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DECEMBER 8, 2018 | NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY | PRETEND TO BE A TIME TRAVELER DAY 

NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY

Each year on December 8, brownie lovers across the nation enjoy one of their favorite baked goods on National Brownie Day.

Brownies were created in the United States at the end of the 19th century.  A cross between a cookie and cake, they soon became very popular across the country.

With the chocolate brownie being the favorite, the blonde brownie runs a close second.  A blonde brownie is made with brown sugar and no chocolate and is often called a blondie.

There was a request for a dessert for a group of ladies that would be attending a fair in the late 1800s.  They wanted a small cake-like dessert that could be eaten from a boxed lunch.  A Chicago chef, working at the Palmer House Hotel, created the first brownie for the ladies, which featured an apricot glaze and walnuts.  The Palmer House Hotel still serves their original recipe for brownies on their menu.

The earliest recipes for brownies comparable to those familiar to us today are found published in regional cookbooks and newspapers around the turn of the last century. The 1904 Laconia, NH Home Cookery, the 1904 Chicago, IL Service Club Cook Book, and an April 2, 1905, edition of The Boston Globe are three early examples. In 1906, Fannie Merritt Farmer published a recipe in an edition of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book.  

Three myths that have gained popularity over the years, regarding the creation of the brownie:

  • A chef accidentally added melted chocolate to biscuit dough.
  • A cook forgot to add flour to the batter.
  • A housewife did not have baking powder and improvised with this new treat.  The story tells that she was baking for guests and decided she would serve them these flattened cakes.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try one of the following brownie recipes:

Chocolate Mint Brownies
Cheesecake Brownies
Cherry Swirl Brownies
Brownies

Use #NationalBrownieDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Brownie Day.

PRETEND TO BE A TIME TRAVELER DAY

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day is observed annually on December 8.

Time travel has captured our imaginations for generations.  Science and authors keep coming back to the topic again and again, so it should be no surprise there would be a day to pretend to be a time traveler.  The original blog post that got the day rolling can be found here.  For more resources on how to be a time travel or at least act like one, we can explore the wide array of television and movies produced over the decades.

For example, Doctor Who is in its 26th season.  Some might say that might be plenty of resource material right there.  Let’s not stop, though.  We’ve made a list and some of them might surprise you.

Television

 

Doctor Who
Quantum Leap
Outlander
Voyagers!
The Time Tunnel
Tru Calling
Continuum
11.22.63
Fringe

Books

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Movies

Groundhog Day
Back to the Future
The Terminator
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Midnight in Paris
Edge of Tomorrow
About Time
Peggy Sue Got Married

HOW TO OBSERVE

Act like a time traveler.  Choose your time period and decide whether you are traveling to the past or the future. Be overly shocked when someone says, “I’d kill for a double mocha latte right now,” or “That car is the bomb.”  Misuse technology.  When someone offers you earbuds to listen to a new song, sniff them to see if they smell good.  Use #PretendToBeATimeTraveler to share on social media.

HISTORY

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day began in 2007.

On Deck for December 9, 2018

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