Friends, I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you my first recipe incorporating produce from our very own Country Garden today! While I took a hiatus from publishing new recipes here at JustineCelina, you better believe I continued my testing and development process offline — and I’m returning to these pages more inspired than ever. You see, back in 2020 my amazing Mom and I embarked on the journey of planting our first (pandemic) garden — something we’d always wanted to do, but seemingly never had time for. Fast forward to summer 2022 and we’ve been fortunate to experience 3 successful gardening seasons full of getting our hands dirty, growing food from seed, enjoying abundant harvests, cooking, baking and recipe making! It brings me great joy to to begin sharing scenes and snippets from our idillic Alberta garden — along with a plethora of fresh, thoroughly tested, plant based, garden-to-table recipes!
Naturally, I wanted my introductory garden-inspired recipe to be a cherished family favourite that I’ve completely revamped to be free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar for those of us with allergies and intolerances — Cinnamon Raisin Zucchini Bread! Deceptively decadent and ultra moist, this comforting, veggie-centric, gently spiced loaf incorporates 2 full cups of zucchini — my absolute favourite way to put overgrown garden goodies to good use. Elevated pantry staples of gluten free flour, golden cane sugar, free range eggs, extra virgin olive oil, oat milk and pure vanilla extract combine with shredded (fresh or frozen) zucchini, sultana raisins, a kiss of cinnamon and a dash of cloves to create a rich, caramelly loaf with a streuselly top. Enjoy a slice with your morning coffee for a nourishing breakfast, or as a satiating afternoon snack alongside herbal tea to fuel your day with plant powered energy!
Who else is so ready for fall?! Each September I savour the last few weeks of summer as Autumn Equinox approaches — but this year, I couldn’t be more excited its arrival! This magical month between summer and fall is my absolute favourite — the leaves slowly start turning, the temperatures start cooling and I find myself endlessly inspired by the changing landscape, crisp air and incoming trends. I relish in the process of channeling this inspiration into my life and creative work! Today, I’m thrilled to bring you my September Digital Blooms Roundup, featuring 11 Free Tech Wallpapers inspired by this gorgeous, transitional time of year.
Refresh your tech for fall by downloading a free floral tech wallpaper incorporating some of late summer and early autumn’s prettiest flowers and foliage! September’s DIGITAL BLOOMS feature a lovely palette of summer pastels juxtaposed with autumn’s quintessential earth tones and deep berries across an eclectic assortment of seasonal flowers and foraged offerings. You’ll find an inspired assortment of Anemones, Astilbe, Angel Wings Begonia leaves, Barberry leaves, Chrysanthemums, Cotinus, Cosmos, Dalihas, Dusty Miller, Eremurus, Firewheels, Golden Tickseed, Hypericum, Larkspur, Pampas Grass, Poppy Pods, Ranunulus, an assortment of of Roses, Rudbeckia, Scabiosa, Strawflower, Stock, Sunflowers, Solidago, Sweet Peas, Thlaspi and Whiskey Grass at play in this gorgeous collection of early fall floral tech wallpapers. Click through to choose from 11 seasonally inspired designs to download to the background of your computer, laptop, tablet or phone — absolutely free!
It’s sunflower season — and I’m absolutely elated! Whether you’ve followed along for just a couple of weeks or a couple of years, you’ll know how much I adore sunflowers. From bringing them into our home, to incorporating them into my FLOWER content, to road-tripping to see fields of these sunny blooms, sunflowers have graced the pages of JustineCelina many times! If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you love these sunny, quintessentially summer blooms just as much as I do. Last year, my Mom, little sister and I headed north to visit Bowden Sunmaze & Eagle Creek Farms for an unconventional girls night, to catch a glimpse of their renowned sunflower fields at sunset — and it was an absolutely beautiful evening. Each summer, I looking forward visiting when they reopen for the season!
If you’ve always wanted to visit a Sunflower Field or U-Pick Flower Field but aren’t sure what to expect, this post is for you! I’m thrilled to bring you along on our trip to Bowden Sunmaze & Eagle Creek Farms as I detail everything you’ve ever wanted to know about visiting a sunflower field and flower u-pick — from location, to cost, to activities, to the best times to visit, to my best sunflower field photography tips! Craving a little adventure as we transition into autumn and want to see these stunning Alberta Sunflower Fields for yourself? Be sure to visit their website and socials for the latest updates regarding the current season. If you’re looking for a family-friendly outdoor activity, or are simply yearning for a cheerful digital escape, join us as we visit Alberta’s Bowden SunMaze on a gorgeous midsummer evening!
Flower friends, I’m thrilled to bring you my August Digital Blooms Roundup today, featuring 11 Free Tech Wallpapers celebrating the brightest, sunniest and most beautiful blooms summer has to offer! Over the past 5 years, I’ve preserved August’s quintessential blooms digitally with archive of uplifting floral wallpapers inspired by summer days and a vibrant colour story for you to enjoy all month long . August‘s DIGITAL BLOOMS Roundup features sunny Sunflowers (stay tuned for a fresh post in my ALL ABOUT series coming later this summer!) alongside an array of summer flowers, foliage and produce — and you can download them straight to your tech, absolutely free!
Break out your favourite sundress or straw hat and enjoy August’s sunny blossoms on the background of your computer, tablet or phone. Simply click through to grab these uplifting summer florals for your tech and bask in that carefree summer feeling all month long! Wishing you all a beautiful August — and happy Leo season to my fellow lions and lionesses!
It’s the height of summer here on the Alberta prairies — and I’m thrilled to bring you another recipe roundup to celebrate the very best ingredients this season has to offer! Summer is my absolute favourite time of year to take a trip to the farmers market or our Country Garden in search of gorgeous produce, herbs and flowers to inspire my culinary creations. My hope is that this post featuring 20+ Healthy Plant Based Summer Recipes also inspires you to do the same, while supporting your local markets, growers and farmers whenever possible! So, I’ve scoured my extensive RECIPE archives to compile this fresh and seasonal summer recipe roundup to include my (and your!) most loved, most made and most featured summer recipes in one convenient location, categorized by meal type and diet for easy browsing reference.
As always, this seasonal recipe round-up features my all-time-favourite summer recipes across culinary categories, from breakfast through happy hour — with lots of snacks, treats, smoothies and juices! My flexitarian recipes are simple, seasonal, free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and packed full of fresh, nourishing ingredients — the majority are also vegan or vegetarian (although there is one pesceratian recipe in this roundup!). These whole food dishes are also budget friendly, with many yielding large batches (perfect for families, summer meal prep or batch cooking!). From my kitchen to yours, I hope this roundup of tested-till-perfect, plant based eats and drinks inspires you enjoy and experiment with summer’s bountiful fruits, vegetables, herbs and blooms! Cheers to our most delicious summer yet!
Welcome July with a fresh floral wallpaper for your devices from July’s Digital Blooms Roundup, featuring 11 Free Tech Wallpapers for you to choose from! This summery floral tech wallpaper roundup celebrates all the beautiful flowers and foliage in bloom during the height of summer here on the Alberta prairies — including Peonies, Ranunculus, Tulips, Craspedia, Narcissus, Asclepia, Genista, Irises, Matsumoto Asters, Veronica, Freesia, Allium, Cornflower, Lilacs, Chive Flowers, Freesia, Scabiosa, Misty Blue Statice and an array of Wild Grasses. These free spirited blooms are some of my summer favourites — and I’m thrilled to share them with you!
This colourful array of free floral wallpapers celebrate the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature’s floral offerings at the height of summer, preserved digitally just for you. Now you can enjoy July’s most beautiful blooms on the background of your computer, tablet or phone with the click of a button — absolutely free! Click through to download these gorgeous seasonally inspired designs onto your tech and enjoy an endless summer digitally with July’s DIGITAL BLOOMS Roundup!
Lilac season is upon us once again here on the Alberta prairies — and I absolutely adore these magical, fleeting few weeks! So, I thought it was the perfect time to revitalize this ancient post in my FLOWER ARRANGING series about How to Create a Lilac Bouquet (originally published 5 years ago!) with some fresh images and content. Over the past 5 years I’ve learned a lot about flowers, urban foraging and how to work with lilacs — and I’m thrilled to share my updated knowledge, along with step-by-step instructions on exactly how I created this ultra dreamy, oversized lilac arrangement for our coffee table! We’re fortunate to have 2 abundant lilac trees on the vacant lot behind our apartment — and each year, I look forward to early June when I pop over with my tote bag and clippers in tow to forage some fresh lilac branches (with permission, of course!) for various projects and recipes!
No matter the weather, I’m always looking for creative ways to bring the outside in — and lilac season is the perfect opportunity to preserve late spring’s beauty while adding a splash of colour and intoxicating scent to your space. Not only are these lavender hued blossoms absolutely gorgeous, they’re also free — making it simple and accessible to create a no cost arrangement for your home to welcome summer’s arrival. Whether you’d like to learn more about lilacs, brush up on urban foraging, or stopped by for tips on how to arrange lilac branches to create a beautiful bouquet and that lasts as long as possible, you’ve come to the right place — pour yourself a glass of crisp rosé and take a seat in my Living Room as I share some serious lilac knowledge!