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Bourbon Old Fashioned Brownies

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Oh, hi! It’s me. I made these brownies, but I made them for myself. Like, not for me to eat by myself, but for me because I wanted to make them. And then I wanted to take a picture. And then I wanted put them up here for friends and strangers to see— strangers who probably got lost in a brownie recipe internet rabbit hole (Like we all do)! And that hasn’t happened in a while…

Blog posts started to feel like a chore, which was the exact opposite of what they were supposed to be. I made the blog to be an outlet to share my love for food and baking. It was supposed to be fun and challenging — to improve my writing and photography and make better, more inventive recipes.

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Mini Matcha Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves

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First of all, let me apologize for the tongue-twister titling this post. It doesn’t roll off the tongue but it does do all the explaining for me. I made mini matcha meyer lemon poppy seed loaves — because why not? Well, actually I can list the reasons why I made them.

  1. Citrus season is ending and I haven’t made anything with a meyer lemon
  2. I had a citrus green tea latte the other day (my first ever GTL, I know, I know, I know)
  3. You guys haven’t seen my cute mini loaf pan
  4. Spring is coming!!!
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Blood Orange Valentine Chocolate Éclairs

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Let me start off by saying I am not a Valentine’s Day person. However, I really couldn’t resist tying in Valentine’s day with these pastries given the timing, the chocolate and the subtle touch of pink. These éclairs are a bit fussy. Once all the bells and whistles are complete I think I went through eight bowls and saucepans. But you can consider these very special I’m-sorry-I-love-you éclairs. It has been a while after all.

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Chai Maple Madeleines

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Did you just sing that in your head? I did. Truly, this is a happy season for me, if not a busy, crazy, hectic one. I think it’s for the fact that on top of all the extra tasks that need to be done around Christmas, I’m trying to fit in my favourite leisure activities. How backward does that sound? I’ve been rushing to be prepared for the season so that I can enjoy the season. Get all my shopping, wrapping, and organizing done just so I can enjoy a day watching a Christmas specials.

Baking definitely winds up being an activity that whilst I enjoy (duh!), there is extra pressure to be productive at Christmas time. Parties and potlucks and gifting! There are also some pretty amazing recipes and content that go up on the internet this time of year. Sprinkle Bakes is putting up a giftable recipe every single day up to Christmas! So you should go check that out, especially if you have that friend that is great at DIY gifts and expects to receive a handmade gift in return. I want to make all of them!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Time flies. Admitting it doesn’t help either. It just makes me feel like one of the adults I used to loathe as a child who would say “Where has the year gone? It flew by!” And I would be thinking “What are you talking about? I’ve been waiting for Christmas forever!” Nowadays, the sands of time slip through my hands faster than I can bake a cheesecake.

How was your Canadian Thanksgiving? How long was your nap? How were your hot turkey sandwiches this week? I was working Thanksgiving— #nurselife— and if you’re thinking that I made this cheesecake in time for thanksgiving, and only the post is late, you would be wrong. But I couldn’t let a thanksgiving go by completely without making this ultimate bit of nostalgia. Better late than never right?

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Buttery Oatcakes


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“Oh my god! What the (expletive) is this?!” In the best way possible, that was my reaction the first time I bit into one of these oatcakes. Several months ago, a friend of mine sent me home with a couple homemade oatcakes — an east coast thing, apparently. Sweet, I love getting baked goods even when I’m not sure what it is. The next day with tea, I was drop-jawed at how  I had never heard of an oatcake before and how good they were! Oatcakes should be an everywhere thing!

I immediately messaged her saying have to have the recipe. And there it was: 1 lb of butter. Ok, oatcakes, I see how you do. You flaunt yourself as a healthy fibre-filled biscuit but really you’re held together with copious amounts of butter. It’s ok, it’s cool. I can’t stay mad at you.

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Peanut Butter Jelly Blondies

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August has been the month where I get back in touch with the side of myself that runs. My relationship with running is a complicated one. I don’t love running. I don’t like scampering through the streets with my earbuds flying everywhere. I really hate the never-ending blisters. What I do like is the results. I love the feeling of accomplishment. I like feeling like I could run from stranger danger if I had to.

Have I been forcing myself to run by choice? Not really. Historically it seems that the only thing that motivates me to go for a run is a goal. Right now it is the goal to not have my lungs on fire come Halloween when I run my first ever half marathon. I signed up for this race with the encouragement of a friend. Only later did I realize the course is in a hilly park. Like HILLLLLY. So yea, I’m scared.

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Salted Lime and Cracked Black Pepper Cookies

Are these cookies weird? In a word: yes. But let’s not let the stigma of the word weird give you the wrong impression. These cookies are tasty. If you like salty-sweet, this recipe is up your alley.

I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn’t weird at all and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird.

Paul McCartney

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Cantaloupe Sorbet with St. Germain

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Can I admit something? It’s kind of geeky. I have this thing with Australian reality TV shows. Did you know there is an Australian version of almost everything? Shark Tank, The Amazing Race, So You Think You Can Dance. Basically, if you’re having withdrawals from the end of a season, there’s an Australian version airing right now. You know, being upside down in the Southern hemisphere and all.

I type this as I binge on three episodes of Masterchef Australia. Best. Cooking show. Ever. It’s not like regular Masterchef at all. First of all, they air five episodes a week. Five episodes a week! It’s a TV marathoner’s dream.

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S’mores Macarons

Summer in the city is in full swing. Since moving to Toronto eighteen months ago, I have come to look forward to the multitude of events going on during the season. The food, beer, and music festivals — you can’t possibly do everything! It’s overwhelming. Where can you recharge?

The answer is — I believe — out of the city. Just get out. Go anywhere where you can find pine trees, a lake, chirping birds, fire pits, sleeping bags, and dare I say… mosquitos. I am sorry, if you’re not a cottage goer or a camper, this post isn’t for you. And as a former girl guide, I’d like to inform you that you’re missing out on life.

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