Dark Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Bars

Fact; I have been promising many of you this recipe for wayyyy too long now. So first of all – I need to say thank you to you all for waiting so patiently for me to get my act together; and second of all – your patience was worth it, because this recipe is pretty dang tasty.

These Dark Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Bars are my definition of the perfect snack;
Sweet
Salty
Crunchy
Chocolatey
Chock full of healthy goodies

Seriously, what’s not to love?

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Mixed Berry Yogurt Tarts

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

I’m a big fan of easy breakfasts; And when I say easy breakfasts, I mean the kind that can be prepped ahead of time and require little to no preparation on the morning of. Are we on the same page here?

On the weekends I will batch prepare things like overnight oats & homemade granola, so that I have them on hand, for quick and easy weekday breakfasts. It just makes life so much easier on busy weekday mornings.

And with all of the local summer berries in full swing here in Vancouver, I have been taking every chance I get to enjoy them; morning, noon and night. So these easy Mixed Berry Yogurt Tarts with Almond Oat Crust have become my go-to breakfast this summer.

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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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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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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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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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