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National Cake Day - November 26

National Cake Day – November 26
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Today celebrates a dessert that you will find at almost everyone’s birthday party regardless if they are age 1 or over 100.  It is also very commonly the  dessert of choice at bridal showers, baby showers,  wedding receptions, anniversary parties, retirement celebrations, graduations and so many other gatherings and social events.  Cake is often served with ice cream.  Cake is a dessert or snack favorite of millions of people across the nation, even if it is not part of a celebration.   November 26th celebrates cakes each year on National Cake Day.

It may be a bundt cake, cake roll, layer cake, sheet cake, yeast cake, sponge cake, butter cake, fruitcake, cheesecake or one of the many other kinds of cake. It may be made at home from scratch, or from a box mix or picked up from the bakery or grocery store.  Whichever way, a cake can be one, or a combination of,  thousands of flavors.

No one can know how many, as there are countless cake recipes, some of which are bread-like, some rich and elaborate and many are centuries old.

Once considered laborious and time consuming, today, baking equipment and directions have been simplified the process and making cakes can now be enjoyed by both, professional and amateur  alike.

Cakes typically contain a combination of flour, sugar, eggs and butter or oil, with some variety of liquid which may be milk or water, along with a leavening agent such as yeast or baking powder.  Flavorful ingredients are often added, for example; chopped nuts, fresh, candied or dried fruit, fruit purees or extracts.  Cake can be enjoyed with or without frosting or icing.  

There is a long history in the term “cake”.  The word itself has a Viking origin from the Old Norse word “kaka”.


Enjoy the following “tried and true” cake recipes:

Black Forest Cake
Lemon Pudding Cakes
Zucchini Cake
Pineapple Pudding Cake

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Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Cake Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November

Thanksgiving Day – Fourth Thursday in November


Thanksgiving Day is celebrated each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.


In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. A number of U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.

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In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

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Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians. Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

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National Day of Mourning - Fourth Thursday in November

National Day of Mourning – Fourth Thursday in November
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National Day of Mourning is observed annually on the fourth Thursday in November.

The organizers consider the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day as a reminder of the democide and continued suffering of the Native American peoples. Participants in the National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. They want to educate Americans about history. The event was organized in a period of Native American activism and general cultural protests. The protest is organized by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE). Since it was first organized, social changes have resulted in major revisions to the portrayal of United States history, the government’s and settlers’ relations with Native American peoples, and renewed appreciation for Native American culture.

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The National Day of Mourning is an annual protest organized since 1970 by Native Americans of New England on the fourth Thursday of November, the same day as Thanksgiving in the United States. It coincides with an unrelated but similar protest, Unthanksgiving Day, held on the West Coast.

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Turkey Free Thanksgiving - Fourth Thursday in November

Turkey Free Thanksgiving – Fourth Thursday in November


Turkey Free Thanksgiving  is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday in November.


Enjoy Thanksgiving without a turkey .Use #TurkeyFreeThanksgiving to post on social media.


There are several supportive perspectives for the removal of the turkey from the Thanksgiving feast. From the foodie point of view, there are many more scrumptious proteins than the humble turkey.  There is also the vegetarian and the animal rights view points, which are self-explanatory.

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of Turkey-free Thanksgiving.

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International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women - November 25

International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women – November 25
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November 25th has been designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the United Nations General Assembly.

  • One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by an intimate partner.
  • Globally, 35% of women and girls will experience some form of physical and/or sexual violence. This percentage is even higher in some countries.
  • November 25th kicks off 16 days of activism, raising awareness and encouraging education, intervention and prevention ending on December 10th, Human Rights Day.


Organize or attend an event. Wear orange. The UNiTE campaign encourages us to “Orange the World” to symbolize a brighter future without violence and to raise awareness.

Use the campaign #orangetheworld to post on social media.


International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women was first marked as a day to combat violence and raise awareness in 1981 by activists.  The United Nations General Assembly gave the day its official designation in 1999. The date is based on the 1960 assassination of three Mirabal sisters who were political activists in the Dominican Republic who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.


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Usually served in a specially styled glass, parfaits are what this day is all about as we all celebrate National Parfait Day.  Each year on November 25th, people fill their glasses with layers of their choice of ingredients anywhere from ice cream and chocolate to yogurt, fruit and nuts.

A French word that literally means “perfect”was originally used to describe a kind of frozen dessert beginning in 1894.

Served differently in other countries, in the United States, parfait refers to either the traditional French parfait or to a popular variant, the American parfait, which is made by layering parfait cream, ice cream and/or flavored gelatin or puddings in a tall, clear glass topped with whipped cream, fruit and/or liqueurs. 

The Northern United States expanded on the parfait and began to use yogurt layered with nuts or granola and/or fresh fruits which may be, but are not limited to, strawberries, blueberries, bananas or peaches.    This spread quickly across all parts of the country and the “yogurt parfait” gained popularity as a breakfast item.

Times have changed over the years and now parfaits are made up of almost any dessert combination that works well put into layers in a tall, clear glass, ranging from crushed Oreo cookies and cheesecake with  whipped cream to angle food cake pieces and lemon cream filling with whipped cream.


Try one of the following “tried and true” parfait recipes:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits
Fresh Orange Cream Parfaits
Tropical Tapioca Parfaits

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Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Parfait Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


National Tie One on Day - Day before Thanksgiving

National Tie One on Day – Day before Thanksgiving


National Tie One on Day might confuse people with it’s name however it is not at all about going out, getting crazy and drinking too much while others are at home, working hard preparing for tomorrow’s big Thanksgiving Day meal.

National Tie One on Day celebrates the apron as well as the past generations of women who wore them and it was also created as a day to bring joy to the life of someone in need and celebrate the spirit of giving.

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” EllynAnne Geisel


As part of National Tie One on Day, buy an apron, bake something, tuck a note of encouragement in the pocket of the apron (or pin it on it), wrap the baked good in the apron and give it to someone in need on Thanksgiving Eve. Use #NationalTieOneOnDay to post on social media.


National Tie One on Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created by best-selling author Ellyn Anne Geisel, who is also the author of the book titled, The Apron Book.

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Shopping Reminder Day - November 25

Shopping Reminder Day – November 25
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Shopping Reminder Day is celebrated annually on November 25th (also seen on 26th). If you have holiday shopping to complete, this day is here to remind you there are only so many days left.  Depending on the holiday, you have less than two weeks or a month before time is up.

  • There are 30 days until Christmas.
  • There are 32 days until the start of Kwanzaa.
  • There are 11 days until the start of Hanukkah.


Remember to get some holiday shopping done. Use #ShoppingReminderDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Shopping Reminder Day, an ‘unofficial’ national holiday.

Blase´Day - November 25

Blase´Day – November 25
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Blase’ Day is celebrated annually on November 25.

Today we have permission to be blase’ toward just about anything. November 25 is National Blase’ Day.

Of French origin meaning to be indifferent or bored with life, unimpressed, as or as if from an excess of worldly pleasures.

Unimpressed by pumpkin spice everything? It’s okay to be blase’ about it today. Heard the same pop song for the 4th time today? Be blase’. Nothing on TV tonight? Just be blase’. Bored by your friend’s team winning their 266th game in a row? Yep, you got it. Whether it’s that 20 page Christmas letter, your mom’s constant picture taking or the fifth night of left over pizza, you can be blase’.


There are also several ways to express your blase’ feelings.  Meh.  Yawn. Tune out. Use #Blase’ Day to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Blase’ Day, an ‘unofficial’ national holiday.

November 24, 2015 – NATIONAL SARDINES DAY

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National Sardines Day - November 24

National Sardines Day – November 24
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They might be packed with water, oil, tomato sauce or even mustard but they have been cleaned and cooked and are packed in an airtight container and are ready for you to eat.  Some people are afraid to even taste these small, silver fish but sardines have a delicious taste that is loved by millions across the United States.  This is their special day, and they are celebrated each year on November 24 on National Sardines Day.

Sardines are several types of small, oily fish, related to herrings.

Actually a common type of fish consumed by millions of people, sardines are rich in nutrients.

Most commonly served in cans, fresh sardine are also often grilled, pickled or smoked.

Sardines are packed in either water, olive, sunflower or soybean oil or in a tomato, chili or mustard sauce.

The term sardine was first used in English during the beginning of the 15th century, possibly coming from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia where there was an abundance of sardines.

Sardine oil is used in the manufacturing of paint, varnish and linoleum.

Sardines are a great source of vitamins and minerals.
From one’s daily vitamin allowance containing:

  • 13 % B2
  • .25 % niacin
  • 150% vitamin B12
  • phosphorus
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • iron
  • selenium
  • omega-3fatty acids
  • vitamin D
  • protein

– B vitamins are important in helping to support proper nervous system function and are used for energy metabolism.
– Omega 3 fatty acids reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and regular consumption may reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and can even boost brain function as well as help lower blood sugar levels.

Relative to other fish commonly eaten by humans, sardines are very low in contaminants, such as mercury.

The sardine canning industry peaked in the United States in the 1950′s.  After the industry’s peak, it has been on the decline.  The Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine, which was the last large sardine cannery in the United States, closed its doors on April 15, 2010 after 135 years in operation.


Share a can, or two of canned sardines with a friend.  See if you prefer the mustard, chili or the tomato packed ones better! Use #NationalSardinesDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Sardines Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


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National Cashew Day - November 23

National Cashew Day – November 23
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A popular snacking and party nut is celebrated each year on November 23 on National Cashew Day.

The cashew nut is a seed that is harvested from the cashew tree. Northeastern Brazil was the original native home to the cashew tree however, it is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew apples and nuts.

With leaves that are spirally arranged and leathery textured, the cashew tree is large and evergreen.  It can grow as tall as 32 feet high having a short and often irregularly shaped trunk.  The flowers are small, starting out pale green in color then turning reddish with each one having five slender, acute petals.

The largest cashew tree in the world covers about 81,000 sq. ft. and is located in
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

  • The cashew tree has a fruit called the “cashew apple”.  It’s fragile skin makes it unsuitable for transport.
  • A fruit drink is made from the cashew apple in Latin America
  • The Cashew is a less frequent allergen than other nuts or peanuts.
  • Although native to northeast Brazil, the Portuguese took the cashew plant to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565.  From Goa, it spread throughout Southeast Asia and eventually Africa.
  • The shell of the cashew nut is toxic. This is why cashews aren’t sold in the shell.
  • Speaking of the ‘shell’, the Cashew is not a true nut.  They do not develop a hard wall around the seed like a hazelnut or walnut does.  Cashews instead have a lining around the seed that is filled with a caustic fluid.
  • Cashews are a good source of antioxidants.
  • Cashews are a source of dietary trace minerals: copper, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous.
  • Cashew oil is a dark yellow oil for cooking or salad dressing pressed from cashew nuts.
  • Many parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.


Enjoy a handful or two of delicious cashews and use #NationalCashewDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Cashew Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


National Espresso Day - November 23

National Espresso Day – November 23


National Espresso Day is observed annually on November 23.

Espresso (/ɛˈsprɛsoʊ/; Italian pronunciation: [eˈsprɛsso]) is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency). As a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of espresso are very concentrated. Espresso is the base for other drinks, such as a caffè latte, cappuccino, caffè macchiato, cafe mocha, or caffè Americano. Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages, but because the usual serving size is much smaller, the total caffeine content is less. Although the actual caffeine content of any coffee drink varies by size, bean origin, roast method and other factors, the caffeine content of “typical” servings of espresso vs. drip brew are 53 mg  vs. 95 to 200 mg.


Enjoy a cup of espresso and use #NationalEspressoDay to post on social media.


The word espresso in Italian means ‘quick in time’. Before the advent of the espresso machine, espresso was simply a coffee expressly made for the person ordering it and made with recently roasted beans which were freshly ground before brewing and freshly brewed before serving. In the late 1800s, this was common practice in cafés and restaurants.

Today, the freshness of the process is maintained, but we have come to know espresso as a highly concentrated brew served in smaller quantities or used as a base for other, delicious coffee creations. This modern view of espresso is due to the advent of the espresso machine. In 1901, the first successful espresso machine was invented by Italian inventor Luigi Bezzera. The newer technologies produced a smaller, more concentrated cup more quickly than more traditional coffee brewing methods.

Our research didn’t not identify the creator of National Espresso Day.

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National Eat a Cranberry Day - November 23

National Eat a Cranberry Day – November 23
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National Eat a Cranberry Day is celebrated each year on November 23.

Found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs, or trailing vines, that grow up to 7 ft. long and 8 in. high.  Their stems are slender and wiry, and they have small evergreen leaves.

The cranberry flowers are dark pink with very distinct reflexed petals, leaving the style and stamens fully exposed and pointing forward.  The fruit of the cranberry plant is a berry that is larger than the leaves and is initially white but when ripe, turns a deep red.


  • Have an acidic taste that can overwhelm their sweetness.
  • Are a major commercial crop in certain American states;  Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. 
  • Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, with over half of U.S. production.
  • Are mostly processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam or sweetened dried cranberries.
  • Cranberry sauce is considered an indispensable part of a traditional American Thanksgiving meal.
  • Raw cranberries have been marketed as a “superfruit” due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities.
  • There are three to four species of cranberry, classified in two sections.
  • White cranberry juice is made from regular cranberries that have been harvested after the fruits are mature, but before they have attained their characteristic dark red color.
  • Cranberry wine is made in some of the cranberry-growing regions of the United States.
  • Laboratory studies indicate that extracts containing cranberry may have anti-aging effects.

The word cranberry comes from “craneberry”;  first named by the early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem, calyx and petals resembled the neck, head and bill of a crane. 


Enjoy some cranberries and use #EatACranberryDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Eat a Cranberry Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.