Our Canada Day and a Festive Dessert Round-Up

Today’s post is going to be brief for three reasons: it’s Canada Day, it’s also Danny’s birthday, and we’re going camping!

The car is packed to the hilt with everything we need for three days in the Quebec countryside – and a few items we probably don’t need, but I’ve never learned how to travel light. We’re looking forward to unpluging, sleeping in a tent and cooking over an open fire. The boys have been practicing their loon calls and in general getting revved up for a full-on camping extravaganza.

But first, we’ll make a pit stop at the Canada Day parade in downtown Montreal. This annual tradition involves meeting up with friends, wearing white and red, and usually a round of ice cream. The latter treat in celebration of both Danny and the country’s birthday.

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers!

Even though we’ll be camping, there will still be birthday candles. I’ve got a small cake in the cooler – a Maple Walnut cake, to be precise, that the boys and I baked this morning.  Right after we served the birthday boy breakfast in bed. Whew. You see why I need a few day’s off-grid?

Head over to Kitchen Simplicity for the drop dead simple Maple Walnut Cake recipe (pictured above).

It’s a wonderful long weekend whether you’re in Canada or the US, so I encourage you to step away for the computer, work, or even that riveting novel and spend some time with friends and family.

If you’re still looking for some sweet inspiration that is seasonal and festive, I can recommend any of the following! Just for fun, most of them are variations on red and white, keeping with the Canada Day theme.

Raspberry Red Wine Parfaits :: The Fresh Fridge

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites :: Oh She Glows

Sweet Cherry Yogurt Popsicles :: Dine and Dish

Whole Wheat, Rustic Strawberry Tart with Lemon & Mint Cream Cheese :: Spain in Iowa

Cherry Almond Crumb Bars :: Food for My Family

Berries & Cream :: Backseat Gourmet

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Whole Wheat Crust

Honey-Strawberry Shortcakes with Honey-Sweetened Whipped Cream

Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Have a wonderful long weekend!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Have a good weekend yourself! And Happy Birthday to Danny!

  2. Mrs. Graham Gardens says

    Love these ideas, Aimee! Thanks for posting the recipe round-up links. Have a great time camping & “Happy Birthday, Mr. Simple Bites!!” 🙂

  3. Happy Canada Day! We’re celebrating with fresh picked strawberry shortcake today.

  4. Thanks for the mention Aimee and Happy Canada Day!!

  5. Cheryl F says

    Happy Canada Day! Our traditional cake is now your yogurt cake from Under The High Chair, but with a local strawberry maple leaf instead of sprinkles. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Melissa @ Baking For The Boys says

    Have a great weekend!

  7. That Maple Walnut Cake looks so delicious. Have a great time camping!

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