The weekend is here! It is Friday night and I’m getting this done tonight, since hubby and I have a date day Saturday! Rather than our usual slow start to the day, we are heading out to early to spend quality time together, enjoying the start to our weekend engaged in activities that do not include housework, cooking, yard work or organizing anything. Nice! So, by the time many of you see this post, we’ll be on the road. So what will everyone be celebrating while I am out with my handsome husband? Read on and find out. . .
Chaos Never Dies Day – Have you ever caught yourself saying . . . “Someday, when my schedule is normal, I’ll be able to ________.” (Fill in the blank with whatever it is you thought you might do when that elusive SOMEDAY arrives. I know I’ve said it . . . for many, many years. Know what? “Normal” is something that doesn’t seem to exist! It seems like there is always turmoil in our everyday lives. Things are always a little on the crazy side at home. Everything is always GO GO GO! And when, on rare occasion, things do seem to calm down a bit, along comes something to disrupt the peace again, and disorder rules the day. Hectic schedules, changes to plans, unexpected tasks and chores . . . the list could go on and on! Well, today is for those of us who suffer from this problem. Today we recognize the chaos in our lives, and acknowledging – admitting if you will – that CHAOS DOES NOT DIE! Nope, it is a way of life. If this is something you just cannot accept, I’d suggest picking the one thing that is really disrupting your life, and change it . . . for good. You may never find normal, but maybe you can find a good imitation for it. And look on the bright side! No matter how chaotic today may seem . . . it’s only a few weeks until Christmas! hahahaha!
This Day In History –
1927 – Giant Pandas are discovered in China
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Scrapple Day – Scrapple? What on earth is scrapple? People on the east coast, or who were from there originally anyway, will likely know what this is, but I can tell you that it’s very likely if you ask someone that question who was born and raised on the west coast, they won’t know what it is. Scrapple is the invention born of frugality, and a love of pork. It was inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch. It’s basically a pork breakfast food, popular in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. It can often be found in NJ Diners. That doesn’t answer what it is though . . . well hold your stomachs because I’m going to tell you. Scrapple was made from the end meats, or scraps, of an animal after the butchering process of choice cuts were done. They wanted to be sure that they whole hog was used, leaving no waste. Can’t fault that, right? The pork was boiled in water or broth in a pot with seasonings, until tender. This allows the meat on the bones to slip off easily. The pork is then taken out of the liquid to be cut, torn or pulled, while the solution simmers. The pork meat is then returned to the pot and the whole concoction is boiled with cornmeal or buckwheat and cooked to a consistency that will just about let the spoon stand up by itself in the pot. Loaf pans are lined with plastic wrap, then the liquid scrapple is poured inside, and the loaves refrigerated overnight. In the morning the cold loaf is sliced into 1/4 inch slices and fried in butter, bacon fat, back fat or vegetable oil, until the edges are crispy and brown, and the inside is moist and soft. Scrapple has been made through the years using various hog parts, spices and methods . . . including all the parts we don’t want to think about eating. When I was researching this, I did find that many scrapple recipes are out there that use ham, sausage, bacon and even beef or turkey! Interesting. I admit, I think the scrapple made with just the pure meat, and not the refuse, sounds rather pleasant. I’d have to make it myself though, to reassure myself that it was the meat parts I’m OK with eating. Regardless of whether you would eat scrapple or not, it has been around for at least 200 years, and is enjoyed with eggs, and topped with either maple syrup or ketchup. Interesting, right?
There were more recipes than this, but the 3 that were with it had nothing whatsoever to do with scrapple, so I deleted them. Bread and egg recipes are best saved for another food celebration.
Well, it’s time to get to bed so I’m well rested tomorrow for my day with hubby. God Bless You, have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!