Our favourite Christmas dessert recipes!

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m going to share with you a few recipes of our favourtie Christmas desserts that we’ve been making annually for about 5 years now.

I’ll start with my favourite recipe, Martha Stewart’s Mint-Chocolate Brownies. OMG this recipe is to die for and they are a chocolate lovers dream. I don’t know what it is about Martha but all of her dessert recipes are the best!

Mint-Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

  • One stick of unsalted butter (8 tbs)
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bitter sweet chocolate, whichever you prefer
  • One cup of sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 25 small peppermint patties (these MAKE this recipe)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter and line your 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper and then butter the parchment paper.
  2. Place chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir for about 4-5 mins until chocolate is melted.
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in your sugar and salt until the mixture is smooth. Whisk in eggs and then gently whisk in flour and cocoa powder until smooth.
  4. Spread 1/3 of your batter in your pan. Place peppermint patties on top of the batter in a single layer, making sure to leave a border on all sides. Note: I can never find the mini peppermint patties so I use the large ones.
  5. Top the peppermint patties with the remaining batter and smooth the surface.
  6. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Approximately 35-40 minutes.
  7. Cool the brownies completely before cutting brownies.

Yields: 16 delicious brownies

My second favourite recipe is a cookie recipe by Trisha Yearwood that I found on the Food Network’s website. WARNING: they are super sweet so this recipe is good for those who have a real sweet tooth.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate hips
  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Using your electric mixer, cream the butter with both sugars until smooth. Add your vanilla and egg, making sure to mix well.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking soda. Spoon the flour mixture into the creamed sugar mixture.
  4. Stir in your cranberries, white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  5. Drop large spoonfuls, about 2 tbs, of dough on prepared baking sheets and bake one sheet at a time for 12-15 minutes.
  6. Note: we aren’t the biggest fans of macadamia nuts but they go very well in this recipe.

Yields: 24 cookies

Last, but not least, is a recipe for bark brought to you by the blog browneyedbaker. The fun thing about bark is that you can put whatever ingredients you want in them, so you should totally try modifying this recipe and using your favourite nuts or dried fruit.

 

Pistachio and Cranberry White Chocolate Bark 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2lb white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Method:

  1. Line your baking sheet with your silpat or parchment.
  2. Melt your chocolate over a double boiler or in a microwavable bowl for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave.
  3. Once the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add pistachios and cranberries and stir to combine.
  5. Spread the chocolate mixture onto your prepared pan and place in the fridge for at least 20 mins, until set, and then cute into pieces. (Note: I prefer freezing it and then cutting/breaking the bark into pieces).

The great thing about all of these recipes is that you can freeze them and take them out when you feel like a treat or when you’re hosting. We plan on baking each of these this weekend. Make sure to stop by my Instagram account, lovelylife.xo to see pics.

If you decide to try one of these out, please let me know what you think of them by leaving a comment below. I’d also love to hear about your favourite Christmas dessert recipes, if you have any 🙂 .

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Talk soon,

Ash

Le Baccara – What a treat!

Hey guys,

Hope you’re having a great week! Can you believe that it’s December already! I don’t know about you but I’m ready and excited for the last month of the year. Along with December, comes Christmas and Christmas outings. The following is just one of many.

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of joining our friends, George and Chels for dinner at Le Baccara, a 5 diamond restaurant located in the Casino Lac-Leamy and what an experience it was. I had been to the Casino several times before but it had been at least 10 years and I definitely didn’t experience it like this. 

As soon as we pulled up, I was in awe at how beautifully decorated the hotel and lobby were for the Christmas season. The grandeur of all of the decorations and trees was breathtaking.

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We started our evening at the Bacchus bar equipped with fabulous glass tables, large leather seats and an impressive, to say the least, fireplace. It was the perfect spot to sit and catch up over a cocktail. We sipped on a bottle of Champagne and caught up on our weeks. Not a bad way to end a busy week and kick start the evening right ;).

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Next stop was dinner at Le Baccara. We walked though the casino and past this beautiful tree.

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Isn’t it breathtaking? WOW. 

The experience was fabulous from the start. As soon as we arrived, we were promptly escorted to our tables and within a matter of minutes, we were served champagne. We spent the next 45 mins sipping on it, in large comfy chairs knowing that we had a delicious meal ahead of us.

As for the meal, we enjoyed a six course meal. Each course was beautifully presented and paired with the perfect glass of wine. The service was fabulous and our sommelier, Danielle Dupont, was impeccable. She was able to describe our wines beautifully and was extremely knowledgeable which was great for Julien and George who love to ask plenty of questions about what they’re eating and drinking ;).

Our first course was by far my favourite. It was a beef carpaccio that was to die for. It was like no other. As you can see, it offered many elements, including sliced truffles. #yum

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Our second dish was a lobster tail, with tete fromagee (my apologies for the missing accents. I need to figure out how to use them on my new Chromebook).

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What I love about these dinning experiences, is that I get try foods I wouldn’t necessarily try or cook myself. Although I am not a picky eater, I enjoyed the lobster tail but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the tete fromagee (made with pigs feet). Maybe it’s an acquired taste ;)? Although it wasn’t my favourite part of the meal, I have to say that it was beautifully presented and very flavourful.

Next was a foie gras poele. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the actual foie gras lol but it’s because I was so blown away by its presentation as it arrived at the table :).

It was served with a glass of Sauterne. As you can see, Chels and I approved ;).

Next on the menu was a seared scallop with octopus. This scallop was cooked to perfection and delicious!!! Although I love scallops, I haven’t been brave enough to cook them myself. I find that there’s a fine line when cooking them. If you sear them too long, they’re chewy but if you don’t cook them enough they’re slimy. As for the octopus, it looked beautiful but I wasn’t a fan. Perhaps it too will grow on me ;).

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Second to last was pheasant with a potato puree and a baked apple stuffed with raisins. This dish was my second favourite. I had never had pheasant before and it was delicious. I highly recommend it for those who haven’t yet tried it. The veggies and potato puree were lovely but the stuffed apple offered a unique touch. It was sweet, almost like a dessert, and paired beautifully with the pheasant. Original and super tasty.

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Last, but not least, was dessert. By then, we were full and I forgot to take a picture. Yep, I’m totally regretting having not taken a picture but I’ve learned from my mistake 😉 and won’t forget next time we’re out. It was a baked apple served on top of a homemade cookie. 

Overall, this evening was spectacular from start until finish. Le Baccara is definitely worth the 5 starts that it’s earned and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to celebrate an important milestone such as a birthday or anniversary. On top of all of this, they were very understanding of my gluten allergy and ensured that each of my dishes were GF. Merci Le Baccara!

For those who have been to Le Baccara, what did you think of this restaurant and what was your favourite dish? 

That’s all for now! Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Talk soon xo

The best ever chocolate chip cookies!

Hey fellow chocolate and cookie lovers!

Do you have a favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe? Either way, you HAVE to try this recipe out! I wish I could say that I came up with it myself but I didn’t 😉 I owe a big thank you to Martha Stewart for this one. Like most of her baked goods, this one is insanely good.

I’ve been making this recipe for 7 years now and, even though I am GF, I will continue to make them for my family since they’re their favourite. I have challenged myself though to try to find a GF alternative. It hasn’t happened yet but if and when it does, I will make sure to share it with you.

So here’s my secret/not so secret recipe for Martha Stewart’s soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup brown sugar…I know, it’s a lot. I usually use 3/4cup of brown sugar max but it’s up to you and how sweet you like your cookies
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (although I love chocolate, I find 2 cups a little much so I usually add a little over one cup)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda and set aside
  3. In a bowl with an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars
  4. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy
  5. Reduce speed to low, add the salt, vanilla, and eggs
  6. Beat until well mixed (about one minute)
  7. Add flour mixture, mix until just combined
  8. Make tbs size balls of dough and place them on your baking sheets

9. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges (approx 8-10 minutes)

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*Note: this recipe makes approx. 3 dozen cookies.

Of course, my little helper helped baked these sweet treats. We happened to make them last Sunday after the snowfall so we, of course, made hot chocolate and enjoyed it while the cookies were cooking in the oven.

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Hope you guys enjoy this recipe. If you try it out, please let me know what you think and if you have any favourite recipes, especially GF ones, I would love to know about them so please leave a comment or msg me.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

xo

 

Gluten Free Oatmeal and Raisin Muffins

Happy Friday!

Hope everyone had a great week and an even better Halloween! Just a note that this post is one of two up on the blog today. If you’re interested in knowing what my favorite facial products are, please check out my other post A review of my favourite facial products.

For those who don’t know, I’ve recently been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance and then, after running more tests, as either partially treated celiac or Crohns. Unfortunately, my GI doctor wasn’t able to diagnose it as one or the other but highly recommend that I start a gluten-free (GF) diet so I’ve decided to do so. I’ve only recently started going GF and let me tell ya, this is no easy task lol Well, not for me anyway.

I’m happy to report that I have been GF for a little over a week now. Although I’m struggling with not being able to enjoy my Costco size bread for breakfast or my Ace baguette with anything and everything that is spreadable 😉 I’ve found a few tasty GF breakfast options. One of them being a nice GF muffin recipe that I’m going to share with you below. Please note that I was inspired by a recipe I found on the blog Abbey’s Kitchen. I used her recipe for her Ultimate GF oatmeal muffins as inspiration and tweaked it a bit. Here it is:

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup lactose-free milk (we use 3% b/c that’s what our daughter drinks)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour mix
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tin with 12 muffin papers.
  2. Slowly melt your coconut oil in the microwave. Once melted, let it cool down before using. Although I enjoy the taste of coconut oil,  I don’t always want to taste it in certain recipes. Next time, I will use butter.
  3. Using a mixer, mix your eggs, brown sugar, and lactose-free (or regular) milk. Once the ingredients are well-mixed, add in your cooled coconut oil.
  4. Then add your flour, oats, raisins, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt to the wet ingredients. Mix until well blended.
  5. Pour batter into prepared muffin papers and bake in the oven for 22-25 minutes (depending on your oven).
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Oatmeal and raisin muffins

My son and I made these muffins and decided to only make 12 in case we didn’t like the recipe. I’m happy to report that the whole family enjoyed them so I regretted that we hadn’t made more. Also, Julien was working when we made these muffins so he had no idea they were GF. He ate two for breakfast the next day and was surprised to find out that they were. He had no clue.

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Oatmeal and raisin muffins

If you have any favourite GF recipes I would LOVE to hear about them so please do feel free to share them with me.  Finally, another shoutout to Abbey’s Kitchen for sharing her recipe for GF oatmeal muffins. I look forward to discovering more dishes on your blog.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Bon appétit!

 

 

 

Roasted carrots!

Hey all,

Now that fall is upon us, I’ve been trying to make more fall dishes. Here’s an easy and quick side dish that I made this week to go along with our beer butt chicken. I picked up these beautiful multi-coloured carrots from our local grocery store. Talk about an inexpensive side ;).

First, I peeled the carrots and cut off their tips. Then I cut them in half and lined them up for a nice picture lol

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I usually make our roasted carrots with maple syrup because, why not, but I decided to try something different. This time I tossed my peeled and cut carrots in a bowl with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh rosemary, garlic and salt and pepper. Warning: the aroma from simply tossing these few ingredients together is awesome!

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I then lined them up on my silpat lined baking sheet and roasted them in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. The end result was fabulous!

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These guys were so flavourful, even the kids enjoyed them. Ok, they may not have loved them 😉 but our son ate a few so that was a small parent win especially since getting him to eat a vegetable other than avocado, potatoes or soups with vegetables seems like an impossible task.

So, if you’re looking to try something new with your carrots why don’t you give this recipe a try and please let me know what you think. It’s quick, easy and super delicious.

What kinds of fall sides have you been making lately?

Talk soon,

Ash

With fall comes fall sides!!!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I thought I’d share a couple of my favourite fall side recipes that we’ve made lately. They are quick, easy and super tasty.

The first recipe is sweet potato puree with maple syrup. I’m sure many of you have already made this recipe but for those who haven’t you should definitely try it out. Especially if you aren’t a fan of sweet potatoes. This recipe might change your mind about them.

I have to say that I’m bad with measurements. I kind of wing it when it comes to cooking but I will do my best to provide you with some direction. I made this sweet potatoe recipe tonight and our daughter loved them. Our son doesn’t seem to enjoy any veggies at this moment (I’m sure you parents out there with toddlers can understand ;)) but he tried them so I was happy about that.

So here’s the recipe for my Maple Syrup Sweet Potato Puree:

Peel and chop 1-2 sweet potatoes (tonight I used one big one). Add them to boiling water and cook until they are soft so for about 10-15 minutes. Once you can easily pierce a knife through the potatoes, strain them and mash with butter (1-2tbs depending on how many you’re making), approximately 1/3 cup of milk and 2 tbs of maple syrup because why not 🙂 Mash and add milk until you achieve the consistency that you like. Oh and don’t forget to add lots of pepper and some salt.

 

The second recipe I would like to share is maple syrup roasted Brussel sprouts. As you can tell, I have a thing for maple! We go through bottles of the stuff. It’s not only great for breakfasts foods but delicious in marinades and sides.

We recently picked up a beautiful bunch of Brussel sprouts from a local market. As a kid, I used to hate Brussel sprouts. My mom has always loved them and like other foods, these have grown on me and I really enjoy them now.

So here’s my “recipe” for the Maple Syrup Brussel sprouts:

Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Rinse and wash the Brussel Sprouts and cut off the ends. Dry them off and toss them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. You want to use enough oil that they are coated but not drowning it in. Then toss with as much maple as you like 🙂 Drizzle a little at a time, toss and gage whether you have enough by looking at them. Again, you don’t want them to drown in the syrup. Once tossed, place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are cooked and dig in!

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What are some of your favourite fall recipes/dishes? I’d love to hear about them.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Bon appetit!

xo

Visits with my sis are always the best!

My sister flew home, at the end of July, to spend a couple of weeks with mom and the family. It’s always so nice to have her home. She will be moving back in September and we are really looking forward to seeing her face on the regular. Two weeks seemed like a lot before she arrived but it flew by especially since I was back to work her second week here.

Good news is that in between her trip to Montreal and catching up with her friends we were able to see each other a few times each week. We managed to sneak in a shopping outing with mom, park and swim play with the kids, a trip to the Gatineau park and a girl’s night out two nights before she flew back to Vancouver. All of which was so much fun.

The awesome thing about my family is that we don’t have to do much of anything to have a good time or laugh. When my mom, sister and I get together we laugh so hard our stomachs and faces hurt. Don’t you just love that feeling? You know the one when you hold onto your cheeks and beg people to stop talking so that you can breathe again lol it’s the best.

For those of you who read my post on “back to work shopping”, I can owe its success to mom and Chels. Two weeks before I went back my wardrobe was still hurting so they dragged me out, dressed me up like their doll and successfully and more importantly quickly found me a new and very affordable wardrobe within our first hour there. A huge thank you to them for this night.

I don’t want to bore you with all of the things that we did together 😉 but I do want to share a couple of our fun outings together. Of course, there was our baby girls’ first birthday party which was the first day my sister arrived. 

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Another highlight was our day spent at the Gatineau park. It’s always been one of my mom’s favourite spots to take us. We’ve been going since we were kids. Since having our little ones we often talk about going for hikes but haven’t been on many so we were happy to bring them along on this one. Mom brought us to her favourite spot. I am not sure what it is called, it’s the falls that are about a 15 minute walk from the Mackenzie King estate. If you know what they’re called please let me know in a comment.

Our son loved this outing. He loves anything outdoors and large spaces in particular because he can run around. Another highlight of his were the ruins on the estate. Our son loved climbing them.They were like his own personal jungle gym lol and for us, they offered an amazing backdrop for family photos.

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One thing that had changed, since I had been last, were the additions of the quotes along the way. How cool are they? Love the quotes that were chosen and how they were displayed. We saw the first one as soon as soon as we arrived and the second was close to the ruins.

 

After our photo shoot at the ruins, we began our trek down to mom’s favourite waterfall. She told us that she used to go there all the time as a kid. That she and her friends would pack picnics and eat them on the rocks at the bottom of the falls. She’s always been the adventurous type. One look down below and I knew that I wouldn’t be venturing down.

 

For those of you who have little ones, I recommend that you bring a carrier for this hike. We brought our B.O.B stroller and although it’s an awesome stroller we ended up having to carry it much of the way since it’s quite hilly. We enjoy a good workout though so we didn’t mind carrying it ;).

Following the falls, we made our way back up to the Estate for lunch. Mom and sister packed a picnic and enough food for an army. I’m not complaining though! I love anything made by anyone else especially meals prepared by mom. She brought some awesome egg salad sandwiches with bread from Art-is-in (and you know how much I love their bread and baked goods), charcuterie and lots of other goodies. Little did we know, and lucky for us, they had a performance on during lunch hour. A stage was set up and they had six dancers swing dancing to live music. It was awesome! The dancers were so much fun and the musicians were pretty talented. They even invited the audience to learn how to dance. Our son, who absolutely loves to dance, couldn’t resist the invite and spent lots of time dancing with his aunty. Nothing sweeter! Unfortunately, I forgot to take picture of the performers. I was too busy enjoying the moment. I’ll try to remember next time ;).

 

We ended our Gatineau Park adventure with a tour of their gardens and managed to make it home on time for afternoons naps! Overall, this was an amazing outing. Anything we do with aunty is so much fun and the kids love spending any moment they can with her. So grateful to to have her as my sister.

For those who have never been or for those who haven’t been in a while I highly recommend a visit to Mackenzie King estates. There’s nothing like hiking in a beautiful environment and taking in all that the outdoors has to offer.

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Another one of my favourite outings with sister was our dinner with mom. The Saturday before sister left we went out for a girl’s night. The forecast was 80% rain and hot so we weren’t going to do downtown but last minute mom decided that we would. We don’t get together often nor do we go downtown so we just did it. We were happy that we did because the rain held up for us and we had an AMAZING time. We laughed so hard it hurt lol we probably spent almost an hour trying to figure out where we would grab a cocktail first before going for dinner. We ended up going to Ace Mercado first and LOVED their drinks. I had been years back for a birthday but hadn’t been since. For those of you who like a funky venue and tequila especially you should totally try this place out. They have yummy dishes and even better cocktails. We had their Mexican Firing Squad and it’s officially one of my favourite drinks. It was so good that after our dinner at Cornerstone we went back for more!

 

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After our cocktails at Ace we walked through the Ottawa market and sucked in what it had to offer. We walked by the inspiration village, browsed through some shops and then stopped for dinner at Cornerstone. I’m not one to complain so I’m going to try not to but I do want to be honest. The venue was nice but the meal wasn’t. I really didn’t enjoy what I ordered. I can’t remember what it was called but it was a Thai coconut curry dish. The great news is that the waiter picked up on that and he didn’t charge me for my meal. I hadn’t complained or anything but I think he knew that I wasn’t enjoying it so when it came time to pay the bill, I noticed that he had only charged me for my drink. I was blown away by this. To the waiter who provided such great service at Cornerstone I thank you for your kindness and for not charging me for the pretty however tasteless dish!

We ended the night at Ace. We went back for a cocktail and one of their signature tequila shots and green chaser.

 

We had an awesome night! Thank you mom for pushing us to go downtown. It was a wonderful idea and such a good evening. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Thank you sister for the amazing two weeks you spent with all of us. You’re irreplaceable, so much fun and I love you both dearly. I absolutely love having our tripod together and look forward to more outings like these ones once sister moves back home.

What are your favourite lounges and restaurants in Ottawa? I’d love to hear from you.

Talk soon,

Ash xo

Canada 150 cupcakes

Today was another rainy day so my son and I decided to make some dessert for Canada day. We will be spending the long weekend at my in-laws place, on the river, and are responsible for preparing one lunch and dessert. I have a pretty good idea of what we will be preparing for the main course but I wasn’t sure what we were going to serve for dessert, until today! After looking online and through my recipe books, for inspiration, we’ve decided to make red velvet cupcakes with vanilla icing decorated with red coloured chocolate balls. Yum!!! I found the red coloured chocolate balls, at Independent, and knew that our son would love them. Of course, when he saw them, he needed to taste test them immediately before using them. I think he ate ten of them before we actually used them lol You know how it is ;).

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At first thought, red velvet cupcakes seemed like a great idea. I didn’t really think about the mess the red food colouring could make with a toddler but quickly realized how messy things could get lol It was totally ok though and worth it. I mixed most of the ingredients myself, while he watched. He was pretty impressed with the colour of the cupcake batter and it took everything to keep his little toddler paws from going inside the mixer.

This was our first time making this recipe and it is a keeper. We used Sally’s baking addiction’s red velvet cupcakes. Even though I only used 2.5 tbs of red food colouring, rather than the 3.5 it required, the colour still turned out beautifully. Once things were mixed, my son licked the spatula dry. His face, arms, and clothes were covered in batter but he loved it. Getting messy is part of the fun. He helped me pour the batter into the cupcakes papers and here they are below, in all of their red glory, before we put them in the oven.

IMG_20170629_180504.jpgOnce they were cooked, we finished them off with the vanilla icing and red chocolate balls. The kids were excited about how they turned out and enjoyed eating them. The best thing about this recipe is that they were super fluffy and stayed so for five days until I froze them.

 

 

For those who are interested in the recipe, please do give it a try. You won’t regret it.

What is your favourite cupckare recipe? I would love to know.

Bon Appetite!

Ash xo

Baking with kids

Baking and cooking are some of my favourite things to do, especially with my son. I’ve always found it to be relaxing, kind of like meditation, and I, of course, love the tasty end result! My son has been showing a keen interest in watching all that we do in the kitchen. He often pulls up his stool, grabs his plastic knives and cutlery and acts as our sous-chef. His auntie even bought him an apron with matching gloves so that he looks the part. He insists on wearing them whenever we bake or cook.

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Like most toddlers, he loves anything sweet. If he had things his way he would eat chocolate (or what he calls “choco” treats ) on a daily basis. Unfortunately for him, he only gets choco treats on the weekends, unless he is with his grandparents and in which case they can feed him whatever they like since that is their right as grandparents ;). Some of our favourite things to make together are chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, pancakes and pizza (which you will soon learn is my absolute favourite food EVER).

I have less than two months of maternity leave left so I will be making even more of an effort to cook and bake with him while I have the “time.” Like most moms, I don’t have all the time in the world to bake/cook but I really try hard to make our meals and baked goods from scratch. and with nutrient dense foods.

Recently, we’ve made a few yummy treats: oatmeal and chocolate chip muffins with cinnamon, whole wheat/oatmeal pancakes with cinnamon and gluten free M&M cookies. 

What are your favourite things to cook/bake alone or with your kids?

Bon appetit!

Love,

Ash xo