Melt-Your-Heart Muffins

From our kitchen to yours!

 

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Melt-Your-Heart Blueberry Oat Muffins

1 Cup Robin Hood oats

1 Cup buttermilk or sour milk

1 Cup flour

1 Teaspoon baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon baking soda

1/2 Teaspoon salt

3/4 Cup lightly packed brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/4 Cup melted butter or margarine

1 Cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and well drained    *Or sub Saskatoon Berries for regular blueberries!

Combine oats and buttermilk in a small bowl. Let stand. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt and brown sugar. Stir well to blend. Add egg and melted butter to oat mixture. Mix well. Add oat mixture all at once to dry ingredients. Stir just until all ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in blueberries. Fill well-greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-22 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

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Lucky R Champagne Sparkler: Saskatoon’s take on the Mimosa

With Saskatoon Berries and Noble’s Bourbon Infused Canadian Maple syrup, the Lucky R Champagne Sparkler is the perfect compliment to your Sunday brunch.

Inspiration: “No good story ever started with someone eating a salad.” A favorite quote of mine, and the reason you’re reading this instead of my recipe for Brunch Salad with Cinnamon Bun Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette.

Named After: One of my best friends as a kid was our beautiful American Saddle-bred, Lucky R Champagne Sparkle, a.k.a. Sparky. He was a happy-go-lucky ex-show horse who loved eating almost as much as I love champers. The way I feel after a couple of these cocktails reminds me of his bubbly personality, plus, his name features the word Champagne, so how could I resist?

Perfect Pairings:

Have with: Any brunch worth its salted hash browns must be accompanied by at least one glass of bubbly.

Listen to: The soulful sounds of Sam Cooke or Billie Holiday will set a relaxing tone for a weekend brunch.

Wear: The Bridget Dress—an edgy twist on the classic lace tunic. Or if you’re in more of a breakfast in bed mood, try it with the Ina Lace Underwear Set.

 

Lucky R Champagne Sparkler with Bourbon Infused Maple Syrup

In a Champagne flute pour:

1 ounce (2 tbsp) chilled Saskatoon berry syrup (recipe below)
3 1/2 ounces (7 tbsp) chilled dry Champagne or Ginger Ale
splash (approximately 1 tsp) Noble’s Bourbon Infused Canadian Maple syrup
Gently stir and garnish with frozen Saskatoon Berries

Saskatoon Berry Syrup:

2 cups Saskatoon berries
2 tbsp sugar
2/3 cup water
Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens and reduces. Pour mixture through fine sieve into a jar and then refrigerate.

Enjoy!

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Noble’s Bourbon Infused Canadian Maple syrup
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The Bridget Dress
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Ina Lace Underwear Set
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Kitchen Talks ~ Popcorn Lovin’!

A little treat from me to you!

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I was passed down this scrumptious recipe when I got married. My mother-in-law is usually labeled the “health nut” by us family; which is true, but we all benefit from it! This one snack definitely exempts her of this title!

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Popcorn is already a fun, simple, easy to prepare snack. Whether that’s for company, a party, or just to splurge for yourself.

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Now if you are one to love splurging, then this recipe is perfect, but for those who enjoy and find comfort in knowing they can make something slightly ‘healthier’ I have gone ahead and switched a few ingredients.

Step 1: Grab a medium sized mixing bowl that can be used in the microwave. I like to use my Anchor 4 Cup glass measuring bowl with an easy to grip handle.

Sugar

 

1) 1 Cup of Brown Sugar

Here I have exchanged brown sugar for a sugar less intensely sweet, Coconut Sugar. (Don’t worry, we’ll make up for the sweetness later!)

dsc_0281dsc_02892) 1/2 Cup of Butter

Agavedsc_03013) 1/4 Cup of Corn Syrup

This is where we make up for the sweet tasting goodness! I have also switched out corn syrup with a new syrup I have discovered…

dsc_0292Organic Raw Blue Agave Syrup. Now let me rant a little and let you know a few details about this product.

Blue Agave is a natural sweetener extracted from the core of the Blue Agave plant. It’s smooth, delicious low glycemic syrup that is ideal for sweetening coffee, hot tea, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, cereal and more(Such like this popcorn!). It is also great in smoothies, iced tea, or cocktails as it dissolves quickly in cold beverages. Agave is easy to use in baking too…Try it wherever you would use a tabletop sugar.

-Direct quote: Wholesome Sweeteners. (Italics, mine.)

  • Non-GMO/Gluten-free/Vegan suitable, verified.
  • Organic-Natural sweetener.
  • Fairtrade.
  • 25% sweeter than regular sugar – less is more!
  • Non-crystallizing – dissolving in both cold and hot water.
  • Low glycemic – index of 39 or less, giving less of a blood sugar spike, tested.
  • 3/4 Cup Agave = 1 Cup Refined Sugar.
  • Ingredients: 100% Fairtrade Organic Raw Blue Agave Nectar!

 

Seeing as you are now educated in this simple ingredient, I will continue!

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I’m usually an estimator, using the palm of my hand.

dsc_0320Step 2: Microwave Sugar, Butter, Corn Syrup and Salt on high for 2-4 minutes(microwave may vary) until mixture has boiled.

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Add:

5) 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

6) 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

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Mix well with whisk, until mixture smooth-ens and turns slightly lighter in color(such like caramel sauce.)

Step 3: Dump an ice-cream pail amount of popped popcorn into a medium-large paper bag.

SauceStep 4: Pour mixture generously and evenly onto popcorn in paper bag.

StirStep 5: Stir and Shake until well coated!

Step 6: Fold up bag, so no popcorn falls out. Place one side face down in microwave. Heat for a 1/2 minute. Shake bag, keeping it folded to avoid spills. Place back into microwave on reverse side. Heat for another 1/2 minute. Shake and unfold.

dsc_0350Allow to cool for a few minutes. Pour lathered ooey-gooey goodness into ice-cream pail, or similar container size.

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You’ve got yourself one tasty, delicious, splurging treat!

Full Recipe:

Caramel Corn

-1C Brown Sugar   -1/2C Butter   -1/4C Corn Syrup   -1/2tsp Salt

-1/2tsp Baking Soda   -1tsp Vanilla Extract

-Ice-cream Pail amount of Popped Popcorn!

A Sunny Afternoon

Daisy print dress and kimono

The perfect way to enjoy a sunny winter afternoon is to bake with a friend.

 

sunny day with a happy girl The novelty of a brisk winter walk or an afternoon of ice skating has worn off.  A cup of tea or two and some Saskatoon Berry Muffins are the perfect way to spend a sunny winter afternoon.

Fresh Muffins

Fresh Farm Eggs

saskatoonberry_muffinsWe gathered the best ingredients we could find, fresh farm eggs, local(ish) butter (It’s from Alberta, a quick drive from here, practically local.)

Vintage Butter Dish

Saskatoon BerryOh and Saskatoon Berries, we grew up picking buckets of these delicious berries and eating half the bucket while we attempted to gather enough to save for winter.  Check out Photographer Gina’s website for our favourite recipe, click here for link.

Daisy print dress and kimonoWe love the way the sun glows this time of year, it’s so warm and cozy inside and the perfect opportunity to try out our favourite sunny dress, and kimono, this lacy, fringed kimono is so special, it just begs to be worn every day.

Fresh Daisy in milkglass vasesmall pearl necklaceHere are a few of our favourite Farminista things for a sunny winter afternoon…

double sided pearl earringsThese double sided pearl earrings are delicate, yet make a statement, especially if you wear your hair up to show off the larger pearl that sits at the back of your ear.

 

 

 

simple bar necklaceThis simple bar necklace in gold is just right for everyday.

Sweet Winter.

flourless cake

Prairie winters can be long. Prairie winters can be cold. That’s when it’s time to turn on the oven and get baking! My favourite cookbook as of late is Flourless, by Nicole Spiridakas. It’s decadent, it’s allergy friendly, and it’s FULL of oh-so-tasty ideas.

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This pear chocolate cake has great potential to get you through the winter blues. Take a trip to the farmer’s market to find those perfectly ripe pears, and a lovely little carton of local eggs, and you’re set!

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The sliced pears look so fresh and delicious placed in the cake batter!

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Once it’s out of the oven, it’s perfect for snacking on as you cozy up for some online shopping! (Have you seen the Sail Away collection on Farminista’s online store? This cute dress is making me long for warmer weather!) Topped with a little whipped cream, this cake will get you through any winter blues.

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flourless5 Happy Baking!

Muffins.Mornings.Muffins

Farminista`s Motivational Morning Muffins!

Every morning I wake up and want to treat myself to a somewhat healthy, nutritious, but also a scrumptious type of breakfast. I either find myself at a cross road between: Oatmeal Crisp Vanilla Almond, a bowl of fruit over Greek Yogurt, Ancient Grains toast with honey, or caving completely and indulging in homemade waffles and cinnamon sauce! Those grandma’s know how to pass down a legacy in the kitchen!

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But then again, so does Google! ( http://bit.ly/1I8w1gT ) I have made these most tasty muffins on a few occasions to fix my morning hunger craving. While still keeping peace of mind that I’m feeding my body something balanced.

Table Spread

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It’s the perfect spectrum for taste buds. Some subtle cinnamon, the hint of crunch, juicy and moist, the slight sweetness of coconut and ideally the right amount of apple! For myself, I add natural coconut sugar in replacement of white sugar. I’m not much of a sweet tooth, but I do love a good coconut flavor! There are a few staple ingredients that I add to almost everything: cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and sometimes nutmeg. For these muffins I added in the ginger and nutmeg myself, and a little more vanilla than called for!

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Morning Glory Muffins

Happy Muffin Making – And feel good about what you eat to start your day!