Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

You guys… Vanilla. Peanut Butter. Protein. Cookies. You just know it’s going to be a good day when your day starts with one of these bad boys, amiright?

I have to be honest – I have never been a big fan of protein powders. I think I have tried just about every brand / flavour available to me, and I have never been able to find one that I enjoy. I always find that they either just taste plain awful, or they taste okay at first, but then have a funky aftertaste, or a gritty texture or they are loaded with a bunch of ingredients that I’m really not comfortable putting in my body.

So when I tried Coast Protein Powders, I was absolutely blown away by not only by the nutritional info, but more so by how amazingly delicious they tasted. No weird aftertaste, no gritty texture. My life is totally changed.

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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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Blueberry Crumble Bars

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Hi friends!!!

First things first – I’m not sure if you guys already know this, but just in case you didn’t, I thought I would tell you something pretty awesome; It’s officially Friday! YAY!!!

So in honour of this glorious day, what say you and I celebrate by baking up some deliciousness, in the form of these Blueberry Crumble Bars, which we can then spend our weekends devouring that is if it lasts you the whole weekend, (psst… they won’t in my house,) Sound good? Alright then, let’s do this!

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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 😀

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Whole Wheat Apricot Jam Granola Bars

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Confession … I am a fool for everything and anything that contains oats. Whether it be a breakfast, lunch or dinner dish, I could literally eat oat themed meals all day, everyday, and have zero problems with it. Long story short, I am an oatmeal addict. There I said it…

We have had this conversation to some extent before, but I feel like I have never really confessed just how deeply my love for all things oat related in quite so much detail. So hey – I mean as long as we’re being really honest here – I guess I should tell you that I actually have no problem eating raw oats on their own. Yup, that’s right – believe it or not, I actually find raw oats to be incredibly delicious and sometimes I eat them with a spoon straight from my oatmeal jar . Ahh… that felt so good to get that off my chest 😀

Are you thinking to yourself … “this girl has gone bananas” yet? Well, then I guess this will make you think that I am double crazy time, but I gladly sit down to an extra large bowl of warm oatmeal Every. Single. Morning. Mhmmm , I never miss an oat-meal…. {bad pun definitely intended} 😀

Cole on the other hand is a little less than enthused to sit down to a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. In fact that is probably the last thing that he wants to see on the breakfast table when he is in a hungry-bear man mood in the morning. It’s not that he wouldn’t eat the whole bowl if it was his only option for food… but, let’s just say it takes a little more pizzazz when it comes to getting him excited about consuming his required daily amounts of whole grain, oaty goodness. But it’s okay because I’m always up for the challenge…

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Extra Chunky Autumn Spice Granola

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So in my last post I confessed my addiction for everything and anything pumpkin spiced…. case in point; I am doing my second Pumpkin Spice post of the week. Ha! I told you I’m obsessed. Are you in fall pumpkin spice overload yet? I’m so sorry if Pumpkin Spice isn’t your thing, but I just couldn’t help myself. I have been testing out homemade granola recipes with a good fall theme for our upcoming markets, and this one was such a success I just had to share it with you.

I’ll keep this one short today, because I rambled on and on last time. So here is the gist peeps – this granola… it’s da’ bomb. Uhmm yeah –  like seriously DA’ BOMB! I mean honestly, when you combine brown butter, maple syrup and warm spices with pecans and chunky oat clusters of deliciousness……… how can you possibly go wrong?? You just can’t.

So yeah… I fell like this granola requires no further explanation – here is the recipe, but please use it wisely because if you make too much you may find yourself in a similar situation as I, where I consumed a little to much of it for my own good….. and when I say “a little too much” I mean like the whole bowl…. Truth.

Don’t judge – this stuff is dangerous or as my friend Kelly would say “it’s the tits.” Haha – love that girl. Give this one a try and let me know what you think!

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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 Cappuccino Biscotti

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It’s official – I am obsessed. Okay, okay, I know I say that a lot, but let’s face it, I think it’s safe for us to point out the obvious and say that I have a bit of an obsessive personality. And when I say “a bit” of an obsessive personality, what I really mean is that I have a lot of an obsessive personality. If you don’t believe me, just as Cole – he can tell you all about it 😀

Now, for the sake of having nothing but kind words for ourselves, rather than calling a spade a spade and describing this personality trait of mine as just plain weird, let’s just say that this obsessive trait of mine is quirky… that’s a good word right – quirky? Yes, I like it, but I have to admit that this quirky personality trait can become a bit of an inconvenience to my life at times. Take my current obsession with re-watching the TV series Lost on Netflix for example; Every night Cole and I watch an episode of Lost, and every night I get so obsessed about what is going to happen in the next episode that I end up making us stay up to watch episode, after episode, until before I know it, it’s 2 am on a weeknight and we both need to be up in three and a half hours…. whoopsies. (Cole can tell you all about this too 😛 )

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St. Patrick’s Day Baked Chocolate Stout Donuts with Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee Glaze

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Happy Monday everybody!!!

Now I know what you might be thinking… “there is no such thing as a happy Monday morning…” and believe me, there are definitely Monday mornings when I would not be able to argue with that statement. However, this particular Monday morning was pretty much the most fantastic Monday morning of all time. How is that possible you ask? Well all of the credit for this spectacular Monday morning is due to these chocolatey, boozy, moist, fluffy little donuts from Irish heaven.

That’s right – this is the kind of amazingness that happens when St. Patrick’s day and donuts collide! Yup… I started this St. Patrick’s Day Monday morning off right with these little bites of heaven, (despite the fact that they are laced with stout and baileys Irish cream,)… I’m sorry is it inappropriate to have beer and liqueur for breakfast??? Well, we will just ignore the inappropriateness of this situation for the time being  it was possibly one of the best decisions I have ever made, ;P.

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