Celebrating An American Legend . . And Pancakes. Two Great Themes That Go Great Together!

Sep 26th

Good Morning.  I’m stuffed up today – I think the change of seasons has just gotten to me.  It doesn’t usually, but it has this morning.  Hopefully it won’t last long since I’m a LOUSY sick person.  I’m really quite a big baby, to be honest.  It’s not terrible, just a stuffy head and a bit of self-pity going on.  I don’t get sick often fortunately, but when I do, well, I tend to whine just a bit.

Johnny Appleseed Day – Today we honor one of America’s great legends.  Johnny Appleseed was a real person.  John Chapman was among the American settlers who whose imagination was captivated by the westward moment across the continent.  As he travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers.  With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.  Here are some interesting little tidbits I found about him: 

  • John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774.
  • He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.
  • During the life of John Chapman, the “West” was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
  • John Chapman was a deeply religious person He was known to preach during his travels.
  • According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received.
  • It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the “winter plague”. The actual date of his death has been disputed. 
  • Johnny wore a pot upside down on his head – but it wasn’t intended to be a hat, it was just the most practical way to carry the pot.
  • The apples that grew from his trees were almost all used to make hard cider.  After the Women’s Christian Temperance Union successfully campaigned against the evils of alcohol, apples became a popular food in America.
  • Johnny didn’t wear shoes, even in the winter.  He was presumed to be crazy by many of the people he met in his travels because of this.

Celebrate today with a menu rich in apples – include them for snacks and throughout your meals.  Can’t go wrong with that!
This Day In History

1789 – The U.S. Postal Service was founded.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Pancake Day – Mmmmmm fluffy, golden pancakes.  There is something completely comforting about getting up to a breakfast of pancakes and bacon – they just go together!  You can cook them on a griddle, on the stove, even over an open fire.  They can be adapted to an endless number of environments, which could be one reason they have been so popular for so many centuries.  Besides that, they are delicious and filling!  Pancakes even have stories in folklore.  Here’s an old wives’ tale I hadn’t heard before, but I thought was interesting. The tale says that if a young girl feeds pancakes to a rooster and he eats them without calling the hens, she will remain single. If the rooster calls the hens, she will marry.  Thank goodness we don’t have to believe in all of that stuff to enjoy pancakes.   Fun fact: William Shakespeare was a flapjack fan. He mentions pancakes in two of his plays: All’s Well That Ends Well and As You Like It.

Well, my brain isn’t able to come up with anything particularly inspiring right now.  I’ll try to do better tomorrow, but for right now the movement in my thought processes needs to be reserved to do my job!  I’m sure my boss will be happy to hear that I’ve held SOMETHING in reserve for work!  Enjoy a plate of pancakes – oooooh, apple pancakes! Perfect – both celebrations in one!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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