NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY
Each year on January 29th, National Puzzle Day recognizes how exercising our brains with puzzles is just one of its many benefits. Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, trivia, word searches, brain teasers or Sudoku, puzzles put our minds to work. Studies have found that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle… Read more…
NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY
National Seed Swap Day on the last Saturday in January serves as a reminder to gardeners that spring is on its way. It is also an ideal time for gardeners to gather and swap seeds in preparation for starting seeds indoors. The seed swap is a fundamental part… Read more…
NATIONAL CORN CHIP DAY
On January 29th, grab the queso or salsa and celebrate National Corn Chip Day. Recognized each year across the country, the day encourages corn chip lovers to whip up their favorite dips and toppings. The corn chip or friotes are not to be confused… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Cinnamon Caramel Hot Cocoa
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 6-8 minutes
Total Prep: 12 minutes
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon + 1TBSP cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup Ghiradelli caramel sauce
2 cups half and half
2 cups milk
2 TBSP granulated sugar
5 TBSP whipped cream
In a medium saucepan, mix cocoa, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla and caramel sauce until all the ingredients are well combined.
Gradually add milk and the half and half, whisking to a smooth texture.
Heat mixture on medium heat for 6-8 minutes. Occasionally stir and scrape sides of the pan. Once the mixture begins to steam, remove from heat. (Do not bring to a boil!)
In a small saucer, mix remaining cinnamon and sugar. Run a bead of caramel sauce along the rim of five mugs. Dip each one into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Divide cocoa mixture between the five mugs.
Top with whipped cream and dust with remaining cinnamon sugar.
Inspiration: Michele S. – North Dakota
January 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
New York’s daily newspaper the Evening Mirror first published Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” with permission from The American Review with a glowing critic and recommendation of the American poet.
The U.S. Patent Office issues the first patent for milk jars. George Henry Lester received patent no. 199,837 for “Improvements in Milk Jars and Cans.”
Enjoying an ice cream cone got a little bit easier in 1924 when Carl R. Taylor received patent no. 445,294 from the U.S. Patent Office. Though ice cream lovers had been indulging one, two, and three scoops in a cone since at least 1896, Taylor was the first to patent a machine to roll the cone.
Morris and Eustis Frank established The Seeing Eye in Nashville, Tennessee. The training program was the first in the United States for dogs designed to provide independence, support, and dignity for people with blindness.
January 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
William McKinley – 1843
The American people elected the 25th President of the United States to two terms. Spain’s interference in Cuba’s independence became a central topic of McKinley’s presidency leading to the Spanish-American War. Six months after McKinley begins his second term in 1901, Leon Czolgosz shoots the President at the Buffalo Pan American Exposition. McKinley dies of his wounds eight days later.
Norio Ohga – 1929
During his career at Sony Corporation, Ohga spurred the development of the compact disc. In 1982, Ohga became the company’s president, the same year they released the world’s first compact disc.
Linda B. Buck – 1947
The American biologist and Richard Axel earned the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work with olfactory receptors. They identified thousands of olfactory receptors in animals and humans. Their research showed that while humans only have 350 olfactory receptors, we can identify 10,000 or more smells.
Oprah Winfrey – 1954
The American talk show host and philanthropist began her career in journalism. In 1986, she launched the nationally syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show. During her career, Winfrey has also performed in several films including The Color Purple, Beloved, and A Wrinkle in Time.
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