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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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

First Week of February...Bon Appétit!

The first week of February begins on a Monday since January celebrated 31 days. Let's take a look at the foodie celebrations plus some extras for February 1 through February 6. Stay tuned with daily visits for historical trivia and music spotlights that will appear intermittently throughout the week. We are just two weeks away from Valentine's Day, which will actually be the first celebration for week three. Better get started or we'll turn around to suddenly realize another month has gone! Time to...



February 1 is...foodie fun plus some!



Naturally loaded with goodness bordering on the bizarre and weird making it a day filled with foodie fun and lots of humor. It's a day of sharing and caring with family and kids at the top of the list. And, it is not without its share of quirkiness! Get ready! Get set! Go for one or go for all in celebration of the first day of February, the month of love! 
First up on February 2 is...not a foodie but time to Meet Br'er Groundhog!

Early spring perhaps? Meet Br'er Groundhog...

 
Are you READY for one of America's quirkiest holidays, Groundhog Day? Groundhog? Do you mean woodchuck, whistle-pig, or land-beaver? No? You say a groundhog is going to forecast the weather? What kind of folklore is that? Um-m-m-m-m? Let's look a little deeper into this weather hound.



Foodie wise February 2 is...
  What is your idea of 'Heavenly Hash'?
   
Leftovers thrown together in a casserole? Hash browns, cheese, eggs, & lots of bacon scrambled together? Grandma's classic fluffy white fruit salad swirled with yummy stuff? Candy made with chocolate, walnuts & mini marshmallows? Heavenly hash cakes & brownies? Classic heavenly hash ice cream? It's all of these and so much MORE...
February 3 is...

Have Your Cake & Eat Your Veggies!

Carrot Cake has been made since the Middle Ages, when sugar & other sweeteners were rare & very expensive. So, people used sweet vegetables to flavor puddings. This technique became practically obsolete for several hundred years resurfacing in the 20th century. During WWII, the British government rationed many luxury foods and household staples including sugar. To appease the nation's sweet tooth, the Ministry of Food promoted recipes for carrot puddings, carrot-filled pies, & carrot cakes. 
February 4 is...a dual celebration!



There is hardly anything more comforting in the Winter months than a hardy, healthy bowl of piping hot soup! Some areas of the country offer their own specialized soups. Thank A Mailman Day gives you an opportunity to say a polite ‘thank you’ to your postal courier, parcel service, and good old mailman. Take a pot of homemade soup or chili down to your local post office for the postal workers to enjoy!



February 5 is...a chocolate duo!



Chocolate Duo...Dip & Spread!
No one knows who created Chocolate Fondue Day, where it was first celebrated, or why it is celebrated every year. It is one of those bizarre yet fun days that has appeared unannounced on our calendar, inviting us to enjoy a chocolatey celebration: dipping our favorite fruit, cakes, cookies and marshmallows into a pot of delectable melted chocolate. Nutella is a creamy chocolatey hazelnut spread that continues to be a favorite guilty pleasure of chocoholics around the world. It's different, it's nutty, it's smo-o-o-o-o-th.

February 6 is...

Frozen Yogurt Day
Eat it like ice cream

Frozen yogurt can be eaten the very same way that ice cream is eaten. You can add delicious topping like fruit sauce, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut or whipped cream and your will love it just as much as you love ice cream. Yogurt is a bit tart in taste but a lot lower in far. Frozen yogurt is a healthier alternative to ice cream.