• Joe Pon

    Joe Pon - Ambassador
    Joe Pon

    Meet Joe Pon

    As a magician, mentor, and motivator, Joe Pon’s mission is to inspire people to dream, follow their passion, and always believe in magic. He became fascinated with magic at a very young age, mastering his first trick at just five-years-old. Visit Joe on his social media:

    Today he is the owner of Misdirections Magic Shop in San Francisco, CA. The family-owned business shares nearly two decades of experience. Joe reveals his love of magic in everything he does, from teaching simple tricks to a new magician or helping veterans perfect their illusions. Amazingly, he’s not in it for the money. His goal is to “teach the art of magic, not just the secrets.” Joe is even known to refuse a sale when he believes an item is beyond the skill level of the magician.

    Joe says that he’s proud to be an Ambassador for National Day Calendar. He hopes everyone will #CelebrateEveryDay and live their life to the fullest!  It’s an honor to have Joe share his enthusiasm!

    Joe says, “Follow your own journey, live as if you are going to die today, learn as if you will live forever, and dream and hope there is tomorrow!”

    Misdirections is a Real Magic Shop where All the Professionals shop. Make sure to stop in and ask for Joe. He offers everything from the classics to the newest innovations in tricks.  Amateur to professional are welcome, too! And don’t be surprised if he pulls a fun April Fools prank or two. Joe carries everything you could want in magic and will be happy to demonstrate! 

     Follow Joe on his website Misdirections Magic Shop, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

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  • January 12, 2023 | NATIONAL PHARMACIST DAY | KISS A GINGER DAY | NATIONAL CURRIED CHICKEN DAY | NATIONAL MARZIPAN DAY

    January 12, 2023 | NATIONAL PHARMACIST DAY | KISS A GINGER DAY | NATIONAL CURRIED CHICKEN DAY | NATIONAL MARZIPAN DAY

    National Pharmacist Day | January 12

    NATIONAL PHARMACIST DAY

    National Pharmacist Day on January 12th annually recognizes and honors all pharmacists across the nation. Read more…

    Kiss a Ginger Day | January 12

    KISS A GINGER DAY

    On January 12th, everyone is encouraged to find their favorite redhead and give them a peck on Kiss a Ginger Day. Read more…

    National Curried Chicken Day | January 12

    NATIONAL CURRIED CHICKEN DAY

    Each year on January 12th, curried chicken lovers enthusiastically celebrate National Curried Chicken Day. They fill their dishes with a variety of flavorful spices and serve them to their friends and family. Read more…

    National Marzipan Day | January 12

    NATIONAL MARZIPAN DAY

    Join millions of people across the nation on January 12th as they participate in the annual National Marzipan Day. On January 12th, the celebration kicks off with creatively formed confections that delight the eyes and mouth! Read more…

    On Deck for January 13, 2023

    National Days
    Korean American Day
    National Peach Melba Day
    National Rubber Ducky Day
    National Sticker Day
    Stephen Foster Memorial Day
    National Blame Someone Else Day – First Friday the 13th of the Year (January 13, 2023)

    Recipe of the Day

    Peach Cobbler recipe

    Peach Cobbler
    Prep:  10 minutes
    Cook:  40 minutes
    Total Prep:  50 minutes
    Serves 9

    Ingredients:

    5 peaches, peeled, cored, and sliced (about 4 cups)
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Batter:

    6 Tablespoons melted butter
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup milk
    ground cinnamon

    Instructions:

    Preheat over to 350 degrees F.

    Place melted butter in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and set aside.

    Cook sliced peaches, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

    Add milk until just combined.

    Spoon mixture over the butter in the baking dish into an even layer.

    Add peaches and juice.

    Sprinkle with cinnamon.

    Bake for 38-40 minutes.

    Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    January 12th Celebrated History

    1932

    Hattie W. Caraway (D-Arkansas) wins a special election that makes her the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. In November of the previous year, the Arkansas state legislature appointed Caraway to complete the term vacated by her husband Senator Thadeus Caraway’s death.

    1966

    Batman premiered on television starring Adam West as Batman. The Caped Crusader appeared in 120 episodes that aired on ABC.

    1967

    The Alcor Life Extension Foundation cryogenically preserved the first person with the intention of being resuscitated in the future. Upon his death, psychology professor Dr. James H. Bedford of California achieved half his dream of being placed in cryogenic suspension. It remains to be seen whether or not he will see the other half of his dream and survive to be re-animated.

    1986

    Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz launches into space aboard the space shuttle Columbia 7 and becomes the first Hispanic person in space.

    January 12th Celebrated Birthdays

    Jack London – 1876

    The American novelist and short-story writer brought outdoor survival stories to life. He’s best known for The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

    Ruth R. Benerito – 1916

    The American chemist revolutionized both the textile and the laundry industry with her creation of a wrinkle, stain, and flame resistant fabric.

    James Farmer – 1920

    The American civil rights activist co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

    Ira Hamilton Hays – 1922

    During World War II, Hays and five other U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima during the six-week siege on the island. Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the event on film. The photo would later be used to create the Marine War Memorial at Arlington, Virginia. The names of the other Marines are:

    • Sergeant Michael Strank (KIA)
    • Corporal Harlon Block (KIA)
    • Private First Class Franklin Sousley (KIA)
    • Corporal Harold Schultz
    • Corporal Harold Keller
    Jeff Bezos – 1964

    In 1994, the American businessman founded the technology company Amazon.com, Inc. At the time, the company branded itself as an online bookstore. Its services have since expanded.

    Hal – 1992

    According to the book, 2001 A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer became operational on this day in 1997 in Urbana, Illinois. (The film uses the year 1992.)

    About National Day Calendar

    National Day Calendar is the original and authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we have been tracking the National Days, National Weeks, National Months, and International Days. We became the first calendar of its kind to curate the days all in one place and tell their stories, too! Here at National Day Calendar, we are on a mission to Celebrate Every Day with you! And by you, we mean families, businesses, educators, and strangers we meet on the street. There’s more than one day for everyone.

    At National Day Calendar, we discovered the National Days have a way of inspiring us. We’re honored to tell the stories behind the days and provide you with informational ways to incorporate the National Days into your business, family, schools, and home!

  • INTERNATIONAL KANGAROO CARE AWARENESS DAY – May 15

    Every year on May 15, advocates educate and raise awareness for skin-to-skin contact on International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day. Also known as kangaroo care, skin-to-skin contact encourages everyone to embrace this important practice between newborns and mothers immediately after birth, especially those in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

    The term “kangaroo care” got its name from the type of care a kangaroo mother provides their infant. A kangaroo mother has a little pouch on the front if its body. This little pouch acts as a second womb. When a joey, or baby kangaroo, is inside the pouch, it stays warm and protected. In addition, the pouch also offers a cozy environment in which to grow. Just like a mother kangaroo, a human mother can offer the same security.

    During the first moments and days after a birth, a mother places their infant onto her chest and covers the baby with a blanket. This skin-to skin contact between baby and mother helps babies thrive. Though kangaroo care is primarily done in the NICU where premature babies need a lot of extra care, many hospitals have implemented this practice as part of the birthing process. In some instances, a caregiver provides the contact just as well as a birth mother can.

    There are many evidence-based health benefits for skin-to-skin contact between baby and mother. For example, kangaroo care helps premature babies gain weight more quickly. Some other benefits for the baby include:

    • Stabilizing heart rate and body temperature.
    • Improving breathing pattern and oxygen saturation levels.
    • Improving sleep patterns.
    • Decreases crying and reduces stress.
    • Increases the success rate of breastfeeding.
    • Increases chances of an earlier discharge from the NICU.

    Kangaroo care is not just beneficial for babies, however. Parents also benefit from doing this type of care in the hospital. Parents can increase their bond with their baby as well as increase their confidence in their ability to care for their baby. Additionally, mothers who practice kangaroo care might also have an increased supply of breastmilk.

    SUPPORTING #KangarooCareDay

    • Attend an event to raise awareness for kangaroo care, such as walks, seminars and workshops.
    • Learn about the benefits kangaroo care provides to premature babies and parents.
    • Talk to a new parent about kangaroo care.
    • Share your journey using kangaroo care with your infant.
    • Fundraise on behalf of parents of premature babies, hospitals and healthcare workers.
    • Provide stuffed kangaroo animals to your local NICU.
    • Raise awareness for this day on social media using #InternationalKangarooAwarenessDay and #KangarooCareDay.

    INTERNATIONAL KANGAROO CARE AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

    In 1979, Dr. Edgar Ray and Dr. Hector Martinez began working together to find a way to help the survival rates of premature babies. While working in a large maternity unit in Bogota, Columbia, they started to change how care was provided to low birth weight infants using skin-to-skin contact. At the time, underdeveloped countries had limited resources to increase the survival rate of infants born with low birth weight.

    After performing revolutionary experiments on how to improve the overall health of premature infants, Dr. Ray and Dr. Martinez concluded skin-to-skin contact was just as effective as more expensive treatments. Within a few years, over 500 babies thrived, significantly reducing the death rate of infants in Columbia. The movement became known as the Kangaroo Mother Care Program. Kangaroo Mother Care has three main components:

    • Early and continuous skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her infant.
    • Exclusive breastfeeding.
    • Early discharge.

    Today, Kangaroo Mother Care is practiced in hospitals around the world. New studies are consistently being done, including the importance of the father of the newborn participating in

  • A-Z COCKTAIL ORIGINS

    A-Z COCKTAIL ORIGINS

    Do you ever read the backs of menus? You know, where the restaurant talks about its history or the history of the town it’s located. A-Z Cocktail Origins is kind of like those menus but for cocktails. So choose your poison and ponder its origins while you keep reading.

    Absinthe Drip

    This origin story is more about Absinthe than the mixed drink that it makes. However, the Absinthe Drip is one way to drink this spirit since Absinthe is too strong to drink straight. The high alcohol content paired with potent flavor requires dilution. An Absinthe Drip does that simply by pouring chilled water over a sugar cube on a slotted spoon into a glass of Absinthe.

    French doctor Pierre Ordinaire developed Absinthe in the early 19th century as an elixir. This distilled spirit is made by infusing wormwood, fennel, anise, and other herbs into alcohol through distillation.

    The drink was also known as the Green Fairy, the Green Goddess, or the Green Lady and was popular with artists and writers. However, rumors also suggested that Absinthe created hallucinogenic effects causing it to be banned in many countries, including France and the United States.

    One particular event caused near-permanent damage to Absinthe’s reputation. In 1905, a French laborer who had spent the day drinking, including absinth, came home and murdered his children and pregnant wife. Many blamed the Green Lady for causing madness, seizures, and low morality, among other ills of society.

    Today, however, Absinthe’s reputation has been mostly restored, and the ban on its sale and consumption has been lifted.

    Bloody Mary

    This savory cocktail dates back to the Russian Revolution at the turn of the 20th century. Paris became flooded with men fleeing the Russians, and many of them ended up at Harry’s Bar in The Ritz Hotel. There, bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot created a cocktail that originally had a more gruesome name—Bucket of Blood. Others called it the Red Snapper. It eventually traveled across the Atlantic when Petiot arrived in New York and presented the drink to the New York King Cole Bar. Consisting of vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, the cocktail looks like the juice of rare steak. While some say the name Bloody Mary references Queen Mary Tudor, who executed hundreds of Protestants in the name of Catholicism during her short five-year reign from 1553 to 1558, others point closer to the creator for the answer. Supposedly Petiot’s girlfriend was also named Mary.

    Caesar

    While similar to the Bloody Mary above, the Caesar (also known as the Bloody Caesar) adds clam juice to the tomato juice, vodka, and Worchestershire sauce. In 1969, a restaurant by the name of Marco’s was opening across the street from the Calgary Inn. Walter Chell, the Calgary Inn’s restaurant and bar manager, was tasked with creating a signature drink for the grand opening.

    According to Chell, his Italian roots and a dish called Spaghetti alle Vongole inspired the beverage. Vangole is made using a tomato and clam sauce. After three months, Chell’s signature was ready for the grand opening. However, one review of Marco’s was less than flattering. In the October 30, 1969 edition of The Calgary Albertan, columnist Tom Moore dishes not-so-kindly on the Italian restaurant’s menu, décor, and servers. However, the article credits the Bloody Caesar as being Italian, though it’s really Canadian. In fact, Canada declared the Caesar the country’s National Cocktail.

    Cosmopolitan

    The Cosmopolitan (Cosmo for short) conjures visions of sophistication and class mixed with a little bit of fun. Though that may be more a recent perception. The spirited vodka cocktail combines cranberry juice, lime juice, and Cointreau for a sweet concoction. Origin stories about the Cosmo range from the late 1920s (think Roaring Twenties), where a drink named the Cosmopolitan appears in Barflies and Cocktails, to a drink called the Cosmopolitan Daisy that uses gin as its base. The Cosmo also found a niche during the Swinging 60s and 70s. Then, in the late 1990s, the Cosmo discovered the limelight again as Carrie Fisher’s (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) signature drink in HBO’s Sex and the City.

    Daiquiri

    Tasting of sunshine and beaches, it might be hard to believe how the Daiquiri came to be. Back in 1898, men blasted away in the mines of a small community off the coast of Cuba during the Spanish-American War. One American engineer, Jennings Cox, supervised a mining operation located in a village named Daiquiri. Every day after work, Cox and his employees would gather at the Venus bar. Then one day, Cox mixed up Bacardi, lime, and sugar in a tall glass of ice. He named the new beverage after the Daiquiri mines, and the drink soon became a staple in Havana. Eventually, someone added shaved ice, and sometimes lemons or both lemons and limes were used.

    In 1909, Admiral Lucius W. Johnson, a U.S. Navy medical officer, tried Cox’s drink and subsequently introduced it to the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The popularity of the Daiquiri then increased over the next few decades. In addition, the Daiquiri was one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy.

    Harvey Wallbanger

    History. Legend. Myth. Fiction. Sometimes the backstories are a blend of all of these. Take Harvey, for example. Mr. Wallbanger’s story evolved from a 1968 chili tasting event in San Diego, California. According to the hosts, who were serving Harvey Wallbangers, all that remained of a Laguna Beach party included vodka, Galliano, and orange juice. When the party-goers left, Harvey remained, banging his head against the wall.

    That same year, George Bednar, a marketing director for McKesson Imports Company (the maker of Galliano), joined up with graphic artist Bill Young. Their marketing campaign launched a Harvey Wallbanger character that exploded into commercial popularity in the late 1960s and 1970s.

    While Bednar and his marketing campaign with Young are true, another, older story about Harvey is the accepted tale. Three-time-world champion bartender (are these championships on Pay-per-View?) Donato ‘Duke’ Antone deserves the credit for the cocktail’s invention. He operated Duke’s Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Over the years, Antone collected quite a few credits for famous beverages. As a bartender, his resume was impressive – inventor of the Rusty Nail, White Russian, and Flaming Russian. According to the bartending wizard, in 1952, a surfer named Tony Wallbanger inspired the cocktail. Perhaps, the party in Laguna Beach is a version of Antone’s. However, no one has been able to identify the inspirational surfer.

    Grasshopper

    This green cocktail has a way of easing inhibitions, at least according to Raj Koothrappali from The Big Bang Theory. His first words to Penny after drinking a Grasshopper were, “Where did my life go, Penny?” It would become his signature drink throughout the show. As weird as a green, mutism-relieving cocktail called a Grasshopper might seem, it’s really a sweet, minty, blended cocktail that’s easy to enjoy. And it has been for over 100 years. It made its debut in the French Quarter of New Orleans at the second-oldest restaurant in the city. Tujague’s opened in 1856, and its bar introduced the Grasshopper in 1918 during a cocktail completion. (Again, that must be something worth being a part of.)

    Irish Coffee

    An Irish Coffee will always warm up a dreary day. So that’s where its story begins. On a cold, wet day in 1942, weary travelers to the small Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland found their way to a restaurant and chef Joe Sheridan. The chef warmed his guests with hot coffee spiked with whiskey and topped with whipped cream. The passengers asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee. Sheridan responded that it was Irish coffee. It remained a menu item at the airport when American travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, ordered it. 

    Delaplane brought the idea to the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, California, on November 10, 1952. After much trial and error, sampling, and a trip back to Ireland for a taste of the original, Delaplane, along with Buena Vista owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg, were able to replicate the delicious coffee and the method for floating the cream on top of the coffee. 

    Not to be outdone, the state of Kentucky claims a coffee, too. Made with Bourbon instead of Irish Whiskey, Kentucky Coffee has a similar effect. 

    Long Island Iced Tea

    This boozy cocktail’s name is deceiving. Composed of four shots of liquor with a splash of triple sec, lemon juice, and soda, it’s not your grandfather’s tea. Or maybe it is. The unsubstantiated legend of this legendary cocktail begins during Prohibition and near the neighborhood of Long Island, Kingsport, Tennessee. If you’re recalculating your GPS, we’ll give you a moment. A man named Charles Bishop, better known as Old Man Bishop, combined tequila, gin, rum, vodka, and whiskey (yes, we know that’s five liquors) with maple syrup. His son Ransom later added cola and lime, and lemon juice.

    Margarita

    When it comes to sorting out the legends associated with the origin of the margarita, there are many. However, 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.

    There are many different stories and myths, beginning as early as 1938, about how and when the margarita was created. Whatever its origins, the margarita stands as a classic lime and tequila cocktail. In 1977, Jimmy Buffet’s Son, “Margaritaville” further increased the popularity of the margarita. 

    Mint Julip

    This minty drink is the oldest documented cocktail on the A-Z Cocktail Origins list. Used as an elixir for sour stomachs and other ailments, the Mint Julep‘s roots are steeped in remedies using herbs and flowers to make a sugary, medicinal drink dating back to ancient Persia. These concoctions traveled to the Americas and where southerners added bourbon and adopted the mint julep as its signature drink. The Mint Julep is traditionally served in a silver cup over shaved ice. In 1939, the Kentucky Derby made the Mint Julep its official drink.

    Moonwalk

    This sparkling, bubbly cocktail commemorated the 1969 moon landing and was created by Joe Gilmore at the American Bar in the Savoy Hotel. Consisting of a sugar cube, bitters, rose water or orange blossom water, orange liqueur, and Champagne, the cocktail was served to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins when they returned to Earth.

    Mojito

    The exact origin of this light, sparkling cocktail is unclear, but we do know it began in Cuba. Perhaps the Mojito’s association with the tropical island is why a rumor about Ernest Hemingway enjoying it goes around. Unfortunately, though, there is no proof of that. This iced beverage made with fresh mint leaves, lime, rum, and club soda is sweetened with a bit of sugar.

    Paloma

    The Paloma is a sparking tequila cocktail made with grapefruit soda. We look to the grapefruit soda for a glimpse into the Paloma’s history. In 1938, the first grapefruit soda came on the scene in the United States. From there, the soda made its way to Mexico in 1955. And that’s where the trail runs cold. Whoever first mixed tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda brought together an undeniably beautiful and delightful beverage.

    Pina Colada

    “Put de lime in de coconut…” While pineapple has been a part of the distillation history of rum, coconut didn’t show up until later. The first written reference to a Pina Colada was in 1922. However, three different claims to the invention of the Pina Colada come from San Juan, so it’s clear that’s where the Pina Colada calls home. It is also the perfect setting for this sweet, blended summer cocktail. The earliest claims to the drink’s creation come from the same hotel, Caribe Hilton. Bartenders Ramon “Monchito” Marrero and Richard Garcia claim that in 1952 (some say 1954), they blended rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and crushed ice for a drink that became so popular cocktail Puerto Rico proclaimed the Pina Colada its official drink in 1978.

    Rum Runner

    Similar to bootlegging, rum-running is the smuggling of alcohol across water. The practice originated to avoid taxes applied to liquor, spirits, and other alcohol. Like bootlegging (which is the term for smuggling alcohol across land), rum-running reached a fever pitch in the United States during Prohibition. It was particularly prominent around the Florida Keys. Some of these operations would water down the alcohol they were smuggling before selling it onshore. One claim to the origin of the Rum Runner cocktail is the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in Key West. The bartender used up excess stock of light and dark rum to mix up the tropical drink. Some say this story takes place in the 1950s; others say the 1970s.

    Planter’s Punch

    This Caribbean cocktail is made in various ways, but one thing that makes it unique is that the recipes are often written poetically. Poetic recipes have been around for centuries, and the style of recipe caught on in the creation of exotic Tiki drinks like Planter’s Punch and Rum Punch.

    A straightforward example of a rhyming punch recipe is “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.”

    The book Storied Sips: Evocative Cocktails for Everyday Escapes, with 40 Recipes by Erica Duecy includes a poem recipe for Planter’s Punch that reads:

    “A wine-glass with lemon juice fill
    Of sugar the same glass fill twice
    Then rub them together until
    The mixture looks smooth, soft, and nice.
    Of rum then three wine glasses add
    And four of cold water please take.
    A drink then you’ll have that’s not bad
    At least, so they say in Jamaica.”

    Basically, the sweet tiki drink can be sweetened with sugar, syrup, other fruit juices, or a combination of these.

    Roy Rogers

    The mocktail is named after the cowboy actor and singer known for his horse named Trigger and his fringed shirts who appeared in numerous films from the 1940s through the 1960s. The Roy Rogers is a cola-based mocktail anyone can enjoy. Grenadine syrup adds a little extra flavor and sweetness, and the drink is garnished with a cherry. The Roy Rogers came after our next beverage and is an excellent complement to it, too.

    Shirley Temple

    Our second mocktail on the list is inspired by the child actress Shirley Temple. The Shirley Temple combines ginger ale and grenadine for a sweet, sparkly drink. Several bars lay claim to the drink but the actress herself points to the Brown Derby Restaurant where she and her parents often dined. She also said that it was too sweet for her.

    Tom Collins

    Before TikTok challenges, there was the Tom Collins Hoax. And before the Tom Collins cocktail, there was a John Collins drink. Jerry Thomas, the father of American mixology, published the first recipe in his book The Bartenders’ Guide in 1876. This gin-based drink developed around the time that a practical joke was floating around New York City. The target of the hoax would be asked, “Have you seen Tom Collins? Well, he’s saying some pretty salacious things about you. “As the victim became riled, the pranksters would tell the victim where he could find Tom Collins.” Confusion and chaos would sometimes ensue. Some say Thomas changed the name of the John Collins to Tom Collins because of this hoax.

    Tom and Jerry

    This holiday season cocktail’s origin story is said to honor the aforementioned Jerry Thomas, the father of American bartending. The younger sibling of Egg Nogg, the Tom and Jerry begins with a batter made with eggs, sugar, and spices. The batter is added to hot water or milk spiked with rum.

    Zombie

    The story of the Zombie begins with one of the men who popularized the Tiki Bar. In 1933, Ernest Beaumont opened the Don the Beachcomber restaurant in Hollywood and renamed himself Donn Beach. He created the complex cocktail named the Zombie made with three rums. It’s a powerful drink, much like Zombies are.

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  • June, 17, 2021 – NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY – GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY – NATIONAL MASCOT DAY – NATIONAL CAREER NURSE ASSISTANTS’ DAY – NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY – NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY – NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY

    JUNE 17, 2021 | NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY | GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY | NATIONAL MASCOT DAY | NATIONAL CAREER NURSE ASSISTANTS’ DAY | NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY | NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY | NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY

    NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY

    National Eat Your Vegetables Day on June 17th falls in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Today’s celebration is one more opportunity to remind everyone to continue with this part of a healthy diet.

    Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. 

    As part of the main meal or as a snack, vegetables can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Of course, each vegetable has its own nutritional content. Generally, they contain a little protein or fat and varying proportions of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals, and carbohydrates. Interestingly, they also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. In addition, many vegetables also contain fiber, which is important for gastrointestinal function. Another benefit is the essential nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.

    When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers. In addition, the potassium provided may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.

    It is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day. However, this recommendation may vary depending on age and gender. For example, one serving of vegetables is equivalent of 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #EatYourVegetablesDay

    Make sure you consume your recommended daily allowance of vegetables. What creative ways can you incorporate more vegetables into your diet? We compiled a few suggestions:

    • Add veggies to your breakfast. Whether mixing spinach into your eggs or swapping out that muffin for a smoothie, you can get at least one serving in the morning.
    • Skip the candy bar when you’re craving a snack. Instead, have some carrots, kohlrabi, or other fresh veggies to munch on.
    • Another great snack is veggie chips. They not only reduce calories and fats, but they taste great, too.
    • Swap out the French fries for a side salad at lunch or supper. If you’re having a baked potato, choose a sweet potato instead. 

    Use #EatYourVegetablesDay on social media.

    NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this delicious food holiday. Are you looking for more servings of fruits and vegetable celebrations? We have more!

    • Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month
    • Caesar Salad Day
    • National Picnic Month
    • Watermelon Day
    • National Produce Misting Day
    • National Asparagus Month

      Global Garbage Man Day - June 17

      GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY

      On June 17th during Global Garbage Man Day, the world takes time to recognize the dedicated efforts of the men and women who keep our communities clean.

      We describe the experts who collect the garbage, recyclables, and castoffs from our homes and neighborhoods by several names. Whether they are sanitation specialists or waste management professionals, we appreciate their arrival on a regularly scheduled basis.

      The role of waste management goes far beyond garbage collection. In fact, waste management provides a variety of services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment. Today’s observance also celebrates the great strides the industry and experts are taking to make a better world for all of us.

       

      HOW TO OBSERVE #GarbageManDay

      Thank your garbage men and women. You can also take part in your local recycling programs. Learn more about your community’s sanitation needs and find out how the system works. When you have unusually large amounts of garbage to be picked up, meet the workers at the curb and give them a hand loading the items. Use #GarbageManDay to share on social media.

      GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY HISTORY

      National Garbage Man Day

      John D. Arwood founded National Garbage Man Day in 2011 to honor the men and women who work hard in the industry to keep communities safe and clean. Recognizing efforts around the world, the celebration became Global Garbage Man Day.

      There are many more appreciation days on the calendar. Check these out:

      • Logistics Day
      • Professional House Cleaners Day
      • National Rehabilitation Awareness Week
      • Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
      • Pride In Food Serice Week
      • Vet Girls RISE Day
      • National Teacher Appreciation Week

         

      • National Mascot Day - June 17

        NATIONAL MASCOT DAY

        Recognizing the luck they bring to teams, franchises, and more, National Mascot Day celebrates these iconic figures on June 17th each year.

        Mascots have been around for over 130 years. We derive the term mascot from the French word La Mascotte. A mascotte is considered a woman or girl with mystic powers and the ability to bring good luck. In the French opera by the same name, the character is a farm girl. The opera opened Paris in 1880, followed by additional productions across Europe.

        A November 11, 1882 sports article in the London new paper, The Era, reported a football match between Middlesborough Association and a newly formed team called La Mascotte. One player, Mr. W.E. Gregory, dressed up in costume. The article doesn’t describe the player’s attire, but it does mention he earned a nickname from the female members of the crowd. The article also praises Gregory for his play on the field. Was he the first sports mascot?

        Well, sports are full of good luck charms, jinxes and ritual. In the United States, the first mention of sports mascot shows up in baseball in 1883. According to The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, a boy working for the team named “Chic” earned a reputation of bringing good luck to the players.

        These days, mascots come in an array of costumes and characters. Not only do they stir up the fan base, but they also entertain. Other mascots educate and help us find our favorite places. Whether they teach us about forest fires or welcome us to our favorite restaurants, mascots fill the American landscape.

        HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMascotDay

        Celebrate the day by posting photos with your favorite mascots. Give them a shout out on social media or watch videos of your mascots in action. While you’re celebrating, check out these great stories about mascots:

        • Watch the series Behind the Mask to learn about the life of a mascot.
        • Read The Handbook of Mascots & Nicknames by Peter J. Fournier.
        • Explore the mascots inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana.

        However you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalMascotDay to post on social media.

        NATIONAL MASCOT DAY HISTORY

        National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this sporting holiday. However, it has been observed since at least 2016, recognizing the importance of mascots and the enthusiasm they bring to every event.

        NATIONAL CAREER NURSE ASSISTANTS’ DAY

        Every year, on the first day of National Nursing Assistants’ Week, we observe National Career Nurse Assistants’ Day. On this day, we recognize all nursing assistants who dedicate their lives to the well-being of others, whether it’s been 5 years or 58 years of service.

        Nursing assistants work in hospitals and nursing homes alike, performing everyday living tasks for the elderly, chronically ill, or rehabilitation patients who cannot care for themselves. Of course, nursing assistants require in-depth training to gain the necessary qualifications to cover a wide scope of responsibilities. The American Red Cross, as well as other providers, provide classes to study for nursing assistants. Although states may distribute CNA certification exams, their certification follows a standard set of qualifications created by the government. 

        Career Nursing Assistants also play a host of roles in the lives of residents in nursing homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Amazingly, they often assist people to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, a CNA provides essential support for patient needs. This includes promoting mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being, too. 

        HOW TO OBSERVE #CareerNurseAssistantsDay

        Take time to thank a CNA for the care they provide by leaving them a thank you note. Whether it’s in a nursing home, in-home care, or another facility, a CNA commits to provide quality care for the elderly. Of course, there are other ways to express your appreciation. Some of these ideas include:

        • Giving a gift card to a local coffee shop. 
        • Delivering a fruit basket. 
        • Making homemade cookies or other treats. 
        • Giving a word of praise to their administration.

         Use #CareerNurseAssistantsDay to share on social media.  

        NATIONAL CAREER NURSE ASSISTANTS’ DAY HISTORY

        National Network of Career Nursing Assistants sponsors National Career Nurse Assistants Day, respectively. Since 1977, they promote National Nursing Assistants Training Week by encouraging communities to show support and appreciation to the professionals who provide quality elderly care. 

        NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY

        On June 17th get whirled up in pastry dough, apples and spices and celebrate National Apple Strudel Day. In German, the word strudel means whirlpool or eddy. This tasty dessert is perfectly described by its German language as the sweet mixture of fruit, sugar, spices, and layers of thin dough rolled together and baked. The result is a bubbling, flaky treat.

        As a breakfast item or dessert, apple strudel goes well with coffee and tea. Consider adding it to a brunch or bake ahead for guests. Often served at bakeries and coffee shops, strudel can also be a savory dish.

        HOW TO OBSERVE #AppleStrudelDay

        Visit your favorite bakery for a slice of apple strudel. You can also pick up a whole strudel and share it with friends. Consider making your own strudel with this apple strudel recipe. Be sure to give your bakery or your favorite baker a shout out, too. Other great ways to celebrate the day include:

        • Adding a dollop of whipped create to your apple strudel.
        • Dusting confectioner’s sugar over a fresh-baked apple strudel.
        • Adding a scoop of ice cream to your apple strudel.
        • Surprising a friend with apple strudel.

        Use #AppleStrudelDay on social media.

        NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY HISTORY

        National Day calendar is researching the origins of this pastry holiday.

        NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY

        National Cherry Tart Day is a tart dispute. While usually observed on June 17th, it is also suggested that June 18th and 21st are also the days for this unofficial food holiday. To be on the safe side, make three.

        Now, if you are looking for a cherry pie, we’ve blown the top off that day. Or rather, it’s been left off entirely. A tart has a shallow crust, and the filling can be sweet or savory. On June 17th (18th or 21st), the choice is a sweet and lip-smacking cherry filling!

        As with apples, eat the sweetest cherries fresh. Use those sour cherries and sweeten them up with some sugar to make a delicious, crowd-pleasing tart.

        HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCherryTartDay

        We have you covered if you are taking part in all three days. Check out these delicious recipes:

        Fresh Cherry Tart
        Cherry Tarts
        Tart Cherry Tartlets

        Use #NationalCherryTartDay to share on social media.

        NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY HISTORY

        National Day Calendar is researching the origins of the sweet holiday. For the love of cherries, we have even more to celebrate:

        • Cherry Pie Day
        • Great American Pies Month
        • Cherry Cobbler Day
        • Rainier Cherry Day
        • Cherry Turnover Day
        • Cherries Jubilee Day

          NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY

          For many years now, June 17th has the distinction of being National Stewart’s Root Beer Day. Celebrating this holiday each year is easy, just gather some friends and some of Stewart’s Root Beer and enjoy! 

          Originating in 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio, Stewart’s Fountain Classics were a brand of old-fashioned fountain sodas. They are a brand of premium soft drinks made in the United States. Founded by Frank Stewart, he set up his first drive-in root beer stand to supplement his income as a school teacher.

          Commercial root beer production in the United States has been around since 1875. Producers traditionally use molasses and elements of sassafras as the main ingredients. Today, over 100 brands of root beer are produced with a range of flavors. Some add extra punches of vanilla while others lean on the caramel flavors. Some have a bitter bite while others are smooth from start to finish. 

          HOW TO OBSERVE #StewartsRootBeerDay

          Pour yourself a frosty root beer. All you need to do is stock up on some Stewart’s Root Beer right here. You can enjoy it as a float or on its own. Buy a drink for one of your favorite people, too. You can get gift cards to give to your sanitation workers for Global Garbage Man Day or another service worker. Another delicious way to celebrate the day is by making this Root Beer Cake. Root beer also adds flavor to savory dishes such as pulled pork, meatballs, and pork n’ beans.

          What tasty ways do you use root beer in the kitchen? Let us know by using #StewartsRootBeerDay to share on social media.

          If you like National Stewart’s Root Beer Day, be sure to check out National Root Beer Float Day and National Ice Cream Soda Day, too!

          NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY HISTORY

          National Day Calendar is researching the source of this sassafrass based holiday. For more information on Stewart’s Root Beer, visit their history page

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    Recipe of the Day

    Old Fashioned Ice Cream
    Prep:  10 minutes
    Cook:  10 minutes
    Total Prep:  20 minutes
    Servings:  4 servings; yields 1 quart

    Ingredients:

    4 egg yolks
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 cup whole milk
    1 cup heavy cream
    2 teaspoons vanilla

    Instructions:

    In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar over medium heat. Stir to a light yellow and well combined.

    In a separate small pan add milk and warm over medium-low heat, until it begins to simmer. Do not stir.

    Slowly add milk to egg and sugar mixture, stirring continuously.

    Return to heat and bring to 165 degrees. Do not allow to boil.

    Immediately remove from the heat.

    Pour into airtight container and chill.

    Once thoroughly chilled, stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract.

    Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

    June 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1928

    As a passenger aboard a plane flown by Wilmer Shultz, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

    1942

    Yank magazine publishes the first G.I. Joe cartoon. Created by comic strip artist and former Army Sergeant David Breger, G.I. Joe became a permanent part of Americana.

    1950

    Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Even though the patient’s body rejected the kidney 53 days later, Ruth Tucker would live another five years.

    1972

    Five men broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters. The break-in and their subsequent arrest sparked the Watergate scandal. President Richard Nixon would resign the presidency two years later.

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    There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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    June 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Susan La Flesche Picotte – 1865

    Susan La Flesche Picotte attended Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1889, she became the first Native American woman to receive a medical degree.

    James Weldon Johnson – 1871

    A civil rights activist and composer, James Weldon Johnson became United States consul to Puerto Cabello in Venezuela under President Theodore Roosevelt. He is also noted for composing the song  Lift Every Voice and Sing.

    Ruth Wakefield – 1903

    The American baker would become a legendary name in the world of baking. In 1937, she added semi-sweet chocolate to a chocolate cookie recipe instead of baker’s chocolate. The delicious result was the chocolate chip cookie!

    Art Bell – 1945

    Broadcaster and founder of the radio program Coast to Coast AM syndicated, Art Bell focused on the unusual, conspiracies and extraterrestrials. His program lives on with new hosts and new unexplained phenomenon.

  • 7 THINGS WORTH REPEATING

    7 THINGS WORTH REPEATING

    7 Things Worth Repeating – Some people are creatures of habit and do the same things over and over again. Others like repeating certain things because they provide a sense of joy and fulfillment. No matter what it is, or for what reason, some things are simply worth repeating. Like for instance, these 7 things.

    1. Music

    If you can read music, you know that the two dots next to a vertical line means to repeat a certain section. In some instances, however, the entire song is so good you want to sing or play it again. Great songs are also worth listening to over and over again. Are there songs you never get tired of hearing? Or maybe there are certain albums you can listen to on repeat. If there is a song or album you really love, you’ll never tire of hearing it. And if you like concerts, there is probably a good chance you have seen your favorite musician or band more than once!

    2. Vacation Spots

    If you like to visit the same vacation spot over and over again, you’re not alone. About 85 percent of Americans tend to vacation somewhere they have already visited. One reason for this is travelers develop an emotional attachment to a certain destination. Others like the rich history, amazing food, great weather, unique beauty, and familiarity that their favorite places have to offer. And in case you’re wondering, Florida, Las Vegas, the Caribbean, and Hawaii are some favorite repeat destinations.

    3. Movies

    How many times have you watched your favorite movie? World record holder Ramiro Alanis of Florida watched his favorite movie in the theaters 191 times! The movie was Avengers: Endgame. Other favorite movies people watch over and over again include Elf, Back to the Future, A Few Good Men, Groundhog’s Day, and The Matrix. People watch the same movie over and over again for different reasons. Sometimes they identify with a certain character. Others like the sense of nostalgia the movie provides. Most people watch the same movie again and again simply because they really like it!

    4. Daily Affirmations

    When you say something positive to yourself every day, it’s called a daily affirmation. Many people say daily affirmations because it improves their mindset and increases their feelings of self-worth. Some great daily affirmations include:

    • Trust – “I trust that I am on the right path.”
    • Energy – “I put my energy into things that matter to me.”
    • Value – “I am learning valuable lessons from myself every day.”

    Plus, there is this famous self-affirmation from Stuart Smalley: “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

    5. Recipes

    Good recipes are definitely worth making again and again. This is especially true if your family enjoys eating it! Some cooks repeat the same recipe because they know exactly how much the ingredients cost and how long it takes to make. Some meal planners even repeat a certain food on each day of the week. For example on Monday they make pizza, Tuesday is for tacos, pasta on Wednesdays, Thursday is chicken night, and Fridays is for leftovers.

    6. Coffee

    If you’re like many Americans, you love your morning coffee. In fact, you might love it so much you have a second cup and possibly even a third. That cup of morning Joe is definitely worth repeating. In fact, the average American drinks just over 3 cups a day.

    7. Roller Coasters

    The roller coaster ride is a favorite ride for many amusement park goers. One guy that really likes roller coasters is Sean Davis from the UK. He went on the same roller coaster ride 64 times in six hours! Experts say that people love roller coasters because they trigger a person’s fight-or-flight response, which releases hormones into the bloodstream. Others go on roller coasters because it helps them conquer certain fears. Some of the roller coasters that people ride again and again include Goliath at Six Flags Great America in Illinois, The Smiler at Alton Towers in the UK, and the Yukon Striker at Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario.

    We also have a list of 7 Things NOT Worth Repeating, just to keep you on the safe side.

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  • 5 EPIC ROAD TRIPS YOU WILL NEED MAP READING SKILLS TO TAKE

    5 EPIC ROAD TRIPS 

    You will need map reading skills to take

    5 Epic Road Trips may seem like a lot for some people, but everyone needs to explore now and then. Whether you go with your family or on your own, each of these trips offers something unique. The United States highway system grew from a long history of intrepid and adventurous humans. Many of these paved highways today are the result of what were once ancient trails created by wild game, followed by American Indians, European explorers, colonists, traders, soldiers, and travelers slowly widening the narrow trails through woods or improving the easiest route over a mountain pass.

    The modern interstate highway system we drive on may be the fastest route, but sometimes there isn’t much to see. Many of these 5 Epic Road Trips will require map reading skills. You will want to put away your Garman, Google maps, and whatever electronic device you prefer. Because, where we’re going, the internet is a little iffy and the accuracy of those maps is somewhat questionable. So grab your compass and smooth out those creases in your AAA or Rand McNally and let’s start exploring these 5 Epic Road Trips!

    1. King’s Highway 

    The oldest road in America goes by many names but its first name was King’s Highway. Before the Revolutionary War, the British crown funded a road connecting all the colonies from Boston, Massachusetts to Charleston, North Carolina. Construction began on the orders of King Charles II in 1650 and was completed in 1735. The network of ancient native paths, ferry routes, and wagon trails became connected, improved, and eventually extended northward into Maine and southward to Florida

    Also called Pequot Path, Boston Post Road or Post Road and a plethora of local names, the King’s Highway reflects its importance. Riders delivered communications, handwritten letters, and vital newsprint to communities up and down the colonies. The road facilitated commerce and the transport of soldiers.

    Over the years, areas of the King’s Highway have been overlapped or paralleled by Main Streets, rail systems, other highways, and of course, the interstate system. At the end of 1926, the Bureau of Public Roads began the process of numbering the nation’s highways. But that’s not to say that the King’s Highway has been obliterated. It hasn’t. In many cities along its route, it has been preserved or heralded.

    The Northern Route

    From Boston to New York, you’ll find historic markers and significant landmarks. One such marker recalls the Boston Massacre. Landmarks all along the Old Post Road remind us of all the historic figures who traveled the road including President George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Sarah Kemble Knight. The last one you might not be too familiar with, but the teacher and businesswoman wrote about her journey in humorous form back in 1704 and 1705, and her journal is still available to be read.

    As you travel through the New England countryside and large cities, in some areas it might be difficult to identify Kings Highway. It is there, though, tucked in the colonial worlds it was built upon. From alehouses and inns in small towns like Lyme, Connecticut to familiar old histories like Wall Street, Kings Highway has evolved. In Brooklyn, we find it easily on a map, but then we must adjust and connect to New Jersey’s Route 27/US Route 206 before connecting to US Route 1 into the nation’s first temporary capital – Philadelphia. Make sure to see Kingston Bridge before leaving the Garden State, though.

    Crossing the Mason Dixon Line

    5 Epic Road Trips - Lewes, Delaware
    Presbyterian Church on Kings Highway – Lewes, Deleware

    Make time to stop in Lewes, Delaware at the historic Presbyterian Church on Kings Highway. The current church building was built in 1832, but the original congregation was organized in 1692 possibly before the road even reached it. Another reason to stop in Delaware is it might be the last time you hear Kings Highway for a while.

    In Maryland, it is alternately known as Old Philadelphia Road, Pulaski Highway, US Route 1, MD 7, US Route 40, and sometimes, Old Post Road. While on these alternately named routes, take US 1 to Baltimore. The King’s Highway takes you within spitting distance (with a good wind) of Camden Yards and Babe Ruth’s old stomping grounds. I know you think I have my facts wrong, but I don’t. That same area is also home to Edgar Allen Poe, Francis Scott Key, and Fort McHenry among countless other worthwhile stops on your journey.

    Keep connecting the highway dots until you make it to Charleston. There you will follow US Route 17 and sometimes Old Georgetown Road among others. And in many places, there is no road to follow, but there are plenty of markers and historians along the way to help you fill in the gaps.

    One companion book to take with you as you make your journey would be The King’s Best Highway: The Lost History of the Old Post Road, The Route that Made America by Eric Jaffe.

    2. Cumberland Road (National Highway)

    If you’re going on one of these 5 Epic Road Trips, Cumberland Road should be one of them. In May 1806, for the first time in U.S. history, Congress appropriated federal funds for a road that would extend from Maryland to Ohio. They set aside $30,000 to build a road that would aid westward expansion and trade. It was a decision that President Thomas Jefferson championed, much like he championed the Corp of Discovery. A month after Congress signed off on the funds, the United States and France agreed to the terms of the Louisiana Purchase. Not only was the country growing in population, but it was also growing by acres. A year later, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark led the expedition where no roads yet existed. 

    Cumberland, Maryland is the starting point of the officially named National Road. Construction began in 1811 and eventually extended to Vandalia, Illinois. Our National Road has many things in common with Kings Highway, too. It started out as a toll road, but so did many roads in those days. Its names are as layered as the many layers used to build it and maintain it – National Turnpike, Cumberland Pike, National Highway, Main Street of American, and US Route 40. 

    What to See

    Even so, unlike Kings Highway, it doesn’t do a disappearing act quite so often and is fairly well-maintained in the modern era of highways. From state to state, it is also well-marked. Along the route, history buffs will have ample opportunity to indulge in battle locations, historic buildings, and markers. Many styles and eras of architecture will greet you along the way, too. Homes with hexagon-shaped towers along the route are original tollhouses (no, Ruth Wakefield’s cookies weren’t made in a house that collected road tolls). You will also find markers called Madonna of the Trail. These statues represent the women pioneers who migrated west. Every state on the route has one as well as several points westward.5 Epic Road Trips - Old Wheeling Suspension Bridge

    While in Pennsylvania, it’s worth mentioning a slight detour off of US Route 40 from Farmington to see two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s creations. You have to take Route 40 to get there anyway, so you might as well incorporate it into your trip. The first is Kentuck Knob and a few miles further is the magnificent Fallingwater. Bridges, such as Dunlap Creek Bridge in Pennsylvania and the Wheeling Suspension Bridge in West Virginia are worth a stop. Downtown Wheeling pops with colorful Victorian buildings before you enter Ohio.

    From Wheeling to Zanesville, the National Road closely follows a route known as Zane’s Trace. Col. Ebenezer Zane began blazing the narrow military road westward along an existing trail in 1798. In the Hoosier State, you’re alternately greeted by historical elements of the National Road and those who lived along it. Two such personalities include the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley and the World War II-era big band leader, Glenn Miller.

    One particularly excellent guide to take with you as you drive Cumberland Road is Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon. He also travels on others described in 5 Epic Road Trips.

    3. Lincoln Highway

    The automobile made Americans and the world more mobile. We were venturing further from home and taking, for the first time, road trips. Once only an upper-class pleasure, these adventures prompted organizations to adopt highways and improve their quality. In 1912, Carl Fisher’s dream to build a road so people could drive their cars from coast to coast sounded much like Theodore Judah’s dream to create a transatlantic railroad. Fisher and his associates created the Lincoln Highway Association, planned a route, and began raising funds state to state. It was an enormous enterprise and without federal or state assistance, one that was never completed by the association.

    Other auto associations formed with the intent of improving roads, but created chaos. Eventually, in 1926, when the Bureau of Public Roads began assigning numbers to sort out the chaos, many roads came under federal jurisdiction. The last stretch of Lincoln Highway was paved in 1935.

    5 Epic Road Trips – Interstate vs U.S. Routes 
    • Signage – Interstates are numbered with a blue shield with a red top while U.S. Routes are typically a white numbered shield.
    • Speed limits – While speed limits vary state to state, interstate limits range between 50-80 miles per hour. Since U.S. Routes meander through towns and countryside, the speed limits not only have a wider range, they change frequently.
    • Access – Interstates restrict access to a limited number of points. However, they are well marked and are numbered based on the mile marker from the border of the state. For example, if you are traveling west and the exit is 15 miles west from the eastern border of the state, the exit will be exit 15. While traveling on U.S. Routes, the numbering isn’t always so logical. These highways directly access country roads, local communities, and interstate highways.

    The original Lincoln Highway route stretches from Times Square in New York City and ends in Lincoln Park in San Francisco. You’ll travel through 14 states and several state capitals. A modern Lincoln Highway Association sprung up in 1992 and through their efforts an interactive map is available. It offers all the various routes, detours and marks the points of interest, too.

    While you’re traveling cross country, pick up Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road or Brian Butko’s Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: America’s First Coast-To-Coast Road.

    4. Will Rogers Highway or Route 66

    Many personalities contribute to the pop culture phenomenon of Route 66. Will Rogers is one. The sharp-witted cowboy wrote a column in the Saturday Evening Post that made him a hometown hero to Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma. On a road trip in 1947, Bobby Troup wrote a song. Along for the ride was his wife Cynthia and Troup gives her the credit for “Get your kicks on Route 66.” You might remember Troup from the TV show Emergency! as Dr. Joe Early. Nat King Cole liked Troup’s song so well he recorded it and made it popular. And that’s why we get our kicks on Route 66.

    A Little More History

    Route 66’s history aligns with Lincoln Road. Auto associations with the intent of building decent roads were overwhelmed by the commitment and in 1926, the federal government came in to organize things, supply funding. Many of the roads involved with Route 66 had a long history like the Santa Fe Loop, Ozark Trail, and other trails of note. In fact, Route 66 connects to Lincoln Highway in Plainfield, Illinois, so if you’re looking for a way to check off a couple of boxes on your bucket list, Route 66 does it. The highway was completely paved in 1938.

    John Steinbeck calls Route 66 “the Mother Road” in The Grapes of Wrath. He also revisits the open road in Travels with Charley: In Search of America.

    The interstate highway system began encroaching on Route 66 in 1956, it took time, but in 1985 the old Mother Road was decommissioned. State by state, the highway fell into disrepair. Interstate 40, 44, and 55 replaced it. However, long stretches of Route 66 remain. And where you cannot travel on it, you can jump on the interstate until you can pick it up once again.

    With so many things to see and do along the way, you will want to pick up a travel book. One option is The Best Hits on Route 66: 100 Essential Stops on the Mother Road by Amy Bizzarri. You can also check out travel blogs like the Post Card Jar. Their firsthand accounts will entertain and help you decide.

    5. Old Highway 10

    5 Epic Road Trips - North Dakota SunflowerOur last of 5 Epic Road Trips takes a northern route along Highway 10. This historic byway connects Detroit, Michigan to Seattle, Washington. At various locations along its route, it is called Old Red Trail (North Dakota), Yellow Stone Trail (Montana), Mullan Road (Idaho), and Sunset Highway (Washington). It too is a relic left behind once the interstate system came through. Along most of its route, Interstate 94 draws traffic away from the meandering scenic route Highway 10 follows.

    A lovely combination of urban and rural travel greets you on Highway 10. In Detroit, the QLine M-1 Rail runs along the old route. Stops in Ludington, Wisconsin, and pastoral landscapes take you the long way through the countryside.

    You’ll Need a Map

    Much of the internet will tell you that east-bound U.S. Route 10 ends at Fargo, North Dakota. But if you know where to look, you can find historic routes along the way. They detour through Main Streets in towns like Mandan, North Dakota where the home of the National Day Calendar operates. Points west take you to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the North Dakota Badlands.

    Through Montana, Idaho, and Washington the road can be spotty, but it is possible to pick it up here and there. Enjoy your travels through the Yellow Stone Trail and Old Sunset Highway. If you stop in North Bend, Washington, you might recognize Twede’s Cafe from the 1990s television show Twin Peaks.

    Are you looking for more epic road trips? Check out the Pacific Coast Highway through California and Washington, The Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon, the Blues Highway from Nashville to New Orleans, and the Great Northern along U.S. Route 2.

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  • 7 KITCHEN INNOVATIONS TO BE THANKFUL FOR

    7 KITCHEN INNOVATIONS TO BE THANKFUL FOR

    7 Kitchen Innovations To Be Thankful For – Thanksgiving is soon upon us. Many Americans will spend the day in the kitchen cooking up one of the most delicious meals of the year. Thanks to inventors throughout the years, various kitchen inventions have made the preparation of Thanksgiving dinner much easier. It’s not just during Thanksgiving we should give thanks for these inventions, however. All year long, we can appreciate the fact these kitchen inventions have made cooking and its clean up easier.

    While there have been numerous kitchen innovations over the years, we’ve narrowed it down to 7 of the most important kitchen inventions to be thankful for.

    1. Electric Range

    Stoves have been around since the Qin Dynasty ruled China in 200 B.C. In the United States, Benjamin Franklin invented the first wood-burning stove in the 18th century. Shortly after, gas stoves were invented. In 1892 Canadian inventor, Thomas Ahearn created the first electric range. The first ranges were very similar to modern-day ranges. They consisted of a thermostat, burners, broil and bake rods, a timer, and oven light. Can you imagine cooking a Thanksgiving meal without an electric range?

    2. KitchenAid Mixer

    Herbert Johnston invented the first KitchenAid mixer in 1908. Only professional bakers used these enormous mixers. However, once small mixers hit the market, home cooks made their popularity soar. First called a “food preparer,” the gadget got its name when a housewife stated it was the best “kitchen aid” she’d ever had. Initially invented to mix dough, the KitchenAid Mixer has all kinds of uses. Today people use them to make meatballs, guacamole, shredded chicken, and frosting. The KitchenAid Mixer is also great for making mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner.

    3. Blender

    Stephen Poplawski, the owner of Stevens Electric Company in Racine, Wisconsin, invented the blender in 1922. He created the blender to make malts and milkshakes. Today, the blender is still used to make those tasty treats. The blender also comes in handy for making smoothies, soups, and salsa. For Thanksgiving, the blender can be used to make a tasty sweet potato casserole.

    4. Slow Cooker

    Irving Nachumsohn was granted a patent for a slow cooker in 1940. Nachumsohn was born in New Jersey in 1902. His mother had immigrated to the U.S. from Russia. Upon leaving New Jersey, she lived in Fargo, ND, before settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Nachumsohn eventually made his way back to the U.S. and lived in Chicago. His primary reason for inventing the slow cooker was to avoid using the oven in the summer. Despite its convenience, the slow cooker was slow to catch on. In the 1970s, the slow cooker was rebranded as the Crock-Pot and became a must-have kitchen item. The Crock-Pot can be used for all kinds of Thanksgiving goodies, such as casseroles, stuffing, turkey breasts, creamed corn, candied pecans, and more.

    5. Food Processor

    Pierre Verdon invented the food processor in 1971. American inventor, Carl Sontheimer, refined the food processor and called it the Cuisinart. Food processors became common in kitchens throughout the United States in the late 1970s. Many people today use this kitchen invention to chop, pulverize, and blend a variety of foods. This machine is a huge time-saver when it comes to preparing food the day before Thanksgiving and other big meals.

    6. Microwave

    Percy Spencer invented the microwave by accident in 1946. He had been testing magnetrons when he realized he had melted his snack. Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine what the day after Thanksgiving would be like without the microwave. This amazing kitchen invention allows us to warm up those yummy leftovers in just minutes.

    7. Dishwasher

    Joel Houghton invented the very first dishwasher in 1850. It wasn’t until the 1920s that dishwashers began to resemble the ones we use today. In the 1950s, the dishwasher was considered a luxury item. Today, about 75 percent of Americans have a dishwasher. This kitchen appliance is a lifesaver after a big meal like Thanksgiving dinner.

    Which kitchen appliance are you the most grateful for? Or are you still waiting for someone to make the perfect kitchen invention that will make cooking even more convenient?

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  • NATIONAL CUBAN SANDWICH DAY – August 23

    NATIONAL CUBAN SANDWICH DAY | AUGUST 23

    On August 23rd, celebrate a sandwich that originated in Cuba, but grew up in Florida. National Cuban Sandwich Day is a tribute to flavor found in a toasted pressed sandwich.

    #NationalCubanSandwichDay

    While the Cubano traditionally consists of ham, roast pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread, restaurants and home cooks serve up different versions. While the sandwich alone may serve as a satisfying meal, some very flavorful sides complement this globe-trotting sandwich. Like any grilled sandwich, a creamy, dunkable soup makes the perfect complement. Consider making this delicious Smoky Roasted Corn Soup. Another favorite side dish is seasoned sweet potato fries.

    The sandwich brings together flavor and history, too. By combining traditions from Cuban, German, and Italian immigrants, the sandwich offers a world tour of simple ingredients. If you’ve never had one, this is the day to try it.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CUBAN SANDWICH DAY

    Many restaurants offer specials on their Cuban Sandwich to celebrate the day. You’ll want to give the place that makes your favorite Cubano a shout-out, too! You can also make your own. Try a traditional recipe or change it up with your own distinctive style. You can also share the day with others while exploring new side dishes and recipes. Be sure to use #NationalCubanSandwichDay to share your celebrations on social media.

    NATIONAL CUBAN SANDWICH DAY HISTORY

    Journalist Christopher Spata of the Tampa Bay Times set out to test the National Day food celebration waters in 2016. In his mission to make up a new food holiday, he managed to create a celebration that has gone around the world. According to his article, he chose August 23rd because the only other food holiday was National Sponge Cake Day, “and who cares about that?” (He’s obviously never had sponge cake or tried making one.” And while some articles call it a hoax, those who celebrate food days take them seriously.

    Sandwich FAQ

    Q. When is National Sandwich Day?
    A. National Sandwich Day is November 3.

    Q. How many sandwich holidays are on the calendar?
    A. The short answer is there are 13 sandwich-specific days on the calendar. But, define sandwich. Most people (and dictionaries) define “sandwich” as a food comprised of two pieces of bread with a filling of meat, cheese, or other food items in between the bread. Hoagie, hamburger, and sloppy Joe easily fit that description. Grilled cheese sandwich has the word “sandwich” in its name. Those are no-brainers. But, what is a hot dog? Chili dog? What about the Oreo? Is it a sandwich or can you count desserts? Speaking of desserts, how about a s’more? Are graham crackers bread? That brings us to quesadillas. Tortillas are bread and some quesadillas use two tortillas. Is a quesadilla a sandwich? And then there are the open-face sandwiches. Is an egg benedict considered an open-face sandwich?