NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY
National Adoption Day raises awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care. Each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the day focuses on children waiting for permanent, loving families. Not only does the day aim to find homes, but National Adoption Day also helps the dreams of many children and families come true.
In 2015, many courts and communities came together to finalize nearly 4,000 adoptions of children from foster care. More than 300 events are held annually during this observance. They celebrate as dreams become a reality. In total, more than 58,500 children have been adopted from foster care on this day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAdoptionDay
Support those on their journey of adoption. Educate yourself about adoption. If you’re considering adoption, reach out to the several organizations that guide and support families through the process. Learn about the types of adoptions. Help a family come together.
Celebrate with a family you know. Use #NationalAdoptionDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY HISTORY
A Coalition of national partners including The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Children’s Action Network, Freddie Mac Foundation and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption started National Adoption Day in 2000. In November of 2000, the sponsors worked with law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates and courts to complete hundreds of foster care adoptions in nine jurisdictions nationwide.
- 2001 – 17 jurisdictions participated
- 2002 – Casey Family Services and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute joined the National Adoption Day Coalition, helping 34 cities across the country finalize 1,350 adoptions and celebrate adoption.
- 2003 – Courts and community organizations in more than 120 jurisdictions across the nation finalized the adoptions of 3,100 children.
- 2004 – More than 3,400 children were adopted from foster care in 200 events in 37 states after courts and community organizations finalized the adoptions.
- 2011 – More than 300 court and community events were held during the national observance.
NATIONAL ESPRESSO DAY
Get the pure coffee essence on National Espresso Day! Whether you sip one cup or keep buzzing all day long, November 23rd is the day.
The word espresso (/ɛˈsprɛsoʊ/; Italian pronunciation: [eˈsprɛsso]) in Italian means ‘quick in time.’ Before the advent of the espresso machine, espresso was simply a coffee expressly made for the person ordering it. It was also made with recently roasted and freshly ground beans. The cup was brewed shortly before serving. In the late 1800s, this practice was commonplace in cafés and restaurants.
While today’s espresso maintains the freshness quality, it has undergone a transition in meaning. We’ve come to know espresso as a highly concentrated brew served in smaller quantities. We may also use espresso as a base for other delicious coffee creations.
We can thank the espresso machine for this modern view of espresso. In 1901, Italian Luigi Bezzera invented the first successful espresso machine. The newer technologies produced a smaller, more concentrated cup more quickly than traditional coffee brewing methods. Additionally, this thicker, more intense brew created a creamy foam on top called the crema. The richer flavors and aromas of an espresso create delicious lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, macchiato, and many cafe’ creations.
Beyond the range of beverages, the intense flavor of espresso lends itself to baking. Where coffee may become lost when blended with other flavors, espresso remains vibrant. Blend it with cream cheese, sugar and flour for a cheesecake. Add it to ladyfingers and make tiramisu. Many desserts call for espressos such as ice cream and creme brulee.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEspressoDay
Enjoy a cup of espresso and use #NationalEspressoDay to post on social media.
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NATIONAL ESPRESSO DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this caffeinated holiday.
A favorite snacking and party nut is recognized each year on November 23 during National Cashew Day.
The cashew nut is a seed harvested from the cashew tree. The tree originated in Northeastern Brazil. However, it is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew apples and nuts.
With leaves arranged spirally and a leathery texture, the evergreen cashew tree grows as tall as 32 feet high and often has an irregularly shaped trunk. The flowers are small, starting out pale green then turning reddish, with each one having five slender, acute petals.
The largest cashew tree in the world covers about 81,000 sq. ft. and is located in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
- The cashew tree has a fruit called the “cashew apple.” Its fragile skin makes it unsuitable for transport.
- Latin Americans make a fruit drink from the cashew apple.
- The Cashew causes fewer allergic reactions than other nuts or peanuts.
- Although native to northeast Brazil, the Portuguese took the cashew plant to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565. From Goa, it spread throughout Southeast Asia and, eventually, Africa.
- We often see peanuts, pecans, walnuts, and other nuts sold in the shell. Due to the toxic nature of the cashew nut’s shell, this is not possible.
- Speaking of the shell, the Cashew is not a true nut. They do not develop a hard wall around the seed as hazelnuts or walnuts do. Cashews instead have a lining around the seed that is filled with a caustic fluid.
- This nut is an excellent source of antioxidants.
- It’s also a source of dietary trace minerals: copper, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous.
- Cashew oil is a dark yellow oil for cooking, or salad dressing pressed from cashew nuts.
- Many parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCashewDay
How will you savor your cashews? There are so many options. Snacking, baking, granola, salads, and more. Be sure to share your recipes and use #NationalCashewDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CASHEW DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this snack food holiday.
NATIONAL EAT A CRANBERRY DAY
On November 23rd, National Eat a Cranberry Day encourages us to take a bite of the bright red cranberry. But brace yourself!
Found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs, or trailing vines, that grow up to 7 feet long and 8 inches high. Their stems are slender and wiry, and they have small evergreen leaves.
The cranberry flowers are dark pink with very distinct reflexed petals, leaving the style and stamens fully exposed and pointing forward. The fruit of the cranberry plant is a berry that is larger than the leaves and is initially white but when ripe, turns a deep red.
- Cranberries’ acidity overwhelms their sweetness.
- They’re a major commercial crop in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.
- However, Wisconsin leads in cranberry production with over half of U.S. production.
- We mostly find cranberries processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam or sweetened dried cranberries.
- Cranberry sauce is considered an indispensable part of a traditional American Thanksgiving meal.
- Due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, raw cranberries are marketed as a superfruit.
- There are three to four species of cranberry, classified in two sections.
- Producers make white cranberry juice from cranberries harvested after they’ve matured but before they turn their characteristic dark red color.
- Some producers make cranberry wine in the cranberry-growing regions of the United States.
- Laboratory studies indicate that extracts containing cranberry may have anti-aging effects.
The word cranberry comes from “craneberry”; first named by the early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem, calyx, and petals resembled the neck, head and bill of a crane.
HOW TO OBSERVE #EatACranBerryDay
Share all your favorite ways to enjoy a cranberry. Do you drink it, bake it or crush it before eating it? Enjoy some cranberries and use #EatACranberryDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL EAT A CRANBERRY DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this berry sweet holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 60 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
1 – 3/4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1 package (8 ounces) pitted chopped dates
1/2 cup pecans chopped
1 cup hot applesauce
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a saucer, mix spices and sugar.
Dampen the corner of a paper towel or the tip of your clean finger with apple cider.
Rub along the rim of each serving glass.
Dip each glass into the sugar and spice mixture to coat the edge.
Place two scoops of ice cream into each glass.
Sprinkle the remaining sugar and spice mixture over the top of the ice cream.
Pour the apple cider over the top of the ice cream.
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