Sunday, October 19, 2014

Holidays and Observances for October 19 2014

Evaluate Your Life Day


October 19th, is ‘Evaluate Your Life Day.’ Many people now days are rushing through their lives for many different reasons. Lives have become so busy and filled with numerous activities that there’s no time to reflect. Each day is a routine that just flies by.

This is a day to just stop and think about what’s going on in life. Do you like and enjoy what you have been doing or would you prefer something different? If you enjoy your lifestyle, this is a time to appreciate everything you have and the good choices you have made. If you realize that you don’t like things in your life, don’t get down and depressed about it because this is the day to make positive changes. By staying optimistic about it, you can change in the future to make your life enjoyable.

Be very honest with yourself during this reflection time. If you don’t, you won’t get the results you prefer. Look at your job, your friends, your appearance, your personality, and your family, among other aspects. Is anything bothering you about any of these? If so, what’s your plan of action to change? This day should improve the quality of your life and make you realize what you have, what you want, and what you need to do to be happy.

Have the family write down things they like and dislike about each of their lives. Then if everyone wants to talk about it, everyone can discuss what can be done to help each other out. Make it a great day with friends and family and start again with a better you!

National Seafood Bisque Day


It’s National Seafood Bisque Day! Seafood bisque is a delightfully rich and creamy soup made with lobster, crab, shrimp, or crayfish. It is often seasoned with wine or cognac and a savory bouquet of spices. In a traditional bisque recipe, the soup is thickened with a fine purée of crustacean shells! Early recipes also occasionally called for pigeon instead of shellfish.

Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth (coulis) of crustaceans. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish. Also, creamy soups made from roasted and puréed fruits or fungi are sometimes called bisques.

It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites "twice cooked" (by analogy to a biscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.

Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup. Julia Child even remarked, "Do not wash anything off until the soup is done because you will be using the same utensils repeatedly and you don't want any marvelous tidbits of flavor losing themselves down the drain." Bisques are thickened with rice, which can either be strained out, leaving behind the starch, or pureed during the final stages.

Seafood bisque is traditionally served in a low two-handled cup on a saucer or in a mug.

Bisque is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the sometimes pre-cooked ingredients are pureed or processed in a food processor or a food mill. Common varieties include squash, tomato, mushroom, and red pepper.

To celebrate National Seafood Bisque Day, try making your own seafood bisque! Serve it with a freshly baked baguette for a decadent treat. 

Rainforest Day


When is the last time you walked through a forest? October 19 is Rainforest Day, an annual “holiday” that raises awareness about the importance of rainforests around the globe and the plight they are facing.

Even though you probably don't live near one, rainforests are vital to the animals that live in them and the plants that grow in them. Rainforests are also vital to human beings and the environment. This unique ecosystem is critical to the balance of nature. More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

But these lush and majestic forests are rapidly disappearing due to various human activities including commercial logging, grazing land and subsistence farming. 6000 acres of pristine rainforest land is disappearing every hour! In 1950, 15 percent of the Earth’s land surface was covered by the rainforest. Today, these dense and beautiful jungles only cover about 6 percent of the Earth’s surface.

More than half of the world’s animal species and plants are found in the rainforest. It is estimated that 30 million plants and animals live in the rainforests of the world. But each day, 137 plant, animal and insect species disappear due to deforestation of the rainforest. It is estimated that 25 percent of the world’s medicine comes from rainforest plants.

Some experts believe these magical places could disappear in less than 40 years! What will happen to all the beautiful and unusual creatures that reside in the rainforest if they disappear? What will happen to all the plants and fruit?

It is up to us to save these magnificent treasures. Please visit the Rainforest Action Network for more information.

World Toy Camera Day


World Toy Camera Day is the yearly event that honors the ridiculous photo taking capacity of outdated toy cameras. This festive occasion is celebrated on the third Saturday of October, with minor exceptions, mainly because the inventor at WTCD.org feels like it.

Becky Ramotowski’s idea was inspired by World Pinhole Photography Day, because she believed that, quite frankly, there weren't enough terrible nostalgic pictures on the Internet. To that end, the creator dedicated an entire website to the 120 and Polaroid film, low-fidelity, blurry picture-spewing cameras. Diana and Holga cameras are flagship mediocre toy cameras that are featured extensively on the website in the hope of urging amateur photographers to share their amazingly poor-quality creations.

To celebrate WTCD, search your children’s room for that run-down Brownie toy camera which has witnessed enough silliness to last it a lifetime and take photos from dawn to dusk so that just maybe, just maybe, you may have one discernible composition to share with the folks at wtcd.org.