December 10 – Day 345

Gotta come clean
As much of a beer connoisseur or uncertified cicerone I play at being, I have to admit I love a plain old boring lager

Nothing crisper, more thirst quenching or more ideal for quantitative consumption than a lager beer

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This National Lager Day called for a little Vancouver favourite – Stanley Park Brewing’s West Coast Lager

December 8 – Day 343

Seeing as there have been a few brownie themed days so far ( National Cream Cheese Brownie Day, National Blondie Day ), I reinvented the wheel this National (standard) Brownie Day, and made BOX brownies!

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These guys were made for the sole sake of putting them in The Ridiculous Dessert, a family favourite

You need 4 boxes of packaged chocolate mousse (and it’s required ingredients), a carton of whipping cream (whipped with vanilla and sugar), a box of brownies (baked and crumbled) and like 12 SKOR bar bars (crumbled).

In a large trifle dish, layer these items brownie/chocolate mousse/ whipped cream/ skor bar until you run out

 

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December 7 – Day 342

Cotton Candy was one of my favourite things as a kid. I used to love when ‘the fair’ (Thomas Amusements) would come to town so I could get my paws on it

It was also my favourite scent – any lip gloss or perfume or shampoo that smelled like it was a total shut-up-and-take-my-money moment

I didn’t even know where to find cotton candy for National Cotton Candy Day

Luckily Bulk Barn came through in a pinch

As an adult, who is not nearly as sugar crazed, I now get to see it for the beautiful, colourful cloud-like bundle of aesthetic wonder that it is

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This lot looks like sparrow

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This one looks like a cumulus cloud

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This one a cirrus cloud

I feel like I could start an Instagram all about it – shapes of cotton candy, the modern day Rorschach test

December 6 – Day 341

I honestly thought I was being a huge prick by just putting a mitten on a tree for National Mitten Tree Day (I assumed it was some sort of charity thing where mittens are given to those in need), but it turns out I was on point :

How to celebrate Mitten Tree Day
In order to celebrate this holiday, the best thing to do is have a bunch of mittens ready, and set them on our Christmas tree, one per each branch until we either run out of branches to use for holding the mittens, or we run out of mittens to put on the branches of the tree.

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Bingo

December 5 – Day 340

Now this is hilarious

I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted black skinny jeans. And then I got ’em. In fact, I have several pairs. In fact, in fact, in fact, I have ONLY black skinny jeans.

What prompted this desire?

The Ramones.

The iconic photo of the guys, wearing leather jackets and black skinny jeans was the aesthetic I was in pursuit of

Blue jeans, not so much. I have one pair. But I think they are lame.

Until I SAW AN IN-COLOUR PHOTO OF THE RAMONES

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Usually this iconic photo is in black and white

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What a fool am I

Anyway, I deck Duncan out in a pair of blue jeans for  because he looks better in them

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December 4 – Day 339

This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was purchased at a kiosk at the Granville Island Market and the gulls didn’t manage to grab it away from me while trying to take a photo, so that’s a win for the good guys

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It was lack lustre, but prompted me to reflect on all the other cookies I’ve had this year, in celebration.

So for National Cookie Day, take some time to peruse the selection of cookie themed blog posts:

National Pecan Cookie Day

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National Sugar Cookie Day

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day   – recipe included!

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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – heart warming story included

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National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – recipe included

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NATIONAL OREO DAY omg – this post was a doozy

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December 3 – Day 338

For National Make A Gift Day, I chose to do a cross stitch hoop inspired by a few I’ve seen making their rounds on Pinterest and Instagram

My sister in law Hannah and her husband Corey just bought a swingin’ new house in the ritzy part of town so I wanted to make them something so they wouldn’t forget where they came from

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My friend Meg and I grabbed some craft beers and some craft supplies and had a pretty thorough crafter noon

This was the end result

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Pretty cute, right?
My friend Mike also texted me, he was at his partner’s relatives home. One of them had been a school teacher of Sarah’s. This was hanging on their tree
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A gift from her when she was 11. Break your heart.
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December 1 – Day 336

National Pie Day – went for a visit to yonder way  to The Pie Hole
They had an assortment of savoury and unsavoury pies

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Their vegetarian option was a Moroccan chickpea pie – more so a turn over but that really doesn’t matter

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Fresh, flakey and delicious

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Great service too. I wish I had bought a couple

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