Around town

Off to the library, shoes & purse, check. 

My mom made her this cute little romper! 

I've never loved the whole Disney Princess thing, but somehow she still found out about them, knows their names and is obsessed.... 

Our favourite Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Making muffins is a weekly activity for us, it's a good way to put to distract from the "can I watch Dora?" question I get asked 500 times a day. These Oh She Glow's Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are our fave! They were all gone before I could get a finished photo haha, but you know what a muffin looks like. Recipe Below. 

Yes I know, I said Vegan, but I used eggs. We always have eggs in the house so I didn't bother doing the flax egg the recipe calls for cause I'm wild like that. 

Trying to distract her from licking allll the batter with Watermelon. 

Vegan Oil-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Recipe from the Oh She Glow's Cookbook/Blog

Ingredients:

  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 & 1/4 cup lightly packed shredded zucchini, skin left on
  • 1 & 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark mini chocolate chips 

1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly spray muffin with oil or grease with Earth Balance.

2. Mix flax egg in a small bowl and set aside. Grate zucchini using a grater box (regular grate size). Set aside.

3. Mix almond milk and apple cider vinegar (or sub fresh lemon juice) in a small bowl and set aside. It will curdle, but this is the point as we’re making vegan buttermilk.

4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar).

5. Mix together the wet ingredients (flax egg, almond milk mixture, maple syrup, and vanilla) and then pour over dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, and shredded zucchini.

6. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin filling each tin 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 15-17 minutes at 350F, or until muffins slowly spring back when touched. A toothpick should come out mostly clean. Cool in tin for 5 minutes. With a knife, loosen around the muffin edge and transfer to a cooling rack until completely cool.

Friends Getaway to Washington

This past weekend we spent 4 days in Maple Falls, Washington with 14 close friends of ours. We've grown to be like family with these people, we see them almost every week, celebrate all our birthdays together, have a friends christmas sleepover every year, but strangely this was our first trip together and it was so great! We spent our time in at the house we rented cooking, eating, playing lots of board games, hot tubbing, having fires, and going down to the lake. Definitely the start of a summer tradition. Majority of the people in this group of friends are photographers or film makers so everything is always very well documented... Thanks to Josh for taking all of these photos (and many many more)!!  

Poppy and "Auntie" Megan just lounging by the lake. When you have 13 adults, 1 toddler and 1 newborn you get to spend a lot of time not watching your own child ;) 

Baby Casper is just over one month old and so freaking sweet, smiley, and snuggly! 

She is not the biggest fan of my wet lake hugs. But she is the biggest fan of hogging all of the chips and then dumping upside down when forced to share...

"Uncle" Cayne arrived at the Cabin with a lollipop for Poppy, so obviously he is in her very good books!

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 The guys found a dead snake aka the prank jackpot, it was fun to watch them literally running around like little boys all weekend getting into trouble and looking for creatures.

Oh fishy crackers, the answer to all long drives. 

Morning Walk

It was one of those mornings where just getting outside to take a quick family walk felt like climbing Everest (because I totally know what that feels like). There were about 3 time outs during the getting dressed process alone. But we made it outside and that beautiful fresh air totally turned our morning around... jk. Poppy completely melted down if we didn't stop to pick dandelions every 3 steps & almost couldn't find a reason to carry on being a 2 year old when we told her we weren't walking to the bakery, fun family times. 

Sid is almost 5 years old, he is a Rottweiler, American Staffordshire, Lab A.K.A Supermutt that turned out very handsome. He was our first baby and I love him, but it takes a lot more effort to feel that way since having Poppy. A lot of the time I just see the floor covered in hair every freaking morning, beige carpet turned brown and another pile of poop to pick up. But he is such a good & patient boy. He's so protective when David is on tour and I'm really trying to love him better.