Cheer Du Jour

A little cheer to forget your troubles, and better yet, to toast with a glass of bubbles!

Nov 15 – America Recycles Day

English: Recycle logo

English: Recycle logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

November 15th is America Recycles Day (ARD), so go forth and be green! Even the Duchess of Cambridge has made recycling chic – read about Kate’s clever and sustainable maternity style tips here. Click here to find a recycling event near you.

ARD Thunderclap: Make your “I Recycle” pledge go even further through the America Recycles Day Thunderclap, which will post a synchronized message of support on the Facebook or Twitter accounts of all supporters at the exact same time on America Recycles Day. The more people that spread the word, the bigger difference we can make. All it takes is one click! For more details, click here.

Recycle Options: Visit Earth 911.com to find a recycling solution convenient for you. For instance, I learned that I have several options to recycle my used batteries, from the Village Hall and Public Works to local businesses. You can also find venues that will recycle automotive and construction supplies, electronics, hazardous goods, etc.

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Nov 11 – Veterans Day

Veterans Day Ceremony

To all veterans, you have my most sincere gratitude and admiration. What you do for our country can never be overstated, and yet so often, we are far too understated in thanking you. Though we are inundated with Veterans Day sales commercials, we must remember the true reason for the holiday.

I found an interesting snippet while reading the Chicago Tribune today, in the “Parade” section (also online at parade.com/vets). There are varying levels of investments, but I think we can all start by at least saying thank you when you see a veteran and by sending a card via amillionthanks.org.

Thanks to the Veterans.via parade.com/vets…

Upgrade a soldier’s helmet: For $35, you can provide a service member cushioning helmet pads to help protect against traumatic brain injury.  operation-helmet.org

Foster a companion animal: Pets for Vets pairs shelter dogs with veterans in an effort to ease the emotional wounds of war. Volunteers are needed to offer foster care for rescues, as are professional trainers to prepare the dogs for their new roles.
pets-for-vets.com

Help throw a baby shower: Celebrate an expectant mom whose husband is deployed or injured by sending a gift or volunteering in person at a party hosted by Operation Shower.  operationshower.org

Mail a care package: Look up specific requests for reading material, DVDs, games, and relief supplies from service members in all five branches of the military; pack the items with a letter of thanks and ship them off.  booksforsoldiers.com

Tune in to Tim McGraw: As part of his initiative with Chase and Operation Homefront to provide mortgage-free homes for vets and service members in need, the country star is performing a concert tonight for military families, to air on the Pentagon channel and on his website (8:45 p.m. ET).  timmcgraw.com

Support a Mission Continues fellow: The Mission Continues fellowship program allows post-9/11 veterans to continue serving at home by volunteering for 26 weeks with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and American Red Cross. Your donation can help vets finds ways to channel their skills as they transition back to the civilian world.  Missioncontinues.org

Share your points: Transfer your hotel rewards points to Fisher House Foundation’s “Hotels for Heroes” program, which provides accommodations to the families of military service members who are undergoing medical treatment.  Fisherhouse.org

Offer a vet a ride: Join the VA’s Volunteer Transportation Network and you can drive veterans to and from their appointments for services.  Volunteer.va.gov

Donate gifts for kids in Iraq and Afghanistan: Operation Give collects toys and school and art supplies that our troops can then distribute to to local children in the areas where they are serving.  Operationgive.org

Share your expertise: Sign up to teach a class or be a mentor to wounded veterans interested in exploring business opportunities after they leave the hospital.  100entproject.org

Send a holiday card: To date, amillionthanks.org has delivered more than six million letters to service members and veterans. This holiday season, express your appreciation for our troops with a festive card containing a personal message or prayer, postmarked by December 1.  amillionthanks.org

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Nov 2 – National Deviled Egg Day

Deviled Eggs shot during the Inaugural Portabl...

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The history of this holiday is devilishly hidden, as is the origin of the deviled egg itself. According to author Rachael Rizzo, the indulgent treat may have originated in Ancient Rome as boiled eggs with spices. The toppings might have included wine, pine kernels, celery, fish sauce, honey, white vinegar, and pine nuts. Recipes in medieval cookbooks advised eggs to be stuffed with ingredients such as raisins, goat cheese, mint marjoram, cloves, and cinnamon (see Rizzo’s complete e-zine article here). Eggcited to make a batch for yourself? Family Circle has several recipes, from bacon and cheese deviled eggs to salmon deviled eggs. Food Network has a video for step-by-step instructions to boil the perfect egg.

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London Cocktail Week Oct 7-13

London underground

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The World's Drinks And How To Mix Them

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Cheers and Cheerio! What a week to be in London – Cocktail Week! Seven Dials in Covent Garden hosts the majority of events, but over 150 bars throughout London will be featured in tours. Throughout the seven days, you can attend parties and pop-up bars a plenty, but there is much to learn here also. Imbibe your little grey cells (before killing off a few) via seminars, masterclasses and tastings. You can also get a shave and/or a makeover, view art or listen to poetry to revive your spirit, all while enjoying some spirits.

For more information, click here – just be sure to have a Pimm’s Cocktail, or something suitably British, while you look.

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Aug 26 – National Cherry Popsicle Day

cherry popsicle

cherry popsicle (Photo credit: stu_spivack)

Enjoy a frozen cherry treat to celebrate this summer holiday. Making your own popsicles is as easy as pouring cherry juice (or Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, etc.) into a popsicle mold (or Dixie cups with sticks, or even an ice cube tray with toothpicks). If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try some of these recipes: chocolate cherry popsicle, cherry yogurt popsicle, chocolate fudge cherry popsicle, cherry berry cardamom popsicle or the adults-only cherry mojito popsicle (what an extra cheery cherry treat!). Lastly, I have to share the most bizarre recipe I found while tracking down cherry popsicle recipes – and it even rhymes – would you believe cherry pickles? Click here to see the recipe, but be warned…even the author admits she doesn’t like them.

Foodimentary offers Five Food Finds about Popsicles:

In 1905 in San Francisco, 11-year-old Frank Epperson was mixing a white powdered flavoring for soda and water out on the porch

He left it there, with a stirring stick still in it.

That night, temperatures reached a record low, and the next morning, the boy discovered the drink had frozen to the stick, inspiring the idea of a fruit-flavored ‘Popsicle’, a portmanteau of soda pop and icicle.

Eighteen years later in 1923, Epperson introduced frozen pop on a stick to the public at Neptune Beach, an amusement park in Belmar, New Jersey. Seeing that it was a success, in 1924 Epperson applied for a patent for his “frozen confectionery” which he called “the Epsicle ice pop”.

He renamed it to Popsicle, allegedly at the insistence of his children.

via August 26 – National Cherry Popsicle Day | Foodimentary – National Food Holidays.

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