This week’s ideas: Kentucky Derby, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Be Kind To Animals Week, Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week, National Hug Holiday Week.
Run for the Roses
The 135th Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday, and even if you’re not into betting on the horses, there still are other things to do, such as making mint juleps and looking at all the funky hats Derby attendees are donning. TV coverage begins at 5 p.m. EDT on NBC, with the race taking place about an hour later. Get horse information and more on the official site, KentuckyDerby.com/2009.
Now playing at a theater near you
The year’s blockbuster movie season kicks off this weekend with the opening of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the much-anticipated prequel to the X-Men series. Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this superhero flick, which is rated PG-13, so it should be OK for older kids to check out. The official movie site can be found at X-MenOrigins.com.
Hug an animal
May 3 to 9 is Be Kind to Animals Week and National Pet Week, so take some time this weekend to appreciate your animal friends. Do something special with your pet this weekend, such as taking your dog to a dog park or giving your cat some extra attention. The Humane Society has a variety of suggestions as to how to celebrate at AmericanHumane.org.
Hug a human
May 3 to 9 also is National Hug Holiday Week, so be sure to show your appreciation to your human pals, too. Hugs4Health.org suggests volunteering to give a senior citizen in a long-term care facility a hug, or you can simply give your friends and family hugs. Whatever the case, reach out and hug someone.
Mmm … bread pudding
Friday kicks off Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week, and while we can’t find much information about it, it gives us an excuse to make our favorite bread pudding and share it with friends. Do you have a great bread pudding recipe? Let us know! If you need a recipe, here’s a good one from Elise.com:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup Kentucky bourbon whiskey
In a saucepan, melt butter; add sugar and egg, whisking to blend well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Whisk in bourbon to taste. Remove from heat and let cool. Whisk before serving.
- 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch squares (about 6-7 cups)
- 1 qt. milk
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tbsp. vanilla
- 1 cup raisins (soaked overnight in 1/4 cup bourbon)
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak the bread in milk in a large mixing bowl. Crush with hands until well mixed and all the milk is absorbed. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and spices together. Gently stir into the bread mixture. Gently stir the raisins into the mixture. Pour butter into the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter. Pour in the bread mix and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes, until set. The pudding is done when the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan. Can also make in individual ramekins. Serve with bourbon whiskey sauce on the side; pour on to taste. Best fresh and eaten the day it is made. Makes 8-10 servings.
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