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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Butter Celebtrates : Lemony Lemon Loaf and a Giveaway

I came out of hiding to help spread the word on this beautiful new cookbook.   I have sort of been on a hiatus these days.   There is just honestly not enough time in the day now that I am back to work full time and have the two babes.    Well I guess there is time but I just don't always want to spend it baking, photographing and writing.   What do I do instead...  well some nights I clean (not because I want too),  I have been knitting myself a cowl very slowly,  I work out 5-6 days a week, and then sometimes I just want to sit on the couch and watch tv.  Weekends are full of holidays, birthdays and random events to keep kids busy.   And so is life.... but I would rather share with you recipes once a month that pump out garbage every day.

I made several recipes from the book.   I made the Chocolate Chip Cookies,  the Squirrel Pie, the Pumpkin Loaf and the lemon loaf.   The cookies are a great oaty chocolate chip cookie,  the coconut in them is an awesome addition.  Everyone loved that part.   The squirrel pie was for my Hubby's birthday.   I tweaked the recipe a touch because it called to be in a 7 inch spring form pan which I have never seen so I multiplied the crust by 1.5 and put it in a 9 inch pan.  It was devoured at a family birthday dinner.  The pumpkin loaf I made with gluten free flour so a friend could eat it and it also turned out quite good considering I tweaked the flour which can be very iffy in recipes sometimes.

The final recipe I made was the lemon loaf.  Rosie says this recipe is the best seller at her bakery.  I can see why.    I opted out of the lemon glaze on top and it was still wonderful.   It's light and tart and I really enjoyed it.

I am not alone in spreading the love on this cookbook.  Check out some other amazing recipes from my friends.    Oh and I did also mention there is a GIVEAWAY!!!     That's right my friends,  check out the rafflecopter below and you can win a basket of goodies and your own Butter Celebrates Cookbook.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. Void in Quebec. 

Winner must answer a skill-testing question. 

No purchase necessary to enter. 

Giveaway will run from Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:01am to Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email and name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. 

Prize value is approximately $125. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Canning Kitchen : Beer Hive Grainy Mustard

The first thing I ever canned was homemade pasta sauce.  It was work but I loved it.   We basically had enough tomato sauce to last an entire year.  It was awesome.   Unfortunately up until this past month I haven't tried canning anything else.  Canning does run in both my families though.  Both sides of my family make their own relish and my mother in law also makes her own pickles.   My wedding favour was actually two mini jars of relish one from each side of the family.  It was pretty neat.   That is something I love about canning it seems to be a family tradition.    Secret recipes passed down for generations, that people go nuts over.

Canning can seem pretty daunting at first though.  Don't be afraid,  buy this book.

This book has such a variety of recipes; jams, jellies, pickles, relish, mustard, preserves, sauces and more.   The recipes are straight forward and simple.   As stated in the title they are small batch sizes.  Most recipes are about 5-7 jars, varying from 1 cup to 2 cups, so you don't need to go buy bushels and bushels of fruits and veggies to tackle these recipes.   At least not until you are ready to triple these.    It's a great book to open you up to the possibilities of canning without getting overwhelmed about canning.  

Since getting the book I have tried Dill Pickles and the Beer Hive Grainy Mustard.    Both of which are sitting in my pantry, while I patiently but anxiously wait for them to be ready for consumption.   A co worker and I have some smoked sausages on order, so we are ready for that mustard. 

My list of recipes to try over the next two months includes her Pasta Sauce, Smoky Peach Barbeque Sauce, Salted Caramel Pear Butter, Strawberry Balsamic Jelly and a Four Orchard Chutney.   Doesn't that all sound amazing?!

Lucky for you, there is a chance for you to win this book along with a $100 gift card to Canadian Tire to get yourself decked out with some canning gear to get you started.  

Check out the rafflecopter below and take a peak at what my blogging friends canned as well.  

Jenny - The Brunette Baker - Blueberry Sauce
Heather - The Tasty Gardener - Triple Red Pickle
Robyn - What's Cooking on Planet Byn - Bread and Butter Pickles
Kristy - She Eats - Dill Pickles
Britt - My Daily Randomness - Raspberry Lemon Jam
Charmian - The Messy Baker - Orange and Blueberry Marmalade
Chelsea - Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen - Peach Jam
Gwen - Devour & Conquer - Tomato Red Onion Relish

Good Luck and remember #YESYOUCAN!

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This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. 

Winners must answer a skill-testing question. 

No purchase necessary to enter. 

Giveaway will run from Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Winner will be contacted via email and displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Kelly's Bake Shoppe - My Solution for No Baking Time.

Sometimes life gets too busy.  It's not necessarily a bad thing but its just a busy where you might not be able to do everything you want or everything you would like to do.   I love baking and up until about a year ago I would always make my own desserts and even make desserts and cakes for other people.  Now with two kids under 3, there are times where I honestly just can't be bothered.  Bothered might not be the right word,  it is more not having a true sense of reliability that I will have the time without constant interruption.   I don't know about you but when I am making cakes, especially for other people I am a perfectionist and time is critical.  I hate to have things not turn out they way I want.    Luckily there are places out there that can make life easy for you, they are called Bakeries.    Ha, I know you know about bakeries,  I just haven't ventured to them very often.

Kelly's XO Bake Shoppe

I have found one Bakery though that I really like.  It's called Kelly Bake Shoppe.  It is a beautiful place located in downtown Burlington.   One of the great perks about this shop is it is vegan, gluten free, peanut free and healthier than most.  I don't need to buy vegan, gluten free or peanut free but it is nice to have a place that is like this for others that do have restrictions.  The nice thing about Kelly's is it is all these things while still being sweet, soft, chocolaty, chewy and decadent.  

Kelly's supplied me with a few treats but when I went in to pick them up I couldn't help but buy a few more cupcakes, a donut and some ice cream.  I packed up all the treats and headed up to the cottage for a few days.  My family is going to be happy when they see what I am bringing.

I am a sucker for donuts and had to try one. The donut unfortunately didn't make it up to the cottage. That was all for me.  I went with the coconut chocolate donut, as I am a sucker for both.   It's a cakey donut not a fried donut but it was so moist and delicious.  I honestly could have eaten a dozen.

I made sure to take one of each cookie.  A Chocolate chip, Snickerdoodle, World Peace Cookies and the Skinny Cookies.  I will tell you I am a cookie girl and these did not disappoint.  I made sure to spread the love to my little ones and they loved the skinny cookie.  A cookie sweetened with roasted banana is a cookie I have no problem giving them often.  

Let's talk cupcakes for a second.  The selection at Kelly's is insane.   There is a rather large selection and they all stare at you saying "eat me".  So pretty and unique, its hard to choose.  There are standard cupcakes they have every day and then daily features which will knock your socks off.    I left the bakeshop with 6 more than I had planned.  I got the following flavours, Chocolate coconut, Dulche de Leche, Cookies and Cream, Coffee Break, Vanilla, Red Velvet,  Blueberry French Toast and Mexican Chocolate.
We ate two the first night and then I froze six of them like they suggest if you are not able to eat them that day to be eaten a few days later.   Similar to the donut I fell in love with the Chocolate coconut as well as the Dulche de Leche.   I didn't even get a chance to take photos of the remaining six cupcakes because the family devoured them pretty quickly.

The final treat I split with the hubby was the mile high brownie.   Brownie on top of Brownie, HELLO,  you cannot go wrong with this.   He almost stole my half as it sat on the counter while a little one side tracked me.  I turned around just in time.

If you are in the Burlington area I highly recommend you check out this lovely shop, grab a cupcake, donut, cookie and bar and take a stroll along the lake.   I say all four because you won't be able to stop at just one.

Gotta's time to head back to Kelly's Bake Shoppe.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Apple Carrot Loaf and a Virtual Baby Shower #babyfamilybites

 It is always fun to celebrate a new baby.   A fellow Canadian blogger Jan from Family Bites is expecting a baby boy in the next couple weeks so we are throwing her a Virtual Baby Shower.

I will take lack of sleep, teething and poopy diapers any day if I can cuddle with, laugh at and kiss my little babes.  My youngest is almost 7 months now and it has been a blast so far.   So I will say I have been blessed with a rather laid back, very chill happy baby.  I have 1000 photos to show you how easy I can make her smile.  I have even had several moms comment when I go to classes for my older one at how she just sits in her car seat and watches and waits.  She barely makes a peep.  She has always been a fairly decent sleeper and rarely fussy, even now with her first tooth coming in.   I may pay for all of this good behavior later but at least when she is older I can somewhat reason with her (hopefully? maybe? probably not?)

There is a lot of new precious moments coming up for Jan in the next few weeks, cuddles, smiles, giggles (something I am getting as I write this) and cries.   Hopefully she will also get lots of help from her older boys as they learn to take care of their new baby brother.  The rule is you can't start tormenting him until he is three.

Good luck Jan and All the best!!

I decided to make an Apple Carrot Loaf for today's shower from one of my favorite new cookbooks.
Check out what everyone else has cooked for up for Today.

Mardi from eat. live. travel. write made blueberry cheesecake macarons
Julie from Dinner with Julie made lemon scones
Heather from The Tasty Gardener made Cream Puffs with Caramel Cream and Chocolate Pretzel Top
Isabelle from Crumb: A Food Blog made Blackberry Meringue Bars
Jennifer from Seasons and Suppers made Baby Blueberry Beignets
Christina from Strawberries For Supper made Chocolate Madeleines
Aimée from Simple Bites made Roasted Turnip Hummus
Jenny from The Brunette Baker made Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins
Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction made mini-cupcakes
Carole from The Yum Yum Factor made Beet and Blue Cheese Canapes
Charmian from The Messy Baker made Piglet Muffins
Amy from Family Feedbag made Marmalade Poke Cake
Brittany from My Daily Randomness made Caramel + Pumpkin Parfait
Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging made Carrot Apple Loaf
Louisa from Living Lou made Maple Walnut Cookies
Libby from Libby Roach Photography made Butter Baked Good’s Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie
Robyn from Planet Byn made Milk & Cookies Shooters

Apple Carrot Loaf

(adapted from Huckleberry)

  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (185g) a mix of all purpose flour/whole wheat flours.  (I did half and half)
  • 1 1/2 tsp wheat germ
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated peeled apple
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

1) Soak the raisins in a cup of warm water for 10 minutes or so.  Drain and set aside. 
2) Preheat the oven to 350F.   Grease or spray a loaf pan (9x5)
3) Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together.   Pour into the pan.  
4) Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.    Allow to cool in pan.   
5) Make icing : beat cream cheese in a medium bowl, then add icing sugar and vanilla.  Beat in milk to thin glaze out a bit.  
6) Remove loaf from pan and spread glaze over top.   

You don't have to add the glaze and this loaf is still delicious.  I just wanted one. 

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