March 1st

TODAY IS:

NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY – My name is Lisa, and I am a Peanut Butter Lover.  I LOVE peanut butter!  I have a spoonful every night before bed as a snack.  I am not much of a bread person so i just dig in with a spoon.  I am sure my husband loves that about me.  I don’t ask.

Peanut butter can be joined with many food for some tasty treats.  I love the combination of peanut butter and bananas, chocolate, or even celery.  Dear daughters have been known to have it on burgers at The Works.

I still have my mom’s Peanut Butter Cookie recipe that she wrote by hand when I was in Grade 2.  Our teacher published a booklet of everyone’s favourite recipes.  They were mimeographed on pink paper and have purple ink.  I can almost smell the ink on my original copy.  Hmmmm …. I could totally make those cookies today ….

NATIONAL PIG DAY – I am hoping to see a pig parade today because my sources tell me that this is how Pig Day might be celebrated.  Anyone having a pig party to celebrate this intelligent animal?  I’ll bring snacks … peanut butter snacks.

NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY – Fruit compote originated in the 17th century in France.  It is said that this syrupy fruit dish was developed as a way to balance humidity in the body but I wonder if it was truly a way to deal with aging fruit.  Originally served in the afternoon with sour cream and biscuits, fruit compote includes the flavours from spice and peels.  It’s kind of like the modern day fruit cup.  Enjoy!

NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY – My horse owning friends celebrate this every day, housing and care for these magnificent creatures.  There are many unwanted horses on this continent and those who have the means to adopt, are encouraged to do so.  In my next life, I will own lots of horses … lots of horses.

ASH WEDNESDAY – For those of you who are celebrating, today is the beginning of Lent, a day of fasting and prayer and the beginning of 40 days (not including Sundays) of forsaking sinful activities.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

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February 28th

TODAY IS:

FAT TUESDAY – Also known as Marni Gras and Shrove Tuesday, it is the end of Carnival and the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent).  Fat Tuesday dates back to ancient Roman times when celebrants would feast on the food from which they would be abstaining throughout Lent.

Pancakes have become the most popular meal on Shrove Tuesday but their are many traditions throughout the world for this day.

But the important question is … if you are giving up something for Lent, what would that something be?

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ DAY –  a light, airy chocolate dessert?  Sometimes smothered in chocolate sauce or raspberry cream?  This gets it’s own day?  OF COURSE it does, because soufflés are delicious!

NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY – Ride a commuter train and every day is National Public Sleeping Day! The crazy part about this designation is that it is less about sleeping in public and more about napping.  FUN FACT:  there are apparently different types of naps:

1. The Power Nap – 10 to 20 minutes, it is an energizing nap that does not interfere with a good night’s sleep

2.  The Hangover Nap – 30 minutes which is really 10 minutes too long.  It leaves us feeling drowsy and only wanting more sleep.

3.  The Brainiac Nap – 60 minutes in length,  is best after a round of studying or before a big test as it shows improved congnitive abilities once the grogginess has cleared.

4.  The California King Nap – 90 minutes (or one complete sleep cycle), this one will get you performing again but good luck sleeping that night.

You are welcome.

NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY – The tooth fairy is 90 years old.  Well, not the actual Tooth Fairy, but the existence of the Tooth Fairy.  Fairies were originally posulated by parents as a way to get kids to brush their teeth and eat their vegetables.  But in 1927, Esther Watkins Arnold published a play for children called The Tooth Fairy, and the rest is history.

Now in my day … a quarter was the prize.  Nowadays, it is a promissory note for a Jeep Wrangler at the age of 16.  Ok, that might be an exaggeration … but not by much.

NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY – Designing floral arrangements is a skill line-up that I missed.  My arrangements end up looking like some weird weedy English garden.  I truly appreciate the skills of those who have the floral design touch.

Cheers!  I would give you a soufflé if I had one.  Or a pancake (which I don’t have either).

Happy Fat Tuesday!