Thursday, August 29, 2013

Maple Blueberry Apple Crisp

It's raining, it's pouring, my herb garden has completely died from neglect, my allergies are out of control, but I can't help but love this summer slow down.

Because I love the sound of rain (can you tell I'm a Vancouverite?), the return of weather just cool enough to justify turning on the oven, and the last hurrah of fresh, seasonal berries and fruit.

It all makes for a delicious maple blueberry apple crisp that can be eaten with ice cream for dessert, or on its own for breakfast.

This crisp is a spin on one in Canadian Living, but I switched things up to suit the lack of ingredients in my cupboard, and the abundance of fruits in my fridge. I also cut down the sweet, because berries are sweet you guys, and added more topping for extra delicious.

How are you enjoying the last bits of summer? Follow me on Instagram to see more end of summer treats and trips!

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Side Dish: Minted

The other day I was at Shopper's Drug Mart, picking up more of my summer essentials of SPF10000 and aloe vera, when I spotted an entire chunk of aisle dedicated to Halloween candy.

Halloween candy. In August. I know.

Since then I've seen it crawl onto the shelves at Superstore, Costco, and a bunch of other places, too.

Don't get me wrong -- any time I can buy bulk Reese Peanut Butter Cups is a happy, happy day, and if I have to pretend I'm stocking up for trick-or-treaters months in advance then so be it. My main issue here is that it's not Christmas stuff. Because if I had my way, Christmas crap would line store shelves year-round.

That's why I was beyond excited to check out the awesome christmas cards at Minted. An excuse to start thinking about my favourite holiday before the other, lesser, ones have had their turn? Sign me up!

Minted makes those awesomely adorable picture Christmas cards you always wish you had the time, patience, and resources to make and personalize, but instead you just stare jealously at the one your sister -- the favourite -- sent out that's stuck on your fridge. Don't be that Bitter Betty this year -- take a cue from Shopper's Drug Mart and start on that stuff now!

If you're not the planning ahead type, and more of the want-lots-of-cute-stuff type, or the omg-check-out-that-adorable-stationary type, Minted still has you covered.

They carry the paper straws I used in my Cherry-Lime Sorbet Coke Float post, and lots of other freaking cute party and kitchen supplies. They even have kid-friendly journals and other back to school supplies that aren't plastered with Dora and Sponge Bob.

Check out Minted's adorable food and party supplies, Christmas cards, and other precious party-perfect stationary and designs over on their website!

*** Disclaimer: I was provided compensation by Minted to write about their products. However, as always, any compensation received doesn't influence my opinion on the products, or the content of this blog.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cherry-Lime Sorbet Coke Floats

There are a lot of things I absolutely love about where I live.

Canada is vast and beautiful, and I love the marriage of the ocean and snow-capped mountains in Vancouver. I grit my teeth through the very high cost of living because it's home, and it's beautiful, and there's no where else I'd want to be.

But for our abundance of cool scenery, fresh air, and Ketchup chips, we're sure lacking in the flavoured Coca Cola category. Cherry Coke is next to impossible to find here, and don't even get me started on Vanilla. 

So when the man and I took a mini roadtrip down to Seattle (post to come!), I came home totally inspired to make my own summer version of Cherry Coke. 

This sweet treat features a sorbet made one of the most iconic summer fruits -- cherries -- and a hint of a lime. When scooped into a tall glass of ice-cold Coca Cola (or Pepsi, no judging) a fun twist on cherry coke is born. And loved. And devoured.

Want a sneak peak at what I'm making? Follow me on Instagram


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