Friday, May 3, 2019

No Pants Day, the Dress (or not) Rehearsal

No Pants Day is actually a thing. Not a joke, like people really do it. It's celebrated, yes, in the exact way that you think, on the first Friday in May. The history is a little sketchy, I've read more than one story about its inception, but one that I hear is that it started out at a college university as a way to welcome Spring and to celebrate the end of spring semester. I can remember my college days so I get that, the sheer joy of letting loose and letting off some steam and just being silly when the semester nears its end, spring has finally arrived and summer break is around the corner. But it then caught on and is celebrated in multiple other countries. Explain that.

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Personally, I think there is a much more practical reason for the day. It's a baby step. For those not able to comfortably just jump into tomorrow's holiday, World Naked Gardening Day, it's a lead in. Today no pants, tomorrow no . . . ummm  . . . anything. So this is your the dress (or not) rehearsal, tomorrow's the real deal, live audience and all. My thought process is, if you have the balls (well, not necessarily literally) to walk around without any pants on, you're already part way there. Tomorrow all you have to do is lose the top and drop the tidy whities more restrictive accouterments.

Don't panic, no reason to think about tomorrow quite yet, let's just do today. 

Let me just say that as holidays go, I think this one is my spirit animal. It's easier than you think, freeing really. No choosing which pants go with that shirt. No fretting because the pants that go with that shirt are in the wash. No holding your breath to get that top snap snapped (is that just me after a long cold winter?). No worrying about having to politely listen to the whole spiel of that door to door salesman (and probably no worrying about them ever returning to your house again either). No worrying about splitting that back seam bending over to get that blob on the floor or having to pre-treat that stain on your pants leg when batter flies out of the mixer. Pants free baking, that could catch on.

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Strawberry Margarita Cake  

Now the other part of No Pants Day is that, when you're out and about, you're supposed to pretend that you're unaware that you have no pants on. Speaking as someone who once went to work without realizing that she forgot to put a bra on (further proof that I am not a morning person, btw) until heading, at a rapid speed, downstairs to a meeting, I'm definitely equipped to handle this particular requirement.

Despite the enthusiastic zeal with which I approach celebrating today's "preparation" holiday, I still don't know about tomorrow's World Naked Gardening Day. Not necessarily for the reason you think. It isn't actually the naked part that's stopping me (lie), it's the gardening part. You see, the previous owners of our house planted these beautiful dwarf burning bushes along our walkway. I've got some vulnerable body parts and, well, those bushes have thorns. 

 Before you go, click on this link another No Pants Day celebration: 

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Knock Your Pants Off Orange Cake.

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Strawberry Margarita Cake         

Printable Recipe

1 cup chopped strawberries
2 TBSP tequila
1 TBSP orange liqueur
3 TBSP sweetened lime juice

1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup water
1 tsp lime zest
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs

1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
1 TBSP tequila
2 TBSP orange liqueur

*Mix the chopped strawberries with 2 TBSP tequila, 1 TBSP orange liqueur and 3 TBSP sweetened lime juice. Set aside for one hour, mixing now and then.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 X 13 baking pan.
*Beat the cake mix, water, lime zest, oil and eggs for 2 minutes.
*Drain the strawberries well, reserving the liquid. Set the liquid aside. Mix the strawberries into the cake batter and spread into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool completely.
*Pierce the cake all over with a fork. Pour the reserved liquid over the cake and allow to soak in.
*Beat the prepared frosting with the remaining TBSP of tequila and the remaining 2 TBSP of orange liqueur. Spread over the cooled cake.


  1. You have another winning cake here! I have strawberries in the house. I came so close to purchasing a rum based orange liqueur in a recent visit to Charlottesville, Virginia but I didn't. Darn! Darn! Darn! Well, I'll think of something. And it's funny but my husband and I were just discussing gardening and nakedness (but not in the same conversation) I told him I'd rather wear clothes and it's true. No naked gardening for me as I am about to do battle with groundhogs. Again.

    1. Ugh. We have moles destroying our lawn. I'm thinking maybe if I go out there to fight them naked I could maybe just scare them away!

  2. I will not be participating in either day :-) I'm much too klutzy, and would spill something hot on myself, or stab myself with the garden trimmers.

    1. Well now that you mention it, I could meet that same fate.

  3. Hard to get my head around this 'no pants' idea with the snow swirling steadily all day! Ditto tomorrow's naked gardening celebration. I don't have to worry about thorns and bushes, but would definitely give hypothermia and/or frost-nipped nethers a go. Oooh...maybe we could make that a day! National Frost-Nipped Nethers Day. Nope it'd never catch on. That's every day up here!

    1. Often in the political climate in this country I wonder at how much better you Canadians have it. Then I hear about your weather . . . cured.

  4. I’m all in for the cake!!
    No bra huh? Definitely not a morning person.

  5. Speaking a spirit animals, I just ran into a woman who had a shirt that said, 'Beer is my spirit animal'.(chuckles)


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