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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

What do the color green, parades and March 17th have in common?  Of course, it is St.Patrick’s Day (also known as the Feast of St Patrick).

As most of the United States is aware by now the Coronavirus is here. Due to that unfortunate circumstance most all events, parades, parties, etc have been canceled for social distancing. As we all deal with the difficulties and disruptions in our lives, I believe these measures will help prevent this from becoming much worse.

While our health is something we cannot put a price on, the financial losses unfortunately have a figure for us. My husband like so many others is a musician. He has just lost every job scheduled over the next two months. We like so many are dealing with these issues. To that end a website to provide information is available. This is strictly for musicians and artists looking for information.  I do not own, participate or in any way responsible for it’s content.  I have not read it contents entirely, but I’m sure I will be doing so with my husband as we navigate these next few months.

Please stay safe, follow the guidelines being issued for your health and safety. Things like Coronavirus are no match for the resolve of people fighting it.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions of people across the globe.  People wear the color green, drink green beverages and decorate houses and businesses in shamrocks.  In fact, the wearing of the green is a tradition that dates back to a story written about St. Patrick in 1726.  St. Patrick (c. AD 385–461) was known to use the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and to have worn green clothing.

Godinger Dublin Irish Coffee Mugs - Set of 4

by Godinger
Godinger Dublin Irish Coffee Mugs – Set of 4

by Godinger


HOW TO OBSERVE

Remember to wear green. Use #StPatricksDay to post on social media.

Great time to wear some Green to dinner, make Corned Beef with Cabbage, or Irish Skillet
for dinner. Follow up with an Irish Coffee. As most bars and restaurants will not be open due to Coronavirus, you can make your own green beer by adding a few drops of food coloring to a light-colored beer…

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY HISTORY

The Feast of St. Patrick started in the early 17 century. The day marks the death of St. Patrick and was chosen as an official Christian feast day and is observed by the Catholic Church. The day is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

NATIONAL PIG DAY

National Pig Day, observed annually on the 1st of March, recognizes the domesticated pig. This holiday includes events and celebrations at zoos, schools, nursing homes and sporting events around the United States.  Pig parties, pig parades, and gatherings with pig collectibles are a few of the other events that have commemorated National Pig Day.

Pigs are a clever and intelligent animal, however, most people are not aware of their high level of intelligence.  They are a household pet to some that can be trained and taught tricks.

In Dublin in 1772, a trained swine called the Learned Pig told time, counted and other such tricks to entertain crowds in the streets. 

There was a famous, if fictitious, Learned Pig in London in the late 1700s which seemed to gain his learnedness from his mother. She ate an entire volume of Sir Robert Filmer’s manuscripts and “Saobeverel’s Sermons” before she delivered him into the world. He was born with an intelligence that seemed obvious just by looking. When one day he feasted upon the garden of the great Milton himself he began waxing poetic.

Charlotte's Web Hardcover – May 9, 2006

by E. B White  (Author), Garth Williams  (Illustrator
Charlotte’s Web Hardcover – May 9, 2006

by E. B White  (Author), Garth Williams  (Illustrator

Pigs have been popular storybook characters for generations. From A.A. Milne’s Piglet to E.B. White’s Wilbur, pigs have an endearing and flavorful quality about them that makes us love them.

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James Cromwell (Actor), Magda Szubanski (Actor)
Babe [Blu-ray]

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James Cromwell (Actor), Magda Szubanski (Actor)

There are hundreds of different breeds, most of which are descended from the Eurasian Wild Boar. The female is called a gilt or sow and can produce 10 piglets in a single litter. They also produce bacon, ham, baby back ribs, spare ribs, sirloin, pork belly and oh, so many more delectable barbecue items it would be a shame to not honor the swine on this day of all days.

Don’t forget today is also National Minnesota Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPigDay

Cuddle up with one, read about one, or eat one.  Use #NationalPigDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL PIG DAY HISTORY

Our research has found that this day was created in 1972 by two sisters, Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. Ellen was a school teacher in Lubbock, Texas and Mary was from Beaufort, North Carolina.  According to Mary Lynne Rave, the purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

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VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day began as St. Valentine’s Day, a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.  February 14th first became associated with romantic love during the High Middle Ages as the tradition of courtly love was then flourishing. During 18th century England, this day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine cards. 

Ancient History

Mixed opinions prevail regarding who or what was celebrated in mid-February. Some point to martyred saints by the name of Valentine or Valentinus. The most popular story tells of the saint who defied a decree by Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage for young men because he believed single men made better soldiers. St. Valentine, preferring young lovers to be wed than have them sneaking around (or believing in the power of love), would marry them in secret. However, it may have been another Valentine who performed the marriages. Either way, at least two of them were beheaded for their actions.

Another possible origin for Valentine’s Day takes us back to a pagan festival called Lupercalia. As a way to discourage participation in the fertility festival, the Christian church placed St. Valentine’s Day in the middle of February.

Modern Celebrations

Since the Renaissance, we’ve been exchanging Valentine’s cards. These handmade missives of romance grew into a more commercial venture by the Victorian era. Today, school children exchange Valentine greetings, too. They prepare for the day by making unique boxes to receive their many hearts, cupids, and pun-filled rhymes. 

Here are some great ideas for couples.  Use them to make Valentine’s or any special date.

Chocolates and candy have also become a part of the celebration. While couples tend to be the focus of the day, singles celebrate being single, too. Friends take each other out or reject the overall notion of Valentine’s Day. Dinner and a movie, candlelight, and flowers also fit the bill for couples. It’s one of the busiest days of the year for florists. 

Check out these great gifts.
VALENTINE’S DAY

Last minute gift?

HOW TO OBSERVE #ValentinesDay

You can surprise your special someone with flowers, chocolate or a card. Bring a smile to their face with an original poem or homemade meal.

Get Recipes that will impress without spending days in the kitchen. Many can be done at the last minute if needed.

Jen’s Fettuccini Alfredo Caprese
Garlic Butter Steak bites
Winter Arugula Pear Salad
Spinach, Blue Cheese, Beef Wellingtons

Get something special for your Valentine and use #ValentinesDay to post on social media.

Today is also National Donor Day, and

International Book Giving Day

VALENTINE’S DAY HISTORY

Credit is traditionally given to Pope Gelasius for declaring February 14th as Saint Valentine’s Day around the year 496 to separate the church from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient pagan fertility festival which occurred on February 15th.  

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Irish Skillet Dinner

Prep: 15 minutes.       Level: Easy Cook: 20 minutes.       Serves: 4

Description

Beef and bacon meet potatoes and cabbage, in an Irish Skillet Dinner

We found this on Pintrest and is a family favorite we normally make a double batch and there are rarely any leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup Apple Juice
2 Tbsp White Vinegar
2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 lb lean Ground beef or round
1/2 cup diced fresh onion
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb Ore Ida Potatoe O’Brien(frozen)
4 cups shredded cabbage
4 slices cooked, crumbled bacon

Directions


In small mixing bowl, combine beef broth, apple juice, white vinegar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.  Whisk till well blended, set aside.

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and fresh onion. 
Drain any excess grease
Add vegetable oil, potatoes to beef and onions
Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned
Stir frequently, to avoid sticking
Add liquid mixture, shredded cabbage and crumbled bacon, and cook another 5 – 10 minutes over medium heat until liquid is mostly absorbed
Serve immediately while warm.

We love this stuff! have to give credit to the original author.

Original Recipe found here.

Try an Irish Coffee for Dessert.


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NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY

National Wear Red Day, on the first Friday in February, is an annual campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women. 

Wear your red today! Dress to impress, and raise everyones knowledge of heart disease in women. As February is heart health month for all, red will bring attention this great cause.

Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women. These diseases are 80 percent preventable according to Go Red for Women’s official website.

Go to www.goredforwomen.org for more information.

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PinMart Glitter Red Dress American Heart Month Enamel Lapel Pin


HOW TO OBSERVE #WearRedDay

This national campaign has revved up its red!

  • Wear red to show your support for saving women’s lives
  • Show us how you Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRedWearRed
  • Donate to help raise funds for awareness and research.  Get your red gear at shopheart.org and a portion of every purchase goes back to the programming and mission of the American Heart Association.
  • Know your numbers.  Find out more about your risk factors at the American Heart Association website.
  • #GoRedGetFit – earn prizes and get healthy while fighting heart disease with the American Heart Association.  Find out more at GoRedForWomen.org or join the challenge on Facebook GoRedGetFit.

NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY HISTORY

The Go Red for Women campaign started in 2004 when the American Heart Association took on the challenge of raising awareness about the number 1 cause of death in women.

Don’t forget to try some Fettuccine Alfredo recipes at home or your favorite restaurant.


World Cancer Day

Every year on February 4th, World Cancer Day seeks to spread awareness for cancer. This day also focuses on the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Every year, 17 million new cases of cancer throughout the world are diagnosed. Cancer will be fatal for nearly 10 million of those who receive this news. By the year 2040, it is estimated that there will be 27.5 million new cases of cancer. The most common cancers include lung, female breast, bowel, and prostate.

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Chanasya Warm Hugs Positive Energy Healing Thoughts Caring Gift Throw Blanket – Sherpa Microfiber Comfort Gift Throw – Get Well Soon Gift for Women Men Cancer Patient – Aubergine Blanket

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Despite the prevalence, it is possible to reduce the risk of getting cancer. According to the Mayo Clinic, these things can help to prevent many types of cancer:

  • Avoid tobacco or stop using it
  • Eat a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, and limited amounts of processed meat
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Do at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Protect yourself from the sun
  • Never have unprotected sex
  • Keep up with routine medical screenings

Sadly, it’s not just adults who get cancer. This deadly disease also affects children. About 300,000 children around the world are diagnosed with cancer each year. In the United States, cancer is the most common cause of death by disease for children. Some of the most common types of childhood cancers include leukemia, brain cancers, lymphomas, and solid tumors. Many childhood cancers do not have a known cause. Early diagnosis and access to treatment greatly increases survival.

Certain countries have higher cancer rates than others. Australia has the most new cases of cancer. Every year there are 468 new cases for every 100,000 residents. The United States ranks fifth on the list. Each year, there are about 352 new cases per 100,000 residents. Other countries that have high rates of cancer include New Zealand, Ireland, Hungary, Belgium, France, and Denmark.

World Cancer Day , February 4th,T-shirt Cancer Awareness
World Cancer Day , February 4th,T-shirt Cancer Awareness


HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldCancerDay

This day is organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Events on this day include free cancer screenings, educational discussions on recognizing the signs and symptoms of cancer, training public health officials on how to detect cancer, and live events on social media. A provider of cancer services, The Icon Group, encourages its staff, partners, and loved ones to spread messages of hope on paper butterflies to those who need it most.

To participate:

  • Reach out to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer
  • Learn about the ways to prevent the risk of cancer
  • Donate to a cancer support or cancer research organization
  • Read about famous cancer survivors like Colin Powell, Olivia Newton-John, and Robin Roberts
  • Wear a lavender ribbon to spread cancer awareness (there are also other colors that represent specific types of cancer)
  • If you’ve been affected by cancer, share your story to encourage others.

My father lost his battle with prostrate cancer in January 2011. If Cancer has touched your life it is important that we continue the search for cures.

Whatever you do on this day, be sure to share it on social media with #WorldCancerDay.

WORLD CANCER DAY HISTORY

The Union for International Cancer Control established World Cancer Day on February 4th, 2000. The day was founded in Paris at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium. Today, there are over 900 World Cancer Day events held in 127 countries.

Don’t forget International Childhood Cancer Day is February 15th.

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Warm up from the cold weather today with some homemade soup.

NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY – January 30


In the United States, National Croissant Day, recognizes a wonderful flaky pastry enjoyed at every meal.  Croissants are  buttery, crescent-shaped rolls that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  

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7Days Soft Croissant, Chocolate, Perfect Breakfast Pastry or Snack, Non-GMO (Pack of 24)

by 7 Days


The key to a perfect croissant is laminating the dough. Laminating the dough, also used in puff pastry, is a process by which butter is folded into the mixture creating multiple thin layers of butter and dough. The result is a mouth-watering flaky crust and airy body.

Croissant Cutter- Roller Slices Perfect Shaped Pastry Dough for Homemade Croissants in Minutes

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Croissant Cutter- Roller Slices Perfect Shaped Pastry Dough for Homemade Croissants in Minutes

by Good Cooking


Legend surrounds this pastry, as is often the case with a popular, worldly treat. What is known, is that crescent-shaped breads have been found around the world for ages. One of these was the Kipferl which originated in Austria as far back as the 13th century. This nonlaminated bread is more like a roll.

Credit for the croissant we know today is given to an Austrian military officer, August Zang. In 1939 he opened a Viennese bakery in Paris introducing France to Viennese baking techniques.

August Zang and the French Croissant: How Viennoiserie Came to France - 2nd edition Kindle Edition

by Jim Chevallier 
August Zang and the French Croissant: How Viennoiserie Came to France – 2nd edition Kindle Edition

by Jim Chevallier 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCroissantDay

Stop by the bakery for a fresh, warm croissant. Be sure to give your baker a shout out, too! Of course, you can always try baking your own. This Recipe is from Allrecipes.com

Use #NationalCroissantDay to post on social media.

Valentines Day is coming!
Get a head start for your Valentine.
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