October 14th National Dessert Day

What’s better than a great dessert!?! Absolutely nothing! In most cases we save great desserts for company or some special occasion but why? Do we not deserve to treat ourselves! Our Families! Our egos!

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It’s hard to keep desserts healthy. That’s not what they are meant for. They are meant to please our inner self who doesn’t care how fat we get or what we stuff our faces with. But for the sake of argument add a few blueberries, raspberries or bananas.

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Of course, all desserts should be topped off with a cherry. It’s only fitting and a dab of whipped cream doesn’t hurt either (Unless of course you are doing a flaming dessert). Most of us have been known to save room from our suppers, probably by not finishing the healthy stuff on our plate. This is sound thinking. And others of us insist on dessert even if we aren’t hungry anymore.

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Well, here’s to sugar, a true friend for all who love desserts. In fact, maybe would should just skip the meal and have dessert instead! The idea of today is to have a dessert with every meal, and maybe for a few snacks along the way. And make it all of your favorites so you can save some for tomorrow.

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And let’s not forget our pets either. They enjoy something sweat after eating their gruel. In fact I once had a dog, God love him causes he’s gone, who I could set a piece of cake and a piece of steak done in front of and he would eat the cake and leave the steak. (Maybe that’s why he’s not with us anymore.)

How to celebrate – Have a dessert today! Make your families favorite dessert. Try, if you can, to find a healthy dessert.

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October 13th Friday The Thirteenth

Somewhere along the line, Friday the 13th has become a dreaded day all across the world. We avoid certain things on the 13th like don’t walk under a ladder and avoid letting black cats cross your path.

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I get the ladder. I would rarely consider walking under a ladder because, well first of all they are normally low enough they are difficult to get under and secondly, someone didn’t set up the ladder without the intent of going up it, meaning, they could easily drop something down on you from above. The black cat thing I don’t really get, unless it’s a panther in which case yes, you should avoid continuing on in that same direction.

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If you are afraid of Friday the 13th you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia. Personally, I am more afraid of the word than the day! Apparently the Babylonians (1,700 B.C.) were concerned about the number 13 as they left that number out of the laws that went with the Code of Hammurah. Today we do not put a 13th floor in most buildings, ships do not allow 13 crew members and during meetings, 13 people are not allowed in the room.

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The Mayan’s considered 13 a lucky number. However, throughout history, Friday has been considered to be unlucky. So add the 13th to Friday it was double trouble. Historians also believe that is was a Friday the 13th that Cain killed Abel. Since there was no calendar back then I am not sure how they figured that one.

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Anybody who runs into Jason on Friday the 13th is bound to have a bad day. However, avoiding him it’s another Friday and in the culture today, we look at Fridays as being good! TGIF, the weekend is coming! It will also be one of my sister’s birthday so that’s good luck for me!

How to celebrate – Celebrate my sister’s birthday! If you believe in the 13th being unlucky, stay home and in bed. If you don’t believe in the 13th being bad, go out and party like there’s no tomorrow!

National Old Farmers Day

The oldest profession known to man has to be the farmer. If it was not for them, none of us would be here and there wouldn’t be any other professions!

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I think farming is often not referred to as a profession, that is sad. These men, and women, have to know a lot to be able to provide others with the food and materials they require! They do not go to fancy meetings with champagne and caviar, they do not hold large meetings with stock brokers and accountants, they do not wear the latest fashions or make the internet go crazy with the latest fad. They provide life.

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My father was a farmer for nearly 30 years of his life (actually a little longer), and I have never known a harder worker, ever. Farmers had to be inventors and pathfinders, explorers and businessmen, warriors and community leaders, long before any of those jobs were led by “professionals”. And you’ll never find a farmer that is not wise.

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The entire world operates off the farmers’ seasons, daylight savings was established because of farmers, work days were formed because of farmers, and cities were built where farms could supply enough food for people to live.

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Apparently Old Farmer’s Day has been celebrated since the mid 1800’s. The days do seem to vary probably because of the regions people live in. October generally becomes the time of year when crops are harvested and the farmer is set to work with limited time to bring in the fields.

How to celebrate – Thank any farmer you may happen to know, they are truly the ones who settled this, and every other, country. Spend a day in one of those “you pick” farms and see what it’s like to be a farmer for a little while. Learn the value of the farmer, it is rapidly becoming a lost art.

October 11th National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work/School Day

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day October 11th

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Come on, we all have one, a favorite teddy bear. Show some respect to that bear by taking it to work with you, or school, today and sharing your day with it.

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The teddy bear was indeed created in Theodore Roosevelt’s but oddly, by two people in two separate places – Morris Michtom in the United States and Richard Steiff in Germany.

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How to celebrate – Take your favorite Teddy Bear to work/school with you today. (You may want to sneak them out so the other teddy bears don’t know what you’re doing). Take your teddy bear to lunch. Get some professional photos of you are your teddy together.

October 11th It’s My Party Day

Why do we always wait for a birthday or Christmas or Halloween to have a party? Everyday is worth celebrating so everyday should be a party day. You can always find something to celebrate, even if it’s just being alive.

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Of course this is the season for it. So many things to celebrate. Fall, Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving and a bunch of Jewish and Arab holidays I can’t begin to spell. There are all sort of parties to have too. Costume, masquerade, football (College), beer, extend October Fest, and of course, just a party for the sake of having  a party.

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A sixteen year old Leslie Gore sang about it in 1963 and turned it into a hit. Of course in her version she cried a lot but then you sort of expect that with a sixteen year old girl. (Or boy in some cases)

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You could even throw a party for your animals! I mean why not!?! They give a lot to you (Some of which you may not want) so give a little back to them! They may not appreciate all you do for the party but at least you can enjoy the party for them.

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How to celebrate – Throw a party for some bizarre reason and confuse everybody. Claim every day is your birthday! Throw a party for someone you don’t even know.

October 10th National Angel Food Cake Day

Of all the cake mixes there are in the world probably the most versatile is the Angel Food Cake. There is nothing that does not go well with an Angel Food Cake, strawberries, cherries, pineapple, peaches, broccoli, apples, bananas…

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It’s been around for next to forever, perhaps actually created by the Angels sent to earth! If you don’t know how to make one, here’s a recipe. Angel Food Cake. It is light, absorbs other flavors with keeping at least a hint of its own flavor.

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And since today is also National Cake Decorating Day, why not make it with an Angel Food recipe. It might not be as fancy as other cakes but it will stand on it’s own and is firm enough to hold most of the icings and fruit you might put on it. It even can be shaped in whatever shape you want.

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It will also hold just about any filling you chose to put in it. An Angel Food Cake will almost always put a smile on the face of those you serve it to. It is perfect for any season and any reason.

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How to celebrate – Make an Angel Food Cake tonight for your family. Create your own Angel Food Cake recipe. Decorate your Angel Food Cake so that it is fit for a King!

October 9th National Moldy Cheese Day

National Moldy Cheese Day October 9th

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Wow, there’s nothing like a hunk of moldy cheese with a glass of wine to brighten your day. A real delight to a Cheesemonger.

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Actually, I guess I am a Cheesemonger because I like most of the moldy cheese family which includes, Maytag Blue, Roquefort, Brie, Bleu, Gorgonzola and Stilton.

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I guess the moldier the better! And if you have enough wine wit hit you won’t really know the difference anyway.

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How to celebrate – Find some moldy cheese and some wine and have a grand ole time. Throw a cheese sampling party. Take a Cheesemongering course.