It was really nice yesterday to leave the house and have it be light out again. The ability to see to put my key into the lock on the car door is really nice! I know it won’t last for long, but it’s nice while the morning light is here. On the flip side, it was dark just a short time after I got home from work, and by the time I had dinner in the oven and got onto the treadmill, it was fully dark! Ah yes, winter is definitely about here. Before we know it we’ll be in what I call “mole season”. We go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. I don’t mind it usually. At least I have a window at work – if I didn’t I might be singing a different tune. (Could that puppy face BE any cuter? Nothing quite as precious as a baby rottie.)
Guy Fawkes Day and Gunpowder Day – These are both actually the SAME thing! They commemorate the infamous Gunpowder Conspiracy of 1605 in England, led by Guy Fawkes. In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. He was an avid Protestant and began persecuting Catholics in the country. He forbade Catholics from practicing their religion, and punished the Catholics who did not convert to the Protestant church. The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who wanted to take action against the king. They plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament, and planned to do so when the king and his supporters were in the buildings. Their plot was discovered on November 5th, 1605, when 36 barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, the man who was the leader in this conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. Oh, and when he was arrested? He was just about to ignite the gunpowder. Talk about timing being EVERYTHING, right? I had to laugh at this though because do you know how people in England celebrate Gunpowder Day? With fireworks and bonfires!!! HAHAHA! So, the thought for the day would be . . . if you had been there at the time, would you have been on the side of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators for attempting to eliminate religious persecution? or would you have been on the side on the government for successfully discovering this plot and saving lives? I know which side I would have landed on . . . how about you?
Election Day – In the United States, the day set by law for the general elections of public officials and local initiatives is the day after the first Monday in November. Note that the day after the first Monday does not mean the first Tuesday in a month when Tuesday IS The first day of the month. The first possible date is November 2nd and the latest possible date is November 8th. This year it happens to be TODAY! In my area we do mail in ballots, so I am hoping that everyone has theirs in already! There are some important initiatives to vote on this time.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Fig Week – Unlike most fruit trees, a fig tree never blossoms. Its blooms are actually contained within the fig itself, with the seeds giving the fruit its signature crunch. That is something I did not know, but having eaten fresh figs, it makes perfect sense!
- Whole Wheat Fig Bars
- Boneless Beef Spareribs With Tomato-Fig Chutney
- Fig Jam & Goat Cheese Crostini
- Fig Bran Muffins
- Fig & Prosciutto Salad
- Fig Almond Bundt Cake
- Chicken Panini With Fig Jam
You have NO idea how much I wish I had some figs in the house so I could experiment! The Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini’s sound lovely – only I’d be happy with just fig and goat cheese on the crostini. Leave out the jam part. Yum! Well, it’s time to get to work, with visions of yummy treats dancing in my head. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!