Tuxedo Clad Cuteness and Food Celebrations That Could Be Death To Diet Willpower!

Jan 20th

Days like today are when New Year’s diet resolutions are really met with a willpower challenge.  Today is National Buttercrunch Day – and I really do love a good piece of buttercrunch candy!  The buttery sweet crunchiness is delicious on its own, crumbled over ice cream, or even in cookies!  I found the following recipe on www.foodnetwork.com . . . and when I’ve reached my goal weight and have eased back into eating sugar once in awhile again, I’m going to give it a try!  If any of my readers decide to make it, please let me know how it is!  I can live vicariously through your taste buds for awhile.   Buttercrunch Candy

  • 2 pounds butter
  • 1/2-quart warm water
  • 2 pounds granulated sugar, plus 1/2-ounce
  • 1/4 teaspoon lecithin (emulsifier)
  • 1/2 pound raw almonds, chopped, plus extra almonds, roasted and chopped, for garnish
  • 1/4-ounce table salt
  • 1/2-ounce granulated sugar
  • Melted chocolate, for garnish,optional
Melt butter and bring to boil. Add warm water and return to boil. Add the 2 pounds of sugar and lecithin, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes homogenous. Add almonds and cook until almonds are roasted. Lower heat and cook to 300 degrees F. Take off heat; add salt and remaining 1/2-ounce granulated sugar until dissolved, stirring constantly. Pour onto greased baking sheet, spread out as thin as practical,
*Note – this recipe is for a large quantity – it looks like it would be easy to cut it in half for a more manageable recipe.
Option: Once cooled, dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with roasted chopped almonds.

There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a “National” day, which requires an act of congress.

Another weakness, which I am also not eating for the time being, is cheese! And wouldn’t you know it! Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!  Oh my, that sounds really good right now too.

Cheese comes in a wide range of flavors, textures and forms, so to just say the word on its own, really doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what this delicious milk-based food product is all about.  There are more than 900 known types of cheeses in the world, and they can all be classified by texture.

Here are the primary classifications and some examples:

  • fresh cheese (ricotta)
  • soft cheese (feta)
  • semi-soft cheese (Fontina)
  • semi-hard cheese (Gouda)
  • hard cheese (Cheddar)
  • double or triple crème cheese (Brillat-Savarin)
  • blue cheese (Gorgonzola)
  • washed rind cheese (Limburger)
  • bloomy rind cheese (Brie)
The average American eats about 31 pounds of cheese each year. That may seem like a lot, but for the average French person it’s 50 pounds.  People have been making cheese for at least 8,000 years, and the cheeses we enjoy today are all relatively young by comparison. For example, Swiss cheese has only been around since the first century. 

There is a gourmet international cheese department in my favorite grocery store. Sometimes, when we have a splurge night, we’ll get 3 or 4 small pieces of different kinds of cheese, a crusty loaf of bread and a bottle of wine and have a little picnic in the living room.  It’s a lot of fun to pair up the wine with the cheese and feel like we’re treating ourselves to something special.  Cheese is delicious hot, cold, on bread, in a dip, sprinkled on a salad, pretty much any way! So, to celebrate this day pick up your favorite cheese and cook a cheesy dish for dinner tonight in honor of National Cheese Lover’s Day.

Have you ever seen the movie Happy Feet?  Or Happy Feet 2?  So cute!  I absolutely love those movies.  Watching them would be a great way to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day, also known as World Penguin Day.  This day coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins.  Because penguins do not fly, they walk or waddle their migration route.

Penguins are found in Antarctica, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, the Falkland Island, and the Galapagos Islands.  Zoos would be the only other place they are found.   There were conflicting dates found about when this day is observed.  Some sites said today, some said April 25th.  Either way, it’s always a good plan to celebrate this cute, tuxedo clad characters.   So today, while you enjoy your cheese and buttercrunch candy (not necessarily together), while watching a movie about penguins, remember to be kind to each other, give thanks to God for the opportunity to celebrate each and every day, and take a moment to thank Him for all the blessings He’s given us.  Have a great Lord’s day and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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