Happy Canada Day!
To those of us living in the great white north beautiful Canada, well, HAPPY CANADA DAY! As an immigrant to Canada I am always thankful on this very day for the opportunity of being here. On this very day I count my blessings, and with a heart full of gratitude I bow my head down and think of the amazing things that had to happen for me to be here today. A free and peaceful country, where I can speak my truth without persecussion, where I can walk without the worry of being followed or being assaulted, where I can build the life of my dreams and know that my children have an incredible opportunity to be a part of building a better world. So Canada: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May you continue to blossom, may you continue to seek peace through peaceful ways, may you continue to take care of all your citizens providing heatlh care and education to all, may you continue to be accepting of our differences and be a leader in creating multicultural societies that thrive in all aspects of being.
On this Canada Day, what are you thankful for? a kiss from your child? a breath of fresh air? the vibrant community that surrounds you? Bring it into your awareness, feel it in your heart, and let it shine!
It wouldn't be a complete Canada Day without some Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Ginger Ice Cream, with freshly picked strawberries and rhubarb... oh.. its simply divine!
Recipe for Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Ginger Ice Cream
1 cup of coconut water
2 cups organic strawberries
1 cup organic rhubarb cut into pieces
1 1/2 inch piece Ginger
2 cups young coconut meat
2 cups of cashews, soaked for at least 2 hrs.
1/2 cup of raw coconut nectar or raw honey
seeds of 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp of vanilla powder
a pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup of coconut oil, warmed to liquid
chopped strawberries and/or rhubarb for garnish
Add coconut water to high speed blender (or food processor), add the rest of the ingredients except for the coconut oil. Blend or process until smooth, then while the blender or food processor is running add the coconut oil. Blend or process until it is well mixed. Pour the blend into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers directions (they are all different). Remove from ice cream maker and freeze. Let it freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight to firm up. Scoop, add garnish.
Enjoy outside while feeling the sun beaming on you and counting your blessings!
What are you thankful for on this Canada Day? and if you are not in Canada... today is a good day to count your blessings anyway!
Song of the Day:
"Oh singer you must search
for your place on the earth
while the same for your nation is true.
So lift up the soul of your country
and a place will be found here for you.
But don't go and run until your song has been sung
and the words of your soul have been said.
For a land without song can't stand very long
When the voice of its people is dead.
You may pile up your gold
but the pride of your soul
is the small bit of hope you bestow
on the children who come this way tomorrow
in search of the right way to go.
So singer sing on
like the first ray of dawn
with your promise of day just ahead.
For the land without song
can't stand very long
when the voice of its people is dead."
-Lyrics to The Singer, by Stompin' Tom Connors. Canadian Folk musician, 1936- 2013