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Canada Day Long Weekend {Recap}

July 3, 2012

Adam and I headed out of town this past weekend for a little R&R!

We went across the border to the states to spend the weekend at his family’s vacation getaway. We left in the afternoon, thankfully, because it was the only sunny afternoon the entire weekend. After we arrived, we took advantage of the sun and went for a bike ride around the complex and down to the pool for a swim, followed by dinner with the fam and some drinks by the fire with their friends. Even though the rest of the weekend was pretty rainy and cloudy, we still managed to have a full weekend! We biked, went for a swim, went shopping (Marhsall’s, Target, Trader Joes, etc), stopped at the casino, made some delicious s’mores, got to hang out with Adam’s family, especially our adorable little niece! Adam and his dad were going to go golfing Monday morning, but the weather wasn’t great. We also got cheap butter and eggs. Bonus! Cake making and cupcakes are in the future..

It was a great weekend away! And now the countdown to Europe is on! 21 days to go.. the next few weeks are going to be full of packing! both for the trip as well as the big move! Our lives will now consist of searching for packaging boxes..

Here’s some pics from the weekend!

{crossing the border}

{Canada day in the States!}

{Chubby all snuggly for the parade}

{Some pretty sweet parade floats! Ay Matey}

{ 1 up }

{I ate more s’mores than I should have}

{never a trip to the states without Trader Joe’s}

{Cherries from a fruit stand along the way.. 1$ for a bag}

{rainy day = casino}

{Bak home..trip to Anton’s… I ate about 1/8 of my Gnocchi. Adam had it for lunch..and Dinner the next day}

{we walked around Ikea to keep out of the rain..and walk off the pasta}

{ A must. I don’t even know how we ate after dinner}

{..and this was about 30 seconds later. Mine Left, Adam’s Right}

Hope everyone had a great Canada day long weekend!

Bars & Squares, Canada Day

Canada Day, July 1

June 30, 2011

Don’t mind the slightly bright, and non-pretty looking dessert photos. This dish is just not photogenic lol. Every year I want to make a special dessert to celebrate Canada Day. Last year, I made a simple maple cake/loaf. It was pretty delicious. But this year, I wanted to do something to incorporate our national colours. Although, I kinda wished we had a little more colour in our flag! It’s limited with what you can make, besides cupcakes and cake with strawberries to make a maple leaf. Adam and I are also headed up to Osoyoos today so we can celebrate tomorrow! Thankfully the HWY has been cleared up, because yesterday there was a giant mudslide that stopped traffic in all directions! But I heard on the radio that we are good to go! It would be a major bummer to not be able to go out of town on the long weekend!

I just hope the dessert makes it on the 4-5 hour road trip! We had to borrow a cooler, cause A. we don’t own one, and B. we have no room to store one even if we bought it! Seeing as how it is a cool dessert, I froze a giant ice pack to put into the cooler with it, and we can always stop for ice if we need to refresh it! I’ve actually made this dessert several times before, and it is so delicious. It’s from Kraft Canada, and is sort of like a cheesecake with jello on top. Yup. It’s delicious. The original calls for a pretzel crust, but I’ve never been a fan of that so I just make it with graham cracker crumbs like a regular cheesecake.

You could totally sub other fruits for it, like a melon one, or raspberries, blueberries, blackberries etc. Or even a lemon one, and leave out the fruit completely. That would be delicious!

I let the Jell-O set a little too long this time, so it didn’t have a ‘smooth’ finish to the topping, but I’m fairly confident it will taste just as good, whether or not it’s pretty.

I also make it at least the night before, or morning of, so as to let it set up firm for more than a couple hours so it is easy to cut!

Strawberry Jell-O Cheesecake Squares
slightly adapted from Kraft Canada – Strawberry Pretzel Squares

2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
just about 2/3 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 pkg. (250 g each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
3 tbs. Sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 pkg. (85 g each) Jell-O Strawberry Jelly Powder
1-1/2 cups cold water
4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix Graham cracker crumbs, and butter in bowl, press (using the back of a spoon) onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Bake 10 min.; cool.

Beat cream cheese, in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. StirSugar and  Cool Whip, add more/less sugar depending on how sweet you would like it; spread over crust. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In another bowl, add boiling water to jelly powders; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until thickened. Now, you don’t want it fully set, but enough when you drag a spoon through it, it will leave a mark. Stir in strawberries until incorporated; spoon over cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate minimum 3 hours or until firm.

Keep in fridge until ready to serve, otherwise it will become too mushy to cut!

Hope everyone has a nice long weekend!!! Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day

Maple Walnut Cake

June 30, 2010




Summer should be here by now, right? It’s July on Thursday, and Summer still hasn’t officially showed up. Not only is it July on Thursday, but it’s also Canada day here in…well, Canada of course. I’m lucky enough to be able to get a few days off from both jobs and head on up to Whistler to celebrate! Maybe summer is up there. Here’s hoping!

I wanted to make something for Canada Day, and what’s more Canadian than Maple Syrup? It’s deeeeeelicous. I couldn’t live without it. How would we eat our pancakes, waffles or French toast, which I love to smother it on. When you see a stack of pancakes with a pat of butter on it, with the maple syrup running down the sides, your mouth automatically starts to water. So what are the facts on maple syrup?


Native Americans in northeastern North America taught the European colonists how to tap certain maple trees and boil the sap into syrup. Now Canada makes 80% of the world’s maple syrup, with the vast majority coming from Quebec. The maple leaf is also on the Canadian flag.

Maple syrup is made by boring holes in sugar maple tree trunks into which tubes are inserted, allowing the sap to flow into buckets. Or plastic tubing with a partial vacuum is used and the sap is pumped into holding tanks, then taken to a sugarhouse where it is boiled in evaporators until it has the correct density of 66% sugar. If the density is too low it will spoil. If it is too high the syrup will crystallize in the bottles. It takes about 10 gallons of sap to make one quart of maple syrup.

A maple tree lasts at least 30 years and is 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped. A maximum of four is allowed on one tree. This also does not do any harm to the tree, in case you were wondering. 30-50 gallons of sap are evaporated to make one gallon of syrup.

Hope everyone has a good Canada Day! This cake would be delicious with a cup of tea or coffee, or a quick breakfast loaf or muffin. The maple flavor is subtle but sweet. What are you making for this Canada Day?


Maple Walnut Cake


  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice or cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 cup walnut pieces


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 10′ pie plate, this can also be made using a loaf pan or into muffins.

3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, syrup, vanilla and milk. Mix well. Batter may look slightly lumpy but not to worry.

4. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and allspice in a large bowl. Mix well.

5. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring to prevent lumps. Add the walnut pieces and mix just enough to incorporate the ingredients.

6. Pour the batter into the desired greased baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake. This is delicious on it’s own, but you can spread a little butter onto a warm piece, or sprinkle some icing sugar on top. You could also make a maple icing by adding maple syrup, milk and icing sugar together and pour over the cake or loaf.

Happy Canada Day!