Happy 150th birthday, Canada! You aren't my native land, but you are only around 180 miles from where I live in upstate New York.
I haven't visited you, Oh Canada, since 2008.
I wanted my Canadian readers to know how much I love their country. I love your 150th logo, too, despite the fact that it had its share of controversy.
The best part of Canada Day, for me, is the custom of cities and towns serving Canada Day cake. Although not traditional, I bet this easy dump cake would make a great birthday cake. It's relatively low in calories, too.
1 box angel food cake mix
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple in juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 175 degrees C if you are in Canada). Mix the two ingredients. Pour into a 9 x 13 cake pan, greased. Bake until golden brown. Cool before serving.
If I was making this into an American Independence Day cake, I would serve with strawberries and blueberries. But, it sounds so good, I may just bake it today (despite the heat and humidity).
Speaking of independence, I wanted to share my only Canada Day experience with you.
For many, many years I took Independence Day for granted. I shouldn't
have - I grew up in a neighborhood where a lot of Holocaust survivors
had settled, and I met other immigrants - from Cuba, from Romania, from
But I had never spent an Independence Day away from the United States until 2008, when my spouse and I found myself leaving the United States
for Canada, on our way to Saint John, New Brunswick.
We had always wanted to see the Bay of Fundy, and that was the week my spouse was able to get off - the week following July 4.
At the U.S./Canada border, a Canadian border agent questioned our
motives for visiting Canada and looked at us funny - like we were about
to commit some kind of crime. Why, after all, would two Americans want
to leave their country on July 4, this most important day in our history?
We were finally allowed in, and quickly
realized we were in a place where July 4 was simply the day between July
3 and July 5. No big deal. And, we realized, there would be no
fireworks. No parades. No nothing. Crickets.
Well, we had asked for it, leaving our native land. It did feel a bit lonely, I admit.
I love fireworks. I love 4th of July fireworks even better. What had I been thinking? But, so be it.
After a long drive, we arrived at our lodgings in downtown Saint John, New Brunswick.
We wandered down to the waterfront, hungry. After deciding on a
restaurant, we sat at an outdoor table and put our order in. And then
we overheard the people at the next table, excited about the fireworks
Saint John was going to have, a short walk away, that night.
July 4 fireworks in Canada?
It turned out that we had arrived on the first decent day in July. The
Canada Day fireworks had been delayed by rain on July 1. And on July
2. And on July 3.
July 4? The weather finally cleared up.
So, that evening, my spouse and I stood in a patriotic crowd of
Canadians who celebrated their birthday, three days late, with
fireworks. Somehow, I felt right at home.
I'm so glad they held their fireworks up just so we could join them on
July 4. Who says Canadians aren't some of the friendliest people in the
So, once again, Canada, happy 150th birthday wishes from this American.
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