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June 7th – National Donut Day!

 
national donut day 2013Each year National Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June.

This event was created in 1938 by The Salvation Army to honor The Salvation Army Lassie’s who served coffee and donuts to the soldiers during World War I.

Salvation Army volunteers set up “huts” overseas in abandoned buildings close to the front lines. The Salvation Army Lassie’s provided baked goods, writing supplies and clothes mending to the soldiers. Serving the sweet treats brought comfort to the soldiers who were likely missing the comfort of their family.

The Lassie’s found it difficult to provide freshly baked goods due to the condition of the hut’s. Two volunteer’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance decided to fry donuts on soldiers’ helmets. Seven donuts were able to be fried per batch. Try the original Salvation Army Lassie’s Doughnut Recipe.

For National Donut Day there are donut shops offering freebies or deals.

Here are some donut deals:

Participating Dunkin Donuts shops are offering a FREE donut with purchase of a Dunkin’ beverage. Offer is valid at participating shops June 1, while supplies are available. Browse local shops.

Participating Krispy Kreme Doughnut shops are offering a FREE doughnut June 1, with no purchase required. Browse for local shops on the Krispy Kreme website.

FREE contest–Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army are featuring a Donut Day Sweepstakes for lots of free donuts and other prizes. Enter online for FREE, no purchase necessary.

Don’t forget to check your local listings for the deals in your local area.
 
 
 
 

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Memorial Day BBQ – BBQ Tri-tip on the Grill

 

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

With Memorial Day around the corner I wanted everyone to know about tri-tip, as promised in an early post.

Tri-tip is the best cut of meat to BBQ on the grill. It’s the most popular cut in the Central Coast of California and Central Valley regions of California to BBQ.

Tri-tip is a cut of meat from the bottom sirloin. It’s a small triangle muscle and there are only one per side of beef. Weight can be 1.5 lbs to 2.5 lbs each.

It’s best not to over season a tri-tip. Salt, pepper, garlic salt and granulated garlic is all you need to season this flavorful cut of meat. BBQ correctly, indirectly over medium heat, on the grill and the flavor is amazing. I prefer to BBQ as a roast (also known as a triangle roast), but you can also cut into one inch thick steaks and BBQ on the grill. Always allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving or serving.
 
 

 
 
Tri-tip roast (triangle roast) is a lean cut of meat and should not be overcooked. A tri-tip roast should be cooked to medium. A thermometer can be used to check for doneness. To some people this roast at medium may seem underdone. My advice would be to grill to medium, let rest and slice then grill slices to preferred doneness.

This cut of meat has become very popular for its full flavor, lower fat content, and comparatively lower cost. Some Costco’s and Sam Club’s around the country have started to carry it.

If you are unable to find it in any of your local stores ask a butcher for the cut. Make sure they are a member of the “North American Meat Processors Association” (NAMP).

Ask them for cut IMPS/NAMP 185C (with fat) or IMPS/NAMP 185D (without fat – This is the preferred cut).

All in all this is the best cut of meat for the grill. Find it, enjoy it and let me know what you thought.
 
 
 

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April 5 – Textbook Trade-In

 
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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

This is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I know this is a sensitive subject to some of you but you need to take your health into your own hands and talk to your doctor about Colorectal Cancer.

For anyone who has had a relative or friend pass away from Colorectal Cancer you know how painful this disease is. To watch someone you care about go through so much pain is heart breaking. You wish deep down inside “If only they had gotten a colonoscopy”.

There will be 143,000 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed this year. It is estimated that 5% to 10% of all colorectal cancers are explained by a heredity. Colon Cancer deaths can be cut by 53% if everyone had a colonoscopy.

It’s unclear what exact causes colorectal cancers, factors such as lack of exercise, poor diet and polyps are known to contribute to the disease. Research shows that eating a lot of fruit and vegetables can help prevent colorectal cancer along with maintaining a healthy weight, being active and restricted use of alcohol.

Some of you may not know what a colonoscopy entails.  This article from March of 2011 will explain what needs to be done prior to the procedure, what is done during the procedure and what to expect after the procedure.
 
 
Related Articles:
Read what really happens during your colonoscopy (provenasaintjosephhospital.wordpress.com)

How often is colorectal cancer hereditary? (www.mskcc.org)

This Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (www.medicalnewstoday.com)
 
 
 

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A High School Graduation Gift

 

It’s never to early to start thinking about graduation, it closer than you think.


 

Graduation marks a new phase in a graduates life, adulthood being the most important.

With childhood memories behind them and a world of new responsibilities and challenges ahead one is left with the carefree memories of childhood.

Send a graduate out into the world with a photo book filled with memories of his or her childhood.

A treasure that can be passed down for generations.

Don’t forget to add a note with words of encouragement and wisdom.
 
 
 
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
~Eleanor Roosevelt~
 
 

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February 27 – Happy Birthday Tiny Prints

 

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January 21 – Martin Luther King Day

 

Martin Luther King Day – Happy belated birthday Dr. King


 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of Dr. King’s birthday, January 15.

Dr. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in Dr. King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968.

The idea of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After Dr. King’s death, United States Representative John Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and United States Senator Edward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (Dr. King had never held public office). Only two other persons have national holidays in the United States honoring them: George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

Soon after, the King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musician Stevie Wonder released the single “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the “Rally for Peace” Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 article in The Nation as “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history.”

At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor Dr. King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

The bill established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee observance of the holiday, and Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife, was made a member of this commission for life by President George H. W. Bush in May 1989.
 

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Source:
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January 21 – National Hugging Day

 

Today is Nat’l Hugging Day……Give someone a Hug


 
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Today, January 21st, is Nat’l Hugging Day. This day was created in 1986 by Rev. Zaborney of Caro, Michigan. Rev. Zaborney created this Holiday to help people show more emotion in public. He felt people were embarrassed to show affection in public and hoped Nat’l Hugging Day would change people’s embarasment.
 
 
You celebrate this Holiday by hugging a family member or friend, but always ask first. Hugging has mental and physical benefits as well.
 
Hugging can:

  •      Build a good immuse sytem
  •      Decrease the risk of heart disease
  •      Helps curb appetite 
  •      Cost nothing 
  •      Decreases levels of the stress hormone Cortisol in women
  •      Be essential for psychological and physical development
  •      Make you feel good

Fun Fact:

http://www.nationalhuggingday.com

  •      Recognizes the most huggable people each year
  •      You can submit a nomination for “The Most Huggable People” of the year 






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January 20 – National Cheese Lover’s Day

 

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!


 
Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! How will you pay homage to the fromage?

Think of all the things you like to do with cheese: Macaroni and cheese. Grilled cheese. Cheesy potatoes. Cheesecake. With over 900 varieties and seemingly endless possibilities, there’s no wonder it rates its own special day.

A day of celebration for those who “Hanker fer a Hunk o’ Cheese. This brought back memories so I just had to post it.

The Origin of Cheese

Cheese is believed to be one of the oldest processed foods. There is evidence that it has been around nearly as long as humans have been domesticating milk-producing animals like cows and goats. Some of the earliest records of cheese originated with the Sumerians, who recorded cheese making and consuming around the time they invented written language, around 3,500 B.C. The secret is to separate the protein called casein from the milk, transform it into the solid form called curd, and separate it from the liquids, called whey. In fact, Little Miss Muffet’s favorite dish is a basic form of cottage cheese that still has some whey in it.

The Romans believed that cheese making could also be an art form and experimented with the process by adding herbs, spices and vegetable extracts. Later on, monasteries took on most of the cheese-making duties and many of today’s popular cheeses were developed by monks. The cheese-making process migrated to the United States, where the first recorded dedicated cheese making factory was opened in the mid-19th century.

Since we can’t have the day off, we’ll have to find other means to celebrate.

A small handful of suggestions…
 
Baked Fontina
 
A beer and gruyere skillet fondue

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds Italian Fontina Val d’Aosta cheese, rind removed and 1-inch-diced
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 crusty French baguette
 
 
 
 
Directions

Preheat the broiler and position the oven rack 5 inches from the heat.

Distribute the cubes of Fontina evenly in a 12-inch cast-iron pan. Drizzle on the olive oil. Combine the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and sprinkle it over the cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and place the pan under the broiler for 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starts to brown.

Serve the baked Fontina family-style-right out of the oven in the cast-iron pan with crusty chunks of bread for everyone to dip.

 
Healthy Grilled Cheese
 
grown up grilled cheese

Ingredients
 
2 pieces of a hearty whole wheat bread
1/2 small avocado, sliced
7 small peppadews (tomatos can be substituted)
3 tbsp of crumbled goat cheese
2 to 3 oz. of low sodium oven roasted turkey breast (thinly sliced)
Cooking oil spray
 
 

Directions
 
Sprinkle half the goat cheese onto each slice of bread.

On one piece of bread pack on your avocado and on the other put the turkey. You’ll want to press the avocado and turkey into the goat cheese so it sticks together.

You don’t put the pieces of bread together! Instead you spray your skillet with some cooking oil and turn the heat up to medium high.

After it’s heated, put both halves into the pan and rub them around in the cooking spray so it coats the bread evenly.

After about 3 minutes the bread should look toasty and golden. At this point you’ll want to take the halves off the stove and break apart the peppadews and lay them on top of the avocado. If you’ve never had a peppadew, you’re in for a treat.

Now you’ll have all your ingredients on the bread, pick up the side with the turkey and turn over on the avocado/peppadew side. The turkey will stick to the goat cheese so it won’t fall off!
 
 
And last but not least, have some friends over to celebrate “National Cheese Lovers Day”
 
a wine chocolate and cheese party

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ibotta: How it works

 
 

It has been brought to my attention I did not provide an explanation as to what the ibotta app does or what it’s for. Please see below.
Thank you Simply Eclectic for the heads up.


 
 
Ibotta logo
 
Ibotta is a free mobile app that gives consumers a new way to earn money when they shop. It is a fun and easy way to earn real money. Ibotta pays users cash rewards for learning about and purchasing your favorite products.
 
ibotta phones

It’s easy. Learn about products by taking polls, reading facts, reading recipes or watching short videos – you choose how much or how little. All of these facts together take less than a minute. I was worried about the polls, but so far they have been 1 question and take no time at all. Each fact has a monetary value.

Ibotta works in your favorite retailers including Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Vons, Ralphs, King Soopers, just to name a few, with new stores being added all the time.

It’s fast. Get your money within hours of taking a photo of your receipt.

It’s real cash. Earnings can be transferred securely to your PayPal account or donated to any school in America with the click of a button.

It’s personalized. Every time you redeem an offer, they’ll send a new one. Tell them your likes and dislikes and they’ll send you personalized offers.

It’s full of your favorite products. Ibotta sends you offers from all the top brands.

It’s secure. Your information is private and they intend to keep it that way. They never share your email address with anyone.

There is no credit card information stored or kept.
 
Here’s how it works:

1. Go to the ibotta home page

2. Click sign up with email. I created an email account just for ibotta. I wanted to monitor the account for spam and I’ve gotten none so far.

Ibotta registration page

3. Fill out all the information requested.

Ibotta registration

4. A confirmation email will be sent to you. Click on the confirmation link within the email and download the free ibotta app for iphone or Android.

5. Find the app on your phone and log in.

6. Once you’re logged in you will be able to see the ibotta offers. Scroll through your offers, tap on an offer your interested in. Each offer has tasks assigned for a monetary value. You can complete 1 or complete them all. The more offers you choose and redeem the more cash back you’ll earn.

ibotta offer 1

7. Go Shopping. Buy your chosen product offers at any of the major retailers ibotta supports. I try and match the items with paper or ecoupons for even more savings.

8. When you are ready to submit your receipt to ibotta tap the “Redeem” button in the bottom right corner. Choose the store you purchased your items from, if you made purchases from more than one store you’ll have to scan multiple receipts. Take a photo of your receipt and scan product barcode. When you’re done submit your receipt to ibotta. The app will navigate you through this process. Ibotta will verify your purchases and credit your ibotta account.

9. Once ibotta has verified and credited your account you can choose to get your cash loaded into your PayPal account, donated to any school in America or donated to the United Way.

I’ve only had the app a couple of days and have used it once and made $9. My Paypal account was credited within half an hour of my scanned receipts being submitted. So far I am very impressed. If you feel apprehensive about downloading read the reviews when you download the app. The Android app has a 4.6 rating and the iphone app has a 4+ rating.
 
 
 

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