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.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

National Mulligan Day ~ October 17

A mulligan, in a game, happens when a player gets a second chance at a move or action.  In essence it's a "do-over".  On Mulligan Day you get a second chance.  At what?  It's not specific, so I suppose you get to "do-over" whatever you'd like.

In cooking, mulligan stew is basically a stew made of whatever you have on hand or whatever is left-over.  So I suppose it's foods way of getting a second chance.  When my children were little they loved the story about stone soup.  If you're not familiar with it, basically a wanderer comes into town and has no food.  So he boils up some water and adds a stone.  Everyone in the town wants to share his soup and so the each bring a little something to add... a potato here, a carrot there...until it becomes a real meal.  Now we all know how kids feel about left overs, so I used the story to my advantage.  One of the other issues was that my younger children seemed to love to rip the labels off of canned foods.  I usually knew what was in them, but it actually helped that they didn't. Making sure to have some soup base and vegetables in the mix, I let them pick some unlabeled cans, added some left-overs, water or broth as necessary, and voila ~ they made stone soup.  I'm sure they would have turned their noses up at it if I made it, but because it was their creation they thought it was the best meal ever.

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