31 Reasons to Celebrate in August

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As the summer winds down and the kids prepare for a new school year, everyone could use some extra fun and summertime celebration. From weird, yet delicious food holidays to super creative family outings and International Beer Day, there are so many ways to celebrate during the month of August.

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    August 1: National Girlfriends Day

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    Some women would be completely and utterly lost without their closest girlfriends. Today, show your girlfriends how much they really mean to you with a small gift, homemade meal, or even a sweet, handmade card. After years of judgment-free advice, hilarious jokes, and fun times, they've certainly earned it.

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    August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

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    It turns out there is a way to make ice cream even better; you just have to smash it between two soft, gooey cookies. Whether you prefer your ice cream sandwiches homemade or store-bought, plain with chocolate cookies, or a little bit more inventive (cereal cookie ice cream sandwiches, anyone?), today’s a pretty good day to indulge.

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    August 3: International Beer Day

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    From a 5,400-year-old brew discovered in the mountains of Iran to today’s super interesting, creative craft beers, beer has had a long and varied history all over the world. Cheers to the world’s favorite beverage with a classic German Spaten or Kolsch, sample a new-to-you brew from a local brewery, or try brewing your own beer at home.

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    August 4: International Hangover Day

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    It's no coincidence that this day follows International Beer Day. Take it easy today and try a few hangover remedies that actually work

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    August 5: Friendship Day

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    We could all use a little extra love, kindness, and unity. Whether your friends are near or far, let them know how much you appreciate their friendship with a phone call, handmade gift, or home-cooked dinner.

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    August 6: National Root Beer Float Day

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    Take a time machine back to your childhood and sip on a tall glass of root beer topped with vanilla ice cream. Looking for a grown-up twist on this classic treat? Combine a few ounces of Galliano, vanilla-flavored vodka, whipped cream, and root beer in a frosted pint class. This adults-only root beer float is dangerously delicious (and you can barely taste the booze), so try not to overdo it.

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    August 7: Raspberries ‘N’ Cream Day

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    Need an excuse to indulge in this classic dessert? The healthy raspberries contain lots of fiber and vitamin C, so they balance out the sugary, fresh whipped cream.

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    August 8: International Cat Day

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    If you’re a cat owner, you know every day with your feline friend is basically International Cat Day. Sometimes cats can be fussy and sometimes they poop in the wrong places, but the joy of cat ownership makes it all worth it. Give your kitty a little extra love today and treat it with a new toy, a little bit of catnip, or some tasty treats.

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    August 9: National Rice Pudding Day

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    Love it or hate it, rice pudding is here to stay. Next time you indulge, try topping it with lemon zest and vanilla or sample an international variation of rice pudding from Turkey or Portugal.   

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    August 10: National S’mores Day

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    This campfire classic is perfectly delicious in its original form with graham crackers, milk chocolate, and toasted marshmallows. There are tons of tasty twists out there, too. Try adding sliced strawberries, bananas, or raspberries, or go all out with a smear of Nutella.

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    August 11: Son and Daughter Day

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    Even if your kids are old enough to think it's totally uncool, give them a nice, big bear hug today. Spend the day bonding over your favorite childhood board game or make and play a new game together.

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    August 12: Baseball Fans Day

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    No sport says “summer” like baseball, but with busy schedules and expensive game admission, it can be tough to get the whole family to the stadium. Instead, create your own stadium experience at home. Enjoy hot dogs, freshly popped popcorn, and ice-cold beer while you watch a game on TV.

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    August 13: National Filet Mignon Day

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    If you’ve never prepped filet mignon before, today’s the day to learn! Preparing filet mignon is much easier than you might think and it’s ridiculously good when served up with sides of potatoes and green beans.

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    August 14: National Creamsicle Day

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    In most cases, it's not good to mix dairy and citrus, but when it comes to Creamsicles, it definitely works. These tart, but creamy treats are a summertime staple.

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    August 15: National Relaxation Day

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    Today, make it a point to give yourself a few moments of utter relaxation. Listen to your favorite song (and maybe even drop a few dance moves), apply a homemade face mask, take a luxurious bath, or treat yourself to a massage at a local spa. Do whatever it takes to disconnect and chill out for a little while!

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    August 16: National Bratwurst Day

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    Say hallo to your new favorite grillers! Bratwurst, or German sausages that are commonly made with pork, beef, or veal, aren’t just easy to cook, but they can be prepared in a number of different ways, too. Try a classic grilling recipe and top them with your favorite hot dog fixings, simmer them in beer for a truly German treat, or slice cooked bratwurst into homemade spaetzle for a delicious side dish.

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    August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

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    No other member of kitty kind has a rap quite like black cats. They are actually considered lucky in many cultures, so use today to give black cats some appreciation too.

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    August 18: National Fajita Day

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    Sometimes they’re topped with cheese, sometimes they’re spicy, and sometimes they’re packed with inventive ingredients, but one thing’s for certain: Fajitas are always delicious. Serve them up with refried beans and rice, fresh tortillas, and sour cream for a totally filling (and easy to prep) dinner. 

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    August 19: National Hot and Spicy Food Day

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    For some people, hot and spicy might mean mild salsa, and for others, it screams raw ghost chili peppers. Whatever your definition of spicy may be, grab a tall glass of milk and embrace the heat with your favorite hot and spicy foods.

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    August 20: National Bacon Lover’s Day

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    Whether you serve it alongside eggs and hash browns, layered on top of an avocado, tomato, and lettuce sandwich on fresh bread, or as a flavor fusion in your favorite vodka, today, there’s no wrong way to eat bacon. But before you go on your bacon bender, learn how to cook the world’s crispiest, most perfect bacon the right way.

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    August 21: National Spumoni Day

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    Spumoni is a traditional dessert that contains gelato, whipped cream, candied fruit, and nuts and it’s pretty darn tasty. Make your own spumoni or leave it to the pros and pick one up at your local Italian bakery.

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    August 22: National Bao Day

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    Bao, otherwise known as baozi, is a meat- or veggie-filled steamed bun that’s common in Chinese cuisines. Unlike a dumpling, bao has a thick, chewy, almost bread-like wrapper. You can find them at your local Chinese eatery or try making your own bao at home.

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    August 23: Buttered Corn Day

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    Fresh corn on the cob is a quintessential summer dish. Pair it with your favorite barbecued meats and some potato salad for a dinner that screams “summertime.”

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    August 24: National Waffle Day

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    Waffles are quite a versatile food. There are the obvious waffles with butter and syrup for breakfast, but have you considered chicken and waffles for lunch? Or a burger with all the fixings sandwiched between two waffles for dinner? Or making an ice cream sandwich with homemade waffles? There’s no better time to try some more inventive waffle concoctions.

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    August 25: National Whiskey Sour Day

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    If you want to feel like a cool, mid-century modern kind of cat, try sipping on a whiskey sour. This classic cocktail contains bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. Serve it over ice with an orange wheel and Maraschino cherry for a deliciously vintage cocktail hour.

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    August 26: National Dog Day

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    Dog owners truly consider their four-legged friends as members of the family. In exchange for their love, affection, and loyalty give your pooch a little extra pampering today, whether that means an extra-long walk, a fun, new toy, or a tasty treat.

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    August 27: National Banana Lovers Day

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    Bananas are so versatile. You can use them in literally thousands of recipes (from smoothies to ice cream sundaes and homemade pancakes); they make an excellent, vegan-friendly egg replacer in baking recipes; they contain a ton of heart-healthy potassium, and they’re ridiculously cheap. Enjoy one today and every day.

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    August 28: Red Wine Day

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    Red wine has been proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, and it contains healthy antioxidants that can reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries, reduce cholesterol, and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Drink up!

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    August 29: Lemon Juice Day

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    Lemon juice can add brightness to any dish (from a salad to a lemon cake); it can add depth and dimension to cocktails; and, when you’re finished prepping food with it, you can use lemon juice as an eco-friendly home cleaner

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    August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

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    If you didn’t indulge in enough toasted marshmallows on National S’mores Day earlier this month, now’s your chance to catch up! Whip up a batch of marshmallow fudge, add toasted marshmallows to a peanut butter sandwich for a totally nostalgic lunch, or just eat your toasted marshmallows straight off the stick.

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    August 31: Eat Outside Day

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    Al fresco dining season is almost over, so take advantage of every nice evening and eat outside for the rest of the summer, but especially today. String up the twinkly lights, gather your shatterproof wine glasses and hit the patio with your freshly prepped filet mignon, grilled veggies, and hot, buttered corn.