Kentucky Derby

Good morning readers. Lots going on this weekend. Kentucky Derby. Wanted to include my Mint Julip recipe. You will need to do the mint simple syrup. This is a very strong drink. But very Yummy. Got the recipe from the show Creative Juice. The recipe for the simple syrup is: 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat, stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a glass bowl. Add a large handful of Fresh Mint. Stems and leaves. Press down into the syrup with a spoon. Plastic wrap top of bowl and put into fridge, 1 hour at least. Pour infused simple syrup into a glass pitcher. Will look nice with the mint in there. Keep in fridge. For each drink, use crushed ice.  If you don’t have a derby glass that’s Ok. A short fat glass will do the same. Add 1 shot simple syrup. and 2 shots whiskey. Stir. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig. I use Woodford Reserve Kentucky Whiskey for this drink. But what ever brand you want will be fine. The drink starts out very strong, but gets sweeter as you drink it. And don’t forget to wear your special hat!

400 Red Roses are used in the Kentucky Derby garland of roses given to the winning jockey and horse.

If you are ever in that area when the race is not going on, Take the time to do the Tour of Churchill Downs. It is very interesting and fun. IMG_0422IMG_0442Enjoy the Race everyone. Have a great Weekend.

All the riders and the horses, Be Safe! Have a good race!

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ALL ABOUT MAY

Welcome to May everyone. This month is: National Physical Fitness Month (Get on your bikes and Ride!) Mother’s Day occurs on the second Sunday in May. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. It is National Salsa Month, National Salad Month, National Egg Month, National Hamburger Month, May 28th is National Hamburger Day. Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and Cinco De Mayo is the 5th. The 4th is National O.J. Day. The 8th is Coconut Cream Pie Day, 13th National Apple Pie Day. The 14th is Buttermilk Biscuit Day, the 15th National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, 23rd National Taffy Day. The 28th National Brisket Day, May 31 is National Macaroon Day.

Birthstone: Emerald, Meaning: Success – Flower:Lily of the Valley, Meaning: Sweetness

Just a few May tidbits, too many to write them all. Enjoy! and have a Wonderful Day!

March

Good Morning Readers. Today’s post is all about March tidbits:This month is National Women’s History Month. YOU ROCK! KEEP ON KEEPIN ON! It is also National Nutrition Month. St. Patrick’s Day occurs on March 17th. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday of the full moon that occurs on or following the Spring Equinox (March 21). March 4th is National Pound Cake Day. It is also the only day of the year that gives you a command: March Forth! The 7th National Cereal Day. The 8th International Women’s Day. Also the 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day.  The 14th National Potato Chip Day. 22 is National Water Day.25th National Pecan Day.March is also National Peanut Month.

Birthstone: Aquamarine – Meaning: Courage / Flower: Jonquil – Meaning: Desire

Just a few March Facts. Too many to list. Have a Wonderful Day.

FEBRUARY

Hello Readers. Happy FEB! Today’s post is FEBRUARY TIDBITS:

This month is: Black History Month, Grapefruit Month, The third Monday is observed as President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday. Valentine’s Day is always on the 14th. Super Bowl is this weekend. Ground hog day is February 2, Heart Healthy Day is the 3rd. (wear red). the 4th is homemade soup day. The 10th cream cheese brownie day. The 14th Ferris Wheel Day. The 16th National Almond Day. The 17th National Cabbage Day. The 23rd National Banana Bread Day. Just a few tidbits in today’s post. Too many to list them all.

Birthstone: Amethyst  Meaning: Sincerity / Flower: Violet  Meaning: Faithfulness

 

CHRISTMAS

DID YOU KNOW?

Charles Dickens began writing A Christmas Carol in October 1843 and completed it 6 weeks later, in December of that same year.

Few families in Victorian England owned an oven. Like the Cratchits, they would bring their goose or turkey to the local baker who would cook it for a small fee.

Bob Cratchit would have paid 7 shillings for the goose, 5 for the pudding and 3 for the onions, oranges, and sage. ( In the 1800s, a shilling was worth about 40 cents. ) Today, the cost of these items would be bout $58.

Information from Taste of Home Magazine.

NOVEMBER

Here we are in November already.There will be a lot of Holiday Talk and Shop Talk from now until the end of the year. Holiday gifts, decorations, and food. So stay tuned in for all of the Great Holiday Recipes and Ideas.

NOVEMBER TIDBITS:

The 1st was the Day of the Dead.Yesterday was National Sandwich Day. The 23rd is National Cashew Day. The 29th National Chocolate Day. Veterans Day occurs on the 11 each year. It is for honoring those who have served honorably in the military during both wartime and peacetime. November is Good Nutrition Month, National Pomegranate Month and National Raisin Bread Month. And let’s not forget Mr. Turkey!!! Thanksgiving will occur on the fourth Thursday this month.

Birthstone: Topaz, Meaning: Fidelity   Flower: Chrysanthemum: Meaning: Sensitivity

Just a few November Tidbits. Have a Wonderful Day!

HALLOWEEN

HALLOWEEN FREAKY FACTS

Orange and Black colors are used because orange represents the colorful fall harvest. Black represents the darkness of winter.

The Irish placed candles in turnips to keep away spirits. Over time pumpkins got used instead.

And some Halloween tidbits from Family Circle Magazine Oct. 2011. Chew on this: October 30 is National Candy Corn Day. More than 35 million pounds, that’s 9 billion pieces, are made each year. One kernel has a mere 3.57 calories. Candy corn is fat free. A cup of candy corn has about as many calories as a cup of raisins.

Halloween Humor

“Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, ‘Never take candy from strangers.’ And then they dressed me up and said, ‘Go beg for it.’ I didn’t know what to do. I’d knock on people’s doors and go, Trick or Treat, No thank you.”

—Rita Rudner