I strongly believe that life is just better with chocolate cake…
Even if you are having on of those hellish days that doesn’t even seem like it could be real; I firmly believe that a good chocolate cake has the power to turn even the worst of days around. Because at the end of the day, there really is nothing like slicing into a moist chocolate cake en-robed in silky, fudgey frosting.
So if you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I fully ate three quarters of this cake all to myself. I went back for “just one more bite” about thirty times until the cake was just about gone, because I simply couldn’t help myself…
Do I have regrets about demolishing a cake in the span of a half hour that could easily have feed ten people? No, because that’s how good this cake is. It was absolutely worth every bite, and the subsequent trip to the gym the next morning for a gnarly work out sesh.
Hospitality; Friendship; Exploration; and Humanity. Did you know that this is the meaning behind the Pineapple?
Pineapple has always been my absolute favourite fruit – mainly because of it’s sweet, juicy flavour and it’s fun, spiky husk; And now that I know the meaning behind this delicious fruit, I can’t help but love it even more.
It’s cherry season!!! Who else is just wayyyy too excited about this? Has anybody had the chance to go cherry picking yet? I haven’t yet, but I have been grabbing fresh local cherries from the market every time I see them. I just can’t get enough.
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… warmChocolate Muffin + melty Strawberry Ice Cream? YUP!
**This post was done in collaboration withTree 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.
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.
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!
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?