Saturday, September 29, 2012

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Mustard Croutons

It is officially soup season!

Soups have become one of my favourite things to cook. They tend to be inexpensive to make, they tend to come together quickly and most recipes make a lot of servings so you have meals for days, or you can freeze them and eat when you don't want to cook.

I have had a lot of success with soups in the past (check some out here, here, here, here and here) and this one is another home run! If you do make this please do not skip the croutons (unless you hate mustard....) they send this soup to new heights. I added 3 or 4 to my soup but ended up dunking in another handful - I couldn't get enough!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Butter Icing

Today we are welcoming the first day of fall with arms wide open!

There is a chill in the air, the wind is twirling the first fallen leaves around and it is definitely a day for a jacket and scarf.

To celebrate the new season, I made cupcakes, because every celebration is better with cupcakes.

And not just any cupcakes, pumpkin cupcakes with delicious brown butter icing smeared over top, because nothing says fall like pumpkin... and sugar!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Buttermilk Pancakes

There are certain recipes that people have that are their "go-to's". A recipe that they have found, over years of trying others, that works and is perfectly in line with what they were searching for from the beginning.

Go-to's are tried and true recipes that they know are crowd pleasers, recipes that are executed properly every time they are made and they are recipes that make that person proud to serve to people they love.

There have been many Sunday mornings spent with me in the kitchen trying a new pancake recipe. In the few years I have been cooking I have google searched and tried numerous recipes, but each one lacked that certain taste I was going for.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Birthday!

It's been over a year since I started this blog!

Thank you for continuing to read and come back.

I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen so far.

I think a makeover is in order. Nothing drastic, just something to go with the changing seasons and the changes happening in my life, I'll elaborate at a later date.


Happy 1 year!

My favourite pancake recipe will be up soon to celebrate :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Product Review: Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner

I skipped a week!

Last week I had an extra long weekend, Monday was a holiday but I took the Friday off of work as well to spend some time with myself. This summer has been so busy I haven't had a few hours of alone time in a long time. I made myself a big breakfast and did girly things, it was great and definitely needed! Always remember, no matter how hectic life gets, spending time with just you is essential, don't forget about treating yourself once in awhile.

I'm back today to tell you about my favourite natural shampoo and conditioner. In my switch to natural products I have tested many hair care products, toothpastes, deodorants (still on the hunt! what's with natural deodorant? I smell worse with it on....) and plenty of other body and makeup brands.
The first products I bought of Desert Essence was their Green Apple and Ginger shampoo and conditioner. I remember the scent being intoxicating and enjoying both products and how they made my hair look and feel, but when it was time for a refill the weather had change to winter and I needed some extra moisturizing for my scalp so I picked up the Coconut line.