Celebrate Your Heritage!

Sep 27th

It’s Friday! We made it! WOOHOO!  For us, it’s going to be a quiet weekend at home.  The weather forecast shows that we’re going to get rain all weekend long.  It’ll be the first time in years that we aren’t going to be going to Old Mill Days – a local festival that has lumberjack competitions, food and craft booths, chainsaw woodcarvers, a carnival and antique car show. It is usually sunny and beautiful during the festival, but honestly, I can’t imagine the misery of wandering around in the rain, trying to watch the contestants. Maybe next year!

Crush a Can Day – I am really unsure WHY someone decided to create this particular celebration, but they must have had a reason, so the least we can do is to celebrate it with them!  Today is all about crushing the cans around you – soda cans, soup cans, whatever you have that is sitting there empty.  How flat can you squish it?  It can be quite a stress reliever actually!  Try it – give it a big squeeze . . . great!  There are no rules, just crush those cans! 

Native American Day – The last Friday in September is a day set aside to learn more about the Native Americans who walked this land long before any immigrants made their way here.   The rich and proud history of the Native Americans isn’t just something we should read about in history books.  It is something we should experience for ourselves!  All across the country tribes still celebrate their heritage by holding large pow wows.  At these pow wows you can try authentic Native American foods, watch demonstrations of traditional crafts, such as basket-weaving and pottery-making, and be entertained by cultural dancers in traditional dress, accompanied by authentic percussion and other musical instruments.  We actually have a great place about an hour from me called Tillicum Village where there are pow wows nearly  every weekend, along with salmon feasts, dancing and all held in a long house.  I haven’t been there since I was a little kid.  I think this summer I may plan a trip out to Blake Island for a wonderful day with the family!

Ancestor Appreciation Day– Today we celebrate our ancestors.  The way to observe this day is to reflect on our ancestors, learn more about them, and how they influenced each of our lives.  In the hurry hurry hurry of our every day lives we tend to forget that we are only here because of the efforts of those who have gone before us.  Traditions are forgotten, and the links between the generations fade away until they are nothing but whispered memories in the backs of our minds.  Our ancestors lived, struggled, and made their way in the world, contributing to each generation that led up to each of us.  Honor them by finding out as much as you can about them.  How many generations can you remember hearing stories about?  Please take this chance to write down some of your family stories so they aren’t lost for future generations. 

Hug a Vegetarian Day – Well, today is hug a vegetarian day, so if you know one . . . hug one! If you DON’T know a vegetarian, I honestly can’t suggest you chase anyone down in the produce department trying to find one.  It’s simply not that urgent! Really!  Here are a few interesting vegetarian facts to help you celebrate:

* Vegetarianism is thought to have originated in ancient India. Today, Indians make up more than 70 percent of the world’s vegetarians.
* One reason people follow a vegetarian diet is to protect our natural resources. Approximately half of the fresh water supply in the United States and 80 percent of agricultural land is used for raising livestock.
 * Some people have an objection to eating animals, so they eat vegetarian instead.

Though I am not a vegetarian, I have tasted some pretty amazing vegetarian dishes, so if you can’t find a vegetarian to hug, or if they run from you when they see you coming at them to give them one, try eating an amazing vegetarian dish instead!

Food Celebration of the Day

National Corned Beef Hash Day– I’ve only had corned beef out of a can – it was OK – pretty salty though.  Here are some recipes using the corned beef from a can from www.food.com.  The one AFTER those I found from a corned beef recipe site that shows how to make it from scratch.  One of these days I’m going to give that a try.

Try making it from scratch!http://www.cornedbeefrecipes.org/corned-beef-hash.html

Well, have a truly wonderful and speedy Friday.  We made it to another weekend!  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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