Take a break from healthy eating and indulge in chocolate cake. Because today is National Chocolate Cake Day! Yahoooo! Chocolate Cake Day is a chocolate lover’s delight, and a day to eat cake. On this day, a white or yellow cake will not do. Nor will part chocolate, part white suffice. Because eating anything less than chocolate is just a waste of calories. It must be chocolate, all chocolate.

While cake as a sweet treat and chocolate as a drink have been around since ancient times, chocolate cake is a fairly recent invention. It is believed that the world’s first chocolate cake was baked around the late 1800s after Bostonian Dr. James Baker discovered that one could grind cocoa using a water powered mill, and added it to the cake ingredients and …ta-da, chocolate cake. Thank you, Dr. James Baker!

Some favorite types of chocolate cake include German chocolate cake, black forest cake, chocolate fudge cake and molten lava cake, all mouth-watering versions of the humble chocolate cake.

The first time I had German chocolate cake was when my ever so talented mother-in-law made one from scratch for Don’s birthday. I was so glad she sent the leftovers home with us because I couldn’t get enough of it.

There are three objectives of Chocolate Cake Day: To bake a chocolate cake, to decorate a chocolate cake, and to eat a chocolate cake. Of course, if you are too busy to bake or decorate a cake, then just eating a store-bought chocolate cake will certainly do! Enjoy!

I am so glad to hear from readers. And I’m so glad I am not the only one who is disappointed the high school district is making the observances of Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents Day on one 4-day weekend instead of two 3-day weekends. I realize it is still two 4-day workweeks, but it is not the same. And I know a majority of the members of the certificated and classified unions voted for it or it wouldn’t be happening, but it is still the pits. I would rather stretch the holidays over two 3-day weekends than bunch them up on one 4-day weekend. Just saying.

I am so glad it finally started to rain. I mean really rain. Not just the spit and sputter we had earlier. Because with the change in weather, our does (goats) start kidding (giving birth). Most baby animals are cute, but goats are my favorite. It is unbelievable how fast they are to swiftly stand up, get moving and eating. They are so sweet and cuddly, they let you pick them up, hold and pet them. It is their mamas you need to watch, so they don’t head butt you and knock you down. It is not a pretty sight.

Does the number 332 ring a bell? No? Well, here’s a hint –That is how many shopping days until Christmas. I know, I know, it seemed like we just celebrated Christmas. But that was social-distancing Christmas. Hopefully, Christmas 2021 will be back to normal. And we will be able to celebrate Jesus’ birth with our family and friends as we were meant to do – not with masks, standing six feet apart, or holed up in our homes Zooming. So, we had better get to some special planning to make this year’s Christmas the best ever.

Flower of the Day: Maiden Pinks; Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Cake with Chocolate frosting, of course.

Dates to Remember:

Feb. 2 - Groundhog Day

Feb. 7 – Super Bowl LV

Feb. 12 – Schools are closed to observe Lincoln’s Birthday

Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day

Feb 15 – Schools are closed to observe Presidents Day

Feb 17 – Ash Wednesday

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