Summer Fruit Salad

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Once again, I have an easy one for you guys. Why is that, you might ask? Because when it’s summer time, I always find a few things: I don’t feel like being cooped up cooking, and I don’t want anything heavy. So we develop two requirements: quick and light! Fruit in the summer is so refreshing, and so easy to make. Click through to follow along!

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Mixed Berry Cobbler

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Given that it’s prime berry-picking season, I figured that cobbler would be the perfect showcase for those amazing summer fruits. Sadly, the fresh berries I had got eaten before I could get this one photographed. Therefore, I had to use frozen fruit today! But the fantastic part about this cobbler is that you can swap frozen for fresh and vice versa. Today I used mixed berries, but this recipe also works fantastic with other fruits – sub in to your heart’s delight! Click through to follow along!

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Homemade Hot Chocolate

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OKAY I KNOW IT’S SUMMER, BUT BEAR WITH ME. I enjoy hot beverages all year round, I love chocolate, and my air conditioning is absolutely cranking out the chilliest air (it’s 38°C with the humidex, what even is that?). But for me, hot chocolate mix is usually too sweet, plus it’s full of a whole bunch of stuff I just don’t need to be consuming when I could be making it myself. The only equipment you’re going to need is a microwave – TRUST. Click through to follow along! Continue reading “Homemade Hot Chocolate”

Chocolate Chip Cookies – REVIEW

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Sooooooo unless you’ve got more background and/or time than I do, you’re probably with me when I say that baking tends to be one of those things that I defer to the experts for. Baking is different from cooking in that there are mistakes that you just can’t fix, because by the time you know what went wrong, it’s already too late. So when I wanted soft, cafe-style cookies, I took to Pinterest to find the best dang chocolate chip cookie recipe I could find.

Enter Host The Toast. Thank you for your beautiful cookie recipe. Click on through for my take! Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Cookies – REVIEW”

Black Bean Brownies

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I’ve had a serious, serious desire for brownies lately. After making a batch on the weekend, my sweet tooth kicked in and I just needed them. Of course, I figured there had to be a way to make them a little healthier for me… Enter the mighty, but humble, black bean. The brownies are chocolatey and have that dense, fudgey texture that I’m obsessed with in brownies, but there’s no remorse when you eat five of them. This is probably one of the easiest recipes I have ever posted, so click on through to follow along.
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Salted Caramel Chocolate Blondies – REVIEW

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So Valentines Day is fast approaching, and what could be better for your sweetheart than something sweet? My sister and I recently came across this recipe from Chatelaine Magazine – Donna Hay’s salted caramel chocolate brownie. It’s not so much a brownie as a blondie – hence the rename – but MAN is it easy. We almost always bake with fruit (pie is our jam, ZING, FRUIT JOKE) but this one caught our eye. And it’s super easy to throw together! Click through to follow making this recipe, and our thoughts! Continue reading “Salted Caramel Chocolate Blondies – REVIEW”

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

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Today, I present to you another family favourite: cranberry white chocolate cookies. These cookies are sweet, decadent, soft, and oh-so-indulgent. These cookies scream “The Holidays” to me, and I wanted to share them with you! Click on through to find out how to make them!

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Whipped Shortbread Cookies

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This recipe is a bit of a treasured one in my family. We bring it out at Christmas every year, and for good reason – these little cookies are rich and decadent, but also so light and airy that it’s far too easy to eat the whole pan. We found it in a newspaper years ago – Betty Harrison’s Whipped Shortbread Cookies. You need to find out why these are so beloved… Click on through to find out how to make them!

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Chocolate Almond Date Truffles

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So these started as a try at those fancy “energy balls” I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. They are these naturally sweetened, nutritious balls of goodness that are supposed to be a nice filling snack, or even a pre-workout supplement, meant to give you a little kick of energy. But these…these are something more…decadent. Luxurious. Luscious, even. If you like eating chocolate, but not the stomach ache from overdoing it, click on through to the recipe!

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Squares

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So as I am told, these are very bizarre and no one has ever heard of them before, at least in my friend circle. These delicious squares are most assuredly an East Coast thing – shout out to my beloved Maritimes! I grew up eating these during my summers, both homemade and bought from the local Co-Op grocery store. They are sweet and decadent and you definitely don’t need too many, but MAN are they good. If you are here for a butterscotch, peanut butter, marshmallow kind of party, then click on through to follow along! Continue reading “Peanut Butter Butterscotch Squares”