Most of us think of holidays as one of those few days our employer actually pays us to stay home. We all know the big ones: New Year's, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And yes, some employers are a little more generous but most likely you'll have no more than 7 days a year that you consider a holiday. Depending on your religious beliefs you may add a few more to that annual list, and find that you're up to a dozen or so.
For a day to be considered a "National Holiday" it needs to be declared so by Congress. And then of course we have the "commercial holidays" that we all love, which in effect are simply days that have become popular over the years. We all love them, but for some of us that just isn't enough. Organizations, corporation, and even loosely connected groups of people can "declare" a day for any reason they choose. Some of these days catch on and become popular with the general population, some remain only recognized by their creator, and some fizzle out and become a mere memory after only a year or two.
The point is - Every day, somewhere someone is celebrating something.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31, 2010 ~ Happy National Trial Mix Day

Well, I thought it was appropriate...  Some good trail mix can certainly make it a happier place.  Trail Mix is a generic name given to any combination or "mix" of sweet and salty snack foods combined together and eaten by hand.  It should be of high nutritional value to keep your energy levels up while on "the trail."  You  can buy ready made trail mix from any number of manufacturers, and you could just pick up some energy bars to take on a hike with you.   But, the very best and most fun thing to do is to create your own blend.  Your only limitation is that you want to make sure the food will not spoil, melt, or otherwise "breakdown" without refrigeration and possibly exposed to heat.  Gather up your favorite ingredients, toss them together in a large bowl, and store in heavy duty zip-lock plastic bags (or any well sealed contain that you can carry along).  

If you're not sure where to start, here's a list of some common ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store.
peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, mixed nuts, almonds, pecans
Dried Fruits:
raisins, cranberries, apricots, bananas
pumpkin, sunflower
breakfast cereal, granola, pretzels, crackers
candy coated chocolate pieces, candy coated peanut butter pieces, chocolate chips, marshmallows

I'm sure I've missed more than a few, but you get the idea...  Don't worry about the combination of flavors, I've found that if you use the foods you like they'll be fine together.

Have fun and HAPPY TRAILS to you!

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