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Just because Valentine’s has come and went, it doesn’t mean that there is nothing left to celebrate in the month of February. There is still plenty to look forward to.

February is Wild Bird Feeding Month, National Cherry Month, Library Lovers’ Month, Responsible Pet Owner’s Month, and Black History Month. Plus you still have Friendship week, which lands the 21-27 and Tootsie Roll Anniversary on the 23.

So there is no time like today than to plan some extra fun for the month.

Make a bird feeder for the birds this week. Birds need help finding food during the winter and this is a great time to help. Find a pinecone and put peanut butter on it and roll it in birdseed. Find a place to hang it outside so you can see the birds enjoy the food. Make more than one and hang them all over the place.

Here is one more recipe for the birds. Take a saucepan mix 2 quarts of water and 1 cup margarine. Boil. Add 4 cups cereal like cornmeal, rolled oats, or grain. Mix in 1 cup  butter and 1 cup chopped fruit like raisins or dates. Pack mixture into plastic containers and let cool. Set bowls outside so the birds can enjoy it.

Take a trip to the store and find a neat bird feeder for your yard and install it so that you can feed the birds all year around.

Get books from the library to help you identify the birds that visit your yard. (This also helps you celebrate Library Lovers’ Month)

To help with National Cherry Month bake something new with cherries in it. There are many recipes out there that sound wonderful and would make a perfect treat for you and your family.

Make cherry jello and kool-aid. Cut out shapes in your jello with cookie cutters and make popsicles with the kool-aid. Take an ice cube tray and add kool-aid and cover it with plastic wrap and use toothpicks to poke holes in each cube and leave them in. Put in freezer and enjoy when frozen.

Enjoy cherry cheesecake. You can make one from scratch or by the box mix at the store.

Mix a cherry smoothie with frozen cherries.

Use dried cherries in your cereal or salad.

Websites for more information on birds and cherries:

Wild-Bird-Watching.com/

WhatBird.com/

Backyard-Bird-Watching.com/

Kraftfoods.com

AllRecipes.com

It’s Thanksgiving week and what better way to celebrate than with food.

I thought I would share some of my family favorites with you straight from my family to yours. I hope you make one of the recipes below one your families new traditions at your Thanksgiving table.

Broccoli Casserole

2 small bags of frozen broccoli

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 2/3 cup mayonnaise

1 egg

1  onion chopped

1 pkg. (8oz.) of shredded cheddar cheese

Topping

Chopped bread crumbs

1 stick butter

Cook broccoli in pan and cook until soft.  Drain broccoli and put in a bowl.  Combine broccoli, soup, mayonnaise, egg, onion and cheese.  Mix and then put in 13×9 or 9×9 baking dish.  Top with bread crumbs and dots of butter.

350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Deviled Eggs

6 Eggs

¼ cup Mustard

¼ cup Mayo or Salad Dressing

Sprinkle Paprika

Optional:

Dash Salt Pepper

2 Tbsp. Spoon Sugar

2 Tbsp. Pickle juice

Sliced Black olives

Sliced Green olives

Boil eggs.  Peel and cut eggs length wise.  Put yoke in separate bowl and put whites on a plate.  Add mustard and mayo (may need to add more to your liking) to the yokes and mix with fork or if you want it smooth use a mixer.  If you don’t have the taste or the consistency you want add more mustard and mayo and then if you like add just a little sugar and pickle juice to taste.  I don’t always add sugar or pickle juice it just depends on my mood.  Next spoon mixture into eggs.  Top with paprika and if you like a sliced green or black olive.

Water Gate Salad

1 Box Pistachio pudding

1 box lime jello

1 can crushed pineapple

1 bowl cool whip

Make jello according to package and use ice cube instructions.  Sit aside.  In a big bowl mix pudding and crushed pineapple (DO NOT DRAIN JUICE).  Add jello after it sits and the bowl of cool whip.  Mix and chill.

I hope you enjoy some good Thanksgiving food and enjoy time with your families.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🙂

Today is a great day to enjoy your favorite sandwich. Get creative and make a new creation.

Try creating a new sandwich and giving it a fancy name. Add things together that you normally wouldn’t put on a sandwich. Try different meats, cheeses or breads.

Create a dagwood sandwich by adding as much as you can to the sandwich with maybe an extra piece of bread.

Make your own sub sandwich. The deli at your local grocery store should have bread in long rolls that you can use.

Another way to have fun with your sandwich is use cookie cutters to make sandwich shapes. They have special cutters that you can find at your grocery store or Wal-Mart that cut the sandwich in a dinosaur shape or other things too. You can also use food markers that you can find at your local grocer too. They are usually found in the baking aisle by the icing. Use them to make a face on the sandwich or write a special message.

Sandwiches can be made just about any way you can imagine. Enjoy today by going to a special sandwich shop that you haven’t been to before there are a ton of great places out there and you might find something you really like.

Other ways to celebrate could be making a game out of it. See who can build the tallest sandwich? Who can come up with the silliest name for a sandwich? Who can name the most sandwiches in a minute? Name as many sandwich restaurant you can. Who can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the fastest?

Eat a sandwich for dinner. It will make dinner easy and fun.

Facts about Sandwiches

Did you know there is a city called Sandwich, Illinois? It’s a city that lies on the borders of DeKalb County, Illinois, LaSalle County, Illinois and Kendall County, Illinois. (Try locating it on the map today)

According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the record for eating sandwiches is held by Peter Dowdeswell. He ate 40 jam and butter sandwiches in 17 minutes, 53.9 seconds on October 17, 1977.

John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions.

The largest sandwich ever made weighed in at 6,991lbs (3,178kgs). Check it out here. http://www.supersizedmeals.com/food/article.php/20060320192419202

In attempt to make a giant sandwich Iran failed, they started eating it before it got measured. Read about it here.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1078552/Bid-create-worlds-largest-sandwich-Iran-fails-crowd-eats-it-measured.html

Have a great day celebrating with Sandwiches.

It’s November already, can  you believe it?  I know it’s hard for me to believe.

This month is going to be packed full of all kinds of crafts, recipes and days to celebrate. I can’t wait to share with you.

November Calendar

Mark your calendar with these special days.

International Drum Month

National Aviation Month

International Creative Child and Adult Month

Thanksgiving Week – National Game and Puzzle Week and National Bible Week

3 National Sandwich Day

5 National Doughnut Day

11 Veterans Day

14 National Teddy Bear Day

15 America Recycles Day and National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

16 The Sound of Music Day

17 Homemade Bread Day

29 Historical Figure Day

Crafts this month

Tracing leaves

Nature bowl

Turkey place holders

Turkey pine cones

puzzles

recycle projects

Christmas gifts and more.

Plus I’ll share some of my favorite holiday recipes.

Come back tomorrow for ways to celebrate Sandwich Day.

Links for Calendar of Events

http://www.web-holidays.com/

http://holidayinsights.com/

http://www.holidayorigins.com/

Turkey pinecone

Come back for instructions how to make this cute little turkey.

 

 

 

Popcorn

It’s the last week in October and it’s your last chance to enjoy Popcorn Popping Month. If your anything like my family we eat popcorn at least once a week. We like to eat it while watching a movie on Family Movie Night.

To help you celebrate here are some ways to enjoy your popcorn.

Where did popcorn come from?

Popcorn was originated in Mexico 80,000 years ago in Mexico city. The English colonists were introduced to popcorn at the first Thanksgiving feast.

You can find out more at http://www.sgw.ca/facts/where.html

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_did_popcorn_originate_from

Popcorn flavors and varieties

There are so many flavors of popcorn available.  Anything from the regular butter and cheese to fruity and Jalapeño. We have a place here that sells different kinds by the bag or tin you can order it online at http://www.popcornfharmacy.com/.  It is one of my favorite places to get popcorn.

You can also try going to your local grocery store for different varieties by checking the snack aisle or your microwave popcorn aisle.

Another way to make your popcorn special is by making your own. You can add just about anything to your popcorn. Like cinnamon, sugar, salt, Tabasco sauce, garlic salt or whatever sounds good. The grocery store has different kinds of popcorn shakers available too.

Check here for more ideas: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/cat/764/

Things you can make

Bird feeder or jewelry

You can string your popcorn to make a bird feeder for the birds. Use thread or dental floss and string it and put it outside on a tree for the birds to enjoy. (Tip: sit out popcorn overnight to make it easier to string)

You can also string it for a nice necklace or bracelet that you can eat.

Dyed corn

Take unpopped kernels and dye them in food coloring or popped corn too.

Take your kernels and put it in a bowl with food coloring and let it set for a couple of hours or longer and then let it set to dry out overnight.

Put popped corn in a ziploc bag and add a little food coloring in it and shake it up to make your favorite color.

Take dyed corn and glue it on paper to make something special or use it to decorate a picture frame.

Take some time to enjoy some popcorn this week. There is so many things you can do with it. I hope this inspired you to do something fun.

Popcorn Facts:

Popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain.

Unbuttered popcorn has about 25-55 calories per cup.

It’s the only type of corn that pops.

Want to know more visit:

http://www.catalogs.com/info/food/fun-popcorn-facts.html

http://www.knowledgebase-script.com/demo/article-551.html

Leave me a comment to let me know what you do with your popcorn.

Happy Popping!!!!

Pumpkin seeds

Now what are you going to do with all the pumpkin seeds your going to have after you carve that pumpkin? Eat them of course.

Pumpkin seeds are really delicious and there are a lot of ways to prepare them.  Seeds are a great source of nutrition and vitamins.

Before we look at ways to cook them you’ll need to clean your seeds by removing all the yucky stuff and dry them out. However, I have been told that cleaning them takes away some of the yummy taste, so it’s up to you to decide what tastes best.

An easy way to prepare seeds is add some butter into a skillet and sprinkle them with salt and wait till they are a little toasted and take them out of the pan.

Bake

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Arrange on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Coat with butter, olive oil or vegetable oil and bake until golden brown. Cook for about 20-30 minutes. Stirring half way through. (time may vary, so check often)

If you would like to add a little spice to your seeds add one of the following:

cayenne pepper

worchester sauce

cinnamon or cinnamon, sugar and salt

chili powder

soy sauce

garlic powder or salt

You can also soak your seeds overnight in salt water for a more tasty treat.

Facts about pumpkins and seeds:

You can eat the whole thing, shell and all.

Pumpkins were used as a general pain reliever and a treatment for bladder problems.

Seed were believed to remove freckles.

Baked pumpkin seeds


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