Follow my blog with Bloglovin Can you believe that there are only 20 days until Christmas?! Are you done your shopping? I have to tell you, normally I start shopping in the summer. You know, back to school sales and Labour Day sales. This year? I was soooooo not into it! I started in October … Continue reading Random Thoughts And Other Things – 10
Mom’s Shortbread Cookies – Plus Some Holiday Baking!
I have been sitting on this recipe for almost a year now! I finally got my sister to email me our Mom's Shortbread Cookie recipe in January of this year. Well, I couldn't post a recipe for Shortbread Cookies in January when everyone is starting diets to lose their holiday weight! I mean, come on … Continue reading Mom’s Shortbread Cookies – Plus Some Holiday Baking!
Herb & Garlic Dinner Rolls — Oh Yes, They Did & A Nod To Thanksgiving By Me
I was trying to decide what type of bread to make with dinner the other night. There are just so many kinds of homemade breads and rolls that sometimes it is difficult to actually decide which kind you want to make. I decided to whip up a batch of herb and garlic dinner rolls to […] … Continue reading Herb & Garlic Dinner Rolls — Oh Yes, They Did & A Nod To Thanksgiving By Me
Blue Ridge Apple Cake… — Camellia’s Cottage
It might come as a surprise that the Appalachian Region is apple growing country. Settlers from Scotch Irish descent brought apple seeds with them to grow in the new land… with the help of Cherokee Indians apples became widely grown. With temperatures dipping into the 20s and highs in the 80s – the plateaus produce … Continue reading Blue Ridge Apple Cake… — Camellia’s Cottage
Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffin Copycat Recipe
I am reblogging this post for one reason. Well, one reason that spills into a number of them! lol
I’m a pumpkin fanatic! If I could bake, or move at all, I would be baking DOZENS of these muffins! I may, or perhaps not, even have shared them. If I could eat, I would possibly have added many pounds to my bum by hording them all to myself. And I would not care! That’s how pumpkin crazy I am! I’ve told you before that I was the weirdo kid who wanted pumpkin pie for her birthday instead of cake. Sadly, I wasnt allowed because “apparently” the other kids wouldn’t have come to my party if there was no cake! How rude?! lol
Anyhoo, I really want my family To make these muffins and tell me how yummy they are. Now, how can I turn this recipe into ice cream which is the only thing that I can eat now…
Not too long ago things were looking a little like this:
And I was inside making something that looks a lot like this:
You guessed it: Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins! This recipe is a mixture of other pumpkin and/or spice muffin recipes I’ve found and tweaked a little bit to make it a near-perfect Timmie’s knock-off. The muffins are moist and spiced and the crunch of the toasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect adornment atop a muffin filled with a fluffy cream cheese frosting.
These are perfect for a fall morning! (And since winter doesn’t officially begin until after the 21st of December, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy these muffins this fall.)
Without further adieu, I present to you…
My copycat recipe for Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins:
For the Muffins:
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground…
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When Did We Start To Waste So Much? And A Recipe Created To Avoid Loss – Orange Nut & Seed Loaf
If you have ever read my blog, you know that I am against waste. I have gone over how I feel when I watch home improvement shows and they go in and start smashing everything. Even things that could be saved and donated or even sold instead of ending up in our landfills. But the truth … Continue reading When Did We Start To Waste So Much? And A Recipe Created To Avoid Loss – Orange Nut & Seed Loaf
Mmmmm-mmmm, Aunt Paul’s Lemon Loaf With Sweet Drizzle!
This past weekend was Canada Day! Yahoo Canada! For those of you who don't know when we Canucks celebrate our Country, it's July 1st. Every year. Not the 4th, the 1st! I watched many of the blogs that I follow to see if any of them would present a Canadian celebration menu. You know with … Continue reading Mmmmm-mmmm, Aunt Paul’s Lemon Loaf With Sweet Drizzle!
Sweet Potato & Coconut Brownies
Hi guys and gals! I thought that I would reblog this post because they look delicious AND you do not have to feel guilty for eating a brownie. When is that a real possibility? If you look at the ingredients, you’re eating a chocolate brownie full of fibre – good for your gut – vitamin A – hello eye sight and immunity – and a plethora of other great stuff that would take me hours to type. Hey, you try typing with your eyes! Lol
I have a nephew with nut allergies but I really want him to give these brownies a try. That being said, I imagine you could easily sub Wowbutter or an alternative seed or brown pea butter – there are a few that my nephew loves – for the coconut almond butter and for the almond milk any alternative milk would work.
I have some exciting news. I’m typing this on the new computer! It’s not mine yet. There are a few bugs to work out but at least I have a hope of maybe getting it before I die! For a while there I wasn’t so sure… Lol
Sweet Potato & Coconut Brownies with a Chocolate Date Caramel Frosting.
Sounds good right?
The latest of my vegetable based bakes is probably my favourite. Don’t get me wrong, my chickpea blondies and my butternut squash pancakes were nice, but there’s something special about eating a chocolatey cake without it being too bad for you!
The chocolate date caramel frosting takes this bake to a whole new level. The sweet ‘caramelly’ taste of the dates and the contrasting texture really makes these brownies feel like (without being) a naughty treat!
I went for the Coconut and Almond Butter from Meridian Foods for this recipe. If you’re not a coconut fan, you could easily use normal almond butter instead.
I’ve also used 50g of flour in these (I went for spelt flour). This is purely because I’m not a massive fan of an overly oaty bake! You can easily substitute this…
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Carrot Cake Muffins with Maple Icing + 5 Muffin Recipes for Spring!
I had to reblog this recipe. I’m a carrot cake lover! My Aunt Paul’s carrot cake recipe with cream cheese icing is THE BEST! You could use her recipe found here on my blog but you would have a tonne of them, that would be fine for me but then you wouldn’t be able to try them with maple icing.
M-A-P-L-E-I-C-I-N-G! Come on! Amazing!
Happy baking! xo
Tess had just finished feeding her cat when a familiar face appeared in the window of the old wooden door that had kept her safe inside her home and the world safely outside for so many decades. The face was framed by the molding on the door her father installed when she was a child, and backlit by the sun, making it hard for Tess to discern who was outside looking in. Dark eyes, thick, unkempt eyebrows, long, messy hair pulled away from a woman’s face was all she could make out.
The face watched her. Tess hated being observed by anyone, especially by someone she couldn’t place in time, though certainly, this familiar face had existed in one moment or more, in one place or many, together they had gazed at each other briefly or for many hours. Tess now forgot. She hated the forgetting that came with age…
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Irish Soda Bread
I love a good Irish Soda Bread! I’ve had it with raisins – yum!, callaway seeds – A-mazing and sunflower seeds – delicious! The best part about Irish Soda Bread is…wait for it…NO YEAST! I suppose that could a con if you’ve saved up all of your pent up frustration for punching down the dough after it has proofed.
I have read that you can add different seeds or dried fruits if you prefer.
My mom’s maiden name is O’Donnell, and she’s quite proud of her Irish heritage. I, however, identify much more with the Eastern European cultural traditions I learned from my Hungarian grandma and Slovak grandpap, who lived just five doors down from my childhood home. So while I’ve got fair skin and freckles, my Irishness has always been much more in theory than it has ever been in practice.
Until today, I’d never made Irish soda bread, and I have to admit that I felt like a total amateur. This recipe comes from my friend Ciara, a woman whose knowledge of Irish culture could certainly put mine to shame. She was Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Pittsburgh a few years back, and this recipe is one she and her mom make each year. You could add raisins if you like, but I chose to leave mine plain.
- 3 cups bread flour*
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