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It’s My Party Day

Date When Celebrated : Always October 11 th

It’s My Party Day is today. Let’s have a party and celebrate. Do you really need a reason to have a party? Me neither, so let’s get this party started!

Party, girls night, find any reason to celebrate
Girls night

What a great opportunity to have some fun. It’s a party day. You can make it simple, or elaborate. Invite family and friends. Being mid-October, a Fall or Halloween theme is in order. So whether it’s to de-stress, you made it through the week, or just an excuse to get together, make it a good time. It’s your party after all.

Did you Know? Teen star Lesley Gore sang #1 pop music song It’s My Party in May, 1963. At the time, Lesley was just 16.


It's My Party (Single Version)

Lesley Gore

It’s My Party (Single Version)

Lesley Gore

Life is too short. Today is  It’s My Party Day. So, let’s party on into the night!


Origin of It’s My Party Day:

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.

We suspect there is some link to pop star Lesley Gore’s 1963 song It’s My Party. It’s only a hunch. We did not find any supporting documentation. And, the song was a #1 hit in May, 1963 (not October).

This day in History

Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. (1984)

Holiday and History information http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/itsmypartyday.htm

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NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY – October 8

National Pierogi Day October 8

NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY

National Pierogi Day is observed annually on October 8. This is a day to enjoy this delicious side dish.

Pierogi is the plural form of the rarely used Polish word pierog. The word Pierogi can be found spelled several ways including perogi and pierogy. However you choose to spell it, pierogi are dumplings made up of unleavened dough that are first boiled then sometimes baked or fried in butter. Usually semicircular in shape, they are traditionally stuffed with a mashed potato filling, potato and cheese, potato and onion, cheese, cabbage, sauerkraut, ground meat, mushroom, spinach or fruit.

Pierogi love cookbook

Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food Hardcover – July 1, 2015

by Casey Barber  (Autho

Pierogi are often served with melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms and onions and/or green onion. The dessert variety, those filled with a fruit filling, can be enjoyed topped with applesauce, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream.

There are other similar types of dumpling-like dishes in other ethnic cuisines. 

It was the Eastern European immigrants that popularized pierogi in the United States.  At first, pierogi were a family food among the immigrants and were also found in ethnic restaurants; Freshly cooked pierogi became a staple fundraiser for ethnic churches in the post-World War II era.  By the 1960s, pierogi were being marketed for the frozen food aisles of grocery stores in many parts of the United States.

While pierogi are eaten as a main dish in other countries, Americans typically consider them to be a side dish.

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates hold a pierogi race at every home game.  Six pierogi costume-wearing runners (Potato Pete, Jalapeño Hannah, Cheese Chester, Sauerkraut Saul, Oliver Onion, and Bacon Burt) race to the finish line between innings. 
  • Whiting, Indiana celebrates an annual Pierogi Fest each July.
  • Glendon, Alberta, Canada is home to a 6000-pound pierogi which stands 25 feet tall and is made of sturdy fiberglass and steel. Piercing the giant pierogi, which was build in 1991, is an equally giant fork.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Have some pierogi and use #NationalPierogiDay to post on social media.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

October 4th, World Smile Day & Taco Day

World Smile Day

The first Friday of October every year is celebrated around the globe as World Smile Day. The unofficial holiday encourages people to do acts of kindness to spread good will and cheer.

Smiley face
Smiley Face

First started in 1999 by the creator of the smiley, Harvey Ball, the holiday celebrates the intent behind the now universally recognized icon – to bring a smile of the faces of people around the world. The purpose of the holiday was the move away from the commercialization of the smiley and to use it as a symbol of kindness and affection.

Morale Booster

The smiley made its debut in 1963 as a way to increase the morale of the employees of a life insurance company. Today, it is one of the most popular nonverbal ways to convey joy, happiness and cheer. The smiley face began as a bright yellow circle with two dots to represent eyes and a black line that represents a smiling mouth.

Emoji, emoticons, smiley face
Emoji

Today, there are many different versions of the smiley, representing many other human emotions such a sadness, surprise, worry and laughter. In modern texting smileys are used to express emotions in online conversations on a smartphone or on a computer. The practice has its origin in Japan, and the smileys and other icons are known as emoji.

Women's Fun Colorful Crew Sock 6 Packs
Women’s Fun Colorful Crew Sock 6 Packs

How to Celebrate?

  • Make people around you smile.
  • Do a random act of kindness. Buy a stranger a coffee. Compliment someone. Give your seat up to someone on the bus.
  • Surprise someone in your family with a visit, cook a meal for them, or do something special for them.
  • Volunteer your time and/ or money at a local nonprofit organization.

Did you know?

…that babies are born with the ability to smile?

National Taco Day

National Smile day and national taco day
Smile for Tacos!
Our Family Taco Night Recipe
Our Family Taco Night Recipe

Taco Day is a celebratory day that promotes to consumption of tacos. In the United StatesNational Taco Day is celebrated on October 4.

Taco Bell
Gift packs

The National Taco Day Gift Set is back. In Taco Bells all over the US – and that is a fact. It includes four tacos of the iconic variety: two crunchy and two with even more notoriety. We’re speaking, of course, of the beloved DLT. The gift set carries two that are flavored Nacho Cheese.

Eat it all up or bestow it upon a friend, because for only $5, there’s no wrong way to spend. If your loved one lives far, there’s no need to fret. We’ve got other ways to gift, on that you can bet. Send a digital gift card for five dollars plus tax, even add a personal message to include with the snacks.

Our taco recipe
Our Taco Night Recipe

Growing up and even just two days ago Tacos are a fun easy dinner. Get our homemade recipe here.

Hello October

Hello October. Well here we are coming to the end of another year. Aside from the Halloween preparations, I start reviewing what I need to get done when completing this year. It seems like I blinked after June and here we are.

October Birthdays

October birthdays get our unique birthstone of Opals. Opal is the birthstone for the month of October, along with pink tourmaline. It is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th year of marriage. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone,” and later the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of color.”

Opals for October birthstone
925 Sterling Silver Blue Opal Necklace – Dainty 12mm Round Opal Gemstone Pendant, October Birthstone, Delicate Handmade Vintage Jewelry for Classy Women

Among the ancients, opal was a symbol of fidelity and assurance, and in later history it became associated with religious emotional prayer. It was believed to have a strong therapeutic value for diseases of the eye, and when worn as an amulet, it would make the wearer immune from disease as well as increase the powers of the eyes and the mind. Furthermore, many believed that to the extent the colors of red and green were seen, the wearer would also enjoy the therapeutic powers of those stones: the power to stop bleeding from the ruby or the power to cure diseases from the emerald.

October Awareness

There are many chances to bring awareness this month. All are worthy of the attention so choose one closest to your heart or show out for more than one. Let your choice shine and help as it is needed.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Fire Prevention month and week
Fire Prevention Week. October 6 – 12
National Domestic Violence month
National Domestic Violence Month
Down Syndrome Awarness month
Down syndrome Awareness month
Sudden infant death syndrome
Sudden infant Death Syndrome Awareness
Pregnancy & infant loss awareness month
http://nationalshare.org/october-awareness/
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
Liver Cancer Awarness month
Liver Cancer Awareness

Trick or Treat

Fun costume parties and the ever popular past times of haunted houses and of course Trick or Treat. This month is sure to be extremely busy. For lots of us the mayhem will also include the county fair.

County fairs are a popular fall enjoyment.
Trick or Treat safety tips
Trick or Treat Safety Tips

With all the activities going on in October it’s a great time for freezer meal dinners. Get these easy favorites here or on the Recipes page.

Family Tacos Night

Ingredients


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 medium onion diced
  • 1/4 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 1 – 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1 pkg  flour tortillas
  • 1 pint sour cream 1 8oz jar of your favorite salsa.
  • Cheddar or Mexican blend shredded chesse
Tostitos Chunky Salsa - Mild, 15.5 Ounce  by Tostitos  Tostitos Chunky Salsa – Mild, 15.5 Ounce

Directions

  1. Brown fround beef over medium heat. Add pkg taco season and 1/4 c water. Cook another 5-7 minutes allowing water to evaporate.
  2. Cut all vegetable toppings and place in separate bowls.
  3. Open pkg of tortillas and warm for 1 minutes microwave.
  4. Leave spoons in each ingredient to add to tortillas.In our home each person layers the ingredients on the tortilla as they like it. (I like mine full of equal parts veggies and meat. Topped generously with salsa and sour cream. If available I enjoy a bit of guacamole as well.)
  5. If you fill tortilla to full, you will need a fork and plenty of napkins.
  6. Roll tortilla tucking ends as you go.  They are less likely to break or tear if warmed. 
  7. Enjoy.  We eat holding bottom firmly in place.  Be cautious when setting down or they can unroll.
  8. Juices may leak from seams so keep a napkin close by.
Mission Carb Balance Soft Taco Whole Wheat Tortillas | Low Carb, Keto, Whole Grains | High Fiber, No Sugar | Small Size | 8 Count  by Mission Foods  Mission Carb Balance Soft Taco Whole Wheat Tortillas | Low Carb, Keto, Whole Grains | High Fiber, No Sugar | Small Size | 8 Count
by Mission Foods

These are an easy substitute to go low carb or keto. 

There are so many options you can use with this basic idea. Substitute chicken, fish or steak, for ground beef.  Avocado, refried beans, black beans, corn salsa, rice, cabbage.  Any kind of cheese you like.  Or use tortilla chips, top and warn for ultimate loaded nachos.  Skip the tortillas entirely and add more lettuce for a great salad option.  These make a great party food as well.  Try some until you find your favorite.  Try a new variation for Cinco de Mayo, or make it a game day treat.  It’s really fun to try them all.

Mushroom Swiss Chicken

3 chicken breasts
1 pint mushrooms (sliced if available)
1/2 medium onion
4 Tbsp Butter
Cream of mushroom soup
Swiss cheese
1/4 cup milk or heavy cream
3 – 5 Tbsp flour to thicken sauce
1 cup white wine (we like a good pinot gregio.  Usually have a glass with this dinner.)Circulon Radiance Hard-Anodized Nonstick Covered Deep Skillet, 12-Inch, Gray  by Circulon  Circulon Radiance Hard-Anodized Nonstick Covered Deep Skillet, 12-Inch, Gray
by Circulon

  1. Pound chicken into 1/4 in thick.
  2. Add butter to medium skillet and heat on medium-high. 
  3. Sear chicken to golden color. Set aside.
  4. Add 2 tbsp more butter to the pan.
  5. Add chopped mushrooms and onions. Cook until onions are translucent.  About 7 minutes.
  6. Add Tbsps flour to butter until thick paste forms.
  7. Add white wine and cream soup. Stir until well combined and thickens.
  8. Layer chicken with swiss cheese then mushrooms and onion sauce mixture.
  9. Serve warm.

This mixture is really good as skillet dinner.  I like a good wild rice blend or egg noodles with it.  For an extra easy treat, you can make it as a casserole with noodles or rice. For low-carb and keto, switch the rice to riced cauliflower. Just cook chicken thoroughly before adding other ingredients.   Save cheese till the last 5 minutes of baking. Add a green vegetable like spinach, asparagus, green beans, brussel sprout halves, or broccoli. We like broccoli, to have a great all in one dish dinner. If recognizing, or feeding a crowd use chicken thighs and cut into bite-size pieces.

Pyrex Easy Grab Glass Bakeware and Food Storage Set (8-Piece, BPA-free)  by Pyrex  Pyrex Easy Grab Glass Bakeware and Food Storage Set (8-Piece, BPA-free)

by Pyrex

Beef Pepper Steak

Ingredients

2 lbs sirloin steak sliced ultra thin
2 medium bell peppers
1/2 onion cut into strips
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 cup beef broth
4 cups cooked rice
2 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp cornstarch dissolved in waterCalphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Deep Skillet, 13-inch, Black  by Calphalon  Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Deep Skillet, 13-inch, Black

by Calphalon

Directions

  1. Once steak and veggies are sliced heat medium skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Add steak. Cook 3 – 5 minutes.
  3. Add peppers and onions. Cook 2 minutes.
  4. Add soy sauce and beef broth.
  5. Add cornstarch and reduce heat to low.
  6. When sauce thickens serve warm or cool and freeze for an easy weeknight meal.  We serve over rice. Or cauliflower rice for a low carb, keto, option.
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