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Apple crumble squares

Apple crumble coffee cake

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

As my favourite book character, Anne , me too I believe that October is a beautiful month, full of it’s own colours and flavours! And every October I rediscover my passion for baking and home making, and this year is no different. After months of lack of inspiration in the kitchen department and the days too hot to cook, I’m back to regular meal planning every week, recipe inventing and baking from scratch using seasonal fruits.

So these apple crumble squares are a variation of a classical Polish apple cake called Sharlotka, that my grandmother used to make every fall, but it’s a bit healthier and more crunchy then the original version. Also, when I say it’s apple crumble, it means that the crumble is actually made with apples in it! So more texture and crunch and definitely lot’s of taste!

apple crumble coffee cake

What you’ll need;

For the apple oat crumble:

    • 5 big apples
    • 1 cup of oats
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar

For the cake:

  • pinch salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup canola oil

For decoration: 1/2 cup melted butterscotch chocolate

 

Mix together all the dry ingredient of the cake, and then add the milk and the oil. Stir until well blended. Pour in the baking sheet, set aside.

Cut apples in small cubes. Mix well with oats, cinnamons, brown sugar, vanilla extract and flour. Pour on top of the cake mixture, and bake for around 40 minutes on 350 F.

Once the cake is ready, let it cool down before adding the melted butterscotch chocolate. My trick is to melt it slowly in the microwave ( setting it on 10 seconds, stirring, heating for 10 seconds again and stirring some more until completely melted) And then I use a small zip back, I pour the melted chocolate inside, cut a corner and decorate my coffee cake.

apple crumble coffee cake apple crumble coffee cake

apple crumble coffee cake

This cake is even better with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream, served warm on a cold and chilly afternoon!

 

Fall printable

fall printable

Fall is officially here and so I have made a new fall printable for those of you who love switching seasonal prints around the house just like I do!

After all, home is where life happens, and I just love to wake up to a different print every season of the year. I know, i’t a bit excessive, but new prints make me smile in the morning and make cleaning the kitchen way more bearable!

Though I must admit that this year I wasn’t very exited about fall at the beginning: we had a rather chilly and short summer after a very long and really cold winter – I should get used to that though, that’s what life in Canada is after all So I just felt like I’m not really ready for that new season yet. But since I can’t stop time, and I didn’t want to be unhappy about something as uncontrollable as a change of weather, I decided to make a list of all the things that I love about fall, and this is where this print came from!

Pumpkin  spice
Cozy  scarves
Apple  cider
crunchy  leaves
scented  candles
crisp air  walks

.. love you fall

Now, every time I look at it, I actually get excited about fall and what it brings! The time spent outside, the crisp air and all the fall smells and spices! Not to mention the fall fashion and accessories!

free fall printable

fall printable

free printable for fall

You can print your fall printable HERE ! And if you’re on Instagram, please do tag me in your photo so I cans see how you styled your print! Enjoy!

Pumpkin cheesecake brownies

 

pumpkin cheesecake brownies

Like every fall, pumpkin spice everything takes over the world, and I couldn’t help but share this amazing Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie recipe with you, along side a group of my favorite blogging friends! From pull apart pumpkin cinnamon rolls, to a healthy pumpkin spice snack, we got you covered! You’ll find all the recipes at the end of this post!

Coming back to my Pumpkin cheesecake brownies: they have been on repeat in here since late summer! It’s a perfect dessert for both pumpkin-everything-lovers, as the more reserved, only falling for chocolate types ( like my younger daughter).

Also, and that’s a big plus in my opinion, it’s super easy recipe, that you can whip up on a weekday afternoon! Even with kids around! Actually, let them help! And by help, I mean let them lick all the spoons!

pumpkin cheesecake brownies

What you’ll need:

  • brownie base ( you can do your brownies from scratch using your favourite recipe, or make a box brownies, like I did! ) 
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin pie filling 
  • 1 egg
  • 2 packages of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1\4 cup chocolate chips 

Prepare a brownie base, don’t bake it yet.

Mix the soften cream cheese with pumpkin pie filling, brown sugar and one egg. Mix it all together well, and pour over the brownie base. Now bake for around 35 to 45 minuets on 350F. Don’t over bake!

Once the Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie is cooled down, melt your chocolate chips, and pour them over ; I usually use a small zip bag with a tiny hole, to get a thin layer.

Serve and enjoy! Jut be carful not to eat them all at once! They disappear very fast!

pumpkin cheesecake brownies

pumpkin cheesecake brownies

pumpkin cheesecake brownies

And now, grab yourself a nice cup of pumpkin spice latte and go check these amazing recipes freshly posted by my dear friends! I can’t wait to try these pumpkin and ricotta stiffed shells and the French toast over the weekend! Not to mention the Pumpkin cinnamon rolls!

amazing pumpkin recipes round up!

Here are 6 more delicious pumpkin recipes!

Pumpkin And Ricotta Stuffed Shells – Motherhood in Stilettos

Pumpkin Spice French Toast – Amidst The Chaos

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls – Mom Wife Foodie

Mini Pumpkin Pies – Honeysuckle Blog

Pumpkin Bread With Brown Sugar Topping – Mom Beyond Mom

No-Bake Protein Pumpkin Apple Pie Bites – The Mother Overload

Apple & peach chunky compote

Every year, as soon as the days start feeling as bit chillier and the fall starts peaking inn, we go apple picking with the family! And every year we end up with way too many apples! So this year, I decided to make something more than just a cake, something that I could pop in the fridge, something easy to make and of course delicious. I had some peaches on hand too, so here’s what I came up with: Chunky Apple and peach compote. With a subtile hint of vanilla, and a little bit of texture it’s the perfect accompaniment to your morning toast. And it;s even more amazing paired with some vanilla yoghurt and granola. Because mornings are just so much better when they start with an Apple and Peach comte parfait!

Here”s all you need:

  • 5 big apples
  • 4 large peaches
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3 table spoons brown sugar

Cut all the fruits in small cubes. Place them in a medium pan, add vanilla essence, brown sugar, and give it a stir. Cook over medium heat, occasionally steering doer around 10 minutes. Then turn down the heat, and cook for around 20 minutes on low heat.

Let it cool, and place in a closed container. You can keep it for up to two weeks in the fridge. Try it over fresh bread with butter or over a raisin brad toast! It’s so delicious!

 apple & peach compote

Or you can make a parfait! Because nothing say’s “have a great day” better than Parfait! And coffee of course, let’s not forget about coffee!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

Apple & peach compote parfait:

Pour a bit of apple and peach compote in to glasses, add yoghurt, granola, and top it with some more compote!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

So next time you’re going apple picking, and it seems like you have way too many apples, don’t worry, grab some peaches and make this apple and peach chunky compote instead!

Start your mindful blog now

free workbook for bloggers influencers and creatives: start your mindful blog now; lots of great tips and lots of place to think and reevaluate.

It’s been over four years now that I started blogging: at first it was way to get out of melancholy. Then it turned in to hobby, and later to in to a creative job. It’s a way to share my passions, ideas and thoughts. And it’s been over two years now that I started partnering up with brands that I believe in and started creating sponsored content .

And today I want to share with you what I learned about mindful blogging, how I’m keeping my balance, and how I’m working with brands while keeping my integrity and creativity.

I prepared this workbook with bloggers, influencers and creatives in mind, who wish to either start blogging or redefine their existing blog, who want to love what they do, collaborate in peace of mind and create content that makes them happy, and their readers and followers attached.

Inside of this sixteen page workbook, you’ll find plenty of space for your thoughts as well as my tried and tested tips and ideas, for defining your mission, finding your categories and collaborating with brands.

You can download it here and print at home.

Just grab yourself a cup of coffee ( or a glass of wine!) and fill it in. Take your time. And make it work for you!

Let me know your thoughts, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

start your mindful blog

And if you’ll find them useful, share them with your friends on your social media!

Crisp air adventures with kids

beach adventures

I believe that childhood is for exploring the world, enjoying the outside and breathing in fresh air, whenever it’s possible. And in our Canadian climate this means embracing the cooler weather more often and making the most of it! And so crisp air adventures are what we usually do! 

This summer, me and my family have decided to finally visit the Gaspe peninsula, with it’s wild and beautiful shores and intact beaches. The weather there is like fall weather in other places: crisp fresh air, cold nights and lots of wind! But we loved the trip, and it has inspired me to share with you my ideas to enjoy the nature  even when the warm weather is coming to an end! It was also the great opportunity to teach kids about the beach ecosystem, use their imagination and simply recharge and re-connect with nature and each other. 

Because I think that you don’t always need hot weather to enjoy the outdoors, nature and the beach, nor lot’s of plastic toys.  ( I grew up in Poland, where the Baltic sea isn’t always the warmest, and yet I have lot’s of beautiful memories of the days spent at the cloudy shore!)

Also, research conducted by Nature Valley shows that  playing in the natural environment stimulates children creativity and problem-solving skills and makes people feel more relaxed and less stressed in general, while bringing a break from the pressures in their daily lives! So it’s not surprising to find that  fifty-five percent of surveyed Canadians say that nature is “relaxing” and 46 per cent said it clears their mind! Plus, children are never too young to develop an appreciation for nature: research has shown that the children exposed to outdoors  early in life will learn to love and respect nature for a lifetime!

beach with kids

end of summer

end of summer

So here are some games that I love playing with my kids during the cooler weather beach adventures:

 

  1. Ready, set, go: find the sea elements on the beach: tell your kids to find as many items that come from the sea as possible. It can be seashells, ,sea rocks, sea weeds or crab shells. ( If you’re in the national park remember to leave them where they are afterwords and explain to your kids the importance of not disturbing the ecosystem. ) So Rose found crab shelves and Lili was busy looking for seashells and colorful rocks, that the shore was full of!
  2. Look at the clouds and tell their names. Is it Cirrus, Cumulus or Stratus? Do you know them all? If your for kids are younger tell them to say what animal shape they see. So my girls where looking at the clouds and telling me stories about cloud creatures that they saw, and animal shaped clouds that they spotted.
  3. Dig in the sand until you reach the humid sand. Build a castle after. This one is definitely a favorite of my daughters, they love digging in the sand and playing with it, even without all the toys!
  4. Run as fast as you can, and let’s see if I can catch you! Sometimes playing tag on the beach is all we need!

end of summer with kids

end of summer nature adventures

And what I love the most, is listening to the sea and the waves. Unfortunately my kids can’t really stay still for this one!

Really, end of summer doesn’t need to be an end to beach adventures! Next time when you’re on the beach, and the weather seems to be playing games with you, don’t get upset, put on an extra layer of warm clothes, and just go and make the best of it! Who knows maybe your kids will remember this adventure much more than any day spent on splashing in the waves!

end of summer

Disclosure : this post was brought to you by Nature Valley, all opinions remain my own.

 

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