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.
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 about $58.
The 1st was the Day of the Dead. Today is National Deviled Egg Day Tomorrow is National Sandwich Day. The 14th is National Spicy Guacamole Day.The 23rd is National Cashew Day. The 29th National Chocolate Day. Veterans Day occurs on the 11th 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. Also National Pepper Month.And let’s not forget Mr. Turkey!!! Thanksgiving will occur on the fourth Thursday this month.
1898:Candy Corn is produced by the Herman Goelitz Confectionery Company of Fairfield, California, now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Company. (from women’s day magazine 2011) October 30 is National Candy Corn Day. More than 35 million pounds-that’s 9 billion pieces-are made each year. Like politics, the tricolor treat has American’s sharply divided, love’em or hate’em? I know that I can always eat a handful or two in October.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. ( from family circle magazine 2011.)
Some thing else for your candy dish this October, the Hershey Kisses Pumpkin Spice are wonderful. And wrapped very festive. Enjoy!
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 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.”
Happy October Everyone! To me this is the most fun time of year. This last quarter is great! But sadly goes too fast. So take in every second.
October tidbits: Today, October1st is National Homemade Cookie Day. The 4th is National Taco Day.October 6th is World Ostomy Day. 8th National Pierogi Day, The 17th National Pasta Day. 21st: National Caramel Apple Day. 23rd National Boston Cream Pie Day. The 27th is National Potato Day. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. National Disability Employment Awareness Month. National Boss Day is always October 16th. Sweetest Day is observed on the third Saturday in October. It was started as a day to bring a touch of joy to the lives of the underprivileged. October is also National Seafood Month,National Apple Month and National Chili Month. Few days of Oktoberfest left to go. It is also National Pickled Peppers month and National Pretzel Month.And let’s all try to stay human for Halloween, witch occurs on October 31st.
Your October Birthstone is: Opal, Meaning: Hope.
Your October Flower is: Calendula, Meaning: Good Luck
A little Oktoberfest etiquette: Despite it’s name, Oktoberfest 2018 runs from September 22 – October 7th. The event began in the early 1800’s as a celebration to honor Bavaria and it’s royal family. Booths selling beer eventually were added, and by 1896 they had morphed into the new iconic beer tents.
In Germany a stein is called a Krug. Everyone at the table drinks together, and all glasses are “clinked” before drinking. Not making eye contact during this exchange is considered rude.