October 2017 IncSmart Newsletter
It’s time for the annual school reunion. Call your old classmates and get together for your once a year party. The most fun about having your own class reunion is because it’s just a small intimate party between old school buddies.
Wear your letterman sweater or your old jersey.
Homecoming celebrations includes parties, bonfires, the pep rallies, crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, the parade with this years royalty in convertibles, singing your school song with the marching band, and then the all important football game as the focal point. And don’t forget, it is more than just a homecoming game. It is a fierce rivalry that has raged on for many years.
Touchdowns ... fight songs ... cheerleaders ... food. What's a football game without a tailgate party? Of course tailgating is much more than food and drink. It's about bringing together friends and family.
Tailgate Party Preparation Tips
- Prepare foods ahead of time.
Great American Hamburger
Great American Hotdog
Chicago Dog - Poppy seed bun, pickle spears and quartered tomatoes.
Break out the beer steins and slip into those lederhosen! The world’s largest beer party in your back yard. Overindulge in beer and bratwurst. 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese were married. A celebration was held to mark the event in a field outside Munich. It wasn't, at that point, a beer festival, but more of a fair. Well, some savvy Bavarians figured they were onto a good thing, and repeated the festival each year after that. Danke.
Columbus Day honors the explorer Christopher Columbus, who first landed in the New World on October 12, 1492. While Columbus’ nationality has never been positively identified, many believe he was of Italian descent, and throughout the nineteenth century, Italian-Americans held celebrations in cities across the United States to honor his memory. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed October 12, Columbus Day. President Richard Nixon later declared Columbus Day a national holiday to be observed the second Monday of each October.
It’s all about the pasta!
Boil water n a large pot - some pots have strainers inside, and when pasta is done you simply lift out the strainer with the pasta. Bring the water to a boil, and salt like the sea. Make sure that ALL of the pasta is submerged in the water. Stir immediately with a wooden spoon or fork to separate the pasta. Cooking times vary. For fresh pasta a few minutes can be enough. For dry pasta 6 - 12 minutes, depending on the shape, your altitude. After 5 minutes, taste a piece or strand - when cooked, it will be just a bit chewy - al dente, or 'to the tooth' - not crunchy, not completely soft. Let your own preference be your guide. Drain and serve. When draining the pasta, pour some of the hot water into the serving bowl to warm, leave some twenty seconds, pour out. Rinse with cold water only if you intend to make a cold pasta salad.
Olive Oil Sauce
Tomato Marinara Sauce
Alfredo Cream Sauce
Witches flying on broomsticks with black cats, ghosts, goblins and skeletons have all evolved as symbols of Halloween. Orange and black is one of the traditional Halloween colors, probably because Halloween festivals and traditions took place at night. In the weeks before October 31, don't forget to decorate windows of houses and schools with silhouettes of witches and cats.
Block and House Parties
Today’ neighborhood parties are called block parties. If the neighborhood does not want to participate, then have a house party. Dress up and masquerade.
OFFICIAL PILLSBURY BAKE-OFF® CONTEST
To enter, go to www.bakeoff.com between 10/1/2017 at 12:00 A.M. CT and 11/10/2017 at 11:59 P.M. CT (“Promotion Period”) and fill out completely the information requested in the online entry form in the English language, including your personal information, your original recipe, and your original story (“Entry”). Entries that do not meet the criteria for both the recipe and story, as described in Section IV, will be disqualified. Entries must be the original content of the entrant. You cannot submit an Entry on someone’s behalf. Acceptance of Entry is not proof that Entry meets the Entry requirements set forth in Section IV. Use of automated processes and devices to submit electronic Entries is not permitted.