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.
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The seed swap is a fundamental part of human history. Seeds were one of the first commodities valued and traded. Today, modern gardeners collect and exchange seeds for many reasons ranging from cultivating rare, heirloom varieties to basic thrift. The exchange of seeds perpetuates biodiversity, too. It is an act of giving and the ultimate form of recycling.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SeedSwapDay
Do you love to garden? Gardeners become giddy when seed catalogs come pouring in. However, Seed Swap Day offers so much more. It brings with it the opportunity to talk about spring, explore varieties and the potential of their gardens with like-minded people. Seed swaps are not only an exchange of seeds, but are also an exchange of experiences, knowledge, and wisdom. It is a time to reconnect and sow the seeds of hope into your community, neighborhood, and organizations. And don’t forget the next generation, too.
- Exchange seeds with friends, attend a local seed swap or help organize one.
- Post your events online so they are easily found using #SeedSwapDay
- Experienced gardeners offer seed collection, labeling, and preservation tips.
- Generate interest in your seed swaps. Plan urban gardens or community gardens. Not only do they improve the look of your community but they also provide nutritious food, too.
- Offer classes for starting seeds indoors and successful transplanting.
- Be sure to include children. They love to garden!
- Attend local events and show your support by volunteering.
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When is National Gardening Day?
NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY HISTORY
The first annual Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange was held in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2006. Kathy Jentz, the editor/publisher of the magazine had the last Saturday of January named an official holiday and National Seed Swap Day was born. After that event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have joined in celebrating the day each year on (or around) the last Saturday in January.
NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY
In the United States, National Croissant Day recognizes a flaky pastry enjoyed at every meal. Croissants are buttery, crescent-shaped rolls that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
The key to a perfect croissant is laminating the dough. You laminate the dough by folding butter into the mixture creating multiple thin layers of butter and dough. The result is a mouth-watering flaky crust and airy body.
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Legend surrounds this pastry, as is often the case with a popular, worldly treat. What is known, is that crescent-shaped breads have been found around the world for ages. One of these was the Kipferl which originated in Austria as far back as the 13th century. This nonlaminated bread is more like a roll.
Credit for the croissant we know today is given to an Austrian military officer, August Zang. In 1939 he opened a Viennese bakery in Paris introducing France to Viennese baking techniques.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCroissantDay
National Croissant Day is the perfect opportunity to give your bakery a shout out. Treat your friends and coworkers to fresh-baked, warm croissants. Of course, you can always try baking your own. Some other ways to celebrate include:
- Take a baking class to learn to make these delicious, flaky pastries yourself!
- Offer a class. That’s right! Pass on the skill to others who want to learn.
- Offer a special in your bakery, restaurant, or store.
- Try a new recipe. Make a soup or salad that goes well with croissants.
We’ve even provided a couple of recipes to try.
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NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY HISTORY
The earliest we’ve found the observance being celebrated is in 2006. National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this buttery food holiday.
January 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Publisher Pierre Jules-Hetzel publishes the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days.
The U.S. Mint released the first Roosevelt dimes into circulation. Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882.
Love Field Air Terminal in Dallas, TX installed the first two-way moving sidewalk.
Monica Seles Defeats Steffi Graf to win her third straight Australian Open.
Recipe of the Day
New York Cheesecake
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total Prep: 70 minutes
1 – 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
First Prepare Crust:
Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
Press into a well greased, 9-inch springform pan.
Spread up the side and along the bottom of the pan.
Place in freezer and chill for 5 to 10 minutes.
Next prepare filling:
Heat oven to 400°.
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth.
Add eggs, vanilla, and cornstarch and mix well.
Stir in 1 cup sour cream.
Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and bake for 45 minutes.
Turn off the oven and let cool 3 hours with the door slightly ajar.
Prepare topping (before serving):
Combine 1 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup sugar.
Pour over chilled cheesecake before serving.
January 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 1882
The 32nd President of the United States led the country out of the Great Depression and the American people elected him to four terms. In his twelve years in office, Roosevelt also saw the country through World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He died a few months into his fourth term.
Barbara Tuchman – 1912
The American historian and best selling author won Pulitzer Prizes for her historical account of the first 30 days of World War I in Guns of August and for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, a biography of World War II Army General Joseph Stilwell.
Douglas Engelbart – 1925
In 1970, the American engineer and inventor received patent no. 3,541,541 for the computer mouse.
Gene Hackman – 1930
The award-winning actor has played a multitude of roles across his six decades in film. From villains such as Lex Luther in Superman and Little Bill Daggett in Unforgiven to a hard-to-love-hard-to-hate coach in Hoosiers, Hackman also checked the comedy box. Get Shorty, The Birdcage, Young Frankenstein are just a few.
Phil Collins – 1951
The award-winning British musician is best known as the drummer and lead singer of the band Genesis. He joined the band in 1970 becoming its lead singer in 1975. In 1980, he pursued a successful solo career.
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