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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

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Libbey Colors Margarita Glass Set, 4-Piece

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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.

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NATIONAL UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER DAY, December 20

Since 2011, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has grown to be an international event. Now occurring on the third Friday of December, the celebration gives holiday lovers worldwide a chance to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters.

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In 2014, they partnered with Save the Children in their “Make the World Better with a Sweater” campaign. 

Each year, ugly Christmas sweater wearers, decorate, shop, and do their darndest to out ugly last year’s ugliest sweater. Whether they sport the most lights or colors, bells or characters, ugly sweater wearers find the most ribbon and felt ladened sweaters and festoon them with glitter so blinding no Dustbuster invented will capture the wave left behind. The sweaters serve as beacons of light so bright, Rudolph himself will someday be out of a job.

Ugly christmas sweaters for everyone

However, don’t be sad. So often Rudolph is featured on many of the sweaters. Elfs, donkeys, snowmen, and many other holiday characters we love and adore find their way to these ugly monstrosities. It’s all part of the fascination with the holiday. So, join in the fun. Celebrate and donate, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #UglyChristmasSweaterDay

Try these tips to take the prize:

  • Animal or cartoon characters with a holiday theme give sweaters a kitsch feel. Think reindeer, snowmen, mice, kittens or elves.
  • Select ridiculous colors. The more they clash, the better.
  • Embellish. Scratch that. Over-embellish! Pom-poms, bells, felt, tinsel, or any other glittery, jingly items lying around the house.
  • Add a collar, dickey, or ruffle.
  • Electrify it! Put Rudolph to shame and go to the head of the team with bright, flashing lights!
  • Give it some 80s flair with shoulder pads.

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater. Use #UglyChristmasSweaterDay or #ChristmasSweaterDay to post on social media.

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NATIONAL UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER DAY HISTORY

In 2011, ugly Christmas sweater lovers created National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day as a way to lighten up the busy holidays and to show off their absurdly, ugly sweaters. The day has grown in popularity and is celebrated worldwide.

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October 18, Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Chocolate Cupcake Day - October 18

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY

National Chocolate Cupcake Day on October 18th annually celebrates the sweetness of small chocolate cakes. With a dollop of frosting, one sweet serving satisfying chocolate and dessert lovers!

Cupcakes have also been known to be called:

  • Fairy Cakes
  • Patty Cakes
  • Cup Cakes (different from Cupcakes (one-word))

Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons. The earliest known documentation of the term cupcake was in 1828 in Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook.

Bakers initially baked their cupcakes in heavy pottery cups. Today, some still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large teacups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes.

Chocolate cupcakes come in a variety of flavors, too. Of course, there’s always the standard chocolate cupcake. But why stop there on a holiday?

  • Chocolate caramel cupcakes satisfy that extra cry for sweetness.
  • Peanut butter chocolate cupcakes are the snackers delight.
  • Get devilishly good cupcakes with Devil’s Food.
  • Cool things off a bit with chocolate mint recipes, too.
  • And you can’t forget chocolate orange cupcakes. Citrus brightens the flavor of any chocolate recipe.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCupcakeDay

Celebrate by trying one of the following tempting recipes while watching an episode of the Food Network reality-based competition show, Cupcake Wars. Remember to invite friends or family over to share. That’s how we like to #CelebrateEveryDay!

Cream Cheese Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Super Easy, Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Use #ChocolateCupcakeDay to post on social media.

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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

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.

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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.

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
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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.

Music and Movies

On a dark, and spooky night…. Maybe you are hosting a costume party, heading for one or just treating your trick or treaters these songs will put you in the Halloween mood. So download your favorites and turn up the sound. I’ve also included some of the movies and shows if your in the mood for it. Great for adults and some the kids will love too.

Music

Adams family theme

Adams Family Main Theme
Vic Mizzy and His Orchestra and Chorus
Banana boat song from Beetlejuice movie
The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) [From “Beetlejuice”]
Davy Jones

Hans Zimmer

From the Album Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Davy Jones

Hans Zimmer

From the Album Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Enter Sandman Metallica

Enter Sandman Metallica
Ghostbusters theme song, ray parker jr

Ghostbusters
Ray Parker Jr.
Disney's Haunted Mansion, Grim Grinning ghosts
Grim Grinning Ghosts (From “The Haunted Mansion”)

Hell (Remastered 2016)

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Hell (Remastered 2016)

Squirrel Nut Zippers

I want candy bow wow wow

I Want Candy
Bow Wow Wow
Jump In the Line featured in Beetlejuice the Movie
Jump In the Line featured in Beetlejuice the Movie
Ftiday tge 13th main theme, or Jason's theme
Main Theme from Friday the 13th
Marie Laveau Bobby Bare

Marie Laveau
Bobby Bare
Monster mash

Monster Mash
Bobby “Boris” Pickett
Munster theme song
The Munsters – Theme from the Television Series (Jack Marshall) [Clean]
Dominik Hauser and Tim Kobza
Spooky
Spooky
The Classics IV
From the Album Best Of
January 1, 1975
Supersition

Superstition
Stevie Wonder
From the Album Talking Book
The Phantom Of The Opera (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Phantom Of The Opera (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Purple people eater, sheb wooley

The Purple People Eater,
Sheb Wooley
This is Halloween, Nightmare before christmas
This Is Halloween
the Citizens of Halloween
Thriller

Thriller
Michael Jackson

Witch doctor, Alvin and the chipmunks

Witch Doctor
Chris Classic
From the Album Alvin And The Chipmunks (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Eagles Witchy Woman
Witchy Woman (2013 Remaster)
Eagles
X files theme song

The X-Files Theme (Main Title: Materia Primoris)
The X-Files Theme

Movies and Tv Shows

The Addams Family - The Complete Series

Slip Case

Box Set
The Addams Family – The Complete Series

Slip Case
Box Set
The Addams Family/Addams Family Values 2 Movie Collection
The Addams Family/Addams Family Values 2 Movie Collection
Alvin and the Chipmunks 4-Movie Collection
Alvin and the Chipmunks 4-Movie Collection
Amazon’sChoice
Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) by Warner Home Video

Deluxe Edition
Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) by Warner Home Video
Deluxe Edition
Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters 2 Double Feature
Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters 2 Double Feature
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion



    



The Munsters: The Complete Series

DVD

Box Set
The Munsters: The Complete Series
DVD
Box Set
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE TIM BURTON'S

Anniversary
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE TIM BURTON’S


The Phantom of the Opera (2007)

Joel Schumacher (Director), Gerard Butler (Actor), & 1 more
The Phantom of the Opera (2007)
Joel Schumacher (Director), Gerard Butler (Actor), & 1 more

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

The X-Files: Complete Series Collector's Set + The Event Bundle
The X-Files: Complete Series Collector’s Set + The Event Bundle

Treat your family or friends to one of these great finds tonight. Great for slumber parties. We stayed up camped in the living room just catch some of these.

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