I woke up this morning feeling the most incredible sense of pride for my country and it’s people.
As a portion of it burns and it’s people run for their lives with only the clothes on their back. Like refugees in their own province.
As people lose everything and have to drive by their burning lives. Confused, scared and desperate to escape.
They do the unthinkable….
They stop…to help others.
They throw their own belongings to the ground to make room for those stranded on the side of the road.
The open their homes and businesses for strangers in need.
They walk for miles down a highway with a gas can while people are stuck in traffic asking ‘who needs gas.’
They fight a monster for hours on end, all the while knowing they have no home to go home to.
Almost 90 000 incredible people were evacuated from #FortMcMurray in less than 24 hours. With NOT one story of violence, looting or price gouging against their fellow man.
Instead they shared what little they had, made sure everyone had a safe place to sleep or a shoulder to cry on.
As a country we have won many medals, trophies and honors the world over and it always gives us a sense of pride.
But this…this situation…there is no prize here. No medals coming for these people. The real heroes don’t wear capes.
To the incredible people of Alberta and the entire country coast to coast, I Thank You. For reminding us all what it means to be an amazing and a true Canadian.
1977, 1980, 1983…I was 6,9 and 12 and used my allowance money t head to the theater to see what are, in my opinion, 3 of the best movies ever made. AS a kid I was a huge fan of the Star War series and at the time had no clue I would be able to relive that through my children two more times.
1999,2002,2005… The next three Star Wars installments arrived, although not my favorite in the series. Non the less, it rekindled my love for the movies and introduced the phenomenon to my eldest two children and started them on their Jedi journey.
2015 … My love for the Star Wars of old is once again renewed and my two youngest children, who of course we well on their Jedi journey to many rainy day Star Wars marathons. Got to experience the magic of seeing the Millennium Falcon hit warp speed on the big screen.
To get ready for May the 4th we thought about watching all the movies again but my 8 year son asked if we could have a Star Wars Lego video game marathon instead. Not gonna lie…this option would not be my first pick, I am not much of a gamer.
Instead we compromised with these amazing books from DK Books Canada.
These books are filled with really cool Star Wars knowledge, fun facts, mixed with the fun and sillyness if the Lego Star Wars Video game and cartoon characters. They were a huge hit with my crew and they sat for hours..yes hours…reading through them, laughing and chatting all things Star Wars and all things Lego…
I…poured myself a large glass of red wine and sat and enjoyed watching them …Be sure to check out DK Canada’s Heroes and Villains Boutique for more great titles.
To celebrate May the 4th Be With You…DK Canada has fun downloadable Star Wars activity pages for free. With coloring and trivia it is the perfect way to brush up on your Star Wars knowledge before the big day.
Of course we ended a fun day of reading, learning and playing with a tribute to the original masterpiece…
Looks like someone is already working on her Dark Side …
Thank you to DK Canada books for sending us such a great surprise …It was a huge hit!
Berry Berry Christmas
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1.5 ounces Vodka
-.5 ounce Cointreau
In a glass, combine blackberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup; lightly crush berries to release their juice. Add ice and vodka and Cointreau top with sparkling or soda water, garnish with berries.
-1 ounce white grapejuice
-1 ounce Blue Curacao
-1 ounce vodka
-1.5 cups ice
Add ice, juices and alcohol to blender and blend until smooth. Rim glass with icing sugar. Garnish with mint spring and peppermint stick. **Can also be made as a mocktail using blue juice and leaving out alcohol. **
Nothing to explain here…Pour and enjoy.
-2 ounces Gin
-half fresh tangerine
-1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
-1 tsp simple syrup
-3 ounces sparkling water
Muddle tangerine with a splash of gin and fresh lime juice. Strain into shaker and add the rest of gin, simple syrup and ice and shake well. Strain into martini glass and top with sparkling water.
Cheery Cherry Holiday
Simple mint cherry infused vodka..Or use Gin or rum, you pick your poison.
Keep in a jar in the fridge and use for anything. Add to a punch, serve on ice with tonic or soda water. Add to some orange juice for a Holiday Brunch..A must have for the holidays.
Be sure to clean the berries and mint well before infusing them into the alcohol.
-1 tsp fresh lime juice
-2 ounces white cranberry juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. You can rim glass with vanilla sugar for some extra bling.
Ice Breaker Martini
1 ounce Vodka
3 ounces prosecco
1/2 ounce thyme infused simple syrup
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Add vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup to shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with fresh berries and thyme sprig.
Deck the Halls Cocktail
.5 ounces Cointreau
1 blood orange juiced
3 ounces white cranberry juice
1 tsp simple syrup (optional)
Add all ingredients to shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain over glass filled with ice and garnish with ornage wedge and rosemary sprig.
Sparkling Pom Pom
1 ounce Vodka
.5 ounce Cointreau
2 ounces pomegranate juice
1 ounce white grape juice
2 ounces prosecco or sparkling water
Add all ingredients except prosecco to a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a galss with ice and top with prosecco. Garnish with lime wheel.
Bacon Caesar ( perfect for Christmas Day)
Holiday Sangria(not just for summer!)
2 Granny Smith apple
1 heaping Cup Fresh cranberries
1(large) Bottle Pinot grigio
2 cups white grape juice
1 cup peach juice
2 sprigs rosemary
2 cinnamon sticks
Directions (best prepared the day before)
Add wine , alcohol and juices to large vessel. Wash fruit well, slice apples and oranges and add to sangria. Add rosemary and cinnamon sticks.
Berry Festive Shot
white cranberry juice
frozen berries your choice
Fill shot glass half full with cranberry juice, add raspberry liqueur to 3/4 full. Add a frozen berry then top with Cointreau.
At any holiday party be sure to always have FABOOSH non alcoholic options for your guests and a safe way for everyone to get back home.Happy Holidays! Party Safe! Cheers