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National Crème-Filled Donut Day!

Today we celebrate one of my favorite sugary, sweet pastry, the Crème-filled kind one because it is National Crème-Filled Donut Day.  This day is observed, annually on September 14th, but you can always enjoy one if you are craving a sweet treat with cream fillings.

Well, if you are watching your weight, you can always have one but don’t eat a dozen of it and one piece of this delicious donut will not make you fall off the wagon.  You can always share the dozen delicious donuts with your friends and co-workers to enjoy with a cup of hot coffee.

One of my favorite crème-filled donuts is the Boston Cream donut with the chocolate frosting and a pudding filling.  Nowadays, you can have different types of filling like Lemon Cream, Caramel Cream, Maple Cream, Peanut Butter Cream, Espresso Cream, Strawberry Cream, and more.  What is your favorite?

Donuts came to the United States in the mid-1800s through Dutch settlers that were known for their pastries. The first donut with a hole in the middle is said to be a creation of American Hansen Gregory. Thankfully, someone after Hansen made the brilliant decision to fill that hole with delicious cream filling! These were so well-liked that the Boston Creme Donut, perhaps one of the most popular cream-filled donuts, became the official donut of Massachusetts in 2003.

So, today, celebrate this day by having some Crème-Filled Donut Day by grabbing some at your favorite local donut shop to share with your friend and family.  Share on social media some photos of your favorite crème-filled donut using #CremeFilledDonutDay.

1814 Francis Scoot Key pens “The Star-Spangled Banner”

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The poem, originally titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812.  Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779, at Terra Rubra, his family’s estate in Frederick County (now Carroll County), Maryland. He became a successful lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and was later appointed U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

On June 18, 1812, America declared war on Great Britain after a series of trade disagreements. In August 1814, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, Capitol Building and Library of Congress. Their next target was Baltimore.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/key-pens-star-spangled-banner)