Just for Fun: Trying to Decide on a Baby Name?

If you are expecting and trying to come up with a name for the baby, help may come from an unexpected source — The Social Security Administration. According to a press release on Friday, May 12, 2017 by Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer, “The agency began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names.”

So what were the top names for 2016?  Noah and Emma. To see the entire top 10 list as well as to search for other popular baby names visit https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames.  They also have information on getting the new arrivals Social Security number.

Thanks to Bob for forwarding the interesting little tidbit to me.  🙂

 

Apple Pickin’

Bob and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary today.  Believe it or not, over the last 25 years driving as far as 60 miles to an orchard to buy apples has more than once been  our anniversary celebration.

Have you ever been to an orchard where apples are grown? Check to see if there is an orchard that sells direct to the public in your area. Whether you pick your own or buy already picked this a good way to teach children about where their food comes from.

But the best part is eating the apples.  Buy a box or two and make applesauce, your favorite apple cake or pie or how about freezing some apple slices for pie later?  Don’t forget a plain old fresh apple makes a great healthy dessert or snack.