogs, rain boots and wellie-type rain boots.

http://simplystated.realsimple.com/2012/06/06/dig-it-today-is-national-gardening-exercise-day/

6 National Yo-Yo Day

Yo-Yo Day

There’s no better excuse than this fun holiday to dig out your old yo-yo and show off your talents: it’s National Yo-Yo Day!

Did you know that the yo-yo is considered the second-oldest toy in history? In ancient Greece, it was made of wood, metal, and terracotta and would often be decorated with pictures of the gods. To pay homage to their families, children would place their yo-yos on their familes’ alters as a rite of passage into adulthood.

Since that time, yo-yos have continued to be beloved toys for people of all ages to enjoy. However, the term “yo-yo” wasn’t coined until 1920, when Philippine immigrant Pedro Flores began manufacturing the gadgets at his factory in California. From then on, the yo-yo was a hit. Even Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon were all fans of the yo-yo and were known to show off their skills in the White House.

So today, celebrate this remarkable and historic toy. You could even host your own competition to see who amongst your friends has true yo-yo talent!

6Applesauce Cake Day

Recipe of the Day: Applesauce Cake *National Applesauce Cake Day*

June 6, 2012 by mylifeofcrime

Applesauce Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups applesauce

Directions
Into a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add raisins, chopped walnuts, melted butter, and applesauce. Beat until well blended. Pour batter into greased and floured 9-inch square pan or 11 3/4 x 7 1/2 baking pan. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool and spread with cream cheese or butter frosting. If desired, decorate applesauce cake with grated orange peel and walnut halves.

Recipe found here: Applesauce Cake Recipe

http://recipesrecipesrecipes.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/recipe-of-the-day-applesauce-cake-national-applesauce-cake-day/

7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

It’s National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! Today we celebrate one of the most popular ice cream flavors of all time. Culinary historians believe that the first ice cream flavors were fruit-based, but by the 18th century both vanilla and chocolate were quite common. Thomas Jefferson took a fancy to ice cream while living abroad during the 1780s. (He was the ambassador to France at the time.) It is likely that he is responsible for bringing this delicious frozen treat to America!Today, the United States produces around 1.6 billion gallons of ice cream each year. Whether you prefer your chocolate ice cream in a cone, a cup, a sundae, or a milkshake, indulge in a scoop (or two!) today! Happy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

8 Best Friends Day

Best Friends Day

Today is National Best Friends Day! Best friends may be hard to find, but life just wouldn’t be the same without them. Today is our opportunity to celebrate that one special person in our lives who has always been there for us. Take a moment to send a beautiful free eCardto your best friend today to express how much he or she means to you!Looking for other ways to celebrate? Make a plan to spend some quality time with your best friend. Grab some lunch, go for a walk, see a movie together, or catch up over Skype. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to thank them for all the wonderful times you’ve had together! Happy Best Friends Day!June 8th National Jelly Donut Day

How can anyone resist a good jelly doughnut? Doughnuts are an amazing little sweet treat to begin with: you can’t really go wrong with deep-fried sweet dough that’s powdered, sugared, or even filled with jelly or cream? Usually, a doughnut is just too sweet for me to have more than one (unless it’s a little chocolate Entenmann’s doughnut, and then all bets are off). But a jelly-filled doughnut is the perfect little snack or quick breakfast

9 Donald Duck Day

DONALD DUCK DAY

Donald Duck Walt Disney’s famous ducky made his first appearance (as a bit player) on film this day in 1934 in The Wise Little Hen. Donald Duckwent on to quack his way into mischief and stardom in 127 cartoons and features before his final appearance in 1961. The irascible duck is known the world over and is the best-recognized Disney creation after Mickey Mouse.His girlfriend, Daisy, was seen for the first time in 1937. Kids came later, in the form of nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie; along with Donald’s miserly uncle, Scrooge McDuck. All have appeared not only in films, but also in comic books and TV cartoons.Donald’s distinctive quack was voiced originally by Clarence Nash. Quack, quack, quack…http://www.440.com/twtd/t060912.html

 

Who could forget the original Donald Duck with his charm, attitude, and humor. He brought happiness into many homes.

June 9th is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

We may have had straight-up Rhubarb Pie Day back in January, but this national food holiday–National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day–is much more flavorful. Strawberries are in peak season right this second in the Northeast, and their super sweet flavor (especially if you pick them wild!) mixes well with rhubarb’s tartness. It mellows out the pie into a gooey, pink/red, delicious mess .

Now dig out those recipes or go online and find a mouth watering tastey new recipes. Newspapers are always good for new recipes to try.

Whatever you do enjoy so until next time 🙂

4 Responses

  1. Janice – your recipes look delectible! In fact, I just added frozen rhubarb to my shopping list for today. So happy to lLIKE your blog!

  2. Yummy! The recipes on your blog look delicious! I have a rhubarb plant that the previous owners of my house must have planted, and I’ve been looking for rhubarb recipes. I’ll definitely try this one.

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