oh, canada!

I hope you all had an absolutely glorious weekend. Even though it was hot as can be (around 105° each day) we managed to have some serious fun. If you are Canadian (or married to a Canada, like I am) you know that yesterday was Canada Day! Even though we live solidly in the good ole U.S. of A., I think it’s always important to celebrate Babyface’s heritage and with that comes recognizing Canadian holidays. We always do a great big spread for Canadian Thanksgiving and we always try to do it up right for Canada Day.

We actually did Canada proud and started drinking around 10am. Which was totally warranted because (a) it was Sunday (b) it was a holiday and (c) it was hot as hell. We’d spent the morning moving a bunch of carloads of boxes over to my parents’ new house (it’s getting closer to being finished!) and we were all sweaty and ready for some adult refreshment. Bring on the Molson, the epic Canada stein and our Canadian shirts.

After a few beers, we switched gears for lunch and Babyface made us Caesars—which is a decidedly Canadian cocktail. Basically it’s a spicy bloody mary with clam juice. It’s, uh, interesting. Babyface said it tastes more like “alcoholic soup” than it does a cocktail, which pretty much sums it up. I liked it for a few sips, but I couldn’t finish my whole drink. I’ll stick to my beloved gin and tonics, thankyouverymuch.

After lunch, Babyface and I spent a few hours down in the basement taping off a possible floorplan for when we finish it. We’re hoping to fit a spare bedroom, a half bath, a big ole pantry, a den area and a rec room/play room down there. Plus keep some of the storage space! It’s like a puzzle, but I think we have a pretty good plan now. We’ll live with the tape for a few months to see if it really “works”.

After all of our really hard work taping things, I started working on the Canada Day feast! A lot of these recipes will be showing up on the blog in the next few days, but the star of our dinner was my Maple Bacon Burgers with Sweet Dijon Sauce. I made them into sliders and they were so moist, delicious and bacon-y. They are probably my favorite burger on the planet! And definitely a Canada Day staple.

It was a pretty amazing meal. I think my own personal Captain Canada was content. :)

Hope you had an awesome weekend! And I hope you have an amazing week.

What’d you do this weekend?


  1. kristin says

    Looks like you guys had a blast! I’m currently in Toronto, nice and sunburned after celebrating Canada Day with my girlfriend! Then it’s back to America for the fourth of July :) That strawberry dessert looks absolutely delicious!

  2. kristina says

    Then this will prob gross you out even more…I add a scoop of horseradish and dill pickle juice to my caesars.
    They’re definitely an acquired taste, but they sure scream “CANADA”!!!
    Thanks for the Canada love.

  3. says

    Ugh.. Jeff’s mom adores Caesars… I hate them, though lol! You’re right–it’s an acquired taste and it’s apparently one I have not developed yet.

    We spent most of Canada Day just hiding in the A/C and studying. I’m glad that I can live vicariously through you and the faces, though! Thanks for sharing!

    • Cassie says

      There are quite a few Caesar drinkers in Babyface’s family. I could maybe see drinking them in the Fall or Winter, but as a summer drink? I don’t think so!

  4. says

    you are adorable.

    Also – when I used to work in the Wisconsin Dells each summer, I had a bunch of Canadian co-workers. [Some were dual citizens! :) ] We celebrated Canada Day in MAJOR ways back then – I remember wearing a canadian flag as a dress one year and there were several other caped Captain Canada men running around those parts.

    Loved this look into your celebration.

    [I guess this is officially my de-lurking comment & telling you that I think you are AWESOME and your blog has been in my “favs” folder for a few weeks now….. you ROCK!]

    • Cassie says

      Hi, Heather! Thanks for de-lurking. I love de-lurkers. :)

      That’s so awesome that you celebrated so much in the Dells. I’ve never been there, although I’ve driven through it about a bajillion times because it’s right smack in the middle of the way to my in-laws house.

  5. says

    Looks like a fantastic Canada Day! I live in Canada, but didn’t celebrate per se, am just enjoying having a long weekend, it’s super nice.

    • Cassie says

      Enjoy your long weekend! Our holiday falls on a Wednesday, which kinda sucks. :( No long weekend for us!

      • Ali says

        Oh definitely. CBC all the way!! I’m Canadian, and when I lived in the US I was so so so super grateful to get my CBC news on their website. There’s nothing quite like it.

  6. CassL says

    I’m a long-time reader, first-time commentator. What finally made me put fingers to keyboard? Babyface’s CBC T-shirt! I’m a radio producer at the CBC in Edmonton, Alberta. Babyface has done me SO proud. Looks like you enjoyed your Canada Day. You gave me some great recipe ideas for next year. :)

    • Cassie says

      Yay, I’m glad you like it! And actually, I think I should get a little bit of credit because I got him the shirt as a birthday gift. :) Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  7. Paige says

    Oooh, first time commenting, I have le jitters. I’m not sure I could have gotten through that cocktail, it seems quite strange. I was actually born on Canada Day. This Sunday I ended what was probably the best birthday to date at my favorite hipster/dive bar with a bunch of friends.
    And my favorite bartender was working. He was born in Canada. Some of the best people are. :)

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