Vanilla Zucchini Cupcakes

vanilla zucchini cupcakes

The end of summer is full of big milestones for us: two birthdays and our anniversary, all squeezed in to two very short weeks.  The past couple of years the girls’ birthdays have been a bit, um, neglected due to one of them being born and then a family emergency.  This year my goal has […]

Blackberry Pie (avec Pets de Soeurs!)

blackberry pie

We had a busy morning of mortgage renewal (with two kids in tow, hurray, ugh); the last of the epic two-weeks-of-swimming-lessons-every-day (level passed, yes!); and, then we headed en famille to the market to grab some celebratory pastries and a few extra fresh goods, including berries, of course.  Yes, more berries.  Which means pie.  Another […]

Strawberry Vanilla Yoghurt Zucchini Muffins

Back when I worked my 9-5 job, one of my co-workers and I were obsessed with the raspberry yoghurt muffin that the on site café made.  They were sweet with tangy raspberries and oh so moist.  And, then they were dropped from the menu.  Thankfully, I was almost done my pregnancy and work so I didn’t […]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Take 2

I’m already tweaking my beautifully moist Barley Chocolate Zucchini Cake that I made a few weeks back with some of our first zucchinis of the season.  Ridiculous, right?  Well, I was just curious, and now that I have zucchini overload, I was free to experiment a little bit more! So, the two changes: I added […]

Zucchini Overload: More than a dozen ideas to help you cope!

Zucchini are such a satisfying plant to grow from seed.  Their big cotyledons emerge quickly with the right temperatures and, next thing you know, their cheery orange blossoms greet you on your morning garden rounds. But, then you go away for the weekend and come home to three times the amount of fruit than when you […]

Barley Chocolate Zucchini Cake

It’s starting to be that time of year again, where I am always looking for a favourite way to incorporate produce from the garden into anything, including dessert! This cake is super moist and delicious, without being too sweet or heavy.  And, hey, you’re getting some greens in in, ta boot!  Enjoy. We ate it […]

Maple Peach Jam

The last of my jamming peaches were given their new life today in another ode to peaches and maple syrup.  This tastes divine on the spoon, er, I mean on a piece of buttered toast.  Such a lovely and simple jam.  But, it’s not for the faint of heart: those of you who do not […]

Honey Peach Jam

It was market day today and I scored a $10 half bushel of peaches from Oliver, BC.  They aren’t the most gorgeous specimens but they were cheap!  And, I’m going to get about 27 cups worth of jam out of them.  They can’t be that bad, either, as the girls have eaten about four between the […]

Peach Maple Cardamom Skillet Upside Down Cake

We have biked every day this week: Stampede, swimming lessons every day, Stampede breakfasts.  It’s been busy and wet (for Calgary), but refreshing and everything is greening up beautifully.  Today it really, really rained just as a Stampede breakfast was wrapping up, then we raced home during a short reprieve, only to get soaked while […]

Backyard Quiche

Quiche, like pizza, is an excellent fridge cleaner outer!  More romantically, quiche also turns a little bit of this and a little bit of that from the garden into a tender, filling, and healthful treat of a meal.  (And, it makes great leftovers, too!) I had a bit of a fennel bulb leftover (and, soon, will […]