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Posted on July 24, 2017

Honey & Betts & Brunch | Summer Edmonton Blogger Brunch With Central Social Hall

Edmonton Blogger Brunch With Central Social Hall

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Our beautiful medium bouquets, from Them Blooms, photographed by Clara Cecilia Photography.

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Dazzling confetti balloons and cursive “party” balloon from Sugar Girlee Co.

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I cannot stop raving about the explosion of Edmonton’s patio scene this year – I feel like last year there was only the common spots like O2’s rooftop patio and Craft’s rooftop patio that were available for outdoor summer dining.

But there are only so many times you can switch back and forth between those two locations…

Through a friend I had excitedly heard that Central Social Hall was renovating their entire Jasper Avenue place (which looks fantastic by the way – the bathrooms are phenomenal with the giant flower walls and floor-to-ceiling mirrors) and opening a brand new patio.

It’s like they knew what a blogger‘s dream patio looked like! Those pink umbrellas stole my heart away the second I saw them.

The staggered landings help the layout feel open and not overcrowded with the tables. Even though you’re on Jasper Avenue your conversation is not drowned out by the street noise because you’re elevated off ground level.

I was so happy my Edmonton blogger gals could join me for my last hurrah before this baby arrives next month! We were treated to a tasting of their brunch and cocktail/mocktail menus – they recently revamped their entire Central Social Hall menu, and now are using the freshest and local ingredints in all their dishes.

The menu no longer offers frozen, ready to go pub food but now serves innovative, contemporary meals that are delicious! We tried:

Mimosas

 

A huge thanks to:

Central Social Hall on Jasper Avenue

Clara Cecilia Photography

Sugar Girlee Co.

Them Blooms

 

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on July 21, 2017

Easy Strawberry Spiced Muffin Recipe | What A Mom’s Night In Looks Like

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I don’t bake often but when I do I make a night of it. I enjoy making new recipes and old favourites – and tonight I decided to dig out one of my favourite muffin recipes. Strawberries are a delicious summer fruit, and the secret to these muffins is I used frozen strawberries! 

Costco sells big bags of sliced strawberries in the frozen fruit section and they work excellent in baking (don’t get me started on my strawberry peach cobbler, YUM!).

What are your favourite summer treats to make? Fruity? Chocolate-y? Super duper sweet? Let me know in a comment, so I can try them out!

Easy Strawberry Spiced Muffins
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the muffins
  1. 2 cup flour
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  8. 1 cup sour cream
  9. 8 tbsp melted coconut oil
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  12. 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
For the topping
  1. 3 Tbs. brown sugar
  2. 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Whisk togethef.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together sour cream, melted coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Lightly combine the wet and dry ingredients until batter comes together, do not overmix.
  5. Gently stir the strawberries in.
  6. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.
  7. Mix the topping together in a small bowl.
  8. Sprinkle the topping on the tops of the muffins before they are put into the oven.
  9. Bake muffins for 18-22 minutes.
  10. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. For a double batch, double all the ingredients.
Honey & Betts http://www.honeyandbetts.com/

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on June 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Hannah & Canada! | DIY Naked Cake For Terrible Bakers | #Canada150

First thing you need to know is I am a terrible baker, the last cake I "made" was half baked. This easy to make DIY Naked Cake for terrible bakers! Betty Crocker Rainbow Bit Naked Cake DIY PINK flowers

Guess who’s birthday it is this weekend? Yours truly! Turning 24 has crept up on me, I feel like I just wrote my Turning 23 post.

I’m blessed to share a birthday with Canada, and fortunately I always get a long weekend and fireworks on birthday. It’s a wonderful day!

This year I decided to make myself a cake (because I usually just buy one…). First thing you need to know is I am a terrible baker, the last cake I “made” fell apart and was half baked. I stick to muffins, it’s hard to mess those up!

And I’ve had this SMAKSAM Ikea cake decorating kit in my pantry (unopened since New Year’s) and I’m pretty sure Matt gave up all hope I’d ever use it. What a better time to put it to use than MY birthday!

What you’ll need to make a DIY naked cake for terrible bakers:

Cake Mix (1 box for 2 layers, or 2 boxes for 3/4 layers)

Icing
8″ round cake pans
SMAKSAM Ikea Cake Decorating Set
Happy Birthday Candles

DIY Naked Cake
Make a 2 or 3 or 4 layer cake for any celebration.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - 2 Cake Mix Boxes
  2. 3 - 6 Eggs
  3. 1/3 - 2/3 Cup Oil (they suggest vegetable, I used melted coconut oil)
  4. 1 Container of Icing
  5. 1 Cup Frozen Cherries
  6. 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
  7. 8" Inch Round Cake Pan
Instructions
  1. Follow directions on cake mix to make either 2 cake layers (using 1 box) or 4 cake layers (using 2 box).
  2. Let cake cool for 10 min.
  3. Blend the frozen cherries and coconut milk and 1/2 cup of icing until well blended.
  4. Use the SMAKSAM Ikea cake cutter, cut the round side of the cakes to an even plain.
  5. Fill the SMAKSAM Ikea icing bag with white icing.
  6. Use the SMAKSAM Ikea icing bag, trace with white icing around the cakes edge. This prevemts the cherry icing from over flowing the sides.
  7. Fill the remaining area with the cherry icing mixture.
  8. Put the next cake layer evenly on the bottom, iced cake layer. Repeat if you have more than 2 layers.
  9. Refill the SMAKSAM Ikea icing bag with white icing.
  10. Apply all the icing on the sides and top of the 2 layer cake.
  11. Use the SMAKSAM Ikea icing edge, apply even pressure while turning the cake and smooth the icing on the sides and top of cake.
  12. Refridgerate for at least 1 hour.
  13. Decorate with candles and enjoy!
Honey & Betts http://www.honeyandbetts.com/

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on June 6, 2017

Passion Tea Limeade | A Refreshing, Summer Party Drink Recipe

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Whether for a birthday party, BBQ, engagement party, or baby gender reveal party this passion tea limeade will be a hit with kids and/or adults!

The last time I had my girl friends over I wanted to whip up some Passion Tea Limeade but can you guess what happened? Matt had drunk all my ingredients! Be assured a recipe is tasty when Matt gives it his seal of approval.

Passion Tea Limeade
A similar twist to the traditional Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. President's Choice Herbal Hibiscus Tea or Tazo Passion Tea Concentrate
  2. 8 oz. water
  3. 4 oz. Kirkland Margarita Lime Mix
Instructions
  1. Combine the Passion Tea/Hibiscus Tea Concentrate with water.
  2. Add Margarita mix.
  3. Pour over ice.
  4. Enjoy!
Honey & Betts http://www.honeyandbetts.com/

 Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on May 22, 2017

Healthy Snacks For Yourself (& Your Kids) | Spinach Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Spinach Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
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Tasty ways to introduce spinach to your children's snacks.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of butter or coconut oil, soft
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 2 eggs, beaten
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/8 tsp salt
  8. 2 large bananas, mashed
  9. 1 cup spinach, pureed
  10. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter/coconut oil and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Sift flour, baking soda, salt in a separate bowl.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet.
  6. Add bananas, spinach, and chocolate chips.
  7. Grease loaf pan and pour in batter.
  8. Bake for 60 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.
If using frozen spinach
  1. Microwave, then drain of all excess liquid. Too much liquid will make your banana bread batter too runny and will take longer to cook.
Honey & Betts http://www.honeyandbetts.com/

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on May 3, 2017

Cheers To You, Mom! | Mother’s Day Dinner | The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

This post is part of the YMC and The Keg Steakhouse + Bar #TheKeg sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. All opinions are 100% my own.

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As mom’s we are often dismissed of any accomplishments because we decided to pursue a family – to grow our babies for 10 months, to raise them, to love them unconditionally (even when they’re in their potty training stage), and support them throughout their lives.

We endure a lot of unmentionable stuff that can question your sanity throughout the year, so when Mother’s Day rolls around I like to celebrate my accomplishment (and give thanks to my own mother who survived raising me) of lasting another year as a mom. 

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar has always been a special place of celebration in my family. It was my dad’s favourite restaurant and whenever we went there it was because we were all there together as a family – as we all lived in different provinces.

Now that I’m older and have my own family I continue the tradition in my little own way and this year I brought my mama friend to The Keg to celebrate our growing families.

And oh boy, did The Keg know how to make my Mother’s Day! We laughed and chatted about our families while we dined on our wedge salads with buttermilk ranch dressing, and garlic cheese bread. Our awesome waiter kept our beverages topped up without needing any prompting at all.

You know when there’s that long silence during dinner? You can always tell someone is enjoying their meal when the table falls silent. Once my peppercorn New York sirloin and her steak + crab arrived we gave our food our complete attention. And we were definitely savouring our meals.

To top off our wonderful celebration evening (though I don’t know how we stuffed another bite into ourselves) we each ordered a cheesecake. It was the cherry on top of spending time with my mama friend – reflecting on our year and discussing our plans for the future.

I implore you to treat yo’ self with your family or a special mom in your life to celebrate with The Keg Steakhouse + Bar on Mother’s Day! Remember to make a reservation ahead of time to ensure you have a table at your local The Keg location.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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