Celebrate Your Parents

I hope everyone’s NaNo went well, or that you’ve got time today to make one last big push. However far you’ve got left, believe in yourself! Even if you don’t quite make it, you’ll still have written 1,000 words, or 10, 20, 30, 40k. Good job!

To help unwind from the madness that is NaNo, I wanted to take a look at two non-stat holidays that are coming up.
Specifically, Mother’s Day is on May 10 and Father’s Day is on June 22 this year.

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Green Beer and Bacon

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Did you know that it officially became a Christian holiday in the early 17th century? Or that the Lent based restrictions on eating and drinking are lifted for the day? No wonder people like it so much.

Me, on the other hand, take almost any holiday as an excuse to make nummy-yummy treats. St. Patty’s Day is no exception! Now, so that I can have pictures to show you all, I made the following deliciousness in advance. On Pi day, actually.

So my plan for my 2015 St. Patty’s menus consists of green beans and bacon (because, yum!), an Irish pub beef stew, and chocolate and mint cheesecake. Plus, I’ll share how you can turn your beer green 🙂

Read on for recipes and pictures.

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Post Holiday

Belated Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays (or, for those whose winter holiday hasn’t occurred yet, an early Happy Holidays)! Rather than another essay or bit of research, I thought I might share some thoughts…

I’ve always been a fan of the various holidays throughout the year, and by most measures I succumb to the commercialism of them. I like the costumes and candy of Halloween, the lights and presents of Christmas, the chocolate and baking of Easter, and all the BBQs of the national and civic summer holidays. Every year I hear people complain about how commercial everything is, and quite a few (angrily) wonder why we can’t just remember the point of the holidays.

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All Hallows Eve

Can you believe that Halloween is right around the corner?! eeee! <(..<) ^(. .)^ (>..)>

If you can’t tell, Halloween is just about my all time favourite holiday of the year. Whether you call it Halloween, All Hallows Eve, or Samhain, I’m sure you’ve got to admit that this holiday has a long history. It’s pretty common knowledge that Halloween was original a Celtic festival to celebrate the end of harvest/the year, and the day when the barriers between this year and the next were thinnest. According to legend, that is why people dressed up. They were attempting to scare away the evil spirits by wearing frightening costumes and carrying jack-o-lanterns.

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