March 12: Girl Scouts Day, Organize Your Home Office Day, Plant a Flower Day, Baked Scallops Day

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Girl Scouts Day

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA by forming the first troop of 18 girls in Savannah, Ga. It was her dream to provide girls from all walks of life the opportunity to grow and succeed.

Today is "Girl Scouts Day," and you can join the 3.2 million currently registered girls and adults as well as the 59 million Girl Scout alumni in celebrating this special day. Why not find a Girl Scout in your area and support them by buying a box or two of cookies? Or if there are non to be found, check out these recipes from Yahoo! Shine: "Girl Scout Cookies Year Round! 9 Copycat Recipes You'll Love."

Organize Your Home Office Day

It's estimated that more than 13 million Americans work from home -- that's more than 9 percent of the total workforce. If you're a telecommuter, whether it's 20 hours a week or 60, chances are you have a spot you call "your office." If so, you've got your work cut out for you today, because the second Tuesday in March is "Organize Your Home Office Day."

Here are some interesting statistics about the financial impact of telecommuters to their employing companies:

* Office space for the average worker costs approximately $10,000 a year.

* Teleworkers create 63 percent less absentee-related costs for their employers.

* The management staff required to supervise teleworkers is 90 percent less than for traditional on-site employees.

Plant a Flower Day

April showers may bring May flowers, but March is the time to plant them! Today is "Plant a Flower Day." But don't just plant any old flower. Why not do a little research and find out which flowers are indigenous to your area?

Planting native flowers can provide food and shelter for local wildlife, prevent the introduction of invasive species, and requires less maintenance than non-native plants due to their adaptations to the area.

To find out which flowers are native to your area, contact your local extension office or check at a local nursery or garden center. Happy gardening!

Baked Scallops Day

Scallops are edible mollusks with a firm, fleshy texture and sweet, subtle taste. They are often served with melted butter or light cream sauce to complement their mild, delicate flavor.

Today is "Baked Scallops Day." Chances are you can find these wonderful seafood delights at your local supermarket. So pick up a dozen or so and try out this recipe for Baked Scallops au Gratin.

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