DECEMBER 30, 2019 | BACON DAY | FALLING NEEDLES FAMILY FEST DAY | NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY

BACON DAY – December 30

BACON DAY

On December 30th each year, bacon lovers celebrate one of nature’s favored gifts on Bacon Day!

Everything is better with bacon. Someone said that once. And our research shows very little to dispute this assertion.

In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from the pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. The meat is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack. It is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.

Bacon is a very popular food in the USA.  You can find many items also flavored or scented with bacon, including popcorn, soap, candles, air fresheners, and much more. While these uses are options, we suggest cooking with bacon.

It’s not just for breakfast anymore, either. Bacon improves everything from beverages to dessert. Some cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and Caesar add bacon to the olives, pickles, and other assorted ingredients. Bacon improves the flavor of many appetizers, sandwiches, and soups. Incorporate bacon into salads as a topping or mix it into the dressing. When it comes to dessert, bacon pairs well with maple frosting or maple ice cream. Thanks to the salty, smoky flavor of bacon, it compliments sweet quite well. The possibilities are endless. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BaconDay

According to the founders of Bacon Day, we are encouraged to eat a variety of bacon while watching Kevin Bacon movies, or movies with bacon in the title. Since Bacon Day was created before the Discovery Channel show How It’s Made debuted, it’s safe to say, we can eat our bacon and watch those, too. Giving and receiving gifts of bacon is also recommended. Other suggested traditions such as bacon toasts and kissing under pork fat mistletoe are mentioned as well. Use #BaconDay to post on social media.

 

NATIONAL BACON DAY HISTORY

Danya “D” Goodman and Meff “Human Cannonball” Leonard founded Bacon Day in 1997 as the one great day to bond everyone together. 

FALLING NEEDLES FAMILY FEST DAY – December 30

FALLING NEEDLES FAMILY FEST DAY

Falling Needles Family Fest Day on December 30th serves as a reminder to clean up and recycle the live Christmas tree.

  • Every state offers recycling options, many with pick up.
  • Mulch the tree for bedding around your home or donate to mulching programs.
  • Before recycling, you can provide shelter to birds and use the tree as a place to hang treats to feed them. The tree will need some anchoring – See this article from Purdue University for more details. When winter is over, you can still use the tree for other recycling needs.
  • After your tree provided shelter to the birds, it can also offer shelter to the fish, too. In ponds and lakes, trees are used to create protection for spawning and feeding.
  • While your tree should never be burned in a wood stove or fireplace indoors due to the type of oils in fir and evergreen trees, the tree may be chopped and used in the firepit outdoors.
  • Depending on where you live, Christmas trees may be used as soil erosion barriers for lakes, rivers, and dunes.

HOW TO OBSERVE #FallingNeedlesDamilyFestDay

Get the family together and clean up after the Christmas Tree. Plan to recycle your tree and learn more about your options. Use #FallingNeedlesFamilyFestDay to post on social media.

FALLING NEEDLES FAMILY FEST DAY HISTORY

Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com created this awareness holiday.

NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY – December 30

NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day or Baking Soda day recognizes a staple of the home kitchen on December 30th. 

Just a spoonful of sodium bicarbonate doesn’t have the same ring to it. But this extraordinary, naturally occurring substance provides health benefits while cleaning the house.

We add baking soda to recipes as a leavening agent to make our baked goods rise. Baking soda reacts with other acidic ingredients to make that happen. Many of us have combined baking soda and vinegar and seen the chemical reaction. When carbon dioxide is released, our baked goods rise.

It’s the exciting chemical makeup and physical characteristics of baking soda that enable it to be so effective. Since it is mildly acidic when it is mixed with water, dirt and grease dissolve more efficiently.

As a gentle abrasive, baking soda makes an ideal cleaning product for kitchen appliances, pots, and pans. It’s even recommended for chrome and the exterior of our automobiles.

The ability to neutralize odors is one of baking soda’s most powerful properties. By bringing the pH of the more acidic molecules into a more neutral balance, baking soda makes our homes…and us fresh again. Use it as a mouthwash, toothpaste, and deodorant for the mouth, feet, and underarms. Beyond personal hygiene, baking soda takes care of smells from pets and food, too.

It may even help prevent some powdery mildew or other fungal diseases on plants. While not always be effective, it doesn’t harm plants when appropriately mixed.

Visit Tips Bulletin for more than 50 tips and recipes on how to use bicarbonate of soda 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BicarbonateOfSodaDay

Share your favorite uses for baking soda.  Use #BicarbonateOfSodaDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY HISTORY

Armed with tips, National Day Calendar periodically researches the origins of this chemically volcanic day. 

On Deck for December 31, 2019

National Days

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Recipe of the Day

Name: Peanut Butter Cup Martini
Prep: 5 minutes

Cook:
Total Prep: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Peanut Butter Cup Martini Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 ounce chocolate syrup
1/4 cup ice
2 ounces peanut butter vodka
1 ounce chocolate liqueur
2 ounces cream
3 mini peanut butter cups

Instructions:

Drizzle chocolate around the inside of a martini glass. Add ice, vodka, chocolate liqueur and cream to a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish the drink with mini peanut butter cups on a skewer.

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