Apple Pie, Leprechaun Day, Frog Jumping Day, Fruit Cocktail Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
May 13th, 2014

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★~ Today’s Quote:  Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness” ~Jane Austen

★~ Apple Pie Day:

Apple pie

The first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in the recipe included apples, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn (a casing of pastry).

Dutch apple pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes except they included a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition—apple pie à la mode—was eventually brought to America where most people continue to enjoy their apple pie topped with ice cream.

Apple Pie became a symbolic icon for America when WWII soldiers repeatedly voiced that they were fighting for “Mom and apple pie.”

Unbelievable Apple Pie
Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie
Dutch Apple Pie
Apple Pie Jam

★~Fruit Cocktail Day:


Do you remember fruit cocktail from your childhood? My memories include eating fruit salad made from the cans of Del Monte or Libby’s (when it says “Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s on the Label Label Label”) I loved those Peaches, pears, pineapple, grapes and cherries all covered in sweet syrupy sauce with cool whip mix in with the fruit. If you’re past the canned Fruit salad stage (although, I’m not sure this something you can ever really outgrow) here are some Fruit Cocktail recipes that have that healthy taste added in.

★~Leprechaun Day:


Leprechauns wear buckled footwear, green suits and magical red caps. Since fairies wear their shoes out dancing, these elfin cobblers are wealthy. They prefer living underground. They’re devious and full of Irish blarney. They love their pots, gold, horses and fiddles. If you capture one, you can force him to give you his gold; only don’t blink or he’ll vanish.

So why  is today Leprechaun Day and not St. Patrick’s Day? Well, think about it this way… if you were a leprechaun you’d have be smart so that people don’t catch you. They want your gold and if they catch you then you have to grant them three wishes so that they’ll let you go, right? So to protect your gold and to keep from having to be bothered with granting wishes you’d probably want to come out on a day when people would least expect it. St. Patrick’s Day is a day you expect to see leprechauns and other Irish things, so people would have their eye out for you on that day. In May, who expects to see a  Leprechaun? Celebrating today makes perfect sense, really.

★~ Frog Jumping Day:

frog hopping

Frog Jumping Day dates  back to Mark Twain’s first short story. It was first published in 1865 as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”. Later, he published it as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It is also known under a third title “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.  The story is a tale within a tale, told to the narrator by an elderly man he visits in order to track down a former acquaintance. Instead of information about his old friend, the narrator gets the story of Jim Smiley, a dyed-in-the-wool gambler who will bet on just about anything. Click to read this story of Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog. 

The current Jumping Frog Jubilee record holder is Rosie the Ribeter, who jumped 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches in 1986 at the Jumping Frog Jubilee in Calaveras County, CA.

★~ Today in History:

Burdock plant

♥~1959 –  I think you will find this story “fastener-ating.”  There once was a young, Swiss boy, named Georges de Mestral, whose dog became all matted and sticky after an encounter with the Burdock plant in the Swiss woods.  Now most of us would have just grabbed a Furminator and de-matted our faithful companion while swearing a little at the thistly plant that latched onto to our pants and pups, but not George; he took one look at those needy seed sacs’ burrs and stuck those babies under a microscope, where he noticed that each burr looked like a tiny hook. These hooks were what allowed the plant to cling viciously to his pants and dog’s fur. The inventor was hooked, and despite a number of naysayers Mestral determination pushed him forward and Velcro was invented 10 years later.

The moral to this story is to take a second look at things that hook you in, don’t believe those who say it “cannot be done”; after all, sticking to something could pay off.

♥~  1971 – Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’, received a gold record for her version of Bridge over Troubled Water, originally a Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel tune.

♥~ 1985 – Tony Perez became the oldest major-league baseball player to hit a grand slam home run. Perez hit the grand slam for the Cincinnati Reds — helping the Reds to a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros. Perez was just a month shy of his 43rd birthday when he connected for the big dinger…

♥~ 1992 – Astronauts Pierre Thout, Tom Akers, and Richard Hieb made history when they grabbed the wayward 4-ton Intelsat-Six communications satellite. Also on board the shuttle Endeavor during the flight of STS-49 was the Kathy Thornton, the first mother to walk in space.

★~Born Today:
♥~ 1842 – Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan of the Gilbert and Sullivan writing team. Together the duo wrote 14 comic operas, including Trial by Jury (1875), The Mikado (1885), and The Pirates of Penzance (1879)

♥~ 1883- Georgios Nicholas Papanikolaou, inventor of the Pap smear.

♥~ 1922 – Bea (Beatrice) Arthur (Bernice Frankel) actressThe Golden Girls, Maude, Mame; died Apr 25, 2009

♥~ 1939 – Harvey Keitel actor: Smoke, Pulp Fiction, Rising Sun, The Piano, Sister Act, Thelma and Louise, Bugsy, The Two Jakes, The Last Temptation of Christ, Death Watch, Blue Collar, Taxi Driver, Mother, Jugs and Speed, Shining Star, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Mean Streets, Holy Smoke, U-571

♥~ 1950 – Stevie Wonder singer, At the tender age of ten, Little Stevie Wonder, as he was called by Berry Gordy at Motown, was discovered singing and playing the harmonica. The child prodigy got a little bigger and in his teen years recorded Fingertips (his first hit) and My Cherie Amour; co-wrote I was Made to Love Her, For Once in My Life and Tears of a Clown. If You Really Love Me was a #1 hit and Stevie was just 20 years old. Stevie Wonder won an Oscar in 1984 (I Just Called to Say I Love You); induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989; and sixteen Grammy Awards.

♥~ 1960 – Julianne Phillips actress: Sisters, Allie & Me, Big Bully, The Only Way Out, Fletch Lives, Odd Jobs, Jealousy

♥~ 1964 – Stephen Colbert actor, producer, writer, TV satirist:The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live,

★~ Good to Know: Kind of how I feel…..


Wishing everyone  a terrific Tuesday and if it falls short of terrific feel free to rant. . .

It’s raining, hot and humid in Chicago. My AC seems to be on strike; along with my garbage disposal. I’m still dealing with the leak under my sink. Guess, I will make a few phone calls today.

Click for Rings and Ancestry review.

Odd Loves Company

14 thoughts on “Apple Pie, Leprechaun Day, Frog Jumping Day, Fruit Cocktail Day

  1. What a fabulous day to celebrate — leprechauns, fruit cocktail, apple pie, Velcro — something for everybody!
    It’s raining and muggy here, too. And it’s supposed to be that way most of this week. Sigh. Challenging weather for a long-haired dog (and his mama!)
    Off to check out the reviews — have a good one!

    • Hot and Muggy is a challenge, since we just got over cold and wet…I would love a couple of weeks of just right….
      Hope you had a delightful day!

  2. Morno,
    Despite the weather it looks like a good day to me. The dog either doesn’t care or is a little slow to catch on.
    Guess I’d better leap out of here and start my day. Have a good one.

    • The dog might be a bit on the slow side…you would think he would move or duck or something. Or maybe the person is slow since he keeps throwing it to a dog who clearly is not interested.
      Hope you had a wonderful day?

  3. We are not having a good weather day here either in El Paso..the howling wind and blowing dust has kept me awake most of the night..and it is only 47 degrees..I had to turn my heat on today ..I have had the air on for a few weeks since it has been in the 80s and 90s…
    I must have some apple pie today..sounds good. 😀

    • The wind sounds awful…and 47 is cold. What’s up with that? Hope it ceases and you have a restful night.

  4. Hate to say it, but the weather here is awesome, as it is year round. I know, I’m spoiled. Sorry to hear your ac is on the blink.

    I had NO idea that Chaucer had published an apple pie recipe, and I’m an English literature major. That’s why I read your blog!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Fine. Perfect weather. You’ll be sorry when we all move in with you….
      OH God, now I am terrified that you read my blog. I hope you didn’t study too much.

      Hugs back at you.

  5. So much to celebrate today! I am partial to the fruit cocktail with extra cherries. Yummmers. It was a blustery morning but is shaping up to be a bit better day outside this afternoon. I put up the oriole feeder after having a sighting this morning. Of course they will never come back now that it is up. I am worn out today—isn’t it nap day??? Please inform me when that is coming because I definitely need to celebrate it.

    • Did you use to drink the juice from the Libby Fruit Cocktail. It was such a treat. And of-course the cherries were the best.
      Oriole are so pretty. I hope they return. How can they resist.
      Nap day is everyday…haven’t you heard how good sleep is for you?

  6. My SIL and I saw a Leprechaun today! He looked exactly like a Leprechaun except he was taller!
    The temp here dropped a lot, no wind but no rain either.

  7. Who is throwing Frisbees at this dog??? Perhaps the Leprechaun?
    Wow….21’+ is quite a leap for Rosie the frog.
    We had quite a rain that began in the early am & lasted for hours. Nik was nice enough to make a quick trip out with the umbrella over her. The rains made for a cool windy day. Get the a/c fixed!

    • Perhaps it is a Leprechaun. The pup is certainly non-plussed.
      Rosie has remained the champ for a lot of years….
      Working on the AC. Seems like the temp dropped every where. Yesterday, I could not breath! Glad you had some rain.

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