Sunday, August 24, 2008

Peach Pie Day

It's August 24th and that means its National Peach Pie Day. So today you have an excuse to bake yourself a crusty peach pie right. My mother was forever baking pies when I was growing up but every time she gathered a basket of peaches from our peach trees, she always made a peach cobbler instead of a peach pie. Her second choice was always fried peach pies. But I guess anyway you can get a sweet dessert made with peaches is fantastic. I hope everyone enjoys National Peach Pie Day by baking a pie. See recipe here

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

International Left Handers Day!

It's August 13th and that means it's International Left Handers Day! I'm a lefty myself and I'm happy to know there is a day especially for us left handers. From what I've been reading, left handers are from seven to ten percent of the world's population. What is this holiday for anyway? It is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world and since I'm a lefty myself I can witness to the fact that finding items that accommodate a left handed person is hard to find. So for all you left handers.... today is your day so A very Happy Left Handers Day to you from me Pam :)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Smores Day!

It's August 10th and that means it's Smores Day everyone! I love having this chocolate treat when melted over a fire outside. Somehow it tastes better to me when eaten fireside. I actually like to eat smores in the winter time when it's cold outside so it's a bit hard to eat it on a hot August day like today. That makes me wonder why this day was picked to represent National Smores Day when I think they are mostly eaten in the winter time? But what the heck, do it anyway and enjoy this sweet treat holiday. Visit National Smores Day for more information.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

It's Pina Colada Day!

Today is National Pina Colada Day everyone! What is a Pina Colada? Well it's a popular drink that is now known around the world as a symbol of the Tropics. Pina Colada Recipe one part white rum one part coconut cream 3 partspineapple juice Soda water as necessary Mix with crushed ice until smooth. Pour into chilled glass and top up with soda water. Garnish and serve. Visit National Pina Colada Day

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

July is here!

July is here everyone! It's the seventh month of the year. It is, on average, the warmest month within most of the Northern hemisphere, and the coldest month within much of the Southern hemisphere. Personally speaking I think August is the hottest month of the year where I'm at. Are you ready to know what is significant for July? Well here ya go!
SIGNIFICANT JULY:
July Flower of the month: The Larkspur & Water Lily
Zodiac Signs: Cancer / The Crab, June 22 - July 22
Leo /The Lion, July 23 - Aug. 22
The name for the Moon in July is called Hay Moon, Thunder Moon, Ripe Corn Moon.
The Full Moon is: July 18, 2008 / 08:00 / Friday
July Birthstone: Ruby -- Meaning: Contentment. Most Noted Holiday for July is: July 4th, Independence Day
Weird Holidays: Just to name a few of the weird holidays for this month are...
Build A Scarecrow Day : July 1 / Hillbilly Day: July 4 / Gone-ta-pott Day: July 28 Flitch Day, The Holiday: July 19 _________________________________________________________________ July is all about picnics for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere. That must be why there are so many food holidays that relate to outdoor eating. Holidays like National Picnic Month. A great pass time is eating nice cold ice cream outside as well and that's why we the month of July is National Ice Cream Month. There's a long list of ice cream holidays in our calendar and the National Ice Cream page will give you a list of all of them. Berries are very popular during this month because it's the growing season for many of them. That explains why we have a lot of National berry holidays during the month of July as well. And ohhhh my goodiness , we can not leave out National Hot Dog month and pickle month! We eat more hot dogs and pickles during this month than any other time of the year. Wow! Who would of guessed. I think this has to do with the July 4th holiday don't you? National Pickle Month _______________________________________________________________
Events in July by wiki

Holidays in July

_______________________________________________________________ Happy Holidays to all! Pam

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

It's Watermelon Day!

It's June 3rd and that means it's National Watermelon Day everyone! -- I love yellow watermelon but it's hard to find. My Mother loves watermelon more than I do and I think she would eat it everyday if she could. The both of us like to sprinkle salt on top of our watermelon before we eat it.

I love sweet watermelon rind pickles too. If fact I have a jar of Amish sitting in my frig right now. I eat it along side my hamburgers and hot dogs.

Watermelon is Good for us:
A one-cup serving of watermelon will provide around 48 Calories. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, with one serving containing 14.59 mg of vitamin C and 556.32 IU of vitamin A. Watermelon also provides significant amounts of vitamin B6 and vitamin B1, as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene.

Watermelon rinds are also edible, and sometimes used as a vegetable. In China, they are stir-fried, stewed, or more often pickled. When stir-fried, the de-skinned and de-fruited rind is cooked with olive oil, garlic, chili peppers, scallions, sugar and rum (and provides a great way to utilize the whole watermelon). Pickled watermelon rind is also commonly consumed in the Southern US, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Strawberry Picking Day

It's May and those of us in the Deep South know that May means Spring and Spring means fresh strawberries and fresh strawberries mean it's time for some strawberry picking!

In the United States strawberries typically peak during the month of May in the South and usually in the month of June in the North. Crops will get ready at various times depending on what part of the state your from.

Now for strawberry picking tips:
When you pick strawberries you need to look for the plump ones, look for the firm ones, and last but not least you need to look for the veryyy red ones. Usually the smaller berries are the most flavorful it seems.

When your strawberry picking, be very careful with each berry because they bruise very easily. Never toss your strawberry into the basket and never fill your basket more than 4 inches deep. If you pile the berries up you will have a mess to clean up and your strawberries will spoil very fast.

Don't wash the berries until your ready to use them. Washing them makes them more prone to spoiling.

We Love Strawberries at our house!
I think one of my favorite strawberry things to eat is Strawberry Shortcake. I think everyone has had this dessert at least once in their life and Strawberry Shortcake seems to be the traditional dessert for the 4th of July Holiday too.

We had strawberry shortcake just a couple of nights ago. I served the strawberries on top of a coconut pound cake with whipped cream on top. The berries were veryyyy cold and it was fantastic eating! To make it a bit more devilish I added a layer of creamy cheesecake spooned between the pound cake and the strawberries.


When is National Strawberry Month?
The month of May is always National Strawberry Month.

Are there other Strawberry Holidays to celebrate? Yes!
National Strawberry Cream Pie Day (September 28)
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day (January 15)
National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day (June 9)
National Strawberries & Cream Day (May 21)
National Strawberry Shortcake Day (June 14)

National Strawberry Parfait Day (June 25)
National Strawberry Sundae Day (July 7)
National Strawberry Day (February 27)
Pick Strawberries Day (May 20)
National Food Holiday Directory

Friday, May 09, 2008

Lost Sock Memorial Day!

Here we go guys- here's another Weird & Wacky Holiday for you. This one is called "Lost Sock Memorial Day" where we hold in memory our favorite lost socks. Yes I have to say this is one of the weirdest holidays that's been thought up yet, but it is a fun one and believe it or not but it's becoming popular!! Did I really say that? haha!

Everybody has had a favorite pair of socks and everybody has cried buckets of tears when one of them has gone missing. (well maybe not everybody) but the point is... what the heck actually happens to all those socks anyway??? That is one mystery that I don't know if we will ever find out about.

When I was young I had a favorite pair of socks that had a face on them and the nose was a pompom ball. When I would sit down the bottom of my pants would hike up and you could see a big pair of eyes peeping out over my shoes with a big nose. I loved them! When ever the family would go to a restaurant to eat; if I ever had those socks on I would always see people pointing at my feet. hahaha! Now that's one childhood memory for you. I was so upset when my favorite sock lost a mate. I looked everywhere for it too. Did any of you have a favorite pair of socks that went missing? Something warm and cozy maybe? Tell us about it.

If you would like to know more about Lost Sock Memorial Day and how popular it's becoming just visit... Lost Sock Memorial Day and learn how you can get in on the Holiday fun.

Happy Holidays to all!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Significant May!

SIGNIFICANT MAY:
May Flower of the month: Lily of the Valley, Hawthorn.
Zodiac Signs: Gemini / The Twins / May 21 - June 21
The name for the Moon in May is Planter's Moon, Milk Moon.
The Full Moon is: May 20, 2008 at 02:13 Tuesday
May Birthstone: Emerald, agate.
Meaning: Love, Success
Hello Everybody, welcome to my blog and welcome to the first day of May! I sure hated to see April go because I really love those cool nights and warm days. Get this, my favorite time to drink coffee is in the month of April. Yep! I think it's because I know that April is the last month that I enjoy hot drinks. For some reason in the hotter months I had much rather drink cold sweet tea instead because coffee is to hot and makes me sweat. Oh how much I love the taste of coffee though. Now on with the subject of May! Guys your not going to believe this but while doing my research for Holidays I found out that the month of May has around 400 listed Holidays in the United States Alone. Holy Cow right! To see the complete list go to gone-ta-pott.com/maycalendar. Many of these Holidays are pretty weird and wacky too. Holidays like
Lumpy Rug Day--May 3
Respect for Chickens Day - May 4
No Sock Day - May 8
Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day - May 9
Hurray for Buttons Day - May 9
Root Canal Appreciation Day -May 10
Eat What You Want Day - May 11
I Just Called to Say I Love You Day - May 13
Blame Someone Else Day - May 13
National Dance Like A Chicken Day - May 14
Crazy Day- May 14
Marshmallow Fluff Birthday- May 14
Over The Rainbow Day - May 15
International Pickle Day - May 16
Pack Rat Day - May 17
Turn Beauty Inside Out Day - May 17
Brown Bag It Thursday - May 17
No Dirty Dishes day - May 19
Frog Jump Day - May 19
I Need a Patch For That Day - May 21
National Pickle Day - May 23
Scavenger Hunt Day - May 24
National Something day - May 25
My Bucket's Got a Hole in It Day - May 30 Great American grump out Day - May - 31
and these are just a few. For the life of me I can't see how these are listed as holidays and how they got started but they sure do make great conversation pieces that's for sure. I guess they give you some great excuses to have a party too, right! To see the complete list of Weird Holidays go to Weird Holidays and have fun reading. Significant Dates:
  • Spring: Spring Time runs from March 20th to June 20th.
  • Mothers Day: Mother's Day is celebrated all over the world to honor our Mothers, although the dates and months of Mother's Day differ from country to country. Mother's day is the occasion to pay tributes to our Mothers.
  • Cinco de Mayo ("5th of May" in English) is primarily a regional and not an obligatory federal holiday in Mexico. The date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
  • Memorial Day Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed in 2008 on May 26) (observed in 2009 on May 25). It was formerly known as Decoration Day.
About May
May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. The month may have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.

Events in May / by Wikipedia

Love Quote of the Day "Love sought is good, but given unsought is better." William Shakespeare Quote of the Day Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity. - Christopher Morley Short Joke of the Day A skeleton walks into a bar. The bartender says, "What'll you have?" The skeleton says, "A beer and a mop."

Monday, April 21, 2008

National Frog Month & Pet Frogs

April is National Frog Month and I though it would be the perfect time to tell you a true little frog story and to also talk about pet frogs.

Did you know that American green tree frogs are one of the most popular pet frogs? This delightful little fellow is available in most pet stores and cost between US$10.00-$20.00 each. They are relatively easy frogs to take care of. They need a large (at least ten-gallon) terrarium and do well with bark and pebbles for the bottom and a nice tree branch.

Frogs like plants and will benefit from having live plants in their terrarium. You see the Pothos plant in terrariums at pet stores. Pothos can be left in pots, grown in jars of water or planted directly into soil on the bottom of the terrarium. The plants will provide the frogs with places to perch and will help maintain high humidity. Green tree frogs thrive best at humidity levels around 75%; spray the terrarium once or twice a day using a plant mister filled with pure water to help maintain appropriate humidity levels. Do not use water containing chlorine or heavy metals, as these chemicals can soak into the frogs and kill them. Water should be provided in a shallow non-metal bowl on the bottom of the terrarium. Water in this bowl should be changed often. Captive green tree frogs should be offered small crickets, waxworms and silkworms.

Frog Story
Ok I couldn't pass up telling you my frog story. hahaha!
When I was around 23 years old I had this huge fascination for frogs. One day I noticed a fishing boat in my brothers yard was full of rain water and I thought it would be a good idea to pull the plug and drain it. As I was about to do that I noticed that the boat was full of little black tadpoles. After watching them for a while I just couldn't bring myself to pull the plug and kill all those little fellows so instead I dipped them all out and put them in a bucket. I then took them home with me and placed them in a beautiful fish tank with a nice little island for them to crawl up on once they turned into bull frogs.

This little project was so fascinating. I watched every day my little bullfrogs loose their tails and then grow their legs. One morning I got up and headed to the kitchen to fix some breakfast and noticed that my dining room wall was completely covered in blackish green dots. I thought.... what is that??? I looked closer and OH MY GOD I was in shock. My tadpoles that I thought were bullfrogs that would stay in the tank, were not bullfrogs at all. They were little green tree frogs (you know the ones that have the little suction cup fingers and can crawl up walls) Well they were crawling everywhere! Not just a few either. I had saved at least 400 little tadpoles from the bottom of the boat that day and I had at least 300 out of the tank. They were everywhere! It took me a whole week to get all the frogs out of the house. I couldn't even eat a meal at the table without a baby tree frog coming out of nowhere and leaping on my head. True Pet Frog Story of mine. Giggle~ Pam

Friday, April 18, 2008

Animal Cracker Day

Did everybody eat animal crackers as a kid or what? I know I sure did and I thought the circus them of the box was great too. I played with the box as much as I played with the cookies before I ate them. These little cookies are just slightly sweet but fun to eat. I remember floating them in milk and pretending they were swimming across a river. haha! Then I would eat them. I was reading up on Animal Crackers and found out that they are sometimes called "Circus Crackers", other times simply "Animals." 1902 the now-familiar box was designed for the Christmas season with the innovative idea of attaching a string to hang from the Christmas tree. This idea took off and is now popular today but we like to use the sting as a handle to tote the crackers around with. It was a neat gimick idea to hang it from a christmas tree though. Fun Animal Cracker Facts
  1. More than 40 million packages of Barnum's Animal Crackers are sold each month.
  2. In total, there have been 54 different animals represented by animal crackers since 1902.
  3. Animal Crackers are exported to 17 countries worldwide.
  4. There will probably always be lions and tigers, bears and elephants.
  5. Today each package contains 22 crackers with a variety of animals.
  6. The Koala Bear joined the 18 other animals in September 2002.
  7. There have been three different and limited edition boxes produced in the last decade Endangered Animals box in 1995, the Chocolate Zoo in 1997 and the Marine Collection in 1998.
  8. Purity of the ingredients: Flour, sugar, shortening, corn flour, whey solids, salt, leaving and oil-of-lemon combine to make a not-too-sweet-cracker/cookie.
  9. In 1948 the company changed the product name to Barnum's Animal Crackers a designation still used today.
  10. The crackers are baked in a 300 foot long traveling band oven. They are in the oven for about four minutes and are baked at the rate of 12,000 per minute.
Bear Cookie Jar with Animal Crackers Wilton Animal Crackers Pan Animal Cracker Recipe
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the blended oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until the butter lumps are smaller than peas. Stir in the buttermilk and honey to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto cookie sheets.
  2. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grind oats until fine using a blender or food processor.
Todays Joke A hack golfer spends a day at a plush country club, playing golf and enjoying the luxury of a complimentary caddy. Being a hack golfer, he plays poorly all day. Round about the 18th hole, he spots a lake off to the left of the fairway. He looks at the caddy and says, "I've played so poorly all day, I think I'm going to go drown myself in that lake." The caddy looks back at him and says, "I don't think you could keep your head down that long." Quote of the day Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. - Paul Valery A Life Suggestion Take control of your life by using your thoughts to visualize your future as you want it to happen.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's Eggs Benedict Day


eggs benedict.
Originally uploaded by ktdub.
When ever the hubby and I crave eggs benedict we head down to a local cafe in town that serves the very best. I love it with lots of sauce (not thin sauce either, thick sauce) and this cafe in Panama City never skimps on the sauce. It's perfect served with ham and home fries but eggs benedict is de-lish-us with canadian bacon, fish, salmon or any type of seafood like crab or shrimp. This rich sauce is very versatile. Hollandaise sauce is also delicious over asparagus or other cooked vegetables.

The hubby and I had the day off today so we spent a lazy morning drinking coffee and eating eggs benedict. We took our own sweet time and savored every minute of it too. I went for the home fries with mine but the hubby..... well he usually goes for the hashbrowns.

Egg Benedict Sauce Recipe:
* /2 cup butter
* 3 large egg yolks
* 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* dash cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce
* 2 tablespoons hot water

*1 teaspoon Dijon mustard is a nice additive too!
* finely chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Heat butter in a heavy saucepan until hot and foamy, but not browned. In a small bowl, whisk or beat egg yolks with lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper or hot sauce. Gradually beat in butter, then water. Return mixture to saucepan and beat over very low heat until mixture is slightly thickened. Serve immediately or let stand over warm water for up to 30 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
Makes about 2/3 cup of hollandaise sauce.

Microwave Hollandaise
1 can cream of chicken soup
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1 dash pepper
1/2 cup butter -- melted

Combine soup, egg yolks, lemon juice, mustard and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Slowly add the melted butter to the container while processing. Place in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every thirty seconds.

Mock Hollandaise Sauce
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook and stir until heated through. Do not boil.

White Wine Hollandaise Sauce
4 egg yolks
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon white cooking wine
1 cup butter, melted

In blender, combine egg yolks, lemon juice and cooking wine; blend until smooth. Continue blending, gradually adding butter, until thickened.

Today In History
In 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

Something To Think About
You must not feel the burden of your failure. Go on in faith.

Today Joke
Why did the blonde take a ladder into the bar?
She heard the drinks were on the house.

Monday, April 14, 2008

National Pecan Month


Hey yall it's me Pam. The month of April is National Pecan month and do you know what today is??? Well the calendar says it's National Pecan Day. The calendar also says there a Pecan Day on March 25th as well. Could there be 2 of them?

Pecan Pies are really big in my family especially at Christmas. In fact my research shows that pecan pie is the pie of choice for Thanksgiving and Christmas for most people. Wow..... I would of thought it would of been pumpkin pie or potato pie for Thanksgiving. Which do you choose?

Most all my family has pecan trees growing in their yard so they never have to buy any during the holidays. Maybe that's why we ate pecan pie so much as a child and continue to eat it all year round. The family gathers up the pecans and freezes them until they need them. (National Pecan Pie Day is July 12th.)We also ate a lot of peach cobblers since we had peach trees too. In case you didn't know, yesterday was National Peach Cobbler Day.

Nutrition

Pecans
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 690 kcal 2890 kJ
Carbohydrates 14 g
- Dietary fiber 10 g
Fat 72 g
- saturated 6 g
- monounsaturated 41 g
- polyunsaturated 22 g
Protein 9 g

Wikipedia says Pecans are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. A diet rich in nuts can lower the risk of gallstones in women. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans reduce high cholesterol by reducing the "bad" LDL cholesterol levels.

Read more about National Pecan Month

April 14, 2008 / Fun Holiday Fact
It's Black Day in South Korea when single people come together and eat noodles with black bean sauce.

Crocodile Sophism

A slim crocodile living in the Nile took a child. His mother begged to have him back. The crocodile could not only talk, but was also a great sophist and stated, "If you guess correctly what I will do with him, I will return him. However, if you don't guess his fate, I'll eat him." What statement should the mother make to save her child?


Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's Peach Cobbler Day!

100_2045.JPG Originally uploaded by schlegel_chad
Oh my gosh! This is one dessert that I can sit down with and be in hog heaven. Especially if the cobbler is hot with ice cream on top. I was raised on peach cobbler and there's nothing that beats it in my book. My Nana could bake the best peach cobbler that I ever put in my mouth too. Do you guys like your peach cobbler on the dry side or do you like it on the ooie and gooie side? I love it wet and gooie with lots of custard dough. Do you guys like it with cinnamon or without? I like cinnamon but I don't like it on peach cobbler so I have to vote "without." Here's a link to some peachie recipes. Happy Peach Cobbler Day to all! Pam~

Daisy Flower Month

Daisies Originally uploaded by Dave Ward Photography
What fond memories I have of walking through patches of wild daisies when I was young girl. I use to get a big kick out of laying in the middle of them and watching the wind blow the tall stems all around my head. I always think of this every April when "Daisy Flower Month" rolls around. I think daisies are really pretty. I only wish they smelled as good as they look. Birth Flowers Just as each month has its own gemstone, each month also has its own traditional birth flower appropriate for the month and season. For the month of April, the birth flower is Daisies. Take a look at a complete list of Flowers of the Month. When I was doing my research about Daisies for my website, I found that there are over 1000 varieties of Daisies. Wow that's a lot! The daisy family is one of the largest in the botanical world. Many popular garden plants, such as chrysanthemums, marigolds, dahlias, sunflowers and asters, are all part of the daisy family. The true daisy is bellis perennis; the ox-eye daisy and marguerite are technically chrysanthemums. Some daisies even have healing properties. The Bellis perennis variety is known to be an astringent in folk medicine. For those who don't know what an astringent is, here's the definition for you. Astringent: An astringent (also spelled adstringent) substance is a chemical that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues, usually locally after topical medicinal application. The word "astringent" derives from Latin astringere, meaning "to bind fast".
April 13, 2008
It's New Year all over again! It's the first day of the Thai and Cambodian New Year!
Now before I go..... here's some fun stuff for everyone. Today In History April 13, 1796 1st elephant arrives in U.S. from India April 13, 1796 Battle at Millesimo Italy: Napoleon beats Austrians. April 13, 1933 1st flight over Mount Everest by Lord Clydesdale April 13, 1933 Stanley Cup: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1 Todays Joke
A man was driving down a quiet country lane when out into the road
  strayed a rooster. Whack! The rooster disappeared under the car in a
  cloud of feathers.
 
  Shaken, the man pulled over at the farmhouse and rang the doorbell. A
  farmer appeared. The man somewhat nervously said, "I think I killed
  your rooster, please allow me to replace him."
 
  "Suit yourself," the farmer replied, "the hens are round the back."
Fun Fact Did you know the original color of Cocoa Cola was green? Make everyday a Holiday! Pam~

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Holidays for Second Week in April

Week Two
Harmony Week
Reading is Fun Week
National Guitar Week
National Library Week
National Garden Week
Be Kind to Animals Week
National Home Safety Week
National Building Safety Week
National Medical Laboratory Week
Private Property Week

Monday, March 31, 2008

Last Day of March

Hi everyone! March was an exciting month don't you agree? We said hello to Spring and Goodbye to Winter which I was very ready to do. We ate everything green in honor of St. Patties Day and shared in some green food recipes as well. We invited the Easter Bunny to hop right on in and we learned what to do with all the left over hard boiled eggs. (egg salad recipes)We learned about pigs, pickles and flour. We learned about the weird holiday tradition of burning a Snowmen and what areas celebrated this tradition too. We even shared some great home recipes for cleaning products just in time for spring cleaning. And last but not least, for all those who are plant lovers, we learned what each Countries National Flower was.

  • It's the last day for National Nutrition month so here's something To Ponder:
    "Graviola is very aggressive at breaking up tumors." "It appears that, as with many health problems, the body (in its wisdom) is trying to protect itself by creating a tumor to encase the toxins that can harm the body." "Breaking up the tumor releases toxins back into the body, making the person feel very sick." "When tumors are surgically removed, this also takes out the toxins which why this is the most effective medical treatment for cancer."

    "So a company created a product that contains graviola (called Gravizon) but also has herbs from the rainforest that helps the body to drain these toxins faster, strengthen the immune system and recover from sickness." Product: Graviola 2oz.
    Read the Story about Graviola and Cancer.


    I thought the month of March was Fantastic and exciting! It's going to be hard for April to stand up to this month but we will see how the holidays go. Happy Holidays everyone and remember..... "Make Everyday a Holiday." Live everyday to it's fullest and never let love take a back seat in life. ~ Pam :)

    P.S. The photo is one I took of my beautiful 10 year old cat named Smokey who is being treated for cancer. He loves being in the middle of all the ferns so as a treat we take him outside and let him enjoy nature for a few hours each day. (yes he is a house cat.) Today was day 1 for adding the Product: Graviola 2oz. in his diet as part of treatment for cancer. A big thank you goes out to all of you who have added my little Smokey into your prayers.

    Friday, March 28, 2008

    April Fools Prank Ideas.


    Prank Ideas

    Photo is a picture of someones dorm room that was filled with crumpled up news paper.

    Hey guys! April Fools Day is less than a week away so I thought it would be nice to get some great prank ideas flowing. Here's a few that I found on the Internet that look great. Share your ideas with us too ok. Just click the comment button at the bottom of this subject. Have a fun and safe April Fools Day.

    Get a piece of paper and pen...and write.."To the owner of this vehicle...I'm sorry for the damage I did to your vehicle" and put it on their windshield under the wipers and when the person sees it they will look for damage and there really isn't any damage. This prank was found at wikihow.com/Play-a-Prank

    Prank Calls have always been traditional on April Fools Day.
    Heres some tips on "How to Make a Prank Call."

    Unexpeced Dandriff: The victum: His mom, Lynne. Talk about hair-raising! On April 1, Lynne says, Nathan began complaining during dinner that his head was itching like crazy. "When I looked at his scalp, I encountered the worst case of dandruff I'd ever seen. Apparently, a friend had poured salt into his hair as a prank--and now my son was using that to pull a prank on me!"
    THE REACTION: Lynne immediately instructed Nathan about the proper shampoo and scrubbing method. Nathan listened for a few moments, then burst into laughter. This prank was found at familyfun.com

    I love this one! Office covered in foil.
    April Fools Cake that looks like sandwiches

    Find more April Fools fun at http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/April_fools_day.html


    Explosivo: April Fools in Havana
    Originally uploaded by S.britt


    The photo is Explosivo: April Fools in Havana.
    Another old April Fool's Day doodle. This time, the old "exploding cigar gag" goes a bit too far when the recipient actually loses face.... and half his arm. A good reminder to prank it safe this April Fools.

    Earth Hour Goes Global

    Ease the pressure of the earths energy resources.
    On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund.
    Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
    Everyone throughout North America and around the world are invited to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–( to support global warming) whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.
    See http://www4.earthhourus.org/ for more information.
    Http://www.worldwildlife.org/earthhour/

    Something to Ponder
    Why is a keyboard called a keyboard if it just has little buttons?

    How-To of the Day
    How to Make an Origami Jumping Frog from an Index Card

    March 28, 2008
    It's the birthday of Jerome Isaac Friedman, a US physicist who won the Nobel Prize for co-discovering quarks. Without quarks, there'd be no alcohol!

    Puzzle
    Look at this sequence of letters and then tell us what the last letter should be.
    O T T F F S S ? Solution
    Have a wonderful day today everyone. And remember, Make everyday a Holiday. -Pam

    Thursday, March 27, 2008

    Flax Seeds and Nutrition

    flax Originally uploaded by seanvincent
    Hey Everybody! Since this month is National Nutrition Month (March) I've been trying to read up on the Buzz about Flax Seeds in health, healing and nutrition. I just had to pass this on to everyone because the finding for healing the body of certain cancers and other aliments is astounding. Not just in humans either. In cats and dogs as well!! Ground Flax Seed is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, potassiym, and ugnans!!! The photo you see here is of whole flax seeds but you can buy it whole, ground flax meal, bottled flax oil, or gel-caps. And... you can cook with it too! Breads and crackers are very popular! Sprinkled on oatmeal and salads are popular! Blended in yogart and cottage cheese is VERY popular! Possible medical benefits Flax seeds contain high levels of lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. Lignans may benefit the heart, possess anti-cancer properties and studies performed on mice found reduced growth in specific types of tumours. Not just in mice though, in humans, dogs and cats. Initial studies suggest that flaxseed taken in the diet may benefit individuals with certain types of breast and prostate cancers. Flax may also lessen the severity of diabetes by stabilizing blood-sugar levels. There is some support for the use of flax seed as a laxative due to its dietary fiber content. Articles support the use of it for weight loss as well. Flax seed oil can be taken daily for Nutrition and good health. Flax Seed is known as "Life Giving Oils" Information is key! Everybody please google "flax seeds" and read up on this. The results of this is shocking. Articles http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/flaxoilpreg.htm#oilpulling http://www.budwigflax.com/Articles/Dr%20Budwig.htm http://www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Budwig.html http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/flaxseed.htm http://home.online.no/~dusan/diseases/cancer/cancer_dr_budwig.html http://www.healingcancernaturally.com/pet-cancer-cure-testimonials.html Youtube Videos Budwig Flaxseed Oil & Cottage Cheese Recipe (FOCC) FOCC - The Introductory Recipe (Budwig's Oil Protein Diet) The Story of Flax Quote of the Day Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008

    See the Cats Tongue! In honor of cleaning week.

    In honor of National Cleaning Week I just had to add this photo of a cat cleaning his fur. Cleaning week is not just about cleaning the house, it's about all things related to cleaning and this picture is fantastic.

    Macro photo of a cat cleaning itself, showing the hooked papilla on the tongue. Wowwwww! Look at that! No wonder when a cat licks you it feels like sandpaper.

    Licking is a common way for animals to clean themselves. In mammals, licking helps keep the fur clean and untangled. The tongues of many mammals have a rough upper surface that acts like a brush when the animal licks its fur.Some animals, such as cats, also use licking to cool themselves. As cats do not sweat the way humans do, the saliva deposited by licking provides a similar means of evaporative cooling.

    Many animals also drink by licking. While young mammals drink milk from their mothers' nipples by sucking, the typical method of drinking for adult mammals involves dipping the tongue repeatedly into water and using it to scoop water into the mouth. This method of drinking relies in part on the water adhering to the surface of the tongue and in part on muscular control of the tongue to form it into a spoonlike shape.

    Animals also use their tongue to enhance their sense of smell. By licking a surface, molecules on it are transferred via the tongue to the olfactory receptors in the nose and in the vomeronasal organ.

    Dogs and cats use licking both to clean, and to show affection among themselves or to humans typically licking their faces..


    We have 7 beautiful cats in our home and we love each of them dearly. Do you have any comments on a cats tongue? Would you like to tell us something about a cat cleaning? Please do. Just click the comments button. Make everyday a Holiday.. Pam~

    Cleaning Week in the home.

    Hey friends it's the last week in March and we are right in the middle of National Cleaning Week. Now as we all know the first day of spring was just a few days ago on March 20th. So I started wondering..... do we have a national spring cleaning day in our calendar? We have every other type of holiday. The answer I found was no -I don't think so- which is shocking since "spring cleaning" is such a big deal to most of us and has been for many many years. I was shocked that this activity that is so widely done all over the world is not a national holiday. What I did find out- is we do have a "National Cleaning Week" which is held the 4th week of March, which is the first days spring.

    National Spring Fever Week - 4th week in March
    National Clutter Awareness Week - 4th week in March

    Check out this definition of Cleanliness
    Cleanliness is the absence of dirt, including dust, stains, bad smells and garbage. Purposes of cleanliness include health, beauty, absence of offensive odor, avoidance of shame, and to avoid the spreading of dirt and contaminants to oneself and others.

    I had the last 3 days off from work and I spent the time doing some really good cleaning here at home. I drug stuff out of the closets that I haven't looked at in yearsssssss! To my surprise, much of what I looked at was rusted, broken, holey or molded. hahaha! It didn't take very long to make a lot more room in my closet.

    Since I was so busy dragging out junk and going through winter clothes and such, I realized that I had very little 409 & grease lightning left in the bottle. (which by the way I love) I was filthy and didn't want to bother with getting dressed and going to the store so I pulled out the lap top and looked up homemade cleaner substitutions on the Internet and heres what I found at eartheasy.com.
    • Baking Soda - cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
    • Soap - unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
    • Lemon - one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
    • Borax - (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
    • White Vinegar - cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
    • Washing Soda - or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.
    • Isopropyl Alcohol - is an excellent disinfectant. (It has been suggested to replace this with ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in solution with water. There is some indication that isopropyl alcohol buildup contributes to illness in the body. See http://drclark.ch/g)
    • Cornstarch - can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
    I tried this one and it worked great..
    Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.

    I tried this one and it worked great..
    Chopping block cleaner: Rub a slice of lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface. For tougher stains, squeeze some of the lemon juice onto the spot and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe.

    Cleaning is usually associated with spring cleaning.
    Spring Cleaning is the period in spring time set aside for cleaning a house, normally applied in colder climates, where the house is difficult to clean during winter
    .

    The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name. However it has also come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise. A person who gets their affairs in order before an audit or inspection could be said to be doing some spring cleaning. spring cleaning at wikipedia

    National Cleaning Week is also associated with the cleaning of our cars and trucks. The cleaning of our yard tools and yard plants, and we can't leave out the cleansing of our soul.

    Soul Cleansing
    Theres just something about having our house clean and organized that makes us feel in line with life. When we come home to a clean house we relax more, we settle in better after a hard stressful day at work. We feel less up-tight. Is it time for a general soul cleansing at your house? Shaking off the dust of everyday life and taking a clear look at what it is that you are doing here and what you want to be doing. When our environment is clean around us, we have a fresh new outlook on life. Here's some ideas that will help.
    1. Be truly grateful each day for all the things you have in your life. Even if you fell like you have very little. Be truly thankful for what you do have.
    2. Bring some fresh flowers in the house. "smell the roses" as the saying goes. Learn to see the beauty in delicate things again.
    3. Keep the trash out of the house - it has been proven that looking at garbage and smelling garbage day after day causes depression. GET IT OUT OF THE HOUSE - Don't let it sit there all week.
    4. Air out the house on a beautiful day. Even if you don't feel like it, open those curtains and blinds! Open those windows! Let the refreshing breeze blow through and notice just how good it makes you feel. It really does.
    Well that's all I have to say about National Cleaning Week. Come on you guys, you are welcome to tell us what you think about cleaning. Just click the comment button below and type away. Remember- Make everyday a Holiday! Pam~


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