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February 28, 2015 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY – NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY – NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY – NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY – RARE DISEASE DAY USA

27 Feb
National Chocolate Souffle Day - February 28

National Chocolate Souffle Day – February 28

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY

A delightfully delicious dessert is celebrated each year on February 28th as it is National Chocolate Souffle Day.

The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb souffler, which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”, which describes a souffle perfectly.   A souffle is a lightly baked cake made with egg yolks and the beaten eggs whites that are combined with various other ingredients.   Souffle can be found served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert.

There are two basic components that make up every souffle.

  • 1.  a French creme patisserie base/flavored cream sauce or puree
  • 2.  egg whites beaten to a  soft peak meringue

The flavor is provided by the base and the “lift” is provided by the beaten egg whites.  There are certain foods that are commonly used for the base in a souffle which include cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, banana  and lemon.   Many souffle bakers like to puncture the top of the souffle, after it is removed from the oven, and pour various types of liquid sauces onto it, such as chocolate or vanilla.

To celebrate, try one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/heavenly-chocolate-souffle-cake/c452719f-f5e9-4642-a484-5199d38464ce

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mexican-Chocolate-Souffle-Cakes-4644

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/flourless-chocolate-souffle-with-raspberry-cream-recipe.html

Have a great National Chocolate Souffle Day!

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Souffle Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Public Sleeping Day - February 28

National Public Sleeping Day – February 28

NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY

Are you tired?  If you are (and it’s February 28), go ahead a take a nap.  February 28th, is National Public Sleeping Day.  It is a day for anyone and everyone to take a nap on a blanket at the beach, at the park, in the movie theater, on a bus, train, or subway or any other public place that may work for you you.  However, it may not be a good idea to take that nap at your desk during work!

To celebrate National Public Sleeping Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, we hope that you get a nice, long, restful and peaceful nap.  You could also celebrate the day by snapping a picture of someone else taking a nap in a public place!  If someone catches you taking a nap, tell them that it is okay as you are celebrating National Public Sleeping Day!

INTERESTING INFORMATION ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA:   Randy Gardner holds the scientifically documented record for the longest period a human being has intentionally gone without sleep not using stimulants of any kind. In 1964—as a 17-year-old high school student in San Diego, California—Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours (eleven days),  According to news reports, Gardner’s record has been broken a number of times. Some of these cases are described below for comparison. Gardner’s case still stands out, however, because it is so extensively documented. It is difficult to determine the accuracy of a sleep deprivation period unless the participant is carefully observed to detect short micro-sleeps, which the participant might not even notice. Also, records for voluntary sleep deprivation are no longer kept by Guinness World Records for fear that participants will suffer ill effects.

Some sources report that Gardner’s record was broken two weeks later by another student, Jim Thomas of California State University Fresno, who stayed awake for 266.5 hours; and state that the Guinness World Records record is449 hours (18 days, 17 hours) by Maureen Weston, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in April, 1977, in a rocking-chair marathon.  Presumably because of their policy against maintaining this record, recent editions of Guinness do not provide confirmation of this.

We are guessing that they all needed a good sleep after they were done!!

NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY HISTORY

Our research has failed to find the origin or the creator of this “unofficial” National holiday.  Research did show that it appears this holiday has been celebrated since 2011.

 

National Tooth Fairy Day - February 28

National Tooth Fairy Day – February 28

NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Our research has found that National Tooth Fairy Day, an “unofficial” National holiday is celebrated annually by some on this day, February 28th, while it is celebrated annually by others on August 22nd.  For hundreds of years, a visit from the Tooth Fairy has been promised to young children as their baby teeth become loose.  When the tooth comes out, it is placed under their pillow (after it is washed) and the Tooth Fairy visits as they sleep.  The child awakes to a small gift (usually money) in place of the tooth.  If the tooth has been lost, they need not worry, the Tooth Fairy will still visit!!

The origin and creator of this day was not found during our research.   National Tooth Fairy Day- Feb. 28th or Aug 22nd

 

National Floral Design Day - February 28

National Floral Design Day – February 28

NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY        

National Floral Design Day is celebrated annually on February 28th.  For thousands of years, floral design has been an important cultural art form.  This is the day we celebrate that art form.  It may be in a bouquet, a painting, in fabric, in a garden or a floral arrangement.

Floral design is a multibillion dollar industry that brightens our lives on a daily basis.  Not only on a daily basis but on special occasions and  holidays some of which are Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Secretaries Day as well as birthdays and anniversaries. Flowers are also used as ways of expression for gratitude, apology, sympathy, appreciation, friendship, love, congratulations and others.

NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY HISTORY

A pioneer in floral art education, Carl Rittner, whom over 60 years ago, founded the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston.   Floral Design Day was created as a unique way to celebrate a special birthday of Mr. Rittner.  The people at Rittners felt that the idea of a holiday that celebrates floral design as an art form, is a wonderful one whose time had come.  So they, along with Mr. Rittner, wanted to see Floral Design Day continue to be observed as an event in its own right.

 

Rare Disease Day USA - February 28

Rare Disease Day USA – February 28

RARE DISEASE DAY USA

Rare Disease Day is recognized each year on the last day in February.

First observed in Europe in 2008, Rare Disease Day was established by Eurordis, (the European Rare Disease Organization).  In 2009, NORD was asked by EURORDIS  to sponsor Rare Disease Day in the United States.  NORD accepted and 2015 celebrates the 7th annual RARE DISEASE DAY USA.

The goal of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision makers about rare diseases and the impact that they have on patients’ lives.

For more information see: 

http://rarediseaseday.us/
and
http://www.rarediseaseday.org/ 

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February 27, 2015 – NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY – NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY – NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY

26 Feb
National Strawberry Day - February 27

National Strawberry Day – February 27

NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY

National Strawberry Day is annually celebrated on February 27th.  Strawberry lovers everywhere enjoy this day as strawberries are appreciated for their characteristic aroma, bright red color,  juicy texture, and sweet taste.

Strawberries are enjoyed by millions in many different ways.  They can be eaten fresh by themselves, in fruit salads or in prepared foods such as jams, preserves or juices.  They are also favorites when added to smoothies, pies, cakes, ice creams, milk shakes, salads and chocolates as well as many other delicious dishes and desserts.   Artificial strawberry aroma is used in many industrialized food products.

The first garden strawberry was grown in France during the late 18th century.  Prior to this, wild strawberries  and cultivated selections from wild strawberry species were the common source of the fruit.

“The strawberry fruit was mentioned in ancient Roman literature in reference to its medicinal use. The French began taking the strawberry from the forest to their gardens for harvest in the 1300s.  Charles V. France’s king from 1364 to 1380, had 1,200 strawberry plants in his royal garden. In the early 1400s western European monks were using the wild strawberry in their illuminated manuscripts. The strawberry is found in Italian, Flemish, German art, and English miniatures. It symbolizes perfect righteousness. The entire strawberry plant was used to treat depressive illnesses.”  (Wikipedia)

Along with enjoying the delicious taste, eating strawberries gives you the benefit of adding the following into your diet: potassium, fiber, folic acid and Vitamin C.   They are also low in calories, with no fat and no cholesterol.

You may want to have a fresh bowl of strawberries now, while you enjoy the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.food.com/recipe/strawberry-pretzel-salad-29400

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-spinach-salad-i/

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easy-strawberry-banana-smoothies/f6113dc6-93ef-4417-9f42-7c20082c90b1

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-pie-4

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberries-and-cream-bread-pudding/

HAPPY NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY!

NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY HISTORY

Much research failed to find the origin or the creator of National Strawberry Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.  It is listed as an American Food Holiday.

 

National Kahlua Day - February 27

National Kahlua Day – February 27

NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY

February 27th celebrates National Kahlua Day.  This day was created as a day for those, over the age of 21, to recognize and enjoy this creamy rich alcoholic liqueur.   To celebrate, you may want to use Kahlua, a coffee-flavored rum-based liquor, to flavor your ice cream or another dessert such as cheesecake or cake.  Other options would be to add it to your coffee or cocoa for a nice after dinner drink, add it to cold milk or cream or drink it on the rocks, straight up or mixed with a cocktail.

Kahlua is made from coffee beans therefore it does contain a
small amount of caffeine.

* Pedro Domecq began producing Kahlua in 1936.
* In 1994, the company merged with Allied Lyons forming Allied Domecq.
* In 2005, Allied Domecq was partially acquired by Pernod Ricard which merged with the Swedish Vin & Sprit (V & S Group) in March of 2008. 

Kahlúa is found to be used in a few notable cocktails, including the following:

  •  B-52
  •  Baby Guinness
  •  Black Russian
  •  Mudslide
  •  White Russian
  •  Espresso Martini
  •  Caribbean Mudslide

Enjoy some Kahlua February 27th!

NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY HISTORY

Our research failed to find the creator or origin of National Kahlua Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

 

National Polar Bear Day - February 27

National Polar Bear Day – February 27

NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY

National Polar Bear Day, also known as International Polar Bear Day is celebrated on February 27th.  It is a day to learn more about the polar bear.

Polar bears can reach a height of 9 ft tall and a weight of 1400 pounds.  They have large front paws, which are slightly webbed, that are used to paddle as they swim.  As they are very strong swimmers, some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land, however, some of the distance may have been covered by floating on sheets of ice.

The polar bears have a warming layer of fat which is covered by their thick coat of insulating fur.  This helps them live in the colder environments.

There are organizations that use this day to raise awareness of the declining number of polar bears worldwide. It is believed, by many, that these beautiful creatures are threatened due to global warming and the consequential loss of their natural habitat.  Groups, around the world, gather together to find ways to make a difference and  spread information to others.

Enjoy National Polar Bear Day!

NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY HISTORY

Research has failed in us finding the origin or creator of this “unofficial” National holiday.

 

February 26, 2015 – NATIONAL CHILI DAY – NATIONAL TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY – NATIONAL PISTACHIO DAY

25 Feb

NATIONAL CHILI DAY

The fourth Thursday in February celebrates one of America’s favorite winter dishes; chili, which is also known as chili con carne (“chili with meat”).

In Spanish, chili refers to “chili pepper”  and carne means “meat”.

Chili is most commonly made up of tomatoes, beans, chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions and cumin, however, there are many variations to the basic chili.

Chili is often a favorite dish in cook-offs.

American frontier settlers used a “chili” recipe of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt which was all pounded together, formed into bricks and dried.  The bricks could then be boiled in pots on the trails. 

At the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the San Antonio Chili Stand helped people, from all over the United States, appreciate the taste of chili.  Because San Antonio was a significant tourist destination, it helped Texas-style chili con carne spread throughout the South and West.  In 1977, The House Concurrent Resolution Number 18 of the 65th Texas Legislature designated chili con carne as the official dish of the U.S. of Texas.

Prior to World War II, hundreds of small, family-run chili parlors (also known as “chili joints”) were found popping up throughout the state of Texas as well as other places in the United States.   Each new chili parlor usually had a claim to some kind of secret recipe.

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There are many ways that people enjoy the great taste of chili,
some of which include:
chili dogs, chili burgers, chili cheese fries, chili stuffed baked potatoes,
“Frito pie”, chili spaghetti, chili mac, chili rice

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Enjoy the following “tried and true” chili recipes:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/three-bean-vegetarian-chili-10000001949760/

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chili-corn-chip-pie-50400000115822/

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spicy-slow-cooked-chili/

http://southernfood.about.com/od/chickenstews/r/bl30223x.htm

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/biscuit-bowl-chili

HAVE A GREAT NATIONAL CHILI DAY!

NATIONAL CHILI DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chili Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day - February 26

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day – February 26

NATIONAL TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY

National Tell A Fairy Tale Day, an “unofficial” National holiday is celebrated on February 26th.  Snuggle up in your corner chair or sofa with the children sitting near you or maybe all gather around a campfire as it is a day to celebrate by telling your favorite fairy tale or making up one of your own.

Originally, adults were the audience of a fairy tale just as often as children. Literary fairy tales appeared in works intended for adults, but in the 19th and 20th centuries the fairy tale became associated with children’s literature.

As stated in Wikipedia:  A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves,  trolls, giants, mermaids or gnomes and usually magic or enchantments.  The term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in “fairy tale ending” (a happy ending) or “fairy tale romance” (though not all fairy tales end happily). A “fairy tale” or “fairy story” can also mean any far-fetched story or tall tale; it’s used especially of any story that not only isn’t true, but couldn’t possibly be true.

~~February 26th your story may begin with “Once upon a time” and it may end with “Happily ever after”  but whatever your fairy tale is, may it be a good one and may your day be a good one as well! ~~

NATIONAL TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Tell A Fairy Tale Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Pistachio Day - February 26

National Pistachio Day – February 26

NATIONAL PISTACHIO DAY

February 26th is a day for all to celebrate National Pistachio Day.  It is a day that has been set aside for all pistachio lovers to eat their favorite nut all day long.  For those who do not eat pistachios, buy some and give them to someone who does.  Crack them open and eat them up or enjoy them in ice cream or your favorite pistachio dessert!

Pistachios arrived in the United States sometime in the 1880′s but they have been cultivated in the Middle East since the Biblical times.

The pistachio tree grows to about 20 feet tall needing little or no rain and must have high heat.  In Iran, they claim that they have pistachio trees still living that are 700 years old!  A new tree takes between 7 and 10 years to mature and bear fruit.

*  All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color.  Some companies dye nuts red or green if nuts are inferior or for consumer demand.

*  California produces about 300 million pounds of pistachios each year, accounting for 98 percent of America’s production.

*  Pistachio shells typically split naturally, when ripe, prior to harvest.

*  The kernels are often eaten whole, either fresh or roasted and either salted or unsalted.

*  In the Middle East people call the pistachio the “smiling nut”

*  In China people call the pistachio the “happy nut”

Health Benefits:

Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese and a good source of protein, fiber, thiamin, and phosphorus.  In July 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first qualified health claim specific to nuts lowering the risk of heart disease: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces (42.5g) per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease”

A great thing to do — Recycle the pistachio shells:

The empty pistachio shells are useful for recycling in several ways. If unsalted, the shells need not be washed and dried before reuse, but washing is simple if that is not the case. Practical uses include as a fire starter, just as kindling  would be used with crumpled paper; to line the bottom of pots containing houseplants, for drainage and retention of soil for up to two years; as a mulch  for shrubs and plants that require acid soils: as a medium for orchids; and as an addition to a compost pile designed for wood items that take longer to decompose than leafy materials, taking up to a year for pistachio shells to decompose unless soil is added to the mix. Shells from salted pistachios can also be placed around the base of plants to deter slugs and snails. Many craft uses for the shells include holiday tree ornaments, jewelry, mosaics, and rattles. Research indicates that pistachio shells may be helpful in cleaning up pollution created by mercury emissions.

NATIONAL PISTACHIO DAY HISTORY

Our research failed to find the creator or the origin of National Pistachio Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

February 25, 2015 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUT DAY – NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY

24 Feb
National Chocolate Covered Nut Day - February 25

National Chocolate Covered Nut Day – February 25

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUT DAY

National Chocolate Covered Nut Day is celebrated, each year, on February 25th.  A day for the delicious crunchy nut to be enjoyed  once it has been covered in chocolate.  The possibilities are endless as there are so many different types of nuts as well as different types of chocolate.

For thousands of years, nuts have been a staple of the human diet.  The walnut was a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans while the pecans were  a favorite of the Native Americans.

** Both chocolate and nuts can be good for you **     

Dark chocolate seems to posses substantial amount of antioxidants while the nuts contain the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acids, and the fats in nuts for the most part are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats.  Nuts also provide arginine, a substance that may help make the walls of the arteries more flexible and less prone to blockage from blood clot formation.  Many nuts are good sources of vitamins E and B2, and are rich in protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium

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** The original chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers which were first sold in 1925.  The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut. **

One of the more well known chocolate covered nut is the M & M.     These chocolate covered peanuts or chocolate covered almonds have become a favorite of many.   The peanut M & M was introduced in 1954.  They were tan until 1960 when the colors red, yellow and green were introduced.

Whether it be unsweetened chocolate, sweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate mixed with peanuts, cashews, almonds, macadamias, pecans, or any other nut, enjoy your favorite combination!!

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUT DAY

National Chocolate Covered Nut Day, sometimes also called National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day is an “unofficial” national holiday. Our research has failed to find the creator or the origin of this holiday.

 

National Clam Chowder Day - February 25NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY

Each year on February 25th, people across the nation have a bowl and spoon ready to be filled with clam chowder as they prepare to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day.

Clam chowder is any of several chowders containing clams and broth.  In the chowder, along with the clams it is common to find diced potatoes,  onions (often sauteed in pork or bacon drippings) and celery.

Following is a list of the primary clam chowder variants:

  • New England clam chowder
  • Manhattan clam chowder
  • Rhode Island clam chowder
  • Delaware clam chowder
  • New Jersey clam chowder
  • Hatteras clam chowder
  • Minorcan clam chowder
  • Long Island clam chowder

To celebrate National Clam Chowder Day, enjoy one of the following “tried and true” clam chowder recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/my-best-clam-chowder/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/manhattan-clam-chowder-recipe.html

http://www.recipesource.com/soups/soups/01/rec0124.html

http://pureflorida.blogspot.com/2005/08/st-augustine-minorcan-style-clam.html

NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Clam Chowder Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

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