May 3rd



NATIONAL LUMPY RUG DAY – there are a number of celebrations today but this one caught my eye. Do we really need to celebrate a lumpy rug? Do lumps in a rug make us happy? I tend to trip over lumpy rugs and do not find that to be a festive experience.

It turns out that this celebration is not really about the lumps at all. It is about the rugs.

Literally, it is a day to remind us to spring clean our mats after a long winter of abuse. Take them outside (if you can) and beat them silly with a broom. Alternately, if you have a carpet cleaner, give them a wash and style.

Metaphorically, it is a day to drag out all that stuff that you have swept under the rug … the embarrassing or damaging things that haunt you despite all avoidance tactics.

However you decide to celebrate Lumpy Rug Day, floor your family with clean mats!

May 2nd



NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY – When I first read that it is truffle day, I immediately thought that we would be celebrating the strange little fungii that grow in the ground near tree roots.  You know, the ones whose oil has become insanely popular in gourmet cooking.

But sadly no, it is the chocolate truffle we are celebrating.  I only say it is sad because I have a good savoury truffle story.  I will save it for another time.

Fortunately, I find chocolate truffles to be delicious although incredibly sweet. The first recorded truffle was created in 1895 but they became truly popularized in 1902 by the Prestat Chocolate Shop in London.

This shop still produces the original Napolean III truffle. Road trip anyone?


May 1st



NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY – When I was young, I was obsessed with jello and pudding.  It was easy to make and something my mother would let me prepare unsupervised.

I had my own jello recipe book that taught me how to layer jello in a parfait glass on funky angles and add other ingredients such as fruit and whipped cream.

If you were around in the dark ages, you may remember a commercial that had the tagline “Hey kids, get out of that jello tree!”.  The fruit in the tree was made with jello and jiggled happily while children climbed the tree.

One year, I saved the specified number of box tops and sent away for the jello moulds to make fruit shaped jello.  Wow, was I proud of my jello servings!

I prefer cooked pudding over instant and also prefer butterscotch pudding. but chocolate pudding with whipped cream (a.k.a. chocolate parfait) is always welcome in my house.