Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Jello Canadians! Heh heh.

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!


Stephanie Faris said...

THAT's a cool dessert! And you could do it with any theme.

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Fabulous dessert - have a wonderful day. I've had a lie-in, so I don't care what we get up to now - my morning is complete! hee hee.

In Real Life said...

Happy Canada Day! I love your Jello dessert idea! Awesome!

Linda said...

Looks like you had fun with this post!
My kids used to love the Jello squares we made. You've inspired me to make a batch for this weekend's festivities.

Happy Canada Day!

Rebecca Flys said...

I love dessert photos. So much better than dessert tables when one is attempting to not EAT the desserts Ahhhhh!

So, when I took my first trip away from my kids I put outfits for my three kids in big zip lock baggies with clean underware AND socks. Yes, they were labeled with what baggie went with what day. I mean DUH, you don't want them in their stained shorts on the day they see my MIL, but on the day at my mom's house stained clothes are AOK.

Good for you for taking a surreality trip! You should do it every year!


Happy Canada Day right back at ya! Hmmmm strawberry jello, fresh strawberries and strawberry ice cream! What's not to like? Have a wonderful day!

laterg8r said...

very cool dessert :D