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January 27, 2015 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY

26 Jan National Chocolate Cake Day - January 27
National Chocolate Cake Day - January 27

National Chocolate Cake Day – January 27

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY

January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day.  Although it is an unofficially recognized holiday, it is celebrated by chocolate lovers everywhere. If you are a chocolate lover then this is the day for you! You can bake a chocolate cake, buy one, eat it all yourself or share it with family and friends.

In America, chocolate was consumed primarily as a beverage until the 1830’s or 40’s. Cakes, as we think of them today, mostly did not exist then.  According to the Dover Post, chocolate cake was born in 1765 when a doctor and a chocolate maker teamed up in an old mill.  They ground up cocoa beans between huge millstones to make thick syrup.  The liquid was poured into molds shaped like cakes, which were meant to be transformed into a beverage.  Years later, a special dessert was created for a prince in the 1800′s by an Austrian chef.  He used two layers of chocolate dough with jam spread in the middle.  Chocolate frosting was then poured over the dessert.  Hence the birth of the chocolate cake!!

The first boxed cake mix was created by a company called O. Duff and Sons in the late 1920’s.
The first “just add water” Betty Crocker cake mixes were released in 1947.

This recipe if one of the earliest printed recipes, for chocolate cake, in America.  It comes from the cookbook “The Hostess”

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY HISTORY

After long hours of research, the day of origin or the created was not found.  We wonder if maybe it was a baking company, a chocolate company, a bakery, a baker, or a chocolate cake lover.   Whomever it was, we are sure glad that they did!  Enjoy your day and your chocolate cake!!

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January 26, 2015 – NATIONAL SPOUSES DAY – NATIONAL PEANUT BRITTLE DAY – NATIONAL ELLEN DEGENERES DAY

25 Jan National Spouses Day - January 26
National Spouses Day - January 26

National Spouses Day – January 26

NATIONAL SPOUSES DAY

National Spouses Day is celebrated annually o January 26th.  National Spouse’s Day is dedicated to recognizing spouses of everywhere; from being thankful for fulfillment and security of a long-term relationship, to the boost of morale and well-being provided by spouses.   This day is a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that he/she does for you and for the home.  Over time, it is often easy to take for granted the many things your spouse does.  They are always there and do many things in the daily routine, so why not take National Spouses Day to say thank you.  Spouses day is a non gift giving day.  This is a day to find small ways to let your other half know that he or she is appreciated.  There are many small ways to make Spouses Day special for the love of your life.  Maybe you can use this day to say I love you multiple times.

If it has been a while since you have expressed appreciation to the one with whom you are married, now is your chance. Again, this day is not about giving gifts but spend time together and enjoy each other.  This is the perfect opportunity to say thank you either in words or in some other special way.

SPOUSES DAY HISTORY

It is yet to be discovered by whom or when Spouses day was created.

 

National Peanut Brittle Day - January 26

National Peanut Brittle Day – January 26

NATIONAL PEANUT BRITTLE DAY

National Peanut Brittle Day is celebrated annually on January 26th.  According to Wikipedia,   Peanut brittle is the most popular brittle recipe in the US.  The term brittle first appears in print in 1892, though the candy itself has been around for much longer.

Traditionally, a mixture of sugar and water is heated to the hard crack stage corresponding to a temperature of approximately 300 °F (149 °C), although some recipes also call for ingredients such as corn syrup and salt in the first step.   Nuts are mixed with the caramelized sugar. At this point spices, leavening agents, and often peanut butter or butter are added. The hot candy is poured out onto a flat surface for cooling, traditionally a granite or marble slab. The hot candy may be troweled to uniform thickness. When the brittle cools, it is broken into pieces.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittle_(food)

 

National Ellen DeGeneres Day January 26.  Photo courtesy of www.hollywoodreporter.com

National Ellen DeGeneres Day January 26. Photo courtesy of http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

NATIONAL ELLEN DEGENERES DAY

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003.

As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, for which she was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the only time a voice performance has won a Saturn Award. She was a judge on American Idol in its ninth season. DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys.

She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. She has won thirteen Emmys and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts.

National Ellen DeGeneres Day, an “unofficial” National Observance, is held annually on January 26th.  The registrar at National Day Calendar declared this day in January 2014 due to hundreds of thousands of requests via social media, email and phone calls .

January 24, 2015 – NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY – NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY – BEER CAN APPRECIATION DAY

23 Jan National Peanut Butter Day - January 24
National Peanut Butter Day - January 24

National Peanut Butter Day – January 24

NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY

National Peanut Butter Day is celebrated annually on January 24th.

According to wikipedia, peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanut (actually a legume and not a nut) and is popular in North America, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia and parts of Asia, particularly the Philippines and Indonesia. It is mainly used as a sandwich spread, sometimes in combination with other spreads such as jam, chocolate (in various forms), vegetables or cheese. The United States is a leading exporter of peanut butter. Nuts are also prepared comparably as nut butters.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut_butter

National Compliment Day -January 24

National Compliment Day -January 24

NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY

National Compliment day is observed annually on January 23rd.

Compliment:  an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: A sincere compliment boosts one’s morale.
Compliment:  an expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement.

This is a great day to take the opportunity to say something positive to the people that you come in contact with.  National Compliment Day is an unofficial holiday that is celebrated by offering sincere compliments to people you know and those you may just be meeting.  Let us all together make someone’s day better.

National Compliment Day History

This day was created in 1998 by Kathy Chamberlin, of Hopkinton, NH and Debby Hoffman, of Concord, NH.

 

Beer Can Appreciation Day - January 24

Beer Can Appreciation Day – January 24

BEER CAN APPRECIATION DAY

Beer Can Appreciation Day celebrates the great day in 1935 when beer was first sold in cans.
This day provides people with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the very many different kinds of beer cans.  Around the world, there is a huge number of beer can collectors.  A collector may have hundreds of beer cans in many different sizes, types, ages and etc.

Beer Can Appreciation Day History

It is known that canned beer made it’s debut in 1935.  Unfortunately there is no found documentation of the founder or origin of Beer Can Appreciation Day.  We do however, hope that you enjoy this day.

January 23, 2015 – NATIONAL PIE DAY – NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY

22 Jan National Pie Day - January 23
National Pie Day - January 23

National Pie Day – January 23

NATIONAL PIE DAY

National Pie Day is celebrated annually on January 23rd.

National Pie Day, an unofficial national holiday, was created simply to celebrate the pie.  It is a day for all to bake or cook their favorite pies.  Even more importantly, it is a day set aside for all to enjoy eating pies!

The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age.

Fun Tidbit – Pie throwing:
Cream filled or topped pies are favorite props for humor.  Throwing pie in a person’s face has been a staple of film comedy since Ben Turpin received one in Mr. Flip in 1909.

National Pie Day History

National Pie Day was created by the American Pie Council.  The American Pie Celebration began in 1986 to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of “serving foods to families everywhere”.

 

National Handwriting Day - January 23

National Handwriting Day – January 23

NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY

National Handwriting Day, an unofficial holiday, was started to re-introduce one’s self to a pen or pencil and a piece of paper.  According to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, it is a chance for all to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting.

National Handwriting Day History

National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977.  Their motive is to promote the consumption of pens, pencils and writing paper.  January 23rd was chosen as this is the birthday of John Hancock.  John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

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