Cakes, Loaf

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

September 17, 2014


It rained today – which is a sure sign that autumn is right around the corner. I welcomed the refreshing shower, however it’s still incredibly warm out. Last night the fan was pointed right at me but it was still so warm to sleep. I long for cooler fall days where I don’t have to wait until 8 p.m. to go for a run, when even at that hour its still a warm 20 degrees out. I’m sure I’ll eat my words when it’s truly fall and I’m grudgingly turning on the heat in the house. Of course they will be candles, oh yes. I can already smell the ‘fireside s’mores’ candle that’s been sitting on my shelf waiting to fill our house with its delicious scent. 

I will admit, there are lots of dishes I can’t wait to cook and bake in the fall. Of course there is the usual pumpkin fare; cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, streusel muffins, cupcakes, muffinsice cream, swirl brownies (oh yes), bundt cake, and chili. But I also look forward to all the squash, Zucchini in particular, spaghetti squash, soups and chili’s.

BuzzFeed posted about things all basic girls do in the Fall – and I must admit I do quite a few of them – with the exception of the #PSL phenomenon. I don’t drink coffee, but I think that if I did I’m not sure I would indulge in the pumpkin spice latte craze, or at least I hope I wouldn’t. But I am a sucker for fall and all the things it brings with it. I’m sorry to say I’m already thinking about pumpkin patch visits, thanksgiving and even better, friendsgiving 2.0. Last year’s friendsgiving was full of amazing food and friends, a tradition I hope to carry on for years to come.

I’m also happy to have my cousin move into the neighbourhood! –  just across the street. I think about our family living together, her parents and mine, when they were young and I’m excited to have them living close to us, along with the most adorable little boy who I get to see often. I made them this zucchini bread when they moved in as a welcome to the neighbourhood, and a welcome to fall. 


Chocolate Zucchini Bread
A moist zucchini loaf cake made with greek yogurt.
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  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 1/2 cup canola oil
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  9. 2 1/2 cups flour
  10. 3/4 cups dutch process cocoa + extra for dusting 2 tsps espresso powder
  11. 3 cups shredded zucchini
  12. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Line and grease a loaf baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Beat the butter, sugar, baking soda, baking powder together until creamy. Mix in the canola oil and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. Stir in the yogurt, alternating with the flour.
  4. Mix in the cocoa and beat until smooth. Fold the zucchini and chocolate chips into the batter. Pour the batter into your baking pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Adapted from Use Real Butter
Adapted from Use Real Butter
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Cakes, Wheat Free

Nectarine, Yogurt & Poppy Seed Cake {gluten free}

September 12, 2014

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Happy Friday! It’s been gorgeous sunshine all week long and summer is still going strong. While our neighbours in Alberta are shovelling their driveways after the crazy dump of early September snowfall, we can lay by the pool (which I was doing just yesterday) and soak up the sunshine. 

I haven’t been baking as much this summer because it was so dang hot – and with Adam out of town so often for work it’s hard to keep an entire tray of cookies or cakes around without consuming them completely myself. I’ve been reaching for fresh fruit as a sweet treat on hot days. My favourite summer fruits are blueberries, strawberries, pears, apples, and of course nectarines. When it comes to stone fruits the best way to enjoy it is cold from the fridge – I can’t stand mushy fruit – even peaches are better when they’re crisp. 

When you do feel like turning on the oven, I highly suggest folding those end of summer fruits like nectarines into this lemony yogurt poppy seed pound cake – made gluten/wheat free! 

Head on over to Vancity Buzz for the Recipe. 

Wedding, Wedding Planning

Countdown: One Year

September 5, 2014
Today is the one year countdown until our wedding! As I type the words it seems surreal. Last week the save-the-dates were sent out, so there’s no turning back ;)
When we got engaged (December 23 of last year) I thought we had forever to plan for the wedding because it would be over a year and a half in advance. A fortune of time as far as wedding planning timelines go. I started off crazily pinning away on Pinterest with colour ideas, themes, dresses, decor and anything else wedding related I could imagine. Then, I sort of dwindled into ‘we have plenty of time’ land and I went a few weeks or months without thinking about wedding things. 
The first step was obviously picking the date. However, this came almost effortlessly to me because I had known for quite some time which date I had wanted to get married. I just needed to find the right guy ;)
It was simply no question, as I had always imagined having the same wedding anniversary as my parents, September 5th. The date and time of year drew me to it easily. I can’t see myself as a summer bride, nor winter or spring. Something about a late-summer affair, on the brisk of autumn, while the days are markedly shorter yet still warm and sunny made me happy. Make no mistake, it is not a ‘fall’ wedding, as my friend (who is getting married this sept 5) keeps joking, there will be no leaves, pumpkins, oranges or brown for that matter. Still light, airy colours. 
We’ve booked the venue, which we fell in love with on our first visit back in February. I think we have found a photographer we love, and are finalizing the ceremony location. There is still lots to do int he coming year, however. The one, very important, thing that I have yet to do is ‘say yes to the dress.’ I’m hoping to begin the search at the end of the month. 
And now the official year of all things wedding begins. I’m so looking forward to the planning, memories and excitement that come with it!
What’s even more special is our friends are getting married today! so we get to celebrate with them and share our anniversaries – what better way to begin the countdown than at a wedding!
photo credit: the lovely Ainsley Rose Photography