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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

First Week of December...

WOW! This coming week is devoted to COOKIES! National Cookie Cutter Week is always the first week in December. Wonder if that time was designated because of the wonderful cookies to be enjoyed during the holiday season...um-m-m-m-m? There's certainly a lot of baking happenin'...wonderful time with family and friends AND getting the kids in the kitchen! Click the link for A Bit of Cookie History!
An all-time favorite is the Sugar Cookie in its simplicity and versatility...easy to make, great to decorate!

December 1 is...


Open Wide...Take a RED bite! There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide so finding an apple should never be a problem. Eat a Red Apple Day is the day to bite into a fresh apple that is simply red.

December 2 is...

Crispy, Sweet & Savory! Breakfast fritters, corn fritters, apple fritters, pineapple fritters, crab fritters (aka crab cakes), clam fritters, zucchini fritter pancake, banana corn fritters, spicy peanut fritters, cherry fritters, potato fritters, parsnip fritters...Oh, my! There are even chocolate fritters! And that's not all...the list goes on and on and on!

December 3 is...

Who does not like a gift?  Whether the gift is a wrapped package, box in the mail, an unexpected greeting card, a gift of music or simply a tray of cookies, it is a happy, bringing-on-a-smile sight. The most common celebrations of multiple gift giving are birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and of course, Christmas. It is the personal gifts that truly touch the heart...the ones homemade instead of bought! Get to work and get it made! 

December 3 is also...


As much as America loves its apples, especially apple pie, America also loves it beer! So, it is not surprising someone concocted a dessert that actually combines the two: Apple Pie & Beer...in one dessert! 

December 4 is...


There are eight basic types of cookies: bar cookies, drop cookies, fried cookies, molded cookies, no-bake cookies, refrigerator (ice box) cookies, rolled cookies and sandwich cookies. Regardless of the type, any time is cookie time at any age! Ready to celebrate and have a cookie? Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! What is your fav? 

 December 5 gets America Back in the Spirits!

Repeal Day

December 5, 1933 was the end of an America gone dry. Learn the triumph and tragedy behind prohibition...how it all began and why it ended on this day in history. Then... check out the ideas for holiday beverages to enjoy during this festive season, like...

Jingle Juice

Today in Music History: December 5, 1970

There are probably very few people who are not familiar with the song Amazing Grace. It has been sung by countless choirs, recorded by numerous artists in multiple languages, enjoyed by young and old, and dubbed the most popular song on earth.

December 6 is...

The Radarange, first produced by Raytheon,
was a precursor to the modern-day microwave oven.
(Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Microwave! Enjoy your favorite microwaveable foods today! Possibilities...limitless! Why not try making "Mud Brownies" or your on Chocolate Chip Cookie? Recipes and videos just a click away!

December 7 is...

Ready to be a Kid Again? National Cotton Candy Day is an annual celebration that falls on two days of the year July 31st and December 7th. During the month of December, there aren't many fairs and carnivals within the United States since most winter carnivals occur in the months of January and February.  Seek out a special vendor at a mall or buy prepackaged cotton candy. Try your own hand using a cotton candy machine. Make this day a family affair getting the kids involved!

One of America's defining moments: History on this day...Remembering Pearl Harbor

But undoubtedly the most famous quote about the Pearl Harbor attack was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's request to Congress for a declaration of war the following day:

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan... No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people will through their righteous might win through to absolute victory... With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounded determination of our people-we will gain the inevitable triumph-so help us God. I, therefore, ask that the Congress declare that since the dastardly and unprovoked attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire (hear the entire speech on audio)."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 8, 1941, speech asking Congress to declare war on Japan