S’more Cookies

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August Adventures : S’more Cookies 

 

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August is almost wrapping up and the end of summer is upon us.     I’ve been spending my time taking advantage of the nice weather and the time i have with the boys before my eldest starts school.  One thing we have done lately is sitting down for movie nights .  I am very fortunate to be a part of Netflix Canada’s Streamteam and find myself watching Netflix all the time.  This month the focus has been on Adventure.  Some of our favourite shows this month thus far. 

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When I  think of Adventure , I think of the outdoors and s’mores.    So what better way to celebrate some August Adventures then with a cookie recipe.  Lets get baking! 

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S'more Cookies
These cookies will bring you back to roasting marshmallows over the campfire.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1/4 cup white sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 1/3 cup flour
  8. 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  9. 1 cup marshmallows
  10. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (milk or dark)
  11. 1 jersey milk chocolate bar broken into squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350
  2. grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. in a mixer cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla mix until combined.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and graham crackers and mix well.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture mix until combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and marshmallows, stir just until combined.
  7. Drop 1 tbsp of mixture onto your baking sheet and top with a jersey milk square then add an additional drop of dough to cover.
  8. Cook for 13-15 mins
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 **I am part of the Netflix Streamteam, all opinions in this post are my own**

 

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Cloud Vitamin A : Review and Giveaway

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Cloud Vitamin A  with Retinyl Palmitate : Review and Giveaway  

The summer weather not only brings a ton of outdoor time for myself and the boys it brings many sunburns.     Being fair-skinned we sadly burn all too easy so sunscreen is very important.   So when the people over at Cloud approached my to try their inaugural product I was more than happy to give it a try. 

 

My boys and I have very sensitive skin that burns easily.   I can remember the days of being lobster red when I would go out and forget to apply my sunscreen more than once.     and have a hard time finding products that I like or can actually use. Many products tend to irritate my skin. Needless to say i was pleasantly surprised with Cloud.
Cloud Vitamin A with Retinyl Palmitate is the first consumer sunscreen to guard against the suns full spectrum of rays.   Cloud Vitamin A is proven to reverse existing damage and signs of aging by stimulating the natural production of collagen within 6 months of regular use.    It is free from parabens, fragrances , preservatives and animal testing.    

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What I love about Cloud :

  • The Ingredients are simple Purified Water, mineral oil, white petrolatum , retinyl palmitate , glaxal cream base.
  • Its Economical , One pump is enough per application that means a whole tube contains 1000 pumps
  •  It is free from parabens, fragrances , preservatives and animal testing.
  • Easy on sensitive skin 
  • reverses existing damage and signs of aging 

 

 

You can learn more or purchase Cloud Vitamin A with Retinyl Palmitate here on their website

The people over at cloud want to give you a chance to win a sample of Cloud Vitamin A and a Cloud beach mat.   Enter to win below.  *Open to residents of Canada * 

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Disclaimer:  I receive products free for review from time to time.  I will only promote products that I like and enjoy using myself and feel that my readers may enjoy.  All views expressed are my own. 

 
 
 

 

The Un-Pinnables : Life with kids under 5

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I was sitting on my computer chatting on the phone with my friend Allison from Seaside Home Accents.  We were  perusing Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter,  chatting about all of the beautiful pictures that people are sharing.   Oh how I wish that my house would look like that.   Its a fact,  life with kids is very rewarding but also challenging.   To get one great picture you take about 10 bad ones.  Your house well … doesn’t look like a cover of a magazine , and if you get dressed up to go out ,your lucky if you don’t have food stuck to your butt.    This is where the Un-Pinnables comes in.   Take a peak into my world, the real harsh truth.   I call it the Un-Pinnables.

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Selfie gone wrong

 

For my sons birthday, it looks like a pile of tires right?
For my sons birthday, it looks like a pile of tires right?
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Getting crafty , yes these are easter eggs :/
Getting crafty , yes these are easter eggs :/
No my child is not a vampire, its red frosting from a cake
No my child is not a vampire, its red frosting from a cake

 

Falling asleep in the oddest positions
Falling asleep in the oddest positions
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Breastfeeding under cover
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Angry Bird Decor

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Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberry Shortcake,  A classic dessert that not only tastes delicious but is oh so easy to make.  I made this the other day for my fathers birthday and thought I would share my recipe.   Let me know your thoughts!

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 Strawberry Shortcake

 

Ingredients:

Shortcake 

  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2/3 to 3/4  cup of  heavy cream

Topping 

  • 1 cup Strawberries  sliced
  • 3 tsp sugar

Whip Cream 

  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar

 

Directions :

1. Preheat oven to 350.    In a small bowl combine sliced strawberries and sugar place in refrigerator.

2. In a large bowl mix flour , 1/4 sugar, and baking powder.    Cut in butter with a pastry cutter.   Stir in cream, vanilla  and egg.   Turn pastry onto lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two.  (Or as I did,  you can just knead it in the bowl ;)  )    Press into 1 inch thick pan and cut into squares.

3. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden.   Remove and cool.

4. Using a mixer beat heavy cream, vanilla and sugar until soft peaks form.

5.  Layer strawberries on top of pastry, top with whip cream and then enjoy!

 

 

Saucy Saturdays : An Evening out & Feeling Pink

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I had the pleasure of attending an event thrown by Westcoast Creative Co. a couple of weeks ago.  An evening of painting at 4 Cats Art Studio in Kerrisdale,  eating some delicious appies from Milestones Robson and having some amazing beverages from Haywire wine.    It was a fantastic evening with some great women.

 

1sewcreative Photos courtesy of Lindsay Faber Photography 

There were some fantastic goodies at the event that we got to take home

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a big thank you to the following sponsors who gave us some fantastic items

 

Not only did I come away with some great memories ,I had the opportunity to find a new favourite wine.   Hence the Pink theme for this weeks Saucy Saturdays.    Here are some of my favourite cocktails and wine that just tickle me pink ;)

 

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 Haywire Gamay Noir Rosé 2011

Crisp and light with citrus , watermelon and raspberry notes.  Priced at $20 a bottle and  perfect for a hot summer day. Need I say more!

 

Malibu Barbie

  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz malibu rum
  • pineapple juice
  • splash of cranberry
  • squeeze of lime

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice.   Strain and serve in a martini glass

Cosmopolitan 

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz Cranberry juice
  •  squeeze of Lime

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain and serve in a martini glass

 

 

What are your favourite cocktails??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Maple Bacon Breakfast Bites

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    One of my favourite breakfasts has always been pancakes slathered with butter and maple syrup.   And its even better when there is bacon on the side.    Well what about all of that in one bite?   These breakfast bites are full of all of your favourite ingredients.   Prep them the night before for an easy breakfast.   Just heat them up and enjoy. 

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  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup  unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  •  1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 lb bacon cut into  cubes  (thick bacon works best)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook bacon cubes until crispy transfer to a paper towel and let cool.

Combine Flour, sugar, baking soda  and baking powder mix well.    Add butter cubes and cut into the dry ingredients until its into pea size pieces with either a fork or pastry cutter.

Add Eggs, milk , vanilla, and maple syrup.   Mix with flour mixture.   Stir in bacon cubes.

Pour into lined muffin tins and bake for 40 mins or until done.

 

**Note** if you like things a bit less sweet omit the sugar.

The Ultimate Comfort Food : Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding

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 Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding with Baileys Cream Sauce

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When I think of comfort food the first thing I think of is bread pudding.   A while back a friend and I went out for dinner and we had this amazing bread pudding for dessert.   It was a strawberry banana bread pudding and since that day I have not been able to get it out of my head.   So like any good food blogger I thought I would try to recreate it or something like it.   And I must say I have impressed myself with this one.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Ingredients:

Bread Pudding

  • 1 Loaf of French Bread cubed
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

 

Baileys cream sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup baileys
  • 2 tbs flour

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 – 375.  Grease large baking dish.  Place bread , bananas and strawberries in dish.   Combine  eggs , milk , sugar, 2 tbsp butter , cinnamon and vanilla and pour over bread mixture.   Cover with foil and bake for 45 mins, uncover and bake for another 15- 20 minutes or until its browned and set.    Let sit for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile in a small pot melt 1/2 butter on low , add sugar,  stir until combined.  Add cream , baileys and flour.  Whisk until there are no lumps and simmer for 5 mins.

Serve bread pudding with warmed sauce.   Enjoy!