White on White

Clean, crisp and fresh! White is always my “go to” when the weather begins to warm up. I am taking my first trip to the flea market today, and I couldn’t be more excited! I love perusing around and finding hidden treasures. DIY heaven! My inspiration for today’s trip is white! Hope you all have a relaxing and inspiring Sunday!

White on White
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Food Therapy; Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Coconut Cookies

When stress hits, everyone deals with it differently. Some take a walk, some read a book, others take a bath. I find that when I have had a rough day or I am feeling overwhelmed, all I need is a little food therapy. Once I start creating in the kitchen, my mind is completely focused on the task at hand and all of my days stress disappears! The greatest part is that I get a reward at the end… the delicious finished product to eat, enjoy and share with others!

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These easy Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Coconut cookies were my food therapy. They are not only easy to make and delicious to eat, they are also fairly healthy for a cookie. I substituted the 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar for 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup. You can find the rule for subbing maple syrup for sugar here!

These cookies came out great! They are so big and fluffy, filled with sweet banana, maple syrup, oats and a little added touch… coconut. Delicious!

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Ingredients: (Adapted from Martha Stewart)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 cup (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup of pure maple syrup
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 cup)
1/4 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut (optional and add for your own taste)

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 355 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
3. Put butter and maple syrup into a separate bowl and mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy.
4. Reduce speed to low, add egg and vanilla; mix until well combined.
5. Mix in the banana and add the flour mixture to it slowly; mix until just combined.
6. Fold in oats and chocolate chips.
7. Grease a cookie sheet with a bit of oil
8. Drop about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time onto the cookie sheet, carefully spacing them in order to give them room to expand (about 2 inches apart).
9. Bake cookies until golden brown or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
10.Let them set for 12 to 13 minutes and then transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.

Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days.

Bon Appétit! Summer Spread

The best part of entertaining in my opinion is the opportunity to be creative and share it with others. I recently moved into a new place that has a backyard (something I have never had while living on my own). Since moving, I have been eager to use the outdoor space for entertaining.  A couple of nights ago I had some friends over and decided to set the table in the backyard for a nice summery dinner.

I used simple white plates to give full attention to the food that was being served, a white and blue tablecloth with matching napkins. Some freshly picked  peonies from the garden, a light blue serving bowl for the salad  and an assortment of candles. I also served a delicious watermelon Iced tea in chilled mason jars with frozen watermelon pieces inside for extra flavour.

I kept the menu light for the warm summery night. The main dish was grilled salmon with citrus salsa verde  and a delicious watermelon arugala feta salad with a dash of mint. For dessert I served ripe strawberries from the market with freshly whipped cream that had a touch of orange zest in it for zing.

The Simple Things in Life: Unexpected Treat

I have been noticing lately that it’s the simple things in life that make me most happy. For example, this past weekend, after spending the day at Osheaga (a popular Montreal music festival) which in itself was extremely enjoyable, we decided to avoid the huge line for the stuffy packed metro by walking home instead. The walk was long and consisted of crossing the Jaques-Cartier bridge, but it was the perfect summer evening for it. To 0ur surprise, it was the final night for the international fireworks competition and we caught it from the bridge! I had been trying to catch a show since it began over a month ago and something always got in the way, so you can understand why it was an amazing treat to be able to see it as a surprise. Not to mention, we got the best (free) seats in the house!

Do you find the simpler things in life to be the most fulfilling as well?