Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

I am always looking for good cookie recipes. ALWAYS. So if you have an amazing cookie recipe, please send it my way! I love making cookies because they are so very easy to give away to people. I can make a huge batch, freeze a bunch, eat a bunch, and give a bunch away! Then the next week I can eat some more! I have just gotten back from my trip to New York and man am I tired! I got back on Monday night and worked Tuesday morning. It’s felt an awful like go-go-go since I got back, but am happy to finally be getting back on the blog! We are having a bit of a heat wave in Vancouver at the moment! Baking can become a bit hot… But if you stick to doing it in the evenings it’s really not too bad!
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Herb and Lemon Meatballs

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers out there, but especially mine!!! Unfortunately I am unable to be with my daddy today because I’m in New York! Although I am on the other side of the continent, I would still like to take this time to thank my daddy for always being there for me, and supporting me through all my adventures! Whether it was standing outside in the hail/rain/wind watching my soccer games, combing lice out of my hair, or proof reading my papers, my daddy was always there! I am so fortunate for everything my daddy has done for me, and thankful that I have a daddy as special as him.
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Herb and Garlic Monkey Bread

I’m in New York! What an amazing city! I have been doing as much stuff as I possibly can the past 2 days we have been here, and I’m exhausted! Our first day we attended Hilary Clinton’s launch event on Roosevelt Island. How amazing to be apart of such history! After that we went to check out 5th Ave, Central Park, and went to the top of the rock! It was a perfect clear day to see the entire city! Then we scored half price tickets to the Broadway show Kinky Boots, and although Andrew and I were exhausted… We definitely did not fall asleep during this performance! It was truly an amazing show! Yesterday we found this super cool outdoor BBQ and ate the most delicious ribs I have probably ever had, followed by Eatily gelato… YUM!! We explored downtown New York, and ended the night with an incredible jazz concert in Harleem. Man is jazz music ever fantastic! Speaking of fantastic… Let’s talk about this bread

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Grape and Feta Quinoa Salad

I got this huge container of organic grapes from Costco the other day. Now I don’t normally buy organic anything… but these were only 5.99 for a massive amount of grapes. I really do love snacking on grapes for lunches, with cheese and crackers as an appy, and more recently have discovered that I love them in Salad! They really are a great spring fruit, and in my opinjion, this is the time when they are st their crunchiest (aka my favorite type of grape)!
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Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies

You know those days where all you want is to sit under a blanket, eat chocolate and feel sorry for yourself? Well, these cookies are for you!!! We all have our days where we feel the need to indulge in delicious baking, or just anything that has even a hint of chocolate in it. I have found the secret ingredient that takes baking with chocolate to the next level. Your chocolate cookies and loafs will never be the same (in a good way). It’s espresso powder! I’m not even a coffee drinker (I know it’s weird) but the slight hint of coffee brings out the delicious chocolatey goodness in the best way possible.
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Grilled Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese

What is it with men and being good at BBQing!! Andrew is a pro on the grill. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never tried…? We have a fairly old and slightly rusty BBQ that came with our apartment. After giving it a good clean out, we decided it was good enough to use. Plus we didn’t want to shell out the money for a new one. It may not be the fanciest or newest little BBQ, but Andrew sure knows how to work it! We make a phenomenal team when it comes to grilling. Me prepping the food, and Andrew cooking it up like a boss.
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Pineapple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

I definitely have my fair share of war wounds in the kitchen. I have had some pretty bad burns, and seem to always cut myself with a knife… That’s what happens when you are in a hurry I guess! I have to say, out of all the kitchen injuries I have inflicted on myself, my least favorite is when you grate off your knuckle. That is exactly what I did when I made these muffins… I have a hard time wasting food, and always want to get as much out of the carrot as I can!! That tends to have consequences, such as my poor bloody pinky finger. What sort of war wounds have you encountered in the kitchen?
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Sriracha Caesar (Bloody Mary)

Happy National Caesar Day!!!  This is the first ever National Caesar day, so now better than ever, is a time to enjoy an ice cold Caesar with all the fixings!  I must say, being Canadian certainly has its perks.  Not only is it an amazingly stunning country to live in, but it also the home of the Caesar!!!  Now I must say, I do love me a good classic Caesar… but I also love trying new things, and this did not disappoint!  How many of you are as obsessed with Sriacha as I am..? I bet quite a few!  Now you can enjoy it in this spicy and delicious cocktail! Hey, you can even pair it with these spicy pickled beans!! Too bad I have already eaten all mine :(

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Cream Cheese Brownies

I have the most incredible mother in the world. She is the strongest, kindest, most generous, and most thoughtful person I have ever known. She never hesitates to help anyone in need, whether it’s her family, friends, or even someone she hardly knows. She will help people even if it means putting herself through stress and hardship, and would never hesitate to give. Whether it’s a hot meal, or a place to stay, my mom is always there lending a hand to others. I know she has helped shape me into the woman I am today, and for that I am eternally grateful. Without my mom, I wouldn’t have the passion I have for cooking and baking, and I probably wouldn’t even have this blog! My mom is a true inspiration to anyone and everyone she meets. If only there were more people like her, the world would be a better place. Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I like to take this time to let my mom know how important she is to me, and how much I simply adore her! I mean let’s face it, if there was no her, there would be no me!
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Chickpea “Tuna Fish” Salad

I have been sick with a seriously terrible cold. I haven’t had a cold this bad in ages. Not only have I had no energy, but I completely lost my voice, and every time I try to talk, I have a raging cough attack. Bleehhhh!! I have been surviving off of freezer meals that I made months ago and keep in the freezer for emergencies such as this one. Plus, Andrew has been helping me out a bunch while I am couch-bound. Thankfully, I have been starting to feel better, although I still have no voice. Since I have a ton of time on my hands as I sit on the couch patiently waiting to get better… I have been doing some recipe researching! One of my go-to sites that I love to browse through is the kitchn

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