[FHCx345] National Lager Day

“Sure is Lager. I’ll tell ya that.”

IT’S NATIONAL LAGER DAY!

Lager. The one word used to describe the nondescript-est beer ever. Ya know, Miller, Budweiser, Beck’s, and so on. All of the types that are basically carbonated water that once maybe had a hint of beer and are now just weird and kinda yucky. No offense to lager lovers. There must be a market for it, otherwise there wouldn’t be so damn many kinds.

Lager is the Kristen Stewart of beers. We’ll put it that way.

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Yep, real warm and festive…

Wish we could say we were done with the alcoholidays but we still have more ahead!

Tomorrow is National Noodle Ring Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx313] National Cappuccino Day/National Harvey Wallbanger Day/National Cook Something Bold Day

IT’S NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY, NATIONAL HARVEY WALLBANGER DAY, AND NATIONAL COOK SOMETHING BOLD DAY!

Coffee and alcohol. Our favorites.

Cappuccino is easy to get, thanks to the prolific nature of the coffee store. Thanks, Seattle, for making this be a thing that people can do all over the place all the time never stop drinking coffee need the caffeine or I’ll crash get my fix drip drip percolate coffee sip sip.

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And then there’s the booze. Another drink with some convoluted history where nobody actually knows what’s true. That’s just how these things seem to go.

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1.5 fl oz vodka, 4 fl oz orange juice. Stir it up.

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Float in the Galliano, an Italian liqueur of which the only use is really just to make this drink.

And then to cook something bold, we just found something with bold on the label. A sriracha topper? Mmmm..

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Tomorrow is National Scrapple Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx301] National American Beer Day

Leave it to the Americans to have a redundant sounding holiday.

IT’S NATIONAL AMERICAN BEER DAY!

Beer! YEAH! America! RED WHITE AND BLUE!

We’re gonna one-up this whole “American” beer thing and have a Minnesotan beer, courtesy of Lift Bridge. It’s a well-known name around these parts as their headquarters are just a few miles away in Stillwater. They’re particularly well known for their Farm Girl Saison. We aren’t beer aficionados, but we know that when people latch onto local breweries and make them extremely successful, there’s a good reason.

So here’s to American beer that hasn’t sold out to InBev.

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Tomorrow is National Breadstick Day, National Chocolate Day, and National Wild Foods Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx281] National Frappe Day

Hoore! Whaddya se?

IT’S NATIONAL FRAPPE DE DAY!

What even is a frappe? Since Starbucks unleashed the Frappuccino on the world, nobody can think of anything other than that one specific item. Apparently it came from Greece of all places. But who cares? Starbucks has the monopoly. So we had to give in.

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Because our level of basic is off the charts for today, this is specifically a pumpkin spice frappuccino. If you want to pronounce it the same way, just try pronouncing it nasally without ever closing your lips. “Frappachinaa”

Tasty. But still coffee.

Tomorrow is National Fluffernutter Day and National Pierogi Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx274] National Hot Mulled Cider Day/National Chewing Gum Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY AND CHEWING GUM DAY!

“Chewing gum isn’t a food!” we hear you say. Well, neither are drinks. But here we are. Sometimes chewing gum can help with food. That minty feeling makes you feel like not eating any more, which can be a great help if you’re trying to stop overindulging on homemade pizza (literally us, tonight).

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We keep some of these around just for that reason.

But we also got to make ourselves a treat of some hot mulled cider as our Fall weather really starts to sink in. It’s easy to make, and it makes a lot.

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Make a Hellraiser-style pincushion out of the orange using the cloves. Some people also use Star Anise but we didn’t this time.

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The quality of the cider obviously affects the end result. Martinelli’s is champ.

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Let it sit, covered, on super low heat, for a while.

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Enjoy the warm fuzzies!

Tomorrow is National Homemade Cookies Day and World Vegetarian Day. I think that means we get to eat a vegetarian?

-SPAK

[FHCx273] National Coffee Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!

…not like we’re excited.

Most people need their Joe in the morning to help them get going. Even the smell of coffee is enough to get people in the right mood. It’s the reason that we see stupid mugs like this:

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Or hear terrific songs like:

We just so happen to keep a Keurig in our guest room solely for guests who would want to have coffee, since SPAK doesn’t make any on their own. Rather than head out to one of the many places giving away free coffee today, we just made some at home (for the first time ever).

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Tomorrow is National Chewing Gum Day and National Hot Mulled Cider Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx233] National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day/National Lemonade Day

Sweet tooth, ho!

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY AND NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY!

SPAK aren’t particularly fond of sugary drinks. We’d much prefer to eat our calories. So we thought we would pay tribute to lemonade day by how we are most frequently exposed to it:

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That’s right. When you go for water at most fountains, it’s right under the lemonade. But since they share a spout, you have to kind of rinse out the tube before you start filling your water, or you get hilariously sugary lemony water. Not the most terrible, but not the most pleasant.

Chocolate Pecan Pie. If you made a list of foods that are so rich, they shouldn’t possibly be made richer, pecan pie would be somewhere in that list. Of course, you could always add chocolate to something and make it richer. But people were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

And since on chocolate pecan pie day we did not have the original homemade pecan pie of SPom’s family, she made us this wonderfully rich recipe from the New York Times.

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It’s difficult to say how we feel about this one. It’s sweet and chocolatey, which is great, but when we want pecan pie, we want pecan pie. And this isn’t really the classic. So we’ll wait for Thanksgiving for SPom’s regular pecan pie and have this as a holdover in the meantime!

Tomorrow is National Spumoni Day!

-SPAK