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JULY 14, 2019 | NATIONAL NUDE DAY | NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY | NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY | NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY

NATIONAL NUDE DAY –- July 14

NATIONAL NUDE DAY

On July 14th, laundry is unnecessary. It’s National Nude Day! Enjoy an air bath or explore the naturist movement.

National Nude Day is a way to keep cool on a hot, sticky summer day. Nudist groups around the world celebrate this holiday and take it quite seriously!  Nudists (also known as naturists) are not perverts, even though their desire to go “au natural” might be offensive to the conservative population!  Nudists are individuals who believe the human body is most beautiful in its natural state. Whether or not you agree with them, nudists encourage people to shed the restrictions of clothing and be natural.

Noted for enjoying the natural state, Benjamin Franklin would reportedly take air baths by the open window of his room allowing the fresh air to drift around his birthday suit.  The postmaster didn’t invent the naturist movement, nor did it take any particular nation by storm. Its observance is firmly planted during the middle the summer months of the Farmer’s Almanac for a good reason; the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mess around in January!

Some of the obvious benefits of the lifestyle include lighter luggage when traveling for vacation and as mentioned before, smaller loads of laundry. There are other benefits, too. Without the shields of clothing, the wrinkles and sagging that comes with time cannot be camouflaged. Acceptance becomes very real and normal and reassuring.

However, wearing sunblock is still advisable during any outdoor activities. Watch out for poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Roses do have thorns, among many other plants and animals. When recommended, wear protective gear. Skateboarding comes to mind.

Other related events taking place in July include International Skinny Dipping Day and International Nude Recreation Week.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL NUDE DAY

However you chose to celebrate this holiday, avoid breaking any Public Decency Laws. Learn about clothing optional resorts and privacy fencing.  Post on social media using #NationalNudeDay.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL NUDE DAY

The founder of National Nude Day is unknown. However, the holiday has origins in New Zealand

NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY – July 14

NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY

One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14th.  It is National Mac and Cheese Day!

Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, mac and cheese shines as a side dish while also standing on its own as a main dish. This meal reminds many of us of home while also teaching us the basics of the kitchen. What other recipe allowed us to create so flamboyantly and often with so little knowledge about cooking?

From the classic mac and cheese with cheddar or American cheeses to the spicy cowboy mac with bacon and jalapenos, there’s a combination for everyone. Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings. It’s easy to get a toasty crust by setting the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time.

Mac and cheese offers a multitude of ways to enjoy it.  As a soup, it warms us up after a long day. Stuff it inside a meatloaf or a burger for a meal made for a hungry, busy family. Roll up bite-sized bits in bread crumbs and deep fry for mouthwatering appetizers. Put your favorite mac and cheese between two slices of crusty bread. Then put into a panini press for some grilled yumminess. Whether we like it mild or spicy, mac and cheese has us covered.

Besides being simple to make, mac and cheese enables us to experiment with other flavors we enjoy. We break into our kitchen skills with mac and cheese, and it makes us look good. Sometimes the can opener doesn’t do that. On July 14th, celebrate mac and cheese not only because we love to eat it, but because it taught us we can cook, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY

Enjoy some mac and cheese! Experiment with different cheeses or try it with toppings. Don’t hesitate to break out of your normal routine. This is no time to be ho-hum. It’s a celebration of a food that makes us that’s not only convenient but is versatile and delicious, too. Use #NationalMacAndCheeseDay to share on social media.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY

We were unable to identify the creator of  National Mac and Cheese Day.

NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY – July 14

NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY

National Grand Marnier Day on July 14th recognizes a liquor that brings citrus notes to cocktails and desserts. Since the 1880s, we’ve been enjoying the fruits of Grand Marnier’s exquisite flavor. 

Alexander Marnier-Lapostolle invented the orange liquor in the 1880s. His grand experiment pairing fruit liquors with cognac took 10 years to find success. When it did, Lapostolle gave birth to one very expensive liquor. The cognac concoction blended one of the most costly fruits of the time with a very strong spirit, too. Not only does it add a splash of citrus when mixed into drinks and desserts, but Grand Marnier can be enjoyed neat. The result was truly grand.  

Grand Marnier is used in a long list of desserts including liquor cream buns, Yule log, cranberry sauce, Crepes Suzette and Grand Marnier souffle creme bruleé.  Grand Marnier is also used in the sauce of the roasted duck dish, Canard an l’Orange.

Some examples of the mixed drinks including Grand Marnier are: Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Sidecar, Dirty Harry, Grand Mimosa, B-52, the Grand Marnier Smash, Grand Smash, Smash Marnier, Bloody Smash, Maced Marnier, Ace Marnier Smash,  Frosty Smash, Smace, Grand Hound, Blood Pug, Clarke, Nogley and the Grand Marnier Fireball.

However, don’t stop at beverages and desserts. Add Grand Marnier for extra zest in your sauces and marinades. Your meat dishes will take center stage.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY

Enjoy a mixed drink with Grand Marnier or make a dessert. While you’re sipping your cocktail, why not make a dessert, too. We found some absolutely mouthwatering ones to try. Then, invite some friends over to celebrate the day with you. Remember to Celebrate Every Day® while you’re savoring your delicious dessert. Share it and your friends by posting #NationalGrandMarnierDay on social media. 

Grand Marnier Sherbert
Orange Marscapone Dip
Grand Marnier Cake

HISTORY OF NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY

We were unable to locate the creator of National Grand Marnier Day.

NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY – July 14

NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY

On July 14th, measuring twice means something extra.  It’s National Tape Measure Day.  

Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut made the lives of carpenters, electricians, seamstresses, and countless other tradesmen and craftsmen easier. On July 14, 1868, Fellows was granted a patent for “Improvements in Tape Measures” that created a whole new era for measurement. Enter the generation of retractable tape measures.  

The first recorded use of the tape measure goes back to the Romans, utilizing marked strips of leather.  Before Fellows’ patent, Englishman James Chesterman designed a steel measuring tape, but it was expensive for its time.  At $17 in 1853, it was equivalent to $300 in today’s U.S. dollars. Chesterman’s big, bulky design didn’t fit in a pocket or even a toolbox. When Fellows’ patent came along, tape measures became the sliced bread of the toolbox. 

The tape measure we know and use now comes in a wide array of sizes, colors, and materials. You can find some smaller than the palm of your hand or bigger in lengths of 300+ feet.  They are used for anything from DIY projects at home, by contractors, and in construction and at a much lower price. They are a staple in almost every household.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY

Purchase a tape measure and measure to your heart’s content. Keep one in your glove compartment, purse, junk drawer, backpack and buy extra as gifts. They’re undeniably useful. Whenever space needs to be filled or a picture needs to be hung, a tape measure comes in handy. Who doesn’t have parts to replace? You need a tape measure. Do you have a honey-do list? Celebrate your tape measure. It’s summer, so there’s probably a watermelon seed spitting contest going on somewhere. Get out your tape measure! 

Post on social media using #NationalTapeMeasureDay.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY

We were unable to find the origin or the creator of National Tape Measure Day.

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