September 26 – National Shamu the Whale, Pancake and Dumpling Day

Today marks National Shamu the Whale, Pancake, Dumpling, Johnny Appleseed, and a few other national days. A busy September 25th day, celebrate with some of the best combinations – turn your home-made dumplings into apple dumplings in honor of National Johnny Appleseed and Dumpling Day. Make your breakfast pancakes in the shape of a whale to pay tribute to both National Shamu the Whale and Pancake Day. Or why not have apple-inspired pancakes?
An Apple Pancake Recipe That Will Shake You to Your Core:

Ingredients:

  • Melted butter – ¼ cups
  • Egg – 1 large
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • All-purpose flour – 1 ¼ cups
  • Shredded tart apple – 1 cup
  • Baking powder – 1 ¼ teaspoons
  • White sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon – ¼ teaspoon
Method:

  • Mix the butter, egg, milk, and apple in a large bowel.
  • Separately sift flour, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon together and slowly add to apple mixture until well-mixed.
  • Over medium-high heat, lightly oil a frying pan and pour about a ¼ cup into it for each pancake. Serve warm.

Or, if you would prefer more of an applesauce flavor to your pancake, simply add in some applesauce to either the batter mixture or pour it straight on top of your finished pancakes.

Killer Facts About Whales

  • Orcas are called killer whales due to their ability to take down marine animals rather than taking on a Jaws
  • They will prey on almost any animal along the coastline, in the sea or even the air over the water.
  • Their teeth can grow up to 4 inches long.
  • There is grey coloring just behind their dorsal fin (the one on their back), resembling a riding saddle, so it is aptly named, “saddle.”
  • Weighing up to 6 tons, they are the largest of the dolphin family and can grow almost as long as a school bus!
  • More likely to be found near the shore and at higher latitudes, they are the most widely dispersed mammal besides us humans.
  • Groups of orcas are called pods and there are two kinds – Resident and Transient. The former preferring fish while the latter being more aggressive and hunting large marine mammals.
  • The only exceptions found with their diet, according to IUCN, is dolphins and manatees but eat almost anything else they come across – even moose!
  • Giving birth to only one, and only every three to ten years, they are usually pregnant for 17 months.

Celebrate these National days today and honor the lives of the various Shamu the Whales across the world, the life devoted to kindness and nature from Johnny “Appleseed,” and the sacrifices of all the pancakes and dumplings that will rest in your belly.


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