It’s the beginning of berry season! Oh how lovely it is to swap out my bags of frozen berries for fresh berries.
To celebrate berry season, I’ve made my favourite banana bread and stuffed it full of fresh strawberries and blueberries. This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with my secret ingredient (pssst – sour cream!!), and each mouthful is bursting with berries.
To be fair, it’s not berry season in my backyard yet – for that, we’ve got another month or two to go – and by “backyard” I mean my potted veggie garden on my rooftop deck 😉 . It’s been an unseasonably cool Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, so my strawberry and raspberry plants only have buds so far!
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.
Have you ever stopped to consider how many perfect pairings there are with peanut butter?
- Peanut butter and banana
- Peanut butter and chocolate
- Peanut butter and jam
- Peanut butter and honey
- Peanut butter and celery and raisins
Peanut butter, you poly-amorous little minx! 😉
Let’s consider the first perfect pairing: peanut butter and banana. Peanut butter is one of my absolute Favourite Foods. Right up there with avocados, chocolate chips, and pie. I like to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the jar. You too?
Then you’ll definitely be with me in loving this Peanut Butter Banana Bread.
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.
I’m back on the blog! And all of a sudden it’s October!!
Lots has happened in this month hiatus I took from the blog (and thank you for your patience as I disappeared) – I got married and then went to Europe on honeymoon! That’s right, I’m a wife!
Stay with me as I digress from speaking about these Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins for a moment…
These Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Muffins have pockets of bursty sweet blueberries enclosed in a moist, lemony fresh muffin.
Do you know one of my favourite things about summer? THE FRUIT.
I have a summer fruit addiction. I could consume my weight in fruit every day. My happiest moment this past week was finding a company who will ship me fresh stone fruits from the Okanagan (best fruit growing region out here on the west coast) straight to my door – today I received 10lbs of apricots! Mmmmm… now to decide what to do with them all.
I also just bought a giant box of blueberries from the market last weekend and have been devouring them all week – truly, there are only a handful left. I knew I had to whip up some blueberry muffins – because there’s nothing better than pockets of bursty sweet blueberries enclosed in a moist, lemony fresh muffin.