May 25th National Brown Bag It Day

Use to be that brown bagging it was so common you found those brown bags everywhere. Naturally finding them meant someone had forgotten their lunch somewhere and would be scrounging for something to eat come noon time. Brown bag lunches were generally better than anything you could find and buy for lunch during the day that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. When a brown bag was found it was hard to resist opening it to see what someone was missing but good manners generally meant not opening it. That could lead to problems as the days went by when the food inside was starting to rot and smell.

How to celebrate – Start fixing your own lunch to take with you to work or school. Get fancy and buy white bags instead of brown. Make sure to write your name on the bag so you know which one is yours.


November 17th Homemade Bread Day

There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread baking in a house that turns that house instantly into a home. Bread, a basic part of the diet for thousands of years, has been around since 5,000 to 10,000 BC. I know, that’s not narrowing it down a lot but it’s as close as science can get! There’s white bread, wheat bread, rye bread, nearly any kind of grain can be turned into bread, it just depends on your preferences. Today was probably created by the Homemade Bread Day Committee of Montague, WI though no one seems to know for sure.

How to celebrate – Make some bread today. Make some bread for your neighbors. Visit a bakery.

November 17th Homemade Bread Day

Today was created by the Homemade Bread Day Committee of Montague, Mi. No one seems to know exactly when that occurred but since bakers celebrate today by pricing a loaf of bread at 40 cents, the price charged in the 1970’s. There is nothing like the smell of bread baking. It can fill a house with a scent that makes nearly everyone feel better and hungry. I remember visiting a bakery at a Marine base just as they were baking bread for the day. I did not want leave and none of those with me wanted to leave either. If you can remember that scent from one or two loaves being baked at a home imagine a thousand loaves being baked all at the same time.

How to celebrate – Bake some bread today. Visit a bakery today. Thank a Baker.

October 1st Homemade Cookie Day

Is there anything more tempting than a house that smells like homemade cookies being baked? Probably not. In fact, many of the candle companies have tried to copy the scent in candles. Air Fresheners are also made to fill the air with the aroma and many coffee creamers are made to both smell like cookies and taste like them.christmas_cookies_plateful

A house that smells like cookies just screams love. You might also hear the screams of children on a sugar rush as they run wild through the house, but still it’s probably worth it.


Sadly, you can’t send homemade cookies to school with your children anymore. They have to be sealed in a package and purchased from a store. All because some weirdos decided to put things in their homemade cookies that shouldn’t have been there. Seems like these days, people can mess up anything and usually do. Maybe you can buy some cookies from the store and a cookie scented candle to let the children enjoy what we all use to know and love. But wait, no, can’t have fire in schools either.cookies-006-1024x656

And you can’t hand out homemade cookies at Halloween anymore, even though they probably are better for the kids than those bags of candy and a lot more fun than those toothbrushes the boring houses hand out. You can, however, invite people into your house to enjoy your cookies and the scent of them cooking.

Baking cookies is truly becoming a lost art. We just don’t seem to have time to bake them. For those of you that still have the time, here are a few recipes for you to show others how you feel.

How to celebrate – Seriously though, if you have the time bake some cookies and share them with those you love (or like a lot). If you can’t make them yourself, set out a tray of store bought cookies and use some cookie scented air freshener to try and fool them.