Fresh Blackberry Cornbread

 

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Morning peeps!

Guess what? It’s Thursday and that can only mean one thing…. it means that tomorrow is Friday and I think that deserves a hell yeah! Can I get a woop woop?!

Clearly I am a little (a lot) excited for the weekend, which isn’t exactly a new experience – I am always excited for the weekend. But this weekend I am extra excited  – mostly because this Saturday we are headed out to Delta to check out the the Deja Vu Vintage Market, which in other words is basically my heaven. I love vintage markets and will definitely be looking to Cole for restraint so as to not let me purchase literally everything I come across that is vintage & kitchen related.

Not to mention after the vintage market we will be heading for Vancouver to have a little browse around the West Elm stores & Pottery Barn… So basically we are just doing a shopping day for ALL THE THINGS that are house & home furniture related. My favourite kind of Saturday 😀 What kind of fun things are you getting up to this weekend?

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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Scones

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Good morning fellow early birds & scone lovers!

It is an absolutely stunning Monday morning here in Vancouver, so even though it is a Monday morning and thus a little bit depressing that I have to go into work today, I can’t help but be more chipper than my usual Monday morning self all thanks to this gorgeous sunshine!  Now I don’t know what it is about these sunny Vancouver mornings, but they always put me in a scone baking mood! Well if I’m being honest, I am pretty much always in a scone baking mood – because if there is one thing I know for sure about myself, it is that I am an absolute scone-aholic.

Not only do I love to bake cornucopias amounts of scones to test out new flavour combinations, but once a batch of fresh scones comes out of my oven… stopping at just one scone is literally impossible for me. Seriously – how do you eat just one scone? As far as I’m concerned, if you can stop after eating just one delicious, flaky, buttery homemade scone… you have super-human powers and deserve to be awarded a medal of honour for the person with the most self control when it comes to scone consumption. This would be a very prestigious award would you agree?

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Coffee & Walnut Loaf with Coffee & Cream Cheese Icing

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Don’t you just love it when you dream up a recipe for something in your head, and then when you put the recipe to the test, it actually turns out exactly how you had envisioned it would on the first try? I personally get positively giddy when this happens in my kitchen, and lucky for me such was the case with these amazing Coffee & Walnut Mini Loaves!

As usual I awoke with a craving for a yummy latte made from my new Starbucks Verisimo machine <3 <3 – (for now let’s won’t discuss my new found extreme love this machine and subsequently my new found caffeine addiction.) But of course for me just a delicious caffeinated beverage is never quite enough, because according to me no morning is complete without a little helping of something sweet 😀

So as I often do, I savoured a few extra minutes in bed while dreaming up recipes that I could bake up in a flash and pair alongside my morning latte fix. Since I haven’t made a good loaf in quite some time, I thought I would try and think up something that would be good in loaf form. It didn’t take long for the idea of these amazing little Walnut Loaves that are infused with the wonderful flavours of what else but freshly brewed espresso to pop into my head… because you know a morning latte isn’t quite enough caffeine for this little one 😛 No Siree!

So I got out my mixing bowl, threw together this batter in under ten minutes – that’s right, under 10 minutes – and popped the mini loaves in the oven to bake for about 30 minutes while I took a shower and got ready for the day. When I stepped out from my bathroom, I was immediately hit with the aromas from the toasted walnuts and the fresh espresso baking together with the cakes into a heavenly bliss.

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Blackberry Jam Cornbread Muffins

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Good morning lovelies!

I know, I know, it’s Monday morning so good might not be the exact word you would use to describe the morning, but the sun is shining in Vancouver and that is enough to make me smile – even if it is a Monday :p

So is anybody else as stoked as I am about daylight savings? We just switched out clocks ahead this weekend and the extra hour of daylight yesterday evening and the prospect of the days to come getting longer and longer is definitely enough to keep me exceptionally excited for a good long while! Yayyyy daylight savings!!! (I have said it before and I will say it again… it really is the simple things that make me happy :D)
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Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Hello every body!

Today I had a thought, and I realized that I don’t thank those of you who have been checking out my blog on a regular basis nearly enough, and for that I apologize! So allow me to rectify this injustice right now by saying thank you SOOOO much for stopping by today! Honestly, I am so grateful to everybody who takes the time to check out my website, read my blog posts and try out my recipes in their own homes. It truly means so much to me that you are even remotely interested in my baking escapades, so thank you so much for reading :):):) xoxoxox

And now back to the goods – and lets be honest what you really came here for… and that would be these Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Is it just me or are all baked goods more desirable when they are in miniature form??? I personally think so – in fact I would go so far as to say that most things in life are more desirable when they are in miniature form… wouldn’t you agree?

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Oaty Apple Spice Scones with Maple Glaze

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Saturday and Sunday mornings are my absolute favourite – Not only because it means that I don’t have to go to work, but more so because it means that I can spend my mornings lazily whipping up special breakfasts for Cole and I to devour while cuddled up on on the couch, (still in our pajamas, and catching up on the latest episodes of our favourite HGTV series.)  Sure we could pour our selves a bowl of cereal and call it a day, but for Cole and I, the weekends are the only time during the week that we actually have time to fuss over our breakfast a little bit. Not to mention there is something so much more special about making breakfast from scratch on a weekend morning to enjoy with the ones you love. Ahhh… yes, it is my definition of heaven.

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Browned Butter Pecan Swirl Loaf

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Once the Vancouver winter months set in, It seems like I am constantly craving for warm beverages. Well, if I’m really being honest, it is more like I have a deep seeded emotional need for warm beverages to help sooth my inability to cope with cold weather. All winter long I am forever day dreaming about latte’s, tea, hot chocolate and coffee… basically anything that is warm and delicious enough to offset how much I hate being in the cold weather, (even cold weather as mild as Vancouver’s.)

Yes, I admit it!  I am one of those annoying people who spends my days walking around in a state of constant coldness. It’s a problem really… I mean honestly, unless the temperature is upwards of 25 degrees C, it is safe to assume that I am cold. People who know me would even say that I take my aversion to the cold to a whole new level of crazy because I pretty much don’t start wearing anything but pants and sweaters until we are in the 30 degree temperature range.

Now I know that I probably sound like the most ridiculous human being on the planet to any of you fellow Canadians who are living in places that actually have freezing winter temperatures … like -30 degrees C. So before you start hating me, let me just say that I think you are champions of the world for being able to withstand that kind of weather. I am fairly certain that if I stepped out into those kind of temperatures for more than five seconds… I would probably freeze to death instantaneously… seriously.

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Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

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Alright, so it is officially blueberry season and it seems like everywhere I go there are blueberries just begging for me to take them home and bake them into something delicious! The amount of fresh fruit in my house right now is bordering on insane but I just can help myself! All of the local berries have finally started to show up at my produce store and it is all just too scrumptious to pass up! I see a flat of deep blue blueberries and I think “Yes, I NEED these!” Hence the cornucopias amount of blueberries on my counter right now. My boyfriend was beginning to get a little bit worried about exactly what I was going to do with such a large amount pf blueberries, but he needn’t worry (silly man) – I had big plans for those blueberries!

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Coconut Almond Banana Bread + Tips for the Perfect Banana Bread

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Happy Thursday everyone! I love Thursdays, because you know what it means? It means tomorrow is Friday and the weekend is near! Even though this week has gone by extremely fast, I want it to go just a little bit faster because I am super excited for this coming weekend! Alright, really I am excited for every weekend, but this weekend I am extra excited for!

So why am I so excited for this weekend? Well, I have exactly three reasons for my excitement …

1. It is my Daddy’s birthday on Friday night, so I will be getting together with my whole family to go out for a delicious birthday dinner at this AMAZING Chinese food restaurant that is to die for!

2. It is Father’s Day on Sunday, so I will be heading over to my parents house for yet another family dinner, however, this dinner will be even more amazing because it it being prepared by my gourmet cook of a mother. 😀

3. Because of all of all the special occasions of this weekend, I will be responsible for baking nor only my Dad’s birthday cake, but also his Fathers Day dinner dessert (and I may even come over with a Father’s Day brunch surprise on Sunday)
So basically, because my weekend will be comprised of A LOT of baking followed by eating… I am a happy camper!

As you can see, despite the fact that I will have more baked goods than I know what to do with this weekend, I still felt that it was 100% necessary to bake something delicious half way through the week. Now before you judge me, I do have to day that I mostly did this because my boyfriend was without a nice treat to go along with his lunches for the week… yes let’s go with that excuse. So on Tuesday night, I decided to rectify this problem by baking the perfect treat…. Banana Bread and oh did it turn out perfectly!

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