Category: recipes

Little gifts – a handmade wrap up

My absolute favourite part of the holiday season is making and giving gifts. I love treating my friends and family to little goodies I’ve made just for them. If you’re thinking of going homemade this season, you need to get on it. Here’s a wrap-up of some recent projects that would be perfect to whip up for the nice people on your list!
lip balm DIYThis recipe for Lip Balm is one of my all time favourites. It’s quick, easy and cheap to mix up a batch.
imageTeam the lip balm with this Lemon Sugar Scrub or Dry Shampoo…add a candle and you’ve got a spa themed gift. What girl doesn’t appreciate that?!
rustic tray DIYI’m still a total fan of all things chalkboard painted. If you’ve got some building skills, put together a Rustic Tray. If that’s a bit ambitious, how about these Chalkboard Placemats?!
Chalkboard placematsOr try Chalkboard Painted Glassware and even fill that glassware with Sugar and Spice flavoured sugar.
chalkboard paint on glass DIYflavoured sugarSo many options and I haven’t even started on the edible gifts! Get crafty this weekend and I bet you’ll have more fun giving gifts than ever before…and really, isn’t that what it’s all about!?

Tiger butter – test batch

Tiger butter recipeThere’s a lovely young lady in my life that I’d like to claim as my niece but she’s actually my nephew’s girlfriend. Jenn is one of those rare girls that’s got it all going on: she’s smart, pretty, kind, athletic and truly beautiful inside and out. When she asked if we could get together to try some chocolate bark recipes for the holidays I said ” heck yeah’! This is our first test batch and we both gave it a thumbs up. It’s as delicious as it is easy! Here goes:

Tiger Butter

  • 1 lb white chocolate wafers
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet, dark or milk)

Tiger butter recipePlace the white chocolate wafers in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Check and stir after 2 minutes and microwave longer if needed to completely melt the chocolate.
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the chocolate peanut butter mixture on it evenly.
Melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and return to microwave as needed to melt fully.
Drop or drizzle the melted chocolate onto the white chocolate mixture. Use a skewer or knife to swirl it into the white chocolate.
Cool then break into small pieces. Put it in the freezer to speed this up.
Tiger butter recipeTiger butter recipe Gotta like a recipe that comes together with just 3 ingredients and about 30 minutes! This bark melts in your mouth! Thankfully I convinced Jenn to take most of the batch home with her so I didn’t tempt myself. Easy enough to make even with young kids and super yummy…tuck this idea away for future gift giving, we’re going to!

Easy energy balls

Easy energy ballsI can feel it happening, can you? The holiday season is rapidly approaching and I find myself with more to get done in a day. Most of it is fun stuff, like a pick up at the airport one day, a craft fair the next and a parade two days later. I really try to stick with my regular workouts and of course there’s a full time job in there too. I need a little pick-me-up in the afternoons and I’m determined not to hit the vending machines. So, I made a batch of these no bake energy balls and they’re doing the trick for me. Maybe you wanna try them too?
Easy Energy Balls

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp each of ground chia seeds and ground flax
  • 2 tbsp protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Start with the dry ingredients and mix them in a bowl to combine and get out any lumps. I like a fork for this. Add in the peanut butter, honey and vanilla and continue stirring until well combined – I ended up using my hands. Roll into golf ball sized balls and refrigerate. Makes 12 balls.
Easy energy ballsReach for one when you need a little snack, pre or post workout or pack a couple in your lunch bag! This is one of those recipes you can add or substitute freely. Try adding dried fruit, chocolate chips or chopped nuts. Skip the chia and flax and add a bit more oatmeal or wheat germ. Just be sure to balance the wet and dry ingredients so they stick together. Let’s keep our energy up and stay healthy to enjoy all this holiday season has to offer!