Nomming Your Way Through August: The National Eat Dessert First Month Collaborative Challenge!

Excited Usagi
Posted on 07/30/2012 by bubblebubba
Hi there, dessert dudes and dudettes!

For those of you who missed the good news in last week's post: August is national Eat Dessert First month! And we all know what that means. Oh boy, do we ever.

Thanks to everybody who rallied to the cause of completing a collaborative challenge in honor of what will certainly become a decadent, delightful month! The goal: as a community, to submit photos, recipes, and/or descriptions of a different themed dessert for every day in this celebratory summer month.

I've compiled a list of signups, including the dates that everyone was interested in, below. Under the cut, I've also included directions for a) how to participate in this fun challenge, and b) guidelines for the challenge.

(Obviously, since I'm organizing this on my own rather than through the community mods, there won't be any "official" rules or guidelines except for the ones that govern this community in general. There will be some desserts that might not be permissible because they aren't baked, and all I'm going to say is that I'm hosting those at a separate spot if you're interested in participating in a full-blown version of this challenge elsewhere. Otherwise, I'll try my best to make sure everyone is kept up to date without disrupting the community!)

National Dessert Month Photo 2

If you'd like to sign up for one of the following themed dessert days, please leave a comment with the date/theme!

List and guidelines below the cut.


Green dates are still wide open for some dessert fun; orange dates are covered, but feel free and sign up for them anyway if you like! I really don’t know who in their right mind would say no to more dessert photos, and while I’m tempted to make submissions contingent on you sending me a piece of whatever you make, I’ll suspend that idea….for now, anyway.

August 1 – National Raspberry Cream Pie Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, kamaliitaru and rebecky_mo!) 

• August 2 – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Ala bubblebubba)

• August 3 – National Watermelon Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, rebecky_mo!) 

• August 4 – National Chocolate Chip Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, Mavin Maverick!)

• August 5 – National Ice Cream Sundae Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, karasumaa!)

• August 6 – National Root Beer Float Day

• August 7 – National Raspberries & Cream Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, kmazzy!)

• August 8 – National Frozen Custard Day

• August 9 – National Rice Pudding Day

• August 10 – National S’Mores Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, karasumaa!)

• August 11 – National Raspberry Bombe Day

• August 12 – National Toasted Almond Bar Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, Bob!)

(Ala says: And it’s a certain blogger’s birthday *ahrm MINE* so bonus points for anyone who does something birthday-themed :] )

• August 13 – National Trail Mix Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, doubletake!)

• August 14 – National Creamsicle Day

• August 15 – National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

• August 16 – National Rum Day

• August 17 – National Vanilla Custard Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, rebecky_mo!)

• August 18 – National Ice Cream Pie Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, Mavin Maverick!)

• August 19 – National Soft Ice Cream Day

• August 20 – National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

• August 21 – National Spumoni Day

• August 22 – National Pecan Torte Day

• August 23 – National Spongecake Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, Juchin!)

• August 24 – National Peach Pie Day (Chefs de cuisine du jour: Thanks, Ama and Kueken23!)

• August 25 – National Banana Split Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, karasumaa!)

• August 26 – National Cherry Popsicle Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, Bob!)

• August 27 – National Pots de Creme Day

• August 28 – National Cherry Turnover Day

• August 29 – National Lemon Juice Day (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, Bob and hisietari!)

• August 30 – National Marshmallow Toasting Day

• August 31 – National Trail Mix Day (Ala says: Otherwise known as We-Didn’t-Know-What-To-Do-With-Today-So-We’ll-Do-Whatever) (Chef de cuisine du jour: Thanks, doubletake!)


Other "Guidelines" to the Eat Dessert First Community-Wide Challenge:

1. When You're Posting: Try to post your entry with the picture of your dessert, description, and recipe (if you have one) on the date of the themed dessert. So for example, if you're signed up for national raspberry cream pie day on August 1st, post it the night before or day of, and write in the title "August 1st: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day." Easy enough, right?

2. Reminder Emails: Since August is a crazy month (I mean, it’s national dessert month–how could it not be crazy?!), I will try my best to help by sending out reminder emails at least a day in advance of your theme date. If you'd like to receive these emails and you feel comfortable sharing, you can privately message me your email address, and I'll only use your email to remind you about your sign-up date(s). This is totally, completely, and wholly optional.

3. Please spread the word! You guys are all fantastic community folks, and I’d love to turn this into a full-fledged collaborative effort to make sure we celebrate national dessert month in style. In other words, this is a chance for some major community bonding, so if you know anyone who is interested in participating, drag ‘em along for the ride! I don’t have any sort of cash or other prizes, but you’ll get a really, really good excuse to make a dessert that you’ve always wanted to make but resisted doing because your family/significant other keeps raising his or her eyebrows when you start pulling out the bags of flour and sugar, as if to say, Are we going through this again? (Yeah, we’ve all been there, done that.)



kueken23 31st-Jul-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for organising this, really looking forward to it!!
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 06:30 am (UTC)
Of course--and I'm excited to see your entries!
naoto 31st-Jul-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
I can't cook so I'll be just watching all the yummy submissions, but omgosh that picture looks amazing. I want. :<

bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 06:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! Although you should definitely think of this as a neat opportunity to try if you'd like--you could even start with something simple, like National Trail Mix Day or National Watermelon Day! Bet you could do those just fine :)
kmazzy 31st-Jul-2012 08:25 am (UTC)
how is trail mix a dessert? and why is it on twice?

i'd like to play but i am going on holiday halfway through august and all the free early in the month days are very weird to me as a non-american.
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, they're weird even to us Americans--no worries! Also, definitely feel free to double-up for a date if you feel like it.
kmazzy 31st-Jul-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
ok, well i will do raspberries & cream day. then i can bake at the weekend and have plenty of time to write a post.

about time i stopped being too pansy to post in here. just have to make sure i take photos before i scoff my creation!
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
That sounds awesome! Great to have you on board--looking forward to it. Also, I just wanted to ask if it would be okay to include your entry on my blog as part of the (same) challenge I'm hosting over there. I would just be a featurette about your entry on your assigned date, plus proper citations. Let me know how this sounds!
kmazzy 1st-Aug-2012 07:18 am (UTC)
no problem at all. i apologise in advance for the shoddy quality of my photo. i cannot take good food photos to save my life!
kamaliitaru 31st-Jul-2012 08:35 am (UTC)
No cheesecake day? I'm willing to take August 1 if you are willing to count a Raspberry Cheesecake as a Raspberry cream pie interpretation...
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Consider it interpreted--done, and glad to have you on board!
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Also, would you be open to this being posted on my blog as well? I'm hosting the (same) challenge over there, and it would just be a featurette about your entry with proper credits. I can also send you the link if you're interested. Let me know how that sounds, and thanks again for joining in!
kamaliitaru 31st-Jul-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Sure, not sure how to do that, but no problem.
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'll just be updating (hopefully) daily with everyone's themed entries and showcasing them on my blog for the month of August. There's a sign-up form here: http://wallflourgirl.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/did-you-know-august-is-national-eat-dessert-first-month-8/ but I can also just use your entry from bakebakebake. Just wanted to give you the link in case you're interested in seeing it featured!
mavinmaverick 31st-Jul-2012 10:18 am (UTC)
Whee! I already have my ingredients for the 4th. :-) I'm ready to go!
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
And I'm so excited to see this happen--can't wait!
doubletake 31st-Jul-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I can take trail mix, as long as we're happy with loose interpretations. :D I can even take it twice if need be, I have more than one 'trail-mixy' baking recipe that I love.
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, that would be stellar! Thanks so much, and glad to have you on board! Also, would you be okay if I featured your entries as part of the (same) challenge I'm hosting on my blog? Proper citations and whatnot will definitely be used.
doubletake 31st-Jul-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Not a problem.
rebecky_mo 31st-Jul-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
*rolls up sleeves* ALRIGHT. I'm in for at least 3 dates. 4, if I can get technical:

It's already covered, but I'd like to be under August 1st - Raspberry Cream Pie Day. *needs to get photo/post ready actually*

I also have a recipe for August 3rd - Watermelon Day, but it doesn't require baking. Can I get the other hosting page for this one?

Now, for my third claim, August 11th, Raspberry Bombe Day, I have two questions! 1) If I'm only baking an empty pie shell and browning some meringue afterwards, does it still count as a baked item? 2) I'll be traveling somewhere with limited internet around this time; could I post the entry a day early, on the 10th?

Also claiming August 17th - Vanilla Custard Day as a baked recipe.

(Boy, my co-workers are gonna LOVE me this month...)
bubblebubba 31st-Jul-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Goodness. Cue general excitement! It's great to have you on board, and this sounds like a stellar list of desserts. Shall I sign you up for all three then? As for the raspberry bombe, I'm not sure quite if that would count--but I'm leaving it open to anyone who's participating to submit any unbaked entries to my blog (where I'm hosting the same theme challenge). I don't want to push this onto you unsolicited, but if you're interested and don't mind being featured over there, I can send you the link and signup form! Otherwise, I'd give it a go and try posting here--can't hurt, right?
rebecky_mo 31st-Jul-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
...Actually, thinking about it now, I'm rescinding my claim on the Raspberry Bombe on August 11th. Just remembered how crazy that week is going to be before taking the trip, and ice cream wouldn't travel well to work (I live alone, waaaaay too much for just me). XD;

But yes, sign me up for the other 3 dates! And I'll take that link to the signup sheet on your blog (I don't mind being featured :3)
bubblebubba 1st-Aug-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Fantastic--definitely feel free to sign up, then, and I'm looking forward to seeing your entries!
kirei_xo_ai wow!!1st-Aug-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
August is the best month :) Dessert first has been on my vocab since forever lol I'm pretty excited
karasumaa 4th-Aug-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
I just sent you an LJ message... Thanks!
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