MARCH 12, 2019 | NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY – IHOP | NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY | NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY | NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY
NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY – IHOP
IHOP restaurants began National Pancake Day in 2006. Since that day, they have raised close to $30 million for charities. On March 12, 2019, people from around the country will once again celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy free pancakes. Guests are asked to consider leaving a donation.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Visit IHOP and have pancakes for a good cause. Use #NTLPanCakeDay to share on social media.
From 7 AM to 7 PM, IHOP is offering one free short stack of their Original Buttermilk Pancakes. Donate to help children battling critical illnesses. Each year since 2006, IHOP National Pancake Day has raised nearly $30 million. Visit www.IHOP.com for more information on participating locations and charities.
NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day is observed annually on March 12th.
Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on this day, March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting. At this first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were 18 girls present. For these girls, Juliette Gordon Low organized enrichment programs, service projects, and outdoor activities and adventures. Since the time of the first meeting, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.
- The organization’s original name was the Girl Guides of America
- By 1920 there were close to 70,000 members
- By 1930 there were over 200,000 members
- In 2005 there were over 3.7 million members
“Do a Good Turn Daily”
“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”
HOW TO OBSERVE
In honor of National Girl Scout Day, let’s celebrate all that the Girl Scouts have done to empower girls and what the organization has done for communities across the country.
For more information, see the official website: Girl Scouts of the USA(GSUSA)
Use #NationalGirlScoutDay to post on social media.
National Girl Scout Day commemorates the birthday of the Girl Scouts of America. While individual troops and regions have celebrated the anniversary of this day, we were not able to identify when it became an annually observed national day.
NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY
Spring is just around the corner, and March 12th is the day to participate in National Plant a Flower Day. Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.
Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of this month.
It’s good to know the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals (those that require planting every year). To find out more check out the USDA site for Hardiness Zones.
Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist, but not wet and follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of the seedling. For those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and start planning your next flower garden.
Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. ~Luther Burbank, botanist (1849-1926)
Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new seeds, bulbs or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Tips for Starting a Flower Garden
- Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require more watering, but less care overall.
- Select plants that grow well in your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade and others prefer the sun. Others love both!
- Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also like to share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening, so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better. You might get some free plants, advice and a budding friendship!
- Local greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions and shop there frequently.
Let’s all work together by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place. Use #PlantAFlowerDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Plant a Flower Day.
NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY
March 12th is a food holiday celebrating a popular delicacy, the scallop.
Scallops are a cosmopolitan family and can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source.
There are two fleshy parts of the scallop that are usually sold at market for human consumption. The adductor muscle is the white medallion of meat which is rich and sweet. This is the piece that is most familiar as the “scallop” we see on a menu.
There is also the coral or the roe which can range in color from pale coral to bright orange. This crescent-shaped piece is usually discarded before the scallop is sold at market because it may contain toxins. However, sometimes it is sold attached to the adductor muscle. It is bitter and some say it cuts the richness of the rest of the scallop.
These meaty mollusks are very low in fat and are deliciously prepared in a variety of ways. Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking this lean, white seafood.
Baked scallops are often found served as a delicious entree, however, they are also known and loved as an appetizer.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try baking some scallops at home with this recipe: Baked Scallops recipe.
Use #BakedScallopsDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Baked Scallops Day.
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