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 🙂

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