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National Swap Ideas Day - September 10


National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th, encourages us to share a creative or helpful idea with someone and trade them for their thoughts in return.

Swapping ideas today does not have to be done on a one-on-one basis. Often, groups of people with similar interests gather with a common goal in mind. The meetings are usually a social gathering. However, on occasion, groups with different skill sets, design talents, and ideas gather. They bounce sketches, eureka moments off each other, and suddenly a new idea develops. 

This observance urges sharing concepts and sparking ideas. Many of us are passionate about our careers, hobbies, or special projects. However, sometimes, we require the additional magic that happens when a community of people joins forces to bring a plan to fruition. Maybe it’s only a suggestion of an idea, but when it’s paired with another, a bigger and more tangible impression evolves. Swapping ideas does that. 

Not only that, but groups of people benefit from the skills of others. And the energy of brainstorming compounds the efforts of the entire team. Often an idea shared by one person generates two or even three new concepts within the group, creating opportunities for everyone.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSwapIdeasDay

Throughout the day, make sure to swap your ideas with others. Swap at work, organizations, clubs. Generate ideas that lead to solutions or new products. Perhaps one of your ideas will inspire a new technology or a genre of fiction. Swap your ideas using #NationalSwapIdeasDay to post on social media.


Our research has found that Robert Birch created National Swap Ideas Day. Mr. Birch also created Lumpy Rug Day, Trivia Day, and Nothing Day.

NATIONAL ANTS ON A LOG DAY – Second Tuesday in September


The registrar of National Day Calendar has designated the second Tuesday in September of each year as National Ants On A Log Day. This day recognizes this iconic and healthy food snack enjoyed by millions of people across the USA and around the world.

Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top.  The snack name was first used in the 1950s.  The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How healthy is it? We’ve outlined each ingredient to give you an idea. 

Raisins add a little sweet to snack time while also providing vitamin C, selenium and zinc. They’re also low in sodium and are a good source of potassium, making them great for blood pressure. Another healthy benefit of raisins includes iron, copper, and magnesium. Coupled with the potassium, these pH-balancing minerals help keep stomach acid in order.

The next layer, peanut butter, is an excellent source of protein. Along with that, peanut butter offers a boost of healthy fat, too.

Finally, crispy celery is low in calories. But that’s not all! In the crunch of celery, you’ll find fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin K. Not only is it low in calories, but it doesn’t have any of the fat and cholesterol other snack foods have either.

Early September is a time when kids are headed back to school and more importantly, back to studying. To keep them (and their parents) fueled with brain food is an important tool for staying focused.  The designation is to celebrate and encourage healthy snacking using one of the most iconic treats that both old and new generations enjoy.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAntsOnALogDay

No matter where you are, ants on a log makes the perfect snack. Make some for work or home. Send them to school or daycare. Make extra for an after school, after work treat. Prepare yours and share using #NationalAntsOnALogDay to post on social media.

National Ants On A Log Day - 2nd Tuesday in September


In 2014, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Peanut Butter & Co. submitted National Ants on a Log Day to recognize the nutritious and delicious snack. 

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on the second Tuesday in September annually. 



National TV Dinner Day is observed annually on September 10th.  In 1953, C.A. Swanson & Sons changed the prepackaged meal business forever. Introducing the TV Dinner revolutionized frozen food.

In 1962, Swanson stopped using the name TV Dinner. However, in the United States, the term remains synonymous with any prepackaged dinner purchased frozen from a store and heated at home.

The first Swanson TV Dinner consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread dressing, peas, and sweet potatoes.  The original tray was made of aluminum and each food item had separate compartments. The dinner had to be heated in the oven. Most meals cooked in the oven for 25 minutes. Today, nearly all frozen food trays can be cooked in the microwave or in a conventional oven. 

The original product sold for 98 cents. The first year, Swanson’s production estimate was 5,000 dinners. To their surprise, Swanson far exceeded that amount. In the first year, they sold more than 10 million of them.

  • 1960 – Swanson added desserts to a new four-compartment tray.
  • 1964 – Night Hawk name originated from the Night Hawk steak houses that operated in Austin, Texas from 1939 through 1994. The original diners were open all night catering to the late-night crowd. The restaurants produced the first frozen Night Hawk TV dinner in 1964.
  • 1969 – The first TV breakfasts were marketed. Great Starts Breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches followed later.
  • 1973 – The first Swanson Hungry-Man dinners were marketed; these were larger portions of its regular dinner products.
  • 1986 – The first microwave oven-safe trays were marketed.
  • 1986 – The Smithsonian Institute inducted the original Swanson TV Dinner tray into the Museum of American History.

Much has changed since the original TV Dinner. They also remain a popular choice for a fast and convenient meal and fun to eat in front of the TV!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTVDinnerDay

Get out a TV dinner, pop it in the microwave or oven, and enjoy! Use #NationalTVDinnerDay to post on social media.


We were unable to find the creator of National TV Dinner Day.

Recipe of the Day

Carrot and Pear Soup

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings:  6


2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups diced carrots
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, diced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons diced, fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream for garnish
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.

Add carrots, pears, ginger, and broth. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to boil.

Reduce heat. Simmer and stir occasionally until carrots are tender.

Let cool enough to process in food processor until smooth.

Garnish with dill, salt and pepper.

Serve topped with sour cream and bacon crumbles.

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