I was doing some brainstorming for my week’s worth of posts the other day and just for yuks thought I’d see if there were any weird “National Days” coming up that I could write about. Well, I think I found two dingers AND they are both TODAY, as luck would have it. March 6th is both…hold onto your socks here…get ready to celebrate….National Frozen Food Day AND! National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day.
Who the heck comes up with this stuff?
If you do some googling, you will come across the strangest lists of National Days. God Bless Google. Where would we be without them? We’d forever be stopping conversations with lines like “Hold on, it’s on the tip of my tongue” and “Just give me a minute. I’ll remember it”, that’s where we’d be. *Shiver* Those days of actually having to recall bizarre data is long gone. Just whip out your iPhone. And since I know you are all wondering, they are just called “days”, not “holidays” because it seems that the powers that be are assuming there really won’t be the full-tilt celebrating that there is on say, Independence Day or um…maybe Christmas. As far as I can tell, there is no wrapping paper or greeting cards for National Potato Chip Day OR National Sneak Some Zucchini on your Neighbor’s Porch Night (I. Kid. You. Not. on this last one. August 8th. Mark your calendars). Although, I think I would like to see both of those in the commercial arena. Some pretty amusing visuals are dancing around in my head right now, I can tell you that.
This stuff just makes me laugh. These obviously-entirely-commercially-driven-although-not that-commercial-because-no-one-really-has-heard-of-them-holidays are right up there with the Presidential Pardon of the Thankgiving turkey as far as I’m concerned. Really? Pardon a turkey? A bird. How about a wrongly accused jailed dude? Oh, that’s silly of me. Back to the turkey. And just how does that luckiest-of-birds get chosen anyway? Did he come from a Red State or a Blue State? Did his father have connections? Did he show just that extra little bit of feather during the interview? Turkeys everywhere should be proclaiming November National Thank You George H. W. Bush Month for formally starting this pardoning business, if you really want a ridiculous holiday.
I know, I know. This post is pretty goofball (unless you count the recipe at the bottom) and in fact, it’s utterly silly. But you know what, I fully believe that we all need to make way for a tad of silly in our lives. Yes, my kids’ eyes roll when I dance in the kitchen or when I sing, sing, sing in the car, but they are also seeing that sometimes it’s good to just let your hair down, break out and let silliness rule the roost for a short while. You feel great afterward, smiles always ensue and what could be better than that? Imagine if everyone, everyday broke out of their shell even just for 5 minutes. Heads of State. Mayors. Police men. The Dalai Lama. I’m guessing the Dalai Lama would condone a little levity of this nature.
So, Happy Ridiculousness Day, everyone. Go get your silly on. Even just for a short while. And rest easy. National Cheeseball Day (April 17th) and National Hoagie Day (May 5th) are fast approaching.
And here…it’s not a White Chocolate Cheesecake, but a Pina Colada Cheesecake from Southern Living. This will make everyone goofy with delight. Especially if they like getting caught in the rain (anyone?).
6 Tb. unsalted butter, melted
1.75 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cups chopped pecans, toasted
1 Tb. sugar
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese (note: I use 2 full fat and 1 1/3 fat package just so it’s not as deathly)
1/2 cup sugar
5 large eggs
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup cream of coconut
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
1/3 cup light run
4 tsp. coconut extract
Garnish of toasted coconut
Stir together first 4 ingredients and press into bottom and 1.5 inches up the sides of a lightly greased springform pan. Beat the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Add pineapple and next 4 ingredients, beating until blended. Pour mixture into crust. I bet you can feel the tropical breezes already.
Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Spread Glaze over top. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours. You have the will-power. Garnish, if desired.
1 Tb. cornstarch
1 Tb. water
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, UNdrained
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tb. lemon juice
Stir cornstarch and 1 Tb. water together until smooth. Combine cornstarch mixture and all other ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cool completely before spreading on top (as much as you see fit) of cheesecake. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.