National Ice Cream Day

Did you know Sunday, July 19th is National Ice Cream Day? So, how do you celebrate? Eat ice cream, of course.

Ways to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. If you need some helpful hints, check out the following.

  • Go Out for Ice Cream: Due to social distancing, many ice cream establishments allow for drive-thru service only. But you still can get your favorite flavors. Grab an ice cream cone, banana split, sundae, or your favorite flavors in a bowl to enjoy. If there’s a park close by, enjoy your choice while sitting in nature. After you finished, walk the paths and have fun being outdoors.
  • Create a Sundae Bar: Hos ta special Sunday afternoon treat for your family by creating a sundae bar. Pick up your favorite gallon of ice cream. Next, add a variety of toppings, including whip cream, sprinkles, nuts, candies, and flavored syrups. Finally, begin the creative process of making the perfect bowl of ice cream.
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches: If you want a more straightforward approach to celebrating National Ice Cream Day, eat ice cream sandwiches. The chocolate cookie filled with ice cream is a perfect treat. For younger children, you can always cut the ice cream sandwich into two smaller pieces.
  • Ice Cream Floats: Vanilla ice cream and root beer are two traditional float favorites. But, you can experiment with your favorite flavors to find the perfect combination to enjoy on National Ice Cream Day.
Vanilla Ice Cream and Orange Soda
  • Your Favorites: Often, after a long day, a little splurging is necessary to relax. Scroop a bowl of your favorite flavor of ice cream and binge-watch a television series or movie.

Whether you go all out with a massive ice cream sundae creation or simply enjoy your favorite, celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Often, small celebrations turn into the biggest memories.

National Indian Pudding Day

Today, November 13, 2017,* is National Indian Pudding Day. Is your reaction the same as mine? What exactly is Indian Pudding? Or perhaps, you have heard of the old fashion recipe.  For myself, when I first read this, I had no clue what to expect from the recipe or even how to create the dessert.

So, like most things, I had to start with some research. The recipe is actually well known in the New England area. The history of the tasty dish goes back to the early 17th century. The dessert was mainly served during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Prior to making the new dessert, I searched for different recipes. For the people who know me well, they are fully aware I am not the best baker. I basically do not have the patience to bake. For the most part, I do know how to bake and cook. But my skills are not top notch in the kitchen department. We all weaknesses. Admittedly, I do enjoy canning and making homemade jam.

After reading the recipe, I knew I was in over my head. I never even heard of the term “temper the egg” before reading the instructions. So, I did what I normally do when I cannot understand a recipe: I called my mother. Of course, she came over to help me. (By the way tempering an egg means slowly adding the hot liquid to the egg mixture to bring the two different temperatures together).

Most of the recipes called for cornmeal, molasses, sugar, milk, and spices. So, my mom and I picked the one, we thought would be the simplest to try for the first time. The recipe was an older one, but the sugar amount was reduced. I did not want or need a lot of sugar in my dish.

The main ingredients for Indian Pudding plus flour and sugar.

The ingredients start by cooking on the stove top.

The mixture coming together.

The next step requires baking. As the Indian Pudding begins to bake, the wonderful smell filled the house.

Baking in the oven.

The final product was finished. I will admit the look of the pudding was not what I had expected.

The finished product straight out of the oven.

 

The wonderful smell matched the deliciousness of the Indian Pudding. The recipe suggests topping with vanilla ice cream or heavy whipped cream. Well, I used the store bought-brand but the final product was still “yummy” good. I am glad I was able to try something new. As an extra bonus, my mom was able to help share this blogging experience.

*Note: This blog was originally written on November 13, 2015, for my other site.

 

Apple Pie Day

Today, May 13, 2017, is Apple Pie Day. Sounds like the perfect type of unofficial holiday for me. Actually, apple pie is one my father’s favorite desserts, coming in second only to pumpkin pie. Years ago, I use to work in a bakery. From traditional the traditional apple pie to the extra sweet caramel apple pie, the variety of apple pies were always a hit.

The history of apple pie may surprise you. Apple pies actually date back to the time of Chaucer in the 14th century. The pie had unique ingredients including, good apples, spices, figs, raisins and pears, cofryn as a crust type layer with saffron to add coloring to the mixture.

Today’s apple pies are completely different with Dutch Apple, Dutch Apple Pie Cheesecake, Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie, and more. Personally, I like the traditional apple pie especially when the piece of pie is still warm. Add vanilla ice cream as a topping, I am completely satisfied.

Regardless of the type, the main ingredient remains the same: good apples. Depending on the availability, I usually use Granny Smith or Honey Crisp.  But I know other people prefer to use Empires.

So tell me what type of apple pie do you prefer?

 

Happy Apple Pie Day!

Until next time….peace

 

Reference:

Apple Pie. (2017). Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_pie

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