July is the National Month of All These Things | Robyns.World

Need more reasons to celebrate in the month of July? There are plenty of things related to July being the national month of…

National Anti-Boredom Month
National Baked Bean Month
National Blueberry Month
National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
National Culinary Arts Month
National Horseradish Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month
National Picnic Month
National Watercolor Month

National Anti-Boredom Month

Well this one is easy enough to fix just by celebrating all the rest of the fun events during the month of July!

Bored Cat

National Baked Bean Month

Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot. I remember growing up with my grandma, aunt, and dad all singing the bean song. It cracks me up every time I hear it still. All kinds of beans are good, but I must say baked beans are one of my very favorite bean dishes. Baked beans are especially wonderful with BBQ in the summer I think. I like them cold better than hot even and they are awesome on top of my favorite BBQ hamburgers. Do you have a favorite way to enjoy baked beans or a special recipe for them?

Baked Beans Are Delicious on BBQ Hamburgers | Robyns.World

National Blueberry Month

Another delicious way to celebrate in July is with blueberries for National Blueberry Month. These wonderful fruits have virtually no fat, they are full of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese and they are great for your heart and brain. I’ve got a great blueberry infographic that tells you just about everything you wanted to know about them plus a recipe for grilled blueberry pork chops.

blueberriesNational Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Most of us have been guilty of being a bit impolite with our cell phone usage at some time or another, although I do think most of us strive to be more thoughtful. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month to bring awareness to those little annoying things you might be doing and have forgotten that it was a bit rude. Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Don’t ignore those you are with in person by immediately answering your phones calls or notifications. Be present in the moment and politely excuse yourself if you must use your phone.
  • If you are by yourself in public and want to play a game on your phone, watch video, listen to music, or the like please turn the volume off or use headphones. Sound from the phones is very different to the people at the next table and very annoying. This goes for your children as well.
  • Make a habit to turn your phone to silent when going to meetings, movies, church, or other similar places to avoid those embarrassing and distracting calls and notifications in quite places.

National Culinary Arts Month

July is also the time to celebrate all the chefs and cooks in your world for National Culinary Arts Month. If you dine out this month, be sure to let the chef know you appreciate their hard work in making delightful foods. Taking a local cooking class would also be a fun way to celebrate this foodie holiday. Check your local grocery store, kitchen stores, restaurants, and colleges for upcoming classes. You can also celebrate by binge watching all the past seasons of Top Chef on Hulu. Do you have a favorite celebrity chef?

The Swedish Chef

National Horseradish Month

Perk up your taste buds with some fresh horseradish to celebrate National Horseradish Month this July. Horseradish is actually a root and in tact it does not really have any aroma, once you cut or grate it though the flavor explodes. It is a wonderful condiment to use on meats, especially beef. If you cannot find fresh horseradish root to grate yourself just look for “prepared horseradish” at the store. This is just grated horseradish preserved in vinegar and it will last a long time in the fridge. Collinsville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, is also the horseradish capitol of the world.

fresh horseradish

National Hot Dog Month

In 2016, US consumers spent $2.4 billion on hot dogs at supermarkets. That is nearly 1 billion pounds of hot dogs. The summer months make up 38% of sales which is one of the reasons National Hot Dog Month is celebrated in July each year. Check out the hot dog infographic for even more statistics.

Got some hot dog jokes, puns or limericks? The NHDSC is running a hot dog humor contest until July 12, 2017 with the grand prize of a $250 gift card plus more. Good luck!

Now for the big question… Do you prefer mustard or ketchup on your hot dogs?

 

hot dogNational Ice Cream Month

July is also National Ice Cream Month! You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! This is a staple in our house, and while we do like flavored ice creams, we tend to buy vanilla most of the time so we can pair it up with all sorts of toppings. And yes, I have an ice cream infographic if you are interested. If you are having a get together soon may I suggest an ice cream bar? You put out a big tub of vanilla ice cream and lots of different toppings and let your guests make their dessert however they want – always a big hit at my family gatherings. You can also take a little extra time to decorate ice cream cones and waffle bowls for any holiday – it adds such a nice and personal touch for your guests and you can do it ahead of time. Grilled fruit is also a wonderful topping for ice cream, like my grilled plums with port wine sauce.

What is your favorite topping or way to eat ice cream? What is your favorite flavor?

vanilla ice cream

National Picnic Month

Who’s ready to go out on a picnic? This is not something I always like to do, but it is something I like to do at least a couple of times per year. There is just something fun about packing up a lunch and eating outside on a blanket under your favorite tree. Take some time in July to celebrate National Picnic Month with your family. Pack up a picnic basket full of your yummy treats and head off to your favorite park, pick out a glorious tree, spread out a blanket and enjoy! Be sure to make sure you are keeping your foods safe during picnics and summer outdoor eating. Don’t forget some fun games for the family to play after you chow down on your picnic.

picnic
How will you celebrate this July?

Robyn