Has any one else noticed that the weather this month has seemed a little bi-polar? Here in the Fraser Valley we’ve had rain (normal), hail (semi-normal), wind (makes you contemplate lead shoes), sunshine (at least that’s what I hear you call it) and snow (what?!) this month. Even stranger still…we’ve had ALL of those things happening ON THE SAME DAY.
It’s left us feeling a little out of sorts and dressing in serious layers. That being said, the last 3 days have had sunshine and I even got to bust out the flip flops yesterday!
All the weird Sprinter (Spring + winter) weather has not only confused our fashion sense but my creative kitchen juices as well. I’ve been playing with new recipes, adjusting old ones and learning the ropes of Pintrest (save me!) in attempts to discover more.
Since some of these experiments and trials have worked out splendidly well and I’ve been posting photos of the like a crazy person on Instagram I decided it was about time I shared a few!
The first is a recipe I found over on the Life Made Delicious Website for Apple Bread. I decided to cut the sugar back to 3/4 of a cup (next time I will go 1/2 a cup as it’s still sweet) and used 3 small apples – 1 granny smith and 2 Pink Crisps. We also decided to make them in mini loaf pans, because all things small are better and baked them for 30 minutes as opposed to 40.
They came out AMAZING! Audrey and I have already devoured a few slices and I can’t see them lasting all that long around here. A nice, light treat.
I love changing recipes up to make them more healthy, lighter or nutrient rich. It gives me such a great sense of accomplishment when I know something has been improved or made (when the recipe’s created right) with health in mind. Which is probably why I love the Life Made Delicious Facebook Page and website. With recipes for every occasion and a company who’s truly making an effort to put health & nutrition first who can go wrong? This month they’re running their Nutrition Facts Education Campaign on the Facebook page. Check it out for healthy eating tips! Or you can visit HealthyCanadians.gc.ca/eatwell for more healthful tips!
Next is the not so light but equally delectable Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.
Last weekend I played around with making my own Caramel sauce (since the store bought stuff is full of chemicals and preservatives and things I’m allergic to) and discovered this amazing little recipe!
Surprisingly I only messed up this recipe once (WARNING: Do NOT look up at your husband, no matter how hot he is even for 5 seconds while making this recipe. It will burn.) and the second time around it came out perfect.
I’d made it to go with a few other treats but then I started thinking, I had caramel sauce, sea salt, Timmie’s Hot Chocolate Mix and a carton of whipping cream in the fridge, just waiting to be whipped….and then this happened.
To say Corey was happy, is an understatement – it was like having Starbucks. At home. In your pajamas.
We do our best to keep things light and healthy around here, but let’s be honest – everybody needs a treat every once in a while!
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:
– Salted Caramel Sauce
– Tim Horton’s Hot Chocolate Mix (or your favourite mix. One day I’ll learn this from scratch too!)
– Sea Salt
– Whipping Cream (we choose not to use the canned or whip cream substitute and use our whip cream dispenser but that’s your call)
1. While you’re waiting for the kettle to boil fill your mug with hot tap water. It warms it up and keeps the hot chocolate warmer longer.
2. Pour hot chocolate mix into warmed mug and mix with 3/4 the regular amount of water.
3. Add in a small amount of both the milk and cream (this is based on preference) making sure to LEAVE 3/4″ of space at the top of your mug.
4. Stir or whip until well combined
5. Swirl top of hot chocolate with whip cream (note: you can never have to much so have fun!)
6. If caramel sauce is still warm drizzle directly from container onto whip cream. If it’s cooled warm up approx 1 tsp in the microwave for 5 seconds and then drizzle.
7. If your Sea Salt is coarsely ground like mine is, break it down a little with a mortar and pestle, then sprinkle on top of the whip cream & caramel
8. Serve and Enjoy! (
ps: Keep in mind as the whip cream melts it tends to force the hot chocolate out of the cup and dribbling down the sides. That means you need to either put your mugs on a plate or drink it immediately!
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