Sour Cream Cake Donuts with Maple Brown Butter Glaze

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Happy Wednesday friendlies <3 < 3

So I’m thinking that today is a good day for a donut … are we in agreement on this subject?

If I’m being totally honest here, I have to admit that I think pretty much every day is a good day for a donut. However, I suppose if we must try to be at least a little bit “healthy” in our daily lives, I guess it’s only fair that we try to keep our weekly donut consumption to a somewhat reasonable level… like once… err maybe two…. okay three times a week max.

Sure. Let’s go with that…

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Sweet Lemon Curd Cake

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Why hello lovelies!

I’ve got a quickie little recipe share for you here today, because this one was just so darn yummy that I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you <3

First of all – please forgive me for the lack of photos on this one, but I was barely able to snap these two before the cake was confiscated from it’s photo shoot, only to be gobbled up in the blink of an eye by a couple of hooligans – namely Cole, who loves anything lemon related and my mother who is nothing short of a lemon addict.

So once again – I’m sorry for the lack of cake pictures for you to gawk at. I know we all eat with our eyes and these pictures are definitely not the greatest, so you will just have to take my word for it when I say that this cake is amazing. 

Now let’s get right down to business shall we? This Sweet Lemon Curd Cake is quite literally “the bomb.” So even though my mom ate this cake up before I could even take any pictures, I have to admit that she was the inspiration behind this cake, so I owe the credit of how well it turned out to her.

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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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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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Caramelized Cranberry-Apple Dutch Baby

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Happy New year lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and an awesome New Year celebration!

As excited as I am to welcome in 2016 – I do have to admit that I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to 2015. I have never really experienced this kind of sentimental feeling for a year in time before, but this particular year was filled with so many special moments for me and my family, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little sad to see it come to an end.

Have you ever experienced this kind of nostalgia for a year passed by before? This is a new feeling for me, so it is a little strange but kind of awesome at the same time. I think I can safely say that 2015 has been my favourite year so far. Not only because it was full of the usual shenanigans with Cole, exciting changes, mistakes and lessons learned… but also because there were so many special experiences and moments throughout the year.

This year I thought it might be fun for me to start a new tradition for myself. So I decided that I will from now on start every new year off by compiling a list of all of the special moments and all of the things that I am most thankful for. I hope that  keeping these lists in my journal will help me to not only keep as many memories as possible for later in life, but that it will also help me to appreciate and really savour every year as it passes, in the hopes that time won’t pass me by too quickly.

So here is my little list of cherished memories of 2015 so far…

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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookie Grams

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I’m not sure if there is anything better than receiving a cookie gram as a Christmas gift from a friend.

When in doubt about what to give my lovely friends for Christmas, homemade cookies are always my go to gift. Not only because cookies look adorable as sin when they are stacked and wrapped up with a little Christmas ribbon, but also because they are just little bundles of homemade deliciousness that I know everybody is sure to love.

Oh and did I mention that this little gift is completely budget friendly? So even if you are like me and made a pact with your friends not to spend any money on each other for Christmas…. little packages of cookies like these are totally a-okay (says me) 😀

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Double Chocolate Coffee Addict Cookies

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Cookies…. I mean honestly what can I say about them? They are classic, they are simple to make, they are ooey, gooey bites of deliciousness – Put simply, they are perfection in the palm of your hand.

Now although I can honestly say that I have never met a cookie I didn’t like, I do have to say that not all cookies are created equal. I will be the first to admit that I have had myself many homemade cookie recipe failures over the years of cookie trials in my quest to create the perfect recipe. You know the recipe I’m talking about right? That elusive homemade cookie recipe that we all search for? The recipe, that will never fail to create the perfect cookie every time?

Now everyone’s definition of the “perfect” cookie will vary based on opinion – but for me, the definition of the “perfect cookie” isas follows:

“The Perfect Cookie” One that is slightly crisp on the outside, while still being oh so gooey and chewy on the inside, with a lovely crinkly top, and lots of flavour. 

So if the above description matches with your definition of what the “perfect cookie” should be, then my recipe for these Double Chocolate Coffee Addict Cookies is the one for you. ​

These cookies mean some serious business and I feel like the only way to convey just how amazing they are is to describe them as like the perfect love child of a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie… mhmmm.

These cookies have the most amazingly fudgy texture on the inside, with a light, crisp exterior. The addition of a hint of espresso powder to the mix, heightens the flavour of the chocolate to a whole new level, and the blend of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate chunks just takes these cookies to a whole new level of delicious.

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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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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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