Archive | June, 2012

I pinned it! I made it! V.2

28 Jun

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I’ve been working out and taking care of myself very well this past year since coming back from military training (long story). I love food and I’m always hungry but I never want a lot to eat before working out. I saw these on pinterest and thought these seem easy enough! Also anything with PB is my best friend lately. The beauty of these babies is you can customize them to your own tastes!
Enjoy but try not to eat them all in one sitting. I have to hide these from my sister because she will eat them all if I let her.

No bake energy balls
~based on recipe from gimme some oven gimmesomeoven.com

1 cup dry oatmeal (not instant!)
2/3 cup coconut (toasted or reg)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Throw it all in a bowl and mix up. Get your hands in there! Get messy! The original recipe suggests putting the bowl in the fridge to cool then roll into balls. I am impatient and just went at it and rolled them up. Worked well. Makes about a dozen small balls.

You can add dried fruit or chocolate chips or whatever your little heart desires.

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Summer bucket list

26 Jun

Seems odd to write a summer bucket list when it feels like fall outside. It’s been a downpour all day and the fog has started to roll in. Ahhh life on the east coast! Let’s hope the weather stays nice so we can get this list completed!!

~take my husband camping (he’s never been…that’s weird to me)
~seafood bake on the beach
~tour my city’s public gardens
~make boozy popsicles (dirty pirate-coke and spiced rum)
~have a picnic in a park
~ride my bike to lawerencetown beach on the salt marsh trail
~celebrate our first wedding anniversary
~watch the fireworks go off the bridge for natal day
~go to the valley to a u-pick farm and pick berries or apples
~go fossil hunting
~make an outdoor sauna
~go to beerfest
~see the tall ships in the harbour
~go to a petting zoo
~dress up for canada day and go see fireworks
~drink homemade margaritas

I’m going to add and cross off the list as I go…I’ve got until sept 21! Here’s to a good summer!!

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Welcome summer

21 Jun

It’s summer solstice today and I can’t think of a better place to be than the beach!

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I pinned it! I made it!

20 Jun

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Brown butter cookies ,beets, and crafting

19 Jun

I was actually quite productive the last few days. First off I made a small batch of pickled beets from beets I had laying around from the farmers market. Haven’t tried them yet, but I’ll update in a few weeks after I let them sit. Crossed fingers!

I saw a beautiful beaded necklace on pinterest and thought to myself that I might actually be able to make it. My sister has a huge collection of beads and supplies so I parked myself at the kitchen table with a strongbow and got at it. It was actually really easy, just time consuming. I was pretty happy with the result and got lots of compliments when i wore it to a potluck this past Sunday.

Brown butter PB chip cookies. Yes I know, sounds amazing right? Make them now. Oh jeez…you will eat them all and be forced to give some away to a friend so they are away from your little mouths. Sidenote: she ate all her cookies for breakfast today.
I am a big fan of Joy the baker. Her blog, www.joythebaker.com,is a favorite. She recently put out a cookbook full of buttery,sugary delights and this is where I discovered these little devil cookies. Crispy on the outside, soft in the middle. I made these for a potluck for people I was meeting the first time. They will help make you new friends.

Brown butter cookies
*recipe credit to joy the baker

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 cup AP flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup PB chips ( or chocolate whatever you prefer)

Brown 1/2 cup of the butter in a saucepan. To brown lightly boil the butter until it starts crackling a bit. Once it turns a deep yellow/brown color it’s ready. It almost has a nutty smell. Once done put to the side to let cool.

In a bowl of a stand mixer cream the remaining butter with the granulated sugar until blended. Add the cooled brown butter to the mix with the brown sugar. Cream together. Then add the egg and egg yolk and vanilla and blend until well mixed.

Add a bit at a time the flour, salt and baking soda. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Add the chips after and mix with a wooden spoon.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon small scoops of the batter. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until slightly browned on the edges.

Let cool and try to resist the urge to eat a handful. Makes approx 36 small cookies.

Next time your in the kitchen tune into iTunes and download the Joy the baker podcast. Joy and Tracey from www.shutterbean.com are hilarious and wonderful kitchen companions.

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Dog treats

15 Jun

If you know my dog, Sophie, you know she loves to eat. First off let me tell you that she is 113lbs of furry love. Her birthday is next week and she will be 2 years old…time goes by so fast. She would eat anything I put in front of her but I wanted to make her something a little more natural not filled with chemicals. There was one recipe I saw but it called for dry milk..who has dry milk kicking around the house? I know I don’t. Anyways so off to the bulk barn I went to search it out. I found a bin of non instant milk. Thinking I had found it I put about 2 cups worth in a bag and went up to the counter. The bag was over $10!!! I don’t think so. So I went home thinking no dog treats for my baby. I was looking over Pinterest ( I just discovered it and it’s taken over my computer) and I saw on a friends board a recipe for dog treats that had ingredients I already had at home. So around 10 pm I decided lets whip up a batch. At first the dough was really sticky and not holding together well. I think it’s because the original recipe called for whole wheat flour and I used brown rice flour. Nothing some time chilling in the freezer won’t change. Long story short, Sophie loves these. Easy to make and it made my house smell all pumpkiny and warm. Side note: pumpkin is suppose to be good and calming for your pups tummy. Always good when your dog likes to eat anything like poop, rocks, toilet paper rolls…

Homemade dog treats:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I used brown rice flour)
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Throw all your ingredients into a mixer and mix up. If its too sticky either add a bit more flour or chill in the fridge or freezer till workable.
Flour your counter and roll out dough until about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out with a cookie cutter and lay on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Cook for about 40 mins or until they look crispy and ready to go. I had leftover dough so I braided a few links up to make a bigger cookie for a special occasion. Enjoy!

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Welcome

15 Jun

I’ve been back and forth on writing a blog for a couple years now but I thought why not? I had one way back when I lived in Victoria when I first started really learning about cooking and myself. Things have changed in a couple years…I got married, got a beautiful dog, bought a house, moved across the country! Not in that order of course. I’ve always liked to write,I’ve had journals since I was at least 8. This space is for me to write and show you my life from my little corner of the world, on Circassion street. Xo