“NATIONAL NUT DAY”

NATIONAL NUT DAY – October 22

National Nut Day is observed annually on October 22. This day is NOT about the neighbor that lives down the street or the crazy co-worker. It is a food holiday celebrating a healthy and nutritious snack.  

Nuts are a highly prized food and energy source and are a primary source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife.   Many of them are used in cooking, eaten raw, sprouted, or roasted as a snack food and pressed for oil that is used in cookery and cosmetics.

The fats found in nuts, for the most part, are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats.

Many nuts are excellent sources of vitamins E and B2. They are also rich in protein, folate fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium.

Nuts are essential to animals, especially those in temperate climates, as they store acorns and other nuts during the autumn months to keep from starving during late fall, all winter, and early spring.

Several studies have shown that those who consume nuts regularly are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease (CHD).  It was in 1993 that nuts were first linked to protection against CHD. Since that time, many clinical trials have found that consumption of various nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, can lower serum LDL cholesterol concentrations.

One study has shown that people who ate nuts lived two to three years longer than those who did not. Those who were consuming nuts may have been eating less junk food leading to a longer lifespan.

Nuts are healthiest in their raw form.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNutDay

To celebrate National Nut Day, have a snack consisting of raw nuts during the day and try this  Mixed Nut Bars recipe.

Use #NationalNutDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL NUT DAY HISTORY

Liberation Foods Company created National Nut Day as a way to advocate Fairtrade nuts and promote healthy living!


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“Destination MO: Highlights”

Destination MO: Blunt Highlights Top Stops Around the Show-Me State

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) welcomed the Stanley Cup to Capitol Hill & celebrated the St. Louis Blues’ historic win.

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to highlight some of the top destinations in Missouri for a family road trip, including Silver Dollar City, the Gateway Arch National Park, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and more.

If you’re searching for more out-of-the-box date night adventures, there’s plenty more to discover at Gateway Arch National Park. So what are you waiting for? Grab your loved one and get to exploring all that St. Louis has to offer.

Branson’s #1 attraction for over 50 years, Silver Dollar City features six world-class festivals, 30 thrilling rides & attractions, 40 live shows daily, 60 unique shops, a dozen family restaurants and over 100 demonstrating craftsmen.
Travelers’ Choice 2019 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Branson

Bigger than Baseball: Michigan, Vanderbilt and Negro League Baseball Museum to honor David Williams

October 18, 2019

Head Coaches Tim Corbin and Erik Bakich team up with the Negro League Baseball Museum to pay tribute to the late David Williams.


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“GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY”

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY – Third Thursday of Each Quarter (January, April, July, October)

Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). 

When businesses get to know your customers, you also get to know more about what you need to grow. Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. Additionally, they typically knew what you wanted to buy. Not surprisingly, if they didn’t have it, they were willing to get it in for you.

With the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, unfortunately, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Most importantly, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.

Tips to Knowing Your Customer:
  • Ask your customers questions.  – – Find out what services and products they need.
  • Use social media. – –  Get the word out about your specials and new product. Social media is a great tool to find out what your customers like and don’t like about your store. It’s important to respond as quickly as possible. When you do, it will be noticed. remember, fixing a negative customer experience in a positive way can show you stand by your word. In turn, it could transfer into future multiple sales.
  • Follow up on a purchase. – –  Ask your customers how their purchase or service worked for them. Not only will you find out about your product, but you will learn more about your customer and the services they need.
  • Network with other business. – –  Learning and sharing best practices for getting to know customers from other successful businesses will also grow your business.
HOW TO OBSERVE GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. In doing so, you’ll be planting a seed that will flourish! Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY OF GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

We have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day


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“NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY”

National Get Smart About Credit Day on the third Thursday in October annually promotes learning about good credit. It is a national campaign where volunteer bankers help counsel young people on responsible credit habits.

The importance of sound financial management is something that can and should be taught at a young age. Learning healthy credit habits can be one of the most valuable lessons a young person can learn. 

What Affects Credit Scores
  • Amount of debt you carry – –  Paying off the amount you charge to your credit cards each month helps to improve this amount.  Showing that you are reducing debt each month gradually increases your score over time.
  • Age of credit history – –  The older your credit history (and the longer it is in good standing) shows a trend toward reliable financial standing.
  • Reports to collections agencies –  – Any inaccurate reporting to a credit agency needs to be reported immediately.  The sooner you resolve an inaccuracy, the quicker your credit report can be corrected.  Obtain a letter from the collection agency once you have been able to confirm the error and submit it to all the credit reporting agencies.
  • Late payments –  – Any time make a late payment, especially on a credit card or loan, this will be reflected on your credit report. Pay early, pay on time.  If you use your online banking system to make payments, remember to review your banks turn-around-time for payments.  Take their delays into account and schedule accordingly to avoid any late payments.
  • The number of hard inquiries for credit – –  If you are considering a loan for a car or house, each inquiry will be registered on your credit report.  When your credit is in good standing, it doesn’t have a big impact.
  • The number of accounts – –   Opening and closing accounts can have an impact on your credit score. Depending on the number of accounts, the impact on your score could be huge.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GetSmartAboutCreditDay

Make sure you are smart about credit and use #GetSmartAboutCreditDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY HISTORY

In 2003, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Education Foundation originated this National Day.


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“NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY” or “do-over DAY”

NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY – October – 17National Mulligan Day is observed annually on October 17.    

According to the United StIn golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a specific move or action. The day offers an opportunity for giving yourself a second chance or, as some people call it, a “do-over.” 

  According to the United States Golf  Association (USGA), three different stories explain the origin of the term. The first derives from the name of a Canadian golfer, David Mulligan, a one-time manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, who played golf in the 1920s.  A different, later, etymology gives credit to John A. “Buddy” Mulligan, a locker room attendant at Essex Fells C.C., New Jersey, in the 1930s.  Another story, according to author Henry Beard, states that the term comes from Thomas Mulligan, a minor Anglo-Irish aristocrat and a passionate golfer who was born in 1793.

According to the USGA, the term first achieved widespread use in the 1940s.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMulliganDay

We can all think of something that at one point in time, we have said, “I wish I could do that over.”  Celebrate the day by taking your do-over. Also, be considerate and offer a Mulligan to a few friends and neighbors out there. Some days we all deserve it. Use #NationalMulliganDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY HISTORY

C. Daniel Rhodes of Hoover, AL, National Mulligan Day as a way to give everyone a day to have a fresh start.  Along with Mulligan Day, Rhodes created Brother’s Day (May 24) and National Garage Sale Day (Second Saturday in August).


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“Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes”

 

Lisa Lewis

“Delicious, light and fluffy! These taste of Fall, and the crystallized ginger gives then a lovely little zing. Even people who don’t like pumpkin love these cupcakes. These disappear as fast as I can set them out!”

Ingredients

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and crystallized ginger in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

These cupcakes are rich with pumpkin and spices and are moist and delicious.

Footnotes
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier

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