January 2nd marks several things to celebrate. It is National Thank God It’s Monday Day, National Cream Puff Day, National Science Fiction Day, National Personal Trainer Awareness Day & National Buffet Day.
This Monday was a beautiful wintery Monday that turned ugly pretty quick. It started with a lovely brunch with a great friend in a snowy winter wonderland but by the end of the day the weather turned to rain and I ended up overcommitting to family and running low on time for my second attempt to Celebrate the Day!
So other than celebrating Thank God It’s Monday by having a pleasant meal with friends, I got very little celebrating done.
To counteract this ‘failure’ I got up extra early today (the 3rd) to try and accomplish my Monday celebrations in the AM with plans to pull off my January 3rd celebrations in the PM.
National Cream Puff Day!!
Whipped cream and pastry are totally things I can get behind- much more alluring than Blood Mary Day!
I can’t say these are a treat I have had often, maybe four times ever before. I have never made a ‘pastry’ before so this was something brand to me – 2017 has been like whoa so far. I loosely followed the recipe provided on http://www.dulanotes.com/cream-puffs/
Nicole’s were much more beautiful – but I forgive myself- I was working with bare minimum of equipment (including a camera- the iPad had to do the job while my camera is in Vancouver)
For the pastry part I used
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
I brought the water, salt & butter to a boil, then removed from heat and stirred in the flour.
I allowed this mixture to cool down for a brief period then added the eggs individually using a lousy hand mixer (my beautiful Kitchenaid standing mixer is elsewhere 🙁 )
It looked like this
Then I greased a baking sheet and made arbitrary sized blobs, 8 in total, on the pan.
Put it in the oven at 400F for 30 minutes precisely
While that was happening, I made the whipped cream. I diverged from the recipe here and just made regular whipped cream using
- 1 carton of whipping cream
- 1 free pour of real vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of icing sugar
Once these puppies were cooled down I stuffed them with whipped cream & strawberries and ate!
Pretty damn good, I must admit.
However I bought a calendar yesterday in order to get a visual on all the celebrating I have to do this year and damn, there are a lot of National unhealthy food days. I don’t know how I will eat it all….and I only got as far as March with my ‘planning’ . Lord help me.
While baking & mixing, I chose to double task by listening to the Welcome To Nightvale podcast to celebrate National Science Fiction Day.
You can too – http://www.welcometonightvale.com
I started listening to this podcast maybe three years ago, but stopped around when my sister died more or less. I always wonder what she would have thought of it or if she ever listened to it. I never asked her and will never get the chance now.
It’s not for everyone although it has a huge cult following.
The premise is a radio host situated in a surreal town in a possibly futuristic or post apocalyptic setting… potentially on a different planet or alternate universe. The host, Cecil, makes general announcements about the goings ons of this town. There are public service announcements, advertising, town gossip and the ‘weather report’ which is actually a showcase of a song from an independent artist or band (which is pretty much always great).
It’s a little creepy, very mysterious and sometimes comical.
They are coming to Vancouver in the new year so perhaps I will take National Science Fiction day one step further and lock down some tickets!
I’d also like to take the time to make a shout out to Jurassic Park for one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time. Sarah and I were able to go see it as adults when it was re-released in 3D in 2013. It was our favourite.
I dressed as Dr. Alan Grant and she went as Dr. Ian Malcolm.. and Elliot went as a velociraptor. We had planned to go to Ireland to see Jurassic World when it came out in 2015 with our Irish childhood friends, the O’Beirns, who were just as obsessed with this movie growing up as we were. I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it without her. If she can’t see it, I don’t want to either.
So 3 out of 5 elements were celebrated. Family really can suck the time out of your day (and the life out of your soul ) so I am working on forgiving and letting go to work harder on actually ‘celebrating’ rather than making chores of my days!
Up next January 3rd – National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, National Drinking Straw Day & National Fruit Cake Toss Day!