It was cold.
It was rainy.
It was not National Frappe Day in my heart.
But it was National Frappe Day on nationaldaycalendar.com, and I’m it’s bitch so here we go…
I went in to the neighbourhood Starbucks (yuck, I know) and had a gander at their Frappe menu
Overwhelmed by the seemingly endless combinations of coffee, chocolate, peppermint and caramel, I settled on a good old fashioned
- Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
I say to whatshisname behind the counter that I would like a Pumpkin Spice Frappe made with coconut milk please and he responds, with an all too smug smirk, that they don’t do ‘frappes’ here, that’s McDonald’s (he is haute couture and I am so white trash). I was like aren’t you all soulless multinational corporations that underpay and over work your employees and wreak havoc on the environment and local businesses?
Anyway I ended up with a Frappuccino® Blended Beverage in the end
It was pretty gross, which I was prepared for
I tried to pawn it off on Duncan but even he was leery of the strange scent and flavour
Would have preferred not shelling out $7 on icy sugary guck, but somebody’s gotta celebrate everyday literally
National Vodka Day !!
Time to indulge in this decorative thing of vodka that’s been on the bar cart for the past year !
It’s Crystal Head vodka, which is a manufactured home in Newfoundland and founded by Dan Aykroyd! It’s quadruple distilled and seven times filtered, with the final three filtrations being through crystals !
I buy it for it’s aesthetic offerings, but getting filtered through diamonds is just so extra
You can taste the glamour
I had a vodka with Perrier and lemon
It was fine
Felt like a weird drink to be just having around the house by myself
Volunteering at a facility for people for disabilities has been one of my favourite experiences here in Vancouver
Working with ‘the gang’ has been the highlight of my week, week after week.
I never looked at my time spent there as a chore and am certainly not looking forward to my time there coming to an end
National Punch Day fell on this particular’s facilities Volunteer Appreciation Day – so I was invited in early for some veggie dogs and snacks, as well as a special thank you present but, la piece de resistance was PUNCH!
Thanks guys -you really helped a sister out here ! Punch isn’t really my jam and having it all set up in a pot, ready to serve, made this holiday a cinch to celebrate
It seemed to be consisted of 7 UP, McCains concentrated fruit juice and slices of oranges.
Purely one of those fell-onto-one’s-lap moments…
…I looked into the origin of “fell into one’s lap” origin story and there apparently isn’t one – it simply makes sense in and of itself
go figs. Way more macho than ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ *eye roll*
When I think of Whiskey Sours, I recall my first year university days, a blurred stage of constant underaged drinking and feigned abject poverty purveyed to my parents to fund aforementioned underage drinking. Myself and my two best buddies at the time, Rod and Louie, would drink Wiser’s Whiskey and Lime Crush
I reflect on that time and that ‘cocktail’ and like to think the beginning of my refining my palette for the Whiskey Sour Cocktail we all know and love today
For National Whiskey Sour Day, I DIY’d it, as a lot of placed put egg whites in it and that is straight up sick.
It was simply the combination of
- 2 oz whiskey
- juice of 1 lemon
- tablespoon of simple syrup
Garnished with a lime
I sat back and drank this with the company of Duncan.
Although he is my favourite company of all, I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic for the days of yore and Rod and Louie’s company and sense of humour and the foolishness of university life in general.
Being back in school as a ‘mature’ student, is undoubtedly not the same.
National Rum Day !!
I do love me a mojito from time to time, but rum is most definitely not my go to spirit
I branched out, however, and honoured this sweet liquor by making a Dark & Stormy cocktail!
You will need:
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 3 ounces ginger beer
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish
Build the cocktail on ice, leaving rum for last and ‘float’ it on the top
That’s what I do at work all the time – I made a few of these and the patrons were loving them
National Creamsicle Day
I was never an overt fan of the creamsicle.. gimme a polar bar or a chipper any day
My distaste for this orange and vanilla flavoured ice cream could probably be whittled down to the fact that I don’t really like fruit or fruit flavoured things.
To celebrate this day, I bought some vanilla coconut ice cream and an orange and had fantastical ideas about making a vegan creamiscle milkshake smoothie concoction. However the day escaped me and I just didn’t find the time to put my ingredients to work
Luckily for me, that evening as I was out for a night of trivia, I spotted a creamiscle cocktail on the bar menu
Orange Juice + Whipped Cream flavoured vodka + soda
I realized immediately after the first sip that although it tastes exactly like a creamsicle, that’s not really a good thing
I choked down about half of the cocktail and switched to good ol’ PBR then came 3rd at trivia
213th day of celebrating every day literally really got me good
National Girlfriends Day !
I have THE BEST girlfriends
THE BEST, Jerry!
I like to think I celebrate and appreciate them everyday but for the sake of this initiative, I’ll reel it in to one day of celebrations.
I got to hang with three great girlfriends whom I’ve known and loved a long time!
Hadn’t seen miss Lori Beck in eons!
Hadn’t seen Jill since she became a mother !
Hillary brought some watermelon mimosa mix and so we lit it up…as much as people do in the middle of the day when they have evening plans and babies etc etc
Not featured in photo is all my other girlfriends who I love and admire – Steph! Christina! Kathleen! Molly! Carleigh! Allyson! Other Steph! Crystal! Titia! Lori! Brooke! …to name a few… the Vancouver gaggle ! Ah this is getting weird – just know if you are my friend, and female, I probably like you the most !
N A T I O N A L T E Q U I L A D A Y
Another holiday I was counting down the days to celebrate!!!
Being my first full official day in Chrissy’s home territory
She wanted to host a Tequila and Taco Night for me so I could meet her gang of Kitimat pals and us to celebrate National Tequila Day
Initially we thought we would do margaritas, but it felt a little too pedestrian for the occasion and we already had National Margarita Day back in February, so we took it up a notch and made El Diablos!
The recipe I used was more or less as follows:
- 1.5 oz blanco tequila
- .5 oz Odd Society Crème de Cassis
- 1 oz lime juice
- Dash of Scrappy’s Firewater, or other hot pepper tincture
- Dickie’s Ginger Beer
- Lime wheel, for garnish
I had been well prepared for this day – before I left Vancouver, I had driven all over town to get the Scrappy’s Firewater, a habernero pepper bitter, and Vancouver made Dickie’s Ginger Beer, and packed them safely in my suitcase
Shake all ingredients, excluding the ginger beer. with ice, then strain into a glass. Add fresh ice, top with Dickie’s Ginger Beer and throw another few dashes of Firewater, just for kicks.. Best garnished with a lime wheel.
This drink was a.maze.ing.
Everyone seemed to like them, but the shaking of each individual drink started to grate on me so I ended up making batches a pitcher, throwing in some jalapeño peppers and blackberries. It sort of lost a little of it’s charm in the mass production, but it was still pretty deadly.
Tacos were awesome and so were Christina’s Kitimat crew. Duncan enjoyed all the newfound attention !
National Pina Colada Day!
Although you won’t catch me responding to any personal ads with liking Pina Coladas as a must, I do like them just fine… when made with the right stuff!
Christina robbed my joy (the Vitamin blender), but I have a mini Hamilton beach blender kicking around and decided I would bust it out for this notorious cocktail du jour.
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup of Coconut milk ice cream
- 1 oz of rum
- almond milk as needed to blend
I garnished with some strawberries, pineapple and some grated coconut.
Perfect little afternoon treat to sip when you have to gut your storage locker of all your possessions when there is a mold problem in your building and your landlord doesn’t give a fuck and isn’t going to do anything about whatsoever ! Pairs perfectly!
I decided to add a little twist to National Ice Cream Soda Day, thanks to some random posting I saw on Pinterest or Instagram once upon a time.
I relished this opportunity to try out a Guinness Float instead. Same concept as an Ice Cream Soda, except you swap the root beer for real beer.
So I picked up a four pack of Guinness cans and two tubs of President’s Choices dairy free coconut Ice cream in chocolate and coconut flavours and went to town!
The coconut flavour, although absolutely delightful on its own, was a bit ‘meh’ with the Guinness. But the chocolate? Look out. Guinness and vegan chocolate ice cream were made for each other, believe me.
Or rather, just go try it yourself sometime. This is definitely an cocktail (?)/ dessert (?) I will be keeping on the roster.