cool

NATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY

All dog owners, remember that February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! This day is also observed around the world as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.

Dog biscuits come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and flavors. They serve to reward man’s best friend for good behavior as part of their training. Dog owners may also give a biscuit to show their canine companions just how much they love them, too. Sometimes, dog biscuits serve to deliver vitamins and medicines we may have difficulty getting our pooches to take otherwise. 

Specialty treats offer dogs and their owners so much to chews from! Even dogs on restricted diets won’t have trouble finding a dog biscuit that’s gentle on their tummy. Others help keep teeth healthy and fresh, too! What better reward could you ask for?

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDogBiscuitDay

Get your canine companion a dog biscuit to celebrate. Go for a walk to burn off any extra calories or explore the varieties available. Maybe you’ll find a new treat your furry friend loves. We even have some homemade options to try. 

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits
Homemade Dog Treats
Diabetic Dog Treats
Bacon-Flavored Dog Biscuits

Use #NationalDogBiscuitDay to post on social media. See other pet holidays to celebrate below.

NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY

NATIONAL DRESS UP YOUR PET DAY

<a href="<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/pets?ref_=assoc_tag_ph_1524211983064&_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=pf4&tag=jensperspe0fe-20&linkId=d526bca13823e861b909ef80d7c0fb78">Pets</a&gt;""For your pets

NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY

National Margarita Day on February 22nd rims a glass with salt and serves up a beverage that tastes like the summer sun.

Known to be the most common tequila-based cocktail served in the United States, the margarita is a cocktail that consists of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice. A key ingredient is the freshly squeezed lime juice.  In the United States, the most common lime is the thick-skinned Persian lime. When margaritas are made with lemons, they have a much softer taste.

When it comes to sorting out the legends associated with the origin of the margarita, there are many. Two things are certain; the cocktail included tequila, and the bartender edged the rim of the glass with salt. In Mexico, when drinking straight tequila (especially if the quality was bad), the best course of action was to down it in one swallow, suck on a wedge of lime and lick a dash of salt off the back of your hand.

It makes sense that the salt followed the lime and the tequila to the margarita glass. Today, lime is not the only flavor of margarita, and the specialists behind the bar have gotten creative mixing dried herbs, infused sugars and exotic salts to enhance both the presentation of the glass and the flavor of the cocktail. 

Margaritas can be served on the rocks (shaken with ice), frozen (blended with ice), or straight up (without ice).

Libbey Colors Margarita Glass Set, 4-Piece

by Libbey
Libbey Colors Margarita Glass Set, 4-Piece

by Libbey


Legends

There are many different stories and myths, beginning as early as 1938, as to how and when the margarita was created.

In the December 1953 issue of Esquire magazine, the margarita cocktail was the “Drink of the Month.”  The recipe as printed was:

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • Dash of Triple Sec
  • Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

Pour over crushed ice, stir.  Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt—pour, and sip.  (Wikipedia)

The margarita was further popularized with the 1977 release of Jimmy Buffett’s song “Margaritaville.”

Jimmy Buffet

Margaritaville (Lost Verse) (Live)

Jimmy Buffett

From the Album Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays


HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMargaritaDay

Mix up a margarita at home or as your favorite bartender to make you one. What’s your favorite flavor? Find your Margarita Day deals by visiting our Celebration Deals page. 

Let us know using #NationalMargaritaDay to post on social media. Remember, always drink responsibly and never drink and drive

Make it a night in with Jen’s Loaded Nachos and Tres Leche cake for dessert.

Shop Amazon Gift Cards. Any Occasion. No Expiration.
Shop Amazon Gift Cards. Any Occasion. No Expiration.

NATIONAL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE DAY

On February 10, National Cream Cheese Brownie Day shines a spotlight on an irresistible dessert bar. Combining chocolate and cream cheese has long been a favorite in the bakery. When it’s added to a brownie recipe the results are spectacular. 

The brownie has been around since the 1800s but was first documented in 1906 in The Boston Cooking School Cook Book.  There are hundreds of cream cheese brownie recipes. However, we also enjoy them cut up into parfaits or mixed into ice cream. Add a dollop of whipped cream, berries or a sprinkle of nuts and fruit and they become a decadent dessert in their own right. 

Adding cream to the batter once it’s poured into the pan and swirling it around with a knife gives the finished product an elegant look. It even suggests a celebration when you look at it! No matter how you enjoy cream cheese brownies, we are sure that you will find one that you like.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CreamCheeseBrownieDay

Maybe you would like to bake a pan of these delicious brownies and share them with your family and friends! Enjoy my fun easy recipe. If you missed these Easy Loaded Brownies this recipe is great the whole year through.

These are a good way to reward yourself for cleaning out your computer and making sure your memories are safe. The computer working better and faster is good reward as well.


.

Use #CreamCheeseBrownieDay to post on social media.

Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World's largest selection, plus Amazon's reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It's universal - add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping - Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.
Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World’s largest selection, plus Amazon’s reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It’s universal – add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping – Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.

December 8, Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

Outlander fans here is one more way to incorporate our obsession into our everyday lives. Channel your inner Claire and pretend you are a time traveler. Whether a trip through a stone circle, or a lightning storm and a Delorian, you can be from the past to this time or in Trekkie style imagine the future.

Outlander: Seasons 1-3 Region Free

Duncan Lacroix, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies (Actor)
Outlander: Seasons 1-3 Region Free

Duncan Lacroix, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies (Actor)

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day on December 8th encourages us step from our Tardis or flip open our Omni while wearing clothes from the past. At the same time, we should act appropriately confused by certain technology. 

Time travel has captured our imaginations for generations. Science and authors keep coming back to the topic again and again, so it should be no surprise there would be a day to pretend to be a time traveler. The original blog post that got the day rolling can be found here.  For more resources on how to be a time travel or at least act like one, we can explore the wide array of television and movies produced over the decades.

For example, Doctor Who is in its 26th season. Some might say that might be plenty of resource material right there. Let’s not stop, though. We’ve made a list and some of them might surprise you.

Television

Doctor Who
Quantum Leap
Outlander
Voyagers!
The Time Tunnel
Tru Calling
Continuum
11.22.63
Fringe

Books

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

All-new Kindle Kids Edition - Includes access to thousands of books - Blue Cover

by Amazon
All-new Kindle Kids Edition – Includes access to thousands of books – Blue Cover

by Amazon

Movies

Groundhog Day
Back to the Future
The Terminator
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Midnight in Paris
Edge of Tomorrow
About Time
Peggy Sue Got Married

Insignia Fire TV Edition starting at $99.99
Insignia Fire TV Edition starting at $99.99

HOW TO OBSERVE #PretendToBeATimeTravelerDay

Act like a time traveler.  Choose your time period and decide whether you are traveling to the past or the future. Be overly shocked when someone says, “I’d kill for a double mocha latte right now,” or “That car is the bomb.”  Misuse technology. When someone offers you earbuds to listen to a new song, sniff them to see if they smell good.  Use #PretendToBeATimeTraveler to share on social media.

Amazon - Shop. Connect. Enjoy. All from Earth's Biggest Selection.
Amazon – Shop. Connect. Enjoy. All from Earth’s Biggest Selection.

Forward or back be sure to explore the possibilities you would encounter. For me it would be a hard decision. The past would yield men like Jamie Frasier, but women have few if any rights. You can not own property, a job, your children. You would have been subject to your father/brother/husbands rule. Trial for witchcraft at the drop of a hat or as happened frequently jealousy or spite. No cell phones, indoor plumbing, electricity, computers, radio, aspirin, and a host of products and conveinces we now take for granted.

Travel to the future would have it’s own challenges as well. Most of lack the knowledge of sciences, maths, and other skills that would help you succeed in this time. Indeed if Star Trek and Star Wars are a glimpse into our future, it would mean enormous leaps in all these areas would be essential.

Star trek
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Episodes I-VI
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Episodes I-VI

There is one other consideration here. The trials to ones mental health. Thrust into any of these circumstances while fun in our imagination would take a toll. Imagine all the acceptances required to function and in some cases just survive. You can tell no one where or when you are from. Both the past and the future could alienate you entirely from others or punish you severely if you let any of it be known. The same could hold true of the future too.

Still imagination and journeys are always possible in a good story.

Unlimited reading from over 1 million ebooks *Unlimited listening to thousands of audiobooks *Read on any device *Membership plans are also giftable
Give the gift of Kindle Unlimited and fuel thier imagination the whole year through.

December 7th, Letter Writing Day

With all the holiday cheer this fun holiday is the perfect reminder, to get those holiday cards done by the 9th. For some added fun let the kids, write a letter to Santa. While in the mood pen an extra Christmas card to troops stationed overseas.

72 Piece Holiday Christmas Greeting Cards with 6 Artistic Greeting Designs & Envelopes 6.25” x 4.6" for Winter Christmas Season, Holiday Gift Giving, Xmas Gifts Cards.
72 Piece Holiday Christmas Greeting Cards with 6 Artistic Greeting Designs & Envelopes 6.25” x 4.6″ for Winter Christmas Season, Holiday Gift Giving, Xmas Gifts Cards.

USPS can help you get a postmarked letter from Santa. Postmarked from the North Pole. Simply follow the instructions from the link above and have your own, “Yes Virginia” moment. Watch their faces light up when you give them mail postmarked from the north pole!

This year as you finish that card list write one more. Letters and cards sent directly to our military.

A million thanks for our troops
This great organization will distribute them directly to our troops.

Pearl Harbor Day

Visit Pearl Harbor
Photo by: Visitpearlharbor.org

Yes December 7, 1941 will continue it’s infamy. As we mark this day of Remembrance of this unprovoked attack on military and civilian both killing and wounding thousands on American soil.

2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft.

December 7, 2019

Information coming soon. Details about the 78th commemoration ceremony and other commemorative events will be provided on the official Pearl Harbor Events page, on our Facebook page, and on our website calendar.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2019

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2019 Sweatshirt
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2019

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2019 Sweatshirt

Day of the Ninja

December 5 is the Day of the Ninja, a day to honor and celebrate the sneaky and stealthy masked warriors in black garb from ancient Japan.

Legend has it that this unofficial holiday was created in 2003 to commemorate the release of Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last Samurai. We loved this movie!

The Last Samurai

Timothy Spall (Actor), Ken Watanabe (Actor) 
The Last Samurai

Timothy Spall (Actor), Ken Watanabe (Actor) 

Professional Spies

Ninjas were professional spies in Japan. Active between the 13th and the 19th century, a ninja’s job included infiltration, sabotage, espionage, and even assassination.

LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Monastery of Spinjitzu 70670 Battle Toy Building Kit includes Ninja Toy Weapons and Training Equipment for Creative Play (1,070 Pieces)

by LEGO
LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Monastery of Spinjitzu 70670 Battle Toy Building Kit includes Ninja Toy Weapons and Training Equipment for Creative Play (1,070 Pieces)

by LEGO

While popular culture is full of stories about ninjas, usually featured as cunning, secretive, brave, and skillful fighters, there are very few historical accounts of them. Historians believe that in the Japanese society ninjas were not considered to be part of an elite class of fighters – that place was reserved for the samurais. Because of this, ninjas were often recruited to do unsavory tasks like arson and terrorism.

Did Not Dress in Black

In those days, a ninja, also known as a shinobi, did not wear the all black outfit ninjas are depicted wearing today in films, TV shows, and comic books. After all, one of the main tasks of a ninja as a spy was to infiltrate by blending into his surroundings. They would often dress as the locals to do their job.

The secrecy surrounding ninjas led to the rise of legends about their skills and powers – something that has now become a part of popular culture. Modern day depictions of ninjas show them having superhuman powers such as invisibility, ability to walk on water and shape shift.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770) Blender/Food Processor with 1500W Auto-iQ Base, 72oz Pitcher, 64oz Processor Bowl, (2) 16oz Cup for Smoothies, Dough & More

by Ninja
Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770) Blender/Food Processor with 1500W Auto-iQ Base, 72oz Pitcher, 64oz Processor Bowl, (2) 16oz Cup for Smoothies, Dough & More

by Ninja

“Got one for my mom it’s the best money I’ve spent in a long time.”

How to Celebrate?

  • Watch ninja movies or have a Teenage Mutant Ninja marathon.
  • Have a ninja themed party. Everyone dresses like a ninja.
  • Go to work dressed as a ninja and sneak up on your coworkers and friends.
Ninja Specialty Fold-Away Frother (CM407) Coffee Maker, Single Serve to 10 Cup (50 oz.), Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe

by Ninja
Ninja Specialty Fold-Away Frother (CM407) Coffee Maker, Single Serve to 10 Cup (50 oz.), Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe

by Ninja

Did You Know…

…that contrary to popular belief, ninjas were not all men? Women ninjas were known as Kunoichi.

We like the blender set so much this is on our Christmas list.

Mary B.
Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Fryer, Slow Multi Cooker with TenderCrisp Technology, 5 Pot, 3-qt. Air Fry Basket (OP101), 5-Quart, Black/Gray

by Ninja
Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Fryer, Slow Multi Cooker with TenderCrisp Technology, 5 Pot, 3-qt. Air Fry Basket (OP101), 5-Quart, Black/Gray

by Ninja

Jen’s Pumpkin Delight

Nothing says Thanksgivin like Pumpkin Pie….unless like us it’s not a favorite.  I know pumpkin spice everything is popular this time if year. It’s just not something we love.  After many hours of online research and taste testing, this became the show stopper dessert.  My brother the chef loves it as well!  I found the basic recipe and have added my touches and time savers.  The only warning I give is there will not be any leftovers. You may need 2 of these next year.Pyrex Basics 3 Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish with Red Plastic Lid -13.2 INCH x 8.9inch x 2 inch  by Pyrex  Pyrex Basics 3 Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish with Red Plastic Lid -13.2 INCH x 8.9inch x 2 inch
by Pyrex

Ingredients


1 cup flour
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup pecans chopped
1 tub Philadelphia Cheesecake filling
3 cups whipped topping divided
2 1/2 cups milk
3 pkg white chocolate or vanilla instant pudding 3.4 oz size
15 oz can Pumkin Puree-Pie filling
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp cinnamon sugarMcCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice, 1.12 oz  by McCormick  McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice, 1.12 oz by McCormick

Directions

  1. Mix flour, butter and 1/2 c chopped pecans.  You can also spice it up with gingersnap cookies.  Use 1/2 c flour and 10 gingersnap cookies in food processor then add butter.
  2. Press crumbs down in bottom of 9 x 13 pan to form crust.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes at 350°.  Cool completely before adding other layers.
  4. Fold 1 cup whipped topping into cheesecake filling.
  5. Spread mixture evenly, over cooled crust
  6. Mix milk and pudding
  7. Fold pumpkin and pumpkin spice together with 1 cup whipped cream
  8. Spread remaining whipped topping on top.  Sprinkle with chopped pecans and 2 tsp cinnamon sugar
  9. Chill 3 hours or until set.
  10. Serve chilled and enjoy
%d bloggers like this: