Mardi Gras recipes & Fat Tuesday cocktails – Celebrate New Orleans style

Besides parades, entertaining music, lavish balls, colorful costumes, masks and beads, Mardi Gras is also known for its fabulous food. From the traditional classics like gumbo, jambalaya and crab cakes to more modern interpretations, New Orleans is famous for its delicious fare. Whether you plan on attending the celebration in person or from afar, you can get into the Carnival spirit with the following Mardi Gras recipes and cocktails listed below. King Cakes are King When it comes to Mardi Gras food, there is no doubt - the King Cake is king. This traditional dessert is made with cinnamon dough, glazed topping and sprinkled with sugar the colors of Mardi Gras – purple, green and gold. While

National Tooth Fairy Day

When it comes to holidays, today isn't your average, run-of-the-mill special day.Not only is it National Public Sleeping Day, Feb. 28 is also National Tooth Fairy Day. This annual event celebrates one of children's most beloved visitors, the Tooth Fairy. While Santa Claus brings gifts and the Easter Bunny brings eggs of all shapes and sizes, the Tooth Fairy has a pretty popular arrangement with children all over the world. When a baby tooth falls out, either on its own or with a little help, children simply place the tooth underneath their pillow. Once the child is fast asleep, the Tooth Fairy will make a special trip in the dark of night, pick up the tooth and leave a little gift in its pla

Mardi Gras safety tips: 20 Top tips to keep your family safe during Mardi Gras

Each year, millions of people from all over the world head to New Orleans for the annual Carnival andMardi Gras celebration. Known for its delicious Cajun food, lavish balls, parades, music, costumes and masks, colorful beads and rowdy parties, Mardi Gras has been a state holiday in Louisiana since 1875. Carnival season officially begins 12 days after Christmas, on January 6th. Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, is observed on the last day of the Carnival season and is always celebrated on a Tuesday. Although the Mardi Gras date changes from year to year, the date occurs between February 3rd and March 9th. February 28, 2017 Mardi Gras Safety Tips Prepare for the weather before you

National Public Sleeping Day: Let's all choose to snooze

If the winter blues have you down in the dumps these days, this may be your lucky day! And if a little nap sounds perfect right about now, go grab your blankie! February 28 is National Public Sleeping Day! Hooray! While the origins of this annual "holiday" are unknown, chances are pretty good the creator was probably just as tired as the rest of us. While sleeping on the job is not recommended, anyone can celebrate National Public Sleeping Day. Whether you choose to do it on the bus, on the train, in the cafeteria or in the confines of your own home, a little snooze may just be what the doctor ordered! So turn off all those handy-dandy electronic gadgets, put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the d

No Brainer Day

In case you haven’t heard, February 27 is No Brainer Day. Since some of our daily tasks require little thought and we go about our day set on auto-pilot, it’s no wonder we have a No Brainer Day. Since little is known about the origins of this particular just-for-fun “holiday”, how about we designate No Brainer Day as a worldwide working holiday, paid of course. It should be celebrated only during work hours, with plenty of free food, drink and entertainment on hand. Of course it goes without saying, no actual work is allowed. So go ahead - give your brain a rest and celebrate No Brainer Day today! Then tomorrow, it's back to work we go! Today is also National Strawberry Day, National Kahlua

International Polar Bear Day: The plight of the Polar Bear

February 27 is an important day for one of the world’s largest non-aquatic predators– it’s International Polar Bear Day. This annual event raises awareness about the plight of these magnificent mammals. The Plight of the Polar Bear Like many other creatures, climate change is drastically impacting polar bears, Ursus maritimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the sea bears as Vulnerable and decreasing. Polar bears depend on cold weather to survive. Global warming has reduced their sea ice habitat – which they depend on to survive. Besides global warming, other threats to polar bears include hunting,pollution and poaching. It is estimated that only 20,000 to 25,000 polar bear

National Strawberry Day

What’s red and juicy and sweet to eat? Strawberries! Today is National Strawberry Day! While the origins of this annual food holiday is unknown, National Strawberry Day is celebrated smack dab in the cold of winter – on February 27. Whether you prefer yours fresh, baked in pies or in milkshakes, ice cream or jams, folks have been gobbling up strawberries for centuries. Besides tasting good, these tasty treats, which are actually members of the rose family, are loaded with good stuff - potassium, fiber, folic acid and Vitamin C. They are low in calories and have no fat or cholesterol either. And some believe strawberries may reduce the risk of cancer. And did you know that strawberries are th

National Kahlua Day

If your taste buds are craving something rich, creamy and decadent, you’re in luck! Besides National Strawberry Day, International Polar Bear Day and No Brainer Day, it is also National Kahlua Day! This delicious holiday is celebrated every Feb. 27. Whether you prefer yours on the rocks, added to coffee or mixed drinks, this popular Mexican liqueur has been enjoyed for decades. This labor-intensive beverage, created back in 1936, includes 100 percent Arabica coffee beans grown in Mexico and sugarcane. After seven years, the mixture is combined with caramel and vanilla, allowed to rest for 8 weeks, and then bottled. In honor of National Kahlua Day, check out these Kahlua-inspired recipes....

Go nuts for National Pistachio Day

February 26th is a great day to go nuts! It’s National Pistachio Day. Did you know these delicious and nutritious nuts actually grow on trees? It can take up to 10 years for a pistachio tree to mature. And pistachios are not naturally red – red dye is added to them. Most of the pistachios grown in the United States are grown in California. According to the California Pistachio Commission, 400 million pounds of pistachios are harvested in California each year. Now that’s a lot of nuts! Today is also For Pete's Sake Day!

For Pete's Sake Day: Famous Phrases and idioms from days gone by

If you happen to be a certain age, chances are pretty good you have heard or even uttered the phrase, "for Pete's sake." One day a year is actually dedicated to that once-common phrase. Feb. 26 is For Pete's Sake Day! This annual "holiday" was created by the folks at Wellcat and is listed on Chase's Calendar of Events. The phrase was commonly used as a substitute for the more offensive phrase, "for God's sake" or "for Christ's sake" and was said when someone was surprised, annoyed, frustrated or irritated. And in case you are wondering who the heck Pete is, you aren't alone. While some believe Pete may refer to the Apostle Peter, others suggest the phrase evolved from older phrases, "for the

Open That Bottle Night: Celebrate with a special bottle of bubbly or wine

Have you heard the latest "buzz?" The last Saturday in February is Open That Bottle Night (OTBN)! It's time to pop open that special bottle of bubbly or wine and celebrate! Created by authors and former Wall Street Journal columnists Dorothy "Dottie" J. Gaiter and John Brecher, this annual world-wide "holiday" was first observed in 2000. While some people keep expensive china or unused silverware tucked away in a drawer just waiting for the perfect occasion, some folks have that special bottle of bubbly chilling in the wine cooler or stored in the wine rack until that momentous event takes place. What are you waiting for? Although the bottle does not have to cost an arm-and-a-leg, it should

National Tortilla Chip Day: Dip it!

Are you in the mood for food? You’re in luck. February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day! The versatile chip can be eaten as a snack, with salsa and dips or as a topping on soups or casseroles; the crunchy chips are a favorite treat for many. Tortilla chips now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Whether you prefer the traditional yellow chip, or prefer the blue corn variety, one thing is for certain. They make wonderful chips!

National Chili Day

Go grab your biggest bowl. It's time for soup, folks. Today is National Chili Day in the U.S.A! This annual celebration is observed on the fourth Thursday in February. And with the never-ending winter we've had, a great big bowl of chili sounds pretty good right about now, doesn't it? People have been enjoying this comfort food for centuries. United States President Lyndon B. Johnson was a great big chili lover. Whether you prefer yours hot and spicy, thick and chunky or vegetarian-style, today is the perfect day to enjoy a heapin' helpin' of chili! In honor of the occasion, why not whip up a batch of homemade chili? Soup's on!

Happy Curling is Cool Day: Cool sport 'sweeps' America

When it comes to holidays, February 23 not only is National Dog Biscuit Day, it is also Curling is Cool Day, an annual holiday created by the folks at Cool! Although some fashionistas may be disappointed to learn this particular holiday has nothing whatsoever to do with hair, today's holiday has everything to do with a team sport that, at first glance, some may consider a bit peculiar. Curling, a sport that began in Scotland centuries ago, is actually played during the Winter Olympic Games. In fact, curling is actually considered one of the fastest growing sports in America! In a nutshell, four players on two teams slide eight heavy polished stones across ice toward a target at t

National Dog Biscuit Day

Talk about "ruff!" Today is going to the dogs! Literally! Today is National Dog Biscuit Day also known as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. While the origins of this annual "howliday" are unknown, Feb. 23 pays homage to man’s best friend. Dogs really do get their day today! Canines have enjoyed treats for centuries, although earlier versions were quite a bit different than today’s variety. Dog treats used to include stale, moldy bread, rotting leftovers and rock-hard biscuits made out of grain. Pretty "ruff", right? But American James Spratt changed all that on a trip to England in the mid-1800s when he saw hungry, stray dogs scavenging for leftover food. It wasn’t long before

National Walking the Dog Day: 'Howliday' is good for you and Fido, too!

February is going to the dogs! Literally! While February 20 celebrates pets of all shapes and sizes on Love Your Pet Day and National Dog Biscuit Day is celebrated on February 23, February 22 celebrates an activity dog's love. It's (National) Walking the Dog Day! While it may not seem that special to us, mutts, pedigrees and purebred pooches all across the nation look forward to this yearly "howliday" all year long! Walking the Dog Day encourages pet owners to get out of the house and take that special pooch in your life for a good long walk. Whether it's around the block, the neighborhood or at the local park, walking is not only good for Fido, it's good for you as well! In fact, researcher

Happy National Margarita Day: Cheers!

If an ice-cold cocktail sounds pretty good to you right about now, get ready to raise your glass. A very special day of the year is here and Americans are ready to celebrate! Bye bye, winter blues - Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day! This annual beverage holiday celebrates one of America's most popular drinks - the Margarita! Easy to make and delicious to drink, tequila is the star of this refreshing cocktail. Add a bit of Cointreau or Triple Sec, some fresh lime juice and a salt-rimmed glass, and you've got yourself the perfect Margarita! Whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen, today is the perfect day to kick back and relax with an ice-cold Margarita! Cheers!

It's National Sticky Bun Day: Sweet!

If you're in the mood for a little sweet treat to eat, you're in luck! February 21 is National Sticky Bun Day, an annual food holiday that celebrates the aromatic and delicious sticky bun. Sticky buns, also referred to as cinnamon rolls, are traditionally made from leavened dough and topped with a ooey-gooey layer of pecans or nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and maple syrup or honey. While these sticky pastry treats are typically eaten for breakfast, they also make a delicious dessert or snack. It's believed German settlers introduced the "Schnecken" to America back in the 1800s. In honor of National Sticky Bun Day, why not whip up one or two of the following fabulous recipes?

Single Tasking Day: It's time to tackle one task at a time

Attention multi-taskers. If doing more than one thing at a time is part of your daily routine, hold on to your keyboard, telephone, handy-dandy gadget and/or mobile device. It's Single Tasking Day, an annual "holiday" that encourages folks to slow down and tackle one thing at a time. While some observe the event on February 21, the Chase Calendar celebrates Single Tasking Day on February 19th. But regardless which day you celebrate, can you imagine what life would be like if you could complete one task at a time? No more trying to finish 20 things at once. Let's be honest. Most of us are overworked, underpaid and over-stressed. There simply is not enough time in the day to get everything don

International Mother Language Day: Celebrating languages around the world

Parlez-vous Francais? A very special day is here and people all around the world are celebrating. Feb. 21 is International Mother Language Day, an annual holiday that promotes the preservation and protection of all languages around the globe. International Mother Language Day began as a tribute to four students who were shot and killed by Pakistani police for protesting the right to speak their own language. Each year, the General Conference of the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and its agencies not only promote cultural and linguistic diversity, but also encourages people around the world to celebrate their mother language. What’s in a word? Plenty!

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