Daily Archives: August 3, 2013

August 4*: Sisters’ Day

I love my sisters!!!

Seriously, I just found out that the first Sunday in August is Sisters’ Day, and I am very excited. I’ve already celebrated Siblings Day and Brothers and Sisters Day, but now we get a day just for the girls. Hannah, Emily, I love you!

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”

Philippians 4:1

August 3: Mustard Day

Happy Mustard Day, everybody! To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never blogged about a condiment before. And while I do love my honey mustard dressing, I’m generally a ketchup girl, as far as condiments go. Still, mustard is so much more than just a hot dog topping.

mustard flowersMustard is apparently a very pretty flower. –>

Mustard seeds make a great seasoning.

Mustard leaves can be used to make a salad.

Mustard can also be used as a pesticide (see here)

Mustard might be usable as biodiesel fuel (here).

mustardIn addition, mustard has a bit of a history. Jesus mentions the mustard plant in all three synoptic gospels. Then, several centuries later, King Richard II’s chefs published a cookbook in 1390 called The Forme of Cury. This book contained a recipe for mustard balls – ground mustard seed made into a ball with flour, cinnamon, and water. These mustard balls could be stored until needed, when they were combined with vinegar or wine to make a paste.

A few hundred years after that, William Shakespeare himself mentioned mustard in his play Henry IV. In other words, this is a condiment with a history behind it! Happy Mustard Day!

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Luke 17:6