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National Cat Herder Day / National Cupcake/Lemon Cupcake Day
NATIONAL CAT HERDER DAY
Cat Herders Day, on December 15, recognizes those whose life or job is like herding cats.
They seem cute, adorable, and innocent. How much trouble can they cause? In general, when describing our lives or our jobs, are they that difficult? No matter how organized we try to be, errant kitties get away. While we are focused on bringing three or four tasks into line, another spills the milk or creates an avalanche of problems. Before we know it, chaos ensues.
In the employment world, we might describe a challenging position or one tough to keep filled “like herding cats.” Jobs that might fit that description may include:
· Dog washer
· Maid of Honor to a bridezilla
· A basketball player for Bobby Knight
· Kindergarten teacher
· Personal assistant to the founder of National Day Calendar®
· Airplane repo specialist
· Manicurist for Shridhar Chillal, the world record holder for the worlds longest nails
NATIONAL CUPCAKE/LEMON CUPCAKE DAY
Many don't enjoy having cupcakes on our schedule every year, but hardly anyone doesn't enjoy a good cupcake.
Someone must have wanted to surprise a loved one with a sweet, single-serving treat when they invented the cupcake. One of the first recipes for a cupcake can be traced back to 1796. A recipe notation for a cake to be baked in small cups was written in American Cookery (by Amelia Simmons). Don’t you wonder if she made them for her children or grandchildren?
The earliest known documentation of the term cupcake shows up in 1828 in Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats. The cookbook was by Eliza Leslie. Maybe she just liked individual servings.
Cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups. Today, some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, larger teacups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes. They do make a beautiful presentation for these miniature cakes.
Today, cupcakes are an artform. Bakers create elaborate decorations and displays utilizing a variety of ingredients. Whether they’re the centerpiece of a wedding, birthday, or anniversary cupcakes satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Colorful and fun, these single-serving delights offer a pleasing option when planning any celebration.
The single-serve cake makes it convenient for serving and sharing. Today there are a variety of recipes and just as many flavors to choose from.
A couple of recipes for you to try: