Saturday night – had to work- as usual
I was able to weasel my way out of closing, though, which always brings me great joy.
I feel like I really accomplished something if I can manoeuvre someone else into staying till close while I hop in the jeep and peel out of wherever I’ve illegally parked for the past three hours
It’s the simple things, I suppose
And because I was off early, I was able to pop by my friend Steph’s house and have some chips and dip for National Guacamole Day !
I got the good shit from Whole Foods. I like it because it is very avocadoey… like you can see smushy chunks in there
It paired nicely with the $4 wine Steph got at Trader Joe’s in the states
I also boosted the cover photo from National Corn Chip day, back in January, when this blog seemed like a great idea!!
National Cream Filled Donut Day!!!
As you can imagine, I was counting down the days to this particular national holiday.
Not that I was reserving eating a cream filled donut for this day, as I will eat a cream filled donut any damn day I please.
Cartem’s September vegan friendly special is a Purple Yam (Ube Halaya)
Ube Halaya stuffed yeast donut with milk glaze and dolce de leche drizzle
I’m guessing they use some sort of milk alternative but neglected to put it in their description
I made sure to get there at juuuuussst the right time (can’t go too early, as they may not have been delivered, can’t go too late as they will sell out… 11:15 is a good try) to pick one up for National Cream Filled Donut Day
Well I gotta be honest, it was not my jam.
Potato stuffed donut is just too far down the slippery slope of starches for me, people.
I toughed it out but am looking forward to what their October offerings bring
National Peanut Day !!
No, not that Peanuts, this Peanut :
I found some real live unshelled peanuts which I haven’t seen since at least 2006 … or thereabouts I’m sure
I got them at the dollar store.
Although I spend most of my money there, I can’t bring myself to eat anything from there. Maybe in a zombie apocalypse and I’ve been in hiding/on the road, hungry and lost and came across a dollar store, unlooted… maybe then I’d eat some of their packaged goods…
..but otherwise, I think I’ll stick to my guns
Thank you Peanut, for your amazing flavour, incredible caloric value and for bringing us peanut butter
I tip my hat
Haven’t had Ants On A Log is at least 100 years
Peanut butter on Celery + raisins
This National Ants On A Log Day I ate about four logs and recalled my Aunt Kate, when I was a child, encouraging me to try peanut butter on celery, and that if I did, I would never go back to Cheeze Whiz on celery.
It’s one of those strange, crisp and concise memories you have no absolutely no reason.
I did, in fact, go right back to Cheeze Whiz as my preferred celery condiment, but as an adult, I’d be hard pressed to put Cheeze Whiz on something if my life depended on it.
After my gruelling weekend of camper van drama, I was rescued by Meg and Ashley. They were able to cheer my up with a functioning air conditioned vehicle, craft beer and adventure, which included a trip to Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna
Not usually one for animals in captivity, I threw morality out the window at the chance to see my first kangaroo as well as a chance to celebrate National Wildlife Day with pizazz!
This is Meg groping an emu
This is a kangaroo just hopping around
This is a kangaroo just lying around
This is me taking a selfie with a kangaroo
This is a kangaroo sitting like it’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition
This is me getting on the level with the kangaroos
This is me continuing to be on the level with the kangaroos
This is me and some unknown creature that I let crawl on me
We then saw a guy wearing a confederate flag hat who had children and we were like what kind of fucked up zoo is this?? and left
But not without washing our hands 😉
Trail mix: a hikers bff
Although a colossal fan of nuts, I am not keen on raisins or other dried up fruit. There is something inherently gross about the notion of letting fruit dry out to me.
So trail mix and I have a love/hate relationship
Well, rather, I have a love/hate relationship with trail mix… I’m sure trail mix doesn’t care about me one way or the other
I definitely love when there is chocolate in there. This particular mix was lacking but she did make a beautiful photo subject
Happy National Trail Mix Day !
National Toasted Marshmallow Day was brought to you by Dandie’s Vegan Marshmallows (that’s right, marshmallows have gelatine, a derivative of animal skin and bones *gag* and therefore are not vegetarian )
I was able to score a stick off the side of the road (if it wasn’t for the side of the road I wouldn’t have anything), poke a marshmallow on top and light ‘er up off my gas range oven… indoors!
She burned absolutely beautifully and tasted glorious
I kept it simple and ate it straight off the street stick. No regrets.
Months ago… which feels like years ago, I was walking Duncan along a the Arbutus Greenway where there lives a community garden. A place I always internally remark as a ‘thing I should do someday’ which I will never do.
There was a bin of sorts with a “Take as much as you like” sign on it and long branches and sprigs of bay leaf in it
I grabbed several stickfuls and brought them home and let them dry out
I’ve thrown them in soup, chilli, curry, and pasta …because I literally have no idea what they actually taste like and have thousands on hand
For National More Herbs Less Salt Day, I thought I’d bust them out and use them in the chilli I made as meal prep for the week that lay ahead
It went as usual, I threw them in the pot and the chilli tasted delicious. Who can say if it is the bay leaves, all or any of the other ingredients, or sheer talent ?
I also tried burning them as one burns sage or incense … and didn’t get much out of the ordeal
Welcome to National Banana LOVERS Day
If you don’t love Bananas, GTFO
Also if you were looking for regular National Banana Day, click here (.. and that was like 130 days ago, weirdo)
So good with chocolate, peanut butter, and or ice cream…
…and so beautiful
Real bananas have curves
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.