Today is a great day to go bananas. Aug. 25 is National Banana Split Day! This creamy dessert or snack has been eaten by young and old alike since the turn of the century. After all, who can resist bananas surrounded by scoops of creamy vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream topped with nuts, whipped cream and a maraschino cherry served in a long dish? While the origins of this holiday are unknown, David Evans Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist, is credited as the “inve
Aug. 24 is National Waffle Day. On this day back in 1869, Cornelius Swartwout received a patent on an invention that would forever change breakfast – the stove-top waffle iron. General Electric went on to produce the very first electric waffle iron years later, in 1911. Whether you prefer your waffle drenched in syrup, slathered with butter or plain, folks have been eating waffles for centuries. Traditionally served for breakfast, waffles are available in a wide variety of f
If you are in the mood for something sweet to eat, you're in luck! Aug. 23 is National Sponge Cake Day. Sweeeet! This light and airy dessert is simple to make and even better to eat. Sponge cake gets its fluffy texture due to the way its “whipped” up. While the origins of this particular food holiday are unknown, folks have been eating sponge cake since the 1600s. The first sponge cake recipe was found in 1615, in The English Housewife: Containing the Inward and Outward Virtu
Today’s holiday is all about helping others less fortunate. Aug. 22 is Be an Angel Day. Inspired by angels, this annual holiday was launched by author Jayne Howard Feldman in an effort to encourage random acts of kindness and lend a helping hand to someone in need. According to Feldman: "BE AN ANGEL DAY is a perfect opportunity to deliver to others messages of love, hope, faith, and peace -- messages from God that the angels deliver to us in our lives daily. Together we can s
Aug. 21 is National Senior Citizen’s Day, an annual event that celebrates America’s seniors. On this day, Americans are encouraged to honor and recognize the countless contributions and sacrifices senior citizens have made throughout their lives to their families, communities and the nation. United States President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Aug. 21 National Senior Citizen’s Day back in 1988: "Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereb
Get ready to scream for ice cream! Aug. 21 celebrates a sweet treat folks around the world love to eat. It’s National Spumoni Day! In case you’ve never tried it, spumoni is a delicious Italian dessert consisting of several layers of different flavored ice cream, whipped cream, fruit and nuts. Spumoni should be cut, not spooned. Who knew? In honor of National Spumoni Day, why not try a delicious helping of spumoni today? Today is also National Senior Citizen's Day.
Get ready to pucker up, America. If you’re looking for a refreshing beverage to whet your whistle, you’re in luck! If you need a little something to whet your whistle during the dog days of summer, go grab your tallest glass. Aug. 20 is National Lemonade Day, an annual holiday that celebrates a classic American drink. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, folks have been enjoying lemonade for centuries! Lemonade is a tart yet sweet drink typically comprised of lemo
Aug. 19 not only celebrates the history and future of aviation, but also celebrates one of America’s favorite vegetable. It’s National Potato Day. Potatoes are inexpensive and versatile veggies that Americans love to eat! Loaded with vitamins and minerals, spuds or taters can be prepared in a variety of different ways. Whether you prefer yours in a cold salad or hot soup, baked, boiled, steamed, fried, nuked, scalloped, roasted, grilled, mashed, smashed, stuffed or sliced and
Today celebrates the world of aviation. In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Aug. 19 National Aviation Day which just happens to coincide with another important day in history. On this day in 1871, a pioneer in aviation history was born - Orville Wright. The Wright Brothers While Orville and his brother Wilbur owned the Wright Cycle Company bicycle business, the brothers had bigger dreams that would one day change the course of history. After several years of tria
Today is International Homeless Animals’ Day, an annual “howliday” dedicated to helping our furry four-legged friends around the world. On the ‘heels’ of Black Cat Appreciation Day, International Homeless Animals’ Day is observed annually on the 3rd Saturday in August. The world-wide event raises awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. While the economic conditions in America are improving, many shelters are inundated with dogs and cats. Sadly, millions of unwanted,
Get ready to scream, America! Aug. 18 is National Soft Ice Cream Day. Sweet! Soft serve ice cream is a popular treat that has been eaten since the early 1900s. A special technique is used in machines to make the soft serve ice cream extra soft and creamy. Perfect for a summer-time snack, soft ice cream is available in all sorts of delightful flavors and is served in a cone or a dish. While modern soft serve ice cream machines make making soft serve a snap, you can also make
Have you heard the latest “mews?” Whether you are an avid animal lover, feline fan or crazy cat lady, this particular "howliday" may be right up your alley! A fabulous feline-inspired occasion is here and folks around the nation are ready to celebrate! Aug. 17 is Black Cat Appreciation Day, an annual holiday that celebrates black felines in all their magnificent glory. Unfortunately, many animal shelters are inundated with unwanted, unloved, neglected and abused animals.
With a new school year right around the corner, school supplies, books, physicals and new clothes can cost a small fortune for folks already struggling. If you’re searching for a place where the bargains are big and the prices are low, you’re in luck! National Thrift Shop Day Aug. 17 is National Thrift Shop Day,sometimes referred to as National Thrift Store Day. This annual “holiday” raises awareness about the ginormous value of second-hand shops. While the origins of this pa
Have you heard the big "buzz"? A highly anticipated day of the year is here and folks around the country are anxious to celebrate! If you need a little something to get you into the holiday “spirit,” get ready to raise your glass, America. Aug. 16 is National Rum Day in the U.S.A! While the origins of this “spirited” holiday are unknown, people have been drinking rum forcenturies. Originally used for medicinal purposes, rum was actually the drink of choice for pirates back in
Knock knock. Aug. 16 is National Tell a Joke Day. No joke! Despite a bad economy and high unemployment, today serves as an important reminder that we shouldn’t take life too seriously. Whether we watch a classic sitcom on TV, watch a funny flick or stop by our favorite comedy club, we all need to take a moment or two out of our busy and stress-filled lives and laugh. Besides making us feel good, laughing is also good for you! Studies suggest laughter may help prevent heart di