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hotbutteredrum

Here in the Mid-Atlantic we’ve already had our share of winter weather. But while it’s mild as we write this, winter is far from over.

That’s why it’s good to celebrate things like National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Sometimes coffee or hot chocolate isn’t quite enough.

Hot buttered rum is a mixed drinking that containes rum, butter, hot water or cider, sweetener, and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves).

The history of this drink dates back to America’s colonial days when shipments of molasses from Jamaica gave the colonists the chance to add some distilled rum and create such beverages as toddies and nogs, and thus hot buttered rum.

If you fancy the chance to try some hot buttered rum, check out this recipe from Epicurious.

Have a favorite hot buttered rum recipe? Share in the comments.

drking

The third Monday of the month is set aside as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to honor the civil rights leader born on January 15, 1929 who was assasinated on April 4, 1968.

Dr. King’s legacy lives on and is a testament to the fact that, while we may not always like our history, we should always remember it.

Here are five American History blogs to peruse:

Civil Rights Law & Policy Blog
Up-to-date news on Civil Rights issues from Editor Andrew M. Ironside. A member of the Law Professor Blogs Network.

Discourse.net
Michael Froomkin Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law writes about contemporary civil rights issues.

Old Virginia Blog
Richard G. Williams, Jr. is an award winning Southern writer, autodidact, tour guide, relic hunter, preservationist, researcher, and raconteur who specializes in Virginia history and the War Between the States.

History and Women
Mirella Sichirollo Patzer offers a compendium of Women’s History and Biographies.

Religion in American History
An expansive and engaging group blog looking at religion in American history and culture.

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Since 1889 Virginia has celebrated the birthday of Robert E. Lee. In 1904 Stonewall Jackson’s name was added. Both men had birthdays in January. The day was celebrated on the third Monday of the month.

But in 1983 the third Monday of January became the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For a time Virginia celebrated the day as Lee-Jackson-King Day.

In 2000 that was changed and now Virginia Celebrates Lee-Jackson Day on the Friday before Martin Luther King. Jr. Day.

Not all localities celebrate Lee-Jackson Day, but state offices are close on both Friday and Monday of that weekend.

Robert E. Lee (January 19, 1807 – october 12, 1870) was the commanding general of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia until such time as he surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia in 1865. Following the war, Lee served as President of what is now Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson (January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863) was perhaps the best known Confederate general after Robert E. Lee. Jackson was accidentally shot by Confederate troops at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863. He lost an arm to amputation and died eight days later from complications of pneumonia.

Both Lee and Jackson are honored with statues along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue.

History isn’t always pretty, but it’s always worth remembering.

Soups for Winter

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Baby, it’s cold outside.

Nothing quite warms you up on a winter day like a nice hot bowl of soup. Here are a few resources to find some great winter soups.

The 54 Most Delish Winter Soups & Stews
Delish

Gorgeous Winter Soups Recipes
Jamie Oliver

Winter Soups and Stews Recipes
Allrecipes

Winter Soups
Martha Stewart

8 Perfect-for-Winter Soup Recipes
Real Simple

Have a favorite winter soup recipe (or two)? Share them in the comments.

Building Your Portfolio

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Event Planning has a great video and comments about eight things you can do to build your event planning portfolio.

It’s a great resource. Check it out.

houseplants

So, that poinsettia might still be hanging around from Christmas, but let’s be real that Norfolk Pine or Rosemary bush you picked up at the supermarket is looking pretty dry.

Still, today is Houseplant Appreciation Day.

You may have moved them out of the way to accommodate your holiday decor. But now is the time to give them the winter love they need.

Houseplants give your home a warm, cozy feel, they help clean the air, and they can remind you that winter won’t last forever.

Need some help finding the right houseplants for your home? Check out these articles.

The 15 easiest indoor house plants that won’t die on you
TODAY

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality
Mother Nature Network

24 of the Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow
Better Homes and Gardens

What are your favorite houseplants and tips for growing them? Share in the comments.

eventblogs

What better way to learn the business than to follow those who are already making a go at it? Here are five event planning blogs we like. You should follow them as well.

Endless Entertainments is a nationwide event production company. Will Currant was still in high school back in 2007 when he started planning events learning along the way. After heading to Arizona State University by the end of 2010 Endless Entertainment was becoming one of the largest production companies in the Southwest.

Event Manager Blog is a great resource for trends in the event industry, especially technology, innovation, and education. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out this is a great resource.

Thoughtfully Simple. Tori Tait offers great creative ideas for planners on a budget. Check out her DIY ideas, her cocktail recipes and more. Tori’s goal is to “inspire you to tap into your creative confidence, one simple step at a time.”

Planning Forever Events is focused on weddings, which can be a great place to start your planning career. But even the experience planner can find some great ideas here.

Weditorial is another blog that focuses a lot on weddings, but there are also great party ideas to be found here and great ideas for entertaining at home.

Have a favorite event blog? Share it in the comments.