Happy First Day of Fall / Autumn 2017! For the past couple of weeks our county has been recovering from Hurricane Irma who did a lot of damage. While we do not have the changing colors of leaves here in Florida, the cool weather is always a welcome sign that Fall is here and Hurricane season will soon be over. Getting out Fall cookbooks, along with the crock pot and dreaming of the aroma of Beef Stew, Chicken and Dumplings and other wonderful recipes for Fall are already on our minds.
Wishing everyone a very happy new season of Autumn/Fall.
The last time the United States of America saw a full Solar Eclipse that crossed across the country was June 8, 1918. This Monday, August 21, 2017 you can witness this natural phenomenon, “The Great American Solar Eclipse”. The ellipse will begin at Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT) and continue across the center of the US bringing a few minutes of darkness in its path to each state in certain areas, where other area’s will see a partial eclipse. It will end at 2:48 p.m. EDT near Charleston, South Carolina.
Warning!! It is not safe to view this eclipse without protecting your eyes.
One thing we have today that was not available in 1918 are Solar Viewing Glasses or also called Eclipse Glasses and Personal Solar Filters.(Sunglasses cannot be used in place of these viewing glasses).
Please see the following articles about the dangers to your eyes and ways you can see the eclipse without directly looking at it.
Here are few places to check out when and where this will all happen:
TimeandDate.com – has lots of information and you can put in your city and state to see exactly when the eclipse will occur for your area and for how long.
10 Best Places to See the Eclipse – greatamericaneclipse.com has Maps and times available for the best places for the total solar eclipse.
Enjoy the Eclipse :}
St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Friday, March 17th by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins.
You can enjoy watching the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and will celebrates its 254th year. Get more information for times and broadcasts here
Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.
As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.
Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?
Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.
In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.
We celebrate every year and usually have a big crowd. Lots of food, fun, friends and family make it all worth while to cook up a storm. Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Favorite with Sides
If you are celebrating in a restaurant or bar, please remember to drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
December 7th, 1941 Japan attacked the Naval Base at Oahu, Hawaii. A day later President Franklin D Roosevelt gave his Infamy Speech stating “A day that will live in infamy” and America was now entering WWll.
In the video below, learn about that horrible historic day and an American solider survivor B.C. Wilborn who was just 20 years old at Pearl Harbor tell his story.
Thank you to all the men and women who bravely protect our country then and now.