National Peanut Butter and National Compliment Day–January 24, 2019

peanut butter and jelly sandwichUnbeknownst to me when I decided to have peanut butter toast rather than cereal for breakfast, today is National Peanut Butter day.  Although it is also National Compliment Day, I do not need to be complimented for inherently realizing that today was National Peanut Butter day.

From Holidays Calendar:

National Peanut Butter Day is a holiday which falls annually on January 24th and celebrates the tasty food spread made from grinding up the legume Arachis hypogaea. It’s a food paste that’s been enjoyed since the 19th century. Today, it’s used to make everything from the iconic peanut butter & jelly sandwich to peanut butter cookies, cakes, and chocolate bars. This is the second peanut butter based holiday celebrated in the U.S. The second one is called National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and is celebrated on March 1st.

george washington carverAlthough George Washington Carver is famous for his work with peanuts, peanut butter has been around much longer than that.  George Washington has also been credited with inventing peanut butter but the invention dates back to the Incas.

Technically speaking, peanut butter can be traced all the way back to about 1500 B.C. This is when Incas ground peanuts down to make a paste. However, many historians don’t consider this to be when peanut butter was invented because that original concoction was less like the butter of today and more like a paste. There is also the fact that they often ground the peanuts up with maize and put the resulting product in a drink. The Aztecs also ground peanuts into a paste they used to treat toothaches.

What is your favorite peanutbutter dish? Is the the ubiquitos pb&j? Peanut butter fudge, cake, icecream. Do you prefer creamy or crunchy? Homemade/natural which separates at room temperature or homogenous which always keeps it’s original form?

In honor of National Compliment Day, practice a random act of kindness (RAK).  Compliment someone on their appearance, a parent or a child for the child’s lovely behavior, a server who has provided exceptionally good service, a member of the miltary or a veteran for their service to our country.  Give a friendly wave or a nod and smile to a pedestrian who looked both ways before crossing the street or the driver who let you merge during rush hour.  Come up with your own list of compliments you have given or received today.