No Housework Day, Coffee Cake Day,National Beer Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
April 7, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:  My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.  ~Erma Bombeck

★~ No Housework Day:


Do you feel like your mother’s house was so much cleaner and more organized than yours?  In the 70’s women still spent about 30 hours a week maintaining their homes by the year 2000 they were cleaning 13.5 hours a week. Working outside the home has certainly contributed to the decrease in cleaning time; women are also doing things faster with the help of household gadgets AND probably more to the point we have given up on a lot of tasks.

Today we can give up all those household tasks and just let the dog hairs fall where they may.

★~ Coffee Cake Day:

Coffee Cake

You were probably just thinking: “Man, coffee cake gets no respect!” And you’re almost right. In a city that worships the cupcake, the red velvet pancake, and those steel cut oats your trainer insists you start the day with, it’s easy to over look the good old fashioned coffee cake.   The groovy thing about coffee cake is that it’s pretty versatile when it comes to what goes in it and when you can eat it. There are probably always some slices staring up at you from the pastry case at your morning coffee stop spot, and it’s fun to get a piece on the side to share when you’re out for breakfast or brunch. Plus, it has a long history; we can thank the Danish for popularizing the pastry, since the custom of having a sweet bread with coffee originated with them and spread through Europe in the seventeenth century. Easy Coffee Cake Recipe

★~ National Beer Day:

People have been brewing beer ever since they began cultivating domesticated grains 8,000 years ago and beer has been an important part of human culture ever since. For example, over 4,000 years ago an anonymous poet wrote an ode to Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of beer and brewing! Today, beer is the third most popular beverage in the world behind water and tea.

So why is National Beer Day celebrated on April 7? On this day in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer as long as it remained below 4% alcohol by volume (ABV). Despite the low ABV, Americans were thrilled to be able to purchase beer for the first time in thirteen years!

★~ Today in History: 

John Wayne

♥~ 1864 – The first camel race in America was held. Nope — not in the Mojave Desert; but in Sacramento, California.

♥~ 1969 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material (Stanley v. Georgia).

♥~ 1970 – John Wayne, a movie veteran of over 200 films, won his first and only Oscar. The Duke earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in True Grit, also starring Kim Darby and Glen Campbell

♥~ 1973 – Vicki Lawrence got her number one single as The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia made it to the top of the pop charts on this day. Lawrence had become well known as the comedienne who played Eunice’s mother on The Carol Burnett Show and Mama’s Family.

♥~ 1979 – Ken Forsch of Houston pitched a no-hitter over the Atlanta Braves, 6-0. Forsch walked only two batters. It was the earliest no-hitter ever pitched in a baseball season. He and his brother, Bob, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, were the only brothers to ever pitch no-hitters in the big leagues. Bob threw a no-hitter on April 16, 1978.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1915 – Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan)‘Lady’: jazz singer: Lover Man, They Can’t Take that Away from Me, Fine and Mellow, Don’t Explain, Strange Fruit, God Bless the Child; died July 17, 1959

♥~ 1928 – James Garner (James Scott Bumgarner) actor: Rockford Files, Maverick, The Americanization of Emily, Victor/Victoria, Tank, A Man Called Sledge, Duel at Diablo, The Distinguished Gentleman, My Fellow Americans, Space Cowboys

♥~ 1933 – Wayne Rogers actor: M*A*S*H, Cool Hand Luke, Passion in Paradise, Pocket Money, The Killing Time, Chiefs, The Gig

♥~ 1939 – David Frost TV host: That Was the Week that Was, The David Frost Show

♥~ 1939 – Charlie Thomas singer: group: The Drifters: There Goes My Baby, When My Little Girl is Smiling, Save the Last Dance for Me, Up on the Roof, This Magic Moment, Under the Boardwalk, Sweets for My Sweet, Saturday Night at the Movies, On Broadway, Dance With Me

♥~ 1954 – Jackie Chan martial arts performer, actor: Rush Hour series, The Big Brawl, The Cannonball Run, The Protector, Ninja Thunderbolt, Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights

★~ Do You Know:

♥~ Original Blue Dawn is not just for doing dishes….

Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.

According to, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums:
1/2 cup Ultra Dawn
1/2 gallon warm water
1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too!
Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!

Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.

Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well. (sorry, Madge)

A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Mix the dish soap with other ingredients to protect your houseplants without discoloring the foliage or harming the plant.

Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.

Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dog shampoos.

After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.

Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.

Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.

Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.

A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.

Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.

If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.

Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.

Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.

Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on: Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.) Tubs and toilet seats.

For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.

Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!

For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks

Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.

Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.

Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!


Rain, Thunder, Lightening in Chicago, but the temp is suppose to be around 61F. Works for me.  I am playing Odd catch up, so I will be back in a bit with a round up of the best Odds and Ends from the week, the winner of last weeks Sagru give away, and a new FUN give away for this week!

What are your plans for day?

Odd Loves Company!

16 thoughts on “No Housework Day, Coffee Cake Day,National Beer Day

  1. Morno
    Welcome back. I like coffee cake by Etamins. Beer day, I can help celebrate that without a problem. Dawn is a good degreaser. I have used it in the garage several times. I’m thinking of doing my nails with it next.
    Rain is keeping me off the golf course, so I’m spending the day at home watching some television taking a snooze and having dinner at my sisters house. Maybe, I should take her a new bottle of Dawn and share your tips.
    Have a good one.

    • Etamins makes a great coffee cake!! Let us know how your nails look after you give them a good soak in Dawn! Uhm you could tell your sister about Dawn and share the tips, but I wouldn’t make it a gift. Perhaps a nice pie?

  2. Good Morno,
    No housework works for me. I plan to spend the day with a good book, and maybe a bottle of beer. After I have coffee cake and coffee following 10am Mass. I need to buy a bottle of Dawn and try out some of those tips! I love tips.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

  3. I’m buying some Blue Dawn. If it can really do all that I definitely want some.

    Love coffee cake. No time to bake today though. Flying out of town. Can’t say I’m fond of air travel anymore.

  4. I must buy some Blue Dawn detergent…sounds like a wonderful product.
    Your Mom’s sour cream coffee cake recipe is the best..I am going to make one when I return home.
    No housework day is a swell plan ! 😀

    • I agree! We had one for Easter. Dawn is a very handy product to have in your stash of handy products. Hope you are enjoying your get away.

  5. Good news about Housework day. Now, I have an excuse for not doing what wasn’t going to get done anyway. Love coffee cake. I always associate a coffee cake with good things. Planning on drinking a beer with my hamburger tonight. Such a gorgeous day here, we are going to grill the burgers.
    Buy Dawn Blue this week!

    • Funny, I have the same association with coffee cake. Wow, grilling burgers, drinking beer sounds like a great day! Enjoy!

  6. Who knew Dawn had that many useful properties?! You did, obviously, and now I do, too — Thanks!

    It’s sunny and 70 degrees here, not to rub it in or anything! We know t-storms are on their way, but oh, my, is this glorious while it lasts!

    • Ha, you were rubbing it in. Sunday was a miserable day. I think we deserve a long and delightful Spring!

  7. miss erma bombeck. she really could nail issues on the head. short & sweet.
    no housework day… that’s cause for celebration!
    didn’t realize there were so many uses for dawn. i knew about it cleaning up the unfortunate wildlife a few years ago. good to know!
    we went to the dog park since the farm was out of the question today. i am still & will always remain on guard when we’re at the dp. i prefer the farm where my main concern with nik is the attraction of horse manure…..
    hope you were able to salvage your stormy day.

    • The dog parks make me a nervous wreck, but I know what you mean sometimes they are a necessary evil. Dawn is very handy and I love anything that multi tasks.

  8. No rain here today. Very nice and mild temps so took Miss Millie for a nice walk. Spent the morning taking back coffee makers I bought this past week that didn’t do the job right and tried to find one that did. So far,,, no luck. Will go looking again tomorrow after dance class. We could get rain during night. Okay if only rain and no thunder and lightning. That would be cause for me to have to leave my warm bed to take Millie to the basement and her hide out.

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