NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY

Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!

It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree. Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.    

According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”

In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish.”  Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.  

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Pyrex Easy Grab Glass Pie Plate (9.5-Inch, 2-Pack)

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HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCherryPieDay

Try making your own cherry pie.  Not much of a baker?  Stop by your favorite bakery or take a friend out for a slice of cherry pie and a cup of coffee.  Use #NationalCherryPieDay to post on social media

Don’t forget National Love Your Pet Day.


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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY

Recognized by the US National Confectioners Association, National Chocolate Mint Day is observed annually across the nation on February 19th. This holiday has been set aside for all the chocolate mint lovers to eat their favorite treats all day long.

The Aztecs and Mayans are given much credit for their ways with chocolate. And while chocolate was brought back to Europeans, they were not fond of the dark, bitter bean, so they used more for medicinal purposes.

As it was mostly consumed as a hot beverage, Europeans mixed mint, cinnamon and other spices to make it more palatable. Over time, they added sugar, and the combination of chocolate and mint became fashionable.

Fast forward to the mid-1800s when inventions and improvements in processes made it possible for confectioners to begin mass-producing chocolates. Even then, small candy shops served a local public. Advertisements for mint chocolates, or chocolate mints, did not start showing up in newspapers until the turn of the century.

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The International Dairy Foods Association states that mint chocolate chip is the 10th most popular flavor of ice cream.

One of the earliest mass-producers of chocolate mints was Huyler’s in New York. Their chain of stores spread across the country. 

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We find mint chocolate in everything from ice cream to brownies, cookies and candies, liquors and sauces. Girl Scouts first sold Thin Mint cookies in 1953 and are still their most popular cookie. Mint chocolate is also the name of an herb with edible leaves that tastes like chocolate and mint.

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Andes Creme De Menthe Thin Mints, 120-Count Thins

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HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateMintDay

Below is a favorite frosting recipe for chocolate cake. It looks great decorated with chocolate mint candies, a perfect way to celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day!

Mint Frosting for Chocolate Cake

1 package cream cheese (8 0z), softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon mint extract
Green food coloring

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy.  On low speed, beat in mint extract, 2 to 3 drops of green food coloring and 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar until mixed.  Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Store frosted cake in refrigerator.

Use #ChocolateMintDay to post on social media. Combine with National Vet Girls rock day, and give to as many female veterans as you can find.

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NATIONAL VET GIRLS ROCK DAY

On February 19, National Vet Girls ROCK Day recognizes the immense dedication of the nearly 2 million U.S. veteran women.

On National Vet Girls ROCK Day, not only is it a day to recognize women veterans, but it’s a day for women veterans to support one another and to share resources, build relationships and spread awareness concerning the needs of women veterans

The willingness of America’s [Women] veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. ~Jeff Miller

Since the Revolutionary War, women have served in the armed forces, and many have not been recognized for their service. Today, the contributions of nearly 2 million women veterans deserve acknowledgment. National Vet Girls ROCK Day celebrates the bonds they formed and their experiences through military service.

While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve. ~Kirsten Gillibrand

Like thousands of military personnel, support transitioning from military to civilian life develops both their professional and personal success. Honoring their accomplishments, skills, and essential contributions both in the military and civilian fields elevate the place of the woman veteran to her proper position.

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From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our “women” veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today. ~ John Hoeven

HOW TO OBSERVE

Connect with other women veterans for camaraderie and support on National Vet Girls ROCK Day. Join a VGR meetup at various designated restaurant locations throughout the United States and affirm your support of women veterans.

Tell us about your favorite woman veteran and use #VetGirlsROCKDay to share on social media. Follow AVWA and VGR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for upcoming AVWA and VGR events. (@avwaorg and @VetGirlsRock1)

HISTORYVet Girls ROCK

Vet Girls Rock founded National Vet Girls Rock Day on February 19, 2019, to bring awareness to the contributions of women veterans to the United States military and to provide an opportunity for women veterans to celebrate the bonds they formed during their service.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Vet Girls Day to be observed annually on February 19.

You can also celebrate NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINTD DAY as well. Better yet make it a point to give chocolate covered mints like York, or Andes to as many female veterans as you can find.

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Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Military Women Become Civilians Again Hardcover – July 19, 2019

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About Vet Girls Rock

Vet Girls ROCK, an initiative under Active Veterans With Answers, founded in 2017, Vet Girls ROCK serves as a resource and knowledge stream for women veterans. With the struggles of transitioning from military to civilian life; Vet Girls ROCK was created to educate, enlighten, and support women veterans through professional and personal growth that improves awareness, potential, and identify talents. Women veterans who miss that camaraderie can find it in Vet Girls ROCK.

NATIONAL WISCONSIN DAY

On February 15, National Wisconsin Day recognizes The Badger State.

Rich in copper, lead, forest and fertile farmland, Wisconsin became the 30th state. In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet was the first European to reach Wisconsin while seeking a Northwest passage to China.

A mining boom, not fur trading, led to the nickname The Badger State. According to oral history, the miners burrowed into the hillsides much like badgers for shelter instead of setting up more permanent homesteads. The first wave of settlers to the area also began the uprooting of the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Chippewa and other indigenous people.

Early in Wisconsin’s settlement, dairy production began to take root. By the turn of the century, the state became known for its dairy farms and synonymous with cheese.

Mining, dairies, and breweries grew one after the other. An influx of German immigrants in the 1850s brought a new brand of dreamers. Brewers cropped up across Wisconsin satisfying the thirst of The Badger State. As with brewers in other regions of the country, the 18th Amendment of 1919 prohibiting alcohol drowned out much of the competition leaving only a handful after the legislation was repealed in 1933.

From Lake Michigan to Superior and numerous river and lakes in between, Wisconsin offers ample opportunity for water recreation and sport. There are also year-round trails perfect for summer hiking or substantial snow for winter activities.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWisconsinDay

“Discover a taste of Wisconsin. Join National Day Calendar as we explore the 30th state’s history, people, and culture. Uncover and Travel Wisconsin with all her hidden treasures and amazing landscapes!”​ Use #NationalWisconsinDay to share on social media.

For a complete list of Wisconsin State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit dnr.wi.gov and www.nps.gov. Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

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Ice Age National Scenic Trail – Madison

https://www.nps.gov/iatr/index.htm

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway – Saint Croix Falls

Big Foot Beach State Park – Lake Geneva

Copper Falls State Park – Mellen

High Cliff State Park – Sherwood

Natural Bridge State Park – North Freedom

Whitefish Dunes State Park – Sturgeon Bay

Peshtigo State Forest – Crivitz

Friendship State Trail – Hilbert

Circus World Museum – Baraboo

Wisconsin Maritime Museum – Manitowoc

Wisconsin Historical Museum – Madison

Madeline Island Museum – La Pointe

Wisconsin Automotive Museum – Hartford

National Railroad Museum – Green Bay

Door County Maritime Museum – Sturgeon Bay

Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee

Stonefield – Cassville

Ripley’s Believe It or Not – Wisconsin Dells

Yerkes Observatory – Williams Bay

Glory of the Morning – Chief – (c. 1709 – c. 1832)
Frank Lloyd Wright - Architect - (June 8, 1867 - April 9, 1959)
Frank Lloyd Wright – Architect – (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)


Laura Ingalls Wilder - Author - (February 7, 1867 - February 10, 1957)
Laura Ingalls Wilder – Author – (February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957)


Arthur Davidson – Businessman – (February 11, 1881 – December 30, 1950)
William S. Harley - Engineer - (December 29, 1880 - September 18, 1943)
William S. Harley – Engineer – (December 29, 1880 – September 18, 1943)


Georgia O'Keeffe - Artist - (November 15, 1887 - March 6, 1986)
Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist – (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986)


Thornton Wilder - Playwright - (April 17, 1897 - December 7, 1975)
Thornton Wilder – Playwright – (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975)


Curly Lambeau - Professional Football Player - (April 9, 1898 - June 1, 1965)
Curly Lambeau – Professional Football Player – (April 9, 1898 – June 1, 1965)


Mildred Harnack - Historian - (September 16, 1902 - February 16, 1943)
Mildred Harnack – Historian – (September 16, 1902 – February 16, 1943)


Orson Welles - Director - (May 6, 1915 - October 10, 1985)
Orson Welles – Director – (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985)
Les Paul – Musician – (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009)
Gaylord Nelson - Senator - (June 4, 1916 - July 3, 2005)
Gaylord Nelson – Senator – (June 4, 1916 – July 3, 2005)


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NATIONAL DRINK WINE DAY

While February 18 is observed annually as National Drink Wine Day, it would be a shame to celebrate only one day a year.  Perhaps this day is just a reminder to drink wine.
Wine does have its benefits after all. Moderate drinkers of wine have lower risks of liver disease, type II diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, heart attack and stroke.  It also can reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good (HDL).

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Drinking wine includes other benefits as well. When paired with the right meal, it enhances the flavors of spices, fruits, and sauces. A glass of wine helps relax us. Learning about wine keeps our minds sharp, too. Since the fruits, regions and the making of wine have such a complex story, those who delve into find themselves traveling to learn more.

It can help if you’re an Outlander fan you’ve seen the season 5 premier. Maybe more than once, a glass of wine can help you cope with the wait till the next episode. If you find that the wine is not enough, Sam might suggest Sassanach Whiskey. I’m still trying to get it.

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HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDrinkWineDay

Since February 18th is also National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day, may we suggest a fresh, fruity white wine pairing the celebrations together?


With so many wine varietals a wine tasting would be a perfect way to celebrate. Visit a vineyard or host one of your own. Raise a toast to your favorite wine and let us know which one it is. 
Always drink responsibly and try a new wine.  Use #NationalDrinkWineDay to post to social media.

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NATIONAL CRAB STUFFED FLOUNDER DAY

Crab and flounder take center stage on February 18th when National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day arrives each year. The day recognizes the unique, flavorful delight when crab and flounder combine.

This one-of-kind dish is composed of a stuffing made with crab meat, bread crumbs, butter, and seasonings, which is stuffed into the whole flounder or rolled up into the fillets and baked.

Flounder is a flatfish in approximately 100 different species. Around the United States, the winter flounder and Pacific flounder are common species. While there are thousands of species of crabs, only certain ones are edible. In the United States, some of the more popular and tasty ones are the blue crab, stone crab, Dungeness, king, and rock or snow crabs. They come in both hard and soft shells and can be found along all the coasts and Hawaii.

Popular along the East and Gulf Coasts, there are a variety of restaurants that serve crab-stuffed flounder, and there are plenty of recipes to try your hand at making at home.

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HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCrabStuffedFlounderDay

The day is perfect for snowbirds vacationing along sunny beaches. It’s an excellent time to order up a plate or two at your favorite seafood restaurant. Or maybe you should try your hand at making it at home. We’ve even found a couple of recipes worth testing. Be sure to invite friends and family to join you. How else would you celebrate?

Crab Meat Stuffed Flounder Roulades

Crab Meat Stuffed Flounder

If you are also celebrating National Drink Wine Day on February 18, a sweet Riesling or a Chardonnay will pair well with Crab-Stuffed Flounder.


Use #NationalCrabStuffedFlounderDay to post to social media

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Impress with these Date Night Ideas

Turn your living room into an indoor picnic
Turn your living room into an indoor picnic. You can even set it up like an intimate night on a beach, or cozy in front of a fireplace.
Eat dinner and have a relaxing bath all by candlelight.
My husband and I have enjoyed many nights like this in an apartment size tub. After all getting clean was not our goal.
Wear it
Wear it.

Okay most guys are visually stimulated. So if you want to turn up the heat, what’s his fantasy. Garter belt and stockings, French maid, his dress shirt with a loose necktie. For at home dates wear it to dinner. Make sure he’s knows it too.

Go fly a kite.  The beach is perfect gor a picnic too
Go fly a kite. Take a picnic with you.
Cook together. Watch out for spills if you turn up the heat. Homemade Pizza can be loads of fun.


Play miniature golf
Play Miniature Golf

Any of these ideas can be used for Birthdays, Anniversary, Valentines Day or A Just Because (these mean more than a regular date night.)

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