Happy National Ice Cream Day!

I’ve only been to Cold Stone Creamery once before, and it was nearly a year ago. It was a good experience, but for whatever reason I haven’t made my way back there. Until this week that is.

One of the more interesting media releases to capture my attention lately was from said creamery and began by telling me July 15 was National Ice Cream day.

What now?

Well, apparently Ronald Reagan declared July as “National Ice Cream Month” back in 1984, as well as the third Sunday in July as “National Ice Cream Day.” While that’s pretty cool I was also quite certain Reagan is American, thus making this a national day for Americans to celebrate. Aww.

So I asked around on Twitter a bit and the general feeling seemed to be Canadians could have this day too. So Cold Stone Creamery was just on the up-trend of that day and produced Province-specific Signature Creations to celebrate.

After making sure the special provincial creations would be available all summer I waited till the heat got the best of me and went on over to give the B.C. Rocky Mountain Landslide a try.

Unfortunately the poor kid running the slab wasn’t 100 per cent sure he knew what I was asking for, and I didn’t see advertising of any kind for me to refer to. So I dug up the media release and prepared to start reading him the ingredients: chocolate ice cream, whipped topping, Oreo cookie pieces, and chocolate chips.

Instead he went to the back to check on my claim and I waited…for a while

At least it was air conditioned.

Eventually he returned and started creating my very own “Love It” B.C. Rocky Mountain Landslide. And let me say, it was well worth the wait!

However, my original plan to take the treat to go melted once I saw how enormous (and potentially messy) this creation was. It afforded me 10 wonderful minutes all to myself while I celebrated the best National Ice Cream Day I’ve ever had.

To see all the other Cold Stone Creamery creative creations here’s the list organized by province. I find the Newfoundland “Cod”ton Candy Dandy and the Quebec La Poutine Gourmand especially intriguing.

Bad Habit #1 Reheating Coffee

I have an admittedly bad habit. I like to microwave my coffee.

Bad Habit #1 Reheating Coffee

Yes, you heard me right. I’m not so busy I forget to drink my coffee and have to heat it up. I just enjoy heating up a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

My husband doesn’t really like this. And our marriage nearly ended the first time he “cleaned up” the kitchen by rinsing out the 1/4 full pot. (Total exaggeration but I was pretty miffed.) Nope. Don’t do that.

There’s something in me that just looks forward to getting home from a long day at work and heating up a welcoming mug of cafe. Despite what people think.

Well, now that it’s getting to summertime temperatures I have to remember to put the leftover coffee in the fridge. Not because it’s going to go bad sitting out at room temperature for a few hours. No, not that. Let’s take a closer look at the image shall we? With a little black and white for effect.


I am so thankful said fly was discovered before I set to drinking my “welcome home” beverage.

And boy did my husband laugh when I cried my sad story over the phone to him later. Boy oh boy.

Tim Horton’s Frozen Lemonade and My Office’s Secret Crush

I don’t know what it is about Tim Horton’s, but my office is crazy about the place.

And (I don’t know how this is possible) in the last three years of working there I’ve succumbed to actually eating donuts, something I never thought I would do ever again.

But…well you work in a place where donuts just “show up” every week and eventually you get curious.

So I was somewhat relieved when I was invited to try the new Tim Horton’s frozen lemonade and not donuts. Actually very relieved.

And then I thought, this is something my office needs to be a part of. So I asked if my whole office could try the lemonade on TH’s dime and they were like, “Yeah dude.” Loosely paraphrased.

After discussing our options during staff meeting and checking the weather forecast we set the big day for Tuesday. Sunny Tuesday. The first sunny day of the whole year in the Fraser Valley. Probably.

Tuesday came and…well it wasn’t raining. And it was pretty warm. So I thought the great frozen lemonade trial of ’12 would sill be a go.

Then I set myself up for a good story: I drove by myself, at lunchtime, to a teeny tiny Tim Hortons, to order 14 frozen lemonades. Seven original flavour and seven raspberry.

And…well the story is nothing crazy happened. I was the third person in line, it only took 10 minutes to receive all 14 lemonades (and although the machine threatened to stop working due to overuse it managed to pull through), I didn’t have to stop or turn suddenly, I didn’t drop anything transferring the drinks to my car or into my office, I ordered enough drinks, and everyone got the flavour they wanted.

How boring!

I was a bit nervous it would be too sweet, as this is the great risk of all lemonade drinks but you know what, it was pretty tasty. And definitely worth a buck.

One observation I made was the raspberry was scooped up first by my co-workers—based solely on sight alone. My boss informed me this is because raspberry makes you think “sweet” while lemon makes you think “sour.” He might be on to something.

Here are a couple random Did You Know’s from the media release:

  • There are 3,295 Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada.
  • Dave McKay is the “marketing director of beverages.” Does this mean there’s a marketing director of donuts?
  • They warn the average person drinking the frozen lemonade “may feel as though a Nor’easter is blowing inside their head.” I did not, but as we know I am not average.