March 3, 2015 – NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY – NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY (IHOP) – NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY – NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY – NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY

2 Mar National Anthem Day March 3
National Anthem Day March 3

National Anthem Day March 3

NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY

Written by Francis Scott Key, the Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America.  On National Anthem Day, we celebrate and honor this song.

By a congressional resolution, signed by President Herbert Hoover, The Star Spangled Banner officially became  the national anthem of the United States of America on March 3rd, 1931.

The Star Spangled Banner was written during the War of 1812.   After watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship,  the next morning seeing the American flag still flying over the Fort, Francis Scott Key was inspired that on September 14, 1814, he wrote what is now our national anthem.

In September of 1914, during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, while being held on a ship, Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry .  The following morning, upon seeing the American flag still flying over the Fort, he was inspired to write a poem, which was titled, “Defence of Fort M’Henry”.  This poem was later set to music and renamed “The Star Spangled Banner”.

 

NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY – IHOP

IHOP restaurants began National Pancake Day in 2006.  Since that day, they have raised $16 million for charities.  On March 3rd, 2015 people from around the country will once again celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy free pancakes.  Guests are asked to consider leaving a donation.

For more information regarding IHOP’s free breakfast and the 2015 designated charities for National Pancake Day at IHOP, please see:

http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/pancake-day-details.html

National I  Want You to be Happy Day - March 3

National I Want You to be Happy Day – March 3

NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY

Celebrated annually on March 3rd is National I Want You To Be Happy Day.  This day was created as a day that encourages us to do something to make others happy.

Share a smile, share a laugh, pay a compliment, buy someone’s coffee, send some flowers, take someone to lunch,  make cookies for a neighbor, play games with the kids,  take the family to the park, visit a friend or maybe make a phone call.   These are just a few of the many things that can be done to brighten up the day for someone.  It can actually be as simple as just telling someone that you want them to be happy.

Have a good day and, we want you to be happy!

NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National I Want You To Be Happy Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Cold Cuts Day - March 3

National Cold Cuts Day – March 3

NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY          

March 3rd celebrates a food holiday, National Cold Cuts Day.  A popular sandwich filling, of a variety of sliced, precooked meats, that can be purchased at the deli counter or from vacuumed sealed packages.

Cold cuts are also referred to as lunch meats, luncheon meats, sandwich meats, sliced meats, cold meats and deli meats.

One that we all remember from our childhood days, is from the television commercial: b – o – l – o – g – n – a.

A  few of the favorites at deli counters are pastrami, roast beef, turkey and ham.  Cold cuts are well known on the submarine sandwich and have become popular in many appetizer recipes.

Enjoy the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/cold-cuts-party-salad-54385.aspx

http://www.food.com/recipe/dill-pickle-ham-pinwheels-ham-rollups-64399

http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-bbq-ham-sandwiches-75649

You may want to celebrate National Cold Cuts Day by visiting a local deli near you.

NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Cold Cuts Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Mulled Wine Day -  March 3

National Mulled Wine Day – March 3

NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY

National  Mulled Wine Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd.

It is the day, for those 21 years and older,  to warm up from the winter chill with a nice glass of mulled wine.  Mulled wine is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various spices and raisins. It is served, and enjoyed, hot or warm.

There are various recipe combinations for making Mulled Wine.

* Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated in First Century Rome*

Mulled spirits (that is, wine and liquors that are heated and spiced) have long been considered a balm against illness in the winter months.

Have a Happy Mulled Wine Day!                        

NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY HISTORY

After much research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of Mulled Wine Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

March 2, 2015 – NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY – NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY – NATIONAL OLD STUFF DAY

1 Mar National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) - March 2 (unless on weekend)
National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) - March 2 (unless on weekend)

National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) – March 2 (unless on weekend)

NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY (DR. SEUSS DAY)

National Read Across America Day is an annual event that is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading that was created by the National Education Association.

Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  However, if it falls on a weekend, it is observed in the school systems on the school day closest to March 2nd.  This day is a motivational and awareness day, calling all children and youth in every community across the United States. to celebrate reading

The first National Read Across America Day, an “unofficial” national holiday was held on March 2, 1998.

HAPPY READING!!

 

National Banana Cream Pie Day - March 2

National Banana Cream Pie Day – March 2

NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY

National Banana Cream Pie Day is celebrated annually on March 2nd.  Celebrated throughout the United States, all pie lovers enjoy this day as they get to indulge in one of America’s most popular creme pies.

*Remember, bananas are loaded with potassium!*

The process from the traditional custard pie was modified into a recipe for the appetizing and flavorful banana creme pie.  Now there are many variations in thousands of  recipes for this yummy pie and recipes for banana creme pie can be found in recipe books dating back into the 19th century

Banana  creme  pie  was  ranked  the  number  one  favorite  dessert  among   the  soldiers  of  the  United  States  Armed  Services  in  the  1950′s.

What a great day to spend a  little time in your kitchen, whipping up a delicious banana cream pie to share with your family and/or friends.

A banana creme pie can be made as simple as:

  • 1 box instant banana pudding  –  1 pkg cream cheese (softened)  –  2 large bananas – 1 container whipped topping – graham cracker crust
  • Mix pudding with 1 1/2 cups milk, cool in fridge until thickened.  With mixer, combine pudding and creme cheese until blended.  Slice bananas into graham cracker crust.  Spoon pudding mixture over bananas and top with whipped topping.  Chill for at least 2 hours.  Enjoy!!

NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY

Much research has failed to find the creator and the origin of Banana Cream Pie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

NATIONAL OLD DAY STUFF

National Old Stuff Day - March 2

National Old Stuff Day – March 2

National Old Day Stuff is always celebrated on March 2nd.  One may think it is a day to to do the same old thing that you do on a daily routine.  However, this day is actually the opposite, it is a day to do something different, something new.

We have all heard the saying, “same old, same old”, well, this is the day to do things differently.  There are several different ways that you can change up your day.  Take a moment to recognize the things that you do each day, then think of other ways that you can do things that will change up those routines.  Maybe you want to try getting up a little earlier, having something new to eat, taking a different route to work, getting a new hairstyle, going out to the movies, buying a new cologne, calling an old friend, moving your desk at work, taking a long walk or just anything that you usually do not do.

Use your imagination, change it up and have a fun day!

NATIONAL OLD DAY STUFF HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Old Day Stuff, an “unofficial” national holiday.

March 1, 2015 – NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY – NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY – NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY – NATIONAL PIG DAY

28 Feb National Peanut Butter Lover's Day - March 1
National Peanut Butter Lover's Day - March 1

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – March 1

NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY

Celebrated annually on March 1st, it is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.   We acknowledge America’s favorite sandwich spread on this day.

Peanut butter is a staple in most American homes and is definitely not limited to the sandwich.  It is an excellent source of protein and healthy fat that comes in creamy, chunky or natural and can be combined with many snacks including crackers, apples, celery, carrots, bananas, and many more. Then of course there are peanut butter cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream and hundreds of other desserts!

Considered a delicacy in the early 1900′s, peanut butter was only served in New York City’s finest tea rooms.  In a May 1896 article published in the Good Housekeeping magazine, a recipe “urged homemakers to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread the result on bread”.  In June of that same year, the culinary magazine Table Talk, published a “peanut butter sandwich recipe”.

Peanut butter’s origin can be traced back to the Aztecs who ground roasted peanuts into a paste.  Over the centuries, a number of peanut paste products have been used and the distinction between peanut paste and peanut butter is not always clear in ordinary use.  The invention of modern processing machines allow for very smooth products to be made, which often include vegetable oils to make spreading peanut butter easier.

In 1895, John Harvey Kellogg patented a “Process of Preparing Nut Meal” and used peanuts, although in doing so, he boiled the peanuts rather than roasting them.  The patients at his Battle Creek Sanitarium were served peanut butter by Kellogg.  St. Louis, Missouri snack-food maker, George Bayle is another candidate for inventor of modern peanut butter, who claimed to be making peanut butter, with roasted peanuts, as early as 1894.  One more candidate credited with the invention is George Washington Carver.  Joseph Lambert, who had worked at John Harvey Kellogg’s Battle Creek Sanitarium and Dr. Ambrose Straub developed the early peanut-butter-making-machines.

Peanut butter provide:
protein, vitamin B3, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, fesveratrol, arginine and high levels of antioxidant p-coumaric acid.

Chunky and smooth peanut butter are both good sources of unsaturated fats, however, chunky peanut butter has slightly more unsaturated and less saturated fat than smooth.  Smooth peanut butter does not have as much fiber in it as chunky peanut butter does.

Peanut butter can cause sever reactions for people with a peanut allergy, including anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death if not treated immediately.  Because of this, some schools have had to ban peanut butter. 

* A slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter”. *

Fun Peanut Butter Facts:

*  It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter

*  Peanut butter was first sold in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner.  He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.

*  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928

*  The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.

*  Peanut butter was the controlling secret behind “Mr. Ed.” TV’s talking horse.

*  Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter

A flavorful, appealing snack for children is called “Ants on a Log”; use a celery stick is the log,  fill it with peanut butter, then arrange raisins in a row as the ants.

January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.

NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Fruit Compote Day - March 1

National Fruit Compote Day – March 1

NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY

Each year on March 1st, National Fruit Compote Day is celebrated across the United States.

The word compote is French for “mixture“.

Compote is a dessert that originated in 17th century France.  It is made up of whole or pieces of fruit (a mixture) in sugar syrup.  The whole fruits are cooked in water in which sugar and spices have been added.  The seasonings which may be added to the syrup are vanilla, lemon peel, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon powder, cloves, ground almonds, grated coconut, candied fruit or raisins.  Fruit compote may be served either warm or cold.

The French’s belief that fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced the effects of humidity on the body led to their invention of compote.  It was originally served in the afternoon, as a snack with sour cream and biscuits.  It was during the Renaissance that it was served chilled at the end of dinner.

Due to its easy preparation, that it was made from inexpensive ingredients and that it contained no dairy products, compote became a staple of Jewish household throughout Europe and was considered part of Jewish cuisine. 

Fruit compote is often topped with whipped cream, cinnamon or vanilla sugar.  It is also sometimes prepared using dried fruits that have been soaked in water in which alcohol can be added, for example kirsch, rum or Frontignan.

To celebrate National Fruit Compote Day, try one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/hot-fruit-compote-4

http://www.food.com/recipe/fruit-compote-75473

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chef-lee-anne-wongs-pancakes-with-summer-berry-compote-recipe.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/angel-food-cake-with-tropical-fruit-compote-recipe.html

NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Fruit Compote Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Horse Protection Day - March 1

National Horse Protection Day – March 1

NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY

Founded in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist/Advocate, Colleen Page, National Horse Protection Day was created to bring light to the plight of horses in America and beyond and help the thousands of unwanted horses in this country to find forever homes.

For more information about National Horse Protection Day, go to http://www.horseprotectionday.com/index.htm

 

National Pig Day - March 1

National Pig Day – March 1

NATIONAL PIG DAY

National Pig Day, celebrated annually on the 1st of March, recognizes the domesticated pig.  This “unofficial” national holiday includes events and celebrations at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States.  National Pig Day has also seen pig parties,  pig parades and gatherings with pig collectibles to name just a few of the events.

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.

Have a great National Pig Day!

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, an “unofficial” national holiday, is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized  place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated  animals”.

 

February 28, 2015 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY – NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY – NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY – NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY – RARE DISEASE DAY USA

27 Feb National Chocolate Souffle Day - February 28
National Chocolate Souffle Day - February 28

National Chocolate Souffle Day – February 28

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY

A delightfully delicious dessert is celebrated each year on February 28th as it is National Chocolate Souffle Day.

The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb souffler, which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”, which describes a souffle perfectly.   A souffle is a lightly baked cake made with egg yolks and the beaten eggs whites that are combined with various other ingredients.   Souffle can be found served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert.

There are two basic components that make up every souffle.

  • 1.  a French creme patisserie base/flavored cream sauce or puree
  • 2.  egg whites beaten to a  soft peak meringue

The flavor is provided by the base and the “lift” is provided by the beaten egg whites.  There are certain foods that are commonly used for the base in a souffle which include cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, banana  and lemon.   Many souffle bakers like to puncture the top of the souffle, after it is removed from the oven, and pour various types of liquid sauces onto it, such as chocolate or vanilla.

To celebrate, try one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/heavenly-chocolate-souffle-cake/c452719f-f5e9-4642-a484-5199d38464ce

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mexican-Chocolate-Souffle-Cakes-4644

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/flourless-chocolate-souffle-with-raspberry-cream-recipe.html

Have a great National Chocolate Souffle Day!

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Souffle Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Public Sleeping Day - February 28

National Public Sleeping Day – February 28

NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY

Are you tired?  If you are (and it’s February 28), go ahead a take a nap.  February 28th, is National Public Sleeping Day.  It is a day for anyone and everyone to take a nap on a blanket at the beach, at the park, in the movie theater, on a bus, train, or subway or any other public place that may work for you you.  However, it may not be a good idea to take that nap at your desk during work!

To celebrate National Public Sleeping Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, we hope that you get a nice, long, restful and peaceful nap.  You could also celebrate the day by snapping a picture of someone else taking a nap in a public place!  If someone catches you taking a nap, tell them that it is okay as you are celebrating National Public Sleeping Day!

INTERESTING INFORMATION ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA:   Randy Gardner holds the scientifically documented record for the longest period a human being has intentionally gone without sleep not using stimulants of any kind. In 1964—as a 17-year-old high school student in San Diego, California—Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours (eleven days),  According to news reports, Gardner’s record has been broken a number of times. Some of these cases are described below for comparison. Gardner’s case still stands out, however, because it is so extensively documented. It is difficult to determine the accuracy of a sleep deprivation period unless the participant is carefully observed to detect short micro-sleeps, which the participant might not even notice. Also, records for voluntary sleep deprivation are no longer kept by Guinness World Records for fear that participants will suffer ill effects.

Some sources report that Gardner’s record was broken two weeks later by another student, Jim Thomas of California State University Fresno, who stayed awake for 266.5 hours; and state that the Guinness World Records record is449 hours (18 days, 17 hours) by Maureen Weston, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in April, 1977, in a rocking-chair marathon.  Presumably because of their policy against maintaining this record, recent editions of Guinness do not provide confirmation of this.

We are guessing that they all needed a good sleep after they were done!!

NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY HISTORY

Our research has failed to find the origin or the creator of this “unofficial” National holiday.  Research did show that it appears this holiday has been celebrated since 2011.

 

National Tooth Fairy Day - February 28

National Tooth Fairy Day – February 28

NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Our research has found that National Tooth Fairy Day, an “unofficial” National holiday is celebrated annually by some on this day, February 28th, while it is celebrated annually by others on August 22nd.  For hundreds of years, a visit from the Tooth Fairy has been promised to young children as their baby teeth become loose.  When the tooth comes out, it is placed under their pillow (after it is washed) and the Tooth Fairy visits as they sleep.  The child awakes to a small gift (usually money) in place of the tooth.  If the tooth has been lost, they need not worry, the Tooth Fairy will still visit!!

The origin and creator of this day was not found during our research.   National Tooth Fairy Day- Feb. 28th or Aug 22nd

 

National Floral Design Day - February 28

National Floral Design Day – February 28

NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY        

National Floral Design Day is celebrated annually on February 28th.  For thousands of years, floral design has been an important cultural art form.  This is the day we celebrate that art form.  It may be in a bouquet, a painting, in fabric, in a garden or a floral arrangement.

Floral design is a multibillion dollar industry that brightens our lives on a daily basis.  Not only on a daily basis but on special occasions and  holidays some of which are Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Secretaries Day as well as birthdays and anniversaries. Flowers are also used as ways of expression for gratitude, apology, sympathy, appreciation, friendship, love, congratulations and others.

NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY HISTORY

A pioneer in floral art education, Carl Rittner, whom over 60 years ago, founded the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston.   Floral Design Day was created as a unique way to celebrate a special birthday of Mr. Rittner.  The people at Rittners felt that the idea of a holiday that celebrates floral design as an art form, is a wonderful one whose time had come.  So they, along with Mr. Rittner, wanted to see Floral Design Day continue to be observed as an event in its own right.

 

Rare Disease Day USA - February 28

Rare Disease Day USA – February 28

RARE DISEASE DAY USA

Rare Disease Day is recognized each year on the last day in February.

First observed in Europe in 2008, Rare Disease Day was established by Eurordis, (the European Rare Disease Organization).  In 2009, NORD was asked by EURORDIS  to sponsor Rare Disease Day in the United States.  NORD accepted and 2015 celebrates the 7th annual RARE DISEASE DAY USA.

The goal of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision makers about rare diseases and the impact that they have on patients’ lives.

For more information see: 

http://rarediseaseday.us/
and
http://www.rarediseaseday.org/ 

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