National Pigs In A Blanket Day

Aren’t you glad someone, somewhere, invented pigs in a blanket!?! And why do we only serve them at parties!?! Why not all the time, there doesn’t need to be a special reason. Sausage or a hot dog wrapped up in dough and baked until golden brown. Yum.

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Now I don’t know about you but to me, the picture above is just wrong. I don’t order fish with their heads still in tact so why would I want a pig in a blanket looking at me? And cute ones at that! And these look a little more like a mummy in a blanket anyway.

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Of course in the world today you can use any sort of bread. Pretzel bread, potato bread, pumpernickel bread…

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If you are really into meat, you could do pig in a pig! To me this seems like a little over kill but what the heck, if you like it, go ahead!

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Or you can get really, really fancy by thinly slicing that sausage or hot dog and wrapping it with cheese and then bread. How ever you choose to have it, enjoy it today, National Pigs In A Blanket Day.

How to celebrate – Fix some pigs in a blanket for lunch or dinner. Get fancy and add eggs to your pig in a blanket and make a breakfast meal! Come up with your own pigs in a blanekt recipe.

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April 23 National Take A Chance Day

Most of us play it safe on a daily basis. Probably a pretty good idea. Taking too many chances normally ends up with the risk taker regretting what they’ve done. However, to occasionally take a risk can be a good thing, adding both challenge and excitement to the normal humdrum.

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You could play the lotto in your area. While winning generally is like a million-to-one chance, you can’t win if you don’ play. Who knows, maybe this is your lucky day! And while most think that if you only win a dollar back you lose, aren’t you really winning!?! Go on, take a chance.

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Or maybe you would prefer Las Vegas. It’s a risk that you will win anything because the odds are fixed against you but there are those who do win (I think the casinos have to pay out on occasion otherwise people would never play if they knew they were going to always lose!) Maybe today is your day!

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Or you could take a chance by asking the person you see yourself spending the rest of your life with to spend the rest of their life with you! While it’s a risk that you could be turned down, there is also the chance that they may say yes. Of course, you should not do this as a dare as it may backfire on you but what the heck, give it a chance today. You got a fifty-fifty chance.

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Or maybe it’s your day to try skydiving. Not for me but maybe you would like it.  You never know unless you try it. If it’s not meant to be, the airplane will develop some sort of malfunction and not take off! And if your chute doesn’t open there is always the chance you will fall on the top of a pillow factory’s overflow warehouse!

How to celebrate – Find something you normally wouldn’t do and take a chance that you might find something new you like to do. Play the lotto, even if it’s just for a dollar, there is still a chance you might win. Take a chance on saying hello to someone, who knows… maybe you’ll make a new friend.

April 22nd National Jellybean Day

Made from sugar, corn syrup and either pectin or starch, the jellybean has become as much a part of American tradition as, well, any candy ever made.  It is believe that the jellybean may have been invented by a Boston confectioner, William Schrafft.

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What is known is that advertisements appeared during the Civil War that suggested jellybeans be sent to the troops fighting the war as a treat and to help keep up the fighting spirit.

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They were mentioned again in 1905 in the Chicago Daily News, and regularly advertised for sale after that. It’s popularity grew when it became egg shaped and assumed a roll in Easter.

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Today companies have figured out how to add flavoring to the jellybean and make it taste like practically anything. Even somethings that aren’t so good! Ah, give mankind long enough and he can find a way to ruin anything!

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1/26/1981 President Reagan with jellybeans with Alexander Haig and Richard Allen during a meeting with Interagency Working Committee on Terrorism in the Cabinet Room

Even the Gipper loved his jellybeans. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone who did not enjoy jellybeans. While they are an Easter favorite, they can be enjoyed any time of the year and they are a candy treat meant to be shared.

How to celebrate – Buy some jellybeans! There is a new game popular among those who eat jellybeans, a taste test of sorts, including jellybeans that are purposely meant to taste really bad. Get a party together and do your own taste test encounter. Try this recipe to make your own jellybeans.

April 21st National Kindergarten Day

Since 1837 people have found the benefit of sending their children to Kindergarten, whether it is to get them started early in their social development, a jump start on their educational requirements or because in today’s world so many people have to work to pay the bills, Kindergarten has now become a requirement.

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Frederich Froebel started Kindergartens in Germany. is idea was getting children acclimated to going to school. At first it was just for a half day as he did not want to tax the children, forcing them to grow up faster than they would without school. Through many mother’s tears, the idea has caught on even adding Pre-K to many school across the United States.

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There is little doubt that children do benefit from the earlier exposure to the world. They normally become more challenged and definitely are able to blend into first grade without the same stress. It allows the expectation for children to learn faster and retain more since they have had that extra year, or two, in the system.

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But there are risks involved too. Children become more independent often leading to other issues later on and children not ready to meet the demands of Kindergarten are labeled. Every child has their own personality and abilities. Some are ready at the age of 5 to begin their introduction to society, others take longer. And some meet friends that they will keep for the rest of their lives.  Each child needs to be evaluated on their own skill level but over-all, Kindergarten provides children with the chance to grow faster, learn more and the ability to blend in to society.

How to celebrate – If you have a child in Kindergarten, spend a little time volunteering there to help. Remember your days in Kindergarten, if you can remember that far back. If you have a child in Kindergarten make sure to take plenty of pictures , you will never have these days again.

April 20th Volunteer Recognition Day

When you walk into a business do you just assume everyone there is getting paid? You might be surprised to find out that is not the case if you really look into it. Schools, hospitals, sporting events all use volunteers to help support their staffs and quite often they are in the front lines to great the public.

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Schools can never have enough staff. Not when dealing with children. (They definitely do hire too many support people. How many men does it take to change a light bulb? 6, 1 to change the light and 5 to tell them how to do it!) However when it comes to dealing with the children there can never be too many.

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It’s often difficult to get a smile from someone working in a hospital, the one place where a smile can really do some good. That is where volunteers really excel. I wonder how many lives have been saved by the act of a simple smile or a gentle touch.

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And groups like Habitat For Humanity gives by building homes for people that could not have one otherwise. A good life starts at home. If you don’t have a home you are walking the streets looking for something to do, something that generally leads to no good.

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Most of us have some extra time available to us. Instead of shopping or playing golf, (Not that there is anything wrong with either of those) maybe by volunteering you can make a difference in someone’s life. That will actually make a difference in your own life as well.

How to celebrate – Find a cause where you can volunteer. If you find a cause and no organization to help it, start a volunteer program of your own. Thank a volunteer to lunch.