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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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Second Week of December...

NOT just one day - December 10 - but the entire second week of December is...

December 6 - 12 is the first full week of this month and is devoted to Lager Beer. You do not have to be a beer drinker to enjoy this week's celebration. There are a plethora of recipes that share beer as one, possibly the main, ingredient. With December 10 being Lager Beer Day, various recipes are featured for your dining pleasure!

The daily celebrations for December 6 & 7 were included on the First Week of December since the month began on Tuesday. We will conclude the second week with December 8 - 12. Third week will be a regular week! Whew!

December 8 is...

 and that doesn't mean Girl Scouts!
Not that an excuse is really needed, but Brownie Day is a great chance to bake a batch of simply luxurious chocolate brownies. Whether you use a box mix or make them from scratch, just mix them up and get them made! Serve them up with cream, ice cream, toasted nuts or any of your favorite little luxuries to make it the idyllic moment!
December 9 is...

The base for endless sweet and savory creations, classic pastry dough is actually nothing more than flour, shortening (or butter), baking powder and water or milk. Sugar is added as needed depending on the sweetness desired. Pastries are popular throughout the year. On this day, you are allowed to doubly, maybe triply, celebrate - morning, noon & night!
December 10 is...

Beer is not just 'beer'. There are different beer Types and Styles: types = ales, lagers, stouts & porters, malts and styles = amber, blonde, dark, golden, pale, light, as well as fruit and honey (just to name a few). The one preferred is simply a matter of personal taste. Today's celebration focuses on the beer that is the world's most popular, except in England where ale is the one preferred.

On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union. Mississippi played a pivotal role in the American Civil War.

December 11 is...

The mountains...from majestic peaks to rich, fertile valleys, breathtaking sights and sounds prevail. The beauty and diversity of mountainous regions are awe-inspiring. It is most difficult to envision earth without mountains, especially since they cover about 20-25% of the earth's surface (percentage is dependent upon source). They are found on every continent and even rise up from the ocean floor some never peaking above the water's surface.

Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816.

 December 12 is...
Poinsettia Day
Christmas time is filled with holiday lights, ornamented trees, lawn and door decorations along with the aroma of spices, peppermints and conifers tied to the anticipation and enjoyment of the season. In Addition, there is one definitive flower that says Christmas in all its glory. No holiday decor would seem complete without the pretty poinsettias.

Pennsylvania: Freedom Rings
Pennsylvania became the 2nd state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 12, 1787, five days after Delaware became the first.

December 12 is also...

Gingerbread House Day
Christmas time is family time with some of the most enjoyable moments being in the kitchen. Children and adults enjoy eating all the festive goodies but participating in the preparation of those wonderful Christmas treats is even better! Just think of all the taste-testing...the cake batter, the cookie dough, the sprinkles, the candy!

Imagine John Lennon December 8, 1980

Music Explosion December 7 & 8

e-Mu December 9

Queen of 70s Pop December 10

King of Soul December 10

Queen of Pop December 11

King of Motown December 12