My Favourite Pumpkin Loaf

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The moment the leaves begin to turn I can't help but crave homemade baking, especially if it's pumpkin! When the time for colder air, warm sweaters and crunchy leaves comes around, one of my favourite things to bake is this delicious chocolate chip pumpkin loaf. A good friend of mine baked this yummy loaf for me after having both of my babies, and I've been in love with it ever since!

It's super easy to make, extremely moist and oh so delicious. You can make it in a loaf pan, or in muffin tins (just adjust your bake time). 

This recipe freezes like a dream for 2-4 months so it is worth making. My kiddos love it. 

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Recipe:

2 cups pumpkin puree

2 cups white sugar

1 cup oil 

4 eggs

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 or 1/8 tsp ginger (depending on how much of that flavour you like)

1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (I prefer 1 cup or none at all for a less sweet loaf)

Directions:

Mix pumpkin, eggs, sugar and oil.

Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl.

Add dry ingredients to wet, mix well.

Bake at 350 for 60-65 minutes. Bakes 2 loaves.

Once baked, allow to cool then enjoy a slice my favourite way... with a cup of tea! 

Outdoor Table Settings - Stress Free

The outdoor dining season is fast approaching - can we all say an Amen? I'm already planning spending every moment outside which means dining al fresco.

Not only do my usual table settings feel a little out of place outside, but it also makes me a little nervous. I know those plates won't bounce if they're dropped on cobblestone!

Melamine tableware used to scream picnic, but it's come a long way. My indoor table settings are pretty neutral, white & robbins egg blue. Outdoor table settings can be a bit more cost effective so its worth having a little fun and playing with colour and patterns you may not be prepared to commit to everyday indoors. 

I've rounded up my fav settings that will make outdoor dining stress free and stylish.

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Oh Honey Honey!

Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side!

Raw honey is delicious and packed with healthy enzymes, vitamins and minerals. You may know that it’s a healthy choice but did you know it can also be a beauty treatment for hair and skin. Thanks Mother Nature!

We’re giving you the inside scoop for a honey themed night in, complete with a tasty snack (we love snacks). Each of the beauty treatments only use ingredients you can find in your kitchen, it’s so simple, we had to share.

Honey Conditioning Hair Mask

1tbsp coconut oil

1tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp raw honey

Melt coconut oil and add in honey and vinegar; mix well. Add to hair, starting at the tips. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash out with a mild shampoo, and you’re set!


Honey Face Mask, for glowing skin.

Remove makeup and cleanse face.

Take 1 tbsp of honey and rub between your fingers before applying to your face.

Let sit for 20 - 30 minutes.

Rinse with warm water.

Use a cotton pad lightly covered with apple cider vinegar as you would toner.

Moisturize with coconut oil.

Pro Tips:

•   Add a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the honey for acne prone skin.

•   Mix some lemon juice into the honey for a light exfoliation. Used over time this will also fade scars and dark spots.

•   If you find your skin is ultra dry, add 1 tsp mashed avocado, and 1 tsp plain whole milk yogurt to the honey. This will add a boost of extra moisture and give the slightest exfoliation at the same time.

 Photo via Unsplash

Photo via Unsplash

Honey Truffle Popcorn

1 tbsp truffle oil

2 tbsp raw honey

Ground sea salt to taste.

Combine honey and truffle oil, gently heat as necessary. Toss popcorn with the honey truffle combination, season to taste with sea salt. (This is honestly so delicious, prepare to make seconds.)


You can use any raw honey for the above recipes, but we particularly love Drizzle Honey. They are founded in Calgary, support Albertan bee keepers, and keep their focus on sustainability and the nutritional value of their products. We can’t get enough!