Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#BTS Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe

Today was the first day of school here is Canada, well for most of us anyways...and of course I couldn't send my kids off without a bit of homebaked love from mom. So I was up till 11:30 last night baking cookies...weren't you?! lol.

The girls just got back from an awesome first day and informed me that these cookies were TO..DIE..FOR..DELISH...so obviously I am going to now share them with you! Hope you love them as much as we do!

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (not packed!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet minis)

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • In another large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 mins.
  • Let cool....but also be sure to enjoy some while still warm! Sooooo good!
Makes approx. 3 dozen cookies.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#wordlesswednesday: A Peek at My Week 8/27 (LINKY)

Oh it was an action packed week around here...

1) a beautiful new mug from my guy!
2) an afternoon hiding in bed, trying to avoid a nervous breakdown, as I walked out of my job that morning...still trying to calm my anxiety re: that one!
3) My girls finally met my guy's awesome cat, Patrick!
4) This is what a 2.5kg /5 lb bag of gummiebears looks like...it is allllllll mine!
5) We whipped up an awesome nacho feast for movie night!
6) The guy and I escaped to Toronto for the weekend, without my girls...it was heaven.
7) We went to Bier Markt...it was AMAZING...flight of fab craft beers and a big serving of mussels and frites...he almost had to roll me back to the hotel! ;)
8) I finally got back to baking bread. *drooooool*
9) Dinner tonight was a big ol' maki platter of sushi...it was divine!

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Can you believe that summer is coming to an end?! I feel as though I barely even got a summer! So I've been trying to summer it up this final week before my girls head back to school. We've hit hotel pools, and my guys hot tub, and the girls have hit the cottage with their dad, but this week we'll add in the beach, and maybe a water park...which means I need to worry about having an oh-no hair moment! So glad that I'm prepared thanks to P&G! Seriously, have you seen my needs-to-be-tamed mane?! I am always fighting the frizzies!
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#wordlesswednesday: U-Pick Farm Tradition ( Linky )

Just pics this week...u-pick farm goodness...hooray for veggies and laughs!
Your turn! Link up your WW post! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lemon Zucchini Loaf #recipe

Yesterday a summer tradition of visiting the u-pick farm, and picking copious amounts of zucchini prompted the baking of a yummy favourite...Lemon Zucchini Loaf! As usual, it's a 'healthified' recipe but oh so moist and delish!

  • 1.5 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup veg oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease an 8x4 loaf pan
  • In a bowl, beat together the zucchini, sugar, egg, and oil.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder; stir in the cinnamon, lemon zest and walnuts. 
  • Stir the flour mixture into the zucchini mixture just until blended.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes in the preheated oven (mine was done after 40mins, as per test with toothpick)
  • Remove from oven, and cool about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • ENJOY!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

So Good Blueberry Bran Muffins #recipe

One of the new favourite 'rush-hour' morning muffins around here are these Blueberry Bran muffins. These ones have been health-ified and are soooo much better for you than the 'drive thru' kind, but they also taste fantastic and are oh so moist!

  • 1.5 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup blueberries (I chop mine up)
  • Preheat oven to 375F. Grease muffin pan or line with paper cups.
  • Mix wheat bran with milk and let stand 10 mins.
  • In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla. Beat in bran mixture. Sift together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir into bran mixture until just blended. Mix in blueberries.
  • Divide mix into muffin cups (yields 12 muffins)
  • Bake for 10-15 mins.