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National Lobster Day & National Quesadilla Day

When two of my favorite foods enjoy the same “national” celebration day, I simply must combine my thinking. I mean, to my tastebuds, there is very little as delectable as the sweet tender meat from a freshly steamed lobster simply … Continue reading

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National Pecan Cookie Day

I am quite sure that nearly every traditionally favorite cookie variety has an official day by this point. Pecans work fabulously in cookies and bars, delivering nutty goodness without any bitterness. I love a pecan cookie that borders on shortbread… … Continue reading

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National Pepperoni Pizza Day

So, this is the official day to eat pepperoni pizza. As if we need a special day!!?! Make mine a double pepperoni, please. I love a crust that’s on the thin side, but not all the way to “cracker.” I … Continue reading

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Locate an Old Friend Day

Hmmmm…. In our hectic, day-to-day lives, it becomes far too simple to lose track of people from our pasts. And yet, our hearts are warmed when someone from whom we have not heard in a long time suddenly appears or … Continue reading

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National Monte Cristo Day

Warning! If you are dieting, stop reading now. Just look away. I am a sucker for fabulous local eats when we travel. Thus, in France, a Croque-Monsieur always lands on our plate at some roadside bistro… along with a glass … Continue reading

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National Live Creative Day

“Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else ever thought.” — Albert Einstein  (1879 – 1955) German-born theoretical physicist; developed the theory of relativity Everyone has a spirit of creativity! Some put more or less effort … Continue reading

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International Chocolate Day

Cacao beans are native to Central and South America. However, chocolate is easily one of the world’s favorite flavors. Thus, there’s no surprise that chocolate ranks its own international day of celebration. From chocolate bars (invented in England and perfected … Continue reading

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Yummy!

On this day I celebrate the simple, but always endearing crab cake. I prefer them meaty and moist, with barely a touch of breading. They always go like hot cakes! Serve them as appetizers, entrees, or atop salads, jazzing up … Continue reading

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National Welsh Rarebit Day

One legend says that this cheesy dish was first developed by Welsh peasants seeking a substitute for expensive meat. There are records of the dish in Wales dating back to the 1500s under the name “caws pobi,” meaning toasted cheese … Continue reading

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National Lemon Juice Day

Ah, yes! When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! I love citrus fruit, including lemons, so lemonade is a fave beverage. And yet, it must be true lemon juice, and not the sugary substitutes. Same goes when making anything from … Continue reading

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Try a Little Kindness

  “Some show respect and kindness to their partners. Some show nastiness and belittlement to their partners. Both gain control. The first is given it willingly. The other takes it as if by right, although it is utterly wrong.” — … Continue reading

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Respect

    “Whoever does not respect confidence will never find happiness in their path.” — Proverb (Photo by Alysha Rosly)

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National Vinyl Record Day

This date was chosen as it commemorates the date on which Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. It’s funny how what’s old is new again. Vinyl records are back. After nearly vanishing in the early 1990s, vinyl records outsold … Continue reading

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National Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbor’s Porch Day

If you have a vegetable garden, you inevitably have faced the dilemma of what to do with the plethora of zucchini that hits right about now. I never before knew there was an official day to sneak zucchini onto your … Continue reading

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National Root Beer Float Day

Dad loved root beer floats…. A&W or made at home. Scoop that rich, creamy vanilla ice cream into a tall glass. Pour in the bubbly root beer. Insert straw. Go crazy with happy flavors and fizziness! A favorite memory of … Continue reading

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Paperback Book Day

I didn’t set out to be any sort of paperback writer, but some things simply happen! #22 is set for release on November 2nd. What!!??! (Yup… Book 2 in the historical fiction Destiny trilogy continues telling my family’s Armenian story. … Continue reading

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Success and/or Happiness!

  “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” — Dale Carnegie (1888 – 1955) American writer & lecturer Hmmmmm… Yes, we can enjoy both success and happiness!!!  

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National One Voice Day

Today is a day that’s all about forgetting our differences… race, religion, culture, language, politics, boundaries, and so much more.  On National One Voice Day, may we speak with one voice and commit to the cause of world peace. Naturally, … Continue reading

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Happy First Date Anniversary

This day marks the 22nd anniversary of my first date with Sir Ronald. For several years, we “returned to the scene of the crime” for lunch on the anniversary of that date. (I’d even wear the same outfit… just me … Continue reading

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National Hammock Day

Sigh. Just imagine drifting off to blissful sleep while swaying gently in a hammock between a couple of shade trees. “They” say that we can fall asleep more quickly in a hammock, while also enjoying better quality sleep and improved … Continue reading

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Making Room in my Brain

    “I write down what I want to remember, which opens space in my mind for new thoughts.” — Cathy Burnham Martin American author, voiceover artist & dedicated foodie (Image by Mohamed Hassan)

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World Listening Day

  Shhhhh…     (photo by Robin Higgins)

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National Ice Cream Day

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the 3rd Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He cited ice cream as the “perfect dessert and snack food.” Since his passion for jellybeans… … Continue reading

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National Corn Fritter Day

You either love corn fritters or you don’t, but today is their official day! Fritters, for me, are best when they are fresh and hot and served with soft honey butter. Hellloooo! As my many musical friends have taught me, … Continue reading

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National Mac and Cheese Day

We all have our favorite renditions of this all-American classic. But for the summer, I go for gooey, cheesy, and yet light, by replacing pasta with cauliflower florets. Feel free to use macaroni instead. You can also add a super … Continue reading

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Pick Blueberries Day

  “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill” — Antoine Domino, Jr. (“Fats Domino”) (1928 – 2017) American pianist and songwriter   Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are not only scrumptious but a guilt-free snack, too! They cook up splendidly in … Continue reading

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Kebab Day

On a day like this, my Armenian side gets to shine. I love kebabs, crispy brown on the outside and juicy, tender on the inside, with just the most mahhhhvelous blend of herbs and spices. Whether you like to marinate … Continue reading

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National Fried Chicken Day

Best Fried Chicken Yummmmm…. This is the day to celebrate fried chicken the way you love it… whether deep or hot air fried, whether as wings, tenders, or traditional pieces, just do it! Wait! Can we really make fried chicken … Continue reading

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National Apple Turnover Day

Time for another Super Simple recipe! Apple Turnovers These are delightful with various fillings… cherries, strawberries & rhubarb, blueberries, custards, cheese, or even chocolate with or without nuts. As this is National Apple Turnover Day, we’ll stick with apples. 1 … Continue reading

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National Flip-Flop Day

Pick your favorite color… and material. Wear them to the beach or the park. Wear them grocery shopping or bar hopping. While I am not a fan of seeing them on passengers in airports, I do understand they are super … Continue reading

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National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Yum! If a super strawberry dessert deserves its own day, a strawberry shortcake wins my vote. Always a crowd-pleaser on a summery day, slice up those fresh berries (and mash more than half of them to up the juiciness). I … Continue reading

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Any way you make ‘em, I just know these are melt in your mouth yummy. Mom rocked these… straight out of the original Betty Crocker Cookbook. I’ll share a couple of my old recipes here. First, my 1970 recipe card. … Continue reading

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You’ve GOT This!

  “Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda Legendary Jedi Master in “Star Wars” films   (Photo by Riku Lu)

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National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

‘Tis the season to enjoy fresh rhubarb. If you are a fan, that is. And I am indeed a fan… from raw straight out of the garden to cooked down into a sauce. Strawberries prove to be the perfect companion … Continue reading

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National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Not that we need an “official” holiday to indulge, but any excuse to visit an old-fashioned ice cream parlor is a good excuse! Or simply load up a bowl at home… enjoy au natural or loaded with your favorite toppings … Continue reading

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National Say Something Nice Day

Kind words cost us nothing, but they just could mean the world to someone else. With likable folks, it’s easy to find positive things to say. That becomes a bit more challenging with any miserable person in our midst. Typically, … Continue reading

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National Hamburger Day!

Pick a burger, any burger… fresh or frozen. Today is the day to dig in! Choose your favorite, be it a basic burger or the cheesiest possible. Perhaps you like some of the nation’s regional flavor twists or a simple … Continue reading

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National Paper Airplane Day

Fly! Fly! Fly! Every May 26th comes this simple day of fanciful fun for children and adults. If you like folding your own paper airplanes, you may know the whimsical term “aerogami,” a nod to origami, the Japanese art of … Continue reading

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National Strawberry Month

Very little rivals the nutritious scrumptiousness of a freshly picked strawberry! Raw or cooked, they are simply yummy! By request, I just made a strawberry-rhubarb pie for hubby… a favorite of his. (He actually wanted it for Christmas, but I … Continue reading

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National Date Your Mate Month

Okay! It’s Friday… Date Night! For us that has often meant a trip to Home Depot, where we find ourselves so often, the staff calls us by our first names. We can do better for a Date Night…. For example, … Continue reading

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