Sunday, 1 July 2012

Canada Day!

Happy 145th Birthday Canada! I love summer long weekends and July 1st is especially great as we celebrate living in the best country in the world. I travel  for business and I am always proud to say I am Canadian!

We will be celebrating on Monday, hosting a BBQ with friends and family. The focus will be on all things red and white. My table will be covered with a white cloth with a red runner down the middle. Single red geraniums in white pots will be the floral centrepiece. I bought small flags at the dollar store and will put those in the pots. Red paper napkins will sit on white and red plates. 

Our dinner menu will start with a selection of Canadian cheeses - Extra Old Canadian Cheddar and Thunder Oak Gouda ( one of our favorites! ). My delicious Phyllo Pizza will be served as an appetizer. The red tomatoes make it perfect for Canada Day! ( Watch for the recipe here soon. )

Phyllo Pizza - A favourite!

Next will be marinated flank steak served with new potatoes, green beans and  garlic bread. For dessert, I am making  a  strawberry shortcake. I bake the cake on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper that is greased and floured for easy removal. Once removed, I peel off the paper and cut it in half length wise to make 2 long layers. I put whipped cream and strawberries between the layers and decorate the top to look like the flag. ( With the early strawberry season this year, this will be the last of our local berries.) 

My Canada strawberry cake will be decorated like this

For other Canadian dessert ideas go to Canadian Living here.

We will be outside enjoying this amazing summer weather. I have  marshmallows for S'mores and chocolate chip cookies to finish things off. Hopefully we will see some fireworks in the night sky.

Hope you have a great Canada Day!


Unknown said...

I'm really enjoying your writing. It's crisp, clean and uncluttered. I *love* that. I also really *love* this post. There is so much to be said about Canada Day. As I have been telling my sons, the Canadian flag is a vexilloligist's dream for a number of reasons. Perhaps that's for another blog post. In any case, keep it up. J.

Laurie Loves... said...

Thanks Jon. I take that as a big compliment coming from Dr. Rose. Keep me posted on 'the study of flags' and perhaps I can blog about it one day.