Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cotton Candy Cupcakes (Dairy-free)

My son has two new obsessions: football and cotton candy. 


For the record, I'm equally supportive of both.

We took him to a BC Lions game the other day and appropriately indulged in all the favourite sporty snacks: pretzel dogs, popcorn, gatorade, pop (no pop for kiddo -- apparently I draw the line somewhere) and a big honking cloud of cotton candy. To see his favourite sport up close was the highlight of his year -- but to celebrate the day with brightly dyed spun sugar? Well, heaven all around.

Suffice to say, cotton candy is now a much asked for flavour in the baking department, although, if you ask me, nothing comes close to the real thing. These cotton candy cupcakes, however, are a very close replacement, and brightly capture the spirit of fairs, festivals, and stadiums.


Even better? There's no dairy for anyone with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance. Hurrah!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Frosted Cookie Cakes

Summer, I'm holding on for just a little longer okay?


I always have this weird delusion that when summer hits the livin' will get easy. This may have been true in my youth, but it hasn't rung true for most of my 20s, and as I quickly approach 30, I have a feeling it won't happen there, either. Instead of beaches, hikes, and sleeping in, this summer is filled with driving to and from camps, arranging playdates, a heavier workload, studying, family health issues, my own health issues and weather too damn hot to turn on the oven.

While being busy with a full life is awesome, unwinding and connecting is, too. Thankfully, we have had our moments of solitude, of lake-swimming and nature strolls, too. I'm just hoping that next year, finally, is the year we get a little more.


Today's treat is bright and fun, just like summer. It's a cookie meets cake, thrown into hyperdrive. Because who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies and funfetti everything? We've got layered buttercream and cookies to create little cookie cakes that are perfect for picnics, potlucks, and birthdays.

Stack and go, friends. And enjoy a little summer haze for me.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Mojito Cookies

If I had to choose between sitting around and drinking or sitting around and eating cookies, the cookies would win pretty much every time.


Especially Mojito Cookies. Because when you make the cookies taste like a delicious classic summer cocktail, and who can say no?


Packed with mint, lime, and topped with a hint of rum, these mojito cookies are a frontrunner for my favourite batch of the year. 

Even better? They're rolled in sugar, giving a helping hand to creating the perfect blend of chewy and crispy. On the second day the flavours are even more pronounced, and power to you if they last that long. (I had to fight off my family so I could take pictures. They're like cookie vampires).


If you don't drink alcohol, just replace the rum with some good old vanilla bean (not the extract, since it also contains alcohol), and be on your way to a hot, lazy afternoon in the sun.


I liked to eat these with a glass of cold milk, but they'd be equally tasty paired with the cocktail they're named after.

What's your favourite summer beverage?


Friday, July 4, 2014

Homemade S'mores Marshmallows

My boyfriend is an unapologetic, certified marshmallow hater.


I know -- sometimes it's hard to love him. But I persevere, and somehow he endures all the weird crap I throw out there, too. Like when I get nervous that automatic doors won't open. Or my never-ending hatred of mayonnaise.


So when I yelled at him from the kitchen (over my Drop Dead Diva and his Madden) that I was making a batch of soft, homemade marshmallows I didn't get much of a reaction.

When I coated them in chocolate and graham crackers, well, suddenly the unappealing sugar pillows of five minutes ago were something he couldn't shove in his mouth fast enough.

Turns out S'mores Marshmallows can exorcise the marshmallow hater inside us all.


You could make these with store bought marshmallows, but it really won't be the same. I recommend either following the recipe below or ordering from a marshmallow guru like my friend Kimberley over at Kimberley's Kitchen. Seriously, she makes marshmallow magic.

For extra fun, toast each marshmallow. I used one of those long barbecue lighters, but any form of fire will do.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Strawberry Basil Scones

 I want to pretend that these strawberries came from my garden.


But my new (and very adorable) strawberry plant is currently struggling against an onslaught of ants, a couple aphids, and my never-ending neglect.

Sad, but no less true.


So while I come up with watering schedules (leaving it to my much more reliable child), and natural pest solutions, store strawberries suffice.

These bright red beauties are from a real farm nearby, with people who actually know what they're doing. But the basil? Well, I grew that myself, and it makes a perfectly tasty companion in these delicious low-fat scones.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Breakfast Raspberry Rolls

I know I've said it before, but breakfast is totally my jam.


I would join breakfast committees. I would hold meetings in support of the day's fairest meal. I would lobby for the advancement of breakfast.

Okay, maybe except instead of advancement, it would really be just wanting pancakes and sausages and stuff. So it would be more of a "in support of traditional breakfast" type thing, but also in support of every other breakfast, and maybe mandating that breakfast always happens. I don't know. The details can be worked out later.

(On that note, anyone fellow bloggers want to form a breakfast club?)


One detail that doesn't need to be worked out is that dessert for breakfast is awesome. Especially when it just tastes like a warm cinnamon bun, but is packed full of fruit and other deliciousness instead. Enter these Breakfast Raspberry Rolls, which fit the bill perfectly.

Baked in a skillet, drizzled with a warm vanilla glaze, and a light yet filling centre full of berries and a hint of lemon.

If you didn't love breakfast before, you will now.

Friday, May 30, 2014

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