It takes courage and faith to do great things. The Founding Fathers of the United States definitely had both, since they dared commit what was considered treason and could be punished by death, but managed to open a new page in the world’s history and unite a new nation.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved and 12 colonies adopted the original draft of the actual Declaration of Independence, composed mostly by Thomas Jefferson.

Before we begin, let’s check what astronomy has to tell us this year. With the latest advances in space research and rocketry, it’s almost impossible to miss what’s happening high up above our heads.

History tells us that in the 4th century AD, it was established that Easter Sunday had to fall on or immediately follow the full moon right after the March Equinox. Additionally, the date of the holiday must be taken as the 14th day of the lunar month, the time period between two new moons. History also tells us that the beginning of spring is marked by day and night on Earth being equal length.

February 14 smells of roses, chocolate, and perfume. This special day is one full of beautiful music, the most important words we can ever tell our loved ones, and great food.

From dawn to dusk of this holiday, we feel special, inspired, and hopeful. Even the fact that Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, right in the middle of another workweek, won’t get us down. On the contrary, it means that we can have a little celebration on Wednesday and a slightly bigger one on the weekend.

There always must be something to remind us about miracles that happened to us. And there always must be something to give us some time for enjoying those pleasant memories. It looks like nothing could combine these two features more perfectly than some festival. Such as Chanukah.

Even our early preparations for this holiday seem to be pervaded with an unexplainable expectation of a wonder. It comes to you while you’re looking for the best place to put a menorah, or when you’re anticipating the family reunion. You can feel it while purchasing presents for your dearest and nearest, or when planning a menu for a lavish Chanukah dinner.

Now think about your warmest memory of or association with Thanksgiving Day. Got it? Then try to keep this image in your mind for a while and feel the warmth and comfort filling the space around you.

Can you smell your favorite apple pie? Or do you see yourself and your family sitting on the sofa and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, while the stuffed turkey is peacefully cooking in the kitchen? This November be ready to add a new portion of pleasing impressions to your Thanksgiving Day memories collection!

If you have not crossed a hearty summer-inspired picnic off your to-do list yet, the first Monday of the coming September is going to be the right date to go for one. And if you have already crossed it off…Well, nothing can prevent you from adding it to the list again and planning it for September 4th! Have you already guessed what the occasion is?

Right, it is Labor Day! Plus one day off to wave friendly goodbye to the summer 2017, remember its brightest moments, and toast it for them.

Can you remember these words? “Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land praise the power that hath made and preserved us as nation!” Right, these lines are taken from “The Star-Spangled Banner”, from the last verse, to be precise.

More than 500 years ago the expedition headed by Christopher Columbus reached the islands of the today Caribbean Sea. On October 12th, 1492, the experienced Italian navigator is believed to step on the solid ground of the New World. Although he himself was sure that he found another shipping route to the desirable coasts of India, this fact did not prevent the U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress from proclaiming October 12th a federal holiday in 1937. Since 1970 until nowadays Columbus Day has been celebrated on the second Monday of October.

Mushrooms are a type of funghi. There are many different varieties, including those that can be picked in the wild, as well as cultivated mushrooms that are generally sold as buttons, cups or flats according to age. Large flat (Portobello) mushrooms have more flavour than young buttons, and chestnut mushrooms tend to have a slightly stronger taste and firmer, meatier texture than ordinary white ones. Here is a low-carb treat, ready in 5 mins.

That was the day when in the great book of the world’s history a new page was opened, and a new chapter was begun! It proclaimed the “self-evident truths” that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. These lines refer to, probably, the most important and marvelous document in the American history – the Declaration of Independence, written largely by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the Founding Fathers of the United States of America on July 4, 1776, that is to say, exactly 240 years ago.

Summer picnic recipe: fresh, healthy and incredibly tasty!

When salty prosciutto meets sweet melon, it's a match made in appetizer heaven.