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November 29, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: “Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
★~ Small Business Saturday:
Small Business Saturday, Main Street’s bid for post-Thanksgiving shopping dollars is a day set aside between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday money at local mom-and-pop stores on clothing, jewelry, toys, accessories and other merchandise.
American Express,started Small Business Saturday in 2010, to help small retailers during the economic downturn; the NFIB; and the federal Small Business Administration estimate that nearly 70 million customers spent $5.5 billion nationwide last year at small, independent stores during the event. American Express offers small rebates to cardholders who shop at participating retailers.
The secret to great mousse is incorporating air bubbles to give it a light texture. Depending on the amount of air that gets whipped in, it can be thick and creamy or downright fluffy. The base begins with eggs, cream, sugar and whatever way you want to flavor it.
This creamy creation was once only found in French restaurants, but it started appearing on the tables of British and American families in the 1960s. The word mousse itself means “lather” or “foam” in French, which helps explain why you can also tame your hair with mousse – just a different kind.
The most popular kind of mousse is chocolate, so satisfy your craving with Julia Child’s perfect chocolate mousse, or if you want a tangy taste, try Ina Garten’s creamy lemon mousse.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1931 – The Joy Of Cooking 80th anniversary was self-published by Irma Rombauer (1877–1962). Rombauer was a comforting voice for cooks during the Depression, and the book grew into an institution. The first commercial edition of the book appeared in 1936, and it offered a revolutionary “action format” (chronologically ordered ingredients followed by instructions) now commonplace in cookbooks. The numerous editions overseen by Rombauer and later her daughter and grandson sold more than 14 million copies.
♥~ 1887 – The first softball game was played — in Chicago, IL. The game was really called indoor baseball; it used a broomstick for a bat and a boxing glove for a ball.
♥~ 1968 – Diana Ross and The Supremes hit the #1 spot on the music charts with Love Child. The somewhat controversial tune (for the times) stayed at the top for two weeks.
♥~ 1985 – The world’s largest beer mug was unveiled by the Selangor Pewter Company of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 6-foot tankard holds 615 gallons.
♥~ 1835 – Samuel Clemens,wrote under the pen names Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, Sergeant Fathom, Rambler, and W. Epaminondas Adrastus Blab but his most famous pen name of them all, and the one we know him best by is Mark Twain. He was born in a log cabin in Florida, Missouri, loved the story of Joan of Arc, and hated the writings of Jane Austen. He once said that every time he read Pride and Prejudice, he wanted to dig up Austen and “beat her over the skull with her own shin bone.” He was as famously cantankerous as he was witty, sometimes referred to as “America’s first stand-up comic.”
♥~ 1874 – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian children’s author, born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island.She wrote more than 500 short stories and poems, and 20 novels. Nineteen of these novels were set on Prince Edward Island, including her first, Anne of Green Gables(1908), about an old farm couple who think they have arranged to adopt a boy to help out with their farm in rural Prince Edward Island, and instead end up with Anne, a spunky red-headed orphan girl
♥~ 1874 – Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, British statesman and the first man to be made an honorary citizen of the US (by an act of Congress, Apr 9, 1963), was born at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England. Dedicated to Britain and total victory over Germany, Churchill as minister of defense and prime minister was a strong leader during WWII. A stirring public speaker, Churchill said upon becoming prime minister in 1940, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
♥~ 1929 – Dick Clark, Producer, TV personality (“American Bandstand”),
♥~ 1936 – Abbie Hoffman activist: 1960s cultural revolutionary [Yippie]; one of the Chicago Eight; author: Revolution for the Hell of It, Steal this Book; died Apr 12, 1989
♥~ 1955 – Billy Idol (Broad) musician: guitar, singer: Mony, Mony, Eyes Without a Face, Dancing with Myself, White Wedding, Rebel Yell, To Be a Lover, Speed, Cradle of Love; songwriter: Hot in the City
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Next up for me is making some hot chocolate, building a campfire, and sitting outside while my campers play. What are you up too?
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6 thoughts on “Small Business Saturday, Mousse Day”
Working in and running a family business my entire life has made me very aware of the importance of supporting local businesses. We’ve worked hard to give the chains a run for their money. We aren’t always price competitive but we treat our employees fairly, make things right when we need to and support community and school events. For many of us it’s a matter of community pride to continue to shop local.
Off my soapbox.
No mousse for me. I’m eating light for the rest of my life or at least until tomorrow. Hope your Thanksgiving was as tasty as mine.
Golf today. Can’t believe the weather is holding but I am taking advantage of it. Have a good one.
Small businesses rock! As you said so well. Glad you weather held out for another weekend.
Right on, ^Mike^!! Well said — I, too, run a small business and so did my dad before me. We go the extra mile to keep clients happy.
Not having mousse today, but plenty of leftovers. It’s nice not having to cook and still getting a good meal.
I loved Anne when I was a kid, and I’ll always love Mark Twain. Domer has a copy of The Joy of Cooking.
Hope you enjoyed your Turkey Day!
Yes we do.
Thanksgiving left-overs are the best. We are just finishing ours up. I am so behind but I guess being behind is part of what the holidays are all about. Deep breath.
Late, but I’ll chime in. I hope your family business continues to prosper, Mike ^! We need to support small businesses as much as we can. I buy Nik’s food at a family store.
Your hot chocolate, campfire & dog play watching sounded fun! I did some long needed organizing post thanksgiving.
A life well organized is a pleasure to live (or something like that). Did you buy any cool organizing containers? I wish we had more small businesses that sold necessities like dog food.
Thanksgiving did kick off our holiday season with FUN. Looking forward to it continuing.
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