Monday, August 29, 2011

National Marshmallow Toasting Day

National Marshmallow Toasting Day is celebrated every year on August 30th. The creator and origin of this observance are unknown.

By now, most kids are back in school or soon will be. Summer is winding down and so are the summertime activities, so if you haven't toasted marshmallows yet this season, now is the day to squeeze it in before summer dwindles away.

To read the history of marshmallows and to see how marshmallows are made visit Lisa loves Holidays.

Image: Roasted Marshmallows by StephanieSzebenyi

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Million Minute Family Challenge

Do you love to play board and card games? Our family sure does! We love to get together, play games, nibble on treats, and laugh our heads off!

Each year, Patch Products Co. sponsors an event which runs from September 1st to December 31st. Over that four month period, families are encouraged to build a bond of friendship and friends are encouraged to make their friendships stronger by making time to play games together. The Million Minute Family Challenge is an endeavor to get groups of families and friends to engage in a million minutes of game playing time by December 31st.

If you're interested in joining the challenge, it costs no money, and all you need to do is go to the Million Minute Family Challenge website, sign up, play your little hearts out, and then return to their site to record your minutes. Oh, and every time you log your minutes you're entered into a monthly drawing to win a prize pack. Woo hoo!

Are you up to the challenge? I know I am! I just signed up today, and can't wait to get started!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

National Cherry Popsicle Day

National Cherry Popsicle Day is celebrated every year on August 26th.

I can't tell you who invented National Cherry Popsicle Day, but I can tell you who invented the Popsicle. His name was Frank Epperson and he was just a lad of 11 years old when he stumbled upon this sweet frozen treat.

Francis William Epperson was born in 1894 and was raised in San Francisco, California. One evening, in 1905, young Frank was mixing up a concoction of soda drink powder and water, a popular drink of the time, and whether it was on purpose or by accident, Frank left the glass of sweetened liquid on the porch over night (one source suggested that Frank liked to experiment and wondered what the drink would taste like frozen). That night was unusually cold for San Francisco and when he awoke the next morning, Frank discovered his drink concoction frozen solid in the glass, with the stirring stick embedded within. He wriggled the frozen drink out, gave it a lick, and decided it was pretty good! Frank ran and showed the frozen treat to his family and friends, but soon after, it became just a memory.

Frank grew up, became a husband, a father, and a Real Estate agent, and then one day, he decided to re-invent his childhood discovery. He made up some "ice on a stick" and served them at a fireman's ball in 1922, at which they met with great approval. In 1923, eighteen years after that frigid San Francisco night, Frank applied for and was soon after granted a patent on the "Epsicle Ice Pop", a name which he eventually changed when his children began to call them "Pop's sicle's".

Sadly, Frank's invention did not meet with instant success. Production and marketing of the "Popsicle" proved to be costly and not as profitable as anticipated. Frank was forced to sell all of his assets in order for he and his family to survive. He sold the patent for the "Popsicle" to the Joe Lowe Corporation in 1925, a decision he regretted for the rest of his life.

Today, "Popsicles" are owned by Good Humor. The favorite flavor is said to be orange. I myself prefer root beer or banana, but we're not here today to talk about any other flavor but cherry, which is pretty darn yummy itself!  

For the occasion, you may enjoy whipping up some nutritional, homemade cherry popsicles for your family.

Here are two recipes that sound extra yummy to me:

(with a recipe for making chocolate shell)
from Zoku Blog

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Princess and Dinosaur Birthday Party Cake Demos

Here are two great videos from and Betty Crocker Kitchens showing us how to make a princess birthday cake for the little princess in your life, and a dinosaur birthday cake for the little dinosaur lover in your life. Liv Hansen, from Betty Crocker Kitchens, almost makes it look easy!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

National Watermelon Day

National Watermelon Day is celebrated every year on August 3rd.

Kids love watermelon! It's cool, delicious, and fun! Watermelon is a sweet, nutritious fruit that can be available year round, but is more accessible and flavorful in the summer months. Because of it's high water content (92%), it is a natural thirst quencher. What's better than a crisp, juicy piece of watermelon on a hot summer's day?

Here is some watermelon fun:
Heart Fruit Kabobs

Watermelon Pops

Watermelon Pops

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Pinata

Watermelon Coloring Page