NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY
On May 18th, National No Dirty Dishes Day suggests taking a break from your regular daily routine. There are a few options for this day.
- Eat all meals out. Order take out and eat your meals in the containers they come in. If it’s possible, it would be a bonus treat.
- Use disposable plates, cups, and silverware. To stay earth-friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.
- Fast. While not everyone can fast, occasional fasting can be good for the body.
- Eat only foods that come in their own containers and eat small meals. For example, eat a banana for breakfast. Prepare hard-boiled eggs the day before and enjoy them for lunch.
- Finally, avoid dirty dishes by washing every dish you use as you use it. That way, no dirty dish ends up in the sink.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NoDirtyDishesDay
Avoid dirty dishes! Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils. Use #NoDirtyDishesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this anti-dirty dish day. In the meantime, we’re going to wash our own dirty dishes.
NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY
National Visit Your Relatives Day on May 18th encourages family members to stay connected. Our hectic lives makes it easy to get so caught up in the busyness of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. We often lose touch with our relatives. The observance reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those relatives we care about and have not seen or spoken to for a while.
Sometimes it is hard when families do not live close. Often siblings, cousins, parents, and dear relatives are scattered across the country. A visit can be a phone call or a face-to-face live chat on the computer. With today’s technology, we are now able to communicate with loved ones living far away, yet seeing them as if they are right beside us.
Life is much too short not to make time for family.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay
On this day, spend time with your family, either in person, on the phone or computer. You will be glad that you did. Take the Relative Scavenger Hunt challenge and see if you can complete it while talking with your family members. The more you visit, the better chance you will have of completing it, too!Use #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for project ideas designed for #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay. We also have several other projects that you can use to engage each other online.
NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this family-oriented holiday.
NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY
On National Cheese Souffle Day, observed May 18th, we can all enjoy a little of this French delight. The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb, souffler, which means “to blow up” or “puff up.” Combine egg whites with custard, and it will puff up into a fine, golden souffle when baked.
Egg yolks and beaten egg whites, mixed with various other ingredients make up a souffle. It can be served as a tasty main course dish, or it can be sweetened for a dessert.
Each souffle is made up of either a French creme base, a flavored creme sauce or puree, and beaten egg whites
The base provides the flavor, and the egg whites provide the lift. The base is commonly made up of cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, and lemon. This day is dedicated to the cheese-based souffle.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheeseSouffleDay
Order a cheese souffle at your favorite restaurant, or you can try your culinary skills with this Cheese Souffle recipe. Use #NationalCheeseSouffleDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this food holiday.
NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY
On May 18th, National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day annually recognizes thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who work together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.
The day also promotes continued awareness and education concerning HIV vaccine research. Over 30 years have passed since HIV was identified as the cause of AIDS. However, researchers continue in their mission to develop a vaccine. While treatments and preventative measures exist to help those impacted by HIV and AIDS, a viable vaccine is still the only means to prevent its spread.
Around the world, 37.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, the virus seems to spread the most in the poorest and most underprivileged communities in the world. They have the least access to educational information, preventative measures, and medical treatment.
This observance focuses on the continued need to develop a successful vaccine for HIV.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HIVVaccineAwarenessDay
For more information on events and activities visit the National Institutes of Health website and use #HIVVaccineAwarenessDay and #HVAD to post on social media.
NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
Organized by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this day is also a day to educate our communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. Community activities and media events are being held around the country in recognition of the observance.
Recipe of the Day
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 50-60 minutes
Pie Crust – Homemade or bought.
3-4 cups rhubarb, chopped
3 cups strawberries, sliced
1 1⁄3 cups granulated sugar
1⁄4 cup cornstarch
1 Egg White
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Using a large mixing bowl, add chopped rhubarb, sliced strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix well.
Spoon mixture into pie pan containing pie crust.
Place top crust over mixture and pinch outer edges to seal.
Cut vent slices into top crust, brush on egg white over top and place in oven.
Bake 50 – 60 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or whipped topping. Enjoy!
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