Happy Canada Day, all!
Today, Canada turns 143, but it doesn't look a day over 75! Unless you live in downtown Winnipeg, in which case just smile politely and feign surprise (I kid! I kid! Love you, Winnipeg!).
I didn't become a Canadian citizen until I was nearly 17, and it happened right at the end of June, so my mom's friends threw us a little barbecue where I was introduced for the first time to the popular North American phenomenon, the Jello Jiggler. And so, while all of you out there are busy associating Canada Day with things like beavers and maple trees and counting down the days until hockey starts again, may I be so bold as to add another important Canadian symbol to your repertoire: J-E-L-L-O!!
Today marks 20 years of me celebrating Canada Day as a Canadian citizen. Naturally, I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion.
Behold! My homage to the nation I love, and the dessert that reminds me I'm home:
I love living in a country where I have the freedom (to slightly paraphrase the Charter) to make any old petroleum-based dessert I please. This one is made of strawberry jello and a tub of Cool Whip. In my defense, the strawberries in the middle there came directly out of our garden, and I'm making homemade strawberry ice cream to go with it. Patriotism has never boasted so many empty calories!
This July 1st, may your barbecue be delicious and your beer plentiful. Happy Canada Day, kids!