March and the Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

[box] “The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face. The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved. The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst. It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.” – M. Romeo LaFlamme, The First of March [/box]

So we all took the giant ‘LEAP’ and landed safely (hopefully) in March. That’s right it’s March 1st the somewhat sleepy month that serves to lead us from winter to spring, with little fanfare but tiny signs of new life popping up all over.  For some of Christian faith, March signifies Lent and is a recognition of sacrifice and renewal, while for others it might usher in another birthday celebration or family vacation; but did you know the month of March actually comes with some interesting history?

  • The word ‘March’ comes from the Roman ‘Martius’. This was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war.
  • March used to be the beginning of our calendar year. We changed to the ‘New Style’ or ‘Gregorian’ calendar in 1752, and it is only since then the year began on 1st January.
  • The Anglo-Saxons called the month Hlyd monath which means Stormy month, or Hraed monath which means Rugged month.
  • On March 3rd – Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone was born in 1847
  • On March 15th – This date was the ‘Ides of March’ in the Roman calendar. This meant it was the day on which the month was divided into two equal parts. Julius Caesar was murdered on this date in 44 BC.
  • On March 29th – Coca-Cola was introduced in 1886.            (Courtesy of Facts about March)

March 1st is also sure to please our legume lovers, as it is always National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!  For those who do not suffer from peanut allergies this can be a deliciously sticky day enjoying your favorite peanut butter concoctions.

Here is a quick and easy, gluten-free recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies that will satisfy the heavenly chocolate and peanut butter mix so many of us crave:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Courtesy of Deliciously Organic and Adapted from Eating Clean)

Yields about 16 cookies

1 cup salted natural peanut butter
3/4 cup organic whole cane sugar or sucanat
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Stir together all ingredients until incorporated. Spoon cookie dough using a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9 minutes. Store in an airtight container.