Oh Happy Thursday! Wouldn’t matter much what day it is, I’m feeling human again! Tummy only slightly irritated if I give it too much of a good thing (see Apple Dumplings later in post), and I don’t have a raging headache! The flu has gone away and I couldn’t be more grateful. I decided yesterday that since I’ve been posting all of those tasty foods in the Food Celebrations, that it was high time I started making some of them. I won’t be able to make all of them . . . that’s a lot of cooking and baking on a work night, but once in awhile when one really looks good to me, I’ll whip one up. Yesterday was one of those days. Mmmm . . . We actually celebrated yesterday’s and today’s at the same time so I could post a picture of today’s for you, instead of stock internet photos. Fun, huh?
Just an FYI – I was having some irritating computer issues last night when I was starting in on this post, so some of what you have today is a copy and paste from last year. Sorry – I try not to do that, but it’s late and I’m still exhausted from being sick. 🙁
Air Force Birthday – Today the United States Air Force (USAF) turns 67 years old! On this day in 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first Secretary of the Air Force, officially founding a new branch of the United States military. The USAF’s first Chief of Staff, General Carl A. Spaatz, was sworn in eight days later. I learned today that the origins of the USAF actually lie in a decision made just four years after the Write Brothers conducted the world’s first airplane flight at Kitty hawk, North Carolina. I found this to be quite interesting! In 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps created an Aeronautical Division and put it in “charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and all kindred spirits”. As aviation technology improved, the army’s air force got bigger. It became necessary and inevitable to form an independent military arm in 1942, and grew throughout the reminder of World War II. Because of this, on July 26, 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 on board the presidential aircraft, The Sacred Cow, and set the creation of the USAF in motion. Today, I want to wish a Happy Birthday to the United States Air Force, and a round of applause and big thank-you to all who have worn the uniform of the USAF. You are appreciated!
Chiropractic Founders Day – I worked as a Chiropractic Assistant and Chiropractic Office Manager for over 15 years, and have been a patient of chiropractic since I was 13 years old. My children have been chiropractic patients since they were two weeks old, and there are not enough words, time or space to let you know how deeply I believe in the modality of chiropractic treatment in our lives to maintain healthy spines, and help our bodies heal naturally. Today we celebrate the chiropractic profession’s 119th year of service to the public. The very first adjustment is recognized each year with an annual observance to commemorate this day in 1895. Dr. D.D. Palmer administered his initial specific chiropractic adjustment on patient Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Palmer gave the adjustment with the specific intent of realigning a malpositioned vertebra, restoring its normal position, in an attempt to restore a hearing defect. Harvey Lillard, the patient, noted that his hearing had been lost 17 years earlier, and it returned under Dr. Palmer’s care. Dr. Palmer continued to explore and evolve his clinical practice to new methods of re-placing spinal bones that were out of position and experienced positive results in patients with a variety of health concerns. His practice grew, and the profession of chiropractic was launched.
What IS chiropractic? So many people ask that because they have been told their whole lives, mostly likely from doctors practicing traditional western medicine, that chiropractors were “quack’s” or “not real doctors”. (It makes me SO angry when I hear something lacking in truth said) Chiropractic is an innovative approach to health and healing that focuses on the relationship between the structures of the human body – in particular the spine – and function coordinated by the nervous system that improves the quality of life by preserving and restoring health. It is a drugless, non-surgical science, art and philosophy that is based on the understanding that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. (which is why western medicine – based on drugs and invasive surgery hates them so much, in all likelihood) Finally, in the last generation of patients or so, the world has begun to see chiropractic in a more positive light. It ISN’T a cure all for everything, and no matter how much I try to avoid western medical solutions, there is a place for them, but it IS my first treatment of choice every single time I have a health issue. Having trust in your chiropractor is of vital importance, and since there are so many different techniques practiced by different doctors of chiropractic, you may need to shop around before you find the one that best fits your needs. I have worked for many different doctors, and have been treated by many more than that . . . and honestly there are some I wouldn’t recommend touch ANY patient, and some who make me feel like a million bucks with one adjustment. It’s all in how your system responds to their individual treatment, so just because you tried it one time 20 years ago and didn’t like it, just may mean that that particular doctor wasn’t right for you. We don’t all look good in the same style of clothing, or same hair style, so it just stands to reason that not all doctors are tailor fit to every patient. Don’t give up – great health awaits you in a natural, beautiful, drug-free way.
National Ceiling Fan Day – I admit it, I’m giggling at this one. Apparently this is the 2nd annual National Ceiling Fan Day, and somehow I completely missed it last year. Wow – I’d say we should all be grateful I caught it THIS year! (yes, that was tongue in cheek) The intent is a good one, but I still giggled. From what I’m reading last year’s launch was a major success, and was a collaboration with the American Lighting Association, Energy Star, Alliance to Save Energy and many other organizations. Fanimation (as apparently the organization that started it all is called) was awarded a Special Recognition Award by Energy Star for starting this day and promoting it. This year they are joining forces once again with the industry’s top fan manufacturer and the nation’s largest energy-efficiency advocates to make the even MORE successful (and I assume more widely known?). So what is the purpose behind this exciting celebration? Well, to educate consumers about the benefits of using fans and how energy and money can be saved using fans year round. Alright, all joking aside . . . when we had ceiling fans we did use them year round, and in the winter they did circulate the warm air back down after it rose to the ceiling, and the same for cool air in the summer. I get it . . . celebrate your hearts out . . . and if you don’t have a ceiling fan, it may be a nice idea to consider getting one.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cheeseburger Day – Is there anything more comforting and satisfying than a big, juicy hamburger? Add cheese and YUM! You’re set for a lovely splurge that is sure to make your tummy AND your taste buds happy. Today we celebrate cheeseburgers in all of their delicious glory (sorry vegetarians – you’ll have to just sit this one out). You can celebrate this one by firing up the grill and cooking cheeseburgers, they can be for lunch or dinner, or both! Any kind of cheese works, so if you’re stuck with just cheddar or American, try a new kind of cheese to jazz your burgers up. I LOVE blue cheese on mine. Adds a lovely bite to the smoky meat. If you want to go low carb, ditch the bun. Nothing says you have to have bread with your burger. Here’s something interesting: In 2011, the world’s largest cheeseburger was created at a county fair. The record-busting burger weighed 777 pounds, including 50 pounds of cheddar cheese. That’s a LOT of burger!!! After reading ahead yesterday to what today’s food celebration was, since I was at the grocery store anyway, I picked up a few things so we could celebrate this one last night – which would allow me to take a picture of it for today. It may not be as pretty as stock images from the internet, but I can tell you it was TASTY! Beef, buns, yogurt cheese and pickles were from Trader Joe’s (their buns are truly delicious), veges from Central Market, Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard from a lovely olive oil and vinegar store in Port Townsend and mmmm . . . bacon from Costco. I was stuffed and yes, it was too much food for just getting over being sick, but over full feeling was worth it.
- Ranch Cheeseburgers
- Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole
- Blue Cheese Bearnaise Burgers
- Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos
- Bacon Cheeseburger Potato Pie
- Cheeseburger Mini Muffins
- Bacon Cheeseburgers With French Onion Dip
In honor of yesterday’s National Apple Dumpling Day, I went ahead and made them for the first time. I can honestly say I will make them again, only I’ll make a caramel sauce to drizzle on top next time.
Well, I’m sure my in-box is overflowing, so I’d best get on the road to the office to see how much I can get done today and tomorrow! Have a wonderful day of celebrations everyone! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!