Today We Celebrate An American Legend . . . and Donuts . . . and Chocolate Ice Cream . . .Mmmmmmm!!

Jun 7th

It’s Friday!  WOOHOO!  This has been one of the fastest weeks I’ve ever had! It is almost a shock to find out that we are already going to be starting our weekend, but I’m glad we are.  Tomorrow brings a morning without the alarm clock, which is always a good thing on any day.  I don’t care what else is in the plan, not having that thing making a racket to jangle my poor brain in the morning is nearly a celebration of its own!

(Daniel) Boone Day – It was on June 7, 1769 that Daniel Boone first saw the forests and valleys of what is now Kentucky.  For more than a century this day has been celebrated as “Boone Day”.  He was born on November 2, 1734 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Much of his youth was spent hunting and trapping on the North Carolina frontier.  By the late 1760s he had ventured into the Cumberland Gap Region.  Even though the westward opening in the Appalachian Mountains had been identified by a Virginia explorer in 1970, the French and Indian War discouraged exploration and settlement of the Kentucky territory.  After the war, the lack of manpower or resources to protect the trans-Appalachian frontier, the British prohibited westward migration.  Daniel Boone was among the many settlers who ignored the Crown’s ban.  In 1775 Boone worked with Transylvania Company to establish a trail through the Cumberland Gap.  With about thirty associates he constructed the Wilderness Road, which soon became the settlers primary route to the west.  Mere months after it was finished Boone’s wife and daughters traveled the new trail to the new settlement of Boonesborough, becoming the first Anglo-American women to settle in Kentucky.  During the Revolutionary War, Kentucky was organized as a Virginia county and Daniel Boone served as captain of the militia, put in place because the settlers feared both the Indians and their British Allies.  Boone was captured by the Shawnee in 1778, but escaped in time to warn Boonseborough residents of an impending attack, which enabled the settlement to survive.  He was, and always will be, an American legend.

VCR Day –   Do you remember your first VCR?  It seemed miraculous, to be able to set a show to record, and watch it when you had time!  No more scheduling events around your favorite shows!  The world of movies at home were opened up to us, and we felt so advanced.  The world’s very first video cassette recorder (VCR) for home use was the Phillips Model 1500 that was introduced in England in 1972.  It was huge at 22″ side, 6.5′ wide and 15″ deep.  They were so expensive that we didn’t get one at our house until after I was already an adult and moved out of the house.  The prices had started coming down, new models were coming out, and if I remember correctly we managed to find a used one for not too much.  With the entrance of DVD’s and DVD players, then DVRs, videos have been rendered obsolete.  How many of us have stacks of video cassettes of all of our favorite movies stored somewhere, not quite able to get rid of them, but knowing we’ll never have another VCR again?  It’s a little weird to think that children born today will probably spend their entire lives without ever seeing a VCR tape, much less watch one.  Now I know what my Grandparents felt like when I’d ask them about things that I’d never heard of that they used to have in their lives! 

 

Food Celebrations of the Day –

National Doughnut Day – This day honors the Salvation Army “Lassies” of WWI.  It is also a fund raiser for the needy causes of the Salvation Army.    The original Salvation Army Doughnut was served by the Salvation Army in 1917.  During WWI the Salvation Army “lassies” were sent to the front lines of Europe.  These brave volunteers made home cooked foods that provided a morale boost to the troops.  Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the metal helmet of an American soldier.  The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys.  The Salvation Army lassies were the only women that weren’t military personnel allowed to visit the front lines.  Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance was the Salvation Army’s first “doughnut girl”.  Today see if your local doughnut shop, or other organizations, are offering free donuts to solicit donations for the Salvation Army, or for another needy cause.  If you can find one, please be generous.  By the way, the original word “doughnut” is often shortened to “donut”.  If you see the term National Donut Day, it’s the same day.  Do you know why donuts have holes?  They only cook properly with hollow centers – if they didn’t have the holes then the outside will burn while the middle stays doughy.  Here are some great looking recipes from www.food.com to try today! 

Old-Fashioned Cake Donuts
Jelly Donut Cupcakes
Mom’s Cheat Donuts
Canadian Sour Cream Donuts
Baked Cake Donuts
Chinese Orange Donut Holes

 

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Chocolate Ice cream is America’s second favorite flavor of ice cream (vanilla is 1st)!  I’m sure that we don’t need any extra incentive to eat ice cream, but heck throwing a celebration into things can only inspire us!  Summer weather is here, which only makes a lovely, creamy bowl of chocolate ice cream even better.  Now, if I had my personal preference we’d throw some peanut butter swirls into the bowl too, but that’s probably a different holiday.  Do you know when ice cream originated?  The answer may surprise you!  Ice Cream was first documented back in the 4th century B.C. when the Roman emperor Nero ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit toppings.  This decadent dessert has come a long way since then, but I’m sure we’re all grateful for its humble beginnings.  My very favorite, local ice cream treat is at a candy store downtown.  They take vanilla ice cream bars and when you place your order they dip them into melted gourmet chocolate, then roll it around in toffee and nuts.  Oh My Goodness!  We only have about one a year, and every single bite is worth the caloric splurge.  Yum.  I’m going to have to plan my next cheat day . . . soon!


Well, this is obviously going to be a completely calorie filled, diet killing day.  Choose to celebrate at your own risk!  May want to toss in some extra exercise to make up for it.  However you choose to celebrate, do take some napkins and running shoes with you, just in case.  God Bless You!  I’ll see you tomorrow!

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