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Entertainment Until Christmas

Christmas is coming up, in fact it’s just right around the corner! But waiting for this favorite holiday seems to take forever! Even though it is less than a month away, waiting for Christmas can seem like an eternity! To pass the time let’s focus on some less celebrated holidays that definitely deserve some recognition.  Conveniently, almost every day from here to Christmas is home to a unique and unknown holiday that will keep you busy till that grand morning of presents and cookies!

December 4th is home to National Cookie day. This holiday is a great excuse for getting in the kitchen and experimenting with the recipe book! Baking away the day is sure to take your mind off the anxiety of waiting for Christmas.

December 7th is National Cotton Candy Day. Although most people do not have the means to make cotton candy on their own, you could take a trip to the circus and stock up there! Being a part of the excitement is sure to distract you from all your long-awaited Christmas wishes.

Next up is December 8th, National Brownie Day. This oh-so-yummy holiday is a great time to cook up some brownies for your teachers! Right after National Brownie Day is National Pastry Day on December 9th. Use all your leftover brownie supplies to make up some sweet pastries for you whole family.

Make sure you save some pastries for December 13th, National Cocoa Day. You are going to need something to dip in all the Hot Cocoa that you are going to be making. However, you don’t just have to make hot cocoa, there are plenty if other cocoa-related things out there if hot chocolate isn’t your thing.

December 15th is perfect for all the cupcake makers out there, like Ashley Loomis and Abbey Millerbrend, as it is home to National Lemon Cupcake day! How such a holiday came into existence is unsure, however it is delicious, so why does it matter?

December 16th is sure to make any girl happy. Say hello to National Chocolate Covered Anything Day! This means marshmallows, bananas, peanuts, strawberries, grapes, pound cake, and so much more all sweetened by the delightful taste of chocolate! This day is perfect for curling up on the couch with a tray of assorted foods, a chocolate fountain, and every Harry Potter movie there is!

Following up this great of a holiday is nearly impossible, so whoever came up with this next holiday must have given up. December 18 is National Suckling Pig Day, what this means I haven’t the slightest clue, but it sounds disgusting. December 21st doesn’t offer anything better if you aren’t a seafood fan. It is the host of National French Fried Shrimp day. This must be like heaven for all you sea food fans!

Looking for something a little more unique in your holiday season? Check out National Pfeffernusse Day on December 23rd. Pfeffernuse are small, round, firm biscuits served as a dessert in Dutch societies. They are not too hard to make and taste delicious! However if thinking outside the box isn’t your thing, don’t worry, you can always hold off till December 24, National Egg Nog day. This holiday is the perfect way to end the countdown to Christmas!

What are you waiting for! Mark your calendars so you can celebrate all these special holidays in special ways!

Foods for the Brain

Don’t you wish that filling your tummy with delicous food could also help you concentrate on school? Well there are foods to help you do just that! These yummy foods can help with many things!

1) Sugar=Alertness, no, not sugar as in table sugar, but glucose. Glucose is found in fruits and starches as in oranges and potatoes. To help you stay alert grab a little pick me up from the kitchen, also something preferably healthy because glucose in the wrong ways can do the opposite.

2) Don’t Skip Breakfast!! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, if it isn’t stressed enough, EAT BREAKFAST. It is proven by many many dietitians that eating breakfast you will have much more energy and your brain will function better. Many students say they have their best days when they have eaten breakfast. Make sure your breakfast is healthy and has all the nutrients you need for the maximum potential. Have some whole wheat bread with peanut butter or scrambled eggs with orange juice. If you don’t have time and are running to the bus, grab a granola bar or an apple!

3) As surprising as it may be, chocolate can be a brain boosting food! Chocolate is full of antioxidants, and amino acids. Chocolate can help be an anti-depressant and can help prevent heart disease. Although, you need to eat it in moderation; a small cube of chocolate once in a while can be good for you. Also, dark chocolate is much better for you and has some extra benefits.

4) Whole Grain Foods. Whole grain foods are brain boosters because they help increase blood flow to the brain. This increase in blood flow is due to the amount of folate in whole grains. Also, wheat germ contains memory-improving thiamine which is a plus. Try to incorporate these foods into every meal. Eat whole grain toast or whole grain cereal for breakfast or a snack.

5) Nuts. They have many great nutrients that contribute to the brain. Omega 3 fatty acids are one of many nutrients that make nuts so good for the brain. It helps preserve the healthiness of your brain. Another nutrient that nuts have is Vitamin A, which aids in the process of making new brain cells which is essential in learning. Before you go off to study, or before school, pop a couple of almonds or walnuts and help your brain!

6) Drink Water. Drinking water is probably the most important tip about consuming anything. It is vital to health. It has a vast amount of benefits – it gives you energy when your feeling slumpy, it prevents those middle of school or work day headaches, and it helps fight against the flu and colds, especially during this time of year. Water can also help boost your mood if you’re feeling grumpy. It helps keep your brain awake and alert, according to http://ezinearticles.com “Even a small drop in drinking water levels can make your brain’s performance level drop as much as 20 to 30 percent” Many people do not drink enough water, so make sure to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses per day!

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American Legion Celebration!

The American Legion is showing their appreciation for local businesses and residents who have showed support throughout these years of road construction that they have had to deal with. The celebration is on Tuesday, October 16th, from 6-9 pm, There will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction. The spaghetti dinner costs $7 a plate and $5 for kids 10 and under. All proceeds will go towards the Forth of July parade and show. Tell your friends and family!

Delicious Dish: S’Mores on a Stick

 

As the temperature starts dropping, and the leaves change color, bonfires start becoming a regular fall occurrence. But this year, instead of doing the same old s’mores snack, why don’t you try something new at your next bonfire: s’mores…ON A STICK!

Ingredients:
Large marshmallows
Graham crackers
Hershey’s chocolate squares or morsels
Chopsticks, cocktail picks or popsicle sticks

Directions:
1. Line a cookie sheet with cooking parchment
2. Crush graham crackers into crumbs and set aside
3. Skewer the marshmallows!
4. Melt the chocolate in a saucepan or microwave
5. Dip the skewered marshmallows into the melted chocolate, allowing the excess to drip off
6. Roll the coated marshmallows into the graham cracker crumbs
7. Serve and enjoy!