Some Silly, Some Serious, but Always Something to Celebrate

Mar 7th

 

Holy Humor Month – Cartoon For The Day – There are days I FEEL like I need a drive-by prayer group!

National Crown Roast of Pork Day – Are you kidding me?  Hahaha I read this and had to do an extra search to see if I could find out WHY.  I couldn’t, but  I did find out a little more information about this cut of meat though, so that’s at least SOMETHING, right?  Honestly, I think these food of the day celebrations are fun, but they are sort of semi-sneaky way for producers and growers of certain foods to gain more attention and sales for their product.  And there’s nothing wrong with that . . . heck, lots of times it works for me!

Crown Roast of Pork is nothing more than a rack of center-cut pork loin chops whose bones have been “frenched” (this is when the ends of the bones are stripped of their meat – I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of roasts with those little white fluffy paper caps on them?).  If you don’t know how to do this, I’m sure your butcher can do it for you.  The rack is sewn or tied together to form a circle and then stood on end and roasted. Sometimes the empty space in the middle is mounded with bread dressing.  Rack of pork or crown roast is also referred to as pork rib roast.  Since it comes from the rib area of the loin, it contains a bit more fat, which makes it especially flavorful.  A serving is estimated at one rib per person, with an extra for just in case they are REALLY hungry.

 

Cereal Day – This was a bit of surprise to me, but it may not be to you . . . cereal is the most popular breakfast food in America! If I had to pick a favorite breakfast I can honestly say this wouldn’t be it, but it IS the most convenient. Up until the 1860s, most people ate eggs, bacon, and sausage every morning. Cereal emerged as a healthier alternative at the end of the 19th century.  The invention of one of the most famous brands of cereal was an accident. In 1877, two brothers named John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg were experimenting with food made with boiled wheat. They left a batch out overnight and returned to find it stale. Instead of throwing it away, they rolled it out and discovered that each wheat berry formed its own flake. They tried the same process with corn, and created the first dry breakfast cereal, which we now know as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes!  Today, approximately 294 million Americans start their day with a bowl of cereal. Wholegrain cereals are an excellent source of fiber, iron, and B vitamins.  So . . . what IS your favorite cereal?  If you could only have one kind of cereal for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?  Set nutrition aside by the way because if I had to pick one favorite it wouldn’t be one of the bland, sugarless kind.  Hmmmm this one was hard.  I don’t even know if they make this any more, but I’d have to pick Honeycomb.  When I was a kid we didn’t get a lot of sugared cereal, but when we’d go to Grandma’s she would have a box of Honeycomb waiting for me.  I never waited for breakfast though – I’d pour a big bowl of it and crunch on it dry while following Grandpa around the garden.  Yep, that’s the one I’d pick.  How about you?

National Caffeine Month – Ahhhh caffeine.  What would we do without it?  Most of us would barely be able to drag ourselves out of the house to get to work, nothing would get done, and oh, the chaos that would happen.  Now, this isn’t about just the caffeine in coffee, though that’s what comes to mind first, but caffeine itself.  Many teas have caffeine, chocolate has caffeine. . .  Wow, I just realized all of these things I don’t want to do without!  My morning starts with my coffee . . . . mmmm I have a Cafe Latte machine so I have my little latte first thing.  If I don’t have my coffee first thing it feels like something is missing.  I guess we get a full month to celebrate because caffeine is such a wonderful thing!

Brain Injury Awareness Month – And now we need to get serious.  This is something that is very important to our family.  You’ll need a little history because though some of you know the story, some of you don’t and explains why this is so important.

In December of 2006 a 25 year old Staff Sergent in the US Army was shot in the face by a sniper while serving in Iraq.  He still saved his team, even after being shot, and is a true hero.  I know I am leaving out a LOT of the story, but the details are long and this isn’t necessarily the time.  Maybe in another blog.  The young soldier, after spending time in a hospital in Germany to put his face back together, and more time and more surgeries at Walter Reid Hospital, returned to his base in Washington for still more surgeries and treatment.  He came into my life when he went to my daughter’s office to get his prosthetic eye, they fell in love and are now marrried.  Yes, this brave soldier is my son-in-law. And he suffers each and every day of his life.  You see, Not only did the bone structure in the right side of his face need to be rebuilt, he lost his right eye, and he has shrapnel stuck in his brain that they cannot remove because of where it is.  He suffers from horrifying migraines, tics and grand mal seizure disorder.  His traumatic brain injury has changed his life forever, but he hasn’t given up.  He may have thought about it, but he hasn’t given up because of his faith, and the knowledge that God saved his life for a reason.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been called the Silent Epidemic because of public recognition and understanding is so very low.  This is very surprising since according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Of those individuals, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.4 million are treated and released from an emergency department.  If you’d like to see inside the life of someone who suffers with TBI – please, I urge you to take 25 minutes of your time and watch this educational film made about my son-in-law and daughter.  I knew already what they go through, but it even opened my eyes some.  Here’s the link for the film . . .Exit Wound.  I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be aware of what so many people suffer through every day.

Some celebrations are silly, some serious, but all raise awareness of something that we perhaps weren’t aware of before.  I hope with each post that you’ve learned something, laughed a little, perhaps shed a tear if the subject speaks to your heart, but most of all I hope you’ve found a place where there’s always something to put a little joy into your day.  Thank you for sharing each day with me.  God bless you.

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