Coconut Lemon Curd Cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream

My parents came over to visit me in Vancouver for my mom’s birthday! I knew I had to make a special cake, but what cake should I make?! There are so many options to chooce from! I know my mom likes coconut cake, and my dad’s favorite cake is not even a cake, it’s lemon meringue pie… So I decided to combine the best of both worlds and make this coconut cake with lemon curd filling! Happy birthday to my beautiful Mother who doesn’t look nearly her age at all!
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Garlic and Parmesan Kale Chips

I’ve pretty much been eating vegetables until they come out of my ears lately. Even though I have done my fair share of baking the past couple months, I have been on a serious health kick. I have been going to the gym every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and then either hiking or going to the gym both weekend days. To accompany all this gymming, I have been eating large amounts of vegetables, which is awesome, bit can get a bit boring. I always like to find new creative ways to spice up veggies so that I can eat as many as possible without being completely bored to death. Dips are great, but again, they can get old pretty quick. Kale chips are great with just a little salt and pepper, but why not spice them up with garlic and parm! Because let’s face it… Who DOESN’T like a bit of garlic and parmesan on veggies!

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Valentines Day: Recipe Roundup

Happy Valentines day to all!  What are you doing with your special someone?  I am up in Whistler with my lovely Fiance, skiing for my first time this year. I’ve never been much of a downhill skiier, but I am slowly but surely learning! Although much more aerobic, I find cross country skiing to be much easier. Unfortunately, our cross country ski hills are not open due to a lack of snow.. Vancouver’s north shore mountains have no snow left as well!! It’s been a bad year for snow along the coast. It was 12 degrees today! Annnyway back to the food… I’ve got lots of red/pink foods on this blog, and I figured that in lieu of Valentines day, I should probably do a fun compilation of foods that you can quickly whip up for that special someone!

Everybody Loves Pretty | Valentines Day Recipe Roundup: DIY Heart Eggs and Toast
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Lemon, Olive Oil and Thyme Muffins

I’ve been on a bit of a baking spree lately… I seem to not be able to stop! These are a bit different from the normal baking I usually do. There is no butter in these, and really not a lot of sugar. Have you ever baked with olive oil? This was my first time! These are slightly on the savoury side. Not salty, but savoury. I think they would have been good with a lemon glaze, but I had this blueberry thyme jam that I made and canned in the summer that I have been dying to try. This seemed like the perfect pairing for the jam – and yes it was!
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Valentines Day: White Chocolate Raspberry Cake Pops

So I totally haven’t made cake pops since I bought my cake pop machine… Donuts yes, but cake pops, no. I thought the upcoming Valentines Day would be the best occasion to try them out! Raspberries and white chocolate scream Valentines day to me. They are such a romantic fruit, and oh so delicious. Last year I made these fabulous Personalized Chocolate Heart Cookies so this year I thought I would make something a bit cakier. I never know what to make for valentines day… Does everything have to be heart shaped…? Or is pink good enough? Anyways these were so sweet and delicious and super cute, so they passed my Valentines Day test :)
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Chocolate Rum Cupcakes with Buttered Rum Italian Buttercream

Ok so I like my boozy desserts, what can I say! Here is another awesome boozy dessert recipe for ya. Rum and Chocolate?! Yes it was a definite win. These actually tasted like a boozy drink in the form of a delicious cupcake. You’re probably thinking, man Candice eats alot of sweets, she is always baking on her blog. Well actually… I took these to work for my co-worker’s last day. You see, I figured since we can’t actually drink at work, you gotta have some sort of alcohol fun. These were a great substitute!
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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake

I have discovered something magical… Did you know if you blend up a frozen banana it turns pretty much into ice cream? Yeah it’s pretty much the best thing ever. So anyway the other night when I came home from the gym, I was in desperate need of some protein (it quite an intense workout). The only real fruit I had around the house was a bunch of frozen bananas (typical). All of a sudden it dawned on me that I could make a healthy milkshake!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Ok so we have one week left in January… Where did the time go?? I mean seriously, it feels like just yesterday that everyone was making a New Years resolution. It’s funny how crazy busy the gym is for the month of January…. I mean I have seriously never seen it this busy any other time of the year. So, now that you’ve all had your few weeks of being healthier (because let’s face it, most of you probably made that New Years resolution) I think it’s time to indulge into something delicious! I mean Valentines day is pretty much around the corner right?? Not that this recipe is very Valentine-y… You can think of it as a pre-Valentines day treat because you have been so good at keeping up your healthy lifestyle for the month of January :)

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Tomato, Feta and Arugula Tart with Balsamic Reduction

Living in an appartment means we don’t have a big deep freezer. As much as I would like one, we just don’t have the space. Every now and then I have to go through our tiny freezer and try and clean out a bunch of stuff so I can make room for a Costco run :) I’ve had this puff pastry in my freezer staring at me since the summer, and figured now was the time to use it up. Saturdays are kid of an awkward day for food in our appartment. Usually, we have used up all the food we bought the previous weekend and have to be super creative until we can go to the grocery store again.

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Boozy Apple and Sour Cherry Crisp

My boss recently approached me asking for a great apple crisp recipe. I thought about this for a minute and realized that I actually don’t really have a great recipe. I sent her the link to an Ina Garten chrisp recipe, and then thought hmmmm, I should really make an apple crisp soon. You know when someone places a thought in your head, and it’s in the back of your mind until you do it? That’s what happened. I started to actually crave apple crisp! So, as soon as I had a free moment, I made up this fab crisp!
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