Hot Enough, Gorgeous Grandmas, “Yada, Yada, Yada”, Sprinkles, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Chocolate and Peanut Butter

July 23, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning my sweltering sidekicks. Today is Friday, July 23, 2021. Today is the 204th day of the year, and 161 days remain.

“Hot Enough For Ya” Day 

Hot Enough For Ya Day is celebrated annually on July 23rd. As you might expect, this holiday is pretty much self-explanatory. All across the United States, summer is in full swing. Record highs are being broken at an alarming rate, so the best thing you can do to avoid the oppressive heat is to stay inside.
If you absolutely have to venture outside, wear light clothing and a hat. And, don’t forget to liberally apply sunscreen. To celebrate Hot Enough For Ya Day, greet all of the other unfortunates you encounter while ‘out and about’ on this scorcher, with a hearty, “Hot Enough For Ya?”

Gorgeous Grandma Day 

Gorgeous Grandma Day is celebrated annually on July 23rd. You don’t need to be an intuitive to deduce that this holiday celebrates those gorgeous women who still live life to its fullest and don’t let things like grandchildren or their age slow them down – gorgeous grandmas.
Whether they are the keeper of the ‘secret’ family recipes, ride a Harley, or run a 10k’s for breast cancer, gorgeous grandmas want to get the most out of every day of their life. They cherish themselves as much as they cherish their loved ones. They love life and let everyone know it.
Chances are that most of you won’t have to look past your own family to find a gorgeous grandma – who knows, maybe you are the gorgeous grandma in your family. So today, celebrate Gorgeous Grandma Day by letting her know how much you appreciate her and all that she does – that is if you can catch her.

Yada, Yada, Yada Day 

Yada, Yada, Yada Day is celebrated annually on July 23rd. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates the expression yada, yada, yada.
The word yada is a transliteration of the ancient Hebrew word (yaw-dah’) and is translated “to know”. It is first used in Genesis 4:1 “The man yaw-dah (knew) his wife and she conceived.” Basically, it was a euphemism for sex in ancient Hebrew literature. It has had many incarnations since then, including yadda and yatta.  It was used in 1930s vaudeville (and some say even earlier than that) and by comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1950s.
The usage of “yada, yada, yada” with which most of us are familiar today became a part of our culture in the episode of the TV show “Seinfeld” (season 8, episode 19). In the episode, George’s new girlfriend, Marcy, uses “yada yada yada” to shorten her stories. George becomes suspicious when Marcy tells him that her ex-boyfriend had visited her the night before “and yada yada yada, I’m really tired today.” George later consults Jerry and Elaine, suspecting that Marcy used “yada yada yada” to cover up sex with her ex-boyfriend, and Elaine believes that this is possible.
Yada, Yada, Yada Day is an “internet holiday” and had its beginnings on Facebook in 2015. My research revealed no clues regarding why this holiday is celebrated on this particular date. The “Seinfeld” episode first aired on April 24, 1997, and has no correlation to today’s date. None of the main characters on the show were born on this date, and likewise for the writers or producers, so your guess is as good as mine – yada, yada, yada.

Sprinkle Day 

Sprinkle Day is celebrated annually on July 23rd. Although many of you would enjoy a good sprinkle today to get some relief from the heat of the ‘dog days of summer’, this holiday has nothing to do with precipitation. Rather, it celebrates those tiny, multi-colored confectionery decorations – sprinkles. Sprinkle Day was founded by Rosie Alyea, a baker,  and cookbook author.
Nonpareils, similar to sprinkles but more round than oblong, existed by the eighteenth century and sprinkles are derived from them. In America, particularly around Boston and Philadelphia, sprinkles are commonly called ‘jimmies‘. In England they are ‘hundreds-and-thousands‘, and in Indonesia they are ‘meses’. In Holland they are called ‘hagelslag’ (which is not only the name for sprinkles but also for buttered white bread covered with chocolate sprinkles) This is similar to ‘fairy bread‘ – a favorite in Australia and New Zealand, that is buttered white bread covered with rainbow-colored sprinkles. In Belgium, they are ‘muizenstrontjes’ (which translates to “mouse droppings).
These days, sprinkles are most commonly used to decorate cakes, cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, ice cream, and other such desserts. No matter what you call them, celebrate Sprinkle Day by enjoying some sprinkles today on whatever you want.

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day 

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is celebrated annually on July 23rd. Even if you’re lactose intolerant, you should be able ascertain that this holiday celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors – vanilla. While vanilla ice cream may not be the favorite flavor of ice cream in America (chocolate has that distinction), vanilla ice cream is a close second and is more refreshing and more versatile. Vanilla has been used as a flavoring ingredient by the Aztec people as early as the 1500s. It probably made it way to Europe via Spanish explorers shortly thereafter.
Vanilla ice cream is a classic ice cream choice with a rich history. Vanilla ice cream was made popular in the United States in the 1780s when Thomas Jefferson brought the recipe over from France, although evidence exists showing that colonists made ice cream long before Jefferson’s recipe surfaced. One thing is clear though, Thomas Jefferson loved his vanilla ice cream. According to Montecello.org, vanilla ice cream was reported by visitors to have been served several times during his presidency. Jefferson even produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s, which is now housed at the Library of Congress. The Thomas Jefferson ice cream recipe is also available at the Mt. Rushmore Visitors Center in South Dakota.
Whether you prefer a cone, a dish, an ice cream soda, a shake, a sundae, or a float, celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day by having some vanilla ice cream – and the great thing about vanilla ice cream is that you have such a wide variety of flavorings with which to top it if it is otherwise too bland for your palate. And, don’t forget to top whatever kind of ice cream treat you decide to have with some sprinkles and “kill two birds with one stone” – so to speak.

Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day 

Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on July 23rd. You needn’t be a culinary genius to conclude that this holiday celebrates on of the world’s favorite flavor combinations – peanut butter and chocolate. While no one knows who first combined peanut butter and chocolate, or when it was first done, one thing is certain – since then, the culinary world has never been the same.
Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day celebrates this glorious combination of nutty and sweet. Peanut butter and chocolate were both created by the Aztecs. Peanut butter was, oddly enough, used as a toothache remedy – and chocolate was used as an offering to the gods and was the drink of royalty.
Today you can find peanut butter and chocolate in almost every conceivable combination, and, to my knowledge, the mixing of the two has never lead to any kind of culinary regret. Everyone knows about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, probably the most renown combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Most specialty candy shops offer a superior, albeit, more costly version of peanut butter cups. Additionally, peanut butter and chocolate can be found in recipes for cakes, cup cakes, cookies, and even ice cream.
You don’t need a doctorate in the culinary arts to know how to celebrate Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day. All you need is the craving for peanut butter and chocolate. So, have some peanut butter and chocolate in any of the aforementioned ways – or give this recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Bars a try. It appears to be relatively simple and should satisfy your craving for peanut butter and chocolate.

Listed below is another holiday celebrated on this date that deserves mention. 

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