Wk 25 (Nov 26 – Dec 2)

Week 25 done of my US National Food Day challenge complete – nearly halfway through the year!  Who would’ve thought I’d stick with it this long?

November 26 – National Cake Day

2014-11-26 Cake day I’d been hanging out to make this recipe again for ages.  The last two times I made it, I didn’t get to eat any of them as one was for my brother’s work party and we had to leave before sweets, and the other was for when I left my job in Australia.  So I was determined to make this lemon polenta cake (recipe here) and felt like adding blueberries to it.  It was yummy, but the blueberries kind of sank to the bottom of the cake.  Any tips on how to avoid this would be greatly appreciated!

November 27 – National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

Yeah, this didn’t happen for us.  I thought about it, but then work got in the way … again!

November 28 – National French Toast Day

Can you believe that I have never made french toast before this day?  I didn’t even really know what it was, apart from bread soaked in something, then fried, and usually eaten with cream and syrup.  So I got some Udi’s gluten-free bread, made a mixture of eggs, milk, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice and gave it a go.  I added honey and raisins to mine, but Grant and Abby went for the traditional maple syrup and cream option.  And had seconds.  I guess maybe I should make this more often? 2014-11-28 French toast

November 29 – Chocolates Day

2014-11-29 Chocolate pizza So this was an excuse for me to be creative, and use up some Halloween candy (yes, I know I’ve already posted about this, but you didn’t really think I made all this stuff on the actual days, did you?).  I had a packet of gluten-free pizza crust mix, then made a chocolate sauce with Cool Whip (love that stuff), then Abby helped me to decorate the top with M&M’s, mini-marshmallows, Reece’s peanut butter cups, chopped up Almond Joys and chocolate syrup.  Very yummy, but glad to give it to some of the neighborhood kids instead of eating it all … which I could have done!

November 30 – National Mousse Day 

Ok, so after all the above sweets, I thought I could have a rest day for this one …

December 1 – National Pie Day

2014-12-01 Shepherd's Pie I was actually planning on making a chocolate peanut butter cream pie for this day, but thought I should probably start trying to make a few more healthy options for this challenge … and so the recipe for the Shepherd’s Pie was born (see here).  So yummy, the rest of the family was fighting to get a whole piece as their leftovers!

December 2 – National Fritters Day

I thought I’d have another rest day – deep fried stuff doesn’t really appeal to me at the moment!

Coming up next week:

  • December 3: National Apple Pie Day 
  • December 4: National Cookie Day
  • December 5: National Sacher Torte Day
  • December 6: National Gazpacho Day / Microwave Oven Day
  • December 7: National Cotton Candy Day
  • December 8: National Chocolate Brownie Day
  • December 9: National Pastry Day

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

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