November 28th Thanksgiving

Today we celebrate all those things we are thankful for. Family, country, careers, friends… you name it, then be thankful for it. The first Thanksgiving was celebrate in 1621 and went on for three days. Of course, they didn’t have football games to watch back then or it might have lasted longer! It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress set the date for Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. In the past, it has been celebrate in September or October before finally ending up in November. If you think about it, there really is a lot to be thankful for. We eat, drink and watch out favorite movies (Or football) on Thanksgiving Day, all the company of our loved ones and friends which is what it really is all about. The food is nice, the entertainment good but having our friends and family with us is everything.

How to celebrate – Make this Thanksgiving a special day for all. Know what you are thankful for. Dress up like a Pilgrim, or a Native American, or even a turkey.

September 28th National Native American Day

Today we celebrate some of the most mistreated people on the face of the earth, the Native American. When I was young I always thought the cowboys and cavalry were the greatest thing on earth, but then I learned what they did to the Native Americans and I felt ashamed.

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The Europeans, and people from other settling groups, push the Native American across the United States, Mexico and Canada until they had no place left to go. The answer was to put them on reservation. Not a good answer, but an answer. It’s sort of like taking a wild animal and putting them in a cage and see how they like it.

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Not that the Native American was a wild animal, they were actually more peaceful that the people who claimed them to be savages. But when pushed hard enough, they did fight back and who could blame them?

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There are more than 562 tribes that lived free in America before it was “settled”. Most were very peaceful people. Many helped the settlers, some saved the settlers from starvation. In return, we pushed them off their lands and gave them deceases they had no cure for.

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There are some 3 million left today living in the United States. The only thing they did wrong was being here before the rest of the world got here. They honor life, the land and the beasts given man. It is time we all honor them for the suffering at our hands.

How to celebrate – Honor the Native American for who they are. Study what daily life was like for any of the native tribes. Visit a tribe and see the wonder of colors, food and life styles.

July 12th National Pecan Pie Day

Today is my sisters birthday. No, that doesn’t have anything to do with pecan pie but then neither does the National part of the title so… happy birthday! Maybe we can have pecan pie instead of cake! I’d like that better!

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Pecan pie probably started with the Native American tribes, the Quinipissa and the Tangipahoa tribes of Texas. There seems to be evidence of the use of pecans since 8,000 BC and we have no reason to believe that they did not turn that into pie. The word pecan comes from the Alogonquin languauge.

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There are many recipes, most involving eggs, butter and sugar (Normally Corn Syrup). However brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and honey are used either in addition to, or replacing original ingredients. You can try the recipe above or this one for your own guideline to follow.

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Not willing to settle on the common pecan pie, many add chocolate or cinnamon to top the pie off. I’m not exactly sure what was wrong with the original but if you like that, fine. I am more of a purist. You can top it with ice cream or whipped cream, which is nice so long as, to me, you don’t cover up the natural flavor.

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How to celebrate – Bake a pecan pie for your family today, or your friends, or maybe just for yourself. Try your own recipe, like maybe adding coconut making it more of a German Chocolate Cake pie. If you are not fond of pecans then you could try any other kind of nut, but then of course it’s not a part of National Pecan Pie Day!