Beth Siegalkoff

Today is National Guacamole Day. Usually eaten as a side dish, guacamole has been a part of traditional Mexican cuisine since the time of the Aztecs. Today, the dip, whose name comes from an Aztec dialect Nahuatl and means guacamole sauce, is a popular side dish, salad addition or party dip all around the world.

Guac, as it is informally known in the United States and Canada, is a traditional dish made by mashing avocados and adding tomatoes, garlic, chopped onions, lemon juice or lime juice and a dash of the spice cumin. It is a guilt free addition to any snack or meal.

Since avocados fall under the superfood category, feel free to indulge. Packed full of good fats and nutrients, along with fresh zest of lime or lemon, the dip is flavorful and versatile. For example, add it as a topping on a quesadilla or nachos or tacos, eat it with bacon and eggs for breakfast, spread it on toast or on a sandwich for lunch or just eat it plain with a tortilla chip.

Did you know avocados are also known as an alligator pear because of the texture of its skin?

I think I will make some guacamole tonight and enjoy it with some chips.

It has been a melancholy last few days and days to come. We attended the memorial service last Saturday for a young man who passed away last month. He left behind his parents, a sister and brothers, his baby boy and love of his life. He was kind hearted, hard working, an athlete, an academic and he stood for our flag. We have our memories, but it is sad to think that he is physically out of our lives. But God has a plan when the devil mixes in our business; we just need to be patient and wait on the Lord. At times, easier said than done.

Recipe of the day: Pumpkin cream cheese pie; Flower of the day: Tulips

I love tulips; I try to have them on my table as much as possible. As I wrote before, I do have a bag of tulip bulbs in the refrigerator just waiting for the end of October/the beginning of November to be planted. Looking forward.

One hundred shopping days until Christmas – Yikes, 100 days! It is almost like you want to go out and get some stuff done. The word here is – almost.

With fires all over California, I feel a little guilty about shopping and whining about the smoke when some people have lost everything, thousands have been displaced not knowing what is left of their homes, and people have died. Right now, I just want to hold my family close and be thankful for what I have.

Dates to remember:

Sept. 22 – Autumnal Equinox

Oct. 1 – Full Harvest moon (I made a mistake in September, which was the Full Corn Moon, not the Harvest Moon)

Oct. 12-13 – Quarter Break for the high schools – No school

Oct. 31 – Halloween and October’s Full Hunter’s Moon, also a blue moon