teaWe are deep in the throes of winter in the northern hemisphere. I’m bundling up in sweaters and long pants to help ward off the chilly 40 degree weather that hits southern Arizona. My friends in the colder places like to laugh at my attempts at staying warm. Well, here’s a great idea to stay warm yourself, celebrate National Hot Toddy Day on January 11th.

Looking towards the month of January, here are a few of the month-long celebrations: National Tea Month, National Soup Month, and National Oatmeal Month. There are many ways to celebrate these month-long observances so get creative and have fun.

Looking at the daily observances, here are a few of my favorites: National Bean Day might actually be the most exciting for me. I love beans. Now who can resist National Spaghetti Day, or National Whipped Cream Day? No, vegans needn’t despair, you can make your own whipped cream by mixing coconut milk and sugar with a touch of vanilla.

beansAnd while the list of all January observances is at least twice as long, here are my favorites: 

January 1st:  – Apple Gifting Day
January 4th – National Spaghetti Day
January 5th – National Whipped Cream Day
January 6th – National Bean Day
January 9th – National Apricot Day
January 10th – Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 16th – International Hot and Spicy Food Day
January 19th – National Popcorn Day
January 21st – National Granola Bar Day
Blueberry PancakesJanuary 23rd – National Pie Day
January 28th – National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 26th –  National Pistachio Day
January 29th –  National Corn Chip Day

And yes, as plant-based eaters we can celebrate days with pie and pancakes. There are ways to make them vegan and taste good! Watch out for potential recipes coming up soon.