Thursday, December 26, 2019

National Thank-you Note Day (December 26, 2019)

It's the day after Christmas, and time to say "Thank You" for all the gifts you received this year!

Are you looking for a way to say thank you for all the gifts you got this year? Click HERE and write a "Thank You" note to send to your loved ones and friends!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Christmas Crack


28 to 35 saltine crackers (about one sleeve, enough to line your tray)
1 cup (220 g) C&H, Cane Sugar, Dark Brown
1 cup (225 g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon Watkins All Natural Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla, with Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups (10 to 12 ounces) Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Premium Baking Chips

Line a long flat pan with Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, and spray on it someCrisco Professional Oil Spray

Line the pan with Nabisco Premium Saltine Crackers

In a Cuisinart 619-14 Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 1-Quart Saucepan with Cover, place the butter, salt and brown sugar and stir until melted together and the mixture starts to boil.

Remove from heat and add vanilla and stir thoroughly.

Pour mixture over crackers in the pan.

Spread evenly.

Bake for 4 minutes at 400F.

Melt the chocolate.

Pour the chocolate over the crackers and spread evenly.

Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until firm.

Remove from pan, peel away the foil, then "crack" into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl or on a decorative plate.

Thursday, December 12, 2019


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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month


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On average, every 50 minutes, a person in the United States dies in a vehicle crash involving alcohol. We have seen too many lives cut short by impaired driving, and too many drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk every day. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we reemphasize that impaired driving is never acceptable. We recognize that we can eliminate impaired driving through our choices, and we pledge to make the right choice by driving sober.

Forty years ago, alcohol was a factor in almost two-thirds of all traffic fatalities. Through the tireless efforts of States, communities, and advocacy organizations, we have made tremendous progress in reducing impaired driving and protecting the American people. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive year, we have seen an increase in the number of alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities on America's roadways. In 2016, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes, accounting for 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. We must reverse this trend.

Drinking and driving affects all Americans. In 2012, 4.2 million adults reported having driven at least once within a 30-day span while impaired by alcohol. Driving while impaired, even after one drink, can dramatically change the lives of drivers, passengers, innocent bystanders, and their loved ones. My Administration is committed to raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and to eliminating it from our communities. Additionally, by reducing hundreds of harmful regulations, we are supporting our innovative American companies as they create new technology that can help us address impaired driving, from ride-hailing services to advanced vehicle technology. My Administration is also providing vital resources to law enforcement to support their efforts to keep our surroundings safe.

Ultimately, the responsibility for preventing impaired driving lies with each of us. We care for our loved ones when we keep them safe and prevent them taking the wheel after drinking alcohol. By taking action to educate our fellow Americans, through coordinated efforts with family, friends, neighbors, schools, churches, and community organizations, we can reduce deaths and accidents arising from impaired driving.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. I urge all Americans to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


National Cookie Day (December 4)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November is National Caregivers Month!

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2019 as National Family Caregivers Month

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Selfless Americans across our country consistently dedicate themselves and their resources to providing ailing and aging loved ones with the care and support they need to live in their own homes and communities. Throughout National Family Caregivers Month, we pause to recognize the men and women who tirelessly work to improve the quality of life for Americans in need of care.

Caregivers help their family members live fulfilling lives by providing vital assistance in domestic, financial, and medical affairs. The responsibility of serving and supporting another person can be challenging, and the strength and compassion exhibited by caregivers is one of the greatest manifestations of genuine love we witness in this world. Their unrelenting support enables family members to live with dignity.

As we honor the innumerable sacrifices made in homes across the country, we affirm our resolve to ensure all caregivers are given the resources and respect they deserve. This support requires a commitment from community stakeholders and Federal, State, and local governments to equip caregivers with training and tools to use to safeguard their family’s health and security. This past summer, the Administration for Community Living held the inaugural meetings of the Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The strategies, informational resources, and technical assistance being developed by these councils will strengthen our Nation’s support for family caregivers and their work enhancing the lives of millions of Americans.

This November, we recognize and honor the commitment of those who exemplify the essential American tenets of devotion to family and compassion toward those who matter most in our lives. Through caregivers’ generosity, our vulnerable communities are able to fully experience the many blessings of our great Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim November 2019 as National Family Caregivers Month. I encourage all Americans to reach out to those who provide care for their family members, friends, and neighbors in need, to honor and thank them.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

By: Mrs. Brenda Fleischmann

In today’s society fewer Americans are smoking and lung cancer rates are declining, yet the disease remains the number one cause of cancer death. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and reminds us that we have more to do to prevent lung cancer.

About 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the U.S. each year, and more than 155,000 men and women are expected to die of the disease. In Tennessee alone, an estimated 5,830 will be diagnosed and 4,590 will die of lung cancer this year. The biggest way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to never smoke. Smoking is responsible for about 80 percent of lung cancer cases in the U.S. Although smoking is the main risk factor for lung cancer, secondhand smoke, exposure to radon gas, or occupational exposure to certain toxic substances or radiation may also increase your risk.

Lung cancer symptoms, including a persistent cough, constant chest pain, hoarseness lasting a long time or shortness of breath, don’t usually occur until the disease has progressed. If you are or were a long-time smoker, talk to a health care professional about the pros and cons of low-dose spiral CT screening, which can detect lung cancer at earlier stages, when successful treatment is more likely.

Quitting smoking is not easy, but a health care professional can connect you to resources to help you quit. Visit to learn more.

Brenda Fleischmann is the spouse of Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN, 3rd) and is a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Veterans Small Business Week (November 4-8, 2019)

By Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

Veterans have a big impact on the American economy.

There are 2.5 million veteran-owned business in the United States that account for more than $1.1 trillion in revenue.

In Iowa, there are 26,119 veteran owned businesses that employ 51,801 people and bring in $10.9 million.

Iowa is working hard to attract veterans and help them start and expand their businesses.

I honor these hard working entrepreneurs who have served our country by joining my colleagues in recognizing the week of November 4 as ‘‘National Veterans Small Business Week.”

Saturday, October 26, 2019

National Chocolate Day (October 28)

The Story of Chocolate
Source: National Confectioners Association
October 28, 2019
The treat that now lies quietly in its wrapper carries a story of exotic places, long journeys and small families that raise delicate tropical fruit trees. As you peel back the wrapper, you’re uncovering the cacao tree’s seed—and joining people the world over who have turned to this mysterious food for ritual, medicine and sheer pleasure for the past 4,000 years.

How do the beans in chocolate farmers’ hands become decadent sweets in yours? Let’s explore how chocolate is made…the story of chocolate.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

National Save For Retirement Week (Oct 18-24)

National Save for Retirement Week is a national effort to raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement. National Save for Retirement Week is held every year during the third week of October. The week provides an opportunity for employees to reflect on their personal retirement goals and determine if they are on target to reach those goals.

National Save for Retirement Week commenced in 2006, when Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) introduced the first resolution establishing National Save for Retirement Week. Their goals were to elevate public knowledge about retirement savings and to encourage employees to save and participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Over the years, ICMA-RC has partnered with the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators to ensure that the week is a great success. ICMA-RC and NAGDCA remain committed to educating employers and employees about the growing importance of saving for retirement.

To learn more and become involved, click HERE

Friday, October 11, 2019

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day (Oct 11)

Source: KIWI Magazine

Washington, D.C. - October 10, 2017 (The Stuff Gazette) -- On October 11, 2017, parents across the country will join their children in the cafeteria to learn about what goes into serving healthy lunches during KIWI's National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.

The program, which is cosponsored by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), Whole Kids Foundation, and Moms Meet, takes place during National School Lunch Week. The event serves as a way to open the lines of communication between school administrators and parents regarding healthy lunches. Participating schools have the opportunity to showcase menus and provide parents with more information about school meals, gardens, and other initiatives related to healthy eating.

To raise awareness for the event, KIWI will be hosting a Twitter party on October 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. EST. Better-for-you brands like SunButter, Mrs. Thinster's, a2 Milk, and Perfect Bar will be joining the event to promote the importance of healthy lunch. Attendees will have a chance to win prizes from participating sponsors. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9th through the 13th)

Source: Georgia Power

Atlanta, GA - October 10, 2017 (The Stuff Gazette) -- Oct. 9th through the 13th is National Fire Prevention Week – a time to spotlight ways to prevent in-home fires and develop an escape plan should a fire occur. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, in-home electrical issues are the third leading cause of home fires nationwide, with more than 50,000 fires attributed to electrical issues each year.

Georgia Power offers the following electrical safety tips during National Fire Prevention Week and year-round:

  • Focus on Fire Prevention – Avoid storing combustibles such as paint, cardboard, sawdust and flammable liquids near electrical equipment or fuse boxes.
  • Overloads – Overloaded equipment and circuits can cause insulation to burn, create sparks and leave exposed wires. Don't overload electrical equipment by attempting to do heavier jobs than the equipment can handle.
  • Check out Georgia Power's new public service announcement, available in both English and Spanish, highlighting the common electrical dangers customers face in their homes.
  • Repair Equipment – Shut off all electrical equipment that produces odd sounds, odd smells or sparks and have it checked by a qualified technician. Tag and remove hard-wired equipment from service so that it cannot be accidentally energized while it is being repaired or replaced.
  • Extinguishers - Know where the nearest fire extinguishers are and how to use them. Only Class C extinguishers are safe to use on energized electrical equipment.

    Safety is a core value for Georgia Power with the company's signature community electrical safety program, PowerTOWN, marking its 25th anniversary this year. The safety education program, which has engaged nearly 4.6 million participants in presentations statewide, uses a model to demonstrate real-life safety scenarios, involving electricity, such as downed powerlines and more.

    Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction.
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    October is National Principals Month

    Congresswoman Susan Davis Introduces Resolution Honoring School Principals

    U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced a House Resolution to honor and recognize the critical role that school principals play in education. Davis’s resolution designates October 2015 as National Principals Month.

    “Leadership is one of the most essential elements for success in life – no less so in education,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “Elementary, middle level and high school principals have consistently provided the vision, dedication, and mobilizing force behind successful school reform efforts. It is important that we take the time to appreciate and reflect on the skills, professionalism and dedication our principals bring to their profession.”

    Principals set the academic tone for their schools and work collaboratively with teachers to develop and set performance goals and objectives, all in an effort to improve student achievement. Research by the Wallace Foundation has confirmed that school leadership is second only to classroom instruction in its impact on student learning.

    In pursuit of educational excellence, today’s principals are expected to fill a large variety of roles, each complex in its own right, including: educational visionaries, instructional leaders, assessment experts, community builders, public relations experts, budget analysts, facility managers, special programs administrators, and guardians of various legal, contractual, and policy mandates and initiatives.

    This is the seventh straight year Davis has introduced her National Principals Month resolution and continues her efforts in the area of school leadership. Davis recently introduced legislation to help schools create programs to find the best and brightest individuals to be principals of their schools. Her School Principal Recruitment and Training Act would provide competitive grants for the recruitment and training of high-caliber aspiring principals. Current principals could receive training to lead high-need schools.

    The House passed Davis’s National Principals Month resolution in 2009 and 2010.

    In addition to the national resolutions in the House and Senate, see which states have issued official proclamations declaring October as National Principals Month by clicking HERE

    Sunday, October 6, 2019

    October is Apple Month!

    Celebrate Apples in October by making great Apple dishes, sharing apple recipes on Facebook, and remembering always that an apple a day helps keep the doctor away!

    Friday, October 4, 2019

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Austin, TX - October 1, 2015 (The Stuff Gazette) -- The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties, together with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF), has launched an awareness campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, publicizing the critical importance of early detection tools, namely self-exams, clinical exams and mammograms.

    The organizations are conveying these potentially life-saving messages via wall-sized advertisements, which debut this week and next in three major U.S. airports: Chicago O'Hare International, Reagan National in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul International. The advertisements will reach an audience of more than 330,000 each day, the approximate number of air travelers who pass through these hubs en route to their destination or returning home.

    "As the primary care providers of choice for millions of patients nationwide, nurse practitioners play a vital role in ensuring women take advantage of early detection tools that can make an enormous difference in the discovery and treatment of breast cancer," said AANP President Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP. "With advanced education and clinical training, plus preparation rooted in the compassionate, patient-centered nursing model, our profession is on the front lines of ensuring patients best understand their breast cancer risk and take the necessary steps to protect themselves from this potentially devastating diagnosis."

    "Our mission of Helping Women Now® among those affected by breast cancer directly aligns with the work of nurse practitioners who are true champions for patients in today's health care system," said Janelle Hail, Co-founder and CEO of NBCF. "We're thrilled to be working with the AANP on this extremely important endeavor."

    Nurse practitioners play a critical role in health care delivery across the United States. With prior preparation and experience as registered nurses (RNs), plus graduate and often doctoral-level degrees, they provide primary care, as well as acute and specialty care. Nurse practitioners offer many of the same services as physicians, but with a distinct, holistic approach that's been proven effective, as shown by substantial, independent research studies demonstrating excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction.

    The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 205,000 NPs, including more than 64,000 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month

    Minneapolis, MN - October 2, 2015 (The Stuff Gazette) -- October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which PACER Center initiated in 2006. Students, schools, and communities across the world unite together against bullying in October to raise awareness and encourage people to take action. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities.

    "National Bullying Prevention Month continues to grow in the United States and other countries as more people unite together against bullying," said Paula Goldberg, executive director of PACER Center, the Minneapolis-based non-profit that created the National Bullying Prevention Center. "We are grateful for the support from communities, schools, families, and our partners."

    There are many ways schools and community members can participate in National Bullying Prevention Month.

  • Hold events and activities: Communities around the country mark National Bullying Prevention Month through creative events and initiatives. There are many resources, including classroom toolkits, free bookmarks, posters, and awareness-raising ideas available at
  • Celebrate Unity Day: Students, teachers, community members, and employees will wear orange and send a united message of support on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 21. Thanks to a partnership with CustomInk, supporters can wear the "official" Unity Day 2015 T-shirt. Proceeds support PACER's national bullying prevention programs.
  • Join Together Against Bullying (TAG): This new campaign launches in October. Individuals can donate at and receive stickers to "TAG" their friends and share on social media.

  • "October is a time when educators, students, parents, and community members can unite to share that they are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion," said Julie Hertzog, executive director of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. "Together, we can make our schools and communities safer."

    About PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center: Founded in 2006, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, actively leads social change, so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students. PACER offers tools to address bullying in schools, the community, and online. For more information, visit or call (952) 838-9000 or (888) 248-0822 (national toll free).

    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    National Rice Month (September)

    There are a lot of ways to cook with rice. Rice is a cheap and filling staple to any diet!

    Here is my Orange Rice Pudding you should try!

    Ingredients needed:

    3 Large Oranges
    2 cups of rice
    2 cups of sugar
    2 1/4 cups of water
    1/2 cup of Orange Zest
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup of sweetened condensed milk (can substitute with just milk)
    1/2 teaspoon orange extract (can substitute with vanilla)
    a Dash of Nutmeg
    Real thin Orange slice to garnish the top with (optional)

    It's very simple to make.

    I pureed three oranges and cooked them with 2 cups of rice and a cup of sugar and 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of orange zest (thinly grated orange peel) and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

    Then when the rice was done, I added another cup of sugar, a cup of milk (you can use sweetened condensed milk if you like...would probably taste better) and a tablespoon of butter and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

    I cooked it down until it was thickened with more rice than liquid, stirring constantly to keep it from burning.

    I poured the pudding into Martini glasses (You can use cups or small bowls) and I garnished the top with a sprinkle of nutmeg. (You can also place a thin slice of Orange on top for decoration).

    Then I cooled it in the fridge. Delicious!

    If you need vanilla or orange extracts, cinnamon and nutmeg, you can visit my Watkins site and buy them!

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    National Kinship Care Month

    Source: House Representative Karen Bass (D-CA, 37th)

    Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the five co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to designate September 2017 as “National Kinship Care Month.” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a corresponding resolution in the Senate.

    “Grandparents and other relatives all over our nation step forward every day to provide a home and care for children when their biological parents are unable to do so,” Rep. Bass said. “These family members play a vital role in our child welfare system and often care for these children without the same resources as foster parents. This sometimes lifesaving support deserves to be honored and recognized. I’m proud to support this effort lead by the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth as we continue to fight for meaningful recognition and reform for this important issue.”

    “All children deserve loving, stable homes,” Senator Hatch said. “For every one out of 11 American children, grandparents and other relatives have stepped in to provide and care for children whose birth parents are unable to do so. I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing the important role kinship caregivers play in the lives of so many young people.”

    “My work on kinship care has long been driven by a core belief that whenever it’s in the best interest of children, every possibility must be explored to keep children connected to their families and relatives,” Senator Wyden said. “I’m proud to join a bipartisan group of colleagues in both houses of Congress that recognizes this crucial goal as we continue to work on ways to keep families and kids together.”

    Read the full resolution here.

    Sunday, September 1, 2019

    September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

    By: Mrs. Brenda Fleischmann

    The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men after skin cancer, and an estimated 161,360 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease in 2017. In Tennessee alone, about 2,830 men will be diagnosed and an estimated 550 will die of the disease.

    Although all men are at risk for prostate cancer, African-Americans have a much higher rate of prostate cancer than white men and are more than twice as likely to die of the disease. A family history of the disease also puts you at increased risk, as does getting older (you are more likely to develop the disease after age 50).

    Symptoms are not common in the early stages of prostate cancer, but as it progresses, you may experience difficulty urinating, weakened or interrupted urine flow, blood in the urine or pain while urinating. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your health care professional immediately.

    Early detection of prostate cancer can save lives, but testing also comes with risks. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests are not 100 percent accurate and may prompt unnecessary treatment (and subsequent side effects) of cancers that might not have ever advanced to a harmful stage. If you are a man age 50 or older (age 45 for African-American men or those with close relatives who have had the disease), talk to a health care professional about the potential benefits and harms of screening and then determine if it is best for you.

    If you and your doctor do decide you should be screened, testing may be done every one or two years. Men with prostate cancer usually have elevated PSA levels, though high PSA levels can also be caused by several non-cancerous conditions, such as an enlarged prostate (BPH). There are also tests that can better distinguish prostate cancers that are likely to be aggressive and those that would likely not cause harm, which can help guide treatment decisions.

    Don’t neglect your health as the hectic fall season approaches. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and not smoking can reduce your risk of prostate and many other cancers. To learn more about prostate cancer, visit

    Brenda Fleischmann is a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Program, and the spouse of U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann. Statistics provided by the American Cancer Society.

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    National Sweet Corn Week (August 29-September 2)

    Contestants prepare for 2019 Sweet Corn Queen pageant
    Source: News Tribune
    August 29, 2019
    Who will reign over the 72nd annual Sweet Corn Festival? That question will be answered at the conclusion of the annual pageant that begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, on the First State Stage, downtown Mendota.


    Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week (August 11-17)

    Feeding Pets of the Homeless is the only national animal organization focused completely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless.

    Unconditional Love – Loyalty – Companionship – Protection
    The economy is healing but the homeless situation is not. Once a person lands in homelessness it is a daily struggle to get out. With a pet it becomes more difficult. Can you help?

    Check out "Pets of the Homeless" website to find out how YOU can help!

    Click HERE

    Sunday, August 11, 2019

    National Elvis Week (August 9-17)

    Elvis Week is a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Join fans from around the world in Memphis as we remember the King of Rock 'n' Roll on August 9-17, 2019.

    Learn more by clicking HERE

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    Get Ready for Kindergarten Month (August)

    I remember the first day I had to take my child to Kindergarten. My husband went with me that way. I guess he knew I would need his support in watching such a big moment occur in my child's life. It was a sign that my little man was going to one day be a big man, that my child was growing up.

    I didn't realize it was me that my husband had taken off work to support that day, until I watched my child go play with the other kids, and the teacher tell us everything was going to be fine. He would be ready to go home at 3:00 PM -- and I smiled and waved at my son and turned to leave.

    As I walked down the hallway I found tears flowing down my face. My husband stayed by my side. We got in the car and went home and I cried like a baby.

    Kindergarten. Many of us remember our very first day of school like it was yesterday.

    I know I do. I even remember my first teacher. The year was 1973. My teacher was a beautiful black woman named Gloria Hinton. We all grew to love her. She died a year later in a routine surgery that went bad. I was blessed to have had her.

    And, my son was blessed to have had his teacher, as well. He became her "little helper".

    Do you have a Kindergarten story to share? We'd love to hear it in the comments!

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    American Artists Appreciation Month (August)

    August is American Artist Appreciation Month.

    Looking at this picture, you might think that here at the Stuff Gazette, we honor Scott Joplin's artistic talent. But, look deeper into the photograph here...

    This beautiful mural was painted in 1984. In 2015, it had seen it's better days. But, the City of Texarkana realized the worth of the painting that covers the side of an unnamed business. They decided it had become so much a part of Texarkana that it was worth restoring.

    While the painting celebrates the accomplishment of Scott Joplin, honor and credit needs to be given to the painter.

    I searched everywhere and was unable to find out who painted the mural. Every article I've read tends to leave out the name of the painter.

    If anyone knows who it was that painted this mural, please tell him how appreciated he is!

    Monday, July 29, 2019

    National Lipstick Day (July 29)

    Avon has some great bargains to help you celebrate National Lipstick day! Check it out!

    Here's how to score free lipstick this weekend ahead of National Lipstick Day
    Source: Yahoo! News
    July 26, 2019
    Aside from National Tequila Day, National Puppy Day and National Pasta Day, National Lipstick day ranks pretty high among our favourite pseudo-holidays. Kicking off the celebration, M∙A∙C Cosmetics will be giving away complimentary full-size lipsticks from July 27 through National Lipstick Day on July 29. Yes, you read that right: free lipsticks! For the opportunity to get your hands on a complimentary lipstick in select shades, shoppers must spend a minimum of $35 in-store at any M∙A∙C location. Hurry fast, the offer stands while supplies last.


    Sunday, July 28, 2019

    National Waterpark Day (July 28)

    Jordin Sparks - Celebrate National Waterpark Day at Kalahari!
    Source: WKYC Channel 3 News
    July 25, 2019
    Nothing says summer like spending time in the water on a family vacation. In fact, studies show that children who are strong swimmers are healthier and gain social and motor skills that can be applied to all areas of life. Mother, singer and entrepreneur Jordin Sparks says that summer family vacations are essential to stay grounded in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. She joined us this morning in advance of National Waterpark Day to discuss her family vacations and why it’s important to her that water is a part of them!


    Friday, July 26, 2019

    National Day of the American Cowboy (July 27)

    Gunfights, chuckwagon dinners and a parade on tap Saturday for Day of the Cowboy
    Source: The Wichita Eagle
    June 27, 2019
    Saturday is National Day of the Cowboy, an annual observation held since 2005 on the fourth Saturday of July to celebrate the pioneer heritage and cowboy culture. Several places in Kansas and in neighboring state Oklahoma — whose histories are rich with pioneers, cowboys, cattle and other American West icons — have planned events for the day.


    Briscoe Western Art Museum celebrates National Day of the Cowboy with free event
    Source: KSAT ABC Channel 12 News
    June 27, 2019
    "The National Day of the Cowboy is the fourth Saturday of July every single year. It's actually a national holiday," said Meredith Balzen, marketing coordinator at Briscoe Western Art Museum. "We celebrate it by having a free public event.


    Duncan residents celebrate National Day of the Cowboy this weekend
    Source: KFDX Channel 3 News
    June 27, 2019
    Folks in Duncan are celebrating the original National Day of the Cowboy Saturday with games, music and special exhibits, plus the 4-D experience theatre. It opens at 10 a.m. at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and runs up to 5 p.m. and best of all, it’s free.


    Friday, July 19, 2019

    Social Wellness Month (July)

    Social wellness is important. Without it, social skills are not honed and perfected. Communication is hindered. Loneliness prevails.

    As an Avon Independent Sales Representative, I use my business to keep myself social. It forces me to get out of the house and talk to people. I meet new people every day. I have opportunities that would not be provided to me otherwise through my Avon business.

    Spending time with family is important, too. When was the last time you had a yard party with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill?

    Go to church. I can't think of a better way to socialize in a healthy environment than church!

    Socialization takes effort on your part. As kids, we used to not be able to wait to get out of the house to go be with our friends. As we get older, too often than not, spending time with friends is just too exhausting. We become reclusive and self-serving.

    Happy Social Wellness month to all of you!

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    National Hot Dog Month (July)

    Hot Dogs are America's favorite pass time snack, served in school lunches and at ball games the world over. But do you know the history of what you are eating?

    Everything you want to know about Hot Dogs can be found here...or not..

    Thursday, July 4, 2019

    Independence Day (July 4)

    Source: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

    Washington, D.C. - July 4, 2019 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- “The Fourth of July is a time to remember how privileged we are to be Americans, to be a part of this remarkable country that we too often take for granted, and to remember the men and women who today are serving our country, helping us keep the freedoms we’ve had for so many years,” Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said. “And the Fourth of July is also a time to have fun. In the Alexander family, we load the grandkids into our old Volkswagen, decorate it in red, white and blue, and drive it around West Miller’s Cove in the Fourth of July parade. I hope you have a great Fourth of July with your family.”

    Saturday, June 29, 2019



    1 lb/454 g Callebaut Chocolate Block Semisweet 54.5% cocoa , coarsely chopped
    1/2 lb/227 g (2 sticks) Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, plus 1/2 tbsp/7.5 mL
    8 large eggs
    1/4 cup/60 mL sugar
    2-3 tsp/10-15 mL Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract
    1/2 tsp/2.5 mL salt

    12 oz/450 mL semi-sweet dark baking chocolate or dark chocolate chips
    1 cup/250 mL heavy whipping cream
    1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract
    1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Imitation Almond Extract or any Watkins extract of choice

    Grease a 9-inch/22.5 cm spring form pan and line bottom with a parchment round.
    Combine the chocolate and butter in a bowl.
    Set the bowl over simmering water or in the top of a double boiler.
    Melt the mixture, stirring constantly until smooth, about 5 minutes.
    Set aside.
    Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.
    Mix with an electric mixer until frothy and almost doubled in volume, about 5 minutes.
    Fold 1/3 of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture.
    Repeat this process until all of the egg mixture has been folded in.
    Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake at 325°F/165°C for 45-50 minutes or until the cake has risen and the edges are set.
    Cool on a wire rack to room temperature.
    Remove spring form pan side, invert cake onto a plate, and peel off the parchment paper.
    Reinvert cake on a serving platter.
    Heat cream and chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and smooth.
    Remove from heat and add extracts.
    Drizzle chocolate sauce over cake and serve.

    Monday, June 24, 2019

    June is Country Cooking Month

    Everyone likes the taste of down-home country cookin'. So, June is designated as Country cooking month. To celebrate, check out this great cookbook!

    Saturday, June 15, 2019

    National Camping Month (June)

    Okay, Dads, it's time to take your kids outdoors!

    June is National Camping Month. So, we are offering great ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors!

    Milestone Camping 20L Solar Powered Portable Camping Shower Black

    Army Backpack Camouflage Sport Backpack for Camping, Hiking, Climbing Canvas

    OLPRO Blue POP Tent  Festival and Camping Tent