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
This batch involved flax seed, peanut butter, oats, salt, baking soda, OAT MEAL, chocolate chips, salt, maple syrup, slivered almonds … the usual vegan suspects
They turned out pretty good !
I spoke too soon, last post, when I said I thought the last of my sucrose laden national holiday themes were coming to an end.
National Chocolate Covered Anything prompted one last kick at the proverbial sugar ridden cat for me!
Chocolate covered Twizzlers!
Just look at the sun beaming in on these teeth rotting little treats.. they were pretty good
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
JUST LOOK AT IT! What a nightmare.
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
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
National Sugar Cookie Day
National Peanut Butter Cookie Day – recipe included!
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – heart warming story included
National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – recipe included
NATIONAL OREO DAY omg – this post was a doozy
As I creep towards the end of this blogging / Instagram process, I realize how much I probably spent at Whole Foods
This little guy was sitting behind the display case, begging to be ravaged the National Cake Day
There is something so serene and soothing about these photos, I don’t know .. looking at them is kinda like going to a silent retreat
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
This, was, like, so easy
I took my vegan dark chocolate chips
And heated the up with my Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread
Like, just in a pan on the stove
When it all began to melt, I stirred it all together, then poured into a parchment paper lined dish and sprinkled with shaved coconut
Then mangled them while trying to cut them into bite sized cubes
It’s the taste that counts
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
(Please don’t embarrassingly confuse this with National Chocolate Covered Almond Day, whatever you do- that was sooo July 8th)
I got this bar at Welk’s, one of my favourite little shops in Vancouver. The brand is Galerie aux Chocolat and it’s from Belgium. This bar had almonds WITH the chocolate. I ate the whole damn thing and got a sugar headache.
National Chocolate Day
I scrambled about the kitchen trying to find a chocolate thing I haven’t ‘covered’ in my daily celebratory journey.
A Costco sized bag of bittersweet chocolate chips was all my cupboards had to offer.
It triggered a painful memory – Duncan once ate a whole bag of these by mousing his way into our bottom cupboard.
He dragged the bag into the living room and into his doggy bed, then ate his hearts delight, rolling about them like Scrooge McDuck in a swimming pool of gold coins.
He was in his glee.
We were in absolute horror.
He is 18 pounds.
The cocoa percentage was 80%.
Cocoa is a neurotoxin for dogs.
He got sick. He puked and puked and shook and shook. We were up all night. He quivered and was weak with illness.
And look who was ready to go for round 2 when I was photographing this handful ??
Special thanks to the random Instagram follower who felt the need to explain chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
So rather than reflect on that horrific night that we nearly lost little Duncan, I encourage everyone to revisit the highlight reel of chocolate themed holidays !
Like National Chocolate Cupcake Day!
…or National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
and National Chocolate Mousse Day
But don’t forget National Chocolate Truffle Day
National Chocolate Pudding Day!
National Boston Cream Day
Boston Cream was my favourite donut at Tim Hortons growing up. What rural Newfoundland kid didn’t die and go to heaven when they got to ‘the big city’ and got to lace into so cheaply made mass produced baked goods from a mega chain???!!
My sisters and I used to lick the icing on the top to make it shinier and to deter the others from eating it.
I went to a locally owned and operated donutier in my neighbourhood- Lucky’s Donuts. They have an amazing deal – coffee and a donut for $5. Can’t be beat.
I had a “long John”. It looked like a long Boston cream to me.
Tasted better than Tim’s, that’s for damn sure.
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
Had to treat myself to an icing overloaded vegan chocolate cupcake from the ol’ neighbourhood Whole Foods (despite their advertising and therefore financial supporting of Breitbart ewwwww)
But desperate celebrators can’t be choosers