National Days of the Year List: All 365 Days & Gift Ideas For Each Day

Here is a Comprehensive List of the National Days of the Year … Including Gift Ideas for Each Day (gift ideas are added daily – we started with July, worked our way through December and then January through March.) Scroll down to the day you’re seeking (we’re still finishing up June) on the list below and discover more about each National Day!

Almost every calendar day is National (Something) Day … maybe it’s National Hot Dog Day, National Peanut Butter Day, National Apple Pie Day, National National Ice Cream Day, etc.

You’ll note there are a couple of calendar days with no official “National” designation. We expect that to change in short order, and when it does, we’ll add the information here …

Here’s the complete list of National Days, from January 1st to December 31st: We’re adding gift ideas and suggestions every day, so check back often …

National Hangover Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Hangover Cure Kit

January 1: National Hangover Day: Happy New Year!

Did you overdo it last night? That’s all right … you’re not alone.

Hangovers are caused mainly by dehydration and an excess of toxins in your system. Prevention and time are the best hangover antidotes, but it also helps to get some Vitamin C into your body along with a lot of healthy fluids …

We found this Hangover Cure Kit (it’s called “Kit Happens”). It’s a great gift for college students or anyone who occasionally ties one on. In it, you’ll find all sorts of feel good items like multi vitamins, Vitamin C drops, breathe easy tea, and a whole lot more …

Don’t worry … it’ll get better soon!

National Cream Puff Day StateGiftsUSA.comJanuary 2: National Cream Puff Day / National Science Fiction Day: It’s a two-fer on the 2nd as today we commemorate cream puffs and science fiction. A bit of an odd combination perhaps, but each compelling in their own special way …

Cream puffs are a decadent and delicious pastry made with light, fluffy creamy frosting either stuffed in or atop a fresh pastry. They’re excellent when served chilled and a special treat for dessert …

Cream puffs come in different varieties – the cream frosting can be any number of flavors, but it’s usually vanilla. Here’s handy book showing you how to easily make cream puffs, eclairs, and more. The Cream Puff Bible as it were!

Today is also National Science Fiction Day, and it’s a good day to curl up and start into that science fiction thriller you’ve had sitting on the shelf for a while.

Need some ideas for a good title? Your local library is stocked with all kinds of science fiction books, from the classics to the newly released …

National Chocolate Covered Cherries Day StateGiftsUSA.comJanuary 3: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day: Who doesn’t love chocolate covered cherries? The combination of rich milk or dark chocolate and sweet savory cherries is irresistible …

We’re partial to maraschino cherries and we especially like these chocolate covered cherries from Philadelphia Candies. They’re a chocolate specialty business that has been around for almost a century, and these are really a treat!

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National Spaghetti Day

January 4: National Spaghetti Day / National Trivia Day: Today is both National Spaghetti Day and National Trivia Day … we’ve got something fun for you for the trivia aspect of the day, but first let’s talk about spaghetti …

We absolutely love this Pasta & Sauce Of The Month Club, the perfect gift for anyone on your list who likes not only spaghetti but also enjoys occasionally straying from the “pasta ordinary” …

National Trivia Day StateGiftsUSA.comEach month, a delivery box with artisan pasta along with a jar of some of the best small batch tomato based sauce is delivered to your door. Choose any length of months for your gift, and enjoy specialty pastas from all across America …

For National Trivia Day, we really enjoy this book about presidential trivia. Not only can you increase your own knowledge about America’s Chief Executives, you’ll be a hit at parties too! Do you know who was America’s shortest President? (It was James Madison, #4). The tallest President? (LBJ, #36).

There’s over 1000 trivia questions and answers in this book … everyone should know a thing or two about the Presidents, and National Trivia Day is a good day to start!

National Bird Day StateGiftsUSA.comJanuary 5: National Bird Day / National Whipped Cream Day: January 5th is both National Bird Day and National Whipped Cream Day, and if the two concepts seem like unlikely partners, they both hold a place near and dear to our hearts …

Birds are all around us … they’re a part of our every day lives, whether they’re feeding in our back yards, nesting nearby, or just migrating through. Have you ever wondered about which birds are which, their habits, and their unique characteristics? This handy Backyard Guide to Birds of North America will help you identify common (and not so common) birds in your area, along with pictures and pertinent background information …

Whether you’re a bird watcher or not, this is an indispensable guide you’ll want to have handy during all four seasons …

National Whipped Cream Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Whipped Cream Day. Whether you serve it out of a spray can or spoon it out from a container, whipped cream is the perfect topping for cakes, desserts, and of course ice cream sundaes …

Did you know there’s a popular song from the 1960’s titled “Whipped Cream”? It’s a fun, jazzy toe tapping instrumental by the legendary Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass from the album shown

Guaranteed to put a smile on your face all 365 days of the year!

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National Bean Day Sampler Pack

January 6: National Bean Day / National Shortbread Day / National Technology Day: We’ve got the trifecta of National Days today with special days for beans, shortbread. and technology …

Did you know beans are among the healthiest foods you can eat? They’re a very important source of protein, fiber, and iron and aid in digestion. There are literally hundreds of bean varieties, including navy, lima, soy, kidney, green, red, black, garbanzo, and many more. Peas and peanuts are also part of the bean family …

We really like this Bean & Legume Sampler Pack which includes eight different types of beans, all ready to serve in 15 minutes or less. No rinsing, sorting, or soaking needed!

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Shortbread

Shortbread is a type of biscuit or cookie that’s made with sugar, butter, and white flour. Shortbread cookies are especially popular during the traditional holiday season, but are made and served year around. It’s normally made in three different shapes … a large round oval that is cut and divided into pieces, as small individual size circles, or in oblong rectangles which are also divided into individual servings …

Here’s some of our favorite shortbread cookies … they’re made in Hawaii on Kauai and they feature an island specialty, macadamia nuts!

Perfect for any time of year, and particularly on National Shortbread Day …

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Hard Drive Clock From A Recycled Computer Hard Drive

Finally, it’s National Technology Day, and whether you’re enchanted with new technology or it scares the beejeezus out of you, the fact is technology plays an important role in our daily lives …

While we don’t want technology to take the place of human interaction, in many ways technology brings us closer together and makes communication easier. As an example, we have interacted and met with many wonderful people across the country as a result of owning this website.

What we can certainly all agree on is the value of the technically proficient … whether they’re at work, in our families, or in our social circle, it’s nice to have these good folks close at hand to help us out of technical jams.

Here’s a very cool gift for the techie in your life … it’s a hard drive clock made from a recycled computer hard drive … the former shiny black cover is now the clock’s base. It also includes a pen and built in pen holder – a gift any technically oriented person will appreciate!

National Bobblehead Day StateGiftsUSA.comJanuary 7: National Bobblehead Day: Bobblehead figurines started way back in the 1960’s when some pro sports teams put out these unique collectibles depicting their mascots. Now, of course, they’ve grown to all sorts of sports figures, pop culture icons, and many more …

Just as there are countless bobbleheads out there, there are also many passionate collectors. Stand in line at any sporting event at a bobblehead giveaway and you’ll see what we mean!

Today is National Bobblehead Day, and to honor the day, how about a patriotic bobblehead?

We love this bobblehead of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. It’d fit nicely in any bobblehead collection, especially if you collect Presidential memorabilia … now there’s an idea … a collection of all the American Presidents in bobblehead!

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National English Toffee Day

January 8: National English Toffee Day: Did you ever wonder why it’s called English Toffee? We did, and our research shows it actually has little to do with England …

There is a similar variant in Scotland called “buttercrunch” and it’s made in the same manner as what we in the United States refer to as English Toffee. It’s a mixture of carmelized sugar, butter, flour, and nuts – usually chopped almonds or walnuts. The mix is heated until it reaches the desired level of hardness yet is pliable enough to be formed into shapes. Toffee is usually poured into a long shallow pan, cooled, and then cut into squares or rectangles, much like the popular Heath Bars …

Regardless, today is the day to enjoy some English Toffee, and we thought it appropriate to introduce you to some Pennsylvania made English Toffee that’s sure to be hit at any gathering or as a special gift. Fantastic when served with any warm or cold beverage, English Toffee is an excellent dessert or mid day treat!

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Dried Apricot and Date Gift Tray

January 9: National Apricot Day: Apricot trees are medium sized trees, about 29 or so feet in height that do well in temperate climates. They’re most prolific in Mediterranean countries, but also grow prolifically in California and parts of Utah and Washington …

Apricots, like most fruit, are very good for you … loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals. Today, dried apricots are a very popular on the go snack. They offer great taste and a natural energy boost – perfect for a mid morning or mid afternoon pick me up …

January 9th is the day to celebrate apricots, and we really like this dried apricot gift package which also includes a selection of California dates. Ideal for the office, it’s a healthy snacking treat everyone is sure to love!

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National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

January 10: National Bittersweet Chocolate Day / National Save The Eagles Day: Bittersweet chocolate is often used for baking and frequently described as a cross between milk chocolate and dark chocolate due to its flavor. This type of chocolate is not quite as wsweet as milk chocolate, although it’s not bitter at all …

We thoroughly enjoy these bittersweet chocolate wafers from Guittard Chocolates in California. They’ve been creating chocolate specialties since 1868 in The Golden State and everything they make is fantastic! Enjoy them right out of the bag or use them for baking in your favorite recipes (they’re the perfect ingredient for chocolate cupcakes)

National Save The Egales Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Save the Eagles Day, and we’re pleased to introduce you to the National Eagle Center, which we feature in more depth on our Made in Minnesota page. Located along the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN, the National Eagle Center is home to many rehabilitating eagles which have incurred an injury and are unable to survive in the wild. It’s the leading educational center for the National Bird in the United States and a fun place to visit …

You’ll find the National Eagle Center in the southeast part of Minnesota in an area where migrating eagles frequently nest. Daily live eagle programs and demonstrations are offered – the eagles love to show off their special talents!

Learn more about the Eagle Center and how to support their efforts at the link above …

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Dairy Free Milk Cookbook

January 11: National Milk Day: Arguably America’s most popular and most consumed beverage, milk has been the drink of choice for kids of all ages for generations. It’s extremely good for you, featuring Vitamin D, Calcium, and several other helpful vitamins and minerals …

If you’re lactose intolerant or otherwise choose to avoid milk for dietary reasons, never fear. There are many delicious dairy free milk substitutes on the market, like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and more.

We learned of this dairy free cookbook which features 100+ recipes using soy milk, nut milk, grain milk, and various other types of milk available at grocers and specialty markets …

A practical gift on National Milk Day!

National Curried Chicken Day StateGiftsUSA.comJanuary 12: National Curried Chicken Day: We have a local carry out Chinese restaurant next to our favorite local grocery store, so we often place an order to go while we’re shopping.

One of our new favorites on the menu is Chicken Curry, featuring stir fry vegetables, fresh chicken, and a curry base that’s not too hot but offers a pleasant low heat level that doesn’t overwhelm …

So we say with full assurance that chicken and curry are wonderful culinary partners!

Today is National Curried Chicken Day, and your local Chinese place is not the only option for trying out the combination. Curry is fantastic in a chicken salad recipe and it works equally well with baked or even grilled chicken.

The secret to any successful curry dish lies in the curry powder – the fresher the better. We like this mild curry powder in our recipes, and on those days when we like to add a little heat, we mix it with a dash of cayenne pepper to do the trick …

So whether you’re making curried chicken, chicken curry salad, or any other recipe calling for fresh curry powder … you’re good to go!

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Peach Melba Flavored Popcorn – Wow!

January 13: National Peach Melba Day: Peach Melba is a traditional ice cream based dessert which was originally created in the late 1890’s. It was named in honor of well known opera singer Nellie Melba – now you know!

We found this really fun peach melba popcorn that’ll hit the proverbial high note today or any other day. It’s popped fresh to order and shipping is free with a small minimum order …

If you’re not a peach melba fan, 250 other flavor varieties are available!

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That’s No Lion, It’s Your Dog Friend!

January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day / National Hot Pastrami Day: Today is another combination day as it’s the National Day for dressing up your pet and also the National Day for hot pastrami …

Starting with our pets … we may call them pets but they’re really members of the family. They bring so much joy into our lives, and studies have shown pet owners live longer, healthier lives compared to those who live pet free. Adopt a homeless shelter pet – they’ll repay your kindness and loyalty with a lifetime of love!

Today’s the day to have a little fun with your best pal by dressing them up and showing them off. We wanted to share some of the best dog costumes to showcase your dog friend’s sparkling personality …

From super hero to scuba dog to Gumby Dog, there’s sure to be a costume you can’t resist!

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National Hot Pastrami Day!

Pastrami is a type of meat typically made from beef or pork, although it’s sometimes made from turkey or even mutton. The meat is brined, partially dried, and then seasoned with herbs and spices. Before serving, pastrami is typically heat smoked or steamed … hence the National Day for hot pastrami!

Pastrami holds a special place in the state of Utah … they’re famous for their pastrami cheeseburgers, which you’ll find on the menus of burger joints across The Beehive State. They’re simple to prepare – a few slices of pastrami and a special barbecue-like sauce is placed atop a cheeseburger and served. And they’re delicious!

Celebrity chef Michael Symon does wonders with pastrami and he shares his secrets in his latest book Carnivore: 120 Recipes For Meat Lovers. He’ll show you how to prepare pastrami and other savory meats in easy to assemble recipes for everything from weeknight dinner to holiday dinner parties …

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Patriotic American Flag Hats

January 15: National Hat Day / National Strawberry Ice Cream Day: For National Hat Day, show off your patriotism in style! Check out this American Flag baseball cap which features red, white, and blue stars and wavy stripes. Perfect for patriotic events or any day of the year!

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Automatic Ice Cream Maker

And there’s not much that’s more American than strawberry ice cream. Today is also National Strawberry Ice Cream day and making ice cream at home is a fun family project. You can make things easy with this stainless steel two quart automatic ice cream maker which features a large easy pour spout to add you favorite ingredients (like fresh strawberries!).

This durable easy clean beauty also makes frozen yogurt and sorbet … but we’ll stick to strawberry ice cream today!

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Collectible Fig Newton Ad

January 16: National Fig Newton Day: If you ever wondered how Fig Newtons got their name, there’s a really simple explanation …

They were first produced at a commercial bakery in Newton, Massachusetts – Fig Newtons are a trademarked name of the Nabisco company although numerous varieties are made by other companies. Although the Fig Newton is called a cookie, it’s actually a pastry with fig flavored spread inside.

You can find Fig Newton’s at any local grocery store, and if you’re into retro advertising, here’s a collectible Fig Newton ad from 1962 …

They’ve been around for a long time, enjoy a Fig Newton or two today!

National Hot Buttered Rum Day StateGiftsUSA>comJanuary 17: National Hot Buttered Rum Day: Hot buttered rum is celebrated today, and it’s quite appropriate the official day falls in January. The drink is exceptionally popular during the colder months as an after dinner drink or even as a happy hour winter warmer …

Hot buttered rum is made from warmed apple cider, butter, rum, and a mixture of spices. Usually cinnamon and clove are used as a sweetener, although recipes vary. Sometimes water is used instead of cider, and the drink is often garnished with a cinnamon stick …

If you’re not keen on experimenting, here’s an easy to use hot buttered rum mix/ Just add water, heat, and serve!

National Winnie The Pooh Day StateGiftsUSA.comJanuary 18: National Winnie The Pooh Day: Winnie The Pooh, sometimes known as Pooh Bear, is a beloved fictional character who first came onto the scene in the 1920’s. Originally developed by an English author, Pooh’s exploits have been translated into practically every language in the world. The character is now under the Disney umbrella, and Winnie The Pooh continues to delight audiences worldwide …

Here’s a bit of Winnie The Pooh trivia you may not know … the character has been voiced by many voice actors over the years, and one of the most famous Winnie The Pooh voices was from television actor Hal Smith. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, Smith also played town drunk Otis Campbell on the old Andy Griffith Show. Interestingly, Hal Smith never drank in real life! We wonder if he enjoyed honey though …

If you or someone in your family would like to enjoy the tales of Winnie The Pooh all over again, here’s a fun collection called Pooh’s Library … it contains the two original Winnie The Pooh story books and two library quality bound books of Pooh related poems …

A great gift for collectors or Winnie The Pooh fans of all ages …

National Popcorn Day StateGiftsUSA.comJanuary 19: National Popcorn Day: Popcorn is one of America’s most popular snacks and also one of the most timeless …

Whether you’re 4 or 94, popcorn is a beloved treat that’s as patriotic as it gets … almost every state in America grows corn and as such, almost every state produces popcorn …

Ideal as an office gift, and thank you present, or even as a special treat for your family, you won’t go wrong with popcorn. If you’re into some delectable special mixes along with the tried and true, here’s an opportunity to build your popcorn tin today!. Choose from popular varieties and have fun on National Popcorn Day …

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National Cheese Lovers Day

January 20: National Cheese Lovers Day: We celebrate cheese today with National Cheese Lovers Day. Did you know cheese is made in all 50 states?

There are small artisan cheese makers plying their trade all across the country. Cheese making has expanded beyond the traditional dairy states and many of these cheese producers are turning out some outstanding products. If you know someone who’s into cheese, introduce them to the Cheese Of The Month Club.

Each month, your gift recipient receives three 1/2 pound selections from some of the most exciting new cheese varieties being made. From the tried and true to the cutting edge, you’ll be delighted with each month’s choices …

The Cheese of the Month Club includes tasting notes and informative background information about each producer. A gift that’s delicious and educational!

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Healthy Harvest Gift of the Month Club

January 21: National Granola Bar Day: Granola bars have been around for decades, and they’re the perfect healthy snack for those on the go. Today, granola bars are made with all kinds of healthy ingredients and can even serve as a meal replacement when yo’re pressed for time …

If you or someone you know likes to snack on healthy treats, take a look at the Healthy Harvest Gift of the Month Club. Every month is something different, including granola bars, soups, sauces, condiments, preserves, crackers, and more …

The best part about the Healthy Harvest Gift of the Month Club is everything is good for you! And that’s a welcome respite from all the mass produced snack foods on the market today!

Click through for a healthy gift on National Granola Bar Day …

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Brownie of the Month Club

January 22: National Blonde Brownie Day: Blonde brownies? It may seem like a contradiction in terms, but the terminology is quite easily explained …

A blonde brownie is made with vanilla in place of the traditional cocoa used in standard brownies. The result is a lighter “blonde” color and distinctive, some sweet flavor …

If you’re a brownie fan, blonde or otherwise, here’s something unique for you or anyone on your gift list … it’s the Brownie Of The Month Club and each month, you or your gift recipient receives well over a pound of freshly baked moist brownies (blonde included!). Some of the previous month’s selections have included caramel square brownies, traditional chocolate, peanut butter, and chocolate chunk.

What a great way to celebrate National Blonde Brownie Day!

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Perfect Gift for National Pie Day

January 23: National Pie Day: We read an article recently in our local paper’s food section about America’s most popular pies. In short the article listed the most popular pies with the popularity measured by how often they were ordered from a major online bakery. Unscientific to be sure, but some of the top results were pumpkin, cherry, apple, pecan, peach, strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry. You get the idea!

If any of these pie flavors strike your fancy, you’ll love the Pie of the Month Club – Perfect For Any Gift Giving Occasion! Every month, you’ll be shipped a specialty baked pie from one of America’s up and coming artisan bakeries. Past flavors have included all the favorites listed above, and countless more …

Happy National Pie Day!

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National Peanut Butter Day

January 24: National Peanut Butter Day: It’s appropriate we have a National Peanut Butter Day, since peanut butter is beloved by millions of Americans every day. Whether you prefer smooth or crunchy, there’s just nothing like a good old fashioned peanut butter sandwich …

Today, peanut butter has advanced far beyond the mass produced big name brands you’ll find in your local grocery store. Witness this peanut butter gift pack, shown to your left. It contains four jars of artisan peanut butter, including a jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams and White Chocolate Wonderful. Creamy and crunchy varieties too!

Give the gift of small batch peanut butter on National Peanut Butter Day!

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Irish Coffee Gift Set

January 25: National Irish Coffee Day: The cold and chill of late January makes it the perfect time to settle back and enjoy an Irish Coffee. If you’re unfamiliar with this libation, it’s made with coffee, a bit of sugar, and the Irish Whiskey of your choice. Any will do, though your guests may be partial to a particular brand. We use a typical bar Irish Whiskey, because remember, you’re mixing it with coffee and sugar and not enjoying it straight up …

Here’s something for all you Irish Coffee fans … it’s an Irish Coffee Gift Set, which includes four traditional glasses in which to serve this drink. The glasses offer a stainless steel heat resistant handle along with matching heat resistant stainless steel coasters …

Further, the drink stirs double as straws!

A fun gift for anyone on your list who appreciates this popular cocktail …

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Made in the USA Peanut Brittle

January 26: National Peanut Brittle Day: Do you know how peanut brittle is made?

It’s actually a simple process … first, a mixture of sugar and water is heated to roughly 300 degrees, when it becomes hardened or carmelized. Some recipes call for the addition of corn syrup, but true brittle consists of sugar, water, and peanuts, which are added into the mix just before it hardens completely …

Then, butter is added to the mix (sometimes peanut butter) and the mixture is poured onto a flat board or table and allowed to cool. When it’s completely cooled, the candy is broken into pieces and the end result is peanut brittle!

Of course, sometimes almonds, cashews, and other nuts are used instead of peanuts, but in the United States, peanut brittle is far and away the most popular brittle variety …

Here’s a light, easy to eat peanut brittle that’s been featured on Shark Tank. Made in Oklahoma, this brittle is made with more peanuts and less sugar, which means it’s thin, crispy, and easier on your teeth!

On National Peanut Brittle Day, give someone a taste of this iconic American favorite, proudly made in the USA …

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National Chocolate Cake Day

January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day: There’s nothing like a great chocolate cake, and today January 27th is the perfect day to enjoy a slice or two …

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day, and if you know someone who really enjoys a variety of cake, introduce them to the Cake Of The Month Club. Each month, a specialty cake baked by one of America’s most talented artisan bakers arrives at your doorstep. Each cake feeds 6-8 and past varieties have included chocolate, lemon blueberry, key lime sponge cake, and many more …

An excellent gift idea for any time of the year, the Cake of the Month Club is sure to be appreciated by anyone on your list …

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National Blueberry Pancake Day

January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day / National Kazoo Day: Today is another of the many “two-fers”, where two consumables or products are featured. January 28th commemorates both Blueberry Pancakes and kazoos. Why the two were placed together on this date is anyone’s guess, but let’s go ahead with it and talk briefly about each …

Blueberry pancakes are, of course, one of many varieties of pancakes being prepared and served across the country today. Blueberries are a prolific fruit crop in many states, including Maine, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and many others.

For all you pancake lovers out there (and frankly, who isn’t??), we’re pleased to showcase this unique Pancake of the Month Club. This monthly club, which can be ordered in any duration of months, doesn’t actually deliver pancakes, but rather specialty gourmet mixes of pancake fixings which you can use to make delightful treats like maple bacon pancakes, cinnamon raisin, and yes, blueberry …

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Now Here’s A Unique Kazoo!

Check out our Gift of the Month Ideas page for gift of the month clubs from A to Z. There’s even a Syrup of the Month Club to go with your pancakes!

Kazoos are a hand held portable musical “instrument” that’s especially popular around holidays, celebrations, and birthday. It’s distinctive sound is created by blowing or humming into the mouthpiece, resulting in a sound that’s cross between a saxophone, trumpet, and trombone (something like that!) …

We found this fun metal trombone kazoo which is USA Made and measures about 11 inches. You play it like any kazoo … just hum the tune into the mouthpiece!

Have a little musical fun on National Kazoo Day …

National Corn Chip Day StateGiftsUSA.comJanuary 29: National Corn Chip Day / National Puzzle Day: Today is National Corn Chip Day and National Puzzle Day – let’s explor them one at a time …

The most popular corn chips in America are Frito’s and Tostitos although there are literally hundreds of other brands and varieties being produced. You can buy corn chips at any grocery store, convenience store, or wherever snacks are sold …

We’re big fans of these sweet corn sea salt chips which are made with organic non GMO sweet corn. Better yet, they offer a fantastic flavor! They’ve got just a touch of sweetness from the corn and have been successfully featured on the TV show Shark Tank …

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U.S. Presidents Jigsaw Puzzle

Puzzles are a fun activity for any age, particularly for those who can benefit from keeping their brain and motor skills active. We really like this 300 piece U.S. Presidents jigsaw puzzle which features all the Presidents from Washington through Obama …

A fun patriotic gift that’s appropriate for anyone from students to seniors~

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Croissant Greats Cookbook

January 30: National Croissant Day: Croissants are French in origin, but they’re an American breakfast (and lunch) classic, often used as a sandwich pastry as a change of pace to traditional bread.

You’ll see croissants on menus everywhere – they pair with just about any type of meal and their light, buttery texture is delightful!

Croissants are easy to make, and all sorts of fun to match up with your favorite ingredients of sandwich pairings. To get your culinary creativity flowing, here’s the bible of croissant cookbooks titled Croissant Greats. It includes sixty six recipes for not only making your own croissants, but what to pair them with and how to serve them for your family or guests …

The perfect creative gift for National Croissant Day!

National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day StateGiftsUSA.com January 31: National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day: Today is the perfect day for artistic creativity … it’s National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day …

Take a few moments today to patronize a local art vendor, be it pottery, wall art, jewelry, decorative accessories, or whatever else may inspire the inner you …

And for something to get you in the spirit, here’s a colorful Inspire Your Heart With Art t-shirt … you’ll inspire people just by wearing it around the neighborhood!




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Baked Alaska Ice Cream!

February 1: National Baked Alaska Day: Today we move into February with National Baked Alaska Day. Baked Alaska might sound like a seafood dish, but it is a dessert, created with ice cream and cake and covered with a meringue topping. The meringue is browned slightly, either in a broiler very briefly but most commonly with a portable chef’s flame …

Where the name Baked Alaska originated is subject to debate. It has been said the dessert originated in New York the same year the United States purchased Alaska from Russia, in 1867. It was also for a time known as Alaska-Florida in apparent reference to the differing hot and cold textures …

For a special treat on National Baked Alaska Day, we found something unique for you … it’s Baked Alaska Ice Cream, direct from the New Orleans Ice Cream Company, who knows a thing or two about great desserts! Serve this yummy treat to your guests and sit back and listen to the “oohs” and “ahhs”!

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Groundhog Day Dog Bandana

February 2: National Groundhog Day / National Heavenly Hash Day: Groundhog Day, commemorated each February 2nd, is a cultural holiday intended to predict the arrival of spring …

It’s most popular in southeastern Pennsylvania, where a celebrity groundhog, know as Punxsutawney Phil, is coaxed from his burrow. Legend has it if Phil sees his shadow, by virtue of the sun shining, he will retreat to his burrow for six more weeks of winter weather. It’s probably the only day folks wish for a cloudy winter day … if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, spring will arrive early!

If you’d like your dog to celebrate Groundhog Day along with you, here’s a special Groundhog Day dog bandana that’s just perfect for the occasion!

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Enjoy Some Heavenly Hash on February 2nd

Today is also National Heavenly Hash Day, and this stuff is nothing like corned beef hash (which by the way has it’s own National Day on September 27th, see below). Heavenly Hash is a unique type of milk chocolate candy that’s only available in select chocolate shops due to regional popularity. It’s milk chocolate mixed with gourmet nuts with a creamy marshmallow center and wow is it good!

If someone you know is unfamiliar with Heavenly Hash, do them a favor and introduce them to this chocolate treat today …

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Carrot Cake Snack Bars

February 3: National Carrot Cake Day: Without question one of our favorite cakes, carrot cake has a moist, dense texture which is often sweetened with a bit of cinnamon …

Carrot cake recipes differ, but most include a cream cheese frosting to give the cake its special flavor. Carrots are actually used in the traditional recipe, becoming softened via the baking process …

You’ll find carrot cakes available at most bake shops and bakery counters, either whole or by the slice. For something a little different on National Carrot Cake Day, try these carrot cake snack bars. They’re gluten free and made with carrots, cinnamon, dates, almonds, raisins, walnuts, and a bit of dried pineapple.

A natural energy booster, very healthy, and they taste great!

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Soup of the Month Club

February 4: National Homemade Soup Day: During the cold dreary days of February, there’s nothing more satisfying than a steamy bowl of homemade soup. And that’s what we commemorate today on National Homemade Soup Day …

There are literally thousands of recipes for soup, from the tried and true to the creative and new. We like all the fun surprises in the unique Soup of the Month Club. Every month, two specialty soup mixes are delivered to your doorstep (also makes a great gift) which you can prepare as is or add meat and vegetables of your choice to suit your personal taste …

Past selections have included Cheesy Broccoli, Italian Wedding, Hearty Vegetarian, and many more …

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Portable Weather Kit

February 5: National Shower With A Friend Day / National Weatherperson Day: Well, we mentioned up front there’d be some unusual National Days! It’s National Shower With A Friend Day (we’ll let you take that one however you want) and it’s also National Weatherperson Day …

Most everyone across America has a favorite weatherperson. Over time, they become almost a trusted confidante, guiding you through all of Mother Nature’s trials and tribulations. An interesting observation about weatherpersons … they tend to stay put in their markets more often than other media types. We don’t know why that is, but we suspect it’s due to the relationships they share with their audience …

If you know a young person who’s into the weather, or a young person you’d like to teach, here’s an all in one portable weather kit that’ll help educate them about weather phenomenon. The kit includes a weather journal, mini weather station, and weather equipment to measure wind, temperature, rainfall, and ongoing weather changes.

Maybe your youngster will be your next favorite weatherperson!

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Frozen Yogurt Machine

February 6: National Frozen Yogurt Day: Visit any ice cream parlor and you’re sure to find frozen yogurt on the menu, served in cones or dishes. Frozen yogurt is an extremely popular and flavorful dessert treat, and offers a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream …

Today, on National Frozen Yogurt Day, you can make your very own frozen yogurt with this large capacity frozen yogurt machine. It makes two quarts of frozen yogurt, ice cream, or sorbet and the brushed stainless steel body is a breeze to clean …

Also included are recipes and a large spout to easily add your favorite mix in’s. It offers a simple one touch operation so you’ll have your frozen treat in an instant!

National Fettuccine Alfredo

A Plate of Fettuccine Alfredo

February 7: National Fettuccine Alfredo Day: Some folks shy away from preparing fettuccine alfredo because they believe the alfredo sauce too complicated to make …

Did you know fettuccine alfredo consists of three simple ingredients … fettuccine pasta, Parmesan cheese, and butter. That’s it! Sometimes, a bit of cream is added to the mix, but the three basic ingredients can stand alone …

Once the pasta is cooked, it’s tossed with the Parmesan and butter. The cheese melts and leaves a rich coating on the pasta, and there you have it, the classic fettuccine alfredo dish.

If you or someone you know enjoys different pasta dishes, introduce them to the Pasta & Sauce Of The Month Club. Every month, a gift shipment of specialty pasta, like fettuccine, cavatelli, campanelle, farfelle, and more are paired with gourmet pasta sauce prepared by some of America’s most talented pasta chefs. You can order for any duration of months and it’s a gift that’s sure to be appreciated, on National Fettuccine Alfredo Day or any other …

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National Kite Flying Day

February 8: National Kite Flying Day: Early February tends to be on the windy side, so assuming there’s not a ton of snow on the ground it’s a great day to fly a kite!

We really like this brightly colored sturdy kite which is perfect for kids or adults. This kite is durable and made with quality, high tech materials throughout …

Everything is included except the open field and the wind!

National Bagel Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 9: National Bagel Day / National Pizza Day: Today is one of many “two-fers” on the National Days of the Year List. February 9th offers two favorite edibles … bagels and pizza!

Did you know bagel styles differ in different parts of the country? For example, a New York bagel offers a different consistency than a bagel you’ll find out on the West Coast. We’ve never made bagels ourselves, but we’ve heard from those who do the primary difference is the water used in the mixture – depending on the area, the water impacts the texture of the bagel. So now you know!

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Pizza of the Month Club

If you’re inclined to bake bagels at home, or just concoct some creative sandwiches using bagels, here’s a book that’ll be of interest: It’s called Bagel Greats and it’s the bible of bagels!

Today is also National Pizza Day and even more so than bagels, pizza styles differ (greatly) depending on the area of the country you live. Some of the unique styles across America include those from New York, Detroit, New Haven, Chicago, St. Louis, California, and more. On a recent visit to Evansville, Indiana we learned they have their own distinct style of pizza!

National Pizza Day StateGiftsUSA.comIf you know someone who not only enjoys pizza but learning a bit about it as well, introduce them to this unique Chicago style pizza of the month club. Each month, your gift recipient receives threee 9 inch Chicago style pizzas direct from some of the city’s best pizza restaurants. They’re shipped frozen so they can be enjoyed whenever the pizza craving strikes!

And if you’re interested in learning more about all the regional pizza styles, check out the United States of Pizza. This fun guide book explores all the different varieties and styles of pizza across the country – guaranteed to make you the pizza expert at your next gathering!

National Cream Cheese Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 10: National Cream Cheese Day / National Umbrella Day: Today is National Cream Cheese Day and National Umbrella Day – we’re thinking it’s a good day to sit under your umbrella in the rain and eat cream cheese and crackers, yes?!?

You can, of course, find any number of styles and brands of cream cheese at your local grocer, but once you have the cream cheese do you know how to be creative in the kitchen?

That’s where this Kitchen Essential book Cream Cheese Recipes comes in. It’s free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited user or less than $3 otherwise!

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Patriotic Umbrella

For National Umbrella Day, we love this patriotic red, white, and blue umbrella!

It’s got a button for automatic opening, easy grip black matte handle, and spreads out to a 42 inch arc …

It’s designed to keep you dry on all those wet February days …

National Peppermint Patty Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Peppermint Patty Coffee

February 11: National Peppermint Patty Day: We’re not totally sure whether today commemorates the cool, refreshing chocolate peppermint candy or the “Peanuts” cartoon character of the same name, but either way, enjoy the day!

If you’re a fan of the candy (like we are), you can find it at almost any grocery or drug store in your neighborhood. The combination of rich dark chocolate and cool refreshing peppermint is one of a kind!

If you or someone you know likes a little coffee with their chocolate, we discovered this interesting peppermint patty coffee. It’s extra fine grind and this one pound bag is small batch roasted in New York …

A great gift for the coffee drinker on your list!

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Plum Pudding Gift Set

February 12: National Plum Pudding Day: Did you know plum pudding is a misnomer – it doesn’t even contain plums?

It’s true. The name originated several centuries ago when raisins were often referred to as “plums” …

Plum pudding is a traditional holiday dish that consists of many dried fruits, raisins among them. They’re held together by egg and other binding agents and some sort of liquor, usually brandy, is added. The whole concoction is baked and served warm … or at room temperature.

Plum pudding is flavored by sweeteners such as molasses, and spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Due to the liquor content, it remains fresh and edible for some time, ala a fruitcake. You’ll also see it commonly referred to as Christmas Pudding …

Here’s a Plum Pudding Gift Set which includes plum pudding, a booklet outlining the history of the dish, and a pumpkin candle to go along with …

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Spinach Tortellini

February 13: National Tortellini Day: Tortellini is a unique type of pasta which is “stuffed” with a filling, typically cheese but other ingredients as well. Among the more popular tortellini fillings are sausage, spinach, meat, or even pumpkin!

As you can see from the photo, tortellini are small round-like pockets of pasta, somewhat like ravioli but smaller and of a different shape. We’re big fans of spinach tortellini – the combination of spinach and pasta is unbeatable …

Try it with a bit of freshly grated Romano cheese and a few spoonfuls of giardiniera for a great meal!

National Cream Filled Chocolates Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 14: Valentine’s Day / National Cream Filled Chocolates Day: February 14th is of course Valentine’s Day … do you know why it’s called that??

The day is named after one or more of the many early Christian saints named “Valentinus”. It is particularly attached to one such saint from Rome who, as legend has it, went against the wishes of the Roman Emperor …

Seems the Emperor had a rule against soldiers marrying … he felt marriage would make soldiers go soft. St. Valentine of Rome was known to perform marriages in secret … a triumph for love!

Since it’s also National Creme Filled Chocolates Day, a traditional gift of chocolate to your Valentine is a traditional and beloved gift. You can’t go wrong with chocolates!

Here’s our favorite Made in California chocolates that are sure to place you in the good graces of your special someone …

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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National Gumdrop Day

February 15: National Gumdrop Day: A gumdrop is a type of candy which is made with fruit flavoring and pectin, which gives the candy its chewy consistency …

Gumdrops are often used as colorful decorations on cakes, cupcakes, and other baked treats. They can be enjoyed on their own by the handful as a pleasing sweet snack … and they’re celebrated today, February 15th with their own National Day.

Here’s an assortment of gumdrops made by a long standing Chicago area candy company – we’ve enjoyed a few of these over the years!

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California Organic Almonds

February 16: National Almond Day: Almonds are one of America’s most popular nuts – they’re used in baking, in stir fry dishes, or simply roasted and salted for a satisfying mid day healthy snack …

Almonds grown on trees which top out at about 30 feet. These trees are commonly found in groves and thrive in climates with warm, dry summers and mild winters. California is by far the leading almond producing state in the U.S. …

If you prefer organic, here’s a selection of California grown organic almonds. They’re perfect for cooking in your favorite recipes … or for snacking on National Almond Day!

National Cabbage Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 17: National Cabbage Day: Did you know cabbage (both green and red) is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin K? It is usually prepared steamed, sauteed, or pickled as in the case of sauerkraut …

Red cabbage is actually officially known as purple cabbage, which is more of a true color description anyway. There is also a variety known as white cabbage, which isn’t white at all – rather a very pale green with smooth leaves.

Cabbage is grown and harvested all over the United States due to its easy growth and easy care traits. It’s a versatile vegetable that serves as an excellent side dish (like coleslaw) or filler in various recipes …

We recommend the Easy Cabbage Cookbook for a treasure trove of creative and easy recipes using cabbage. No matter if you prefer green or red or purple or white – Happy National Cabbage Day!

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Battery Gift Pack

February 18: National Battery Day / National Drink Wine Day / National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day: Today is one of several “three-fers” on our February Days list …

First, it’s National Battery Day. Batteries are always a sure fire add on gift idea because, well, who doesn’t need batteries??

The only problem with batteries is they never seem to be at hand when needed. To solve that problem, here’s a gift we received a number of years ago … a Battery Gift Pack which contains 50 AA and 50 AAA batteries … 100 in all. Your gift recipient will never run out of the two most popular battery sizes again!

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National Drink Wine Day

Next, it’s National Drink Wine Day. We’ve long had a philosophy about what makes a good wine … it’s a wine YOU like!

To us, it doesn’t matter if a bottle of wine costs $100 or $10 … it’s all about what you like. We’ve always had a preference for domestic under the radar wines (there are lots of them) – selections from vineyards you don’t see represented in your local stores

Whether you enjoy whites, reds, blends, or even something unusual … enjoy a glass on National Drink Wine Day!

Last but not least, today is also National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day. Flounder is a mild tasting white fleshed fish that’s typically caught in the Gulf of Mexico near the Texas coast. Crab is an ocean crustacean that’s typically found in cooler coastal waters off the coasts of New England and Alaska …

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Fresh Maine Jonah Crab Meat

So it stands to reason, given the general origin of the ingredients, that Crab Stuffed Flounder is a uniquely American dish!

You’ll generally be able to find flounder, fresh or frozen, at your local fish counter. Really good crab meat is another story, though. Canned crab meat really isnt’ that good … we’ve long preferred fresh Jonah crab meat when it’s available. Jonah crab meat is sourced along the rocky bottoms off the coast of Maine … the only location it’s found. It has a slightly sweet, briny taste – you can tell it’s fresh from the ocean!

This is excellent crab to serve in seafood cocktails, in an exquisite crab salad, or stuffed in flounder for that matter!

National Chocolate Mint Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 19: National Chocolate Mint Day: Chocolate mint can take on many forms – let’s list a few examples …

How about chocolate mint liquer, chocolate mint candies, chocolate mint milkshakes, chocolate mint cake, chocolate mint brownies, chocolate mint cookies, chocolate mint tea … you get the idea!

If you’re on a bit of a health kick this winter season, here’s something to help you along …

They’re chocolate mint protein bars, perfect for after your work out or as a snack any time of day. We seek these out at our local gym – they’re really good!

Better still, they’re gluten and soy free, contain 20 grams of protein, and only 3 tiny grams of carbs!

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National Cherry Pie Day

February 20: National Cherry Pie Day / National Love Your Pet Day / Presidents Day: Today is another of February’s “three-fers” as it’s the official day for cherry pie, presidents, and love for your pet …

First, National Cherry Pie Day. Arguably the most American of pies, cherry pie has been one of the nation’s favorites since George Washington allegedly chopped down the cherry tree. We don’t know if that story is true, but we do know cherry pie remains as popular as ever.

If you or someone you know enjoys cherry pie (and other varieties too), introduce them to the Pie of the Month Club. It’s a unique monthly gift program that delivers a freshly baked and shipped pie directly to your doorstep.

Every month, a large pie (feeds 6-8) arrives, ranging from seasonal fruit selections, chiffon pies, crumb pies, is shipped from one of America’s finest small artisan bakers. It’s the gift that’s guaranteed to please, and it’s set it and forget it!

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Bella Packing For A Trip!

Today is also National Love Your Pet Day, which is every day as far as we’re concerned. Pets, be they dogs, cats, or any other, add so much to our lives. Their love is unconditional and they’re always there for you … whether you’re having a bad day or not.

It’s said that what your pet wants most is your time … to be with you. The next time you’re taking a weekend trip, or even a day trip, go ahead and take your pet with you. Traveling with your best friend has never been easier and more convenient – show your pet how much you love them – they’ll return your love times ten or more!

Presidents Day StateGiftsUSA.comLastly for February 20th, it’s Presidents Day. The day was originally established to honor the February birthdays of two of our legendary presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

Want to be a hit at parties? Learn to recite all the U.S. Presidents in order, from Washington to the present day. You’ll give your memory a workout and people who find out how smart you really are!

If discovering interesting facts and trivia about the presidents interests you or someone you know, here’s our favorite presidential trivia book. It contains over 1000 trivia questions and answers about America’s chief executives. You’ll not only learn the names of the presidents, but what made each unique!

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Sticky Buns From Philadelphia

February 21: National Sticky Bun Day: Sticky buns are a unique and delicious baked treat known for their sweet and sticky consistency. The dough is made from yeast and butter, then rolled in cinnamon and sugar …

A sauce of sorts is then added to create the “sticky”. This sauce, or topping, usually contains syrup or molasses – some type of sweetening agent that binds everything together …

You’ll find sticky buns at bakeries all across the country although they’re especially popular in Philadelphia.

Recipes vary according to region, but the net result is basically the same … sweet and sticky goodness!

National Cook A Sweet Potato Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 22: National Cook A Sweet Potato Day / National Margarita Day: Today is both National Cook A Sweet Potato Day and National Margarita Day … a food and drink day!

Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables around. They’re loaded with vitamins, low in calories, and a great source of fiver. Did you know that Mississippi is the nation’s leading sweet potato producing state?

Sweet potatoes have hundreds of uses, from pies to chips to desserts and more. To get your culinary creativity flowing, here’s a book that’s considered the authority of sweet potato recipe books … The Sweet Potato Lovers Cookbook. The name says it all … the book contains over 100 recipes for using this versatile potato from breakfast to after dinner desserts.

Happy National Cook A Sweet Potato Day!

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It All Starts With Good Tequila

It’s also National Margarita Day, and if you imbibe, today is as good a day as any to enjoy a margarita. They’re made with tequila, lime juice, and other flavorings … strawberry, peach, and raspberry are three of the most popular varieties …

The secret to a good margarita, or any good alcoholic beverage, is the liquor you start with. If you know someone who enjoys margaritas and fine tequila, introduce them to the Tequila of the Month Club. Each month, a new small batch tequila is shipped, along with drink recipe suggestions and background information about the distillery and the tequila itself. Most people think tequila is only produced in Mexico, but that’s not accurate. Many small distilleries in America are producing fine tequilas, and they’re amply represented in the Tequila of the Month Club …

Cheers!

National Banana Bread Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Banana Bread Candle

February 23: National Banana Bread Day / National Dog Biscuit Day / National Chili Day: Today we celebrate two great tastes for people and one great taste for dogs!

It’s National Banana Bread Day, National Dog Biscuit Day, and National Chili Day … let’s take them one at a time.

Banana bread is very easy to make. Most folks use a quick bread recipe containing brown sugar, flour, baking soda, and mashed bananas. It’s a good way to use over ripe bananas since they’re mashed up anyway …

Some recipes call for the addition of nuts, like chopped walnuts or almonds, and the addition of molasses for binding and sweetening.

If you enjoy the aroma of baking banana bread as much as we do, here’s something for you that also makes an excellent gift – it’s a banana nut bread mason jar candle. It offers 120 hours of burn time and smells just like fresh baked banana bread!

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Dog Biscuit Cookbook

Now on to dog biscuits … we watch many of our friends dogs when they travel for long weekends. We’ve come to know and love them as if they were our own! In addition to the many walks and all the attention we shower them with, our dog friends are recipients of special home baked dog cookies …

Dog cookies (biscuits) are easy to make, and it’s a joy to see how much dogs like them over the boxed variety. If you’d like to make dog biscuits at home for your best friend, The Doggy Bone Cookbook, which offers dozens of recipes for easy to make tasty wholesome treats any dog will love!

National Chili Day StateGiftsUSA.comLast but certainly not least, it’s National Chili Day. Chili recipes are as plentiful as can be, and everyone has their personal preference for ingredients. We’ve tried and enjoyed chili from Texas, vegetarian chili, regional specialty chili from places like Cincinnati, Detroit, and Chicago, and many more …

We’re not big on canned chili but there is one exception … it’s called Ray’s Chilli from Decatur, Illinois. We’ve been enjoying this chili since we accidentally discovered it almost 30 years ago. It’s great served on its own, spooned over steamed hot dogs, or over a helping of elbow macaroni. Note the spelling … Ray’s is known as “chilli” with two L’s and has been spelled this way since being introduced over 80 years ago. If you’re wondering why, it’s a tip of the hat to their home state of Illinois …

You can’t find Ray’s Chilli in many grocery stores – it has limited distribution. You can order it online from the link above and we’ll bet you’ll love it. It’s mildly spicy – just warm it up on your stove top low and slow to bring out the flavor!

National Tortilla Chip Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 24: National Tortilla Chip Day: There are as many styles of tortilla chips as there are National Days of the Year – corn, blue corn, white corn, quinoa, and kale are just a few …

Tortilla chips also var on the heat scale – you can find them plain, mild, or spicy. We tend toward the latter and wanted to introduce you to these ghost pepper tortilla chips. They’re excellent with a mild salsa accompaniment or own their own right out of the bag. Ghost peppers, as you may know, are one of the hottest peppers around. These chips are dusted with seasoning made from these eye opening peppers – if you like things hot, you’ll love ’em!

Happy National Tortilla Day …

National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 25: National Chocolate Covered Nut Day / National Clam Chowder Day: What are your favorite type of chocolate covered nuts? Whatever your preference, today is the day to enjoy them!

We’ve always been partial to these San Francisco made chocolate covered cashews. They’re sprinkled with local sea salt for that little extra exquisite boost of flavor and they’re perfect for any day of the year … and particularly today!

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Clam Chowder & Bisque Sampler

It’s also National Clam Chowder Day and you may know there are two distinct styles of clam chowder, red and white. Red clam chowder, often referred to as Manhattan style, is tomato based while White clam chowder is cream based. The similarity in the two styles is, of course, the inclusion of chopped clams …

Here’s a great gift idea for today … it’s a seafood soup sampler which includes not only clam chowder but lobster bisque and crab bisque.

Perfect as a thank you gift or for your own special gathering!

National Pistachio Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 26: National Pistachio Day: Pistachio nuts are extremely good for you – they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and cholesterol fighting natural oils …

Pistachios are also a prolific U.S. agricultural product. California is far and away the leading producer of pistachios but nearby states like Arizona and New Mexico produce quite a bit as well …

Here’s a great gift idea – New Mexico grown pistachios, roasted and salted and packaged in a traditional burlap bag …

If your travels take you to The Land of Enchantment, check out the many local pistachio groves. Local producers are happy to let you enjoy a handful!

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Kahlua Chocolates

February 27: National Kahlua Day / National Polar Bear Day / National Strawberry Day: Today is a diverse day of celebrations as we recognize Kahlua, polar bears, and strawberries. Let’s take them one at a time …

Kahlua is a coffee flavored sweet liquor that’s often served with milk or cream over ice. It also contains corn syrup, rum, and vanilla bean. Kahlua has been around for about 80 years and is popular both as a cordial and an after dinner drink …

If you’d like something to go along with an after dinner Kahlua, try these milk chocolates filled with Kahlua flavor. They’re non alcoholic yet offer all the great flavor of Kahlua …

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Iceberg the Polar Bear

It’s also National Polar Bear Day – an imposing yet relatively docile creature only found in the United States in Alaska. Polar bears have faced numerous challenges over the years, from shrinking habitat to climactic changes to periodic food shortages …

For youngsters, here’s a plush medium sized polar bear to adopt – his name is “Iceberg” and he’s as soft as can be! Great as a holiday decoration and accessory too …

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Strawberry Huller

Last, February 27th is National Strawberry Day. Strawberries are grown all over the United States, even in small local gardens. Did you know Louisiana is one of the nation’s most prolific strawberry producing states? It’s true … and in fact a town about an hour outside of New Orleans by the name of Ponchatoula is known as the Strawberry Capital of the World. They even have an annual strawberry festival!

If you or someone you know is fond of strawberries, introduce them to this handy kitchen tool we’ve used for years to make enjoying strawberries a bit easier … it’s a strawberry huller and it quickly and easily removes the top “hull” or greenery on a strawberry … neatly and without a mess!

It’s a useful gadget to have around when you’re preparing fruit salads, ice cream sundaes, or any dish requiring fresh strawberries …

National Chocolate Souflee Day StateGiftsUSA.comFebruary 28: National Chocolate Souflee Day / National Floral Design Day: A chocolate souflee (pronounced “sue-FLAY”) is an exquisite dessert creation made with bittersweet dark chocolate, eggs, powdered sugar, butter, and a splash of lemon juice. It has a light fluffy texture and “rises” when cooked. They’re served warm with a touch of whipped cream atop the souflee …

Souflees don’t necessarily have to be decadent and rich, as evidenced by this guide to No Fat & Low Fat Desserts. This handy volume includes easy to prepare ideas and recipes for pies, cakes, fruit desserts, crumbles, and yes, souflees!

National Floral Design Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Floral Design Day. Floral design is big business and there are numerous courses (and even advanced degrees) for those who choose to pursue it as a profession …

You don’t need a degree to create your own floral designs, though. Just some initial guidance as to what goes with what will help you along … which is why we’re pleased to introduce you to beginner’s and intermediate guide to floral design called The Flower Workshop

It’ll show you how to meld and match flower arrangement, wildflowers, foraged materials, fruit, and more. Who knows, maybe a second career as a floral designer is on your horizon!

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The Definitive Leap Year Reference

February 29:: There’s no official National Day for February 29th, but it’s commonly known as Leap Year Day. Do you know the origin of Leap Year?

Basically, a “leap year” is a year with one extra day (February 29th). This day is added to the calendar year every four years to account for the earth’s rotational speed, which is slightly less (by seconds) than 24 hours. If an extra day was not added every four years, the calendar would “drift” and we’d ultimately end up celebrating Christmas Day in July!

Folklore suggests the name came about due to traditional holidays (like Christmas Day) “leaping” a day every four years. For example, let’s say Christmas Day falls on a Thursday one year. If the next year is a Leap Year, the day will “leap” over Friday and fall on a Saturday. Sounds complicated, but it works!

If you’d like to know more about the eccentricities of February 29th, get yourself a copy of The Leap Year Book. It’s the definitive Leap Year reference, including trivia, a list of famous people born on February 29th, and noteworthy events occurring on this day …

National Peanut Butter Day StateGiftsUSA.com March 1: National Peanut Butter Day: The most American of sandwich fixings! We’ve all grown up with peanut butter and it’s still just as good for you as it always was … loaded with protein and all sorts of beneficial vitamins and minerals. And it tastes good too, with or without jelly!

At our sister site State Gifts USA, we’ve discovered many U.S. small batch peanut butter manufacturers. One of our favorites is Georgia peanut butter company which makes some of the best tasting and freshest flavors we’ve ever tried. All their ingredients are sourced within a 200 mile radius of their facility – we love the fact that they support local area farmers …

Try their Dark Chocolate Dreams and White Chocolate Wonderful on National Peanut Butter Day!

National Banana Cream Pie Day StateGiftsUSA.com March 2: National Banana Cream Pie Day: A traditional dessert treat, banana cream pies are made with a custard or pudding filling and topped with whipped cream. Part of the filling is made from cut up or smashed bananas, and sometimes a few slices of banana are served atop the pie as an indicator of which type of pie is being served …

Banana cream pies are on the short list of most people’s favorite cream pies, and they’re really quite easy to make. If you’re interested in the definitive Banana Cream Pie resource, here it is! This handy cookbook, free for Kindle Unlimited users, offers over three dozen fun recipes for this quintessential cream pie …

National Mulled Wine Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 3: National Mulled Wine Day: Mulled wine is a traditional cold weather warmer, made with wine which is heated up with spices like cinnamon, coriander, ginger root, and fruit. In Scandinavian countries it is often known as glogg and served during the cold weather months …

You can make mulled wine rather easily – we recommend using an inexpensive sweet red table wine as your base (jug wines are perfectly acceptable). Cinnamon sticks works better than powdered cinnamon because the slow heating (mulling) process more completely absorbs the cinnamon into the mixture …

Simply experiment with your recipe until you find one you like! If we’re making glogg, we add a bit of vodka to the mixture and let it sit at least overnight to mix fully. If you’d like a little help stimulating your mulled wine creativity, the Mulled Wine Cookbook is a great place to start!

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National Pound Cake Day

March 4: National Pound Cake Day: Today is National Pound Cake Day, but do you know why it’s called pound cake?

Pound cake is made from four ingredients … sugar, flour, eggs, and butter. Traditional pound cake recipes call for one pound each of these four ingredients … and there you have it!

However, any cake recipe calling for equal amounts of the four ingredients can be called a pound cake. They’re usually served with powdered sugar sprinkled atop or with some type of fruit based glaze spread across the crust.

This iced lemon pound cake is an all time favorite – it has a sweet and tart zesty flavor and is topped with lemon glaze icing …

Perfect for National Pound Cake Day!

National Absinthe Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 5: National Absinthe Day: Absinthe has a long and sometimes controversial history in the United States. We’re pleased to see a National Day named for absinthe as this unique cordial continues to enjoy a renaissance across the country …

Absinthe is a strong alcoholic cocktail with an anise flavor. It’s made from a mixture of botanicals and has a distinct light green coloring. For many years, the drink was banned in the U.S. due to early 20th century distilling problems – bad batches of absinthe led some drinkers to hallucinating and the legend of the drink grew …

In the last fifteen years or so, absinthe has resurfaced and now has once again become a cult favorite. You can find it available in most higher end bars along with almost any full serve liquor store. Here’s a great resource text titled Absinthe Cocktails which explores the historical and current world of absinthe, including creative cocktail recipes, how to serve absinthe, and much more …

A great gift idea for anyone on your list who appreciates a good cocktail …

National Oreo Cookie Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 6: National Oreo Cookie Day / National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day: Today is a day for delicious as we celebrate Oreo Cookies and White Chocolate Cheesecake …

Did you know Oreos are America’s best selling cookie? They were introduced in 1912 and legend has it they were named after the Greek word “oreo” which translates to beautiful, or “well done”. An apt description!

Oreo Cookies are two chocolate wafer cookies surrounding a creamy center, but there are variations on the classic Oreo available. We’re especially partial to the White Chocolate Oreos, which are traditional Oreos covered with a creamy white chocolate topping. Delicious!

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Classic Chicago Cheesecake

Speaking of white chocolate, today is also National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day, and if you or someone you know is a fan of great cheesecake, we’ve got something special for you – Chicago’s finest cheesecake

This spectacular white chocolate cheesecake is augmented by raspberry topping and it’s sure to put a smile on your face, today or any other day of the year!

Happy National Oreo Cookie Day / National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day …

National Cereal Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 7: National Cereal Day / National Crown of Roast Pork Day: Today we’re talking breakfast and dinner as it’s National Cereal Day and National Crown of Roast Pork Day …

Cereal, hot or cold, is a breakfast favorite because it’s so convenient. But “convenient” can often mean unhealthy or even dull. With that in mind, here’s a wonderfully healthy all grain cereal that’s wheat free and is a mix of oats, rye, barley, and golden flax. Add a dash of honey or cinnamon for the perfect satisfying breakfast from the inside out, and break out of the same-old, same-old cereal rut.

National Cereal Day is the perfect time to do it!

National Crown of Roast Pork Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Crown of Roast Pork

Crown of Roast Pork is made from strips of bone in loin – the strips are arranged in a circle and the finished product resembles a crown. The dish is most often served at traditional holidays or celebratory occasions due to its specialized appearance …

This dish is sometimes prepared with stuffing inside the “crown”, as shown in the picture. When prepared properly, it suits an elegant table or any special event!

If you’re looking for a crown of roast pork cut, here’s an excellent choice from Nebraska, one of the nation’s leading pork producing states …

Enjoy!

National Peanut Cluster Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Made in Michigan

March 8: National Peanut Cluster Day: March 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day, so we think today’s most important question is … milk chocolate or dark chocolate??

Both types of chocolate hold beneficial health properties, as of course do peanuts. Peanuts are brimming with fiber and protein and make an excellent natural energy boosting snack. Dark chocolate in particular is helpful to regulate blood pressure and contains a tiny amount of caffeine to help you ward off mid afternoon doldrums …

We confess to being partial to old fashioned milk chocolate peanut clusters. They’re made in the U.S. (Michigan in fact) and prepared fresh daily!

National Barbie Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Barbie’s Getaway House!

March 9: National Barbie Day / National Meatball Day / National Crab Meat Day: March 9th is one of this month’s three-fer days, and we’re all across the board today with recognition of the iconic Barbie doll, meatballs, and crab meat …

Let’s start with one of America’s most recognizable figures, the Barbie doll, which was introduced almost six decades ago. Since then, millions have been sold and Barbie has been a right of passage for countless girls all over the world.

If you’re wondering why March 9th is National Barbie Day, it’s because that’s Barbie’s birthday – she was premiered at a prominent New York toy show on this date in 1959 …

Barbie continues to evolve and over the years has been the subject of not only the trademark dolls, but also clothing to go with her, television shows, movies, video games, and much more …

Here’s one of Barbie’s latest features – her fun and stylish getaway house! It’s a must for any Barbie collector or fan, and a great gift on Barbie’s birthday!

Next, it’s National Meatball Day. We love a good meatball sandwich with a bit of red sauce on a soft hoagie roll …

National Meatball Day StateGiftsUSA.comIn our estimation, what really makes a meatball sandwich irresistable is the addition of hot giardiniera, and we’ve got just the stuff for you …

Since 1909, E. Formella and Sons has been making hot and mild giardiniera and related Sicilian style products which are the perfect addition to pizza, pasta dishes, Italian beef and meatball sandwiches. Once you try it you’ll know what we mean – E. Formella giardiniera adds a spicy, flavorful kick to any Italian style cuisine. We even add it to scrambled eggs in the morning as an eye opener!

They make hot and mild varieties, stuffed olives, giardiniera relish, and much more. In our estimation, the best giardiniera around, made from a recipe dating back over 100 years!

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Spectacular Maine Wild Caught Crab

Finally, it’s National Crab Meat Day. Crab meat is one of our seafood favorites, and to be frank we’ve tried a lot of different crab meat over the years. Some of it has been “ehhh”, some pretty good, and one in particular fantastic …

We’re pleased to introduce you to Jonah crab meat from Maine. This sweet and succulent crab meat isn’t always available – it’s sourced directly from the rocky bottoms in ocean waters off Maine. Weather and tides affect the availability, but if you can get ahold of some, you’re in for a treat …

We don’t even recommend using Jonah crab meat in mixed salads with mayonnaise or salad dressing – enjoy it on its own, perhaps with a splash of lemon atop. Savor the natural briny flavor of ocean waters and the most spectacular crab meat from U.S. coastal waters …

Happy National Crab Meat Day!

National Blueberry Popover Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 10: National Blueberry Popover Day: Popovers are a light, fluffy muffin-like roll made from egg batter. They’re usually served with whipped cream, fruit, or butter and jam …

The name “popover” stems from the fact that when the batter is baked, it rises and “pops over” the top of the baking tin. There are as many varieties of popovers as there are fruits, and today we celebrate blueberry popovers …

Blueberries, as you probably know, are very good for you. They’re grown and harvested in many northern states, including Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Washington, and Oregon …

If you enjoy healthy blueberry snacks, try these blueberry protein bars. They’re perfect as an after workout pick me up, a mid afternoon snack, or even as part of a healthy breakfast.

You can even enjoy one while baking blueberry popovers!

National Oatmeal Nut Waffle Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Vermont Maple Syrup Sample Pack

March 11: National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day: Don’t oatmeal nut waffles sound good on a chilly morning?

Oatmeal nut waffles are made with a waffle batter containing oatmeal and topped with chopped nuts, usually walnuts. They’re often served topped with maple syrup …

Did you know many states in the U.S. are known for their maple syrup production? The most well known is Vermont, where prolific groves of mature maples provide some of the best maple syrup in the world. Depending on several environmental factors, maple syrup can vary in taste and color. Some syrup is rather light, while others are almost totally a brownish color …

Here’s a Vermont maple syrup sampler containing three different style of syrup sourced in The Green Mountain State. Perfect for oatmeal nut waffles!

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Indoor Fruit Trees

March 12: National Plant A Flower Day: Today is National Plant A Flower Day, but if it’s a little too cold where you are in the country, no worries. There are some fantastic easy to grow container plants that’ll add a touch of the tropics to your home …

We’re specifically referring to indoor citrus and indoor fruit trees. These remarkable small trees do very well in a container when placed in a sunny window …

They’re available for less than $20 in all sorts of varieties – lemon, lime, orange, and even more adventurous varieties like tangerine, pomegranate, kumquat, and more. They yield full size fruit and you’ll absolutely delight picking fresh fruit from your very own indoor orchard!

Best of all, these trees are remarkably easy care. They only require watering once a week to keep their soil on the dry side of moist and they’re resistant to pests and disease …

A great gift for anyone on your list with a green thumb, or just for yourself!

National Coconut Torte Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Coconut Torte Candle

March 13: National Coconut Torte Day: A coconut torte is a traditional baked treat that’s either topped with grated coconut flakes or flavored with coconut oils … or both!

To celebrate the day, take a look at this coconut torte candle. It combines the natural scents of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and coconut milk …

It has well over 100 hours of slow burn time, and it’s created to add the scent of freshly baked tortes to your home!

Enjoy National Coconut Torte Day …

National Pi Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 14: National Pi Day / National Learn About Butterflies Day / National Potato Chip Day: Pi, Butterflies, and Potato Chips … it’s a busy day!

Pi, of course, refers to the Greek symbol representing 3.14, although many math oriented types celebrate today by eating or serving pieces of traditional pie. We’d like to introduce you to a combination of the two, a fun book titled How To Bake Pi … clever, huh? It’s an edible exploration of math, made understandable by applying mathematical principles to common food …

Great for math students, budding teachers, or anyone who enjoys the wit and whimsy of National Pi Day …

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What Attracts Butterflies To Your Garden?

Along with learning about pi, it’s also Learn About Butterflies Day. One of the most important elements to learn about butterflies is how to attract them to your garden. They’re not only beautiful, but very beneficial to various plants …

Take a look at the best plants to attract butterflies to your garden. The more you discover about butterflies, the more you’ll love them!

Finally, March 14th is National Potato Chip Day. Whenever we travel, one of the unique things we do is seek out local potato chip manufacturers … you’ll find many across the U.S. listed on our individual state pages. In our never ending hunt for fantastic potato chips, we’ve become very fond of “dark” potato chips … have you ever heard of them?

National Potato Chip Day StateGiftsUSA.comSometimes called “burned” chips, they’re not really burned at all, although they look as if they’ve been cooked longer than a traditional chip. Actually, these dark chips are made from a different type of potato that’s a bit higher in sugar content. During the cooking process, the sugar carmelizes a bit, and the chips turn out darker. In addition to their color, they taste as if they’ve been cooked longer. If you like well done french fries for example, you’ll love dark potato chips!

Problem is, there are very few potato chip companies making these dark chips. One is the legendary Better Made in Detroit. Their dark potato chips are called Rainbow Chips – they’re made in limited quantities and available online for shipment across the country …

Serve these at your next gathering and share the dark potato chip phenomenon!

National Kick Butts Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 15: National Kick Butts Day: Today is the National Day dedicated to efforts made to help smokers kick the habit. We’ve never smoked, but have been told it’s one of the hardest habits to beat …

If you or someone you know is a smoker who wants to quit, the last thing they need is nagging. Motivation is key, just as motivation is key to accomplish any task …

If the motivation needs a boost, try this best selling Easy Way To Stop Smoking. This drug free, gum free, patch free approach has worked for millions of now ex-smokers all over the world … the book itself has sold over 20 million copies …

Today is as good a day as any … our best wishes are with you!

National Artichoke Hearts Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 16: National Artichoke Hearts Day: Artichoke hearts are the edible center section of the vegetable and are often marinated in an olive oil and spice bath and served in salads …

We love them right out of the jar … they’re very good for you – loaded with fiber, protein, and other beneficial vitamins.

You can also buy them grilled and marinated … serve them on an antipasto platter, on crackers, or by themselves!

Artichoke hearts are a delicious low calorie snack, and today’s their National Day!

National Corned Beef and Cabbage DayMarch 17: National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day / St. Patrick’s Day: March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s entirely appropriate it’s also Corned Beef and Cabbage Day, a traditional Irish-American dish served on this day …

Corned beef and cabbage is pretty easy to prepare, but if you’d like some creative ideas to put your own creative culinary twist on St. Patrick’s Day, check out the 101 Recipes For Corned Beef & Cabbage recipe book. We particularly like the Macaroni Bake, New York City Corned Beef and Cabbage, and the Ground Beef and Cabbage Stew …

These recipes are delicious, nutritious, and low budget!

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National Oatmeal Cookie Day

March 18: National Oatmeal Cookie Day / National Sloppy Joe Day: Today we mark National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Sloppy Joe Day … let’s take them one at a time, starting with Oatmeal Cookies …

These are one of the most popular varieties of cookies made and sold in the U.S. – at any bakery, cookie exchange, or bake sale you’ll normally find someone’s take on an oatmeal cookie recipe.

We’re big fans of soft baked oatmeal cookies, like these from Cedar Grove, New Jersey. A tin of these makes a great gift for any occasion, especially on March 18th!

National Sloppy Joe Day StateGiftsUSA.comIt’s also National Sloppy Joe Day. This sandwich, made from ground beef, chopped onions, tomato based sauce, and seasonings, originated in America about 100 years ago. The name seems to have been coined at inexpensive lunch counters appealing to “regular Joe’s” with the “sloppy” added due to the loose meat nature of the sandwich …

You can find Sloppy Joe sauce in any supermarket, but we prefer small regional brands like this one from Ohio … it’s got a little brown sugar and bourbon in it!

National Chocolate Caramel Day StateGiftsUSA.com

San Francisco Made Chocolate Caramels

March 19: National Chocolate Caramel Day / National Poultry Day:Today is both National Chocolate Caramel Day as well as National Poultry Day … for chocolate caramels, the biggest decision (whether you’re buying a gift or enjoying for yourself) is whether to go with dark chocolate or milk chocolate …

This chocolate caramel collection from San Francisco solves the dark vs. milk chocolate dilemma by combining a selection of both within this delectable gift basket. To make things even more enticing, caramels covered with chocolate and sea salt are also included …

The perfect gift for National Chocolate Caramel Day … or any day your craving striked!

National Poultry Day StateGiftsUSA.comNational Poultry Day is also celebrated today. Whether your preference is chicken, turkey, duck, or any other type of poultry, today’s the day to do your poultry thing …

If you’re looking for something other than the same old recipes, take a look at Culinary Birds – it’s the ultimate poultry recipe book. It received the James Beard Foundation Book Award in part due to the impressive collection of close to 200 poultry dish recipes ranging from chicken noodle soup to Duck a l’Orange …

Whether you’re a novice or experienced talented chef, this book is an indispensable addition to your culinary library …

National Ravioli Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Ravioli Maker

March 20: National Ravioli Day: One of the most popular pasta dishes prepared in America today, ravioli are often referred to as little pillows of dough. That’s essentially what they are – a sealed packet of dough surrounding some type of filling.

Common ravioli fillings are various types of cheese, sausage, and spinach. Ravioli dough may be standard pasta or more creative types like pumpkin or a number of other creative flavors …

For National Ravioli Day, how about this handy portable ravioli maker with press feature. No need to use a pasta roller … just use a rolling pin to roll out the dough, add your favorite filling, and your ravioli is ready to cook!

The ravioli maker includes easy to follow recipes for making your own dough as well as many suggested ravioli varieties …

National French Bread Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 21: National French Bread Day: March 21st is National French Bread Day, and if you’ve ever been around the aroma of fresh loaves of french bread baking, it’ll stay with you forever …

Now you can bring the bakery fresh aroma of freshly baked bread to any living space in your home with this Louisiana made soy wax candle. It’s named “French Bread” as you can see and it offers the irresistible buttery scent of fresh baked bread …

This candle, a perfect gift for any occasion, features a cotton braided wick and long, slow burning time. It ships directly to your doorstep or that of your gift recipient … they’ll love your thoughtfulness!

National Bavarian Crepe Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Portable Crepe Griddle

March 22: National Bavarian Crepe Day: Typically made from wheat flour, a crepe is actually a very thin pancake. They originated in France and are commonly served in most areas of the world, usually as a breakfast or light lunch entree …

Bavarian crepes are noted for their Bavarian cream filling, which can be chocolate or vanilla and has a custard or pudding like texture. Crepes can be made with any number of fillings – fruit crepes are especially popular …

You can make your own crepes with this portable non stick crepe maker, which includes a recipe guide and batter spreader …

This crepe maker is ideal not only for crepes, but blintzes, pancakes, and other breakfast treats. It wipes clean with a quick swipe, has rubber feet for added stability, and features five different temperature settings to ensure perfect results every time ..

National Chip and Dip Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Patriotic Chip and Dip Set

March 23: National Chip and Dip Day: The term “chip and dip” is synonymous with snacks, happy hour, and parties … it’s the all inclusive term for a dish set holding some variety of chips and a dip to go with …

Today is National Chip and Dip Day, and to recognize this American social tradition, here’s a patriotic chip and dip set. It’s adorned with red, white, and blue accents and is made from sturdy long lasting glazed ceramic. The detachable star shaped dip container easily allows you to refill the dip for all those hungry party attendees!

Happy National Chip and Dip Day!

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Movie Time Gift Basket

March 24: National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day: Back when I was a young boy attending the movies with my parents, I’d always head to the concession stand for a box of Raisinettes. Even more than popcorn, Raisinettes were my go to movie treat …

To this day, I still associate chocolate covered raisins with a good movie, and I suspect there are many others who hold the same memories!

If you know someone who enjoys a good movie and traditional snacks to go along with, take a look at this clever Movie Time Snack Gift Set. It’s the movie lovers dream combination!

The gift package contains: Two microwave pop up popcorn bowls, 2 bags of Cracker Jack, Skittles, Twizzlers, a Kit Kat bar, Hershey Bar, plain and peanut M & M’s, pretzels, Oreo cookies, and yes, a box of Raisinettes!

A great gift for any movie lover, especially on National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day …

National Lobster Newburg Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Lobster Newburg

March 25: National Lobster Newburg Day: You’ve no doubt enjoyed lobster, but have you ever tried Lobster Newburg?

It’s a fantastic, elegant, yet simple to prepare dish. Lobster Newburg consists of chunks of fresh lobster meat mixed with a sherry flavored cream sauce. It is typically served over fluffy pastries like croissants or used as a crepe filling …

Though the dish contains sherry, the alcoholic content is burned off through the sauce’s cooking process …

Maine is synonymous with fresh lobster, and here’s an enticing prepared Lobster Newburg which feeds four to six …

We recommend serving it over freshly baked croissants for brunch, with a Mimosa on the side to help you celebrate National Lobster Newburg Day!

National Spinach Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Spinach Pasta – Carb Free!

March 26: National Spinach Day: Did you know two towns in the United States proclaim themselves as “Spinach Capital of the World”?

It’s true. Both Alma, Arkansas (in the western portion of the state) and Crystal City, Texas (south Texas about 110 miles from San Antonio) lay claim to the unofficial title. Alma hosts an annual Spinach Festival each year while Crystal city is home to a statue of Popeye, a Disney character noted for his fondness of spinach …

We’re not here to pick sides, but we do know spinach is a very healthy green vegetable, loaded with vitamins and iron. It’s great in salads or wilted with a bit of lemon juice squeezed on top for added flavor.

Spinach is also made into pasta, and we’re pleased to introduce this spinach carb free pasta. It’s made in the USA, gluten free, extremely low in calories, and contains zero grams of carbs …

If you feel excessively full or bloated after eating pasta, you just found your alternative!

National Paella Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Non Stick Paella Pan

March 27: National Paella Day: Paella, a type of seafood stew, is a traditional Spanish / Portuguese one pot meal containing specific ingredients …

The seafood used in a paella is varied depending on what’s fresh, but usually contains shrimp, red fish, red snapper, and a mild white fish. Yellow rice is the other ingredient of choice, along with spices like black pepper, paprika, saffron, and hot sauce …

Paella is fun to cook, but you should use a non stick paella pan which allows ample cooking time for the ingredients to meld. Some recipes call for finishing the paella in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes – this pan is oven safe and so is the glass lid …

Paella is a wonderful, healthy, filling dish – enjoy some today on National Paella Day!

National Black Forest Cake Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 28: National Black Forest Cake Day: Black Forest Cake is a German style cake with dark chocolate flavored cake, creamy icing, and a dark cherry filling. They’re not too easy to find at bakeries, but if you do find one, you’re sure to remember it … Black Forest cakes are fantastic!

In addition to the chocolate flavor, the distinguishing aspect of this cake is the dark cherry taste. Many Black Forest cakes have sliced dark cherries on top as a garnish … most recipes call for this. Either way, today is the cake’s National Day, so if you or someone you know enjoys fresh Black Forest cakes, splurge and enjoy!

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 29: National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day: Continuing on the cake theme as we head toward the end of March, today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day. This light, moist cake is made with yellow cake and a very light, whipped cream filling. Grated lemon zest usually tops the cake, and sometimes sweet Meyer lemons are part of the recipe to provide a distinct pleasing lemony flavor …

If you’re a fan of classic, vintage cakes like today’s Lemon Chiffon or yesterday’s Black Forest, you’ll love this volume dedicated to vintage cake recipes. This book, a fine addition to any kitchen library, includes recipes for not only classic cakes but also cupcakes, layer and bundt cakes, icebox cakes, chiffons, and much more …

The perfect practical gift for National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day!

National Pencil Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 30: National Pencil Day / National Turkey Neck Soup Day: Today’s combination of National Days includes recognizing pencils and turkey neck soup … both useful in their own ways!

Did you know over 80% of pencils sold in the U.S. are made by New Jersey’s General Pencil? Learn more about this iconic company on our Made in New Jersey page …

And if you’re always looking for a pencil to write something down, here’s a package of patriotic pencils that are easy to spot! A fun gift for today or any patriotic occasion …

National Turkey Neck Soup Day StateGiftsUSA.comAlso, today is turkey neck soup day. My grandmother used to make turkey neck soup every year after Thanksgiving. We loved it and would look forward to enjoying her great soup almost as much as all the goodies at Thanksgiving!

For an appropriate serving dish for turkey neck soup, check out these turkey themed soup & cereal bowls. They’re microwave and dishwasher safe and will last for years and years!

National Crayon Day StateGiftsUSA.comMarch 31: National Crayon Day / National Clams on the Half Shell Day: Closing out the month of March is National Crayon Day and National Clams on the Half Shell Day …

When we were in school way back when, the 64 Box of Crayola Crayons was the envy of all our classmates. That size has been left in the dust now, though, with the introduction of The Ultimate Crayon Collection. it includes a whopping 152 colors of crayons all neatly stored in an easy to tote durable carrying case.

A fun gift for that young budding artist in your life!

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Chesapeake Bay Clams

For the seafood lover, today is also National Clams on the Half Shell Day, which we’re glad to see because we absolutely love raw or baked clams on the half shell. We like fresh raw clams sprinkled with lemon and a dash or two of Tabasco sauce … and baked clams with a crispy covering and also a dash of Tabasco!

When we can get them, we love Chesapeake Bay Top Neck Clams … their sweet, briny flavor is unsurpassed and unlike any other you’ve had …

These clams are shipped frozen, direct to your doorstep anywhere in the country. Great for a special gathering any day of the year!

National Sourdough Bread Day StateGiftsUSA.com

sourdough Bread Starter Kit

April 1: National Sourdough Bread Day / April Fools Day: It’s National Sourdough Bread Day … no foolin’!

Sourdough bread is most commonly associated with San Francisco’s legendary Boudin Bakery, where it is said this type of bread was introduced over 100 years ago. Sourdough bread is excellent as toast or as part of a hearty sandwich and it stands up well to condiments like brown mustard, horseradish, and more …

If you enjoy baking, here’s a sourdough starter kit which can be used again and again to make not only bread, but pancakes, muffins, pizza crust, and other sourdough creations …

April Fools Day StateGiftsUSA.comOf course, April !st is best known as April Fool’s Day … do you know how this day of practical jokes and pranks got started?

The tradition dates back hundreds of years, with many crediting the origin to Chaucer’s volume “Canterbury Tales:. where the cook Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox. The custom of April Fools is observed world wide, although it is not an official holiday anywhere.

To help get you into the whimsical spirit, here’s a collection of April Fools jokes that’s guaranteed to get you in the April 1st mood!

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 2: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches are probably the most popular sandwiches in America … they’re economical, easy to make, and they taste good …

They’re also enjoyed by people of all ages, from small children to senior citizens. There are many different varieties of peanut butter and dozens of jelly flavors, so you can literally have a different PB & J every day of the week!

To help celebrate the day, here’s the definitive peanut butter and jelly handbook! Outlining not only the history of the ingredients and the sandwich, it’s also a contemporary read about the hundreds of varieties of this culinary classic, along with facts, trivia, and more!

A great inexpensive gift for anyone who appreciates a good ‘ol PB & J …

National Chocolate Mousse Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 3: National Chocolate Mousse Day: Mousse is a light, fluffy, foam like topping that’s traditionally flavored and served as a dessert or appetizer. Common types of mousse include salmon, caramel, coffee, and of couorse chocolate …

Chocolate Mousse is most often served in small cups, topped with grated cinnamon or a little brown sugar to add an extra dimension of sweetness. It’s a delectable dessert served chilled – satisfying and refreshing!

For National Chocolate Mousse Day, here’s a Milk Chocolate Mousse Kit which will guide you A to Z in preparing this delightful traditional dessert …

National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day

April 4: National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day: Chicken Cordon Bleu, celebrated today, is a long time dinner favorite. They’re often sold already prepped and ready to bake because preparation involves breading and stuffing …

A chicken cordon bleu is a breaded chicken breast that’s stuffed with smoked ham and Swiss cheese. If you’re handy in the kitchen, they’re not terribly difficult to prepare (and well worth it!) but there is some technique involved …

We’ve always had good luck in buying chicken cordon bleu with the prep work already done by experts, allowing us to solely focus on the cooking and the eating!

Enjoy some today …

National Caramel Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 5: National Caramel Day / National Deep Dish Pizza Day: April 5th features two taste treats – caramels and deep dish pizza. Enjoy these two and you’ve got your dinner and dessert covered!

You can buy caramels at any corner convenience store or drug store, but here are some knock your socks off caramels made in Michigan. They’re dark chocolate covered caramels sprinkled with sea salt. The sweet and salty combination, made from a 1920’s original recipe, will have you asking “where have you been all my life?” …

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Deep Dish Pizza From Chicago

Deep dish pizza is most closely associated with Chicago, although you’ll find it served in most places across the country. It’s called deep dish because it’s baked in a “taller” pizza pan with high sides, allowing for layers of ingredients according to your personal taste preferences …

Some prefer thin crust pizza, some prefer deep dish. We like to alternate between the two, but on April 5th it’s deep dish all the way!

For the pizza lover in your life, here’s a collection of Chicago deep dish pizza you can customize. Choose from any combination of sausage, cheese, or pepperoni …

Perfect for National Deep Dish Pizza Day and direct from Chicago, the Deep Dish Pizza Capital of the World!

National Caramel Popcorn Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Caramel Popcorn

April 6: National Caramel Popcorn Day: For popcorn lovers, these are the glory days … there’s an ever expanding array of flavors available to satisfy your popcorn craving.

But sometimes the tried-and-true is the best option, which speaks to the long standing appeal of caramel popcorn, which we celebrate today. There’s nothing mysterious about it … the combination of sweet caramel and salty, crunchy popcorn is hard to beat!

As we’ve traveled over the past few years sourcing ideas for State Gifts USA, we’ve become acquainted with many small local popcorn companies who are turning out some really good stuff. One of these small companies is Wisconsin based and makes fantastic caramel popcorn. It’s made in small batches and you’ll love the caramel crunch in every bite!

Try a bag or two and give some as a gift on National Caramel Popcorn Day …

National Beer Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Beer Day – Drink American!

April 7: National Beer Day / National Coffee Cake Day: Beer and coffee cake might not go well together, but they do on April 7th, as it’s the National Day for each …

We’ve long been partial to U.S. made beer. We love the creativity, the innovation, and the freshness. We also like the tried and true American beers that have been around for generations …

All across America today, most mid size towns on up host their own brewery, if not more. Things have circled back to where they were 80+ years ago, when the local brewery was the town’s pride and joy. There are some really fantastic beers being brewed in all 50 states!

The only real problem is accessing them. We’re pleased to introduce you to the American Beer of the Month Club – every month you or your gift recipient will receive 12 selections in four different styles (3 beers each). These beers are fresh from the brewery, selected from some of the most innovative breweries large and small …

Cheers to American beer!

National Coffee Cake Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Coffee Cake Day

It’s also National Coffee Cake Day, and if you’re wondering how coffee cake got its name, it’s simple … coffee cake goes well with a cup of coffee!

Or without a cup of coffee for that matter … there’s no wonder why coffee cakes seem to be the first item sold out at local bakeries. Whether you prefer raspberry, strawberry, cherry, cream filled, or any other number of varieties, you won’t go wrong with a fresh coffee cake.

We actually prefer this cinnamon walnut coffee cake – it’s one of a kind and it’s fantastic!

National Zoo Lovers Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Zoo Lovers Day Puzzle

April 8: National Zoo Lovers Day: Zoos are wonderful habitats, not only for animals but for the people who love them. Many animals have been given second chances at life through the efforts of America’s many zoos. Zoos are also important educational vehicles to teach humans, particularly youngsters, about the many creatures sharing the planet with us …

For the zoo lover on your gift list, here’s something to inspire them … it’s a zoos and aquariums of North America jigsaw puzzle

It’s 1000 pieces, so it’s the perfect antidote for those days when you can’t make it out to see the animals!

National Almond Cookie Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 9: National Almond Cookie Day: Our first experience with almond cookies was at our favorite local Chinese restaurant, where they were served as a dessert along with a couple of fortune cookies. We still aren’t sure which we like better!

Almond cookies are easy to make, and they’re a popular favorite for cookie exchanges, lunches, and dessert platters. For something a little different on National Almond Cookie Day, how about these gluten free almond horn cookies.

They’re Kosher and dairy free too!

National Cinnamon Crescent Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 10: National Cinnamon Crescent Day: Crescent rolls are similar to croissants, made with a light dough and baked to a fluffy texture that peels apart with a gentle tug …

Today celebrates one particular type of crescent roll, the cinnamon crescent. Cinnamon is a very versatile spice used in all types of cooking from breakfast to dessert …

Many years ago, a friend of my dad’s attended a football party, at which chili was on the menu. The party hosts happened to be using a Cincinnati chili recipe, which calls for a teaspoon or two of cinnamon. Upon hearing cinnamon was in the recipe, my dad’s friend exclaimed, “Cinnamon?? In chili? No thanks …”.

A few minutes later the chili was served and my dad’s friend was encouraged to sample. He did, and was so impressed with the flavor, he noted to his hosts, “It needs more cinnamon” …

Chili is just one dish which fares better with cinnamon. Here’s the definitive cinnamon recipe book. It contains dozens of recipes using this unique (and very good for you) spice in all sorts of dishes, from chili to pastries to cakes and much more …

National Cheese Fondue Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Electric Fondue Maker

April 11: National Cheese Fondue Day / National Pet Day: Cheese fondue was popularized in the United States in the 1960’s and retains an element of popularity today. Of Swiss origin, cheese fondue is made by melting cheese in a communal pot. Chunks of bread are dipped into the pot using long forks and it’s quite a party!

Pictured is an electric fondue maker which is ideal for cheese, chocolate, or any other variety of fondue. It includes temperature probe, fondue forks, fork rack, and it’s made of non stick brushed stainless steel for easy preparation and clean up …

A fun gift for anyone who has always wanted to get their fondue on, or just for National Cheese Fondue Day …

National Pet Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Bella Loves Picnics!

Today is also National Pet Day, and as far as we’re concerned, every day should be National Pet Day. Pets bring so much love and joy into our lives, and they ask for so little in return for a lifetime of dedication.

It is often said the one thing your pet wants most is your time. The next time you’re planning a picnic, day trip, or even an overnighter, take your dog along. It’s so much more convenient to bring your dog along these days … and just think of the great photo opportunities!

Even if you’re not inclined to have your dog come along, you can do something really special for them with this creative dog toy club. Every month (for a surprisingly low cost) your best friend receives a new toy appealing to their sense of play, chewing, fetching, cuddling … all the things dogs love to do!

Perfect gifts to demonstrate how much you love them … for National Pet Day …

National Licorice Day StateGiftsUSA.com

All Natural and Fat Free

April 12: National Licorice Day / National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day: Licorice is the sweet extract from the liquorice plant and it’s commonly used as a flavoring agent in confectionery products and other consumables …

A traditional movie time favorite, licorice candies are very popular in the United States. Licorice is also used in recipes and offers certain medicinal benefits as well.

National Grilled Cheese Day StateGiftsUSA.comWe’re partial to these all natural soft licorice candies. They’re Made in the U.S., contain no artificial ingredients, and are fat free!

Today is also a day to celebrate one of American’s favorite sandwiches, the grilled cheese. From simple to sublime, you’ll find grilled cheese sandwiches on menus all across the country. Some restaurants even specialize in them, offering up dozens of creative varieties to tempt your taste buds!

Here’s a fun and comprehensive grilled cheese cookbook titled “Grilled Cheese and Beer” … now there’s a title guaranteed to make a lot of people happy!

National Peach Cobbler Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Peach Cobbler Mix

April 13: National Peach Cobbler Day / National Scrabble Day: Today is National Peach Cobbler Day … do you know what a cobbler is?

A cobbler is actually the name for several types of foods consisting of a meat or fruit filling and topped with biscuits or a batter, then baked. The common version of peach cobbler, which today commemorates, resembles a pie in that it features a thick, rich crust, browned topping, and peach filling …

Here’s a peach cobbler mix from South Carolina, where the good folks know a thing or two about baking. It’s really simple to prepare … just add some peaches and milk, bake, and you’re all set!

National Scrabble Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Scrabble Day. Scrabble is the classic word game which challenges you to test your vocabulary by piecing together words and outlasting the other players. It’s a game that’s actually good for your mental health!

Scrabble is available worldwide in almost 30 different languages and there are hundreds of Scrabble clubs across the United States.

Here’s the Scrabble Deluxe Edition – it features a wheeled game board that turns to each player, a no skid footer which prevents the board and pieces from sliding around, and a handsome carrying case for easy storage …

Happy National Scrabble Day and good luck!

National Pecan Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Texas Pecans

April 14: National Pecan Day / National Dolphin Day: Pecans are a uniquely American nut … they’re brown and harvested from groves located all across the southern United States.

In fact, a wide section of the country stretching from Georgia all the way to New Mexico is known as the Pecan Belt. Pecans are grown in abundance in those two states, as well as Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of others …

To mark the day, here’s a gift tin of Texas pecans. The tin includes four varieties – roasted, chocolate covered, sweet and spicy, and white chocolate covered. Wow!

National Dolphin Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Dolphin Day. These endearing, playful mammals of the sea are a familiar sight in coastal waters in the southern United States …

Here’s a handsome dolphin appropriate for all ages. He likes water … he’s surface washable!

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day StateGiftsUSA.com

A Wisconsin Beauty!

April 15: National Glazed Spiral Ham Day: Glazed spiral hams are a special treat – they’ve become a staple at large gatherings, holiday get togethers, and celebrations …

Several states in the U.S. are known for their ham production, including Kentucky, Virginia, Wisconsin, and several others. Here’s a glazed spiral ham from Wisconsin – it’s glazed with local honey, spiral sliced, and ready to be warmed for serving at your table …

This beauty of a ham weighs in at 6-7 pounds, so there’ll be plenty of food for today and leftovers for tomorrow!

National Orchids Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 16: National Orchids Day / National Eggs Benedict Day: The instantly recognizable orchid is a beautifully colored flower that thrive in warm, tropical conditions. In colder climates, you will frequently find orchids growing in greenhouses where temperature and humidity levels bolster their growth …

Did you know that orchids are in the same plant family as vanilla plants?

Orchids can be challenging to grow, but they’re well worth it. If you’d like to discover their world and how to successfully grow them, we recommend this thorough text titled The Orchid Whisperer … it’s everything you need to know!

National Eggs Benedict Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Eggs Benedict Day. A brunch stape, Eggs Benedict consists of two halves of an English Muffin topped with Canadian Bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise Sauce.

There are varying stories of how Eggs Benedict got their name, but most trace back to prominent New York society members with the surname “Benedict”. The dish remains highly popular in New York City to this day …

We’re pleased to introduce you to the definitive Eggs Benedict text. It’s called “Eggs Benedict Around The World”. It includes recipes, serving suggestions, and it’s the only book in the world dedicated exclusively to Eggs Benedict …

National Cheeseball Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Cheeseball Mixes

April 17: National Cheeseball Day: A party favorite, cheeseballs are literally a ball shaped mound of cheese. Typically, soft spreadable cheese (such as a cheddar or cream cheese) is shaped and chilled into a ball roughly the size of a baseball. It’s topped with slivered almonds and served with a spreading knife and crackers …

Cheeseballs are popular appetizer items at gatherings or happy hour as part of an appetizer platter with wine …

We really like these cheeseball and dip mix bundle – it includes four mixes for cheeseballs (or dips) like Jalapeno & Green Chili, BLT, Veggie, and Dill …

Perfect for your National Cheeseball Day gathering!

National Animal Cracker Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 18: National Animal Crackers Day: Today will surely take you back to your childhood – it’s National Animal Crackers Day!

Animal crackers are small butter cookies that are shaped like zoo animals … polar bears, rhinos, giraffes, and many more. They’re not only lighthearted and fun, but they taste good too!

Here’s a 12 pack of 2 oz. Animal Cracker packets … perfect for a child’s lunch box or as a mid afternoon snack for you!

National Garlic Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Peel Garlic Cloves Quickly & Easily

April 19: National Garlic Day: California is the country’s leading garlic producing state, but did you know garlic grows wild in many other states too? Illinois, Wisconsin, and Oregon are three of many states which produce a large volume of fresh garlic …

Versatile garlic is used in countless recipes and is very good for you – it helps regulate blood pressure and can be taken in supplement form. The only difficult aspect of cooking with garlic is peeling the cloves, but not to worry, we’ve got you covered with this complete stainless steel garlic press and peeler set.

The easy to work with set eliminates the hassle of peeling or mincing garlic by quickly and easily removing the garlic skins in a flash. If you use minced garlic in recipes, this set will make your life easier. Cleans up in a jiffy and works with ginger too!

Happy National Garlic Day …

National Lima Bean Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Grown in Idaho

April 20: National Lima Bean Day / National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day: Lima beans, also known as butter beans in some parts of the United State, have a very high nutritional value. They’re brimming with Vitamin B, iron, and potassium. Most folks experience lima beans via the traditional medley of mixed vegetables but they’re often used in Mediterranean dish recipes as well …

Here’s some Idaho grown heirloom lima beans. They’re great in vegetarian recipes and they’re a perfect complement to pasta dishes, salads, and soups …

National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

April 20th is also National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day. These unique cakes are baked from a mixture of moist cake (usually sponge cake), a bit of sugar, butter, and brown sugar, and of course pineapple …

The brown sugar carmelizes in the baking process to produce a tasty crisp around the bottom edge …

Here’s a package of four mini pineapple upside down cakes. They’re perfect as a gift or for any social gathering!

National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Made in Indiana: Dark Chocolate Cashews

April 21: National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day: We love chocolate covered cashews, and today is as good a day as any to enjoy them …

Now, you might think of chocolate covered cashews as an unhealthy treat, but not so fast … cashews are a hear healthy nut, brimming with protein and healthy oils. Chocolate, as you probably know, is also very heart healthy and contains significant quantities of vitamins and minerals. So go ahead and indulge!

We sampled these dark chocolate covered cashews which are made in Indiana and really enjoyed them. A perfect gift for today’s National Day!

National Jelly Bean Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 22: National Jelly Bean Day: One of America’s favorite sweet snacks, jelly beans are commemorated today. They come in all sorts of different colors and flavors, from cherry to orange to pink bubblegum to licorice. What’s your favorite??

We got a kick out of these patriotic jelly beans which are appropriately enough called The All American Mix.

They’re red, white, and blue and the corresponding flavors are Very Cherry, Coconut, and Blueberry. A fun item to have around for any patriotic day or gathering, and especially appropriate on National Jelly Bean Day …

National Cherry Cheesecake Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar

April 23: National Cherry Cheesecake Day: Probably the most American variety of cheesecake around, cherry cheesecake matches the tart and slightly sweet flavor of fresh cherries with the creamy deliciousness of cheesecake. What’s not to like??

For a convenient twist on a traditional cheesecake, we discovered these unique cherry cheesecakes in a jar … they’re made in Maine and the ingredients are packed into an oven safe jar and them baked.

The perfect gift for any party, gathering, or get together calling for a traditional sweet dessert. Happy National Cherry Cheesecake Day!

National Pigs in a Blanket Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Pigs in a Blanket Maker

April 24: National Pigs in a Blanket Day: You’ve heard of pigs in a blanket, right?

Sometimes they refer to breakfast sausages served atop pancakes but most often they refer to small cocktail wieners or smoked sausages wrapped in a baked dough filling and served as an appetizer …

If you like to entertain, or snack for that matter, here’s a very cool pigs in a blanket and bite sized appetizer maker. It makes nine pigs in a blanket, and the non stick baking surface prevents sticking and makes for easy clean up.

It features a green “they’re ready” light so you know when it’s time to enjoy!

National Zucchini Bread Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Zucchini Bread Day

April 25: National Zucchini Bread Day: Zucchini bread is a go to staple for bake sales and as a healthy breakfast or dessert treat for all ages. A slice of zucchini bread is also a welcome addition to a brown bag lunch, as its sweet but not too sweet flavor and texture complements any sandwich or meal …

From a family farm on Long Island that’s been baking since 1868, here’s the prototypical example of a moist, delicious zucchini bread. This one features chopped walnuts and it’s one of several varieties they bake and ship …

National Pretzel Day StateGiftsUSA.com

“Dark” Pretzels

April 26: National Pretzel Day: April 26th is National Pretzel Day, honoring one of America’s favorite snacks. Whether you like them salted or unsalted, with or without a little mustard, freshly baked, pretzels have long been a part of snacking rituals …

Have you ever tried “dark” pretzels? Some call them “well done” – basically they’re cooked a few minutes longer to ensure a darker, bolder, crunchier flavor. You can’t find them all over but they’re delicious and once you’ve tried them, you’ll seek them out!

Here’s one of our favorite dark pretzels, from Pennsylvania, the state most famous for pretzel production. Enjoy!

National Prime Rib Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Prime Rib from Kansas City

April 27: National Prime Rib Day: Prime Rib is one of the most desired cuts of meat … you’ll find it served as a special in restaurants on weekends all across the country. Contrary to folklore, this cut of meat is not necessarily graded USDA Prime – its name is derived from the primal cut of beef …

This boneless, tender cut of meat is typically aged to augment the rich taste and is served with a side of au jus and perhaps a bit of horseradish. You won’t go wrong with a Kansas City Prime Rib, one of America’s prime meat and steak capitals …

This 5 to 7 pound Prime Rib comes with easy to prepare cooking instructions to make sure your dinner is spectacular!

National Blueberry Pie Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 28: National Blueberry Pie Day: Do you know which state leads in blueberry production?

It’s Washington, although Michigan, Oregon, Georgia, New Jersey, Maine, and others all have significant production of this tasty, healthy fruit …

Blueberries are frequently used in baking. Muffins, turnovers, and of course pies are just a few baking uses. In fact, blueberry muffins and blueberry popovers both have their own National Days …

Here’s a wild blueberry pie made from Maine grown blueberries. Just warm it in the oven and you’ve got an All-American treat to feed six – eight!

National Shrimp Scampi Day StateGiftsUSA.comApril 29: National Shrimp Scampi Day: A popular restaurant menu item, shrimp scampi refers to shrimp lightly sauteed in garlic butter, white wine, and served with bread or over pasta. It’s a dish which can easily be made at home and we recommend using fresh garlic and an inexpensive dry white table wine …

If you’d like to take the guess work out of scampi preparation, check out this scampi sauce made with organic cream, sherry, white wine, Romano cheese, olive oil, fresh garlic, and butter. It’s not only good on shrimp, but chicken, vegetables, pasta, and baked potatoes…

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day StateGiftsUSA.com April 30: National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day / National Oatmeal Cookie Day / National Raisin Day: The end of April brings three National Days in one, the most noteworthy of which is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day …

You probably know there are millions of worthy animals waiting in shelters to be adopted into their forever homes. Nothing makes a shelter pet happier than finding a family … and there’s nothing that brings love and joy into a family quite like a shelter pet.

Shelter pets are so grateful to be given a second chance at life. They reward you daily with love, dedication, and loyalty. The picture shows a shelter dog named Vegas, who was rescued from a city shelter just before he would have been put down.

We’re not quite sure who gets more out of the bargain of adopting a shelter pet … the family or the pet. Either way, it’s the biggest win-win imaginable! If you’re looking to add a companion animal to your family, please consider a shelter pet … today and every day!

National Oatmeal Cookie Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

It’s also both National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day … coincidence?

We’re not certain, but the two certainly pair up well together …

And in that spirit, here’s a 12 count package of oatmeal raisin cookies made extra special by the addition of crunchy walnuts! Perfect for lunches and on the go mid afternoon snacks, and ideal on April 30th, National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day!

National Lemonade Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 1: National Lemonade Day: What’s the old saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, right?

Well, today’s the day to do it because it’s National Lemonade Day. Whether or not you ran a childhood lemonade stand, just about everyone grew up with lemonade. It’s as popular a drink now as it was then, and American’s love for lemonade continues unabated …

Have you ever tried strawberry lemonade? This California made lemonade is created from a distinct, original recipe that has 50% less calories than other lemonades!

National Lemonade Day is the perfect day to try it …

National Truffle Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Truffle Day

May 2: National Truffle Day: Do you know what a truffle is?

Highly sought after as a gourmet food, truffles are the fruiting potion of an underground mushroom. There are several types of truffles, and they’re all found near trees. The most common are white truffles and black truffles, although to say “common” is really a misnomer … truffles aren’t easy to find in the wild and that’s why they’re so highly sought after and expensive …

Truffles, like many other types of plants not commonly found in natural areas, are specifically raised on dedicated farms across the world. Here are a variety of black truffle slices packed in extra virgin olive oil. An elegant treat!

National Raspberry Popover Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 3: National Raspberry Popover Day: Today is National Raspberry Popover Day, but first, do you know why they’re called popovers?

It’s because the dough that’s used to make these tasty treats is designed to rise and “pop over” the tops of the small muffin trays they’re baked in. Similar to muffins (but generally smaller), popovers are typically filled with some type of fruit filling and are served at breakfast with a bit of powdered sugar, syrup, or butter …

If you like the taste of raspberries and you or someone you know enjoys baking, introduce them to this fantastic black raspberry filling. It’s made with natural fruit and works great for popovers, muffins, pies, and as a topping for pancakes, waffles, and even toast!

Happy National Raspberry Popover Day …

National Orange Juice Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 4: National Orange Juice Day / National Bird Day: Today we mark the National Days for birds and orange juice, and before we get to our feathered friends, let’s discuss oranges and orange juice …

The two leading states in orange production are Florida and California, although several other states also produce oranges to a lesser extent, namely Arizona. Loaded with Vitamin C, orange juice has long been a breakfast favorite and is also used in many cocktails like the Screwdriver and the Mimosa …

If you’re a fan of orange juice, you’ll definitely like the orange juice cookbook. It features over 100 healthy and delicious recipes calling for orange juice, including smoothies, baked treats, dinner entrees, desserts, drinks, and more …

National Bird Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Bird Day, and when we think of some of the coolest encounters one can have with birds, the National Aviary comes to mind. It’s located in Pittsburgh, one of our favorite cities, and it’s probably the finest facility for creatures of flight in the country …

The National Aviary hosts daily live demonstrations which are educational, entertaining, and a can’t miss on any visit to The Steel City. Trained birds like raptors, vultures, eagles, and more fly from perch to perch and even land on spectator’s shoulders to gather some food or a tip. Birds housed at the National Aviary are rescue birds who otherwise wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild, and they love putting on a show for visitors!

If you’re ever in or near Pittsburgh, make it a point to visit the National Aviary!

National Hoagie Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Philadelphia Cheesesteak Kit

May 5: National Hoagie Day: A hoagie is a type of sandwich that’s served on a long, oval shaped bun – it’s sometimes referred to as a submarine sandwich depending where you’re located in the country. Do you know why they’re called hoagies?

The term originated in Philadelphia in the Italian-American community. A popular slang phrase for persons out of work and down on their luck was “on the hoke”. Deli owners would occasionally help feed these downtrodden individuals by cobbling together a sandwich of meat and cheese ends with a little mustard or dressing. This inexpensive sandwich became known as a “hoakie” although the Italian-American community pronounced it “hoagie”.

The term hoagie became synonymous with a long, torpedo shaped roll that to this day is used to make the famous Philly cheese steak sandwiches, referred to locally as hoagies. Of course, hoagies aren’t limited to cheese steak – there are as many varieties as there are combinations of meat and cheese.

No matter what you call them, today is their National Day, and if you’ve got the craving, here’s a Do It Yourself Philly Cheese Steak Kit. It includes all the ingredients you need to make 20 genuine Philly cheese steaks, including the Amoroso Rolls …

A great gift for the foodie or for anyone who has spent some time in Philadelphia!

National Crepe Suzette Day StateGiftsUSA.com May 6: National Crepe Suzette Day: Crepe Suzette is a French inspired dessert consisting of a crepe that is prepared table side with a butter sauce and Grand Marnier liquor. The dish is flambeed, or set aflame, which carmelizes the sauce and gives the dish its distinct flavor consistency …

There is some debate over the origin of the dish and its name, although it is generally accepted Crepe Suzette is named after late 19th and early 20th century actress Suzette Reichenberg. The dish is a brunch staple at finer establishments and is very popular to this day.

If you’d like to discover how easy it is to prepare your own crepes, here’s the definitive crepe resource guide. It’s The New Crepes Cookbook, and it contains over 100 recipes for sweet and savory crepes, including several easy recipes for Crepe Suzette!

National Scrapbook Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Scrapbook Day

May 7: National Scrapbook Day: Scrapbooking has become one of America’s most popular hobbies. It can be enjoyed by all ages, helps bring families together, and preserves special memories …

Today is National Scrapbook Day, and to mark the occasion, here’s a Scrapbooking Kit to help you get started.

It includes a sturdy album, waterproof pages, patterned paper, stickers, and much more!

Get started on this wonderful creative hobby today and hold your memories close …

National Coconut Cream Pie Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 8: National Coconut Cream Pie Day: Coconut Cream Pies are made with a thicker version of coconut milk, aptly called coconut cream. This cream is used primarily for baking, most often in these wonderful pies, which are a staple of pie shops and bakeries across the country …

If you enjoy the flavor of coconut cream pie but are craving something a little healthier, try these Coconut Cream Food Bars. They contain no added sugar, three grams of protein, fiber, and every bar has the equivalent of 1/4 cup of fresh fruit!

National Butterscotch Brownie Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Brownie of the Month Club

May 9: National Butterscotch Brownie Day: What’s your favorite type of brownie??

Today we celebrate National Butterscotch Brownie Day, one of hundreds of styles of this wonderful baked snack and dessert treat. Small artisan bakers are demonstrating their culinary creativity by tapping into American’s love for brownies – flavorful, new varieties are being introduced continually …

To underscore this point, we’re pleased to introduce the Brownie Of The Month Club. This fun monthly gift club brings you or your gift recipient the handiwork of some of the best small bakeries in the country …

Every month, you’ll receive a shipment of freshly baked brownies in various flavors and textures, including of course butterscotch brownies! A great gift idea, the Brownie of the Month Club is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Seriously, who doesn’t love a good brownie??

National Shrimp Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 10: National Shrimp Day: Arguably America’s favorite seafood, shrimp is one of the most versatile gems of the waters. To mimic the move “Forrest Gump”, there’s boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, baked shrimp, coconut shrimp, shrimp and potatoes, garlic shrimp, and well … you get the idea.

We own a copy of The Ultimate Shrimp Book and highly recommend it. This book contains well over 600 shrimp recipes for just about every shrimp dish imaginable. Classic recipes and brand new recipes will have you referring back to this definitive text every time the shrimp craving strikes!

Go ahead and pop in a DVD of “Forrest Gump” and enjoy National Shrimp Day …

National Twilight Zone Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 11: National Twilight Zone Day: Originally a television series developed by noted director and actor Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone has evolved into a worldwide franchise encompassing films, books, television specials, video games, and more …

The original black and white TV series ran from 1950 to 1965 and focused on short weekly vignettes encompassing themes of terror, psychic phenomenon, science fiction, and mystery. Immensely popular, it often featured prominent actors and actresses of the day. It has since been revived twice and continues to have a strong following …

May 11th is National Twilight Zone Day, and to get you into the Zone, here’s The Twilight Zone Companion, probably the most comprehensive book ever devoted to a television series. Inside you’ll find not only an episode by episode guide, but behind the scenes interviews with almost everyone associated with the show. All the actors and actresses who appeared in episodes are listed as well …

A great resource guide to a television classic, and a great gift for May 11th!

National Nut Fudge Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Nut Fudge Lover Gift Pack

May 12: National Nutty Fudge Day: Today’s National Day is for nutty fudge, as if good ‘ol regular fudge wasn’t good enough!

Seriously, there’s something special about fresh fudge brimming with walnuts, almonds, cashews, or other tasty nuts. Whether you like vanilla, chocolate, Rocky Road, or any of the hundreds of other fudge varieties, gourmet nuts are a welcomed addition!

If you know someone who’s a nut fudge nut, here’s a Gourmet Fudge Nut Lover Gift Pack It contains two pounds of fudge in these nutty varieties: Butter Pecan, Chocolate Walnut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Maple Walnut, Peanut Butter, Pecan Turtle, and Pecan Turtle Swirl …

Wow!

National Apple Pie Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Apple Pie Baking Kit

May 13: National Apple Pie Day: It’s appropriate there’s a National Apple Pie Day since apple pies have been Americans most beloved pies for over 200 years. The apple pie is even a symbol of Americana, along with hot dogs, baseball, and Chevrolet!

Not everyone is an expert baker, so we’re pleased to introduce you this apple pie baking kit which includes everything you need to make a fresh from the oven cinnamon sugar apple pie.

From the filling to the crust to the serving pan, you’re good to go!

It’s a great gift for the aspiring baker, especially for today, National Apple Pie Day …

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 14: National Buttermilk Biscuit Day: Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, so let’s start with the basics. Do you know what buttermilk is?

In strictest terms, buttermilk is the leftover liquid when butter is churned out of cream. The buttermilk one can buy in stores is cultured buttermilk – it has a slightly different fermentation process than typical milk and is a thicker consistency and offers a rather tart flavor …

Buttermilk is often used in baking, like biscuits for example. It is also frequently used as a marinade because the lactic acid in buttermilk effectively tenderizes cuts of meat …

To learn more about buttermilk and discover how to use it in recipes, here’s a buttermilk cookbook with dozens of recipes. Titled “Buttermilk: A Savor The South Cookbook”, it’s the essential reference guide to cooking, baking, and making drinks with buttermilk.

Some great buttermilk biscuit recipes too!

National Chocolate Chip Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 15: National Chocolate Chip Day: Chocolate chips are a favorite add on ingredient for all ages. They’re essential ingredients in cookies, cakes, candies, baked bars, healthy snack bars, and more.

Whenever we bake, we’ve always had great results using these San Francisco made premium chocolate baking chips. They’re 60% cacao and the perfect blend of sweet and bittersweet for any of your favorite recipes. They’re fabulous in chocolate chip cookies!

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indoor Citrus Trees

May 16: National Love A Tree Day: Today is a special day to recognize trees, which are often taken for granted but add so much to our surroundings. Trees are natural air cleansing agents and they add beauty, shade, privacy, and a place for birds to live.

Do you know you can grow your own tree indoors? You’ll absolutely love these small indoor fruit trees … they’re designed to grow and thrive in containers inside your home. Just place them near a sunny window, water once a week, and you’ll be rewarded with a full size crop of luscious fruit!

The best thing about these indoor fruit trees is they add a pleasant tropical scent to your living space. They’re remarkably hardy, pest free, and they’re available in all sorts of varieties. Lemon, lime, orange, and tangerine are just a few and they’re surprisingly affordable – have one delivered directly to your home for about $20.

They’re your very own tree that you’ll surely grow to love …

National Walnut Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 17: National Walnut Day / National Cherry Cobbler Day: Today’s two National Days focus on walnuts and cherry cobbler. Let’s take them one at a time …

Undoubtedly you’ve tried walnuts, but have you ever sampled black walnuts? These unique walnuts offer a stonger, more pronounced flavor and are a shade of green. The trees themselves feature dark bark which is how they got their name …

Black walnuts grow in specific areas of the Midwest and some eastern states. Missouri is by far the largest producer of black walnuts, and you’ll find them featured in many of the baked goods coming from The Show Me State.

Direct from Missouri, here’s some ready to eat (or use in a recipe) black walnuts. In addition to their unique flavor, they’re brimming with protein, iron, and vitamins!

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Cherry Cobbler Bars

Today is also National Cherry Cobbler Day. Similar to a coffee cake, this dish is called a cobbler because the ingredients are “cobbled” together … not in neat, defined layers like a layer cake for example …

For a healthy, nutritious snack, try these soft baked cherry cobbler bars.

They’re soy free, gluten free, and dairy free. A wonderful treat in lunch boxes or as a mid afternoon natural pick me up!

National Cheese Souffle Day StateGiftsUSA.com

New York State Cheddar

May 18: National Cheese Souffle Day: A souffle is a baked dish made with cream sauce and beaten egg whites. They rise, or puff up, when baked and are augmented by vegetables or in today’s case, cheese …

Cheese Souffle is often served at brunch although it’s also a popular gourmet breakfast dish. The light delicate texture is perfect for an easy to melt flavorful cheese. like this cheddar made in New York State.

This white cheddar is not only perfect for cheese souffle, but also for melting for nachos or simply served sliced with crackers …

National Devils Food Cake Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 19: National Devils Food Cake Day: Devils Food Cake is a type of chocolate cake which offers a more intense flavor than traditional chocolate cake. More chocolate is used in the ingredient mix, which sometimes includes a touch of coffee to enhance the bolder flavor. It’s a counterpart to Angel Food Cake, which is made from yellow cake and is obviously lighter in color …

You can buy Devils Food Cake Mix in any grocery store, but here’s something you won’t find in the store … a culinary mystery!. It’s called “Devils Food Cake” and it’s set in Colorado.

Mystery, murder, mayhem, and Devils Food Cake are on the menu!

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Quiche Lorraine

May 20: National Quiche Lorraine Day: Quiche is a type of open faced pastry enhanced by various savory fillings … it’s kind of like a light pie without the top crust …

Quiche Lorraine is a type of quiche filled with cheese sauce and bacon – it’s of French origin and typically served at brunch. It’s named after the French region of Lorraine …

Here are some convenient individual servings of Quiche Lorraine, expertly prepared with light, delicate crust, Swiss cheese, ham, and bacon. They’re shipped fresh frozen and are ready to be quick heated in your oven for a delicious gourmet breakfast or brunch treat …

National Strawberries and Cream Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Strawberry Cream Caramel Candies

May 21: National Strawberries and Cream Day: The term strawberries and cream can take on many forms … it may refer to ice cream, cake, candy, bath and body products, scents, or any number of products.

Whatever it is you think of when you hear the term strawberries and cream, today is their National Day!

To mark the occasion, here are some Strawberry Cream Caramel Bulls Eye Candies, direct from Goetze Candies of Baltimore, Maryland. They’ve been the Bulls Eye candy specialists for over 100 years and you won’t often find these strawberry cream versions in stores …

Click through and enjoy!

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Vanilla Pudding Protein Bars

May 22: National Vanilla Pudding Day: In America, pudding is a sweet milk and egg based dish that’s commonly served as dessert. Vanilla pudding is simply traditional pudding flavored with vanilla extract or vanilla beans …

For an ultra healthy pick me up on National Vanilla Pudding Day, try these Vanilla Pudding Paleo Protein Bars.

They’re shelf stable, offer 20 grams of protein in every bar, and taste just like vanilla pudding!

National Taffy Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 23: National Taffy Day: Do you know how salt water taffy got its name?

Over a century ago, taffy makers would set up their wares on Atlantic City, New Jersey’s famous boardwalk. If you’ve ever been to the boardwalk at Atlantic City, you know it’s right on the ocean shore …

It seems one day a taffy vendor had all his taffy out for display when the wind kicked up a big gust, spraying sea water all over the boardwalk and showing all the fresh taffy. Making the best of a bad situation, the owner quickly made up a sign, touting his special “Salt Water Taffy” …

So there actually isn’t any real salt water in salt water taffy, but you can still enjoy it on the Atlantic City boardwalk (and in your own home). Here’s a New Jersey salt water taffy sampler, made by one of America’s most enduring taffy makers.

There’s nothing like it!

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National Escargot Day

May 24: National Escargot Day: Escargot translates to “edible land snail” and that’s exactly what escargot are – an edible gourmet appetizer …

To prepare, the snails are removed from their shell, cleaned, and simmered in a wine or garlic butter sauce. When served, they are often placed back in their shell for presentation purpose, or served within a mushroom cap …

For those who are hesitant about eating snails, we’d say they offer the texture of a firm shellfish and the taste sensation of a firm, meaty mushroom. Of course, others may describe the flavor and texture differently. Snails are very high in protein and very low in fat … we like them simmered in wine with grated garlic and a bit of parsley on top …

We recommend buying cleaned and cooked snails where all you have to do is heat and serve! Try them in mushroom caps and maybe melt a little cheese in the cap for an added dimension …

National Wine Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 25: National Wine Day: Did you know there are wineries in all 50 states? That’s right … California is not America’s only wine region!

There are hundreds of areas around the U.S. which are designated as American Viticultural Areas … this means the grapes grown in these specific areas offer a unique tasting profile and are unlike any other in the country. These AVA’s range from the east coast all the way to the Pacific Northwest …

Speaking of which, we’ve always had an affinity for wine from the Pacific Northwest. Pinot Noir is a specialty of the area, as are Rieslings and several others.

On National Wine Day, drink (or give) American wine. Cheers!

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Blueberry Cheesecake In A Jar

May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day: Blueberry Cheesecake is one of many styles of cheesecakes adorned with fresh fruit, and sometimes with fruit flavoring added as a layer. Blueberries are one of America’s most prolific fruit crops … many states in various parts of the country produce millions of pounds of fresh blueberries annually. It’s no wonder some end up in cheescakes!

We love these handy and convenient single serving blueberry cheesecake in a jar. They’re baked then packed in small batch produced jars – great for parties and a wonderful gift idea for any occasion!

Made in Maine, one of America’s most prolific blueberry growing states …

National Grape Popsicle Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 27: National Grape Popsicle Day: What’s your favorite flavor of popsicle?

Ours is orange, with grape a very close second. There are dozens, if not hundreds of popsicle flavors but people in the know keep coming back to the tried and true varieties …

Today is National Grape Popsicle Day, and to mark the day we’re happy to introduce you to these grape ice bars variety pack. This package contains three flavors of grape – Concord, White Grape with Cherry, and White Grape with Tropical Flavor …

Just stock them in the freezer and you’re good to go!

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Full Beef Brisket

May 28: National Hamburger Day / National Brisket Day: Just in case you forgot Memorial Day is right around the corner, May 28th is both National Hamburger Day and National Brisket Day. Bring on the meat!

When you’re looking for a beef brisket, make sure you buy one with both the point and the flat cut. These are both sections of the brisket cut which are sometimes separated, but a good size brisket (10 to 12 pounds) should have both. Here’s a 12 pound brisket that’s ready for your oven or smoker and as an added bonus, you get two jars of ancho chile rub so you can do it up Texas style! Remember, low and slow is the key …

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National Burger Day

Of course, it wouldn’t be a cook out without gourmet burgers. We like burgers seasoned very simply with a little salt and fresh ground pepper – it’s not fancy but wow do they taste good! You’ll love these gourmet steak trimming burgers that’ll satisfy even the heartiest of appetites …

In recent years, we’ve taken to grilling burgers at very low heat for longer periods of time. They stay juicy, cook evenly, and needless to say taste better.

Happy National Brisket and Nation Burger Day!

National Coq Au Vin Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 29: National Paperclip Day / National Coq Au Vin Day: You know what paperclips are, but do you know what coq au vin is?

Sometimes referred to as a type of chicken stew, coq au vin is a chicken dish of French origin. It is literally translated as “chicken with wine”. Braised chicken is simmered in a sauce of dark red wine, mushrooms, bacon, and garlic. As with most classic dishes, there are countless variations, both in the ingredients and type of wine used …

If you’re pressed for time (or into foolproof!) here’s a classic coq au vin kitchen simmering sauce. It’s a mixture of red wine, spices, onions, carrots, and more. You supply the cut up chicken and the simmering pot and you’re ready!

National Paperclip Day StateGiftsUSA.comEven the humble paperclip has its own National Day, and why not we say … where would we be without paperclips? We’d say a lot less organized and with messier desks!

Personally, we think the best invention since paper clips is colored paper clips. The different colors more easily allow us to find those piles of paper on our desks, and color coding helps keep us organized …

We like this selection of colored paper clips. They come in a handy organizer tray and feature the bright vibrant colors of yellow, orange, green, blue, pink, and purple!

National Mint Julep Day StateGiftsUSA.comMay 30: National Mint Julep Day: The official drink of the famous Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is the bourbon drink for those who don’t like bourbon …

We’ve been making mint juleps for years, and you’re sure to start an argument if you claim “The Best bourbon to make a mint julep is …”. Having said that, the best bourbon to make a mint julep with is a bourbon you like!

We use a special julep cup, lots of crushed ice, fresh mint, powdered sugar for accent, and simple syrup with mint flavoring (more on that in a minute). There are some long standing “rules” about how to make and serve a mint julep, but we’re of the mindset mint juleps are meant to be enjoyed, not hassled over …

As for the bourbon, one school of thought is to NOT use a high priced exclusive bourbon … because you’re mixing it with other ingredients. This makes sense to us, although we don’t use the cheapest bourbon for that reason either. We tend toward Jim Beam, Old Forester, Makers Mark, and occasionally Elijah Craig. These bourbons range in age from 4 to 12 years, so they run the gamut. Again, it’s whatever bourbon you like!

Here’s the mint julep syrup we use. Just add it to taste along with the other ingredients, stir, and garnish with fresh mint sprigs moistened and dipped in powdered sugar. This mint syrup is versatile enough to be used in other drinks calling for a mint flavor profile or as an addition to iced tea …

We hope your horse wins!

National Macaroon Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Macaroon Collection

May 31: National Macaroon Day: Commonly considered cookies, macaroons are actually small circular cakes in their purest form. They’re made with eggs, sugar, ground almonds, and usually flaked coconut.

Macaroons are sometimes glazed with a fruit topping or even filled with a fruit filling, depending on the recipe …

Here’s a delicious collection of mini macaroons in eight different flavors.

They’re baked every day to order!

National Olive Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Indoor Olive Tree

June 1: National Olive Day / National Hazelnut Cake Day: Today is National Olive Day … do you know the state where most olives are produced in the United States>

Yes, it’s California, but Arizona and Texas are also prominent olive producing states. But did you know you can grow olives in your own home? It’s rewarding and easy even for brown thumbs with this fragrant indoor olive tree

We’ve been growing indoor trees like this for many years and let me tell you, it’s very rewarding. These olive trees are bred to be grown in containers, but they yield bumper crops of full size olives. Their blossoms are a fragrant white every spring, and the olive yield comes shortly thereafter in the summer …

These indoor trees are very easy care. They like well drained soil which means you don’t have to water them much … once a week is plenty. Just place them near a bright sunny window and you’ll be able to harvest olives from your very own tree for years to come. Since they’re bred to thrive in containers, the tree will top out at about four to five feet …

A great gift for the new homeowner or the indoor gardener who just happens to like olives!

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Hazelnut Cake

June 1st is also National Hazelnut Cake Day. Hazelnuts, also known as filberts, are harvested mainly in the Pacific Northwest. They’re especially prolific in Oregon although they are also prominently harvested in California …

You’ll find a lot of hazelnut coffee on the market, as well as roasted hazelnuts themselves, but hazelnut cakes are a little harder to find. We located this fabulous hazelnut layer cake which is baked to order and features a chocolate butter biscuit crust …

Pour yourself a cup of hazelnut roast coffee and you’re all set!

National Rocky Road Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Rocky Road Fudge

June 2: National Rocky Road Day / National Rotisserie Chicken Day: June 2nd is both National Rocky Road Day and National Rotisserie Chicken Day. Let’s start by traveling down the rocky road …

Rocky Road is the generally accepted name for desserts containing a mix of chocolate, marshmallow, and peanuts. Ice cream and fudge are the two most notable desserts named as such, although there are others. Sometimes there are additional ingredients added – Rocky Road Ice Cream Sundaes add sweet cherries, whipped cream, and more …

For us, there’s nothing quite like a wedge of delicious, creamy Rocky Road Fudge. The beauty you see pictured is made with chocolate fudge, premium nuts, and marshmallow … enjoy!

National Rotisserie Chicken Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Tabletop Portable Rotisserie

Rotisserie Chicken is made by placing a whole chicken on a rotisseries roaster and slow cooking the poultry until it’s “done to a turn”. The chicken is typically patted or marinated with spices for extra flavor – sometimes barbecue sauce is used …

There’s a common misperception that you need a large industrial rotisserie to cook a chicken in this fashion. The truth is, they turn out quite nicely using a tabletop rotisserie like you see here.

This handsome stainless steel model will cook two chickens at a time, or a 15 pound turkey, salmon, pork, sausages, and more! Everything is dishwasher safe and the easy control knob is designed to be set it and forget it …

A useful, practical gift for anyone who enjoys the flavor from the rotisserie!

National Donut Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Make Donuts At Home!

June 3: National Donut Day: Here’s the day we’ve been waiting for all year … it’s National Donut Day!
Last year, we happened to be traveling on June 3rd and decided to stop for breakfast at a local donut shop. Pulling up, we noticed the line was out the door …

We knew the shop had a long standing reputation in the community but wondered why the long line … until we found out it was National Donut Day and the shop was featuring a buy one get one free donut special! And yes, waiting in line was worth it!

Did you know you can make donuts at home? They can be fried or baked, and it’s really not that difficult. Here’s a donut making handbook that’ll show you how to make fresh, delicious donuts right in your kitchen! It includes dozens of recipes for all your favorites and some new, creative varieties as well …

National Cheese Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Cheese of the Month Club

June 4: National Cheese Day: It’s National Cheese Day … say cheese!

There are hundreds of small artisan cheesemakers all across the United State, and there’s no better or more convenient way to savor their wares than this creative Cheese Of The Month Club. Every month, you or your gift recipient receives three 1/2 pound samples of different cheese varieties, delivered directly to your door step …

You’ll get the tried and true, like Sharp Cheddar, Colby, and Swiss to new and exciting creations from some of the country’s best under the radar cheese craftsmen. Included are tasting notes and background information about the cheese itself and the artisans behind the scenes …

A great gift for any occasion – Happy National Cheese Day!

National Gingerbread Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Gingerbread House Kit

June 5: National Gingerbread Day / National Moonshine Day: Gingerbread is a far reaching term … it generally refers to a dessert spiced with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg and sweetened with sugar, honey, or molasses. The dessert takes many forms, from a soft, moist cake to a hardened sturdy cookie or biscuit …

Of course, the most famous variety of gingerbread is in the form of a gingerbread house. For a fun and interesting gift, here’s a Make Your Own Gingerbread House Kit. It includes everything you need to make your very own gingerbread house, including pre baked pieces of gingerbread, colored icings, and lots of candy!

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Home Distillers Moonshine Kit

Moonshine is another far reaching term … the connotation of moonshine is it’s an illegal alcoholic beverage home made in stills. Moonshine, however, is really just corn mash whiskey which hasn’t been aged. For example, before bourbon is aged in barrels, it’s technically moonshine.

Moonshine is clear in color (because it hasn’t been aged in wood barrels). It’s also big business (very legal big business!) for small distilleries across the United States. Many distilleries include a moonshine in their whiskey portfolio and it’s enjoying a renaissance with younger drinkers.

By the way, if you’re wondering how moonshine got its name, it’s because it has traditionally been made in secret under the cover of night. Of course, with the moon providing light to work by!

So, have you ever wanted to make moonshine at home? Now you can with this Home Distiller Moonshine Kit. It includes all the tools you need (except for the perishables) …

Happy National Moonshine Day … cheers!

National Applesauce Cake Day StateGiftsUSA.comJune 6: National Applesauce Cake Day / National Yo Yo Day: If you’re wondering what an applesauce cake is, it’s just as it sounds. It’s typically a yellow cake made with applesauce as the filling (for moisture purposes). A chilled slice of applesauce cake is a fantastic dessert!

If you or someone you know is fond of apples, you’ll appreciate this Apple Cookbook. It’s the definitive resource for cooking with apples and contains over 100 recipes suitable for breakfast to bedtime, including a few takes on applesauce cake …

National Yo Yo Day StateGiftsUSA.comIt’s also National Yo Yo Day, and if you’ve ever wondered how those yo yo experts do all those fancy tricks, we have just the book to show you how.

Sponsored by Duncan, the world’s leader in yo yo production, this book offers how to instructions for over five dozen yo yo tricks.

The book includes easy to follow specific instructions (along with illustrations) from National Yo Yo Master Steve Brown. Learn from the best!

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Ice Cream of the Month Club

June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day: Chocolate Ice Cream is celebrated with its very own National Day today, and why not? It’s one of America’s favorite dairy treats and whether you like chocolate ice cream cones, ice cream sandwiches, or ice cream sundaes, there’s nothing quite like the satisfying flavor of chocolate …

If you’ve got someone on you gift list who likes chocolate ice cream (or just ice cream in general), give them the gift of the Ice Cream of the Month Club. A perfect set it and forget it gift for any occasion, the ice cream comes directly from Wisconsin, a state well know for dairy products …

Every month, the lucky ice cream lover receives four pints of small batch ice cream, in four different varieties. There’s a whole bunch of chocolate ice cream options to be sure, and other creative flavors as well. They’re made by different small dairies across The Badger State, where they know a thing or two about good ice cream!

National Best Friend Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Brody Enjoying A Giant Chewy Bone

June 8: National Best Friends Day: Whether your best friend is near or far, a lifelong friend or just a recent bestie, today is their day … give them a call, drop them a line, meet them for a drink, and celebrate your friendship!

There’s an old saying which goes “If you want a best friend, get a dog”. And that’s not far from the truth because no matter how many close friends you have, your dog always has YOU as their best friend …

Dogs are happy to see us and be around us even when we’re not having the best of days. All they want is for you to be happy, and they’ll do anything they can to make it happen. Dogs are wonderful creatures – they’re the best of best friends!

Show your best four legged pal how much you care with this fun Dog Toy Club. Every month, a new dog toy is shipped right to your dog’s doorstep … some months it’s something sturdy to chew on, some months it’s something to snuggle with, and some months it’s somethng to stimulate their senses and need to play.

There’s no long term commitment and packages are available for small and large dogs. It’s creative and fun, and it might just turn the mailman into one of your dog’s best friends!

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National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

June 9: National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day: A June specialty, strawberry rhubarb pie features two early season crops – strawberries and rhubarb. Rhubarb is a perennial plant whose stalks are commonly used in cooking. Featuring a tart flavor, they’re usually cooked with some type of sweetener and used in dessert dishes, like strawberry rhubarb pie …

Here’s a classic strawberry rhubarb pie. It’s shipped ready to bake direct from Missouri, where they know a thing or two about growing strawberries and rhubarb.

This beauty of a pie feeds 6-8 and is sure to please!

National Herb and Spice Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Herb and Spice Home Growing Kit

June 10: National Herbs and Spices Day / National Iced Tea Day: Today is National Herbs and Spices Day, and in honor of the occasion we’re pleased to introduce you to this Herb and Spice Indoor Growing Kit. It’s drop dead simple and allows you to grow your very own cooking herbs and spices indoors.

This handy kit includes a special plastic dome which acts as a many greenhouse and 50 peat pellet so you can grow Lemon Basil, Dill, Chives, Sage, and dozens more. Complete instructions are included … save money by growing your own fresh herbs and spices!

A great gift – just place by a light, bright window and follow the simple how to guide and you’re good to go!

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Makes Iced Tea In Minutes!

June 10th is also National Iced Tea Day. If you’re a fan of this refreshing beverage, check out this Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker. This handsome gift saves time by brewing a quart of iced tea in just minutes.

The Iced Tea Maker features a fine mesh tea infuser … use loose leaf tea or tea bags, your choice. The airtight lid keeps tea fresh and accommodates stand up or on the side storage. Anyone who likes iced tea will love it!

Have a great June 10th!

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Learn The German Chocolate Cake Story

June 11: National German Chocolate Cake Day / National Corn on the Cob Day: Today we feature a double dose of deliciousness with German Chocolate Cake and Corn on the Cob. Let’s dig in!

German Chocolate Cake isn’t of German origin at all. It owes its name to American baker Samuel German introduced the recipe in the 1850’s. Originally called German’s Chocolate Cake, the name has evolved to simply German Chocolate Cake over the years …

This cake features layers with a caramel, pecan, and coconut filling and frosting. Sweet cherries are sometimes added atop as a garnish. The cake is served chilled to accent the many flavors, and it’s spectacular!

Pictured is an ultimate version of a German Chocolate Cake that’s made from scratch and decorated with chocolate curls. These cakes are baked fresh to order and are shipped in sturdy cooler containers direct to your doorstep …

The perfect June 11th gift idea!

National Corn on the Cob Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Corn on the Cob T-Shirt

If early June is too early for corn on the cob in your neck of the woods, you can still show your love for this American classic by wearing this fun corn on the cob t-shirt

It features an over sized relaxed fit and is made from 100% pre shrunk cotton.

If you’re looking for someone to take a bite out of you, this t-shirt should do it!

National Jerky Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Jerky of the Month Club

June 12: National Jerky Day / National Peanut Butter Cookie Day / National Red Rose Day: Did you know jerky is actually a very healthy snack when made by the right producer?

Jerky is loaded with protein and if you haven’t tried the varieties being made by some of America’s small jerky producing companies, you’re missing out … jerky is no longer that cheap, gnarly shoe leather stuff you see at convenience stores!

We’re pleased to introduce you to this fun monthly selection of the best American jerky. It’s the Jerky of the Month Club and it’s available in two different subscription lengths.

Every month you or your gift recipient receives flavors like chipotle filet mignon, spicy turkey, or smoked salmon jerkey, amoung dozens of others. We were really surprised at all the creativity being shown by these producers!

It’s about as perfect a gift as there is on National Jerky Day …

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Secondly, June 12th is also National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. We really like these freshly baked peanut butter chunk cookies.

These over sized (almost 5 ounces each) cookies are baked with Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips for that irresistible chocolate peanut butter flavor!

National Red Rose Day StateGiftsUSA.comFinally, June 12th is also National Red Rose Day. Pick up a dozen for your sweetie at your local florist or keep the red rose spirit around all year long with this soothing red rose tea. Caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties included …

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National Sewing Machine Day

June 13: National Sewing Machine Day: The sewing machine was invented in the late 1790’s to increase efficiency in clothing factories. As the decades passed, sewing machines were adapted for home use, allowing anyone to to create or repair their clothes with just a little bit of know how …

If you or someone you know is interested in basic sewing, we recommend this heavy duty high speed sewing machine that’s perfect for home use. It’s designed to create over 1,100 stitches per minute and features a sturdy steel bed for extra stability and easy fabric feeding …

The perfect practical gift for someone just getting into sewing or as an all around machine for all ages and abilities …

National Bourbon Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Bourbon of the Month Club

June 14: National Bourbon Day / National Strawberry Shortcake Day / Flag Day: Bourbon is a uniquely American spirit that has been produced in this country for well over 300 years. It is most closely associated with Kentucky, but contrary to popular belief, no all bourbon is from The Bluegrass State …

Many small artisan distilleries around the United States are producing bourbon. A whiskey can be called bourbon if it is made from at least 51% corn mash and is aged for a minimum of two years in newly charred oak barrels. Of course, to be labeled a Kentucky Bourbon, it must be distilled and aged within the state’s borders …

Bourbon has experienced quite the renaissance in recent decades, and we’re pleased to introduce you to this fun and educational monthly bourbon gift club which introduces its members to the world of U.S. bourbon.

Every month, a new bottle of small batch bourbon arrives at your doorstep direct from one of the finest distilleries in America. Choose from two different lengths of membership and cancel any time. Tasting notes and background information abotu the distillery is included to help broaden your bourbon horizons …

National Strawberry Shortcake Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Strawberry Shortcake Hand Soap

It’s also Strawberry Shortcake Day. Strawberry Shortcake is a popular dessert made from fresh berries and yellow shortcake and often served with a whipped cream topping. The term also refers to a beloved girls doll who was given her name due to her strawberry red locks and short stature …

Whether you’re recognizing the dessert or the children’s doll today, here’s some pleasant strawberry shortcake scented hand soap to give you that fresh clean strawberry shortcake aroma!

Flag Day StateGiftsUSA.comFinally, June 14th is Flag Day, celebrating the symbol of America since it was designed in the late 1700’s. As the Union has added more states, the U.S. flag has undergone subtle design changes, the most recently in 1959 with the addition of Alaska and Hawaii …

If your flag is a little weather beaten and has seen better days, today is a good a day as any to replace it with a new American Flag. All sorts of sizes are available, as well as state flags, city flags, and more! Click through to see all the selections …

National Photography Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Sadie Takes A Selfie!

June 15: National Photography Day: Today is National Photography Day and our favorite type of photographs are those capturing life as it happens. You don’t necessarily need to own a fancy camera (we prefer this inexpensive easy to use weatherproof camera) – all you need is to keep your camera handy and always have an open mind for photography …

We like capturing pictures of our various dog friends when we’re taking them around town for outings. Here’s a “selfie” of our dog friend Sadie with her best neighbor pal in our car outside the grocery store … Sadie is especially happy because we just told her we bought all the ingredients for her favorite homemade dog cookies!

On National Photography Day and every other day, remember … great pictures are all around us!

National Fudge Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Mackinac Island Fudge

June 16: National Fudge Day: Traveling around the United States, you’ll discover two destinations are particularly known for making fresh fudge. One is the Jersey Shore, from Atlantic City down to Cape May, and the other is Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.

In these two locations, fudge shops abound and enjoying fudge is as much a part of the enjoyment as is the fabulous ocean or Great Lake scenery …

You don’t have to travel to either destination to enjoy these fantastic flavors … here’s a Mackinaw island Fudge Variety Pack which features six of their specialty fudge varieties. You’ll get a hefty slice each of Maple, Vanilla Pecan, Chocolate, Chocolate Walnut, Chocolate Chip Mint, and Peanut Butter Pecan … you’ll open the box and practically feel the cool lake breezes wherever you are …

National Apple Strudel Day StateGiftsUSA.comJune 17: National Apple Strudel Day: June 17th is National Apple Strudel Day, a popular pastry dessert that’s made with a filling of fresh apples, raisins, and cinnamon, with a powdered sugar atop an oblong baked pastry. It is Austrian in origin but is baked and enjoyed all over the world …

Even if you don’t bake it yourself, you can buy apple strudel at most bakeries. Here’s something to keep that fresh apple strudel aroma around your home for hours – it’s an apple strudel scented candle with a long slow burn time of over 155 hours …

It’s Made in the USA and will fill any living space with the fresh baked aroma of apple strudel!

National Go Fishing Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Fishing Kit

June 18: National Go Fishing Day: Fishing is one of America’s most popular hobbies. It’s generally relaxing and you don’t need too much equipment to join in … all that’s required is a body of water, fishing gear, and a little patience!

We love all the advancements in fishing tackle over the years, particularly the emphasis on portability. For the fisherman on the go, here’s a sturdy, practical fishing kit. It includes a collapsible rod, spinning reel, lures and artificial bait, and a handy carrying case …

Perfect for both new and experienced fishermen on National Go Fishing Day …

National Martini Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Traveling Martini Kit

June 19: National Martini Day: June 19th is National Martini Day … cheers!

Whether you prefer yours made with vodka or gin, straight or with an extra dose of vermouth, olives or cocktail onions, martinis are one of our best known cocktails …

Martinis have a long illustrious history. They’ve been around for over 150 years and there are several distinct varieties, each of which with a devoted fandom. For example, a variety called the “Perfect Martini” uses an equal combination of dry and sweet vermouth …

If you know someone who travels frequently and enjoys a good martini, they’ll surely appreciate this martini kit. It’s perfect as a small portable bar and includes a stainless steel jigger, funnel, shaker, and flask along with two elegant martini glasses …

They’re all contained in a velvet lined case with sturdy separator board which doubles as a bar prep top …

A stylish gift for National Martini Day!

National Eagle Day StateGiftsUSA.com

“Liberty” The Eagle

June 20: National Eagle Day / National Vanilla Milkshake Day: June 20th is both National Eagle Day and National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Not the most likely of combinations, but that’s the way it rolls, so let’s get to it …

Did you know there are about 60 species of eagles around the world? Eagles are at the top of the bird of prey food chain, which is to say they have no bird of prey enemies. As you may know, man poses the greatest danger to eagles.

Bald Eagles are America’s National Bird and have thankfully experienced a recovery in numbers. They are often spotted in the wild during winter months over open water, such as in large trees and bluffs near dam sites along the Mississippi River.

For youngsters or even for a gentle dog to cuddle with, here’s a plush eagle whose name is Liberty. He’s 8 inches tall and looks like the real thing!

National Vanilla Milkshake Day StateGiftsUSA.comAs mentioned, today is also National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Every once in a while, there’s nothing quite like a vanilla milkshake. They’re a perfect treat when traveling long distances by car in warmer weather … it’s a travel tradition for us!

For an instant treat, try these magic milk flavoring straws. We were introduced to them recently and love them!

Just place one in a tall glass of milk and enjoy the flavor … they come in Chocolate, Strawberry, Orange Cream, Wild Berry, Cookies and Cream, Strawberry Banana, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Banana, and Vanilla Milkshake!

National Peaches and Cream Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Peaches and Cream

June 21: National Peaches and Cream Day: The term “peaches and cream” can refer to a lot of different things, so however it resonates with you, today is its National Day!

Peaches and Cream technically refers to a breakfast or dessert dish which is comprised of the two ingredients … fresh peach slices with cold cream poured atop. The term may also affectionately refer to a pleasant, soft peach scent or the natural, appealing complexion of a young lady …

The peaches and cream scent is captured in this 100% soy wax Peaches and Cream Jar Candle which features an even burn and 70 hours of burn time so you can bring the alluring aroma of peaches and cream into any living space in your home …

National Chocolate Eclair Day StateGiftsUSA.com

One Of A Kind Chocolate Eclairs

June 22: National Chocolate Eclair Day / National Onion Ring Day: No one would think to pair up chocolate eclairs and onion rings, but that’s exactly the pairing for June 22nd … it’s the National Day for both edibles!

Chocolate Eclairs are oblong shaped pastries that are filled with a flavored custard (in this case chocolate) and then given a layer of sweet icing on top. They’re also called long johns, and you’ll find them at bakeries across the country – they’re very popular!

If you’re ever in Racine, WI be sure to stop in at O + H Danish Bakery. They’re known for their kringles and eclairs, and take it from our personal experience, they’re both fantastic!

You can have the chocolate eclairs shipped right to your doorstep – these beauties are filled with custard and topped with a chocolate fudge icing. In the world of eclairs, there are as good as it gets!

They’re shipped frozen – just thaw and enjoy …

National Onion Ring Day StateGiftsUSA.comOnion rings are one of American’s favorite bar foods. They’re made by slicing an onion into rings and dredging them in a wash usually made of milk or cream …

The rings of onions are then dusted in flour or rolled in breading before being fried to a golden brown. There are countless variations on onion ring batter … some prefer a light dusting of flour and others prefer a thicker beer batter coating …

We like these Hawaiian Made Sweet Maui Onion Rings, They’re similar in texture to a potato chip but they offer the unmistakable onion ring flavor, made extra special by the use of sweet onions grown in The Aloha State …

Give them a try!

National Pecan Sandies Day StateGiftsUSA.comJune 23: National Pecan Sandies Day: Pecan Sandies are thick shortbread cookies augmented by chopped fresh pecans to add a unique flavor and texture. Particularly popular in the South, pecan sandies are a staple for lunch boxes and as a quick on the go snack for kids and adults alike …

Today is their National Day, so why not stock up on pecan sandies and enjoy their unique flavor at lunch, for dessert, or as a bedtime treat …

National Praline Day StateGiftsUSA.comJune 24: National Pralines Day: Pralines are a Louisiana specialty, but they’re available all over the country. They’re particularly popular in the southern states where fresh pecans are available …

Pralines are a delectable candy made with chopped or whole pecans, brown sugar, butter, and cream. They offer the thick chewy consistency of fudge and the addition of fresh pecans makes them unique. Some praline recipes call for an additional topping of melted milk or white chocolate to add another flavorful dimension …

You won’t go wrong giving the gift of fresh pralines. They’re direct from New Orleans, the Praline Capital of America!

National Catfish Day StateGiftsUSA.comJune 25: National Catfish Day / National Strawberry Parfait Day: June 25th marks the National Days for both catfish and strawberry parfaits, so let’s get right to it …

A traditional Southern meal, catfish are a river fish which are also farm raised. They’re typically served fried with a cornmeal coating and in some parts of the country, they’re served whole and sometimes known as “fiddlers” …

Catfish, cornbread, coleslaw, and hush puppies make for a great southern style meal, worth seeking out wherever you travel!

There are hundreds of ways to prepare catfish for your table and here’s the definitive catfish recipe guide. Check out the dozens and dozens of suggestions on how to serve catfish baked, deep fried, pan fried, broiled, grilled, and more!

National Strawberry Parfait Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Strawberry Parfait Candle

Strawberry Parfaits are a layered sweet treat made with strawberries, whipped cream, and soft sponge cake and typically served in a glass or small container. Its popularity is owed to the ingredient’s perfect blend – a cool satisfying dessert on warm evenings …

This strawberry parfait candle will bring the sweet soothing scent of strawberries to any room in your home. Its unique outer texture creates a compelling visual and the candle offers a burn time of over 150 hours. It’s made in Indiana …

A sure to be appreciated gift today or any day of the year …

National Chocolate Pudding Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Single Serve Chocolate Pudding

June 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day: June 26th is National Chocolate Pudding Day. Do you know how pudding is made?

Pudding is made from sugar, milk, eggs, and a thickening agent such as cornstarch or gelatin. The mixture is baked or cooked on a stove top, then allowed to cool. Various flavorings, like vanilla, butterscotch, or chocolate, are then added to the mixture to create the finished product …

Served as a dessert or quick lunch time treat, chocolate pudding is typically packaged in single servings for sake of convenience.

Here’s the shelf stable single serving variety of extra creamy chocolate pudding that’s perfect for lunch bags or a quick snack …

National Sunglasses Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Anti Glare Sunglasses

June 27: National Sunglasses Day: There used to be a time when any old pair of sunglasses would do, but as we get a little older, a little help is always welcomed …

For National Sunglasses Day, we’d like to introduce you to the type of anti glare sunglasses we’ve been using …

We wear them around town, when out for a walk, and especially when driving, day or night. In addition to their anti glare properties, they’re excellent for night driving as they cut out the “halo” effect from oncoming cars and street lights.

Further, they’re great for rainy day and cloudy day driving as they naturally increase brightness and sharpness. These sunglasses are not too bad looking either!

For less than $20, they’re a great gift on National Sunglasses Day …

National Paul Bunyon Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Paul Bunyon & Babe The Blue Ox

June 28: National Paul Bunyan Day: Paul Bunyon is a figure of American folklore who is said to have extraordinary abilities as a lumberjack. This popular mythical figure has been an eduring symbol of the forestry industry along with his trusted companion Babe The Blue Ox …

Paul Bunyon and Babe are immortalized in many printed books, stories, cartoons, and even films. There are statues of the two in many communities in America where forestry was or is a predominant industry …

Here’s a poster photo print of Paul Bunyon and Babe The Blue Ox in all their glory!

National Almond Buttercrunch Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Almond Buttercrunch

June 29: National Almond Buttercrunch Day / National Camera Day: Almond Buttercrunch is another name for almond toffee, which is made with butter, sugar, and whole or split almonds. The almonds are added to the mixture as it cools and it’s packaged as a special sweet treat …

Today is National Almond Buttercrunch Day, and in recognition, here’s a one pound container of California Made Almond Buttercrunch. Locally grown almonds, fresh butter, and pure vanilla are mixed to create small batches, prepared fresh and shipped directly to your door …

National Camera Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Our Dog Pal Brody

It’s also National Camera Day and no matter what level of photographer you are, the main aspect of photography is having your camera handy. Life presents photo opportunities at the most unexpected times, like this one of our dog pal Brody playing baseball …

We’re not photography experts by any means … we’re big advocates of user friendly portable cameras. Use a camera that’s easy to carry around and simple to use … you won’t miss any photo opps all through the year!

Happy National Camera Day!

National Meteor Watch Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Portable Hand Held Telescope

June 30: National Meteor Watch Day: Today is National Meteor Watch Day, but before you start watching, let’s explain exactly what a meteor is and what it does …

A meteor is a piece of debris from space (outside the Earth’s atmosphere), usually a chunk of rock. Sometimes called shooting stars, most meteors heat up and disintegrate while going through the Earth’s atmospheric layers. Meteors which actually hit the ground are called meteoroids, and large meteoroids can cause damage or craters …

Meteors are seen as streaking plumes of light in a clear, dark sky. Sometimes scientists are able to monitor conditions and predict meteor showers, which is the presence of many meteors over a defined period of time.

Though meteors are sometimes quite visible to the naked eye, a portable hand held telescope is very helpful. These telescopes not only assist in viewing meteors, but also help identify the nearest plants and other sites in or out of space …

Explore and enjoy!

National Gingersnap Cookie Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Celebrate National Gingersnap Cookie Day

July 1: National Gingersnap Day / National U.S. Postage Stamp Day: Gingersnaps are wonderful cookies with the special flavor combination of cinnamon and, of course, ginger. Did you know ginger has been utilized for hundreds of years for its many health benefits? Products containing ginger help control digestion problems, morning sickness, and muscle pain …

Ginger also is an effective anti inflammatory and can help lower blood sugar and prevent factors of heart disease …

Celebrate National Gingersnap Day with these healthy and tasty ginger hard candies, and reap the many benefits of ginger!

National Postage Stamp Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 1st is also National Postage Stamp Day. Stamps have been around for over 175 years, and in the United States, were introduced in 1847. Stamps, of course, are a big item for collectors, and if you or someone you know is a stamp collector, this is a good day to add to that stamp collection …

For something unique we found a new book highlighting the story of the United States as exemplified by some of our postage stamps. It’s a great gift for kids, historians, stamp collectors, or anyone who appreciates the handsome designs of U.S. stamps …

National Anisette Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 2: National Anisette Day: What is anisette? It’s a type of cordial or liquor that’s popular worldwide, particulary in France and Spain. It’s also very popular in the United States and the liquor itself can be found in most large beverage stores …

Anisette has its base in the spice anise, which is derived from a plant typically grown in warmer climates. The seeds of the anise plant are often used in baking – anise flavored cookies are very popular although sometimes hard to find. The flavor is sweet and very distinguished, and the aroma is exceptionally pleasant and distinct, with notes of licorice. We love this anisette orange scented candle, which in our estimation is just as pleasing a sip of anisette itself. Happy National Anisette Day!

National Chocolate Wafer Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Celebrate National Chocolate Wafer Day!

July 3: National Chocolate Wafer Day: What a tasty idea for a National Day, whoever thought up this one gets a big thumbs up in our book. Chocolate wafers are a type of cookie, usually coated with some type of chocolate and are soft and chewy in texture.

Whether you prefer dark chocolate or milk chocolate, you can find these delectable treats at a bakery or even a candy store. Here are our favorite American made chocolate wafers, packaged in convenient 2 ounce packs perfect for a mid morning snack or rewarding dessert …

July 4: Independence Day / National Barbecued Spare Ribs Day: How appropriate that Independence Day and National Barbecued Spare Ribs Day fall on the same calendar date …

After all, there are probably more backyard barbecues on July 4th than any other day during the year …

Made in the USA StateGiftsUSA.com July 4th, of course, is the commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, thereby stating our intentions to become independent from England and form our own country. It’s a proud day, a partriotic day, and a day known across the country for celebrating and relaxing with friends and family.

We like to fly the flag on July 4th, and we specifically fly an American Made Flag, which only makes sense. It’s a good day to fly your state’s flag too! Do you know the year your state was admitted to the Union? Check our individual state pages in the right hand menu if you don’t …

And what’s a July 4th BBQ without ribs? If you don’t want to prepare them yourself, arguably the best spare ribs in the United States come from Kansas City, one of the barbecue meccas of America …

But if you do want to grill them yourself, here’s a handy BBQ Spare Ribs recipe with honey barbecue sauce anyone can make. Happy 4th from State Gifts USA!

National Apple Turnover Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 5: National Apple Turnover Day / National Graham Cracker Day: Well, the day after can be just as patriotic, so it’s fitting it’s the National Day for two distinctly American treats, apple turnovers and graham crackers.

For a real treat, check out these apple turnovers baked in Texas. They’re created with a healthy dose of cinnamon and apples grown in The Lone Star State …

For you fans of all things graham cracker, how about this collection of graham cracker cake recipes? Bake one on July 5th for National Graham Cracker Day!

National Fried Chicken Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 6: National Fried Chicken Day: Sticking with the patriotic theme of July 4th week, today is the day to celebrate fried chicken. If you live in the southern U.S., you know what really good fried chicken tastes like. For the rest of us, good fried chicken restaurants do exist, but they take a little persistence to find …

Cooking fried chicken isn’t that difficult, you simply need the proper set up and ingredients. We love fried chicken and were really helped out by this book called “Fried and True”, which offers fifty recipes for fried chicken and all the yummy side dishes that go along with it. More than just a recipe book, it tells the story of fried chicken and offers tips and tricks to make sure yours comes out great. A great gift for anyone on July 6th!

National Strawberry Sundae Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 7: National Strawberry Sundae Day / National Macaroni Day: There’s nothing quite like a cool, delicious strawberry sundae during the warm days of July. There are numerous historical tales of how the word “sundae” came to be spelled as it is – most revolve around the notion this particular ice cream treat was most commonly served only on Sundays and ice cream parlors wanted to differentiate the spelling …

Ice Cream Sundaes originally consisted of vanilla ice cream topped with flavored syrup, usually chocolate, chopped mixed nuts, whipped cream, and a marischino cherry. It has since evolved to include all kinds of ice cream flavors, toppings, and ingredients …

National Macaroni Day StateGiftsUSA.com

A New Twist on Macaroni & Cheese!

Regardless, the Strawberry Sundae is officially recognized July 7th, and it’s a great day to enjoy one … but if your diet precludes you from ordering one, here’s a very cool strawberry sundae scented candle that’ll have any room in your home bursting with the sweet scent of strawberries all year around!

July 7th is also National Macaroni Day, and for the pasta lovers on your gift list, how about this ode to macaroni & cheese, that takes it out of the box and elevates humble mac and cheese to an art form? This cookbook is chock full of easy to follow flavorful recipes to take this simple side dish from ordinary to outstanding!

The perfect gift for July 7th …

July 8: National Chocolate With Almonds Day: Combining two of the best edibles you can think of, chocolate and almonds, is reason enough for a celebration …

Hey, buying and enjoying an Almond Joy bar will help you celebrate July 8th, but why not take it a step further with these Made in America rich dark chocolate covered almonds? Perfect for the chocolate lover in your life, or just as a special treat for yourself on National Chocolate With Almonds Day, or any other day for that matter …

National Sugar Cookie Day

Celebrate! It’s National Sugar Cookie Day

July 9: National Sugar Cookie Day: Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Chip cookies are probably the most popular and best loved cookies in the country. There’s something richly satisfying about a sugar cookie, and if you’ve had a good one from somewhere, you’re sure to remember it fondly …

To celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day, we found a gift that’s fun and educational for the whole family. These creative baking kits are shipped right to your door and are perfect for you and your children – they arrive with a fun project outline containing simple ingredients to create your very own fresh baked goods. Best of all, you can give it a try for free!

Bring the joy of baking into your family’s home on National Sugar Cookie Day …

Pina Colada Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Pina Colada in a Bag for Pina Colada Day!

July 10: National Pina Colada Day: If you’ve been around for any length of time (over 7×3) and enjoy a refreshing tropical drink now and then, you’ve probably imbibed in a pina colada …

But for those who aren’t familiar, a pina colada is a sweet drink made with rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream liquer (or coconut milk) and blended with ice or served over ice cubes. It is typically garnished with a pineapple slice and maraschino cherry and is best known as the National Drink of Puerto Rico …

Typically a warm weather of summer drink, the flavor transcends a cocktail. Pina colada is a flavor all its own and can be found in the form of cupcakes, cookies, traditional cakes, and any manner of desserts. You can even enjoy pina colada room air freshener!

To celebrate National Pina Colada Day, head to your nearest full serve bar, making sure they have a blender. For something more convenient to celebrate at home, try this fantastic Pina Colada in a Bag. It’s fully mixed and makes 16 servings – just add liquor, water, and serve over ice. Oh, and invite some friends!

National Blueberry Muffin Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 11: National Blueberry Muffin Day / National Mojito Day: You’ve got two things to celebrate on July 11th – blueberries and mojitos! Anyone else thinking breakfast and happy hour??

Blueberries are native to North America and grow prolifically in Washington, Michigan, Oregon, Maine, New Jersey, and California, among other states. The town of Hammonton, NJ claims to be The Blueberry Capital of the World and holds an annual festival dedicated to the fruit …

A very healthy snack, blueberries are often used in baking. They’re very good for you and make a great energy boosting snack! To celebrate the day, head on over to your local bakery and imbibe, or check out these American made blueberry muffin snack bars. They’re gluten free and each bar contains a 1/2 cup serving of blueberries …

National Mojito Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Mojito Day … a mojito is a traditionally summer drink made with white rum, lime juice, sugar, mint, and sparkling water. It’s a one of a kind drink whose popularity has surged in recent years. And it’s no wonder why … they’re good!

Formerly only popular in tropical climates like southern Florida, mojitos have gone mainstreatm. You’ll find them on the cocktail menu of any full serve bar … many establishments offer weekly specials on mojitos due to their expansive popularity …

As long as you have the right ingredients, you can make a mojito or two at home. We use simple bar syrup as the sugar ingredient along with fresh mint, which is easily grown year around in a container …

To help you celebrate, we found this handsome Glass and Wood Mojito Set. It contains two stylish mojito glasses and a versatile wooden muddler. A must for your home bar and a great gift item too …

Cheers to National Mojito Day!

National Pecan Pie Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 12: National Pecan Pie Day: Ahh, the pecan pie … distinctly southern in origin and now celebrated across America. Pecan pies are served at traditional holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with any day of the week just because!

Pecans themselves are a distinctly American nut which is harvested from pecan trees grown in the “pecan belt”. Pecan groves thrive in areas across the country from North Carolina all the way to New Mexico. Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas are prolific pecan producing states and we spotlight several pecan vendors from several states on our 50 State Menu on the right hand side of this page …

Pecan pies can be a little tricky to make, although once you get the hang of it, no problem. If baking isn’t your forte, we found this cool product called Pecan Pie in a Jar. It does all the hard work for you … just add fresh eggs and pour into a ready made pie crust and you’ve got something to celebrate on July 12th!

National French Fry Day StateGiftsUSA.com

French Fries: As American As It Gets

July 13: National French Fry Day: The history of french fries is debated quite a bit – they’re said to have originated in Belgium (although the French dispute the claim). They’ve been a part of American’s meals since the early 1800’s, when Thomas Jefferson was president.

French fries are generally associated with America these days, having been made popular by fast food franchises like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Of course, numerous options are available to make fries at home, whether in your oven or a deep fryer …

Either way, today is the day to celebrate the humble french fry. If you like your fries cooked a certain way (like we do), you’ll probably like this portable french fry cooker that stays cool to the touch – it cooks up to six cups of french fries (or chicken tenders) and has a handy lid to prevent spillage and splashing …

A healthier, less expensive option to help you celebrate National French Fry Day!

National Hot Dog Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 14: National Hot Dog Day: We find it totally appropriate National French Fry Day and National Hot Day are only a day apart. Sound like a two day food fest to us!

Hot dogs are distinctly American, having become popular here over 150 years ago. Whether at picnics, ballgames, or just for a quick lunch, hot dogs have been part of our culinary fabric fo generations …

Depending where you live in America, you’ll find different “styles” of hot dogs and a fierce loyalty from locals. Chicago, New York, Detroit, Buffalo, and West Virginia among many others list the hot dog as a regional specialty …

Here’s a cool book about all these regional styles, along with stories and recipes for not only the hot dogs but iconic side dishes as well …

A perfect July gift for anyone on your list – what’s more patriotic than the hot dog??

National Tapioca Pudding Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Tapioca Pudding: Chilled With A Fruit Garnish

July 15: National Tapioca Pudding Day: What exactly is tapioca?

Well, it’s actually a starch extracted from a plant known as the cassava root. The plant is native to South America but is now cultivated worldwide. The most common use is in baking, specifically for tapioca pudding which is recognized and celebrated today, July 15th …

Should the craving strike today, you can find tapioca pudding in any large grocery store – many large food manufacturers pre-package it as a snack item for lunch bags. If you want some creative recipes to make your own, here’s a fun recipe book that includes all sorts of variations on traditional tapioca pudding and takes it to a new level!

Corn Fritter Mix StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 16: National Corn Fritters Day: What actually is a corn fritter?

Well, it’s a popular appetizer or side dish that’s most seen in the southern United States but is prevalent everywhere. Corn fritters have been around for centuries and are a mixture of flour or batter, corn kernels, eggs, milk, and a dash of butter …

You’ll commonly see them as a side dish and they’re very similar to hush puppies. They’re quite often served with honey or a cream sauce for dipping. Dishes they pair well with include chicken, catfish, stews, or really any comfort food …

For us, the best corn fritters start with a good batter, or fritter mix. We love this Rhode Island fritter mix which is also used for clam or crab cakes and has been around for over 200 years …

There’s simple directions for cooking fritters on the package … can can deep fry them or shallow fry in a pan or bake them.

Enjoy this traditional American side dish on National Corn Fritters Day!

National Peach Ice Cream Day StateGiftsUSA.com

You Can Make Your Own Peach Ice Cream

July 17: National Peach Ice Cream Day Peaches are grown prolifically all over the United States, and even though Georgia is known as The Peach State, many other locales rival the state’s peach harvest …

South Carolina produces tons of peaches annually, as does Michigan and several other states. Peaches are very popular in baked dishes, eaten as part of breakfast or a healthy snack, in yogurt, or our favorite, peach ice cream …

And that’s what we celebrate on July 17th …

You can, of course, buy peach ice cream at your local grocery store but we think the best peach ice cream is homemade. All you need is fresh peaches and this portable 4 quart ice cream maker which lets you make fresh ice cream in a flash … it’s fun for kids and quite the money saver too!

Hey, and if you make peach ice cream, invite us over, ok?

National Caviar Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 18: National Caviar Day: One of the biggest misconceptions about caviar is that it’s a delicacy beyond most people’s budget …

A delicacy indeed, but pricey and out of budget range, not necessarily …

Caviar is roe, or fish eggs, which are salt cured from sturgeon. The most traditional, and expensive caviar comes from sturgeon found in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea in eastern Europe. It can be fresh or pasteurized – the fresh variety is always the most prized and expensive.

However, caviar is sourced from any number of fish species, including lake and river sturgeon found in the U.S. It’s also marketed from other fish species like salmon, trout, carp, and whitefish. All of these species are found in American waters and their roe, or caviar, is becoming widely accepted and enjoyed as an appetizer spread with artisan crackers …

We thoroughly enjoy this American caviar, called hackleback caviar, from American sturgeon. It’s less than $25 per ounce, a pittance compared to higher priced European sourced varieties, and it’s really a treat!

What better day to enjoy this Amercian caviar than National Caviar Day?

National Daiquiri Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Celebrate – It’s National Daiquiri Day!

July 19: National Daiquiri Day: Today we celebrate the daiquiri, a cocktail made from rum, sugar or simple syrup, and lime juice. The basic drink is Cuban in origin and was introduced to the United States in the late 1800’s …

There are as many varieties of daiquiris as there are different types of fruit. Banana, Strawberry, Peach, and Mango are just a few you’ll see on drink menus everywhere in America …

If you imbibe, enjoy one today! For a unique taste sensation on the daiquiri, get yourself some of these tasty “Cocktail Classics” Jelly Bean Assortment featuring flavors like Pina Colada, Margarita, and of course Strawberry Daiquiri!

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Childhood Flashback: National Lollipop Day

July 20: National Lollipop Day: You don’t have to have a successful visit at the doctor’s office any more to enjoy a lollipop. They’re a traditional childhood treat, but adults enjoy them too!

There nothing like a lollipop to satisfy your sweet tooth, and the best thing is, lollipops give you several minutes of enjoyment. They come in all kinds of flavors (orange is our personal favorite), and they’re inexpensive as well …

We found some Organic Lollipops, which contain no artificial fruit flavors or high fructose corn syrup. They’re 100% vegan and contain no artificial colors either. They’re gluten free, peanut free, soy free, and wheat free, yet they taste great and take you back to your childhood …

Enjoy a lollipop today, July 20th. It’s National Lollipop Day after all!

National Junk Food Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 21: National Junk Food Day: One of the more unique National Days of the year, we’re not sure if National Junk Food Day celebrates junk food or calls awareness to it. Let’s face it, junk food probably isn’t good for your health, but what’s the old saying, everything in moderation??

Junk food is a term most commonly associated with fast food or quick snacks out of a box or bag. Despite its reputation as being not good for you, many types of what people refer to as junk food have redeeming qualities (other than they taste good, or course!). In moderation, some types of these foods will give you an energy boost in the middle of a long day without straining your budget …

We’re really not sure why there’s a National Junk Food Day, but hey, here it is. It’s a day to be celebrated with a wink and a nod … and here’s something to help you do just that … a whimsical and fun Junk Food Coloring Book. We got a big kick out of this – it contains detailed illustrations of candy, hot dogs, pizza, donuts, french fries, etc. to let your creative expression go wild! A perfect fun gift for tweens, teens, and adults who don’t take themselves too seriously …

Whether you decide to color junk food or eat some junk food … enjoy the day!

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July 22: National Hammock Day: There’s no denying relaxing in a hammock is a perfectly marvelous idea, and that was likely the inspiration for National Hammock Day. Hammocks date back to the early days of the U.S. Navy and even further back when Native Americans used them as places to sleep …

A hammock, of course, is a tightly wound or braided grouping of fabric or solid plant material that’s tied at both ends to a stationary object, like a sturdy tree. The intent is to allow someone to lay and rest – as opposed to lying on the hard ground. Hammocks are as popular in modern times as they’ve always been – there’s just something inherently relaxing and soothing about laying in a hammock …

Most every body would love to have a hammock, whether to watch the world going by or to simply relax on a day off. We found a sturdy portable hammock you can set up just about anywhere – it folds up neatly into a carrying case and offers a steel frame which supports two people if that’s how you roll …

Either way, it’s perfect for National Hammock Day!

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It’s National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

July 23: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day: Oh yeah, vanilla ice cream! The most popular choice for an ice cream treat, vanilla ice cream has now gone artisan. Small independent ice cream makers are now adding an impressive array of flavors to good old fashioned vanilla, like bourbon, vanilla bean, and so on.

Today on National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, we’re pleased to introduce you to an Ice Cream Gift Of The Month Club – you’ll not only get all kinds of varieties of vanilla ice cream, but other fabulous flavors as well. Four pints per month in fact!

Perfect as a gift for National Vanilla Ice Cream Day or any day or month of the year because, well, sho doesn’t like ice cream?

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100% Blue Agave Tequila Every Month

July 24: National Tequila Day: Tequila is best known as the predominant ingredient in margaritas, but in recent years (some would argue for centuries) tequila has very much stood on its own …

Tequila, specifically different varieties of tequila, attracts a rabid following. And we say that in a good way – like any good spirit, if it’s well make, it can hold its own all by itself. Without any fruit juice, mixers, sugar, or anything ….

If you know a tequila fan, surprise him or her today with a gift of Tequila Every Month. This subscription option delivers thre world class tequilas each month, all 100% Blue Agave (the best there is).

A great way to make someone’s National Tequila Day …

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 25: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day: Today we celebrate Hot Fudge Sundaes, a concoction of (usually) vanilla ice cream topped with a hot fudge topping and maybe some whipped cream and chopped nuts and a sweet cherry. If it sounds good, that’s because it is!

The trick to a good hot fudge sundae starts with the fudge. If you’ve been to Michigan, you know the state’s residents love a special dark chocolate hot fudge sauce that comes in a jar and can be stored in your refrigerator. We seek it out every time we’re in The Great Lakes State …

Try it for yourself and see – National Hot Fudge Sundae Day is as good a time as any!

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Syrup For Coffee Milkshakes

July 26: National Coffee Milkshake Day: This National Day combines two great things – coffee and milkshakes!

If you’ve ever been to an Arby’s, they offer something close to a coffee milkshake which they call a Jamocha Shake. It doesn’t totally taste like a mixture of coffee and a milkshake but it’s pretty close, and very good …

Did you know Rhode Island specializes in the combination of coffee and milk? It’s actually known by that name … coffee milk … and it’s the state’s official drink. You don’t see it much in other states but in The Ocean State, it’s a big thing …

It all starts with coffee syrup, shown. Just mix this syrup with milk and vanilla ice cream, and you’ve got yourself a bona fide coffee milkshake!

Of course, you can use the coffee syrup the traditional way, which is to simply mix it with milk. It’s sort of like an iced coffee and makes for a perfect mid afternoon pick me up …

Get some and see what you’re missing if you don’t live in Rhode Island …

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Creme Brulee In 8 Minutes!

July 27: National Creme Brulee Day: Before we talk about how to celebrate July 27th, let’s first explore creme brulee, what is is, and a little history …

Creme Brulee is a dessert with origins in France, although English and Spanish culinary experts also origination. It’s made of baked custard, usually flavored with vanilla, served in a bowl. The custard is topped with a brittle crust of carmelized sugar which is browned by a broiler or kitchen torch. It can be served warm, cold, or room temperature …

Like most desserts, different flavors have come into prominence over the yrars, but vanilla is still the most accepted version. You can make creme bruleee at home by following a traditional recipe, and we’ve found this creme brulee mix which offers a convenient prep time of less than ten minutes …

Creme brulee is really a fantastic dessert, and if you’ve not experienced it, put it on your bucket list … or at least put it on your July 27th list!

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Celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day

July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day / National Chili Dog Day: It’s only appropriate there’s a national Milk Chocolate Day, since Americans across the country count delicious milk chocolate as one of their favorite treats. Milk chocolate is enjoyed in a variety of ways, including candy bars, artisan chocolates, chocolate milk, hot cocoa, and many more …

If you’re looking for a fabulous gift for someone on your list, how about helping them celebrate today with the Chocolate of the Month Club? This special club sends one full pound of chocolates every month, including milk chocolate covered nuts, chocolate covered caramels, decadent truffles, and maybe even a few dark chocolates too!

Help expand someone’s chocolate world with a subscription to the Chocolate of the Month Club. There’s no better day than National Milk Chocolate Day, and it sure beats a candy bar!

July 28th is also National Chili Dog Day. We’re actually quite pleased to be writing about this event, because we’re actually quite conversant about chili dogs. When we travel, we seek out regional hot dog specialties, and many parts of the country have their own special take on the hot dog with chili phenomenon …

National Chili Dog Day StateGiftsUSA.comOne city in particular serving great chili dogs is Toledo, Ohio. Actually here they call them Coney Dogs, but the principle is the same. The chili is called Hot Dog Sauce, but essentially it’s chili without beans. That’s the primary difference between a chili dog and a Coney Dog … no beans in the chili. There are a few other minor differences in the sauce recipe, but that’s the gist of it …

Anyway, at the famous Tony Packo’s Restaurant on Toledo’s south side, they’ve been serving up Coneys (or chili dogs if you prefer) since 1932. We stop there every time we’re in the vicinity of Toledo, traveling east or west. It’s a great place and the food is fantastic, especially the Coneys!

You can get some of their special Hot Dog Sauce to make your own version of chili dogs … just add fresh chopped onions and mustard on a steamed bun and you’re good to go!

Be sure to tell us what you think – we love Tony Packo’s and we love chili dogs (and coneys)!

National Lasagna Day StateGiftsUSA.comJuly 29: National Lasagna Day / National Chicken Wing Day: If you’re a food lover, today is the day for you!

Let’s start with National Lasagna Day. Lasagna has its historical roots in Italy, but it’s served world wide and is very popular in America.

An oven baked dish, lasagna starts with noodles of the same name, which are wide and flat, perfect for layering. The dish is made by layering cheese (usually ricotta) and meat, vegetables, and tomato based sauce in between the lasagna noodles. When done correctly, it’s fabulous main entree!

Recipes for lasagna are numerous. Each uses some of the same ingrdients (lasagna noodles are a constant) but the cheese, meat, vegetables, and sauce are subject to interpretation and creativity. We like this lasagna cookbook which explores the world of lasagna and taps into culinary creativity to come up with some wonderful twists on this old favorite … it’s a perfect gift for national Lasagna Day.

National Chicken Wing Day StateGiftsUSA.comAs for National Chicken Wing Day, do you know how the chicken wing originated? The famous Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY claims the honor from 1964, when their owner needed to come up with a quick late night snack for her son and his friends. She had some uncooked chicken wings and bathed them in a spicy sauce and threw them in the deep fryer. The result was legendary, and the Anchor Bar is now known worldwide for their chicken wings!

We’ve been there several times (Buffalo is an underrated city to visit) and they really are fantastic … in fat half the fun of visiting Buffalo is going around to all the famous chicken wing places and having “discussions” about which is best – if you ask 10 natives of Buffalo, you’re likely to get ten different answers and an argument to go along with it …

You can find chicken wings on the majority of casual menus around America, and there are all sorts of flavor combinations. “Buffalo Wings” are modeled after the Anchor Bar’s style, but wings come in literally hundreds of different flavors and heat levels. We like this book, kind of a chicken wing bible, which offers several dozen recipes for chicken wings along with drinks and sides … all you need to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day!

National Cheesecake Day StteGiftsUSA.comJuly 30: National Cheesecake Day: One of America’s most popular desserts, cheesecake is celebrated with its own National Day today, July 30th. Actually, any day is a good day for cheesecake!

Bakers and dessert chefs across the country have been putting their creativity to great use when it comes to cheesecake. Look around and you’ll find cherry cheesecakes, strawberry, caramel with nuts, blueberry, pineapple cheesecakes, and many more …

One of our favorite American cheesecake companies is Tennessee Cheesecake, a Lebanon, TN tradition for over 35 years. Not only do they sell their wonderful cheesecakes via mail order, they also have a cheesecake of the month club – it makes a perfect gift on National Cheesecake Day, holiday time, or any special occasion … click through to their site to see all the great cheesecakes just waiting for you!

July 31: National Raspberry Cake Day: Today (and tomorrow) celebrate products made with raspberries – July 31st is National Raspberry Cake Day and August 1st is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day …

A little background about raspberries: Did you know the plant is actually a part of the rose family? Raspberry plants have the same type of wooden stems as a rose plant, although there’s no thorns. They’re grown in many regions of the United States and are prolific in temperate climates worldwide. Raspberries are rich in Vitamin C and dietary fiber and are extremely good for you!

The fruit is used in all kinds of recipes, not the least being Raspberry Cakes. For a special gift idea to celebrate today, how about giving someone special this Cake Of The Month Club which features specialty cakes delivered to your door every month …

Enjoy your raspberries and enjoy the cake!

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Perfect for National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

August 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day: Today is the second of the two day raspberry celebration, this time honoring Raspberry Cream Pies. We actually make a simple version of this pie frequently – we make a Cool Whip pie and sprinkle fresh raspberries on the top. Easy!

For a different and even easier twist on the raspberry cream pie, check out these Raspbery N Cream Whoopie Pies. Whoopie Pies are actually gourmet cookies popular in the south and also in the state of Maine. They need no refrigeration, but we like to serve them chilled or even frozen – they’re fantastic and perfect for National Raspberry Cream Pie Day …

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Check Out This Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day: Today is the day for ice cream sandwiches, and since it’s probably hot where you are, it’s a perfect day to enjoy one!

You can buy all kinds of flavors of ice cream sandwiches at the store, but did you know you can make them at home? We didn’t either until we came across this ultra convenient Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

It’s really easy to do – it makes four sandwiches at a time and you can use the recipe included or a brownie mix. Just add your favorite flavor of ice cream and you’re good to go!

The ideal gift for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day …

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Pickled Watermelon – Try It!

August 3: National Watermelon Day: There’s nothing like a thick slice of cool, sweet waermelon to help take the edge off a hot summer day …

Watermelon is an annual plant that thrives in warmer climates with rocky soil. Arkansas is the leading watermelon producing state – and did you know not all watermelon inner flesh is red? The plant has been bred and cross pollinated for decades and now yellow, orange, and white fleshed watermelons are available …

For a different take on this delicious fruit, try this Pickled Watermelon Rind, direct from Arkansas. It makes a wonderful accompaniment for fish and chicken dishes, or try it wrapped in bacon for a real taste treat!

Enjoy National Watermelon Day!

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Indulge! It’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day: The chocolate chip cookie is about as American as it gets, so it’s appropriate it’s honored with a National Day …

We don’t know anyone who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies (or cookies in general, for that matter) and a gift of chocolate chip cookies from your local bakery is a great way to celebrate today. For something even more spectacular, here’s our favorite Gourmet Cookie of the Month Club. The perfect gift idea not only for today, but any special occasion or gift giving holiday …

You get a monthly shipment of some of the best freshly baked artisan cookies from small independent bakers who come through with creativity as well as the tried and true … and of course, chocolate chip cookies are a big part of the selections!

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Discover All The U.S. Oyster Producing Regions

August 5: National Oyster Day: Oysters typically inspire a bit of a love-hate reaction from people … either you’re an oyster fan or you’re not. We love oysters, and seek them out whenever we travel to areas of the U.S. known for them …

We fondly remember enjoying oysters in New Orleans, Seattle, Boston, and Florida … and look forward to enjoying them again!

There are numerous areas of the United States with prolific oyster production and harvesting. That’s why we love this book, “A Geography of Oysters”, which delves into the different geographic oyster regions and discusses the nuances of each. You’ll be amazed at all the differences from one region to another!

A breezy read, this book is a must on National Oyster Day or for anyone who enjoys this treat …

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Try This Brew Your Own Root Beer Kit

August 6: National Root Beer Float Day / National Mustard Day: Who doesn’t love a good root beer float? The combination of a good spicy root beer along with some vanilla ice cream is just oh so good …

To us, the trick to a root beer float is the root beer. We like a small independent brand produced in Chicago called Filbert’s, but if you like to create things, try this handy Brew Your Own Root Beer Kit. It includes all the ingredients you need to brew a whole case of root beer, including plastic bottles for bottling. The perfect gift for National Root Beer Float Day!

And not to be outdone, today is also National Mustard Day. One of America’s most popular condiments, mustard is used on sandwiches, in recipes, and of course on hot dogs and hamburgers …

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Make Your Own Mustard

There are thousands of different varieties of mustard on the market, but have you ever considered making your own? It’s not difficult at all and it’s an enjoyable family project – check out this Deluxe Mustard Making Kit. You can whip up gourmet mustard in about an hour! It includes mustard seed, mustard powder, distilled white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and various other spices and ingredients. You supply a vendor and your favorite wine or beer according to the enclosed recipes …

The kit helps you make six jars of classic and flavored mustard. Six mason style jars are also included, along with customizable labels if you want to give your mustard creations as gifts …

Lots of fun and you’ll get a wonderful sense of accomplishment on National Mustard Day!

National Lighthouse Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 7: National Lighthouse Day: Recently on a long weekend excursion to Michigan’s eastern shore, we had the opportunity to visit the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, one of the oldest on the Great Lakes. It’s an impressive site and the lighthouse has long served a useful purpose for guiding lake freighters in to the St. Clair River from Lake Huron …

Today on National Lighthouse Day, we’re pleased to introduce you to a beautiful coffee table style book called Lighthouses of North America: Beacons From Coast To Coast. This book spotlights over 70 important and historically significant lighthouses and takes you on a virtual tour of each, while telling their story and influence through the decades …

Beautifully photographed, this book makes a great gift for anyone who likes to travel, or anyone who appreciates the Americana of lighthouses. Enjoy!

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National Frozen Custard Day!

August 8: National Frozen Custard Day: Let’s start our discussion of National Frozen Custard Day with an explanation of the difference between ice cream and frozen custard …

The two have more in common than differences. Both are made with milk, sugar, and cream. The biggest difference between the two is custard contains egg yolk and custard tend to be creamier than ice cream due to more air mixed in during the automated process.

Several states are famous for their custard stands – Wisconsin is one that comes to mind, as well as Minnesota. But you’ll find custard all over America, and today is as good a day as any to enjoy a cup! Custard comes in almost as many flavors as ice cream although vanilla is far and away the most popular …

And if you love frozen custard, here’s the tank top for you!

National Rice Pudding Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 9: National Rice Pudding Day: You’ve heard of rice pudding, but is it really a combination of rice and pudding?

Well, yes and no. It’s not a traditional pudding like a chocolate or vailla pudding, but the consistency is similar. Rice pudding is a mixture of rice, water or milk, and spices like cinnamon and sugar.

Rice pudding recipes differ greatly in different parts of the world, and even in the United States. it is typically partially cooked on the stove top and then finished in the oven. Served mostly as a dessert, it’s also excellent chilled …

Rice pudding is a dish with a long, fascinating history. To learn more about it (and get dozens of easy to prepare yet very creative recipes), check out this book titled Rice Pudding Greats.

It makes for great reading on National Rice Pudding Day!

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Make Smores Without The Campfire!

August 10: National Smores Day: If there’s ever a National Day to make you hungry, this is surely it …

Smores are a traditional “around the campfire” treat made with graham cracker squares, slices of chocolate, and roasted marshmallows. They’re popular at bonfires and campgrounds because the marshmallows in particular taste so good roasted by an open flame …

Basically, a smore is a dessert sandwich. The roasted marshmallow and the slice or chocolate are placed between the two graham cracker squares, and voila, you’ve got a campfire classic!

We found this Smore Maker, a handy gadget to make six smores at a time without needing a campfire or open flame. You can use it in your traditional or toaster oven and enjoy the taste of outdoors anytime!

If you know someone who loves smores, you just found their gift for August 10th!

National Presidential Joke Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 11: National Presidential Joke Day: Ok, we’ve got one …

Our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, was known as a man of few words. VERY few words. He generally disliked public gatherings and any occasion calling for him to make speeches.

Once at a dinner party at The White House, he was seated next to a talkative Washington society woman, who sat down and exclaimed to Coolidge, “Oh Mr. President … I’m so delighted to be seated next to you! I know we’ll have a wonderful conversation. In fact, I placed a wager with the women at my bridge club that I’d be able to get more than two words out of you!”

The President paused, turned to her and simply said, “You Lose.”

There are probably thousands of great stories like that, some documented and many not. Here’s a great book filled with humorous stories about America’s Chief Executives through the years – a fun edition to have on hand for today’s National Day, and for great stories to tell at parties …

National Vinyl Record Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 12: National Vinyl Record Day: If you’re of a certain age, you remember owning and maybe even collecting vinyl records. The joy of albums wasn’t just the music – it was the album cover artwork, sometimes just on the front and back but often in a center fold-open section …

The joy of vinyl was replaced first by cassette tapes, then by DD’s, and finally by downloads.

But vinyl records are making a comeback. More artists are releasing their works on vinyl, and there are numerous portable record players out there for those of us who still have a few albums left in our original collection …

If you have a collection of albums and are wondering what they’re worth, check out this vinyl album guide. It lists over 12,000 albums, from ABBA to ZZ Top, and in all musical genres. Market prices are listed for each so you can better decide whether to keep your albums, sell them on Ebay, or part with them in a local garage sale!

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Enjoy National Filet Mignon Day

August 13: National Filet Mignon Day: “Filet Mignon” is a French term meaning “tender filet” and that’s the perfect way to describe this premium cut of steak …

A rather expensive option at steak houses and restaurants, filet mignons are easy to prepare at home. We like grilling or stove top cooking them under low heat about 10 minutes per side, until they’re just a touch less than medium. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper or your favorite steak seasoning and you’ve got yourself a meal to celebrate!

Check out this short video on how to cook the perfect filet mignon …
Treat yourself to a good steak and enjoy the day!

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Orange Creamsicle Scented Candle

August 14: National Creamsicle Day: You’ve probably enjoyed a creamsicle ice cream bar … they’re usually a combination of frozen cream and a flavor variety like orange, vanilla, strawberry, or any number of others …

It’s always a great day to have a creamsicle bar – but especially today on National Creamsicle Day!

And if you like to enjoy that great creamsicle flavor (or scent) in other ways, here’s an orange creamsicle candle and a bag of orange creamsicle gourmet lollipops.

However you enjoy it, have a great National Creamsicle Day!

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 15: National Lemon Meringue Pie Day: They’ve been around for centuries and they’re one of the most popular pies in the world … we’re talking of course about lemon meringue pies, which we celebrate today. The pie is made with a bottom crust, lemon custard filling, and a fluffy meringue topping. It’s usually served cold as a dessert …

One of the key ingredients in this pie is lemon zest and lemon juice. The versatile lemon is used not only in this pie recipe, but hundreds of other dishes from desserts to breakfast and back again …

You’ll really like this handy cookbook titled “The Lemon Cookbook”, which offers dozens of recipes using the humble and very-good-for-you lemon …

National Rum Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 16: National Rum Day: Rum has long been one of our favorite rinks since discovering it on our honeymoon in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island of St. Croix is home to the Cruzan Rum Distillery, where we enjoyed a tour and sampling. We’ve been loyal to Cruzan ever since – it’s far and away our favorite rum …

Rum is a very versatile spirit – it can be enjoyed with fruit juice, cola, on the rocks, and even over ice cream! You can enjoy it in dfferent styles too – light rum and dark rum each offer a different flavor, and of course there are numerous spiced rums on the market …

We really enjoy learning a little about different beverages, and if you do too, here’s a fun breezy text called “A Short Course In Rum” which talks about the different rums on the market, how they’re made, and a few great recipes too …

Cheers to you and yours on National Rum Day!

National Thrift Shop Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 17: National Thrift Shop Day: Call them thrift shops, consignment stores, resale stores, or whatever other name, they’re one of the hottest small business trends in America today ….

And no wonder – the whole concept is a major win-win-win equation. Consider this … a consignor gets to clean out their closet or refresh their wardrobe and gets a percentage of the sales price. The business owner provides a means for shopper and sellers to come together. The buyer gets to purchase gently used clothing and other household wares at a steep discount. It’s all good!

We’ve gotten some great deals on almost new (and sometimes never worn) clothing at thrift/consignment stores. So much so in fact, stopping in at the local consignment shops is now part of our agenda whenever we travel. We had great success recently in an afternoon spent in Kalamazoo, MI where they’ve got 6-7 active consignment shops …

There’s a bit of an art and science to getting the best deals, and if you’re inclined to hit the thrift/consignment shops, this handy thrift shop how-to guide will help. It delves into how to find the best deals, when to shop, and things to look for …

Now go out there and get your shopping shoes on!

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Tabletop Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

August 18: National Ice Cream Pie Day: Today and tomorrow celebrate ice cream … today in pie form and tomorrow in soft serve form. Ice Cream Pies are easy to make …. just use ice cream as your pie filling atop a pre-made crust and serve cold as a scrumptious dessert!

We like Peach Ice Cream Pie – in addition to peach ice cream, we augment the pie with some fresh peach slices and a big of peach flavored syrup. How about you??

August 19: National Soft Ice Cream Day: Everybody loves soft serve ice cream, so it’s fitting there’s a National Day for this All-American treat …

And did you know you can easily make soft serve ice cream at home? We love this Table Top Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker because it’s so easy to use … just throw in your ingredients and turn the dial!

Better still, it featured three condiment compartments which automatically mix in ingredients (like nuts, M&M’s etc.) to make your soft serve a treat like no other …

Perfect for National Soft Ice Cream Day … or any other day for that matter!

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National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day 8/20

August 20: National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day: Today we celebrate pie … Chocolate Pecan Pie in particular. Did you know pecans are one of America’s most prolfic nut crops? You’ll find pecan groves from North Carolina all the way to New Mexico, and each of the states in between. There are countless independent pecan growers in the “Pecan Belt” that ship fresh pecans and pecan related products direct to your door – just check our individual state pages to your right for details …

As for pies, check out this cool monthly gift that’s appropriate today and just about every day: It’s the Pie Of The Month Club and it’s perfect as a gift or just for yourself …

Each month you receive a gourmet pie from one of America’s best small independent bakeries. It feeds 6-8 and might feature fresh seasonal fruit or even Chocolate Pecan!

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Spumoni Colored Dog Leash

August 21: National Spumoni Day: Spumoni, a sweet dessert treat, is a molded together ice cream consisting of different flavors and typically layered with candied fruit and nuts. It’s Italian in origin and the three primary flavors in a serving of spumoni are usually chocolate, cherry, and pistachio. Spumoni is popular worldwide and can typically be found in ice cream stores, in your grocery’s frozen section, or on the dessert menus of Italian-American restaurants …

We thought this spumoni colored dog leash was just about the cutest thing we’ve seen in a while … it’s colorful and cheerful and it’ll make you want to take your best friend for a walk (you know, so you can burn off the calories from the spumoni!) …

Whether it’s with a walk or with a cool dish of spumoni, enjoy your day!

National Pecan Torte Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 22: National Pecan Torte Day: Continuing with the pecan theme of this week, today is National Pecan Torte Day …

If you’re not sure what a torte is, it’s a multi layered rich cake typically filled with fruit, nuts, mousse, and whipped cream. it’s similar to a cake but usually a bit smaller …

In the U.S., pecan tortes are fairly common in the southern states where fresh pecans are plentiful …

You can find pecan tortes at your local bakery, and if you’re s a coffee drinker, here’s something good to go with it: Pecan Torte Flavored Coffee

National Sponge Cake Day StateGiftsUSA.comAugust 23: National Sponge Cake Day: What exactly is sponge cake??

Well, simply put, it’s a type of cake made with wheat flour, eggs, and sugar which when cut, looks a bit like a sponge due to air pockets being trapped in the batter mix. If that sounds confusing, just know it’s delicious!

Sponge cakes have been around for centuries and are common at high end bakeries, probably because it takes a deft touch to make them …

If you want to enjoy a sponge cake at home, here’s a short, easy read text called Sponge Cake: The Queen Of All Cakes – the perfect choice for National Sponge Cake Day …

August 24: National Peach Pie Day / National Waffle Day: Peaches are one of America’s favorite fruits, grown in most every state of the U.S. … and it therefore stands to reason peach pies are among American’s favorite pies. They’re easy to make, and don’t forget the vanilla ice cream for on top!

Order yourself or someone on your gift list a gift box of orchard fresh peaches for today or any day of the year …

National Waffle Day StateGiftsUSA.comIt’s also National Waffle Day … a popular breakfast food, waffles are also famously served as half of the Chicken & Waffles dish commonly found at southern style restaurants.

To help you celebrate the day, here’s a fun text titled “Waffles: Sweet, Savory, Simple”. The book includes over 30 recipes for waffles as well as some background and historical information about this popular morning dish …

Enjoy National Waffle Day!

National Banana Split Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Banana Split Flavored Candy Chews

August 25: National Banana Split Day: Do you know the history of banana splits?

Well, it’s a distinctly American creation, and it is generally accepted they were invented by an entrprising young soda fountain worker in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in the early 1900’s. If Latrobe sounds familiar, it’s the current home of the Pittsburgh Brewing Company and formerly was the home of Rolling Rock Lager …

Anyway, the banana split is a sumptuous dessert made with a banana split in half, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, fruit toppings, chocolate syrup, chopped nuts, and maraschino cherries …

They’re absolutely fantastic, an All American treat which is enjoyed all year around …

For National Banana Split Day, we found these banana split flavored candy chews, which are just perfect if you need a portable banana split flavor fix!

National Dog Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Bella Loves Picnics With Her Foster Pals!

August 26: National Dog Day: We think every day should be National Dog Day, but it only comes around once a year on August 26th …

Dogs add so much to our lives – they’re not only trusted companions, but dogs are guardians of our home, four legged personal trainers, and someone who’s always glad to see us. In short, dogs are beloved, treasured members of our family …

With that in mind, here’s our List of Top 10 Ways To Celebrate National Dog Day:

10. Take Your Dog For A Nice Long Walk: A tired dog is a happy dog, and it’s good exercise for you too! Try to get your dog (depending on size) out for at least a mile walk every day …

Dogs love routine, they love knowing what to expect, and walking them on a consistent basis will make a huge difference in your dog’s temperament and behavior. Did you know that most dog’s behavioral problems are resolved with consistent, brisk walks?

If you dog’s leash has seen better days, this bright light collar and leash set will make evening walks safer and more stylish! A great gift for your dog lover friends too …

9. Pamper Your Dog With A Good Grooming: Every dog needs a good brushing on a regular basis. It helps rid them of loose fur and keeps them cooler in summer and more comfortable in winter. Take a few minutes every few days to do this for your dog … they’ll love the attention!

We found some helpful short articles about dog grooming, including tips for how to groom, what type of dog shampoo to use, and what your dog’s coat can tell you about their overall health …

8. Give Your Dog A Bright, White Smile: Did you know that dental problems are one of the biggest causes of serious illness in dogs? Just like us, dogs need routine dental care to help them maintain good health and an active lifestyle throughout their years …

The best news is, dog dental care doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive …

We brushed our dog Daisy’s teeth for years and not only was she proud of her pearly white smile, she never had doggy breath! Here’s the complete dental Kit which has everything your dog needs for great oral hygiene. It only takes 2-3 minutes a couple times weekly to give your dog the dental care they deserve – and you can prevent expensive vet cleanings!

7. Let Your Dog Sleep On Something Plush: No we don’t mean your sofa or bed! Dogs like to have a place in your home to call their own … their bed. It’s a security haven for them and it helps when you need to tell them it’s time to calm down or take a nap …

A good plush bed helps a dog’s joints, not to mention their general demeanor from getting a good night’s rest (just like us!). If your dog’s bed is past it’s expiration date, here’s a selection of stylish dog beds suitable for any size dog or any breed …

6. Train Your Dog … The Simple, Right Way: We’re firm believers dogs need affection, exercise, and a sense of belonging to a family. Part of the latter is understanding their position in the “pack”. Dogs want to know where they stand, and they crave routine. They also respond to calm, assertive leadership …

Any dog can be trained, and any dog’s behavior can be changed to suit your lifestyle, no matter their age or background. Here’s how to become an expert at training your dog, and how to become an effective pack leader … your dog will thank you!

5. Let Your Dog Snack On Healthy, Natural Treats:: Some of the dog treats you’ll find at big box chain stores are less than ideal for your dog’s well being. You may have heard or read about the problems with dog treats made in China … many dogs lost their lives after consuming these sub standard dog snacks …

Do your dog a favor … buy only U.S. Made healthy dog treats your best friend will love … if you buy in the store, be sure to check the label!

4. Give A Dog A Second Chance At Life: If you’re looking to bring a dog into your life, make your first choice your local animal shelter or animal adoption agency. There are millions of healthy dogs given up for adoption every year, for numerous reasons good and bad. Give these worthy dogs a second chance at love – they’ll appreciate you taking a chance on them and reward you with love and devotion beyond your expectations. Your local animal shelter has dogs (and cats) available in many breeds and sizes … there’s one just waiting to become your best friend!

3. Spoil Your Dog (Just A Little): All dogs deserve to be spoiled now and again – they bring so much joy into our lives, it’s actually hard to resist!

Imagine how happy your dog will be when you spoil them with new treats, toys, and bones. Have that camera ready!

2. Help Dogs In Need: Even if you’re not in the market to adopt a new best friend, you can still help animals in need. Your local Humane Society is always looking for donations of items like old blankets, rags, cleaning solution, dry and canned dog food, computer supplies, and a lot more …

Check their website – there’s likely to be a list of wanted items which you can drop off to help their cause. It’s tax deductible too!

1. Let Your Dog Show Off Their Style: Your dog knows when they’re looking good, and when they’re looking good, it’ll be a source of pride for you too! Whether it’s a fun costume for Halloween or some useful gear for your next outdoor adventure, check out this selection of dog apparel … they’ll be the pride of the neighborhood!

To you and your best four legged pal … Happy National Dog Day!

National Pots de Creme Day

Pots de Creme Oven Safe Custard Servers

August 27: National Pots de Creme Day: Here’s an interesting National Day … pronounced “Poe-de-krem”, Pots de Creme is a French term translating to “pot of cream”, or more precisely, “pot of custard” …

A delicious dessert with a consistency looser than traditional custard, Pots de Creme is made with egg yolks, milk, cream, and a flavor (usually vanilla or chocolate). The mixture is baked in small bowls, or pots, and served warm … although it’s just as good chilled!

Pictured are Pots de Creme Custard Cups, which are oven safe and perfect for serving this sophisticated yet simple to prepare dessert …

National Cherry Turnover Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Nat’l Cherry Turnover Day

August 28: National Cherry Turnover Day: Do you know how turnovers are made?

First, a baking dough is rolled out flat and then a filling of some sort (like cherry pie filling) is spread across it. The dough is then folded over, sealed, and baked, often finished after baking with something sweet on top, like cinnamon, sugar, or both …

There are all kinds of turnovers – meat and fruit are the most popular. Today, we recognize cherry turnovers … did you know the United Staes is the 2nd largest cherry producing country in the world? The largest cherry producing states are Washington, California, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Oregon … take a look at any of those state’s pages in the menu to your right to find specialty cherry products made in those states …

National Chop Suey Day STateGiftsUSA.comAugust 29: National Chop Suey Day: Americans love Chinese good, especially chop suey. This dish has been popular in the U.S. for well over a century – it’s the most popular ethnic cuisine in America …

The words “chop suey” translate to “assorted pieces” and that’s what chop suey is – it’s a combination of some type of meat, cabbage, bean sprouts, and celery mixed with eggs and thickened with a little starch …

Enjoy some today, and if you want to learn more about the history of Chinese food in America, we recommend this book which details all the interesting history up to the present day

National Trail Mix Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Trail Mix Day

August 30: National Trail Mix Day: A healthy snacker’s snack, trail mix takes many didfferent forms …

It’s usually a combination of nuts, grains, dried fruit, and pieces of candy, all intended to provide quick energy while “out on the trail” (hence the name) …

There are literally hundreds of trail mixes available in stores and online – no mater yor preferences, you can find unique versions of this handy go-to snack.

We’re big fans of this sweet & salty trail mix packed in handy 2 ounce bags for convenient snacking on the go …

Enjoy National Trail Mix Day!

August 31: No official day declared yet … Stay Tuned!

September 1: No official day declared yet … Stay Tuned!

National Blueberry Popsicle Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Enjoy This Popsicle Making Kit

September 2: National Blueberry Popsicle Day: We love popsicles, blueberry or otherwise, and even though today is National Blueberry Popsicle Day, we like to think of it as a day to celebrate popsicles in general …

Did you know making popsicles is easy? All you need is the right popsicle making kit and you’re good to go!

Popsicles can be made with just about anything that can be frozen … juice, ice cream, yogurt, fruit blends, the list goes on and on …

Enjoy one today – Happy Blueberry Popsicle Day!

National Tailgating Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Tailgating Day September 3rd

September 3: National Tailgating Day: It’s September 3rd, so it’s football season … and if it’s football season, it’s tailgating season!

Tailgating has grown from a simple “have a few beers out of the trunk of the car” to an elaborate extravaganza … in fact, tailgating is as much a sport as the sporting event itself!

Go to any big parking lot before a major sporting event and you’ll see what we mean … tents, grills, coolers, and home team fan frenzy are all on full display …

One of the best things about tailgating is the food and drink are usually cheaper vs. inside the stadium. We’ve been tailgating for years – it’s a good way to catch up with friends and make a few new ones …

For the consistent tailgater, we found this cool six month Tailgate Pro Gift Club which delivers all the essentials (and fun surprises) all through the tailgate season …

Each month for six months, you’ll receive shipments of top quality meat, craft beer, gourmet marinades, roasted artisan nuts and snack mixes, cheese, and a gift card for tailgating supplies – it’s the ultimate tailgating gift! Click the link for more details …

Now get out there and enjoy that tailgate!

National Macadamia Nut Day StateGiftsUSA.com

The Tasty, Exquisite Macadamia Nut …

September 4: National Macadamia Nut Day: This exquisite nut is a favorite of snackers worldwide and is used not only in nut mixes but also in baking and in ice cream …

These nuts are most closely associated with Hawaii in the United States, although a small amount of macadamia nuts are harvested in California …

One of the more expensive nuts to buy, macadamias are quite the treat, no matter how you enjoy them!

Watch this space for additional thoughts on macadamia nuts in the coming days …

National Cheese Pizza Day StateGiftsUSA.com

What’s Your Favorite Regional Style?

September 5: National Cheese Pizza Day: There’s nothing like a good cheese pizza, and no matter what regional style you prefer, there’s always a delectable cheese pizza on the menu …

Pizza, particularly cheese pizza, is synonymous with many cities across the United States Whether you like Chicago Style, New York Style, or pizzas from St. Louis, Detorit, or New Haven, a cheese piazza is always ready to tempt your taste buds!

If you’ve got a pizza lover on your gift list, surprise them today, or any day, with this fun Pizza of the Month Club, which features three gourmet Chicago style pizzas delivered to the doorstep every month. It’s a pizza lover’s dream come true!

Enjoy National Cheese Pizza Day …

National Coffee Ice Cream Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 6: National Coffee Ice Cream Day: Coffee lovers are rejoicing today as we celebrate coffee ice cream, a combination of two “must have” edibles and drinkables …

Actually the good folks in Rhode Island have the simplest solution for a dish of coffee ice cream … they start with vanilla ice cream and add a dose of their iconic coffee syrup to it, and voila!

Coffee Syrup is most commonly used in The Ocean State to make coffee milk, the state’s official drink. But the syrup is frequently used to make coffee ice cream, a summer treat quite popular on the East Coast …

No matter where you live, make some for yourself and enjoy!

Beer of the Month Club StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 7: National Beer Lovers Day / National Salami Day: We’ve always felt beer and salami go well together, so it’s fitting they share the same National Day, September the 7th …

And we’ve got great gift ideas for the beer and salami lovers in your life (or just you!) …

First, for National Beer Lovers Day, we’re pleased to introduce the Beer Lovers Club Of The Month, which showcases two up and coming American breweries every month with six beers each (12 total). The beer lover in your life will get to enjoy different varieties made by each brewer in a sampling taking them on a virtual beer journey across America …

National Salami Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Charcuterie of the Month; A Great Gift!

For the salami lover on National Salami Day, how about a an impressive gift of the world’s finest artisan charcuterie … this monthly gift delivers the best of meat like salami, proscuitto, sopressata, and more …

Salami is a mainstay for antipasto trays and is a wonderful appetizer. Salami is great for tailgate parties too! It’s being made by more and more U.S. based artisan producers, and you or your gift recipient will get the best of the best in this creative monthly gift option …

No matter what you’re eating or drinking, enjoy the day …

September 8: No official day declared yet: Stay Tuned!

National Teddy Bear Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Teddy Bear Coloring Book

September 9: National Teddy Bear Day: Do you know the history of the teddy bear?

Actually it all started with our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. The President was an avid outdoorsman and was one of the first Chief Executives to travel extensively throughout the country …

One trip took him out west, where he was the guest of a hunting lodge owner. The lodge owner thought it would be a great idea if he arranged a hunting excursion for Roosevelt, along with a “guarantee” of the President being successful on the hunt …

The hunting lodge owner arranged for a black bear cub to be released in a fenced in area so Roosevelt could surely track it. When the President caught wind of the “plan”, he not only vetoed it, but had his picture taken with the cub and requested it be released into the wild, which it was …

All this, of course, made for a great story, and newspapers across the country ran the photograph of Roosevelt with the black bear cub …

An enterprising East Coast toy manufacturer immediately created a stuffed animal bear, which he named “Teddy Bear”. Many Americans referred to to Roosevelt as “Teddy”, and the name stuck …

To celebrate National Teddy Bear Day, here’s a fun coloring book called “Teddy Bear Love”

So there you have it! Teddy Bears have been going strong ever since, and today is their National Day …

National TV Dinner Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National TV Dinner Day

September 10: National TV Dinner Day: TV Dinners, which are still going strong, were exceptionally popular in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. They’re a convenience type dinner, packaged in a compartmentalized aluminum tray ready to be baked in the oven for about 40 minutes …

A typical TV Dinner contains some sort of entree along with vegetables and dessert, meant to be enjoyed in front of your television set … hence the name!

If you like to combine dinner and television, we found just the book for you … it’s called “Dinner and a Movie: 12 Themed Movie Nights With Recipes to Share & Enjoy”. This book pairs 12 classic movies with themed recipes for snacks, popcorn, treats, and drinks to make your national TV Dinner Day (and night) something special!

National Day of Service & Remembrance StateGiftsUSA.com

Wear Red, White & Blue Today

September 11: National Day of Service and Remembrance: The title of today’s National Day speaks for itself … it’s a good day to do something beneficial for your community and to help those less fortunate than yourself.

It’s also a day of pride and patriotism … a good day to fly the flag and show your red, white, and blue spirit (and your personal style) with these fun, pretty patriotic themed jewelry pieces

Regardless, take a moment today to reflect on all those who sacrificed in the name of freedom which we’re all so fortunate to enjoy every day of the year …

National Chocolate Milkshake Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Enjoy A Healthy Chocolate Milkshake!

September 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day:: There’s nothing quite like a good chocolate milkshake, and whether you make them at home or enjoy them out, a chocolate milkshake is one of life’s simple pleasures …

If you’re trending toward health conscious, we found these shelf stable organic chocolate milkshake drinks. Perfect for lunch boxes or as an on-the-go healthy drink, these chocolate drinks contain 1/2 serving of vegetables and have no GMO’s or or antibiotics …

You won’t believe the good stuff in these drinks onece you taste them … they contain beets, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes!

Who knew a chocolate milkshake could be this good for you??

National Peanut Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Go Nuts On National Peanut Day

September 13: National Peanut Day: Peanuts are one of Americans favorite snacks, whether they’re salted in the shell, roasted, honey roasted, spicy, or any number of other varieties. They’re loaded with protein and all in all are a very healthy snacking treat …

Peanuts are actually a vegetable, but everyone refers to them as nuts. They grow world wide, and some of the states in the U.S. particularly known for their peanut crops are Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and a few others …

If you’ve got a friend or loved one who’s a nut lover, turn them on to this fun “Totally Nuts” Gourmet Nuts Of The Month Club which includes all sorts of peanut varieties (and other gourmet nuts) as part of their monthly shipments. It’s perfect for National Peanut Day … and any other day of the year for that matter!

National Cream Filled Donut Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 14: National Cream Filled Donut Day: Today is a good day for a donut … then again, when ISN”T it a good day for a donut?

September 14th is National Cream Filled Donut Day, arguably the most fun variety of donut because there’s extra goodness inside!

Did you know donuts can be made at home, and you don’t need a deep fryer? There’s a lot of books out there which will help you along this pursuit, but if you like to travel, here’s a book you’ll love – it’s called “Donut Nation” and it’s a guide to all the best artisan donut shops across the country. A handy travel reference and fun to read, this book is the answer to your on the road question of “what’s for breakfast?” …

Enjoy National Cream Filled Donut Day …

National Linguini Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Linguini Day

September 15: National Linguini Day / National Creme de Menthe Day:: Today offers a two-fer, National Linguini Day and National Creme de Menthe Day. They might not go well together, but separately, they’re both fantastic!

First, linguini. As you know, linguini is a type of pasta about the same length as a spaghetti noodle, but with one main difference – it’s flat instead of round. Linguini is most often used with dishes calling for special sauces, because the sauce clings better to a flat past vw. a rounded noodle … think linguini with clam sauce, linguini with capers and lemon sauce, etc.

National Creme de Menthe Day StateGiftsUSA.comIf you’ve got a pasta lover on your gift list, today is a good day to introduce them to the Pasta & Sauce Of The Month Club. Every month, a new shipment of pasta and sauce arrives at their doorstep, taking them on a culinary journey through the world of artisan pasta. Perfect for any foodie, or anyone who enjoys the simple pleasure of a great pasta dinner!

As for Creme de Menthe, most know it as a type of liquor used in specialty cocktails. It has a minty flavor and is delicious over ice cream!

Creme de Menthe is also often used in baking. Cupcakes, ice cream cakes, and donuts often use Creme de Menthe, either in spirit form or syrup form. The alcohol, of course, dissipates in the baking process, but you can use Creme de Menthe syrup (pictured) which is exclusively used for culinary purposes …

Enjoy both of these specialties today …

September 16: National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day / National Trail of Tears Commemoration Day:

Long one of our favorite breakfast choices, cinnamon raisin bread is honored today … it’s most commonly served toasted and eaten plain or with a little butter or butter spread …

National Trail of Tears Commemoration Day StateGiftsUSA.comYou can find cinnamon raisin bread at your local grocery store and if you’re fortunate to have a local bakery nearby, you’ll almost always find som variation of it available, whether it’s a loaf of traditional bread, or a bagel, muffin, or cake. If you’re a make-your-own-bread fan, here’s a good cinnamon raisin bread mix. Enjoy some today!

The other aspect of this day, September 16th, is National Trail of Tears Commemoration Day. The Trail of Tears is a sad and moving story about the plight of Native Americans who were forced to give up their settlements in the eastern part of the United States. Many tribes relocated to then western states like Oklahoma during the cold winter, enduring many hardships, illnesses, and death.

It’s a part of American history that is just now being recognized, and here’s an excellent book about The Trail of Tears. It’s a story every American should know and if you’re not familiar with it, today is as good a day as any to learn ….

National Apple Dumpling Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 17: National Apple Dumpling Day: The unbeatable combination of juicy, sweet apples and rib sticking, satisfying dumplings come together today on National Apple Dumpling Day …

Apple dumplings are often served as appetizers or desserts, with a bit of powdered sugar over the top for an added touch of goodness …

And don’t forget your best four legged friend today … give them a few of these apple dumpling dog treats that’ll set their tails waggin’!

National Cheeseburger Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Cool Cheeseburger Earrings!

September 18: National Cheeseburger Day: Today is National Cheeseburger Day, and there’s nothing quite as American as a tasty gilled cheeseburger …

Cheeseburgers have gone gourmet in recent years, with the advent of new combinations, cheeses, and toppings. But the good old fashioned cheeseburger is still a staple of Americana and deserves its very own National Day …

For something cute and funky to wear today, here’s a pair of hand made, hand painted cheeseburger earrings … get a matching french fry necklace and you’re all set!

They’re hand crafted in California and are a guaranteed conversation starter …

Enjoy National Cheeseburger Day … go ahead and indulge!

National Butterscotch Pudding Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 19: National Butterscotch Pudding Day: You’ve heard the term, but do you know what butterscotch is?

Well, it’s a combination of brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. As for the “scotch” part of the name, it is thought it’s referring to the term “scorched”, referring to how the sugar is processed. Butterscoth is somewhat like toffee, although softer and more versatile …

Butterscotch is used in baking, as a flavoring, in candies, and of course in pudding, which today recognizes.

For something unique (and quite delicious!) try this butterscotch syrup, excellent in smoothies, lattes, tea, coffee, and desserts … and proudly made in Southern California.

A great way to celebrate National Butterscotch Pudding Day …

National Punch Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 20: National Punch Day: You’ve likely been at parties where the punch bowl is at the center of activity … punch is generally regarded as a social drink made in large quantity, intended to serve dozens of people if not more …

Punch can be either alcoholic or non alcoholic and typically contains a mixture of juices, carbonated beverages, and slices or wedges of fruit. Punch also often contains ice cream …

There are as many recipes for punch as there are parties to serve it. To make your National Punch Day special, here’s our favorite new punch and pitcher drink recipe book containing dozens of fun and easy to make big batch cocktails …

National Pecan Cookie Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Southern Dessert Sampler Box

September 21: National Pecan Cookie Day: Pecans are one of America’s most popular nuts, and no wonder … they’re grown all across the southern part of the country, stretching from North Carolina all the way out to California …

States like Alabama, Missisippi, and Texas (among others) are prolific pecan growing and processing states These very healthy and good-for-you nuts are used in desserts of all types, not the least of which is pecan cookies, which are honored today …

For a taste of some of the South’s finest desserts, check out this Southern Pecan Sampler Gift Box, which contains two individual sized pecan pies, pecan white chocolate cookies, and pecan pralines …

Today’s the day for everything pecan!

National Ice Cream Cone Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Make Ice Cream Cones In 2 Minutes!

September 22: National Ice Cream Cone Day / National White Chocolate Day: Today is another two-fer National Day as we recognize Ice Cream Cones and White Chocolate (maybe at the same time!) …

Ice Cream Cones were said to be introduced to America at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. It seems a waffle booth and an ice cream booth were situated next to each other and one day, the ice cream booth ran out of cups. The generous waffle maker suggested rolling up a waffle to hold the ice cream instead, and an edible icon was born!

Today,m ice cream cones are served in a variety of flavors and an equally wide variety of cones. For the do it yourselfers out there, here’s a fun ice cream cone maker which lets you make ice cream cones in about two minutes. Perfect for today or any other day the craving strikes!

National White Chocolate Day StateGiftsUSA.comWhile we’re on the subject of cravings, today is also National White Chocolate Day. Did you know the primary difference between white chocolate and milk, dark, and regular chocolate? In the manufacturing process, the dark solids of the cocoa bean are removed and not added back in to the mixture, as occurs with traditional chocolate. Also, a bit of vanilla is often added as a flavoring agent to white chocolate, which also contains no caffeine. So there you have it!

For something a little different to enjoy on National White Chocolate Day, we’re happy to introduce you to one of our favorite peanut butters … it’s called White Chocolate Wonderful and that’s a good way to describe it!

It’s natural peanut butter with chunks of white chocolate mixed in … you’ll thank us later!

National Pot Pie Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 23: National Pot Pie Day: Pot Pies, which are celebrated today, got their name because they’re baked in round pot shaped pans or containers. They’re actually a meat pie (usually made with chicken) which contains carrots, green beans, potatoes, other vegetables according to preference, and a gravy like sauce.

Before baking, the pot pie is sealed with a pastry crust on top, which is browned in the baking process. Turkey, beef, and lamb are other popular types of pot pies … they’re truly an American comfort food!

Pot Pies are generally easy to make, and if you want to get creative with them, here’s our favorite book about them (and other types of dinner pies) called, appropriately enough, “Dinner Pies”. The book contains over 100 easy to make, creative, foolproof recipes for all kinds of pot pies, quiches, turnover pies, and more …

National Cherries Jubilee Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 24: National Cherries Jubilee Day:  Cherries Jubilee is a dessert dish that’s made with cherries and a liquor (like Drambuie) which is lit aflame until the alcohol in the liquor dissipates.  The dish still retains the flavor of the spirit used, and is often served with vanilla ice cream …

An exquisite dish, Cherries Jubilee is typically served at fine dining restaurants, although versions are served at many restaurants that specialize in creative desserts …

For a simple, easy way to enjoy National Cherries Jubilee Day, try this Cherries Jubilee Dessert Tea … it’s organic and caffeine free!

National Comic Book Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 25: National Comic Book Day: Today we celebrate the comic book, a staple of clean, harmless fun and enjoyment for generations of young Americans …

Comic books are actually big business, and all sorts of super heroes, pop culture icons, musical groups, and other popular figrues are immortalized in comic books …

Comic books entered the scene almost 100 years ago and some of the earliest editions are worth a small fortune. If you’ve got a stack of comic books from your childhood, don’t throw them out with researching their worth! There’s no better day to se if you’re in for a payday than today …

Here’s a handy and useful Comic Book Price Guide which is used worldwide by collectors and dealers and covers just about every comic book ever made …

National Pancakes Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Pancake of the Month Club

September 26: National Pancake Day: Today is National Pancake Day and it’s a good day to stretch your imagination relating to this iconic breakfast staple …

And what we mean by that is, did you know pancakes are also a popular dinner choice?  It’s true, pancakes are now made with all sorts of creative ingredients, like fruit, dessert toppings, artisan meats, and a whole lot more.  To underscore the point, go to any casual service restaurant chain and you’ll find pancakes on teh menu all hours of the day and night …

If you know someone who’s just wild about pancakes, introduce them to this fun pancake of the month club. Every month they’ll receive one or two (your choice) creative pancake mixes which can also be used in a waffle maker too. Selections include cinnamon raisin pancakes, maple bacon pancakes, and many more …

It’s the perfect gift for National Pancake Day, or any day of the year!

National Chocolate Milk Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 27: National Chocolate Milk Day / National Corned Beef Hash Day:  Today is another two-fer as we celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day and National Corned Beef Hash Day.  We’re not sure why these two items landed on the same day – they certainly don’t go together for a meal – but nevertheless they’re both something special in their own right …

Chocolate milk, of course, is a popular treat with young and old alike.  I’m well past childhood age and a tall cold drink of chocolate milk still really hits the spot!

It’s usually made with regular milk and a chocolate syrup of some sort added in an stirred.  You buy pre-made chocolate milk at most grocery stores, but the advantage of making it yourself is you get to decide how chocolate your chocolate milk is!

Also, chocolate milk doesn’t necessarily mean “not healthy”.  Milk is good for you and so is chocolate in moderation … and if you’re looking for something organic, here’s a pack of low fat organic chocolate milk to help your quell your craving in a healthy way! It’s shelf stable and needs no refrigeration until after opening …

National Corned Beef Hash Day StateGiftsUSA.comOn to corned beef hash … it’s a dish commonly served at breakfast consisting of chopped meat (in this case corned beef), potatoes, spices, and sometimes a bit of chopped onion. It’s also served at dinner and initially became popular during World War II when fresh meat was at a premium (corned beef can be stored for longer periods of time due to the curing process).

A shelf stable product, you can buy corned beef hash in grocery stores. It is typically packaged in cans and offers an inexpensive, filling side dish.

Although today is dedicated to corned beef hash, it’s not the only type of hash you can buy (or make). Roast beef, smoked salmon, chipotle chicken, sweet potatoes, and even tofu all do very well in a hash.

To get your creative culinary juices flowing, here’s what we like to call the Bible of Hash … it’s a book called “Hashcapades” and it’s got more creative recipes for hash (including a few fun takes on corned beef hash) than you ever thought possible …

Whether for breakfast or dinner, or sometime in between, enjoy National Corned Beef Hash Day!

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National Drink Beer Day

September 28: National Drink Beer Day / National Strawberry Cream Pie Day:  There’s an old saying about beer … “Life is too short to drink cheap beer.”  Well, opinions may vary about that statement, because there’s something to be said for inexpensive, fresh, mass produced beer … just as there’s something to be said for creative, full flavored micro brewed beers.

To us, the key factor is freshness.  Beer is a food product, and it’s generally at it’s peak as soon as it is kegged, bottled, or canned.  We are as much fans of traditional regional brewery beers as we are some of the newer beers on the market …

So with today being National Drink Beer Day, we’re pleased to introduce you to a beer club delivering single batch, exclusive beers brewed for the craft beer lover. Beers are delivered to your doorstep every month from award winning brewers across the U.S. you just won’t find in your local liquor store …

An enjoyable gift for yourself or any beer lovers on your gift list, and perfect for National Drink Beer Day!

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Strawberry Cream Whoopie Pies

September 28 is also National Strawberry Cream Pie Day.  We like to make ours with a graham cracker crust, Cool Whip, and fresh strawberries … yum!

Of course there are a lot of different recipes for strawberry cream pies, and today is a great day to experiment with one.    A version we really like are Strawberry Cream Whoopie Pies, pictured. It’s strawberry cream sandwiched by two rich vanilla cookies and they’re fantastic served chilled or frozen …

Whoopie Pies are a specialty in Maine and can be found on desert menus there, and also via mail order if you’re not local …

Whichever version you create, enjoy!

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Enjoy Some Hawaiian Coffee Today

September 29: National Coffee Day: Good morning, it’s National Coffee Day!

Most coffee drinkers don’t need to be reminded about their morning cup, so we won’t do that. We will share though that coffee is ground in each of the 50 states, and the most prolific coffee producing state is Hawaii. The Aloha State in fact is known worldwide for their exquisite coffees which aren’t often available at your local market …

Here’s one of our favorite Hawaiian coffees … it’s called Hawaiian Hazelnut and it’s a light roast easy drinker with the pleasing flavor of hazelnuts direct from our 50th State …

As good as it gets on National Coffee Day!

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Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit

September 30: National Chewing Gum Day / National Hot Mulled Cider Day: Today is another two-fer day, with both Chewing Gum and Hot Mulled Cider having their National Days …

Chewing gum has been around for centuries … American Indians used a basic type of chewing gum obtained from the sap of spruce trees. The first flavored chewing gum was introduced by a Louisville, KY pharmacist in the 1860’s and chewing gum now is available in all sorts of flavors and packaging …

For a fun project, especially for kids, we’re pleased to showcase this Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit. The kit explains and gives background about where chewing gum ingredients come from – educational and a great rainy day activity they can really chew on!

National Hot Mulled Cider Day StateGiftsUSA.comSeptember 30th also brings us National Hot Mulled Cider Day. Hot Mulled Cider is a drink made with cider and spices of some sort, or a flavoring like orange, apple, berry, or a combination of these. The cider is slowly heated over a period of time, allowing the spices to blend in completely.

Sometimes, a hard liquor (like rum) is added to the mix to make a very pleasing warm cocktail …

We’re big fans of warm drinks like this, both alcoholic and non alcoholic, and here’s a fun and useful warm drink recipe book which contains hundreds of easy to prepare recipes for you to try, from hot mulled cider to toddys to all sorts of other drinks …

Cheers!

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Creative Baking Kits For Family Baking Projects

October 1: National Homemade Cookies Day: Everyone who knows how to bake learned from someone, usually a mom or grandmother. Today we celebrate the tradition of baking together on National Homemade Cookies Day …

It isn’t so much if it’s cookies, or pie, or cakes, or brownies. What’s more important is the family togetherness and the experience of baking together as a family …

With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to a fun concept that delivers creative baking kits to your doorstep every month, perfect for a family baking project…

Some of the past kits have been for Popsicle Brownies (pictured), Star Sparkler Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cakes, and many more …

These baking kits include all the ingredients you need except the perishables like milk, eggs, and butter. A fun idea for National Homemade Cookies Day or any day of the year …

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Wild Caught Organic Sea Scallops

October 2: National Fried Scallops Day: Scallops are sweet, delicious shellfish found in coastal water in select regions of the United States, most commonly in the northeast but also in Alaska…

There are two common types of scallops – Bay Scallops and Sea Scallops. The Bay variety is very small and less expensive, while the Sea variety is larger, almost the size of a golf ball, and somewhat more expensive. They have much the same flavor though …

Scallops can be prepared in a number of ways … baked, sauteed, or fried, as marked today in National Fried Scallops Day. We’re happy to introduce you to our favorite source for wild caught, organic scallops (and other great seafood) to help you put on a spread for today’s special day …

In addition to their spectacular flavor, scallops are very healthy … they’re low in fat and high in protein, so enjoy!

National Techie Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 3: National Techies Day: Where would we be without our trusty techie people? Up the creek without a paddle is where …

Techies are the people who help us out of jams, the folks who fix thing that don’t work. They’re the people in our lives who make technology actually help us instead of driving us crazy …

Being a techie can be a thankless job, so stand out and stand up for your techie co-workers today .

A good way to do it is with this Trust Me I’m A Techie T-Shirt … it’s the perfect fun way to tell your techie friend “Thanks for bailing me out of all these tech jams!” …

National Vodka Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 4: National Vodka Day / National Taco Day / National Golf Day:  October 4th is a three-for-one day, so let’s take them one at a time …

First on the docket is National Vodka Day.  Vodka is one of the world’s most popular spirits – it mixes with just about anything from carbonated beverages to juices to a splash of water over ice.  In recent years, vodka has gained the same level of respect and sophistication as other spirits like gin, bourbon, and scotch, particularly with the advent of flavored vodkas and small American distilleries who’ve been creating some outstanding boutique versions …

If you have a vodka fan on your gift list, the Vodka of the Month Club is an excellent gift idea.  Every month, a full size bottle of one of the best new vodkas arrives at their doorstep from up and coming distilleries.  These are vodkas you can’t find in the local liquor store, and they’re sure to be appreciated by any vodka aficionado … click through to learn more.

National Taco Day StateGiftsUSA.comNational Taco Day is also marked today … the humble taco is most commonly associated with Mexican cuisine, although it’s been a part of every day American lunches and dinners for decades and beyond.  Tacos can be prepared with almost any type of filling from vegetarian to chicken to beef to pork and more …

Chefs across the United States are taking tacos to a whole new level … they’re no longer just a quick fast food option.  For some fun and creative ideas on how to make your National Taco Day special, here’s an easy reading recipe book titled “Taco Night” which contains hundreds of easy to prepare suggestions for fabulous tacos beyond the tried and true.  A perfect gift for anyone who enjoys being creative in the kitchen!

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Golf Balls & More of the Month Club

Last but certainly not least, it’s National Golf Day.  Needless to say, it’s a good day to get our on the links … and it’s a good day to surprise the golfer in your life with this practical and fun Golf Balls & More of the Month Club.  In addition to three sleeves ( nine balls) of the very best golf balls, your gift recipient receives an especially chosen golf accessory guaranteed to please …

It’s a fun way to celebrate National Golf Day … any time of year!

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National Apple Betty Day

October 5: National Apple Betty Day:  If you’re wondering what an Apple Betty is, it’s a traditional dessert made with baked apples and layered sweetened crumbs, typically with brown sugar.  The apples and crumbs are layered, baked, and then served with whipped cream.

An Apple Betty is sometimes referred to as a Brown Betty, Cobbler, or Apple Crisp.  Of course, the dessert can and often is made with other types of fruit – berries are the most common.

But today is dedicated to the Apple Betty, and there’s nothing quite like the scent of them baking in the oven.  But if you’re not a baker, here’s a great way to celebrate National Apple Betty Day:  an Apple Betty Scented Jar Candle. It’ll leave any room in your home with the scent of sugar and spice and everything nice!

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Pasta of the Month Club

October 6: National Noodle Day: Noodles are a versatile type of pasta which are popular world wide. They can be used in any number of dishes, like casseroles, with soup, or as a side dish, and are cooked in boiling water for several minutes until somewhat soft …

Noodles can be made from several different types of flours, including buckwheat, egg flour, rice, wheat, and more. They are commonly pan fried and used in culinary dishes of different cultures like Asian, Eastern European, and several others.

If you or someone you know likes to cook with noodles and enjoys experimenting with different types of pasta, they’ll surely appreciate this creative Pasta & Sauce Of The Month Club. Every month, a different type of pasta (or noodle) is shipped along with a sauce to pair with it. It’s an economical gift for any day or time of the year!

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National Frappe Day

October 7: National Frappe Day: So what exactly is a frappe and how do you pronounce it? A frappe (“frah-PAY”) actually refers to several different types of drinks or desserts, depending where you’re from.

In the northeastern states, a frappe refers to a type of frothy milkshake.  in other parts of the country (and world), it refers to a coffee drink finished in a blender or cappuccino machine.  In still other locales, a frappe means a dessert made with ice cream or sorbet …

No matter what a frappe means to you, today is its day – National Frappe Day.  Like most things, frappes are easy to make if you have the right equipment.  Here’s a handy, compact frappe maker which brews and blends at the touch of a button. It’s a useful cross between a coffee maker and a blender and offers a unique “pulse” button to let you control thickness and consistency of your frappe – a terrific gift idea for any day of the year!

National Pierogi Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 8: National Pierogi Day / National Fluffernutter Day: Today we celebrate two National Days … honoring the pierogi and the fluffernutter. Pierogis are stuffed dumplings which are very popular in Polish-American communities, although they are synonymous in culinary stypes of many Eastern European descent.

Pierogis are cooked in boiling water, like a pasta, and are made from unleavened dough which is wrapped around some type of filling. Cheesem meat, and fruit are the most popular type of pierogis. Potato and sauerkraut are two other popular varieties.

Pierogis are easy to make, and if the inspiration strikes today or any other day, here’s our go to guide to pierogis titled “Perfect Pierogi Recipes”. It’s a handy guide to both traditional and non traditional recipes for this popular comfort food – it’s guaranteed to make you an expert in no time!

National Fluffernutter Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Fluffernutter Day, which always reminds me of a story …

Back when I was in high school, my mother would make me a lunch to bring with – my favorite was a fluffernutter sandwich – peanut butter and marshmallow fluff between two pieces of white bread, a variation of the PB & J.

After a few weeks, my mom asked me, “Aren’t you tired of fluffernutters, don’t you want something else? When I replied no, she added, “Well, I’m tired of making them …” and from that point on, she gave me a bit of pocket money to buy myself lunch at the school’s cafeteria …

All these years later, though, I still enjoy a good Fluffernutter Sandwich, and why not?  The combination is unbeatable and it satisfies the sweet and salty cravings at the same time …

Did you know Fluff comes in two flavors besides the original?  It’s true!  Strawberry and Raspberry are the two others … sometimes you’ll see the strawberry flavor in grocery stores but Raspberry Fluff is extremely hard to find.

Here’s to Fluffernutter Sandwiches on National Fluffernutter Day!

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Six-in-One Game Board

October 9: National Chess Day: A classic board game designed for two players, the history of chess can be traced back well over a thousand years. Chess was invented in India and then adapted by European countries to the game we know today …

It is played on a square board with 64 distinct spaces arranged in rows of eight each. The object of the game is to “check mate” the opponent’s King via a series of moves of other pieces in one’s arsenal, namely Kings, Queens, Rooks, Pawns, Knights, and Bishops …

If you’ve got a board game fan on your list, how about this Six-in-One Board Game Set. In addition to chess, you can also play checkers, dominoes, cards, poker dice, and backgammon …

Make sure to bring your “A” game!

National Angel Food Cake Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 10: National Angel Food Cake Day:  Angel Food Cake got its unique name because it has been described as “the food of the angels”, referring to the cake’s light, fluffy texture …

Angel Food Cake is actually a sponge cake, made from a mixture of beaten egg whites, a bit of Cream of Tartar, and cake flour.  No butter is added in which in part gives the cake its signature texture …

Angel Food Cake can be made in a variety of flavors from vanilla to strawberry to lemon and many more.  It’s a very easy cake to make and most folks use a boxed cake mixture vs. trying to do it from scratch.

If you need a little something to spur on your creativity for National Angel Food Cake Day, here’s a cool book titled “Best Baking: 80 Recipes For Angel Food Cakes” (and more). It’s chock full of ideas for not only angel food cakes, but pound cakes, coffee cakes, and all sorts of baked goodies!

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National Sausage Pizza Day

October 11: National Sausage Pizza Day:  So what’s your favorite style of sausage pizza?

Whenever we travel, we really enjoy trying pizza in different regional areas.  You probably know Chicago, New York, Detroit, St. Louis, New Haven and a whole lot more serve their own distinctive style of pizza …

We don’t get caught up in the debate of which is best … it’s sure to start an argument!  We appreciate the differences and embrace trying something different, something out of our usual culinary routine …

For all you Chicago style pizza fans out there (and we’re among you), here’s something for National Sausage Pizza Day – a ship right to your door collection of one of the city’s finest sausage pizzas.

What better way to celebrate National Sausage Pizza Day? Enjoy!

National Farmers Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 12: National Farmers Day / National Gumbo Day:  Let’s start with the American Farmer first, because in essence that’s where it all started for America anyway, right?  Without hard working farmers, crops wouldn’t be grown, brought to market, or enjoyed by consumers …

Farming is tough business – it’s being squeezed on all sides and small family farms have disappeared by the thousands over the years for all sorts of reasons.  One aspect of farming is still going strong, and that’s the Farmer’s Almanac.  2017 marks the Almanac’s 225th year, and if you know anything about this yearly tradition, you know it’s a book filled from cover to cover with helpful advice, tips, humor, and of course, the best long range weather forecasts around …

If you happen to meet a family farmer, thank them for their hard work and dedication … especially today!

National Gumbo Day StateGiftsUSA.comToday is also National Gumbo Day. Gumbo is very popular in the south, particularly the Gulf Coast states due to their proximity to fresh Gulf seafood. Gumbo doesn’t necessarily have to be made with seafood (meat is used too), but it’s the generally accepted version …

Gumbo is made with a strong soup stock, celery, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a thickener. File powder (“feel-ay”) is the spice most commonly associated with gumbo. It’s most often served over rice and is frequently seen on menus in New Orleans …

The trick to a good bowl of gumbo is the file powder, and of course the freshness of your other ingredients. In some parts of the country, you won’t always find file powder in the stores but it’s an absolutely must have ingredient for gumbo. You can also use file powder for other soups and stews – it adds a distinct Cajun flavor and mild level of heat.

Any day is a good day for a bowl of gumbo, but particularly today!

National Yorkshire Pudding Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day:  Yorkshire Pudding is a British dish that, in the American sense, is not really a pudding at all.  It’s more of a baked treat, like a popover, that’s made with a batter mix of milk, flour, and eggs.  The batter is poured into preheated baking pans or muffin tins, baked, and served with a sauce or gravy …

In England, Yorkshire Pudding is traditionally served as a first course or a side dish with a roast.  In America, it’s quite often served the same way, although it’s often served on its own … as a baked good appetizer or dessert.

Regardless, today is the day for Yorkshire Pudding and if you want to make it, it’s a very simple process using this Yorkshire Pudding mix. All you have to do is add an egg and bake according to the instructions!

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Creative Baking Kits for National Dessert Day

October 14: National Dessert Day:  Today’s the day to go ahead and splurge!

It’s National Dessert Day, so it’s time to enjoy something sweet, creamy, sweet, sugary, or all the above …

If you enjoy making desserts yourself, and especially if you enjoy family baking projects, check out these creative baking kits. They’re all in one baking projects, perfect for a rainy day family project, or National Dessert Day …

These kits, purchased individiaully or delivered to your door monthly, contain all the ingredients (except the perishables) and instructions to create “wow” treats and desserts, like the Brownie Popsicles pictured. Educational and fun, they’re ideal for anyone who either enjoys baking or wants to find out how rewarding it really is!

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Enjoy National Cheese Curd Day!

October 15: National Cheese Curd Day:  Cheese Curds are a Wisconsin specialty – they are a by-product of sorts from the cheese making process and are found served (usually battered and deep fried) in restaurants all across the Upper Midwest …

To simplify things, cheese curds are actually little misshapen pieces of cheese which aren’t aged like most normal cheese.  When you bite into one, you’ll notice a little “squeak”, which is the air trapped within the curd.  Regardless of the science, they’re delicious!

Cheese Curds are also used in the dish poutine, which is Canadian in origin but whose popularity has expanded to the United States.  It’s a dish consisting of cheese curds, french fries, and a special gravy ladled atop the mixture.  Comfort food!

If you can’t find cheese curds where you live, you can order them direct from The Badger State here. Cheese curds make an excellent addition to any Happy Hour spread … just serve them alongside decorative toothpicks and you’re all set!

National Dictionary Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 16: National Dictionary Day: For all of us who heard the famous phrase “Look it up!” as an answer to our curious childhood inquiries, the humble dictionary holds a special place in our hearts and memories …

There are still written dictionaries and we suspect there always will be, though much of the dictionary’s functions have now gravitated online.  You can look up a word’s meaning and how to spell it online, as well as in a physical book …

Dictionaries have a long history – they’ve been around for as long as pen and paper have been a couple.  The standard dictionary is no longer the only type in print – there are specialized dictionaries for professions, slang dictionaries, and dictionaries for pop culture references.  They all essentially mean the same thing though … a dictionary is a one stop source to find the meaning of a word, how to pronounce it, and how to spell it …

For this special day, here’s one for you Texans out there – it’s a fun humorous dictionary of Texas terms and sayings, perfect for the fellow Texan in your life on National Dictionary Day!

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Pasta & Sauce of the Month Club

October 17: National Pasta Day: Long one of American’s favorite go to meals, pasta is among the most versatile and easy to prepare dishes imagineable. Pasta can be dressed up or down, depending on how many accompaniments you like to add …

For pasta lovers , here’s a gift that is sure to impress – it’s the Pasta & Sauce Of The Month Club. This monthly gift delivers artisan pasta you won’t find in your local store, like Cavatelli, Sedanini, Campanelle, and more.  Also included is a jar of small batch produced red sauce to pair with the pasta (or any other Italian style dish you may be making).

Perfect for the gourmet on your gift list or anyone who likes to cook, this is an ideal “set it and forget it” gift that’s appropriate for National Pasta Day or any other day!

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Cupcake of the Month Club

October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day:  Today we celebrate the chocolate cupcake – dare we say one of the greatest baking inventions of all time!

Seriously, who doesn’t love a good chocolate cupcake?  Cupcakes have risen to the forefront of preferred desserts – they’ve moved beyond ordinary into realms not imagined before.  Cupcakes are as popular, or more so, than donuts, bagels, coffee cakes, and pies … you can never go wrong showing up to any gathering with cupcakes in tow!

With that in mind, here’s a clever idea for gift giving not only today, but any special day … it’s the Cupcake Of The Month Club featuring all the classic styles you love along with artisan flavors all delivered to your door every month.

This Club brings you or your gift recipient 12 different cupcakes each month and it’s guaranteed to please!

Whether your cupcake obsession is chocolate or some other variety … enjoy the day!

National Seafood Bisque Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 19: National Seafood Bisque Day::  Here’s the day for all you seafood lovers out there … it’s National Seafood Bisque Day!  A bisque is a type of cream soup or chowder, and in this case it includes seafood.  Really any type of fresh seafood is appropriate for a bisque, although usually shellfish like lobster, clams, scallops, or shrimp are used …

Seafood Bisque is typically made with cream a bit of sherry, along with spices to taste.  It’s a hearty and satisfying side dish which can also stand alone as an entree served with some freshly baked crusty bread …

We love all sorts of chowders and seafood bisque and are pleased to introduce you to our favorite source for seafood bisque, chowder, and soups. They’re delivered right to your door and contain the freshest seafood available – lobster, shrimp, scallops, and more …

Today’s the day to get your seafood on!

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Brandied Fruit

October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day:  Brandied fruit is recognized today, and if you’ve never tried it, this is the day to change that!

Brandy has been used for centuries to preserve fruit – it’s an excellent dessert – and brandy is often mixed with fresh fruit in various preserves.  When used in preserves, the alcohol content of the brandy is dissipated during the cooking process, although the signature flavor remains …

Brandied fruit is usually stored in sealed jars and can be consumed for many weeks and months afterwards … brandy is also sometimes added to dried fruit to impart a unique, appealing flavor …

We love brandied fruit preserves and you can get some of the best that’s Made in America at the link. It’s a gift set of brandied preserves and the flavors include Blueberry, Black Raspberry, Peach, Cherry, and Strawberry …

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National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day:  It’s the latter part of October, so it’s appropriate we’re talking about pumpkins and specifically today, pumpkin cheesecake …

This is the month for pumpkins, and as you know, they’re not just for carving.  Pumpkin is used in all sorts of culinary specialties, particularly desserts.  There are pumpkin bars, pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream, and of course pumpkin cheesecake …

Pumpkin is very easy to work with in the kitchen, and it’s good for you too!  Most importantly though, pumpkin tastes great, especially in a cheesecake!

If you want to create your own masterpieces, here’s the Bible of Pumpkin Cheesecake, a comprehensive recipe book with spectacular, easy to prepare pumpkin cheesecake instructions … make one for yourself on National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

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Give the Gourmet Nut of the Month Club!

October 22: National Nut Day: Today we celebrate one of the most American of snacks, the gourmet nut. Did you know nuts are grown, harvested, and produced in almost every state of the United States?

Some states are very well known for their gourmet nut production, like Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, and California. Gourmet nuts are one of the best gifts you can give … even if your recipient doesn’t like nuts, they’re guaranteed to know someone who does!

For National Nut Day (or any time of year), this “Totally Nuts” Gourmet Nuts Of The Month Club is a welcomed gift. The Club showcases gourmet nut styles produced all across the country – perfect for anyone who entertains frequently or just enjoys healthy snacking …

It’s a gift that will have them thanking you every month of the year!

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Boston Cream Pie Is Really A Cake!

October 23: National Boston Cream Pie Day: So named because it was first served in a Boston hotel in the 1850’s, the Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake!

A Boston Cream Pie is made with a soft sponge cake type interior, along with a whipped cream or custard filling.  It’s topped with chocolate and it’s fantastic!

Today of course is a good day to enjoy a Boston Cream Pie, and if you’re looking for gift ideas for someone on your list who enjoys pies, cakes, or any number of other dessert goodies, we’ve got a lot of great ideas for you – check out our Gift of the Month Ideas page

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Try Some “Real” Bologna …

October 24: National Bologna Day:  You probably had bologna sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise as a kid in your lunch bag, but did you know bologna is really a sausage?

The giveaway is that bologna is round – unlike other packaged lunch meats you’ve seen.  Also, real bologna is much tastier and healthier than the mass processed stuff you find in the grocery stores …

Bologna is made (typically) with a mixture of beef and pork and then usually smoked.  It’s very popular in German-American communities, where you can find real bologna sandwiches, usually grilled and served on a bun.  You’ll find them on the menu in certain parts of the U.S. – Lebanon, PA, many parts of Wisconsin, and Evansville, IN are three that come to mind …

For National Bologna Day, step out from the processed cold cut variety you may be used to and treat yourself to some authentic sweet smoked bologna … you’ll never go back to the packaged stuff again!

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A Little Greasy Food Is Good For The Soul …

October 25: National Greasy Food Day:  We’re not sure why there’s a National Greasy Food Day … no one really goes out intentionally to eat greasy food, it just sort of happens, right?

In honor of today, we suggest you give yourself a day off from your good eating habits.  Have a cheat day, eat whatever you want!  Give your mind a breather and eat something you normally wouldn’t …

There, we said it.  A gift for National Greasy Food Day?  May we suggest a gift card for someone’s favorite fast food joint … hey, maybe they’ll use it on the healthy menu …

Either way, enjoy the day …

National Pumpkin Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 26: National Pumpkin Day:  The latter part of October is definitely pumpkin season … you’ll see them available at pumpkin farms, Farmers Markets, and at your local store as well …

Pumpkins are very good for you … they’re loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals and are extremely versatile.  In addition to pumpkin pies, you’ll find pumpkin used to make muffins, baked bars, bread, flavored coffee, ice cream, and more …

If you’re looking for ideas on how to use pumpkins in your kitchen, here’s a useful book we consider the premier pumpkin cookbook available. It’s called “Pumpkin: A Super Food For All 12 Months Of The Year” and it’s chock full of ideas and simple to follow recipes for using pumpkin in your cookiing, not just in October but all the other months too!

National Drink American Beer Day StateGiftsUSA.comOctober 27: National American Beer Day:  Beer, of course, is not unique to America, bit it has been part of our nation’s history from the 1700’s onward.  Did you know two of our earliest Presidents, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were both avid brewers?

Today, the brewing industry in America offers more choices, creativity, and styles than ever before.  Every state in America is home to at least one brewery, and beer has taken on the same level of respect as fine wine.  No matter your taste in beer, American brewers can satisfy your palate …

We are very impressed with this this American Beer of the Month Club. It delivers all the great styles of beer directly to your doorstep … lagers, ales, pilsners, stouts, porters, wheat beers, and more. And there aren’t beers you can find at your local liquor store – they’re especially sourced for the Club and many are exclusives …

Know a beer lover? This is a great gift for them, whether it’s today on National American Beer Day or any of the other 364 days of the year!

 

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Chocolate of the Month Gift Club

October 28: National Chocolate Day:  It’s no secret chocolate is delicious, but did you know about chocolate’s many health benefits?

Just to name a few, chocolate can help lower your blood pressure, is heart healthy, contains anti inflammatory ingredients, and can lower your bad cholesterol levels.  How’s that for some good news?

Chocolate also makes a great gift because, well, it makes people happy?  We especially like this unique Chocolate of the Month Club due to the variety and creativity of the monthly selections …

In past months, members have received truffles with freshly harvested cherries, dark chocolate filled with mousse, chocolate caramel squares, chocolate covered gourmet nuts, and lots more.  They’re shipped in insulated packaging so there’s no melting – the perfect gift for anyone on your list!

National Oatmeal Day StateGiftsUSA.com

This Is Not Your Mother’s Oatmeal …

October 29: National Oatmeal Day:  For decades, my dad never liked oatmeal.  He used to turn his nose up whenever my mother served it to me, recalling the bland oatmeal his own mother had served him years before …

Recently, though, he’s developed a fondness for oatmeal.  New, healthier ingredients and new flavors have made him a convert – he’s on the oatmeal train almost every morning!

Today is National Oatmeal Day, and we invite you to sample Made in the USA oatmeal in flavors like Triple Berry Jackpot, Fruit & Nut Kick Start, and Apple Cranberry Cinnamon.

Take it from a guy who hated oatmeal for over 50 years! Enjoy National Oatmeal Day …

National Candy Corn Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Red, White, & Blue Candy Corn!

October 30: National Candy Corn Day: It’s the cusp of Halloween, so it must be time for Candy Corn!

We’ve always loved candy corn – we’d eat it for days after our Halloween haul. It’s one of the more unique candies you can buy, and it’s a tradition around the end of October …

Candy Corn is now recognized and celebrated with it’s own National Day – and since we’re all about patriotic here at State Gifts USA, how about some red, white, and blue candy corn? A new twist on an old favorite!

Patriotic Halloween Costumes StateGiftsUSA.com

Dozens of Patriotic Halloween Costumes!

October 31: Halloween / Caramel Apple Day: October 31st is of course Halloween – it’s many people’s favorite holiday because it gives them a chance to show off their personality and creativity with a fun costume …

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It’s National Caramel Apple Day

If you’re thinking red, white, and blue this Halloween, how about one of these fun patriotic themed Halloween costumes? Choose from ideas like Colonial Boy/Girl, Miss Independence, George Washington, Captain America, Thomas Jefferson, Uncle Sam, and dozens more!

And it’s only fitting today is also National Caramel Apple Day … apples are at their peak this time of year and there’s nothing quite like the combination of sweet caramel and a crisp, delicious apple!

For a special treat for yourself or someone on your gift list, take a look at this Crazy Caramel Apple Pack, which includes fresh apples with Twix Caramel, Kit Kat and Caramel, and Marshmallow Rice Krispie Caramel … fantastic!

National Authors Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 1: National Author’s Day / National Vinegar Day: November 1st is both National Author’s Day and National Vinegar Day … an unlikely combo perhaps, but still two topics worth exploring and enjoying …

You probably know there are some very talented local authors across America covering every subject imaginable, from fiction to biographies to area history to humor and more. Supporting local authors is an investment of sorts in your local arts community and helps encourage the proliferation of art and creativity across the country. Today especially, check out some of the Local Authors and Best Sellers books available for purchase and just waiting for you to explore … and remember, the gift of a book is always appropriate and on target.

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Olive Oil & Vinegar of the Month Club

And as mentioned, it’s also National Vinegar Day. Artisan vinegars are a big part of the culinary scene across America, and we welcome you to explore the Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Vinegar Club , a monthly gift club ideal for anyone who likes to cook or wants to take their skills to the next level …

Some of the recent vinegar selections have included Chardonnay Pear Vinegar, Balsamic Fig, and several others. Every month you or your gift recipient receives a bottle of special extra virgin olive oil from the world’s finest producers along with artisan vinegars which are sure to be appreciated …

Enjoy both of these National Days today, November 1st!

National Deviled Egg Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 2: National Deviled Egg Day: Have you ever wondered how deviled eggs got their name?

In the 18th century, foods that were spicy, zesty, or what we now term as “hot” were sometimes tagged with the term “deviled” – and that’s how it started!

Most deviled eggs aren’t spicy at all … they’re simply hard boiled eggs which are peeled, cut in half, and stuff with the egg’s yolk mixed with other ingredients like mustard, mayonnaise, green onions, chopped pickles, etc.  Sometimes spicier ingredients are added, or hot sauce, to spice things up.

Deviled eggs are popular party appetizers and are usually served cold.  Recipes vary according to local customs or locales, and most everyone who has made this dish has their own special take.  If you need a creativity kick start, here’s a fun book titled “Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes From Simple To Sassy”. Let your next deviled egg recipe be the hit of the party!

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National Sandwich Day Required Reading

November 3: National Sandwich Day: So why do they call it a sandwich?

Well, the term originated with an 18th century English aristocrat known as the Earl of Sandwich.  The Earl had a habit of directing his personal valet to bring him a meal consisting of meat tucked between two slices of bread.  The meal became known as a “Sandwich” and the name stuck!

Fast forward to today, and a sandwich is arguably the most popular quick meal around.  The sandwich has evolved too, from simple peanut butter and jelly or bologna sandwiches to the more creative fare you’ll find on restaurant menus today …

Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to one of our favorite reference books of all time … it’s the Encyclopedia of Sandwiches: Recipes, History, and Trivia and it’s the most comprehensive and fun guide to sandwiches you’ll find …

Essential reading, this book catalogs every imaginable sandwich known to man and includes quick how-to instructions in case assembling certain sandwiches is above your pay grade. It also includes tons of trivia and useful information about how to prepare the best sandwiches ever!

Perfect for November 3rd … National Sandwich Day!

National Candy Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Make Your Own Candy Kits!

November 4: National Candy Day:  Everyone has their favorite type of candy, whether it’s chocolate, crunchy, gummy, hard with soft centers, or any of the hundreds of other varieties available …

It’s appropriate a special day is designated for candy, since it’s such a large part of Americana.  Candy is a special treat … for special times with special friends and family.  For a really fun project on National Candy Day, how about making a batch of your own?

It’s really simple with these handy make your own candy kits, available now in a 3-Pack Bundle. Included are kits for making your own chocolate, gummies, and chewing gum!

An educational and fun project for kids and teens, these kits include all the ingredients you ned to make your own candy right at home. Who knows, it might even launch a new hobby or career!

Enjoy National Candy Day …

National Donut Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 5: National Donut Day:  What’s your favorite donut??

We’re big fans of chocolate cake donuts, but that’s not to say we don’t enjoy other varieties now and then.  In fact, if you travel through the United States you’ll find independent bakeries and donut shops in just about every city and town, each with their individual specialties and tried and true favorites …

Donuts are actually quite easy to make at home, if you’ve got the right ingredients, instructions, and a little inspiration.  You’ll really like this book, titled “Doughnuts: Simple & Delicious Recipes To Make At Home”. Included are over four dozen easy to follow recipes for your long time favorites as well as unique designer donuts.  Vegan and gluten free too!

Whether you’re making them at home or buying them out, today’s the day to treat yourself to a donut!

National Nachos Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 6: National Nachos Day:  The ultimate comfort food, nachos are part of teh American tradition.  Invented in Mexico as a simple, satisfying appetizer, nachos are now found on menus of most casual restaurants in the U.S. …

Nachos can be served simply with melted cheese and jalapenos, or dressed up with beef, chicken, pork, and any number of additional toppings.  A straightforward yet very flexible dish, nachos are perfect to unleash your inner culinary creativity (and a lot of fund to eat!) …

We love this ultimate guide to nachos called (appropriately enough) Ultimate Nachos: From Nachos & Guacamole To Salsas & Cocktails”.  As you can tell from the title, it covers just about everything you might be craving for your next happy hour!

There’s almost 100 recipes within, including gems like Philly Cheesesteak Nachos, Roasted Beet, Apple, and Goat Cheese Nachos, and Fried Calamari Nachos.  You’ll even discover how to make your own homemade tortilla chips!

National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Edible Almond Joy Gift Basket

November 7: National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day:  Today we celebrate the unbeatable combination of chocolate and almonds …

Whether you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate, one thing’s for sure – both pair perfectly with almonds …

Of course, the famous Almond Joy candy bars are the best known combination of chocolate and almonds, and for a special November 7th gift, take a look at this Almond Joy Edible Vase Candy Bouquet Gift Basket – it’s centered around Almond Joy bars and within the flowers are premium gourmet chocolate truffles …

The perfect thank you gift for someone special who has a soft spot for chocolate with almonds!

National Cappuccino Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Enjoy National Cappuccino Day

November 8: National Cappuccino Day:  Hey all you cappuccino lovers, today’s your day!

Cappuccino is a derivative, if you will, of coffee.  It’s generally stronger than traditional coffee and is made flavored, with cream, to be a smoother yet more intense version of coffee …

Cappuccino is usually prepared in machines designated for the specific  purpose, which is why coffee outlets serving it “to go” are so popular in this day and age.  If you want to make no fuss delicious flavored cappuccino at home, though, click here for several tasty varieties. Flavors include White Chocolate Caramel, French Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate Mint, and more.

Just mix with hot water and enjoy!  Perfect for any day of the year you’re looking for that cappuccino fix!

National Scrapple Day StateGiftsUSA.com

National Scrapple Day

November 9: National Scrapple Day::  Do you know what scrapple is?  Well, if you’re from New Jersey, Delaware, or eastern Pennsylvania we bet you do …

Scrapple is a congealed loaf of pork scraps mixed with wheat flour and spices.  It’s very popular in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and surrounding areas …

Scrapple is typically packaged in a sealed can or flexible packaging container and is served by the slice, almost always pan fried.  A popular breakfast dish, it takes the place of sausage patties or bacon at the breakfast table.  It’s also used on sandwiches, served with a hearty mustard between a freshly baked bun.

Let’s face it, scrapple isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve never had it, you should try it!  We like it fried crispy and very well browned, then blotted with a paper towel.  You don’t often see scrapple away from the areas named above, but you can buy it online – this Delaware company is our personal favorite..

It’s also good mixed into hash instead of corned beef .. give scrapple a try!

National Vanilla Cupcake Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Join the Cupcake of the Month Club

November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day:  Any day celebrating cupcakes is A-OK with us, and today November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day …

You’re probably well aware of the burgeoning popularity of cupcakes in recent years.  It seems cupcakes are now America’s most popular dessert item, with cupcake shops sprouting all over the country and even television shows dedicated to these tasty sweet treats …

If you’re looking for a special gift for someone special who likes cupcakes (and who doesn’t??) take a look at this unique Cupcake Of The Month Club .  Each month, the lucky gift recipient receives a dozen artisan cupcakes, designed and baked by some of the country’s most talented bakers.

In addition to Vanilla, some of the flavors included in past shipments have been Red Velvet, Pumpkin, Strawberry, Double Chocolate, and Mint Cream.  Wow!

You’ll be a hero today and every month … click through to discover all the details, and Happy National Vanilla Cupcake Day!

National Sundae Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Personal Ice Cream Sundae Station

November 11: National Sundae Day:  First, if you’re wondering why it’s spelled “Sundae” instead of “Sunday”, there’s a story behind it …

When Ice Cream Sundaes were invented in the early 20th Century, they were originally called Ice Cream Sundays.  Seems an enterprising soda shop owner who came up with the idea of combining ice cream, flavored topping, chopped nuts, and whipped cream thought it’d be a perfect treat on Sunday afternoons …

He many well have been correct, but his local community spiritual leaders frowned upon the idea of naming an ice cream treat after the traditional day of worship. Thus, the spelling was altered to “sundae” and everyone was happy …

And “happy” is what ice cream sundaes make us!  Chocolate is probably the most common flavor, but sundaes can be made with any type of ice cream and toppings.  The ideas are endless, and to help give your creativity a jump start, here’s a convenient and fun portable ice cream sundae station … it’s a 13″ lazy susan with four small ceramic trays to hold all the sundae toppings.  In the middle is a bowl for the sauce, with a little tea light underneath so help keep it melted and delicious – just the way you like it!

A fun gift for a college student or for any gathering – enjoy National Sundae Day!

National Chicken Soup Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 12: National Chicken Soup Day:  November 12th is a good day for chicken soup, but then again, every day is a good day for chicken soup!

One of America’s favorite comfort foods, chicken soup says “home”.  Need something warm and satisfying?  Check.  Got a cold?  Check.  Need to take something over to the neighbor’s?  Check.  Chicken Soup checks all the boxes!

Here’s a charming children’s book that goes back many years … I enjoyed it as a child many decades ago.  It’s called Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months.  It’s a fun journey through all twelve months of the year, each with a rhyme incorporating the phrase “chicken soup with rice”.  You’ll be amazed how many words actually rhyme with “rice”!

National Indian Pudding Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 13: National Indian Pudding Day:  If you’ve lived in New England, you’re probably familiar with Indian Pudding, but for the rest of us, here’s what it’s all about …

Similar to a custard in consistency, Indian Pudding is a mixture of milk, corn meal, cinnamon, ginger, butter, eggs, and molasses or maple syrup.  This mixture is slow cooked until thick over a period of several hours …

Indian Pudding is served warm (typically), with nuts or raisins added for texture.  Sometimes whipped cream is added … the dish is still quite often served during the traditional holiday season.  The pudding itself dates back to the days of the Pilgrims, which is how it got its name …

Indian Pudding is hard to find on restaurant menus but it’s quite good and can be bought online. It makes a wonderful traditional gift for the New England transplant on your list!

National Pickle Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Unique Pickle of the Month Club

November 14: National Pickle Day:  It’s one of our favorite days of the year … National Pickle Day!

In the last ten or so years, pickles have come a long way.  Pickling is big business, or should we say small independent business, with hundreds of local producers doing some pretty amazing things with pickling spices.  Sweet pickles and dill pickles no longer corner the market – just about any kind of vegetable is being pickled these days …

But since today is specifically for pickles as opposed to pickling, let’s focus our attention on something any pickle lover will swoon over … the Pickle of the Month Club!. No matter if they like sweet, savory, spicy, or crunchy, they’ll get it delivered directly to their door every month with your compliments …

Two or three jars are included each month, chosen from some of the finest small pickling manufacturers in the country. These aren’t those bland pickles from the grocery store! A fantastic gift idea on National Pickle Day, or any day of the year for that matter …

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Recycle Just About Anything!

November 15: National America Recycles Day:  Back in the early 1970’s, Chicago had four daily newspapers.  My mom used to buy all four from the local newsstand and we’d read each of them every day without fail.  We were probably the most up-to-date family on Chicago’s south side!

We also had a lot of newspapers sitting around … a lot.  But my parents were strong advocates of recycling, so every few Saturdays I’d help them load the station wagon with all those newspapers and we’d tote them over to a nearby business who recycled newspapers, scrap metal, and all sorts of things …

Well, those days are long gone but we still recycle everything we’re able – it’s a habit and dare I say, a good one.  Recycling is important … for so many reasons it’d take days to list them all.  If you’re not in the recycling habit, here’s a handy, motivating paperback called Do It Yourself Upcycling Projects.  It shows you how to turn just about anything unwanted or unused into something new, refreshed, and repurposed!

A great gift for America Recycles Day or any day you want to pass along the recycling spirit …

National Button Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Handy Button Fixing Kit – No Sewing!

November 16: National Button DayButtons date back thousands of years, but buttons used on clothing date back to about the 13th century.  It was then that buttons and closure loops began being sewed on shirts, pants, vests, etc. and buttons are still widely used today …

Buttons have also been used as ornamental adornments, as advertising pieces, and for political campaigns.  In fact, some of the most sought after Americana collectibles are early presidential campaign buttons from the 19th century …

If you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, the most frustrating thing about a button is when it falls off.  To fix that problem, we’re pleased to introduce you to this button fixing tool kit – no sewing required!. It’s perfect for craft projects, clothes, and anywhere else you’ve lost a button …

It works on snap closures where you press the button in place with the handy easy grip tool – fixing buttons is a breeze!

National Baklava Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Baklava Gift Package

November 17: National Baklava Day: We love Greek-American food, and this special treat, attributed mainly to the Greek and Mediterranean cultures, is one of our favorites …

Translated, the word “baklava” means “to wrap up”, and that’s exactly what baklava is … it’s layers of thin crisp dough held together with chopped nuts and honey, augmented by sweet spices giving the dessert its distinctive taste.

You’ll find baklava in bakeries, on restaurant menus, and at street fairs and food trucks.  It pairs well with coffee or just a simple cold glass of milk …

For National Baklava Day, surprise someone on your list with this fantastic baklava gift box, containing 30 bite sized samples of baklava in five different styles.  It’s proudly made in the USA and contains no artificial coloring or flavorings …

Happy National Baklava Day!

National Mickey Mouse Birthday StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 18: National Mickey Mouse Birthday Day: Do you know the history of Disney’s beloved Mickey Mouse?

One of the most endearing pop icons ever created, Mickey Mouse came to life via the creative efforts of Walt Disney. Disney created the character in 1928 and Mickey officially debuted on film on November 18th of that year. Over the subsequent years, Mickey has not only appeared in countless cartoons, but in comic books, TV shows, movies, books, and memorabilia …

Here’s a great book telling the story of Mickey Mouse from the beginning to the present day, and the character’s profound effect on American pop culture. Extensively illustrated, this book explores how Mickey’s unprecedented success laid the foundation for Disney and what it has become today …

Happy Birthday Mickey!

National Play Monopoly Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Special Monopoly National Parks Edition

November 19: National Play Monopoly Day:  Officially called “The Fast Dealing Property Trading Game”, Monopoly was first introduced in 1903 and began being mass produced for home game enthusiasts in 1935.  The game has since been licensed and translated worldwide and its popularity continues unabated to the present day …

Designed for one to four players, the game is played by rolling dice and moving one’s token around a square board.  The board is divided into “properties” which are modeled and named after the streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Money is collected each time a player passes the “Go” space and the object of the game is to buy properties and collect “rent” from any other player landing on your properties.  The game typically takes an hour or two to play to completion and it’s a lot of fun!

For a unique Americana twist on this classic game, here’s the special National Parks version of Monopoly. It features 60 of America’s most visited National Parks and matches up some of the wildlife typically found in each Park. A fun twist on an American classic …

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Peanut Butter Fudge Sampler

November 20: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day: While any type of fudge is delicious, there’s something extra special about peanut butter fudge. The winning combination of peanut butter and rich chocolate is irresistible …

For the perfect peanut butter fudge gift, here’s a fun peanut butter fudge sampler package that’s sure to please …

It contains 1/2 pound chocolate peanut butter fudge, 1/2 pound of peanut butter fudge, and and 1/2 pound of peanut butter & cookies fudge. Wow!

Whether it’s November 20th or any other day, you’ll bring a smile to someone’s face for sure!

National Stuffing Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 21: National Stuffing Day: Well, it’s getting near Thanksgiving so you just knew there had to be a National Stuffing Day, right? Right!

Stuffing has come a long way from the days when your only option was the boxed stuffing from the grocery store. Stuffing is fairly easy to make, and quite versatile too …

Here’s a collection of stuffing recipes in a handy book titled The Ultimate Stuffing Recipe Guide. You’ll never be lacking creative stuffing ideas again!

Included are recipes for side dishes like Apple Raisin Stuffing, Quinoa Stuffing, Mushroom Stuffing, Vegetarian Stuffing, and many more …

A perfect gift for anyone who likes to cook, or just to add to your own culinary library …

National Cranberry Relish Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 22: National Cranberry Relish Day: Very popular around the tradiional holidays, cranberries are most often processed into other forms, like juice, sauces, and of course cranberry relish.

Cranberries are a very healthy food, low in calories and containing helpful nutrients like Vitamin C, manganese, and protein. They’re cultivated in the northern part of the United States – Oregon, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts are three states well known for their cranberry harvests.

Versatile cranberry relish, which is celebrated today, is a delicious side dish option for any meal at any time of the year. It pairs well with poultry and is equally appealing when used as an appetizer spread. Try some with a glass of Oregon Riesling for a special treat!

National Cashew Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 23: National Cashew Day: Cashews are one of America’s favorite snacks and they’re one of the healthiest nuts to enjoy … they’re loaded with protein, healthy “good” fat, and all sorts of other nutrients. You can enjoy them roasted and salted or find them in an increasing number of creative dishes, like stuffing, breads, snack bars, and much more …

From Georgia, here’s a unique twist on cashews – cashew butter. It’s similar to peanut butter but with the richer taste of cashews …

This special cashew butter contains no added sugars or preservatives … just a pinch of fresh sea salt for vibrant flavor. Perfect to enjoy on National Cashew Day!

National Sardines Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 24: National Sardines Day: Today we commemorate the humble sardine, a small ocean fish that’s familiar fare as a snack or side dish, sometimes packed in cans with a tomato or mustard sauce.  Sardines, like most fish, are very low in fat and high in protein, making them a popular choice in a health conscious diet …

In recent times, sardines are also frequently offered fresh at local fish markets.  They are excellent when grilled or smoked, served with a sprinkle of salt and splash of lemon.  We love fresh grilled sardines on a sandwich, accented by a chipotle caper mayonnaise and fresh romaine lettuce – try it for yourself and see!

Pictured are our favorite style of sardines – they’re packed in extra virgin olive oil with lemon and they’re sustainably sourced off the California coast.  Try them on crackers or as part of your favorite recipe …

National Parfait Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 25: National Parfait Day:  The word “parfait” is a French word meaning “perfect”, and if you’ve enjoyed a parfait recently, you understand why the name fits so well …

Today is National Parfait Day, celebrating the traditional layered dessert typically made with ice cream (or yogurt), fruit, whipped cream, and sometimes liqueur.  They’re typically topped with whipped cream and nuts, a sundae of sorts, and served layered in a tall glass …

Parfaits are popular dessert items on restaurant menus from casual to five star.  The ingredients are left to individual interpretation, taste, and preference, although the common factor is the layered levels of goodness …

For a handy gift, here’s a fun parfait recipe booklet with all sorts of great ideas to create your perfect parfait.  It’s free if you’re a Kindle subscriber … 

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National Cake Day

November 26: National Cake Day:  American’s love affair with moist, delicious cake dates back to the late 1700’s, when new settlers brought recipes and traditions from Europe and beyond.

Today, bakers across the country offer new and exciting styles of cake, along with countless tried and true favorites.  Cake is an integral part of many family occasions, from holidays to birthdays to special dinners and more …

If you’ve got someone on your gift list who’s especially fond of cake (and who isn’t??), this unique Cake Of The Month Club is the perfect fun choice!  Here’s how it works … every month, your gift recipient (or yourself!) receives a deluxe gourmet cake which feeds ten to twelve, baked by some of America’s finest artisan bakers.  Flavors range from Decadent Chocolate, Florida Key Lime, Southern Lemon Blueberry, Strawberry Swirl, and many more …

It’s a cake lovers dream, and the ideal gift on National Cake Day …

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Bavarian Cream Pie Kit

November 27: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day:  This uniquely delicious style of pie is commemorated today – it’s a very popular style and you’ll find it on many dessert menus at restaurants both casual and classy …

What sets Bavarian Cream Pie apart from traditional desserts is the pastry cream is thickened with gelatin instead of flour or cornstarch.  The cream is layered with vanilla or chocolate cake (or both) and the mixture is sometimes enhanced with a small dose of flavored liquor.  The cake is almost always served chilled and it’s a wonderful treat …

For a fun do it yourself project for young aspiring bakers, check out this Bavarian Cream Pie Turnover Kit. It includes everything you need to make delicious Chocolate Bavarian Cream Pie Turnovers, including the dough, pastry mix, and the chocolate filling!

National French Toast Day StateGiftsUSA.com

French Toast Stick Maker

November 28: National French Toast Day:  The actual French name for French Toast is “pain perdu”, which translates to “lost bread”.  This popular breakfast dish began as a way to salvage bread which was no longer fresh by soaking it in a mixture of milk or cream and a beaten egg.

The bread, and mixture, is then browned on both sides in a pan and served with a variety of toppings, usually syrup, fruit, or whipped cream.  Interestingly, in other parts of the world, it’s also referred to as German Toast or Spanish Toast.  Whatever it’s called, it seems it’s popular around the world!

If you’re a fan, here’s something you’ll find useful … it’s a French Toast Stick Maker. The nonstick surface has room to make six French Toast Sticks along with two slices of French Toast, and the “cool touch” handles make for safer preparation … a great gift too!

National Day of Giving StateGiftsUSA.com

Helping Animals In Need

November 29: National Day of Giving: To commemorate the Thanksgiving season, November 29th is officially designated as the National Day of Giving. It’s a good day to ponder all the good things in your life, be thankful for them, and recognize many, many others are not as fortunate.

In the spirit of giving, State Gifts USA donates all profits from our operations today to local animal shelters to help all the furry friends in need …

Enjoy the day and thanks for reading our site …

National Mousse Day StateGiftsUSA.comNovember 30: National Mousse Day: Depending on how you look at it, mousse is either a styling gel for your hair or a creative creamy dessert. We’ll go with the latter for today, National Mousse Day, and focus on the dessert aspect of the word …

If you or someone you know is an outdoors type and is looking for a special treat on the go, we found this Chocolate Mousse Portable Mix. It’s designed for campers, backpackers, hikers, or anyone who is outdoors without immediate access to a kitchen.

The mix contains a pudding mixture, graham cracker sprinkles, and it’s made iwth chocolate and a touch of coffee …

Just add a bit of cold water, whisk and let stand for about ten minutes and you’re ready for a one of a kind dessert!

National Pie Day StateGiftsUSA.com

Give the Pie of the Month Club

December 1: National Pie Day:  Whether your preference is Peach, Apple, Cherry, Banana Cream, Pumpkin, or Pecan … today is your day!

It’s National Pie Day, the day to enjoy one of the greatest dessert creations ever invented.  These days, talented bakers are turning out more creative pies than ever, combining flavors and ingredients that are taking pies to a whole new level …

With the New Year approaching, you can give a gift to someone special that’ll remind them of your fond wishes all year long … it’s the Pie of the Month Club and it’s perfect for any gift giving occasion …

Every month, your recipient receives a gourmet pie created by some of the most talented bakers in the country. Flavors range from all kinds of seasonal fruit pies to Harvest Pumpkin to Cherry Crumb and many more …

Your personal sentiment is included with each month’s pie – and today is the ideal day to announce your gift!

National Fritter Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 2: National Fritters Day: Today is National Fritters Day, so let’s talk about what a fritter is and describe some of the most common varieties …

A fritter actually refers to any number of fried foods made with a batter surrounding some type of meat, seafood, vegetable, or fruit. Common types of fritters include corn, apple, peach, shrimp, crab, zucchini, and pork …

If you’d like to try your hand at creating fritters (they’re easy to cook), here’s a book titled Easy Fritter Cookbook. It contains 50 creative recipes for fritters and serving suggestions for your next dinner or get together. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle versions …

Enjoy National Fritter Day!

National Rhubarb Vodka Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 3: National Rhubarb Vodka Day: Vodka is far and away the world’s most popular spirit and a burgeoning number of small U.S. distillers are focusing on small batch and flavored vodkas … like rhubarb vodka, which we commemorate today.

Vodka, of course, is popular as a mixing spirit, and rhubarb vodka is particularly pleasing with tonic water or straight over ice. There are small distilleries popping up all over the United States – it’s a lot of fun to visit them and sample the subtle differences in their menu of spirits. Make it a point to stop in at a local distillery the next time you travel!

For a virtual vodka tour without the travel, we really like this Vodka of the Month subscription. You can order it in any increments and every month you or your gift recipient receives a full size bottle of some of America’s best small batch vodka.

The distillery movement is catching up to the brewpub movement … there’s a local distillery in just about every state in the U.S. as of late 2016 …

National Dice Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 4: National Dice Day:  Everybody has had some experiences with dice, whether it’s a friendly board game or a chance to win big at a casino.  We love the classic dice game “Ship, Captain, & Crew” and have enjoyed many hours of fun playing the game with family, friends, and co-workers …

If you’re not quite sure what to do with that set of dice you’ve got sitting in the desk drawer, here’s a fun gift … it’s booklet called Let’s Play and it offers easy to follow instructions on how to play 25 different dice games, from adolescent to adult.

And there’s a set of dice included!

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Nuby The Octopus

December 5: National Bathtub Party Day: Speaking of “play”, today’s the day for good clean fun! After all, it’s National Bathtub Party Day and for purposes of our disucssion here, we’re going to assume today references toddler bath time and the fun toys required to keep them in the tub long enough …

Pictured is one of the coolest bathtub toys we’ve ever seen … it’s a floatable octopus named Nuby and he comes with three rings for your child to toss over his tentacles …

Great for the development of your child’s hand-eye coordination, and lively colors to keep their senses stimulated!

National Gazpacho Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 6: National Gazpacho Day:  Today is National Gazpacho Day … do you know what gazpacho is?

It’s a soup made from vegetables which was developed in Spain, where among many other places it’s still served frequently.  The most unique aspect of gazpacho is that it’s served cold.  Many other soups that are served cold are often referred to as gazpacho, and the recipes (and ingredients) have shifted over time as people’s tastes change.

We’re not quite sure why a cold soup has its National Day on December 6th … but so be it!

To discover more about this traditional dish and prepare some for yourself (it’s actually quite easy), we’re pleased to introduce you to the Easy Gazpacho Cookbook. It contains 50 traditional (and unique) gazpacho recipes you can serve at home … with an emphasis on healthy, easy to prepare versions …

Enjoy the day!

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Portable Cotton Candy Maker

December 7: National Cotton Candy Day: The penultimate carnival and fun fair food, cotton candy is an American classic. It’s made by heating and ultimately liquefying sugar and then spinning it through tiny holes in a specially designed machine. The sugar once again solidifies into thin wisps of sugar, similar in width to a strand of hair .. .

The final product is mostly air and a serving typically weighs about an ounce. Cotton candy is basically 99% sugar with some flavoring and food color added in.

While it’ll never be confused with health food, cotton candy is a fun childhood treat and an occasional adult treat too!

If you don’t have a carnival coming up near you, here’s a fun cotton candy maker that’s portable and easy to use. It offers a nostalgic retro look, clear view top to view your creation as it’s being prepared, and reusable cones and sugar scoop to get the party started …

Perfect for a family do it yourself project!

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Brownie of the Month Club

December 8: National Brownie Day: Everybody loves freshly baked brownies, and with Christmas just around the corner, here’s a gift idea for that special someone on your list with a sweet tooth …

It’s the Brownie Of The Month Club, and every month your gift recipient will receive, delivered direct to their door, over a pound of moist delicious brownies in a variety of creative flavors.  They’re baked by some of America’s best small artisan bakeries, artfully packaged, and shipped out the same day they’re baked …

Some of the varieties in past shipments have included Classic Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, Blonde Brownies, and luscious Caramel Squares …

A fantastic gift idea for National Brownie Day and all year long!

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Do It Yourself Family Baking Projects

December 9: National Pastry Day: If you’re a fan of donuts, longjohns, turnovers, or sweet rolls, today is the day for you!

It’s National Pastry Day, a day to celebrate and enjoy all the artisan baked goods being produced here in the USA …

Baking is such a big part of our culture … it brings families together. We love this unique, creative business that delivers a “do it yourself” baking project direct to your door each month. They deliver a kit which includes all the ingredients you need to make fun and tasty baked treats like the very cool brownie popsicles shown …

Everything is included, except of course for the perishable items like milk, butter, eggs, etc. Complete instructions are also included, so even if you’re a novice at baking, you’ll end up looking like a hero!

Click Here To Learn More About This One Of A Kind Gift …

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Wreaths Jigsaw Puzzle

December 10: National Wreaths Across America Day: December is the season for holiday wreaths, so it’s only appropriate today we mark National Wreaths Across America Day. Whether you prefer a fresh wreath from a local farm or a family heirloom wreath that’s been proudly displayed for years and years, today is a great day to get your wreath on the door!

To get in the spirit, we found this 500 piece wreath jigsaw puzzle. It’s made in the USA and manufactured with organic ink and 100% recycled materials …

December 11: No Official Day Declared: Today is one of the few days of the year with no official day designated … we’ve got our eye out though, and if this changes we’ll be sure to add the information here!

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Poinsettia Ornaments

December 12: National Poinsettia Day:  This beautiful red and green plant is very popular around the traditional holiday season.  The plant itself is indigenous to Mexico and do you know how it got its name?

The poinsettia plant is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico.  He introduced the plant to the United States in the 1820’s.  Be a hit at holiday parties with that little nugget of trivia!

While many people pitch these plants after the holidays, they can thrive throughout the year.  They prefer morning sun an shade during the hotter parts of the day.

If you’ve got a brown thumb or just want some color for your tree, here’s a selection of glittery glass poinsettia ornaments that’s sparkle all season long!

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Send A Gift Of Chocolates Every Month

December 13: National Cocoa Day:  Cocoa refers to a lot of different things, so let’s list a few of them …

Cocoa most commonly refers to something chocolate based, like cocoa candy bars or hot cocoa.  The word also refers to a tree, a color, a body cream 9cocoa butter), a type of liquor, and a town in Florida …

Whatever you think of when you hear the word, it’s commemorated today.  We’ll lean toward the chocolate theme and introduce you to this fun Chocolate of the Month Club.  Every month, a pound of chocolates are sent your way or directly to your gift recipient, along with a personal sentiment of your choice ..

The chocolates are shipped insulated to prevent melting and are made by some of the most renowned chocolatiers across the country.  Some of the recent selections have included chocolate cherry truffles, dark chocolate with mousse, milk chocolate caramels, chocolates with gourmet nuts, and many more …

However you celebrate the day, Happy National Cocoa Day …

National Bouillabaisse Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 14: National Bouillabaisse Day:  Traditional bouillabaisse is a type of fish stew which originated in the French port city of Marseilles.  Pronounced “Boo-ya-bayse”, it usually contains at least three different types of fish simmered in a broth with vegetables like onions, celery, potatoes, and tomatoes.  Bouillabaisse is quite often served with a wedge of crusty bread and is pleasantly spicy, typically augmented with a bit of cayenne pepper …

If you’re interested in discovering how to prepare all sorts of variations, here’s a fun book called How To Cook Bouillabaisse which includes not only recipes but anecdotes and serving suggestions …

The definitive guide to bouillabaisse!

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The Cupcake Of The Month Club

December 15: National Cupcake Day:  The popularity of cupcakes has never been higher … almost every city and town offers a baking oriented business specializing in these delectable treats …

People love cupcakes, and what better gift to give then this Cupcake Of The Month Club . Every month, 12 uniquely styled cupcakes from America’s best small batch artisan bakers are delivered fresh to your door.

They’re shipped out the same day they come out of the oven and some of the past flavors have included Banana Cream, Red Velvet, Caramel Apple, Decadent Double Chocolate, and more than two dozen more …

Perfect for any cupcake lover … and isn’t that anybody??

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 16: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day:  Ahhh, what would the holidays be with ugly Christmas sweater?

What started out with a little snicker and giggle has now turned into a full fledged holiday phenomenon.  Every year, you see (or get invited to) an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or an event where wearing an ugly Christmas sweater is a fashion statement …

If you can’t find one in your closet, try your nearest consignment shop or thrift store … chances are great you’ll find your perfect ugly sweater match.  For something a little more creative, how about this Make your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit.  It includes a neutral in your size, along with a collection of garish and over the top holiday adornments, trinkets, and attachments.

You’ll get a real sense of pride making the ugliest Christmas sweater of them all!

National Maple Syrup Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 17: National Maple Syrup Day:  When most folks think about maple syrup and where it’s sourced, they think of Vermont.  Vermont, of course, is well known for their prolific maple syrup production but did you know maple syrup is produced in many other states too?  Maine, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are all producing maple syrup in large quantities …

Maple syrup, celebrated today, is most commonly associated with breakfast dishes like waffles and pancakes.  We got our eyes opened with this book, though … it’s called Maple Syrup Cookbook and it contains ovder 100 recipes not only for breakfast but for lunch and dinner as well …

Here are just a few … Maple Syrup Crepes, Maple Syrup Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Maple Glazed Grilled Chicken, Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup With Maple, and dozens more.

As the old saying goes, it’s not just for breakfast any more!

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National Roast Pork Day

December 18: National Roast Pork Day:  My dad is long since retired but for most of his career he was in the meat business.  Specifically, he worked in Cicago’s famed Stock Yard District as a salesman.  His specialty was pork, and he sold cuts of pork all over the world …

We were also the beneficiaries of his profession from time to time … once in a while he’d come home with a fantastic pork roast and he or my mom would do it up just right on the oven or on the grill or smoker …

To this day, I love a good pork roast and I’m going to enjoy one today to celebrate National Pork Roast Day …

Pork is really easy to cook, although there are a few tricks.  We really like this booklet, it’s free if you’re a Kindle subscriber and it’s called 250 Recipes For Pork.  In it, you’ll find recipes and suggestions for the oven, the stove top, the slow cooker, grill, and smoker.  Further, you’ll get suggestions and recipes for marinades, barbeque sauces, and rubs.  The booklet includes suggestions not only for pork roast, but pork chops, pork shoulder, ribs, and more …

Enjoy!

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Make Your Own Candy!

December 19: National Hard Candy Day / National Oatmeal Muffin Day:  Today is a two-fer as we commemorate National Hard Candy Day and National Oatmeal Muffin Day.

Hard candy is made by boiling sugar based syrups to over 300 degrees.  The candy maker adds a bit of flavoring, essential oils, and/or food coloring.  The boiled sugar syrup is typically placed in molds to form it into the shapes we know and love, like lollipops, drops, candy sticks, and candy canes …

National Oatmeal Muffin Day StateGiftsUSA.comIf you or someone on your gift list is a do it yourself type, here’s a handy guidebook showing you how to how to make candy. It contains over 150 recipes for making hard candy, fruit candy, and chewy candy. It’s easy to do and you can tailor make your candy according to personal taste!

Oatmeal muffins, today’s other spotlight, are typically made with uncooked oatmeal and a variety of other ingredients.  Our favorite recipe includes brown sugar, cinnamon, diced apples, and plump golden raisins …

You can usually find oatmeal muffins at local bakeries, although they’re somewhat harder to locate in grocery stores.  That’s alright, though … we much prefer them homemade!

Here’s the mix we use for our oatmeal muffins … it’s made with 100% whole grains, no artificial ingredients, and the muffins have that great apple cinnamon flavor …

National Sangria Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 20: National Sangria Day: Today is National Sangria Day … it’s always been one of our favorite drinks. The combination of fruit muddled with wine is really something to look forward to!

Sangria, of course, can be made with either red or whiete ine, different fruit, and maybe even the addition of other spirits. To help jolt your creativity, here’s a book we keep handy called 101 Sangrias & Pitcher Drinks. The book walks you through exactly how to make sangria and includes dozens of classic and unique recipes for this refreshing cocktail …

Click through to get it for your own mixology collection or as a gift for someone on your list …

National Crossword Puzzle Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 21: National Crossword Puzzle Day / National Fried Shrimp Day:  We’ll take today’s two National Days one at a time …

First is National Crossword Puzzle Day.  Even with everything moving to an online environment, traditional crossword puzzles are still exceedingly popular.  Crossword puzzles challenge your brain, keep your mind sharp, and improve your vocabulary …

For a bit of Americana, we love this booklet of Presidents Crossword Puzzles. Each puzzle focuses on one of the Presidents … their accomplishments, their election, and their life …

A great inexpensive gift for historians, people who follow the presidents, or crossword puzzle fans …

Today is also National Fried Shrimp Day. And of course, the best fried shrimp starts with the very best, freshest shrimp. We prefer <wild caught organic shrimp … they’re plump, juicy, sweet, and all the good things shrimp have to offer. Fry them up, steam them, eat them raw, it’s up to you! Free shipping on orders over $99 …

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California Shelled Dates

December 22: National Date Nut Bread Day: Date Nut Bread is typically made with fresh dates and shelled walnuts and then baked in a bread pan. The recipe is very similar to banana bread, except of course for the main ingredients which give date nut bread its name …

If you don’t know much about dates, they’re a member of the nut family and were originally harvested from trees in Mediterranean countries like Turkey and Greece. In the United States, they’re grown prolifically in California and Arizona …

Dates are very good for you – they’re deliciously sweet, a natural energy booster, and are loaded with helpful vitamins and minerals. We always seek out shelled California dates, which are excellent for an on the go snack, when used in baking, or chopped and tossed in your favorite salad …

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Trace Your Family History

December 23: National Roots Day: Genealogy is the world’s most popular hobby, so it’s no surprise an official day is designated for exploring one’s roots. That’s today … National Roots Day.

Many times, the most difficult part about tracing your family’s roots is knowing where to start. Some good advice we received … start with what you know. Your grandparent’s basic information will be particularly helpful in tracing your family history further back …

We also found this easy to follow book very helpful in the process. It’s set up to show you the important first steps to tracing your family’s history

A great project for holiday time while the whole family is together …

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Enjoy National Eggnog Day

December 24: National Eggnog Day:  More eggnog is consumed during the traditional holiday season than any other time of the year, so it’s appropriate National Eggnog Day falls on December 24th …

Eggnog is a rich, creamy dairy product that’s made from cream, sugar, milk, and eggs.  Quite often, a distilled spirit like rum, brandy, or bourbon is added to eggnog, when it’s than usually called a punch …

There are also some non dairy eggnogs out there which are made with soy, almond, or coconut milk …

If you’re an eggnog fan, here’s something special for you – eggnog salt water taffy. It offers the delicious flavor of eggnog … and it’s fantastic!

National Days List StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 25: Christmas / National Pumpkin Pie Day: Merry Christmas!

It’s fitting today is also National Pumpkin Pie Day, because what’s a traditional holiday celebration without a wonderful pumpkin pie?

And if you’re in a whimsical mood this holiday season, check out this fun pumpkin pie hat that’s appropriate all through the holidays!

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Candy Cane Treats For Dogs

December 26: National Candy Cane Day: Candy canes are the traditional holiday season treat … their peppermint flavor and red and white stripes have long been a traditional part of the holidays …

And today, on National Candy Cane Day, don’t forget your best friend with these candy cane dog treats.

Remember, a busy dog is a happy dog and these rawhide treats will keep your four legged pal busy for a while! The rawhide helps keep their teeth clean and they satisfy your dog’s natural instinct to chew …

National Fruitcake Day StateGiftsUSA.comDecember 27: National Fruitcake Day: Let’s face it, traditional fruitcakes get a bad name … mainly because there are so many sub standard ones on the market. Frankly, if they’re old and stale and have been sitting around for a while … yuck.

However, a really good, moist fruitcake is delightful. The choice of millions for over a hundred years are southern recipe Claxton Fruit Cakes. The plump Georgia pecans on top are especially fantastic …

Guaranteed not to be re-gifted!

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National Chocolate Candy Day

December 28: National Chocolate Candy Day:  Chocolate candy is commemorated today, and why not … chocolate is one of the most popular candy varieties in the United States, with artisan chocolate makers continually raising the bar with their creative products …

If you or someone you know is into chocolate, this Chocolate of the Month Club is right up their alley for today and the year to come.  Every month, you or your gift recipient receives some of the finest chocolates made in the U.S. – a full pound of varied delights like truffles, chocolate caramels, creams, chocolate covered cherries, and more.

You personalized gift sentiment is included each month … what a great holiday, thank you, or corporate gift for that important person on your list …

However you celebrate it, Happy National Chocolate Candy Day!

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Bookbinders Stews

December 29: National Pepper Pot Day: Pepper Pot is a type of stew with origins in the Caribbean and then later popularized in the Philadelphia area during and after the Revolutionary War. It’s a very thick vegetable stew traditionally made with beef tripe and spiced with black pepper and other spices. Pepper Pot is served over rice or egg noodles, according to personal taste and preference …

Sometimes, pepper pot varieties are made with seafood, particularly in the City of Brotherly Love. In fact, several of the Bookbinders seafood stews are very similar to pepper pot and are often referred to as such in the area …

No matter how you prepare it, pepper pot is a satisfying, filling main course with a long storied history in America …

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National Bacon Day

December 30: National Bacon Day: Mmmmmmm … bacon!

It’s one of America’s most beloved foods, and today is National Bacon Day, so let’s have a little fun.

Here’s our Top 25 List Of Bacon Gifts …

#1 – Vanilla Bourbon Bacon: This special batch bacon brings a little bit of Kentucky spirit with it! A dash of genuine bourbon from one of The Bluegrass State’s famous distilleries is added to the curing process, along with natural vanilla flavor to give you a one of a kind bacon experience …

Serve it with pancakes, french toast, or use a strip to garnish your next bourbon on the rocks …

#2 – Bacon Snacks: From bacon pretzels to bacon cheese sticks to bacon bacon and kale olive oil bread mix, there’s a whoel range of snacks awaiting the bacon lover …

We are especially fond of bacon ranch peanuts!

#3 – Bacon Bits Made From Salmon:  You’ve heard of bacon bits to sprinkle on your salads … how about those same bits except made from healthy salmon? Yup, there’s such a thing as salmon bacon bits and you’ll see them at the link …

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Salmon Bacon

While you’re there, check out the salmon bacon. It’s bacon except not from a hog but from a salmon. Tastes very similar due to the smoking process but leaner and loaded with all the good things salmon brings!

#4 – Bacon Pet Treats: You can’t forget your best friend on National Bacon Day …

There’s some really cute bacon bandanas along with some fun dog toys and bacon jerky made especially for your pooch …

Now you don’t have to slip your dog friend any of your bacon from the table!

#5 – Bacon Pancakes & Mixes: Would you prefer maple bacon pancakes or chocolate chip and bacon pancakes?

These mixes let you whip up a batch of yummy pancakes made even more yummy with the flavor of bacon! Check out the pancake of the month options while you’re there …

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Bacon Snacks

#6 – Bottled Bacon Flavoring: We love this bottled bacon flavoring and use it often – it’s olive oil based and is perfect as part of a dressing on salads or as part of a marinade for your favorite dish …

#7 – Bacon of the Month Clubs: These are really fun! You can order for yourself or a bacon loving friend on your gift list, and have them enjoy the bacon bonanza all year long …

There’s options for flavored bacon, bacon without nitrates, and all the clubs are flexible in terms of length of time … a great gift during the holiday season.

#8 – Maple Cinnamon Bacon: The ultimate breakfast treat, this special small batch bacon combines three of the most traditional morning flavors … bacon, maple, and cinnamon. You’ll enjoy the cooking aroma almost as much as the bacon itself!

#9 – Lamb Bacon: Did you know bacon doesn’t have to be pork based? If you like the taste of lamb like we do, you’ll love this … it’s lamb bacon made with choice lamb cuts and then smoked like traditional bacon. Take a walk on the bacon wild side!

#10 – Bacon Jerky: The ultimate on the go snack, this jerky is bacon flavored and it’s fantastic. Jerky is very high in protein and is a natural energy booster, or perfect as an after workout snack …

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Bacon Gift Baskets

#11 – Bacon Hot Sauce: Think of all the uses for bacon hot sauce. Scrambled eggs? Check. In your Sunday morning Bloody Mary? Check. To spice up those bland pork chops? Oh yeah …

This hot sauce has a bite but it’s not going to send you scrambling for ice water. It’s got a pleasant heat and you can really notice the bacon flavor, and that’s what it’s all about, right?

#12 – Bacon Gift Baskets: These gift baskets are ideal as a thank you gift, for the office, or for any occasion. They’re filled with famous bacon from The Badger State, where they know a thing or two about good meat.

There’s lots of options and price points … take a look!

#13 – Bacon Desserts: Bacon has evolved away from simply a breakfast food to a 24 hour staple.

More and more bacon based or bacon flavored desserts are appearing on the market … for example, chocolate bacon brownies, bacon buttercrunch toffee, bacon soft caramels, and more …

If you know someone on your gift list who’s a bacon lover and has a sweet tooth, you just found their gift!

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Bacon Costume

#14 – Bacon Costumes: We thought these bacon themed costumes were really fun …

Not just for Halloween, but for any gathering that’s food related, or any gathering where you want people to like you (it’s guaranteed).

If you’re a couple, check out the bacon and eggs costume …

#15 – Bacon Cookbook: This creative cookbook is called “101 Things to Do With Bacon” and it’s chock full of unique and interesting recipes that’ll have you thinking, why didn’t I come up with that??

#16 – Bacon Condiments: Here’s a sampling of some of the bacon flavored condiments out there” Bacon Ketchup, Bacon BBQ Sauce, Bacon Pickles (really!), Bacon Olive Oil. You get the picture … there are a lot of them.

A fun inexpensive gift idea or as an add on to a primary gift …

#17 – Bacon Chive Dip: For something different for your next happy hour or gathering, try this bacon chive dip. We like it with crostini or sturdy crackers that stand up to the smokey flavor …

Serve it with a little chill on it – you’ll wonder where it all went!

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Bacon Cheddar Brats

#18 – Cherrywood Smoked Bacon: From the great state of Wisconsin, where among many other things they do very well, they’re experts in turning out great bacon and growing cherries.

The Badger State is one of the nation’s leaders in cherry production, so it’s no surprise they use cherry wood to smoke meat, and in this case specifically, bacon.

Cherry wood smoke bacon offers a one of kind, rich, subtle flavor and it makes a great gift … that is, if you can bear to part with it!

#19 – Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst: Combining two fantastic elements in a bratwurst is absolute genius, and we love these bacon cheddar bratwurst gently grilled and served with spicy mustard …

You won’t find these anywhere else, so get a hold of them while you can …

#20 – Bacon Caramel Corn: The combination of sweet and salty is unbeatable, and that’s why we love this bacon caramel corn. It’s traditional caramel corn with bits of real bacon added, and it’s a one of kind snacking treat …

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Bacon & Eggs Dog Collar

#21 – Bacon in a Can: We got a big kick out of this clever product that’s perfect for the outdoors type. It’s real bacon freeze dried and packed in a can!

A perfect snack for hiking camping, or any other outdoor activity. Just keep it refrigerated after opening, although if you’re with a group, don’t worry, you’re likely to eat the whole can in no time!

#22 – Buffalo Style Bacon: If you like buffalo style chicken wings, you’ll love this counterpart – Buffalo Style Bacon.

Buffalo wing spices are added to the bacon during the curing process, and the result is perfect for a tailgate party, appetizer, or as an eye opener breakfast …

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Bacon Soda Pop

#23 – Bacon Beverages: We got a real kick out of finding these … maple bacon coffee, bacon chocolate cocoa mix, bacon breakfast blend tea, and more …

There’s even bacon bloody mary mix and several types of bacon soda … one with chocolate, one with maple, and a cream soda variety …

#24 – Bacon Assortment Gift Box: If you’re stumped for a good corporate gift or a gift for the office, you won’t go wrong with this.

The box includes three types of bacon – apple wood smoked, peppered, and cherry wood smoked …

Anyone on your list would love to receive this gift box at their doorstep!

#25 – Bacon & Eggs Dog Collar: We’ll close it out with something for your dog, because we just thought this was so cool … a bacon and egg dog collar! And we all know if they had their choice, dogs would gladly partake in bacon and eggs.

Well, this is the next best thing, and it’s adjustable for any size dog and easy to snap on. Your dog will be the hit of the neighborhood in this stylish collar!

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American Vintages for National Champagne Day

December 31: National Champagne Day:  How appropriate is it that today, New Year’s Eve, is National Champagne Day?  There’s probably more champagne consumed today (and in the early hours of January 1st) than any other day during the year …

There you go … The Top 25 Bacon Gifts. Enjoy National Bacon Day!

Champagne is an alcoholic drink which originated in France, and it’s usually reserved for celebrations and special occasions.  There are also an increasing number of non alcoholic champagnes, so if you don’t imbibe, don’t fret.

While champagne is traditionally thought of as being from France, there are quite a few excellent American chcampagnes, particularly California vintages …

Cheers … and Happy New Year!

In addition to all these National Days, each month also carries with it an official designation. Here’s the month by month list:

January: National Soup Month / National Tea Month / National Oatmeal Month
February: American Heart Month / National Bird Feeding Month / National Cherry Month
March: National Peanut Month
April: National Soft Pretzel Month / Keep America Beautiful Month / National Pecan Month
May: National Hamburger Month / National Barbecue Month / National Strawberry Month
June: National Soul Food Month
July: National Hot Dog Month / National Ice Cream Month / National Horseradish Month
August: National Catfish Month / National Golf Month / National Peach Month
September: National Honey Month / National Mushroom Month / National Potato Month
October: National Cheese Month / Adopt A Shelter Dog Month / National Apple Month / National Sausage Month
November: National Pomegranate Month / National Adopt A Senior Pet Month
December: National Tie Month

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