Brown Sugar & Spice Cookies

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Happy Friday eve peeps!

Is that a thing – Friday eve? If not it really should be because hot damn – I get so excited on Thursday nights! Just knowing that there is just one more day until the weekend gets me positively giddy. Especially when you have one of those weeks where you are just hit with so many different things you think your head might be on the verge of exploding. Such was the case for me this week so forgive me if you find my excitement for Thursday evenings to be a little bit odd, because I’m feeling a little bit loopy after this week.

But not to worry lovelies because even when we have crazy weeks, we will always have the comforts of cookies to ease our troubled minds. There really is just something so special and comforting about a batch of warm, homemade cookies sitting on the kitchen counter isn’t there? The sight of homemade cookies just floods me with memories of my childhood, and coming home to the smell of freshly baked cookies on a chilly fall evening after school and having my mum greet us with a plate of chewy cookies and warm cups of hot chocolate.
Today was one of our famously wet and dreary days here in Vancouver – so after a very wet, long drive home, I was feeling like freshly baked cookies and a cup of piping hot chocolate would be just what the doctor ordered. So I wasted absolutely no time, dropping my wet clothes and hopping into the kitchen to whip up a batch of one of my favourite cookie recipes of all time – these Brown Sugar and Spice Cookies.

This is such a simple, simple recipe to whip up! It seriously takes no time at all before you have these beauties baking in the oven, and then it’s just a matter of waiting ten minutes for them to bake up into golden brown, chewy, crackly topped, cookie perfection.

These cookies will take you no more than 10 minutes to mix up, yet despite how easy they are to make – they are seriously delicious. This is my go-to recipe when I want to bake a batch of cookies that I am sure that everybody will love. They are so flavourful from the brown sugar, with a perfect hint of spice and  they are super chewy on the inside while still having a crisp exterior. AKA – cookie perfection.

Not to mention their crackly tops make them totally irresistible so not only do they make for a delicious snack, but they are also the perfect cookie to package up and give to your friends as a little homemade gift this holiday season.  This is definitely a recipe to have on hand for all of your holiday baking needs – so here it is lovelies!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar Halloween Cupcakes

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Happy Halloween eve lovelies!

I hope you are all enjoying your Friday evening and that you have mega awesome plans for the Halloween weekend!

I made these cupcakes for a birthday order today and I just had to bang out this recipe post for you because they were just too darn cute not to – especially because Halloween is tomorrow and these would make the perfect Halloween dessert addition to any upcoming Halloween events you might have happening this weekend.

Cole and I will be starting off the weekend at the Farmers Market tomorrow, serving up some Halloween themed goodies and then on Sunday we have a whole lot of nothing planned. That’s right – nothing! haha. It’s supposed to be a pretty rainy Vancouver weekend, so we both agreed that we would love nothing more than to snuggle up at home with Katniss and watch creepy movies on Netflix in honour of Halloween. Not going to lie, I am pretty stoked about this 😀

So what are these spookly little cupcake beauties anyway? Well let’s just say they were inspired by a couple of my favourite Halloween treats…. Snickers, and Reeses peanut butter cups – mhhmmmm. I could eat those little bundles of chocolatey, caramely, peanut buttery joy allllll day long.

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Sticky Maple Date & Pecan Scones + Freezer Storage Tips

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Alright every body here’s the deal – these scones are amazing, and you need to  make em’ happen.
Okay, I guess I could probably elaborate a bit further; Although, once you take one bite out of these beauties, you will understand why I thought my opening sentence required no further explanation 😀

As returning readers already know very well – I am a girl who is positively obsessed with scones. For those of you who are new to the blog; Let me just say that given the opportunity, I would gladly eat scones everyday for the rest of my days on this earth. I know they say you should never say never – which by the way is a totally hypocritical phrase, but we won’t get into that today… – but I can guarantee you that I will never, EVER get sick of eating good scones. I am one hundred and ten percent confident in that statement.

So why the obsession with scones you ask? Well besides the fact that they are loaded with butter, {which as far as I’m concerned is one of the best things on this entire earth},  they are also warm, flaky and fluffy little bundles of pastry deliciousness – Seriously need I elaborate more? For me, scones are the epitome of homemade baked goodness perfection. You can bake sweet scones, you can bake savoury scones, you can bake plain scones, you can bake scones that are loaded with fresh fruits, dried fruits, chocolate, cheeses, vegetables and everything in between!

No matter what you throw into a scone – it is pretty much guaranteed to be delicious… Did I mention that they are buttery, flaky and fluffy all at the same time…? They are A M A Z I N G and I pretty much can’t go a weekend without whipping up a batch of scones and trying out new flavour combinations for Cole and I to devour.

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Pumpkin & Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Hey – Happy Friday peeps!

We made it through another crazy week – Boo ya! We are seriously deserving of some delicious cookies don’t you think? But not just any cookies…  not just your run of the mill chocolate chip cookies – although I have nothing against chocolate chip cookies, because sometimes  a mean, homemade chocolate chip cookie is exactly what a tummy needs. But today is one of those celebratory Fridays where just a regular cookie isn’t gonna cut it.

So let’s take this whole celebratory cookie idea to the next level shall we?  What say you to taking an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe, and throwing in a little fall inspiration, a touch of spice, a lotttt of good quality dark chocolate and perhaps some toffee pieces for good measure??? Mmhhmmmm…. I’m thinking yes to alllll of that goodness.

So as you know I have been running a little bit of a pumpkin puree recipe marathon on the blog lately –  and I have to apologize if you are not a pumpkin fan because it seems I just can’t help myself. I’ll admit that I have gone a little pumpkin crazy over the last couple of weeks, but I swear I have good reason so hear me out…

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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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Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones

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Hi fellow Fall & pumpkin spice lovers!

I’m assuming this is what you are, because there is nothing that screams fall more to me than baking with pumpkin and spices – so I can only assume that you have been drawn to this recipe post because you share my love for all things pumpkin spice; Thus you were intrigued by the Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones title …   {So that was the longest sentence ever}  But am I right on this one? Are we fellow pumpkin spice lover buddies ?!?  Yipee!  Let’s continue on this pumpkin spice loving journey together then 😀

Just in case my enthusiasm for pumpkin spice above didn’t tip you off – I have to admit that I have officially come down with a case of Fall fever. This is pretty much the case every year when September rolls around, and this year is clearly no exception. I’ve already hun hung out our fall wreath, planted colourful orange and red mums  in our garden out front, busted out alll the fall decor in our house so its pretty much looking like some sort of combination between an apple orchard and a pumpkin patch in our house as of now and I LOVE it. I feel like Cole’s enthusiasm for the fall decor may not be quite as strong { / non-existent}, but I do think he enjoys watching we run rampant through the house decorating it like a five year old.

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Soda Bread

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I can’t believe we are just two days away from the official first day of fall! Even though it seems like summer only just began, I can’t help but feel giddy about the change in seasons, so even though it is not technically fall yet, I have completely gone into fall mode.  I have put away all of my summer shorts and t-shirts and welcomed dark wash jeans and chunky sweaters back into my daily wardrobe; Cole and I busted out all of our Fall decor and began decorating the house with rich earthy oranges, reds and yellows to welcome the season; and of course, lest I forget to tell you that I have been baking up all kinds of fall inspired goodies that embody all of the warm spices and seasonal flavours that I love so much about fall.

I just love fall inspired baking and I think most of us can agree that when we think about fall baking, some of the first things that come to mind are baked goodies that  pair together fragrant spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger with seasonal fruits and vegetables like apples, pears and pumpkin. There is just something about the fall season that screams for these flavours, and I am soooo happy to oblige.

Any baked goodies that are laced with cinnamon are probably my favourite things to not only bake but more importantly to gobble up. Yup – anything that is chock full of this incredible spice is pretty much guaranteed to be delicious in my books, so I have wasted no time getting into the fall baking spirit by using cinnamon with reckless abandon this year. I have already had to make a couple emergency trips to the grocery store to replenish my stock of cinnamon at home – no joke – that’s how much I have been baking with it. Feel free to call me the crazy cinnamon lady… I don’t mind.

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Saturday Mornings with Whole Wheat Maple Bacon & Apple Biscuits

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Morning friends – I hope you all had lovely weekends <3

This weekend was a bit of a lazy one for Cole and I, but I’m not ashamed to admit it. Sometimes, I just love a good lazy Saturday – don’t you? You know, the kind of Saturday where you spend most of your day either at home, or putting around town with no agenda, and generally accomplishing nothing in particular? These are my kind of Saturdays. There is just something so satisfying about waking up naturally – {as opposed to the sound of a beeping alarm} – even if you are like me and still manage to wake up before 7am on Saturdays without fail, despite the fact that you know you are allowed to sleep in. {Yes, I actually do this every Saturday – what can I say? I’m a morning person}.

Even though I love these lazy Saturdays now, the idea of it is actually something of a new concept for me. Up until about a year ago  I would always schedule my Saturdays kind of like how I schedule my work days – completely structured down to the last detail. Is this strange? I am a planner, so it was always just natural for me to create a to-do list for my Saturdays. I would fill it up with the kind of errands that “need to get done”, but you don’t ever have time to do during the week. So inevitably, I would always find myself stressing out on Saturdays unnecessarily over the tasks that I just had to get done. I think you can guess where this is going… because my lists were always unrealistically long, I was usually unable to actually get everything done. – So I would stress all day about having a failure of a day off just because I couldn’t check off all the things on my list. Do you ever do this? It sounds so silly I know, but for the longest time I just couldn’t help myself.

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Maple Cream Cheese, Bacon & Caramelized Apple Flat Bread

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Weeknights have the tendency to become a little hairy for Cole and I. Between working full-time, preparing for our weekly Saturday Farmers Markets, up-keeping the house, taking care of our new kitty, {and just life in general}, we are finding that we don’t really have much time to dedicate to sitting down for a nice relaxing dinner …. or you know just feeding ourselves dinner at all. Most evenings I am so engrossed in market preparation I just ignore dinner because I don’t want to mess with my baking momentum. So by the time I actually finish all my baking business it’s somehow already 8pm and I just can’t bring myself to dirty up any  more dishes to make a nice meal for Cole and I.

So as a result, pretty much all summer long our dinners have consisted of BBQ’d chicken and salads, which I know this is a super healthy dinner – and I am not one to complain about a delicious salad for dinner – but I do feel a tid bit of guilt for not finding the time to jazz up our dinner routine lately for Cole’s sake. Although he would never ever complain about a meal that is put in front of him, {because he is pretty much the most easy going human being on the planet when it comes to food}, but I do love to feed him up with fun new creations that I dream up in the kitchen. So the fact that we have had over 3 months without any kind of new excitement on our dinner plates is a little disheartening to me.

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Apple Spice Porridge Mix

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I think most people will admit to having a favourite season – do you have a favourite season? Fall is my favourite – So as the summer winds down, temperatures start to cool, and the leaves start to turn here in Vancouver, in combination with the anticipation of apple/pear season and the coming of allllll the new fall fashions – I  personally can’t help but welcome the season with open arms.

Some people think I’m totally batty for dreaming about fall, when it seems to them like summer has just begun, but I can’t help it. I have always been a lover of all things related to fall and once the end of August rolls around, I am usually ready for the change of seasons, and start experiencing intense cravings of all things related to apple and pumpkin spice. {Is anybody else just counting down the days until Pumpkin Spice Lattes make their triumphant return to Starbucks??? <3<3<3 }

There is no one specific reason for why I love Fall so much- {okay so maybe I could chock my obsession with the season up to Pumpkin Spice Latte’s as the one reason} – but I would like to think that my love for fall comes from a combination of so many little things.

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