Here Comes February (already??)

February 1st is National Wear Red Day.

I miss this every year because I don’t remember until I switch my calendar over to February, and by then I’m already dressed and at work. I hate it when things fall on the first day of the month.  Thank goodness Groundhog’s Day is on the 2nd. I really hate to miss that one.
This is why I am trying to spread the word now. So people can “get their red on” and support the awareness campaign about heart disease in women. And since we are on the topic of February, Actually I am discussing the topic and you are reading it – which is really cool!  But I digress…

Aside from the 1st & 2nd, other important observances for February are:

Other things in February you should know about:

Feb 11th – 17th: National Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Feb 14th: National Condom Awareness Day. Are we supposed to send out condoms instead of romantic heart covered cards & candy now?   I feel a rant coming on…

Feb 22nd: World Thinking Day. (Girl Scouts)

Feb 24th – Mar 2nd: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

OK, so now you know to wear red on Friday, February 1st. My mission is accomplished 🙂

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For a more complete listing go to: National Wellness Institute

Happy Groundhog Day!

That’s right. Today, February 2nd, is the big day. Punxsutawney Phil, the official predictor of Spring, will make his annual appearance and declare 6 more weeks of winter. Or not.

Groundhog
image from flickr

I’m not going to go into the history of Groundhog Day, but if you’re curious you can visit the little rodent’s Club. Instead I will tell you a little family memory….

One year when our kids were middle school age, I decided to invent “Groundhog Pie”. Like Sheppard’s Pie, but using “groundhog meat”.  It looked a lot worse than it tasted. When I cut into the crust and served the first piece, I was reminded of a childhood song that had “greasy gopher guts” in the lyrics.

They must have suspected it really wasn’t groundhog, yet everyone played along. Even my pickiest of eaters scarfed it up. These kids, who diligently removed each and every piece of onion or mushroom from their spaghetti, blindly ate groundhog pie. Go figure.

This was many years ago. I want to add the recipe to my cookbook, but I didn’t write it down in my cookbook notes. Maybe I hadn’t started the book yet. Regardless, I will let you in on what I do remember.

Groundhog Pie

  • 1 pkg. of Pillsbury rolled pie crusts (has 2 in it)
  • 1 pound ground meat (beef, pork, or chicken will work)
  • 1 bunch of fresh spinach (rinse well)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 1 small can of chopped tomatoes, drained.

Remove pie crusts from the fridge and allow them to warm to room temperature while preparing pie filling. Brown the meat in a large skillet until done. Drain and return to skillet, adding spinach, garlic and tomatoes. Stir together for 1 minute at low heat.

Line a pie pan with 1 crust, making it fit tightly to sides and bottom. Poke bottom a couple of times with a fork. Leave 1/4 to 1/2 inch of crust edge above the rim of pan. Add filling.  Cover with top crust and pinch the bottom and top edges together to seal. Poke top crust a couple of times with fork.

Bake at 350° for about an hour.

You can also sprinkle cheese on the filling before covering with top crust if desired.