Thursday February 21 2019 Blog

NATIONAL STICKY BUN DAY – February 21

NATIONAL STICKY BUN DAY

National Sticky Bun Day is observed annually on February 21st.

Known as “schnecken” meaning snail, the sticky bun is rolled into a sweet spiral that resembles its German name. Still considered to be a Pennsylvania specialty, it is believed the sticky bun’s origin in the United States began in the 19th century. German settlers brought their baking traditions with them when they began settling in and around Philadelphia.

Most often served for breakfast or as a dessert, sticky buns consist of rolled pieces of leavened dough that contain brown sugar and sometimes cinnamon.  Before the dough is placed in the pan, the pan is lined with sticky sweet ingredients such as maple syrup, honey, nuts, sugar and butter.  When the buns are finished baking, they are flipped upside down so the sticky bottom becomes the topping.

Famous cousins to the sticky bun are the cinnamon roll, caramel roll and monkey bread. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

If you are craving this delicious sticky delight, try making some of your own with one these sticky bun recipes:

Marcia’s Famous Sticky Buns
Super Easy Sticky Buns
Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Easy Caramel Sticky Buns
Ice Cream Sticky Buns

Use #NationalStickyBunDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Sticky Bun Day.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

Yesterday

I got up early and drove to Scott’s place to see about his dog. When I got back home I had some cereal & banana, coffee and juice. We left home about 8:35 to go Corvallis and arrived a couple of minutes after 9:00. Pat went to the Welcome Center to meet with the young mom’s and I started taking out trash and servicing restrooms.

I was really light-headed and ate some peanut butter crackers and drank two bottles of water. That didn’t help much so when we went to lunch I told Pat I wanted a steak.

We ordered their 8 oz sirloin and shared the plate. We also had grilled vegetables and French Fries.

I felt better after that and worked until almost 3 o’clock. We left the church then to come back to Albany to transport Scott from the hospital to Corvallis Manor. Guess what? It didn’t happen, there was a problem getting the medication right and he had to spend another night in the hospital, Scott was kind and understanding. The nurse was very apologetic about it but it wasn’t her fault. At about 7:15 I left and went to his house to see about Baybie while they watched some game shows. I picked up his mail and went back to the hospital. We left around 8:15 to come home. We watched some TV and went to bed.

I worked on a slide show of anniversary celebration pictures to share with you when I finish it.

Today

We are available to see about Scott today since it is my day off.

I think I will see what I can do to make a dog house for Baybie to bring her over here until they get through poking and prodding him. I was going to transport her house from his place but after looking at it this morning I think not. It would be too heavy for me to move by myself.

Not sure what else we will do today.

Weather

That’s all for February 21, keep in touch.

Patriarch
The Family Patriarch

Wednesday February 20 2019 Blog

NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY – February 20

NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY

Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!

It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree.  Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.    

According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers.  The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking.  It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”

In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish”.  Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try making your own cherry pie using one of these delicious recipes:   

Cherry Pie
Fresh Cherry Pie
Perfect Cherry Pie
Baked Fresh Cherry Pie

Not much of a baker?  Stop by your favorite bakery or take a friend out for a slice of cherry pie and cup of coffee.  Use #NationalCherryPieDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Cherry Pie Day.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

Yesterday

I got up early and drove to Scott’s place to see about his dog. She had more fun than a dog should get to have 🙂. She had gotten into Scott’s candy and there were wrappers all over the place.

I think that actually happened Sunday but I had trouble uploading the picture from my phone to my computer. After I got her taken care of I drove home for some breakfast, Pat’s bacon wrapped-egg-cheese muffin meal. Delicious! During the afternoon we took a nap and then went to the store to get groceries.

We had a hot dog for supper and went to be with Scott for the evening. I left Pat at the hospital and went to get some gas and see about Baybie. That all took about an hour so I didn’t get to the hospital until about 30 minutes before time to leave.

We watched some TV when we got home and went to bed.

Daffodils are already blooming here in Oregon:

That’s not unusual though.

I got the old dishwasher out of the counter and it is waiting out front to be recycled.

Pat has the new one ordered and it is supposed to be delivered on Friday. Then, I will need to install it.

Today

I went to see about Baybie early and then came home and took a shower. We drove to Corvallis and I left Pat in the Welcome Center with the young moms while I started work on the facilities.

I was wanting a steak for lunch so we went to Applebee’s to get their 8 oz sirloin. After lunch we went back to church for her to study and for me to complete my work.

This morning Heather gave us the pictures she had taken at our anniversary celebration. There are 159 of them, here are some:

Ken, Pat, Charissa
Cliff and Susan came.
Our first public dance together
The cake
On top of the cake
Opening her gift
$750 for a new dishwasher (We’ve since gotten almost that much more in checks, cash, and gift certificates.) We are overwhelmed at your generosity. Thank you all.
Many people were involved but this girl and Carrie got the ball rolling.
Telling our story
Ken singing “Loving You” to Pat
Pat and Charissa
They said, “Ken’s wearing his tuxedo, wear white lace. Dress like the couple on top of the wedding cake.”
one of the table decorations

We are at the hospital with Scott now, he is being transferred to Corvallis Manor in Corvallis

Weather

That’s it for February 20, keep in touch.

Patriarch
The Family Patriarch

Tuesday February 19 2019 Blog

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY – February 19

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY

Recognized by the US National Confectioners Association, National Chocolate Mint Day is observed annually across the nation on February 19th.  This holiday has been set aside for all the chocolate mint lovers to eat their favorite treats all day long.

The Aztecs and Mayans are given much credit for their ways with chocolate, and while chocolate was brought back to Europeans, they were not fond of the dark, bitter bean, and it was used more for medicinal purposes.

As it was mostly consumed as a hot beverage, Europeans mixed mint, cinnamon and other spices to make it more palatable.  Over time, sugar was added, and the combination of chocolate and mint became fashionable.

Fast forward to the mid-1800s when inventions and improvements in processes made it possible for confectioners to begin mass producing chocolates.  Even then, small candy shops served a local public.  Advertisements for mint chocolates, or chocolate mints, did not start showing up in newspapers until the turn of the century.

The International Dairy Foods Association states that mint chocolate chip is the 10th most popular flavor of ice cream.

One of the earliest mass-producers of chocolate mints was Huyler’s in New York, which had a chain of stores across the country.

Today we find mint chocolate in everything from ice cream to brownies, cookies and candies, liquors and sauces.

Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies were first sold in 1953 and are still their most popular cookie.

Mint chocolate is also the name of an herb with edible leaves that taste like chocolate and mint.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Below is a favorite frosting recipe for chocolate cake.  It looks great decorated with chocolate mint candies, a perfect to celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day!

Mint Frosting for Chocolate Cake

1 package cream cheese (8 0z), softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon mint extract
Green food coloring

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy.  On low speed, beat in mint extract, 2 to 3 drops of green food coloring and 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar until mixed.  Beat on medium speed until fluffy.  Store frosted cake in refrigerator.

The following are some other chocolate mint recipes for you to try:

Layered Mint Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Mint Brownies
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Mint Pie

And, for those who are thirsty:

Chocolate-Mint Martini

Use #ChocolateMintDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Chocolate Mint Day.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

Yesterday

I got up and went to see about Baybie first thing. She had been a bad girl and had eaten some of Scott’s candy he had left on the couch. I put her outside and picked up the rest of the candy and put it where she couldn’t get to it. When I went out back to bring her in she was in her dog house, I could just see her eyes back in there. I finally coaxed her in the house with her food. I had to disconnect Scott’s smoke alarm as it had a low battery and was sounding that irritating beep every few seconds. I thought it might be hard on a dog’s sensitive ears to listen to that all day long. I went back home to fix us some bacon-egg-cheese waffles for breakfast. I had put the bacon on warm before I left and finished making our sandwiches.

I had breakfast and went for a hearing aid appointment at 9:30 AM, After that I went on to Corvallis to do my Monday Morning work. There was no one else around and I worked on emptying trash and recycling. I took a break to check and see if anyone had signed up for security. One person had signed up so I updated the online list. At about noon I got to thinking, “Why is no one else here?” Then it occurred to me it was President’s Day. I didn’t think we got President’s Day off but when I checked my time sheet, we did. Oh well, it’s probably not going to get any better than this. I did a video chat with April and told her I was on the way home in a bit. The time wasn’t wasted as there was lots of trash to remove since I didn’t work Saturday. I need to put in some extra time occasionally because I have to rest a lot when I am working.

I drove home and we had lunch together. During the afternoon I removed the old dishwasher and took it out front to recycle the metal. Pat found a dishwasher online at Home Depot and ordered it. It is supposed to be delivered Friday. Then I will have to install it. I may ask Wayne to help me with that.

We left to go see Scott at about 6 o’clock. We went by his place and tended to his dog on the way to the hospital. It was almost 7:00 when we got there so I sent April on up to his room to watch the game shows with Scott. I stopped by the hospital cafe and picked up a ham and cheese sandwich for us to share in his room. I was just in time as they closed the door while I was in there. I worked on some Sunday School stuff on my computer while they watched TV.

Scott said they were talking about transferring him to Corvallis Manor today to recuperate. He said he will call us as soon as he finds out for sure what is happening.

We left there and came home at 8:30 PM. We watched TV until time to go to bed.

My back was really tender when I went to bed, that work on the dishwasher just about “bad ordered” me. It is still a little tender this morning but not too bad.

Today

When we hear from Scott we will do what needs to be done to help him.

We have a pretty serious grocery list that we need to go to the store with sometime today.

I need to install an electrical outlet in the place where the dishwasher will go.

Weather

That’s it for February 19, keep in touch.

Patriarch
The Family Patriarch

Sunday February 17 2019 Blog

NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY – February 17

NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY

Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year.  It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

It is a favorite day for many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness.  Not only is it positive for the receiver, but for the giver, too!    

“I was a recipient of the kindness but more glad to be a contributor!” (Unknown)

Our research found that the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week.  The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.

In New Zealand, where this day originated, celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day on September 1st.  It is also recognized by some on other days throughout the year; however, doing random acts of kindness is something that can be done every day of the year.

A Few Quotes of Kindness:

  • “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” (Mark Twain)
  • “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)
  • “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” (Scott Adams)
  • “Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless.” (Author Unknown)

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make a note to do nice things throughout the day and use #RandomActsOfKindnessDay to post on social media.  

HISTORY

Josh de Jong of New Zealand National Random Acts of Kindness Day.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

Yesterday

What a day! We had the party of all parties in the Welcome Center at church. Sorry, I don’t have pictures yet, they had someone to take still pictures and another to take videos and they haven’t gotten them to me yet. I did have Lexi make a picture of us in our party dress when they came to Scott’s room:

Scott, Bart, Lexi, Penny, Walker
Us in our finery.

I set up my computer for a Facebook Live chat of the festivities. Some people watched it and you can see it by clicking on this link:

60th Anniversary party

You will have to scroll down some to see it, it is in two parts.

We went home to rest some in the Bowflex before I went to see about Baybie. We were both really tired and rested some, finalized our SS plans, and watched TV before going to bed.

Today

We were on security duty this morning for the first service, she stayed in the Welcome Center and I made the rounds. I forget to get the HDMI adapter to show the slides on the TV so we had to teach Sunday School without slides. Pat did a good job teaching it.

After church we met the Crawford family for lunch.

Ken, Lexi, Bart, Walker, Penny, Pat
Pat and Penelope
Pat and Walker

We went home and took a nap before going to see Scott in the hospital, we’re visiting with him now.

I have gotten behind so much with my blog that I am now doing it in the evening.

Weather

That’s all for February 17, keep in touch.

Patriarch
The Family Patriarch


February 16 2019 Blog

Anniversary Celebration (This is the cover of a book from Natalie)

Today some friends at church are giving us a party to celebrate our 60 years together. We are to be there at one o’clock and the first thing is a song to Pat by me followed by us dancing. Now, that should be interesting as I am no Patrick Swayze and she hasn’t danced since we married. Charissa (who organized the party) insisted that we dance. I hope mama doesn’t appear and grab me by the ear 😁, she was so against dancing. So, the party begins with a big opening and continues from there. I’m going to try to set up my computer to do a Facebook Live presentation, which will be on my Facebook Timeline. You should be able to click on this link to see it: https://www.facebook.com/ken.alexander.754 It is supposed to go from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PST. There is a movie being made and someone is taking still pictures. I will post that when I can.

Pat says she doesn’t know what she is going to wear. I’m wearing the tuxedo Jon gave me several years ago. I have worked on losing weight so I can get in it. The girls told Pat to wear something white and lacy so we’d look like the top of a wedding cake. Funny!

Happy Birthday to David Hart

Yesterday

We had a bagel and cream cheese, juice and coffee for breakfast. I went to see about Baybie when I got up, she must be pretty lonesome there all by herself all day.

We got to Corvallis about 9:30 and I dropped April off at her Bible Study group. I went on to work and did as much as I could to get things ready for tomorrow.

At noon we went out to get something to eat. April said they were cooking bacon in the nursing home facility and she wanted to get some bacon, so we went to get some breakfast food.

We went back to the church building and I left her in the Welcome Center while I continued working.

We left to come home about 4 o’clock. We had to deposit some checks at the bank and then went by to let Scott’s dog out for a while before going home.

I made us a grilled ham and cheese sandwich for supper. We went to check on Scott and got there before 7:00 o’clock. Pat and Scott watched a couple of game shows in his room. He still doesn’t know what they are going to do with him. The Portland VA Hospital doesn’t have any beds but he is really hoping they will let him go home and do his own infusion in the PICC line.

We left the hospital a few minutes after 8 o’clock and came home to take medicine and go to bed.

Today

I have already told you about our plans for today and I don’t have anything to add.

Weather

It looks like 45º is the magic number this week

That’s all for February 16, keep in touch.

Patriarch
The Family Patriarch