Cinnamon Raisin and Walnut Molasses Oat Bread

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Happy almost Friday all of you lovely people!

It’s currently six AM and I’m wide awake beaming with happiness because last night Food52 re-grammed my Mocha Brownie Sandwich Cookies & I could not be more excited. I know it’s a silly thing to be so dang excited about but I honestly could not be more grateful and overjoyed.

So instead of just laying around doing nothing and waiting for the day to start I thought I would make use of this time and catch up on a recipe post that I have been meaning to share with you guys. You are all so patient with me when it comes to recipes and I really want you to know how much I appreciate that.

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Maple Bourbon Glazed Pumpkin Toffee Loaf

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Every year around this time I get a hankering for a good slice of Pumpkin Spice Loaf. Well, if I’m being totally honest, I get more than just “a” hankering; it’s more like a handful of hankerings – or you know two handfulls of hankerings… Okay fine I basically crave pumpkin loaf all day, everyday for the entire duration of the fall season…

It’s okay – I’m not embarrassed to admit it, because I know I am in the company of fellow pumpkin spice loaf lovers… right? I thought so. I mean, why else would you be here today if not for the promise of delicious baked goods right?

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Maple Pecan Apple Scones

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Happy Friday lovelies!

Long time – no recipe share huh!? I’ll say! It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, but the dust is starting to settle & I promise I will be blogging more recipes in the coming weeks. Especially as the seasons to Fall, because it is after all my most favourite season – for many reasons but mainly because it is the season on apples & apples are probably my favourite seasonal fruit to bake with (and you know… eat, obvs).

So I though what better way to welcome in fall, than with a recipe that has fresh apples as the star!

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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. ​

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Cinnamon Snails

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Whenever my mum and I get together for a little mother-daughter baking sesh’, we can’t help but reminisce on all of our past baking expeditions. It’s so much fun for us to remember all of the Lazy Saturdays, Sunday afternoons, Christmas mornings, and after-school evenings we spent cramped together in our tiny –albeit very dysfunctional – kitchen, baking up a storm and laughing the time away.

We shared so many special moments in that kitchen, so nowadays whenever we get to spend precious time together in her kitchen, it’s hard for all of them to not come rushing back to us. Like the time our broken oven door collapsed on my moms arm just as she was pulling a bubbling homemade blueberry pie out of the oven, which subsequently let her to drop the pie flat on the floor? (okay – so this is funny to think about now, but at the time it was just plain devastating) Or how about the time we tried to make a model of Neptune for my science project out of homemade blue Rice Krispie squares and ended up absolutely covering the kitchen. (and ourselves) in blue, sticky, marshmallowy mess? By the end of this Neptune, Rice Krispie debacle we were laughing so hard at ourselves we could barely stand.

As our time together in her kitchen grows less and less frequent due to our diverging schedules, we always make sure to basque in the memories whenever we do get the chance to bake together these days. However, I think these next few months are going to be particularly full of baking nostalgia because my parents recently sold my childhood home, and come January 2016, they will be officially moved out and we will no longer be baking in her old little kitchen. I know it seems silly to have such an emotional attachment to something like a dysfunctional kitchen, but that cramped little kitchen is home to some of the memories that I cherish the most about my childhood. I would be totally lying if I said I wasn’t completely heartbroken that we will now have to say goodbye to our little kitchen – it’s not going to be an easy goodbye for my mum and I.

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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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