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National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day / National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day / National Reptile Day
NATIONAL PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE DAY
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day ushers in the flavors of fall. Cheesecake is one of America’s favorite desserts and by adding pumpkin, we celebrate the essential flavoring of the season.
This sweet dessert mixes fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs, and sugar to create a base. The crust is made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake. Pumpkin may be added to cheesecake recipes in various ways. For example, it may be swirled throughout, mixed thoroughly with all ingredients or layered. Bakers prepare cheesecakes both baked or unbaked. Some bakers flavor cheesecakes and top them with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate or whipped cream.
An ancient form of cheesecake may have been a popular dish in ancient Greece. The earliest attested mention of cheesecake is by the Greek physician, Aegimus. He wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.
James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912. In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese. In fact, bakers us Philadelphia cream cheese more than any other to make cheesecake than any other.
North America has several different styles of cheesecakes: Which is your favorite?
· New York-style cheesecake
· Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
· Farmer cheese cheesecake
· Country-style cheesecake
· Lactose-free cheesecake
· Cheesecake Kludys
· Chicago Style Cheesecake
· Savory cheesecake
NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR VIRTUAL DESKTOP DAY
National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day encourages everyone to take time to organize their virtual desktop. The observance takes place on the third Monday in October.
Remember when your computer was new and the desktop was clean and organized? The trash file was empty. The only files on the computer were the ones the manufacturer created. No viruses. No documents. And your computer was fast, too. You were ready to create, design and program.
A clean and organized space offers fewer frustrations. Everything is in its file and you know where to find it. Archive old files. Create short cuts. This will help your computer run faster and help you find them more quickly. Pin favorite apps to the start menu.
Name photos and put them on a thumb drive. Clean out that email, too. Delete unused icons. You can do the same thing with your phone. Are there games you don’t play anymore? Eliminate them. Make sure your virus protection is up to date and run it. Make sure it runs on a regular schedule.
Neaten up your desktop by deleting unneeded items and sorting the rest into folders. Share your tips. For those who are tech-savvy, offer to help others. For example, if Grandma complains that her computer is slow, you owe it to her to help her out. Show her how to keep her computer running smooth.
NATIONAL REPTILE DAY
NRD was created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but National Reptile Awareness Day also promotes education, conservation, and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing.
A reptile is any amniote that is neither a mammal nor a bird, is cold-blooded, has scales or scutes and can lay eggs on land. Scutes are the thick bony or horny plates which form the dermal layer of such reptiles like turtles and crocodiles.
There are more than 10,000 species of reptiles. The day promotes the wide varieties, their habitats and how we benefit from reptiles, too. How many reptiles can you name? How many different kinds of reptiles have you eaten? Any victims of reptile bites out there? How many college mascots can you name that are reptiles?