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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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Posted on July 24, 2017

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

Edmonton Blogger Brunch With Central Social Hall

ThemBlooms Medium Bouquet Edmonton Alberta

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

SugarGirlee Co. Party Cursive Balloon Canada

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

Edmonton food blogger recipe Easy Strawberry Spiced Muffin Recipe

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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
Yields 12
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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.
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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!
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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!
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