[FHCx362] National Fruitcake Day

Gonna make it to Saturday night!

IT’S NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY!

There are a lot of jokes made at the expense of fruitcakes. Let’s just roll through a few:

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Where did this running joke even come from? Why don’t people like fruitcake? There’s this amazing article from the Washington Post that talks about fruitcake’s image in the US. The most memorable joke about fruitcake is likely the original: Johnny Carson joked that there really is only one fruitcake and it just keeps getting passed around.

Since then, the fruitcake industry has just been in ruins. Really! It’s fruit in cake! What bad about it?

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A present from SPom

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Cute little fruitcake!

It’s moist and dense and cherry-y and mmmm. Could eat this all day, people!

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Candy Day.

-SPAK

 

[FHCx355] National Sangria Day

Wiiiiiiiiiiiiine

IT’S NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY!

We’ve made it to the last alcoholiday, with the exception of Champagne Day on 12/31.

When SP hears the word “Sangria,” he thinks white people with boxed wine.

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In reality, Sangria is a little bit more classy. The Spanish give us this wine kind of thing that they just call “blood” and we accept it. Alright. Well we weren’t going to try to make ours at home, but we could certainly buy a bottle of a “REAL” sangria from Total Wine.

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Yep. Tastes like wine.

Moving on… Tomorrow is National Fried Shrimp Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx347] National Gingerbread House Day/National Ambrosia Day

Sweet!

IT’S NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY AND NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY!

One of these is an appropriate Decembertime food. The other is definitely a Southern USA summer dish. So Southern that we used Alton Brown’s recipe for it. Ambrosia is basically an extension of fruit salad, and not the drink of immortality of the Greek pantheon. Oh well.

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Makin’ some whipped cream.

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Mini marshmallows, fruits, coconut shavings, and chopped pecans.

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Gooey and fruity and sugary.

Because we couldn’t get enough of a sugar high off of that, we also made and ate some Gingerbread House! Gingerbread used to be restricted to professional bakers in Germany and France except on Christmas and Easter, when anyone could bake it. It got to the point where there were fierce competitions of professional gingerbread bakers. The shaping into houses made it all the more fun.

Current record for size is this dude from Texas who made a 2520-square-foot home. That’s more than 1.5 times as big as SPAK‘s house. It used up 1800 pounds of butter. And the total calorie count? Estimated at 35.8 million. That’s enough calories for an adult male to eat for 49 years.

And here we are, building ours from a kit.

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The required statement of any food-house we build together.

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It was hit by a snowcandy storm before it was disassembled and partly eaten.

All these sweets put us right in the mood for bedtime. ‘Night everybody!

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream & Violins Day and National Cocoa Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx330] National Leftovers Day/National Maize Day/National Parfait Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL LEFTOVERS DAY, NATIONAL MAIZE DAY, AND NATIONAL PARFAIT DAY!

We wanted to do something different from the last couple times we did parfaits. This time we picked up a fruit and yogurt parfait from McDonald’s.

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Tastes like fruit and yogurt. NEXT!

Maize. We could have done something elaborate with maize, but instead opted for the cheap stuff: some tasty Xochitl chips. Says “maiz” right on the bag.

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Lastly, our dinner came courtesy of last night’s Thanksgiving feast. Of course we went home with these:

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There was just so much good that we had to keep eating it. Frankly, we would’ve consumed the calories anyway, it’s just a matter of having them spread out over two days instead of one. That’s being responsible, right?

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SPom’s stuffing, sweet potato banana mash, blueberry wild rice, and SPad’s beautiful turkey.

Who doesn’t like leftovers anyway?

Tomorrow is National Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx316] National Sundae Day

Sundaey

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

[FHCx294] National Brandied Fruit Day

IT’S NATIONAL BRANDIED FRUIT DAY!

Today was a tough one. Brandied fruit is not exactly at your regular grocery. The idea is that sometimes you want to preserve some fruit, and you can do it using a sugary alcoholy syrup. Takes a while to do, and canning is something we typically only do with our pickles. 

Luckily, Cost Plus World Market carries a lot of British goods and we were able to source this bad boy:


Chewy and hearty and moist, tasted like a fig newton! Yum. 

Tomorrow is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx264] National Punch Day/National Pepperoni Pizza Day

Like an 8-year-old boy’s dream,

TODAY IS NATIONAL PUNCH DAY AND NATIONAL PEPPERONI PIZZA DAY!

You may have noticed that yesterday we didn’t preview today as PeppyPeepza day, and that’s because we honestly did not know. None of our sources had it listed, and SP received an e-mail from Pizza Hut with some something-or-other promotion regarding #NationalPepperoniPizzaDay. Go figure. So we made sure to pop one of these out of the fridge to enjoy!

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It’s really good, actually.

Anyway, a good thing to go with your pepperoni pizza is some punch. We did not know this, but punch is actually a loan word from Sanskrit. Can you even believe that? It means “five,” because it was a drink that had alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea. Definitely not what we think of these days. Maybe the water/sugar part…

But without going overboard, we used a water flavor enhancer thingy.

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Rum optional. We like it without.

Sweet sugar rush without all the sugar! Phew!

Tomorrow is National Pecan Cookie Day! (And SP‘s birthday…)

-SPAK

[FHCx252] National Honeycrisp Apple Day

That’s right. We’re starting it.

WE DECLARE TODAY NATIONAL HONEYCRISP APPLE DAY!

Created in Minnesota, this apple was the product of amazing science. Get a bunch of scientists in the room to create the perfect apple. Yeah, Haralsons are great. And the new-ish Sweetango is tasty. But Honeycrisp takes the cake. And as they are just coming into season, we want to highlight this contribution of Minnesota’s that is unparalleled.

Insert all best adjectives that can be used to describe an apple. Great for eating raw. Great for cooking. Large. Perfect.

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The SPAK fruit bowl always looks like this.

There are fewer fruits that we get excited about. The Sumo is one of them, and that has one of the shortest seasons of anything. Sad.

Tomorrow is National Wienerschnitzel 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.

Fresh from the grocery store banana tree

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

[FHCx216] National Watermelon Day/National Grab Some Nuts Day

IT’S NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY AND NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY!

SP frequently has almonds with his lunch, as mentioned in previous posts. He’s also a math teacher, and so we’ve frequently thought about the best way to maximize the efficiency and minimize the cost of such a snack. What we ended up with was a great grab-and-go container of almonds, always at the ready in our pantry. Super helpful when you wanna grab some nuts!

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Weighed out to 20gm because why not.

Today also celebrates watermelon, which we are take-or-leave about. Some people really don’t like the texture but that isn’t what bothers us. The biggest downside of watermelons is that even the seedless ones have seeds. Why is that? Well, the watermelons that we eat are sterile, and the seeds are just seed coats, with no seed inside. That entirely defeats the purpose! I don’t care if my watermelon doesn’t propagate, I just don’t want to deal with gross crunchy seeds in my fruit.

P.S., the different between the white and the black seeds is merely age.

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Still pretty fun to cut up and has a really awesome color to it.

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

-SPAK