You’re a Peach!

Happy long weekend to my Canadian friends and family! It’s been a loooooong time since I posted two blog posts in the same week, let alone a couple days from each other. I feel like I’m on a bit of a roll! 😉

I actually have another recipe that I’m sure you’ll enjoy – Peach Pie!! ❤ Turns out it’s now Matt’s new favourite. It actually pushed his beloved strawberry rhubarb pie aside to second place, and that says a lot! To be honest when I told him I hoped to bake a peach pie with all of the peaches we bought, he eagerly washed, peeled and sliced each one to give me a head start on making it! This pie is SO yummy! I even made the crust (yay me!), which always seems like such a process (ugh!). I was more partial to Tenderflake crust, but after asking around I discovered that a homemade pie shell isn’t actually all that hard. And all this recipe called for is 4 ingredients! You can handle 4 ingredients, right? 😉 I’ll walk you through it. 🙂

Streusel Topped Peach Pie

  • Difficulty: medium
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Peach pie

Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 lbs. (approx. 4 cups of Peaches – halved, pitted, cut into 1/2″ slices & cut in 1/2 crosswise
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Pie Shell:
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, cold
  • 4 Tbsp. water, ice cold
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 3/4 c. flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. butter, cold

Directions

Filling:
1. Make filling by whisking sugar & cornstarch in a large bowl.
2. Add peaches & lemon juice; toss to combine. Set aside.

Crust:
1. Mix together flour and salt in medium sized bowl.
2. Cut in butter with pastry blender (or forks) until mixture is pebble sized crumbs.
3. Add water and blend until mixture pulls together.
4. Roll into ball and place on lightly floured surface.
5. Roll out dough to about 13″ circle.
6. Gently roll dough around rolling pin and unroll over pie pan.
7. Gently press into pan and turn edge under (I didn’t have time to make it pretty, but you can if you wish!)
8. Spoon peach filling into your pie crust.

Streusel Topping:
1. In medium bowl, mix 3/4 cup flour, the brown sugar and cinnamon.
2. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or fork or pulling 2 table knives through mixture in opposite directions), until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
3. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over pie filling.
4. Place pie onto a baking sheet (to prevent bubbling mess in oven), and bake at 375f for 35-45 minutes.
5. Pie will be done when filling is bubbling and crust is golden brown.
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Mmm – this pie is so good! Juicy peaches in a flaky crust…It’s the perfect thing to bring along to your next potluck or BBQ. Enjoy!

Try my keylime pie recipe!

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Do You Know the Muffin Man? 

Hello friends! Today I hope to change your life. Your breakfast life, that is! I mean, just look at these delicious blueberry almond coffee cake muffins 😀 .

Now, I love coffee cake. And coffee cake filled with fresh fruit is even better. Give me coffee cake in muffin form and JACKPOT! These muffins are perfect for brunch, with coffee, without, or as an on-the-go snack. Make a batch of these warm, comforting muffins for the weekend, for a gift to share and whoever is lucky enough to taste these, well, they’ll just be begging you for more! 😉

I like to bake on the weekend and enjoy the leftovers during the week. This recipe should only take you about 25 minutes to make, so I encourage you to try it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy and delicious these are. These are the perfect thing to make after a picking up some blueberries from your local farmer’s market!

 

Blueberry Muffins recipe

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Key Lime

Happy first day of Summer friends and followers! June 20th and what a beautiful first day of Summer it was. The sun was shining and I was just craaaaving a key lime treat! Seems to me that tangy sweet lime accompanies warm, Summer days well and so I decided to whip up somethin’ to embrace the change of seasons 😀 .

I love citrus flavours, but I’m admittedly not much of a pie person (cue the gasp!). But hubby loves ’em and I can dig a slice once in awhile. Now, I have never attempted to bake a lime pie before. But why not try? The recipe I found was super easy and I was able to successfully bake it while Levi was napping – which is definitely a plus. It took about 30 minutes, and it is SO addicting. You won’t be able to stop at just one slice ❤ .

Key Lime Pie

Confession time: So I did NOT use actual key limes. They are just waaay too small to be bothered with and too hard to find (gave up searching after 2 stores :P! ) So I used plain, ol’ limes and it really made no difference on the taste factor in my opinion.

Key Lime Recipe

So, if the mood strikes ya, try out this recipe! The crust is simple for being homemade, and I love the whipped topping. I’m sure if you were in a REAL hurry, you could just use a store bought pie crust and a can of whipping cream. The pie would still be delightful, no doubt! 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your week!

 

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DIY Cloth Wipes 

 

So our order of cloth diapers just came in and so far I’m liking them. We have a good sized stash and now that Levi is beginning to outgrow his newborn disposables, we’ve started to implement these bad boys. We came up with a plan to cloth diaper while I was pregnant, and I’m glad we’re deciding to stick with it! We didn’t want to order numerous sizes (can you say “expensive”?! 😛 ) so we wanted to wait until he was at least 8lbs. Having been born a little premature, it has taken a little while to reach this point but he’s finally surpassed that! Babies always lose a little at first, and getting him up to his birth weight was a small feat of its own (having had difficulty with his latch in the beginning 😥 )!

Now, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with disposable diapers, nor do I have any judgemental thoughts about exclusively using disposables (or cloth). To each their own! But we decided to use disposables at first while newborn babies excrete meconium. Also the added expense of purchasing the newborn sized cloth diapers was a tough pill to swallow. We also received quite a few packages of disposables at Levi’s baby showers, so having taken that into account, we opted to use those overnight as well as when we go out. That being said, we finally placed our order and I actually found myself EXCITED to receive the shipment in the mail! There’s just so many cute colours and patterns – a mom could really get carried away! 😉

Cute, right?! And it’s great because diapers really do add up, and although cloth are more of an expense up front, you’ll get your monies worth out of them. Especially if you reuse them on more than one baby! We opted for more gender neutral prints for this reason. 😉

So we basically had no idea about cloth diapers, so we read reviews and asked friends. Upon discussing the diapers, the topic of wipes came up. I began searching for a do-it-yourself wipe “recipe” . There were disposable ones (think paper towels), but I figured why not do cloth wipes as well?! We may as well go all. the. way :D. We snatched a couple packs of cloths (10) and emptied a case of Huggies disposables wipes. Figured it could be reused to store my cloth ones and – voila! Now, you can always use whatever material you want, be it flannel or heck – even bamboo! And it’s on my to-do list to eventually mod podge over the container with some scrapbook paper or fabric. 🙂

Now, don’t go reading this and dismiss the idea yet! I wouldn’t steer ya wrong. I know how precious your time is! But, they’re actually pretty fast and simple to make. It literally takes me maybe 5 minutes every 3 or 4 days to make a new batch! Pretty good, if you ask me.


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Cloth Wipes Mix: 

Dry washcloths

1 c. Hot water

1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile liquid soap

1 tsp. Aloe Vera gel

1 Tbsp. Coconut oil

1). Mix your tablespoon of coconut oil with your cup of hot water. Add soap, and the aloe gel. Mix thoroughly.

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2). I add just a few cloths to the wipe ingredients at a time. Wring them out slightly before placing on a flat surface. Now we fold them so they’ll fit into our wet wipes container.

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3). Place one cloth down flat, and lay another on top of half of it…(see below).

4). Bring the bottom half (that’s been tucked under the top cloth) up…

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5). Place another wet cloth on top of the bottom part you just folded up…

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6.) Now you can fold the top half down. Continue this pattern until all your wash cloths have been soaked in the soap mixture and folded.

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7.) Place them inside your emptied container. If you have a wipes warmer these would work well in that too! Pull the first wipe out of the top slightly so it’s ready to be used when it’s time. 😉 All your wipes should come out after one another if they’ve been folded correctly.

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Super easy! Now you know exactly what’s going on your baby’s delicate skin. They’re reusable and eco-friendly, and you don’t have to worry about those dangerous chemicals that are found in disposables! And I tell, ya – they make clean up a cinch. It may seem like a hassle at first, but once you’ve tried them and you see how much better they work than disposables, you might decide to make the change a permanent one in your home as well. 🙂

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Pumpkin Pie Spice

Happy Sunday, friends and followers! It’s a B-E-A-Utiful sunny day here today. The temperature is cool and comfortable and I’m just sitting here enjoying a homemade pumpkin spice latte (more on THAT later 😉 ), listening to one of Elevation Worship’s albums. I hope today is your day of rest, too, and your time can be spent amongst your family and friends.

Last night as I was perusing through good ol’ Pinterest, I came across a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice recipe, and I wanted to share it with you. I made a few adjustments of my own, made a couple pumpkin spice lattes with it and believe me – tasty!

Why bother to pre-make a pumpkin spice mix? Well, for one thing it’s super simple, and if you love all things pumpkin (like me!) at this time of year then it’s handy to have ready-made! Secondly, it’s economical and good to know what’s going into your food. PLUS, this spice can go waaay beyond its namesake. Sure, you can make a delish pumpkin pie with it, but it can also be used in other baking recipes. It’s yummy in smoothies, on oatmeal, in lattes, mixed in whipped cream, in pancakes, on toast, and as a pumpkin seed or popcorn topping – among other things! I’ll post some recipes below to show more examples. So versatile. 😀

Pumpkin Pie Spice

I have a few spice jars on hand that I bought at my local dollar store awhile back, but there are other really cute ones around that you can purchase (Williams and Sonoma)! One day when I’m feeling particularly OCD and ambitious, I plan to make chalkboard labels for all of mine. Right now, I just have a taco seasoning and the pumpkin pie spice, and so far haven’t gotten confused yet by my laziness unlabelled jars (although that would be a pretty awful tasting latte if I were to get them mixed up!) 😉

ANYWAYS! Onto the recipe:


Pumpkin Pie Spice

Ingredients:

1/4 c. (4 Tbsp.) ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp. ground ginger

4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 tsp. ground all-spice

2 tsp. ground cloves

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients until well-blended. Store in an air-tight jar.


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Mmm! Pumpkin season is my favourite! ❤

**If you make this let me know what you try it on!**

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Umm, there’s really no words to describe how GOOD this recipe is…I guess that’s if you like Buffalo Chicken! 🙂 Which, both Matt and I do, so this recipe is a keeper!!!

I was REALLY craving Buffalo Chicken, and was looking for a recipe that would satisfy. I stuck to a recipe fairly closely, adding just a few ingredients of my own to make it my own. Feel free to use more or less of everything to personalize it and have it suit your tastes!


Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Adapted from Homemade Delish

Ingredients:

1 16oz. box of Penne pasta, cooked and drained

2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1 c. Button mushrooms, sliced

1/2 c. White onion, diced

1 c. Hot sauce (Frank’s)

3/4 c.- 1 c. Blue cheese dressing (ranch would be yummy, too!)

1/2 c. Shredded cheddar cheese

Buffalo Chicken Bake

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350’f. and get out baking dish (I used a 9×13″ glass Pyrex).
  2. In a frying pan, add a little oil (whatever you use, I used 1 tsp. olive oil) and place chopped chicken inside. Season with whatever you choose! I used just a little sea salt and pepper and start frying.
  3. Add onions and mushrooms and sauté along with chicken.
  4. Add hot sauce to mixture while continuing to cook chicken until it’s done the way you like.
  5. Put cooked pasta in the baking dish, and then add the chicken mixture and stir together.
  6. Pour blue cheese on top and maybe a few more squirts of hot sauce – for good measure! 😉
  7. Sprinkle cheese on top and pop into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins.

It’s soo good! 😀 We enjoyed ours with a simple side salad. I kind of forgot to take a picture of the end result because we gobbled it up so quickly… 😉 I hope you’ll try it sometime!!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

Why, good morning! I hope you’re doing well. It’s been a terribly hot and sticky week here where we are. As most of you know, we just recently moved into our new house and were eager to run the central air while we were unpacking. However, sometimes unexpected things happen, and it wasn’t working properly 😥 . So we’ve been gradually unpacking bit by bit, and sweating it out all the while. Cold showers mid day, day trips to places indoors where we can bask in their nice cool air…anything to keep cool! Drinking lots of lemonade, iced tea and indulging in frozen treats have been helping as well ;).

When Matt went to work his 24 hour shift the other day, I didn’t really know what to make for myself for dinner. It’s hard cooking for one person sometimes! And I just wanted something that would be refreshing….didn’t want to turn on my oven or stove top AT ALL. I ended up making this delicious salad which was just the thing I needed! The recipe is super easy and it makes the perfect side dish for any BBQ/ Summer time meal!

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Cucumber Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

2 cucumbers, sliced and quartered

5 Roma tomatoes, quartered

3 green onions

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. rice vinegar

Feta cheese

Dill seasoning, and salt & pepper to taste!

Directions:

1). Stir to combine tomatoes, cucumbers and green onions in large bowl.

2). Whisk oil and vinegar, dill, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

3). Pour dressing over veggies, and sprinkle with feta.

4). Refrigerate a few hours before serving. Enjoy 🙂 !


 This salad is healthy and delicious and has no carbs! Light, refreshing and like I said, the perfect side dish.

*What are some of your favourite Summer side dishes?*