Archive | August, 2011

National Trail Mix Day

Planters-Trail-MixAugust 31 is National Trail Mix Day!

Trail mix is a high energy, nutritious, sweet and salty snack that’s easy to make, store and eat. No wonder it’s the staple hiking snack!

So what’s all in trail mix anyway? Trail mix is usually some combination of dried fruit, raisins, nuts, legumes, seeds, chocolate and grains, such as granola or cereal. The best part about trail mix is that you can add and leave out whatever you want!

Celebrate National Trail Mix Day by dedicating snack time to trail mix. While you can certainly make a quick run to the store and grab a bag of prepackaged trail mix, making your own is so much more fun and healthier.Try out one of the trail mix recipes below or make up your own. It’s easy!

Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix

Snowy Trail Mix

Chocolate Lover’s Trial Mix

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com, wikipedia.org

 

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Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of Fast-Breaking, is a 3-day celebration that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr begins the morning after Ramadan ends when Muslims gather early in mosques or outdoors to perform the Eid prayer. Remaining celebrations include festive meals with friends and family and exchanging gifts.

When is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr begins on a different day each year. In 2011, Eid al-Fitr falls on August 31.

Sources: history.com, timeanddate.com, islam.about.com
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Lemon Juice Day – August 29th

LemonNot only is lemon juice a healthy way to add flavor to marinades and salad dressings but it contains high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidant-rich flavonoids and other properties with a variety of health benefits. More? In addition to having a variety of uses in the kitchen, lemon juice has external uses, such as treating skin ailments – chapped lips and sunburn , for example – and household uses, such as removing stains and adding highlights to your hair.

Why wouldn’t we have a Lemon Juice Day?! Celebrate the versatile and health-boosting lemon juice today by consuming it as well as using it externally and within the household.

Learn more about the uses and health benefits of lemon juice at the sites below:

Lemon Juice Uses

The Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice Day

Sources: punchbowl.com, thevegandiet.blogspot.com, livestrong.com

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National Cherry Turnover Day

August 28 is National Cherry Turnover Day!

Cherry turnovers are cherry-filled pastries and a sweet and tangy treat, whether you eat them for breakfast or save them for dessert. Celebrate National Cherry Turnover Day by cooking your favorite cherry turnover recipe. Don’t have one? We do!

Fresh Cherry Turnovers

And in case you don’t have a lot of time on your hands…

Quick Cherry Turnovers Recipe

 

Sources: punchbowl.com
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Banana Lover’s Day

Banana.arp.750pixAugust 27 is Banana Lover’s Day!

If you’re a banana lover, we don’t need to explain why sweet, creamy, potassium-packed bananas are such a popular fruit. But for those of you who eat bananas for their flavor instead of their nutritional value, find out why bananas are so ridiculously beneficial for your health at whfoods.com.

There’s only one way to celebrate Banana Lover’s Day: Eat more bananas! Whether you eat them whole, combined with other foods, or baked into breads or pastries, there’s no wrong way to enjoy bananas on Banana Lover’s Day. Bananas also make great additions to smoothies, both because of their nutritional value and creamy texture. Head to Chiquita.com to find smoothie recipes and tips on how to make the perfect banana smoothie.

Love to bake with bananas? Try one of the recipes below!

Banana Banana Bread

Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Cookies

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, whfoods.com
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National Dog Day

Siberian Husky pho What is National Dog Day?

Collen Paige, pet lifestyle expert and author, founded National Dog Day in 2004 to raise awareness of the number of dogs that need to be rescued and to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, whether mixed or pure. National Dog Day also acknowledges and honors these patient, loyal and loving pets that save lives, keep us safe and bring us comfort every day.

Learn more about National Dog Day by clicking here.

When is National Dog Day?

August 26 of each year.

How can I celebrate National Dog Day?

Spend the day playing and cuddling with your pup. Treats and new toys are always welcome, too!

Not a dog owner? Adopt! Or at least volunteer at your local animal shelter and spend time showing some love to the dogs without  a home. National Dog Day is for all dogs, especially those who don’t have a home or a human companion to play with.

Find more ways to celebrate by clicking here.

Source: nationaldogday.com

Photo Source: Per Harald Olsen
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Women’s Equality Day

19th Amendment Pg1of1 ACWhat is Women’s Equality Day?

Established in 1971 by the U.S. Congress, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day is also meant to raise awareness of remaining inequalities while acknowledging and honoring women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Every year, the current U.S. President proclaims August 26 as Women’s Equality Day to emphasize the holiday’s significance. Read President Obama’s 2010 presidential proclamation of Women’s Equality Day here.

Why is Women’s Equality Day observed on August 26?

August 26 is the anniversary of the date that the 19th Amendment was ratified. Read the 19th Amendment, as written in the Constitution, here. Sources: nwhp.org

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National Banana Split Day

August 25 is National Banana Split Day!

The banana split, a classic ice cream- and banana-based dessert, consists of one scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed between a banana that’s been split lengthwise. The vanilla is topped with chocolate syrup, the chocolate with strawberry topping, and the strawberry with pineapple topping. Finally, the entire dish is topped with crushed nuts, whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

Yeah, there’s a lot going on in a banana split, so we won’t mind if you tone down your celebratory banana split today – as long as you have the ice cream and banana.Try Chiquita’s Best Chiquita Banana Split recipe or Rachael Ray’s Banana Split, which uses fresh blackberries and raspberries in place of pineapple and strawberry toppings and whipped cream.

Did You Know…that the banana split was invented by an apprentice pharmacist? 23-year-old David Evans Strickler enjoyed creating new sundae’s at the pharmacy’s soda fountain, leading him to create the banana split in 1904. Although it cost twice as much as other sundae’s, the banana split originally cost only 10 cents!

Feeling bold (or just really hungry)? Try Taste of Home’s All-American Banana Split recipe, which contains all the ingredients of the original banana split created by Strickler.

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org

 

 

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Vesuvius Day

August 24 is Vesuvius Day!

On August 24, 79 A.D.,  Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing over 3,000 people and burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under 14 to 17 feet and 60 feet, respectively, of ash, mud and volcanic material. The cities were not rebuilt but forgotten until they were accidentally rediscovered in the 18th century and excavated. Excavation  revealed the cities as if frozen in time and provided a detailed look into city life during the Roman Empire. Even the bodies of those who died were preserved by the ash and volcanic matter, revealing in detail the death poses of discovered victims.

Learn more about Vesuvius’ most devastating eruption at history.com.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com, wikipedia.org

 

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National Sponge Cake Day

Cake from WHR(P)August 23 is National Sponge Cake Day!

Sponge cake is a European-style cake that contains little fat and is based on flour, sugar and eggs, though it is sometimes leavened with baking powder. Sponge cake is made by whipping egg whites until stiff peaks form, beating egg yolks with sugar until thick, adding other ingredients into the egg yolks, and gently folding the egg whites into the batter.

Because of their flexibility after baking but before cooling, sponge cakes are often used to make rolled cakes, such as jelly rolls. The basic sponge cake recipe is also used to make other desserts, including ladyfingers, trifles, tiramisu, madeleines and strawberry shortcake.

Celebrate National Sponge Cake Day by enjoying a slice of sponge cake or making your own. New to making sponge cake? Learn all the techniques for making a perfect sponge cake by clicking here, then try out one of these recipes:

Egg-Yolk Sponge Cake

Glorious Sponge Cake

Did You Know…that the Victoria sponge cake, a classic British cake, was named after Queen Victoria? She often enjoyed a slice with her afternoon tea. A Victoria sponge cake is made from a similar recipe as traditional sponge cake but contains additional fat and consists of jam and cream sandwiched between two sponge cakes.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, allrecipes.com, wikipedia.org, eatliverun.com
Photo Source:Phil Parker via Wikimedia Commons
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