Maple Pecan & Blueberry Almond Granola

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It’s official – it’s summer babes!  Boo ya!

Okay, so I know the weather in Vancouver has been so gorgeously amazing basically since May – but technically that was still Spring.  So now that we have officially passed the June 21st mark, making the arrival of summer 100% official – I am just the happiest girl on earth 😀

This weekend in particular we are heading into our first official “heat wave” of the summer and they are predicting the temperatures to get up to 35 degrees in some areas of the lower mainland – woot woot! I think I have mentioned many times before that I am a girl who loves her sunshine, so I have absolutely no bones about this gorgeous sunshine and all the heat – I say break out the sunscreen, your new bikini, your water bottle, some stylish shades and bring on the beach trips baby! 😀Read More

Mini Apple Galette Crumbles

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I don’t know about you, but if there is one thing in the world that I can’t possibly resist, it would have to be apples and cinnamon. You see, me and apples with cinnamon -we go way back. There is a history there that can never be forgotten, and apart from the fact that cinnamon and apples are a match made in taste bud heaven, I think that it is these lingering memories that make any thing with apple spice so irresistible to me.

Growing up, my mum worked hard to keep our diets as healthy and balanced as she could, while still allowing us to enjoy the wonders of delicious homemade foods. So while we were allowed to indulge in a scoop of ice cream or a slice of chocolate cake for dessert from time to time, for the most part those kinds of desserts were reserved for special occasions, and were not part of our regular meal plan. However, after we had finished our suppers – including all of the broccoli and carrots on our plates – we were always rewarded with a little something sweet at the end of the day.

My mum’s go-to desserts were usually freshly cut fruits, which she would jazz up with a little something extra – like bananas with a bit of milk and brown sugar; or fresh strawberries with whipped cream; or apples with cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar. Looking back on it now, this dessert  seems so simple and yet, this was one of my favourites as a child. I mean how can you go wrong with apples and cinnamon? The answer to that question is simple – you can’t – like I said before, they are a match made in heaven.

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Fresh Cherry Almond Scones

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One of my favourite things about working at the Haney Farmers Market this year is that every Saturday I have an amazing opportunity to get the first glance at all of the bounty that our local farmers are serving up to the public. Whether it be fresh green onions, crisp kale, sweet carrots or rhubarb, guaranteed the local farmers are serving up the most amazing and organic fruits and veggies you have ever seen. You truly can’t underestimate the value of fresh & local ingredients because they really do make all of the difference in your home cooking and baking. 

Because of the gorgeous weather that we in BC have been graced with this spring, the last few weeks our Farmers Market has been full of farmers from the Okanagan offering up a loot of the most delicious early tree fruits you can imagine. This week, the wonderful Okanagan farmers had fresh cherries that were just so beautiful, they could make your mouth water just by looking at them for too long… A-ma-zing.

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Dark Chocolate Cappuccino Biscotti

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It’s official – I am obsessed. Okay, okay, I know I say that a lot, but let’s face it, I think it’s safe for us to point out the obvious and say that I have a bit of an obsessive personality. And when I say “a bit” of an obsessive personality, what I really mean is that I have a lot of an obsessive personality. If you don’t believe me, just as Cole – he can tell you all about it 😀

Now, for the sake of having nothing but kind words for ourselves, rather than calling a spade a spade and describing this personality trait of mine as just plain weird, let’s just say that this obsessive trait of mine is quirky… that’s a good word right – quirky? Yes, I like it, but I have to admit that this quirky personality trait can become a bit of an inconvenience to my life at times. Take my current obsession with re-watching the TV series Lost on Netflix for example; Every night Cole and I watch an episode of Lost, and every night I get so obsessed about what is going to happen in the next episode that I end up making us stay up to watch episode, after episode, until before I know it, it’s 2 am on a weeknight and we both need to be up in three and a half hours…. whoopsies. (Cole can tell you all about this too 😛 )

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Spiced Oatmeal with Caramelized Blueberries & Toasted Pecans

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Happy Friday lovelies! We are heading into an amazingly gorgeous weekend of sun and temperatures that might even spike into the low thirties and I am so pumped to get outside and enjoy the weather! So if you are on the same page as me and have some big weekend plans to take advantage of the weather and get active – make sure you start your busy weekend mornings off right with a healthy and delicious breakyfast! It is the most important meal of the day after-all 😉

This past weekend we had a little bit of a break from the Haney Farmers Market, because as of right now I have only registered myself to be in two per month. Even though I love spending my Saturdays at the market selling our baked goodies to hungry patrons, it was definitely nice to take a little bit of a breather and have some free time to spend with Cole. So with a weekend free of any obligations or commitments, and a weather forecast of nothing but sunny skies and temperatures in the high twenties, we were stoked to get outside for some much needed weekend adventures!

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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I have one word for you; Chocolate. That’s right – Chocolate. What a beautiful word that is, wouldn’t you agree? I know I have told you this before, but for the sake of this recipe post, I will tell you again; I am a chocoholic. Actually, let me rephrase that – I am a very serious chocoholic. Whenever I hear the word chocolate something stirs inside me. It doesn’t matter how focused on a given task I might be, if somebody says chocolate, I can’t help but drop whatever I’m doing to discuss a chocolate situation.Yes, my intense daily need for chocolate can definitely be classified as a very serious addiction, but I gotta say it is hard to find the negative side to being a chocoholic – because come on, it is just so darn delicious!

Personally, I think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a chocoholic. I mean aren’t there experts out there that are now saying that a little bit of chocolate every day is actually good for you because it can have some great health benefits for your body… people say that, right? Alright so I’m no scientist, but what I do know about chocolate is that is makes me and my tummy very happy, and if there is one thing we could all do with a little more of in our lives, I think it would be happiness. Am I right? I’m glad we are on the same page about this 😀

Suffice to say, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t indulge in a little bit of chocolate in some shape or form. Whether it be a large spoonful (or two) of chocolate almond butter, a chocolate chip cookie or just a straight up chocolate bar… in one way or another, I will have my daily dose of chocolate.  A day without chocolate is like a day without water or a day without air. In short; a day without chocolate quite simply a day that is not complete in my opinion. :p So yes – I am addicted to chocolate. Does this addiction bother me? No. Can I still lead a healthy lifestyle in spite of this addiction? Absolutely! Case in point, these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins – Ohh yes!Read More