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February 26, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day – This is a day to introduce the girls in your life to the field of Engineering. We need to teach our girls that men are not the only ones who can be engineers. Women can be just as successful and innovative. Here's some ideas on how to start.

National Personal Chef's Day – According to the American Personal & Private Chef Association, this is a day to thank your personal chef, or find one if you don't have one already. However, the United States Personal Chef Association also created a day with this name on July 16th. So I guess you can celebrate either day. I think it would be absolutely heavenly to have someone come to my home and make dinner for me. Fortunately, whenever he can be done with work in time, my husband is my personal chef.

For Pete's Sake Day – An old expression used as a mild oath, I'm often guilty of saying it myself in a fit of annoyance. There is a lot of disagreement, but it seems to date back to somewhere around 1900 and “Pete” may be a shortened reference to St. Peter as in “For St. Peter's Sake, turn down that phonograph before you go deaf!”.

Levi Strauss Day – Born on this day in 1829 in Bavaria, Levi Strauss was the father of the jeans we all wear today. He came to this country in 1847 to work for his brother, then he branched out for himself in 1853 when he went west and began his own dry goods and clothing store. In the 1870's he began making heavy duty work pants which we now call jeans and his company is still in operation today. Jacob Davis was a tailor who had the idea of using copper rivets to reinforce the jeans in specific spots like pocket corners and at the top of the button fly. But he didn't have the money to patent his idea so he asked Levi to join with him on the idea. They received the patent in 1873. They did well, but it wasn't until 1955 that jeans really came into fashion. That was when the movie Rebel Without A Cause was released with James Dean wearing jeans. After that, everyone wanted to wear them.  I’m not surprised.  James Dean looked very good in jeans and everyone wanted to look just like him.

World Pistachio Day – We celebrated this back on January 26th as a national day but today the whole world gets to join in. Pistachios are so good that I think they should be celebrated every day so go ahead and get some more. Especially since they are good for you. They contain fiber, copper, manganese and Vitamin B6, all of which are healthy so have a handful right now.

National Chili Day – Celebrated on the last Thursday in February, this is a day for chili. I don't think it matters if it's red chili or white chili. It's the perfect winter meal and can be made meatless, or beanless, spicy or not depending on your preferences.  My husband makes a three bean venison chili that, in my personal opinion, is out of this world.  Venison is not super popular so I’ll include a good recipe here but not a venison recipe.   Although if you have some available, feel free to substitute.

Tell A Fairy Tale Day – When my kids were little, I used to read them fairy tales all the time. Now that they are bigger, I expect they will protest a little bit and tell me that they are too old for that, but I'll read to them anyway even if I have to sit on them to get them to listen. If you don't want to go that far with your older kids, just read a few to yourself. Don't forget to do all the voices. Stories are always better if you do the voices right.

To celebrate today, throw on your favorite comfy Levi's, open a bag of pistachio's and settle in to tell fairy tales to your kids, regardless of their ages. If you don't have any kids, you can always borrow mine. You can take your time since your chili dinner will be prepared by your personal chef today. While your chef is cooking, talk to the girls in your family about engineering and for Pete's sake, make sure you replace your usual swear words with Pete's for the day.

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