Happy Holidays 1 Week Menu Plan

I have been blessed to live and work in both Canada and the United States, great nations which will be celebrating national holidays this week. This is the ideal time to acknowledge the many blessings we are fortunate to enjoy on both sides of the 49th Parallel. I’m planning a gathering at my home with friends and family to celebrate and we will do it in style with summer fresh foods, simply prepared and lovingly enjoyed. My relatives, who are here visiting from Holland where my parents were from, are going to help us celebrate. The kitchen will be a busy place!  In my own country the red and white maple leaf flag will soar proudly from our nation's capital buildings in Ottawa and from every other suitable place that will allow our flag to fly. Canada Day celebrates the birthday of Canada. On July 1, 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act - formerly known as the British North America Act.   American Independence Day is celebrated on the Fourth of July every year and is a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. The first of its’ kind was in 1776. Having lived in the US for a number of years and also having one American daughter (Kelsey was born in Morristown, NJ), I know how patriotic Americans are. Your red, white and blue flag and bunting decorates public and private buildings, city streets and more. It’s a wonder to see.   As my way of saying “Happy Canada Day” and “God Bless America,” I am including a one week menu plan here for you to enjoy. Keep the love in your heart my Sisters and Brothers in Strength.   I am always listening (and feeling very patriotic). Tosca