Tips On Finding Non-Maternity Clothes During Pregnancy

I love being pregnant. But it wasn’t always this way- until I hit my 5 months. I finally have an abundance of  energy (most days), I feel endless kicks and movement, and I have a bump that I can marvel at in gratitude. What a miracle happening inside my body! Every stage has been very different and exciting, it’s like falling in love all over again. 🙂  It’s almost so hard to believe that I’ll be going onto 27 weeks, and almost into my third trimester! It’s all happening so quickly, and I just want to savour each moment.

Some people have been asking about my maternity style, so I decided I’d share weekly updates with my personal favourite styles. ‘Cause I know, It’s sooo hard to find cute maternity clothes, that are affordable, and stylish. I’ll share with you some tips that help me pick out/find the perfect, affordable maternity styles.

This week I am sharing tips on finding clothing items that are non-maternity:

  1. It doesn’t have to be maternity: Maternity clothes can be double, triple the price (no thanks)! So for more variety in my maternity wardrobe I started shopping for styles that I could invest in- styles that I would be able to wear during, and after pregnancy. I mainly look for items that are made of stretchy material, knits, and flowy dresses that make it easier and comfortable to sport.
  2. Look into your closet: This was a big eye opener for me! I couldn’t believe how many items I already had in my closet that would be suitable throughout my pregnancy (this dress being one of them). All you have to do is start there, and then update as you go. You’ll be surprised with what you find!
  3. Still can’t find anything you like? Get it made: This is very convenient for me, because I have a background in sewing- I can easily make a dress or a skirt from scratch. You can do the same with some inspiration or your own designs (Pinterest is great for inspo!). Simply bring your styles to a seamstress and ask for her to sew a piece for you that you have a hard time finding. This is very suitable for events such as weddings, showers ect., where you need an item that is difficult to find.

Your maternity style doesn’t need to be compromised, have fun with it, and enjoy your pregnancy!

Outfit Details:

Dress: H & M

Shoes: Steve Madden

xox I.P.

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Finally Time for Spring

(Contest closed)

It’s time for a CONTEST! This is my first time doing this- and I would love for you to be part of it.

Thanks to JORD, I got my hands on this beautiful timeless watch.

I am totally loving this wood watch style! It may be a trendy item on the market now, but I think it will continue to remain a classic. I always felt like a watch completed an overall look to any outfit; a bold statement piece, and a perfect touch, without over-doing it. I love that JORD has such a great selection of watches for men, women, along with uni-sex styles. (Now you can totally share watches with your loved ones :) ) If you want to get your hands on one of these watches, keeping scrolling and enter to win! And, if you want more information on my selected time piece, make sure you check it out here. With several watch designs, you’ll be able to pick out your favourite too.

Here are a few of things that come to mind when I look at my JORD watch:

Finally Time for Spring: Get it? Well, new season means new things! I am loving these wood watch styles. I have to say, it is a new thing I have been coming across lately, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of them! There is something about the wood style that is so fresh, yet so chic. Change is good.

Love is Timeless: Show someone how much you care by gifting (or winning) them with one of these unique watches, not just because of Valentines day, but simply… because. 🙂

Cozy Meets Couture: I know my style doesn’t have to be limited during my pregnancy. So I love being able to accessorize! A watch is a great way to dress up an outfit- especially one as versatile as this one.

 

Want to see more? Check out these timeless pieces:

    

Make sure to check out their instagram page and their website from more of these styles. #JORD

Contest Information:

So, let’s get to the good part, shall we?

To enter the contest, it’ll take you no time (sorry I can’t resist not using these “time” puns)! Simply fill out your information here, and stay tuned until the winner will be announced.

The contest will close March 5th at 11:59pm. The winner receives $100 Gift Code. All other entrants receive a $25 Gift Code. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire April 30th, 2017.

Best of luck, y’all!

🙂

xox I.P.

Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese Chocolate Banana Bread

Ok, the title may sound a little over whelming, but this one-bowl banana bread is simply, amazing. I mean, who doesn’t looove banana bread? Especially when it’s done right? This super moist, fall-apart savoury banana bread is kinda a big deal among my friends and family. It’s delicious, easy to make, and a saving factor for those browned bananas (’cause when those bananas are browned, there is simply no hope for them, unless it’s a good banana bread). 🙂

I have always loved banana bread. It tastes great for breakfast, and a filling snack to munch on throughout the day. It’s one of those desserts that you don’t feel overly guilty about when you’re eating it. I mean… it has bananas…and bananas are good for you…so there! It’s justified- lol.

Over the past couple years, I was on the search to find a banana bread that was an easy, go-to recipe I could use when I had to make use of my browned bananas, or something I would wipe up quickly when I had last minute guests coming over. And, after a little bit of trial and error over the past years, I finally came up with the ultimate recipe. It’s not too dry, not too sweet, not too bland, it’s just right. And you can be the test of that yourself. 😉

Make sure you bake this loaf for your loved ones this Valentines day, because nothing can be better than gifting the one you love by filling their stomach with this deliciousness. 🙂

Banana bread = love. 

  

Note: Alternatives

  • You can substitute the greek yogurt for plain yogurt or sour cream. Both have been tested and are still true to the overall taste.
  • Sometimes I like to change the chocolate up and use dark or Nutella. The Nutella will taste much sweeter, but it’s super delicious! For this recipe, simply switch the chocolate chips with 1/3 cup of Nutella and swirl it into the batter in conjunction with the cream cheese. YUM!
  • I like to use raw sugar, but white sugar will do as well.
  • Do you prefer muffins instead? Switch it up, and make muffins. Bake the muffins at the same temperature for 15-20 mins. And top it off with this amazing light mascarpone cream.

Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick of butter), melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (*see note*)
  • 2 over-ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup semi-sweet/ dark chocolate chips or Nutella (*see note*)
  • Walnuts for topping
  • *see above for more details/alternatives

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a loaf dish and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir the melted butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and cinnamon extract and mix well.
  4. In the same bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt and mix together until combined.
  5. Add in the yogurt and the mashed bananas and mix until just combined.
  6. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Place half of the batter into the baking dish, add the softened cream cheese (and Nutella if your choose-see note) all over the first layer, swirl with a butter knife, and then add the remaining batter on top.
  8. Top with the batter with walnuts.
  9. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  10. Cool the loaf in the pan for at least 15 minutes before cutting into it.
  11. Enjoy!
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Pregnancy Update & Shower Details

So here I am, onto week 24 in my pregnancy, 15 weeks to go. This little babe is the size of a papaya and is really starting to make a grand appearance. A couple months ago I used to get the awkward stare and hesitating question, “Oh, are you pregnant?” With a look of uneasiness on their face not knowing if they blurted out the question before it was too late. Now there isn’t any hesitation. People just know. Now I get the question, “Aw, how far along are you?” or, “When are you due?” and many times I get a shocked reaction when I answer, “I’m only ___(24) weeks.”Some people think I’m well into my third trimester, but to their surprise I’m only a little over half way there! It has definitely been an interesting experience so far. So many exciting moments of anticipation of the unknown. After getting back from being home (Canada) for the holidays, this little babe started kicking like crazy! I was actually a little worried that I didn’t feel her kick by 20 weeks, but by the 21st week she started and hasn’t stopped since. Kicking and bouncing is very normal. But apparently, my doctors says that she has a lot of fluid movement in the belly, which may lead to sleepless nights and discomfort. This is all normal and very good signs of a healthy babe, so it’s moments like this that I have to remember to be grateful and praise God for a baby that appears healthy so far. 🙂

It’s true when people would tell me that I would feel better during my second trimester! I truly feel great! I can eat everything- and a lot of it, I also started eating foods that I would dare look at before pregnancy (like McDonalds being one of them-uh!). I really want to commit to a healthy diet but sometimes, the temptation is sooo real, I can’t deprive this babe. haha. My husband is definitely shocked by my eating habits, seeing that I was never like this before, it has been a shock to me too. But I am definitely trying to maintain a healthy diet even though I have some minor slips along the way. 🙂

I wanted to do this sooner, but time just flies! Below, I have listed my favourite pregnancy items up to date, which have significantly helped me! I will be posting and talking about where I find all my pretty pregnancy clothing. ‘Cause fashion does not stop at pregnancy! 😉

My Favourite Pregnancy Items: 

Simply click on the picture and it’ll show you were I found them!

Morning (all day) Sickness Candy 

  • Developed by healthcare professionals to provide relief from morning sickness
  • This is a special formulation of essential oils, aromatherapy and a unique delivery method, now with vitamin B6 (which helps with nausea)
  • I would bring these candies with me everywhere, they were so helpful when I felt the onset of symptoms

Belly Balm– to prevent stretch marks 

  • A unique, safe, and effective blend of butter, essential oils, and botanicals to help prevent stretch marks, improve skins elasticity, and hydrate your skin
  • Made with all natural ingredients including Chamomile and Comfrey, this effective and safe balm will deeply hydrate and improve your skins elasticity and help skin naturally stretch while providing relief of dry and itchy skin (this was me a couple weeks ago, it works like a charm!)
  • 100% natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals, free of preservatives and artificial fragrances
  • I like to use this product along with coconut oil on a daily basis

Pregnancy Bras- a must!

  • As a result of a changing body in pregnany…and I mean life changing, I really needed something comfortable and supportive. I am so happy I came across this bra set. Most days I don’t even feel like I am wearing ta bra- which is awesome! ha
  • Supportive, yet super comfortable
  • Great price for 3!

Pre-Natal- highly rated

  • It was really important for me to find the top of the line pre-natals, after much research I thought these to be the best fit for me based on what I was looking for
  • RAW means no high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets. Whole food means RAW Food-Created Nutrients are blended in a base of 23 fruits and vegetables together with food cofactors
  • This pre-natal vitamin was rated top 5 on multiple websites for leading vitamins during pregnancy
  • Not harsh on the body, and I often take them on an empty stomach

Iron Supplement- highly rated

  • After getting blood work done, I was Iron deficient (like 99% of women it seems) so I wanted to find the best and most effective supplement on the market and on my wallet 😉
  • Floradix contains an easily absorbed form of organic iron with extracts of carefully selected herbs, delicious fruit juices, and vitamins C and B complex- iron is best absorbs with Vitamin C, which it contains
  • My doctor told me to purchase any iron that was labeled “slow release”. Which simply means it’s slowly released and absorbed in the body and will not cause constipation. This brand is actually rated on the top 5 iron supplements for pregnant women based on my findings.

I hope this helps you, I did a lot of research to ensure the best safety for my baby and myself during pregnancy. Make sure to do the same!

Baby Shower Details 

I know I’m a little overdue, but I really wanted to share some of my special moments, and details from my baby shower when I was back at home for the holidays. I felt so blessed to have been showered with the amount of gifts and love from all the friends and family that attended! I seriously have enough clothing items for my baby’s first year- and I’m not just talking about clothes, I got so much more. <3

I got this beautiful illustration done by my talented fellow blogger, Joanna who does such a great job to customized the illustration to your expectations. I absolutely loved doing this for my gender reveal, “It’s a girl!” and I also used this illustration to make electronic baby shower invitations. It was perfect, and exactly what I wanted.

Be sure to check out more of Joanna’s work here!

You can easily make free electronic invitations by downloading an app, any would do. If you don’t want to pay for it- simply screen shot it and customize it yourself! (that white blotch is the white out for the contact info 😉

Of course, I ended up making/designing my own dress. I will be talking about that soon. SO stay tuned.

Here are the pretty details of the party decorations. I think the desserts were my favourite. hehe!

Many people asked where I got these adorable realistic rose gold cutlery from- well you can find it here!

 

Everything turned out so pretty, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends and family. <3

Make sure you let me know what you think! I love hearing from you.

xo I.P.

 

Home-made Lavender Lemon Essential Oil Soap

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! 🙂 I know I’m a little late, but better late than never. 😉 It has been a busy time for us after we spent the holidays back home (Canada) for about 3 weeks. But now that we are back, I am really trying to get myself motivated and get back into the swing of things. Although I have to say, with this pregnancy and my belly growing by the day (22 weeks!) all I want to do most days is lay around, research all my pregnancy questions, and scroll through Pinterest until my fingers are numb. So much for my New Years resolutions? Ah!

Anyways, while I was back at home (which I like to refer to as Canada) I posted an Instagram picture of home-made soaps that I made with my mama and cousin for my baby shower. This was our first time attempting home made soaps. But they turned out perfectly, and we had too much fun in the process. I must say, they did look INSTA-worthy! 😛

So if we first timers can do it- so can you! Not only will you enjoy it, but it is effortless since it’s a matter of 3 steps, with 3-4 ingredients. You can stick to the basics, or add your own ingredients, but follow my how-to on making the perfect homemade soaps.



Soap making is so basic, it only has 3 steps!

  1. Melt
  2. Mix
  3. Pour

That’s it. 

 

 

You’ll never have to buy soap again! And you can rest assured that the ingredients are safe, and harmless. I am planning on making a big batch for my baby. Stay tuned! But as basic as it may be, it’s always best to go through a step-by-step guide to ensure a perfect outcome.

If you’re wondering where to find soap supplies, I’ve listed some of my picks below (keep scrolling), that are affordable and also a good choice if you want to invest in quality ingredients. You can also buy them at your local craft store.

Homemade Lavender Lemon Essential Oil Soap (See full recipe below)

Supplies you need: You can buy these from the dollar store

  • Microwaveable glass
  • Spatula for mixing
  • measuring cups/spoons
  • Soap cutter/knife

1. Melt: cut the soap base into cubes, and melt in microwave. 

2. Mix: Add Lavender and Lemon essential oils, dried Lavender, and foaming base (optional).

Foaming base: this is totally optional, this base will make your soaps more bubbly, so it up to your preference. 

3. Pour: Pour soap mixture into molds, and let it sit up to one hour. 

Done. Pretty perfect soaps.

Here I have listed where you can find all the ingredients and supplies you need to make these amazing soaps, thanks to Amazon. Simply click on the picture, and it’ll take you right to the site! Or, you can buy everything you need at a local craft store like Michael’s or Joanns. 🙂

Soap Base: (2lbs will make about 8-10 soaps depending on the size of your moulds)

Shea butter base: this is what I used!

Goat’s milk base:

Oatmeal base:

Foaming base:

Soap molds: they come in all shapes and sizes!

   

Essential oils and dried Lavender:
   

Supplies: Soap cutter

And if you’re gift-giving…

Heat- shrink wraps:

“Hand-made” label stickers:

 

Homemade Lavender Lemon Essential Oil Soap

Ingredients

  • 2 lb of soap base (I used shea butter-see above for more options)
  • 2 tsp Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1/4 cup of dried Lavender
  • 1/4 cup of foaming base

Instructions

  1. Start of by cutting your soap base into cubes, with a knife or soap cutter.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl, add your cubes of shea butter soap base.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then an additional 10 seconds intervals until base has melted. Stir until it is the same consistently throughout.
  4. Once melted and working quickly, add in drops of Lavender and Lemon essential oils, foaming base, and dried Lavender and stir until combined.
  5. Carefully pour mixture into soap mold.
  6. Let sit for 40 minutes to an hour before attempting to remove it.
  7. To remove, carefully push on the bottom of the mold until the soap releases.
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Baked French Toast

The 12 days of Christmas baking ends off with overnight Baked French Toast. 

I can’t believe how quickly Christmas came around. I wish we started celebrating Christmas in September! 😛

I thought I’d save this recipe for last because this breakfast dessert is perfect for Christmas or boxing day breakfast/brunch. I am sure many of you will have left overs, but this is a great touch to your celebrations. After making this for the first time last year, I think It’s safe to say that I will never be able to compare waffles or pancakes to this moist, crunchy, mouth-watering french toast. It also bets regular french toast because this one has a different texture. It’s a must try. Eat up! There is no excuse around this holiday. 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this 12 days of Christmas baking series! Thank you for all of your sweet comments and shares. Make sure to tell me your favourites, and tag me into your posts if you end up trying any of these desserts!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! xox

You can find the baked French Toast recipe below!

Soon moist, but crunchy on the outside…

Baked French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 loaf of thick sliced toast
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and add the brown sugar. Mix well.
  2. Pour the butter/sugar mixture into a pan, or glass dish. Spread evenly.
  3. In another bowl, beat eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Lay a single layer of the toast in the pan/dish (over the butter/sugar mixture).
  5. Spread half of the egg mixture on the first layer of toast.
  6. Then add the second layer of toast, and spoon the remainder of the egg mixture all over.
  7. Cover and place in the fridge over night.
  8. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes. And cover the pan for the first 30 minutes with foil or lid.
  9. Serve with sprinkling icing sugar, whipping cream, syrup and fruits!
  10. Enjoy!
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Traditional Moldavian Plakea (Rice Pudding)

The 11th day of Christmas baking continues, even though everyone may be rushing last minute Christmas shopping, and preparing for family get-togethers (like me!). Continue to stay tuned, especially for tomorrow ’cause you don’t want to miss the last (breakfast) dessert!

Today I’m sharing another popular traditional Moldavian dessert. My mom informed me that this dessert was common and varied among different villages growing up. My mom said that her mom’s plakea was well known among relatives, visitors, and friends. Many people were excited to attend family weddings and Christmas celebrations, knowing that there would be an abundant amount of plakea. A saying arose among common villagers that was translated to, “when are you getting married?” Implying when are we going to eat the traditional plakea. Many women attempted to make plakea, but my grandmother was well known for hers.

I always looked forward to having plakea around Christmas time- that’s mainly when my mom would make it. The smooth tasting, rice pudding-like, chai tea latte flavour really hits the spot. And the best part is that it can be eaten for breakfast too! I love warming it up and topping it with fruits. Delicious! 

My mom definitely maintained and mastered the traditional recipe, and now she has passed it down to me.  I’m so grateful for traditional recipes! They’re unique, original, and always a hit!

 

Notes:

  • Best rice to use is round white for the best texture
  • It may seem strange to add pepper and bay leaves, but this gives a rich chia-latte-like taste- I promise!
  • The only way to get a smooth, rich texture is to use a ceramic or cast iron dish and to tightly seal during baking time
  • This dish is best served warm!

Traditional Moldavian Plakea (Rice Pudding)

Ingredients

  • 2 litres milk
  • 1/2 cup white round rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packs of vanilla powder/sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter- leave 1 tbsp for topping
  • 10 whole black peppers
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and butter a ceramic pan or cast iron dish.
  2. Begin to boil milk on stove top at med-high in a large saucepan.
  3. Before it begins to boil, add washed rice to the milk.
  4. Continue to mix and be very attentive to not let milk rise.
  5. Once the rice is semi cooked through (test taste), turn off heat, and add the remainder of the ingredients. Stir until combined.
  6. Place mixture in dish and cut remaining butter into thin slices and place all over the mixture. (see picture above)
  7. Cover the dish tightly with foil, or lid and bake for 1.5 hours.
  8. Serve warm.
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Ferrero Rocher Truffles

On the  10th day of Christmas baking I made Ferrero Rocher Truffles…because who doesn’t looooove Ferrero Rocher chocolates?

Growing up this was my all-time favourite chocolate. I could probably eat 50 in one setting…it must be the Nutella ingredient. Nothing compares to this chocolate.

These truffles make perfect gifts, party favours, and snacks that you can freeze! I made double the portion and I’m saving the rest for New Years!

P.s. The Christmas countdown is on… only 3 more days! Yay!

Perfect Christmas dinner table favours…

Nutella is the bomb! 

Finely chop the hazelnuts, walnuts and wafers in a food processor:

Then, mix the remaining ingredients together and freeze.

Start by rolling tablespoon-balls, and place a roasted hazelnut in the centre of the truffle.

Place in the freezer to harden before covering in chocolate mixture.

Eek! These look like meatballs! 😛 

Ferro Rocher Truffles

Ingredients

    For the filling:
  • 3 cups crushed hazelnut wafer cookies
  • 2 1/2 cups finely chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts
  • 1¼ cups (10 ounces) Nutella
  • For the chocolate coating:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1½ cups finely chopped toasted hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. Start off with the filling: Crush the walnuts, hazelnuts, hazelnut wafer cookies and add them to a bowl.
  2. Combine nuts, wafers and Nutella and mix well (it will be sticky).
  3. Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes so the mixture firms up.
  4. Shape into tablespoon-sized balls and place a hazelnut and drop of Nutella in the middle of the ball, then place balls on a baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes.
  5. While waiting, stir together the chocolate and oil in a medium bowl.
  6. Melt the mixture in the microwave until fully melted, heat in intervals of 10 seconds.
  7. Add the hazelnuts and stir thoroughly to combine.
  8. When the truffle balls are ready, insert a toothpick into the truffle and dip into the melted chocolate mixture.
  9. Place the truffles onto the baking sheet. Once you've finished coating them, place back into the fridge for 15 minutes until hardened.
  10. Sprinkle some hazelnuts on top of each truffle.
  11. To serve, place truffles in cupcake liners.
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Nutella Puff Pastry Donuts

Only 4 days until Christmas! What a busy and exciting week. I hope everyone doesn’t forget the true meaning of Christmas even during this busy time.

Today I’m sharing puff pastry donuts filled with Nutella. Who doesn’t looove Nutella? I would be content if the only dessert I ever ate was Nutella flavoured! My husband and I can easily go through a jar a week. Yum!

As for the puff pastry- don’t get me started! There are so many variations with puff pastry, which makes last minute deserts, and creativity done easy!

I’m always a fan of sharing easy and quick desserts, that make baking fun and convenient. If you’re not a fan of Nutella, or want more variety, you can fill the pastry with different flavours! Make sure to check out the flavours below. Also, if you want to try another well loved puff pastry dough dessert, make sure to check out my Puff pastry cake! Easy, tasty, and perfect for any crowd!

I also used different fillings for more of a variety!

  • Peanut butter and chocolate
  • chocolate
  • Cream cheese and strawberries

Pinch them up and bake!

Done!

Ta-da!

Nutella Puff Pastry Donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 cup of Nutella, or preferred filling
  • 1 cup chocolate sauce for drizzle
  • Icing sugar for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Unfold the pastry sheets on a clean, floured surface and use a round cookie cutter or cup to cut out circles of dough out on each sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and water. Use a basting brush to brush the egg wash around the outer edge of the dough circles.
  4. Place 2 tbsp of Nutella filling in the centre of each of the egg washed dough circles. (Or preferred amount)
  5. Place the remaining circles on top of the Nutella filled dough and use a fork to pinch the edges of the two pieces of dough on the top and bottom of together.
  6. Bake on parchment lined baking sheet for about 13-15 minutes, until tops are lightly golden.
  7. Let donuts cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  8. Dip tops of donuts in chocolate sauce or drizzle and top with icing sugar.
  9. Enjoy. 🙂
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Lemon-Cranberry Almond Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

This is an easy-peezy Lemon Cranberry Almond Cake with Mascarpone Frosting. I know it doesn’t sounds or look easy, but believe me, it’s effortless…somewhat.

This delightful cake is light tasting, along with a tangy sweet-and sour taste. You can find my mascarpone cream frosting here, for the perfect combination. In my opinion, it’s not only a great dessert, but perfect for breakfast. Eating cake for breakfast always gives me a reason to rise and shine early in the day. 😛

I tried a couple lemon flavoured cakes, and they were a total flop. Some were too dry, and another didn’t rise. I almost gave up, but I was determined to make this cake that I had in mind. So I came across a very basic recipe, but built it from there. I guess less is more. But it was a little boring for my preference, so I made a few changes that I thought would make it extraordinary. And let’s just say, this is one of my favourite cakes. Not only is it simple to make without a long list of steps and ingredients, but its easy to decorate too. No cutting the cake in half is necessary (if you want a higher cake just make double the portion), or fancy frosting techniques are needed. Just bake and make! I also added some pretty “frosted” cranberry as a topping, along with snipping some twigs off of my christmas tree. Oh, Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging. Thank God for that.

And for some reason, I always associate cranberries with Christmas. Like I mentioned before red=Christmas to me.

Once again, I am using my favourite Mascarpone Frosting. You can find the recipe here.

See my recipe for making sparkling cranberries below!

  

Lemon-Cranberry Almond Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

Ingredients

    Lemon-Cranberry Almond Cake:
  • ½ Cup butter, softened or at room temperate, not melted.
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1¼ Cups flour
  • 1/4 cup of ground almonds
  • ½ Cup milk
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • Sparkling Cranberries:
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

Instructions

    Lemon-Cranberry Almond Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a cake pan. (I used an 8'3 round)
  3. In a bowl mix the sugar and the butter until fluffy.
  4. Add the egg and mix for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the yolks and continue mixing.
  6. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla and mix for 30 seconds more.
  7. Add half of the flour and mix, add the milk and continue mixing.
  8. Incorporate the rest of the flour, ground almonds, and the baking powder and mix for 1 minute.
  9. Pour the batter in the cake pan and place in the oven.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes or until done, depending on cake pan.
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  12. Sparkling Cranberries:
  13. Combine water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and heat on medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 2-3 minutes. Do not let the water boil.
  14. Once sugar has dissolved, turn heat low and add clean cranberries to the water/sugar mix making sure they are well coated. Let them set in water for 2-3 minutes.
  15. Transfer cranberries to a wire rack to dry using a slotted spoon, try to keep them separated as much as possible so they don't all stick together.
  16. After about 30 minutes, roll the cranberries in the remaining 1 cup of sugar.
  17. Place in fridge until using to harden.
  18. See link (previous post) to Mascarpone Frosting above.
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