This month marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others. Infrastructure and property damage amounts reached over $10 billion. During a recent trip to New York City, I had the opportunity to visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum located at the World Trade Center site. The noise and bustle of the city seemed to hold a quiet reverence surrounding the memorial. I met a woman who witnessed the attacks on that horrifying day. She shared her experience and described how it will haunt her for the rest of her life. We are all forever changed, and we respectfully remember and honor the victims of that sad and horrific day.
Dinner Time = Family Time
The importance of taking time to eat at least one meal together each day can not be overstated. Studies have shown that families who regularly eat together are able to teach their children healthy eating habits. They tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, and appropriate portions of all foods. These children tend to have higher grades and avoid destructive behaviors such as drinking and smoking. Suppertime is a great time to have non-threatening conversations about the days’s activities. Parents have the opportunity to offer suggestions for school conflicts. Parents can also use this time to teach table manners. Waiting until everyone sits down before eating, using a napkin, chewing food with a closed mouth, and swallowing one bite of food before putting another in their mouth are important, basic lessons that will carry into adulthood. Keep relationships strong and communication open by sharing a meal with your family.
All About Asters
If you are looking for a pretty, colorful, and easy-to-grow flower, look no further that the aster.
They like full sun, moist soil, and bloom in late summer. These daisy-like blossoms come in pink, blue, purple, and many other colors making them appealing to butterflies, bees, and humans.
On September 21,1982 President Ronald Reagan declared September as National Sewing Month. Dressmaking with patterns began in the mid-nineteenth century by a woman named Ellen Demorest. She along with her sister and husband developed printed patterns in a variety of sizes. In 1865, their thriving business employed over 200 women. The business declined when Ebenezer Butterick copied and patented her method of design. Ellen Demorest is forgotten as the first dress pattern designer, while the Butterick brand continues to be successful.
Will You Be My Honey Bee?
Enjoy this sweet taste during National Honey Month. There are more than 300 varieties of honey available in the U.S., and it is the only food produced by insects that humans eat. Honey is composed of fructose, glucose and water. The flowers the honeybee visits determines the flavor. Honey’s healing properties include; relief from coughing, treatment of minor burns and scrapes, alleviating depression and fatigue, and reducing cholesterol.
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup honey
2 1/2 cups whole wheat baking mix
Combine milk, honey, and egg. Mix thoroughly. Add baking mix and stir only until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon into greased muffin cups and bake 400 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes.
A Darling Doll
We all know and love the striped leg, red-yarn hair, black-eyed doll with a big smile. Raggedy Ann celebrates another birthday on September 7. She was created by Johnny Gruell for his daughter, Marcella in 1915. After Marcella’s sad and untimely death, the doll was used as a symbol of rebellion against vaccinations. An authentic Raggedy Ann doll has the words, “I Love You” encircled with a heart on her chest. For over one hundred years, millions of these sweet dolls have been sold and loved.