Dunkin’? Krispy? You Choose.

Here’s a bit more information than is appropriate to divulge on a public blog: I adore a good donut.  And an even better donut is one with hidden delight.

Yet this is the first that I have heard of National Cream-filled Donut Day.  Think of all the uncelebrated September 14ths gone by.  Arrrggghhh!

Okay, moving on.

Just who exactly came up with the first cream-filled donut is unclear.  The general consensus is that the Dutch settlers introduced the U.S. to their olykoek (or “oil cake”), and the sweet dough fried in fat is the closest progenitor of the modern donut.

But, these early versions had issues.  Namely, it was difficult to cook them completely so the center was often gooey.

So, does this count as the first cream-filled donut?  Yeah, we didn’t think so either.  It sounds more like the first half-baked donut.

Other early versions were stuffed with fruit or nuts, which helped to cook the center, or the center was poked out all together.  But who came up with the idea of injecting cream into Boston’s donut or creamy frosting into a Long John is unknown.  

The more research we do here at The Daily Cupcake, the more we realize genius often goes unrecognized.

Today’s cupcake goes out to the quiet inventors who helped the donut realize its potential.  We’d love to name names and salute you.  Instead we’ll think of you as we indulge in your legacy.

Perfect Symbiosis

If ever two commemorative days were destined to be together, they are today’s.

Happy International Chocolate Day AND Day of Positive Thinking.

We positively think today will improve immensely if it is dipped in chocolate.

I could not find the source of this pic. If you recognized it, let me know. I'd love to give them credit. They are gorgeous!

The truth is your author is feeling just a bit too snarky to do today justice, so instead I offer my favorite snips of wisdom from quotegarden.com and the most delicious-looking photos I could find.  Bon A Petite!

    • A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.  ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995
    • Attitudes are contagious.  Are yours worth catching?  ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering
    • If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.  ~Oscar Wilde
    • I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.  ~Ancient Persian Saying  
    • If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.  ~Cavett Robert
    • Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts.  It’s what you do with what you have left.  ~Hubert Humphrey
    • Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  ~Winston Churchill
    • There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.  ~Robert Brault

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.  You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.  ~Roald Dahl
    • To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.  ~George Santayana
    • Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.  ~Francesca Reigler
    • The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.  ~Foster’s Law



A Week of Dancing and A Day of Gaming

Today is Video Games Day.

Wow!  The Daily Cupcake could hear the loud cheering from here.  Impressive.

We acknowledge that there are many people who are rabid fans of their game of choice, and today offers an excuse to chuck responsibility and go for the console.

For others, today is a day to find your game of choice.  I’m still searching.  My first love was Frogger.  Then there were brief flirtations with Pole Position and Super Mario.  There was that dark period lost to endless games of Tetris.  Things improved with Dance, Dance Revolution.  And lately it has been all about Wii (to the point that I can no longer find a tennis opponent, so sad).  Oh, yeah.  And Angry Birds.

There are unexplored worlds out there–Grand Theft Auto, anything with ‘war’ or ‘football’ in the title.

And they may just have to remain unexplored because today also marks the beginning of Line Dancing Week.  

(The loud cheering you hear now is from my mom.)

Grab your Wranglers, Justins, and 50 of your nearest and dearest and line up!  Really, when was the last time you cut loose to “Cotton-eyed Joe”?  Enjoy!

To sum up, the real question is: is there a video game of line dancing?  If there isn’t one yet, I hope they invent one like this!

Happy Gaming Day and Dancing Week!

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing Machine Day

The Daily Cupcake must preface this post by explaining that there is a question as to whether Sewing Machine Day is today or in June.  We say, why not celebrate both?

The sewing machine (France gets the credit for the first machines in the 1830s) revolutionized the world.

Sewing is one of those skills that is no longer passed down through generations as it once was.  My guess is that most homes have a sewing machine, but it is in a closet, attic or basement under years of dust.

Sad, too.  Look at how gorgeous some of these vintage machines are. 

As easy as it is to go out and buy cheap ready-to-wear, often the clothes do not fit correctly or are poorly made and quickly look warn.  Learning to sew your own garments means that the clothes fit you and are solidly made.

Of course, some of us (you can’t see, but I am raising my hand here) attempt to make our own clothes which end up not fitting correctly and looking poorly made and warn.  Still, there is something alluring about making an outfit that is entirely your own.

Thanks to shows like Project Runway and events like The Great Recession, sewing has seen a bit of resurgence.  And thanks to the Internet, those who haven’t made anything can enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labors on blogs like SewRetro.

 

(Yes, I have seen every season of Project Runway.)

Teddy Bear Day

One of the few facts I remember from the mind-blowingly boring History of the American Presidency class I took in college is that the teddy bear was inspired by President Teddy Roosevelt.  At the time, I thought the first bears actually had the face of the president with the body of a bear.  This seemed a creepy toy to offer a small child.  Thankfully there is a bit more to the story.

So the legend goes like this:

President Roosevelt went on a four-day bear hunt in Mississippi and the only opportunity he had to kill a bear was a cornered bear cub that had been tied to a tree.  When he saw the cub, he refused to kill it, saying something along the lines of how he couldn’t look his sons in the face if he did.  

A cartoonist traveling with the group captured the moment, and little stuffed bear cubs called Teddy’s bears started popping up in stores.  They were instantly popular and have remained so ever since.

For the serious fan.

It’s a charming story.

But an incomplete one.

Try as I might to Google (shout out to the birthday site!) the rest of the story, I could not find a version where President Roosevelt called the trip a thrilling success when he shot the cretin who tied the cub to the tree.

For the cynical fan.

I’m Not Sure . . . So I’ll Google It

[Warning: This post contains an offensive number of parenthetical asides.  We are seeking treatment for this addiction and will correct the habit as soon as the medication (read chocolate, baths, or procrastination—–AAAARRGG–did it again!) takes effect.]

How did we function before Google (both noun and verb form)?  Endless information, answers to our (almost) every question (except of course the origins of National Cheese Pizza Day–one of our National unsolved mysteries), pictures, schedules, coupons: all of these are just the more productive options a Google search yields.

So how is it possible that this ubiquitous site was founded in 1998?  Yeesh.

I remember 1998.  For of-the-moment-scoop we watched CNN.  And thought we were lucky to have access to such information.  So naive, so naive.

Forget BC and AD.  We should start labeling time with BG (before Google, instead of pre-Google which would be easily confused as labeling a time appropriate for children under the age of 13) and AG.

Happy Birthday Google.  You have seriously changed the world.