Morning Glory Muffins & my favourite LA drive

Friday, March 27, 2015 0 0

Do you have a favourite drive?

If there is one drive in the whole world that I love driving more than any other, it is in Los Angeles.

I have only been to LA three times in my life, once when I was a teen and remember nothing except the ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier, and the other two times have been the past two Mays, where I was sent down for “work”. I say “work” very loosely, as I hardly worked on the trip, but all my expenses were paid, and I had quite a bit of free time to roam around. I rented a car both times, and drove myself through the maze of highways and multi-lane roads that cut through the city – alone except for the voice from the GPS.

I wouldn’t say I fell in love with the city sprawl and the dusty landscape, but I did fall in love with the lifestyle and the way LA made me feel. Ocean breezes and sun kissed cheeks and floaty dresses and the best coffee and that feeling of exploring a city, alone alone alone. That freedom.

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Healthy Spiced Carrot Orange Muffins

Monday, February 23, 2015 3 0

This Sunday was the first day in… I can’t remember how long!… that we had no plans, no errands to run, and I could spend it doing whatever I wanted – sleeping in, going for a run, cooking my favourite eggs breakfast, and focusing on the blog. J was at hockey this morning and I had a few hours to myself, and the free time felt glorious. I had almost forgotten what lounging around the house on a weekend felt like! This weekend was honestly amazing. J and I did a few spontaneous things together, that felt like we were back in our early days of dating again! We also spent time with family, we biked to the beach in the [cool] sunshine, and we cooked homemade pasta together for Sunday dinner. (Perhaps a pasta recipe to come!)

Spiced Carrot Orange Muffins

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Apricot Rosemary Scones

Monday, February 9, 2015 2 0

I finally got my engagement ring back today from being re-sized! Hurray! It took 2 loooong weeks – Tiffany had to send it off to their headquarters in NYC. I had only worn it for a total of 48 hours before we took it in. It feels so exciting having it back on my finger!

Apricot Rosemary Scones

And what better cause to celebrate to make these apricot rosemary scones! I love the unexpected flavour of these scones – they are sweet and salty at the same time, and the hint of rosemary is a lovely subtle surprise. They would be great with a cup of strong Earl Grey tea on a rainy afternoon – exactly like this past weekend has been. Rain, rain, go away! I am so excited for spring.

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Breakfast Banana Bread

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 3 0

I have a confession: I do not like baking banana bread. I love eating banana bread, in fact it is maybe my favourite muffin-like baked good. But I’ve never liked baking it – and that is because I would always make it too dry, too wet, too sweet, or not banana-y enough. I’ve probably baked a dozen banana bread recipes (and they’re always titled “the BEST banana bread!”), each time hoping that I’d find the one.

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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Thursday, October 23, 2014 4 0

Sometimes it feels like I live in the rain capital of the world. No joke, it has been raining here in Vancouver for a week straight. Maybe more, I’ve lost count. I often find it challenging to get through the winters because I get so sun-deprived and often joke, in the dead of a rainy, dark January, that I’ve got to pick up and move to a sunnier city.

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Pumpkin Muffins with Brown Sugar Drizzle

Friday, October 17, 2014 0 0

I think I’ve mentioned before, but J is picky about muffins. Of all the muffins I’ve ever made during our 3 years together, there is only one muffin that he requests – my Orange Cranberry Muffins (please pardon the bad photography in that old post!). To him, those Orange Cranberry Muffins have the perfect amount of moistness and flavour – for J, a dry muffin is the world’s worst sin.

So, this morning when he casually mentioned that these Pumpkin muffins rate right up there with the Orange Cranberry Muffins I thought, sound the alarm! We’ve found a winner!! I didn’t think anything would de-throne those Orange Cranberry Muffins – ever.

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