This holiday is always held on June 10. With the official start of summer just a few days away. The timing is perfect for National Iced Tea Day. Chances are, it is already hot in your area. Today may serve as a good reminder to make and enjoy your first (of many) Iced Tea drink of the season. Have it plain, add a little lemon, or sweeten it with sugar. Iced Tea is certainly a favorite summer cooler of millions of Americans. And best of all, tea is good for your health! It takes no imagination to decide how to enjoy this great day: Grab an Iced Tea and head out to the hammock strung under a shady tree. Medicinal value: Since ancient times, people have believed that tea has a wide range of medicinal uses. Modern research has given credibility to many of these beliefs and identified more In some cases research is not conclusive. Regardless of the final determination as to it’s value over time, drink and enjoy because there is no research to suggest that it can hurt you and it just tastes good. Here are some of the known or suspected medicinal applications:
Avoidance of heart disease
Cancer and tumors
Sore throats and colds(often flavored with honey)
The Origin of Iced Tea Day: In 1904, English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair. It was a sizzler of a day, and fair visitors didn’t want anything hot. Rather, they needed something to quench their thirst… something cold. He dumped some of his hot tea into ice and served it cold. It was an immediate hit. This was the first known use of iced tea.
It’s National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, time to enjoy a slice of a pie you many never have tried before. While Strawberry Rhubarb Pie has a long history, dating back to the 1800’s, not too many people have ever tried it. Some people, especially the younger crowd, do not even know what rhubarb is. The rhubarb plant has a long, thick, edible stem with good flavor, but a tart taste. Rhubarb recipes use sugar to sweeten it. The leaves are not eaten, as they are poisonous. Through the years, debate has raged as to whether Rhubarb is a vegetable, or a fruit. It is commonly thought of as a fruit, as this is the way it is used. In actuality, Rhubarb is actually a vegetable. Are you ready to be adventuresome? Dig into a piece of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. You will not be disappointed.
Best Friend Day (BFF Day)is a time to enjoy and appreciate your good old buddy, your pal. It’s a day to honor and cherish the relationship. If you’re lucky, you have a best friend. If you are real lucky, you have a number of best friends. Best friends are very, very special people. You spend countless hours with your best friend going to events and activities, or just hanging out. You share secrets, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and disappointments with your best friend. Some folks say you can only have one best friend. This author disagrees. You can have a couple at the same time, or several over time. Friends come and go for a variety of reasons, even BFFs are sometimes not forever. It’s the result of many things, including moving, changing schools or jobs, and more. We hope that you are lucky enough to have a number of best friends over the years. Celebrate Best Friend Day by:
Spending time with your best friend
Making efforts to find a best friend(if you don’t currently have one)
Giving a small gift or card to your best friend
Calling an old best friend that you’ve lost touch with
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is a great day to eat America’s favorite flavor of ice cream. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is a field day for ice cream makers. However, we probably don’t need any additional incentive to eat Chocolate Ice Cream. And, with the arrival of warm, summer weather, cooling off with a little (or a lot) of chocolate ice cream is a natural. Celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day by enjoying it a few times today. It’s as simple as that. Just make sure to eat it quickly before it melts in the summer heat.
Yo-Yo day is here…hooray! Not that you need an excuse to play with your Yo-Yo. Wherever you are today, get out your Yo-Yo and impress your friends, family, and co-workers with your Yo-Yo skills. And, do it at work today! If you don’t think it’s appropriate at work, consider the fact that three U.S. presidents (Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) showed off their Yo-Yo expertise while in office! It’s origin is hard to factually prove. Many believe that the Yo-Yo originated in China as early as 500-1000 B.C. However, their is some evidence that it was first used in Greece even before this time. Over the centuries the Yo-Yo has had it’s ups and downs (tee,hee). The classic Yo-Yo was made wildly popular in America by businessman Donald F. Duncan Sr. He manufactured the “Duncan Yo-Yo” in the early 1900’s. Celebrate the Yo-YTo today by “walking the dog” or “shooting the moon”, the most popular tricks. Origin of Yo-Yo Day: National Yo-Yo Day was established as June 6th in honor of the birthday of Donald F. Duncan Sr. While June 6th is recognized as Yo-Yo Day, there is some unsubstantiated reference to June 10th. Yo-Yo Trivia: The worlds largest Yo-Yo weighs 256 pounds, and is on display at the National Yo-Yo museum. In 1992, Jeffrey Hoffman took a Yo-Yo into space aboard the shuttle Atlantis.
National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army “Lassies” of WWI. It is also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army. The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army “lassies” were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army’s “first doughnut girl”. On National Doughnut Day, look to see if your local doughnut shop, or other organizations, are offering free donuts to solicit donations for the Salvation Army or for another needy cause. If you find them, please be generous. Note: The word “Doughnut” is often shortened to “Donut. So, if you see the term National Donut Day, its the same day. The origin of the term “Doughboy”: The term “Doughboy” was popular in referring to U.S. Army infantryman during World War I. American foot soldiers were occasionally called doughboys during the Civil War. The earliest references to the term, comes from the U.S-Mexican war.
Today is National Cheese Day. From breakfast to late night snack, this is a day to enjoy ample amounts of a wide variety of cheeses. People around the world love cheeses. Americans consume on average around 31 pounds of cheese a year. We get to choose among a huge variety of flavors and textures. Cheese is produced from pressed curds of milk. It has been a staple of our diets since ancient times, dating back as far back as 10,000 years ago. By the time of the Roman Empire, cheese had become widespread. Depending upon who is counting, there is between 800 to 1,400 varieties of cheese to choose from, classified by taste and texture.. Unfortunately, many of these varieties are little known and hard to find. Even so, there is no shortage of varieties in the market. The flavor and texture of cheeses are influenced by temperature, aging process, and spices. Did You Know? Cheese can be made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep and even buffalos. It is a sheer pleasure to celebrate National Cheese Day. Eat lots of cheeses. From grilled cheese sandwiches to cheese soup and cheesecake, from American cheese to Brie, there’s no shortage of cheese varieties and recipes. Holding a Cheese Tasting party, is a great way to celebrate National Cheese Day. Ps. Don’t forget to pair it with some great wines! The Cheesy Challenge: Eat cheese today at every meal, and with every snack. Most importantly, try a variety of cheese that you’ve never tasted before.
National Rocky Road Day is all about eating ice cream…… specifically Rocky Road ice cream. Want to make your own Rocky Road Ice Cream? Just add nuts (almonds and/or pecans), mini marshmallows, and chunks of semisweet chocolate to your favorite ice cream recipe. Today would be the perfect day to make, and certainly eat, a batch of Rocky Road ice cream. If you aren’t into making ice cream, or just don’t have the time, you can buy Rocky Road ice cream at any grocery store. Or, visit your favorite ice cream store for a cone (large today).
Flip a Coin Day is day when making decisions is as easy as flipping a coin. This tradition dates back to Julius Caesar. Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice was unclear. The correct answer was “heads”, which of course carried his image on the coin. Do you have any idea how to celebrate this day? You guessed it…Flip a coin. Use this method of decision making for all decisions, and for everything you do today. The Origin of Flip a Coin Day: Legend has it that the creator of this day flipped a coin to determine whether he (or she) was going to document this holiday. The coin came up “tails”.
National Macaroon Day honors the Macaroon, a flourless cookie. It is popular among the Jewish community, especially during Passover, when Jews can not cook with flour. But, the popularity of the Macaroon doesn’t stop there. It is also enjoyed around the world. Macaroons are made from ground nuts and leavened egg whites. Coconut and potato starch is common in Macaroon recipes. Macaroons were believed to have been first made in an Italian monastery in 1792. While monks are well known for their vows of silence, they just couldn’t keep quiet about this tasty treat. Celebrate National Macaroon Day by baking and eating macaroons. If your schedule is tight today, stop by a bakery and select some for both work and for home.