Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Summer here in southern BC is a veritable cornucopia of fresh, ripe berries of all kinds. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries – all are plump and sweet from the summer sun. This Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is easy to whip together and highlights the best of our summer fruit.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Cake: it's what's for breakfast. Yep, you heard me.

Since summer has arrived in full force, I’ve been a busy bee; buzzing from one activity to the next. As a result, my garden has been — shall we say — gently neglected. Oh who am I kidding? It is overgrown on the west side with blackberries. 10-foot tall raspberry canes as thick as a baby’s arm, with razor-sharp thorns just waiting to bleed any unsuspecting passers-by. The up side? The branches are so heavy with giant, glossy berries, they are practically laying on the ground. We love berries of all kinds, and this is my absolutely favourite coffee cake to make with fresh berries. Any berry will do – use whatever you have.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Prepare to inhale several slices of this raspberry goodness.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Very Dog-tastic Birthday Cake

A Very Dog-Tastic Birthday Cake

My sweet little boy turned one on Sunday! Yes, you are correct in assuming my sweet little boy is actually a big, drooling, furry, dog!

Here's Cooper when he was a wee pup:
Cooper as a wee puppy
Cooper as a wee puppy; only 6 weeks old.
As I am always making cakes for everyone in the family, I wanted to make one for Cooper. It had to be special; quality, dog-tummy-friendly ingredients, and still look somewhat birthday cake-ish. I think I was successful!
Birthday Cake for a Dog
What's in a dog-tastic cake? Wild salmon, brown rice, free range egg, mashed potatoes, and greek yogurt. Drooling yet?
Coming up with ingredients wasn't that difficult. I pictured a meatloaf-type construction and went from there. I used canned wild salmon and mixed it with some cooked brown rice for a binder. Then I mixed in a free range egg. I divided the mixture into two 4" springform pans and baked them until set. The mashed potatoes are simply instant mashed (perfect for a frosting texture!) mixed with greek yogurt.
Birthday cake for a dog
Oh please can I just eat it right now? Hurry and take the photo already!
I think he liked it.

Birthday Cake for a dog
Sluuuuurrrrpppp!

Want to make one for your pooch? Click through for the recipe...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Frozen Cocktail Pops

Frozen Cocktail Pops

Deliciously boozy cocktail pops will cool you off in no time

When the weather heats up and summer is in full swing, get ready to grab one of these icy, grown-up treats to cool down.
We tested 3 flavours: Coconut Cream Limoncello, Tequila Sunrise, and Gin + Tonic

Ah, summer! I'm a fan, for sure. I love lazing around in my backyard, pretending it's a tropical resort. You can bet I'll be lounging in my oversized sunglasses and maxi dress, clutching a colourful cocktail. And when the temperature rises, a frozen cocktail cools me off perfectly. The fact that it's on a stick is beautifully effortless. 

Frozen pop molds come in all shapes and sizes. The mold I use makes ten pops, using about three cups of liquid. These recipes have been designed to fill my mold; you may need to adjust the amounts to fill your mold. If you have liquid leftover, well consider that your bonus cocktail! Your mold may also have its own sticks, saving you from purchasing extra.

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