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Raspberry Coconut Crumble Bars

Raspberry Coconut Crumble Bars

Life has finally started to slow-down, to the point where I can bake during the day for FUN and not because ‘I have to,’ {for someone or some special occasion}. I wanted to find a recipe that was quick and easy enough for the kids to help out, so we could have fun baking together, and to find a new go-to recipe that the entire family would LOVE, that wasn’t chocolate chip cookies–{boring!} My husband is REALLY difficult to please when it comes to desserts–he’d take a cheese-plate over a cupcake any day– but the one thing he does go crazy for is a crumble, so I decided to make these raspberry coconut crumble bars.
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Blackberry Crumb Cake

Blackberry Crumb Cake

I have noticed that I don’t usually tend to bake unless there’s a special occasion, event, holiday or birthday to bake for — but the other day I came across a recipe for this blackberry crumb cake, and it looked so divine–I just had to make it for no reason at all; other than I wanted to eat it! I have mentioned before how my little ones are obsessed with berries… to the point that they’d choose blackberries over candy, so I knew they would LOVE this cake–but my daughter Gemma just picked off the delicious crumb topping and ate the blackberries and left the actual cake! My husband loved the crumb topping so much too–that I decided to double the crumb topping in the recipe, because we all know it’s by far the BEST part! I put light sour cream in the cake itself, and I did start yoga a few days ago…. so I feel totally justified here! ;-) This cake is every bit, if not even more, delicious than it looks! I need to bake for no reason more often if i’m going to discover recipes like these! {Or NOT!!}
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Mint Choc Chip Gelato & Grasshopper Sundaes

Mint Choc Chip Gelato & Grasshopper Sundaes

I am having way too much fun with my “green” theme for St. Patty’s this week, especially as i’m using it as an excuse to make mint chocolate chip gelato and grasshopper sundaes! I think mint chocolate chip has to be my favorite ice cream flavor of all time, and this gelato recipe isn’t only a lot healthier than regular ice cream, it actually tastes better too!! In fact it’s probably the BEST mint choc chip i’ve ever had, which is a problem because I just can’t get enough; but at least I have my two small kiddos to help me eat it {they’re as addicted to it as I am!} I’m pretty sure you will be too!
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Raspberry Souffle

Raspberry Souffle

For valentines day this year I made a raspberry soufflé which was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten–but I couldn’t post the recipe because I didn’t have any decent photos! Then last weekend my little family and I went on a trip to Seattle, and as we were exploring Pike’s Place Market I found a cool little store that sold herbs, spices and extracts of every kind: all for super cheap! So I was totally in my element, and I found some Rose essence, which I thought would be awesome in my raspberry soufflés, so I decided to make some more!

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Growing up in England we had hot cross buns at Easter time every year. This wasn’t just our family’s tradition, but a pretty standard tradition for most English people. It stems back from the 1700′s when Catholics marked their buns as a way to remember Christ and his crucifixion on good friday. Then when protestant monarchy came into power, they believed hot cross buns to have a dangerous hold over catholic belief in England, and tried to ban them. Except, it didn’t work completely because they were too popular, so they were permitted to be sold at Easter and Christmas time only. Now they are only sold around Easter time. Probably not because of any strange laws–but because it’s the only time of year when they’re really popular!

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