Spring is knocking on our door! It’s only a matter of days before we can officially welcome the season of new beginnings…These early spring days hold something special, right?. And to most of us, it does something on the inside too – a little hunch to clean out, prepare, get ready for what’s ahead. Yes, I’m talking about spring cleaning here. And before you pull out your bucket of cleaning supplies from under the sink, I’ve got some easy steps for you to follow for a wholesome and natural spring clean!
There was a time in my college years, quite some years ago, where our quarterly student meetings were accompanied by a choice of a sweet treat – there was banana bread, brownies or muffins to choose from. I remember these muffins, they were ENORMOUS and I would always skip the chocolate, banana or lemon poppy flavours in favour of blueberry. Blueberry muffins, yum.
Times have changed quite a bit and healthy home baking has taken over in place of those not-so-good-for-you processed ‘treats’. My love for blueberry muffins hasn’t changed one bit though! I still long for these every so often – warm from the oven with lots of blueberries for little bursts of berry bliss…
I’m sipping on a cup of filter coffee from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. This is a favourite coffee growing region for many, and it’s always been one of my personal picks too. Clean, bright and fruity and floral. Wow. Coffee can be pretty delicious he? But there can be a true frustration when you try to recreate those perfect coffees from your local cafe in your own kitchen. In all my years working as a barista I would almost daily have conversations with customers about their home set up and why they didn’t get the results they wanted. Oftentimes it was the simplest of tweaks that helped to improve their brews. So I’m here to share five of those tips to instantly make better coffee at home.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been working on our garden space. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might know that we bought a house last summer and have been busy renovating it to turn it into our family home. I’m so thankful we got to start on our garden already, as I would love to make the most of the coming spring season. It’s been my dream to have our own garden for a long time – I’ve always just had a balcony (which has also been amazing for growing some herbs and veg) until we moved into this home. I’d love to take you along on this journey with us – we are first time gardeners and will do most of this on a DIY & low budget basis. Let’s get on our small garden transformation!
Saturday morning. Waking up isn’t my favourite part of the day (thank you dark winter days), but this morning I’m nearly leaping out of bed and making my way downstairs. I’m pretty excited about the cinnamon rolls in the fridge that I prepped the previous night! My oven gets to do all the work while I take my time to wake up. The smell of cinnamon starts filling our home. I’m brewing some delicious coffee while the rest of the house wakes up. Breakfast is served! This is what Saturday morning dreams are made of.
Okay, truth be told: it’s not this perfect in real life. But it’s pretty close to it! And that’s mostly got to do with the fact that my 1,5 year old won’t sleep in that long anymore. The rest is pretty much accurate.
When the weekend comes around, I always get excited about breakfast. While there’s nothing wrong with our nourishing weekday porridge, there’s a world of possibilities opening up on that Saturday morning. Lately, I’ve been all about fritters. Give me a stack of warm & savoury fritters packed with flavour + topped with delicious extra’s and I’m one happy woman. Zucchini & corn fritters have been a long time favourite, but I was looking for a yummy but seasonal version for these winter months. These super tasty kale pea fritters have been my solution and I just know you will love them too!
We have a pretty good deal in our house. I love cooking, and I take care of our meals pretty much every day. My husband loves being left in the kitchen afterwards – doing the dishes, putting things away and leaving the kitchen ready for a new day. I would say I’ve got the better end of this deal, yet my husband would claim the same. That’s what I call a win-win!
Our living room consists of a pretty basic set up of a comfy couch, a space for toys & books and a lovely rug. There’s no TV. It’s not hiding inside a cabinet or behind a curtain, we just don’t own one. This topic regularly comes up whenever we have guests around, and I thought it could be helpful to share about some reasons why we don’t own a TV + an alternative that works great for us!
With a new year often come new resolutions. I love how January gives me that clean slate with renewed energy & motivation to improve aspects of my life. As a family, we are in the middle of our Veganuary (and going strong!) and we’re already finding new exciting ways to use a variety of vegetables throughout our day. I’m sharing that inspiration in this post with some practical ways to increase your daily greens!