[FHCx354] National Hard Candy Day/National Oatmeal Muffin Day

IT’S NATIONAL HARD CANDY DAY AND NATIONAL OATMEAL MUFFIN DAY!

As children, some of us are particular about the flavors we’ll deign to ingest. That includes me, AK, to the point that I didn’t eat non-chocolate candy unless it was grape flavored. Well, really, purple flavored. We all know grapes don’t taste like that.

For years, any time I accompanied AKma to the grocery store, I’d go home with a purple thumb lollipop… pending good behavior. Some days the automatic coupon dispensers were too alluring, and a purple thumb lollipop is not always worth more than the joy of running up and down the aisles taking coupons you don’t need.

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Are these still a thing anywhere?

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This seems to be the only internet evidence of the thumb pops. What an unfortunate mold shape, in retrospect.

ANYWAY — a while back, I bought a bag of Jolly Ranchers with the intent of making stained glass window cookies. Unsurprisingly I never got around to it, so we finally cracked the bag today!

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No soft candy here!

My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Whitton, frequently held candy counting contests. It wasn’t until I won a gallon jar filled with these fruity beauties that I began to understand the wonder of non-grape fruit-flavored candies. We nursed that jar of Jolly Ranchers for years.

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Green Apple is the best. Fight me.

On to the next! Finding oatmeal muffins was surprisingly difficult. Granted, we only looked in one grocery store… but THAT’S NOT THE POINT! We made some instead.

AKpa and AKma gave us a swanky new blender, so it seemed like a decent plan to use this recipe for Blender Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

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Don’t you love it when a recipe calls for things you already have in your kitchen? The only change I made was substituting Greek yogurt with sour cream, mostly because I was too lazy to go buy yogurt (and not because I know anything about baking). Worked out okay. Also, you can use mix-ins such as chocolate chips or nuts. We left ours plain.

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Preheat the ol’ oven and grease some cups

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All the ingredients just go in the blender! Except for the mix-ins, if you’re doing those.

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Fill ’em up 3/4 of the way

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Bake for 15 minutes!

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Behold! Muffins!

These suckers came out super moist! So moist, in fact, that we decided to refrigerate them rather than leaving them on the cute dessert stand. P.S. how do you like the glass dome? It’s a mixing bowl, because I broke the dome that came with the stand just seconds after purchasing it. Slick.

Tomorrow is National Sangria Day.

– SPAK

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[FHCx316] National Sundae Day

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IT’S NATIONAL SUNDAE DAY!

Any kind you want. It doesn’t have to be hot fudge or strawberry. Just ice cream and toppings. Usually whipped cream, some sort of sauce or syrup, maybe some fruit. Sprinkles? If you got ’em.

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Tomorrow is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day and National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx244] National Trail Mix Day/National Eat Outside Day

What a great pair to fall on the same day.

IT’S NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY AND EAT OUTSIDE DAY!

Trail mix is great for exactly what it sounds like. You’re going out for a walk, you need some good, easy energy. And you want it to be tasty. So you get some dried fruits and nuts that will easily last a while, and then usually you’ll throw in some chocolate. Ya know. For fun.

We got this lovely Tropical Mix at Lund’s & Byerly’s, which has pecans and banana chips and coconut and so on.

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Highly recommended!

Tomorrow is National Cherry Popover Day and National Gyros Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx240] National Banana Lovers Day/National Pots de Creme Day

And boy do we love bananas!

TODAY IS NATIONAL BANANA LOVERS’ DAY AND NATIONAL POTS DE CREME DAY!

If you haven’t watched Bananya, you totally should.

They say bananas are nature’s cheesecake. We say they’re downright delightful. It’s important to keep bananas around for an easy, peelable snack anytime. Yeah they may be carby, but it’s better than reaching for those Cheetos or cookies.

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Look at how much this guy loves bananas!

It’s strange how many of our “national” days revolve around French food. Strange in the sense that we’re mostly war buddies but it makes sense that we still covet all the French food. It’s just so good.

SPom had this recipe lying around and she was gracious enough to help by making it for us!


Yummy!

Tomorrow is National Cherry Turnover Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx238] National Banana Split Day/National Whiskey Sour Day

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TODAY IS NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY AND NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY!

We don’t really get whiskey sour. Whiskey with a little bit of lemon and sugar just makes it taste more like whiskey. Eh. We were out to dinner with SParents at Pezzo and so we could give the rest of it to them!

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We did get to cleanse our palette with some stuff we love, though: ice cream! Ice cream summer never ends! Well, it kind of does pretty soon, but we’re in denial!

Invented in 1904, the banana split takes nature’s best fruit and pairs it with the best cold dessert. Here is the banana split AK made in its most beautiousness.

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“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!”

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Split!

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Halo Top is great.

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Put the ice cream inside and cover in whipped cream

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Chocolasauce

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Some chopped pecans for fun.

We could probably eat these all day.

Tomorrow is National Cherry Popsicle Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx236] National Sponge Cake Day

Because “cake” wasn’t enough…

IT’S NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY!

Sponge cake doesn’t exactly seem all that exciting. Buuuuut, it’s got some good history. Most cakes were yeasted throughout humankind’s baking. The first historical record of a non-yeast cake was in 1615 by a guy who wrote a book about how to be a good housewife (i.e., a book about recipes and remedies). Yeah. This guy. This book.

And to this day, sponge cake is confused with angel food cake or pound cake. Sponge cakes contain whole eggs, and the leavening only comes from the egg whites. Chiffon cakes don’t have the egg whites beaten separately and employ a bunch of oil. Angel food cakes have only the egg whites and a higher proportion of egg white to flour.

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Thanks, Mrs. Freshley!

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But you’ve gotta dress it up. SP‘s sponge cake with reddi wip, raspberries and bananas, topped with a bit of hot fudge.

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AK‘s sponge cake with… well… stuff on it. I guess.

Tomorrow is National Waffle Day and National Peach Pie Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx88] National Black Forest Cake Day/Something On A Stick Day

TODAY IS SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY AND NATIONAL BLACK FOREST CAKE DAY!

There’s lots of foods to have on a stick. Corn dogs, cotton candy, pickles, or frankly anything at the State Fair. Today, to celebrate our wooden cylindrical utensil friends, we had some fruit on a stick!

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Mmmmm. Tasty fruit servings…

For Black Forest Cake, we couldn’t travel all the way to the Schwarzwald. Then again, the cake isn’t even really named after the region, so much as it is named after the liquor that’s named after the region, the Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser. It’s basically cherry shnapps. It’s hard to say no to any kind of chocolate cake/kuchen/torte. We decided on having dinner at the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis where we could enjoy some schnitzel and cake. Look upon the beauty!

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Veal Schnitzel

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Cherry chocolate!

It’s not the kind of cake that turns you into a lederhosen-wearing beer swiller, but it is up there as far as flavor sensations. The cake and the cream go so well together, and the cherry bits add little bits of pop to the texture. It’s also a little boozey, which can be fun for some.

Tomorrow is another cake day, Lemon Chiffon Cake!

-SPAK