what type of holiday baker are you? (+ a recipe for my favourite holiday baking)

What type of holiday baker are you?

I love personality typing. So I wrote this about Christmas baking. What category do you fall under? Leave a note in the comments!  What type of holiday baker are you? The Traditionalist You always make the same holiday favourites. Your family has come to expect and depend on your classics! Sugar cookies, here we come! The Experimentalist You scour magazines and Pinterest for new and interesting ideas. You love trying out different recipes. Some end up as “keepers”… but that doesn’t really mean much since you’ll choose entirely new recipes to try next year! The Faker You don’t actually do any baking. … Read More

maple roasted tomatoes

maple roasted tomatoes

Fall, fall, fall. It’s strange how much I can both love and hate it at the same time. With equal intensity. On the one hand, I’m mourning all the summer sun, sandals, and how you can leave the house without calculating just how many layers you might need that day. And I love summer laundry: no socks to try and match and fold and figure out which ones have holes! Just kidding about that last one. Anyone who knows me knows I usually have a hole or two in my socks. The matching and folding is enough for me. I … Read More

quick caprese toast

Sigh. I love this recipe and I love these photos but looking at them makes me a little bit sad. You see, these were the last photos taken before that fateful weekend when my camera got caught in a torrential downpour. I loved that camera. My husband knew I wanted to learn how to shoot in manual mode so he searched and researched an bought me the SONY alpha 37 for Christmas a couple years ago. It was my baby and it was special because it reminded me of the gift-giver. I bought a Canon as a replacement but I just … Read More

healthy chocolate cherry zucchini cake

chocolate zucchini cake

Each piece of this chocolate zucchini cake has 1/2 serving of veggies/fruit! The zucchini seemingly disappears into this moist, chocolatey cake. We were away on vacation this spring during planting season, which is an extra challenge for me as a gardener. Let’s just say I don’t have much of a green thumb to begin with. When we got home I figured it would be best to buy some plants instead of planting seeds. The plants have a head start, so that way we’d have a better chance at a harvest during our shortened growing season. But, because everybody had already picked through … Read More

sourdough cinnamon raisin bread

Raisin Bread

Have you ever made cinnamon toast? It was one of my favourite breakfasts as a child. All it took was a slice of buttered toast and a sprinkling of brown sugar and cinnamon. Simple yet delicious. My mom maintained a habit of healthy breakfasts during the week but allowed me to have cinnamon toast on Saturdays. My mom did a great job of modelling to me the principles of balance and moderation. This recipe brings me back to Saturday morning cartoons and cinnamon toast. Except, this bread has been health-boosted so it doesn’t need to be saved for weekends! It … Read More

peanut butter hippie cookies (gluten-free)

Peanut Butter Hippie Cookies

Monster cookie meets Folkfest cookie in this delicious mashup!  Why It’s A Smart Choice I’m a big fan of seeds.  Think of nuts and seeds as nature’s multivitamin. These mighty little foods are filled with minerals, healthy fats, plant protein, anti-oxidants, and more. They’re the complete package. Observation studies show that people who consume nuts everyday are less likely to develop diabetes or heart disease, which are two of the leading causes of death and morbidity in North America.  To see health benefits, you only need to eat 1/4 cup of nuts/seeds or 2 tablespoons of nut/seed butter each day! Portion control is important because they … Read More

sourdough naan bread

Sourdough Naan

I keep adapting my favourite baked goods recipes to use my sourdough starter. So far, I’ve been loving the sourdough versions so much more than the originals. This naan recipe is no exception! Don’t have a sourdough starter going yet? It only takes 7 days until you can start using the probiotic-rich stuff! Check this post out for more info on how to get one going.   Why It’s A Smart Choice Sourdough: This article has a great summary on the health benefits of sourdough bread.  Check it out for all the references but here’s the TLDR version: The lactic acid bacteria … Read More