Blueberries and Cream Pastry Puffs

       

There are so many things I love about Summer; sunshine; blue skies; beach days; warm breezes; picnics; campfires; s’mores… the list goes on and on. But if I had to choose my favourite thing about Summer, I would have to say that fresh local berries and stone fruits steal my heart every time.

Last weekend Cole and I went berry picking and came home with buckets of ripe strawberries, sweet raspberries and juicy blueberries. I am up to my ears in fresh local berries right now and absolutely loving every minute of it.

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BBQ Feta & Blueberry Flatbread

*This post was sponsored by Tre Stelle. However, all opinions and stories are 100% my own.

Can we just talk about cheese for a minute? I am a lover of all things cheese.

If there was one thing that I could not live without on a daily basis, it would have to be cheese in some shape or form. Put a sprinkle of cheese on just about anything, and I will be a happy gal.

I could seriously talk about my love affair with cheese all day long – but I won’t… okay maybe just a little… 😀

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Strawberry Swirled Vanilla Bean Yogurt Popsicles

**This post was done in collaboration with Tree Island Yogurt, but all opinions and stories are 100% my own.

Happy Friday friends!

There are so many reasons to be excited today!

  1. We are heading into the Canada Day Long Weekend to celebrate 150 years
  2. The weather is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous all weekend long
  3. My freezer is stocked with delicious Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

I mean honestly what more could a girl ask for!?

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No Churn Butterscotch Pecan Ripple Ice Cream

Okay guys… I don’t know if you have noticed, but I am going through a bit of a homemade ice cream faze right now… oh you did notice? I guess it’s a bit obvious considering every second post of mine lately has been ice cream and most of my insta stories are me showing you my latest ice cream escapades…

Seriously it’s a problem. I swear my diet has become 90% ice cream over the past week, and I may need some serious help…

But for now, we are just going to ignore that elephant in the room (my ice cream addiction) because I made yet another batch of ice cream the other day, and it was just too damn good not to share!

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Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Confession; I am no pro when it comes to frozen dessert photography. Honestly whenever I set out to photograph a tub of homemade ice cream or popsicles I’m lucky if I end up with a couple barely usable photos.

I always start my frozen dessert shoots off with so many hopes and dreams of what my photos will look like; however by the end of these shoots those high hopes and dreams are usually long gone and all that usually remains is a sticky, melted mess, which I will undoubtedly eat (despite it’s melted state) in an attempt to drown my photography sorrows. True story.

So this time, in the interest of not consuming an entire batch of popsicles to myself, I kept the photography for this one pretty simple, and as such; I will keep this post sweet & simple. Because let’s face it, the sooner I’m done here, the sooner you can be making these Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles amiright?

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Buttermilk Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  

Generally I am not a person who claims to know a lot about life. In fact if you asked me for advice about any particular subject in life, I would probably tell you that I am not the best person to ask. I’m twenty-six years old and I feel like I am in a constant state of learning when it comes to the everyday ups and downs of life. I make mistakes, and my mind feels like it’s changing all the time; So for the most part I am careful about making statements about what “I know” to be true in life.

That being said, if there was one thing I think I can say that I know for sure in this life, it’s that no matter what the situation, a freshly baked muffin always makes me feel a whole lot better. Do you feel the same way? Or maybe in your case it’s not a muffin – maybe it’s a chocolate chip cookie or a buttery scone or a slice of banana bread or a bowl of pasta.

Whatever the dish may be, I truly believe that when good food is prepared with love from the heart, it has the power to make the world feel a whole lot better; Even when we are feeling our most vulnerable or defeated. Do you guys feel the same way?

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No Churn Raspberry Crisp Ice Cream

Those of you who have read previous blog posts will know that I have a little bit of a thing for jam; and when I say “a little thing” I mean, I will pretty much eat it on anything and I have no issue eating it straight from the jar. Like, “hi my name is Kristie and I am a jam addict…”

Seriously though. I love jam. I love alllll the jam. Every flavour; sweet or savoury – hit me up with a spoonful of that fruity goodness.

So a couple weeks ago, when the incredible Natalie from East Van Jam offered to send me a couple jars of her Raspberry and Blueberry Jam to try – it was literally like all of my jam dreams were coming true.

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Simple Naked Layer Cake

Who else here could find themselves completely content to stare at a pretty layer cake all day long?

When I got together with my lovely friend Rosemary from Local Studio Co a few weeks ago to shoot this pretty white layer cake, I swear I wanted to do just that. Stare at it all day long that is…

Seriously though. I swear once we were done shooting it, I sat and admired it for a solid thirty minutes. I was so obsessed with it that when my fiance asked me when he could have a slice, I almost uttered the words “Pardon me? this cake is of course too pretty to eat!” … But then I remembered that the cake was also delicious, and let’s be real, there is nothing that will ever stop me from eating a piece of homemade cake. Nothing. Not even if it is pretty. Read More

Coconut Raspberry Donuts

Do we ever really need a reason to make donuts? I feel like not. Especially when they are in the form of these Coconut Raspberry Donuts. Regardless of the time or day or whether or not you have a donut worthy occasion – you should feel free to make these donuts whenever your heart desires.

For me donuts are pretty much always on my mind, but when my pals over at Albion Fit kindly reminded me that National Donut Day is upon us next week – I basically felt that it was my duty to make these donuts happen… for the sake of National Donut Day of course 😉

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