NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
Each year on the fourth Thursday in November recognizes the National Day of Mourning. The observance is an opportunity to reflect on Native American heritage and the role Thanksgiving played in the lives of their ancestors. The organizers of this observance consider Thanksgiving Day as a continued reminder of the… Read more…
Thanksgiving Day is observed each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. The observance is a time when families and friends gather and give thanks for many reasons, each often as different as each person who gathers around the table. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that many acknowledge today as one of the first… Read more…
Blasé Day is observed annually on November 25th. We aren’t certain if we should feel excited about it or if we should feel blasé about Blasé Day. This unique observance gives us permission to be… Read more…
NATIONAL PARFAIT DAY
National Parfait Day kicks off breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert just right on November 25th! This versatile dish serves up sweet or healthy in layers of goodness. Usually served in a specially styled glass, a parfait presents ingredients in… Read more…
TURKEY FREE THANKSGIVING
Turkey Free Thanksgiving is observed annually on the fourth Thursday in November. There are several supportive perspectives for the removal of the turkey from the Thanksgiving feast. From the foodie point of view, there are many more… Read more…
NATIONAL PLAY DAY WITH DAD
On November 25th, National Play Day With Dad encourages fathers to spend the day focused on fun with their kids. It’s a day designed for bonding and memories. A dad play day allows the children of fathers a focused time to bond. For busy dads, the observance provides an opportunity to… Read more…
SHOPPING REMINDER DAY
Shopping Reminder Day kicks off an unofficial countdown of sorts. Whether you’re finishing up or just getting started, holiday shopping is a task that either stresses people or excites them. For those who look forward to holiday shopping, the idea of finding the perfect gift for someone they love… Read more…
- National Cake Day
- National Day of Listening – Day After Thanksgiving
- National Native American Heritage Day – Day After Thanksgiving
- Black Friday – Day After Thanksgiving
- Buy Nothing Day – Day After Thanksgiving
- Flossing Day – Day After Thanksgiving
- Maize Day – Day After Thanksgiving
- You’re Welcomegiving Day – Day After Thanksgiving
- International Systems Engineer Day – Last Friday in November
Recipe of the Day
Black Forest Cake
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep: 65 minutes
2 – 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 – 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 – 20 oz cans pitted sour cherries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Prepare two 9 inch, round cake pans by greasing and flouring, then layer the bottoms with wax paper.
In a large bowl, mix flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla and beat until well.
Pour into cake pans.
Bake in 350°F oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool the cakes on wire racks for 10 minutes.
Loosen edges, remove from pans and allow to cool completely on racks.
Drain cherries and reserve 1/2 cup of juice.
Combined cherries, 1/2 cup juice, 1 cup sugar, and starch in a saucepan.
Over low heat, cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
In a chilled medium bowl, combine whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar.
Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Split each cake layer with a long serrated knife in half.
Set aside 1 1/2 cups of frosting for decorating the cake.
rush crumbs off the top of each layer of the cake.
Set aside one split layer to tear into crumbs.
Place bottom layer on a cake plate and spread with 1 cup of frosting.
Add 3/4 cup cherry topping.
Add the second cake layer.
Repeat frosting and cherry layers.
Top with the third cake layer and frost the side of the cake.
Pat reserved crumbs onto the cake.
Fit a star decorator tip onto a pastry bag and spoon reserve frosting into the bag.
Pipe frosting around the edges of the cake.
Spoon remaining cherry topping around the top of the cake.
November 25th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
Henri Nestlé registered the Nestlé trademark for condensed milk.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted International Cellucotton Products Company the trademark for Kleenex. It’s interesting to note, that unlike Nestlé, the brand name Kleenex became universally used for the type of product Kleenex was – a tissue. The use of such eponyms often happens when a product becomes a household name. For example, we Xerox to make copies, even if we’re not using a Xerox machine. In the winter, we coat our lips with Chapstick but the brand of lip balm we’re really using might be something else. And if you’re Googling an eponym right now, what search engine are you using? Oh, and chocolate isn’t a brand name of any kind and Nestlé never replaced it.
Robert S. Ledley Received patent No. 3,922,552 for what became known as the Automatic Computerized Transverse Axial or first Whole-Body Computerized Tomography Scanner.
The comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles premiered in U.S. theaters. Written and directed by John Hughes, the holiday film follows two unlikely companions as they travel home for the holidays.
November 25th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Andrew Carnegie – 1935
The steel industry made him a millionaire in the late 19th century. Then Carnegie turned his interests toward philanthropy, developing libraries, advancing education and supporting his cause for peace.
Karl Benz – 1844
In 1885 after many setbacks, Benz succeeded in building the world’s first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine.
Carrie Nation – 1846
The radical temperance activist became notorious for attacking bars and taverns, often wreaking havoc with her hatchet on her mission to end alcohol use.
Sybil Stockdale – 1924
The wife of POW Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, Sybil fought for better treatment of POWs.
John F. Kennedy Jr. – 1960
The son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy founded the magazine, George. Kennedy died in a plane accident in 1999 and the magazine folded two years later.
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