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November 15, 2014

Today we have a very busy day so prepare yourself to celebrate:

National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day – I love hermit cookies, the rest of my family tolerate them and will eat them if there is nothing better around. I have to find a gluten free recipe that is good because I cannot give up these soft, delicious, almost cake-like cookies.

America Recycles Day – This is a day to promote recycling. If everyone recycles everything they can possibly recycle, not only will our landfills be less crowded because we will be throwing far fewer bags of garbage into them, but the world will be cleaner because there would be far fewer bottles and cans and other garbage littering the environment.

I Love to Write Day – This day was founded in 2002 by Delaware Author and Ghostwriter, John Riddle. It is an chance for everyone to write something no matter how old or young you are, you can write a story, poem, paragraph, letter, diary, begin a long work such as a book or finish something you have been working on for a long time. Last year over 30,000 schools all over the country participated in this day.

National Bundt (Pan) Day – A bundt cake is a cake that is baked in a bundt pan which shapes it into a ring with a hole in the center. It is of European origin and came to the United States in 1950 when H. David Dalquist, of the cookware company, Nordic Ware, began producing them. They almost stopped making them because it just wasn't catching on in this country but then it was mentioned in the New Good Housekeeping Cookbook in 1963 and sales began to pick up. In 1966, Ella Helfrich won $5,000 at the Pillsbury Bake-Off with her Bundt cake called the “Tunnel of Fudge” and then sales of bundt pans skyrocketed.

Guinness World Record Day – Celebrated on the third Saturday in November, this day is all about world records. On Nov. 10, 1951, after being involved in an argument about which was the fastest game bird in Europe, an issue that couldn't be resolved because of a lack of available information, Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of Guinness Breweries, decided that a book that could answer questions like that might be a good idea. The first edition came out in 1954 and one thousand copies were printed and given away. The next year they had a 197 page edition that sold enough to go to the top of the British bestseller lists. In 1956, it came to America and sold 70,000 copies. It has been produced yearly ever since. It has the distinction of being the most frequently stolen item from public libraries in the United States.

Pack Your Mom’s Lunch Day - I could really get into this day.  After all the meals I have made for my children, I think I’m due to have one of them make me lunch today.  Now I just have to convince them of that.

American Enterprise Day - Today is a day for United States citizens to recognize how free enterprise has shaped our country and helped our economy grow to what it is today.

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day - This is a day that is all about getting rid of the things that get pushed to the back of the fridge because no one wants to eat them but when they get put in there they are perfectly good so no one wants to throw them out.  Well, now it’s time.  They aren’t good any more and no one is ever going to eat them so throw them out!

International Games Day @ Your Library – This is a day to celebrate games and libraries so today libraries all over the world are playing all different kinds of games. Check with your local library to see if they are participating.

National Philanthropy Day – Proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, this is a day to recognize and honor individuals, businesses, and organizations that are active philanthropists. A philanthropist is someone who gives of their time, or money to benefit others. While this is the official day, you may find many organizations celebrating this day in different ways on different days according to what is convenient for them.

To celebrate today, clean out your fridge before you make a bundt cake and write a letter of appreciation to give to a philanthropist that you know. Then make some hermit cookies, making sure you recycle any packaging of ingredients that you use.  After that, eat the lunch your children packed for you before you go to the Library to play some games and take a look at the Guinness Book of World Records while you are there.  Finally make a plan for how to utilize free enterprise to make a little extra money for your family.

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