This event is always on January 22. National Blonde Brownie Day is a special day that is set aside to bake and eat blonde brownies. What’s a blonde brownie, you ask? Well, as their name implies, traditional brownies are a dark brown. To make blonde brownies, light brown sugar is used in the recipe in place of dark brown chocolate. On National Blonde Brownie Day, its your right and responsibility to bake blonde brownies, and to eat them. If you don’t have time to bake today, buy some and eat a few extra blonde brownies. Note: The use of nuts and frosting on your brownies is optional.
Event is always January 18. Winnie the Pooh Day is an opportunity to enjoy your favorite bear and all of his friends. This day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A .Milne in 1882. He was an author of children’s story books, and created Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Winnie’s pals include Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Roo. Have some fun today. Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day by reading some storybooks about the adventures of Winnie and his friends. Don’t read them alone. Read them with young children. Did you Know? In his works, he was known as A.A. Milne. The initials stand for Allan Alexander.
Always January 14 Great news! You don’t have to wait until Halloween to dress up your pet. National Dress Up Your Pet Day gives you the opportunity to …. you guessed it……dress up your pet! Some pets like to get dressed up. Others, want nothing to do with it. This day is an opportunity to really dress up your pet(s). Make something for them to wear. Or, go to a pet store and buy an outfit. It’s winter, so something warm is best. Sorry, we don’t have any ideas on how to dress up goldfish.
This post is dedicated to my friend Melissa who is the QUEEN of dressing up the pup’s
Always January 12. National Pharmacist Day is honors pharmacists, and recognizes their important role in medical care. A Pharmacist must be knowledgeable of the chemistry of all medicines. They can inform you of a drugs’ side effects, and all aspects of prescription medicine. Very importantly, they understand and recognize the inter-action of drugs together…many people take numerous drugs. National Pharmacist Day recognizes this important role. If you are in the pharmacy today, make sure to wish your pharmacist a good day. Gifts and cards are not required. Pharmacist Day Quiz: What was the first name of Mr. Gower, the pharmacist in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”? See answer below. Thought for Today: “God must love the common man. He made so many of them.” – – Abraham Lincoln History and Origin of National Pharmacist Day: You can be sure that National Pharmacists Day was created by a pharmacist group. However, we have yet to discover the group that started it. As we began our research on this day, we fully expected to find one or two national pharmacy groups. To our surprise, we found a couple national groups and many state groups. We did not find a group that claimed to have created this day. Also, there is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a “National” day, which requires an act of congress.
This holiday is always on January 10. Fellow choco-holics, today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day. In case you didn’t get enough chocolate and sweets over the long holidays, here is a chance to delve into some bittersweet chocolate. Did you really need a reason to indulge!? While milk chocolate may be the most popular type of chocolate, bittersweet chocolate has it’s place high on our list. Did you know that guys tend to prefer bittersweet chocolate, while gals usually prefer milk chocolate. Like ’em both!?? That’s perfectly okay…..and normal. Okay, you know that bittersweet chocolate tastes good. But, what distinguishes it from other chocolates. Bittersweet chocolate is a sweeter form of dark chocolate. Unlike milk chocolate, it has no milk. It is darker, and richer than most other chocolates, and is the most popular chocolate for baking. Did You Know? Americans consume over 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate a year.
Always January 8th. Bubble baths are so much fun. We wish everyday could be Bubble Bath Day. Today is a fun day to relax and enjoy the warm and soothing pleasures of a bubble bath. Best of all, it can be enjoyed by kids and adults. For kids, it’s playtime. For adults, it’s soothing pleasure, and perhaps ….playtime. On Bubble Bath Day, there are a couple of ways to enjoy your bubble bath. It depends upon how old you are. For kids, it’s simple…. Just fill the tub with bubbles and toys. Then hop in and play! For the ladies, its time to relax! Fill the tub with bubbly water. Hop in and just enjoy the soothing water and bubbles. Before hoping in, set the mood with candles placed (safely) around the bathroom and tub. Add a music, playing softly on the sink counter. For the guys: Don’t feel left out! With permission, you can hop in, too! Get in touch with your feminine side, and make sure the candles are lit. You can relax and/or play. The proper sequence is relax, play, relax. We highly recommend both! Oh, and don’t forget your rubber duckie!
Thought for Today: “Sorrow can be alleviated by a good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.” Thomas Aquinas
This holiday is always held on January 4. Today is National Spaghetti Day. Grab a big bowl, fill it with spaghetti, top it with a generous helping of your favorite sauce, and dig in. And, don’t forget the meatballs and parmesan cheese! Spaghetti is one of over 600 shapes of pasta. It is by far, the most popular shape. Many people think of Italy and Italian cuisine, as the birthplace of spaghetti. In reality pasta, or macaroni, dates back to ancient times. Ancient cultures were cooking pasta noodles well before they were introduced to Italy and other parts of Europe. Marco Polo has been erroneously credited with bringing spaghetti and pastas to Europe. But, records show Europeans cooking pasta well before Marco Polo began his travels. Peering even farther back in time, Arab cultures were selling dried spaghetti-like noodles in open markets in the early 1200’s. The Chinese were cooking pasta noodles as far back as 5,000 B.C. While ancient cultures were making and eating spaghetti and other pastas well before it came to Europe, it’s the Italians who popularized it in cuisines. It was introduced into the United States through the travels of Thomas Jefferson, who brought it back from Naples, Italy in 1789. Italian immigrants also brought it over with them to the U.S., where its popularity quickly spread. Spaghetti in Italian means thin string or twine. Did you Know? Americans consume about 20 pounds of pasta per person per year. We hope you thoroughly enjoy your bowl of Spaghetti today. To more completely enjoy this special day, make the spaghetti noodles yourself. It’s a cinch. All you need is flour, water and a pasta maker.
he evening of December 31 to the morning of January 1. New Year’s Eve is when all the fun and festivities are. We see out the old year and ring in the new. While it is often thought of as a time to drink and be merry, many people take it as an opportunity to eat and be merry. Drinking is not as much a part of the event as it was decades ago, if only because of tougher drunk driving laws. New Years’ Day on the other hand, is a time to relax and enjoy the start of a bright and promising new year….a new beginning. It is a time to be with family. After all, you haven’t seen your mother in law since last year. So, enjoy everything about New Year’s….it only comes once a year. To many Americans, the ball dropping at Times Square in New York City signals the start of the new year in this country. The ball was first dropped in 1908. New Years Trivia: Did you know that a raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Millions of people do. It’s easy to make resolutions, yet much harder to accomplish them. As you get well into January, those unaccomplished New Year’s resolutions hang over your head. Lucky for you, there is a Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day
Always December 27 National Fruitcake Day celebrates the rock hard, fruit filled holiday cake. While fruitcake was popular in the 40’s and 50’s, we are not sure if anyone has ever eaten this weighty, gooey, sugar laden cake. Scientists have been unable to penetrate deeply into a fruitcake, and therefore, have failed to uncover its exact composition. Its density has also hampered their ability to use carbon dating to identify the age of a fruitcake. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that some fruitcake are hundreds of years old. It is very appropriate for National Fruitcake Day to be celebrated shortly after Christmas. Once the holidays are over, it’s time to get rid of your fruitcake. Giving a fruitcake is a Christmas tradition for many. It is also believed that recipients will re-wrap the fruitcake and give it to someone else. Who knows how many years, or decades, a fruitcake has been passed along? Ultimately, the trick is to make sure you give away the fruitcake before the holiday season is through. Otherwise, you get the joy of storing it, until the next fruitcake-giving season. On National Fruitcake Day, those with a sweet tooth can celebrate by eating a slice or two. Otherwise, we suggest you use this day to give your fruitcake to someone….anyone. Note: Our research failed to find any information that suggests this is an official “National” day, which requires an act of congress. Sure, you may argue that there are a few fruitcakes in congress. But to date, none of them has sponsored a bill to create or declare a national Fruitcake Day.
December 21, 2021 Winter Solstice marks the beginning of winter and is the shortest day of the year. On this day, it seems as if the nighttime darkness lasts all day and all night. At the North Pole, the sun never rises on this day. It is not the coldest days of winter, as the northern hemisphere continues to lose more heat than it gains. This will continue until late in winter, as the longer daylight hours at that point begin to have a net warming affect. But for now, heat up a cup of hot chocolate and put another log on the fire! Winter will be here for a while. By the way, while the northern hemisphere is experiencing it’s shortest day, the southern hemisphere is basking in sunshine and enjoying the first day of summer. For thousands of years, Winter Solstice has celebrated the new solar year. It celebrates the return of the sun, as every day now will see more sun. The sun is at it’s southernmost point, and now begins it’s long, six month journey north. Winter Solstice is also been known as Christmas, Yule, and Saturnalia.