NATIONAL PLUM PUDDING DAY
Also known as Christmas pudding, National Plum Pudding Day celebrates a traditional holiday dessert. On February 12th, learn about this tasty treat with an interesting history.
Plum pudding is made by steaming or boiling and the pudding is usually served during the holiday season. Interestingly, many of the recipes don’t even contain any plums. One explanation given is that during the 17th century, plums were referred to as raisins or other fruits.
The name Christmas pudding is first recorded in 1858 in a novel by Anthony Trollope.
Plum pudding is usually made up of nutmeg, raisins, nuts, apples, cinnamon, and dates, along with other ingredients. In England, traditionally every person in the home holds onto the wooden spoon together to help stir the batter. While they are stirring, they also make a wish! Plum pudding has also been known to be called plum duff.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPlumPuddingDay
Make your favorite plum pudding recipe. Don’t have one? We found a delicious one for you to try and a sauce to top it with, too. Be sure to invite someone to enjoy it with you.
Use #NationalPlumPuddingDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PLUM PUDDING DAY HISTORY
We stuck our thumb into every possible origin story and only pulled out a plum.
NATIONAL NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY
On an early Friday in February, lunchrooms across America have accepted the mission started by National No One Eats Alone Day.
No One Eats Alone is a positive initiative from nonprofit Beyond Differences aimed at creating a lunchtime of inclusion. Organized by students for students, middle schools across the nation look beyond differences and find ways to start conversations at lunchtime – with everyone. No one eats alone.
That means every student in every lunchroom across the country will be eating with someone else. Students have taken up the charge to see to it that they invite other students to join them. They are making room. Filling empty seats or filling tables that were once occupied by only one student. They’re starting conversations, closing the divide, and sitting with others. And they’re getting to know people across the table. No matter their differences, no matter what, no one eats alone.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NoOneEatsAloneDay
Join the movement. If your school doesn’t participate, encourage them to start. Create an inclusive lunchroom at your school and encourage each other to engage in positive conversations.
Sometimes it’s hard to break the ice. We’ve provided some conversation starters perfect for lunchtime. So, when you see someone eating alone, you’ll have a few ways to get the conversation started. Don’t be nervous. You can do it! We even have some conversation starters to help you out.
- Start with a joke.
- Offer a compliment.
- Find something in common.
- Ask for an opinion about an assignment.
- Mention a movie you saw this weekend.
- Tell a funny story about yourself.
- Talk about the menu – especially your favorite foods.
- Bring a card game to play.
Find out more at No One Eats Alone and use #NoOneEatsAloneDay to share on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons and ideas.
NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY HISTORY
February 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.
The ground is broken on the Lincoln Memorial.
NASA’s NEAR spacecraft lands on the asteroid 433 Eros. It’s the first time a human-made object lands on an asteroid.
Diamonds become the second hardest substance when General Electric Company announces the creation of Borazon. Dr. Robert H. Wentorf Jr. synthesized cubic boron nitride to create the substance and is used in manufacturing for grinding hard surfaces.
Recipe of the Day
Shrimp Quinoa Risotto with Baby Kale
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil, separated
8 ounces of shrimp, uncooked
2 ½ tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ¼ cup quinoa, rinsed
½ cup dry white wine
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
6 cups baby kale (or quick-cooking green such as spinach, arugula, etc)
Bring the broth to a simmer, lower heat and keep warm.
Heat 1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil in a large saucepan on medium.
Add shrimp and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until pink, flipping halfway through, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Heat the Liquid Coconut Oil in the pan.
Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
Add garlic, stir and cook an additional 30 seconds.
Add quinoa, stirring to coat with the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add wine and stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed.
Add ½ cup broth and the lemon juice. Stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the broth ½ cup at a time.
When all broth is almost absorbed, add the remaining tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil, the shrimp and fold in the kale.
Continue to stir until all liquid is absorbed and the kale is wilted.
- Take Your Family to School Week – Week of February 17
- National Condom Week – February 14-21, 2021
- Great American Pizza Bake – Second Week of February
- Children of Alcoholics Week – Week of Valentine’s Day
- National Jell-O Week – Second Full Week in February
- Random Acts of Kindness Week – Week of February 17
- Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden – Week of Valentine’s Day
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week – February 14-21
In the Classroom
February 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Louisa Catherine Adams – 1775
The 6th First Lady of the United States was born in the United Kingdom. As the wife of John Quincy Adams, Louisa Adams traveled far and wide before and after his election to the White House.
Charles Darwin – 1809
The English naturalist is best known for his theory of evolution and his book On the Origin of Species.
Abraham Lincoln – 1809
In 1860, the American attorney was elected the 16th President of the United States. He saw the country through the American Civil War and was re-elected to a second term in 1864. On April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln while he was attending a play at Ford’s Theatre. He died five days later.
Omar Bradley – 1893
The five-star general’s active duty career spanned 69 years, 8 months, and 7 days – longer than any active duty service member in the history of the United States Armed Forces. Bradley graduated from West Point in 1915. He commanded the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, and served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Judy Blume – 1938
The American writer is best known for her children’s and young adult books including Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Fudge, Blubber, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
James Fields Smathers – 1888
Todd Duncan – 1905
William Russell – 1934
David Small – 1945
Christina Ricci – 1980
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