Sunday, November 1, 2009

Taking a break...

There's lots to do before my daughter and her family arrive in Pennsylvania for Tabi's seventh birthday and Thanksgiving, so I've decided to put the month of November on the back burner. It was a tough decision, but it's the first time in two years that they will be coming and our first Thanksgiving in the new house.  As you can imagine, I want everything to be just perfect:) I'm planning a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party and since Tabi requested a Strawberry Shortcake as her birthday cake, I will be baking one for her from scratch! (remember, I don't bake:) I have a traditional family Thanksgiving menu planned and I even found lost pictures of each of my children eating their first drumstick. I think the kiddies will get a big kick out of that, don't you? I may even try some of the recipes I've been saving for someday and bake memories with the kids. (I'll try to take decent pictures:) I will still be visiting many of your blogs and will most likely be tweeting the yummy days of the month. Have a wonderful November and a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving. "See" ya in December, Louise:)

Monthly Food Celebrations

November is...
1. National American Indian Heritage Month
2. National Diabetes Month
3. National Peanut Butter Month *
4. Georgia Pecan Month
5. National Pepper Month
6. Raisin Bread Month 
7. Vegan Month
8. Clean Out Refrigerator Month
9. National Pomegranate Month 
10. Gluten Free Diet Awareness Month
11. National Roasting Month 
12. National Bread Month
Nov 1-7-National Fig Week
Don't forget, it's another wonderful year of Drop In and Decorate!

Daily Food Celebrations

1st.-Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). On this day, Mexicans remember family and friends who have passed. 

2nd-National Deviled Egg Day

3rd-Sandwich Day-The Earl of Sandwich & Sandwich history *

4th-Faygo Pop Day. Faygo was founded on November 4, 1907, as Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works by Russian immigrants Ben and Perry Feigenson. 

5th-National Men Make Dinner Day
5th-Doughnut Appreciation Day
5th-Bonfire Night - (Guy Fawkes) This British celebration commemorates a foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in Westminster on the evening of November 5, 1605. Visit The Sketchy Cook for a touch of whimsy to add to your Bonfire Night celebration. 

7th-The Pillsbury Poppin' Fresh Doughboy made his debut on November 7, 1965. *
7th-National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

9th-Gail Borden the first person to develop a commercial method of condensing milk was born today November 9, 1801. His invention is celebrated at the Inventors' Hall of Fame. Here's a recipe to make your own.

9th-13-National Young Reader's Week-Annual event that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut® and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. (I can't wait to share my children's cookbooks with Tabi and Noah when they come for a visit:)

10th-National Vanilla Cupcake Day (Cupcake Days can be very confusing:)

11th-In Medieval and Elizabethan times, Martinmas or the Feast of St. Marin of Tours, November 11th, was regarded as the end of the farming year. An ancient folklore tells the story of predicting the winter ahead on the Feast Day of St. Martin. This could be deduced from markings on the breast-bone of a goose eaten on Martinmas Eve; white marks meant snow and dark ones hard frost, while the front part of the bone meant before Christmas and the back part afterwards.

15th-Sadie Hawkins Day, an American folk event, made its debut in Al Capp's Li'l Abner strip November 15, 1937 *
15th-National Bundt Pan Day *

16th-National Fast Food Day

17th-On November 17, 1885 The first patent that can claim to be for an electric mixer was issued to Rufus M.Eastman. (egg beater) Amazing Huh!
17th-National Baklava Day
17th-Homemade Bread Day and a rhyming recipe for bread from Nebraska.
Not a deed would he do,
Not a word would he utter,
Till he's weighed its relation
To plain bread and butter.

James Russell Lowell

18th-Mickey Mouse Day! Disney's Steamboat Willie is a landmark in the history of animation. The movie opened at the Colony Theater in New York on November 18, 1928, a date that would become known as Mickey's birthday. I celebrated Mickey Mouse Day for Mickey's 80th birthday *

20th-Boy, I sure could use a Mallomar right now. How 'bout you? Did you know, "On November 20, 1913, the famous cookie was "born."
20th-Noveau Beaujolais Day  "At One Minute past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world...continue to read about its journey...
20th-National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

21st-Gingerbread Day 

Fairy Gingerbread
The fairies made some gingerbread
Of sugar, flour, and spice.
"They said, "We'll give some to our queen,
It looks so very nice!"

So they put some on a napkin,
Laid on a pretty plate,
And took it to the rose bower
Where she was sleeping late.

When the little queen awakened,
It lay before her eyes
And then she cried with great delight,
"Oh what a big surprise!"

"For gingerbread so nice and brown,
So yummy and so airy
My royal thanks and compliments
to every cooking fairy!"

I was hiding by the rose bower
And was quiet as could be
When she asked the happy fairies
For their secret recipe.

I had a little notebook there
And wrote down what they said,
So that is how I learned to make
This Fairy Gingerbread!

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup molasses
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. soda (baking)
1 tbs. ginger
Cream sugar and buter in bowl. Beat eggs. Add eggs, milk, and molasses to butter and sugar mixture. Sift flour, soda, and ginger into mixture and beat well. Bake in shallow greased pan in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 45 minutes.

21st-Pumpkin Pie Day! (recipe poem) *

22nd-The last Sunday of the Church Year, or the Sunday before Advent, is often called 'Stir-up Sunday' or Christmas Pudding Day. It's traditional for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, while making a wish. 

23rd-Eat A Cranberry Day *
23rd-National Cashew Day

25th-At a time in American history when women were not allowed by law to register a patent in the colonies, Sybilla Masters, was not only the first woman, she was also the first person ever, although, America was not yet the United States of...What did she invent? A new corn mill. The patent was granted on November 25th, 1715.
25th-Tie One On Day...apron that is...:)

26th-National Cake Day @ Slashfood
26th-Thanksgiving Recipes From America's Past.

28th-National French Toast Day
28th-Buy Nothing Day (UK), It's a day to challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from consumerism and live without shopping.

30th-Joy of Cooking publication anniversary; November 30, 1931
30th-National Mousse Day

A red star (*) denotes a previous post of mine:)