recipe: blueberry & cream cheese muffins

Hello, spring!! How happy we are to see your shining face. I thought what better way to ring in the change of season but with some sweet and fresh fruit muffins! Hope you like them.

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Muffins

Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

(For the muffins)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup oil, any kind
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup blueberries, frozen

(For the icing)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups icing sugar

Steps:

1. Heat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine well the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, add the oil, milk, and lemon juice. Mix. Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.

3. Line each muffin cup with a paper liner. Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop, drop the batter into the 12 liners evenly. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely.

4. For the icing- Combine butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in a bowl and mix until smooth. Add icing sugar 1 cup at a time until desired consistency. Spread on top of muffins with a utensil or piping kit.

Note: because the frosting is made of cream cheese, these muffins can be frozen and thawed after they are iced!

Emory

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5 seafood recipes to try this spring

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With spring approaching, the weather will soon turn warmer. And when it does, our palates will probably change. We’ll move away from heavy meats and root vegetable soups and over to seafood and salads. 

There are so many fabulous seafood recipes out there to explore, though, that it can be hard to whittle your list down to a few essentials. However, in this post, that’s what we try to do. Here you’ll find some of the best seafood recipes we’ve ever encountered. Check them out below. 

Aegean Fish Stew

The Aegean is the sea between Greece and Turkey, and is part of the Mediterranean. It’s famous for the quality of its fish and its local Mediterranean flavors. 

This stew’s main flavors are as follows: fresh dill, lemon and tomato. Once you have these basics, all you need to do is find some waxy potatoes, high quality fish and fish stock, and you’re ready to go. You can also make a vegetarian version of it by missing out the fish or replacing it with mushroom. 

Deviled Crab

We don’t eat enough crab in this country, and that’s a shame. It’s one of the most delicious items on the seafood menu. This deviled crab from Grits and Pinecones is a case in point. It’s morish, delicious and a definite party-pleaser. 

Fried Fish And Chips

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If you’ve ever been to England, you’ll know that it offers probably the best fried fish in the world. Over the last century or more, chip shops have been perfecting the frying technique, battering fish and then serving it with deep-fried chips and a local delicacy, mushy peas. 

To get it right, you’ll need to invest in a deep fat fryer and carefully follow the recipe for the batter. Remember, only choose the freshest fish. If you can get hold of beef fat, use that instead as it imparts a unique flavor to the ingredients. 

Easy Shrimp And Pasta

Sometimes you just want something easy. That’s where a simple shrimp and pasta dish can come in handy.

To make it, prepare the shrimp and then fry them in butter until cooked. Meanwhile, boil some spaghetti in a pan. While it is cooking, make a creamy cheese sauce. Combine cashew nuts, nutritional yeast and parmesan cheese with some water and whisk it up in a blender. Then mix it with the pasta and shrimp and serve with lemon wedges and chopped parsley. 

Salmon A La Pesto

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Baked salmon filets are great by themselves, but you can take them to the next level with a big dollop of zingy pesto. 

Making pesto from scratch is easier than you might think. Combine parsley, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and salt in a food processor. Keep it running until it forms a paste. Then bake the salmon as usual and drizzle the pesto on top when it’s finished cooking. Serve with green beans and buttered potatoes for the ultimate evening entrée. 

So, which of these seafood recipes will you be trying this spring?

** This was a contributed post.

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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

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zara haul

With small children, the turn of the season usually means an almost entirely new wardrobe. Remy is nowhere near fitting into last year’s spring and summer clothes. At age 2 and wearing 3T, I didn’t have one item of clothing that she could wear on days that were above 0!

This year, I decided to not only buy a few pieces from Zara, but to buy her entire wardrobe from there. I wasn’t feeling very well when she needed clothes for warmer weather, and really didn’t feel like zipping around the city in search of cute wears. Zara had free expedited shipping (and free returns), so I really couldn’t say no to that!

Here are some of Remy’s new clothes:

1. Embroidered Dungarees

2. Jersey Two Piece Set

3. Anchor Striped Swimsuit

4. Smiley Face Parka

5. Checked Jumpsuit

6. Floral Jumpsuit

7. T-shirt with Ruffles

8. Ruffled Trousers

9. Jacquard Dress

10. Triangle Print Leggings

11. Linen Bermuda Shorts

12. Frilled Sleeve Dress

13. Leather Boots (I also bought a checked shoe- as seen in the photos- but cannot find them on the website! These I purchased later, and Remy likes them a lot more.)

What are your favourite stores to shop at for children’s items?

Emory

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dutch growers

I don’t know about you, but I love spending time among plants. I feel like it’s good for my soul.

I recently took Remy to one of my favourite local greenhouses, Dutch Growers. It was a misty spring day and rather than going for our afternoon walk outside in the rain, I decided to instead walk around a greenhouse. That way, we were able to keep warm and take in a bit of nature. It did wonders for us.

Remy adores plants. Every Sunday we water all of the succulents around our home. We also have to water the air plants every second day. She loves watching me do it. I name every plant for her and afterwards she plays with the watering can and plant mister.

It took me years to get acquire a green thumb, so I hope to instill one in Remy at a young age. I’m already very lucky that she has such an interest in greenery!

If anyone ever finds themselves on the Canadian prairies, then please stop by Dutch Growers. You will not be disappointed.

<3

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