Thursday, August 31, 2017

Brownie Bottom Cookie Dough Cheesecake

A couple weekends ago, I made this cheesecake to celebrate my birthday with my grandparents. I mean, It's been way over a month and the birthday festivities are just coming to a close. i don't know how I drag my birthday on for so long, but I am thrilled at any opportunity to have cake! :) This cake was such a delicious combination of brownie, cheesecake and cookie dough! It kept so well in the fridge and tasted even better on the second (and third) day! I found this recipe on the Chunky Chef, you can find the original HERE!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Today, I'm talking about a little treat that I put together for my dog during the summer! But first, a little life update - I have been in my school with my cooperating teacher for a while now! We've been decorating and setting up some welcome activities for the kids on the first day! And today is the day! We will have 19 little six year olds coming in bright and early to kick off their school year! I am anticipating a lot of work but a lot of fun! I am so excited to spend 4 whole months in the first grade!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Roasted Beet & Kale Salad

This roasted been and kale salad has been a longtime favorite in my house! The beets and kale are paired with maple candied walnuts and goat cheese - when it's tossed all together it tastes so good you almost forget that you're eating kale! :) I am not crazy about kale! I love the nutrients it offers your body, but I don't love the way it tastes! This salad is my favorite way to eat kale!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Music for Monday: Georgia

My family has been doing yoga together on our back deck this summer - an instructor comes and we get our yoga on! :) Our teacher plays music during yoga and last Wednesday, I spent the entire yoga session asking 'What song is this?' There was so much good music playing! It inspired me to create a new Fall playlist on Spotify! I'm so excited for the next few Music Mondays, because I have great music to share!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Favorites: looking ahead to Fall & Christmas

This Friday officially marks the end of summer for me and I am not all that sad! I love back to school time - new school supplies make my heart flutter a little! Here are the best parts of my last week of summer...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Homemade Pesto

I am finally sharing this pesto recipe! I try to get at least one recipe up each week and I was pushing it this week! The real goal is to get 3 recipes up per week, but I occasionally let myself slip down to one during busier weeks! When the power went out on Tuesday, my blogging plan for the week kind of crumbled! I'm so glad to finally be sharing one of my favorite recipes ever!! I could eat pesto everyday and you wouldn't hear me complain once! I love versatile it is and I just never get sick of it!

My mom has been making this pesto recipe for years, and really, nothing compares! I have tried so many (I mean, probably hundreds) store bought and restaurant pestos and nothing has come close to being as good as this recipe! I love strong & flavorful pesto - lots of basil & lots of garlic makes my heart happy! Here is how we do pesto around here...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

When the power goes out

Yesterday, I sat down to write a fun blog post for today but it started storming like crazy and the power went out! I was planning on sharing my pesto recipe but I didn't get to write 2 words before the power went out - ugh! And then it stayed out for 9 hours!! All that to say, I am not sharing a pesto recipe today, instead I'm talking about our power outage entertainment! The pesto recipe will be up tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Eclipse of 2017

Yesterday, there was an eclipse and I was pretty psyched to see how the eclipse would play out! I had been hearing so much hype and excitement about the whole situation - we had a partial solar eclipse in Montreal, so it didn't get completely dark but it was still pretty cool! We made a pin hole camera to watch the eclipse. Actually, I was making homemade pasta, my mom made a pin whole camera :) Here is how we watched the eclipse of 2017 (and a little tutorial for the pin hole camera)...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Music for Monday: Camila Cabello

Hello Monday! I had the hardest time thinking of a song to post today - I've been listening to all kinds of old music lately! My playlists haven't gotten and major updates! So, I asked my trusty little sidekick for her recommendation! The Bean always has music playing too and I knew she would have a fun suggestion! She suggested...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites

This is officially my last week of summer vacation! Next Friday, I start student teaching in a Grade 1 classroom! A room full of six year olds is kind of intimidating but I am very excited! Here are some highlights from this week...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Beach Bag and Heat Transfer Vinyl Tips

I shared the beginnings of this bag in my favorites last Friday, and in less than a week the bag is done! I've talked a little bit about my cricut design process in the past, so I won't go into too much detail about the design of this bag. However, I have discovered some tricks when working with Heat Transfer Vinyl (iron-on vinyl) that I am very excited to share!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Make & Take: Ice Cream Sundae Kits

On Sunday, my family went out for dinner and I put this fun little ice cream sundae kit together to take along with us! It could not have been easier and the end result was so cute!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

I made these scones right when my family got home from vacation - so as much as we were bummed to be home, this sweet treat brightened our spirits! We all had one when they were still warm and they were perfect, but they were just as good after chilling in the fridge over night! I found this recipe on Annie's Noms, you can find it HERE!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Music for Monday: Frank Ocean

Yesterday, in spent the day redecorating around here a little bit! Connected in the Kitchen is still very much a work in progress but I am loving the changes! Today, I'm talking about Frank Ocean! I first heard one of his songs in my grade 11 English class - my favorite English teacher had writing prompts based off songs! Ummm talk about an assignment for me! This is the first Frank Ocean song I heard 5 years ago... 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites: lots of cricut love!

Happy Friday! I have 2 weeks left of summer vacation and I am just soaking up every minute of sunshine that I can!! Here are the best things that happened this week...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Banana Bread

When I first started a blog, I wrote a list of recipes on a tiny little post-it note that I knew I wanted to share at some point. I started a blog on a major whim, which is so out of character for me. I'm a major planner, so having that little post-it full of recipes settled my mind big time! This is one of the first recipes that I wrote down and I am so excited to be sharing it over a year later!

This is a recipe that my mom has been making for my entire life - I think I was stirring banana bread for her before I could form coherent sentences! It's definitely a favorite of mine because of its familiarity but also because it is so easy to make! In fact, it is so easy that I only had to take 5 pictures of the process! Here is how we make banana bread in my house...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Lemon Meringue Pie

I made this pie almost a whole month ago for my Uncle Darryl's birthday and I am just getting around to posting it now - how is that possible!? I hardly remember making this Lemon Meringue Pie, but I will do my best to detail all the steps for you! The original recipe is from a blog called Crazy for Crust - how cute is that?! You can find it HERE.

Start by making a pie crust and pre-baking it in an 8'' or 9'' pie plate. You could buy pre-made pie crust from the store or you could make your own pie crust! You can read all about how I do pie crust HERE. I included a little video in that post to share some extra tips! The pie crust should be cooked and completely cooled before filling it!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Baking Supply Labels

I had a completely different post planned for today, but I moved things around because of this little project that I finished on Sunday! This project has been a long time in the making! Even before I had my beloved cricut, I wanted to buy pre-cut letters to label my family's sugar/flour/salt... containers. Since having my cricut, I wanted to up my game a little and make labels that look pretty! On Sunday, I finally got around to making the labels and getting them on our baking supplies! Here is how it went...

Monday, August 7, 2017

Music for Mondays: Give Love

Happy Monday! I'm starting to count down the days before I go back to school - I'll be teaching full time in September and I am so excited! I'm pumped about the song that I am sharing today! I heard it on the radio recently and it became a fast favorite! I love so many of Andy Grammer's songs but this new one is just perfection!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Favorites: Goodbye Beach

This Friday marks my very last week at the beach and it is making me all kinds of sad. Despite being sad about leaving, I am feeling so grateful to have had so much fun on this trip! Here are the best things that have been going on in my life...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Struggle is Real

While I do love most everything about being in the kitchen, there are a few things that just drive me nuts! Today, I'm running through the list of things that I really struggle with while I'm cooking and baking!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pesto, Tomato & Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken

I should preface this post by saying that dealing with chicken is my least favorite kitchen duty. I don't love working with any meat really, but I find chicken the hardest! If I were to ever go vegetarian, my aversion to raw meat would be the main reason for my vegetarianism! This recipe involves a whole lot of raw chicken work - bleh! If you don't mind it, this recipe is great for you. If you struggle, as I do with raw meat, please know that the end result is so so worth it!!

My dad actually did the bulk of the heavy lifting in this recipe, but I'm so glad I got to take pictures to share with you! The recipe is from a blog called The Laughing Spatula, you can find it HERE.