We had an absolutely wonderful Sunday, and I hope everyone else did as well. We headed out to the same pumpkin farm that I have taken my son to for years, with his fiancee, and her little boy. When my son was a teenager we found this farm, and though he always thoroughly enjoys himself in any situation, and completely throws himself into the joy of running from pumpkin to pumpkin in search of the perfect one – somehow, doing this with a little one just brings its own brand of joy. We ran through the hay bale maze (and I managed to stand up too soon in a tunnel and smacked my head – ow!), petted the goats and miniature ponies, looked at the beautiful reindeer, bunnies, pigs and chickens, and ran through the corn maze. When we were completely finished running around we all boarded the hay rides out to the fields and commenced the search for our pumpkins. Ethan was pretty cute – he’d get one pumpkin, declaring it THE one, but immediately find a better one and trade it, and move on. He did this several times before he finally found the PERFECT one. What’s so funny is my son was doing the same thing, only with a MUCH bigger pumpkin. We followed up the festivities with lunch out before we had to part ways and go home. Family is so important. Never forget that. Grab the moments when you can, make the memories you’ll carry forward with you, and cherish them with everything in you. These are the blessings that give us the incentive to make it through the bad times and help us reach the good ones. (no, this is not the farm we went to – but I loved this picture so much that I had to use it!)
For everyone who is off work today to celebrate Columbus Day, be safe and be sure to celebrate a little extra for those of us who are at work. I’m happy for you that you get the time off with family.
National Day of Mourning – Though today is the day that we celebrate Columbus Day, it is not a day of celebration for many. The events that were set in motion by Columbus losing his way and finding the new land, rather than India as planned, were disastrous for the Native American tribes and their way of life. This is the anniversary of the day that started the quest for so many to achieve a new life in this new place. If settling had been done with respect for the land and the people who already lived here, life could have been far different for everyone. I don’t claim to be an expert on any of this, and I’m not going to start bashing groups of people for things that happened centuries ago – that would be just as stupid as people today apologizing for slavery, when the people alive today had absolutely nothing to do with it. I understand though why it would be a time of mourning for the Indian nations and respect them for their grief and the history that is so painful for them.
Chocolate-Covered Insects Day – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (and I don’t usually report on ANYTHING the U.N. does but this one was interesting), says that we could reduce world hunger by incorporating more insect protein into our diets. I’m pretty sure I just threw up a little in my mouth – NOT an appetizing thought to me. But according to them, raising insects for food has many advantages over traditional livestock. They are simpler to raise, require less water, eat garbage, and produce less greenhouse gasses. My response to that is – who really wants to RAISE bugs, I can concede on the water, do I really want to eat food that eats garbage, and the global warming, greenhouse gas nonsense is JUST that, nonsense. If you can’t wrap your minds around eating bugs – like I can’t – cover them with chocolate. Apparently EVERYTHING tastes better with chocolate. As much as I like chocolate, I’m simply not buying into this idea with any enthusiasm. If you ARE someone who likes the idea, some popular varieties are ants, grasshoppers and crickets. (of course if you ARE someone who likes this idea, I have to say that there’s something a little different about you – not saying it’s good . . . not saying it’s bad . . . just saying it’s different)
This Day In History –
1964 – Martin Luther King Jr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Food Celebrations of the Day –
National Chili Day – From Cincinnati to San Antonio, just about every city has its own take on chili. Whether you like beans or no beans, meat or vegetarian, a heaping batch is always a hit. Now, my husband makes the most amazing chili – and I’m not just saying that, he really does. I don’t even want to try making any because his makes anything I can make just taste bland. Somehow he is able to get the perfect balance of spice that isn’t overwhelming, but just blossoms the flavor across your taste buds perfectly. Mmmmm . . . I may have to thaw out some chili for this one!
- Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn
- Chocolate Chili With Apples
- Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
- Daphne’s Veggie Chili
- Black Bean & Corn Chicken Chili
- Blazing Smoked Steak Chili
- Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Chili
National Dessert Day – is a rich day filled with yummy treats! I love baking desserts – though the cake I experimented this weekend was definitely a disaster! Today would be a good day to forget about the calories and fat in your favorites, bake your little hearts out, and enjoy. You can go back on the diet tomorrow. So, what is your favorite? I have to say I have different favorites depending on what it is. For pie, my favorite would have to be a very tart apple/cranberry with streusel topping. Cake – well, chocolate! Duh! Cookies – my Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies come in first place every single time, and for Ice Cream – hmmmm chocolate with chunks of peanut butter! I’d love to hear what your all time most favorite yummies are. . .
Well, it’s off to work I go! Whether you are at home, or at the office, had a truly wonderful day. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.