Wow – fast week! Well, of course it was fast for me – I only worked two days this week! Yesterday FELT long though – it’s open enrollment time for our health insurance at work . . . and for anyone who works in Human Resources, you’ll know EXACTLY the headache I’m dealing with this week. It’s a little like herding cats . . . getting everyone to fill out their forms and get them back to me on time. The ones I DID get? All but one were filled out incorrectly. I have a feeling today will be a long day. There is satisfaction though, in working with our broker to find the best coverage for the best price possible, even in this economy and with the ridiculous changes to our health care laws.
We do have Friday to celebrate, and no alarm clocks tomorrow morning, right? For today though, we have other things to celebrate . . . besides Friday of course.
Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is today, and boy-oh-boy do I need to do that! I’m almost frightened though – I’m fairly certain that something is hiding in there that I don’t want to find, way in the back! You ever get that feeling? You know, the one where you’re scared to open the bowl and would just about prefer tossing it out and buying a new bowl? Yep, that’s the point I’m at with mine. Today is the day to plug your nose and dive right in. At one point everything in there was fresh and healthy, ready to eat. Whether it was waiting to be cooked and forgotten, or leftovers that nobody ate, it got pushed aside and buried and began to transform into something impossible to identify. The worst refrigerators are often those at work – but I can say that for now that isn’t ours at my office. We just went through a couple of weeks ago and purged all the old stuff. Before that? Well, it was a little scary. Here we are just a couple weeks from Thanksgiving and we are going to need all the space in that fridge that we can possibly get, so roll up your sleeves, take everything out, sanitize it, and toss anything you have any doubts about. Food safety first always! (note: this is NOT a picture of my fridge! Just had to put that in there. Even mine isn’t THIS bad!)
America Recycles Day – In our area, everyone pretty much recycles. There are places that don’t though, and that always surprises me. This day was set up to encourage us to recycle and use products made from recycled materials. It isn’t difficult to do, and just makes sense. Did you know that on average, each American produces about 4 pounds of waste materials each day? If we can find a way to recycle even a portion of that, think of how much space we will have saved in the landfills, and how much good we could do for our world.
National Philanthropy Day – Throughout history philanthropists have made great contributions to those in need, and to worthy causes. According to the official National Philanthropy Day website, this day was set aside to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.” Many great philanthropists do their good deeds quietly, not wanting recognition. Most people see philanthropy as a monetary contribution, but people who volunteer their time doing fund raising also fall within the definition of philanthropy. So, if you have a little extra money to contribute to a cause, you can turn your labor effort into charitable cash contributions and be a Philanthropist!
National Bundt (Pan) Day – As odd as it may seem to be, celebrating a cake pan, that is exactly what this is. The Bundt pan is unique, and there’s something about seeing a Bundt Cake on a serving plate that just feels right, and brings the anticipation of good things to come to the forefront. It’s basically a simple round baking pan with a tube in the middle, with fluted decorative sides. It makes it charming and pretty. There really isn’t anything all that different about the CAKE, just the shape and appearance. The Bundt pan was invented for Nordic Ware by a man named H. David Dalquist with the help of his wife, Dottie. Actually, he started the company known as Nordic Ware in 1946, which is a division of Northland Aluminum Prods., Inc. Their first products were ethnic bake ware such as Rosette Irons, Ebleskiver Pans and Krumkake Irons. They are best known for their Bundt Pans though, with nearly 60 million Bundt pans in kitchens across America. I have 3 different Bundt Pans. How many are in your kitchen?
This Day In History –
1777 – The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day – Invented in the 1920s, Raisin Bran was once a trademarked title. After a court battle, the name was up for grabs. A judge ruled “raisin bran” wasn’t necessarily creative — it only described the cereal’s contents. That hardly seems fair!
- Applesauce Raisin Bran Muffins
- Apple Cherry Crisp
- Peanut Chocolate Chip Trail Bars
- Orange Pecan Bran Muffins
- Cinnamon-Topped Raisin Bran Muffins
- Raisin Crunch Cookies
- Blueberry Bran Muffins
Well, there you go – I think I need to contemplate different Bundt Cake options! Nah, I’ve had enough cake baking this last week to keep me content for quite some time. I’m transitioning to pie mode. Time to get to work! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!