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January 2: Is Cream Puff Day

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We all know and love the light, airy, and succulent to boot cream-filled treats known as Cream Puffs. Where did this delightful treat begin? When did it come into creation? Let us find out what Cream Puff Day is all about!

History of Cream Puff Day
Cream Puffs are quite unusual pastries. They originated in the 1540’s when Catherine de Medici’s pastry chef created the baked puffed shells for Catherine’s husband, Henry II of France.  The current cream puff is only clearly referred to in the 19th century. The “cream puff” has appeared on restaurant menus in the United States since 1851.

How to celebrate Cream Puff Day
In order to celebrate Cream Puff Day, we need cream. So let’s get out those baking pans and parchment papers and invite family and friends over to share these delightful treats. Now, there are many recipes for Cream Puffs, but let’s go with the classic! Cream Puffs with whip cream filling.

CREAM PUFFS RECIPE

Ingredients:27-cream-puff

  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 8 Tablespoons or 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 3 to 4 eggs, plus 1 egg for egg wash

Now, for the filling:

  • 2 Cups of Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter, salt, and granulated sugar to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. When it boils, immediately take the pan off the heat. Stirring with a wooden spoon, add all the flour at once and stir hard until all the flour is incorporated for 30 to 60 seconds. Return the pan to the heat and stir for 30 seconds to evaporate some of the moisture.

Scrape the mixture into a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix at medium speed. With the mixer running, add 1 egg at a time, stopping after each addition to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix until the dough is smooth, glossy, and the eggs are completely incorporated. The dough should be thick, but should fall slowly and steadily from the beaters when you lift them out of the bowl. If the dough is still clinging to the beaters, add the remaining egg and mix until incorporated.

Using a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip, pipe the dough onto the baking sheet in 2-inch diameter rounds or balls. Whisk the remaining egg with 1 1/2 teaspoons water. Brush the surface of the rounds with the egg wash to knock down the points (you may not use all the egg wash). Bake 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and bake until puffed up and light golden brown for about 20 minutes more. Try not to open the oven door too often while it’s baking. Let it cool on the baking sheet.

Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla until stiff.

To fill the Cream Puffs, simply slice in half and fill each Cream Puff with the cream. You can also pipe the cream in each Cream Puff  by poking a hole in the bottom and piping in the cream.

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Today is: Letter Writing Day

Nothing can be more poignant and more touching than a message sent through a letter…

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For hundreds of years communication took place through just a couple of ways, you either sat down and had a conversation with someone or you wrote your thoughts and feelings down on a letter and had it delivered to them by courier. The nature of letters made them incredibly intimate, as each carried the indelible mark of its creator. Everything from the subtle scents of your home and perfume, to snippings from your garden could be included in a mailed letter. Digital media just doesn’t quite carry the same personal level as this old method, and Letter Writing Day is your opportunity to remember the wonders of the hand-written word.

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How to Celebrate Letter Writing Day
Get out the pen and paper and start writing! Picking who to write too can often be the hardest thing, but you should select an old friend or family member of any age. For the young it can be novel for them to receive a written personal letter, it’s just something that isn’t done anymore and through doing so you can share with them that unique and personal experience that is receiving a written letter from a loved one. If saved, it’s something you can hold on to for a long time.

 

So, get thise letters signed, sealed and delivered! Take the opportunity provided by Letter Writing Day to work on your writing skills, and let a loved one know they’re worth a little extra effort.

 

Hugs,

Siggy 2

 

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

 

 

Today is Mister Rogers Birthday!

 

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928-February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author and television host. Fred Rogers was best known for his creating and hosting Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Mister Rogers Neighborhood always featured Mister Roger’s gentle, soft spoken personality and directions to his audience.

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture of  my daughter Megan’s favorite make believe characters on the show, Henrietta pussycat and X the Owl.

 

 

 

 

 

For more than 30 years, Fred Rogers helped children value their uniqueness, appreciate others and marvel at the wonders of the world around them.  Quite commendable if you ask me.

 

Mr McFeely, the postman, was really named after Fred Rogers real grandfather.

 

Do you remember any of Mister Rogers neighbors or make believe friends? Leave your answers in my comment section.

 

Thanks for looking!

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Today Is: Michelangelo’s Birthday

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Intellectually versatile, the brilliant Italian Renaissance artist, born Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564),  was also a skilled sculptor, painter,  architect, poet and engineer. His studies of human anatomy and movement resulted in figures that were remarkably lifelike.

 

Michelangelo’s crowning achievements were his sculptures, “Pietà” and “David,” created before he was 30, and the Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco, which was finished in four years and contained 300 figures. His eternal masterpieces were rendered in a wide range of media, and he was the first artist to have two biographies written about him in his lifetime. Pretty remarkable if you ask me!


 

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"Every block of stone has statue inside iy and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."

 


 

 


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Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!

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Leap Year…

 

During a Leap Year, custom allows marriage minded ladies to propose to
Leap Year their beaux on February 29.
The origins of this ladies privilege is not really known, however legend has it that in Ireland, St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women not being able to  ask the man they fancied to marry them. According to the folklore, St. Patrick offered the opportunity at a seven year interval, and St. Bridget, being a woman, negotiated it down to every four years.
In Ireland they call it St. Bridget’s Complaint. Here in The United States we call it,  Sadie Hawkins’ Day.
Leap years are added to the calendar to keep it working properly. The 365 days of the annual calendar are meant to match up with the solar year. A solar year is the time it takes the Earth to complete its orbit around the Sun – about one year. But the actual time it takes for the Earth to travel around the Sun is in fact a little longer than that-about 365 ¼ days (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be precise). So the calendar and the solar year don’t completely match-the calendar year is a touch shorter than the solar year.
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So here’s the actual “rules” for leap years:
Every year divisible by 4 is a Leap Year.
But every year divisible by 100 is not a Leap Year
Unless the year is also divisible by 400, then it is still a Leap Year.
Got all that?  No matter. Thankfully, it’s all done for us.
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11-11-11, Veterans Day…

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Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Aristice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War 1. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

And…

11-11-11 only happens every 100 years!

Fun Fact of 111…

Here is a fun fact that is somewhat of an oddity!  If you add the last two digits of your birth year to the age that you will be this year you will come up with 111.  111 is very much a number significant in the year 2011 because it will have four dates that consist of multiples of the number 1, such as 11/11/11.

This year we will experience 4 unusual dates…. 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11

So try this out…. take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it WILL EQUAL …. 111.

 

For example:  

If you were born in 1984, you would be 27 years old this year.
84 + 27 = 111

If you were born in 1954, you would be 58 years old this year.
54 + 58 = 111

 

Crazy isn’t it!

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National Nut Day…

National Nut Day

 

National Nut Day is the very special day which is celebrated on October 22nd every year. 

 

The meaning of national nut day is bit contemplating. There is no certain meaning of this national nut day.

 

So, why not just celebrate by eating nuts?

 

Nutty Facts:

Middle of the seeds, as of the squash and pumpkin are known as nuts.
Peanuts really are not considered as  nuts. Generally the peanuts are Legumes, which are the member of the Pea family.

 

 

HONEY GLAZED ALMONDS                                                          

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups whole almonds, skins on Honey Glazed Almonds...
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons almond or vegetable oil

PREPARATION:

Spread the almonds in a single layer in a shallow un-greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees, stirring occasionally, until the internal color of nuts is tan (12 to 15 minutes). Remove from oven and set aside. Thoroughly mix the sugar and salt. Stir together the honey, water and oil in a medium size pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the roasted almonds and continue to cook and stir until all the liquid has been absorbed by the nuts (about 5 minutes). Immediately transfer to a medium bowl and sprinkle sugar mixture over all and toss. Spread on wax paper and cool.

 

Happy Nut Day!

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Let’s Get Serious: National Tell A Joke Day…

Let's get serious now. I'm not kidding. Today is National Tell A Joke Day. Here's mine .

National joke day Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. "In the last 15 races, I've won 8 of them!"

Another horse breaks in, "Well in the last 27 races, I've won 19!!"

"Oh that's good, but in the last 36 races, I've won 28!", says another, flicking his tail.

At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening. "I don't mean to boast," says the greyhound, "but in my last 90 races, I've won 88 of them!"

The horses are clearly amazed. "Wow!" says one, after a hushed silence. "A talking dog.

So ,tell some jokes and I hope your day is filled with lots of laughter!

 

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