If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of frozen, ripe bananas in your freezer! Whenever I need to use some up, my Decadent Dark Chocolate Banana Bread is my favourite banana bread to make — it tastes like a decadent chocolate cake, but it’s full of healthier, more nourishing ingredients than your average banana bread (psst… it has an avocado in it!). I’ve made probably 10 different variations of this recipe over the years, and I always incorporate whatever ingredients I have in my pantry. I bet you have them in yours too! This recipe reminds me of drinking tea and baking with my Mom — I always make this recipe out at her place when I visit on fall weekends. So, I used her vintage tea cups, silver and linens to style this post — my Mom’s house is full of antiques!
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Today I’m showing you how I made these little Wildflower Bundles for a summer dinner party! I was inspired by these Wildflower Bundles from Free People, and thought they would make a cute idea for a summer tablescape, on top of the napkins at each place setting. It’s such a simple but special touch, and guests like to take them home and dry them. You can make these with whatever wildflowers and shrubs you have in your own yard, all you need is some scissors and twine.
Remember when I mentioned I’ve been obsessed with natural wood lately, and I was planning to make a bunch of wooden things this summer? This is my first DIY project involving wood! Today I’m showing you how I made this Driftwood Sculpture Centerpiece with foraged driftwood. This is a simple, inexpensive project that adds a lot of interesting, natural texture to your tablescape — all you need is driftwood, twine and some imagination! I’m also sharing some styling ideas for a summer dinner party.
I’m totally in love with nectarines right now, and I’ve been making my Nectarine Basil Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Vinaigrette for lunch often lately! It’s quick to whip together and combines a delicious summer flavour profile — nectarines and basil. You could also have this salad for dinner, just add some grilled chicken, shrimp (or more almonds) and you’re set! In this recipe I use a pineapple balsamic white vinegar from Lucero Olive Oil, which I picked up in Napa Valley last summer (and have been rationing like an insane person), because it’s absolutely heavenly.
In honour of Canada Day, I’m sharing a red and white smoothie recipe inspired by one of my favourite summer desserts — cherry crumble! It’s cherry season in Canada, so I wanted to incorporate cherries into a healthy, nutrition packed smoothie that you can enjoy anytime of day (even though it tastes like a dessert!). My Cherry Crumble Smoothie also contains an unexpected superfood vegetable that makes it naturally sweet and decadent tasting — just like real cherry crumble.
Have you ever had a Shamrock Shake? I can honestly say that I haven’t, but I know the limited edition Shamrock Shake has a cult following, and people go nuts over it every year come mid-February. The shake is minty and creamy, and I thought it would be fun to put a healthy spin on it for St. Patrick’s Day. I need to get my St. Patty’s beverage fix in somehow, and my green-beer-drinking college days are long gone (hey, I am half Irish, after all)! My Superfood Shamrock Smoothie is dairy free, gluten free and vegan, plus it’s made without food colouring and refined sugar.