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National Coffee Ice Cream Day!

Today we celebrate Coffee Ice Cream Day.  Who doesn’t love ice cream especially when it is Coffee flavor but just be aware that coffee has caffeine so you cannot give it to your children, you can always buy your children a chocolate flavor ice cream.  This day is observed annually on September 6th.

Coffee ice cream has been around since the mid-19th century. The first recorded recipe dates back to 1919. It consisted of crushed ice, cream and coffee syrup. Modern coffee ice cream is made by dissolving fine coffee grounds into the hot ice cream base. Coffee flavored ice cream can be served by itself or used for preparing milkshakes. Be careful when giving it to children as it contains caffeine.

You can actually make your own coffee ice but it is easy to just grab one ready-made from you frozen isle on your local supermarket.  For many of us, coffee is part of our daily routine, at least it is mine because I probably drink about four cups a day, so I probably will enjoy coffee-flavored ice cream.

So, today, celebrate this day by grabbing a pint of coffee ice cream and cover it with hot fudge or caramel drizzles, at least that is what I would do, to enjoy with your family.  Share on social media some pictures celebrating this day by using #CoffeeIceCreamDay.

1914 First Battle of the Marne begins

On September 6, 1914, some 30 miles northeast of Paris, the French 6th Army under the command of General Michel-Joseph Manoury attacks the right flank of the German 1st Army, beginning the decisive First Battle of the Marne at the end of the first month of World War I.

After invading neutral Belgium and advancing into northeastern France by the end of August 1914, German forces were nearing Paris, spurred on by punishing victories that forced five French armies into retreat after the Battles of the Frontiers at Lorraine, Ardennes, Charleroi, and Mons. In anticipation of the German attack, the anxious French government appointed the 65-year-old General Joseph-Simon Gallieni as the military governor of Paris. Gallieni, predicting that the Germans would reach Paris by September 5, did not wish to sit idly back and wait for invasion. In the first days of September, he managed to convince the French commander in chief, Joseph Joffre, to spare him an army—Manoury’s 6th Army—from the front in order to aggressively defend the capital.

At the same time, General Alexander von Kluck, at the head of the German 1st Army, was disobeying orders from its own headquarters to double back and support General Karl von Bulow’s 2nd Army, thus protecting itself from possible attacks from the French on its right flank, from the direction of Paris. Not wanting to subordinate himself to Bulow’s command, Kluck ordered his forces to proceed in their pursuit of the retreating French 5th Army, under General Charles Lanrezac, across the Marne River, which they crossed on September 3. When Gallieni learned of Kluck’s move that morning, he knew the French 6th Army—the new army of Paris—had been given its opportunity to attack the German flank. Without hesitation, he began to coordinate the attack, urging Joffre to support it by resuming the general French offensive earlier than army headquarters had planned.

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