CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts!…5th January 2023…The Twelfth Night…


Welcome to “Thursday Thoughts”…today is January 5th 2023…it is also “The Twelfth Night” or Epiphany Eve which is a Christian festival on the last night of the Twelve Days of Christmas, marking the coming of the Epiphany…it also marks the day that if haven’t already that you should take your Christmas decorations down my mother was really hot on that… all decorations had to be taken down by that day.

A popular Twelfth Night tradition was to have a bean and pea hidden inside a Twelfth-night cake; the “man who finds the bean in his slice of cake becomes King for the night while the lady who finds a pea in her slice of cake becomes Queen for the night.” Following this selection, Twelfth Night parties would continue and include the singing of Christmas carols and feasting.

5th January also marks the start of National Soup Month in the US.

Given the wintery weather in many places in January a hot, steaming bowl of soup is always welcome…One of my favourites has always been tomato soup and it still is…Whats your favourite soup?

How about some “Pop Art Soup”

On this day in 1962, Andy Warhol painted the famous Campbell Soup cans. He confessed to drinking Campbell soup for lunch, for 20 years. For the love of soup!

Evidence suggests the existence of soup as far back as 20,000 B.C. Hot rocks and clay vessels were used for cooking soup…Stone soup really does exist…in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Chinantec people used the rocky Mexican terrain to their advantage during the Pre-Ceramic period, according to National Geographic: Large boulders, heated with fire, served as cookware.

On this day in 1765 …The First Soup Shop opened…It was the first Parisian shop to be opened selling soup as an antidote to physical exhaustion…

Did you know..that on the 5th of January 1933 – In California, the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began…

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge took a total of 1,604 days or a little over 4 years and 4 1/2 months and the Bridge opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937.

Time for some music…

1959 Buddy Holly

The record It Doesn’t Matter Anymore was released by Buddy Holly on this day. Ironically, this was the last record before he died in a tragic accident that took his life as well as the life of Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.

Two months after Buddy Holly’s death, his last record had reached as high as number 13 on the hit charts. Holly had written all his own songs and made what later was a standard musician setup of two guitars, a bass, and drums.

When the snow is on the ground it’s always a welcome sight to see the snowdrop which is one of the flowers of January peeking through the snow…

Such a pretty sight the first snowdrops…

That’s all for Thursday Thoughts today you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting every day its because I will be concentrating on working on my cookbooks…the last 2 years have been hard as two of my daughters were diagnosed with cancer,,, Donna has finished her treatment and fingers crossed all is well…Lauren’s treatment is ongoing and still a worry plus my cousin in America has also been diagnosed with breast cancer recently, my dear mother has vascular dementia, my dear sister has Pharyngeal Pouch Dyspagia that although not life-threatening comes with its problems it just seems that every which way I look at it it’s not good so I will be cutting down on blogging and focusing on these books where I can something had to give to allow me to do this I need a focus with everything else that is whirring around…

Plus my trip to the Uk last year disturbed me what with Lauren and my mother and sister plus I lost a dear friend and have a couple of others who are hanging in there …but it made me look at my health and I decided I would be doing everything I could to make sure I stayed healthy and mobile hence I have increased my exercise and have introduced a few other things that I will be blogging about as it may help others… that will start next week…

As always I appreciate your visits and comments…stay well and be happy and kind to yourselves xx

45 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts!…5th January 2023…The Twelfth Night…

  1. dgkaye

    You have certainly had your fill Carol. What a tough year for you and so many of your loved ones. I’m hoping that only goodness and healing will find it’s way to your daughters and mom. Good for you working on cookbooks. It’s always good to have something to keep you’re mind busy too, and writing does that well for me. And yes, it’s always soup time for me. I make up tons of them once fall approaches and winter. Soup = comfort food. May your 2023 be a good one for you! Hugs xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, Debby…Yes, I need something to occupy my mind like my cookbooks …I love soup even when it’s hot outside ..I hope 2023 will be a good year for you too, Debby Hugs xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It certainly has, Sally and yes it’s hard but I need to focus on my cookbooks and my health as worrying doesn’t help anyone …I need to stay positive…Thank you for your support Sally it is much appreciated Hugs xoxo

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  3. camillabcakes

    You and I share a love of soup!! Its my favorite. Thank you for sharing those fun facts! On a different note, I’m very sorry to hear about what your daughters are going through. That must be very difficult for all of you. Sending positive thoughts, wishes, hopes and prayers.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Mine was put away a few days after Xmas a tree doesn’t have the same effect where its sunny and warm as it does when it’s dull and cold 🙂


  4. alexcraigie

    I am truly sorry to hear about the health problems that must be on your mind every waking hour. To have so many at once is shocking and must shift your focus away from the positive at times. Please look after yourself, too. Sending you love over the ether. xxx

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  5. marianbeaman

    I like the story of the Wise Men, who were not present at the manger, as nativity scenes often portray them.

    Yes, our Christmas decorations are put away, and we are enjoying a quieter pace. I often use canned soup as “starters” for my own concoction. However, I don’t use Campbell’s soup because of the high salt content. In the States it’s also available in a low-salt version, thank goodness.

    My best to you and your family in 2023, Carol!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That’s​ good to hear, Marian.. Salt has its place and we need it but not in excess the trouble is people have got used to high quantities of salt and sugar in food and therein lies one of the problems for the​ populations health. Best to you and your family Marian for 2023..x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I love a bowl of soup anytime of the year but its especially good when the temps drop… I’m sure your sister was aware of Epithany Eve I only know because I was raised in the Christan faith and as a sweet little choir girl(smile)​ who sang like a little lark at at all these events I remember them… Happy New Year, Jacqui xoxo

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  6. Darlene

    It has been a tough year for your family. My thoughts are with you. Tonight and tomorrow are very important here in Spain as it is the night the Three Kings (Wise Men) visit the children and leave gifts. I am off to a Three Kings Parade in a few hours. It is a great time! Tomorrow the decorations come down, but never before the Kings visit. Hugs xo

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    Carol, so sorry to read about your family’s healthy problems. You are right that it is important especially in times of stress to prioritize your time. Take good care.

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  8. beetleypete

    Sending positive thoughts for your family’s medical issues, Carol.
    We have given up on Twelfth Night this year, as we didn’t even start Christmas until the 1st of January.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete it never rains but it pours seems apt at the moment…Yes Christmas passed you by this year one way or another but fingers crossed you will have other good times and celebrations this year xoxo

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  9. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    Such a trying year for you Carol, my thoughts are with you and your family in hopes that this year will be a little less stressful. I’m working on my book too to try to focus on things other than losses.
    Can’t wait for those first snowdrops!💕

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