National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day is always celebrated on Sept. 14.

Like Holiday Insights says, it is a sweet day when you say “doughnut” and “cream filling” in one sentence. Do you not just love special days like today? Sure, you were watching your weight. Then, along comes a special day that is just packed with calories and carbs. And that special day encourages you to eat one of your favorite breakfast treats, cream-filled doughnuts.

There is not a shortage of food-related “special days.” I am certainly glad that someone chose to create a day just for cream-filled doughnuts. It truly is a special treat. The most popular cream-filled doughnuts are chocolate cream and vanilla cream.

However, I like custard filling in a maple bar. That is the best. Whatever flavor is your favorite, just make sure the day does not go by without having one or more cream-filled doughnuts. Today’s quote: “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy doughnuts. And that’s kind of the same thing.” Author unknown.

Now that we have dessert decided, let’s move to the main dish of the meal. Happy International Crab Fest Day, too! And there are a lot of crabs steamed about that! (LOL! It’s a grandma joke. I crack myself up.)

If you choose to cook your own, grab your crab baskets and head to the seashore, or go to the local seafood store for a “mess” of cooked crabs. And the store usually will clean them for free. Remember the French bread and the melted butter for dipping, maybe a salad to balance the carbs, and don’t forget the bibs.

There are two things we know. First, crabs can be found all over the world. Second, crabs are one of the sweetest, most popular of all seafoods. The fact that more than 1.5 million tons of crab is consumed worldwide every year is a testimonial to its culinary popularity. While steaming crabs is the most popular, you can bake, boil or grill it, or add it into a wide variety of recipes. In other words, have it your way!

There are thousands of varieties of crabs. They range in size from 5 inches across, to more than 13 feet. Fishermen have a second reason to celebrate crabs today: They use the little ones as bait to catch lurker bass and other fish. As for the larger varieties, well, let’s just say they’d make one heck of a crab fest!

Some crab trivia: They can live up to 100 years; they are called the “spiders” of the sea because they have 10 legs; they can lay 2,000 eggs at a time; they can move in any direction and a group of crabs is actually called a “cast,” as in a “cast” of characters in a movie or play. I thought a group of crab was called a “mess” of crab. But maybe that is because there can be a huge mess when they are being eaten.

Whatever they are called I would like some right now with some melted butter and garlic bread, and a Caesar salad. How about you? Are you up for some steamed crab? Have a very delectable International Crab Fest Day!

Flower of the day: Coleus

Recipe of the day: Hot Crab Dip

Dates to remember:

Sept. 22 — Autumnal equinox

Oct. 10-11 — First quarter break for high schools — no school

Oct. 16 — National Boss’s Day

Oct. 31 — Halloween

Until next week — be strong, be courageous and make a memory.