Week 12 done of my US National Food challenge with only 4 out of 7 accomplished!  But, that was the goal, set out at the very beginning, so I guess I can’t complain too much!

August 27 – Banana Lovers Day

2014-08-27 Banana lovers I normally don’t like bananas, well, I love them, but my stomach doesn’t normally.  But the other option for this national food day was Pots de Creme, and I had no idea what that was!  We also had a number of very over-ripe bananas on the kitchen counter, so I made some peanut butter banana oatmeal muffins, and then some peanut butter banana & chocolate ice cream (recipe here).  Have to say, the sampling I did while I was making them actually didn’t affect me too much – yay!

August 28  National Cherry Turnover Day

 I thought this was too hard to make decent gluten-free pastry, so gave it a rest.

August 29 – Chop Suey Day

2014-08-29 Chop Suey The other options for this day included Whiskey Sour Day (this was also August 25, not quite sure why it gets two days in a year?), Swiss Winegrowers Day and Lemon Juice Day), so I think I chose the healthiest option.  I’ve made chop suey a number of times, but always from a packet mix, so I thought I’d try it from scratch this time.  With chicken, soy sauce and a bit of sugar … the family loved it!

August 30 – National Toasted Marshmallow Day 

I thought we’d had enough junk food for a while, decided to have a rest day with this.  Also, there wasn’t that much I could do with toasted marshmallows, apart from maybe s’mores?  The link on the calendar takes you to a recipe to make the marshmallows, then roll them in macaroons … nah!

August 31 – Eat Outside Day & National Trail Mix Day

2014-08-31 Trail mix Had to say I enjoyed this day (and I combined the 2) – I LOVE trail mix, any mix of nuts, dried fruit and seeds and I’m there.  And to show you that I do get outside, I took this photo next to some pretty flowers outside our current accommodation! No recipe used, just by eye – almonds, walnuts, prunes, raisins, pumpkin and flax seeds.  Really yummy by itself and even more yummy when I turned it into granola with peanut butter, honey, coconut, puffed rice and some cinnamon and vanilla … nomnom!

September 1 – National Cherry Popover Day

This one looked way too difficult for me , to do, especially with gluten-free flour so I didn’t!  We also spent most of the day doing tourist-y things around our new city, so didn’t have time to try to bake these!

September 2 – National Blueberry Popsicle Day

So we still don’t have popsicle containers, but Grant thought we could just use ice cube trays and stick toothpicks in them … we ‘wazzed’ up some frozen blueberries and cranberry juice and froze them in the ice cube trays – take a look at the result!  Oh, and you should be very proud of me for having another ‘healthy’ national food day!  2014-09-02 Blueberry popsicle

Coming up next week:

  • September 3: National Welsh Rarebit Day
  • September 4: National Macadamia Nut day
  • September 5: National Cheese Pizza Day
  • September 6: National Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • September 7: National Acorn Squash Day
  • September 8: National Date Nut Bread day
  • September 9: National Weinerschnitzel Day

Stay tuned to see which ones I choose to make/eat and how successful (or not) I am! 

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