recipe: lemon poppy seed loaf

This loaf mimics those found at Starbucks. It is not an overly sweet one, so adding a glaze to it is a great option if you are craving something sweeter!

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf


(For the loaf)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter (plus extra to grease), room temperature
3/4 cup milk, room temperature
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest

(For the glaze- optional)
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan (approximately 9” x 5”) with butter and set aside. 

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In another bowl, add the sugar, eggs, and butter. Beat vigorously by hand or on low with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Then add the milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix well.

4. Make a well with the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl. Mix until well-combined.

5. Add the batter evenly to the loaf pan. Place in oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove, let cool, and then glaze if desired!

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how cooking is a form of self-care

Cooking your own meals is the best way to ensure that the foods you eat are fresh and healthy. You can save money by making your favorite family soup or pizza at home. As well as this, however, cooking, it turns out, can be highly soothing for your mental health. Cooking at home greatly affects both your physical and emotional wellbeing. Let’s have a look at how cooking can be used as a kind of self-care or therapy.

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Creates Mindfulness 

Mindfulness means paying attention just to the now. Accepting your ideas, emotions, and experiences as they are and then deciding to let them go is known to be a positive part of what mindfulness can do for your life.

Stress reduction, higher concentration, increased cognitive flexibility, and immune system stimulation are just some of the advantages of practicing mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness is often associated with disciplines like meditation and yoga, but you can also apply it to a wide range of other endeavors. Making a meal is no different. 

If you’re already a fan of getting your hands dirty in the kitchen, you shouldn’t have any trouble incorporating mindfulness into your cooking. Even if you don’t love cooking, you can learn to appreciate it with a little practice. The internet has everything you need to improve your cooking. For example, you can learn how to easily brown butter at You’ll soon learn to love cooking because it serves as a diversion from negative thoughts when done with mindful intent. 

It’s A Creative Outlet

Instead of viewing cooking as a burden or chore, look at it as an opportunity to express yourself creatively. They’re a great way to recharge and focus on self-care, especially when you feel truly accomplished afterward. 

When it comes to food, you eat what you prepare. You don’t have to worry about what you’ll do with it when you’re finished because it’s fuel to get you through the day. It’s a nice hobby to bring friends and family over to spend time together and strengthen your bonds.

Stimulates Your Brain

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of work and home, it’s easy to become bogged down. Despite our best efforts, routines can become tedious, even when we like the result. The thought of having to make yet another choice about what to prepare for dinner at the end of the day can be exhausting in this situation.   

Cooking is a great way to shake up your regular routine and stimulate your mind. Try new ingredients and dishes that you haven’t tried before to see what you think of them. Cooking is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. Your favorite food blogger or a new cookbook can be a great source of inspiration when it comes to finding new ways to prepare your favorite dishes, for example.

You Can Find Joy In Simple Things

There are a lot of obligations and commitments in everyday life. You can make life a lot sweeter by choosing to take delight in the little things, like making a new soup or not deflating that souffle. Cooking can be just as enjoyable as eating it if we approach it from a different perspective.

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happy easter

Happy belated Easter!!

I had the idea to have an Easter egg hunt in a field after first reading “Happy Easter, Little Critter” to our children last year. It’s one of our favourite Little Critter books and it’s just so darn cute.

So last year, I hid some eggs in the field directly behind our house and one afternoon that Easter weekend the kids searched for some eggs. I documented it all. Even though I was newly pregnant and very nauseated, we all had so much fun.

This year, I decided to hide the eggs in the farmer’s field beside the park that we walk to almost on a daily basis. It has a few more hills and trees than ours, and I thought that it would be a different experience for Remy and Wilder.

Also, baby sister was here to join us this year and she certainly made it all much cuter!

In all honesty, they love searching for eggs more than the gifts and the chocolate they receive at Easter. I hope to continue this tradition for many years to come. (I may even include the neighbour children next year just like in the book!)

Hope your Easter was hopping!


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more cluck for your buck (5 delicious chicken thigh recipes that are easy on the wallet too!)

There are so many reasons to use chicken thighs over breast meat. Firstly, they are much cheaper so you get a lot more ‘cluck for your buck!’ Secondly, the dark meat and skin combination is so much more flavourful and moist! Lastly, chicken thoughts are chocked full of great nurturist like thiamine, niacin, as well as vitamins B and B12 which are great for the metabolism and will help you and your family build strong muscles. 

Now you know the reasons to include more chicken thighs in your diet, the only thing you need is some delicious recipes for cooking them. Fortunately, we have you covered in this regard just check out our suggestions below. 

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs With Dijon Cream Sauce 

If you are looking for something rich, creamy, and satisfying that will feed the whole family then these oven baked chicken thighs will do the trick. Combining heavy cream, and sharp dijon mustard with a few other basic ingredients this dish is simple to prepare and is always greeted with appreciation. 

The critical part of this dish is browning the thighs before they go in the oven, as then you can see the contrast of the crispy texture along with the velvety smoothness of the sauce. Feel free to make this dairy-free by replacing the heavy cream with coconut milk, and the butter with a plant-based spread. 

Marinated Crispy Chicken Thighs

This is one of my own recipes and is so simple to make as it only involves 6 ingredients. You just need one chicken thigh per person, some vegetable oil, salt, pepper, chilli powder and a bottle of Italian dressing. Yes, it’s that simple! 

The secret to success with this recipe is that you mix the chicken thighs with the other ingredients ahead of time and then leave them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to marinate. If you have the time, leaving them overnight will create an even more intense flavour!

Serve with steamed veggies and rice, or mashed potatoes if you prefer. You could even serve it alongside pasta such as orzo for a lighter more summery dish, with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh basil leaves.  

Japanese Yakitori Skewers 

Yakitori skewers are a Japanese favorite often served as street food, or in small family-run cafes. They are nearly always made with dark meat from the thigh of the chicken because it’s more succulent and flavourful. 

Happily making your own at home couldn’t be easier as all you need is some deboned thigh meat, some skewers, some water and ingredients for the marinade which includes soy sauce, mirin, rice wine and vinegar. 


One of the best things about chicken yakitori is that the marinade is the same as the dipping sauce, so you don’t have to mess around making loads of different elements. 

Remember to soak your wooden skewers in water before you thread the chicken onto them, as this will stop them from burning/setting on fire when they hit the grill. 

Mexican pulled chicken thighs

To be honest, you can make this recipe with chicken breast if you want, but it just won’t have that depth of flavour you are looking for. The great thing about pulled Mexican chicken meat is that you can use it in a range of dishes from soft tacos, to enchiladas, to burritos to crispy tacos shells. You just need to add the accompaniments such as sour cream, grated cheese, and the relevant sauce.  

When you get to the pulling part of the recipe you can use two forks, although if you cook it a lot you may wish to invest in some meat claws as they make shredding the chicken super quick and easy, which is particularly good news if you have a big batch to work through. 

Balsamic Basil Chicken

Last, of all, we have Balsamic Basil Chicken which takes a mere 10 mins to prep and 30 to cook all in the same pan. The main ingredients of this dish are the chicken thighs along with cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. All of which provides a distinctly Italian flavour to the recipe. 

Again this is a dish that is best prepared ahead of time because the longer it has to marinate, the fuller the cooked flavours will be. Don’t forget to add some shaved parmesan to the finished product as you serve along with a green salad and some delicious crusty bread to mop up all the savoury juices. 

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how to maintain your dishwasher properly

If you want to ensure that your dishwasher continues to run properly and efficiently, it’s important to follow some basic maintenance steps on a regular basis. By doing so, you can help avoid costly repairs or replacement down the road. On the other hand, if you do need some professional help, you can always find an affordable dishwasher repair technician nearby. A reliable local repair technician should always be available at reasonable rates.  

Here are a few tips for maintaining your dishwasher

– Clean the dishwasher filters regularly. This will help keep the dishwasher running smoothly and prevent clogs. 

– Check the dishwasher water supply hoses for leaks periodically. 

– Remove food particles and grease from the dishwasher spray arm and interior of the dishwasher on a regular basis. 

– Run a vinegar rinse cycle once a month to help remove lime buildup and other mineral deposits from the dishwasher. 

– Make sure the dishwasher is level. If it’s not, it can cause the dishwasher door to not close properly and affect the dishwasher’s performance. 

– Inspect the dishwasher gasket for wear and tear and replace if necessary. 

By following these simple tips, you can help keep your dishwasher running like new for years to come.  

In the meantime, if you find any issues with your dishwasher, you can also try to fix it yourself. Here are the steps: 

– If the dishwasher isn’t draining properly, check to make sure that the drain hose is attached securely and that there is no blockage in the hose. 

– If the dishwasher is leaving water spots on dishes, clean the dishwasher spray arm and filter screen. 

– If water is leaking from the dishwasher, check the seals around the door and make sure that they are tight. 

– If the dishwasher isn’t heating properly, check to see if the heating element is working correctly. 

– If noise is coming from the dishwasher, check the dishwasher bearings and make sure they are lubricated. 

By properly maintaining the dishwasher, you can save lots of time and energy, and it will constantly provide you with great convenience. 

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