The History of Pigs In A Blanket! We ALL Have Been Waiting for THIS Celebration!

Apr 24th

Good morning and a lovely Thursday to you!  I’m a little sleepy, but it is a happy sleepy.  My daughter and son-in-law came over to spend time with us last night, a sort of belated Easter since they couldn’t make it on Sunday.  It’s actually quite funny, and sweet, to watch two people in their 30’s happily searching for Easter eggs, doing their best to be the one to find the most, then divvy up the candy that was inside.  Of course it’s a no brainer – she got the no sugar treats and he got the sugared ones! Diabetes and Easter candy just don’t mix very well.  I’ve found a few varieties of candy that don’t have chemical sweeteners in them, so she gets what I can find.  It is always lovely to spend an evening with them – makes me miss them even more when they are gone again.  I’m already looking forward to their next visit!

Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day

Forest Gump and St. Peter –    When Forest Gump died, he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter said, “Welcome, Forest. We’ve heard a lot about you.” He continued, “Unfortunately, it’s getting pretty crowded up here and we find that we now have to give people an entrance examination before we let them in.”  “Okay,” said Forest. “I hope it’s not too hard. I’ve already been through a test. My momma used to say, ‘Life is like a final exam. It’s hard.’ ”   “Yes, Forest, I know. But this test is only three questions. Here they are.”

1) Which two days of the week begin with the letter ‘T’?”
2) How many seconds are in a year?
3) What is God’s first name?

“Well, sir,” said Forest, “The first one is easy. Which two days of the week begin with the letter ‘T’? Today and Tomorrow.”  St. Peter looked surprised and said, “Well, that wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but you have a point. I give you credit for that answer.”  “The next question,” said Forest, “How many seconds are in a year? Twelve.”  “Twelve?” said St. Peter, surprised and confused.   “Yes, sir. January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd …”
St. Peter interrupted him. “I see what you mean. I’ll have to give you credit for that one, too.”
“And the last question,” said Forest, “What is God’s first name? It’s Andy.”  “Andy?” said St. Peter, in shock. “How did you come up with ‘Andy’?”   “I learned it in church. We used to sing about it.” Forest broke into song, “Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am His own.”   St. Peter opened the gate to heaven and said, “Run, Forest, Run!”

Take Your Daughter (and Sons now too!) to Work Day – In 1993, acting on research that showed that adolescent girls received less attention than boys, this day was started by the Ms. Foundation for Women.  Their intention was to give girls additional direct attention and an idea of what the work opportunities would be for them.  They thought it would boost their self esteem and give them a way to dream and plan, and last, but not least, it gave them more time with Mom or Dad.  It became popular very quickly.  The girls would go off to work with one of their parents, or en an aunt or uncle.  They would spend the day seeing just what the job of the person they went with was all about.  Of course there were employers who couldn’t allow it because in some jobs safety would have been an issue.  It seemed to work well in office environments though.  It was so popular with the girls that it quickly sparked an interest by boys, who felt left out and were still required to go to school for the day, while the girls got the “day off”.  Over time it evolved, because of that issue, into taking daughter OR son to work.


Food Celebration of the Day

National Pigs In A Blanket Day –   This is an interesting food, and one that has a varied history, with claims from all over at being the originator of it.  It may even be as old as the 1600’s, even though it is rumored that it is as modern as 1957.  Field laborer’s in England in 1600 had was pretty much the same dish – putting meat inside of dough as an obvious solution for a quick, nourishing meal on the run.  The earliest written record of the modern version of this dish is in Betty Crocker’s “Cooking for Kids”, published in 1957.  After it came on the market though there were people who came forward that claimed to have enjoyed it before!  There is also a trucker legend that puts this creation up to some time in the 1960’s, attributing it to a diner along route 66 in Oklahoma.  Still other legends say that it was created in the far east, claiming that Asian cultures put fish into a similar roll, and that American’s copied it using hot dogs and biscuits instead.  No matter how it got its start, it did become a national favorite.  Do remember though that “pigs in a blanket” can mean something very different depending on where you are.  In Pennsylvania it means cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and ground pork.  In New York it is a hot dog wrapped in a flour tortilla.  In the 1800’s in Boston, it meant oysters, seasoned with salt and pepper, rolled in a slice of bacon, pinned together with a toothpick and grilled, broiled or fried until bacon is cooked, then served hot on toast.  Talk about different versions of similar dishes!

Mini Pigs in a Blanket
Chili Cheese Dogs in a Beach Blanket
Pigs-in-a-Blanket Lunch
Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket
Pretzel Dogs
Bugs in a Blanket

Short but sweet today! Fine with me!  After a late night and spending a lot of time on a special post yesterday on the dangers of chemical sweeteners, my brain just doesn’t want to keep working at it!  And now it’s off to work I go!  Have an awesome day! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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