1/2 cup softened butter
1  egg
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


1. Mix all wet ingredients and sugar together, add dry ingredients, mix until smooth.
2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface (about 1/8 inch thick) and cut with cookie cutters.
4. Transfer to greased baking sheet using spatula and bake for 8 minutes or lightly browned.
5. Cool completely and decorate.

#playdough


1 cup of flour
1/4 cup salt
3 tsp of lemon juice
3 tbsp of oil,
1/2 cup of water 
food colouring

Mix all ingredients over low heat until desired texture forms, wait for dough to cool, then divide and knead in colour.

#beetrootbrownies

It is a perfect dreary day for warm brownies with a beet twist. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre, manganese and potassium. This recipe is adapted from Taproot magazine (Issue 23: Trade) and they turned out perfectly.

Brownies 
Start by washing and cutting 3 medium beets into 1 inch cubes, transfer to an oil greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Add 2 tbsp of water and blend in a food processor or with hand blender until smooth.

Melt 4 ounces of dark chocolate and 1/4 cup of butter in double bowler (or metal bowl) over boiling water. Mix in 1/4 cup of raw honey. Remove from stove and set aside.

Lower oven to 350 degrees, then grease an 8 x 8 dish and dust with flour.

In a bowl, whisk 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract, add chocolate mixture, then stir in 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Mix in the beet puree and pour batter into the greased baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes until a knife comes out clean.

Frosting 
Cream 1/2 cup butter with 3 cups powdered sugar, 3/4 cup cocoa powder and 1 tsp of vanilla. Add 1-2 tbsp of milk to thin. Spread over cool brownies.

Enjoy!

#soups

Warm soups! Once the cool weather hits we have soup a few times a week with bread or naan.Soup is hearty, warming, inexpensive and very easy to make once you have a basic recipe to work from.

nourishing leftover veggie soup

My easy, fail-proof soup-making routine goes like this: heat a few tbsps of  olive oil (or whichever fat you prefer) in a large pot, saute 1-2 cloves of garlic, about 1/2 cup of onion or leek until tender and fragrant. Add 4-6 cups of your favourite broth and 2-4 cups of desired cooked veggies/ beans/ legumes. Simmer for 30 mins and then blend if you wish to have a smooth texture using an immersion blender. Add coconut milk, seasonings and any grains or noodles. For many soups, you can add a dollop of yogurt and some fresh herbs (my favs are thyme or cilantro) for garnish. For soup inspiration look below or check out what you have in your fridge and pantry. 

Some soups we like include the following and some have pictures which I've gathered from over the years.

potato + leek
black bean and garlic + yogurt and cilanto
creamy white bean + Swiss chard
carrot + ginger
roasted beet + yogurt and cilantro 

miso  + sweet potato + seaweed +tofu

butternut squash + carrot

mushroom + cream and thyme

sweet potato chipotle + yogurt, cilantro and fried naan 

green pea + mint

Thai curry coconut + lemongrass and noodles




#garlicgoodness



Growing up, my dad always told us that garlic "cleaned our blood." Turns out he was on to something! Some benefits include: boosting the immune system, anti-microbial, high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. Add roasted garlic to soups, or raw garlic to dressings and dips for a little pick-me-up.
All things #woodlands and #woollen #felt for fall!


#nappingoutdoors



Take some inspiration from Scandinavian parents (and Canadian parents a few generations ago) and let baby nap outside for a longer sleep and fresh air. I've tried this in the winter as well, and my children will always wake with rosy cheeks and smiles. 

Layer baby up in the cool or cold weather, go for a walk, then place the stroller in a safe quiet spot and keep baby in eyesight. Our front porch works well, as I can sit at the table and have a coffee and still see babe, but sitting next to the stroller on a park bench, or in your yard works well too. 

I have read that it is commonplace in Finland for a line of strollers with slumbering babies to be parked outside a cafe window while parents are inside. Maybe that will be the norm here someday too!

#beeswax candles


Mmm, sweet #beeswax. I like to get our candles out around this time of year as we start to create a cozy atmosphere in the home. Lighting a candle in the evening when everyone is home can be a comforting tradition that signals time together, reminds the family to slow down and encourages everyone to linger at the table a little longer. 

Tip: we light one for each child so there is no arguing over who gets to blow the candle out ;)