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NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY AND NATIONAL TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY

FEBRUARY 3RD

NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY

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NATIONAL TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY

NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY

Today you can eat your cake and your veggies. It’s National Carrot Cake Day! The rich and delicious taste of carrot cake with a light a fluffy cream cheese icing is on my top 5 of favorite cakes. How about you?

 

National carrot cake day

 

Take a bite of a moist and sweet carrot cake, and you will not stop there. Carrots are known for their sweetness and add a healthy ingredient to your cake. Carrot cake is similar to a quick bread, but top with cream cheese icing and you have a scrumptious tasting cake.

According to Carrot Museum

In her New York Cookbook (1992), Molly O’Neill says that George Washington was served a carrot tea cake at Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan. The date: November 25, 1783. The occasion: British Evacuation Day. She offers an adaptation of that early recipe, which was printed in The Thirteen Colonies Cookbook (1975) by Mary Donovan, Amy Hatrack, and Frances Schull. It is quite close to the carrot cakes of today.

“George Washington’s carrot tea cake

 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup canola oil 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 cups grated carrots

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar, eggs, and carrots, and mix well. Add the flour mixture and stir until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a tester comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in the pan 2 minutes, then turn the cake out onto a rack to finish cooling.”

 

WAYS TO CELEBRATE

Carrot Cake Truffles

Carrot Cake Fudge

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Carrot Cake Waffles

Carrot Oat Energy Bites Healthy Kids Snack

Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze

 

GET THE WORD OUT

Bake your Carrot Cake treats for your family and friends, take a picture and share #NationalCarrotCakeDay on social media to spread the word.

 

HISTORY

The history of Carrot Cake is disputed. Some believe that carrot cake originated from Medieval carrot puddings eaten by Europeans. The origin is believed to have started in the Middle Ages, when sugar and sweeteners were hard to find or expensive, during this time many people used carrots to sweeten their dishes. The first recipe of Carrot Cake was in a cookbook as far back as 1827, The Art of French Cookery, pg. 227  During WWII, Carrot Cake became popular again, because of the rationing in Great Britain.1827 Carrot Cake Recipe

 

FUN FACT

According to Guinness World Records

The heaviest carrot weighs 10.17 kg (22.44 lb) and was grown by Christopher Qualley of Otsego, Minnesota, USA, as verified on 9 September 2017.

 

 

How about you? What are you going to do today to celebrate? We would love for you to share your special memories of this day with us.

 

 

 

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY

Grab your child and head to the library, it’s National Take Your Child to the Library Day. It is celebrated every year on the 1st Saturday of February in libraries throughout the US and Canada.

Do you remember that feeling of picking out a new book from a library? Excited about the new adventure it would take you on. There are so many adventures waiting for your child and you at the library.

 

National Take your child to the library day

 

WAYS TO CELEBRATE

Free Things to do at the Library

Library Scavenger Hunt

Book Bingo Reading

What Books to Give a Middle Grader

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

10 (Quiet) Games to Play at the Library

 

GET THE WORD OUT

Grab that book and share a little bit about it on social media and use #TakeYourChildtotheLibraryDay 

 

HISTORY

Nadine Lipman and Caitlin Augusta are co-chairpersons of the Take Your Child to The Library Day intuitive. Nadine created the idea to make a fun way to bring community awareness to the library and all the resources and events that are held there throughout the year. The first day was celebrated in 2011 and has grown to include libraries all over the country. You can read more about it here, Take Your Child to the Library

 

FUN FACT

The largest library in the United States, and possibly the World, is The Library of Congress with 34,528,818 volumes and growing. According to Wikipedia:

James Madison is credited with the idea of creating a congressional library, first making such a proposition in 1783. The Library of Congress was established April 24, 1800, when President John Adams signed an act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington.

Another interesting fact, the largest pop-up book is, “Tao Hua Yuan Ji,” loosely translates as “Utopia: Source of the Peach Blossoms” and refers to a work by Chinese Jin Dynasty poet Tao Yuanming and the elegant mythology of a cave in China where Fu snapped photos in 2008.

colette-fu-pop-up-book

 

 

How about you? What are you going to do today to celebrate? We would love for you to share your special memories of this day with us.

 

 

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