Each year on April 16th, National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day allows us a reprieve after meeting a late-night deadline shuffling receipts and adding columns to file our taxes.
While some people call this day “the best holiday of the year,” it was created for fun. Wearing pajamas to work creates a laid back and relaxed atmosphere especially for those accountants, tax preparers and last-minute filers. Wearing pajamas offers a little relief from the nailbiting and stress that often comes with filing taxes. The day helps to let go of the anxiety and offers a few more minutes of sleep for those who pushed the deadline to the limit.
If you’ve been working from home this last bit due to Coronavirus, you have probably done a little of this. Some not quite aware of their cameras views…. So keep it PG rated and make sure if you turn your back it’s all covered.
If you’re staying home, I shop for groceries, work, and play, in my pajamas. In today’s technological age, you can star in your own show and get your work and household tasks completed without taking of your bunny slippers.
Appropriate styles of pajamas would include tops and bottoms, of course. Wear the cozy flannel or snazzy silk. Cotton always breathes so well, too. Cartoon characters are always fun. But, be sure to cover your feet, too. Slippers or other footwear are required.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WearYourPajamasToWorkDay
Wear your favorite pajamas to work. Make a party of it and coordinate with coworkers. Don’t forget your fuzzy slippers and robe. Award prizes to the one who wears it best. Give a gift of pajamas to your tax preparer to show your thanks, even if that person is your dad or a close personal friend. If you work from home, this is a prime opportunity to wear your pajamas and invite the rest of the world to enjoy the comfort dressing down for the day. Take group photos and post them use #WearYourPajamasToWorkDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY HISTORY
In 2004, Pajamagram launched a campaign celebrating Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day as a reward for the late nights working on taxes.
Lots of people around the world will be observing Easter very differently this year. It seems strange with no grandchildren running through the house. We didn’t color eggs, make easter baskets, or plan a big family Easter dinner.
The only plans we have are to make an easy attempt at “What’s for dinner?”. So here it is our Easter menu this year. We’re skipping brunch and egg hunts. Due to Coronavirus,we’ve had our fill of ham. So I’m doing a fruit salad, steamed asparagus, and my oven-roasted pork. If I’m feeling really ambitious, I’ll add Lemon Greek potatoes too. Check back for these recipes. Check out our Recipe page for more great meals to share with those you care about.
For starters I did all my shopping through pick-ups or delivery. We have health issues that would make even minor exposure very bad. We have stayed out of stores, pharmacies, and any public places. If you haven’t tried any of these it’s well worth the time.
Walmart pick up. Sadly we do not yet have delivery here yet. Fingers crossed they will soon. So we vie for limited pick up spaces. I find late nights to be a good time to sneak in. You can shop mast items to your cart before a time becomes available.
I start adding items to my cart days before I am anticipating an opening. Even a small amount in your cart can lock in your slot. Check out even if full shopping not done. I use a credit card because I know I can add items after I check out to a certain time. People loose their slots by waiting until full order is done to reserve a time and check out.
Instacart and Shipt. Here in northwest Florida we don’t have places like Whole Foods Market by Amazon. So a separate service does the shopping. Instacart gives us access to Publix. I have used them previously and was really happy when some alternatives arrived. I’m sure my experience was not the norm as I know quite a few who love their service.
We started using Shipt in addition to our Walmart pickups. This service has been phenomenal. They give us access to Winn Dixie, Target, and even pick up prescriptions from big name pharmacies.
Things are crazy so I know I need to order early. Don’t wait until you’re out. Low stock, hoarding, and traffic at stores means, what you need may not be in stock. It took me three orders to get bread and some non-perishable items like soup.
Your shopper has nothing to do with stock available for you. As these people are braving, crowds, iverworks grocery employees, and the health risks associated with a store.
I have the most flexibility in my schedule so I check on items and opportunities often. I finally found an online place that has both toilet paper and paper towels. I’ve been using Boxed for a few years now. We love the ability to purchase bulk items without the membership fees. If we had a Costco, it might be different. We haven’t tried BJ’s yet as they opened here after the pandemic started.
What ever your plans may be I hope that 2020 has taught us all to cherish the time and memories with those special to you. If you learn nothing else from Coronavirus, know that nothing in the future is guaranteed.
Have a safe, healthy, and Happy Easter. Don’t forget those CDC guidelines during egg hunts.
Quarantines, job cuts, empty store shelves, no school for kids, it’s really unsettling to turn on the news. While this outlook is bleak there are ways to minimize the risks to you and your loved ones.
There are lots of resources available for everything from government guidelines, economic and political matters, health precautions, and how you entertain you and if your kids are home.
The CDC has recommendations to help cut down your risk of exposure, and getting the virus. All age groups are susceptible to contracting the virus. While some younger adults and children may get a more minor case, you can carry it to others. Please think about the risks to other adults, parents, grandparents and others who if contract it could lead to very serious complications and even death.
Please follow direction from your local, state and Federal Government including the CDC.
Anyone with underlying health issues need to be extremely careful to minimize your risks. Those with things like heart conditions, Diabetes, respiratory ailments like COPD, asthma, and other like symptoms are very vulnerable.
Social Distancing is a frequently used term. Keeping people separated, and almost everywhere there should be no more than 10 people gathered. Cancellations of community events, school closures, remote work from home if possible is the current normal.
Just going to the grocery store under these conditions looks like Venezuela does. As we are in a higher risk group the last thing we want to be near is a store full of people. Take advantage of delivery or online ordering if possible. We know from experience the last few weeks, to replenish essentials before you run out. Panic buying has caused shortages in many stores.
We know when ordering there is a good chance we will not get everything. So if we don’t get it we move it back to the list. We have expanded our store selections to broaden our chances of receiving regular supplies. Publix, Walmart, Winn Dixie, Whole Foods and others offer online ordering. Be patient, our local Walmarts have no order times for the next 7 days. Publix with Instacart and Winn Dixie with Shipt have only been able to fulfill half the items in an order. Keep this in mind, we are only venturing to a store if absolutely necessary. As this continues please be kind to those who brave the stores for you. Some have senior shopping hours available.
Update. April 8, 2020. Walmart and others are limiting number of shoppers in stores. They have as many others set up senior hours that include pharmacy on Tuesday mornings. There are now alternatives to this. Yesterday my husband discovered you can now do a pick up similar to groceries.
Designated parking spots for pharmacy only allow you to call in and let them know you have arrived. They took his ID information over the phone. They then brought the prescriptions out to the car. A mobile reader let’s you pay there and you can even use your own pen to sign.
To be honest if this had not happened we were looking at moving our prescription to a pharmacy with a drive-through. So this was a pleasant surprise. While we love the staff at our local pharmacy it just didn’t seem risking our health over. This morning I also received notice that they can mail them to you as well.
Yesterday afternoon I was selected and joined Senator Rick Scott’s telephone town hall. This is the third one I have participated in. Each time you talk not only directly to your Senator, but he has trusted medical and financial experts on the call. He diverts questions from participating people like me to the expert needed to answer the question.
Per this process the latest advice from a medical professional was if possible limit visits to stores and pharmacies. Grocery items should be wiped down after returning home and wash hands well after handling.
They also took my contact information and as I was qued to ask a question they allowed me to leave a voicemail message directly to my Senator. While I have no idea if any others are doing this, I was greatly impressed. It helps give clarity to guidelines given on the news.
Are your children home from school and need something to do? There are a huge variety of online resources and other methods of learning to keep them entertained. Have them help with things like baking. Here we have not been able to buy bread, do we are making our own. Everything from a Crockpot recipe to traditional white and wheat. My mom’s Pioneer Bread
is one not to miss. I can tell you coming home from school when we were little, nothing beat a slice warm out of the oven.
If you have time on your hands a great way to prolong your groceries is freezer meals. Not only do they save you some time if suffering from crazy scheduling, but are a great way to preserve your supplies. Check out some of these great recipes here.
Check out some of the most prestigious museums around the world. Google has teamed up with these great places to bring the experience to your couch. Some are VR (virtual reality) ready. So by all means take a virtual trip to the see the worlds most famous art. Click here.
Cooking and baking will add things like maths and science they don’t know they are getting. Have them help you plan a road trip for a future vacation. They can learn about the individual states, their history, culture, famous figures. Have them plan on sites to see, museums, parks, landmarks… You get the idea. It will not only occupy, but kindles a learning experience that will also give them hope for the future. Check out some of these for States as each is inducted into the USA.
For older students, you can easily expand to world history, countries, and nations. Things like cultures, languages, music, art can all be added to keep it interesting. Our parents used these same techniques both in and outside of school. It also helped us learn real-world skills. Best of all we only really noticed as we left home and ventured out on our own.
Looking for something for yourself? If you are forced to be home and have some downtime, maybe you tackle a couple of books from your “To be read” pile. Or binge-watch a new tv show, catch up on one you missed or rewatch some of those movie series in order. Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Marvel Movies Universe, Star Trek, Star Trek reboots, Star Trek Discovery series, Star Wars, The Mandalorian, The Mummy Movies, Bosch series, If you have a favorite please let me know and why you love it.
February 23rd annually recognizes a well-known food holiday, National Banana Bread Day.
A moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread, banana bread is made with fully ripe, mashed bananas. Some recipes call for yeast, and then the finished banana bread is sliced, toasted and spread with butter.
With the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks. It appeared in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook, too. Banana bread later gained further acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950.
Despite the banana’s arrival in the United States in the 1870s, it took a while before they appeared as an ingredient in desserts.
Early Banana Bread
One early recipe came from The Vienna Model Bakery. It advertised banana bread as something new in the April 21, 1893, edition of St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A new restaurant/bakery chain owned by Gaff, Fleischmann & Company, The Viena Model Bakery was known for its baked goods and was likely one of the first to produce banana bread in the United States. The recipe was made with banana flour, which is made by drying strips of the fruit, then grinding it to a powder. This process had long been used in the West Indies.
In Hawaii during World War I, a surplus of bananas resulted from very few ships available to export the fruit. To prevent waste, alternative uses for bananas were developed. For example, bakeries started incorporating the fruit into their bread.
This recipe was printed in The Maui News on April 12, 1918, for banana bread:
Yeast, coconut milk or water
There was also rationing of staple food items such as flour. Banana flour was a suggested substitute. It was touted as a health food and recommended for a vegetarian diet.
This, of course, is not the quick bread we know today. A recipe submitted by Mrs. Dean in the February 18, 1918, issue of The Garden Island paper for a banana muffin might more closely resemble the quick bread we think of today.
1 cup cornmeal
3-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 sifted banana
3/4 cup rye flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon Crisco
Mix dry ingredients, add banana, milk and egg and Crisco.
Quick Bread and Muffin
The difference between a quick bread and a muffin in baking has a lot to do with the type of fat and how it is mixed creating a different crumb or texture to the bread.
In 1927, Unifruit (a wholesale produce company) offered a free cookbook called From the Tropics to Your Table. The book offered recipes full of bananas as ingredients including banana muffins and breads. This little cookbook would have been handy during the Great Depression which was just around the corner. At the time, families utilized every scrap of food, including overripe bananas. They cooked overripe bananas, as well as other fruits and vegetables, into breads, stews and other dishes when flavor and texture were not as appealing raw.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBananaBreadDay
Bake your favorite version of banana bread to celebrate. With so many varieties to try – banana nut, chocolate banana and more – you can make more than one! Invite someone to join you or give a loaf or two away. The celebration is just too good not to share! We like ours warm from the oven with butter!
Use #NationalBananaBreadDay to post on social media.
Ingredients2 lbs minced beef or chuck
1 medium yellow onion diced
1/2 medium bell pepper chopped
2 Roma tomatoes diced
Sour cream (we like Daisy in squeezeable application)
Chucky salsa (we like taco bell mild)
1 – 16oz fiesta blend shredded cheese
Guacamole if desired
1 lg bag Tostitos Scoops (you can use any kind of totilla chip you prefer these just make handy cups)
2 pkg McCormick Taco seaoningChopped jalapeno, black olives, melted cheese sauce, are optional.
You can make to many variations to list, including chicken, steak, salsa verde, lime, and anything else you can dream up. I make mine like our family taco night.Farberware 22001 Buena Cocina Deep Nonstick Frying Pan / Fry Pan / Skillet with Lid and Helper Handle – 12 Inch, Black. by Farberware
- In medium pan, brown ground meat.
- Drain excess fat
- Add 1/2 cup water and taco seasoning stirring well to coat meat.
- Continue over medium heat until water has evaporated.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Chop or dice vegetables as needed. I found a few great shortcuts if there is no one around to help. You can get shredded iceberg lettuce like the restaurants use in the produce section at your local Walmart. If I don’t have the time the also have pico de gallo instead of dicing onions and tomatoes yourself. They add cilantro and typically Serano peppers.
- Spread chips or cups on big tray.
- Evenly sprinkle with cooked, seasoned meat, vegetables, cheese and toppings as desired.
- Feeding a diverse crew? Set everything up and let them add their choices as they like them. This concept also works well for parties and game days too.
virgin or real margarita and maybe Tres Leche cake for dessert.
National Pizza Day is observed annually on February 9th. This year it happens to fall on the weekend. A Sunday as it happens.
Whether it is thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite.
Here are some interesting facts about pizza:
- Pepperoni is the most popular pizza at 36% of all pies ordered.
- Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the USA each year. Add another 1 billion on frozen pizzas
- 17% of all US Restaurants are pizzerias.
- Antica Pizzeria, the first Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.
- Gennaro Lombardi, the first Pizzeria in the United States, opened in 1895 in New York City.
- Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person each year.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Throw a pizza party and give the following recipes a try:
Mom’s Homemade Pizza with fun memories
Use #NationalPizzaDay to post on social media.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPizzaDay
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Prep: 15 minutes. Level: Easy Cook: 20 minutes. Serves: 4
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.
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
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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