Happy Feb. 2! 4 Holidays!
There is a lot going on: Groundhog Day / Hedgehog Day / Day of the Crêpes/ Superbowl Sunday!
You are probably familiar with Groundhog Day, but maybe not Hedgehog Day. :) Groundhog Day actually grew out of Hedgehog Day. Hedgehog Day actually predates Groundhog day by a lot!
What is Hedgehog Day?
"Apparently Hedgehog Day dates all the way back to the Romans. They looked to see if a hedgehog saw his shadow in the moonlight. If so, he’d return to his burrow and winter would hold on for six more weeks."
In North America, we celebrate Groundhog Day because hedgehogs aren't native to North America.
I have already made hedgehog-shaped foods for some reason, haha. Hedgehogs are cute. :) Check it out.
Cute Cookies: Hedgehogs
Grilled Cheese Soup Hedgehog Bread
What is Groundhog Day?
"Groundhog Day (Pennsylvania German: Grund'sau dåk, Grundsaudaag, Grundsow Dawg, Murmeltiertag; Nova Scotia: Daks Day) is a popular tradition celebrated in Canada and the United States on February 2nd. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog (Marmota monax, also called "woodchuck"; Deitsch: Grundsau, Grunddax, Dax) emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early. While the tradition remains popular in modern times, studies have found no consistent correlation between a groundhog seeing its shadow or not and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather.
The weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas where the badger (German: Dachs) is the forecasting animal. This appears to be an enhanced version of the lore that clear weather on the Christian Holy Day of Candlemas forebodes a prolonged winter.
What are crêpes?
"A crêpe (pronounced /kreɪp/, French IPA: [kʀɛp]) is a type of very thin, cooked pancake usually made from wheat flour. The word, like the pancake itself, is of French origin, deriving from the Latin crispa, meaning "curled." While crêpes originate from Brittany, a region in the northwest of France, their consumption is nowadays widespread in France and is considered the national dish. Crêpes can be compared to the African injera, the tortilla, the Indian dosa and the Mexican sope. Crêpes often have a fruit filling of syrup, mixed berries, fresh fruit or lemon cream."
I decide to make them for Feb. 2 post since it is called the "Day of the Crepe".
What is The Day of Crêpes?
"The Catholic holiday of Candlemas, celebrated every year on February 2, is a feast of crêpes that are meant to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus."
"February 2 is known as le jour des crêpes (‘the day of crepes’) and folks make crepes, and apparently most make them for dinner. In the beginning it was a religious holiday.
It is also known as La Chandeleur (‘the return of the light’), because it symbolizes that Spring is on it's way. the crepe looks looks like the sun and reminds us that the cold winter will soon be over.
Some say it is the French Groundhog Day." I thought this was funny and decided to draw a groundhog in Nutella on the crepe.
I also made a cookie and cupcake shaped as a Ground Hog coming out of its burrow.
It's the annual championship game of the NFL.
"According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is America's "second-largest food consumption day." (Only Thanksgiving Day beats it.)"
Here is a link to the wearegoodatthis Pinterest board with Snack & Appetizer ideas, which are good for Super Bowl, but really any time. I like to eat appetizers for lunch & dinner too. :) Some are ones I have made and others are ones I found on Pinterest.