What do Chili Peppers, Judgement, Kids, Resolutions and Rum Have In Common?

Jan 17th

Each day when I create the blog I have to shake my head at the creativity in some holidays, and the silliness in others.  Still others I just have to scratch my head and wonder why???  What do Chili Peppers, Judgement, Kids, Resolutions and Rum have in common?  Absolutely nothing.  Nothing except all being celebrated today of course.

Hot Head’s Chili Day’s (17-18) – I searched everywhere, and other than finding the name of this day on the list of bizarre holidays, I don’t know why, when it started or what the originator intended.  But I do know that it sounds like it could be a great day for testing the stamina of your taste buds and trying out some hot chili’s!  I can handle some hot stuff, but I’m a bit of a heat wimp when it comes to the big time heat.  I have a jar of salsa with ghost peppers in it hanging out in the pantry.  I’m afraid . . . very afraid.  What’s the hottest pepper YOU can handle?

Judgement Day – Well, shoot, I have nothing for you again!  I found today listed as “Judgement Day” in several places – but none of them offer anything concrete for a reason.  All I found were several people thinking it was funny to make fun of the Bible, Christians and their belief in Judgement Day someday.  It always leaves my tummy feeling knotted up when that happens.  What I can say though is, we know that someday we will be facing Judgement Day, and on that day we need to be ready to talk to God face to face – so today should be a reminder to assess our hearts and make sure they are where they need to be.

Kid Inventors Day – Those of us who have children, or have ever spent any time around them, know that kids are doggone smart.  What many of us might NOT know is that some of our most common and everyday household items were invented by kids! I know! I was surprised too!  Today is a day to recognize the accomplishments of these amazing kids – and appreciate the cool stuff they have created for us.

* At the age of 15, Louis Braille invented Braille, an alphabet for the blind that uses a system of raised dots.

* 15-year-old Chester Greenwood invented the earmuffs in 1873 to keep his ears warm while ice skating.

*  In 1930, 16-year-old George Nissen, a member of his high school gymnastics and diving teams, invented the trampoline in his parent’s garage.

There are SO many other examples of things kids have invented, but how cool is it that these kids were recognized at such young ages for their accomplishments?

Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day – Apparently there are quite a few people without any staying power when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions!  Must be true, because they dedicated an entire day to it!  Did you know that the most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight and quit smoking.  By the end of January nearly 35% give up on their resolutions – they just are too busy to keep up with them!  How are you doing on yours?

Hot Buttered Rum Day – Nothing is more soothing on a cold winter’s day than a hot beverage to warm your hands and chase away the bitter chill. Hot buttered rum is a delicious way to do just that.  If it weren’t for not wanting to break my New Year’s Resolution (I am NOT part of the 35%), I’d have one!  Mmmmm sounds so good!  Rum is distilled from molasses, which is a byproduct of refined sugar. This is something I did not know! Rum is a New World creation, and was being made by settlers in the American colonies by the 1650s. Toddies, which are cocktails made with boiling water, sugar and spices, originated in Northern Europe.  When the Colonists began distilling rum, the rum toddy — or hot buttered rum — was born.

My favorite Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Makes 15
1 (16 ounce) packageconfectioners’ sugar, sifted

In a large bowl cream the butter and the sugars together until smooth.  Add the softened ice cream and mix until a creamy consistency is obtained.  Transfer this to a freezer container with a tight fitting lid.  Place in a freezer for up to a month.
To Serve: Place a heaping 2 Tbsp of the frozen mix in a highball glass or coffee mug.  Add 1-2 Tbsp dark rum.  Pour 6 oz of boiling water over the mix and stir until the mixture is melted.  Sprinkle top with cinnamon or nutmeg and serve.
So today, with it’s eclectic – and somewhat unexplained – holidays, I hope you can find something that will create a little unusual excitement in your day.  If not, maybe you know something now that you didn’t know yesterday.  It seems that when there was a void in holidays, there are any number of people who decided to fill that void in many creative ways.  May God bless you as you celebrate today, and every day.  See you tomorrow!


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