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Monday, 16 May 2022

Top Gun and other 16 May facts - plus how about a slice of low carb birthday cake !

It seems no matter where I look on news and social media people are talking about the film Top Gun, and I'm doing so too! 😀 The original film directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, first premiered on 16 May 1986 and of course the new Top Gun 'Maverick' premier's this month in 2022. In fact here in the UK the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) will join the actor Tom Cruise for his U.K. premiere of Top Gun: Maverick on May 19 in London's Leicester Square. Will we see Kate in full Hollywood glamour? She certainly glittered in gold for the James Bond premiere last September. The date is close so we haven't got long to find out 😊

But how about these facts:
May 16th is also known as Drawing Day and Sea Monkey Day.

Yes, today is a special day where we can all release our amazing imagination and share it with the world. That’s because today is National Drawing Day. So take out your pencils and paper and unleash your inner artist!

For some of us, sea monkeys may have been our very first pets. They may never have ended up growing into anything like the creatures on the box, but that didn’t matter. We had our imagination to help us! Sea Monkey Day is a day to reflect on these glorious childhood years, or even to relive them!

May 16th, this day marks the 136th day of 2022, and there’s another 229 days to go. (At this rate we'll soon be thinking about Christmas!!!)

Back on 16 May 2006, The Apple MacBook was released.

Going back a little further to 1966 on the 16th May The Beach Boys released their album “Pet Sounds,” featuring the hit single “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” One of my favourite groups 😊

Even further back ... in 1920, on 16 May, Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan of Arc.
The canonization ceremony was attended by more than 60,000 people, including 140 of Joan of Arc's family's descendants. Joan of Arc is the patron saint of martyrs, prisoners, soldiers, and France. Her Feast Day is May 30.

The above are just a few trivia facts about the 16th May, there are some more here

No, it isn't my birthday, but you may be celebrating your birthday on this day. If you are I wish you a happy day and how about a slice of low carb birthday cake 😋

It's a gluten-free (Sugar-free, Low Carb, Keto) birthday cake recipe. It's rich and moist and no-one will guess it's low carb and sugar-free. It's easy to make with just ten ingredients!

1 cup Erythritol
3/4 cup Butter (softened)
8 large Eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
3 cups almond flour
1/2 cup Coconut flour
1 1/2 tbsp. Gluten-free baking powder
Cream cheese frosting
32 oz. Cream cheese (softened)
1/3 cup Butter (softened)
2/3 cup Powdered erythritol (adjust to taste; regular granulated *not* recommended)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
chopped pecans (optional) if desired to decorate.

For cooking instructions and full details please see here
If you need help with weight / measurement conversion this should help, see here

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All the best Jan


Tom said...

...Top Gun is something that I know nothing about.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my! I wish I felt like I deserved a cake like this! lol It sure looks amazing. I'm still enjoying the muffins I make and they are just the right size for a snack. Maybe we should watch Top Gun today....oh and sketch! Enjoy your day!

Christine said...

Interesting facts. I know many kids named Maverick due to that movie

Divers and Sundry said...

I remember sea monkeys from my youth, and my kids had them, too. Fun!

Martha said...

Yes, please, I'll have a slice of cake!

Hootin Anni said...

Great trivia this week! I'm not a Tom cruise fan. Now, about this cake, I will have to Google...I don't know what Erythritol is. 😄

Valerie-Jael said...

That's not a film for me! Valerie

Pam said...

WOW...that cake looks AMAZING!! HAHA...I started reading about May 16th and laughed cause it hit me, in 1980 on this day I married. I was married 13 yrs but been divorced 30 yrs this coming Dec. Was always waiting for my prince, guess I should have stopped looking yrs ago. lol

Victor S E Moubarak said...

The cake certainly looks tasty.

God bless.

Elephant's Child said...

Not a movie I have seen (and add me to those who are not fans of Tom Cruise). Great trivia.

Catarina said...

I'm planning to see this movie.
I wish I could buy that cake!

Mary Kirkland said...

I don't like Tom Cruise so I won't be watching the movie. But the birthday cake looks delicious.

My name is Erika. said...

I had sea monkeys as a kid. They were always so disappointing. And I can't believe it's been that long since Top Gun was released. I hope the "sequel" is good. Happy new week to both of you.

happyone said...

Ken will be baking my birthday cake the end of the month. : )
I've never seen Top Gun.

Rose said...

That cake looks so delicious.

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por la receta. Se ve muy rico ese pastel. Te mando un beso.

Lorrie said...

Top Gun is a movie we've watched several times. I wonder what the new one will be like.

Margaret D said...

Should be an ok movie.
2 days before my Birthday :)

eileeninmd said...

The cake does look delicious! I am not a fan of Tom Cruise.
Take care, have a great day and week ahead!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Sea monkeys are a no. Cake a happy yes.

Angie's Recipes said...

I am not a fan of Tom Cruise, but I would enjoy this stunning cake tremendously.

DUTA said...

Drawing Day - Oh, my, I wish I could draw, but no such thing. I'm envious of people with drawing and painting skills.

sandy said...

that cake looks so good. I don't ever think I saw the original TopGun and now there is a new one. Kate always looks good no matter what she wears. Never heard of drawing day.

Jeanie said...

What fun facts But darn! Missed Drawing Day!

baili said...

i have watched Jerry Maguire many times :)

thanks for sharing interesting facts dear Jan ,never knew about monkey day

Teresa said...

El pastel se ve muy bien. Besos.