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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Let's split!

Let's split could mean 'get outta Dodge' (leave the scene) or divide something among two or more people. Of course, I am not telling you to get outta here. You just arrived and there is more to this post. The only thing I can share with you at the moment is the written word. So, with the image inviting screaming for ice cream, thoughts definitely should surround ice cream and from the title it involves a split. Grab a banana boat and get ready, get set, go for it! (And...that's not all!)

August 10 is...

National Banana Split Day

Today your arms & hands are the oars and the boat is a banana boat...so, row, row, row your boat for tasty brain freeze goodness! Forget the bacon and eggs, load up your boat at breakfast time. Of course, a sprinkling of crumbled bacon just might be the extra umph! for the sweet cherry on top.

A Bit of Ice Cream Split History...
Thanks to a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist, David Evans Strickler, the triple-ice cream-banana-based sundae was born out of sheer ice cream creativity in 1904. After experimenting with different flavor combos, Strickler decided that splitting a banana and adding it to the bottom of the dish would be just the right touch. Voila! The banana split was born. His new 'sundae' creation originally cost 10¢, twice the price of other sundaes.

“In 1904, the first banana split was made here in Latrobe, Pennsylvania by David Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist at a local drug store,” says Melissa Blystone of Valley Dairy. “We still use his original formula when we make splits in our restaurants.”
Want s'more? Finish off your ice cream coma with a nice toasty graham-cracker-chocolate-marshmallow mess - that is, if your banana split isn't quite enough and leaves you wanting s'more.

August 10 is...

National S-mores Day


It is not understood why this dessert is celebrated in August, during the heat of the summer. Usually s-mores are enjoyed around a campfire. Too hot for the campfire? No problem! Toast the marshmallows in a toaster oven or a microwave. Another possibility is to set up votive tea candles and invite guests to a s'mores mini-fondue! Be creative...endless possibilities!

A Bit of S-mores History...
The first official s'mores recipe was published in the Girl Scout Handbook in 1927, but culinary historians believe that the tradition began much earlier. Over the years, the recipe was passed from camper to camper and eventually became the most famous fireside dessert. Ever wondered why it is called a s’more? Because you’ll always want "some more" of this decadent sweet!


Happy National Banana Split Day with S'more waiting on the side!

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!