Raspberry Oat Muffins

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These muffins were inspired by a recent visit to Allegro Cafe, a coffee shop perched above Whole Foods, that features Whole Foods baked goodies including their enormous muffins in a variety of interesting flavours: their power muffin, GF ginger rice muffin, supa vegan muffin, pumpkin chocolate muffin with maple glaze, raspberry oatmeal muffin… alongside savory stuff, coffee, tea and the usual. There’s no extra cost on special milks, and at the bar there’s stevia, agave, honey, in addition to natural sugars, and soy and almond in addition to the usual milk and cream. They also have their recycling situation sorted out really well, which is a refreshing sight. AND they have a stamp card system (every 12 stamps!) It’s a mystery as to why others still frequent that other coffee place…

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Matcha Croissants

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I didn’t think I’d ever get around to it, but I’m finally able to cross off “croissants” on my baking goals list (!!!) along with “a plated dessert“, “dad’s birthday cake” and “wedding cake“. All that’s left is a Brooks Headley dessert, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for a chocolate eggplant dessert…

I had to wait until the opportune moment– one (relatively free) rainy day for me to not mind staying home to babysit my dough, and when I happened to have good quality butter on hand. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Kerrygold unsalted butter, so all the stars aligned one rainy day for me to take the plunge.

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Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

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Daylight savings was last week, but I’m still mourning the loss of our hour of daytime. The days got so cold and so dark, so fast, and those red cups just popped out of nowhere (who else is disappointed with the lack of design??) and the thought of winter now is very, very real.

But to me it’s all about summer still, and we’re planning for them now, putting in our preferences for where we’d like to be sent off for our rotations. Of course I’d like to stay within the lower mainland (the most cost-effective choice), but I wouldn’t mind if I got sent somewhere random either. Make life an adventure, why not. There’s so many small towns in BC that are unheard of to me, and there’s not really a reason to visit either unless it was for something specific, like our rotations.

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