Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dec. 14th and 15th

Dec. 14th Friday – So far it looks like it’ll be a day to relax and take it easy. We had a fantastic brunch with pumpkin pancakes and all sorts of trimmings. This afternoon, Keenan, Wynn and I did a little shopping and got a few Christmas presents at Target and the mall. While on the way to the mall, we saw a Sand Hill crane and his mate. It was pretty cool, especially since those are an endangered bird, and rare to see. Afterwards, we went to the mall and looked around for a bit. Wynn treated us to hot chocolates at Starbucks. On the way back, we did some “light shopping” – where we look at the lit up Christmas decorated homes.

Dec. 15th Saturday – We had a relaxing morning. The guys played Minecraft again this morning…I’m considering installing it on my laptop so I can join them. It looks like a fun creative game. In the afternoon, Keenan, Wynn and I went out and ran some errands, such as this neat little bookstore, Target to grab some last minute presents, and Publix. It was funny how they reacted to the difference in the Best Food mayo/Hellmann’s mayo. In California, it’s Best Food. In Florida, it’s Hellmann’s. That was funny to point out.

A little history from Wikipedia revealed why:
 In 1905, Richard Hellmann from VetschauGermany, opened a delicatessen on Columbus Avenue in New York City, where he used his wife's recipe to sell the first ready-made mayonnaise. It became so popular that he began selling it in bulk to other stores. In 1912 he built a factory for producing Mrs. Hellmann's mayonnaise. It was mass marketed and called Hellmann's Blue Ribbon Mayonnaise. It was so successful; Hellmann closed his delicatessen by 1917 to devote full time to his mayonnaise business.

While Hellmann's Mayonnaise thrived on the U.S. East Coast, the California company Best Foods introduced their own mayonnaise. Best Foods Mayonnaise became popular on the West Coast.

In 1932, Best Foods bought the Hellmann's brand. By then both mayonnaises had such commanding market shares in their respective halves of the country that the company decided that both brands and recipes be preserved.

 To this day:
  • Best Foods Mayonnaise is sold west of the Rocky Mountains, specifically, in or west of MontanaWyomingColorado, and New Mexico.
  • Hellmann's is sold east of the Rockies, specifically, in or east of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Prior to 1960, Hellmann's and Best Foods were advertised both in the same advertisements. The ads pointed out that it is known as Hellmann's in the East, and Best Foods in the West.

So at Target, I had the brilliant idea to check the Christmas section to find the new “ugly ornament of the year.” It’s a new family tradition on my side of the family. Target gets these random ugly ornaments (usually covered in glitter) and its some animal, usually dressed up. This year, it’s a surfing penguin. I texted Mom to make sure they didn't buy it already, and they had bought that same one the day before. Great minds think alike!

We had Chick-fil-A for lunch which was timely and delicious. The sunset tonight was really pretty, the light made a beautiful orange gradient against the clouds. This evening, we had a low key dinner using some sourdough we got at Panera today. Wynn and I started preparing food for a family Christmas party tomorrow with Keenan’s cousins and grandparents. I made my Nana’s jello, but with a few tweaks here and there. Hoping it goes well tomorrow!

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