March 19, 2012: St. Joseph Day, Poultry Day, Chocolate Caramel Day

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March 19, 2012

Tree Swallow Sunrise
★~ Today’s Quote: He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.  ~Jonathan Swift

★~ St. Joseph Day:

The Feast of St. Joseph or La Festa di San Giuseppe was credited with preventing a famine in Sicily and as a result, the day is commonly commemorated with a festival and special feast. St. Joseph’s Day, is also known as the day the swallows traditionally return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California. Every March 19th since 1776 (with very few exceptions), the birds come back to usher in spring in this Southern California seaside town

★~ Poultry Day:

Last summer I almost captured a rooster. Cole and I were coming home from the grocery store and Cole said, LOOK MOM a rooster! And sure enough there was a rooster trotting alongside the road. Well, truthfully, he looked a little parched and thirsty, so I pulled over, and we hopped out of the car. I don’t have a great record when it comes to birds: Most birds hate me. I have no idea why — but they do. So I approached the rooster and tried to coax it to me. When that didn’t work, I suggested to Cole that he try to grab it, but he declined (Cole doesn’t like anything that has a claw foot or that might poop on him.) Sheesh . . . kids! We took a few rooster pictures, and not knowing what else to do, we left the rooster and came home.

Once home, I learned on Facebook, and from my mom, that roosters don’t usually bite and are pretty docile. So I grabbed some crackers and a bowl of water and went back to see if I could capture the rooster. What was I going to do with a rooster you might wonder. Well, rest assured, I was not going off half-cocked — I had a plan. I would nab the rooster, put him in the crate in my car, take him home, and find him a good home on a farm with plenty of chicks to chase. However, when I returned, he was gone. I hope someone rescued him or found him if he had flown the coup. There were no rooster feathers floating around, so I have no reason not to believe that all is well with Mr. Rooster.

If I had captured the rooster and kept it we could have celebrated it today! But since it did not work out that way I included a video of a a talented — okay, maybe not that talented — Beanie the rooster  play the piano.

★~ Chocolate Caramel Day:

It’s National Chocolate Caramel Day! The union of chocolate and caramel is arguably one of the greatest flavor combinations ever conceived by man. These two ingredients appear in countless candy bars, ice cream flavors, confections, and desserts.

Celebrate Chocolate Caramel Day by enjoy your favorite candy bar, ice cream flavor, topping or whipping up a Chocolate Caramel dessert.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1831 – The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the heist.

♥~ 1931 – Nevada legalized gambling.

♥~ 1953 –  The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time.

♥~ 1983 – Michael Jackson’s Beat It, featuring lead guitar work by Eddie Van Halen, entered Billboard magazine’s Hot 100. The song, from theThriller album, eventually hit #1 and was on the charts for 18 weeks.

♥~ 1985 – A preschool PTA in Duncanville, Texas, raised $650 by auctioning off two vasectomies donated by a local urologist.

♥~ 2002 – Nine-year-old Danny Denault of New Milford, Connecticut, won Odor Eaters annual Rotten Sneaker Contest and a $500 savings bond in Montpelier, Vermont. Danny credited the cow pies at his baby sitter’s dairy farm. He said, “They’re hard to avoid. They’re everywhere.”

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1848 – Wyatt Earp –  A legendary figure of the Old West, Earp worked as a railroad hand, saloon keeper, gambler, lawman, gunslinger, miner and real estate investor at various times. Best known for the gunfight at the OK Corral Oct 26, 1881, at Tombstone, AZ.

♥~ 1936 – Ursula Andress actress: Dr. No, Casino Royale, Fun in Acapulco, What’s New Pussycat, Clash of the Titans

♥~ 1947 – Glenn Close Tony Award-winning actress: The Real Thing [1984], Death and the Maiden [1992], Sunset Boulevard [1995]; Emmy Award: Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story [1995]; Fatal Attraction, The Big Chill, 101 Dalmations

♥~ 1955 – Bruce Willis actor: TV series “Moonlighting” (1985), Die Hard (1988),Look Who’s Talking (1989), Death Becomes Her (1992),Pulp Fiction (1994)

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ March 19th (St.Joseph Day) traditionally a day to show hospitality. On this day, all who come to the door are invited to dinner.

♥~ Traditionally red is worn on St. Joseph’s Day. Why is red worn?  Maybe Mary mixed colors when she washed and turned Joseph only robe red; he showed up at the feast and from that time on red was considered the feast color.  Italians wear royal purple.

♥~ Giving food to the needy is another St. Joseph  Day custom.

♥~ St.Joseph is the patron saint of pastry chefs eating lots of sweets today is a wonderful way to honor his day.

♥~  When you visit a St. Joseph’s table, you often receive gifts of fava beans and breads.Fava beans play an integral part of the celebration because this was the food that saved the Sicilians from starvation. The bean is said to bring good luck, and it is believed that if  St. Joseph’s bread is kept in the home, the family will never starve.

♥~ A popular St. Joseph custom: burying a St. Joseph statues upside-down in order to sell one’s home more quickly.


I am so sleepy. Considering curling up with Rascal for an hour or two after Cole takes off for school. One of the benefits of working at home on a slow day. But right now I need a cuppa! Hope you have a marvelous Monday! Leave  a comment if you have a chance….Odd Loves Company!

8 thoughts on “March 19, 2012: St. Joseph Day, Poultry Day, Chocolate Caramel Day

  1. I like the piano playing chicken. Can’t believe how fast the weekend flew by. Thankful for my job but could use another day off this week. I must be getting old.

    Hope you have a great day!

    • Funny, I thought you had written something and went back to look for the link–did not find it right distracted 😎 and well…thanks for posting it! Yes, Debbie caramels and chocolate are a heavenly way to celebrate the day 🙂

  2. Chocolate carmels; zeppolis; dear St. Joseph, patron of a happy death and house selling – what a day!

  3. I have the simplest recipe for this. Make a box of fudgy brownie mix as stated on the box. Pour batter in the baking dish and set aside. Melt some bakers caramel in a pan on the stove.
    (about 6-8 pieces) When fully melted, pour into center of brownie batter. Don’t mix in. Take a fork and swirl the carame through the batter design-like. Cook as to directions on the box. Let cool completely before you cut them.

    • Missed you last year—but caught you this time around! Thanks for the great recipe and taking the time to share it with us. So sorry it took this long to acknowledge it.

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