nanaimo bar

Man, so That Kid in my office today asked a great question at a Master’s defense, and I’m always trying to be on the lookout for opportunities to have a halfway decent conversation with him, so I told him it was a great question! And he goes, “Oh, I know, but I thought the speaker did a terrible job answering it.” And I’m thinking like, hey asshole, that speaker is one of your closest friends and colleagues, you have worked in the same room for two years and frequently hang out outside of work, and here you’re badmouthing him to a more senior researcher in your field. What the hell? Buddy, don’t you go throwing that speaker under the bus to try and impress me with how smart you are. I like him way, way, way better than you.

Entertaining some lovely recurring daydreams of being in a position to recommend against hiring this guy somewhere in the nebulous future, but realistically? If “pointlessly arrogant and competitive white dude with no sense of tact” were an impediment to career advancement in this field, we’d be downsized by 75%.

Anyway, the speaker passed his defense and we’re throwing him a party tonight, so I am gonna make and bring some good good good Nanaimo bars for him and ignore the heck out of That Kid.

Nanaimo bars

One of the simple pleasures of growing up in a rural area is the ritual that is the church dinner – and the best part of the church dinner was always the dessert table…

Okay, I was going to try my hand at lifestyle blogging but I can’t even do it ironically. Anyway, here’s Wonderwall:

Yes, that’s from a church cookbook. Our local United Church Women’s cookbook circa some time before I was born, to be precise. No, I don’t know when they stopped being “squares” and became “bars”.

A few notes:

  • It should be four tablespoons of cocoa, not four teaspoons.
  • The walnuts are optional. If you’re going to use them, crush them really finely or the base will fall apart around them (and you’ll be biting into chunks of walnut, which nobody wants).
  • It should be two tablespoons of custard powder, not two teaspoons. (I don’t know who typed up these recipes, but that seems to be a recurring problem.)
  • Finally, the chocolate layer on top isn’t supposed to be marbled. You’ll probably have to figure out your own way on that – my wife’s still working on it, and I’ve never had great luck. I think my mom eventually gave up on using baking chocolate and just started melting chocolate chips in the microwave.

Anyhow, enjoy. If it takes a few tries to get it right, that’s just a sacrifice you’ll have to make.

Signs As Baked Desserts

Aries: Rice Crispy Squares

Taurus: Apple Crisp

Gemini: Nanamio Bars

Cancer: Cupcakes

Leo: Creme Brulee

Virgo: Chocolate Cookies

Libra: Doughnuts

Scorpio: New York Cheesecake

Sagittarius: Peanut Butter Cookies

Capricorn: Pumpkin Pie

Aquarius: Ice Cream Cake

Pisces: Brownies

The Signs as Canadian Things
  • Aries: Cash Cab, Bob & Doug, garburators, basketball
  • Taurus: Ogopogo, Nanaimo bars, Jolly Jumpers, Canadian Tire Money
  • Gemini: The Terry Fox Run, Colo(u)r, The Dionne Quintuplets, bagged milk
  • Cancer: The Tim Horton's Double Double Visa, Peggy's Cove, Corner Gas, Hinterland Who's Who
  • Leo: The Calgary Stampede, Michael J Fox, toonies, Much Music
  • Virgo: ketchup chips, separatism, Ryan Gosling, eves-troughs
  • Libra: The Robertson screwdriver, John A MacDonald, Angela Anaconda, lacrosse
  • Scorpio: Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, toques, Banff, Bonhomme du Neige
  • Sagittarius: Degrassi, Stephen Harper, The Klondike Gold Rush, not having pennies
  • Capricorn: Maclean's, Jim Treliving, Heritage Minutes, freezies
  • Aquarius: McIntosh toffee bars, Drake, Molson, The Bay
  • Pisces: Boston Pizza, Holmes on Homes, Timbits, The Roughriders

okay so let me keep track of this

as for now we have

  1. lemon pie kun (PROTAGONIST)
  2. hershey pie kun
  3. pizza dessert kun
  4. tiramisu kun
  5. raspberry tart chan
  6. strawberry shortcake kun
  7. passion fruit cheesecake san
  8. chocolate fountain chan
  9. banana split kun
  10. egg tart tan
  11. nanaimo bar kun
  12. rose petal cake san
  13. boston cream pie san
  14. pumpkin pie chan
  15. giga pudding chan
  16. blackberry macaron chan
  17. oreo cheesecake kun
  18. cheesecake kun
  19. scone chan
  20. red velvet kun
  21. sprinkled donut san
  22. wedding cake san
  23. raspberry mousse kun
  24. green tea pancake kun
  25. montblanc chan
  26. white chocolate mint cookie kun
  27. peanut butter cup chan
  28. ice cream cake san
  29. montblanc kun
  30. cupcake chan
  31. strawberry shortcake san
  32. montblanc san
  33. dango kun
  34. frozen yogurt kun
  35. eclairs kun
  36. chocolate macaron kun
  37. key lime pie kun
  38. vanilla frosting kun
  39. chocolate chip cookie kun
  40. lemon bar san
  41. pear tarte san
  42. blueberry cheesecake kun
  43. green tea mochi chan
  44. orange creamsicle chan
  45. cookie chan
  46. crepe chan
  47. fudge marble kun
  48. brazo de mercedes kun
  49. tomato kun ?
  50. bubblegum icecream san
  51. mint brownie san
  52. caramel pudding chan
  53. cherry cupcake san
  54. choco berry san
  55. black forest ojiisan
  56. raspberry and custard cream millie feuille chan
  57. parfait chan
  58. polish mole mound cake kun
  59. frankfurt crown cake twins
  60. bubble tea chan
  61. chocolate lava cake okaasan
  62. strawberry sundae chan
  63. dame blanche ice cream kun
  64. jam roll chan
  65. ice cream sandwich san
  66. mango mousse cake kun
  67. grapefruit ice cream kun
  68. nutella chan
  69. caramel apple chan
  70. milk cake chan
  71. cherry gelato kun
  72. strawberry pancake kun
  73. peppermint bark san
  74. pop cake kun
  75. jam roly poly chan
  76. orange blossom macaron kun
  77. caramel macchiato cheesecake chan
  78. caramel frappucino chan
  79. sea salt ice cream kun
  80. strawberry pie chan
  81. shaved ice chan
  82. souffle chan
  83. dulce de leche chan
  84. macaron kun
  85. red bean soup chan
  86. twinkie kun
  87. pasca san
  88. chocolate croissant chan
  89. concha kun
  90. kiev cake kun
  91. cakepop kun
  92. neapolitan ice cream chan
  93. smores chan
  94. salmon roll kun
  95. snow cone chan
  96. happy tracks ice cream kun
  97. pocky kun
  98. green tea cupcake chan
  99. pink frosted sprinkled donut kun
  100. lemon macaron san
  101. lava cake kun
  102. semolina pudding chan
  103. meringue chan
  104. green apple frozen yogurt chan
  105. ice cream cake kun
  106. blueberry cheesecake chan
  107. apple spice cake kun
  108. mango float cake kun
  109. twinkle candy kun
  110. taro cake kun
  111. dobos torte san
  112. pound cake kun
  113. oreo kun
  114. clafouti chan
  115. pavlova kun
  116. almond pudding san
  117. rocky road brownie san
  118. creme caramel san
  119. patbingsu chan
  120. rich royalty blueberry cheesecake san
  121. s'mores pie kun
  122. cinnamon roll chan
  123. blue bunny wagashi san
  124. ice cream chan
  125. creme brulee san
  126. candy apple chan
  127. belgian waffle chan
  128. chocolate waffles kun
  129. apple pie chan
  130. eton mess kun
  131. ube creme decadence san
  132. waffle kun
  133. creme brulee kun
  134. caramello koala kun
  135. halo halo chan
  136. chocolate caramel brownie kun
  137. strawberry ombre cake chan
  138. triple chocolate mousse kun
  139. dulce de leche and cheese chan
  140. taiyaki kun
  141. gino kun
  142. grapes chan
  143. moon cake kun
  144. hot chocolate kun
  145. popsicle chan
  146. black licorice chan
  147. flan kun
  148. mint chocolate ice cream cake kun
  149. caramel shortbread kun
  150. coconut haystack chan
  151. cookie brownie kun
  152. strawberry macaron hime sama
  153. raspberry religieuse chan
  154. madeleine kun
  155. strawberry empanada chan
  156. chocolate fondue kun
  157. mousse au chocolat kun
  158. cream puff chan
  159. strawberry ice cream mochi chan
  160. green tea mousse kun
  161. coconut cream pie san
  162. sakura mochi chan
  163. cinnamon bun kun
  164. hershey’s cookies n creme chan
  165. mint cake chan
  166. sachertorte kun
  167. honey toast kun
  168. baumkuchen kun
  169. nutella crepe chan
  170. coffee cake kun
  171. white chocolate macadamia nut cookie kun
  172. mocha kun
  173. a la mode kun
  174. cotton candy chan
  175. rainbow cookie chan
  176. dirt dessert san
  177. chocolate ganache chan
  178. peppermint ice cream san
  179. rainbow cake chan
  180. fudge chan
  181. sorbet kun
  182. french silk pie chan
  183. matcha parfait san
  184. unicorn poop cookie kun
  185. butterscotch san
  186. halo halo kun
  187. cannoli kun
  188. potato chips kun
  189. chocolate covered strawberry chan
  190. gummy bear san
  191. lemon mousse with raspberries kun
  192. fondant cake kun
  193. mango log cake san
  194. angel food cake san
  195. glazed donut kun
  196. chocolate banana cream pie chan
  197. birthday cake kun
  198. jelly chan
  199. rum cake kun
  200. berry cupcake kun
  201. anmitsu chan
  202. chocolate strawberry cheesecake kun
  203. taro frozen yogurt chan
  204. panna cotta chan
  205. caramel apple kun
  206. grasshopper pie kun
  207. mint chocolate ice cream san
  208. blueberry tart chan
  209. coffee bun kun
  210. marshmallow chan
  211. strawberry daifuku kun
  212. apple tart kun
  213. apple jalousie chan
  214. truffle nut kun
  215. watermelon rose cake chan
  216. roasted milk kun
  217. matcha pocky kun
  218. blue velvet chan
  219. ice cream sundae pop tart chan
  220. neapolitan ice cream kun
  221. castella chan
  222. mantou kun
  223. steamed bun chan
  224. rainbow cake kun
  225. popsicle kun
  226. candy buttons kun
  227. raspberry filled donut kun
  228. pavlova chan
  229. chocolate fountain kun
  230. chocolate oreo marshmallow pudding kun
  231. mikan pocky kun
  232. french vanilla cappuccino san
  233. vanilla mint shake kun
  234. strawberry roll cake chan
  235. mint monster sundae chan
  236. kohaku kan sensei
  237. after eight mint chocolate thin kun
  238. strawberry daifuku san
  239. fruit parfait kun
  240. baklava kun
  241. kue chan
  242. blueberry cake chan
  243. chocolate muffin kun
  244. rainbow sorbet kun
  245. suspiro a la limeña san
  246. cendol kun
  247. egg tart kun
  248. namagashi chan
  249. confetti cake kun
  250. limeade kun
  251. durian candy kun
  252. caramel flan kun
  253. flan tan
  254. chocolate chip cannoli oniisan
  255. sweetheart kun
  256. buñuelo kun
  257. berry parfait chan
  258. devil’s food cake kun
  259. sakura kanten chan
  260. marshmallow kun
  261. cookies and cream ice cream chan
  262. black forest muffin kun
  263. mochi ice cream chan
  264. violet macaron chan
  265. vatican bread san
  266. mazamorra kun
  267. pudding kun
  268. funnel cake kun
  269. matcha with azuki bean filling macaron chan
  270. star candy chan
  271. milky chu chu bar kun
  272. pineapple upside down cake kun
  273. red velvet macaron chan
  274. moon cake san
  275. mango pudding chan
  276. funnel cake san
  277. seashell cupcake chan
  278. strawberry lime cupcake chan
  279. rosemary scone kun
  280. creampuff kun
  281. strawberry pocky san
  282. matcha souffle chan
  283. german sweet chocolate pie kun
  284. reese’s cheesecake chan
  285. banana split chan
  286. peach mango graham cake kun
  287. chai chan
  288. bibingka chan
  289. cherry truffle sama
  290. chocolate mousse san
  291. marijuana brownie kun
  292. ube macapuno cake san
  293. quesillo kun
  294. pumpkin coffee cake kun
  295. sweet potato pie chan
  296. churro kun
  297. creme brulee chan
  298. tiramisu cheesecake chan
  299. ohagi chan
  300. pear soup kun
  301. cookie dough ice cream chan
  302. ice cream swirl chan
  303. strawberry shortcake chan
  304. peach cake kun
  305. chocolate profiterole kun
  306. chocolate pocky chan
  307. chocolate ice cream chan
  308. black cherry ice cream kun
  309. soda float chan
  310. tres leches kun
  311. salted caramel bar kun
  312. moca cola kun
  313. sanguinaccio dolce kun
  314. licorice chan
  315. tigertail donut tan
  316. klepon san
  317. konpeito cupcake kun
  318. cherry ice cream tan
  319. princess cake chan
  320. green tea mochi san
  321. cornbread san
  322. mizu manjuu chan
  323. sherbet icecream chan
  324. taro bubble tea kun
  325. cookies and cream ice cream kun
  326. chocolate cigarette kun
  327. hello panda san
  328. fried ice cream kun
  329. strawberry cheesecake kun
  330. grass jelly san
  331. cotton candy twins
  332. banoffe kun
  333. bunny roll chan
  334. rhubarb pie kun
  335. lemon sorbet chan
  336. cake pop kun
  337. red velvet cupcake chan
  338. seri muka san
  339. raspberry lemon vodka pop chan
  340. vanilla bean ice cream chan
  341. salty popsicle chan
  342. laffy taffy kun
  343. mango sponge cake chan
  344. melon sorbet chan
  345. gummy snake san
  346. ptichye moloko kun
  347. pound cake chan
  348. cherry poke cake kun
  349. chocolate cake chan
  350. joffre cake kun
  351. coca cola float kun
  352. pumpkin cheesecake chan
  353. strawberry chiffon cake chan
  354. caramel macchiato kun
  355. rice pudding chan
  356. neapolitan ice cream san
  357. cookies and cream polvoron chan
  358. cavity kun (blackcurrant cheesecake)
  359. chocolate turtle kun
  360. raspberry pain au chocolat kun
  361. bubblegum cake chan
  362. fig and cheese kun
  363. flan de leche san
  364. franzbrötchen kun
  365. dragon fruit popsicle kun
  366. dark chocolate cherry brownie parfait kun
  367. maple pecan danish kun
  368. berry milkshake chan
  369. rainbow lollipop chan
  370. blue velvet cupcake chan
  371. pecan pie kun
  372. crinkles kun
  373. three colored dessert chan
  374. smores san
  375. tofu pudding chan
  376. red velvet cheesecake swirl san
  377. peanut butter blossom chan
  378. boston cream donut kun
  379. hazelnut ice cream kun
  380. tartufo kun
  381. hostess ho ho kun
  382. suncake chan
  383. puto chan
  384. charlotte cake chan
  385. cotton candy kun
  386. sakura mochi tan
  387. mikan jelly tan
  388. yuzu aisu kun
  389. licorice kun
  390. lemon meringue pie chan
  391. glazed donut chan
  392. chocolate flan chan
  393. strawberry daifuku chan
  394. green tea kit kat siblings
  395. carrot cake chan
  396. vanilla velvet ice cream chan
  397. strawberry cupcake kun
  398. swedish princess cake chan
  399. ambrosia kun
  400. affogato chan
  401. raspberry charlotte chan
  402. pisang ijo kun
  403. chocolate molten lava cake sama
  404. honey cake tan
  405. blue raspberry ice cream chan
  406. green tea kanten jelly chan
  407. chocolate orange pie chan
  408. blueberry poptart kun
  409. rainbow cupcake chan
  410. graham cake kun
  411. jackfruit kun
  412. chocolate covered halvah bar kun
  413. oreo pudding chan
  414. black forest cake kun
  415. swedish caramelized lemon tart kun
  416. strawberry kit kat chan
  417. lamington chan
  418. pistachio rose tart chan
  419. mexican chocolate pop kun
  420. opera kun
  421. chilli chocolate cake chan
  422. sugar cookie chan
  423. sea salt brownie san
  424. chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake kun
  425. root beer float san
  426. chocolate caramel swirl cheesecake kun
  427. red velvet lava cake kun
  428. blueberry cheesecake tart chan
  429. konpeitou kun
  430. saffron pancake kun
  431. caramel bar kun
  432. raspberry cheesecake chan
  433. lemon lime jello chan
  434. raspberry custard mochido chan
  435. mint and chocolate baked alaska kun
  436. salted caramel chocolate souffle san
  437. pumpkin cream pie chan
  438. deep fried soda chan
  439. peppermint tan
  440. cocoa confetti donut kun
  441. linzer torte san
  442. s'mores french toast kun
  443. black forest cake chan
  444. shrimp cocktail chan
  445. pesche dolci kun
  446. pink passion cake chan
  447. vanilla coke float kun
  448. cranberry and wild blueberry pie san
  449. susumella al bergamotto kun
  450. blue vanilla mochi kun
  451. red velvet poptart kun
  452. chiacchiere kun
  453. raspberry fudge cake san
  454. cherry coke float chan
  455. yogurt tan
  456. french silk pie kun
  457. cherry rum balls chan
  458. strawberry waffle chan
  459. tapioca kun
  460. strawberry pudding chan
  461. pink swedish princess cake chan
  462. honey ginger tea san
  463. white christmas chan
  464. chocolate banana graham cake chan
  465. kinoko chocolate san
  466. rainbow cherpumple chan
  467. oreo dream extreme cheesecake chan
  468. italian cream cake kun
  469. plum pudding chan
  470. cocoa topped green tea sponge cake roll kun
  471. chocolate mustache san
  472. strawberry brownie kabob tan
  473. japanese panda cookie chan
  474. blue velvet cake kun
  475. blue rock candy chan
  476. matcha pocky chan
  477. croquembouche chan
  478. cayenne cinnamon apple pie chan
  479. maple taffy oba san
  480. lime jelly tan
  481. bear claw kun
  482. capuccino pudding with coffee caviar chan
  483. kueh lapis twins
  484. cheese danish chan
  485. peppermint brownie chan
  486. pokki chan
  487. yanyan twins
  488. panna cotta with kiwi san
  489. cannoli chan
  490. aoba cake kun
  491. yakult tan
  492. blueberry soup chan
  493. oreo truffles kun
  494. bolukukus kun
  495. shirokuma kun
  496. pomegranate tart kun
  497. lemon scone kun
  498. caramel cheesecake kun
  499. strawberry ice cream kun
  500. fromage fraise verrine san
  501. black pudding chan
  502. cafe latte kun
  503. swiss roll chan
  504. napoleon kun
  505. hotteok san
  506. purple potato pie kun
  507. white chocolate raspberry cake kun
  508. sesame ball kun
  509. battenberg cake san
  510. cherry yogurt chan
  511. pepero siblings
  512. chocolate cheesecake sama
  513. peach crepe kun
  514. melted turtle nut cupcake chan
  515. mint chocolate chip cookie twins
  516. religieuse au chocolat chan
  517. school brownie kun
  518. blueberry waffle kun
  519. green tea shaved ice chan
  520. banana milk chan
  521. watermelon popsicle chan
  522. blackberry smoothie tan
  523. coffee jelly kun
  524. cherry bon bon chan
  525. grape jelly chan
  526. gelatin kun
  527. cherry cordial chan
  528. jasmine green tea chan
  529. maple cream kun
  530. chocolate cappuccino cheesecake kun
  531. fruit tartlet chan
  532. choco pie kun
  533. blackberry ice cream kun
  534. salted caramel chocolate kun
  535. iced lemon pound cake chan
  536. blueberry rainbow cake kun
  537. blueberry muffin kun
  538. peppermint candy chan
  539. zebra cake kun
  540. choco cheesecake kun
  541. korean rice punch chan
  542. cranberry apple crostata chan
  543. orange creamsicle vodka senpai
  544. reese’s pie kun
  545. blackberry tiramisu kun
  546. coconut cake kun
  547. strawberry taiyaki chan
  548. mini raspberry triffle chan
  549. mountain cake tan
  550. rainbow poptart chan
  551. spotted dick kun
  552. sweet bean paste mochi soft serve sundae san
  553. taco dessert chan
  554. raspberry ice cream san
  555. alexander torte san
  556. mini blueberry muffin chan
  557. green pandan jelly kun
  558. milk pudding chan
  559. hit cookie kun
  560. whipped cream chan
  561. mitarashi dango kun
  562. butter cookie chan
  563. candied bacon kun
  564. mountain dew and doritos cupcake kun
  565. strawberry peach mini tart kun
  566. dippin dots kun
  567. latte flan chan
  568. frosted lemon cookie chan
  569. haole brownie kun
  570. skull candy kun
  571. dulce de tomate kun
  572. semla chan
  573. jelly doughnut kun
  574. battenberg cake chan
  575. raspberry ripple meringue kun
  576. raspberry semifreddo san
  577. avocado kun
  578. matcha goma mousse cake kun
  579. mango cheesecake kun
  580. anpan kun
  581. rice pudding kun
  582. chocolate peanut butter truffle chan
  583. dark chocolate kun
  584. noka chocolate kun
  585. luumu kun
  586. cake batter cheesecake kun
  587. watercolor cake kun
  588. lucuma and pumpkin cheesecake san
  589. gold flake sundae kun
  590. pastel cake kun
  591. wedding cake ouji sama
  592. usagi otsumami kun
  593. coconut barfi san
  594. red bean mochi san
  595. choco trifle kun
  596. tangyuan chan
  597. crisp ruby chan
  598. rolo cookie kun
  599. hakuto jelly kun
  600. biscotti kun
  601. samoa kun
  602. mocha java cake kun
  603. grape jellybean crepe kun
  604. white rabbit candy kun
  605. churro senpai
  606. mocha frappe kun
  607. stickies kun
  608. pop candy chan
  609. mocha semifreddo kun
  610. bombe alaska san
  611. sakura mochi kun
  612. eggnog kun
  613. takenoko chocolate san
  614. melon shaved ice tan
  615. white macaron kun
Why don’t we talk about the team trying to get on Bitty’s vlog more?

Like, they all know about it, even if they have respected his privacy and haven’t watched them (except maybe they have? Like, an episode or two from his pre-SMH days?) but they have all gotten pretty decent in the kitchen by now, and they honestly just want to be a part of that part of Bitty’s life.

Lardo maybe wants to make a traditional Vietnamese dish, and also brownies from scratch. Chowder wants to do his grandmother’s noodles, and something special for Cait. Ransom and Holster really just want to do anything, want to be included, but Holster misses Buffalo food, and Rans would maybe like to see Bitty’s take on Nigerian food, or maybe some Nanaimo bars. 

Dex kind of just likes being in the kitchen, has discovered he likes helping Bitty and likes making things with his hands; cooking is like an extension  of fixing things, but the pay off is delicious. Nursey is mostly a disaster in the kitchen, but he’s found that if given a repetitive task, his clumsiness is ameliorated. Plus, he likes being on camera, even if (or maybe because) Dex chirps him about it.

Shitty likes cooking, and also likes the idea of how annoyed his dad would be to see him in the kitchen in an apron, but he’s also incredibly curious about Eric Bittle YouTube star, and also wants to talk about the way Bitty is fighting heteronormative bullshit and dismantling homophobic ideas about gender roles.

Jack. Jack just wants to watch his boyfriend in his element. Maybe wants the world to see how they have learned to move around each other in the kitchen with ease, how he can anticipate Bitty’s needs and help him bake a perfect pie. How he’s learned to assemble a beautiful lattice crust on top of a pie.

I just have a lot of feelings about this, apparently? Like, Bitty expresses his love for people through his food, and all his friends want to be a part of that, but also, to recapture a little bit of their own experiences through cooking with Bitty, sharing their love with him with family recipes, and childhood memories, and their biggest passions.

O Canada - Steve X Reader

Author’s Note: Hey guys! Hope you enjoy. And I’m so sorry it seems kind of choppy. I was writing during the commercials of american football games. Haha, only me!

Request: Hi can I make a request where Steve is being all patriotic and cute, but Steve and the other Avengers have no idea that the reader (who is also an Avenger) is Canadian :D Thanks!!!

Warnings: fluff

Words: 919

It was the first day of July. An important day for you, but everyone else on the team could care less about it. They were too busy planning a party for July 4th, America’s Independence Day and Steve’s birthday. However, in your mind, you were celebrating Canada’s independence on that first day of July.

No one really knew that you were Canadian. You never really spoke French in front of them, and your English didn’t have an accent. You had moved from London, Ontario, Canada to New York City, USA, where SHIELD had recruited you. The team had naturally assumed you were American and you never really bothered to correct them.

After spending ten months with the team, you were glad to say you were good friends with them. Especially Natasha and Steve, since you were usually assigned to missions with them.

So, here you were, with the entire team, discussing ideas for the Fourth of July party. Steve seemed giddy, smiling at everyone and getting excited every time someone mentioned something he liked. You found it endearing how much he loved America and how patriotic he was.

“Well, I know we definitely need some barbeque food. That’s the American way,” Clint said and everyone nodded their head.

“We’re definitely watching the fireworks at night,” Natasha said.

“American flags,” Clint retaliated, and Steve was excitedly nodding along.

He turned to you and smiled at you and you smiled back. “You seem very excited about this, Steve.”

“Yeah, I mean, not only it’s my birthday, but America’s as well,” he said and blushed a little.

“Well, (Y/N), what do you and your family do to celebrate the Fourth of July?” Natasha asked you and everyone’s eyes turned to you.

“Well…I don’t really celebrate the Fourth of July,” you said, blushing from the intense gazes of everyone. Some gazes widened when you said that and Steve looked confused.

“…What?” Clint asked. “You don’t the celebrate the independence of your country?”

“Of course I do; it’s today,” you said, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.

“(Y/N)…I’m pretty sure it’s not,” Clint said, looking at you like you had grown two ore heads.

“No it’s today. I’m Canadian,” you said, finally spilling the beans.

“What?” you heard a conglomerate of voices call out at the same time.

“You’re not American?” Steve asked. His tone wasn’t condescending or rude. he seemed genuinely interested in what you were saying.

“Nope, I moved here when I was about twelve, but I was born in Canada,” you said, smiling at everyone.

“That explains why you’re too nice,” Tony said and you rolled your eyes at him.

“Well, if that’s all, I’m going out to lunch with my sister to celebrate my non-American independence,” you said and got up. “I’ll be back later, guys.”

Everyone watched you leave and then looked at each other.

“This is so unexpected,” Clint said.

“How could I not have known she was Canadian? We talk all the time,” Steve said.

“Maybe she mentioned it, but you were too busy drooling at her to actually hear what she was saying,” Natasha responded and everyone giggled and chuckled at theat. Steve blushed and gave her a look.

“We should do something for her,” he said.

“This is great!” Tony exclaimed. “Now we get two parties!”

About three hours later, you were taking the elevator to the top floor of the tower, where Natasha had asked you to meet her for a movie marathon. When the elevator doors opened, the room was dark, the windows completely tinted, probably courtesy of Tony’s AI system.

“Nat?” you called out loud. Suddenly, the room brihtened and the avengers popped out, yelling surprise, and causing you to jump back in shock.

“Happy Canadian Independence Day!” everyone yelled at the same time, and you took the time to look around the room. There were a few Canadian flags hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. All the Avengers were wearing black T-shirts, that said ‘The Eh Team’ with a red maple leaf. You giggled at them.

“You guys! You didn’t have to do this,” you said, smiling excitedly as you saw some Poutine and Nanaimo bars.

“Yeah we did, we felt bad that you wouldn’t get to celebrate your country’s special day,” Clint said.

You smiled at them. “Thank you so much.”

“Don’t thank us yet,” Tony said. Then they all started to sing O Canada!, off key and you were sure that a few of them were mumbling through the unknown words.

You giggled at them, and started singing along.

You were enjoying a slice of your favorite dessert, when Steve sat next to you.

“Hey, (Y/N),” he said, smiling at you.

“Hey, Steve. So who’s idea was this?” you asked, taking another bite of your food.

He rubbed a hand on the back of his neck, and looked down, blushing. “Well, it was kind of my idea. I wanted to do something to celebrate you, too. It wasn’t really fair that we would get so celebrate America and not Canada. I mean, we do celebrate Russia’s day for Nat. It only seemed reasonable.”

“Aw, Steve, thank you!” you said, leaning in to give him a half hug. “You really shouldn’t have, though. I didn’t really mind.”

“I wanted to,” he said, his hand grabbing your free one and squeezing it gently. It was your turn to blush and you kept smiling at him. “Any day that’s special to you should be celebrated.”