[FHCx361] National Candy Cane Day

CANDY CANE DAY IS TODAY AND NOT YESTERDAY FOR SOME REASON!

Before ironically becoming the go-to pseudonym inspiration for porn actresses everywhere, candy canes were meant as a call back to the good shepherds who hung out with Baby Jesus back in the day. Allegedly, they started in Germany like 400 years ago when a choirmaster needed some sort of sugary distraction to get noisy church kids to shut up. Who knew?

This probably isn’t how they did it in 17th-century Cologne, but check out this neat video on how candy canes are made:

 

The candy cane we acquired for today’s celebration broke immediately, as candy canes do. Then AK found a tiny one at work, plus we thought to use this as an excuse to eat a minty Hershey bar. Yay!

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Tomorrow is National Fruit Cake Day.

– SPAK

[FHCx193] National Blueberry Muffin Day/National Mojito Day

Oh, that‘s what those blueberries were for!

IT’S NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY AND NATIONAL MOJITO DAY!

Oh, man. Foresight. Wouldn’t that be cool. Instead we got some mini blueberry muffins!

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And then there was the quest for a mojito! We racked our brains for what Cuban food we could get with some mojito, but opted for something a little bit west of Cuba. Like, Mexican mojito. At La Casita.

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It was citrusy and minty and very refreshing! As summer hit over 90 degrees with 100% humidity today, we were craving anything that gave the sensation of air conditioning while also experiencing air conditioning. La Casita delivered. It was also 1/2 price burrito day, which is like winning the G.D. lottery.

Tomorrow is National Pecan Pie Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx151] National Mint Julep Day

Happy Memorial Day!

IT’S NATIONAL MINT JULEP DAY!

Mint Julep was one of those alcoholic beverages that we knew very little about. Hey! I see you there, judging us! Stop thinking that we’re party-poopers just because we aren’t alcoholics!

AK figured that it was basically lemonade but mint instead of lemon. SP thought it involved gin of some sort and that old, rich people in the South drank it. They’re kind of right. Basically, it’s a mojito with bourbon instead of rum. Hooray, Kentucky. We used Wikipedia’s Recipe.

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Powdered sugar, spearmint, water, and bourbon

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1 tsp of sugar, 2 tsp water, and four mint leaves.

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Muddling.

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Crushed ice!

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Add 4 tbsp of bourbon and stir.

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Garnish with a mint leaf!

Big surprise: it wasn’t our favorite. We’re sure you bourbon-lovers out there would really enjoy it, though!

Tomorrow is National Macaroon Day. Macaron? Macaroon?

-SPAK

 

[FHCx50] National Chocolate Mint Day

50/366, can you believe it?

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY!

With Girl Scout cookies abounding these days, it’s hard to turn down a box of Thin Mints. But as all people focused on losing weight will tell you, sometimes you really have to weigh the consequences and decide if it’s really worth it to buy a box. You can make a donation the troop directly, though, if that is the source of your guilt.

We decided to use the leftover Peppermint Patty today to get to our chocolatey minty. We handed it over to SPom and she whipped up these amazing brownies. Brownie mix, lightened up, with a little bit of peppermint extract in the batter. Then, distribute the bits of peppermint patty. We were all pleasantly astonished at how well the patty melted. They were so, so, so good.

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The extra-dark pieces in there are the remnants of the patty.

AK really loved the gooey inside, and SP especially liked the crisp edges’ contrast. SPom really works wonders, doesn’t she?

Tomorrow is Cherry Pie day!

-SPAK