All posts tagged: #bakingideas

Valentine’s Mini Cakes!

We hosted a Valentine’s Day Mini Cake Workshop this past Sunday. The cakes were pretty easy to make and you could easily host this at home for your friends or little ones. Keep it really simple and buy one of those infamous cakes in a box, 3 eggs and vegetable oil. Or make it harder on yourself and bake the cake from scratch. Here’s a great recipe for a simple traditional white cake. Next, make buttercream icing, I always use the Wilton recipe, I find it quick and easy. For step by step instructions on how to make your very own mini cake visit one of our previous posts. Once your mini cake is complete all that is left is decorating it, which is really the very best part!    

DIY birthday (for big, grown-up people)

For starters, I apologize for the delay in posting. I got a little lost over the holidays and have only recently found my way back to the keyborad. I find December to be all consuming and it takes a bit of time to recover, but I’m ready to completely return to routine. I was even able to host a private dinner party recently. Putting that little extra effort into creating a special birthday for a friend is well worth it. If you would like to host a private event at our venue in the Annex, with access to our commercial kitchen please feel free to visit our Birthday page.  If you’re feeling crafty for your next party, try making a couple of these tassels to hang. Lots of websites list different ways you can create the tassel look. I was really drawn to the shiny tassel, after all which girl doesn’t like a little sparkle. Check out this DIY tassels for instructions. For mine, I used three different types of paper, wouldn’t recommend using the kraft …

Halloween Sweet Table!

We’ve been hired to create a sweet table for a Halloween birthday party, we thought some of you may be interested in the step-by-step process of creating a sweet table. We did a post similar to this a while back but didn’t focus on the steps for baking  . The first step is pick your theme/colour combo and then plan your desserts/baked goods around both. It’s easy for us since the theme was already picked and we went with black and white as colours. Remember the key to a sweet table is levels! We will put our cookies on flat dishes in the front and then have a few cupcake towers and use boxes to elevate some of our other desserts. The other key thing to do is plan ahead and use your freezer!!! We have made all the sugar cookies and iced them and are now storing them in the freezer for one week. The trick to proper storage, is to use air tight containers and parchment paper between each cookie. Let them defrost …

Pumpkin Seed Cranberry Biscotti

Our teen cooking class made these in their class and they were just delicious, they were moist and not too hard and didn’t even need to be dipped in coffee, they were just perfect on their own! Ingredients 3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/4 cup canola oil 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup salted pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup dried cranberries Directions Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, beat sugar, eggs, oil and extracts. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to sugar mixture and mix well. Stir in pumpkin seeds and cranberries (dough will be sticky). Divide dough in half; place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. With lightly floured hands, shape each portion into a 12×2-in. rectangle. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove to wire racks; cool 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a serrated knife into 3/4-in. slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets. …

Sweet Potato Bread

My wee little babe has started eating solids, which really is a game changer in the world of babies. She’s started sleeping longer at night which is just fabulous for this overtired mama. I started her introduction to solids with sweet potato, which means I ended up with a lot of leftovers. I tried making pancakes, more brownies and then this bread. Warmed up with a little butter and a cup of tea is just the perfect solution to the hunger wall at 2pm. Not sure how, paleo butter is but sometimes you just have to live a little 😉 1 cooked sweet potato 1 cup of buckwheat flour 4 tbsp of arrowroot flour 1 tsp of baking soda 1 tsp of salt 1 tsp of vanilla 1 egg 1/2 cup raisins 1/4 cup of seeds Mix the sweet potato in an electric mixer and then add all the other ingredients to the mixer (except seeds). Line a bread pan with parchment paper and put dough in pan. Sprinkle seeds on the top. Bake at …

guilt-free chocolate chip cookies

Yes, I said the magic words “guilt-free” now, if only I could apply that to my parenting skills. These cookies are actually made from kidney beans, which initially I thought was kind of gross, but surprisingly they were very yummy! I got the recipe from thatcleanlife, I also made double dark chocolate chip cookies using the same recipe but swamping the kidney beans for black beans and replaced the coconut flour with cacao powder. Ingredients: 1 can Kidney Beans (no salt added, drained and rinsed) 1/8 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk 1/8 cup All Natural Peanut Butter 2 tbsps Coconut Oil (melted) 1/2 cup Coconut Flour 4 tbsps Raw Honey 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 1/8 tsp Sea Salt 1/4 cup Organic Dark Chocolate Chips Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Measure out 1.5 cups kidney beans. Combine beans, almond milk, peanut butter and coconut oil together in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Add in coconut flour, honey, cinnamon and sea salt. Process again until creamy. Use a rubber spatula to …

Cinnamon Buns

  I woke up this morning thinking about cinnamon buns, I went about my day but the thought of warm, sticky, cinnamon bread just kept popping into my mind, eventually I couldn’t ignore it. This is the problem with cravings and being 5 months pregnant. So I went online and found an easy, no fuss recipe, I did a couple adaptions and voila! Ingredients 1 packet instant yeast 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/2 cup butter 1/4 tsp salt 2.5 cups all purpose flour (plus some extra for rolling) 1 Tbsp cinnamon 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar, divided 1 tbsp of brown sugar Instructions In a large sauce pan (or in a bowl in the microwave at 30 sec increments), heat the almond milk and 3 Tbsp of butter until warm and melted, never reaching boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to the temperature of bath water. It should be warm but not too hot or it will kill the yeast. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on yeast. Let …

DIY Under the Sea Birthday

This past weekend we hosted a wonderful birthday for a little girl who turned 8 years old. She requested “under the sea” as her theme and we had so much fun with it! The guests made “Under the Sea” treasure boxes and decorated cupcakes with fondant dolphins and seashells. For the decorations, we made lots of beautiful fish and used tissue paper for seaweed. The hanging Jelly Fish were made from a paper bowl and a cut up table cloth. If you want to skip all the work you can always contact us to host your Under The Sea Birthday Party – visit our Birthday page for more information!        

Summer Camp at Seasons!

We have been so busy running camps for the past month that I haven’t had a moment to blog. I’ve been saving up so many photos though, so this post will promise to entertain and give you plenty of crafting/baking ideas to do with your little ones. We have done a variety of themes over the past couple weeks and these are just some highlights. If you would like instructions/recipes for any of the ideas please feel to email me: nikki@seasonsfamilycentre.com Candy Land We played a life size version of Candy Land and then the kids got to make their own board games. For the baking activity we made graham cracker houses. Wizards The children made wizard hats out of rice krispie treats and then we made little wizards out of a paper cup and a styrofoam ball. We used non-toxic paints, googly eyes, sparkly stars and cotton balls to add the details for our cute wizards! Outer Space The kids made aliens out of a hard boiled egg and a toilet paper roll. We …