Chocolate Espresso Sugar Cookies

There is something so special about the simplicity of a basic sugar cookie. Do you know what I mean? I often find myself fantasizing about their chewy centers, crisp edges, and crackly tops…

Such was the case this morning when I had a sudden hankering for a good sugar cookie – but not just any sugar cookie; One that is loaded with chocolate and packing a necessary dose of caffeine for a Wednesday morning. Such is the story of how these Chocolate Espresso Cookies were born. It’s a bit of a boring story, but that’s okay becayse these cookies are anything but boring.

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Double Chocolate Muffins with Strawberry Ice Cream

Soooo this happened… I don’t really know how it happened… but it happened, and I am definitely not sorry.

At first, I was just planning on posting this No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream for you guys… but then I made a batch of double chocolate muffins  (because it was the middle of the week and I needed chocolate), and just as I was about to stuff my face with a muffin, I had a thought… warm Chocolate Muffin + melty Strawberry Ice Cream? YUP!

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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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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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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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Bluebarb (Blueberry & Rhubarb) Crisp

Okay so I have been MIA again. What else is new? I’m so sorry you guys! I owe you so many recipes, and I promise it is on my list of things to do and I promise to get some more posted this weekend. Please just know that I appreciate you all so much everyday for following along and for requesting recipes. You all truly brighten my day, everyday.

In the meantime I thought I would just do a quick little post, because this Bluebarb Crisp was SO easy to whip up and quite frankly I think you need it in your life this weekend.

Keepin’ this post sweet & simple today 😉 Scroll down for the recipe & I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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