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January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day

 

Today is Nat’l Peanut Butter Day


 

 
You might like peanut butter in candy, cookies, as a sandwich, or straight from the jar, January 24th is your day to celebrate your favorite form of Peanut Butter….smooth or crunchy.

But, where did peanut butter come from? Who invented it? Let us find out. Some of the answers may surprise you. And then, how about a few recipes for our favorite food?
 
 

A Little History of the Peanut and Peanut Butter 

 
 

 
Believe it or not peanut butter was not invented by Dr. George Washington Carver. Let us go back in time a bit. Peanuts can be traced back as far as 950 BC and are originally from South America. The Incas used peanuts and made them into a paste-like substance.

Peanuts were transported from South America to Africa by early explorers of the new world. Through trade they were introduced to Spain. The Spanish used them in trade with their American colonies. Peanuts were not commercially grown as a crop until around 1818 in North Carolina and later in Virginia about the early to mid 1840’s.

Dr George Washington Carver comes into the peanut picture during his research to assist the South’s economy after the American Civil War. Devastated by the war and years of cotton and tobacco farming the soil had become depleted. Dr Carver was able to convince southern farmers to follow his suggestions to plant crops other than cotton and tobacco. By planting peanuts and other crops the region was able to begin to recover economically.

Dr Carver did discover three hundred uses for peanuts. Peanut butter was just one of those uses. He began encouraging the many uses of peanut products including, peanut butter, in 1880. But, Dr Carver did not patent peanut butter because he believed food products were gifts from God.

A patent was not issued for peanut butter until 1895. The patent was issued to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg for the “Process of Preparing Nut Meal”. His nut meal used peanuts. Dr Kellogg had been serving peanut butter to his patients at his Battle Creek Sanitarium.

Joseph Lambert, who worked for Dr. Kellogg, created and began selling his own hand-operated peanut butter grinder in 1896. The first nut cookbook was published in 1899 by his wife, Almeta Lambert and was called “The Complete Guide to Nut Cookery”.

A physician in St Louis, Dr. Ambrose Straub, used peanut butter as a method for providing toothless elderly with protein. He invented and patented a peanut butter making machine in 1903.

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Holiday cookie baskets

 

Holiday cookies are part of many Holiday celebrations. We look forward to baking cookies for friends and family and Holiday cookies are the perfect gift for holiday parties, family celebrations, and office parties.

Celebrate this Holiday Season with cookies!
Shop the selection of holiday cookie baskets below.


 

 
 
 
 

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October 14 – National Dessert Day

 

Today is National Dessert Day.

 
Today is a day to forget your diet, forget about your calorie intake and just enjoy dessert(s) for the day.

National Dessert Day is probably a perfect time to make your favorite dessert(s) rather than having put on your sweats, put on shoes, and head to the best dessert bakery, if you can even find a bakery anymore. There is nothing like homemade desserts.

If you want something a bit healthier, if you can call dessert “healthy.” Try a quick and easy banana pudding or some rich, moist mini carrot cakes, my favorite of all time.

By the way it’s also National Dessert Month. So, if you miss National Dessert Day, go ahead and splurge the rest of the month. So there’s plenty of time to try out some classic recipes and still sneak in a few of your favorites!
 
 
 

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Last Reminder: Tomorrow 09/09/12 is Grandparents Day

 
 

****Grandparent’s Day reminder****
 
This is your last reminder.
 
Tomorrow is Grandparent’s Day.
 
Here’s some help with last minute ideas.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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July 9 – National Sugar Cookie Day

 

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day

 
 

Each year on July 9th is a holiday called National Sugar Cookie Day. This is one holiday we all enjoy celebrating, as all a proper celebration requires is the devouring of a sweet sugar cookie of any variety.
 
Of course, eating sugar cookies is not the only way to celebrate this special occasion. One of the reasons sugar cookies are popular is that they are “blank canvasses,” and may be decorated in any way you desire. National Sugar Cookie Day provides an opportunity to spend time with family or friends baking cookies and then embellishing them with frosting, sprinkles, candy or whatever else you like. 1
 
You may choose to celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day by simply sending a basket of cookies to a friend, or biting into a cookie at home, or you may wish to throw a sugar cookie party/exchange with friends or family members.
 
 
 
 
Sources:
[1] http://www.mahalo.com
 

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June 23 – National Pecan Sandy Day

 
Celebrate this food holiday by baking Pecan Sandy’s with family or friends. The recipe below is one of the simplest. Baking Pecan Sandy’s rather than buying them prepared is well worth the effort.

Recipes for Pecan Sandy’s are known to be one of the simplest and easiest baking recipes and they are very suitable for baking with children.

You may be surprised by the nutritional features of the pecan nut when used in a balanced way in a healthy diet. Some of the reported nutritional benefits of pecans include their antioxidant content, and potential for lowering “bad” cholesterol.
 
 
Classic Pecan Sandy Cookies

2 c of sifted flour
1/2 c sugar
1 c softened butter
2 tsp real vanilla extract
2 tsp water
1 c roughly chopped pecans

Cream butter and sugar together and add the water and vanilla. When thoroughly combined, add the flour and pecans and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Chill thoroughly, at least four hours.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. With your hands, roll the dough into golf ball sized balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for approximately twenty minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and enjoy.
 
 
 

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Get Your Cleaning On

 
*****I posted this during the holidays and was asked to re-post to share the earth friendly cleaning supplies recipes below. We all should be conscience of what we are doing to the earth*****
 
 
 
I really didn’t want to write this because I hate cleaning, I know it has to be done, and I do it, but I hate it.

I thought my cleaning recipes might help everyone get their house ready for their Holiday guests.

Recently I have started to use homemade products to clean. It’s much cheaper than store-bought and they do just as good of a job and sometime even a better job.

Some of these recipes may not smell nice all the time but will dissipate when they dry. I’m writing this in hopes that you all will feel better knowing you did something good for the environment.

The environment is really the reason I started making my own cleaning products. I hear all the talk on the news and talk radio about how we need to take care of our environment. All that made me think about what my niece and nephew and their kids and so on, will have to look forward to in later years. Will they be able to pack a lunch of tuna sandwich’s and grape soda, like my mom and dad did for my family and go to the lake for the day and spend quality time together? Will there be water in the lake for them to even enjoy? Will gas be $8.00 a gallon?

It all starts with us and trickles down to the generations. If our kids see us trying to be green and recycle they will too and so on.

These are my favor recipes.  I use them weekly, if not daily.

All-Purpose cleaner – dissolve ½ cup washing soda in a bucket of warm water.
USE: Kitchen/Bathroom – wash surface, then rinse. Not recommended for aluminum surfaces or no-wax floors. Cleans walls, counter tops, refrigerators, appliances, tiles, sinks, tub/shower, and toilet bowls.

Baby clothes – Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle.
USE: Baby clothes – Helps break down uric acid and soapy residue, leaving baby clothes soft and fresh.

Bathroom mold cleaner – Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) and 2 parts water.
USE: Spray on areas with mold; wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.
Warning: Be careful with hydrogen peroxide; it can take the color out of fabrics

Dishwasher Detergent – mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 cup borax (use sparingly). You can use 2 packs of sugar-free lemonade, if desired, for scent.
USE: 2 – 4 Tbsp per load, dependent on how big the load.

Floor Cleaner – Add ½ cup vinegar to ½ gallon warm water & mop. No need to rinse!
USE:To clean no-wax floors.

Multi-Purpose “Greener” Cleaner – Add the following ingredients to a 16-oz spray bottle, shake well: soap (flakes, powder, or liquid), 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar, 16 ounces (2 cups) water.
USE: Multi-Purpose

**DISCLAIMER: PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP ALL CLEANERS, EVEN GREEN,  AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS**

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National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

Oats came to the New World by way of European explorers in the 17th century. Oats were considered a health food in 19th century America. They were served to the disabled and weak as a hearty breakfast (mush/porridge) to help build back their strength.
 
With the crossover of oats into confection at the turn of the 20th century oat recipes were created with more of a sweetness and used as a dessert.
 
Lacy Oatmeal Cookies are thinner and crispier then the traditional Oatmeal Cookie.
Although they’re considered a Southern delicacy, feel free to whip up a batch. It is a national holiday, after all.
 
Here’s a second recipe I just had to share. I found it while researching this post. It looked to good not to share.
 
 
 
Related Articles:
 
Lacy Oatmeal Cookies (www.mrsfieldssecrets.com)
 
Oatmeal Lace Cookies with Mascarpone Cream & Berries
(http://www.tease-spoonofsugar.blogspot.com)
 
 
 
 

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Valentines candy for all my retro candy lovers

Old fashioned candy from the 1950s, 60s, 70s or 80s, still available after all these years!

My favorite retro candy shop, Old Time Candy, has “Candy Decade Boxes” personalized for Valentines Day or you can build your own.


Candy you ate as a kid®

I think retro candy  is the perfect gift for someone who is hard to buy for.

Everyone loves to remember the candy they had as a child.

Gotta Love This Kinda Stuff!!

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Order Your Valentines Cookies Early

This is a day of love to tell the special people around us how much we love them.

We show them by sending cards, candy, flowers and gifts. We can celebrate by taking a loved one to dinner.


Valentines cookies should also be a part of the celebration. Valentines cookies are the perfect sweet to send to someone special.

This is a perfect idea for the hard to buy for. Cookies are always a way to put a smile on someone’s face.

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