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Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

1. The holiday dates back to the 17th century.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians, and historians believe that only 5 women were present.

2. Turkey wasn’t always the star of the show.

On the first Thanksgiving table, you wouldn’t have found pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, or even turkey. Instead, you may have found venison, duck, goose, oysters, eel, and fish, along with pumpkins and cranberries.

3. Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the children’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” is largely responsible for Thanksgiving’s recognition as a national holiday.

Hale grew up celebrating Thanksgiving, and as the editor of “Godey’s Lady Book,” she frequently wrote editorials and articles about the holiday. During the Civil War, she urged Americans to “put aside sectional feelings and local incidents” and rally around the unifying spirit of Thanksgiving. For over three decades, Hale lobbied government officials to officially recognize Thanksgiving. Finally, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a fixed national holiday.

4. But not all Presidents were on board.

Before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863, each President had to recognize Thanksgiving as a holiday each year. But one President refused. Thomas Jefferson would not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday, as the day involved prayer, and Jefferson firmly believed in the separation of church and state.

5. Harry Truman is frequently credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but there’s more to the story.

He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner.

6. Turkey-pardoning wasn’t a formal practice until 1989.

John F. Kennedy was the first to let his Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon, who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. In 1989, George H.W. Bush formalized the turkey pardoning tradition.

7. The tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving began in 1876.

The original Thanksgiving Day match-up pitted Yale against Princeton. The first Thanksgiving NFL games, however, weren’t played until 1920.

8. The inaugural Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was actually meant to celebrate Christmas.

If you treat Thanksgiving as the start of Christmastime, you’re not alone. Although the first parade occurred on Thanksgiving, its organizers intended the parade to be a celebration heralding in the Christmas season. The “Macy’s Christmas Parade” first occurred in 1924, and over 250,000 people attended. It quickly became a New York tradition and a nationally televised event.

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9. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon, Felix The Cat, flew in 1927.

The first giant balloon to float over NYC’s streets, Felix the Cat was inflated with helium and—with no plan to deflate the giant balloon—parade organizers simply let him fly off. He popped shortly thereafter.

10. Green Bean Casserole was invented by a Campbell’s Soup recipe developer.

Ever wonder how Cream of Mushroom Soup became an essential casserole ingredient? The first green bean casserole was cooked up in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly, who worked in the home economics department at the Campbell Soup Company. She devised the idea to add frozen green beans to the canned Cream of Mushroom Soup, then topped the whole concoction with crispy onions. And the green bean casserole was born. Today, Campbell’s estimates that 40% of Cream of Mushroom Soup sales go to making green bean casserole.

11. Americans collectively eat 45 million turkeys to celebrate the holiday, the average size of which is 16 pounds.

That means that Americans consume about 720 million pounds of turkey on this special day.

12. But don’t forget about the sideboard.

With indulgent sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, and much more, the calories start to add up. Americans consume an average of 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving, and around 159 grams of fat. Let’s get our stretchy pants on.

13. What’s the price tag of the big meal?

According to the American Farm Bureau, the cost of a classic thanksgiving dinner—which includes turkey and stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberries, carrots and veggies, pumpkin pie, milk and coffee—was $48.90 in 2018. For a meal that’ll feed 10 people, that doesn’t sound too bad.

14. In practice, however, Americans tend to spend a lot more.

CNBC reports that, to build up that sideboard, Americans spend an average of $334 to host around 11 guests for the big meal.

15. Pack up the car.

According to AAA, approximately 54.3 million Americans travel 50 miles or more to celebrate the holiday. Honestly, this is no surprise—we already know that Southerners will go to great lengths to gather together at Grandma’s house.

https://www.southernliving.com/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-trivia

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October Religious Holidays

October Religious Holidays

2019 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Rosh Hashanah – Evening of September 29, 2019 to Evening of October 1, 2019
  • Shemini Atzeret – Evening of October 20, 2019 to Evening of October 22, 2019
  • Simchat Torah – Evening of October 21, 2019 to Evening of October 22, 2019 (Jewish)
  • Sukkot – Evening of October 13, 2019 to Evening of October 20, 2019 (Jewish)
  • Yom Kippur – Evening of October 8, 2019 to Evening of October 9, 2019 (Jewish)

2019 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day – October 4
  • Clergy (or Pastor) Appreciation Day – October 13, 2019 (Second Sunday in October
  • Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day – October 19
  • Diwali – October 27, 2019 (Hinduism)
  • Birth of Baha’u ‘Llah – October 30, 2019
  • All Hallows’ Eve – October 31
  • Samhain – October 31 (Paganism)

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Happy National Noodle Day!!!

a hand holding a bowl of food: A bowl of noodles.

How better to celebrate than with free noodles? Check out the best deals below to help you make the most of the occasion

But first, how much do you really know about noodles? Check out our top facts about noodles below, from when they were first invented to how they got their name.

Top facts about noodles

  • Did you know? Noodles were invented in China, and according to National Geographic, a 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles has been discovered.
  • Though noodles have been a popular food staple for more than 2,000 years, according to National Geographic, it is unclear whether modern pasta was invented by the Chinese, Italians or Arabians.
  • According to the New Yorker, ramen noodles were brought to Japan by Chinese tradesmen in the nineteenth century, but they gained popularity in the 1970s.
  • According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word noodle comes from the German word “nudel” and its first known use was in 1779.

Top National Noodle Day Deals

Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company are offering Noodles Rewards members a tasty deal. Members can claim a free small bowl of noodles, Zoodles or Caulifloodles when they buy an entrée on National Noodle Day October 6.

The offer of a free small bowl is valid on a future visit from October 7-20, 2019, and is available at all Noodles restaurants nationwide. Noodles & Company have restaurants across 30 states, so check if there’s a location near you. Find your local Noodles & Company restaurant at noodles.com

Some of Noodles & Company’s delicious dishes include the new cauliflower rigatone in light onion cream sauce, Wisconsin mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and spicy Korean beef noodles. No matter what you’re into, there’s sure to be a noodle dish right for you.

If you’re not already, sign up to be a rewards member on the Noodles Rewards app, available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Or, you can also sign up here.

Kizuki

Kizuki is giving away all four of its most popular ramens to a lucky winner—but you have to be quick. Kizuki is hosting the giveaway on their Instagram until 11.59 p.m. tonight (October 6). All you have to do is like their page, posts, and tag a friend in the comments. The winner will be revealed on October 7, and the prize is redeemable until October 31.

Kizuki Ramen aims to serve the most traditional, authentic and delicious Japanese ramen possible, without you actually having to fly to Japan. They have locations in Washington, Oregon, Indiana, and Illinois.

Mr. Lee’s Noodles

Mr. Lee’s Noodles are hosting a competition to win a selection box of noodles. All you have to do is follow Mr. Lee’s Noodles on Twitter, and retweet their competition tweet. The contest ends at 6 p.m. on October 8.

Mr. Lee’s Noodles make their noodles with no MSG or hydrogenated fat and they are certified low in sugar and gluten-free. Plus, they have vegan options too.

How better to celebrate than with free noodles? Check out the best deals below to help you make the most of the occasion.

But first, how much do you really know about noodles? Check out our top facts about noodles below, from when they were first invented to how they got their name.

Top facts about noodles

  • Did you know? Noodles were invented in China, and according to National Geographic, a 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles has been discovered.
  • Though noodles have been a popular food staple for more than 2,000 years, according to National Geographic, it is unclear whether modern pasta was invented by the Chinese, Italians or Arabians.
  • According to the New Yorker, ramen noodles were brought to Japan by Chinese tradesmen in the nineteenth century, but they gained popularity in the 1970s.
  • According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word noodle comes from the German word “nudel” and its first known use was in 1779.

Top National Noodle Day Deals

Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company are offering Noodles Rewards members a tasty deal. Members can claim a free small bowl of noodles, Zoodles or Caulifloodles when they buy an entrée on National Noodle Day October 6.

The offer of a free small bowl is valid on a future visit from October 7-20, 2019, and is available at all Noodles restaurants nationwide. Noodles & Company have restaurants across 30 states, so check if there’s a location near you. Find your local Noodles & Company restaurant at noodles.com. 

Some of Noodles & Company’s delicious dishes include the new cauliflower rigatone in light onion cream sauce, Wisconsin mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and spicy Korean beef noodles. No matter what you’re into, there’s sure to be a noodle dish right for you.

If you’re not already, sign up to be a rewards member on the Noodles Rewards app, available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Or, you can also sign up here.

Kizuki

Kizuki is giving away all four of its most popular ramens to a lucky winner—but you have to be quick. Kizuki is hosting the giveaway on their Instagram until 11.59 p.m. tonight (October 6). All you have to do is like their page, posts, and tag a friend in the comments. The winner will be revealed on October 7, and the prize is redeemable until October 31.

Kizuki Ramen aims to serve the most traditional, authentic and delicious Japanese ramen possible, without you actually having to fly to Japan. They have locations in Washington, Oregon, Indiana, and Illinois.

Mr. Lee’s Noodles

Mr. Lee’s Noodles are hosting a competition to win a selection box of noodles. All you have to do is follow Mr. Lee’s Noodles on Twitter, and retweet their competition tweet. The contest ends at 6 p.m. on October 8.

Mr. Lee’s Noodles make their noodles with no MSG or hydrogenated fat and they are certified low in sugar and gluten-free. Plus, they have vegan options too.

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Billions Of Microplastics…

Just one plastic teabag can release billions of tiny plastic particles into tea, scientists have discovered. The research, which “shocked” the team, suggests we may be consuming far more mircroplastics than we currently realize—with potential impacts on our health. 

a hand holding a glass of wine: Scientists believe tea bags could release microplastic particles. A stock image shows a woman drinking a cup of green tea.

© Getty Scientists believe tea bags could release microplastic particles. A stock image shows a woman drinking a cup of green tea.

Steeping a single, empty plastic teabag at 95 degree Celsius releases around 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion plastic nanoparticles into the water, according to the authors of the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology

Microplastics range in size from 100 nanometers (nm) to around 0.2 inches, while nanonplastics measure at 100nm or less—1,000 times smaller than the thickness of human hair.

In the study, the team emptied the contents from four different types of plastic tea bags bought in Canadian stores, thoroughly rinsed them, then steeped them in hot water.

The scientists examined the water to find out whether it was contaminated by tiny bits of plastic. 

It is unclear whether the minuscule pieces of plastic are harmful to humans. However, the researchers conducted preliminary tests on water fleas and found the particles didn’t kill the bugs—but they did change their behavior and trigger developmental problems.

Plastic teabags are a relatively new invention which move away from traditional paper bags, the authors of the research wrote.

Study co-author NathalieTufenkji, from the Brace Center for Water Resources Management at McGill University, Canada, told Newsweek: “I was sitting in a shop enjoying a cup of tea when I looked down at my cup and noticed that the teabag seemed to be made of plastic. I immediately asked myself whether it could be releasing plastic particles into the tea.”

Past studies have found microplastics in table salt, fish, as well as tap and bottled water, she said. 

Table salt, for instance, contains approximately 0.005 micrograms of plastic per gram, on average. “Then we see that a cup of tea contains thousands of times greater mass of plastic—16 micrograms of plastic per cup of tea,” Tufenkji said.

First author Laura Hernandez, from the department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University, told Newsweek: “We were shocked to see the high number of plastic particles released into the beverage. We found that billions of particles are released into the tea versus only thousands found in other foods or beverages, such as bottled water.

“This study shows that some foods or drinks can contain a considerable amount of microplastics,” she argued.

Tufenkji added: “More research is needed to understand the potential human health impacts of consuming micro- and nanoplastics.” 

Malcolm Hudson, associate professor in environmental science at the University of Southampton, who did not work on the study, told Newsweek follow-up research is needed to confirm the findings.

He said the study featured only a “small number of tea bags” and argued it would be useful to repeat the study with more types of tea bags. Hudson also said the figures the team came up with are “quite rough estimates—at best no more than a ball-park figure.”

Hudson said he avoids using plastic teabags regardless of the possible health consequences because they are an unnecessary single use plastic. “There are other ways of brewing tea that don’t involve using plastic,” he said.

Earlier this month, a separate team of scientists who studied human feces found people inadvertently ingest thousands of microscopic plastic particles each year. The findings were published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Coconut Oil Does What?

Moisturize dry skin

Perhaps one of the most well-researched and famous uses of coconut oil is its ability to replenish dry skin. This oil is a nourishing powerhouse and is full of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants that work to heal your skin, boost collagen production, and prevent issues such as eczema and rosacea. 

Prevent razor bumps

Coconut oil works as a naturally hydrating shaving cream that will give you a close shave while penetrating your skin to prevent rashes and shaving cuts. Be cautious when shaving during a  shower as the heat from the water can cause the coconut oil to become incredibly slippery. 

Remove stubborn makeup

Many commercial makeup removers are full of harsh ingredients that damage and dry out your skin. This wonder oil works to remove even the most stubborn waterproof mascara with just a few swipes. Be sure to rinse and cleanse your face following use as too much oil can clog your pores. 

Cook at high heat

Because of its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is one of the all-time best oils for cooking things at high heat. Unlike other unhealthy oils such as vegetable and safflower, it retains its structure and will not break down during cooking.

Trim your waistline

If you eat a healthy, whole foods diet and exercise regularly but still can’t lose those last few pounds, coconut oil could help you cross the line to your weight loss goal. It has been shown to be an effective tool for cutting down on excess visceral fat along with a healthy lifestyle. It may also help reduce hunger, which can lead to a lower calorie intake and subsequent weight loss. 

Reduce inflammation

Chronic inflammation can be dangerous and severely debilitating. Adding coconut oil to your diet helps reduce this inflammation and markers of oxidative stress. 

Restore shine to wood furniture

Over time, wood furniture can get grimy and dusty, and no amount of cleaning seems able to restore its shine. Instead of purchasing commercial wood polish with dangerous chemicals and weird-smelling fragrances, simply place a little coconut oil on a soft cloth and apply in a circular motion. It will soak into your furniture and leave it gleaming!

Act as a carrier oil

Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin since they can cause burning and rashes and are too potent on their own. Combine them with a gentle carrier oil such as coconut oil to receive all of the health benefits of both. 

Restore lifeless hair

If you use a lot of heat on your hair such as blow dryers and flat irons, you are probably accustomed to dealing with brittle ends and dry, lifeless locks. Lauric acid, the main fatty acid in coconut oil, has been shown to penetrate the hair shaft more effectively than other oils that simply sit on the surface. Use a coconut oil mask every few weeks to give your thirsty hair the moisture it craves.

Eliminate bad breath

Oil pulling, or swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out, can improve your oral health and eliminate bad breath once and for all. Since coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, this practice can also help clear away germs in the mouth, prevent gum infection, and even leave your teeth whiter. 

Act as a mild sunscreen

Though coconut oil won’t keep you from burning if you spend hours in the sun, it provides about 20% protection from the sun’s UV rays and can be an adequate daily sunscreen for normal activities. Always be sure to cover up in bright sun and use a higher SFP mineral sunscreen when spending significant time outdoors. 

Note: Always use unrefined organic coconut oil.

As with any information, seek medical help and answers before trying something new on your own. I did not write this nor do I agree or disagree with the article. I am just passing along information so you can make a informed decision on your own.

MwsR

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Diatomaceous~ What Does It Do?

10 Ways To Use Diatomaceous Earth (And The Benefits)

It is no secret that Mother Nature is very powerful. Our earth is rich with multiple resources that feed us, quench our thirst, clothe us, provide us shelter, heal us when we are ill and overall nourish us. When we take responsibly from the earth’s bounty, we can find everything we need for sustenance.

This goes for everything in and on the earth… but how about eating earth itself? It sounds strange, but there is a type of earth that we can eat, one which has multiple healing uses in our bodies and in our daily lives. This mysterious type of earth is known as diatomaceous earth, often simply called DE.

What is diatomaceous earth? 

Diatomaceous earth can replenish silica and flush toxins out of the body.
Diatomaceous earth can replenish silica and flush toxins out of the body.

DE is more than just a type of soil. This substance, which looks like a whitish, dusty powder, is actually what remains of ancient one-celled phytoplankton called diatoms. It is mined from dehydrated ancient lake beds and it is comprised mostly of silica, with other trace minerals. If it remains dry, this stuff can last virtually forever without spoiling.

While it may sound strange, diatomaceous earth is indeed edible. It is deemed to be safe for general consumption, although you should always consult a health professional you trust before starting a regimen with a new natural substance. As humans generally do not get as much silica in our diets as we need, supplementing with DE can help to replenish this trace element. DE also has a strong negative charge, and can thus latch onto toxins to flush them away.

The following are just ten of the many beneficial ways to use diatomaceous earth:

1. Rid your home of insects

One very popular use for DE is insect control. Because the tiny grains are hard and have sharp edges, insects of various types are destroyed when they ingest it (don’t worry, humans and other animals do not suffer this effect). To use DE for insect control, simply sprinkle a bit around doorways, floorboard cracks and other areas in your home that insects can enter through.

You can also use DE in your garden to help keep bugs off of your plants. Sprinkle a bit around shrugs, flower beds and plants… anywhere you want to keep insects away.

2. Keep pests off of your produce

The insect-destroying properties of DE can also help to protect your fruits, vegetables and bulk grains and legumes from infestation. Sprinkle a bit of DE in the bottom of fruit bowls and veggie bins and containers. You can also add them to bulk containers of dried beans, peas, lentils, rice and pasta to keep would-be invaders from burrowing in and laying eggs in your dry goods.

3. Filter your water

Diatomaceous earth can be highly effective in a water filter, thanks to its detoxifying powers. Research has found that this substance can help to clean many toxic substances, including viruses and heavy metals, out of drinking water. If you’re looking for a solution to purify your tap water, a DE filter may be one thing to research closely.

4. Enjoy radiant skin

Diatomaceous earth can keep skin looking youthful.
Diatomaceous earth can keep skin looking youthful.

Silica is wonderful for skin health, as it is largely comprised of collagen. Using DE (which is mostly silica) can help to keep your skin looking young and radiant. It can also help to correct various skin issues, including acne, eczema and rashes. To use DE on your skin, simply combine some of the powder with organic, extra-virgin coconut oil. Use this mixture to moisturize, or apply to problem areas.

5. Strengthen your hair

Silica is as good for your hair as it is for your skin. Using DE in your hair care routine can help to keep your hair looking healthy, as well as your scalp. It may also help to correct hair damage, such as from coloring, treating or chemical exposure (think chlorine). To use, simply add some DE to your natural shampoo or conditioner. Or, you can make a hair mask by combining DE with coconut oil, smoothing the mixture over your hair and washing after an hour.

6. Detoxify your body

One of the most popular uses of diatomaceous earth is detoxification. Because of its shape, sharp edges and negative charge, DE can latch onto toxins, microorganisms and heavy metals and flush them out of your body. Think of it as “exfoliating your insides.”

When detoxing with DE, start slowly. You don’t want to push your body too hard, too fast. Start with about a teaspoon of DE in a glass of water, once per day. You can add some raw honey to your water to sweeten. Alternately, add a teaspoon of DE to a smoothie — just be sure to drink plenty of water afterward.

7. Rid your body of intestinal parasites

Along with detoxing microorganisms and heavy metals, DE can also help to flush intestinal parasites from your body. Taking DE can actually help to chop up larger parasites that may be lurking in your digestive system, and flush them out for good. Again, start slow if you are doing any kind of detox with DE.

Note: Although DE can help to destroy parasites, it will not kill your beneficial gut bacteria, so don’t worry!

8. Reduce chronic inflammation

Diatomaceous earth can detox the body to get rid of inflammation.
Diatomaceous earth can detox the body to get rid of inflammation.

One of the effects of detoxifying your body with DE is a resulting reduction in inflammation. Taking DE can also help to ease inflammatory pain, such as muscle and joint pain. As chronic inflammation is one of the most dangerous things you can harbor in your body, this is truly an important benefit.

9. Reduce blood pressure

By reducing inflammation throughout your body, DE can also help to reduce your blood pressure. As high blood pressure can put you at risk for heart attack and stroke, this is a great reason to give diatomaceous earth a try.

10. Support bone health

Taking silica, such as in the form of DE, can help to deposit minerals into our bones. Making sure that your silica intake is sufficient can help to protect your bones (as well as your teeth) as you age. This can help to prevent osteoporosis and other conditions from taking hold.

How to use diatomaceous earth

  • Take DE in the morning, as it may bring with it a burst of energy that may not be welcome at night.
  • Look for food-grade DE from a source you trust — make sure to research the company you are buying from thoroughly.
  • When taking DE internally, start with one teaspoon in a glass of water. You can work up to one tablespoon slowly as needed, but —I’ll say it again — take your time. You don’t want to detox too fast, as this can make you feel ill.

– Tanya Mead

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Why Do Cheetos Have Cheese Dust?

What is Cheetos cheese dust?

Most cheese dust, whether it’s found in packets of Kraft macaroni and cheese, on Cheetos or on Doritos, is made from the same thing: dehydrated processed cheddar cheese. Most cheesy snacks are made by spray-drying (blasting liquid cheese into a chamber with hot air). This makes the cheese evaporate, and a solid substance is left behind. Add some artificial neon orange coloring and you’ve got yourself some Cheetos dust.

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