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National Blonde Brownie Day!

Today we celebrate a very popular brownie dessert except it is not brown but blonde, it is National Blonde Brownie Day.  This day is observed annually on January 22nd.

Blonde brownie is made with a mixture of flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, eggs, just like the original brownies, however, blonde brownies have a unique flavor and is delicious even it is not well known.  It is a very rich sweet dessert bar that resembles the traditional chocolate brownie, but cocoa is normally substituted with vanilla and contains brown sugar.

Blondies often contain white or dark chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or other flavored chips.  Blondies are different significantly from white chocolate brownies or the normal brownies because they do not contain chocolate or chocolate flavoring, other than the chocolate chips mixed into it.  It can also contain coconut, nuts, toffee, or any other chunky candy for added texture.

Blondies existed for at least ten years before chocolate brownies existed in the late 19th century, and chocolate brownies were not developed until 1905.

So, today, celebrate this day by making some Blonde Brownies to share with your friends and family.  Share on social media your recipe using #BlondeBrownieDay.

1973 Roe v. Wade is decided

Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s legal right to an abortion, is decided on January 22, 1973. The Court ruled, in a 7-2 decision, that a woman’s right to choose an abortion was protected by the privacy rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The legal precedent for the decision was rooted in the 1965 case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which established the right to privacy involving medical procedures.

Despite opponents’ characterization of the decision, it was not the first time that abortion became a legal procedure in the United States. In fact, for most of the country’s first 100 years, abortion, as we know it today, was not only not a criminal offense, it was also not considered immoral.

In the 1700s and early 1800s, the word “abortion” referred only to the termination of a pregnancy after “quickening,” the time when the fetus first began to make noticeable movements. The induced ending of a pregnancy before this point did not even have a name–but not because it was uncommon. Women in the 1700s often took drugs to end their unwanted pregnancies.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/roe-v-wade)