Apple Hand Pies with Oatmeal Crust & Maple Glaze

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Why hello lovelies!

Oh my goodness it feels like it was a lifetime ago since I posted anything, so I apologize for being so MIA lately! I have been a busy little bee lately getting prepped for the start of the 2016 Farmers Market season, and I just realized that didn’t make time for recipe post this week! So yes, I am officially the worst blogger ever – but I really wanted to make it up to you with a quick little recipe post that you can hopefully at the very least use for some delicious breakfast / brunch inspiration in your house this weekend ūüôā

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Frosty Cinnamon Sugar Waffle Sandwiches

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Happy Wednesday lovelies! I love Wednesdays don’t you? It’s always exciting to me when we get to the mid-point of the week, because It’s at this point that I¬†start to get¬†super stoked for the weekend, and it’s looking like it’s going to be another sunny one this week here in Vancouver, so I really can’t wait!

In light of the return of fabulous weather and upcoming weekend vibes – I think we are due for a little mid-week celebration don’t you? So glad we agree on this – And what better way to¬†do up a mid-week celebration,¬†than with some breakfast for dinner tonight?

Are you a breakfast for dinner fan? Cole and I are all about the breakfast for dinner – ¬†and especially so when it’s¬†in the form of these Frosty Cinnamon Sugar Waffles… mhmmmm¬†we went there.

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Skillet Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I have one question for you today – is there anything better than homemade cinnamon buns?¬†Honestly, I haven’t made a batch of cinnamon buns in a long time, {pure craziness I know}, but his past Saturday I had¬†such a craving for them, I had¬†absolutely no choice but to make a fresh batch.

Now I have always had a little bit of a thing for cinnamon buns – and by a little thing I mean I’m basically addicted to them {you can read all about my cinnamon bun addiction in¬†my previous post for Dark Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Buns}.

However; I guess because it had been so long since I had actually made & eaten a batch of classic cinnamon buns, I forgot just how incredibly special they are, and¬†I just can’t help but think that they really are the best thing to bake for a weekend breakfast in all of the land.

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Apple Pie Baked Breakfast Oats

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I’ve said it before, and¬†I’ll say it again… I’m a freak for oatmeal. Seriously,¬†I could eat it all day everyday, and never get sick of it. No joke, oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner is kind of my definition of heaven.

Warm oatmeal, cold oatmeal, overnight oats, baked oatmeal, stove top oatmeal… whatever the type just hand me a spoon and I’ll be a happy camper.

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Mini Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches

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Happy Sunday peeps!

I’m going to keep this post¬†short and sweet today because let’s face it – it’s Sunday and I’m sure you’ve all got brunch on your minds / tummies that need feeding asap¬†{and let’s be honest, I have a tendency to ramble…}.¬†So let me get right to it…

Four words…¬†Mini Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches… mhmmm…. Shall I go on?

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Buns

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As a kid¬†I kind of had a thing for cinnamon buns… and when I tell you that¬†I had “a thing” for cinnamon buns, that’s basically just a nice way for me to say¬†that I was something of a crazed cinnamon bun addicted child; a lover of soft fluffy yeast dough; a fiend for things smothered in cream cheese frosting!¬†You get the gist… I was¬†hopelessly devoted to the cinnamon bun stuff.

My mum would take me to the store to pick up groceries –¬†and by groceries I mean ingredients¬†like broccoli and wheat bran; Healthy foods¬†that didn’t include things like store bought cinnamon buns. But it was okay, because I would strategically join¬†her on these¬†field trips to the grocery store for this very reason¬†– to convince her that cinnamon buns were a necessary addition to our weekly grocery haul.

Upon entry into the store, I would separate from my mother {who was probably headed for the aisle with said wheat bran} and I would make a B-line straight for the bakery department Р I knew she would have no choice but to follow me. I was still a child after all, and as such I was not to be left to wander in the supermarket aisles unattended.

I may have been a crazed cinnamon bun addict, but I knew how the world worked…

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Nutty Peanut Butter & Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

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Uhmm yeah, ¬†you read that correctly – I said Peanut Butter. Banana. Chocolate Chunk. Muffins… Yeah baby.

Now I know what you’re thinking… ¬†“enough said” – am I right? I mean honestly, the title says it all. If¬†I was reading this post title on another bloggers site, they would have had me at peanut butter – no further explanation needed.

Are we on the same page about peanut butter here?¬†For me peanut butter has never needed any kind of justification. But I guess that’s just because¬†I am a peanut butter addict. Seriously, if a group called peanut butter addicts anonymous existed, I would be a member.

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Dressin’ Up Oats – Episode 1: Maple Blueberry & Banana Deliciousness

IMG_2664Happy Saturday peeps!

I’m so stoked your stopping by for the very first post in the¬†new blog post series that I’m calling “Dressin’ up Oatmeal!” ¬†So this is Episode 1 in what I think will be a 6 part series … or possibly more…¬†{really this is¬†largely¬†dependent on if anyone really cares about dressin’ up oatmeal…}.¬†

So why am I calling these blog posts “episodes”? Well because Star Wars has episodes, and Star Wars is pretty epic to most people. {Confession:¬†I have never actually seen any of the Star Wars episodes…. so¬†I say “most people” because I really wouldn’t know… please don’t judge me to harshly… }¬†

Anyways,¬†I think oatmeal is pretty much the most epic breakfast¬†ever; Therefore,¬†in an effort to make this the most epic breakfast blog post series ever, {clearly I’m shooting for the stars here}, I will be calling each post an “episode”.¬†Strange…. or genius…? {okay,¬†let’s face it it’s¬†just strange}

Alright, moving on…

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Caramelized Banana Bread

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My little brother recently came over for a visit and while searching in our freezer for a bucket of ice cream to dollop atop of his chocolate brownie he discovered my stash… My stash of over-ripe bananas that is! Jeezwhat did you think I meant?

He proceeded to make a disgusted face at the poor bananas, and then make fun of me for hoarding bananas like some sort of crazy banana woman. The sibling love is real… what can I say?

I think his look of disgust came from not from his discovery of the banana stash in the freezer, but from the fact that the bananas were very,¬†very¬†ripe… like I’m talking dark,¬†dark¬†brown … like¬†way past just the spotty phase of banana ripeness. Oh who am I trying to impress? The bananas in my freezer are¬†pretty much black – I’ll admit it looks super kinda weird, but black bananas really do make for the best banana bread. {don’t judge…}

“What do you even have those for!?”¬†he asked me – with some serious disdain in his voice I might add. It’s okay – I’m used to the brotherly abuse. Besides, getting to see the look on his face when I explained to¬†him that I would use those gross¬†very ripe bananas¬†to make a loaf of¬†banana bread that I would then proceed to feed to him, was well worth enduring a little mocking from his end.

Needless to say he was completely outraged¬†{and disgusted}¬†at the very idea that I would dare to use¬†“rotten”¬†bananas to make him banana bread. Now because he is my baby brother, and has¬†recently moved out from my parents nest {and is therefore now finding himself in the situation of learning how to feed himself properly} – I resisted the urge to punch him, and decided to instead take this as an opportunity to explain to him the way of the banana bread world.

Major big sister points earned for the week? I’m going to say yes ūüėÄ

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Cranberry & Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buns

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Happy Wednesday {or hump day, whichever you prefer} lovelies! How is everybody? I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start <3

So I’m just going to call a spade a spade and admit that I have gotten a little cranberry happy on the blog lately what with all the cranberry posts. So I apologize to all of you who follow along and are not necessarily cranberry fans, but I can’t help it – I’m an absolute fool for cranberries.

Fresh cranberries, dried cranberries, cooked cranberries, raw cranberries – I am of the opinion that cranberries are incredibly amazing in all of their forms.¬†Who else can relate to my cranberry addiction? Great – let’s be friends and get reallll cranberry happy with these Cranberry & Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buns…

So here’s the thing – before I came up with this recipe, classic cinnamon buns were pretty much one of my favourite breakfast foods of all time. The simplicity a cinnamony – brown sugar filling that is¬†encased¬†by a soft, fluffy¬†dough, and is topped off with a velvety layer of cream cheese frosting was pretty much my definition of heaven.¬†That is… until I baked these¬†Cranberry & Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buns.¬†‚Äč

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