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Eileen M.

Eileen M.

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“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”
― C. JoyBell C.

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    Today (Sun 22nd Jan, 2017) is...

    Hot Sauce Day

    Are you more of a Tabasco person, or do the spicy chili peppers of Southeast Asia the ones that get your mouth watering? Should hotness be combined with salty flavors, or rather sweet ones? Whatever you believe and whatever your preferences, if you are one of those people who feels that “spicy” is never quite spicy enough, Hot Sauce Day is the perfect holiday for you!

    The History of Hot Sauce Day

    Humans started using chili peppers and other such spices thousands of years ago. In South and Central America, there is evidence for chili peppers being used for cooking as early as 6,000 years ago, but they never reach Europe until the 16th century, when Portuguese and Spanish explorers began sending all sorts of unusual foods from the New World back home. The first hot sauce to be available in a bottle appeared in shops in the state of Massachusetts in the year 1807, and then suddenly, hot sauce was everywhere, and being added to everything. Tabasco sauce is one of the earliest brands to have come into existence that still exists today, being bottled and sold for the first time in 1868.

    How to Celebrate Hot Sauce Day

    Tongue-burning food-lovers the world over, unite! January 22nd is your special day created so you can have the perfect excuse to enjoy the feeling of fire in your mouth all day long. The best way to celebrate this smoking hot holiday is to get together with like-minded people who aren’t afraid of a little spice and are up for a good challenge, and then spend the afternoon sampling different hot sauces from all over the world. According to a survey in 2014, the world’s ten best how sauces are:

    10. Valentine Salsa Picante

    This sweet and sour hot sauce has a citrusy tang to it.

    9. Texas Pete

    This sauce was made by accident at a little family-run restaurant in 1929, and it a bit weaker than most Louisiana-style sauces.

    8. Tabasco

    This is a classic, there’s no doubt about it. It contains more vinegar than other hot sauces tend to.

    7. Tapatio

    This hot sauce is also a bit sweet, with a distinct garlicky flavor.

    6. Louisiana Hot Sauce Original

    This is Louisiana’s number one hot sauce, and we all know those Cajuns know a thing or two about spice. (On my table right now!)

    5. Huy Fong Chili Garlic

    Long story short, this stuff is thick, hot, garlicky and delicious.

    4. Frank’s Red Hot

    This is the main ingredient in buffalo wing sauce. ‘Nuff said.

    3. Crystal

    People from Louisiana (yes, Louisiana again) swear by this stuff.

    2. Cholula

    This delightfully hot Mexican sauce is made from pequin peppers, that are 7 times hotter than jalapenos.

    1. Huy Fong Sriracha

    It’s no wonder the fame of this sauce reaches far and wide. It’s spicy, salty and seems to go well with almost everything. This is definitely a favorite the world over.

    So what are you waiting for? Get a few friends together, buy lots of milk to wash these sauces down, and let the sampling begin! And if you’re feeling guilty about doing this to your poor stomach: don’t. Spicy foods fight bacteria and can help speed up your metabolism, so if you only do this every now and then, think of it as doing your body a favor.

    Will do the challenge one day this week!


    "Avoid the take-out trap: Cook a double batch of a meal this week and freeze half for another day"

    January 22, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
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    NO, NO, NO. Sorry DC not doing this one. Don't bank on-line! Too many banks get hacked.

    “Did those nice church ladies come by again?"
    He nodded. "I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and then the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God's eye. And they decided they were late to be somewhere else.”
    ― Ilona Andrews, Gunmetal Magic


    "Take steps to boost your credit score by signing up for automatic bill payment"

    January 21, 2017 at 14:54 UTC
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    First job was working in a bank; also have a friend who has NO electronic footprint had her checking account "hi-jacked" a few years ago. Always, Always do this!

    Today (Fri 20th Jan, 2017) is...

    International Day Of Acceptance

    The (International) Day of Acceptance is a valuable social entrepreneurial awareness experiment with a heart-warming back-story.

    Annie Hopkins founded 3E Love to make the world a better place, also creating the International Symbol of Acceptance, which shows a wheelchair in the shape of a heart. Together, the occasion and the symbol communicate the 3E Love ethos of devotion, equality, respect and understanding, to be adopted and appreciated by people of all abilities.

    Disability owned and operated, 3E Love works to empower people through pride and passion, rather than charity. Taking control, following our dreams and being the best we can, regardless of physical factors, makes us what we are, and Annie’s goal to share this with as many people as possible has proved a source of inspiration all across the world.

    On January 20th 2009, Annie passed away due to unexpected complications during a simple medical procedure. Her memory lives on in the hearts of her friends and family, and it also lives on in the heart of the International Symbol of Acceptance. Annie’s brother, Stevie Hopkins, who helped her start 3E Love, paid tribute to his sister’s selfless efforts and vowed to keep them alive. On the first anniversary of Annie’s passing, Stevie and family founded an annual celebration of her life and work, inviting everyone to take part in a variety of ways, from drawing the symbol on your hand or cheek, to ordering buttons and T-shirts from the website, or simply changing your social media profile pictures to the logo for the day.

    To quote 3E Love: “Friends, tell the world you embrace who you are; a person with social rights, who has an opinion, who has interests, who has goals and who loves life; a person who is empowered to make a difference in the world and not be without a voice in society. You are not living disabled, you are living.”

    The Days of the Year team will be changing their Facebook profile pictures for January 20th 2014, and we hope that you’ll join us in helping to spread the word and pay tribute to a wonderful girl and her incredible philosophy.

    Copyright © 2017 Days Of The Year LTD


    "Pledge to carefully review your next bank statement"

    January 20, 2017 at 12:54 UTC
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      Susan N. replied January 21, 2017 at 1:27 UTC:

      Hi Eileen~ I wish to thank you for your encouragement, for your kind and loving support. You provide me with hope and comfort. I thank you for your thoughtfulness

      You touch my life with your warmth and kindness. Your loving heart shows its caring ways in your every ...see more

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      L♥ri H. replied January 21, 2017 at 3:01 UTC:

      Touching post today. I took time to look Annie and 3E up. Very interesting. "Although small in size, Annie was always large in heart." Thank you for sharing, Eileen. Also thank you for sharing the E with me today. Hugs.

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    When I started work; my father advised me to open a savings account & deposit $25.00 from every paycheck into it. Did this from then on. As paycheck became larger so did the amount I deposited. Kids fun activities (boy scouts, dance lessons, summer camps, etc.); summer vacations; emergencies (washer, frig, stove, etc.) have all been paid out of that little savings account. Now my "bucket list" of travel is made easier with it.

    Today (Thu 19th Jan, 2017) is...

    Popcorn Day

    Oh Popcorn! Delicious and delightful popcorn is part of so many traditions. Popcorn balls at Halloween, Popcorn strings at Christmas, and Popcorn all year round at the movies! Corn has played an important role in the diets of many cultures, and has spread to be a worldwide phenomenon since it was imported from the new world. So on Popcorn Day make sure you have yourself a great big bowl of this delicious treat!

    History of Popcorn Day
    To discuss the history of Popcorn day one must understand the history of Popcorn. The original corn was derived from a small grass with kernels not much different than that of wheat, careful selection and generations of breeding has resulted in what we think of today as the corn plant. When settlers came to the New World from the Old Country, they discovered this amazing crop and that it had been in use for time out of mind.

    Sometime along the line it was realized that certain corn kernels, when subjected to heat, will pop and reveal their soft fluffy endosperm in a cloud around their shell. Before long it was discovered to be a light and delicious treat, and cultivation led to the popcorn we have today. There’s actually two types of popcorn, but the familiar yellow popcorn we all see in movie theaters is by far the most popular. Popcorn has been used for everything from arts and crafts to the foundation of some of the most popular treats around. You can find it just about anywhere you go. The National Popcorn Board decided that this fluffy treat needed a day of celebration and recognition of its own, and thus was born National Popcorn day!

    How to Celebrate Popcorn Day
    Celebrating Popcorn Day is as simple and delicious as it comes! You can start by just enjoying a bag of popcorn with your favorite toppings, and oh what delectable variety there is. You can have it with a classic mix of butter and salt, or get creative and add your favorite spices and herbs to it! There really isn’t anything that doesn’t go wonderfully with it. For a light heart-healthy addition you can skip the butter and shake it down with herbs like rosemary and thyme, or spice it up with cayenne. Or you can forgo the healthy options and bury it under a delicious coating of caramel and bacon, and really enjoy the decadence.

    You can also celebrate it by doing crafts with it, popcorn strings are a wonderful decoration, or you can use it to make garlands or even glue it to construction paper for a collage! And don’t forget the paint and glitter!

    My DH's favorite day! Popcorn will be made tonight!


    "Contribute to your emergency fund today, or make a plan to start one if you haven't already"

    January 19, 2017 at 12:45 UTC
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      Carrie S. replied January 19, 2017 at 21:06 UTC:

      Sounds like my dad! My husband and I always saved some of our paycheck for different purposes. We paid for both kids' college.

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      Susan N. replied January 20, 2017 at 0:53 UTC:

      Hi Eileen~ I wish to thank you for your encouragement, for your kind and loving support. You provide me with hope and comfort. I thank you for your thoughtfulness

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