Pumpkin Day

By October 26th, we in a frenzy of pumpkin obsession. We cannot wait for the big November holiday for pumpkin pie. No siree, we need pumpkin ev-ery-thing! Bars, cookies, coffee, cheesecake, pasta and oatmeal. Pumpkin Chunkin’, pumpkin patches, festivals, bake-offs and television specials. Let’s not forget jack-o-lantern carving, too! This fruit grabs American’s attention. As it should be. This squash is native to North America. The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates back to somewhere between 7000 and 5500 BC to seeds found in Mexico. The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which means “large melon” in Greek. Within recent years, white pumpkins have become more popular in the United States. The United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins, with Illinois producing more than any other state. A 2,145-pound pumping from Streator, Illinois holds the current North American record. Grown by Gene McMullen in 2015, the great pumpkin weighed in a few hundred pounds lighter than the current world record pumpkin from 2014. At 2,323-pounds, the giant pumpkin from Switzerland retains the world record prize. Canned pumpkin may be recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing certain digestive ailments. Raw pumpkin can be fed to poultry as a supplement to their regular feed during the winter months to help maintain egg production.

Mule Day

National Mule Day is recognized each year on October 26.
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A mule is a hybrid cross between a male donkey and a female horse.  The mule possesses the  strength, intelligence, patience, perseverance, endurance,  surefootedness and even temper of the donkey.  From the horse, the mule inherits beauty, athletic ability, courage, vigor and speed.
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Mules appear to require less food than a horse of similar size.
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According to the American Mule Museum:
  • George Washington played the major role in the development of the mule population in America. He recognized the value of the mule in agriculture and became the first American mule breeder.
  • Donkeys were already in America, as they came over with the early explorers, but they were quite small. Washington wished to breed the very best mules, but he faced a major obstacle â?? â?? the Spanish government at that time prohibited the acquisition or exportation of the famous Andalusian donkey. Washington wrote to King Charles of Spain requesting permission to purchase good quality breeding stock. In October of 1785, a ship docked in Boston harbor carrying a gift from King Charles for George Washington â?? â?? two fine jennies and a 4-year old Spanish jack named, appropriately, â??Royal Giftâ??. That â??royal giftâ? from the Spanish king is today credited with the development of the American mule which began a dynasty that â??reshaped the very landscape of the countryâ?.

For more information, see the American Mule Museum website: http://mulemuseum.org/History_of_the_Mule.html

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NATIONAL MULE DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Mule Day, an â??unofficialâ? national holiday.

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Howl At The Moon Day

Release your inner wolf and go wild – full moon or not! Why not get together with your friends and practice your best werewolf impressions? Go easy on the biting, though.


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Mincemeat Day

When : Always October 26th

National Mincemeat Day celebrates a sweet and tasty meat treat. For those of us that have had it before, we can revel in the great taste. For those of us who have never heard of Mincemeat, don't you think today would be a good time to get introduced to it!?

Mincemeat dates back to medieval times. It was a way to preserve food. It was also a treat, mixed with sweet fruits. Somewhere in the last half of the 1900's, it lost it's popularity. A whole generation has grown up, not knowing what it is, or having ever tasted it. Today, it is most often served as Minced Meat Pie. Over the years, the amount of meat in the recipes was reduced. In older recipes, you will find meat and/or suet among the ingredients. More modern recipes, it contains little or no meat, and is largely a fruity pie. It remains a traditional pie at Thanksgiving for many families.

So, just what is mincemeat? It is a mixture of minced (or chopped up) meats, suet, and fruits.  The meat is usually beef, either ground up or sirloin. Fruits include raisins, apples pear, and others. Sometimes liquor is added, most commonly brandy or rum.

It's easy to enjoy this day...... have a slice of Mincemeat Pie. Then, you will most definitely have a happy National Mincemeat Day !!


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