Celebrating: Mutts and Raspberry Cake Day

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July 31, 2011

★~ Today’s Quote: “Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?” “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-Part 2

★~ Mutts Day:

The word mutt is used to describe a dog that comes from a mix of two or more different dog breeds.  Rather than creating a celebration for one type of dog over another type of dog, let’s use the word mutt to celebrate our own unique, special pups that have value far beyond their breeding (whatever that might be!). Celebrate today by noticing and appreciating the qualities that make your precious fur-ball unique and special to you.

★~ Raspberry Cake Day: 

Raspberries are sweet summertime berries, which are being harvested right now.   I love the combination of chocolate with raspberry, but after Cheesecake Day, I went looking for a lighter recipe and found one for a raspberry buttermilk cake. I don’t want to bake, or turn the oven on to 400⁰F, but I am still tempted to give it a try; or I might just ice a piece of toast with some raspberry preserves and call it a cake.

Enjoy a piece of raspberry cake in celebration of one of summers best sweet fruity treats–the Raspberry.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1928 – MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, White Shadows on the South Seas. Leo’s dialogue was more extensive than the film’s, whose only spoken word was, “Hello.

♥~ 1932 – The George Washington 25-cent coin was put into circulation by the U.S. Mint on this day.

♥~ 1955Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada, at age 17, became the youngest person to swim the English Channel.

♥~ 1971 – The first men to ride in a vehicle on the moon did so on this day in the LRV (lunar rover vehicle). This example of a lunar dune buggy carried Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin for five miles on the lunar surface. Their first stop at the rim of Elbow Crater was televised back to Earth to millions of viewers. The moon ride lasted two hours and the astronauts were heard to exclaim, “There’s some beautiful geology out there!”

♥~ 1985 – Prince was big at the box office with the autobiographical story of the Minneapolis rock star, Purple Rain. The flick grossed $7.7 million in its first three days of release on 917 movie screens. The album of the same name was the top LP in the U.S., as well

★~Born Today:
♥~ 1958 – Bill Berry musician: drums: group: R.E.M.: Radio Free Europe, Talk about the Passion, So Central Rain, [Don’t Go Back To] Rockville, Seven Chinese Brothers

♥~ 1963 – Fatboy Slim: Rock musician

♥~ 1965 – J.K. Rowling author: Harry Potter novels, films

♥~ 1979 – B.J. Novak, Actor, writer: The Office”

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Harry’s birthday is July 31, 1980. Rowling’s birthday is also July 31—but in 1966.

♥~ Rowling says the idea of Harry Potter just “strolled into her head” during a four-hour train delay.

♥~ According to Rowling, her favorite book as a child was The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

♥~ Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing books

♥~ Several publishers rejected the first Harry Potter manuscript saying it was too long and literary, but Bloomsbury Publisher finally accepted it in 1996. The book’s publisher suggested Rowling use the name “J. K.” rather than her real name “Joanne Rowling” to appeal to male readers. She took the “K” from her grandmother’s name Kathleen, but neither “Kathleen” nor “K” is part of her legal name

♥~ As of 2008, Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages.

♥~ A picture of Gandalf the Grey (from The Lord of the Rings) can be seen in the collection of great wizards in Professor Dumbledore’s study in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

★~ Today’s Giggle: 


Reminiscing Grandmother

A grandmother was telling her granddaughter what her own childhood had been like . . . “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”

The little girl was wide-eyed, taking all this in. At last she said, “Gramma, I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”


Hope you have a very Super Sunday. I will be back later to Muse about cheese. Odd Loves Company so leave a comment if  you have a morno moment


10 thoughts on “Celebrating: Mutts and Raspberry Cake Day

  1. I’ve sat in trains for more than 4 hours and not a skerrick of an idea have I had for a novel. I wish I had what J.K. Rowlings has, though I’m very happy for her, she’s a brilliant writer.
    As for raspberry day, I shall attempt to have some on my toast for breakfast tomorrow morning.

  2. Rowling has had smashing success with her Potter series — it’s hard to believe she concocted the entire thing during a four-hour train delay!

  3. I’m a mutt too, so does my kids!! 🙂 Thanks for the cake recipe, I shall try it tonight and let you know how it turn out. That today’s giggle remind me of a questions that Tyra asked me last night. “Mommy, when I grew up, is that mean you and daddy will be old people?” Yeah….

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