Peanut Butter and Jam Stovetop Oatmeal

Peanut Butter and Jam Stovetop Oatmeal will bring you child-like glee! Delicious PB&J taste in the adult vehicle of an oatmeal bowl.

Last week I waxed on about the perfect pairing of peanut butter and banana. Now let’s obsess about peanut butter’s other match made in heaven: JAM.

Peanut butter and jam is a classic pairing. PB&J sandwiches have been stuffed into kids lunch boxes since the beginning of time. It’s one of those classic combinations that is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, creamy, with a hint of peanutty crunch, and is just overall YUMS.

Peanut butter and jam isn’t just a great sandwich – it makes a fun oatmeal! Like eating a sandwich with a spoon! …Is that weird?

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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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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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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.

STICKY BUNS.

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. 

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