HEART-WARMING TREATS FOR A SNOWY DAY

Hello Fancy Lacy Community,

So here we are at last, in the white and windy kingdom of Saskatchewan. Winter has come after all, despite my sacred wishes for an even longer fall. It’s my first snow season here, in Regina, SK, and if I dare complain about the freezing temperatures and icy roads, I’m being reminded that I should be grateful for the spectacular weather we had enjoyed right through the middle of November. And, actually, if you think about it, it’s the very thought that winter was on the doorstep that made us appreciate the last warm and sunny autumn days that much more. So, here it goes: Thank you, winter.

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

It may be obvious by now that the “good food” would be my favourite part of the quote and I truly believe that delicious, homemade food is one of the things that will help us make it through the winter. And what better way to bring your body temperature up and add some holiday cheer than to indulge in warm, mouth-watering goodies?

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If you like peanut butter as much as my husband does, you’re going to be head over heels for this recipe. According to him, baking blondies fill the house with “the smell of love”. It’s actually my all-year-round recipe, but when it’s freezing outside, I especially enjoy a bite of still warm blondies with a cup of latte.

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I used to make banana bread all the time until one day I decided to reduce the amount of processed foods in my diet and eat as clean as possible. The original banana bread recipe I used called for quite a bit of sugar and oil/butter, and that no longer worked for me. However, recently, my friend shared this healthier version of my all-time favourite treat, and I was hooked again! This recipe uses significantly less flour and sugar, and no butter at all. I’m not a fan of raisins so I use cranberries instead, and I also add chopped walnuts (while my friend adds a generous amount of chocolate chips).

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This cake represents everything I love: it’s moist, chocolaty-rich, and practically harmless by dessert standards. My Birthday is coming up and I know exactly how I’ll treat myself on the day. If you happen to be a chocoholic like myself, this is a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Help yourself to the cake while it’s still warm. In my family, dessert (be it apple crisp, pumpkin pie, or brownies) is usually accompanied by ice cream. However, just like with the peanut butter blondies, I prefer mine with a cup of latte.

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These muffins are an indulgent treat and come at no cost to your waistline (unless, of course, you decide to devour all of them in the middle of the night). I have a freezer full of blueberries, and if it was summer, I would have them in smoothies as much as I could. But, in this weather, smoothies don’t sound all that appealing to me. So, I ventured on an online hunt for blueberry recipes and came across this one. These muffins taste absolutely great; it’s also hard to make them any cleaner than that, so I feel very pleased with my discovery.

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I’ve never had so much pumpkin in my life. Since I arrived to Canada, I’ve used pumpkin in cookies, muffins, breads, and pancakes. What I then discovered is that you can use pumpkin in drinks, too! Many coffeeshops offer chai latte variations – the last time I bought one at Toronto airport, it cost around $7 for a large cup. Seriously? The taste didn’t justify the cost either, so that made me even keener to try making my own at home. This recipe uses almond milk – which on any other occasion I would support – in this case, I enjoy the dairy taste a lot more (I’m still going to try using soy milk). Pumpkin chai latte is an indulgence on its own, without any goodies to go with it or even the whipped cream topping. I’m sure you’ll enjoy every sip.

If you hit the winter blues and crave a special treat, remember that these delicious recipes are only a click away.

Don’t let the frigid weather bring you down. Stay warm, eat well, and be active.

Thank you for reading,

Anna

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