JUN 11th | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL CORN ON THE COB DAY – IT’S MY DAY! IT’S MY DAY!! No … seriously, this is the best day!
I LOVE corn. I love it popped, creamed, steamed, cold, and on the cob. I especially love it on the cob. I don’t care if it is peaches and cream or the more starchy yellow variety. If corn is on the table, I am happy.
I could eat an entire dinner of corn on the cob. Butter, salt and pepper are my favourite toppings and I prefer to use the little handles that are stuck in the ends. White rice with peas and corn is my comfort food, It goes back to the day when I lived in a small basement apartment with one hot plate. I couldn’t cook much but rice and veggies were easy. Corn was a staple.
The picture below is when I was still in a high chair …loving corn. I started young and haven’t stopped since.
What a great day! Enjoy corn today (and any day)!
JUN 10th | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL BALL POINT PEN DAY – From a physics perspective, the ball point pen was a brilliant invention. A small metal ball at the end of a cone allows ink to flow out at a controlled rate. Friction between pen and paper allows the ball to roll thus depositing ink on the page.
We take pens for granted. They can be found in a multitude of places in our homes and come and go from our lives. We might buy one special expensive pen or purchase a whole box of cheap ones. We have many pens that were handed out for advertisement purposes and tend to like to write with one colour. I have lost so many pens that I suspect one day I will move a piece of furniture and find a mound of missing writing instruments.
When I think back to elementary school, one of the most exciting events was day I was awarded my pen license. I was over the moon! We were not allowed to write with a pen until our cursive writing was deemed acceptable and we had broken our dependence on erasers. Although they seem to be a thing of the past, pen licenses are still in effect in Australia.
When you pick up a pen today to write a quick note or add an item to a grocery list, celebrate this mighty inky instrument and its constant contribution to daily life. Where would we be without the pen?
JUN 9th | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE DAY – Fruit pies are, in my opinion, the best pies. My grandmother only made fruit pies as far as I can remember. I am sure she made strawberry rhubarb but I mostly had eyes for her cherry pies.
The beauty of strawberries and rhubarb is that one is sweet and the other is tart. They make a perfect pair. But I am going to focus on rhubarb instead because I LOVE it!
FUN FACT: Rhubarb is high in oxalic acid. The leaves contain so much oxalic acid that they are toxic to humans. The stalks however are safe to eat and full of all of sorts of vitamins and minerals. It is said rhubarb can help reduce blood pressure, increase the body’s ability to burn fat and stimulate the growth of red blood cells.
I adore rhubarb when it has been stewed in water and sweetened with sugar. Now is the time to harvest this yummy food.
Dig into a strawberry rhubarb pie today!
JUN 8th | TODAY IS:
BEST FRIENDS DAY! – Beth and I met when we were six. I can still remember her waving at me from her driveway. My newest neighbour became a lifelong friend at that moment. Beth gives the BEST hugs.
Rosalie and Tina lived on my Residence floor in our second year of university. We have been through everything together and are better friends now thanever.
Christie is family and a friend; that is the best kind of family to have.
Kevin and I have known each other since we were born. He and his brother are my brothers.
Karren and I are sisters at heart. We were meant to meet.
Heather makes me laugh. I love her because she is so many things that I am not. Her husband Mike fills my corners.
John B makes my heart sing. He know what I mean by that.
Pat is the drummer in my band. He is one of the most caring men I know.
Paula is my neighbour. Yesterday, she sat in a cemetery and had a beer with me and my late brother.
There are so many more friends from a life well lived. It is truly gratifying to think of them all.
But best friends are the champagne of life. Cheers to all the best ones!
JUN 6th | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL YO-YO DAY – How EXCITING! Yo-yos are so much fun and definitely should be celebrated today!
I like the wooden yo-yo toys we had when we were kids. They had some weight to them which made it easy to do some groovy tricks like “walk the dog” and “around the world”.
The other great yo-yo memories that I have are of the Osmond’s song and Tommy Smothers’ talents.
The Osmonds had a song called Yo-Yo … I LOVED that group of brothers growing up…. yes, especially Donny. They were über-talented and could dance and sing like nobody’s business! Tommy Smothers was the comedic master known as the Yo-Yo Man. He was always very entertaining and could do more yo-yo tricks than anyone I had ever seen. There are many YouTube videos of both. Check them out today!
Thanks Yo-Yo, for the lovely walk down memory lane …. good times!
JUN 5th | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL MOONSHINE DAY – When I researched celebrations for today, I was delighted to find out it is Moonshine Day.
Yesterday, we had my husband’s Uncle Otavio for dinner. He is a native Italian with a heavy accent and a plethora of fabulous stories about his life in Canada.
As a young man, Tavio first settled in Timmins, Ontario and began working in the mines in both Timmins and Elliot Lake. He later moved to our hometown with his wife and children and still lives in the house they bought in the late fifties.
One of Tavio’s stories yesterday was, ironically, about making Moonshine. During his stint in the gold mines, they would use grape skins left over from the wine makers to make their alcohol. He described the still that they would fashion our of buckets and tubing. Apparently, he liked his hootch in his coffee.
Our kids didn’t know what Moonshine was so we had a discussion on the illicit activities of brewing alcohol at night.
As Moonshine it illegal, I am in no way encouraging anyone to actually make it but the old stories of people living with very little but making it all count are fascinating.
Is there someone you know who has made Moonshine?
JUN 4th | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL CHEESE DAY – Among the hundreds of varieties of cheese, I can honestly say that I actively eat four types …. mozzarella (mostly on pizza), feta (mostly in salads), Parmesan (mostly on pasta), and cheese slices.
Although I am not a huge lover of cheese, I do appreciate the passion with which many people approach this fine food. I could not possibly list all the cheeses nor recipes for them.
I did, however, have the pleasure to actually make cheese. We were visiting friends in Manitoba last fall. Our friend Gavin makes his own cheese and smokes his own meat. Mozzarella was our task and it was a fascinating venture!
To be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot about the actual process but I do remember how hot it was handling the cheese at one point. Because it was not aged, there wasn’t a lot of flavour but we sure did enjoy eating our labours!
JUN 3rd | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL EGG DAY – Fried, sunny side up, over hard, soft boiled, hard boiled, Benedict, florentine, scrambled, devised, frittata and omelet … different ways to serve an egg. As I write this, I am eating two hard boiled eggs that are sliced and covered with salsa. Yum!
And that’s not all …. they can be found in salads, on sandwiches, atop steaks and mixed in batters.
Eggs might be one of the most versatile foods and are filled with protein, amino acids, and Vitamin D.
We have friends who purchased an ostrich egg last summer. The content were apparently equivalent to two dozen chicken eggs! The shell is very durable and cannot be cracked like a small egg.
Our friends drilled a small hole to remove the contents and now have a great keepsake that can be etched or used in decor.
JUN 2nd | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY – As far as treats go, I don’t love doughnuts. They are definitely tasty but are not anything I seek out. If I had to pick a favourite, I would go with Boston Cream. Which variety is your favourite?
I have one great doughnut memory. We were hosting a party many years ago. A family friend, who owned a coffee shop, arrived with boxes of doughnuts. At the end of the evening, with many doughnuts left over, we did something that I had never done before and will likely never do again.
We opened the boxes of doughnuts, took one bite out of each doughnut and threw them back in the box! SO FUN!!!
JUN 1st | TODAY IS:
NATIONAL OLIVE DAY and NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY – How are they similar?
Here are some great answers: