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The Friday Five | Canada Day

The Friday Five - Father's Day DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Printables from A Little Pixel | Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles from The Novice Chef | Button Art from Frugal Mom Eh | Strawberry Cheesecake Bites from Oh She Glows | Red Velvet Truffles from Dessert For Two

Canada Day is coming up in less than a week! I’ll be honest with you, with all the hecticness of the end of the school year, this holiday always kind of gets forgotten about. If I throw a party it’s often thrown last minute (yep, still don’t know what I’m doing Wednesday night), but for anyone who is more on the ball than I, the above ideas would be a great addition to your festivities. Especially those popsicles.

And don’t forget there’s also this free printable Sparkler and Candy Cone Printables I made for you last year!

How will you be spending Canada Day?

Eat | Fairy Bread

Fairy Bread Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
When I was in grade 6 I had two teachers. For the first half of the year was Mr Rutherford from Australia. The second half was the usual school teacher Mr Ferguson. You see, the two did a teacher exchange where they swapped homes and classrooms for a calendar year. As a student, it was a really cool experience. But there are three things I remember most from that year:
Fairy Bread Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
1) Mr Ferguson teaching us to “K.I.S.S.” our writing – Keep It Simple Stupid. 20 years later and I’m now teaching this nugget of wisdom to my students.
2) Our aboriginal dot painting project
3) Fairy bread
Fairy Bread Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
Oh yes, fairy bread. The name alone got me incredibly excited. I mean everyone loves bread, and who doesn’t love fairy’s? Put ‘em together and it’s perfection. But when I learned what fairy bread was made of – white bread, butter, and sprinkles (or as the Aussie’s call ‘em, hundreds and thousands), my 11 year old mind was blown. The day we got to make our own in class was probably the best of the year.

Fairy Bread Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
Yep, fairy bread is insanely easy to make. And I’ll be honest, while sixth grade Tan was all over this treat like a hot fudge sundae, adult Tanya finds it a little too sweet to handle. But I couldn’t help share because just look at it! It’s adorable! And it would make a really cute snack at a festive party don’t you think? Just maybe limit it to one triangle per kid to avoid the ultimate sugar rush. Now let’s make some!

Fairy Bread Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
You’ll need:

  • White bread with the crusts cut off
  • Butter or margarine. I used coconut butter though because I wanted the coconut flavour and I wanted the bread to stay white opposed to turning yellow
  • Sprinkles – I used the rod shaped kind because that’s what I remembered from grade 6. My Aussie friend told me however that, while it may be a regional difference, she uses round sprinkles.

Simply spread a generous amount of butter on each slice.
Pour sprinkles onto a plate, then place the bread butter side down onto the sprinkles. Gently press down to adhere the sprinkles onto the bread.
Cut the square diagonally to create triangle wedges.
Serve and enjoy!

Eat | Brandybuck Cocktail & Mocktail

Brandybuck Cocktail & Mocktail | Squirrelly Minds
Because I’m bound for a ridiculously hot and uncomfortable summer due to my expanding belly, I need refreshments to help me through it. Last time we made a gin based cocktail and mocktail. This time, it’s brandy turn.

Brandybuck Cocktail and Mocktail | Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds
Even when I can drink, brandy is usually not my first choice, but I did try the mocktail version and it’s made me want to give it a go. Actually truth time, I got confused and took a sip of the brandy version by accident (WHOOPS!). I obviously quickly stopped drinking, but I tasted enough to tell you that the cocktail is darn good.

Brandybuck Cocktail and Mocktail | Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds
The drink is based off a buck’s fizz, which is basically a weaker mimosa. The mister (aka cocktail slinger) thought it needed to be boozier, hence the brandy. Besides, it created the best name ever that no doubt Merry Brandybuck would enjoy (….any Lord of the Rings fans? …no?)

Brandybuck Cocktail and Mocktail | Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds

Brandybuck Cocktail


  • 1oz brandy
  • 2oz prosecco
  • 3oz OJ
  • Squeeze of lemon


  1. Mix all ingredients into a glass.
  2. Stir over ice with a couple wedges of lemon.

Brandybuck Mocktail


  • 1oz lemon juice
  • 2oz orange juice
  • 3oz sparkling grape juice


  1. Mix all ingredients into a glass.
  2. Stir over ice with a couple wedges of lemon.

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Happy drinking!

The Friday Five | BBQ Recipes

The Friday Five - BBQ Recipes | Squirrelly Minds

Grilled avocado from Minimally Invasive / Salmon kebabs from My Invisible Crown / Cilantro lime sweet potatoes from Sweet Treats & More / Coconut brown sugar glazed grilled pineapple from Chef in Training / Grilled chili chicken skewers with cilantro lime pesto from Katie’s Cucina

Happy May Day long weekend! Being Portuguese, I see no problem with BBQing all year round (yep, in rain or snow, you name it), but for most people it’s this holiday weekend that really kicks off BBQ season. Enjoy some of the recipes above!

I’m certainly looking forward to having an extra day off. I’ll be heading off to a gulf island with some girls to celebrate a friend’s upcoming wedding. FUN FUN!

What are your May Day long weekend plans?

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