30 Incredibly Fun Fall Activities for the Whole Family

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Every year around this time we start to get a little antsy. The season is changing, summer is ending, the air is getting a little cooler, and the kids are starting/going back to school.

It’s a lot to take in all at once, so we don’t really think about what to do as much.

I have put together a list of things to do that the entire family can enjoy doing together.

31 Fall Activities for the Whole Family

 

  1. Take a drive in the country
  2. Plant bulbs in the garden for next spring
  3. Go apple picking
  4. Get lost in a corn maze
  5. Go for a hike
  6. Go on a hayride
  7. Collect colorful Fall leaves to use in an art project (ideas)
  8. Make a pine cone bird feeder (directions)
  9. Jump in a pile of leaves
  10. Buy something from a bake sale
  11. Borrow a book from the library
  12. Watch geese fly south for the winter
  13. Learn to knit (tutorial)
  14. Go antiquing for the day
  15. Listen to the sounds of leaves crunching under foot
  16. (Adult) Tour a Winery (Winery List)
  17. Breath in the cool crisp air
  18. Carve your own pumpkins (directions)
  19. Give out candy to trick or treaters in costume
  20. Throw a Halloween Party (see link at the bottom for ideas [affiliate])
  21. Make your kids Halloween costumes or pick a family theme (check bottom of post for my”find costume” link [affiliate])
  22. Get spooked at a haunted house/walk
  23. Eat a slice of warm pumpkin bread (recipe)
  24. Drink hot spiced cider (or cold) (recipe)
  25. Bake an apple or pumpkin pie (Apple recipe) (Pumpkin recipe)
  26. Make butternut squash soup (recipe)
  27. Make and eat a caramel apple (recipe)
  28. Collect pine cones and display them as a decoration Tutorial
  29. Go to a Fall Festival in your town
  30. Go around the table telling each other what you are thankful for

 

When we think of our little ones going off to school it can be a bittersweet feeling. We are so glad they are growing and learning but, we miss them being with us all the time.

To lessen the blow, pick a few, or all of the activities from the list and spend some time together as a family.

Our kids grow up so fast, it’s like we blink and they are 16, talking back and trying to spend as little time as a family as possible.

How do you spend time with your family? Do you have any special activities that you like to do each year?

Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

These are a Few of My Favorite Things: July

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS: JULY

There are so many talented Social Media influencers. Every month I try to keep track of the really great posts I see and share them with you.

I hope you enjoy these posts and find a few accounts to follow and share.

 

TWITTER

 

I think I had a little too much fun on Twitter this month. These are the best of all the posts I retweeted 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTAGRAM

 

I need to pull it together. RP from one of our very faves, @modernmomprobs Go follow her now!

A post shared by Mommy Dearest Inc. (@mommydearestinc) on

 

Please. Shut it. Go follow the hilarious @perfectpending for more funny and TRUTH!

A post shared by Kate Hall (@katewhinehall) on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinterest

 

Housewife How To’s

No Place Like Home

Listotic

Graceful Little Honey Bee

Mom Deals

The Bub Hub

What Moms Love

Holly Homer: Kids Activities Blog

Glue Sticks Gum Drops

I Heart Arts and Crafts

 

Facebook Pages

 

Real Time Mom

And Then There Were 2

Mommin’ it up

Mish Mash Mommy

 

Blogs

Rockin’ Mama

Scary Mommy

Rants from Mommyland

Redefining Mom

Mom Spark

 

This has been the July edition of my favorite things.

 

Have you seen any funny or interesting social media posts this month? Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

Please, check out a few of these great people and their social medias. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

August Days

CELEBRATING NATIONAL DAYS WITH THE FAMILY

AUGUST

 

Every day of the year has a new and wonderful way for you to bond with your little family.

Here are the national days for August that you may not know exist.

Marilyn Dalrymple created Respect for Parents Day which is celebrated annually on August 1st. In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past,”Respect for Parents Day” was born.

This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society.

Let your children know all that you do for them/ Not only because you are their parent but because you love them and want them to do well in life.

National Coloring Book Day is celebrated on August 2.

Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but in the past few years, adults have gotten more and more involved with coloring. I know I have many adult coloring books for relaxing and anxiety relief.

Adult coloring is now a huge trend and many are finding that it is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress.

Founded in 1941, Dover Publications led the way, releasing their first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970.

Dover now publishes Creative Haven, a popular line of coloring books specially designed for adult colorists.

Find a coloring party near you or participate online.

Spend some time coloring with your friends, children or grandchildren or by yourself.

Enjoy the creativity of making a picture come to life.

National Watermelon Day is enjoyed by many especially on August 3rd, it is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics, barbecues, and fairs.

Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing. It is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white.

Watermelons can grow enormous, and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.

The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds.

To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is observed annually on August 4.

This is a day to enjoy those tasty bits of chocolate in your favorite cookies.

For the same reason we thank Ruth Graves Wakefield for chocolate chips, we also celebrate her name on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. For if it weren’t for her curiosity and invention, we wouldn’t hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.

If she had never wondered what chunks of chocolate would taste like mixed into a sugar cookie dough, we would know the ecstasy that is a warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue, our eyes closing in heavenly satisfaction and perfect smiles crowning our faces.  No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would have been denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.

Grab your discs and call up your friends! The first Saturday in August is National Disc Golf Day!

Requiring less equipment than traditional golf, disc golf shares the common goal of reaching each target with the fewest number of strokes, or to put it more accurately, throws.

Disc golf parallels the traditional game in many ways. Instead of clubs and a ball, the only gear necessary is a disc or frisbee. Starting from a tee pad, which is generally a rectangular area made of anything from rubber to cement or even brick, the player progresses down the fairway after each throw.

From where the disc lands, the player throws again and repeats until the disc lands in the target. As in traditional golf, the total number of throws a player takes to get the disc into the target is equal to the score for that hole.

Disc golf has been played since the late 1960s and became a formalized sport in the 1970s.

In the beginning, targets were nothing more than tree trunks or wooden posts cemented into the ground. As the game progressed, trees and posts were replaced with metal baskets with chains, with the chains helping to catch the discs. Those metal baskets, originally called a “Disc Golf Pole Hole”, are now the modern day targets with dozens of design variations being used with the same general idea and technical specifications in mind.

Disc golf is convenient and inexpensive as well. Adding a couple of discs in the mix when packing for vacation adds very little weight to camping gear or luggage. Unlike traditional golf, a majority of disc golf courses across the country are open to the public, requiring no fees, membership, or tee times.

As a growing international sport, the number of courses is increasing all the time.

In August of 2015, the International Olympic Committee granted full recognition to Flying Disc sports providing a global platform for Flying Disc sports, including disc golf.

People of all ages and abilities play disc golf. A great low-impact, cardiovascular workout that can test both physical skill and mental determination, this activity brings the whole family together for an afternoon of laughs and enjoyment together.

HOW TO OBSERVE

The Professional Disc Golf Association encourages you to get out on the course to celebrate National Disc Golf Day.

With courses in all 50 states, it should be easy to find a disc golf course near you and play a round with your family.

The PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory is a great resource to locate courses in your area.

Each year on August 6, people around the country participate in National Wiggle Your Toes Day.

By going barefoot, wearing sandals or flip-flops, show off your toes. Be sure to give them some fresh air and exercise on National Wiggle Your Toes Day!

Today, let your toes feel the grass, the sand on the beach, the water in the pool or the pebbles along the shore. Encourage the kids to wiggle their little toes to some music!

Observed annually on August 7, National Lighthouse Day honors the beacon of light that for hundreds of years symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea.

At one time, the beacon of light could be found across almost all of America’s shorelines.

A lighthouse is described as a tower, building or any other type of structure that is designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.

Lighthouses:

  • Mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors.
  • Assist in aerial navigation.
  • Have declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational systems.
  • Has a source of light called a “lamp” (may be electric or oil fueled).
  • Were originally lit by open fire and then candles.
  • Differ depending on the location and purpose but have standard components.
  • Has a lantern room which is a glassed-in housing at the top of a lighthouse tower.
  • Has a Watch Room or Service Room beneath the lantern room.
  • Has an open gallery outside the Watch Room or Lantern Room.
  • Development accelerated in the 17th century with Britain’s Trinity House constructing its first in 1609.
  • Earliest in North America was in St. Augustine, Florida.  Printed on a 1791 map, it had been built by Menendez after his landing in 1586.
  • America’s next lighthouse was Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in 1716.
  • The oldest existing lighthouse in the United States is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey. Built in 1764, this lighthouse is still in operation.
  • At the end of the 19th century, the United States had the most lighthouses of any nation.
  • The 9th Act of the first Congress created the US Bureau of Lighthouses in 1789, which placed lighthouses under federal control.
  • The United States Coast Guard took over on July 7, 1939.
  • Visiting and photographing lighthouses has become a popular hobby as well as collecting ceramic replicas.

Take a nice road trip with your family to visit a historical lighthouse. (If you are in the area I highly recommend the Cape May Lighthouse).

National Happiness Happens Day is observed each year on August 8.

So on this day… just let it happen. You know. Happiness.

Happiness is encouraged all day. Recognize every moment of glee, joy, delight, and pleasure. Don’t let it pass.

A flicker of a giggle should be given its due and should it blossom into full blown happiness, don’t be surprised. It happens!

The Secret Society of Happy People is an organization that was founded in August of 1998 and formed to celebrate the expression of happiness.

The society encourages members to recognize their happy moments and think about happiness in their daily life. They have two motto’s which include “Happiness Happens” and “Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade.” Their purpose is to stimulate people’s right to express their happiness.

Founded in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy People as “Admit You’re Happy Day”, Happiness Happens Day was created to recognize and express happiness. August 8 was chosen as it is the anniversary of the first membership in 1998.

Observed each year on August 9, avid readers get to celebrate on National Book Lovers Day!

A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away.

Bibliophile – a person who has a great appreciation for or collects books.

Some History about books:

  • The very first books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the book pages.
  • The book covers were made of wood and often covered with leather.
  • The books were fitted with clasps or straps.
  • Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
  • Books in public libraries were often chained to a bookshelf or a desk to prevent theft.

Moving forward:

Book manufacturing’s recent development included digital printing.

Book pages are printed using toner rather than ink. Digital printing opens up the possibility of print-on-demand, where no books are printed until after an order is received from a customer.

E-books are rapidly increasing in popularity. E-book (electronic book) refers to a book-length publication in digital form. They are usually available through the internet. However, can also be found on CD-ROM and other forms. E-books are read either by computer or via a portable book display device known as an e-book reader, such as a Reader, Nook or Kindle.

Grab some books with the kids and enjoy a nice time reading together. Let the books take you to far off places in your minds.

It is National Lazy Day, so we choose to be lazy rather than tell you that this holiday is observed each year on August 10th.

Just sit back, relax with a glass of lemonade and enjoy being with your family on this lazy day.

Each year on August 11, parents across the United States participate in National Son’s and Daughter’s Day.

On this day, spend time with the joys of your life.

Let your children know that you are glad they are part of your life.

Share family stories, listen to the events of their day, their hopes, and dreams.

Enjoy every day you have with them and spend as much quality time as you can.

Do something special for your children today.

If they are at home, go for a walk or enjoy a local park.

If your children are grown, give them a call and remind them how special they are to you.

Saturdays and Summertime are the perfect combinations for garage sales.

That is why the second Saturday in August is designated National Garage Sale Day.

On this day, you will see people finding great deals at these neighborhood sales.

For those having the sales, this is a way for them to find new homes for items they no longer need.

If you see a driveway full of items and a sale sign out, stop by and celebrate National Garage Sale Day.

Daniel Rhodes of Alabama came up with the idea of having a National Garage Sale Day in 2001 after seeing neighbors having sales on different weekends.

Rhodes thought it would be more convenient if they all had them on the same weekend.

Left-Hander’s Day is observed annually on August 13th.

In a right-handed dominated world, August 13th is the day that left-handed individuals can claim as their own.

Approximately 10% of the population is a Southpaw. Scientists haven’t discovered why a person is left-handed, but it more probable that you will have a left-handed child if one of the parents is left-handed.

Make a game with the kids, If you’re all right-handed, try doing everything with your left hand and see who can complete certain tasks.

National Creamsicle Day is observed annually on August 14.

This is a day to enjoy this refreshing summertime orange and vanilla treat.

Creamsicle” is a brand name of an ice cream treat consisting of vanilla ice cream on a Popsicle stick coated with an exterior of flavored ice with the original flavor being orange.

Enjoyed the whole year round, the Creamsicle now comes in many flavors.

Here are a few Creamsicle recipes for you to make and enjoy with the kids!

Three Ingredient Low-Fat Creamsicle Cake
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

National Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th.

It is time to slow down, unwind and relax!

National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live.

Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks. Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run down, and tired which can lead to more stress.

It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically.

Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and reduce stress will improve overall health.

What is your favorite relaxation activity?

Here are some relaxing activities:

  • Reading a book
  • Fishing
  • A picnic in the park
  • Walking along the beach
  • Taking a drive in the country
  • Spa
  • Golfing
  • Photography
  • A movie
  • Window shopping
  • Calm
  • Lunch with the family
  • Watching sports
  • Swimming

These are just a few of the many possible relaxation ideas that you may want to use to celebrate this holiday.

We are aware that not everyone is able to get this holiday off from work, so while you are at your job, do what you can to avoid stress and try not to work late today.

When you get off of work, take a deep breath, unwind, relax and begin your National Relaxation Day celebration!

What would be better than a day filled with laughter?

National Tell a Joke Day is observed annually on August 16th, and that’s no joke!

This day should be filled with smiles and much laughter from morning till night as everyone shares their favorite jokes. The more jokes you tell, the more fun you will have and so will those around you.

Jokes have been a part of human culture since at least 1900 BC.

A joke is described as something that is spoken, written or done with humorous intention. They can come in many forms.

On National Tell a Joke Day, try a one-liner or a knock-knock joke if you aren’t comfortable with the whole comedic act that can be involved in the short story versions.

Some simply rely on gestures to express humor. With humor, timing and delivery can be an essential element. Without it, the joke will fall flat.

Be sure to know the audience. Clown jokes may not go over well at a phobia convention.

In moderation, laughter is healthy, uses the abdominal muscles and releases endorphins (natural feel good” chemicals) into the brain.

Tell a joke, listen to a joke, get a joke book and get the kids to take turns reading a few… laugh, celebrate, have fun and enjoy!

National I LOVE My Feet Day! is observed annually on August 17.

This is a day to appreciate how valuable our feet are, to practice good foot care and pamper our feet.

Our feet are our primary mode of transportation. They quietly and faithfully help us stand, swim, run, walk, play sports, jog, skip and dance.

They take us to school and work. Our feet withstand all the things we do in our everyday lives and accomplish things our hands cannot.

Taking care of our feet is important for preventing long-term problems. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them, as can disease, bad circulation, improperly trimmed toenails and poorly fitting shoes.

Practicing good foot care is easy. Elevating your feet when you sit is a relaxing way to help reduce swelling. Stretching, walking or having a gentle foot massage aids circulation.

A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. Wearing shoes when outside provides your feet better protection.

75% of the adult population has a foot problem and improper shoe choices account for the majority of those problems. Wearing properly fitted shoes with good arch support, getting foot massages and regular pedicures can reduce foot problems. If you have persistent foot pain, consulting a podiatrist can help.

A good way to celebrate today would be going out and buying your children’s new school shoes. Let them pick out their favorite, most comfortable pair for the coming school year.

On August 18, we recognize a dish sizzling with savory Tex-Mex flavor.

It’s National Fajita Day!

Originally made from throwaway cuts of beef by Mexican cowboys/cattle drivers in Southwest Texas, the fajita was developed as a regional staple in the early 1930s.

These cowboys cooked the steak over an open fire or grill and served it with flour or corn tortillas. Fresh Pico de gallo (also called salsa fresca, made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, fresh serranos, salt, and lime juice), guacamole and southwestern spices elevated the fajita, introducing it to new audiences as it later became a destination food in the culinary world.

As their popularity grew, fajitas added colorful flair to Tex-Mex menus with sizzling platters full of bright peppers, onions, tender steak, shrimp, chicken or pork with freshly made tortillas.

By the 1980s, most Mexican restaurants in the United States served fajitas. In the modern culinary kitchen, lime, cilantro and many vegetables find their way into a fajita along with the perfect seasonings.

Grilling with mesquite adds a smoky flavor and bacon adds crunch. Of course, who could forget the cheese?

With their festive presentations, they continue to be enjoyed today. The fajita has come a long way from skirt steak trimmings!

This year National Fajita Day falls on a Friday so take the family out to your favorite Mexican restaurant for fajitas and start the weekend off right!

National Soft Ice Cream Day is observed annually on August 19th.

Soft service ice cream is the result of air being introduced to the dairy product during the freezing process.

In 1934 on Memorial Day weekend, Tom Carvel had a flat tire on his ice cream truck in Hartsdale, New York. After pulling into a parking lot, he began selling the softened ice cream to vacationers driving by.

With amazement, seeing the love that people had for soft ice cream, he concluded that a fixed location selling the new-found dessert was potentially a good business idea.

In 1936, Carvel opened his first store on the original broken down truck site, selling his secret formula soft serve ice cream dispensed from his patented super low-temperature ice cream machines.

If an ice cream truck frequents your street make sure to get some for yourself and the kids. If not, take a ride after dinner to an ice cream shoppe to get some soft serve goodness.

Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio.

In the late 19th century, it became clear that wireless communication was possible.

There were several inventors who had a part in the invention of the radio in the late 1800s and not just one person can be credited with its beginning. To make the radio a reality, it required a number of different inventions and discoveries including both transmission and reception methods as well as technology.

It was in the 1920s when the first broadcast stations began airing programs.

These first programs were those of news and world events.

  • Radio ownership grew from two out of five homes in 1931 to four out of five homes in 1938.
  • According to FCC statistics, at the end of 2012, there were more than 15,000 licensed broadcast radio stations in the U.S.

To celebrate National Radio Day, listen to your favorite radio stations and let the kids dance around and sing along.

Each year on August 21, there are various events and activities held across the United States in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day.

This day was created as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements.

Their valuable contributions to our communities create better places to live.

For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity”

~ President Ronald Reagan – August 19, 1988 Proclamation 5847

To celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, spend time with the senior citizens you know. Let them know that they are appreciated and loved.

It may also be a good day for you and your children to volunteer at a retirement home and share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today. Teach them that being nice to others is not just for those people but to help us be happy knowing we are the reason those people are smiling and having a good time.

National Tooth Fairy Day observed on August 22.

This childhood favorite evolved with a group of healthcare fairies during the mid-1920s.

From bath fairies to Fairy Wand Tooth Whitener, kids were encouraged through a wave of advertisements and health classes to eat their veggies, brush their teeth and get fresh air.

Esther Watkins Arnold brought the tooth fairy to life in an eight-page play-let in 1927 called The Tooth Fairy.

At the same time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made his claim that fairies and gnomes were real by publishing pictures of two girls surrounded by “verified” fairies.

Schools began performing Arnold’s play the following year, and children, primed with vivid imaginations, placed their freshly lost teeth under their pillows at night in the hopes of a visit from the tooth fairy.

Enjoy the last days of summer and the warm summer breezes on August 23 as you celebrate the annual National Ride the Wind Day.

National Ride The Wind Day commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer prize.

It was on August 23rd of 1977 that the Gossamer Condor 2, flew the first figure-eight course specified by the Royal Aeronautical Society, at Minter Field in Shafter, California. Slowly cruising at only 11 mph, it traveled a distance of 2,172 meters.

  • The Gossamer Condor 2 was built by Dr. Paul B MacCready and piloted by amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen.

  • The Gossamer Condor 2 aircraft is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

We all know that cooler air is right around the corner so take advantage of these nice days and get outside as much as possible. Test out those human-powered aircraft and make some history. summer breezes allow us to fly human-powered. In the event you lack a human-powered aircraft, flying a kite is always a good back plan.

The first United States patent for a waffle iron was issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.

In honor of this anniversary, National Waffle Day is observed each year on August 24th.

Eaten throughout the world, a waffle is a leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression.

Waffles come in many forms. Depending on the type of batter or iron used, the resulting waffle vary by consistency, size, shape and flavor.

Waffle irons and waffles originated around the 14th century.

An anonymous husband penned the first known waffle recipe as a set of instructions for his wife.

According to the manuscript, Le Ménagier de Paris, each of the four recipes began:

  • Beat some eggs in a bowl, season with salt and add wine.

  • Toss in some flour, and mix.

  • Then fill, little by little, two irons at a time with as much of the paste as a slice of cheese is large.

  • Then close the iron and cook both sides.

  • If the dough does not detach easily from the iron, coat it first with a piece of cloth that has been soaked in oil or grease.

  • 1911 – First electric waffle iron introduced by General Electric.
  • 1953– Frank Dorsa’s Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.
  • 1964 – Belgian Waffles debut at New York’s World’s Fair.

Following are a few waffle recipes for you to make and share with your family and friends!

True Belgian Waffles
Classic Buttermilk Waffles
Apple Cinnamon Waffles
Banana Oatmeal Buttermilk Waffles
Best Chocolate Chip Waffles

National Banana Split Day is observed annually on August 25th!

Traditionally served in a long dish, called a boat, a banana is cut in half lengthwise and laid in the dish with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed in between.

The strawberry ice cream is complimented with pineapple topping.

Chocolate syrup is poured on the vanilla ice cream and strawberry topping covers the chocolate ice cream.

Crushed nuts, whipped cream and maraschino cherries garnish the entire boat.

Today, there are many variations to the classic banana split.

A 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania created the first banana split in 1904.

David Evans Strickler enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. His first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae” sold for 10 cents, double the cost of all the other sundaes.

In Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August.

In 2013, an official marker was placed at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split.

The United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp depicting the banana split.

It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series.

For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.

Each summer on the 26th of August, Popsicle lovers across the United States enjoy National Cherry Popsicle Day.

One evening in 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson mixed a batch of soda on his porch and left it with the stirring stick still in it for the night. It hit record low temps that night and he awoke to find….

To learn more and to get some tasty Popsicle recipes see my post “Popsicles… Where did they come from?”

Each year on August 27th it is National Just Because Day.

Feel free to celebrate this day any way you choose. Just because!

Every day we all do things that are expected or required of us or because we have to.

Well, on National Just Because Day, that does not apply.

This day is a chance to do something without rhyme or reason.

It could be that there is an outfit at the mall that you are admiring; buy it…just because.


Maybe you want to use a vacation day just to go fishing; do it…just because.


Perhaps you would like to pay the tab for the table next to you at your favorite restaurant; do it…just because.


Possibly you want to sing really loud while you’re in your car, by yourself, with your windows rolled down; do it…just because.


Surprise someone with flowers…just because!


Make something up…just because!


Or maybe, just maybe, do something just because Mom said so.

 

National Cherry Turnovers Day is observed annually on August 28th.

Cherry turnovers are a sweet pastry made by placing a cherry filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it then either baking it or frying it.

FUN CHERRY FACTS:

  • Related to plums, peaches, and nectarines, cherries are drupes or stone fruits.
  • Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600s by the English colonists.
  • There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
  • There are an average of 44 cherries in one pound.

More National Cherry Holidays:

  • January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.
  • April 23rd is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.
  • May 17th is National Cherry Cobbler Day.
  • September 24th is National Cherries Jubilee Day.

Try these recipes with your kids today!

Tasty Cherry Turnovers

Easy Cherry Turnovers

 

National Chop Suey Day is recognized each year on August 29.

Chop suey, which means “assorted pieces,” is a dish in American Chinese cuisine consisting of meat (chicken, fish, beef, prawns or pork) and eggs that are cooked quickly with vegetables (usually bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery) and bound in a starch-thickened sauce. Rice typically accompanies this delicious dish.

It is believed, by some, that chop suey was invented in America by Chinese Americans.

However, anthropologist E.N. Anderson concludes that it is based on tsap seui (miscellaneous leftovers) which is common in Taishan, a district of Guangdong Province.

Taishan is the home of many early Chinese immigrants to the United States.

Another account claims that chop suey was invented by Chinese American cooks that were working on the transcontinental railroad in the 19th century.

A tale is told of chop suey’s creation stemming from the Qing Dynasty Premier Li Hongzhang’s visit to the United States in 1896. According to the story, his chef wanted to create a meal that was suitable for both the Chinese and the American palates.

It has also been told that Li wandered to a local Chinese restaurant after the hotel kitchen closed, where the chef, embarrassed that he had nothing ready to offer, came up with the new “chop suey” dish using scraps of leftovers.

Another myth tells of an 1860s Chinese restaurant cook in San Francisco that was forced to serve something to the drunken miners after hours. To avoid a beating, having nothing fresh to offer, he threw leftovers in a wok and provided a makeshift meal to the miners. The miners loved the dish, asked him what it was called to which he replied, “Chopped Sui.”

Traveling to the United States in 1903, Liang Oichao, a Guangdong native, wrote that there existed a food item called chop suey which was popularly served by Chinese restaurateurs, but which local Chinese people did not eat.

Whatever is the true origin the fact is that it is very tasty. Take your family out for a nice Chinese dinner to celebrate Chop Suey Day.

On August 30 be sure to stock up on one of America’s favorite fire roasted treats. It’s National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Get your friends together, gather up some firewood, a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallow and you have the makings of a great night ahead of you.

Toasted marshmallows are a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire.

One of the popular ways to enjoy a delicious warm, gooey toasted marshmallow is with chocolate and graham crackers in a S’more.

Upon personal preference, marshmallows are heated to various degrees from gently toasted to a charred outer layer.

The charred outer layer is achieved by igniting the marshmallow.

Marshmallows now come in a variety of flavors as well as sizes for maximum toasting opportunities.

National Toasted Marshmallow Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.

Get the kids together and char some marshmallows together.

Observed annually on August 31, National Trail Mix Day honors the mix that was developed as a healthy snack to be taken along on hikes.

Trail mix is an ideal hike snack food because it is very lightweight, easy to store, nutritious and provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruits or granola as well as sustained energy from the fats in the nuts.

One claim to the invention is held by two California surfers, who in 1968 blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.

However, in the 1958 novel The Dharma Bums written by Jack Kerouac, trail mix is mentioned when the two main characters describe the planned meals in preparation for their hiking trip.

Plan a short hiking trip with your family and pack a few bags of tasty trail mix to snack on along the way.

You can make your own trail mix using your favorite ingredients.

Many varieties of trail mix are available at your favorite grocery or convenience store.

 

I hope you have enjoyed the August Edition of Celebrating National Days with the Family.

If you found any fun things to do with your family from this list please let me know in the comments.

I hope everyone has a happy safe end of the summer. 🙂

Stay Cool.

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Family Friendly State Parks around the U.S

The other day I was trying to think of new and interesting things to do with my little family.

It occurred to me that in every state there are at LEAST five State Parks!

So, I did a little research and found a family friendly park in each of the 50 United States.

Check out the park in your state or if you see one you think your family would enjoy, plan a vacation to that state and check out the local attractions.

family friendly state parks

 Alabama: Lakepoint State Park

Lakepoint State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on the far north side of the city of Eufaula. The state park encompasses 1,220 acres on the western shore of Lake Eufala, a 45,000-acre impoundment of the Chattahoochee River. The park adjoins Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge and is managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Park facilities include a convention center, 101-room lodge, 192-campground sites, and a complex of lakeside cottages and fishermen’s cabins. The grounds also include a marina, swimming pools, hiking trails, and picnicking areas.

Alaska: Afognak Island State Park

The park is known for its rugged topography, dense old-growth Sitka spruce forests, and salmon spawning habitat. Kodiak brown bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, and the endangered marbled murrelet inhabit the park. Visitors can fish, hunt, hike, or just enjoy the pristine environment. There are two public use cabins in the park.

Amenities:

Wood-burning stove for heat – firewood must be split. Handsaw and ax provided. (Only dead and downed trees may be used for firewood.) Please restock supply before leaving.

Limited cooking/eating utensils (frying pans, dishpans, and a large tea kettle).

Two bunk beds – each with a single on top and a double below at Pillar Lake

Three single bunk beds at Laura Lake

Fresh water can be obtained from Pillar or Laura Lake. Water must be boiled for five minutes or cleaned with a Giardia approved filter.

Arizona: Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park preserves 3,948 acres in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is named after the nearby town of Oracle.

Oracle State Park serves as a wildlife refuge, and is open every day from 9am – 5pm. 

The park has more than 15 miles of hiking trails, including 7 miles of the Arizona Trail.

The Kannally Ranch House is a historic house museum with original art and historic photos. The four-level adobe home was constructed between 1929 and 1933, features Mediterranean and Moorish architectural influences and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Arkansas: Davidsonville Historic State Park

Davidsonville Historic State Park (formerly Old Davidsonville State Park) is a 163-acre Arkansas state park in Randolph CountyArkansas in the United States. The park preserves the remains of the abandoned frontier town of Davidsonville. The town was one of Arkansaw Territory‘s first settlements when founded in 1815, serving as an important river port town on the Black River. The former townsite was made into a state park in 1957 and a monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

California: Castle Rock STate Park

Castle Rock State Park embraces coast redwoodDouglas fir, and madrone forest, most of which has been left in its wild, natural state. Steep canyons are sprinkled with unusual rock formations that are a popular rock climbing area. The forest here is lush and mossy, crisscrossed by 32 miles of hiking trails.

These trails are part of an even more extensive trail system that links the Santa Clara and San Lorenzo valleys with Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and the Pacific Coast.

Due to its overnight parking lot, Castle Rock is a popular starting point for the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, a 30-mile trail that begins near by at Saratoga Gap and leads to Waddell Beach north of Santa Cruz. There are two walk-in campgrounds within the park for overnight backpacking. The 5,242-acre park was established in 1968

Colorado: Ridgeway

Ridgway State Park is a state park located in Ouray CountyColorado. The current wildlife consists of deer, coyotes, rabbits, and elk. Due to the park’s variety of animal life, the park is used as a hunting ground although hunting opportunities are extremely limited due to proximity to developed areas.

Connecticut: Hopeville Pond State Park

Hopeville Pond State Park is a public recreation area located on Hopeville Pond, an impoundment of the Pachaug River, in the town of GriswoldConnecticut. A portion of the park occupies the site where the lost village of Hopeville once thrived. The grounds include one building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Avery House, which serves as the park manager’s house. Activities include fishing, swimming, and camping. The state park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Delaware: Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond State Park is a 1,790-acre Delaware state park. The park surrounds Lums Pond, an impoundment built by the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal on St. Georges Creek. Lums Pond State Park is open for a wide variety of year-round recreation.

Florida: The Rainbow River

Rainbow Springs State Park is a Florida State Park located on, three miles north of Dunnellon, Florida. It comprises 1,459.07 acres upland (which includes around 100 acres of wetlands) and 12.83 acres submerged. The most significant natural feature is the first magnitude headspring basin which produces up to 600,000,000 US gallons of fresh water per day, forming The Rainbow River. The looking glass waters of Rainbow Springs come from several vents, not one large bubbling spring. The river itself supports a wide variety of fish, wildlife, and plants, many within easy viewing by visitors. In total, the park contains 11 distinct natural communities, including sandhillsFlatwoods, upland mixed forests, and hydric hammocks.

Visitors are able to see a variety of wildflowers in season; oaklongleaf pinesmagnoliadogwoodred mapleredbudcypresssabal, and hickory trees; gray squirrelsred-shouldered hawks, swallowtail kites, barred owlswhitetail deer, and a wide variety of wading birds. The relative peace and quiet of the winter season offers much for the nature enthusiast. There is an interpretive room located in the visitor center displaying historical, natural, and cultural resources of the park.

 

Georgia: Tugaloo State Park

Tugaloo State Park is a 393-acre state park located on the shore of Lake Hartwell in Franklin County, Georgia. The park features a swimming beach, boat ramps, and ample fishing opportunities, and is located near S.R. 328 north of Lavonia.

Tugaloo State Park offers:

393 Acres

108 Tent, Trailer, and RV Campsites ($27–$30)

6 Primitive Campsites

20 Cottages

Swimming beach

Tennis courts

7 Picnic shelters

Group shelter

Pioneer campground

6 Yurts

 

Hawaii: Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument offers breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu. In fact the view is so good, it was used by the US military as a post for preventing attacks against Honolulu.

The trail takes you to the edge of a 300,000 year old crater. While the hike isn’t that long in terms of distance, it can be somewhat challenging due to its ascent. Parts of the trail are over uneven rock, and the 99 steps near the end of the hike are steep.

Idaho: Eagle Island State Park

Eagle Island State Park is a 545 acre day-use park west of Boise that features a popular swimming beach, a grassy picnic area, a waterslide and more than five miles of trails for those looking for a place to ride horses, hike, walk your dog, or play disc golf. The park also has a zip line course which consists of six zip lines and features one of the state’s first quick jumps, which is a parachute simulated leap off of a 60-foot tower.

Information:

  • the entrance fee to all of Idaho’s State Parks is $5.00 per car.
  • The waterslide is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The 9-hole disc golf course is open May through October and the 18-hole disc golf course is open November through April.
  • Paddleboard rentals are available within the park.
  • Call park office for reservation information.

 

Illinois: Beaver Dam State Park

Beaver Dam State Park is an Illinois state park on 750 acres in Macoupin CountyIllinois in the United States. The park is 7 miles southwest of Carlinville, Illinois and is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a public place for fishing.

The state park centers on the 59-acre Beaver Dam Lake, an artificial reservoir which was created by a private Carlinville fishing club in the 1890s. The club later became a private resort which catered to visitors who arrived via the adjacent Chicago and Alton Railroad. During the Great Depression, the resort failed. The state of Illinois purchased the lake and some adjacent property in 1947. Additional land purchases have created the present-day Beaver Dam State Park.

 

Indiana: Brown County State Park

 

Brown County State Park is located in the United States in the center of the southern half of the state of Indiana. The park is the largest of 24 state parks in Indiana and occupies 15,776 acres—making it one of the larger state parks in the United States. It is Indiana’s most visited state park and has about 1.3 million visitors each year. Although Bloomington, Indiana, is the closest city, the park is closer to the small town of Nashville in Brown County. Brown County is named for General Jacob Brown, who fought in the War of 1812 and became Commanding General of the United States Army.

 

Iowa: Honey Creek State Park

 

The state park, located on a peninsula that is along part of Rathbun Lake’s shore, has a width of 828 acres. A campground is within the park that has 149 camping spots with some of these spots having electricity. There are other activities which include hiking on a nature trail, snowmobiling, and boating. Waterfowl, pheasants, squirrels, and other game animals can be hunted at the Rathbun Wildlife Unit. Other places to hunt are located alongside the river in designated areas.

Kansas: Wilson State Park

Wilson State Park is a public recreation area found on the south shore of 9,000-acre Wilson Lake reservoir approximately 10 miles north of the city of Wilson in Russell CountyKansas, United States. Located at the reservoir’s eastern end, the state park covers 945 acres divided into two areas by the reservoir’s southeastern arm: the Hell Creek area on the west side and the Otoe area on the east side. The Hell Creek area hosts a marina. Both areas include hiking trails, swimming beaches, boat ramps, and camping facilities.

Kentucky: “Tom” Sawyer State Park

E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park is a 550-acre Kentucky state park located in the Freys Hill area of Louisville, Kentucky, on former land of Kentucky’s Central State Hospital. When opened in 1974, it was named in honor of Republican Jefferson County Judge/Executive Erbon Powers “Tom” Sawyer who was killed in a car accident on Louisville’s Interstate 64 in 1969 while still in office. Sawyer was the father of journalist Diane Sawyer.

Louisiana: Chemin-A-Haut State Park

Chemin-A-Haut State Park is a 503-acre site located in northern Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. Visitors may access the park from U.S. Highway 425 about 10 miles north of Bastrop. Chemin-à-Haut means “High Road” in French. Much of the park is on a high bluff overlooking winding Bayou Bartholomew. Chemin-A-Haut was one of the earliest additions to the Louisiana State Park system.

Visitors to the park may enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking and wildlife observation. There is a 8-mile equestrian trail for horseback riders. During the hot summer months, guests may cool off in an on-site swimming pool.

Maine: Rangeley Lake State Park

 

Rangeley Lake State Park is a Maine state park located on the southern shore of Rangeley Lake in Franklin County. The park offers 50 campsites, a swimming beach, and docks and a boat ramp for motorized boating. The lake’s 6,000 acres house landlocked salmon and brook trout.

Maryland: Elk Neck State Park

Elk Neck State Park is a public recreation area located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River near the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula in Cecil CountyMaryland. The state park is home to the historic Turkey Point Light and offers land-based and water-based recreation. The park is located on MD 272, eight miles south of the town of North East, and 13 miles south of exit 100 on I-95. It is operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Massachusetts: Holyoke Heritage State Park

Holyoke Heritage State Park is history-oriented state park located in the city of HolyokeMassachusetts. The park opened in 1986 on the site of the William Skinner Silk Mill which was lost to fire in 1980. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

A visitors center has exhibits about paper manufacturing and Holyoke’s industrial and cultural past. The landscaped grounds offer picnicking and views of the city’s canals and mill buildings. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, the Children’s Museum at Holyoke, and the Volleyball Hall of Fame are also located in the park.

Michigan: Duck Lake State Park

Duck Lake State Park is a 728-acre, day-use state park located along Lake Michigan south of Whitehall, Michigan in Muskegon County. The land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy from two Boy Scout organizations and acquired by the state in 1974. It officially opened in 1988.

The park, which runs along the north side of Duck Lake to Lake Michigan, features a large sand dune. A beach at the mouth of Duck Lake is a popular spot for swimming and fishing. The park’s Scenic Drive is part of the Shoreline Trail route in Muskegon County.

Amenities and Activities:

  • Swimming: On Duck Lake and Lake Michigan.
  • Hiking: A half-mile paved trail skirts Duck lake.
  • Fishing: Anglers can try for bass, crappie, and bluegill.
  • Picnicking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter.
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hunting: The park is open to hunting during the regular season

 

Minnesota: Lake Bemidji State Park

 

Lake Bemidji State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, on the north shore of 6,765-acre Lake Bemidji. The northern half of the park preserves a spruce-tamarack bog. A district of National Park Service rustic structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and National Youth Administration in the 1930s is on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is located 5 miles north of the city of Bemidji.

Lake Bemidji State Park offers recreational activities year round. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, picnicking, swimming, volleyball, fishing, boating and interpretive programs.

Camping

The park has 95 drive-in sites, including 43 electric sites, 4 pull-through sites, and 4 handicapped accessible sites. In winter, only one site is available to drive-in. This is a non-electric site. Other sites are available on a walk-in basis after deep snow cover.

Trails

In the summer, there are 2 miles of handicapped accessible trails, including the boardwalk and Rocky Point trail; 15 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails that take you through areas of maturing pine, aspen and hardwoods; 6 miles of paved bike trails which connect with the Paul Bunyan state trail; 5 Miles of mountain bike trails; and a 1/4 mile Bogwalk which is accessible by a 1-mile hike.

In the winter, there are 11 miles of groomed cross country ski trails, 3 miles of snowmobile trails that connect with an extensive trail system beyond the park, and you can snowshoe anywhere in the park except the groomed trails.

Recreational facilities

In the summer, park visitors can use the lakefront picnic and beach area which has picnic tables, an enclosed shelter with a fireplace, a volleyball court, a shower, restrooms, and pedestal grills. The shelter building and the sanitation building in the park were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Youth Administration, and are of rustic style log construction. These buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Shelter can be reserved by calling the park office.

There is a boat landing located next to the picnic area for those that wish to go fishing or boating. Canoes and fishing boats are available for rent from May 10 through October 13. There is also a handicapped accessible fishing pier.

In the winter, snowshoes are available for rent at the park office. Or, visitors can park in the picnic area parking lot, bring their own ice fishing equipment, and walk onto the lake to go fishing. There is a warming house located in the Trail Center, in the park’s Visitor Center

Throughout the year, the Visitor Center is a place where information about the park’s trails, animals, geology, and other interesting features can be found through exhibits, films or slide programs. A complete list of programs and special programs or organized groups is available upon request.

Naturalist programs are offered Wednesday through Sunday from mid-June through Labor Day. Fall, winter, and spring programs are generally offered on weekends. The Interpretive Center is open for schools, scouts, and other community organizations upon request. Programs focus on the lake and wetland environments found in the park.

Interpretive programs in the summer include morning hikes, boat tours of Lake Bemidji, evening films, and campfire talks. Winter programs include snowshoeing, candlelight skiing, and animal tracking. The Visitor Center is open daily and sometimes serves as a gathering place for interpretive programs where visitors share experiences by the warmth of the wood-stove.

Mississippi: Lake Lowndes State Park

Lake Lowndes State Park is a public recreation area in the U.S. state of Mississippi located off Mississippi Highway 69 approximately 9 miles southeast of Columbus, Mississippi.

The state park features boating, water-skiing and fishing on 150-acre Lowndes Lake, primitive and developed campsites, cabins and cottages, 7 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, a visitors center with gymnasium, tennis courts and play fields, picnic area, and an 18-hole disc golf course, Whispering Pines.

 

Missouri: Lake Ozarks State Park

 

Lake of the Ozarks State Park is a Missouri state park on the Grand Glaize Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks and is the largest state park in the state. Originally owned by the United States National Park Service as part of the Recreational Demonstration Areas when the lake was built in the 1930s, it was donated to the state after World War II.

The park includes 85 miles of shoreline on the lake; two swimming beaches with imported sand, 12 trails, the Ozark Caverns, a boat launch, and the Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport which has a 6,500-foot runway. In addition, there are campsites and cabins within the park.

 

Montana: Beaverhead Rock State Park

Beaverhead Rock, also known as Point of Rocks, is a rock formation in Montana. It is located on Montana State Highway 41, 14 miles south of Twin Bridges of Madison County.

The rock formation is protected within Beaverhead Rock State Park and is located above the Beaverhead River.

 

Nebraska: EUGENE T. MAHONEY STATE PARK

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a public recreation area located on the Platte River, just off Interstate 80, approximately 4 miles east of AshlandNebraska. Among other features, the state park offers lodging and conferencing facilities, aquatic center, marina, trails, and theater. It was named after Eugene T. Mahoney, a former state senator and long-time director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, who is credited with reversing the fortunes of the moribund state park system during his directorship As of 2014, the park was the state’s third most visited tourist attraction.

Park features and activities include picnicking areas and hiking trails, horseback trail rides, fishing, a marina with paddleboat rental, miniature golf, and a driving range. Athletic facilities include an aquatic center, 18-hole disc golf course, tennis and basketball courts, softball fields and sand volleyball. A 70-foot observation tower overlooks the Platte River Valley. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, sledding and toboggan runs, ice fishing, and an ice skating rink. An activity center, indoor playground, and activity simulators are open year-round. The Kountze Theater is a cultural highlight of the park.

Nevada: Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area covering nearly 46,000 acres located 16 miles south of OvertonNevada. The state park derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park’s attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. It is Nevada’s oldest state park, as commemorated with Nevada Historical Marker. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968.

Valley of Fire is located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, at an elevation between 1,320–3,009 feet. It abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the east at the Virgin River confluence. It lies in a 4 by 6 mi basin.

New Hampshire: Mount Sunapee State Park

Mount Sunapee State Park is a state park in Newbury, New Hampshire. The park includes a beach portion on Lake Sunapee and most of Mount Sunapee. The state has leased the ski area to Mount Sunapee Resort.

Mount Sunapee State Park’s beach, also known as Newbury Beach, features a bathhouse, store, canoe and kayak rentals, and a playground. A boat launch is available with some restrictions.

There is a seasonal campground located off NH Route 103, up a winding mountain road accessed through the Mount Sunapee Resort.

Activities in the park include swimming, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing, picnicking and non-motorized boating.

 

New Jersey: Voorhees State Park

Voorhees State Park began when Foster M. Voorhees, a former governor of New Jersey, donated his 325-acre farm to the people of New Jersey in 1929. Succeeding land acquisitions increased the park size to 640 acres.

The park offers views of Round Valley Reservoir and Spruce Run ReservoirCamping is allowed in the park for a fee, depending on the type of campsite. There are 47 tent and trailer campsites. There are 2 group campsites that can accommodate up to 50 people each. There also are 3 rustic, cabin-like structures with wood stoves for heat. Each cabin can accommodate up to 4 people in 2 double-deck single bunk beds. All sites and cabins have fire rings and picnic tables. Toilets and showers are within walking distance from all campsites and cabins. The trailer sanitary station is open April 1 through October 31. Campsites and cabins are open all year.

New Mexico: Hyde Memorial State Park

Hyde Memorial State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located 8 miles northeast of Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Summertime activities include hiking and camping, and in the winter the park is popular for tubing on the snow-covered hillsides.

New York: Long Point State Park

Long Point State Park on Chautauqua Lake is a 360-acre state park located in the Town of Ellery, near the hamlet of Maple Springs in Chautauqua CountyNew York. The park is located on a short peninsula on the east side of the lake.

The park offers a beach, a playground, picnic tables and pavilions, a nature trail, showers, fishing, a boat launch with marine pump-out station, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

North Carolina: Lake Waccamaw State Park

 Located near the town of Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, it covers 2,201-acre along the shores of Lake Waccamaw, a Carolina bay. Lake Waccamaw State Park is located in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain.

North Dakota: Lewis and Clark State Park

Lewis and Clark State Park is a North Dakota state park located along the north shore of the far western, upper reaches of Lake Sakakawea in Williams County.

The park has a marina with slips for rental, a swimming beach, and more than eight miles of multi-use, non-motorized trails. Overnight accommodations are available at a 73-site campground and two camping cabins.

Ohio: Deer Creek State Park

Located in the heart of Ohio’s agricultural country, Deer Creek State Park is central Ohio’s vacation showplace. A collage of meadows and woodlands surround the scenic reservoir. This 2,337-acre resort park features a modern lodge, cottages, campground, golf course, swimming beach and boating for outdoor enthusiasts.

Oklahoma: Lake Wister State Park

Lake Wister State Park, in southeast Oklahoma, is a gateway to the beautiful Ouachita National Forest. The park includes 7,300-acre Lake Wister with five camping areas. The park offers many recreational activities including hiking, camping, bicycling, picnics, fishing, hunting, boating and water skiing. Enjoy the water spray park for children and adults. A waterfowl refuge is nearby, and hunting is allowed at Wister Wildlife Management Area. Camping facilities include cabins, tent sites and RV sites with both modern and semi-modern. Other facilities include comfort stations with showers, picnic tables, group picnic shelters, lighted boat ramps, a unlighted gravel ramp, playgrounds, nature center, miniature golf course and swimming beach. Hiking trails include a self-guided nature trail, handicapped trail and a 4-mile round trip trail. Lake Wister State Park has a fully equipped group camp that accommodates 100 visitors and includes a full kitchen and dining hall.

 

Oregan: Silver Falls State Park

 

Silver Falls State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon, located near Silverton, about 20 miles east-southeast of Salem. It is the largest state park in Oregon with an area of more than 9,000 acres, and it includes more than 24 miles of walking trails, 14 miles of horse trails, and a 4-mile bike path. Its 8.7-mile Canyon Trail/Trail of Ten Falls runs along the banks of Silver Creek and by ten waterfalls, from which the park received its name.

Four of the ten falls have an amphitheater-like surrounding that allows the trail to pass behind the flow of the falls. The Silver Falls State Park Concession Building Area and the Silver Creek Youth Camp-Silver Falls State Park are separately listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The park’s most visited waterfall is South Falls, a 177-foot cascade. Remote Double Falls, however, is listed as the highest waterfall in the park, plunging 178 feet in a small tributary side canyon deep within the Silver Creek Canyon.

Pennsylvania: Ridley Creek State Park

I live in Pennsylvania. Specifically, in Delaware County. Very close to Ridley Creek State Park so I am somewhat biased to this one.

Ridley Creek State Park is a 2,606-acre Pennsylvania state park in EdgmontMiddletown and Upper Providence Townships, Delaware CountyPennsylvania. The park, offers many recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking.

Ridley Creek passes through the park. Highlights include a 5-mile paved multi-use trail, a formal garden and Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, which recreates daily life on a pre-Revolutionary farm.

The location of Ridley Creek State Park, just 16 miles from downtown Philadelphia, is the feature that has made it so popular.

The 12 miles of hiking trails at Ridley Creek State Park are popular with dog owners. These trails pass through a variety of habitats. A 5-mile multi use trail is open to joggingbicycling and walking. The park also features a 4.7-mile equestrian trail.

Rhode Island: Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park is a Rhode Island state park located at the mouth of Newport Harbor, offering panoramic views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay. The park is home to Fort Adams, a large coastal fortification that was active from 1841 through the first half of the 20th century. The area was originally owned by William Brenton, who called the region “Hammersmith” after his hometown in England, a name that survives in the name of the adjacent Hammersmith Farm.

Fort Adams hosts the annual Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival and is the home of Sail Newport and Eisenhower House.

The park offers swimming, boating, picnicking, and athletic fields. The Joseph “Jay” Kirwin Memorial Rugby Pitch is home to Newport Rugby Football Club and to the men’s and women’s rugby teams of Salve Regina University.

South Carolina: Myrtle Beach State Park

Myrtle Beach State Park is a small state park located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It consists of several miles of forest and stretches along the Atlantic Ocean.

The Myrtle Beach State Park Nature Center features interactive natural history displays, saltwater aquariums and live reptiles. Park naturalists offer nature education programs about the coastal habitat and wildlife.

South Dakota: Custer State Park

I have read from numerous sources that this is the best state park of them all. You be the judge! 🙂

Custer State Park is a state park and wildlife reserve in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, USA. The park is South Dakota’s largest and first state park, named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The area originally started out as sixteen sections but was later changed into one block of land because of the challenges of the terrain. The park began to grow rapidly in the 1920s and gained new land. During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built miles of roads, laid out parks and campgrounds, and built three dams that set up a future of water recreation at the park. In 1964 an additional 22,900 acres were added to the park. The park covers an area of over 71,000 acres of hilly terrain and is home to many wild animals.

The park is famous for its scenery, its scenic drives, with views of the bison herd and prairie dog towns.

 

Tennessee: Burgess Falls State Park

Burgess Falls State Park is a state park and state natural area in Putnam County and White County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. The park is situated around a steep gorge in which the Falling Water River drops 250 feet in elevation in less than a mile, culminating in a 136-foot cataract waterfall.

The Burgess Falls State Natural Area, which covers 350 acres, is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Texas: Dinosaur Valley State Park

I thought this one was really cute and would play on children’s imaginations.

Dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean a long time ago. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. This long trip to the past is just a short drive from Fort Worth.

Utah: Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park is a state park of Utah, USA.Its eminent feature is its thousands of hoodoos and hoodoo rocks, referred to locally as “goblins which are formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles, some as high as several meters. The distinct shapes of these rocks come from an erosion-resistant layer of rock atop softer sandstone.

Hiking is permitted in the park, which features three marked trails.

 

Vermont: Knight Point State Park

Knight Point State Park is a day use state park off US Route 2 on North Hero Island in North Hero, Vermont. Opened in 1978, the park is administered by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, as part of the Vermont State Park system. Features include a sandy swimming beach and boat rentals on Lake Champlain, and picnic areas with cooking grills.

The park houses the Island Center for Arts and Recreation, a community-based nonprofit that promotes area cultural events.

The Camp-meeting Point Natural Area is a 3 acre section of the park. It includes 2,200 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline of least disturbed cobble beach that supports rare plant species, and the adjacent woodland with a grove of large oaks and hickory trees.

Virginia: Shenandoah River State Park

Shenandoah River Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. State Park, known generally as Shenandoah River State Park, is a state park near the town of BentonvilleVirginia, United States. The park was established in 1994, and covers 1,619 acres along the South Fork Shenandoah River.

 

Washington: Bay View State Park

Bay View State Park is a 25-acre Washington state park located on Padilla Bay in Skagit County. The park has 1,285 feet of shoreline and facilities for camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, beach-combing, boating, and bird watching. The park includes a stretch of the Pacific Northwest Trail.

West Virginia: Black Water Falls State Park

Blackwater Falls State Park is located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker CountyWest Virginia, USA. The centerpiece of the Park is Blackwater Falls, a 62-foot cascade where the Blackwater River leaves its leisurely course in Canaan Valley and enters rugged Blackwater Canyon. It is among the most photographed venues in the state and appears on calendars, stationery, advertisements of all kinds and, most famously, on jigsaw puzzles. The River is named for its tannins-darkened water.

Amenities and Recreation:

  • Park Lodge with 54 guest rooms
  • 39 cabins (13 modernized)
  • Campground with 65 campsites (30 have electrical hookup)
  • Restaurant
  • Nature center – open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, exhibits about the park’s natural history
  • Mountain biking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Cross-country ski rentals in the winter
  • Hiking
  • Fishing in Pendleton Lake and the Blackwater River

Wisconsin: Peninsula State Park

Peninsula State Park is a 3,776-acre Wisconsin state park with eight miles of Green Bay shoreline in Door County. Peninsula is the third largest state park in Wisconsin, and is visited by an estimated 1 million visitors annually.

Considered Wisconsin’s most complete park, Peninsula has 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, biking, hiking and ski trails, 150-foot bluffs, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The park is open year-round but some features may not be accessible outside the peak season.

Wyoming: Curt Gowdy State Park

Curt Gowdy State Park is state-operated, public recreation area halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie, 24 miles from each city, in Albany and Laramie counties, Wyoming.

The state park covers 3,552 acres and is known for its extensive trail system, fishing reservoirs, and Hynds Lodge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The park offers over 35 miles of trails for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Other activities include boating, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, camping, rock-hounding, and archery.

 

If you live near any of these State Parks let me know how you like them.

If you haven’t been to any of these State Parks plan a nice trip with your family and have a little fun while learning about the history of your state and country.

family friendly state parks

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

63 Family Activities to beat the heat this Summer

We all know, the summer heat is not going away anytime soon. So, your kids may be spending a lot of their time inside the house.

Here are some DIY craft/activities to keep the kids busy.

12 DIY Crafts

-Wooden Peg Dolls are all the rage but it can get expensive to buy individual dolls, especially if you have more than one child. They are very easy to make and the materials are inexpensive. Check out this tutorial to make your own wooden peg dolls.

-Felt boards! A twist on paper dolls… Felt Monsters you don’t have to make them into monsters you can make princesses or knights and dragons. Your children’s imagination has no limits 🙂

-Homemade musical instruments… kids love making noise, what better way to teach them that with musical instruments? Tin Can Drums

-Choose your child’s favorite colors and make these cards. Craft Foam Sewing Cards

-These ABC Game Pieces are a fun learning tool for tracing or letter learning.

-Are you a mom of an infant? This is a great learning tool. Infant Sensory Boards Bright colors, a variety of textures, and fabric colors.

-Two words…. Homemade Playdough

-A Marble Run is a great way to prevent boredom. Hours of fun and laughter with this great activity.

-Make learning fun with this Sight Words Treasure Hunt. Somewhat like a scavenger hunt, but they are looking for letters to spell out the words.

-Always a winner with young children is Homemade Finger Paints.

-The Hot Air Balloon Craft is a really fun activity for kids and parents to enjoy.

-Tic-Tac-Toe is a fun game for everyone. Make this DIY game set out of durable fabric so you and your children can enjoy it time and again.

51 Activities for Hot Days

  1. Run through the sprinklers
  2. Visit a water park
  3. Take a picnic to the beach, Pack lots of cold, refreshing drinks.
  4. Visit an ice cream parlor
  5. Fill water toys with ice cold water and chase the family outside
  6. Go to the bookstore and browse all the great new releases
  7. Go to the movies
  8. Read a book together
  9. Make your own ice pops
  10. Rent a DVD or stream a Netflix movie for the whole family
  11. Let the kids have fun washing the car (with your supervision)
  12. Go to a Baseball game
  13. Help the kids set up a lemonade stand
  14. Go to a bowling alley
  15. Visit a local aquarium
  16. BOARD GAMES
  17. Box fans are great for robot voices
  18. Go to the library and show your kids your favorite old books
  19. Get the kids together and do a random act of kindness
  20. Get out the coloring books and color in silly ways
  21. Play a game of hide and seek
  22. Build a fort with pillows and blankets
  23. Do some baking
  24.  Get the kids interested in dusting by making it a game
  25. Dance (make up silly moves and have a contest)
  26. Learn a new song
  27. Have an indoor picnic
  28. Legos
  29. Have a tea party
  30. Make roads on the floor with painters tape and race toy cars
  31. Play kitchen and pretend to cook for each other
  32. Dress up       
  33. Put together a large puzzle (put it in a place where it can stay out for a while and work on it a bit every day)
  34. Create your own song with your kid’s toy instruments and encourage them to use their imaginations
  35. Sticker Collage (have the kids put stickers on paper n any way they want
  36. Take a nap (Hot air can make you very tired.  Drink a glass of water and then take a nap with the kids)
  37. Have a painting party with watercolors
  38. Play a card game
  39. Guess what? (put an object in a paper bag, and have your children close their eyes and they feel it and try to guess what it is)
  40. Grocery Store (let kids “shop” around the house and chek out with fake money)
  41. Go see some local indoor attractions
  42. Set up a small tent in the house and pretend to go camping
  43. Put on a puppet show
  44. Play with a train set
  45. Make a craft basket (anything that can be used to craft goes in the basket. whenever they are bored they can get the basket and make something
  46. Take silly pictures       
  47. Make shadow puppets on the wall
  48. Balloon toss (make sure the balloon doesn’t touch the ground
  49. Gather some medium sized rocks. Wash them and paint them into “pet rocks”
  50. Scavenger Hunt
  51. Push each of the kids around in the laundry basket (extra points for getting them to help with folding and putting away before the fun ride in the basket).

 

 

Extremely hot days can be boring for the kids. Hopefully, this list gave you some ideas for fun family activities to fight the boredom and the heat.

 

Is there anything not on this list that you like to do on those hot summer days?

Let me know in the comments and please share if you enjoyed this post.

 

family activities for the hot days of summer

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

The things I’ve enjoyed this month: June

Going through the month interacting with social media is interesting and fun. But, how many of those “likes” do we really remember?

This is my way to give those social media influencers a little bit of a boost. Because I know a lot of them help each other as well.

Here are my favorite social media posts and accounts (with a little silliness) for the month of June.

Hopefully, you enjoy them as much as I have this past month,

 

SAHM Hacks

Mom Strategy

Life Hacks for Stay at Home Moms

Household Hacks

Motherhood

Parenting

Life Hacks for Mommy

 

 

 

Laundry, dishes, cleaning… I think I'll sit this one out guys… 👸🏼🖤✌🏼 #hotmessmoms

A post shared by HotMess Moms (@hotmessmoms) on

https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7do5MFjTg/?tagged=toddlerproblems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mummy Confessions

SoFlo Moms on the Go

Wine In Mom Blog

Are those your Kids?

Julie Hoag Writer

Babies to Bookworms

The Mama Zone

 

Life of a Southern Mom

The Blessed Mess Blog

Her View from Home

 

 

Here I have some inspiring/humorous quotes for those hard days 🙂

 

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller

“I know how to do anything – I’m a Mom.” – Roseanne Barr

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” – The Golden Girls

“Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling during a blizzard” – Unknown

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one” – Jill Churchill

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren

“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”– Margaret Culkin Banning

 

 

Mom Parody of the Month

 

And, with that, I bid you ado.

 

I hope you have a wonderful week 🙂

 

If you enjoyed this post share it with your friends and let me know in the comments what was your favorite part.

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Days of the Month to Celebrate with Family: July

Days of the Month to Celebrate with Family: July

This has got to be my favorite month of the year. Not only because it contains my birthday AND Independence Day (which happens to be the same day).

I love July because there is so much life and fun outside.

The birds are singing. The squirrels and wild rabbits are out in droves. The dogs are running around with their families. The kids are outside actually enjoying the sunshine!

This is, in my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year.

Let’s see if we can have a little fun in the coming days of July.

 

July 1

National Postal Worker Day is observed annually on July 1st.  This is a day to appreciate and thank the numerous men and women who work consistently and diligently to deliver all of our mail and packages.  These employees suffer some of the harshest working conditions, yet continue to persevere six days a week.

Across the United States, postal workers walk an average of 4 to 8 miles carrying a full load of letters and packages and delivering them promptly to each of our doorsteps. They work in all kinds of weather including extreme heat and cold, rain and sleet and blizzards, too.

 

Besides severe weather, they have also dealt with unusual packages.  In 1913 the postal service started delivering packages up to a maximum 11 pounds.  The most surprising package to arrive for delivery was a small child.  Barely under the weight limit, James Beagle was mailed at a cost of 15 cents to his grandmother just a few miles away.  This practice continued for just over a year until the postmaster general was able to put regulations in place prohibiting it. 

Take time to thank your local postal worker. Encourage the kids to get the word out and make every postal worker’s day.  

National Postal Worker Day was established in 1997 by a Seattle-area carrier who wanted to honor fellow employees.

 

July 2

World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. The day is celebrated by some on June 24, and others on July 2. June 24 is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold reported what is generally considered to be the first widely reported unidentified flying object sighting in the United States, while July 2 commemorates the supposed UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.

The stated goal of the July 2 celebration is to raise awareness of “the undoubted existence of UFOs” and to encourage governments to declassify their files on UFO sightings.

People are known for looking at the sky together during this day and doing other UFO themed activities. For instance watching UFO movies together even meditate in groups on the subject. The most important thing is that people collectively open their minds to the subject for one day. 

The World UFO Day Organization aka WUFODO organizes get-togethers in many countries. If you’d like to know if they organize something near you be sure to check out the World UFO Day Event map.

 

July 3

National Eat Your Beans Day is a “live healthy” holiday observed every year on July 3.  

This day celebrates the bean vegetable in all sizes, shapes, and colors.  Beans or legumes are one of the longest-cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BCE.

Now, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans are a major source of protein.  A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber,  low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron.

  • There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
  • Only a fraction of these varieties are mass-produced for regular consumption.

To celebrate, enjoy a fava bean dip with goat cheese and garlic dip or black bean chili recipe.

Other than Independence Day and MY BIRTHDAY 🙂  

July 4 is also National Barbecued Spareribs Day.

One of the most popular days to barbecue and grill, July 4th will have the back yards, patios and beaches heating up and smoking with the flavors of spareribs.  These inexpensive cuts of pork or beef ribs can be seasoned with spice rubs or with sauces and slow cooked over low heat on the grill or in the oven.

Give this sparerib recipe or dry rub recipe a try and enjoy the Independence Day weekend! 

 

July 5

National Apple Turnover Day is observed on July 5.  To celebrate, enjoy this delicious American treat which was first served in the 19th century.

Also called hand pies because they are so portable, apple turnovers are a pastry made by placing apple filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it, then baking them. Although most turnovers are baked, they can also be fried. 

To celebrate National Apple Turnover Day, try this Apple Turnover recipe and share them with your family and friends. 

 

July 6

In the United States, National Fried Chicken Day is observed each year on July 6th.  On this day, fried chicken lovers across the country celebrate this American favorite at a nearby restaurant, home or an outdoor picnic.

After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, seasonings and spices were added to enrich the flavor of the chicken.

Fried chicken is a dish that consists of chicken pieces which have been floured or battered then pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the exterior of the chicken.

Traditionally the chicken is fried in lard.  However, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable oil are also frequently used.

To celebrate, try this fried chicken recipe!

Invite some friends over, make some fried chicken and get the kids involved in breading the chicken.

July 7

On July 7th, it is time to indulge on National Strawberry Sundae Day.  Each year on this day, Americans combine vanilla or strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Make several strawberry sundaes, and enjoy this delicious treat with friends and family.

Set up a strawberry sundae bar and invite the neighbors to make their own.

 

July 8

National Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed annually on July 8th. What a great combination to enjoy. It is also filled with added health benefits!

When it comes to adding almonds to chocolate, the options are plentiful. From cakes to chocolate bars, puddings to cookies we can celebrate National Chocolate with Almonds Day with snacks and desserts galore!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALMONDS:

  • reduce the risk of heart attack
  • lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
  • protects artery walls from damage
  • help build healthy bones and teeth
  • provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
  • lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals
  • help provide good brain function
  • nourish the nervous system
  • alkalize the body

To celebrate here is a Chocolate Almond Cake recipe for you to enjoy with your family.

 

July 9

Observed each year on July 9, National Sugar Cookie Day honors the ever popular and delicious sugar cookie.

A holiday favorite and very easy to make, sugar cookies are sure to disappear quickly once they come out of the oven.  Made with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla and either baking powder or baking soda, most people have the ingredients on hand at all times and can have the kids help make a batch on any day.  The fun just begins with cutting the dough with fun shaped cookie cutters and then getting creative by decorating with icing and sprinkles. 

The sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid 1700′s in Nazareth Pennsylvania.  It was there that the German Protestant settlers created the round, crumbly and buttery cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie.

To celebrate here is a sugar cookie recipe for you to make with your little ones.

 

July 10

Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Spend the lunch hour on a blanket under a shade tree with your Teddy Bear.

Stuffed Teddy Bears are a kids favorite. Children receive Teddy Bears early in their childhood. Children cling to them throughout their teenage years. Many bears are kept, even as you become an adult. As you read this article, many of you adults know exactly where your Teddy Bear is.

On this gorgeous summer day, take your teddy bear (or teddy bears) out for a day in the sun. It’s time for a Teddy Bear Picnic! Have mom make a few PB& J sandwiches, some cookies, and a jug of Koolaid. Take a  blanket out under a  shade tree, and enjoy lunch with your Teddy.

Origin of the “teddy bear”

During the early 1900s, President Theodore Roosevelt was in office as President of the United States. He was a hunter. While hunting in Mississippi in 1902, he refused to shoot a small bear. The Washington Post picked up on this story and made a cartoon of the event. Toy store owners, Morris and Rose Michtom, wrote to President Roosevelt for permission to call their stuffed animals “Teddy Bears”. Teddy bears became wildly popular. Their company went on to become the Ideal Toy Company, one of the largest toy companies in the world.

 

July 11

Whether it is for breakfast or a snack, blueberry muffins are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and are honored each year on July 11th, National Blueberry Muffin Day.

Give these blueberry muffin recipes a try!

 

 

July 12

Eat Your Jello Day is observed annually on July 12.

Jell-O, trademarked in 1897 by Pearle Wait of Leroy, New York in 1897, is the novel and fun dessert loved by millions. Francis Woodward, who later purchased the recipe and trademark, eventually made Jell-O a household name.With 21 different flavors, Jell-O satisfies every taste and can be enjoyed in numerous combinations.

Whether it is molded, layered, mixed with fruit or vegetables, Jell-O makes a flavorful dessert or salad that neither breaks a budget or a diet.

Give Jell-O recipes a try such as Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad (I absolutely love this one)or this Applesauce Salad

 

July 13

Each year on July 13, many people will participate in National French Fry Day by enjoying one of the many varieties of the classic food.

French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes and are common fixtures at fast food restaurants that are loved by adults and kids alike!

A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese and many more compliment French fries. Sweet potatoes make an alternate, healthier offering of fries found on menus around the country.  Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle or tornado cut.

The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.

It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries.  It is suggested that they called them “French” as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.

To celebrate National French Fry Day, share some French fries with your kids and have them seasoned, cut and shaped how you like them.

 

July 14

One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14.  It is National Mac and Cheese Day!

Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, mac and cheese shines as a side dish but can stand on its own as a main dish as well. From the classic mac and cheese with cheddar or American cheeses to the spicy cowboy mac with bacon and jalapenos, there’s a combination for everyone.  Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings, set the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time and let the cheese get a nice toasty crust.

 

July 15

Most of us have the benefit of having more than we need to live. National Give Something Away Day on July 15 gives us an opportunity to share some of our bounty.  

Whether we choose to buy a meal for someone serving our community, donate new shoes or a coat to someone less fortunate or give flowers to brighten someone confined to their home, giving something away will have a positive impact.

In the spirit of National Give Something Away Day, consider paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Consider cleaning out your closet or garage and making a donation.  Make a donation to the local food pantry as well. 

HISTORY

National Give Something Away Day was submitted by Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Give Something Away Day to be observed annually on July 15.

 

July 16 is National Corn Fritters Day! Corn fritters are tasty bites of fried or baked corn batter.

These bright crispy morsels make great additions to summer barbecues and backyard gatherings.  The main ingredients include corn, meal, egg, milk, and butter. While they may have originated in the south, corn fritters can easily be changed up with peppers, onions or herbs to give them regional and seasonal flair.

Paired with other vegetables and a pan-fried fish filet, these versatile cakes can be added to a lightly toasted bun for a unique fish sandwich.  Don’t look at this dish as just a side, but a functional part of a complete dish.  

Head to your local Southern-style restaurant or grab your frying pan to whip up some homemade fritters! Here are a grilled corn fritter and a fresh sweet corn fritter recipe for you to try.

 

July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day.

Fresh peaches are at their prime during the month of July.  So, it makes perfect sense to celebrate National Peach Ice Cream Day in July.

Grab your ice cream maker and get the kids to help. Invite your friends and neighbors over for an old-fashioned ice cream social!

 

July 18

On July 18 the lip puckering, eye-watering flavors enjoyed by children and adults alike are featured on this holiday. It is National Sour Candy Day!

In the candy world, sour candy is the young, energetic and fun member of the candy family. With its taste bud-awakening flavors, it adds a punch of youthful energy and a twist of fun to every flavor combination out there. Sour candy comes in a variety of fun shapes and sizes from chewy twists and ropes to sweet bite-sized pieces and straws which can be slipped into a favorite drink.

On National Sour Candy Day, instead of trying regular old candy, celebrate by trying sour candy. It’s like having a birthday and not getting any older!  If you’ve tried sour candy before, try a new flavor or finding out which one makes your mouth pucker the most! Will it be Cherry or Watermelon or maybe a combination of Tangerine-Lemonade? National Sour Candy Day on July 18th is the perfect day to share any of the variety of flavors the American Licorice Company has to offer.

Brighten up your families day with some sour candy 🙂

 

July 19

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July as Hot Dog Month and July 19 as  National Hot Dog Day.

Over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year.

Whether they are grilled, boiled, broiled, pan-fried, rotisserie cooked, cooked on a stick over a campfire or any other way, hot dogs are a favorite summertime staple.  They are loved by children and adults alike plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili, or sauerkraut.

On May 31, 2012, a world record was set for the most expensive hot dog. The “California Capitol City Dawg” sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California.  

The “California Capitol City Dawg” features:

  • A grilled 18″ all-beef, in natural casing frank from Chicago
  • served on a fresh-baked herb and oil focaccia roll spread with white truffle butter, then grilled
  • topped with whole grain mustard from France, garlic and herb mayonnaise
  • sauteed chopped shallots, organic mixed baby greens, maple syrup
  • marinated/fruitwood smoked uncured bacon from New Hampshire
  • chopped tomatoes, sweetened dried cranberries, chopped tomato
  • expensive moose cheese from Sweden
  • basil olive oil/pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic vinaigrette and ground peppercorn
  • Proceeds from the sale of each 3 lb. super dog were donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America – 100 million annually.

Have a hot dog any way you want it and get the family together.

HISTORY

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council created National Hot Dog Day.  The first National Hot Dog Day was established in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill every year on the 3rd Wednesday in July.

 

July 20th, National Lollipop Day, is an annual observation of this popular and flavorful treat.

Ever delightful and sweet, lollipops have been satisfying the sweet tooth for generations and possibly for centuries. They may have been a way to preserve nuts and berries in honey during prehistoric times.  Much later when sugar was plentiful, lollipops appeared 16th century Europe.  

In the United States, confectionaries and medicine shops as early as the 1860s sold lollipops in various forms, but it wasn’t until 1908 that George Smith gave lollipops an official 20th-century story.   He gets credit for inventing the modern style lollipop and in 1931 trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.

They range from the small size, which can be purchased by the bag full and are also given away at banks, barber shops, and parades, to the very large ones that are made out of candy canes twisted into circles.

LOLLIPOPS IN POP CULTURE

1934 – In the movie Bright Eyes, Shirley Temple sang the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”.

1939 – The Wizard of Oz brought us a world of characters, including the Lollipop Guild. Armed with a giant spiral sucker, The Lollipop Guild welcomed Dorothy to the Land of Oz.

1969 – How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. The Tootsie Pop (the trademark name for Tootsie Roll’s lollipop) commercial debuted on U.S. television. The 60-second commercial included a boy, cow, fox, turtle, owl and the narrator.

1973-1978 -The lollipop-loving detective, Kojak, from the TV series of the same name, softened the tough guy while at the same time, toughened up the lollipop.

Get the kids help to make some lollipops with this Jolly Rancher Lollipop Recipe

 

July 21

Each year on July 21st we observe National Junk Food Day.  This day is dedicated to the foods that everyone loves to snack on.  Junk foods by definition are usually high in fats, sugars, salt, and calories and contain very little nutritional value.

Celebrate by consuming your favorite junk food (in moderation). Have a junk food party with the kids where they make their own mix of chips, pretzels, and other junk food items.  You can also celebrate by taking a walk or doing some yard work to burn off those extra calories.

 

On July 22 relax in the shade and enjoy the summer day as it is National Hammock Day.

A hammock, used for swinging, sleeping or resting, is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting, which is suspended between two points such as posts or trees.

  • Developed by natives of Central and South America for sleeping.
  • Were later used aboard ships by sailors for comfort and to maximize space.
  • Early hammocks were woven out of the bark of trees. 

Hammocks are a symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple easy living.  

Have fun trying to stay on a hammock. Make it a game with the kids and give points for how long they can stay on in different positions. It should make for a silly fun day with the family.

 

July 23

National Parents’ Day honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July. 

In May we celebrated mothers, and in June we celebrated fathers.  It follows that in July we can bring all our parents together and show them some appreciation all at once.  Parents play a vital role in the lives of children.  From the day we are born, parents are our protectors, teachers, providers and role models.  As families, they are the core of our communities.  On National Parents’ Day, we honor all parents do every day to raise up their children in a world that is constantly changing and challenging.

Spend some time with your parents or visit someone who was like a parent to you.  

Milk this one for all its worth! Get the kids to do their chores with no arguments.

HISTORY

National Parents’ Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”  The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott. 

 

July 24

National Cousins Day is observed each year on July 24.  This is a day to let all of your cousins know how much you appreciate them.

Cousins often spend much time together at family reunions, holidays, birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and many other countless family get-togethers.  They entertain each other, play and bond while adults are busy with other things.  Cousins often end up being lifelong friends.

Reach out to your cousins or get together with them to let them know they are important to you and your family.

 

July 25 is a day associated with carnival music and children’s laughter as we annually celebrate National Merry-Go-Round Day.

The merry-go-round (also known as a carousel) is an amusement ride that consists of a rotating circular platform with seats on it for its riders.  Its seats are traditionally in rows and are made up of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts.  Many of they animals are made to move up and down to stimulate galloping and are accompanied by circus music.

-Names of the animals normally consist of Galloper, Jumper, Roundabout, Horseabout and Flying Horses.

Any rotating platform may also be called a merry-go-round. On a playground, it is usually a child-powered rotating platform with bars or handles to which children can cling while riding.

  • The earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round is in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole.
  • In the 1840s, Franz Wiesenoffer created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio. 
  • July 25, 1871 – The first carousel patent.

To celebrate, find a merry-go-round and have fun. They are not just for the kids, and there is a kid in all of us!

HISTORY

July 25 was chosen as the celebration day for National Merry-Go-Round Day as it coincides with the first United States patent that was issued for the modern carousel.  That patent was awarded to William Schneider of Davenport Iowa on July 25, 1871.

 

July 26

Aunt and Uncle’s Day is observed annually on July 26th.  Spending holidays together, special family times and sometimes sleepovers, aunts and uncles often hold a special place in our hearts. They fill our lives with fun, laughter, love and wonderful memories.  

National Aunt and Uncle’s Day provides an opportunity to spend time with those relatives we trusted and leaned on growing up.  It would be a good time to get out the old photograph albums and look through the pictures, reliving memories of earlier days around the Christmas tree or at the 4th of July picnic or maybe at the beach vacation that was spent with your special aunts and uncles.

To celebrate National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, give them a call, stop by for a visit, send them a card or a bouquet of flowers or maybe take them out for a nice dinner

 

July 27

Each year on the last Thursday of July, hot dog lovers across the United States top their hot dogs with delicious chili to participate in National Chili Dog Day.

Also known as chili con carne or a coney dog, chili dogs often have additional toppings such as onions, cheese, and hot sauce.  There isn’t a limit to the condiments or the heat that can be added to sausages.  Add a little or a lot!

Following are some chili dog recipes for you to enjoy:

 

 

July 28

July celebrates chocolate on the 28th, it is the ever popular National Milk Chocolate Day!  Solid chocolate when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate.  The most popular of all candy bars sold contain milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate is also a popular ingredient in baking, in specialty coffee drinks and hot chocolate.

Milk had sometimes been used as an addition to chocolate beverages since the mid-17th century, but in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor.  

Enjoy your favorite milk chocolate.  Create a special treat with one of these recipes:

 

July 29

National Dance Day is observed each year on the last Saturday in July.  Created as a day to raise awareness about and to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

National Dance Day achieved national recognition when in 2010, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness.

Turn on your children’s favorite song and dance around the living room and just be silly.

HISTORY

National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by  “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe.

 

July 30

National Cheesecake Day is observed annually on July 30th.  Cheesecake is a delicious dessert that is loved by millions around the country.  It is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of soft fresh cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake.

Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked, can be flavored and are often served topped with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate or whipped cream.  There are many flavors in which cheesecakes can be prepared, some of which are blueberry, strawberry, pumpkin, chocolate, key lime, lemon, orange, raspberry or toffee.

It is possible that an ancient form of cheesecake may have been a popular dish in ancient Greece.  It has been found that the earliest attested mention of a cheesecake is by Greek physician Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.

James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912.  In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese which is now the most commonly used cheese for cheesecake.

North America has several different styles of cheesecakes:

  • New York-style cheesecake
  • Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
  • Philadelphia-style
  • Farmer cheese cheesecake
  • Country-style cheesecake
  • Lactose-free cheesecake
  • Cheesecake Kludys
  • Chicago Style Cheesecake
  • Savory cheesecake

 

July 31

National Raspberry Cake Day is jubilantly feasted each year on July 31.  A raspberry cake is a cool and refreshing dessert that is a summertime favorite around the United States.

Raspberries are the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family.  The name also applies to the plants themselves.

  • Raspberries are woody stemmed perennials. 
  • Raspberries are widely grown in all temperate regions of the World.
  • Raspberries are a very important commercial fruit crop.
  • At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop. However, with new technology, cultivars, and transportation,
    they can now be obtained year-round. 
  • An individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
  • An individual raspberry is made up of about 100 drupelets.
  • One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year. 
  • A raspberry has a hollow core once it is removed from the receptacle.
  • Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber.
  • Raspberries contain vitamin B1, vitamin B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron.

Enjoy the following  Raspberry Cake recipe and share it with your friends and family!

 

This is July’s edition of “National Days to Celebrate with the Family. I hope you enjoyed this months selection of day celebrations. Look out for next month’s post on the 26th of July.

Did you find a few things you would like to celebrate with your family? If so. let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a great summer with your family and friends!

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.