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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lion or Lamb March has Arrived

Ah, March! we know thou art
Kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats,
And, out of sight, art nursing April's violets!

Helen Hunt Jackson
"If March comes in like a lion" the saying is "it will go out like a lamb;" if on the other hand, the first day of March is balmy and "lamblike," the last day is certain to be stormy." I'll take that as a positive forecast either way:)

Well, here it is everyone the new calendar for March!

March Food Celebrations | Clickable Calendar

Yes, with the exception of March 9th, Meatball Day, all of the days are clickable. As a matter of fact, some days have a couple of clicks:) If by accident you should click on Meatball Day, it will just go to my main blog. However, Meatball Day is all ready to post but we'll all have to wait for now. Just wait until you see the feast of meatballs we have. Thank you again to everyone who shared their meatballs:) If you would still like to get your link in for Meatball Day, just send me the link and I'll list them on Meatball Day with the Meatball Day graphic. (can you see it on the calendar? It looks really cool in person:)

It was such fun compiling this month's calendar. I haven't perfected it yet but I'm working on it. My experience with image maps, which this calendar is based on, is very limited. I've been using an online Image Map Generator that has been a huge help.

I had to stop myself from trying to squeeze in each and every food celebration. There are quite a few that are not on the calendar. I guess we'll just have to save them for next year's calendar. If you really, really need to know what other days and monthly celebrations there are in March, you can always review the post I did for March's celebrations here. I think there's a recipe for Grape Jelly Donuts there too. March is the month Ephraim Wales Bull, the inventor of the Concord Grape, was born:)

In Other News: I'd like to talk to you about Pinterest. As I was preparing March's calendar, it was necessary for me to go back to some previous posts. I discovered that I have been pinning to Pinterest now for nearly two years! Where has the time gone? At that time, Marion was quite the Pinterest aficionado also. She hasn't been "browsing" much these days. This Winter has really wiped her out. I'm hoping the scents of Spring in the air, when they arrive that is, will invigorate her. Fingers crossed:)

I, however, am still active on Pinterest, for the time being that is. I don't know if any of you pinners out there have been experiencing the new methods Pinterest has pretty much forced upon us; they call them Picked For You and they show up in your Pinterest feed whether you like it or not. Well, I don't like it! Like many of you, I chose my boards carefully and in my case, systematically with current food events and pins my main goal. I feel Pinterest has interfered with my plan so much so that I had considered abandoning it all together and perhaps joining Google+. However, that has changed, for now. Why? Well, I did a bit of online research to see if anyone else was feeling frustrated with their new method and it seems, quite a few people are. From the looks of it though, the folks at Pinterest have no future plans of changing their new method. I realize, like many, that at some point Pinterest needs to make money. I get it! However, I think they should go about it in a different manner. Or, at least give me the choice of opting out of their Picked For You pins which quite frankly don't do it for me most times. You can of course hide them but how annoying to go through them all to do that. (If you don't know how to hide them, let me know and I'll try to explain it:) While I was researching, I came across a post titled Remove "Picked for you" pins from Pinterest. I tried it. It worked!!! I can't tell you how thrilled I am. If you follow that link, it's pretty self explanatory. Again, if you have a problem, I can try to help. You might also want to take a look at the comments. They were very helpful. I've been using Beth's method for over a week now and haven't had any problems what so ever. As a matter of fact, I've actually been enjoying Pinterest again, which might not be such a good thing, lol...It's quite addicting. (you can see what I'm pinning at the bottom of this blog post, all the way down:)

More News: Cookbook Wednesday! Are you getting ready for Cookbook Wednesday? Marjie has done a terrific job of carrying the torch for Cookbook Wednesday for the month of February. Thank you so much Marjie:) I'll be starting up Cookbook Wednesday again this coming Wednesday. I'm so excited! I hope you all are too. For those of you who emailed me asking me to remind you about when it will be starting back up, I'll be sending out reminders either this evening or first thing Monday morning. As most of you know, there is no theme for Cookbook Wednesday. Choose a cookbook, cooking magazine or any other food related reading material and share it on Cookbook Wednesdays! Good Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Freeze, Cookbook Wednesday will be a regular feature until June. Why June? Well June is when we start getting ready for the Picnic Game! I can multitask as good as the next person but, the Picnic Game is an entirely different and delicious story:) For those of you who aren't familiar with the Picnic Game, you're in for quite the experience!

Thank you all for visiting today and listening to my chatter:) I hope you enjoy the calendar as much as I enjoyed compliling it. If you don't have time to go through all the days, not to worry. I've decided to use the calendar as the topper for my blog for the month of March beginning with this Wednesday. I'm pretty sure I can arrange it up there. I'm curious as to how it's going to look and what you "guys" think of it being up there. How cool will it be to visit and see the food celebration for that day right on the calendar:) Enjoy your day everyone, stay warm and safe:) Louise:)

39 comments:

  1. Dear Louise,
    You are a genius! You have a great post here with so much information. I love the monthly calendar and can't wait for March 9th Meatball Day! It is so funny I was in Pinterest tonight, as I was on the phone with a friend. She told me about the changes. I couldn't tell if it is a good thing or not as I have really not been on it and pinning. I did notice there were so many pins on my page and didn't understand where they came from. But if I have a problem I now know where to go for help, you are quite the Pinterest aficionado.I will get there someday....Glad that you are doing Cookbook Wednesday again...I have found a few books I can share...Great job to Marjie for filling in for you...I know we are a long way till the Picnic Game, but I am looking forward to going on a Picnic with you and many other bloggers. My first year was last year and I enjoyed the game so much.Thank you dear friend for always having such a fun and interesting blog post.. You are amazing! Have a blessed Sunday and a great week ahead...
    Dottie :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, Dottie. It was fun to do! Pinterest is constanly making changes, you might be better off just staying awy, lol...I'm so glad you will be joining us for Cookbook Wednesday! It was very sweet of Mrjie to help out:) Yes, the Picnic Game is a long way off but you know how things go sometimes before you know it, June witll be here!!! Thanks for visiting, Dottie...

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  2. Hi Louise!! I love this calendar! I have to see with calm to think what can I make!
    Love march here too is the month of quinces, figs and soon chestnuts! Because we are close to autumn!!
    I arrived last night but still im putting in order all the mess lol
    Look like I waa 1 month out and was only 10 days!
    Thanks by this lovely post Louise!
    Hugs to you and Marion!
    xo

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    1. Thanks Gloria! I'm glad you like it! Oh yes, we are going to Spring so you are going to Autumn. Quince, Figs, and Chestnuts are perfect for Autumn. Can't wait to see what you create!!! Marion and I are A-Okay!

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  3. I am ready for Cookbook Wednesday! I appreciate how much work you put into your blog! Fun, but time consuming, isn't it? I have to tell you, I clicked on Meatball Day -- I couldn't help myself-- and it just has your header and says "this page not available" (yet--LOL)

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    1. You're so funny, Debbie. You just had to click on it didn't you, lol...It's funny because I actually thought of putting a booie prize up until it was ready, lol...I'm ready for Cookbook Wednesday too AND Meatball Day!!!

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  4. Oh so sorry.. It was hectic at work, forgot to send meatball recipe :(
    And I haven't had lamb for ages..

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    1. No worries, Medeja...You can still send me one if you like...

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  5. I love your calendar - it is amazing!

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  6. Hello Louise! Thank you for a great calendar again! Can't wait for the meatball day! My boyfriend loves them!

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    1. Your boyfriend will be able to have lots to choose from Marcela!

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  7. Good morning Louise ,
    Love this post and the 'March Calendar' is just as amazing as it is adorable . I will enjoy this post all the moth of march and then some .
    Marjie did a great job of taking the torch for cookbook Wednesdays' . Kudos to her , job well done .
    I too . like you have enjoyed Pinterest , but the changes is awful , as you said , the pins they picked for you , you have no interested in , I know lots of people is disgusted with them also . , some bloggers have Pinterest . Google , etc . at the bottom of their posts , which made it easy , not anymore , you have to go through the pins for you , which is a load of crap .
    I will try removing the pins picked for me ... if I need any help ,, you know dear friend I will be running to you "HELP" .
    This will be my 3rd year with the Picnic Game , it's awesome and so much fun .
    The Calendars keeps getting better and better .
    Thank you for all your woek and (((HUGS))) to you and Marion . Thanks for sharing . :) Nee


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    1. I'm so glad you are enjoying the calendar Nee. There sure is lots to celebrate this month!!! You be sure and give me a yell if you need help with Pinterest. It won't be long before we'll be planning this year's picnic. I can't wait!!!

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  8. What a great calendar! Love the inclusions of Jane Grigson and Frances Trollope (I've never read her, but her son is one of my favorite authors -- he's a genius). And of course Marion's birthday! I find most (OK, all) social media extremely annoying. They invent something good, then have to tinker with it until it loses its original charm. I agree, they need to make money. But maybe they should poll their users before making major changes to see whether their genius idea is indeed genius. Anyway, fun calendar! Looking forward to Meatball Day!

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    1. Thanks John. I like to include culinary tributes every now and again. I don't know why they just can't leave well enough alone but I suppose, if they had, we would still have a bunch of words with no graphics, lol..doesn't mean we have to like it though:)

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  9. I hope the old saying about March is right. We really need some lamb-like weather! Meatball Day will be a welcome celebration added to all the others, whatever the weather.

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    1. We REALLY do need lamlike weather, Mae. I can't believe that I'm actually happy that it's sleeting outside right now. Only because they say the evening temperatures are actually suppose to go up! (to 20 degrees instead of minus:)

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  10. Thanks so much for letting me know about Pinterest. I don't like those pins either so this has been very helpful xx

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  11. Happy Saint David's Day, Louise and Marion and all!
    Here in Winnipeg March is coming in like a lamb. Hope it goes out that way, too.
    The March calendar looks like great fun. Thank you for putting it together! I will learn about Pinterest (I hope).
    Stay well and have a great week :) Marg

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    1. I hope you had a nice stroll down memory lane for St. David's Day Margaret:) If you need help with Pinterest Margaret just let me know. I'll try to help:)

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  12. Oh I love your March calendar! It really looks cute, you are so creative Louise.
    I have not noticed those changes in Pinterest but it must be because I don't use it that much. I post some of my photos and that's it. I must say all these social media channels change all the time until they go out of fashion and are replaced by something else.
    It is hard to keep up with everything but we do our best.
    I hope you have a good week ahead my friend xx

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  13. March certainly is a busy food month! I love your new calendar idea. I'm happy you'll be starting Cookbook Wednesday back up, and I"m sure you can guess what I might be posting ;-) (I'll also carry the torch for you in June, if you'd like; no sense to losing a tradition because of other considerations.)

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  14. Love that calendar, Louise and I'm really looking forward to March 9th, Meatball Day! I'm not sure what you mean about Pinterest. I have no extra pins, nor any "Picked for You" on either of my Pinterest sites. Thanks for this nice post and have a good week, my friend!

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  15. Hi Louise, I love your March calendar and it's nice seeing the special days.

    I'm not on Pinterest or Facebook. I have visited Pinterest on occasions but I think that it's too materialistic for me. At my age, I don't need much anymore but it's fun seeing the creativity of people.
    I deactivated my account with Facebook as I grew tired of the constant drama that goes on in people's lives and found Facebook didn't suite me. I was much happier once I left it.

    I accidentally clicked on a link someone sent me to show their YouTube video and voila, I was signed in Google + however I don't even use it. I still only use Google. I find they want me to be more public and I don't like that.

    Since I work 7 days a week I don't have much time to spend on all the memes like I used to so I'll follow but probably will leave comments but not participate in Wednesday cookbooks. I can hardly respond to the all comments on my post as it is.
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.
    JB

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  16. Hi Louise,

    I have to tell my son that this Friday is a Oreo Day!!! We love love love our Oreos!!! It must be lovely at your side of the world as Spring is arriving!

    Btw, you have great fun making the most basic banana muffins. Please pardon me being a lazy gal... I don't mind doing a little washing but really love the idea of doing really minimal washing... LOL!

    Zoe

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  17. Thanks for the pinterest info... I don't like the Picked for You either. The calendar looks great - so many tasty days this month!

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  18. Yes to meatball day! And yes, pinning makes the time go by SO fast. I both adore and resent it at the same time--haha.

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  19. Love your calendar Louise--hate March! I am happily awaiting meatball day... I feel so inadequate not being able to participate but I guess I can remedy that soon! And it has made me think about trying to recreate a missing old family recipe--how fun is that!

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  20. Fun calendar Louise...always fun to click and being able to read about the special day...
    Yes, no wonder I kind of noticed the pins on my Pinterest board...I say kind of notice, because I really do not do much with it...
    Thanks for the information I will try to "clean" my board.
    Have a great week my dear :)

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  21. Hi Louise,
    Great multi-tasking ....Meatballs Day, Cookbook Wednesday, Picnic Game ... wow! Looks like a fun and exciting month in March ^-^!

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  22. you are a busy bee and quite the It guru - I had given up reading pinterest pins because of the way that the mos t popular were crowding out all the ones I wanted to see but I must try this hiding - though even with that I find that I don't have much time for pinterest right now. I am also interested in the image mapping - never heard of it before but I have a little project (not blog related) that I have been scratching my head over and this might be just what I need - will look into it future. And I do have a post for cookbook wednesday in mind so I must get it together

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  23. Hi Louise, you are a busy busy lady. I love your calendar, it looks like it was a lot of work to compile it. I can't wait to see all the meatball recipes on Meatball Day.

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  24. Hi Louise, your March calendar is amazing, you are one talented lady. Thanks for all your tips and tricks about pinterest, will be using them. Also can't wait for your meatball day, I checked my site and realized I did not have one single recipe on meatballs, looks like I better get busy.

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  25. National spinach day! I will be celebrating that day, I love spinach so it's only right no? Hehehe! I don't know how long I've been on Pinterest but I might be the same as you, and that kind of scares me! 2 years! Yikes! I have noticed changes, though the "picked for you" I didn't realise that it was random "suggestions". I actually thought it was someones board lol! I have repinned some of those suggestions though. What I really hate is if I want to change the covers on my board it's now a lengthy process of having to edit then clicking this and that. It's annoying. I wish they'd have an option to just change the covers themselves with the newest addition of a pin. I like to refresh them as I add to each one.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  26. Oh boy look at all those birthdays! ;D Yes, I am super, super excited about the month of March...I am praying it also marks the end of this bitter cold (never mind the fact that we are expecting 6-8 inches more of snow tomorrow!).
    I have to mark my calender down because there are so many days I would love to celebrate, but it seems I always find out about the foodie event the day after!
    xo, Tammy

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  27. Spinach day! Another reason for me to love March. It' a very busy month around here though, so I hope I don't miss ALL of the celebrations.

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  28. You are the absolute best! This makes me so happy. It's been such a sad time for me this past month..

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