Strawberry Curd Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

July 1st is Canada Day.

It’s kind of like Independence Day, but for Canada.

On a side note, did you know Canada came from the First Nations word “kananta” which means land?

We’re a creative bunch.

Well you know how lots of people have Independence Day parties? Where everything is red, white, and has blue sprinkles?

Well, Canadians can be patriotic too.

We use red sprinkles.

Canada Day cupcake: a lemon cupcake with strawberry curd and toasted meringue

Or fire. Fire is so much cooler than red sprinkles anyway. Yeah.

These cupcakes are perfect for Canada Day parties. A delicate, moist lemon cake with a balsamic strawberry curd and toasted meringue. Toasted with fire.

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“Eggs with Toast”

Uhg. It’s only eleven in the morning. Back to sleep I go. Noon? I could do a bit better. And then, at one, I rise. It’s cold. On the windows there’s condensation and I see the grass covered with frost. I shiver. Is it winter already? I put on a long-sleeved tee-shirt and a pair of track pants and head off to brush my teeth. Back and forth, back and forth. Up and down, up and down. Still tired, I creep down the stairs and have fried eggs with a bagel (also known as pure bliss). My dog scratches. I threaten to scratch him back if he doesn’t stop. He doesn’t stop. I scratch him back.

Trompe l'oeil "eggs and toast" with Meyer lemon pudding, lemon curd, and cinnamon cake

Hmm… what to do next? I lie down on the couch and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel lies on top of me. I feel warm as I watch a movie. I pet my dog and lie there happily  in my family room. Life’s good. Around 4pm I realize I have an English assignment due and run to my computer. I stare at the blank word document before me and wonder how writers do it. Perhaps they use SparkNotes?

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