Of course we all know that yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the country stopped to honor him and celebrate his birthday. However there are all sorts of other fun days to celebrate. So lets take a look at the other fun holidays that will be popping up this week.
January 19th is Popcorn Day!
Little is known about where or how this national holiday started, but it is here to stay. Celebrate National Popcorn Day the only way that it should be celebrated – with a big bowl of yummy popcorn. And, in honor of this popcorn holiday I’ll share with you one of my favorite ways to enjoy air-popped popcorn: As your popcorn is popping, combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl with 1/2 a packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix (the kind that you would normally use to make ranch dressing.) Pour the mixture over the popcorn and fold it in. Then enjoy!
January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day
This is the day to be aware of our penguin friends. Rent Happy Feet, wear a tuxedo, eat raw fish… and just be generally aware of these awesome animals. Oddly, though January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day, World Penguin Day is not until April 25th. This day coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins and it happens about the same time every year.
January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day
Penguins get their own day, so why shouldn’t squirrels? This holiday was founded by Christy Hargrove a wildlife rehabilitator from Asheville, North Carolina. According to Christy, “Celebration of the event itself is up to the individual or group. Anything from putting out extra food for the squirrels or learning something new about the species.”
January 21st is also National Hugging Day
Get out there and hug someone! This day was actually started by Rev. Kevin Zaborney from Caro, Michigan. Check out the National Hugging Day web site and get out there and hug a few folks!
January 22nd is National Blonde Brownie Day
Tis the day to enjoy some brownies. But not those chocolatey-gooey-concoctions. Nope – this is about the blonde brownie. In honor of this day – here is a quick and easy recipe for blonde brownies that you can make to celebrate this special day:
1 stick butter or margarine at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup (about 8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Cream together the butter and brown sugar; beat in egg. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Spread batter in a greased and floured 7- X 11-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. These brown very quickly, so be sure to start checking at the 20 minute mark.