Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Holidays and Observances for July 23 2014

Gorgeous Grandma Day

To my delight, today is July 23rd and it is dedicated to Gorgeous Grandmothers. Gorgeous Grandma Day was created by a woman name Alice Solomon, who was an author, speak and radio host, who wanted to celebrate women fifty and over that were getting old gracefully and still enjoying life. Being a grandma myself, I thought that was an awesome idea!

Gorgeous Grandma Day is a time of the year in which we can celebrate the grannies in our lives. Everybody thinks that their grandma is gorgeous – so what could be better than an entire day devoted to acknowledging that fact? Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are well known, so Gorgeous Grandma Day is a natural progression.

Now that you know the day exists, hopefully you are already making plans to spend it with your own gran. No matter what your grandmother prefers to do with her time, this is the day in which you can be sure she will have plenty of time to do it – and plenty of people willing to support her.

Hot Enough For Ya Day

Its hot! Its sticky! And its still hot! Its so hot you can even fry an egg on the street!

Here's the day when the tired old greeting actually gains acceptance. Go ahead, say it, if you don't have anything else to add.

In most parts of the U.S., "Hot Enough for Ya Day" is well appreciated and understood. Temperatures in many parts of the country will reach well beyond 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and citizens will be seeking out new and innovative ways to stay cool. On July 23, 2011, 14 all-time temperature records were broken and seven were tied. Cameron, Pa., reached 106 degrees, beating the previous record by a whopping four degrees!

National Hot Dog Day

Today is National Hot Dog Day! Hot dogs are one of the most iconic American foods. No cookout or baseball game would be complete without a delicious hot dog served on a bun and covered in ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, or chili.

Hot dogs (which are also known as frankfurters, franks, wieners, dogs, and red hots) have been around since the late 1800s. Today, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year!

To celebrate National Hot Dog Day, cook up some hot dogs for dinner tonight. Invite some friends over for an impromptu cookout and celebrate this yummy all-American favorite.

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Ice is back with a brand new ... food holiday: July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Vanilla has historically been the favorite ice cream flavor of Americans. Here are some ice cream facts from the International Dairy Foods Association:

Approximately 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2011.

The U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion in 2010, with take-home ice cream sales representing the largest section of the market, generating revenues of $6.8 billion or 67.7 percent of the market's overall value.

The central region of the U.S. led production of ice cream and related frozen products, producing 726 million gallons in 2011.

Frozen dairy production follows a clear seasonal pattern. Summer is the unchallenged season for eating ice cream and other related products. Production kicks up in March and April to fill retail and food service pipelines in the late spring and early summer. June is the highest production month of the year, but production remains strong through August to satisfy summer demand.

The best part about vanilla ice cream, though, is that it lends itself extremely well to toppings. What's your favorite way to spruce up the old favorite?