recipe: four ingredient peanut butter cups

These chocolate peanut butter cups are so easy to whip up in a matter of minutes. They require no baking time- just mix, freeze, and wait.

Sure, they may not look store bought, but they are made with love and care and are much healthier. They really are so sweet and decadent, you would never guess that they were vegan. Try them yourself!

Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 12

Ingredients:

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter

Steps:

1. Put cocoa powder, maple syrup, and coconut oil in a blender. Blend until well combined.

2. Lay out 12 muffin cups in a muffin pan. Evenly spread a teaspoon of blended chocolate on the bottom of each muffin cup. Grab a new teaspoon, and then place a dollop of peanut butter over the chocolate. Top off the peanut butter cup with one final teaspoon of chocolate, spreading evenly on top.

3. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes. Once they have set, you can either remove the paper from the peanut butter cups immediately or leave them until you are ready to eat them. Store in the freezer or fridge in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Emory

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acreage renovation: closet makeover

A few weeks ago I published a post on the cost of installing a walk-in closet. It was through researching the post where I learned a lot of information as to how to go about making over a closet, or building one from scratch.

When Geoffrey and I revamped our children’s shared bedroom we ignored the closet. For whatever reason this seems to be an ongoing trend with us. I think a large part is due to the fact that they are behind closed doors it is easy to overlook them. Another reason is because by the time we are done renovating a bedroom, the last thing that we want to do is have to think about painting and remodelling a closet. (In fact, we didn’t touch the closets in our master bedroom.) Well, not anymore!

I loved the outcome of Remy and Wilder’s room so much that whenever I opened their closet door I felt embarrassed. Above is the before picture. Yikes! I really wanted their new closet to reflect their modern and earthy bedroom. So the only thing to do was to make it over as well.

At first we didn’t really know where to begin. I decided to look at closet kits at all of the major hardware stores. I spent days looking at their products online. Geoff looked too, and after discussing it we narrowed it down to a white ClosetMaid kit. Only we didn’t like the white bars, the laminate shelves, or the depth. We had intended on using crates to hold all of Remy and Wilder’s blankets, but they would be hanging over the edge if we went ahead and purchased a ClosetMaid.

 

Thus, we were still in need of a closet system, but knew that buying one was now out of the question. I had downloaded a Flash Player and tried designing one from scratch on IKEA’s website. However, even that was not providing any useful results. I felt like I was back at square one. 

I took a few days off my search for a closet kit. I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like, but could not find anything close to the image that was stuck in my head. That picture was wood and metal.

I eventually went onto Pinterest and and searched “child’s closet.” This yielded so many results and yet, I began to see a trend emerge of two closet types in particular. It was then that I came across a diagram of those two exact closets. I suddenly knew the answer, I would just get Geoff to build one of them. That way, we could customize it to have the dimensions and materials that we wanted. The answer was right in front of us all along.

Now to narrow down which closet system to build. While I really liked the one on the left, Geoff thought that the one on the right would be more practical. So to break the tie, I posted the picture on my Instagram stories and asked my followers which one they preferred. Again it was pretty much a tie! I heard pros and cons with both but in the end, my heart was just with the left one.

Finally, not wanting to be a dictator in this decision, I asked Geoff to forget everything that we had seen so far and to just draw what he had in mind. I did the same. We ended up drawing almost an identical picture. We did final measurements on the closet and crates, then went to Home Depot for all of our supplies. Here is how it turned out:

I took the old shelf and bar down we were left with a blank slate.

We painted the biggest wall the same colour as the accent wall in their room, and left the remaining walls in the closet white. I wanted it to mirror their bedroom as much as possible.

We chose our favourite type of pine shelf boards and Geoff cut them all to size. He constructed the frame then screwed the shelves in place.

After purchasing two closest rods, he cut them, researched the standard hanging heights, and mounted them to the wall and shelving unit.

I organized the closet by hanging Remy’s clothes on the left and Wilder’s on the right. They are low enough so that they can both reach their clothes themselves. The outfits that do not yet fit are placed on the higher bars.

I reused the wood and wicker crates that we already owned. I finally had a shelf for Wilder’s diapers. Their socks and undergarments are kept in two smaller crates higher up.

I purchased the cutest sign from the dollar store that reminds me of Remy but has part of Wilder’s name in it. The faux succulent is also from the dollar store.

As with anything that we pour this much time and energy into I end up loving. Of course this is the case with their closet. It turned out better than I had ever hoped for!

Emory

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happy easter

It has been a long winter here in Saskatchewan, and as of last week the wind was still blowing and the snow was still coming down. Part of me feels as if there is no end in sight to these cold months, but then the sun comes out and I see the geese returning and I am reminded that it is spring after all.

I wanted to include a quote within this post in order to remind myself (and any others that might need it) that warmer days are near. However, I ended up coming across so many wonderful ones that I couldn’t help but include them all!

I wish nothing but hopefulness and sunshine and rejuvenation for you during this season. Happy Easter from our little prairie family to you!!

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
Hal Borland

“The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.”
Victor Hugo

“Spring adds new life and new joy to all that is.”
Jessica Harrelson

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
William Shakespeare

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
Virgil A. Kraft

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”
Pablo Neruda

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
Audrey Hepburn

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
Lady Bird Johnson

“That is one good thing about this world … there are always sure to be more springs.”
L.M. Montgomery

Emory

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recipe: easter ricotta pie

Easter Ricotta Pie

Ingredients:

(For the pie crust)
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ cup coconut oil
⅛ cup butter, cold
10 tbsp cold water (approximately)

(For the filling)
2 cups ricotta cheese
4 large eggs
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
Squeeze of lemon juice

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 1. For the crust- combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add the coconut oil and butter. Mix well. Then add water one tablespoon at a time. The dough should mostly form a ball, with some flakier chunks that don’t quick stick. (Crumbly over sticky preferred.)

2. Transfer dough to floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to just cover a 9” pie pan. Trim edges.

3. For the filling- combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix well. Then pour filling evenly onto prepared crust. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until surface of pie feels firm to the touch.

4. Remove and let cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with powdered sugar or whipped cream if so desired!

Emory

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recipe: best chocolate chip muffins

Best Chocolate Chip Muffins

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract
¾ cup milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line muffin trays with 24 cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

2. In a separate large bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk, and lemon juice. Fold in dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips and stir until just combined.

3. Pour batter into liners, filling them half full. Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy these soft and sweet muffins while they’re still warm, or keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

Emory

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