March 23 is National Puppy Day

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Today is National Puppy Day!  The point is to adopt a puppy from a shelter and provide a loving home.  Try adopting a needlepoint puppy design too.  25% off all puppy and dog needlepoint canvases today only.   (I’m almost done stitching the puppy in the image above – I stitched with mohair and angora threads – it’s beautiful and realistic looking, and it doesn’t bark!)

 

March 15 is National Pears Helene Day

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25% off all pear and dessert canvases in honor of National Pears Helene Day.

From www.nationaldaycalendar.com:

March 15th is National Pears Hélène Day.  This food holiday is about the delicious smooth french dessert combining warm poached pears, vanilla ice ream and chocolate sauce.

Pears Helene is a dessert made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crystallized violets. It was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffior and named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach. 

Over time, simpler versions of Pears Hélène have been modified by substituting poached pears with canned pears and the delicate crystallized violets have been replaced with sliced almonds.  These modifications have made it easier for more cooks to prepare this must-have dessert.