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Saturday, April 30, 2016

MERRY! MERRY! May

Welcome to the fifth month of the year! The month of May is all about music, mirth and merriment. Maybe its all the flowers with aromatic fragrances filling the air, the sights and sounds of all the birds and critters of the morning, or perhaps just the fact that summer is right around the corner.

MERRY! MERRY!
 ...a month that hosts a variety of well-known holidays - Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day weekend and Kentucky Derby Day, just to name a few. Before jumping into a day's celebration, let's take a look at a few monthly celebrations for the merry month of May.

http://www.brownielocks.com/bbq.html
 Summertime and the Grillin' is Easy!
Time to barbecue! Americans agree summertime and grillin' time go together like ocean waves and beach sand! But, who has to wait until summer? Outdoor cooking makes meal gatherings a lot more FUN with family time as an added bonus. You get to relax in your own backyard with no waiters/waitresses to tip unless you want to put your own kids to work. Let them do the work for tips! 
http://www.mrfood.com/blog/mf/national-hamburger-month-easy-hamburger-recipes/
 Have it your way! 
The grill is already fired up for the barbeque so throw on some hamburger patties. Let them sizzle 'til the grill marks indicate nice and done but still juicy. Don't hold the mustard or the lettuce, add the onion and the ketchup. Whatever you do, don't forget the pickle! Add a layer of cheese, if you please!
 http://myhealthoc.org/its-national-bike-month/
 Burn those calories!
With all the grillin' going on, counting calories is out of the question! Of course, grillin' is actually healthier so you may be cutting calories without even trying. In any event, gear up the bike for some great exercise and burn, burn, burn! You might even want to go for that second burger. Nah!
http://news.universityproducts.com/?p=2849
Capture nature's beauty!
Grillin' means outdoors! Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest! Enjoy the catnipoflife preserving some of the most beautiful scenes in the world through photography.

https://shilohfarmsblog.com/2013/05/14/dress-up-your-salad-for-national-salad-month/
Celebrate the salad!
What better 'green' to add to your plate along with that juicy ribeye steak than The Salad! Not just any salad but one that shouts flavor. Try different textures and colors for the greens. Add nuts, berries, cheeses, and herbs to help turn ‘rabbit food’ into a meal accompaniment everyone will enjoy.
 https://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/10/18/friday-recipe-exchange-twice-baked-potatoes/
 NATIONAL LOADED BAKED POTATO MONTH
The grilled steak won't be complete without that baked potato! You realize you can wrap the potato in foil and throw it right on the grill. Of course, with this celebration being the LOADED baked potato, you just may have to settle for a small steak. The really great thing about the loaded baked potato is you get to "load it up" with whatever toppings you like. No guidelines, no restrictions!
 http://www.kcentv.com/story/25431585/infographic-would-you-pay-for-an-extra-hour-of-sleep
Time for some zzzzzzzs!

With all the food celebrations, it is important to pay close attention to the hours planned for the grillin' and the exercise that follows. We tend to forget the importance of sleep in maintaining wellness. Grill outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, remember your mom (Mother's Day is coming up), and resolve to get a better night’s sleep. You deserve it!

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/a-potpourri-of-blog-ideas-for-may.pdf
Need MORE to celebrate, click HERE for all of May's designated celebrations! They do NOT end with only those already mentioned :-) That is only the beginning. As with any month or even day, some crazy, weird  things have been set aside for celebration. May is definitely no exception. At least this way you have a choice, not only in choosing whether to celebrate or not but also in deciding just how crazy weird you really want to be.

May Tidbits of Trivia...
In early days, young girls would rush out into the garden on the first of the month to begin May Day celebrations by washing their faces with the May dew. This was supposed to guarantee them a beautiful complexion all year round. May was also considered an unlucky month for getting married - "Marry in May and you'll rue the day."

Some sources report May is shortened for the word majores. Ever heard of that word? It is the Latin word for older men. Perhaps that means May was held to be sacred to older men. Something to think about!
April showers bring May flowers!