Gotta Love Kids in the Kitchen

Today is National Kids in the Kitchen Day. In my opinion, spending time with our children in the kitchen is one of the most important things we can do. It’s a way of creating memories, passing along a little family history and teaching life skills.

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The Holy Name Mary and More

It should come as no surprise that Catholics hold the name of Mary in high regard. After all, Mary is the Mother of God, our Heavenly Mother, the New Eve. In many cultures with a heavy Catholic influence, Mary, Marie or Maria are often the name chosen for daughters.

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A Moment Frozen in Time

On the morning of September 11, 2001 nineteen terrorists hijacked four commercial airlines mid-flight. All four planes were bound for Los Angeles. None would reach their final destination.

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Ode to the TV Dinner

Here we are – singing the praises of TV Dinners once more. You would think that we’d be serving up slices of turkey, cornbread stuffing, peas and sweet potatoes, the original offerings in 1953. We aren’t – and for very good, personal reasons.

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I Love Food – Do You?

Depending upon which calendar you use, on the National Front today is Care Bears Share Your Care Day (yeah, a mouthful), National Teddy Bear Day, National Wiener Schnitzel Day or I Love Food Day. With the exception of Wiener Schnitzel and a love of food, the other National Days aren’t exactly edible.

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Feast of the Nativity of Mary

Nativity of Mary isn’t found in Holy Scripture. Yet we know that Mary was born. Without her birth, there would be no Son of God to take away the sins of the world. She was a part of God’s plan from the very beginning.

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In the Spirit of New Hampshire and Salami

Today we have two National Days to celebrate. The first is New Hampshire Day. New Hampshire was the 9th state to join the Union yet the first to establish an independent government. For over 100 years, the first votes cast in a presidential election are cast here.

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Amazing Restaurant-Style Picante Sauce

Do you have a favorite restaurant? Hands down, for us it’s Javi’s Fine Mexican Foods in Modesto. Great Margaritas, a wide selection of entrees and warm chips served with a spicy picante to wet your appetite.

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Labor Day Family Favorites

I remember when there were all sorts of social rules surrounding so many holidays. Never wear white after Labor Day. Always have a new Bonnet for Easter each year. I grew up in a time when Sunday Best meant something. It did not mean fancy – whatever your best was, it was reserved for Sundays. Family and community meant something.

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Macadamia Nuts and Chocolate

It’s a tradition, at least in America, that if you visit Hawaii you bring back chocolate covered Macadamia Nuts for all your friends and family. It’s expected. Don’t ask why. Chocolate covered Macadamia Nuts somehow have become the symbol of a Hawaiian Vacation.

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Tailgating Irish Style

Everyone knows that College Football Games are played on Saturday, while the NFL plays on Sunday. Football season begins in the fall. So naturally the first Saturday in September is National Tailgating Day in reference to College Games.

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Remembering V-J Day with Reverence

On August 15, 1945 the Japanese announced their surrender. This announcement signaled the end of the war. However; the official signing of a surrender did not take place until September 2 aboard the battleship USS Missouri that was docked in Tokyo Bay.

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It’s Chicken Boy Day Yet Again

If you’ve been around before, then you know that September 1 is National Chicken Boy Day. This day is more about the giant Chicken Boy than the restaurant he once called home.

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South Carolina Gold

It’s no secret that South Carolina was the first state to secede from the union. The shots heard round the world were first fired by a group of Citadel cadets. They open fired on a Union ship as it entered the harbor brining supplies to Fort Sumter. And so the secession began.

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A Sizzling Day at the Beach

Today is National Beach Day. Yeah, celebrating the end of summer while grabbing that last bit of sun. That’s what National Beach Day is all about, right? Well, sort of . . .

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