December 20 – Day 355

I am partial to a pitcher of sangria from time to time. James and I once had a pitcher in Costa Rica that cost us $70 USD that left a foul taste in our mouth.. but apart from that, it’s been nothing but a good time

It’s a simple cocktail and a great way to rid yourself of a bottle of sub par wine

On National Sangria Day, I made a simple sangria involving a cheap red wine, brandy, orange juice, mint leaves, and an assortment of fruit – including blackberries for drama

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December 19 – Day 354

For National Oatmeal Muffin Day, I whipped up a batch of ‘my’ muffins.

By ‘my’ muffins, I mean, I didn’t really follow a recipe, I just followed my heart

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This batch involved flax seed, peanut butter, oats, salt, baking soda, OAT MEAL, chocolate chips, salt, maple syrup, slivered almonds … the usual vegan suspects

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They turned out pretty good !

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December 18 – Day 353

National I Love Honey Day falls so close to it’s sugar syrup cousin National Maple Syrup Day, I’m suspicious

I don’t think I can back to back talk about sugar liquids, to be honest IMG_8894.JPG

It’s a lot to ask.. but I did celebrate the fuck out of it by artfully spilling it on the counter for these pictures!

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December 15 – Day 350

One thing I will definitely not miss when this Celebrate Everyday… Literally project is over is having to arbitrarily eat sugary nonsense !!

National Cupcake Day will mark one of my last sucrose loaded holiday

These are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing with tiny sprinkles – known as Hundreds and Thousands in Australia, FYI.

Yummy AF

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December 13 – Day 348

December 13 is National Hot Cocoa Day 

Nabbed myself a coconut milk hot cocoa from a nearby coffee shop. The barista went through great pains to make a beautiful latte tulip design, but FILLED THE JESUS THING TO THE BRIM LEAVING ME NO CHOICE BUT TO SPILL THE BITCH ALL OVER THE GOD DAMN SAUCER WHEN I PICKED IT UP

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JUST LOOK AT IT! What a nightmare.

December 12 – Day 347

I feel bad for these fuckers. Thank goodness they have their own national holiday. National Poinsettia Day. The are a one time of year plant/flower.  They, allegedly, contribute upwards of $250,000,000 to the U.S. economy-at the wholesale level. After Christmas, I don’t even know what happens to them. But they are a plant just like any other and because of their strong ties to Christmas, are trendy once a year. Sin.

Oh also, they aren’t that poisonous to cats and dogs. That’s a myth just like those DO NOT EAT silica packages that come in your shoes and sometimes vitamins. It’s just like, don’t eat them. You won’t die. But it won’t be delicious.

Anyway, here is a photo I took of poinsettias for National Poinsettia Day.

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December 11 – Day 346

Living in Vancouver and having access to The Pickle granted me access to some surreal mountain scenery

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This was the view from the vantage point on the Brohm Lake Hike I did with Graham, Kathleen and Duncan this summer

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Here is a horrible photo of me, but stunning one of Duncan and some glacial mountains at Joffre Lake. It was a hot and dirty hike but, obviously, well worth it for the scene

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Here is Duncan and I at One Mile Lake, where I had a swim and scrub after hiking up to Joffre Lakes while Duncan howled on the shore

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This is the view from Harrison Hot Springs. James and I went there for a romantic getaway – thanks Christina for letting us take the jeep !

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And this is my favourite mountain range picture – Rowan’s Art! I like to think she made it thinking of me, as I had explained I live in Vancouver where there are lots of mountains. But who knows. She doesn’t remember why.

Her father sent me this picture one day. I had had a meeting with the Sarah’s Cards board members and we had discussed having a colour palette for the next edition to keep some uniformity. When I saw this piece of work, I thought “This is going to be Rowan’s contributing card and this will be the pallet”. And everyone agreed. And it was a great choice.

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So, because I couldn’t get out and enjoy the mountains as I would have liked, I decided to make a little homage to the mountains for my cousin Jessica’s upcoming birthday.

I’d seen these kicking around the Pinterest-osphere so I thought I should get around to making one. I free handed everything. Pro tip- buy a cheap $3 bed pillow from Wal-Mart instead of ‘professional craft filling’ from a sewing shop. Also following the instructions that involve sewing the white/snow part first. I skipped over that and it was an ordeal

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Voila

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National Mountain Day well spent!

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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