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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 07/31/12

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ULTIMATE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE!!

   This recipe is another excellent lemonade recipe from www.realkitchenmom.com .   Like I saide before I looooovvvveee lemonade.  So here's one with another favorite fruit of mine, strawberries. Enjoy!



   Today’s lemonade recipe uses simple ingredients – lemons, strawberries, sugar, and water. Just what homemade lemonade should include. The process to make the lemonade is what makes it full of flavor. You use the whole lemon when making this. It does take time but is well worth the effort. The most time consuming parts are chilling and straining the mixture.








Ingredients
  • 2 large lemons
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup frozen slice strawberries in juice, thawed
  • plus additional water


Instructions
  1. Place lemons in the microwave and cook on high for 20 seconds. This helps relieve the juice.
  2. Add the sugar and water to a blender.
  3. Cut the lemons into 4ths and remove any seeds. Squeeze juice from lemon pieces into the blender and add the lemon pieces (rind and all) to the blender also.
  4. Add the frozen strawberries to the blender. Blend until mixture is well blended.
  5. Place mixture into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
  6. Allow mixture to cool and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a picture. Add enough water to the mixture to make 1 1/2 quarts.
  8. Pour into glasses with ice and enjoy!

SANTA MARTA de RIBARTEME FROM SPAIN!!



 
    The Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, also known as the festival of near death experiences, is a slightly odd festival to say the least. Held in a small Spanish village, that borders Portugal – Las Nieves, Pontevedra, in Galicia and taking place on the 29th of July.





    The Festival of near death experiences, as its name suggests, is a celebration for those people who have had a near death experience and lived to tell the tale. Saint Marta de Ribarteme is the patron Saint of resurrection.
   The lucky ‘survivors’ attend the festival in a coffin.
   It is a good place to go if you want to catch up on tales of different near death experiences.






    Even though centered around a fairly morbid theme, the festival itself is a celebration with firework displays and the usually partying that carries on well into the following day.
    Thousands of people line the streets of this tiny village. At 10am, the relatives of the people who narrowed escaped death are expected to carry their loved ones in coffins to the small church where there is a shrine to the Virgin Santa Marta.







    After Mass, which is projected across the village using loudspeakers, the procession then walks to the local cemetery and then back to the church with a large statue of the Virgin Santa Marta overseeing the celebrations.

AUGUST FOOD HOLIDAYS TO REMEMBER!!




August is the hottest month in the U.S., that means some really hot and happening food holidays too.






National Sandwich Month

We all love them so now lets learn about them. The term sandwich is occasionally used (informally) in reference to open-faced sandwiches; these normally consist of a single slice of bread topped with meat, salad vegetables, and various condiments. These differ from a normal sandwich in that they have a single slice of bread instead of two, with toppings instead of a filling. The open-faced sandwich also has a .....






National Peach Month

Are you ready to add some peaches to your menu this month? A medium peach (75 grams), has about 30 calories, seven grams of carbohydrates (six grams of sugar and one gram of fibre), one gram of protein, 140 miligrams of potassium, and 8% of the Dietary Reference Intake for vitamin C.







National Catfish Month

Catfish is eaten in a variety of ways; in Europe it is often cooked in similar ways to carp, but in the United States it is typically crumbed with cornmeal and fried. In Indonesia catfish are usually served grilled in street stalls called warung and eaten with vegetables. Catfish is high in Vitamin D. Farm-raised catfish contains low levels of omega-3 fatty acids and a much higher proportion of omega-6 fatty acids.







Goat Cheese Month
Goat cheese has been made for thousands of years, and was probably one of the earliest made dairy products. Goat milk is often used by those who are young, are ill, or have a low tolerance to cows' milk. Goat milk is more similar to human milk than that of the cow, although there is large variation among breeds in both animals.


Eat Dessert first month

In Western culture dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a meal, usually consisting of sweet food. But during the month of August dessert lovers everywhere are given the go ahead to eat our desserts first and not feel bad about doing it. That's right August celebrates the sweet tooth.






National Watermelon Month




National Brownies At Brunch Month






National Water Quality Month

Movable Days
National Mustard Day is the first Saturday.
National Apple Week Is The Second week.


Daily Observances





August 1 - National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

August 2 - National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3 - National Watermelon Day

August 4- National Chocolate Chip Day

August 4- National Champagne Day

August 5-




August 6- National Root Beer Float Day

August 7- National Raspberries & Cream Day

August 8- National Frozen Custard Day

August 9 - National Rice Pudding Day





August 10- National S'Mores Day

August 11- National Raspberry Bombe Day

August 12- National Toasted Almond Bar Day

August 13- National Filet Mignon Day

August 14- National Creamsicle Day





August 15- National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

August 16- National Rum Day

August 17- National Vanilla Custard Day

August 17- Cup Cake Day

August 18- National Ice Cream Pie Day

August 19- National Soft Ice Cream Day





August 20- National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

August 20- National Lemonade Day

August 21- National Spumoni Day

August 22- National Pecan Torte Day

August 23- National Spongecake Day

August 24- National Waffle Day

August 24- National Peach Pie Day




August 25- National Banana Split Day

August 25- National Waffle Day

August 26- National Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27- National Pots du Creme Day

August 28- National Cherry Turnover Day

August 29- National Whisky Sour Day

August 29- More Herbs Less Salt day (Eat Healthy Day!)

August 29- National Lemon Juice Day





August 30- National Marshmallow Toasting Day

August 31- National Trail Mix Day

August 31- Eat outside day

AUGUST HOLIDAYS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT!!





This month has some funny, exciting, and wacky holidays to celebrate all month long. In fact, there is at least one holiday to observe each day during the month of August (with the exception of the 2nd). Here are some suggestions for celebrating each day in August.



August 1: World Wide Web Day - Celebrate this holiday by spending your day exploring the World Wide Web.

August 2: Make Your Own Holiday - This one's obvious...

August 3: Watermelon Day - Try different recipes using watermelon. Eat watermelon at every meal. Don't just eat it - drink it!

August 4: National Chocolate Chip Day - You can't go wrong with chocolate chips. If you don't have time to bake cookies, they aren't bad alone!






August 5: International Beer Day - This should be a fun day for some of you.

August 6: National Fresh Breath (Halitosis) Day - Offer everyone you meet a stick of gum.

August 7: Lighthouse Day - I'm not really sure how one can celebrate Lighthouse Day.

August 8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day - Do that.

August 9: Veep Day - All I know is it has something to do with the Presidency...






August 10: S'mores Day - Is your mouth watering yet?

August 11: President's Joke Day (2010) - Crack a Presidential joke (in private if it may be offensive!).

August 12: Sewing Machine Day - Buy a sewing machine and learn how to use it. Use your newfound talent to make yourself a new wardrobe.

August 13: International Left Hander's Day - Honor all left handers by doing everything with your left hand today. Lefties, switch it up by using your right.

August 14: National Garage Sale Day - Hit all the local sales bright and early (before all the good stuff is gone).






August 15: National Relaxation Day - Hey, I knew you'd like this one!

August 16: Joe Miller's Joke Day - Crack some jokes.

August 17: Meaning of "Is" Day - What does "is" mean to you?

August 18: Bad Poetry Day - Hey, not all poetry has to be good. Write your very worst poem today.

August 19: "Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day - Not any old root beer float will do; it has to be "Black Cow".






August 20: Virtual World's Day - All reality aside, get lost in the virtual world for the day.

August 21: National Homeless Animals Day (2010) - There are tens of thousands of homeless animals in the world. What can you do to help?

August 22: Be an Angel Day - Or at least pretend.

August 23: Day for the Remembrance of Slave Trade and Its Abolition - Ahem--I said its abolition, not its existence.

August 24: National Waffle Day - Frozen waffles count.






August 25: Kiss and Make Up Day - In a tiff? Kiss and make up (at least for the day).

August 26: National Dog Day - What can you do on National Dog Day? Give your dog a bone.

August 27: Global Forgiveness Day - Have no worries. Forgive the globe....

August 28: Race Your Mouse around the Icons Day - Oh, boy! This one sounds like fun. And I can't forget; today is also 'Crackers over the Keyboard Day'.

August 29: National Sarcoidosis Day - Don't even ask what sarcoidosis is....






August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day - No, they can't be raw. You have to eat them toasted.

August 31: Love Litigating Lawyers Day - You gotta love 'em. You gotta.