Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Celebrate the Ordinary in May!

National Barbecue Month

MONTH LONG CELEBRATIONS

National Barbecue Month
National Hamburger Month
National Salad Month

SPECIAL DAYS TO CELEBRATE THIS MONTH


Ah, May!  One of the loveliest months of the years, with so many opportunities for sweet celebrations!  This month we remember those who gave their lives in service to our country, we honor our mother's, and celebrate Spring as the days lengthen and slowly stretch into summer!  The added sunlit hours and warmer temperatures beckons us outdoors. So why not choose one or two ideas from the list below, invite one a few friends and celebrate!  May is truly a month of beauty, be sure to make time to notice!

May 1
May Day
You can learn about the history of May Day, and how it became the Spring celebration it is today, here. To celebrate, I am loving these Mini May Pole Bundt Cakes!And on short notice, you do put the same together using ready made cup cakes from your local bakery in place of the bundt cakes! These ribbon wands are sweet, as well, and could easily take the place of the more traditional May pole, with the children dancing in a circle! Or perhaps something a bit more elaborate like the hoop shown in this post!

May 4
Bird Day
Did you pick a bird for the year?  This is a fun tradition I picked up from my sweet friend, Dawn, a couple of years ago.  My bird this year is the The Black Capped Chickadee! And while my original plan was to document how many times I observed it over the course of the year, I've found the living in a basement efficiency apartment with no windows isn't very conducive to achieving that goal.  But if you haven't chosen  a bird for the year, maybe today would a good day to do so!

May 5
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. But everyone seems to like to get in on this celebration and enjoy some Mexican food! Growing up in Texas, Tex-Mex is probably hands down my favorite, and I have a wealth of recipes saved on my Mexican Pinterest board! You're sure to find one you will like!

May 12
Mother's Day
This day needs no explanation, so treat your Mama good! This year I've requested "experiences" over gifts, and our plan is to see the new movie on the life of Tolkien, though that may happen in the days before.  Then on Mother's Day, I've requested that we go hiking together as a family, and I think since Kate and I hiked Sharp Top last year, this year we are going to tackle Flat Top. Afterwards I hope to celebrate with dinner on the grill at one of the lovely picnic areas at the foot of the mountain, so hopefully the weather will cooperate! What are your plans?

May 15
National Chocolate Chip Day
For me, no other recipe tops the Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie, it is simply the best! And so in honor of the Chocolate Chip, I think I'll bake up a batch and send some on to the employees my family works with!

May 16
Love a Tree Day 
I've been a tree lover from way back!  And when the girls were little we would often pick a special tree and observe and document the changes throughout the year, which was always fun! But now that they are grown, I love for other ways to support reforestation and tree preservation, and bring awareness to organizations like One Tree Planted.  You can learn more about them at their website and find out how you can get involved!

May 20
Pick Strawberries Day
The strawberry fields around where I live are plentiful, and picking fresh strawberries is always so much fun! If you've never been do, take the time to do a little search and see if there is a patch near you and take the whole family!

May 23
Lucky Penny Day
My dad always loved finding pennies in obscure places and  picking them up, and it delighted me as a child, as well. And while I've never actually take the time to do it, I've always thought it would be fun to clean up some  pennies until they shined and then leave them in various places for others to find! 

May 25
National Brown Bag It Day
It's been a number of years since I was in school and actually packed my lunch in a brown bag! But wouldn't it be fun to do just that and meet up with a few friends at a park close by for lunch? It's cheaper, and healthier than fast food, with the added benefit of being in nature and soaking in some vitamin D!

May 27
Memorial Day
Memorial Day is the day we honor and remember those who gave their lives in the service of our country, and for many (including me), it marks the unofficial launch of Summer! In my mind summer stretches from one patriotic holiday to the next, bookended by Memorial Day and Labor Day with Independence Day about mid-way through!We tend to celebrate each of these  days in much the same way,with a cookout! Most years its' hot dogs with potato salad  and baked beans!How does your family celebrate this day?

May 28
National Hamburger Day
While I don't really need to set aside a special day in indulge in my love for hamburgers, I certainly won't pass it up! And with 25 Epic choices, I'm sure there is one that will hit the mark! I've actually got my eye on that Blue Cheese Burger on a Brioche roll, and Onion Chutney! But the Guacamole Burger with JalapeƱo Mayo, may beat it out! I wonder what that one would taste like if I added the onion chutney? And if beef is not your thing, the Bacon Cheddar Chicken Burger looks tempting!

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