Swirls of Life

Life is a swirl…

Songs of the Month: Christmas Edition

 

I’m switching it up again since it’s December, which means Christmas is coming! There are soo many good holiday songs that it’s too difficult to feature only one. Here are my top 5!

 

What are your favorite Christmas songs?

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National Stuffing Day

Today is National Stuffing Day! Technically, it’s supposed to be used to “stuff” a turkey, but I’ve always eaten it separately.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

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International Artist Day

International Artist Day was launched in 2004* to honor the contribution artists make to society. Below is some various art I got from my friends and online (bonus points if you can correctly guess which one I did).

Even though I don’t draw or paint much anymore, I still consider hairstyling an art.

What’s your favorite art form?

*Source: http://www.internationalartistday.com/

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World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day!

Now that we have so much modern technology paper cards are slowly becoming obsolete. That makes them more special in my opinion.

A few years ago I brought some cardstock to make my own cards for people. This is a good time to get a headstart on the Christmas season.

Do you give people cards?

Disclaimer: I got the photo in this post online, but I’m going to try recreating it myself.

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National Apple Dumpling Day

Today is National Apple Dumpling Day! I think this is a great dessert for Fall, so here’s a recipe if you’re interested in making them. FYI, it’s a little time consuming.

Ingredients

1 recipe pastry for double-crust pie
6 large Granny Smith (or whatever kind you like) apples, peeled and cored
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups water
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into a large rectangle, about 24 by 16 inches. Cut into 6 square pieces. Place an apple on each pastry square with the cored opening facing upward. Cut butter into 8 pieces. Place 1 piece of butter in the opening of each apple; reserve remaining butter for sauce. Divide brown sugar between apples, poking some inside each cored opening and the rest around the base of each apple. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples.
  3. With slightly wet fingertips, bring one corner of pastry square up to the top of the apple, then bring the opposite corner to the top and press together. Bring up the two remaining corners, and seal. Slightly pinch the dough at the sides to completely seal in the apple. Repeat with the remaining apples. Place in prepared baking dish.
  4. In a saucepan, combine water, white sugar, vanilla extract and reserved butter. Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil in a large saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Carefully pour over dumplings.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Place each apple dumpling in a dessert bowl, and spoon some sauce over the top.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/46232/old-fashioned-apple-dumplings/

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Video Games Day

Today is Video Games Day. I gave away my Nintendo DS Lite a few years ago since I wasn’t using it anymore. Sometimes I regret that decision.

Since I’m not a hardcore gamer (more casual like apps), I decided to ask some of my friends about video games. Here’s what they had to say:

“I love anything Nintendo, because unlike any other gaming company, they are not scared to innovate, and make games different than what’s expected. I think other video game companies are lazy and rehash the same sh*t all the time. My favorite consoles would be Nintendo GameCube, 3DS, and Switch.”

“My favorite console is the PS4 and my favorite game is Black Ops.”

“I love video games because in-game I can kill as many people as I want and not care.”

“My favorite game is either Skyrim or Stronghold.”

What do you like about video games?

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End of the Middle Ages Day

May 29, 1453 is considered by many historians to be the end of the Middle Ages, and therefore the beginning of the Renaissance. On this day the city of Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire after being under siege for about two months. This eventually led to a revival of learning based on classic Greek sources which in turn started the Renaissance period of history.

P.S. Today is also Memorial Day. RIP fallen soldiers…

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Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!

I’m taking my mom to IHOP for brunch today. What are you doing for your mom or someone who’s a mother to you?

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Pay It Forward Day

Happy Pay It Forward Day! This holiday is always observed on the last Thursday in April.

It’s a great opportunity to help the community. You can learn more about it by clicking here.

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National Puppy Day & Cuddly Kitten Day

Today there happen to be two pet related holidays in the United States. Happy National Puppy Day and Cuddly Kitten Day!

WARNING: The following content is very graphic due to extreme amounts of cuteness. Continue at your own risk.

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