The Best Basic Yellow Cupcake

The Best Basic Yellow Cupcake 

My sons 7th birthday was a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to do something nice for his classmates at school and to help him celebrate his birthday with them.  I decided on making cupcakes for them all to enjoy.   I decided on my basic yellow cupcake recipe as I wasn’t too sure of allergies in the classroom.    These cupcakes are delicious , moist and so simple to make.  I did a little extra with them and made some fondant decorate them with you can find that recipe here.    And this is the final product.   Recipe is below :) 

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The Best Basic Yellow Cupcake
Simple and delicious.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  2. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  3. 3 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 cup butter softened
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  8. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients in bowl
  2. Add butter , milk , and vanilla mix ingredients well ( about 1- 2 min)
  3. Add eggs and mix for another minute until all combined then beat for another minute.
  4. Once all combined well pour batter into cupcake tins and bake at 350 for about 25- 30 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cupcakes come out clean.
  5. Cool 10 mins and remove from pan. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Frost if desired.
Notes
  1. Experiment with different extracts to change up the flavour
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No Churn Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream

No Churn Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream 

 

Looking for a way to beat the heat? Love ice cream but don’t have an ice cream maker?  If you answered yes to any of these questions do I have the answer for you.   Delicious and easy. My boys loved it and it was so simple to make.  Hope you enjoy it as much as they did. 

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No Churn Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream
No ice cream maker no problem. Simple and delicious
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Ingredients
  1. 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk ( 1 1/4 can )
  2. 2 cups of heavy cream
  3. 1 vanilla bean
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 cup Hersheys chocolate sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine condensed milk, vanilla bean, vanilla mix together. In a large bowl beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Slowly fold heavy cream into the condensed milk mixture. Fold in chocolate sauce. Put in a loaf pan or tupperwear container and freeze for approximately 6 hours ( keeps for 1 week)
Notes
  1. Don't feel like chocolate add some caramel , strawberry or even some bits of pineapple the possibilitys are endless!
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Coconut Chocolate Cake

Coconut Chocolate Cake

The other night i had an insatiable hankering for chocolate cake.    I didn’t have anything on hand that i could just nibble on so like any rational person I decided heck I’ll bake a chocolate cake.  And the result was DEVINE.  Seriously,  I kid you not. Hope you like it as much as I did.  

 

 

Coconut Chocolate Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  3. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  9. 1 cup buttermilk
  10. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ( or coconut flavouring)
  12. 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  13. Chocolate Ganache
  14. 9 oz chocolate
  15. 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans
  3. In large bowl combine flour, coconut, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Mix in eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.
  5. Beat for aprox 2 mins Pour into prepared pans.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  7. Chocolate Ganache
  8. Place the chocolate into a medium bowl.
  9. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil.
  10. When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth.
  11. Allow the ganache to cool a bit before using as a glaze for the cake. The longer the ganache cools the thicker it will get and can even be whipped.
Notes
  1. If you don't have buttermilk substitute
  2. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.
  3. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line and let stand for five minutes.
Adapted from Black Magic Cake
Adapted from Black Magic Cake
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The Nutritional Facts Table #FocusontheFacts

#FocusontheFacts

Every now and then the boys and I get the opportunity to attend events where we can learn new things while having a ton of fun.   We were fortunate enough to get that chance  at a local Save-On-Foods to learn all about Canada’s Nutritional Food Table.

As we all know In today’s fast paced world, it can be difficult to know where to start when choosing food for your household. This is where the NFT comes in.  We were shown the three key sections of the Food Table and how easy they are to use.

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Serving Size: Start with Serving Size. Information in the NFt is based on this quantity of food. If you eat a different amount than the Serving Size, you will need to adjust the numbers in the NFt. Check to see if the Serving Sizes are similar when comparing packaged food.

Percent Daily Value: Use % DV to see if a Serving Size has a little or a lot of a nutrient. Use % DV to compare packaged food.

Nutrient: 5% DV or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot. Choose packaged food that has more of the nutrients you want, like fibre and calcium, and less of those you don’t, like saturated and trans fats and sodium.

We learnt that you start with the Serving Size and then look at the % DV to choose the nutrients you want a lot or a little of and make the right choice for your family.     Easy right? 

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To put our new-found information to use we were put in teams and let loose at Save-On-Food.  #FocusontheFacts through the isles we went and grabbed some products that we could compare and see what the NFT would tell us about our choices.  

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 It was a great learning for us all that some of our favourite packaged foods may not be the “best” choice we could be making and that there were alternatives readily available with more of the nutrients that we want in our diet.   

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When i asked N (my little detective)  what he learnt from the experience he said “That some foods are more nutritious than others and that it was easy to check”    I would say Mission Accomplished.   

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You can learn more HERE about the Nutritional Food Table.  Test your knowledge daily for your chance to win a $300 grocery gift card at www.FocusontheFacts.ca

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Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding

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Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding with Baileys Cream Sauce

When I think of comfort food the first thing I think of is bread pudding.   A long 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.

Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding
Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding with a fabulous Baileys Cream Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. Bread Pudding
  2. 1 Loaf of French Bread cubed
  3. 2 tbsp melted butter
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1 3/4 cup milk
  6. 3/4 cup sugar
  7. 2 bananas sliced
  8. 1 cup sliced strawberries
  9. 2 tablespoons vanilla
  10. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  11. Baileys cream sauce
  12. 1/2 cup sugar
  13. 1/2 cup butter
  14. 1/2 cup cream
  15. 1/4 – 1/2 cup baileys
  16. 2 tbs flour
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve bread pudding with warmed sauce. Enjoy!
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Back to School with Netflix

Doesn’t it seem as though summer had just begun?  Well before we know it we will taking our children to the first day of school.  We all want our children to be successful at school, to have fun , make friends and get the most out of what they are taught during their days there.   Instead of sitting your kids down for a first day pep talk, let their favourite characters do the talking. You’d be surprised how many of their favourite shows and movies touch on important lessons that can’t be taught inside the classroom and give them confidence to be their best selves.

I am so fortunate to be a part of the Netflix #streamteam and this month there are a few new shows that may help with those first day jitters. 

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Project Mc2

Premiering on Netflix Aug. 7, but you can get a first look here. Project Mc2 features four supercool fierce teen spies who show how girls can use science smarts and math problem-solving to save the world – and look cool doing it, without sacrificing their individuality. Total #SmartGirl inspo.

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DinoTrux

DinoTrux has more than meets the tire, er, eye – these prehistoric hybrid dinosaur-construction vehicles team-up to work together using their different skills to solve problems. Even the most uncommon of pairs, like Ty-Rux and Revvit, form friendships of a lifetime. The show premieres Aug. 14, only on Netflix.

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Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland

Good? Evil? Your actions, behaviours and friends are your choice! The offspring of favourite fairytale characters in Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland (8/14) show kids that their stories are their own to write – this time at Wonderland High!

 

GIVEAWAY TIME

I am happy to announce that I have a fantastic giveaway for you all. One lucky reader will win the entire set (4) of Project Mc2 dolls with their experiments. valued at $120.  

Project Mc² was created to inspire girls to engage in S.T.E.A.M.-based activities and spy storytelling to prove that Smart Is The New Cool™. Each of the four core characters featured in the franchise; McKeyla McAlister, Adrienne Attoms, Bryden Bandweth and Camryn Coyle, have a love of all things science and tech and express their interests using everyday experiences to show that S.T.E.A.M. is all around us.

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Taking girl empowerment to the next level, the dolls were designed to represent real girls. Each character has a unique cultural backstory, face sculpt and is engineered to stand at a different height. Further, the dolls feature premium hair, glass eyes and rooted eye lashes to help deliver a natural and realistic aesthetic.  Each character also sports a unique fashion style aligned to her personality, reflective of on trend apparel and accessories that girls love, with no detail spared.

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Dressing for your Body Type

 Dressing for your Body Type

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 Dressing for your Body Type

 

After working so hard watching what you eat and exercising daily you find yourself with nothing to wear.   Well, personally that is how I would like to see it.   I have recently started shopping for some new clothes to spruce up my wardrobe.   Now, if you are like me and have no idea what type of clothes suit my body shape these tips may just change your life or your closet.

There are 4 Main Body Types 

The Circle or The Apple

The Triangle or The Pear

The Hourglass

The Rectangle

 

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Circle

You may have:

  • full abdominal area
  • good legs
  • rounded shoulders and higher waist
  • average or larger bust

General Rules for this body type

  • Wear patterns on top half of your outfit or the bottom half below the hip line. Avoid patterns in your midsection.
  • Clothes that have ruching in torso create flattering definition for your figure
  • All skirts should be below knee length or just above the knee at the shortest , A line skirts look great on your body type ( skirts and dresses are a great way to bring attention to those fantastic legs)
  • Keep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted,  avoid unnecessary bulk around the chest, waist and tummy
  • Your jackets should be on the long side, never ending at waist level. Make sure they come down to your hips  creating a long, lean line  over your waist and tummy.

Triangle

you may have:

  •  narrower shoulders than hips
  • clear defined waist
  • shapely legs
  • full hips and possibly thighs
  • small upper body

General rules for this body type

  •  you want to balance the top half of your body with the lower half . You can do this by wearing clothes that make your shoulders look broader.
  • wear fitted styles that accentuate your waistline. ( For skirts and dresses, try a classic A-line cut.  Choose empire or wrap dresses.)
  • Find dark and wide leg pants, this slims the thighs as well as creates a longer and slimmer silhouettes.  Try them with heels to lengthen your legs.
  • A structured jacket plays up the shoulders, which evens out the lower body’s proportions.
  • draw attention to the upper half of your body with fun colours , prints and details around the neckline ensuring that your tops do not end at the hips
  • Whatever you wear at  the bottom should be more tailored and fitted

 Hourglass

You may have:

  • Rounded bottom and hips
  • A defined waistline and equally balanced top and bottom
  • Full bust
  • Larger thighs

General Rules for this body type are:

  • Bring attention to your shoulders and neckline, Opt for fitted shirts with lower and wider necklines like scoop, square or sweetheart.
  • Follow your body line.  defining your waist, enhancing your bust and highlighting your hips and bottom
  • Skirts are great that end just around the knee , pencil skirts are quite flattering with an hourglass figure
  • Dresses need to be fitted, not loose and flowing.
  • adding a belt accentuates your small waist

Rectangle

You may have :

  • a small or average bust
  • hips the same width as shoulders
  • no defined waist
  • flat hips and bottom

General Rules for this body type are:

  •   shift dresses and empire line dresses work well
  • wear unstructured jackets that gently shape the waist
  •  to give the illusion of a waist Accessorize with belts
  • slightly flared trousers will add more shape to your body. Low to mid waited pants are best.
  • choose tops with details such as pockets , rushes and pleating or halter tops to create the illusion of a larger bust

 

Hope that some of these tips help!

 

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