National Weatherman’s Day – this is the day that was set aside to honor weathermen, and women who work hard to predict the weather. Even though we have technological advances and supercomputers, predicting the weather is pretty tricky. Honestly, in my neck of the woods I tend to call them “weather guessers” because it’s seriously a guessing game what weather we will have, even after watching the news to see what they say is in store for us. Knowing what the weather will be really does affect our lives – we decide how we’re going to dress, where we are going to go – if we go at all, and even our moods. Whether or not airplanes take off or land depends on the weather, being able to somewhat accurately predict tornadoes or hurricanes is something that can save many, many lives. Farmers depend on weather predictions every day. My Grandfather used to say that you couldn’t believe a weatherman’s predictions because God liked to keep us all guessing – so he depended a great deal on the Farmer’s Almanac for his weather information. It always amazed me how accurate it really was! Air Force News tells us that Weatherman’s Day commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America’s first weathermen. He was born on February 5th, 1744. He kept detailed weather records from 1774 to 1816.
National Pancake Day – This celebration started on February 5th, 2006 and was started by IHOP (International House of Pancakes). This is a wonderful charitable event that has raised more than $10 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. Today guests from around the country will once again celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, or other designated charities. How wonderful is this??? If I weren’t going to be at work today I’d seriously consider hading in to IHOP to help them with this very worthy cause. If you have the chance please stop by, have some delicious pancakes and help out your local communities. Thank You IHOP for such inspiring generousity.
World Nutella Day – Have you ever had Nutella? I never had until we went on an Alaskan cruise a couple years ago. It was an option on the breakfast menu for toast or English muffins. Wow – it’s delicious, it’s creamy, it’s chocolate-hazelnutty and so rich that it’s a treat that I will only enjoy on a rare occasion. I do know people who ADORE it and love to eat it all of the time. People not only eat it as a spread for breakfast, but it has made its way into desserts, holiday traditions, and now has it’s only special holiday that was bestowed up on it in 2007. Nutella is the brand name of the chocolate-hazelnut spread, which made its debut on taste buds in 1949. It is sold in more than 75 countries all over the world. While I can’t endorse Nutella as the healthiest choice for anyone, it’s definitely one that can satisfy the sweet tooth. I did a quick search and my gosh, there are a lot of recipes out there that highlight this sweet delicacy.
Here is one recipe I found that looks delicious. The picture posted for this celebration goes with this recipe. Mmmmm looks good, doesn’t it?
- 9 oz. Nutella
- 1 ½ heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
INSTRUCTIONS:1. Place Nutella and espresso powder in microwave safe bowl. Heat on low for 10 second intervals or until mixture is the consistency for heavy cream. Stir mixture to incorporate the espresso powder. Set aside and cool mixture to room temperature.
2. Whip cream until soft peaks form-not stiff. Gently fold whipped cream into Nutella mixture. The mousse will be soft. Fill pan and cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a few frivolous things to celebrate and think about. Our world is so serious all the time, and there are so many things to consume our thoughts, that fun stuff like Nutella, pancakes for charity and if weathermen know something or are just guessing (I vote for guessing), is sort of a relief to think about instead. Today, while absorbing all of the serious take this moment in time to focus on the frivolous – it’s a tension reliever and could lead to a delicious dessert! God bless you all and have a wonderful day! See you tomorrow.