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National Yorkshire Pudding Day

Yorkshire Pudding 03-30-2008October 13 is National Yorkshire Pudding Day!

Yorkshire pudding isn’t anything like the creamy-textured pudding you’re probably thinking of. Think of it as a combination of a popover (but baked in a pan, not individual cups) and a soufflé, as Yorkshire pudding will deflate soon after you take it out of the oven.

A dish that originated in Yorkshire, England, Yorkshire pudding is made from a batter consisting of flour, eggs, butter and milk. The batter is poured over roast beef or prime rib drippings, baked in the oven and served either before or with a meal of roast beef and gravy.

Celebrate National Yorkshire Pudding Day by making this traditional England dish for your family tonight:

Yorkshire Pudding

Beef Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org, simplyrecipes.com
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When is Columbus Day in 2013?

October 14, 2013

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National Frappe Day

October 7 is National Frappe Day!

No, National Frappe Day does not celebrate the blended and chilled coffee drink served at your local coffee chain. National Frappe Day celebrates the traditional Greek frappe coffee, a foam-covered, iced coffee drink made from instant coffee, sugar, water and milk. To create the thick, frothy layer of foam, the instant coffee and water are shaken, not stirred or blended.

Learn more about the history, preparation and variations of frappe by clicking here.

Celebrate National Frappe Day by making your own traditional Greek frappe. Click here for the recipe!

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
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Chewing Gum Day

DoublemintSeptember 30 is Chewing Gum Day!

We’re not exactly sure how Chewing Gum Day came to be, but we know that it’s all about celebrating sticky, chewy, minty (or fruity) gum. While some people might find that chewing on gum displays poor manners, others find that chewing gum helps them to relax and concentrate better. Chewing gum – sugar-free, that is – also provides a variety of other health benefits, including reduced risk of cavities, improved memory, and controlled appetite. Learn more here!

Celebrate Chewing Gum Day by picking up a pack of sugar-free gum to chew on through out the day. Don’t forget to share with your friends, family or co-workers!

You’ll also want to remember these simple chewing gum rules to avoid annoying others or causing damage to yourself or inanimate objects:

1. Don’t smack your gum or chew with your mouth open.
2. Don’t pop your gum obnoxiously loud.
3. Don’t spit your gum out on the ground. No one wants to get stuck in your used gum.
4. Don’t stick your gum under the table. We’d rather you spit it out on the ground.
5. And whatever you do, do NOT fall asleep with gum in your mouth. (In case you do and your gum decides to nestle itself in your hair,  find out how to remove gum from your hair, clothes, carpet and even your dryer by clicking here.)

 

Sources: theultimateholidaysite.com, livestrong.com
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Elephant Appreciation Day

African elephantSeptember 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day!

Elephant Appreciation Day was created in 1996 by Wayne Hepburn, the publisher and president of Mission Media, Inc, out of his fascination with elephants – an interest that began when his 12-year-old daughter gave him an elephant paperweight in 1970. Find out more about the origin of Elephant Appreciation Day.

Elephants are more than just the largest living land animals known for their strong trunks and ivory tusks. They are also social, compassionate, intelligent and self-aware animals that grieve over the loss of a companion, possess strong memorization skills, and – like humans, apes and dolphins – recognize that their reflection in a mirror is their own self.

However, subspecies of the African elephant are in danger and subspecies of the Asian elephant are moving closer to extinction due to poaching for ivory and meat, loss of habitat, and conflict with humans. Go to worldwildlife.org to find out more about threats to elephants and World Wild Life’s efforts towards conserving both African and Asian elephant populations.

Sources: theultimateholidaysite.com, himandus.net, wikipedia.org, worldwildlife.org, awf.org
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Make a Hat Day

Amsterdam - Hats - 0924September 15 is Make a Hat Day!

Make a Hat Day is  a crafty and creative day that everyone can enjoy! All you have to do to celebrate is make a hat. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a milliner – or professional hat maker, that is. You can even make a plain old paper hat if you want. Find out how here!

If you’re brave enough to make a real hat on Make a Hat Day, check out the websites listed here to learn the basics of hat making.

Did You Know…that September 15 is also Felt Hat Day? Celebrate both occasions by making a felt hat!

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com
Photo Source:© Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC-BY-SA-3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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National Peanut Day

Peanut three in oneSeptember 13 is National Peanut Day!

National Peanut Day celebrates the peanut, which is actually a legume related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans, not a nut. Peanuts not only make a quick, healthy and tasty snack, but you can enjoy them in a variety of ways, whether on their own, as a recipe addition, or as peanut butter, peanut oil or peanut flour.

Celebrate National Peanut Day by snacking on or cooking with peanuts, enjoying some peanut butter, or cooking with peanut oil and peanut flour. Find recipes that use peanuts in every form by clicking here.

Did You Know…that peanuts are not only high in protein and fiber but contain over 30 essential vitamins and minerals, including the B vitamin niacin, vitamin E, folate and potassium? Find out what other nutrients peanuts are packing along with their health benefits at Whfoods.com.

 

Sources:holidayinsights.com, nationalpeanutboard.org
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When does the Autumnal Equinox begin in 2013?

September 22, 2013 at 8:44 p.m.

Learn more about the Autumnal Equinox by clicking here.

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When is Rosh Hashanah in 2013?

September 5, 2013

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When is Labor Day in 2013?

September 2, 2013

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