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Posted on November 29, 2017

Confetti Cupcakes Recipe From Scratch

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Happy December 1st!

So, as you’ve learned over the years… I am not a baker.

Though I have mastered the art of baking muffins and cupcakes from scratch, same form but one’s cuter!

These little delights are a white cupcake that I poured (love and) sprinkles into to make it a confetti cupcake.

From Scratch Confetti Cupcakes
A deliciously adorable confetti cupcake.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white sugar
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/2 cup butter
  4. 2 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  6. 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 1/4 cup sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 12-muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  5. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  6. Stir in the milk until batter is smooth.
  7. Fold in sprinkles gently.
  8. Spoon batter into the liners.
  9. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
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Posted on November 25, 2017

5 Parenting Wins & Fails Parents Love To Bond Over

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and PC Organics Baby and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

5 Parenting Wins & Fails Parents Love To Bond Over

I love play dates, it’s a chance to catch up with or meet new mom friends.

Let’s be honest, it’s kind of hard to find good mom friends that you like… But when you do your friendships bloom over discussing these 5 parenting wins & fails:

  1. Sleep (or lack of) – We’re all striving for more than 6 hours of sleep in a row, when we achieve it we have to share it with parents who will be happy with us! They know the struggle of lack of sleep, and this is something worth celebrating!
  2. Physical Milestones: Rolling over to sitting up to crawling to walking to running. It’s the big moments of watching our babies grow up that we love to share!
  3. Verbal Milestones: Are they talking yet? What were their first words? From mispronouncing a word or stringing together a funny sentence, kids say the most hilarious things.
  4. Diaper Blowouts/Potty Training: Nothing binds parents together like sharing our diaper blowouts and potty training fails. It’s right of passage in parenting, if you haven’t had at least one insane blowout or potty training fail please sprinkle a bit of luck on the rest of us.
  5. Food: Whether you’re exclusively breast-feeding, formula feeding, pumping, baby led, early starter – we all feed our children in different ways. The main milestone you’re trying to teach your child is self-feeding. We all have to learn it!

I’m teaching my two year old, Abigail, to self-feed by using President’s Choice Organic baby food products – they are 100% certified organic food products for up-and-coming self-feeders from 6 months to 3 years old. The snacks are full of enticing flavours and balanced nutrition.

I like practicing their fine motor skill of using their pointer finger and thumb to pick up the Multigrain O’s. And Abigail’s favourite snacks are the mini rice cakes and fruit, veggie & oat bars (they come in 2 new flavours).

Have you tried PC Organic baby food products for your self-feeders?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 15, 2017

Pumpkin Scone Recipe

These pumpkin scones are a new family favourite! Annaliese fell in love with scones at Little Brick cafe – they’re big, fresh, and a bunch of amazing flavours. Who knew 4 year olds are smitten by scones, not me!

I hope you like them as much as we do!

Pumpkin Scones
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cup flour
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/3 cup cold butter
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  11. 1/3 cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda.
  3. Cut in butter until it has course, pea-sized crumbles.
  4. In another bowl, whisk eggs, pumpkin and buttermilk.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Combine until moistened.
  6. Knead 10 to 12 times.
  7. Form dough into pingpong ball sizes balls, gently flatten.
  8. Place dough on a cookie sheet.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees 16 to 21 minutes or until lightly browned on the outside.
  10. Cool 5 minutes.
  11. Serve warm.
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Posted on November 2, 2017

“Me” Time | Warm, Restful Moments With Celestial Seasonings

Disclosure: I have partnered with Celestial Seasonings and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

"me" time tea celestial seasonings

I am asked a lot how do I do all the things on my schedule, and have a pre-schooler, a toddler, and a newborn. I don’t really know how I do it all, but taking care of myself is key to my motivation for the day!

Especially during the winter months when the cold sucks all the energy out of me I need as much motivation as possible – it is as simple as a hot shower and a cup of tea to feel rested and refreshed.

Maximizing my “me” time I turn my kettle on before I jump in the shower, that way when I am done the water is hot and ready to steep my tea.

It’s funny how much as a mom I crave so much alone time, to have a moment when I am not being pulled this way and that, but as soon as I have it I miss those little hands and voices in my space.

On mornings when my patience is set I offer my girls their own cups of tea. My older girls both love weak, fruity teas.

While I prefer stronger teas, and Bengal Spice gives me that morning boost that I need to catch my brain up to my body. It’s a herbal tea with spiced flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and nutmeg. I enjoy it with a splash of honey and milk, but it’s also great on it’s own. 

For mornings when I need clarity and focus for the day’s tasks, I sip my delicious Peppermint tea. It’s simply and purely made of peppermint. It’s also very soothing for sore throats with a hint of honey. 

Does anyone else have childhood memories attached to Sleepy Time tea?

During the winter we would continually have a portable coffee urn steeping tea for whomever needed some warming up. After supper we would steep Sleep Time tea, then we would gather in the living room, watch our favourite nightly television shows, and savour our hot tea with the fire crackling. By the time I finished my cup I was so relaxed I would need to climb into my bed or I would fall asleep on the couch.

I can only hope that my girls will have memories of us sitting on the kitchen floor in the winter sipping tea in the early morning, and teaching them the importance of self care.

From Sleepy Time to Bengal Spice to Peppermint, which moment will you choose Celestial Seasonings for?

 

Celestial Seasonings Giveaway

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Posted on October 17, 2017

Instagram Moms & Toddlers | Edmonton Fall Home Show 2017

Take a second to imagine this scene: a mom is trying to rallying the members of her family to take a family portrait around the magnificent dinner she prepared.

Her 2 toddlers are rambunctious and naturally being toddlers are finding it hard to sit still while she fits everyone into the photo to showcase what a beautiful meal she made – no one is to touch the food until the photo is taken. The toddlers are ticking time bombs of emotion and now are starting to fight over what forks the other one has.

Sensing the tension and irritability of the youngest children, the mom quickly takes 50 high speed snaps of the family hoping 1 will have everyone looking or have their eyes open.

That is what blogging and capturing my children on camera feels like, most days. It takes about 50 photos to find 1 photo that meets my standards.

And taking children to Instagram worthy cafes, I will be honest, they are not the perfectly poised children. You should see the mountain of crumbs they create by eating a cookie or scone. 

This week we visited Juniper Cafe & Bistro and Sorrentino’s to taste some delicious local Edmonton food.

Juniper Cafe & Bistro had the best little play area for children inside their restaurant nestled in the Hollyrood community. We ordered a pumpkin scone, giant peanut butter cookie, angel food cake infused with lavender with strawberries and whipped cream, and carrot cake with caramel drizzle.

Peggy Adams, the owner of Juniper, used to be a Starbucks district manager so you know she can make a delicious latte!

Later in the week we went to Sorrentino’s, the original Italian restaurant. They have 6 restaurant locations and 1 cafe in the Edmonton and surrounding area.

I have driven past the cafe location for the last 15 years of my life and have never been inside, and I am so glad I took my little family. We ordered carrot cake cheesecake (yes, you read that correctly and it was heavenly), ganache layered cake, paninis, checkerboard cookies, chai lattes, and caramel steamed milk.

When Chef Chris Hrynyk joined Sorrentino’s he worked as a catering manager, catering chef, cooking class instructor, and is now the company’s corporate chef. 

I can’t wait to go see both Peggy and Chris on the Cooking Stage at the Edmonton Fall Home Show this weekend, October 20-22th! I’ll see you guys there on Friday!

The best part? I have partnered with the Edmonton Fall Home Show to giveaway a pair of tickets (2 tickets) to the Edmonton Fall Home Show, and a meet and greet with Tiffany Pratt, and front row tickets. It’s amazing giveaway for any budding designers, bloggers, or home design fanatics to meet the inspirational Tiffany Pratt.

To enter:

  1. Subscribe with your email to Honey & Betts’ list, in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page
  2. Comment below with your favourite food.

That’s all!

This giveaway ends Thursday, October 19th at 8:00pm. Open to only Edmonton and surrounding area residents.

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Posted on September 29, 2017

Citrus Autumn Punch | Delicious Thanksgiving Drinks With White Wine

citrus autumn punch with white wine holiday citrus punch

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to bring family and friends together! And hosting doesn’t have to be stressful when you make and plan meals/drinks ahead of time.

Matt always teases me for not liking to drink wine straight, but I love injecting different flavours into it – like this citrus white wine punch.

I recently had my best friends over for a girl’s night and this punch was a hit! I can’t wait to serve my Citrus Holiday Punch for Thanksgiving.

White Wine Citrus Punch
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Ingredients
  1. Bottle of White Wine
  2. 2 cups Lemonade
  3. 4 cups Ginger Ale
  4. 1 Grapefruit
  5. 1 Orange
  6. 2 Lemons
Instructions
  1. Slice the oranges, grapefruit, and lemons.
  2. Combine wine, ginger ale, lemonade, and fruit slices.
  3. Enjoy!
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