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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, September 21, 2016

Three's a Charm!

 for Falling Leaves of Autumn!


With at least 365 reasons to celebrate, not a single day goes by in a calendar year without something different being on the calendar each one of those days. The number of actual celebrations add to a number greater than 365 since some days boast more than one observance. A 'more than one' celebration is ready to be fulfilled! Just be sure not to stop with the first one!

September 22 is...

http://foodimentary.com/2013/09/22/national-white-chocolate-day/
What exactly is white chocolate? The FDA says that there is such a thing as white chocolate, real chocolate must contain chocolate liquor. "White" chocolate contains no chocolate liquor. According to wikipedia, "white chocolate is a chocolate derivative. It commonly consists of cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids, and is characterized by a pale yellow or ivory appearance."

Sweet—Like White On Chocolate: White Chocolate, Explained


Whether using morsels, chunks, chips or squares, many recipes can be enhanced with chocolate.

http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2014/03/chocolate-strikes-again.html

A Tidbit of White Chocolate History...
White chocolate is a relatively new arrival to the chocolate market, having only been invented and introduced (in Switzerland) in the 1930s. White Chocolate Day celebrates this tasty treat – and although initially considered not to be ‘true’ chocolate in a definitive sense, regulations were eventually relaxed.
http://www.foodreference.com/html/fwhitechocolate.htmlHawaii is the only US state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate.

A recent study indicates when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.

Ice Cream Cone Day

http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2013/07/first-ice-cream-cone.html
Ice Cream Cone Day seeks to draw attention to the first ice cream cone; an important, yet sadly often overlooked, invention that allows people to enjoy delicious ice cream combined with a handily portable and edible wafer cone, often whilst out and about. Just imagine what the world would look like without an ice cream cone. Ice cream would be limited to being eaten in a bowl and ice lollies would dominate!
Celebrate Ice Cream Cone Day by testing various different styles of cones and flavours of ice creams. Debate the merits of the ‘oyster shell’ versus the ‘half cup’. And, of course, be sure to choose an ice cream with white chocolate.
http://www.browneyedbaker.com/white-chocolate-raspberry-swirl-ice-cream/

Just don't forget the CONE!
  
http://www.foodreference.com/html/ficecream.html
Missouri designated the Ice Cream Cone as the Official State Dessert in 2008.

19% of Americans say they eat ice cream in bed.  3% eat ice cream in the bathtub.
 

Family Day

As the name suggests, Family Day is an event that is intended to allow loved ones to take a respite from their daily lives and spend quality time together. One of the best things about this occasion is that there is no single “requirement” for the activities to be celebrated; Family Day is a flexible as it is relaxing.
http://costanzosbakery.com/blog/blog/fantastic-fall-picnic-ideas/
Fantastic Fall Picnic Ideas
Unsurprisingly, this day is held at different times of the year within different parts of the world. Still, the overall intention is the same. As all of us are leading increasingly hectic schedules, this day is intended to give us a bit of leisure time outside of the “hustle and bustle” of our routines.
Some may choose to have a festive meal together while others can instead attend a religious event or simply take a picnic. Either way, this day is one of the best ways to remind us of the importance of family in our lives.

Since this day also celebrates white chocolate and the ice cream cone - well, you get the picture!
http://www.foodreference.com/html/fwhitechocolate.html 2016 - Minnesota reigns as the most kid-friendly state to raise a family for the second year in a row. Rounding out the top five finds Massachusetts (#2), Iowa (#3), New Hampshire (#4) and Connecticut (#5). [Source: CNN]

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!