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AUGUST 27, 2020 | NATIONAL JUST BECAUSE DAY | NATIONAL POTS DE CREME DAY

NATIONAL JUST BECAUSE DAY

On August 27th National Just Because Day offers up an opportunity to do stuff…just because. Feel free to celebrate this day any way you choose.  Just because!

Every day we all do things that are expected or required of us. Sometimes we even do things because we have to do them, we don’t know why. Well, on this occasion, that does not apply. This day is a chance to do something without rhyme or reason.

  • It could be that there is an outfit at the mall that you are admiring; buy it…just because.
  • Maybe you want to use a vacation day just to go fishing; do it…just because.
  • Perhaps you would like to pay the tab for the table next to you at your favorite restaurant; do it…just because.
  • Possibly you want to sing really loud while you’re in your car, by yourself, with your windows rolled down; do it…just because.
  • Surprise someone with flowers…just because!
  • Make something up…just because!
  • Or maybe, just maybe, do something just because Mom said so.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #JustBecauseDay

Do something just because. Sometimes, we need to say things, just because. We have 11 Things to Say…Just Because right here. Use #JustBecauseDay to post on social media.

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Educators, taking the Just Because Day theme to heart, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ways to use this day in your classroom, just because.

NATIONAL JUST BECAUSE DAY HISTORY

In the late 1950s, Joseph J. Goodwin of Los Gatos, California created Just Because Day. It began as a family holiday and grew into an annual celebration across the United States.

NATIONAL POTS DE CREME DAY – August 27

NATIONAL POTS DE CREME DAY 

On August 27th, National Pots De Creme Day sets the table with a delicious custard dessert. Collect your ramekins, because this day gives you another excuse to use them!

Recipes for this delightful French dessert date back to the 17th century. Its name means “pot of custard” or “pot of creme” which also refers to the baking dish. While a pots de creme traditionally bakes in small pots with lids, they may also be baked in other small porcelain dishes. On the spectrum of custards, pots de creme is a loose custard. It should not set when baking completes.  

Stressed spells desserts backward. 

Recipes vary, however, the basic ingredients in pot de creme remains the same. Count on needing eggs, egg yolks, cream or milk and either chocolate or vanilla for flavor. The mixture is baked in the porcelain cups at a low temperature. A water bath helps the custard bake evenly. 

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While chocolate and vanilla are common flavors, don’t hesitate to explore other flavorings. For example, espresso or zesty orange maybe the creamy and decadent touch you’re seeking. Fresh berries and whipped cream add a custom touch. Depending on your choice of flavorings, adding chocolate shavings, mint leaves or a dusting of powdered sugar demonstrates a subtle elegance. How about a drizzle of homemade fruit syrup? Do we have you thinking #CelebrateEveryDay with pots de creme?

HOW TO OBSERVE #PotsDeCremeDay

Savor a delicious serving of Pots De Creme. Test different flavors and compare it to other custards, too. Need a recipe? Enjoy this recipe!
Chocolate Pots de Cream

Use #PotsDeCremeDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL POTS DE CREME DAY HISTORY 

We were unable to find the creator of Pots de Creme Day.


On August 27 in History

1859 

After nearly a year of drilling, Edwin Drake strikes oil near Titusville, PA. The well is the first successful commercial oil well in the United States.

1940 

Nestle registers the trademark for Toll House for the first time in preparation for marketing Ruth Wakefield’s chocolate chip cookies.

1953 

Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn is released in the U.S.

1955 

Students Norris and Ross McWhirter publish the Guinness Book of World Records for the first time.

1964 

Walt Disney premiers the live-action and animated series, Mary Poppins, at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

1971 

Alice Waters, restaurateur and food activist, opens the French restaurant Chez Panisse. The restaurant on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California continues to operate with a menu of fresh ingredients, entrees, pasta and pizza.

1990

The country music artist, Garth Brooks, releases his 2nd album, No Fences.

2008 

Hasbro hosted the world’s largest and simultaneous game of Monopoly. In 21 locations around the world, 2918 people played the popular board game. No word on how many game boards were tossed in angry defeat.

2013 

The Del Mar Dive Club located in Wigston, Leicestershire, UK hosted 60 people playing dominoes underwater setting a world record.

Recipe of the Day

Carrot and Pear Soup

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings:  6

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups diced carrots
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, diced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons diced, fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream for garnish
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.

Add carrots, pears, ginger, and broth. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to boil.

Reduce heat. Simmer and stir occasionally until carrots are tender.

Let cool enough to process in food processor until smooth.

Garnish with dill, salt and pepper.

Serve topped with sour cream and bacon crumbles.

Born on August 27

Charles Dawes – 1865

The businessman and banker was elected as the 30th Vice President of the United States when he ran with Calvin Coolidge in 1924.

Katharine McCormick – 1875

The women’s suffrage activist and philanthropist fully funded research for the birth control pill. 

C.S. Forester – 1899

The English novelist is known for The Hornblower series as well as The Good Shepherd and The African Queen.

Lyndon B Johnson – 1909

Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, completing the term of John F. Kennedy after he was killed by an assassin.

Alice Coltrane – 1937

Jazz musician and spiritual leader, Coltrane also played piano for a short time in the John Coltrane Quartet.

Paul Reubens – 1952

Best known for his character Pee-wee Herman, the performer is also a comedian, writer and producer.

Aaron Paul – 1979

The actor is best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman in the television series Breaking Bad.

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