National Frozen Yogurt Day

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day!

National Frozen Yogurt DayHello!

In case you haven’t heard, I’m a massive fan of ice cream and I guess frozen yogurt is okay on occasion too. I have to exercise my newly developed willpower every time I cross the freezer aisle because it’s all too tempting to reach in and fill my arms with Ben & Jerry’s. I even had to throw away my B&J coupons because I would use them as an excuse to talk myself into buying ice cream, get up to the check stand, and then realize that I left the coupon at home. The cycle continued for far too long before I had to be honest and admit that I was playing myself and would never actually remember to bring it. It’s a dangerous game! Lucky for me, I’m not that much of a fan of froyo so walking into Yogurt Extreme wasn’t an enormous risk for this recovering ice cream-aholic. A little bit of cake batter froyo with caramelized walnuts, crushed reeses peanut butter cups, crushed butterfinger, crushed oreo, a dusting of graham cracker, and a drizzle of hot fudge makes a pretty good combination. Don’t be fooled by the blue sky reflected in the door! As soon as I pulled out of the parking lot, it started hailing hard and I was trapped in my car in the driveway, eating my frozen yogurt and listening to the end of a Mahler symphony waiting for a break in the hail and rain. No matter how hard we wish in honor of the holiday, it’s simply not frozen yogurt season yet. Grab a spoon and celebrate! Happy holidays.

Carrie

National Candy Cane Day

Happy National Candy Cane Day!

National Candy Cane DayHello!

We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.

Technically, we’re past Christmas and headed into New Years festivities, but it’s never too late to celebrate a quote from Elf, which is surely the best modern Christmas movie. It’s only fitting to remember the essentials when we celebrate National Candy Cane Day. I raided my mom’s Christmas treat pile and stuffed all of her candy canes into my purse as we went out the door yesterday after dinner. I also took a cookie, but that was personal. The candy canes were purely business. Now, as I write this blog, I find myself surrounded by a pile of candy canes! It’s kind of a dangerous place to be. As I wrote a week ago on National Hard Candy Day, I don’t love candy that you have to suck on and wait to disappear, but candy canes are almost an exception to the rule. My breath is going to minty fresh by the end of the day! Happy holidays!

 

Carrie

National Hard Candy Day

Happy National Hard Candy Day!

National Hard Candy DayHello!

I’m not a big fan of hard candy, but I will indulge in a candy cane around Christmas. I think that I learned the preference from my mom, who will flat-out refuse the offer of jolly ranchers, lemon drops, and lollipops. If she does put on a brave face and accept one, hers will be gone before I barely even have mine out of the package. She chomps right into the candy and chucks the lollipop stick into the trash in mere seconds. I’m a little too scared of hard candy to bite into it like a champ, so I usually suck on it until it gets thinned down enough so that I know I won’t chip a tooth. We made hard candy in a spring unit when Eric and I took Foods I in high school and I’m even more terrified of the process of making hard candy than I am of eating it. Sugar should not be heated to that temperature! It’s scary! Then you have to pour the molten lava into little tiny molds? No thanks. I’m sure that I’m misremembering something, but I have vague memories of a serious lecture before we started into the hard candy unit about how there was the potential to blow up your pot if a drop of water hit the edges with molten sugar inside. Again, that’s probably not correct information from the cobweb corners of my mind, but it’s enough to scare me into never making hard candy again. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Cotton Candy Day

Happy National Cotton Candy Day!

National Cotton Candy DayHello!

This is definitely one of those holidays that I shamelessly celebrate every single year. As you might now, there are more national observances than there are days of the year, so most days have multiple holidays to celebrate. I generally try to mix things around and celebrate different viable or interesting holidays every year so that I’m not doing the same one over and over, but this isn’t one that I can afford to skip. I love cotton candy and even though I might pretend that I’m weighing my options and making an informed decision while I stand in line at the carnival food stand, we all know that I was set on purchasing a huge bag as soon as I stepped into the event. Cotton candy is a treat that I could eat every single day and never get sick of. Lucky for my wallet and my belly, it’s a little difficult to find on an average day and it’s kind of reserved for special occasions and events because not everyone has a cotton candy machine tucked away in the closet. Plus, it’s insanely messy to make and eat if you’re not careful. I had to do a little bit of hunting, but I was able to snag a delicious bag for myself and tuck a few bags away in the snack cupboard for the weeks ahead. You never know when a cotton candy craving is going to hit you! Bring the carnival back to town and track down a delicious web of spun sugar to celebrate in sweet, sweet style. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Caramel Apple Day

Happy National Caramel Apple Day!

National Caramel Apple DayHello!

I absolutely love caramel apples and obsess over them in the fall. There is nothing better than biting through a rich, chewy layer of caramel to find a slightly sour, extra crispy green apple inside. Sprinkles, crushed candy, marshmallows, and any number of sweet sauce drizzles make the outside even more exciting, but when it really comes down to it, all you need is caramel and an apple. Last year, I dove into an apple that was perfectly rolled and smothered in bright pink sprinkles. I opted for something a little more classic this time. Unfortunately, I didn’t do a fantastic job picking out my caramel apple from the pile of boxes in the bakery cooler at the grocery store. I grabbed the one that looked like it had the most caramel, which was my first mistake. I should know by now, as the caramel apple connoisseur that I pretend to be, that the caramel is only good if it’s also accompanied by tart apple. There’s a delicate yin and yang balance that you have to strike with sweetness. As you can see, there was a massive, hard, gloopy pile of thick caramel at the bottom of this apple that didn’t really belong to anything. I chopped that bit off and left it to melt on the cutting board while I ate my slices. The apple skewer was also totally crooked, so I lost a lot of apple when I had to slice around the core and the stick. It was a little tricky and I definitely had a sugar induced tummy ache by the time I was finished, but all in all, it was the perfect after school snack to prepare for Halloween trick or treaters. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Boston Cream Pie Day

Happy National Boston Cream Pie Day!

National Boston Cream Pie DayHello!

Eric and I made a late night grocery run yesterday because Sunday tends to be my lowest energy day. Getting the treat early and having it in the fridge helps me to be prepped and ready to celebrate. Plus, we were a little antsy to get a snack anyway and it got us out of the house and off of our screens for a little bit. Technically, the wrapper said that this was Boston cream cake, not pie, but I really can’t tell the difference. There’s cream, cake, and chocolate stacked up in layers, so that’s really all that I care about. I stuck the dessert into the fridge and closed the door, but then my Netflix marathoning tummy started to complain of hunger. I snacked on some carrots to satisfy the urge, but soon I couldn’t control myself! I popped off the lid, snapped a photo while it was still all nice, and headed back to my lounge spot with a thick slice. Joe definitely had his eyes on it, if you can’t tell from the photo, but he’s such a well behaved little kitty that he kept his paws off my scrumptious slice and just wallowed. I put a treat out for him too so that he could also enjoy something special to munch on, but I don’t think that Boston cream is a kitten-friendly food. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Dessert Day

Happy National Dessert Day!

National Dessert DayHello!

I am always looking for a reason to splurge and go out. Pair a lovely married life walk with ice cream and holiday fulfillment? You have officially made my day. There is a massive storm brewing and being threatened on the weather channel, but a brief moment of open sky allowed us to make a quick walk out. No matter what the weather is like, it’s always time for ice cream in my book. It’s even better on National Dessert Day! I had my eyes on a blackberry ice cream sundae as soon as we walked up to the window, but Eric freaked out with so many choices and the order taker answered us too soon. He panicked and said that he wanted the same, which he soon realized he didn’t. I also went astray and should have gotten a hot fudge sundae. No single sundae topping has ever been or will ever be as good as a thick layer of gooey hot fudge. How dare I forget it? The fruity drizzle was fine and I did enjoy eating through the mound of whipped cream on top, but it did leave a little something to be desired. I guess I’ll have to just go back tomorrow and make things right with a hot fudge do over. Really, every day is National Dessert Day if you play your cards right. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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