VALENTINE’S DAY TRADITIONS

In ancient times, the heart was considered to be the source of all emotions, and so became a valentine symbol.

Centuries ago, if a lady wanted a man’s attention, she would drop her lace handkerchief. Thus, lace became linked with romance.

Children of old England sang door-to-door on Valentine’s Day and received candy, cookies, and money in return.

People in the Middle Ages drew names to see who their valentines would be, then pinned the names on their shirts. This inspired the phrase “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.

The red rose was said to be a favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

The oldest known valentines were sent in 1415 by the Duke of Orleans to his French wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

 

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ARE YOU “PHILLING” IT?

THE FATE OF WINTER 

It is GROUNDHOG DAY in Punxsutawney Pa., Again.

For all of you interested lovers of that cute little groundhog, here are some facts taken this morning from The Weather Channel who covers the festivities very well.

The first official trek to Gobbler’s  Knob was 2/2/1887

It has been going on for 132 years.

Phil is named after King Phillip

Phil sees shadow = 6 more weeks of winter

If not=Early Spring

Phil has seen his shadow 104 times.

He has not seen his shadow only 18 times.

( Numbers do not add up to 132 years. Some years there was no record taken )

The Inner Circle Group does well keeping this great tradition going.

WORD OF PHIL ” SAW MY SHADOW, WINTER WILL LINGER”.

 

 

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

 

SUPER BOWL PIGS IN A BLANKET

FUN WITH PUFF PASTRY

Mortadella Bites: To make 24 of these cute, different and yummy pigs in the blanket, you will need the deli to slice you 2 slices of Mortadella about 1/2 inches thick. When home you will need to cut each slice into 12 smaller pieces. Roll out one sheet of thawed puff pastry. Roll out just enough to flatten out a bit. Make 24 long slices of pastry and wrap each piece of Mortadella with a slice of pastry. Make sure the meat sticks out a bit on each end. Lay seam side down onto a parchment lined bake sheet. Brush the tops of each with egg wash. Sprinkle on top a bit of shredded cheese. Gruyere or swiss or maybe the Italian cheese blend that is shredded in the package. Bake 375 for about 20-25 minutes until golden. Platter up and serve some mustards on the side for dipping. IMG_0509I got this recipe from: Giada at Home. These are wonderful. And I will be making them again. I set out a little bowl of 2 different mustards and they were Yummy. Enjoy the recipe and enjoy your day.

HAPPY 2018

JANUARY NEWS

Today’s post is all about monthly news. January is National Soup month, National Oatmeal month, and National Thank you month. Along with New Years Day on the first was Bloody Mary Day. The 4th is Spaghetti Day. The 9th Apricot Day. 19th Popcorn Day. 23rd National Pie Day. 24th Peanut Butter Day. 26th Pistachio Day. The 30th is National Croissant Day. The Super Bowl occurs on the last Sunday this month or the first Sunday next month.

Birthstone: Garnet, Meaning: Constancy   Flower: Carnation, Meaning: Love.

Just a few January Tidbits. Have a wonderful Day!

CHRISTMAS

O Winter, King of Intimate Delights…

HOME for CHRISTMAS

With pomp, power & glory the world beckons vainly, in chase of such vanities why should I roam? While peace & content bless my little thatched cottage, and warm my own hearth with the treasures of home.

—Beatrix Potter

HOLIDAYS

FIRESIDE CHAT

Grab a few friends and some hot drinks, then enjoy a comfy night at home.

For an aromatic fire, try one of these easy options: Toss rosemary, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg or other fresh herbs or spices into your fire. They will lightly sent the air and your house. Use dried orange peels for kindling. The peels easily dry in the open air and, because of the oil in the peel, burn longer than paper. The peels create a wonderful aroma as they burn. Add incense to your fire, but have several sticks on hand-they burn quickly.

Information from Taste of Home Magazine.