Ribbons of cinnamon! Oh how I love thee, cinnamon!
There’s a lot of cinnamon in this loaf – the more the better, in my opinion! Cinnamony batter is layered with generous sprinkles of cinnamon sugar, creating visible “ribbons” of cinnamon flavour explosions throughout the loaf.
In Nordic countries, rice pudding is a popular breakfast. With all their cold, dark winters, those tough Nordic people really know their cozy breakfasts!
It’s been a slog getting through the last of Winter here (wait a minute, it’s supposed to be “Spring” now, isn’t it?!) – we’ve had endless days of non-stop rain. The sun shone one day last week and I felt like a brand new person! I’m hoping this Breakfast Rice Pudding with Quick Almond Granola will help get me through…
Are you team pancakes or team waffles?
Normally I’m team waffles. But these buttermilk pancakes are so light, fluffy, and smothered in the sweetest sticky triple berry drizzle that I may just change my mind…
Did you know that the term “flat as a pancake” has been around since 1611? (I hope you never had that terrible phrase directed at you!) Even our stone age ancestors were eating pancakes. It’s true.
Where’s the heart-eyes emoji when you need it?! Are these heart-shaped Strawberry Breakfast Pastries not the cutest thing ever??
It’s just over a week until Valentine’s Day and I love any excuse to celebrate love! (And with the world in the crazy state that it is, we could all use a little more love.)
J and I don’t make a fuss for Valentine’s Day, but we do always make a delicious dinner together and pop open a nice bottle of wine. I also love to make a heart-shaped celebratory breakfast. Last year I made heart-shaped Lemon Ricotta pancakes, and this year, we’re having these heart-shaped Strawberry Breakfast Pastries.
Toast. It’s super trendy, isn’t it?
But there’s honestly nothing better than a slice of golden, crispy, toast slathered with your topping of choice. The bread is just the vehicle for all kinds of tasty toppings, amiright?! I am a BIG toast fan.
The great thing about toast is that it’s super versatile and simple to make. Today I whipped up a quick breakfast of Roasted Cherry and Goat Cheese Toast.
For many years, J and I have subscribed to a CSA box from a local farm. Each week throughout the summer we’ve received delicious fresh veggies – always a surprise, and always so fun to find recipes to use them.
This summer, we decided not to subscribe to our beloved CSA box, since we will be on honeymoon for a good chunk of the summer. We decided to put more effort into our rooftop veggie garden, and created a serious planting schedule that would keep us in constant supply of lettuce and salad greens, carrots, beets, snap peas, etc. It’s been working great! Although I do miss the vegetable surprises that keep my meal planning on its toes!
The one thing that I always wished our CSA box had was fruit. So this summer, when I found a fruit ordering service that delivered stone fruits from the Okanagan region, I was thrilled! (Thanks sis-in-law!) I signed up in a heartbeat.
Which leads me to the reason as to why I found myself buried in 10 lbs of apricots. Happily buried, I might add. 😉
We’ve been eating apricots with our oatmeal, apricot crisp, apricot galettes, apricot muffins – and then, to finish off the box of apricots (and to make way for my next delivery of 10 lbs of nectarines!), I decided to make jam. But not any old apricot jam – Apricot Lavender Jam.
81 days until our wedding!
J and I just got back from a weekend away finishing the last wedding planning details – we are getting married in the Okanagan – a 4 hour drive away from where we live, so we wont be going up again until it’s time to get hitched! I had my hair trial appointment, we scouted a rehearsal dinner venue, and bought all of the wine we’ll serve. Mmmm… Okanagan wine…
Needless to say, we spent many hours in the car this weekend, and whenever we are on a road trip there’s always one must have – snacks. J’s non-negotiable car snack are Wine Gum candies, but I like to be a bit healthier and usually pack a bag of mixed nuts and whatever baked goods we have on hand. I stashed a few of these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins in my purse and kept the hangriness away.
There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of nowhere and not being able to get a snack. Or having to pee.
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Overnight Oats. They’re simple, quick, and filling.
But there are just some days when I’m not into eating cold oats. I’d way rather dive into a bowl of creamy, toasty warm oatmeal that is bursting with tropical coconut flavour.
I love coconut – and this Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal has triple coconut flavour – coconut flakes, coconut milk, and a dot of coconut oil. Top your oatmeal with diced mango and you’ve got Hawaii in a bowl… (Mangos aren’t safe in my house because I eat them as soon as I possibly can, so I topped my bowl of baked oatmeal with sliced strawberries and more coconut.)
No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Squares!
Well that title is a mouthful. 😉
These little beauties are one of the easiest recipes on this site – they require one bowl (it’s actually a pot) and no baking. Just melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over the stove, mix in all the rest of the ingredients, scoop it into a pan, shove it in the fridge – and you’re good!
SO YUMMY IN MY TUMMY.
I normally make regular ol’ Cinnamon Rolls, but this time I decided to put a Valentine’s Day spin on my go-to recipe and use strawberry jam as the filling – because all things pink and red are Valentine’s Day festive, right?!
These Strawberry Sticky Buns are like soft fluffy pillows rolled together with gooey strawberry jam, and then drizzled with a tangy lemon glaze.
It’s February! Can you believe it? The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on!
Over the next couple of weeks I will share some of my favourite Valentine’s Day-inspired breakfasts – because Valentine’s breakfast is way better than Valentine’s dinner, amiright?! Maybe I’m biased, but I’ll take a homemade breakfast in bed over going out for dinner any day. Serve these Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes to your sweetie with a mug of steaming coffee and watch their face light up with joy.
Soft, cinnamony, French Toast in the cutest bite-size form are sprinkled with chewy raisins and drizzled with a sweet and crunchy brown sugar cinnamon topping: it’s Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bites! It’s French Toast To-Go!
…Is there nothing better than taking French Toast to-go? I think not. (And for real, I did take two of these Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bites to work and ate them from tupperware at my desk yesterday. Not fancy, but so fun and portable!)
Okay, I have to be honest with you and tell you that I was never allowed to eat Pop Tarts as a kid. “Too much sugar!” my mom would say, shaking her head. I also wasn’t allowed sugary cereals for breakfast – if sugar was the first ingredient in the ingredients list, it was banned from my childhood breakfast table. (Way to go, mom! My adult self thanks you!)
Now that I’m an adult (how did that happen?!) I shop for my own groceries and can buy breakfast pastries galore – but considering that Pop Tarts have 456,264,196 unpronounceable ingredients in them, I’d rather make my own!
Okay. Confession time. I hardly ever make pancakes for breakfast. Whenever I’m craving a sweet breakfast, we always make our family-favourite Fluffiest Waffles. Because they’re just so darn fluffy and delicious!
But, sometimes you gotta break out of your box. And pancakes deserve some love too! Especially because pancakes are so easily stuffed with deliciousness like shaved almonds and sweet tart cranberries, which really ups the yum factor.
Raise your hand if you love eggnog.
Raise your hand if you love waffles.
We love both in this house – and as if we need an excuse to drink more eggnog – I swapped out the milk for eggnog in my go-to fluffy waffle recipe that we adore.
This waffle recipe is like a family secret. It’s been passed down through generations – from Js’ parents to J, and now we’ll pass it down again. There’s a reason why we don’t ever make any other waffle recipe – these waffles are the fluffiest, lightest, most delicious breakfast waffle ever.
I will admit to not knowing what Apple Butter was until approx 3.5 weeks ago when J went across the border to Murrica (ahem – the USA) and brought me back Pumpkin Butter from Trader Joe’s. J loves to bring me back food treats when he goes to the US (what a good fiance!) – usually it’s huge blocks of cheese, but this time – PUMPKIN BUTTER FOR THE WIN.
Anyway. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter is amazing, and you should buy it if you haven’t already. It inspired me to create my own “butter” – but pumpkin sounded too tricky, so here we are with Spiced Apple Butter.
Bourbon for breakfast?!
Yes, I will, thank you! I promise that bourbon banana bread won’t make you drunk before noon, but the added bourbon imparts a wonderful subtle butterscotch flavour, recreating a classic recipe for the autumn season.