National Pie Day on January 23rd celebrates one of the Nations’ favorite desserts. No matter how you slice it, pie in just about any form makes a crowd happy. Fruit pies, berry pies, cream pies – they are mouthwatering servings of homemade goodness. 

National Pie Day simply celebrates the pie. Everyone is invited to bake their favorite pie, but more importantly, the day reminds us to enjoy eating pies! The only other question to ask is, will it be al a mode?

Did you know, the first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age? So, humans have been eating pies for a very long time. And with so many to choose from, we shouldn’t have any problem finding one we like. After all, we celebrate the day twice a year (plus their cousin National Pi Day). 

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Fun Tidbit – Pie throwing:
Cream filled or topped pies are favorite props for humor. Throwing a pie in a person’s face has been a staple of film comedy since Ben Turpin received one in Mr. Flip in 1909.

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The day also offers a perfect opportunity to give a shout out to your favorite bakery. They always serve up the best and flakiest crusts. And we know, sometimes that bakery is known as Grandma’s House. Use the holiday to honor her by learning to bake her best recipes. Take a lesson or two from the master! Or try a new recipe together. We even have a few for you to try in your test kitchen:

Caramel Drizzle Macchiato Pie
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Blueberry Pie

No matter how you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalPieDay to post on social media.


The American Pie Council created National Pie Day in 1986 to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of “serving foods to families everywhere.”



National Handwriting Day on January 23rd encourages us to put pen to paper and write out our thoughts. According to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, it is a chance for all to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting.

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While technology speeds up the writing process and makes communication more efficient worldwide, there’s something to be said for writing something out longhand. Whether it’s a journal, notes, or even a letter to someone, the act of writing with pen and paper is a supremely tactile and patient practice. If it does anything, it forces the body and the mind to slow down and resynchronize.

Look around. In merely seconds, letters and words form when we text or email. Phones transmit our voices in realtime. Once sent or said, those words cannot be recalled.

Meanwhile, writing longhand feels like taking a deep breath. Jumbled thoughts must be sorted before the ink spills onto a white page. They must count and be worthy of the lines that will fill it. It’s an exercise in faith. And it requires practice, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHandwritingDay 

Whether you’re out of practice or execute some beautiful handwriting, share a little handwritten message with us. Here are a few other ideas to try:

  • Start a journal.
  • Send a handwritten letter to a friend or family member.
  • Write a short story or poem.
  • Take a calligraphy class.
  • Write out a to-do list.
  • Leave a love note for someone dear to you.
  • Compliment someone with a handwritten sticky note.
  • Pay with a check – if you dare.
  • Leave your server a tip and a handwritten word of thanks for their service.

Work on your handwriting and use #NationalHandwritingDay to post on social media.

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National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977. Their motive is to promote the consumption of pens, pencils, and writing paper. January 23rd was chosen as this is the birthday of John Hancock. John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

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January 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Elizabeth Blackwell receives her medical degree from Geneva Medical College becoming the first woman to earn a medical degree. Blackwell would serve as a mentor for many women seeking admittance into the medical field.


Kansas elects the first Native American Senator. During his career as a politician, Curtis would serve as the Senate Majority Leader, support the 19th Amendment and become the first Native American Vice President when Herbert Hoover won the election in 1928.


After discovering the ninth planet, Clyde Tombaugh photographs Pluto. The 24-year-old was assigned the systematic task of searching the galaxy for the planet after predictions by other astronomers. Tombaugh made his discovery at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Pluto has since been demoted to a dwarf planet.


The talented jazz star, Duke Ellington makes his Carnegie Hall debut. Ellington premiered Black, Brown, and Beige that night and would make it a tradition to debut a new song each year at his Carnegie Hall concerts.


President Richard Nixon addresses the nation to announce that a Vietnam peace agreement had been reached in Paris.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, inducts its first ten members: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time:  30 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Prep: About 40 minutes
Serves 4 (with 2 slices each)


1 package pizza crust
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
2 green onions, chopped
8 oz. mozzarella cheese


Prepare packaged crust according to package directions.

Combine peanut butter with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and mix thoroughly.

Spread over the prepared and partially-baked crust.

Add chopped rotisserie chicken, green onions, and mozzarella cheese.

Bake 10-12 minutes until cheese begins to turn golden.

January 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

John Hancock – 1737

The American patriot served as the president of the Second Continental Congress. He was also the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, his large signature leading to terrific if untrue, tales.

John Browning – 1855

Instrumental to the American gun industry for fifty years, Browning developed many of the basic designs still used today.

Cordelia Knott – 1890

In the 1920s, Knott along with her husband opened a roadside fruit stand in California. Their entrepreneurial spirit would expand to include an amusement park known today as Knott’s Berry Farm.

William Arthur Lewis – 1915

The 1979 Nobel Prize-winner pioneered the field of Development Economics. He was also Princeton University’s first black full professor, serving twenty years.

Gertrude Bell Elion – 1918

The Nobel Prize-winning scientist began her career as a lab assistant. Throughout her career, Elion’s innovative work would impact the treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases including leukemia, malaria, and AIDS.

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