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donmedeirosdonmedeiros Posts: 3,379 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

What could be more appropriate on signing day then one devoted to the difficult task of rounding up top prospects ?


Cat Herders Day, on December 15th, 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
  • Airplane repo specialist
  • Manicurist for Shridhar Chillal, the world record holder for the world’s longest nails

Used in a sentence: No one is better at herding cats that CKS.


Each year, December 15th also recognizes National Cupcake Day. The cupcake was originally known as the 1-2-3-4 cake because the recipe called for 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 4 eggs, and also 1 cup of milk, and 1 spoonful of baking soda.

Even the word cupcake sounds like a miniature celebration. They’ve been known by other phrases that make us put our hands together in glee, too! For example:

  • Fairy Cakes
  • Patty Cakes
  • Cup Cakes (different from Cupcakes (one-word)

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. 

Bakers originally baked cupcakes 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.

When it comes to celebrating National Cupcake Day, you are only limited by your imagination. For the bakers out there, it is time to make a batch of your favorite cupcakes. Some bakers may want to step out of their routine and bake something new. Have you been hankering to spice up your cupcakes a bit? Sometimes we need an explosion of flavor or a little extra sparkle in our baking.

Since cupcakes are such a simple recipe, it is also an excellent time to invite the kids into the kitchen. They will love mixing and decorating their individual cakes. That’s what’s so special about a cupcake. 

Another great way to celebrate National Cupcake Day is sending a shout out to your local bakery. They will be baking up batches of colorful and flavorful cupcakes! Be sure to stop in and pick up a dozen to share. Let them know how much you appreciate them, too. 

While you’re baking or shopping, be sure to share your favorite cupcake flavors. There are just so many to choose from! If you’re looking for recipes, we have a couple of delicious ones for you to try, too. Don’t forget to take a picture and share it on social media, too!

Margarita Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Used in a sentence: We might as well enjoy cupcakes today since we won't open the season with one next year.


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    HuckleberryHuckleberry Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I resemble that cat herder comment. We live out in the country and everybody brings their unwanted animals out here. Me and my wife won't turn away a hungry mouth. We have a neighbor that is my nephew. He had a female cat that he didn't get spayed and didn't feed either. She started coming up to our house to eat with the other ferals we feed. She did this for a few weeks and then suddenly she came one evening with five kittens too. We decided to try to get her spayed since she adopted us. The morning we were supposed to take her to the vet she disappeared. Nowhere to be found. She ended up about a month ago with seven more kittens. I've never seen a cat have that many and raise all seven of them. She also scratched under our house and tore into our duct work for our heating and cooling unit. Cost us almost $400 to fix that. We had all of our outside cats spayed and neutered but two females that were thrown out couldn't be caught and they soon started an assembly line. They can't even be trapped. It looks like I am surrounded by cats every evening when I go outside to feed them all. I have them distributed all around the farm though. They don't seem to get along with each other. One thing though, they definitely help keep the squirrels from eating my pecans up. We have a couple of chicken pens and they keep the rodent population down around them. One of them even tries to help me open up the cans of feed every day. He stands up on his back legs and grabs the cans as I pick them up. Each one of them he rubs his head against the side of the can. Then as I open them up and sit them down he licks the juices off of the top of them. He is a sport.

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    HuckleberryHuckleberry Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    My wife fixes a lot of cupcakes but she has a variation of them that is much better. She has Bundt cake pans that are a little bit larger than cupcakes. She uses her cake recipes to fill them. The strawberry ones she puts a big fresh strawberry on top of the hole in the middle after filling the hole with icing. She covers the top of it with the icing too. She even has a variation for Valentine's Day where she makes chocolate covered strawberries to go on them. Two treats in one.

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    donmedeirosdonmedeiros Posts: 3,379 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
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    HuckleberryHuckleberry Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    We have a little boy inside that loves any kind of icing he can get. The strawberry is his favorite. He can smell it and he will beg for a taste. All my wife has to say is, you want a taste. He comes running from wherever he was. Doesn't even say his name. She can even wiggle her finger for him to come. He is one smart boy. The life of the party all the time. My son has several dogs. He gives them a cupcake at night before he goes to bed. They look forward to it. He buys them from wherever. Amazing how smart animals can be. And how much company they can be also.

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    BEACHDAWGBEACHDAWG Posts: 3,333 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I thought it said cat "hater day." Nevermind and I apologize to cat lovers everywhere.

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