October 31st Halloween

So today is a fun day for those of use who don’t really believe in ghouls and monsters. It’s a chance to be a little scary and give out treats to our neighbors kids and sometimes strangers. It’s a time for neighbors to get out and say “hello” to each other after ignoring them for a whole year. Some of us, me included, love to decorate for Halloween. We love to see the children’s eyes as they come up knowing they aren’t going to get hurt but still a little unsure of what it is they are seeing. Have a safe and happy Halloween.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your Halloween. Celebrate with your neighborhood. Find the good it holiday events, not the bad.

July 9th National Sugar Cookie Day

Well, here ya go… another food day to celebrate! Which is pretty cool but keeps adding to our waste lines. However, sugar cookies aren’t too bad… well sort of anyway. They are pretty simple to make and always go over well no matter the time of year. When you do make them, make enough for friends and neighbors! And they generally last a fairly long time so make enough to keep around for a while.

How to celebrate – Make some sugar cookies. See what toppings you can add. Use food coloring to make them more festive.

February 23rd International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Here’s a day you don’t often get to celebrate, and maybe you don’t celebrate it at all but I am sure your dog does… and it doesn’t matter what country they come from or what country they live in. In fact, I doubt dogs know they might be anything different than you. If we treat them like a child, and most of us do, they probably don’t even know they are a dog. So reward them with a treat today and be thankful your dog appreciates it.

How to celebrate – Give your dog a biscuit. Learn to make your own biscuits. Treat your dog well.

January 22nd National Blonde Brownie Day

So, what is a blonde brownie? Well here’s a recipe. It seems the only real difference is that it’s made with vanilla rather than chocolate, even though it does contain chocolate chips. So, why not make it with white chocolate? I didn’t find out about that option. Anyway, a brownie is a brownie white or brown and people enjoy them either way. Just making them blonde catches someone’s attention a little differently. They are good either way.

How to celebrate – Make some blonde brownies. Make regular brownies and blonde brownies and see which runs out first. Figure out how to make your own color brownie!

October 1st National Homemade Cookies Day

It’s getting to be that season again where the houses fill with the aroma of the coming holidays and nothing fills those senses better than to smell homemade cookies baking in the oven. They always seem to taste better than the store bought cookies and seem to put people in a more joyful attitude. I guess it reminds us of the old days when grandma use to bake her cookies and we’d get them fresh off the rack still warm and chewy. Ah, that’s when you know life is good.

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies today. Research your families favorite cookies. Make some cookies for the neighbors.

December 18th Bake Cookies Day

It seems like when ever holidays get close we start thinking about baking cookies. Christmas-cookies, birthdays-cookies, Valentines Day-cookies, Halloween-cookies, April Fool’s Day-cookies. Well, they don’t have to be good cookies for April Fool’s Day, in fact maybe if they were bad that could be your gag for April Fool’s Day, literally! It seems like we celebrate we like to have cookies around. So why shouldn’t we have a holiday about the things that make us feel good, like cookies!

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies. Eat some cookies. Make everyday a new holiday, no matter how bizarre!

September 14th National Cream Filled Doughnut Day

Okay, so it’s not like the doughnut isn’t already pretty unhealthy so why not make it even worse by adding some more sugar via that sweet, creamy filling! Well if you have already decided to go for it, today is the day to celebrate it! Actually I have to admit I prefer a cream filled doughnut, they are my favorite, though they are a little messy to eat and you do get a little bit of a sugar rush after finishing it. (Okay, so it’s a big sugar rush but at my age that rush is kind of welcome) And there are numerous different kinds of cream it can be filled with so choose wisely.

How to celebrate – Have a cream filled doughnut. See how many different types of doughnuts you can name. Support your favorite doughnut shop.

August 2nd National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

It’s summer, it’s time for ice cream… but when you are on the go, it’s not easy to carry the bowl around with you and what do you do with it after you are finished eating it? Well, the simple answer is to make a sandwich out of it and eat everything leaving to evidence behind! (Except for that extra pound or two you have gained.

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Now the ice cream sandwich has been around since the early 1900’s. I am a little surprised it took so long after the Earl of Sandwich invented the… sandwich. It is a logical conclusion and really doesn’t take all that much thought. I was going to give you a recipe here but… come on, how hard is it to figure out how to make your own ice cream sandwich!?!

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The nice thing about it, it can be made with nearly any sandwich type material. Cake, cookies, brownies, sugar wafers… well you get the idea. Just take your favorite ice cream and slap it between two more solid type objects. Do I need to add that those two objects need to be editable?

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You can even add sprinkles or fruit, whipped cream or the maraschino cherry. (I suggest removing the stem first.) I have tried my own version of the ice cream sandwich, putting ice cream between lice cream. Trust me, it doesn’t work very well. (Though it tastes great)

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They are easy to make, even easier to buy… well, normally. While I was writing this I decided I wanted an ice cream sandwich and I went to the store to buy some. They were sold out! So I guess it’s a pretty popular day. The lesson here is…buy often and buy early!

How to celebrate – Stock up on ice cream sandwiches! (You won’t regret it) Make your own ice cream sandwiches using your favorite ice cream and whatever sweet you choose to place on the outer edges. Do not, I repeat do not, put brocoli inisde your ice cram!

July 15th National Ice Cream Day

So what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Do you like simple flavors like strawberry, chocolate or vanilla? Or do you like the more complicated flavors like Chocolate Double Fudge Vanilla Bean Brocoli Stem Grasshopper best? Well, whatever your favorite is, today is the day to enjoy it.

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It was like a hundred years ago that Baskin Robins came out with 31 flavors. Today there are probably more like 31,000 flavors! It is believed that Italo Marchiony came up with the first ice cream cone in 1896 somewhere in New York. It was lemon flavored. But this cannot be documented. Charles E. Minches did, however, serve an ice cream cone at the 1904 World’s Fair in St.. Louis. But it was not until President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the day the third Sunday in July in 1984 for it to become official.

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Does any of that really matter though? We are talking ice cream here, one of the worlds most favorite treats, particularly during the summer.And today we are even making ice cream without cream in it for the lactose intolerant!

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Well fancy or plain, ice cream is always a treat enjoyed by nearly everyone. It tastes great, cools you down and relaxes you… at least until the sugar rush kicks in!

How to celebrate – Have a bowl or cone of ice cream. Invent your own new flavor of ice cream. Have an ice cream tasting party and try some new flavors.

July 9th National Sugar Cookie Day

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. In this case, it’s the sugar cookie. It’s hard to complicate the sugar cookie, though there are those that have tried! But why? It’s easy to make, fast to cook and it tastes great all by itself!

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And there is no smell as wonderful as cookies baking in the oven. They seem to permeate every corner of the house and even waft outside, seemingly inviting the neighbors in to sample a few for themselves. (Particularly if the neighbors have kids!)

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You can put icing on them, maybe add some sprinkles but you really don’t have too. The icing, while good, changes the flavor of something already nearly perfect. It does make it prettier, maybe even a little more tempting but isn’t that a bit redundant?

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So if you are baking sugar cookies, go ahead and cover some in icing, others in sprinkles, even a few in icing and sprinkles but leave a few plain. I’ll bet those are the first to disappear!

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There is little on the history of the sugar cookie, probably because they have been being served since cave man (Or woman) roamed the earth. I’m pretty sure the ones we make today are better than their’s… but who knows?

How to celebrate – Make some sugar cookies for your family today. Come up with your own original topping for your sugar cookie. Save some for your Teddy Bear Picnic tomorrow.