Day 3: January 3rd

Happy  Drinking Straw, Chocolate Covered Cherry & Fruit Cake Toss Day everyone!!

Boy was it eventful… and is that drinking straw ever effective at getting fluid to your mouth. I was provided a drinking straw when I dined at a sushi restaurant when I ordered a glass of water. I felt this was not quite sufficient in ‘celebrating’ the drinking straw so I chewed on it for a while like a tooth pick and did some bare bones internet research. Most of what I learned was extracted from here:

http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/history-of-the-straw

Some fun quick facts:

  • The oldest drinking straw in existence was found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E
  • Modern day drinking straw was patented by Marvin Stone in 1888
  • Americans go through 500 MILLION drinking straws a day

…that last tidbit is pretty horrifying actually. I do usually go without, as marvellous as the drinking straw is, and I guess you should too! Save the planet one straw at a time?

Next up Chocolate Covered Cherry Day!

My special recipe is as follows:

  • chocolate
  • cherries

My Christmas stash made great sacrifices to help with this particular ‘celebration’. I peeled all these little white, male elves (not much diversity in Santa’s workshop) tinfoil skins off and microwaved the white privilege out of them.

Once melted it was just a matter of dipping and laying on wax paper to cool

I ate a few of these, spit out the pits and then took the afternoon off of ‘celebrating by the book’ and instead celebrated off the beaten path by celebrating my love of punk rock by watching the rockumentary on The Descendents, one of my favourite bands of all time, called “Filmage”. I recommend it only if you really like them because it was pretty lacklustre. Man, ‘Milo goes to College’ still gets me pumped up!

Once evening fell, I called upon the help of two very dear friends, Hillary & Jill to toss a fruit cake.

Hillary was given one by her office mate well before Christmas and it had remained untouched throughout the entire holiday season. We decided to toss it out her bedroom window and it was graciously captured in video form : Tossing the Cake

That’s it for January 3rd folks

Onwards to January 4th – National Trivia & National Spaghetti Day 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2: January 2nd

January 2nd marks several things to celebrate. It is National Thank God It’s Monday Day, National Cream Puff Day, National Science Fiction Day, National Personal Trainer Awareness Day & National Buffet Day.

This Monday was a beautiful wintery Monday that turned ugly pretty quick. It started with a lovely brunch with a great friend in a snowy winter wonderland but by the end of the day the weather turned to rain and I ended up overcommitting to family and running low on time for my second attempt to Celebrate the Day!

So other than celebrating Thank God It’s Monday by having a pleasant meal with friends, I got very little celebrating done.

To counteract this ‘failure’ I got up extra early today (the 3rd) to try and accomplish my Monday celebrations in the AM with plans to pull off my January 3rd celebrations in the PM.

Easy Peasy

National Cream Puff Day!!

Whipped cream and pastry are totally things I can get behind- much more alluring than Blood Mary Day!

I can’t say these are a treat I have had often, maybe four times ever before. I have never made a ‘pastry’ before so this was something brand to me – 2017 has been like whoa so far.  I loosely followed the recipe provided on http://www.dulanotes.com/cream-puffs/

Nicole’s were much more beautiful – but I forgive myself- I was working with bare minimum of equipment (including a camera- the iPad had to do the job while my camera is in Vancouver)

For the pastry part I used

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

I brought the water, salt & butter to a boil, then removed from heat and stirred in the flour.

I allowed this mixture to cool down for a brief period then added the eggs individually using a lousy hand mixer (my beautiful Kitchenaid standing mixer is elsewhere 🙁 )

It looked like this

Then I greased a baking sheet and made arbitrary sized blobs, 8 in total, on the pan.

Put it in the oven at 400F for 30 minutes precisely

While that was happening, I made the whipped cream. I diverged from the recipe here and just made regular whipped cream using

  • 1 carton of whipping cream
  • 1 free pour of real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of icing sugar

Once these puppies were cooled down I stuffed them with whipped cream & strawberries and ate!

Pretty damn good, I must admit.

However I bought a calendar yesterday in order to get a visual on all the celebrating I have to do this year and damn, there are a lot of National unhealthy food days. I don’t know how I will eat it all….and I only got as far as March with my ‘planning’ . Lord help me.

While baking & mixing, I chose to double task by listening to the Welcome To Nightvale podcast to celebrate National Science Fiction Day.

You can too – http://www.welcometonightvale.com

I started listening to this podcast maybe three years ago, but stopped around when my sister died more or less. I always wonder what she would have thought of it or if she ever listened to it. I never asked her and will never get the chance now.

It’s not for everyone although it has a huge cult following.

The premise is a radio host situated in a surreal town in a possibly futuristic or post apocalyptic setting… potentially on a different planet or alternate universe. The host, Cecil, makes general announcements about the goings ons of this town. There are public service announcements, advertising, town gossip and the ‘weather report’ which is actually a showcase of a song from an independent artist or band (which is pretty much always great).

It’s a little creepy, very mysterious and sometimes comical.

They are coming to Vancouver in the new year so perhaps I will take National Science Fiction day one step further and lock down some tickets!

I’d also like to take the time to make a shout out to Jurassic Park for one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time.  Sarah and I were able to go see it as adults when it was re-released in 3D in 2013. It was our favourite.

I dressed as Dr. Alan Grant and she went as Dr. Ian Malcolm.. and Elliot went as a velociraptor. We had planned to go to Ireland to see Jurassic World when it came out  in 2015 with our Irish childhood friends, the O’Beirns, who were just as  obsessed with this movie growing up as we were. I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it without her. If she can’t see it, I don’t want to either.

So 3 out of 5 elements were celebrated. Family really can suck the time out of your day (and the life out of your soul ) so I am working on forgiving  and letting go to work harder on actually ‘celebrating’ rather than making chores of my days!

Up next January 3rd –  National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, National Drinking Straw Day & National Fruit Cake Toss Day!