It Is Clean Out Your Fridge Day! Not a Fun Chore, but a Necessary One

Last night passed by without wind, for which I am grateful. Tuesday night was short on sleep as we listened to the wind howl and prayed for no more trees to come down on our house or cars. Things finally calmed down around 11:00 yesterday morning, which was good, though the drive to work was a little freaky. The last storm that went through a week ago landed a couple trees on cars as they drove down the road, which really makes me nervous! There are so many places where trees are literally leaning over the roadway! I did make it safely though, and Hubby went home at lunch time to check on Moose, since he was pretty nervous and looked awfully sad when we had to leave for work. When we got home from work, we saw that the poor dog had been sleeping in the bathtub today! He must have been pretty nervous to have been doing that. The only time I’ve seen him do that before now is when it was really hot in here in the summer and the tub was nice and cool for him. Sleep is elusive enough these days, so a night without the wind is a very good thing.



Verse of the Day

November 15, 2018

Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight.

Psalm 119:143


Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

This verse is hard for me, because I know I am so blessed. Trouble and distress do not seem to be a part of my vocabulary right now. But I know in many places in the world this statement is true of Christians who are under attack and live under the threat of persecution and possibly even death. But their love for God and their commitment to obedience is greater than Satan’s threats because God’s will is their delight.


I Am Very Thankful For . . .

I said it in the intro a bit, but I am so thankful for not having any damage to our home or vehicles, and for getting to work, without any damage from falling trees.



America Recycles Day (PRNewsFoto/Keep America Beautiful)

America Recycles Day – In our area, pretty much everyone recycles.  There are places that don’t though, and that always surprises me.  This day was set up to encourage us to recycle and use products made from recycled materials.  It isn’t difficult to do, and just makes sense.  Did you know that on average each American produces about 4 pounds of waste materials each day?  If we can find a way to recycle even a portion of that, think of how much space we will have saved in the landfills, and how much good we could do for our world.  Did you know that this day started with a presidential proclamation by President George W Bush? 




Beaujolais Nouveau Day – Beaujolais nouveau is very young wine from Beaujolais — a region to the south of Burgundy, in France — where the reigning grape is Gamay, which tastes a little bit like Pinot Noir. What sets nouveau apart from regular Beaujolais Gamay is that it is not made with traditional fermentation, with yeast, but by carbonic maceration — a wine making technique in which grapes begin fermenting inside the berry, catalyzed simply by their own weight. The conversion of sugar to alcohol happens so quickly that a wine whose grapes were picked this season is already ready to drink — and results in a light, extremely fruity-tasting wine. (Most Gamay wines fermented conventionally would not be released to market for at least another year.) This is as close as wine ever comes to instant gratification.


Great American Smoke Out – This is the day with an obvious goal of getting people to stop smoking, resulting in fewer health problems, less cancer and emphysema deaths from smoking and secondary smoke.  Quitting isn’t easy.  I have known ex-smokers who had a really hard time with it, and often it took multiple attempts.  Of course, I’ve also known people like my husband who decided to quit, and never had another one.  I suppose it depends on the person.  The health benefits, and the prospect of a longer life are pretty clear.  The American Cancer Society encourages all smokers to give up the “butt” today and join millions of other Americans by taking this big step towards a happier, healthier, longer life.  



National Bundt Pan Day – As odd as it may seem to be, celebrating a cake pan, that is exactly what this is.  The Bundt pan is unique, and there’s something about seeing a Bundt Cake on a serving plate that just feels right and brings the anticipation of good things to come to the forefront.  It’s basically a simple round baking pan with a tube in the middle, with fluted decorative sides.  It makes it charming and pretty.  There really isn’t anything all that different about the CAKE, just the shape and appearance.  The Bundt pan was invented for Nordic Ware by a man named H. David Dalquist with the help of his wife, Dottie.  Actually, he started the company known as Nordic Ware in 1946, which is a division of Northland Aluminum Prods., Inc.  Their first products were ethnic bakeware such as Rosette Irons, Ebleskiver Pans and Krumkake Irons.  They are best known for their Bundt Pans though, with nearly 60 million Bundt pans in kitchens across America.  I have 3 different Bundt Pans.  How many are in your kitchen? 



National Philanthropy Day – Throughout history philanthropists have made great contributions to those in need, and to worthy causes.  According to the official National Philanthropy Day website, this day was set aside to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.”   Many great philanthropists do their good deeds quietly, not wanting recognition.  Most people see philanthropy as a monetary contribution, but people who volunteer their time doing fund raising also fall within the definition of philanthropy. So, if you have a little extra money to contribute to a cause, you can turn your labor effort into charitable cash contributions and be a Philanthropist!



This Day in History –

1777 – The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.


Food Celebration of the Day

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day –   I try to stay on top of this chore, but there’s always something in there that needs to make its way to the garbage can!  I’m almost frightened though – I’m fairly certain that something is hiding in there that I don’t want to find, way in the back!  You ever get that feeling? You know, the one where you’re scared to open the bowl and would just about prefer tossing it out and buying a new bowl? Yep, that’s the point I’m at with mine.  Today is the day to plug your nose and dive right in.  At one point everything in there was fresh and healthy, ready to eat.  Whether it was waiting to be cooked and forgotten, or leftovers that nobody ate, it got pushed aside and buried and began to transform into something impossible to identify.  Here we are just a week from Thanksgiving and we are going to need all the space in that fridge that we can possibly get, so roll up your sleeves, take everything out, sanitize it, and toss anything you have any doubts about.  Food safety first always! 



National Raisin Bran Cereal Day – Invented in the 1920s, Raisin Bran was once a trademarked title. After a court battle, the name was up for grabs. A judge ruled “raisin bran” wasn’t necessarily creative — it only described the cereal’s contents. I remember loving this cereal as a kid, though it never had enough raisins for my taste, so Mom tossed in an extra handful to make it even better. Ahhhh, memories.



Today is my Friday, which means I am going to be a very busy gal tonight and tomorrow!  I need to finalize our Thanksgiving feast menu, make the grocery shopping list, then get the rest of my pumpkins cleaned out and baked so I can start getting the pumpkin pie filling all pureed up. The main event is awesome, but seriously, this pre-prep stuff is just as important!  I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.


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