Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Sunday!!! Picnic News

Or, should I be greeting you with Happy Birthday Day!!! No, no, no, it isn't my birthday again, let's not get crazy. How many birthdays a year can a girl take? Today is the day the Happy Birthday Song was first published in 1893. I'll spare you the singing, I have what some call a "squeaky" voice and if we all started singing together, I'm sure we'd be out of tune. (have you ever been in a birthday choir when it wasn't?)

I guess it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that according to The Guinness Book of World Records, "Happy Birthday To You" is the most popular song in the English language. The song seems to carry much controversy though about copyright dates and infringement use. Did you know, the song "Happy Birthday To You" is protected by copyright laws? It's true. Too much for my little head to digest. The melody was supposedly written by two kindergarten teachers, which also happen to be sisters, Patty and Mildred Hill. It was published as "Good Morning To All" in the book Song Stories for the Kindergarten.

"Happy Birthday to You" is the best-known and most frequently sung song in the world. Many - including Justice Breyer in his dissent in Eldred v. Ashcroft - have portrayed it as an unoriginal work that is hardly worthy of copyright protection, but nonetheless remains under copyright. Yet close historical scrutiny reveals both of those assumptions to be false. The song that became "Happy Birthday to You," originally written with different lyrics as "Good Morning to All," was the product of intense creative labor, undertaken with copyright protection in mind. However, it is almost certainly no longer under copyright, due to a lack of evidence about who wrote the words; defective copyright notice; and a failure to file a proper renewal application. (Robert Brauneis, George Washington University - Law School)

Today is also National Indian Pudding Day and National Orange Blossom Day. I found a low-carb recipe for Orange Blossom Cheesecake which uses orange blossom water and an Orange Blossom Drink which includes alcohol:)

Speaking of drinks, I would like to thank Tiare from A Mountain Of Crushed Ice (Cocktails, Tikidrinks, Rums and More) for her contribution to the picnic game. She couldn't make it this year but she did send along this recipe suggestion. She wished us a fun day too!!!

Aperol Spritz

2 oz. Prosecco
1 1/2 Aperol Orange Liqueur
1 dash(es) Soda or Seltzer

Prepare in wine glass: Add ice, Prosecco, dash of seltzer and top with Aperol.Garnish with a slice of orange.
Apple Mint, Flowering Strawberry Geranium & Lavender

We've got a picnic to go to so I'm just going to give you the skinnys on the foodie days for the rest of the week.

June 28th

National Tapioca Day

June 29th

Dig out that Waffle Iron, It's Waffle Iron Day!

National Almond Butter Crunch Day Why am I suddenly craving Butter Crunch Waffles?

Get your Picnic Game submissions in today. We're going on a picnic!!!

June 30th

National Ice Cream Soda Day

Are you a Gone With the Wind Fan? Gone With the Wind was first published on June 30, 1936. I shared recipes from the Gone With the Wind Cookbook way back in 2008. Here's the link.

Picnic Update

The Letters

The letters have been gobbled  up. Come see the Picnic Day Round-Up. Dee...licious!!! 

If you haven't chosen a letter yet, be my guest. If you have chosen already, grab another!!! I'm surprised the letter I still remains although, I have gotten two dibs on it but both are still undecided. First come, first serve:)

The picnic basket is getting filled and many of you have written to tell me you will have your letters in by day's end. The sooner we get all the letters in, the easier it is for others to post their goodies. I'll be sending out all the letters I have to everyone later this evening. Then, I will refill them as they come in. Please send your submissions with Picnic Game in the subject line to acalenda [at] gmail [dot] com.

Take my word for it "kids" we're going to have a wonderful selection of goodies at the picnic. I can't wait!!!