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AUGUST HOLIDAYS

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER IN AUGUST:
 
August 7 - My hubby, Gerald's, 47th birthday
August 19- Aviation Day
 
Birth month info for August - birth flower, birthstones and meanings, zodiac signs
 
August birth flowers:  Gladiolos and Poppy
 
Birthstones and meaning:  Peridot and Sardonyx - Married happiness
 
Zodiac signs:  July 22 - August 22 - Leo - The Lion
                            August 22 - September 23 - VIrgo - The Virgin
 
Many kids go back to school this month.  Here's some  sites for some back to school crafts and activities:
 
 
                  http://familycrafts.about.com/ 
 
 
 
RECIPES:
 
Here's some recipes for some good back to school snacks, and some delish iced tea with a touch of "fall" flavor added!
 
PEACH TEA
 
3 orange pekoe tea bags
4 cups cold water
5 (5-ounce) cans peach nectar (about 3 1/3 cups), chilled
1/4 cup chilled simple syrup or to taste

Simple syrup:
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups water

Peach slices for garnish

Place tea bags in a quart-size glass measure or heatproof bowl.

In a saucepan bring water just to a boil and pour over tea bags. Steep tea 5 minutes and strain through a sieve into a heatproof pitcher. Cool tea and chill, covered, until cold, about 1 hour.

Stir in nectar and syrup. Serve tea over ice in tall glasses and garnish with peach slices and basil sprigs.

To make simple syrup: In a saucepan bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring, and boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Let syrup cool and chill, covered. Syrup may be made 2 weeks ahead and chilled, covered.

CHOCOLATEY PEANUT SPREAD

1/2  cup chunky peanut butter
1/4  cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/4  cup chocolate-flavored syrup
1/2  teaspoon vanilla
32   vanilla wafers or 16 graham cracker squares
1  cup assorted fresh fruit such as pineapple chunks, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, and/or sliced apples

Great snack recipes from Kraft, including one for "Morning Munch" that sounds yummy and nutritious:
http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_grid&u1=bytype&u2=6*129