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August 26, 2014
Chopper is laid back about National Dog Day.
★~ Today’s Quote: “Meow” means “woof” in cat.” ― George Carlin
★~ National Dog Day:
Happy Dog Day!
This Howladay supports all breeds and varieties of dogs and discourages purchases from unethical backyard breeders and puppy mills; instead, they encourage us to support reputable breeders and adopt from rescue organizations or humane societies.
I support this position completely and would only add that it’s important to ask yourself before you adopt any pet, “Am I willing to provide a home for this animal for the rest of its life.” Many things in our lifetime have become disposable — a pet isn’t one of them.
Of-course, on Odd, I’m preaching to the choir we are pet loving fools! And I like that about us! Check out new pup pictures on Camp Run A Pup’s Facebook page
★~ Toilet Paper Day:
According to the online Toilet Paper Encyclopedia, toilet paper is one of the most taken-for-granted conveniences of the twentieth (and twenty-first) century. However, it hasn’t always been this way. There once was a time when humanity was fraught with skid marks and rashes as they fought to wipe up. The most common solution was simply to grab what was at hand: coconuts, shells, snow, moss, hay, leaves, grass, corncobs, sheep’s wool—and, later, thanks to the printing press—newspapers, magazines, and pages of books. The ancient Greeks used clay and stones; the Romans, sponges and salt water. But the idea of a commercial product designed solely to wipe one’s teehineyhocus started about 150 years ago, right here in the U.S.A. .
Nothing celebrates useful inventions like actual use, so show your toilet paper your appreciation by grabbing a book or magazine, taking a seat for a while, and celebrating National Toilet Paper Day with the grace and in the tradition of all those who have gone before you.
Bonus Round: Here’s the real reason Canada likes us. The US is the largest exporter of toilet paper in the world. On the other side of the coin, Canada imports more toilet paper from the US than any other country.
★~ Cherry Popsicle Day:
One bite and you’ll want to paint the town red!
You can skip the lipstick today if you’re planning on indulging in a cherry ice pop or two. This sweet frozen treat is sure to turn your lips red and put a smile on your face.
Summer may be slipping away but it’s not over yet, so cool off with a rich popsicle while you still have a chance. It’s a cheery way to get your cherry fix, plus these little red berries are so, so good for you.
You can pick up a box of pops on the way home or if you want a little more from your popsicle, make your own variation. Cherry especially pairs well with yogurt, chocolate, cantaloupe and even a whiskey sour!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1873 – The first public school kindergarten in the U.S. was authorized by the school board of St. Louis, MO. The school was opened by Susan Elizabeth Blow.
♥~ 1498 – The master artist, Michelangelo, was commissioned to make the Pieta. Originally intended as a monument for his tomb, Michelangelo’s Florentine Pieta has interested historians for centuries because the four-figure sculpture does not feature the perfect proportions that are the hallmark of Michelangelo’s work.
♥~ 1959 – The British Motor Corporation (BMC) launches its newest car, the small, affordable–at a price tag of less than $800–Mark I Mini. The diminutive Mini went on to become one of the best-selling British cars in history
♥~ 1973- The University of Texas at Arlington became the first accredited school to offer studies in belly dancing.
♥~ 1991 – A Gallup Poll revealed that ice-cream lovers take more baths and are less likely to be nervous than people who seldom eat ice cream.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1946 – Valerie Simpson songwriter [w/husband Nick Ashford]: Ashford & Simpson: Never Had It So Good, One Step at a Time, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need to Get By, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand, Remember Me
★~ Pupcake Gallimaufry:
When Cousin Carla visited Chicago in July one of our adventures was going on a cupcake tour. Included on the tour was a stop at Sprinkles, which lays claim to being the first cupcake bakery. One of the coolest things about Sprinkles is the 24 hour Cupcake ATM. The machine looks a lot like an ATM, except it dispenses cupcakes, not cash. Using the touch screen, you pick the cupcake you want. The dozen or so choices include: S’mores, Cinnamon Sugar, Ginger Lemon, Gluten-Free, Vegan, and regular Red Velvet, Chocolate Coconut, Strawberry, and Peanut Butter Chocolate.
After you make your selection, you swipe your credit card. A live video feed of the robotic arm inside the Cupcake ATM retrieving your cupcake pops onto the screen. Your cupcake is placed in a pink cylinder, which rotates to open, and the cupcake of your choice is delivered to you in a small brown box.
I chose to take home pupcakes for my pups. They loved it in one bite. However, at $2.50 a bite Sprinkles pupcakes were not destined to be a regular treat. But with a little sleuthing, I found this recipe for pupcakes and none of my pups have complained that it is not the real thing. I’ll share the recipe in honor of National Dog Day.
½ cup whole wheat flour (can substitute other if wheat sensitive)
1 teaspoon baking powder
⅓ cup vegetable oil
⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons honey
For the Frosting:
3 tablespoons yogurt
1½ tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 6 wells of a standard muffin tin with paper liners, or spray with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add the vegetable oil, applesauce, egg and honey, and whisk gently to combine. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes. All the pupcakes to cool completely before frosting and serving.
To make the frosting, stir together the yogurt and peanut butter, then spread on top of each pupcake before serving. The pupcakes can be kept for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Off to the start of a terrific Tuesday. I hope you are too!
Odd Loves Company