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.
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.
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.
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: October 1st is National Homemade Cookie Day. The 4th is National Taco Day.October 6th is World Ostomy Day. The 17th National Pasta Day. 21st: National Caramel Apple 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. Oktoberfest is this 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
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 Liquor Store news letter.
Good Morning Readers. Happy Labor Day Weekend! Hope everyone enjoys a great long weekend Chillin’ and Grillin’. Labor 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.Also National Chicken Month and National Rice Month.September 4th is Macadamia Nut Day. September 5th: National Cheese Pizza Day. YUM! The 13th: National Peanut Day. The 16th: Guacamole Day. The 27th: Chocolate Milk 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! Also September is Bourbon Month!
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, 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.