Christopher Columbus Facts You Need To Know

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Who is he and why is he important?

Christopher Columbus is an explorer, navigator, and colonist that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean four times in search of a new world.  He is important because of his voyage in 1492 when he sailed from Europe to America. He and his sailors crossed the Atlantic Ocean, not knowing where they would land. It was a voyage into the unknown. After Columbus, other Europeans began to explore and settle in America. ***Note that he was not the first person in America.  There were already people here.  Also, the Vikings came to the ‘new world’ a long time before Columbus.***  

Daily Observances Around the World

Air Force Day (India)
Arbor Day (Namibia)
Children’s Day (Iran)
National Independence Day (Croatia)
Navy Day (Peru) (Navy Day in Peru is a national holiday celebrated on October 8 to commemorate the Battle of Angamos in 1879.  A global world summed up this celebration quite well.  Check it out.)

Other Observances

Alvin C. York Day
American Touch Tag Day
Columbus Day (I found an interesting article published by the NYTimes Why Italian Americans Still Fiercely Defend Columbus Day)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
International Lesbian Day
National Fluffernutter Day (A fluffernutter is a peanut butter and marshmallow cream sandwich….I didn’t know that it had a name.  I used to eat that as a kid!!!)
National Kick Butt Day
National Online Banking Day
National Pierogi Day
Native American Day
World Octopus Day (Did you know the octopus has three hearts?  I didn’t.  Check out Live Science to find out more interesting facts.)

Potato and Cheese Pierogi

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  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • ¾ cup water


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

For Serving

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • minced chives


  1. In a large mixing bowl making the dough by combining flour, eggs, sour cream and water. Slowly beat in the eggs until the dough is well combined. Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface. Knead 3 to 5 minutes. Wrap in plastic wrap and rest 30 minutes.
  2. In another large mixing bowl, stir together mashed potatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cheese.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, a pinch of tablespoon-sized pieces of dough and roll into about three dozen balls. Roll each ball out on a lightly floured surface into a 3½ to 5-inch circle. Cover with a damp towel or paper towel to prevent them from drying out.
  4. Place a heaping tablespoon of potato filling into the center of each circle. Fold in half, pinching the sides shut with your fingers, or gently with a fork to seal. Working in small batches, boil in salted water 2 to 3 minutes, until they float. Remove and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  5. Melt ½ cup butter in a large skillet and saute pierogi until lightly browned. Serve hot topped with sour cream and garnish with chives.

[Recipe Courtesy of The Stay At Home Chef]

Have any pierogi recipes I should try?  Leave me a comment below.  I am always looking for something new to cook!

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42132018_1993653480698198_5846043139508273152_nAbout Cynthia Brandel

Other than being an awesome mom and a devoted wife, Cynthia is an avid explorer traveling through the galaxy of her mind meeting new and interesting people along the way.  Her destination is unknown, but the fun is in the journey.

Cynthia’s first exploration took her to the world of Sanctoria, a place full of magic and mystery.  After falling in love and leading an army to war, Cynthia left Sanctoria and continued on her journey.

Currently, Cynthia resides in one of the Revenant cities on Earth.  What mysteries will the city hold and where will Cynthia end up?  Who knows?  But you can guarantee that Cynthia will tell us all about it in The Curse of Judas (Book 1 of the Revenant City Series).  Check out a preview of the first two chapters for free.




Author: Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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