National Cupcake Day?

As you may have heard, today is National Cupcake Day. This is, of course, not a Federal holiday, but still one that people are super excited about, because of the inexplicable popularity of cupcakes.

But there’s a scandal! (My favorite!)

We’re all celebrating an impostor holiday! December 15 is in fact… National LEMON Cupcake Day. Chocolate Cupcake Day is in October, Vanilla Cupcake Day is in November. Unofficially, March brings us Baileys/Car Bomb/Guinness Cupcake Day, which may actually be my favorite of the Cupcake Days.

But with all this celebration of cupcakes, I have a question: When will we celebrate National “Adorably cupcake-size pie that I refuse to refer to as a Cup-pie” Day?

I don’t need to worry about the full-sized pie, though – by my count, there are nineteen days celebrating some kind of pie. I’m a little sad to notice how many of them are way out of season, actually. Blueberry Pie in April? Tsk. On the other hand, I am perfectly happy to squish together national Egg Nog Day (Dec 24) and National Pumpkin Pie Day (Dec 25). That sounds like a perfect Christmas breakfast!

Since these all seem to be totally arbitrary dates, I suggest we pick a day for the Tiny Pie and celebrate it. What do you think? What day shall we designate for the celebration of the best kind of pie, the kind you can carry in your hand?

(On a more serious note, here is a suggestion for a national holiday that I would sing from the hills. The Bill of Rights: maybe the best thing ever. Let us be thankful and celebrate it!)

Give the Gift of Skill

I was going to write you a lovely blog post about a very pretty caramel apple pie. It was going to be so awesome! Except, the pie isn’t pretty (gasp!), and every step of it has been frustrating, for no good reason. I am not feeling the love for that pie, just this moment.

Instead, let’s take a moment and remember the words of the Starks: Winter is coming. (Yes, we got sucked into Game of Thrones. I will not apologize, nor spoil.) You know what that means, right? Knitting time! Pie making time! And not just for me! It’s also Christmas gift time!

I’m not going to knit you any Christmas gifts. But you know what would be an awesome gift? Skills! Imagine all the guilt you could apply toward getting handknits if you bought your favorite crafty person some knitting instruction!

For a returning knitter with a pattern in mind, 2 hours is a really reasonable amount of time to get reacquainted with their needles and brush up on knitting terminology. An adept (read: otherwise somewhat craftyish) beginning knitter can get a good start on their way in the same amount of time, though they won’t get quite as far (probably, depending on the knitter. YMMV, y’know).

As I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn, I’m a huge fan of gifts that keep giving (also: gifts I can eat. unrelated.). That whole “teach a man to fish” thing, you know. And just think of the adorableness that you’ll get next year as a thank-you!