I’m a big fan of ‘home tours’ on blogs. I love to see everyones interior design ideas, unique decorations and really, just being a ‘nosy neighbour.’ I always wonder about some people’s homes – what they look like, where they cook, eat, hang out. Whenever one is featured, I’ll definitely take a peek.
I usually post photos of food – not many of me, the house etc. However, if you follow me on Instagram (@AliciaBakeaholic) I post more selfies than shellfish. I always love a good selfie. There’s usually a few pictures of Lainey and Adam in there too.
After recently painting the kitchen white (I’m sure people think I’m crazy because it was pretty light before, but it was the ‘painters beige’ they used when we bought it, and I hated it. It wasn’t white). I wish we could have picked colours for the house when they were building it, but alas no paint colour options were available – Don’t get me started on the struggle over if we could choose the white countertops or not (in the end we could, for a price)
We’ve actually only ‘really’ painted a few rooms since we moved in (the bedroom, one wall in the guest room, one wall in the office, entrance way and living room). I obviously love white, and add colour with decor or cookbooks (I colour-code them). I’ll admit, the entrance way is really a small difference, however I can tell it’s a light grey, instead of the beige. Yeah, I’m crazy like that. Poor Adam.
So when I finished painting in the absurd heat this past weekend I thought I’d take the opportunity to share our kitchen after living here a year and a half. Don’t be fooled (I know my mother isn’t) that it doesn’t always look like this. In real life there would be: a million dirty dishes, flour, icing sugar and more on the floor and ceiling, dropped ingredients, some piled up papers, and a few dog treats left on the ground.
I’m always curious where people cook and bake, so here’s my little (big!) kitchen that I absolutely love. The island was one of the biggest selling features when we were looking to buy. It’s Adam and I’s first home together, and my first ever brand-new home.
When we bought the house I said I really wanted floor to ceiling bookshelves. Being the lucky girl I am, Adam made my dream come true. They are just what I wanted, open shelving with cabinets at the bottom. What you can’t see: DVDs, Serving Dishes, Pantry items and more. Another DIY is the chalkboard wall – fun for leaving messages, reminders or as a sign for birthday parties etc.
Welcome to my kitchen :) where all the (delicious) magic happens.
I have a love for cookbooks. I like to peruse them, read them, bookmark my favourite go-to recipes and take in the artful recipe photos. I started colour-coordinating them, however the left hand side is sort of a mashup of books. I started grouping the ‘vegan’ ones together, along with wheat-free. I think the majority of my cookbooks these days are vegetarian, vegan or wheat-free simply because the recipes and food photography is so gorgeous.
Things I still want to do: the backsplash. When they were building our house I actually asked if they could leave it off all together, as I really didn’t like the dark penny-tile. They said they had to put it up in order to pass inspection, so alas I was stuck. I would love subway tile, in white (shock) or a marble. Maybe even a pale clear blue.
Thanks for stopping by :)
I’m not sure how this is my FIRST ice-cream related post of the summer – but it is. I’m actually shocked there isn’t more ice-cream in my freezer right now.
I’ve been practically melting in our early-summer heat wave here in Vancouver. We usually get ‘summer’ weather later in the season in August, even into September. It’s really crazy that we’ve had almost 30 degree weather all week long, and more in the forecast.
Last week I posted for Vancity Buzz about frozen treats to try in Vancouver, including popsicles and ice-cream. Right now the only thing I want to eat is a cool treat.
As much as I’d love to eat ice-cream all day every day it’s not very healthy – except maybe when it’s only 3 ingredients and homemade.
When I’m not reaching for ice-cream my go-to cool down is a nice cold smoothie with lots of ice. Right now I’m loving blueberry, peanut butter, kale, almond milk and ice. I announced the winner of last weeks giveaway if you haven’t check it out yet! Thanks for entering everyone =)
This weekend I’m excited to go to a friends bridal shower, and looking forward to the stagette next weekend in the interior – which will be even hotter. Thankfully we will have a lake to jump in, and wine tastings to cool off with. She’s getting married in September – and I can’t wait for their wedding!
Speaking of wedding – I’ll have to post about our progress so far – or lack thereof. I was so crazy about wedding stuff when we first got engaged and then lost my inertia. We’ve been engaged almost 7 months now! but still have lots to do.
Last year I discovered the joys of 1-Ingredient Banana Ice cream. You can definitely eat it plain, or add in some other ingredients. With a dairy-allergy ice-cream in the summer can be a real tease – which is why I’m happy to make my own better versions at home to eat myself.
This ice-cream recipe is vegan & dairy-free with only a few ingredients that you can make in no time. I also dipped some cones in chocolate and almond meal to give it that extra indulgent quality. It’s sort of like a grown-up Drumstick – only much healthier.
And yes – I did eat this for lunch.
Almond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
Just like your favourite indulgent ice-cream flavour, this Almond Butter Chunky Monkey is healthier, which means you can eat more of it. Banana Ice-Cream studded with, almond butter chunks and chocolate chunks in a dipped waffle cone.
- 3-4 large Ripe Bananas, peeled + sliced, and frozen for at least 1 hour or more
- 1/2 cup + 3 Tbs. Almond Butter
- 3 Tbs. Almond Meal + more for dipping
- 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate chopped, or Dark Chocolate Chips + a little more for melting
- 2 tsp. Coconut Oil (separated)
- Small Waffles Cones (optional)
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside. Add the1/2 cup Almond Butter, + 1 tsp. coconut oil and Almond Meal together in small bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Spoon mixture onto parchment paper and spread with spoon or spatula to create a square/rectangle.
- Place in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Remove frozen banana slices from freezer and place in food processor.
- Turn food processor on and blend bananas, stopping to scrape down when needed. This will take about 5-10 minutes of blending. The bananas will get easier to blend as they warm up. The beginning of the ice-cream will look like small banana 'crumbs' and then blend into a creamy soft-serve style ice cream.
- Allow to blend until smooth. Once blended add the 3 Tbs. Almond Butter and pulse one or two times to distribute.
- Remove Almond Butter mixture from freezer and, using a pizza cutter, slice into small squares. These will become your "Almond Butter Chips" throughout the ice cream.
- Quickly add the Almond Butter Chips along with the chopped Dark Chocolate to the ice cream and pulse again until just blended.
- Using a spatula transfer the ice-cream to a container with a lid and smooth the top. Place in freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.
- Melt 1 tsp. Coconut Oil along with about 1/4 cup dark chocolate (either in the microwave on low intervals, or on the stovetop) - place in small ramekin or shallow dish.
- Take one cone at a time and dip top into the chocolate making sure to cover all edges and about 1/2-inch down the cone.
- You can leave them plain - or roll the freshly-dipped cone into almond meal to cover.
- Place dipped-side down on a piece of parchment and allow to dry on the counter until set. You can also transfer to the fridge to speed-up the process. Store any un-used cones in an air-tight container in the fridge.
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Summer has arrived! Woohoo!! Time to break out the bathing suit and sunscreen.
I’ve spent the last week sunning myself in the Okanagan – which is why there’s been such a delay in posts. As a teacher one of the perks (amidst our strike battle right now) is having the summer off which means I get to enjoy our beautiful province. It really is a beauty. We had our annual family vacation up in Osoyoos last week and went boating, tubing, and I even attempted my first wake boarding adventure. Needless to say I still need lots of practice. However it was fun trying, and the lake was beautiful to swim in. Right now I’m covered in a few bruises from boating and remnants of Canada Day tattoos.
We also have camping coming up and a trip to the island, as well as more interior trips planned for later this summer. With Adam only home one week at a time we’ve pretty much mapped out our entire summers plans. I was happy to come back from the Okanagan to find Vancouver has been amazingly hot as well. We rolled in last night and it was 28+, still felt like we were in the interior where it was going to get up to 33+ today.
One of the best summer cool-down treats to make in only a couple minutes are smoothies. They can consist of anything you like – fresh in-season berries, greens, other fruit, coconut milk/almond milk, and lots of ice cubes to chill it.
A few weeks ago Bernardin sent me some summer smoothie-must haves: Mason Drinking Jars + Sip & Straw Lids!! These are so so great. I usually drink all of my smoothies in mason jars because they’re SO big!! Which means even more smoothie for drinking.
The drinking mugs are perfect for smoothies, or even Caesars! and the Sip & Straw lids are great for smoothie with large straws – they’re dishwasher safe and BPA free too.
If you follow me on Instagram @AliciaBakeaholic you’ll see all of my smoothie creations in Mason Jars
I even received a Mason Jar bookmark for my birthday!
As you can see, I love a good mason jar.
Lucky for you, I also received my own sip & straw lids for my birthday, which means I have another set to give away!
**All you need to do to enter the contest is comment letting me know which smoothie combination is currently your favourite! or what you’d like ’sip’ with the new sip & straws **
The winner will be announced next week on July 11th =)
*** The Winner is Justine! Thanks for entering everyone! Happy Summer!! ***
Now you can take your smoothie and cool down on the go!
Minty Green Smoothie
A refreshing mint green smoothie to cool down this summer
- handful of kale or spinach
- 6 ice cubes
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 3 mint leaves
- 1/2 ripe banana
- chia seeds
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (optional)
- green powder/protein powder (optional)
- Add to high speed blender and mix until smooth. If it is too thick add more liquids.
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