Spiced Pear Crumble Cake

Spiced Pear Crumble Cake is packed with juicy pear, warm cinnamon, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping.

Only 4 sleeps until Christmas!

We’ve had our first light dusting of snow here, and everything looks so festive and lovely! There’s a bit more snow in the forecast and I have my fingers crossed tightly so we might have a white Christmas!

I’ve finished work for the year and now can really focus on soaking up the holidays, spend time with family, and read a few books. There’s really nothing better than lazy days spent relaxing by the Christmas tree, listening to my favourite Dean Martin carols.

If you’re still in need of a sweet addition to your Christmas brunch menu – or to your holiday dessert table – this Spiced Pear Crumble Cake would be welcome!

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Chocolate Dutch Baby Pancake

Chocolate dutch baby pancake is the perfect little breakfast treat when eaten with fresh berries, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Dutch. baby. Might go down as the weirdest name for a pancake EVER.

Despite its odd name, the dutch baby is a pretty little puffed pancake that bakes entirely in the oven. It should really be called the lazy pancake because there is no flipping required – the batter is poured into a cast iron pan, cooked in the oven until it’s impressively puffed, and then cut up like a pizza to serve.

(Are you converted yet?!)

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Breakfast Rice Pudding with Quick Almond Granola

Breakfast Rice Pudding is a lovely alternative to stovetop oatmeal - and is so hygge!

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…

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Triple Berry Sauce

Buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy, and smothered in a sticky sweet triple berry drizzle. | breakfast for dinner

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.

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Strawberry Breakfast Pastries

Strawberry Breakfast Pastries quickly come together with just five ingredients - surprise your love with Valentine's Day breakfast in bed!

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.

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Blueberry Brunch Cake

 Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!

Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!

I have a couple of friends in my life whom I have known since I was 8 years old. We grew up together attending the same elementary school and living blocks away from each other. We went from kids who loved playing “house” to teenagers who were obsessed with clothes and boys.

As high school hit, our paths diverged as we went to different schools and found new friendships, but we all kept tabs on each other; there always seemed to be one common friend who kept in touch with all of us.

And as we left high school and started college and university and jobs, we reunited in various ways and at various times, and, as young adults with semi-serious boyfriends, living in our first apartments, studying toward degrees, working part-time jobs, we all became friends again.

Fast forward ten years and we are now in stable jobs, working on a Masters degree, married, homeowners, living in different cities, and/or with kids in tow – all of us in very different phases of life.

We met up last weekend, driving out of town to our homeowner friend’s home, where she welcomed us with a roaring fireplace and homemade baking.

And even though we hadn’t seen each other since my wedding last August and for many months prior to that, we fell back into a comfortable rhythm, laughing and sharing together.

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Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake

Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake is perfect for Christmas morning brunch - make it the night before!

Who’s getting excited about Christmas???

*Both hands up!*

Okay. I am really excited. It snowed here for the first time yesterday – and although I am from the great white north (aka Canada), I live in the mild, rainy city of Vancouver, and we have not had snow like this in 3 years! Exciting times, people!!! If there’s one thing to get you in the Christmas spirit it’s snow.

All this snow, and all the eggnog I’ve been drinking lately has got me thinking about Christmas breakfast and how much it absolutely stinks to cook on Christmas morning. All I want to do is spend the morning by the fire, beside my family, chatting and unwrapping gifts.

Which means I like to set myself up for success by putting breakfast together the night before so that all I have to do on Christmas morning is shove it in the oven.

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5 Minute Mason Jar French Toast

Who knew you could make French Toast in a mason jar?! In just 5 minutes, you can make cinnamony delicious Mason Jar French Toast! This breakfast is so fun and easy!


Mason Jar French Toast takes just 5 minutes to prepare in the microwave! It’s extremely easy. I might even go so far as to say it’s life changing. 😉

5 Minute Mason Jar French Toast is made for days when you feel a little fancy. It’s for days when you wake up in the morning feeling rested, your hair is having a miraculously good hair day, your latte milk foams perfectly, and you want something a little special for breakfast. But not too special – because it’s still a work day after all. You could scramble some eggs, but you’d rather have something sweet – something normally reserved for the weekend: French Toast!

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Apple Pancake Rings

Apple Pancake Rings are sliced apples dipped in cinnamon pancake batter, and fried on either side just like a regular pancake - but these are healthier!Apple Pancake Rings are sliced apples dipped in cinnamon pancake batter, and fried on either side just like a regular pancake – but these are healthier!

Now that we’ve reached the end of October here in the Pacific Northwest, the days have blurred together in endless shades of grey and drizzle. My rain boots are a constant fixture outside our front door, drying after the end of every day.

I used to dread this dismal season that lasts from October to February. But ever since J proposed to me on a damp, grey day in January, I’ve had second thoughts about rainy days. Rainy days just mean you need to be prepared – you need to put on your rain boots, a rain coat, grab an umbrella and head outside.

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Roasted Cherry and Goat Cheese Toasts

Creamy goat cheese pairs with sweet roasted cherries, and fresh savory thyme - this is one of my favourite summertime breakfasts.

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. 

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Apricot Lavender Jam

The lavender in this Apricot Lavender Jam adds a faint floral note - an unexpected and delightful addition. Recipe yields 2 half-pint jars.

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.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins use 3 bananas for maximum flavour and sour cream to keep them super moist! Treat yo self with chocolate for breakfast! | breakfast for dinner

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.

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Upside-Down Rhubarb Brunch Cake

 Upside-down Rhubarb Brunch Cake has a buttermilk cake base and is topped with tangy rhubarb laced with gooey caramel, which makes this already-moist cake irresistible.

Whenever I think of upside-down cake, I think about the Pineapple Upside-down cake that was popular in the 80s, when I was a kid – a piece of cake topped with an unnaturally bright red maraschino cherry in the middle of a ring of too-sweet canned pineapple.

This is not your typical upside-down cake from the 80s. This Upside-down Rhubarb Brunch Cake is the real deal.

Rhubarb is overflowing from my local farmer’s markets and grocery stores and I’m taking full advantage this year! I’ve already made Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and Mini Banana Rhubarb Muffins – and now I’m baking it into a cake.

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Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal

Creamy, toasty warm oatmeal that is bursting with tropical coconut flavour. | breakfast for dinner

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.)

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Squares

Take your breakfast to go! No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Squares require no baking - just set in the fridge overnight and eat the next morning.

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!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

IT'S RHUBARB SEASON! Rhubarb is such a unique fruit - so tangy and versatile and truly signifies the arrival of Spring. Here I've captured the flavours of Spring in Strawberry Rhubarb Jam.

IT’S RHUBARB SEASON! Rhubarb is such a unique fruit – so tangy and versatile and truly signifies the arrival of Spring. It reminds me of being a kid and playing in my grandma’s back yard where she grew huge rhubarb plants with leaves the size of my entire little body. Of course, as a child, I could care less about her rhubarb plants – I was more intent on picking the sugar snap peas or raspberries or grapes.

In my dreams I would have a yard (hahaha! Having a yard is actually a laughable concept, given that I live in a city where real estate prices are sky high!) full of fruit trees – and would be able to preserve all fruit to enjoy year round. As a kid I used to dream about living on a farm – and still to this day, I can’t say I disagree! As long as the farm has my dream orchard 😉

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Strawberry Sticky Buns

Strawberry Sticky Buns are like soft fluffy pillows rolled together with gooey strawberry jam, and drizzled with a tangy lemon glaze.



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. 

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Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | breakfast for dinner

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.

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Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bites

French Toast Bites are sprinkled with chewy raisins and drizzled with a sweet and crunchy brown sugar cinnamon topping.

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!)

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Homemade Raspberry Pop Tarts

If you love pop tarts, then you will love these Homemade Raspberry Pop Tarts! All the flavor without the fake ingredients! | breakfast for dinner

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!

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Almond Cranberry Whole Wheat Pancakes

Almond Cranberry Whole Wheat Pancakes are made with 100% whole wheat flour and are 100% delicious!

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.

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Spiced Apple Butter

Spread Spiced Apple Butter on your morning toast for a sweet autumn breakfast.

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.

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