SEPTEMBER IS BOURBON MONTH

Bald eagles, apple pies, football-it can’t get any more American than that. Unless we’re talking liquor. Did you know the official national spirit of the US is bourbon whiskey? We can all thank Kentucky for not only producing around 97% of the world’s supply, but for making this spirit a national symbol. In 1964, Congress dictated that bourbon was “distinctive” to the US. People took that to mean it was our national liquor; however, in 2007, a Kentucky senator realized the shocking mistake and pushed for a resolution to be passed and luckily succeeded. Today, bourbon drinkers enjoy their whiskey in many ways and during any occasion. From Manhattans to barbecue glazes, night caps to tailgating, bourbon is as celebrated as America herself.

MANHATTAN: Bourbon Whiskey 2 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth 3/4 oz. Biters Splash. Ice. Cherry. Combine bourbon, vermouth, bitters and ice in a mixing glass. Stir gently, don’t bruise the spirits or cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled glass and strain the bourbon mixture over the cherry.

Information and Recipe taken from the ABC news letter.

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September Tidbits

Good Morning Readers. Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is having a great long weekend. Chillin’ and Grillin’. This Day was established in the 1880’s to honor the social and economic contributions of American workers. Also for this month it is National Honey Month, National breakfast month. Most important meal of the day. Add a little Honey to that morning smoothie. September 5th: National Cheese Pizza Day. YUM!  The 13th: National Peanut Day. The 29th: National Coffee Day. It is also National Hispanic Heritage Month. Grandparents Day is on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Also Fall rolls in later this month. So looking forward to that!

September Birthstone: Sapphire, Meaning: Clear Thinking

September Flower: Aster, Meaning: Devotion.

This month I will be having a lot of Shop Talk. I have been getting my Holiday Shop Section in order. Lots of cool gift ideas. Stocking stuffers, Also gift ideas for teacher, coach. Football season has started. Lots of Sports gift sets in my shop right now. And I still have some others to get in there. So please take a minute today and check out what is in there now and check back, there is more to come. http://shopworndesigns.etsy.com. Some of my holiday gift sets sold out end of November last year. So get there soon and make your purchase before their all gone. I will be posting shop photos here and there this month. So please stay tuned, please stand by, cool stuff ahead, Great ideas are headed your way.

ALL ABOUT JULY

Happy July Everyone! Just a few tidbits in today’s post. This month is……..

National Hot Dog Month, Ice Cream Month, Independence Day is Wednesday. July is also National Grilling Month. The 6th is National Fried Chicken Day. The 11th is Blueberry Muffin Day. 17th National Peach Ice Cream Day. and the 30th is Cheesecake day.

Birthstone: Ruby, Meaning: Contentment

Flower: Larkspur, Meaning: Laughter

Star Signs: Cancer and Leo

And today July 1 is Canada Day (Canada’s Birthday) always observed on July 1 unless it is a Sunday then it is celebrated on July 2. So  Happy Birthday Canada! (Tomorrow)

Lots more on July, but this is just a few. Have a Great Day!

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!

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