July is National Ice Cream Month

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Mmmm. Ice cream. There are endless ways to enjoy this frozen treat — in a bowl with berries, on a cone with sprinkles, with exotic ingredients like blue cheese and olive oil, or simply with a spoon straight from the tub  — just let your imagination roam. Ice cream has a magical appeal during the summer months, so on July 9, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed into law two resolutions — one declaring July as National Ice Cream Month and the other declaring the 3rd Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day.

The National Day Calendar website has some fun facts about this beloved treat:

  • Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat. They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in cool underground chambers known as “yakhchal,” or taken from the snowfall that remained at the top of the nearby mountains.
  • It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
  • Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson all enjoyed ice cream.
  • 1813 – First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
  • 1832 – African American confectioner Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
  • 1843 – Philadelphian Nancy Johnson received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
  • 1920 – Harry Burt put the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the USA. Below is that recipe provided by the Library of Congress. The transcript is word for word for ease of following along.

Ice Cream RecipeIce cream
2 bottles of good cream.
6 yolks of eggs.
1/2 lb. sugar
mix the yolks & sugar
put the cream on a fire in a casserole, first putting in a stick of Vanilla.
when near boiling take it off & pour it gently into the mixture of eggs & sugar.
stir it well. put it on the fire again stirring
it thoroughly with a spoon to
prevent it’s sticking to the casserole.
when near boiling take it off and
strain it thro’ a towel.
put it in the Sabottiere
then set it in ice an hour before
it is to be served. put into the
ice a handful of salt.
put ice all around the Sabottiere
i.e. a layer of ice a layer of salt
for three layers.
put salt on the coverlid of the
Sabotiere & cover the whole with ice.
leave it still half a quarter of an hour.
then turn the Sabottiere in the
ice 10 minutes
open it to loosen with a spatula
the ice from the inner sides of
the Sabotiere.
shut it & replace it in the ice.
open it from time to time to detach the ice from the sides.
when well taken (prise) stir it
well with the Spatula.
put it in moulds, justling it
well down on the knee.
then put the mould into the same bucket of ice.
leave it there to the moment of serving it.
to withdraw it, immerse the
mould in warm water,
turning it well till it
will come out & turn it
into a plate.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2019 — Free to Download

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Originally called Quintilis (for the fifth month of the 10-month Roman calendar), July was renamed by the Roman Senate in honor of Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth.
Flower: Larkspur
Birthstone: Ruby

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Canada Day (Canada)
4 – Independence Day
6 – Dalai Lama’s Birthday
14 – Bastille Day (France)
16 – Guru Purnima (Hindu)

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Dog Days of Summer

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The long, hot days of summer are rising before us and bring many opportunities for adventures with our courageous canine companions. But why do some call this period the dog days of summer? Well, as with many things, we have the Greeks to thank. But let’s look at the timing of the days first.

Various computations of the dog days in the northern hemisphere have placed their start anywhere from July 3 to August 15 and lasting for anywhere from 30 to 61 days depending upon latitude.

To understand more about the origins of the name, here’s an excerpt from a wonderful post by Becky Little from National Geographic:

The “dog days,” I always thought, were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around panting.

Many people today use the phrase to mean something like that—but originally, the phrase actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year.

So, did the Greeks get it right? Are the dog days, around when Sirius rises, really the hottest days of the year?

Although July and August are generally known as the hottest months of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the hottest period can vary from year to year. And depending on your latitude, the astronomical dog days can come at different times.

There’s another reason that the dog days don’t correspond neatly with the heat: the stars in Earth’s night sky shift independently of our calendar seasons.

“Our Earth is like a spinning top,” said Bradley Schaefer, professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University. “If you toss it onto a table, after it slows down … the pointing direction of the top will slowly go around in circles.” Similarly to a top, “the Earth’s rotation is kind of wobbling around.”

“The calendar is fixed according to certain events, but the stars have shifted according to the way that the Earth wobbles,” said Larry Ciupik, astronomer at Adler Planetarium and director of the Doane Observatory. “So in about 50-some years, the sky shifts about one degree.”

This means that the dog days of ancient Greece aren’t the dog days of today. What it also means is that several millennia from now, this astrological event won’t even occur during the summer.


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World Environment Day 2019

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World Environment Day (June 5) is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”. You can read more on their website.

TREES logoIn honor of this special day, we wanted to share an update from our tree planting partner. Trees for the Future has removed 39,725 metric tons of carbon from the air since 2015. They have planted 180 million trees around the globe over the past 30 years, fighting air pollution one tree at a time. In 2015 they shifted to the Forest Garden Approach and began calculating just how much carbon is removed with each planting. Each Forest Garden is made up of thousands of trees and can sequester about 62.8 tons of carbon over a 20-year period.


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June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June was named either for Juniores, the lower branch of the Roman Senate, or for Juno, wife of the Roman god Jupiter.
Flower: Rose
Birthstone: Pearl

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
5 – Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)
5 – World Environment Day
6 – Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
9 – Pentecost (Christian)
9 – Shavuot (Jewish)
12 – Loving Day
14 – Flag Day
16 – Father’s Day
16 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
17 – Saka Dawa (Tibetan Buddhist)
19 – Juneteenth
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – Litha (Pagan/Wiccan)
21 – Summer Solstice
24 – St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

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May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have 31 days. May is also the month with the shortest name.
Flower: Lily of the Valley and the common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), also known as “may blossom.”
Birthstone: Emerald

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)
1 – May Day
2 – Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
5 – Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
6 – Ramadan Begins (Islamic)
12 – Mother’s Day
17 – Bike to Work Day
18 – Armed Forces Day
18 – Vesak (Buddhist)
20 – Victoria Day (Canada)
27 – Memorial Day Observed
29 – Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
30 – Ascension (Christian)
31 – Lailatul Qadr (Islamic)

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Celebrate your daily adventures with the whimsical and uplifting artwork of Katie Daisy as your companion. Each month of this special-edition planner begins with a captivating two-page color spread of illustrations in Katie’s signature watercolor style.

  • 5″ x 7″ weekly planner (10″ x 7″ open).
  • 17-month calendar — August 2019 through December 2020 — perfect for school and academic planning.
  • From the creator of the New York Times best-selling book How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide.
  • Thoughtfully-crafted wildflowers, butterflies, birds, and nature textures guide you through the weeks.
  • Great for students, teachers, parents, and anyone seeking creative inspiration.
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  • Monthly 2-page-spread views facilitate big-picture planning.
  • Weekly spreads with ample writing space.
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  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world’s major religions.
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During 2018, Amber Lotus Publishing funded the planting of another 125,000 trees. This brings the growing number to 875,000 trees planted since 2008. The trees planted in 2018 are about 52 times greater than the estimated 2,370 trees used to produce our 2018 product line (which includes our 2019 calendars). We have committed to planting an additional 125,000 trees in 2019.

We are honored to work with Trees for the Future to replenish the resources used in crafting our products. TREES is a non-profit agroforestry resource center that helps communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia restore tree cover to their lands. TREES has planted over 149 million trees since 1989.

What began as a simple strategy to offset the number of trees used to produce our products has morphed into a fundamental component of our ongoing mission to embrace the concepts of Right Livelihood and mindful living. As our president Lawson Day says, “We intend to continue planting as many trees as we can for as long as we can.”

Thank you for purchasing our calendars, greeting cards, coloring books, and journals. And for being a part of our mission.


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