Mother-In-Law Day| National Chocolate Day| Wild Food Day!

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
October 28, 2012 

Pumpkin Patch Fall

★~  Today’s Quote: “The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.” Bill Gates

★~ Mother-In- Law Day: 

An occasion to honor mothers-in-law for their contributions to the success of families and for their good humor in enduring bad jokes.

★~ National Chocolate Day:  

Personally, I think it should be a statutory holiday where we all get the day off work to indulge in chocolate. Chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate candies, chocolate…well, you get the idea.

Chocolate is the world’s number one flavor. This tasty substance was first discovered by the ancient Mayans, who used the extract of the cacao plant as a beverage in ancient rituals. Later, after it had been discovered and brought to Europe by the Spanish, chocolate became a symbol of royalty, available only to those rich or powerful enough to obtain it. In Renaissance-era France, chocolate was officially reserved specifically for members of the French Royal Court.

Luckily today we can all enjoy chocolate without guilt and in whatever manner we see fit. Chocolate mousse, chocolate sauce, dark chocolate, white chocolate, the possibilities are endless!

★~ Wild Foods Day:

Walk on the wild side today and gather wild plants, fruits, and vegetables for tonight’s dinner.  There are wild food safaris that you can sign up for that will teach you how to forge for your own food or you can just hunt for your car keys and take a ride over to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and gather greens, mushrooms, roots, fruits, berries, vegetables flowers, into your cart. Take them home and graze to your hearts content.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1950 – Jack Benny took his well-known radio show [on radio for 20 years] to television. The show aired for 15 years.

♥~ 1965 – The Gateway Arch (630ft/192m high), St. Louis, Missouri, was completed. Construction had begun Feb 12, 1963.

♥~ 1974 – 51-million viewers attended the TV wedding of Rhoda Morgenstern and wrecking company owner Joe Gerard. For years, Rhoda had searched unsuccessfully for a husband on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in Minneapolis, but found one almost immediately on her own series in New York.

♥~ 1986 – The  Neiman-Marcus catalogue offered, a unique holiday gift, a 100-year subscription to The Wall Street Journal — for just $6,000. That was a $5,400 saving over the regular 100-year rate!

♥~ 2002 – A Turkish man with four wives and 50 children announced he didn’t want any more kids. Sirin Yavuz fathered 14 children with his first wife, 12 with the second, 14 with the third and ten with his fourth. The Istanbul tobacco farmer said he’d had enough.

♥~ 2005 – Elvis Presley topped Forbes magazine’s list of Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities for the fifth successive year, earning $45 million in royalties. Elvis was followed by Charles M. Schulz ($35M), John Lennon ($22M), Andy Warhol ($16M), and Dr. Seuss ($10M).

♥~ 2006 – Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of our Time’ the singers fifth US No.1 album.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1942 – Michael (John) Crichton writer: Jurassic Park, Twister, Rising Sun, The Great Train Robbery, The Terminal Man, Disclosure, The Great Impostor, The Secret of Canta Victoria, Congo; director: Runaway, Coma, Westworld, The Great Train Robbery; died Nov 4, 2008

♥~ 1952 – Annie Potts actress: Designing Women, Love & War, Goodtime Girls, Breaking the Rules, Who’s Harry Crumb?, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Ghost Busters series

♥~ 1955 – Bill Gates (William H. Gates) computer software mogul, 2nd richest man in the world (behind Charlos Slim Helu-Mexico) ahead of Warren Buffett by 6 billion (Forbes-March 2011)

♥~ 1963 – Lauren Holly actress: Dumb & Dumber, All My Children, A Smile Like Yours, Picket Fences, Down Periscope, Chicago Hope, Any Given Sunday, What Women Want; Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

♥~ 1967 – Julia Roberts Academy Award-winning actress: Erin Brockovich [2000]; Pretty Woman, Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, Dying Young, Hook, The Pelican Brief, I Love Trouble, Mary Reilly, Blood Red, Flatliners, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Conspiracy Theory, Runaway Bride, Ocean’s Eleven

★~ Did You Know: It’s time to start looking at some Halloween fascinating facts and trivial tidbits. Lets start with candy!

♥~ If Brach’s laid out the candy corn kernels it sells each year end to end, they would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times.  Candy corn recipe. ( Richard–this recipe is for you! ♥~)

♥~ Have you ever wondered what the M&M in M&M’s stands for Mars and Murrie. Forrest Mars, Sr., and Bruce Murrie launched the candy.

♥~ On average it takes  364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

♥~ The name of the zebra on fruit stripped gum is Yipes.

♥~ The word ‘PEZ’ comes from the German word for peppermint—PfeffErminZ.

♥~ In the 1930s, Admiral Byrd brought 2½ tons of NECCO Wafers to the South Pole for his men during their two-year stay.

♥~ During World War II, Tootsie Rolls were added to soldiers’ rations because of their durability in all weather conditions.

♥~ Reese peanut butter cups is the most popular Halloween Candy.

♥~ A pillow case will hold 47.75 lbs (21.8kg) – about the weight of a first grader – and contained approximately 1690 pieces of candy. That’s nearly twice as much as the grocery bag.

♥~  Assuming a 50% success rate and 2.5 pieces of candy per house, you would have to visit about 1352 houses to fill a pillowcase full of candy.


Off and running today but I will be back to tell fortunes this afternoon! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Do you have a favorite Halloween Candy?


10 thoughts on “Mother-In-Law Day| National Chocolate Day| Wild Food Day!

  1. Morno,
    Chocolate day works for me. I’m not sure about wild food, maybe a little salad.
    I like tootsie pops. I had no idea it took 364 licks to finish one. I think it takes me longer.
    Playing a quick game of golf this morning, and then have an early dinner at my sisters house.
    Have a good one.

    • I know Mike! I always thought it took about 372. I wonder if the size of the tongue matters? Hope you have a good game. Don’t forget the chocolate for your sis.

  2. Morno!
    Chocolate Day? Love it! Reeses cups for breakfast. That cake looks devine. We are going to take our little monsters to a Halloween party this afternoon. Exciting stuff. I’m sure they will come home on a sugar high that will last a week.
    Love my MIL. Will have to squeeze her extra hard today.
    Off to read your school project post. Have a super Sunday.

  3. Morno One and All,
    Off to church and then to see the movie Wallflower with a friend. It’s kind of a teen movie but looks good. I will take plenty of chocolate to eat and enjoy it while we watch the movie.
    Happy Birthday Bill Gates and Julia Roberts! Two people I would enjoy meeting.
    Rainy day, cold day here but we have had so many beautiful days this fall I’m not complaining. Have a wonderful day!

  4. beautiful weekend here…..finally! 44* this morning. lots of outdoor time with nik. great football games. it’s all good!
    oh, yes! national chocolate day! my choices for halloween candy are hershey’s bars & reese’s peanut butter cups.
    can listen to 70s rod stewart, not rod stewart at age 70. not a big movie buff, but enjoyed the julia roberts flicks i have seen.
    good day!

    • Sounds like a wonderful day. I love hershey bars with almonds! I just bought a big bag of reese’s peanut butter cups–lets hope we still have some left on Wed. 😀

  5. Yeah, I finally got the food of the day right — had a hot fudge sundae for lunch, celebrating my mom’s birthday with her.
    Favorite candy? Hard to say. I LOVE York Peppermint Patties, but I love mint Three Musketeers, too. And Halloween pumpkins. And M&Ms. And plain old Hershey bars. And…And…
    Have you ridden to the top of the Gateway Arch? I have, a couple of times, and I tell you it’s wonderful!

    • I have not had a Peppermint Pattie is such long time and I love them too. So refreshing. While you may not be a fan of Halloween in the sense of costumes and door to door trick-treating it seems like you do have the candy spirit! I lived in St. Louis for about 3 years and loved the ride to the top of the arch. So cool!

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