A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun (Oct 14-20, 2011)

Friday, October 14th : TGIF! Celebrate life, celebrate Friday, and celebrate dessert! October 14th has taken on a life of its own, becoming recognized as ‘National Dessert Day’ without a traceable origin or national proclamations. Celebrate National Dessert Day with a special homemade dessert. No time to bake? Try a fun dessert bar for the family tonight. Pair up chocolate fondue with an assortment of fruits, marshmallows, graham crackers or pretzels. Or, whip up a few favorite puddings or jellos and serve with small bowls of sprinkles, candies or crumbles cookies for toppings. For something different, try pound cake slices with a spoonful of pudding, topped with some berries and a dollop of whipped cream. It’s your Friday celebration, do it your way.

Saturday, October 15th: Today, get your grouch on! (Yes, easier for some people than for others!) It’s National Grouch Day. In honor of Oscar the Grouch, “Have a yucky day!” Although the family might balk at sardine and spinach sundaes and pickle juice to drink, there’s still a lot of fun “grouchy” ways to celebrate. Send your friends some e-cards. (www.bluemountain.com or www.cyberkisses.com) Spend some time with the family watching ‘Grumpy Old Men’. For the younger ones, print some Oscar the Grouch coloring sheets from http://www.sesamestreet.org/games/art?gclid=CIjj0Y-1v50CFdVL5QodnytqiQ. We might just end up partying the grouch out of ourselves!

Sunday, October 16th : It isn’t a wacky or kooky celebration today. Today honors World Food Day, a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger. In a country where most of us have so much, and countless tons of food are thrown into dumpsters every day, there are still too many going to bed hungry, here and worldwide. There are so many people that could live for days on what we eat at one meal. Let’s share our abundance. Look up a local food pantry and donate food, money or time. What can you do to recognize World Food Day, not just today, but all year? (www.worldfooddayusa.org)

Monday, October 17th :  Yea! It’s Mulligan Day and we all get a ‘do-over’! One rumor (of three) tracks the mysterious origin of a ‘mulligan’ back to golfer David Mulligan in the 1920’s. Not happy with a shot, he re-teed and hit again, calling it a “correction shot”. Who doesn’t need a ‘do-over?’ Celebrate the day, celebrate life with a “correction shot” at something important!

Tuesday, October 18th : Here a chocolate, there a chocolate, chocolate, chocolate everywhere! It’s National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Yes, by now you know my Achilles heel and chocolate is the culprit. Celebrate with some chocolate cupcakes, either homemade or bakery bought. Just for clarification, this national day of food is not to be confused with National Vanilla Cupcake Day on November 10th!  Here’s a moist, delicious recipe that doesn’t use any eggs or butter in the cake: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/super_easy_super_moist_chocolate_cupcakes/.

Wednesday, October 19th : Celebrate the beauty of ugly. It’s  … Hagfish Day! Yes, you read that correctly. There are 67 known species of hagfish. The giant hagfish can reach 4’ in length. And they ooze slime, buckets and buckets of slime. Whale Times created the day last year. They believe, “repugnant and slightly revolting animals like hagfish make great role models for highlighting conservation concerns for all marine animals.” Celebrate the day; celebrate the little known beauty of life. Learn about hagfish at: http://www.whaletimes.org/hagfish.htm.

Thursday, October 20th :  Take some ripened fruit, toss in a little sugar and add a splash of brandy. There, now you have the makings for National Brandied Fruit Day!  Brandied fruit makes up quickly and stores in the refrigerator for months. Top French Toast with a little for a special breakfast. It’s a delicious topping over ice cream, pudding or pound cake. Now you’re ahead of the game and have the makings for some holiday fruitcake too!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Louise
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 19:51:32

    Okay, so I’ve subscribed to your newest posts by email so I don’t EVER miss a post like this again. Just think of all the tweeting I could have done. (I may still be able to “squeeze” it in:)

    Now, as for National Brandied Fruit Day, I did a post about Tutti-Frutti for that day a while back. Let me know if you want to “see” it. Also, I think the 19th may be Seafood Bisque Day. Let me know if you want confirmation.

    Okay, now that I’ve put my 2 cents in, I’ll be on my way. Please understand, I just can’t help myself when it comes to food celebrations, lol…GREAT list BTW!


    • trishafaye
      Oct 20, 2011 @ 04:33:40

      Louise, thanks for the additional info. Yes, food celebrations are definately the best.
      Coming on to post for Oct 21st, Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Including a reference back to your post on it again. LOVE your blog!


  2. Cat von Hassel-Davies
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 17:39:50

    WOW you made my stomach grumble LOL. I will have to try the Brandied Fruit.



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