December 17th National Maple Syrup Day

Here’s another sweet day for you, it’s National Maple Syrup Day! Just like yesterdays chocolate, maple syrup was first used by the Native Americans and became a part of their diet. I am not sure who, or why, somebody started licking a tree but I am glad they did… I love maple syrup!

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Of course the process is a little more involved than just licking a tree but I wonder, did they lick a Elm tree, Oak tree or Ash tree before stopping at the maple tree and going, “This is the one. This is the tree to lick!”

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Even more interesting, that we should celebrate this day in December when the typical harvesting of maple syrup comes in February and March. Guess we just couldn’t wait! I think that may be expressed even more in the fact that we can find nearly everything we eat of drink can be flavored with maple syrup.

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What started out as pan cake syrup now flavors our bacon, coffee, ice tea and… well, nearly everything we eat. Since yesterday was National Chocolate Covered Anything Day I wonder if we can cover maple syrup in chocolate. Maybe that’s a bit over sweet!

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And now we have maple flavored martinis. Wow, that ought to be tasty! Naturally we have made it less and less healthy over the years, adding sugar and who knows else to make it even sweeter than it is naturally. And we wonder why we are an over-weight society. Go figure.

How to celebrate – Have some maple syrup today! Try natural maple syrup over processed maple syrup. Try blending maple syrup into something new and different.

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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.

March 25th International Waffle Day

Get up! It’s time for breakfast and time to breakout the waffles! So let’s share that last Eggo and make the day brighter for everybody.

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Waffles were first served, so far as we know, in the 1300’s in Greece. They generally were toppedwith cheese and herbs, maybe sometimes a little meat. (They didn’t have syrup back then.)

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In Sweden it’s called Vaffeldagen, and celebrates the first day of Spring (Also throughout Europe) and the Feast of Annunciation. Some find it odd that Waffle Day comes during Lent when you are supposed to give up something you would normally indulge in. I guess waffles are not normally considered one of those things, particularly in Sweden!

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Here in the United States we celebrate the invention of the waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York in 1869. (They didn’t have Eggos back then)

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Now we have really altered the waffle since it first came out. Some think it is for the better, some think for the worse. What do you think?

How to celebrate – Have a waffle for breakfast this morning. Throw a little chicken and cheese on a waffle for lunch today! Find a friend from Sweden and celebrate their first day of Spring.