Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy November!

Yes, it’s here. The year is 5/6 over, and the holidays are coming. There are numerous observances during the month of November, and you’ll find them listed on the “Holidays” page.

A couple that we certainly don’t want to forget are the end of Daylight Savings Time (2:00 a.m. Sunday morning) and Election Day next Tuesday. Be sure to set your clocks back on Saturday night – and don’t forget  to vote on Tuesday!

Also, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, and the 28th is Thanksgiving.

Today is *Give Up Your Shoulds Day, *National Authors’ Day, *National Family Literacy Day and National Go Cook For Your Pets Day.

Next week look for:

Saturday (2) – *Cookie Monster Day, *Plan Your Epitaph Day and Sadie Hawkins Day.
Sunday (3) – *Cliché Day, Zero Tasking Day, *Sandwich Day and Jellyfish Day
Monday (4) – Fill Our Staplers Day, Job Action Day, *National Chicken Lady Day and *Use Your Common Sense Day
Wednesday (6) – *Saxophone Day
Thursday (7) – *National Men Make Dinner Day and *National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day (I like both of these!)
Friday (8) – National Walk To Work Day, *Cook Something Bold And Pungent Day, Domino Day, *National Parents As Teachers Day and *X-Ray Day
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I’m sure that soon we’ll all be going through our recipe files for those treasured Thanksgiving recipes, as well as recipes for treats and gifts for Christmas.

Have any of you ever lost your joy of cooking? No, I don’t mean the cookbook, but the actual joy of planning and preparing meals. I seem to have misplaced mine somewhere, and am trying very hard to find it. I think the routine of cooking every meal, and most times 2 different meals at once to meet various dietary needs in the house, has caused a bit of burnout. I’m hoping the holiday cooking will bring it back! With that idea in mind, I plan to pull out some cookbooks over the weekend and find some new things to try, as well as plan out some menus for the holiday gatherings to come. Wish me luck!
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“November comes
and November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

(Elizabeth Coatsworth)
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Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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