Have you looked at the calendar lately? It’s the 6th of November, we have a few short, short weeks until Thanksgiving and I am SO not ready! Christmas is hot on its heels and AGAIN, I am SO not ready! I love this time of year with everything in me, but there are moments that I truly feel like it goes way too fast. I have lists of things that need to get done scrolling through my head, and never enough time to get to them. Do you ever feel that way? Our lives are so regimented, with so many things pulling us this way, and that way . . . that all the extras just come tumbling in. I do work well on a deadline, but this is crazy! I need to learn to breath, and start my annual holiday lists on paper – get them out of my head – so I can start crossing off each item as it comes along. That’s it – when I’m done here . . . or maybe tomorrow . . . at some point . . . I’ll make my list. There, that’s settled. 🙂
Marooned Without A Compass – Well, this one isn’t a celebration I would necessarily know how to celebrate, but it’s interesting at least. How is your sense of direction? When you are out and about, do you find yourself feeling hopelessly lost? Do you know where you are? If you are someone who feels that way, then this day may be for you! Learning to navigate without a compass is something that we all should consider, perhaps by learning the position of the sun and stars and how they correspond with the time of day. Perhaps learning to check the trees for moss – which grows on the shaded, north side of the tree trunk. If you view things in a different way, maybe being marooned without a compass for just one day may be a good thing! So many of us live such busy life styles that we have no time to relax. Just kick back and enjoy being marooned, then tomorrow head east when the sun rises. Until then, just find a shady tree and kick back! Of course, depending on where you life, this could be a cold and wet outing this time of year.
Saxophone Day – The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument and an essential instrument in jazz bands, symphonic bands, marching bands and more. The Saxophone was invented around 1840, by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musical instrument maker, and is made of brass. Adolphe invented 8 types of saxophones: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass. The first Saxophone ever created was the Bass Saxophone. A 9th type of Saxophone, the Soprillo Saxophone, was invented in 2004 and is the smallest Saxophone.
Some famous Saxophone Players (Alphabetical order):
- John Coltrane
- Stan Getz
- Coleman Randolph Hawkins “Hawk”
- James Moody
- Charlie “The Bird” Parker
- Lester Prez Young
I’ve never played any sort of horn, the piano was my instrument of choice, but for those of you who play the sax . . . well, Happy Saxophone Day!
National Men Make Dinner Day – My hubby is a wonderful cook who can whip up amazing creations that get the taste buds hopping and please the tummy. This particular celebration though, is aimed at the men who never cook. The National Men Make Dinner Day™ which features reasons for participation, rules for today and even some simple recipes to get you started. Rules include a no interference policy for the women of the household, no feeding the resulting meal to the dog, and no barbecuing. Here are the rules that I’ve copied from the website.
Rule #1: National men make dinner day is always celebrated on the first Thursday of each November.
Rule #2: Man agrees to participate in national men make dinner day. Bonus points if he does so without seeking promise of night out with boys in return.
Rule #3: Man, completely un-aided, chooses a ‘published’ recipe from any source, or Internet. Getting the recipe from ‘her’ cookbooks is allowed, but man gets bonus points if the recipe isn’t already somewhere in the house.
Rule #4: Main meal must include minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork
Rule #5: Man goes shopping for ‘all’ necessary ingredients. Bonus points if he takes inventory of cupboards and fridge first, before shopping trip. So you don’t end up with two 64 ounce jars of pickled pimentos.
Rule #6: Man organizes all necessary ingredients in order of importance on kitchen counter. At this point, he may need to make a phone call or shout out the word ‘honey’! Followed by a question. This is not allowed.
Rule #7: Man may, if desired, turn on radio or his favorite CD. Man agrees not to be within 30 feet of TV remote during cooking process. At this point, spouse and any other family members should not be anywhere near kitchen. (unless smoke detector goes off!)
Rule #8: Following recipe carefully, man starts to cook dinner! Apron is optional, (bonus points if recipe includes one of the following : capers, saffron, or the word ‘scallopini’).
Rule #9: Man must use the ‘clean as he goes along’ rule! Following each completed use of utensils, cookware, half-used jars of anything, spice bottles, etc., everything is rinsed, cleaned and put away
Rule #10: Man sets table, candles are lit, beverages are poured, no ketchup bottles, sour cream containers, or big boxes of salt on table.
Rule #11: Spouse and/or family members are served! This is an opportune time for a photo. Man is ‘allowed’ to gloat no more than three times during the meal. Family is encouraged to congratulate man on job well done. Family dog is not allowed to be secretly fed man’s cooking.
Rule #12: After meal, table is cleared by man, dishwasher is loaded. Man returns to table for stimulating after-dinner conversation. At this point, man is told how much his meal was appreciated. He, in turn, describes the joys and challenges of the experience. He is given a hug, and his TV remote is returned to him.
After reading those rules, I must submit that it’s difficult to believe that there really are men out there that are this clueless about preparing a basic meal. If any of my readers KNOW a man who is this helpless in the kitchen, I’d be tickled if you’d comment and tell me about it.
This Day In History –
1860 – Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Nachos Day – Legend has it in 1940s Mexico, a restaurateur named Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, who loved to get creative with leftovers, dreamed up the cheesy chips we know today. I find myself feeling a little like drooling as I look at these. Yum! That’s the downside of trying to focus on healthy eating – these celebrations tend to leap out and entice me to the cheesy goodness that I know awaits in a plate of nachos!
- Cheesy Macho Nachos
- Triscuit Nachos
- Black & White Nachos
- Seafood Nachos
- Cucumber Nachos
- Strawberry Nachos
- Chocolate Nachos
I can’t stop being hungry for nachos now! They were not on the menu for this week, that’s for sure. Now I’m wondering what I can juggle around and switch up to make it healthy and part of my diet. The chips will definitely be a stretch, so not sure. It’s not likely to happen, but I will still be thinking of it! That’s OK, it’s not up to me . . . after all, it’s Men Make Dinner Day! HONEY! You’re cooking tonight! WOOHOO! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!