Always on December 18th, today is “Bake Cookies Day”!!! And it couldn’t come at a better time! Arriving amidst the major December holidays this day serves as a reminder to bake holiday cookies, if you haven’t done so already.
Everyone, no matter your age, can and should celebrate this day by baking their favorite cookies. Make a party of it, and bake cookies in groups with family, friends, kids and grandkids. Don’t stop at baking just one kind of cookies.Plan to bake a number of cookies. Try a new recipe, or two, or three, or….
If you bake more than you can eat, good for you! Wrap up gift trays filled with cookies for friends and neighbors. Most cookies freeze well, too.
On another note, I couldn’t find a “Eat Cookies Day”, which in my opinion should be tomorrow…but maybe eating cookies is an everyday thing and so no one wanted to limit the eating of the cookies to just one day!
Did you know ~ that in addition to many other national things ~ April is National Fresh Tomato Month. I don’t think they contacted anyone in the Northeast to ask if this was an appropriate month for the fresh tomato, but here it is. And while we are still a few ~ MANY ~ months away from our own garden fresh tomatoes, here are a few reason to buy some at the store…..
Tomatoes are the most concentrated food source of lycopene, and that is believed to play a role in prevention and treatment of some cancers.
Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C and that can assist the body in resisting infections and aid in healing (and there are still some pretty nasty colds and flu around my part of the world!)
Tomatoes are low in calories ~ a medium sized tomatoe has about 25 calories, good to know with shorts and bathing suit season (fast?) approaching!
Now for full disclosure time. Tomatoes are not at all one of my favorite foods! BUT I do love a nice fresh salsa, which is why when it’s time to get the garden planted, tomatoes, hot peppers and cilantro have 1st place in our garden. So hurry up spring, let’s get to growing time and we can really enjoy local, fresh tomatoes!
So I totally missed what has been designated as Flood Awareness Week. (3rd week in March.) But here in New England we have just now had the weather start to cooperate with us to really start the snow and ice melting, so it won’t be long before the flooding risk happens and while that week was designed to help promote flood preparedness to both home and business owners, it’s not too late to read on!
While rising stream and river banks can signify the end of winter and the beginning of spring, it’s important to remember that they can rise VERY fast and can be VERY dangerous. The American Red Cross warns that floods can cause more damage than any other weather related disaster in the US. They have a couple of really good safety tips to share:
- Stay away from the floodwaters! (I know, this seems pretty obvious but we’ve all seen those daredevils on the news trying to get as close as possible to the edge right?!). Even 6 inches of fast-moving water can sweep you off your feet.
- If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around! (Again, common sense but not everyone has an abundance of it!). 2 feet of water can sweep a car away, so back off!
- Keep pets and children out of the water! It maybe contaminated and while fun to splash in, it’s not fun (and potentially harmful) to be splashed with unclean/safe water.
The National Weather Service has tons more info at http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/ so
go and check it out! I’ll be happy when the flood danger time has passed ~ but honestly it will be more because that will mean the snow and ice are gone!