As a citizen of the “true north”, it was only fitting to do a Canada Day post using lots and lots of RED & WHITE. Once again, my friend Minilicious by Rachelle provided perfect mini donuts to use in this shoot.
They are seriously adorable and even better – baked not fried. She also supplied an added bonus – huge sugar cookies which were decorated in the colors of the Canadian Flag – take a look at those maple leaf sprinkles…….weeeeeee!!
The donuts are simple to make at home, but why bother if you live in the Greater Toronto Area. Look her up – she does all the work for you and they are great for just about any occasion.
Here are some things I love about being Canadian:
1. Our Flag – Is there any other flag as recognizable with that Maple Leaf? I don’t think so.
2. Fellow Canadians – We’re basically really nice people eh?
3. Freedoms – Free-est country in the world…..that doesn’t mean things are free here…we still have to pay for our stuff.
4. Health Care – Free healthcare means we don’t have to mortgage our homes when we break a hip. It’s not perfect, because you if you do fall and break something it takes up to 9 hours for a doctor to have a look at it in the ER, but who’s complaining?
5. Maple Syrup – I mean, pancakes and waffles need this…….I need this…….we all need this.
6. Poutine – Fries, Cheese, Gravy… um hello? That’s why we have free healthcare!
7. Smarties – The Canadian version of M & M’s but in my opinion better – “when you eat your smarties do you eat the red ones last?” I DO!
8. Ketchup Chips – I can’t believe my niece (Little Miss Party) has to smuggle these back with her to the USA. Why?
9. Our Money – it certainly goes up and down like a rollercoaster against the greenback, but look at all the pretty colors!
10. Toronto – The city that I was born and raised in. A multicultural delight with loads of things to do, eat and see.
11. and lastly – BEING A PROUD CANADIAN. I love and respect our Country and the world seems to like us as well.
Show us your red and white – HAPPY CANADA DAY!
Canada Day Sugar Cookies
3⁄4 cup butter (1 1/4 sticks, softened to room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1⁄4 tsp real vanilla extract
2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Cream butter with sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla and blend well.
Sift together dry ingredients and add to butter/sugar mixture.
Chill at least 1-1/2 hours.
Roll on floured board to 1/2 inch thickness
Cut with desired cookie cutters.
Bake at 350F 8-10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. (you don’t want these too brown so keep an eye on them)
Cool and frost with your favorite frosting!
See ya next week!
As you may know by now, we at Little Miss Party LOVE music festivals. An event that combines sun, cocktails and live outdoor music is an absolute no-brainer.
As you may also know from my guest posts on the blog to this point, I also work in the world of music festivals. I have been freelancing for a variety of festivals over the past 5 years, which has helped me see some truly legendary musicians and work with the most incredible people.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has always been my favorite. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this event, its is a four day festival that happens every year in early June on a farm about an hour from Nashville in Manchester, TN. Over 300 musical acts, comedians, art installations, you name it. To me, it is heaven on earth.
This year’s Bonnaroo was my fifth, and also the first one that I attended as a guest with two of my close friends, as opposed to working. Which is an entirely different experience. It meant that I had to approach the festival in an entirely new way. In addition to scrounging up camping supplies from relatives and friends, I also had to pack differently. Instead of dressing for function, I could actually bring cute stuff! Which meant that I could ditch my festival fanny pack. I decided to switch it out for my Marciana Flap Crossbody by Patricia Nash Designs.
This bag was the perfect size to fit all the essentials — my phone, charger, festival guidebook and sunglasses. The adjustable cross body strap was easy to sling across my body unobstrusive. And the genuine leather strap was so thin and lightweight so it didn’t make me sweat unnecessarily or stick to my skin.
My friend Alli got jealous of my cool, functional bag, and decided to steal it from me for the better part of the day on Saturday of the festival. She ingeniously clipped her reusable water bottle to the side strap, which kept her hydrated and kept her leg cool. Form an function right there.
In addition to being a GORGEOUS bag on its own, it withstood the Tennessee heat and dust like a champ. Seriously, by Sunday of the festival, me and everything I own looked like I had but it in the dryer with a few scoops of dirt, but the bag still looked perfect.
Thanks to Patricia Nash Designs for my new favorite bag, for festivals and beyond!