February 11th


NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY – no, not the Peanuts character … the delicious chocolate disc with pepperminty centre.  Peppermint Patties remind me of two things: first, advent calendar treats.  Since all my dear daughters love peppermint, they receive these treats on several days.  Second, they remind me of hamburger cookies.  No, they are not cookies made from hamburger because that would be just wrong.  They are Peppermint Patties sandwiched between two Nilla wafers with coloured icing and coloured coconut added for condiments.  Mmmmmmm … delicious!  Girls, we need to make Hamburger Cookies again!!

NATIONAL DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY – not to be taken literally (although when Dear Daughter 1 was little, spilled milk happened every day!), this day quotes a proverb from 1659 by James Howell.  “No weeping for shed milk” may have changed its form somewhat but the intent is still the same:  look on the bright side and don’t sweat the small stuff.

NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY – Friends can be chosen family.  They are valuable parts of our lives and we can never have enough good friends.  So get out there and make some friends today!  The easiest way is to take a class or join a club.

NATIONAL INVENTORS DAY – celebrate the visionaries of the world.  Some inventions take long periods of time to perfect and some are happy accidents, such as sticky notes and bubble wrap.  Do you know any inventors and what did they invent?

NATIONAL SHUT-IN VISITATION DAY – those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to move through the world freely are encouraged to visit those who cannot.  Visiting a person who cannot leave their home can not only brighten their day but yours as well.  Bring them some hamburger cookies!!!


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