National Chocolate Cake Day celebrates the cake more people favor. And more often than not, we celebrate our special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and weddings with cake. Why not enjoy chocolate cake on January 27th every year?

In America, chocolate was consumed primarily as a beverage until the 1830s or 40s. Chocolate cakes, as we think of them today, mostly did not exist then.  According to the Dover Post, the chocolate cake was born in 1765 when a doctor and a chocolate maker teamed up in an old mill.  They ground up cocoa beans between huge millstones to make a thick syrup. The liquid was poured into molds shaped like cakes, which were meant to be transformed into a beverage.  

A popular Philadelphia cookbook author, Eliza Leslie, published the earliest chocolate cake recipe in 1847 in The Lady’s Receipt Book.  Unlike chocolate cakes we know today, this recipe used chopped chocolate.  Other cooks of the time such as Sarah Tyson Rorer and Maria Parloa all made contributions to the development of the chocolate cake and were prolific authors of cookbooks.

The first boxed cake mix was created by a company called O. Duff and Sons in the late 1920s.  Betty Crocker released their first dry cake mixes in 1947.

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Try your hand at this homemade chocolate cake from Add a Pinch.

Best Ever Chocolate Cake 

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National Day Calendar says have your cake and eat chocolate, too. We just don’t know who created a holiday celebrating this delicious treat!

NATIONAL BUBBLE WRAP DAY – Last Monday of January


National Bubble Wrap Day (also known as National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day) on the last Monday in January recognizes a fascinating piece of invention. Today, bubble wrap’s primary purpose is to protect fragile items either in shipping or storage. Of course, people also take enjoyment from popping the bubbles in bubble wrap, too.

However, when two engineers created bubble wrap, the use as packaging didn’t pop into their minds right away. Marc Chavannes and Alfred Fielding first sealed two shower curtains together in 1956 in the town of Hawthorne, New Jersey. This technique created a smattering of air bubbles. The two engineers initially thought their creation would make a great wallpaper!  However, sales for the wallpaper never materialized. So,  Chavannes and Fielding moved to sell the product as greenhouse insulation.

The product was originally named Air Cap and produced by the Sealed Air Corporation which was founded in 1960. In 1961, the product evolved into the Bubble Wrap we know today when it protected IBM’s 1401 computer when it started shipping. Sealed Air Corporation trademarked Bubble Wrap and has been filling shipping needs ever since.


Wrap up something in bubble wrap. Find an old piece and have some fun popping the bubbles. Another way to enjoy the day is by reading Poke-A-Dot books. Inspired by Bubble Wrap, these books allow you to pop the bubbles over and over while reading a story to your child, too!

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Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and lessons designed to #CelebrateEveryDay.


In 2001, Jim Webster of Spirit 95 WVNI radio in Bloomington, Indiana created National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

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Recipe of the Day

Garlic Gazpacho

Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  This soup is served cold
Total Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


2 cloves garlic
6 large tomatoes, peeled
1 large tomato, unpeeled
1 large onion
1 each green bell peppers
2 small cucumbers
½ cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
3 cups tomato juice, chilled
1 dash salt
1 dash cayenne pepper


In a food processor, blend peeled tomatoes and garlic.

Add 1/4 of peppers and 1/4 of onions and 1/2 of cucumber and blend. Chill mixture for 1 hour.

Chop the remaining tomato and julienne the remaining vegetables. Cover and chill.

Just before serving, blend olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and tomato juice in blender. Combine with chilled mixture.

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with remaining vegetables.

Serve with crusty bread, such as a baguette.

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God said to me,
Yes, little old me,
Scrawny from pain,
In need of a hair stylist,
Old jeans and tee,
The renegade wear of my early hippie days.

“It’s time to go now,
so pack your favorite things and let’s be off.”

His voice was smooth as
Nate King Cole and spirited as
Sammy Davis Jr. with a wee bit of
George M. Cohan
Thrown into the mix.

“Can I take my Classic Movie Collection?”

“No need, the actors you admire
Are all there , ready to perform
Any choice monologue at your request.”

“You mean
Maureen O’Hara
besting The Duke?”

“Sure, that gets my vote.
I like THE QUIET MAN, too.”

“And Doris Day?”

“She’s not there yet, but Rock Hudson is waiting.”


“Yes, but you might want to gather up
Your poetry books.
Those heavenly rhymers love
A good book signing.”

‘You mean ee cummings, and T.S. Elliott,
Yeats and
Wislava Szymborska?”

“Along with athletes, Esther Williams and Sonia Heine.
You see, Ice rinks and swimming pools

‘So many reasons to leave life,
But I don’t want . . . . “

“We’d better hurry, the party’s about to begin.
The bunting and blue birds are tuning up,
Rehearsing with
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Members who have come this way.

A garden party set In gold-leaf clouds
With a million carousels, real stallions to ride,
A Gala about to start.

Food galore
Lemon curd, blueberry scones,
Chicken salad chucked with celery and sweet red peppers,
Watermelon without social stigma.
No need to take a grocery basket,
It’s already there in full supply
At your favorite, 1940’s corner grocery store.”

“God, Are You sure I’m fit for the excitement?”

Want serenity,
Then let it be,
Just a peaceful glen
to go roaming in the gloaming
With old friends—
The pot-throwing Monk
The young Genius herding sheep,
The favorite Uncle in charge of
Celestial Lost and Found,
Everyone special to you is there
Infants that didn’t make it into life,
Moms and dads who knew you were sorry,
Even when you couldn’t say the words.”

“Hurry up now, Old Lady, you won’t be
Old or in pain much longer.
What you all call “heaven” is nearly here
No aches, all joy, and best of all,
No jangling, junk-calling telephones.”

Charlene James-Duguid
Amissville, Virginia
June 19, 2018