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I’m no Picasso by any means, but I painted this canvas for the kitchen and I think it turned out pretty cute! This was the second canvas painting I’ve done.. the first was of a pumpkin, which you can see here.

I seen a similar print for sale on Etsy, and loved the whole idea of combining song lyrics with kitchen appliances. To me, Music + Baking go together like Peanut Butter + Jelly. A perfect combo.

I think I’m going to do one more painting similar to this for the kitchen to make it a set. Either of a beater, or a rolling pin. It’s a fun & simple way to add a pop of colour to the kitchen!

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Xo Natasha

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Martha Stewart’s Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

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Tonight I made a quick, easy recipe by Martha Stewart.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies! 

They turned out moist, chewy and delicious. The oatmeal and cranberries taste perfect together.
This recipe is from Martha’s ‘Holiday Cookies 2001’, and they definitely are Christmas cookies but who says you can only have cranberry cookies at Christmas?! I love cranberry and wanted to try them out. These cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie though, and I’ll definitely be making these again in December… maybe add some white chocolate chips next time!

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Notes:
I followed her recipe exactly except for the following…

– I added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
– I did not use the bottom of a glass to flatten the cookies out. I prefer the cookies a bit thicker.
– I only baked them for about 11 minutes each, (instead of 16-18 minutes like stated in the recipe) to keep them chewy.

Martha Stewart’s Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
http://www.marthastewart.com/342189/oatmeal-cranberry-cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

STEP 1: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla, milk, and eggs. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, gradually add milk mixture, and beat well. Add the flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Remove bowl from the electric mixer, and stir in the oats and cranberries. Place dough in the refrigerator until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.

STEP 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. Shape 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball; place on one of the prepared sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough, placing 3 inches apart. Press with the bottom of a glass to flatten dough into 2-inch-diameter rounds.

STEP 3: Bake until golden but still soft in center, 16 to 18 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove from oven; transfer with parchment to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Happy Baking!
Natasha xo

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Oh Canada!
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Canada Day was on Monday, and we decided last minute the night before to make some red velvet cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting! We’ve made red velvet cakes many times before but we decided to try a new recipe for these cupcakes since the recipe that we normally use has many steps and ingredients and we were short on time.

The recipe we used was from www.allrecipes.com and can be found here.
We have tried a lot of different recipes from the site, and most of them have turned out great. If you haven’t been to the site before, definitely check it out.

We thought the cupcakes turned out pretty good, though not as good as our usual recipe. They were quite heavy tasting.
We’re still on the hunt for the perfect red velvet cupcake recipe… if you have a favorite red velvet recipe, comment and let us know! We’d love to try it out!

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We brought the cupcakes to our family BBQ, and everyone loved them.
They looked so cute and festive, and fit right in with all the red and white decorations.

Hope everyone had a great Canada Day! Xx

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