ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY
The first Saturday in February is a big treat because it’s Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!
Whether the sun rises over a frosty morning or a warm one, having a scoop or two of ice cream for breakfast once a year places a bright spot right in the middle of winter. The creamy goodness of chocolate or vanilla will start the Saturday off right. Add some fresh fruit or sprinkle some of your favorite cereal for some crunch.
Those who like to get creative with their ice cream might like bacon or avocado flavored ice cream at breakfast time. How about cinnamon toast and coffee ice cream? There are so many ways to participate in this deliciously good day. All you really have to do, though, is have ice cream for breakfast.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ICECREAMFORBREAKFASTDAY
Break out of the winter doldrums and have ice cream for breakfast. Enjoy your favorite kind or get creative and try something new. Have an ice cream breakfast party, and invite friends over to indulge with you! Use #iceCreamForBreakfastDay to share on social media.
ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY HISTORY
In the 1960s, Florence Rappaport of New York created Ice Cream for Breakfast Day as a way to chase away cabin fever for her six children due to a winter storm that had blown through the area. The annual celebration caught on as her children grew and shared it on their travels. Today, the day has been observed in Canada, New Zeland, England, South Africa, Israel, and more.
NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY
National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6th recognizes a sweet frozen dessert that has gone from fad status to staple freezer item in a few decades.
Frozen yogurt sales are increasing every year as people want a healthier alternative to ice cream. The explosion of flavors and topping choices add to the popularity of frozen yogurt.
H.P Hood developed the first frozen yogurt in 1970 in the United States. It was created as a soft-serve treat called Frogurt. Not long afterward, Humphreys and Dannon released their own versions of frozen yogurt. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts “health food” status. Ice cream manufacturers soon caught on, offering low-fat options.
Frozen yogurt is again making a comeback as consumers have begun to prefer the tart taste of yogurt. Not only does it find its way into home freezers, but it also is a sweet stop after work or play.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrozenYogurtDay
Enjoy your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt. It’s possible to even make your own. Check out the recipes below or even make another dessert using frozen yogurt. Invite someone to join you in your celebration, too. Add toppings or blend in some fruit. Tell us about your favorites or share a recipe. There’re so many ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!
Give the following recipes a try:
Use #NationalFrozenYogurtDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching this frozen food holiday. But while we’re at it, we’re going to top our frozen yogurt with some sprinkles, whipped cream, and gummy bears.
NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY
On February 6th, National Lame Duck Day recognizes the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution or the Lame Duck Amendment.
The term “lame duck” originated as a description of stockbrokers in 1700s England who could not pay off their debts. The name later carried over to those in business that would continue to do business while known to be bankrupt.
In politics, a lame duck is a person currently holding a political office who has either:
- lost a re-election bid,
- chosen not to seek another term,
- been prevented from running for re-election due to a term limit,
- or holds a position that has been eliminated.
The 20th Amendment
Before the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, Congress had a 13-month delay between election day and the day the newly elected officials took office. In other words, the lame-duck was given a 13-month termination notice, crippling their influence. Hence the ‘lame’ or injured duck.
An awful lot of people are confused as to just what is meant by a lame duck Congress. It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let ’em out, but after you fired ’em, you let ’em stay long enough so they could burn your house down. – Will Rogers
The same applied to the president. The 20th Amendment changed the date the newly elected president took office from March 4th to January 20th.
During a lame-duck session, members of Congress are no longer accountable to their constituents. Their focus can switch to more personal gain instead of acting on behalf of their constituents with an eye toward re-election.
The 20th Amendment shortened this period from 13 months to 2 months. While lame-duck sessions still occur (20 such sessions have occurred since the amendment took effect in 1935), there is less time for sweeping legislation to be approved. Even so, lame-duck Congresses have declared war, impeached a president, censured a senator, and passed the Homeland Security Act, among other actions.
It is also considered a time when the peaceful transition of power occurs. Preparations occur for the out-going president to leave the office and the newly elected president to take over the role.
February 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The California Associated Raisin Company trademarked the Sun-Maid name. Just two years before, advertising executive E.A. Berg created an advertising campaign inspired by the very raisins dried by the sun. In an interesting twist of fate, Sun-Maid executive Leroy Payne spotted a young Lorraine Collett in a red bonnet and asked her to pose for a painting that would later become the Sun-Maid logo.
Covici Friede publishes John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men. Set during the Great Depression, the story follows two migrant ranch workers, George and Lennie, who dream of owning their own ranch someday. Steinbeck adapted the book into a three-act play.
Parker Brothers sold its first Monopoly game. Originally called The Landlord’s Game, it was created in 1903 by Lizzie Magie.
Alan Shepard delivers airmail like he’s never seen before when he hits two golf balls on the Moon. During his third mission to the Moon, the Apollo 14 astronaut took three swings with his specialized club to hit the two golf balls, making the first golf drives in space.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 waffles
2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Turn on the waffle iron to heat. In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until the batter is smooth.
Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray or coat with vegetable oil. Pour batter onto hot iron and cook until golden.
February 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Babe Ruth – 1895
With some of baseball’s most colorful nicknames, including the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth captivated baseball for 22 seasons. During his career, he spent most of his time with the New York Yankees but he left a curse with the Boston Red Sox and also spent time with the Atlanta Braves.
Ronald Reagan – 1911
The 40th President of the United States served two consecutive terms in the Oval Office. Before being elected to any office, Reagan was an actor in Hollywood and president of the Screen Actors Guild. Just two months into his administration, an assassination attempt would be made on his life. He would recover to see to the end of the Cold War and an era of peace and general prosperity.
Mary Leaky – 1913
The British paleoanthropologist made many discoveries during her career but one of the most important came in 1948 when she discovered the first fossilized skull of Proconsul africanus. This early ancestor of both apes and humans lived about 25 million years ago.
Thurl Ravenscroft – 1914
The voice actor is best known as the original voice of Tony the Tiger for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. “They’re Grrrreat!”
Tom Brokaw – 1940
The noted television journalist anchored the NBC Nightly News for 22 years. He is also the author of The Greatest Generation.
Bob Marley – 1945
The pioneering Jamaican musician brought reggae to the masses with the band The Wailers. Some of their most popular songs include “No Woman, No Cry,” “Three Little Birds,” and “Stir it Up.”
Natalie Cole – 1950
The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter earned a legendary reputation in her own right for her jazz and soul music. Known for her albums including Inseparable, Everlasting, and Take a Look, but she also recorded Unforgettable, an album of cover songs previously performed by her father, Nat King Cole.
Mary Rudge – 1842
Anne Bethel Spencer – 1882
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