MMMMmmmmmm National Chocolate Caramel Day

Mar 19th

Holy Humor – Joke of the Day      

A drunk man who smelled like beer sat down on a subway seat next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.
After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, “Say, Father, what causes arthritis?”
“My Son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, and a contempt for your fellow man.”
Well, I’ll be damned,” the drunk muttered, returning to his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”
“I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.”

National Agriculture Day – We live in the world with over 6 billion other people, but of those 6 billion people many don’t give a thought to where all the food we eat comes from.  So many don’t recognize the raw materials that are needed to produce food, clothing and shelter that come from agricultural products.  On this day every year, a variety of food producers, agricultural associations, government agencies and many others join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.  It is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance we have been blessed with.  We all need to give thanks to the men and women working in our farming community.  Thank you!  You are appreciated!

 

Swallows Return to San Capistrano Day – Every year something pretty incredible happens . . . the American Cliff Swallows migrate between Argentina and San Juan Capistrano.  According to legend, the birds set up housekeeping at the California Mission in San Juan Capistrano when an angry shopkeeper began destroying their mud nests.  They have been an annual village tradition since 1777.  As far back as 1915 there have been stories of the swallows returning on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th, to these nests between the eaves and archways of the Old California Mission.  They stay there from the spring to fall before beginning their 6,000 mile trip back to Argentina in late October.  It became a custom for people to visit the mission on St. Joseph’s Day hoping to see the birds as they flew home.  The sightings of the birds became less and less over the years, and it is speculated that the development of the area in and around the Mission, and the reduction of their food source, has led the birds to find other places in Southern California to nest.

 

Poultry Day –  Mmmmmm Poultry Day – now THIS is a food celebration I can embrace without worry about the diet!  Today we celebrate chicken, turkey and other birds we commonly eat. Chicken and turkey are lower in fats, and cholesterol than many other meats, making it better for your health. They also give you your breakfast eggs. We can easily celebrate this day with eggs for breakfast, maybe a chicken sandwich or salad for lunch, and roasted chicken for dinner!  

Do you know who the most famous chicken was?  Looney Tune’s Foghorn Leghorn.  I used to watch Foghorn every Saturday morning with my Dad.  We’d both laugh hysterically the whole time it was on.

 Chicken Philosophy: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  (to me, logic dictates that the chicken came first – Genesis doesn’t talk about God creating the eggs in the garden, it speaks of the creation of the animals!)

National Chocolate Caramel Day –
Cooking sugar into caramel releases hundreds of flavor compounds. Chocolate has more than 600 volatile molecules. Put them together? Mmmmm . . .a delicious combination.  Here are just a few yummy ideas for National Chocolate Caramel Day.

Chocolate Caramel Squares
Chocolate Caramel Rolo Cookies
The Best Caramel Brownies
Caramel Delight Cocktail
White Chocolate Macadamia Caramel Bars
Caramel Chocolate Coffee
Chocolate Flan Cake

Nothing like these pictures of yummy roasted chicken and Chocolate Caramel Cake to make the tummy rumble, hm?  Between laughing that this Month’s Holy  Humor Jokes, laughing at Foghorn Leghorn, being appreciative of our farming communities and watching all of our birds coming home for the spring – even if we aren’t fortunate enough to be personally watching the Swallows return to the Mission – we’ll have built up quite an appetite anyway.  Celebrate with a smile and friends.  God bless you, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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