National Day of Unplugging – From the moment our alarm clocks wake us up in the morning, to turning on the TV for the morning news, getting online to check our email, using our phones to text people throughout the day, movies, games, go-go-go! We are ALWAYS plugged in somewhere all the time! This day is set aside to rest from all of that – remember what rest is? Do you remember a day when you were completely unplugged? Well, I do, but it’s only when we’re hiking and there ISN’T any way to plug in. Unless you are out in the mountains hiking, it’s hard to COMPLETELY detach from technology, but do the best you can. Turn off the phones, tablets and computers. Leave the TVs, games and movies off. Play games, read, go for a walk, have a picnic, etc. Doing all those things we did before all of this “stuff” was available 24/7. Just UNPLUG!
National Puppy Day – Puppies are wonderful. There’s something about that puppy breath, the soft fuzzy baby fur, those paws that are too big for them, and ears that flop that just steal our hearts. What could be more wonderful, now that we’re unplugged, than spending some time with a puppy? If you have a dog, and not a puppy, that’s OK. They’ll always be puppies to us, right? Ways to celebrate this holiday if you don’t have a puppy or a dog would be to donate blankets to your local shelter. They are always looking for beds for the pups that come and go. You could host a puppy party for your friends and their dogs (this is best done either at a dog park, or if you have a fenced back yard and great weather), or adopting a puppy to give it a great home – if you are in a place in your life that allows you to get one. If that won’t work, spending time playing with the puppies at a shelter, giving them some loving attention, is always a good way give back for all the blessings in our lives.
OK Day – Did you ever wonder where the word OK came from? It actually started out as a joke. A journalist for the “Boston Morning Post” purposefully used an abbreviation of a misspelled phrase “all korrect”. The word first appeared in print on March 23, 1839. Most of the “abracadabraisms” that were popular with the journalists in 1839 are no longer used, or probably even known, but OK stuck around. According to Dennis Baron of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign compares the popularity of OK with common abbreviations of today, including BTW and OMG – both of which appeared in print long before instant messaging and texting. In 1917, J.A. F. Fisher wrote “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis-O.M.G. (Oh! My! God!) – Shower it on the Admiralty!” (Online Etymology Dictionary)
National Melba Toast Day – I love melba toast. It comes in little rectangular pieces, or little round snacks, and even in different flavors. To make Melba toast all you do is toast some crust less bread, lay it on a plate and then slice it horizontally from end to end. Then you take those two thin slices and toast them again and BAM, Melba toast! It’s very simple and it comes out like a crouton cracker. Feel free to top it with anything you like! If you are like me, and have challenges with slicing bread thin and straight enough- you can always buy it in a box and top it with your favorites toppings for a delicious snack.
National Chip and Dip Day – What a great snack combination! Chips and dips just go together! Think about how many parties you’ve been to that have chips and dips – probably every one you’ve been to! It’s important to note that National Potato Chip Day is on March 14th. For today’s celebration, the chip isn’t the star – it’s the dip. The chips could be ANY chip – corn chips, tortilla chips, potato chips, doesn’t matter. As long as it goes along with dip. For those of us who are watching our diets – crunchy Kale chips with Greek Yogurt Dip satisfies the crunch/munchy need without all the extra fat and calories. No matter which chips you choose, and which dips, I’m sure you’ll have a tasty time with this celebration.
Corn Dog Day – MMMMMMMMMMMMM Corn Dogs! Wonderful little creations. A corn dog is a hot dog sausage coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter and deep fried in oil, or even baked. Almost all corn dogs are served on a wooden stick, though some early versions had no stick. There has been some debate about the exact beginnings of the corn dog. They appeared in some ways in the US by the 1920, and were popular nationally in the 1940s. There are a number of corn dog vendors who claim credit for the invention and/or popularization of the corn dog. Carl and Neil Fletcher lay such a claim, having introduced their “Corny Dogs” at the Texas State Fair sometime between 1938 and 1942. The Pronto Pup vendors at the Minnesota State Fair claim to have invented the corn dog in 1941. In Springfield, Illinois, Cozy Dog Drive-In claims to have been the first to serve corn dogs on sticks, on June 16, 1946. Also in 1946, Dave Barham opened the first location of Hot Dog on a Stick at Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, California. My very favorite – though I can’t claim to have eaten all that many different brands of corn dogs, are the Crusty Pups at the Puyallup Fair! There’s never been another corn dog that tastes quite as delicious. If you’re going for the frozen store bought variety, give Trader Joe’s chicken corn dogs a try – only 4 grams of fat and nice and crunchy. Delicious! We’re having homemade baked corn dogs for dinner tonight. Last time I made them I didn’t get the dough sweet enough, but this time I’m hoping they’ll be just right!
Well, there are a lot of food celebrations today, so I guess we’d better all go for a nice long walk to work up an appetite – if you’re walking a new and frisky puppy – it’s even better! Have an OK Day, unplugged from all that pesky technology, avoiding all those asteroids. Whew, I’m tired already and it hasn’t even started yet. Have a wonderful day! God bless you!