Today was a pretty good day all in all. I decided to put a ‘pause’ on celebrating the day in my meticulous-according-to-the-national-day-calendar ways and thought I would celebrate the sunshine that was pouring down.
The weather has been snowy and stormy all holiday season so I relished the opportunity to take the dogs outside for a true, un-rushed walk.
We walked all the way from the house we are staying in to the top of Signal Hill and all the way back. We even stopped in to deliver a cappuccino to Hillary as a surprise on the way.
After the rejuvenating walk, I received some good-ish news: Melvin received radiation therapy on several cancer sites this afternoon. We have been waiting for weeks for some form of treatment to commence has been absolutely maddening. I spent the afternoon and a portion of the evening with him and the in-law fam. He was in great spirits so it is much less heart wrenching to leave than it was yesterday. He is going to be admitted into the hospital tonight but his appetite was up and he really seemed as well as one can be.
So I came home to continue my National Day celebrations starting with National Bean Day!
Would you believe these are the same two bowls of beans in both pictures, just taken from slightly different angles? My BFA is really paying off.
I love beans. I am a vegetarian and I incorporate them into all kinds of recipes. If I were to pick a favourite it would be the Black Bean.
I decided to create some sort of burrito concept seeing as how my husband bought an 8 kg bag of rice and there are two things of Kraft shredded Mexican cheese in the fridge.
The recipe is more or less as follows:
- 1 cup rice
- 1 can black beans
- 1 roasted sweet potato
- 1 red onion
- mixed pepper, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 5 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 bottle of Salsa – I used President’s Choice Texas Caviar Mild Bean Salsa*
- Sour Cream
*Bonus Bean points
Roasted the sweet potato & put the rice in the rice cooker.
When they were ready I sautéed the vegetables, threw in the beans, the potatoes, the salsa and the spices.
Add sour cream & avocado and eat
National Cuddle Up Day. This one was almost too easy – it’s literally how we spend the most of our time; cuddled up with the bulldogs.
Shortbread Day sort of went on the back burner. I made some amazing Earl Grey Shortbread cookies as a final project of school so have all the supplies in Vancouver and didn’t have the heart or the finances to reinvest in the project but promise to revisit it at some point.
These are the shortbread my husband bought in haste at the grocery store. They were terrible but the gesture is what should be ‘celebrated’ . I actually spit it out.
National Tech Day!
This I celebrated by actually squeezing in this post today!! I have a VERY early morning flight tomorrow. I also sought the help I need with web building/ blogging from my tech expert friend Hillary. She has agreed to help me with the list of things I have yet to figure out – like embedding a contact field, linking to my Instagram and other social media, embedding links better and videos well.
So hopefully this will be classy enough to take off!
Thanks for reading
Tomorrow is National Tempura Day & National Bobble Head Day! I will be in transit from one side of Canada to the other but I will make it work!!