Make ’em, don’t bake ’em!

Make ’em, don’t bake ’em!

You may not have realized that today is a very special day, but it is!

It’s National Cookie Day! Yes, I do keep my eye on such things!

Yes, you’re very welcome!

I made cookies in honor of N.C.D., and they’re my total favorites. They’re a chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal cookie!

And it’s a no-bake recipe!

I know that some of you may not have realized that there are ways to make cookies–and very good ones, at that–without firing up the oven at all.

But there are ways! And I’m quite serious when I say that this is my fav cookie recipe, bar none!

I hope you’ve done something special for this celebration! You might be like me and enjoy home baking.

If that’s not the way to go today, why not stop by your favorite bakery and come back with a dozen delights of your choosing?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a celebration to get to! I just need to pour a glass of milk and I’ll be good to go!

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Today is the day! And I certainly do want to wish one and all a most happy Thanksgiving Day!

As I write this, I’m reminded that I do have much for which to be grateful. It’s a pretty long list, but suffice to say life has treated me pretty well.

I’m so aware today that many folks have not had fortune smile on them much; my thoughts go out to them today.

I’m thinking that most of you will, at some time today, reflect on your blessings. That’s a good thing. And not only on this day that invites us, so to speak, to do that.

It’s a good habit to cultivate throughout the year.

 

Feeling grateful today, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

The banner photo is not Ben’s. He believes it to be covered under Fair Use.

 

Let’s Celebrate! Catnip for everyone!

Let’s Celebrate! Catnip for everyone!

I’m happy to let you know that today is National Cat Day!

I’m a long-time admirer and lover of cats. And although I don’t have one sharing my life now, I’ve been exploring ways to get a cat back into the picture for some time.

The main reason this day was declared is to highlight the need to adopt cats all over our feline-loving nation. That job goes on every day of the year, of course, but focusing on that today would be a very good thing indeed.

If you’d like to visit a site that’s all about giving a forever home to one of our furry friends, here’s a link to adoptapet.com where you can learn more, see some very cute specimens of felinity and even get the wheels turning if you’re ready.

And if you’re not familiar with AdoptaPet.com, they are the largest non-profit agency in America devoted to adopting homeless cats and dogs.

Enjoy National Cat Day! And if you’re already sharing your life with Whiskers, Tigger or Smokey, give ’em an extra ear-scratchin’ for me, would you?

 

 

Cat-fancier “Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Featured photo of Riley B. Kitty by Benjamin Basile

 

 

 

Only One Breakfast Choice Today

Only One Breakfast Choice Today

I found out last night that today is National Pancake Day. So, of course, this puppy was going to have pancakes for breakfast no matter what!

As it turned out, I had no milk in the house, so I ended up at my favorite eatery in the whole wide world. That would be Cracker Barrel.

Here’s the disclosure: I do work there, so you might think that’s what’s behind my glowing recommendation.

But that’s not the case. I did not come to love it after working there; I work there because I loved the place.

I love everything about it. The food, the distinctive Southern theme and ambience. The consistently excellent service. Love it all.

And the yummy pancakes are a part of that!

Now, it doesn’t matter at all how or where you celebrate National Pancake Day! I care not one whit about that. IHOP and Perkins would also be excellent choices today!

But you must shove pancake matter and some awesome flavor of syrup into your pie hole before the clock strikes midnight!

You simply must!

And if you’re not sure where you want to get in on the fun, remember Cracker Barrel is open until 10 PM and we serve breakfast right up until we turn off the grill!

 

 

Full of pancakes and contentment, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Additional note: this blog posting is based on my own impressions and opinions of a well-known and well-loved American restaurant chain and is not any kind of official communication from CBOCS Inc.

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

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National Wildlife Day is…

National Wildlife Day is…

National Wildlife Day is… well, it’s complicated!

September 4th has been the day to commemorate National Wildlife Day each year, having been established back in 2005 by animal behaviorist Colleen Paige.

As you may know, there’s no shortage of days to celebrate a million different causes; many of them help mightily to get people’s minds, hearts and contributions focused on an event or a cause; some of them are very worthy, indeed.

National Wildlife Day would fall very close to the top of this dog’s list! It’s an occasion that’s very, very close to my heart.

So Colleen Paige, the founder of this noteworthy day, came to believe that, moving forward, it would be advantageous to celebrate the day on February 22nd to honor the memory of Australian zookeeper and conservationist Steve Irwin on his birthday.

Mr. Irwin, admired and loved by so many in the conservation community, entered the world on February 22nd of 1962. So he would have turned 56 this last February had he not died unexpectedly on September 4th of 2006. Yes, that was exactly 12 years ago today. 

Yes, it is complicated! To sum up where we stand with the celebration of National Wildlife Day right now: today is the day we’ve been celebrating NWD for the last 13 years. It’s the first September 4th since the change was declared, so although “thee day” will be coming around next February 22nd, five and a half months from now, it’s still an awesome thing to celebrate wildlife, advocate for policies and things that make it easier for wildlife and even throw some dollars in that direction, right now, today!

Visit the page for this fine and extremely worthy commemoration by  clicking here.

The World Wildlife Fund is a very well-known org doing fine work in this area. I’ve supported them and invite you to visit their site today.

Partnering with local zoos and wildlife parks is another effective way to help expand your awareness about wildlife and to help them survive and thrive!

If, like me, you’re in the Central Florida region, you may want to visit the sites for the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford or the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne by clicking in the appropriate places above.

Happy National Wildlife Day! Sort of!

 

Doing what I can for the cause today, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

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Thoughts on Labor Day 2018

First of all, let me wish all my friends–especially those of you who work for a paycheck–a very happy and relaxing Labor Day!

I come from a long line of working people. My grandfather was a mason and marble contractor in New York City in the period between the two World Wars.

It was a common trade for Sicilians and he was good at it.

I was the first in my family to graduate from college but it never became a defining factor in my working life. I’ve only held two jobs in the many years since graduation where my degree was a consideration and I’ve mostly worked in the hospitality industry.

That’s very common, as you no doubt know, for people here in Florida.

I most certainly am in that large category of American workers who depend on that paycheck and would have dismal prospects if or when their gig and that precious check it generates ever stop.

I don’t get this awesome holiday off every year, but am off today by shear dumb luck; I’m feeling mellow and relaxed as I type this. The Yankees are playing the A’s on the tube right now; sports are happening all day and night today!

Having said that, I do agree with folks who encourage us to think about the meaning behind these “3-day weekend” kind of holidays. Days like Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day, too! We’re inclined to see them merely as another cool day off with a barbecue and/or a beach trip.

It’s a wonderful thing that we do have a day to commemorate the American worker–and maybe even give him or her the day off–as having such a day was never a given but was, in fact, born from the darkest days the American worker had ever seen.

If you’d like to peruse an interesting and informative piece about Labor Day and what it’s all about, just click on this.

I am so ridiculously mellow and care-free today as I relax, blog a bit and watch some sports! I  hope your holiday is going well, too, and that your working life is not a painful dead-end you take part in just to keep your head above water.

But regardless of those particulars, may today and your future have lots of work, purpose and pay! Some happiness, some fulfillment and lots and lots of dinero!

And some leisure time to reflect on work, workers and why it all matters.

 

 

A relaxed puppy today, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

A little post-script: I know the theme of this blog is awesome outdoor adventures, but I’ve opted to stay in because I did work the whole weekend before today, there’s a ton of good sports on TV and I really avoid the crowds you find at beaches and parks over these holidays! But more good outdoor stuff is coming soon!

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile