recipe: vegan blueberry lemon loaf

Each time I make a new loaf, I swear that it’s the best one yet. This, you guys, IS the best one yet! It didn’t rise as high as regular loaves (I think due to it being vegan), but it was so incredibly sweet and satisfying. No one would ever guess that it was a healthy treat!

I’ll be making this loaf again and again, with no complaints from anyone. Try it out this Christmas season!

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Ingredients:

(For the loaf)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup almond milk, unsweetened
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest, grated
¼ cup canola oil
2 tbsp applesauce
⅔ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries
dairy-free butter, to grease

(For the vanilla frosting)
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp dairy-free butter
2 tbsp almond milk, unsweetened
¾ tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan with butter. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.

3. In a large bowl, combine almond milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and oil. Stir in applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

4. Fold dry ingredients into large bowl. Mix until just combined. Gently stir in blueberries.

5. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Put in oven for approximately 1 hour. Remove and let cool for 1 hour.

6. Put all four ingredients for frosting into a bowl. Mix with electric mixture on low, gradually increasing the speed until it thickens.

7. Spread onto loaf. Gently slice, and it’s ready to be eaten!

Emory

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recipe: holiday fried rice

Hi everyone! It’s been a minute since my last post.

I will be sharing a few recipes this month in preparation for Christmas as I ease back into blogging. This one in particular is a great option for those of you who are cooking for a large group of family and friends. It’s hearty, savory, and oh so delicious. Here it is!

Holiday Fried Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups long grain white rice
2 chicken breasts
1 tsp ginger root, diced
½ white onion, diced
4 mushrooms, diced
¼ cup green onion, diced
1 can of water chestnuts
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
1 can baby corn on the cob
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Vegetable oil

Steps:

1. Make rice ahead of time according to directions. Put in fridge for a few hours before moving onto next steps.

2. Once rice is chilled, heat oil in a large skillet. Cut the chicken breasts into small pieces and fry until nearly cooked through. Add ginger, white onion, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook all the way through then remove from skillet.

3. In a medium pot bring corn, peas, water chestnuts, and can of baby corn to a boil. Continue over medium-high heat until vegetables have softened. Drain and set aside.

4. Using the same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add eggs and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Begin adding rice in small portions. Add the green onion. Finally, add the remaining cooked ingredients, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm and with the option of soy sauce. Enjoy!

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it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas

christmas-2016-1Hey, everyone! Did you know that there are only twelve more days until Christmas? This holiday season not only marks the first Christmas that we’re celebrating with a baby, but also the first one that we’re celebrating with a tree! Somehow that seems to make it more official.

christmas-2016-2Our home is looking pretty festive. Not as festive as many other homes, but extremely festive for our standards. Since we’re establishing a wide variety of traditions this year, decorating our home seemed like another important one to start. So far, we put up Christmas lights, hung a wreath on our door, and purchased a little outdoor plant.

christmas-2016-7Inside our home is a different story. We set up and decorated a tree, wrapped some gifts, hung tree lights, and put scented candles all over the house.

christmas-2016-6christmas-2016-5We bought a fair number of ornaments for the tree this year, sticking to a white, black, and gold theme. Because we had to start from scratch, we also didn’t want to buy too many. I think that it would be fun to add to our collection each year, in addition to whatever Remy will make us as she grows older.

christmas-2016-8It will also be fun to look back at pictures of our tree every year and see how it’s changed. Honestly, I feel as if life is so much more exciting with a child! Why did we wait so long to have one?

(Early) Merry Christmas, all!

<3

Emory

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a christmas tree farm

vsco-cam-7Hey guys! Now that we’re in the month of December, it’s safe to partake in Christmassy things without getting an eye-roll. Last weekend, we threw ourselves into all sorts of festive events. Just like our corn maze, we’re hoping that this year will be the start of many new traditions now that we have a child.

On Saturday we went to an annual craft fair located at an event centre in our city. It’s an absolutely massive space with seating for 7,800 people. I hadn’t been there for over five years, so it was quite fun to return to it. We bought quite a few gifts and ate some really great food. Remy drew in all sorts of attention, of course. She’s such a little stinker.

vsco-cam-9vsco-cam-2She let us sleep in until 8:30 am on Sunday, which is pretty much unheard of. Being well-rested, but with a late start to our day, we went and picked up breakfast and played around all morning. Then we fed her again, packed up, and made the 45 minute trek to the Mason Christmas Tree Farm that is located just outside of the city. Remy slept while we listened to Christmas music. Once we got there, we got directions as to the type of tree that we were after, and then went hunting for the perfect tree to take home.

vsco-cam-8vsco-cam-1I thought that finding a tree would be easier than it was. Given that there were so many different kinds, it was hard to choose just one. Each one also seemed to also have a flaw, from not being tall enough, to not thick enough, not straight enough, or not green enough. After walking the entire distance and not settling on one, we decided to make our way back and be a little less picky. It was hard, but we finally found a tree!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetOur tree is probably the least straightest of all the trees that were there, but it’s kind of endearing. It was a great size and shape, was full all the way around, and pretty green compared to the other trees. Geoffrey sawed it down in about a minute, and we set it aside. After bringing our vehicle around, I nursed Remy in the backseat while Geoff strapped it down to the roof. We were going to stay for some free hot chocolate and cookies, but decided to make our way back instead given that it was getting quite busy. Remy stayed awake on the ride home, and as soon as we got back, passed out. That allowed us to have a late lunch and set up our tree. The entire day couldn’t have gone any better!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSunday also marked the last day of my first semester of schooling, since I handed in my final assignment that day. Now I get an entire month off! I’m so looking forward to spending it with my family, and renovating our bathroom. Hooray!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

<3

Emory

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make these : rustic christmas candles

Rustic Christmas Candle DIYI truly believe in making Christmas gifts. In addition to the tutorials that were featured on the blog last year (here and here), I was inspired to create one that could either work on its own as a holiday craft, or as a thoughtful present for those whose homes embody a rustic feel. 

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 1What you will need:

Several jam jars
Scented candles
Aged book
Pine leaves
Twine
Moss
Scissors
Crazy glue

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 2Steps:

1. Measure the width and circumference of a single jam jar. Take those measurements and trace them onto the number of book pages that equal the number of jars. Cut and remove.

2. Now trace shapes onto the sheets of paper that will cover the jars. Again, cut and remove those shapes.

3. Take a jam jar and wrap it in one of those sheets of paper. Holding the paper with one hand, wrap twine around it once over so that the paper will stay in place. Tie it in a knot, and remove the excess twine.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 34. Place one or more pine leaves on the exterior of the jar. Use the twine to make it stay in place, wrapping around the jar several times.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 45. Once the exterior is complete, place a dab of crazy glue onto the bottom of the candle. Now set the candle in the centre of the jar.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 66. Fill the jar with moss. Then wait until it becomes dark, light the candle, and watch the shapes dance on the wall or surface. It’s quite beautiful!

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The countdown is on! Only 16 days remaining!

<3

Emory

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