NATIONAL CRANBERRY RELISH DAY 11/22/19

Each year on November 22, cranberry lovers across the country observe National Cranberry Relish Day.  This day is celebrated one day prior to National Eat a Cranberry Day.

Believed to have originated in the New England States during the early 1900s, Cranberry Relish is a traditional part of many families Thanksgiving dinner.

Each Thanksgiving beginning in 1971, Susan Stamberg, an American radio journalist who is a Special Correspondent for National Public Radio and guest host for Weekend Edition Saturday, provides NPR listeners with her mother-in-law’s recipe for a cranberry relish sauce.  This special recipe, known as Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, is unusual as it has horseradish as one of its principal ingredients.  The recipe was originally published by Craig Claiborne in his food column in 1959.

There are many different recipes and combinations that make up cranberry relish and people have their favorites.  The common ingredient, of course, is cranberries. Other ingredients may include apples, oranges, pineapple, sugar, salt, pecans, orange zest, lemon juice and brandy. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy one of the following recipes:

Mama Stamberg’s Relish

Cranberry Relish

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Fresh Cranberry Relish 2

#CranberryRelishDay #Cranberry #Relish #Elephant #Yummy #Turkey

National Gingerbread Cookie Day

Grab the rolling pin and cookie cutters. National Gingerbread Cookie Day on November 21 will warm homes and create memories!

National Gingerbread Day takes place on June 5. A favorite food of an Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD and taught French Christians to bake it. Gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies and was baked to be sturdy as it was usually molded into images of saints.

Gingerbread cookies make sturdy walls for houses (perfect for National Gingerbread House Day on December 12) and tasty gingerbread families that can be decorated by the children in your home.

HOW TO ORIGINS

Invite friends to help you bake and decorate.  Get the children involved and continue family traditions.  Read the story of the gingerbread man. 

#GingerbreadMan #Gingerbread #Elephant #Yummy #FunToMake

NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE DAY

Peanut butter lovers and fudge lovers can come together on November 20 to observe this delicious treat.  It’s National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

On June 16, people across the United States celebrated National Fudge Day.  Just by adding creamy or crunchy peanut butter the celebration continues. They will have the yummy taste of peanut butter as the fudge flavor and star of the show.

Fudge originated in the United States, possibly by a happy accident.  In 1886 a letter was found, written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, referring to fudge that her cousin had made, in Baltimore Maryland, selling it for 40 cents per pound. Hartridge was able to obtain the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.

In the late 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce similar products as the Vassar College fudge and sold it to summer vacationers.  Fudge is still made in some of the original shops there today.

Two other fudge holidays on the calendar are National Nutty Fudge Day on May 12 and National Penuche Fudge Day on July 22.

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NATIONAL PLAY MONOPOLY DAY

Have you landed on Park Place and Boardwalk or are you always in jail? National Play Monopoly Day is observed every year on November 19.

Known as one of the most popular board games in the world, Monopoly was originally based on a board game designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1902. The game has been played by an estimated 5 million people since 1935. 

Monopoly comes in numerous versions. Do you enjoy a particular book or movie franchise or hobby? The game likely comes in themes focusing on famous characters and likely scenarios. How about sports teams or pop culture? Monopoly money goes there, too! Monopoly was  published by Parker Brothers, an American toy and game manufacturer since 1883.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Put your banker cap on. Gather your family and friends together and play Monopoly. See if you can come out the winner. What are your house rules? How long do games last in your house or do they end up in turmoil? 

#Monopoly #1883 #Elephant #Fun #GameNight

MICKEY MOUSE BIRTHDAY 11/18/1928

Making his debut on November 18, 1928, we commemorate the birth of that ever lovable mouse that was once a rabbit called Oswald. To get to the beginning of the story, we have to go back to 1927 when Walt Disney first sketched a floppy eared bunny while under contract to Universal Studios. The events that unraveled brought us Mickey Mouse.

HISTORY

Mickey Mouse came under the roller coaster events of Oswald’s success and Universal’s disappointing contract negotiations. Disney Bros. Studio took their leave of both the studio and Oswald and set to work creating a character who would go on to lead the company into the future.

From a rabbit named Oswald to a mouse named Mortimer, eventually, the squeaky-voiced rodent was dubbed Mickey. He flopped in two animated short films without any success. Then on November 18, 1928, Mickey’s star was born. The first animation synchronized to music and sound effects, Steamboat Willie premiered in New York.

Within a year, a Mickey Mouse Club popped up in Salem, Oregon. This particular club offered admission as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army with a donation of either a potato or a small toy and a penny. According to a December 22, 1929, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) article, $12 and three truckloads of potatoes and toys collected by eager new members.

Remember, the stock market crashed just 20 days before Mickey Mouse was born. That a cute little mouse could bring smiles to the faces of children at an uncertain time really isn’t such a surprise.

Generally, new members joined the club by completing an admission form obtained from a local merchant and attending meetings held during matinees at local movie houses. The price of admission often was reduced for good deeds and report cards. By the end of 1930, the Mickey Mouse Clubs had spread across the country.

In 1935, animator Fred Moore gave Mickey a new look that enabled a more fluid movement to the animation.

A makeover in 1935 by animator Fred Moore gave Mickey the look we are familiar with today. The big eyes, white gloves, and the pert little nose. More lovable than ever before, he propelled himself even further into the hearts of children everywhere.

His companions Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto joined him along the way, bringing vaudevillian comedy with them.

#HappyBirthday #MickyMouse #Elephant #Celebrate

NATIONAL BAKLAVA DAY – November 17

Each year on November 17, lovers of the delicious flaky pastry that is made with layers of filo pastry and filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey celebrate National Baklava Day.

Believed to have originated by the Turkic people in Central Asian nations, Baklava is a dessert in many countries and prepared in several ways.  The word “Baklava” first appeared in English in 1650.

Preparing this dessert may be somewhat time-consuming. However, it is a treat worth the work and the wait.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Baklava Today

#Baklava #Yummy #Elephant #Enjoy

Well If You Are From Indiana then this day is for you as it is NATIONAL INDIANA DAY

On November 16, National Indiana Day revs up its engines for the state that’s the home of the Indy 500 and Hoosier hospitality, too.

Indiana was the 19th state to enter the Union.  James Monroe had just defeated Rufus King in the 1816 presidential race to become the 5th President of the United States. The second state to enter the Union from the Northwest Territory, Indiana grew rapidly.

As the “Crossroads of American, we can thank the many interstates and railroads transversing the state for getting us across the country. Indiana’s highways and byways do not keep the state from a rural feel in a growing urban world. With an abundance of rivers, streams and farmland, Lake Michigan to the North, words don’t fail Hoosiers.  Her authors, poets and songwriters have a continuous source of inspiration.

They are also inspired by a sport that started with a peach basket long ago. Basketball fills hearts of Hoosiers, as the movie with the same name would tell you.  As far as the citizens of the fine state go, it’s a mystery how they earn their name.

From miners, farmers, inventors, entertainers, industrialists, and many more, Indiana grows more than corn.  There’s plenty to see as the heartland helps keep the country moving right along.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Indiana’s pioneering and progressive history. Explore border to border and unearth the most peaceful heartland and entertaining nightlife!

#NationalIndianaDay  #Elephant #Indiana #Hoosier #BallState

NATIONAL BUNDT DAY

National Bundt Day, also known as National Bundt Cake Day is observed every year on November 15.   As people across the United States are planning their menu for the upcoming holidays, a bundt cake is sure to be on the list at least once.

A bundt cake can be any cake baked in a Bundt pan, forming it into a distinctive ring shape.  The mold of the Bundt pan was originally inspired by the traditional European fruit cake known as Gugelhupf. It was in the 1950s and 1960s that cookware Nordic Ware popularized the style for the mold design and trademarked the name Bundt. Nordic Ware started producing Bundt pans made from cast aluminum.  Similar pans are sold as “fluted tube pans” or other similar names.

Due to the difficulty frosting a ring-shaped cake, bundt cakes are typically served undecorated, glazed or dusted with powdered sugar.

In the beginning, the Bundt pan did not sell well, and Nordic Ware considered discontinuing the product.  Then in the 1963 New Good Housekeeping Cookbook, the Bundt pan was mentioned, and sales increased.  In 1966, sales increased dramically when a Bundt cake called the “Tunnel of Fudge”, baked by Ella Helfrich, took second place at the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off and winning a $5,000.00 prize.  The publicity from the Bake-Off resulted in more than 200,000 Bundt pan requests.

Nordic Ware has sold more than 60 million Bundt pans across North America.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Get out your Bundt Pan and make a cake.

HISTORY

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Bundt pan, Nordic Ware designated November 15 as National Bundt Day.

#NationalBundtDay #Elephant #Yummy #Creative