Monday Cuppa Moment 2/23

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As you can see this week, I've had the most important meal of the day and am actually posting Monday's Cuppa Moment on Monday :D

I love to try out new coffee and espresso drinks, and I recently came across the recipe for this yummy one from the Farm Girl Gourmet. Thought you might enjoy brewing yourself a cup.

 

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It's less than two weeks until the Iditarod starts! I discovered a lot of interesting facts about the Iditarod while researching Sabotaged and thought it'd be fun to share a few of them with you today:

  • In 1925, sled dog teams played a crucial role in averting a diphtheria outbreak on the verge of becoming an epidemic. The disease was spreading quickly across Nome, but the nearest serum was in Anchorage, nearly 1,200 miles away. A relay system of dog teams was created from the local villages. 20 mushers volunteered and their dogs transported the serum to Nome in less than six days—enough time to prevent the epidemic, saving hundreds of lives.

 

  • Iditarod means "distant place" in the languages of Ingalik and Holikachu, which are spoken by the Athabaskan peoples of northwestern Alaska.

 

  • Only northern dog breeds like Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes are allowed to race in the Iditarod. The rule was adopted in the early 1990s after musher John Suter entered the 1988 competition with standard European poodles on his dogsled team. However, many of the poodles were dropped off at checkpoints due to frozen feet and hair-matting problems.

 

  • Rick Swenson is the only five time winner of “The Last Great Race”, having won in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1991. He is now the only person to win the Iditarod in three different decades.

 

  • The Iditarod Trail was used for hundreds of years by the Inupiaq and Athabascans as a link among native villages

 

  • The Red Lantern Award is given to the last team to finish the Iditarod. The winner usually completes the race in eight to ten days, though the longest any team took to finish the race was 32.5 days.

 

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Can't wait to see if any records are broken this year! Hope you've enjoyed this week's Cuppa Moment. Praying you have a blessed Monday.