A Seussical Birthday

Today, my little man turned 1 year old! I just can’t believe that a whole year has gone by, it all happens so very fast.
Ryker is my everything, so I wanted to make his first birthday very special. We love Dr.Seuss, so that is the theme that I decided to run with. I made sure that all the food was Dr.Seuss themed, and I pulled different types of food from his books and made my interpretation of them.  To add some nice little details I made label cards and copied pages from the books of where the inspiration for the food came from.
Anyways, enough with the chatting. I’m just going to post all the pics below of how everything turned out. I’m not putting any recipes up on this post as it would make it insanely long, but if you have any questions at all about recipes, how I made things etc., please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments or leave me your e-mail and the requested recipe and I would be more than happy to share anything with you.

Treat Bags

Party fun stuff

Barbaloot Truffula Fruit (The Lorax) – Assorted fruit

Thing One and Thing Two (The Cat in the Hat) – Vanilla Cupcakes & Chocolate Cupcakes

Who Roast Beast (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) – Roast Beef Rollups

Three Cheese Tree (Fox in Sox) – Cheddar, Havarti & Swiss

Schlopp with a Cherry on Top (Oh the Thinks You Can Think) – White Chocolate Mousse topped with a cherry

Pink Ink Drink for Yink (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish) – Berry Lemonade

Green Eggs & Ham (Green Eggs & Ham) – Green Deviled Eggs and Prosciutto Wrapped Honey Dew with Mint

Ryker’s Cat in the Hat Cake! It was my first attempt at decorating something properly ever.

Happy Birthday little man! I love you with all of my heart!


Apple Loaf

I have been meaning to try out a dessert loaf for a while now, as I used to make them when I was younger but it has been quite sometime.  I received a ton of delicious apples from a BC orchard in my harvest box this week, so I decided to make this the featured fruit of my comeback loaf.  I’m not a fan of dry and crumbly cakes, so I made this version nice and moist and it was pretty gosh darn delicious.

 I had to send Richard to work with the remainder after I had a couple of pieces out of fear that I would eat the entire thing.

Apple Loaf

1½ cups flour

1tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 large apples (or 4 small) – peeled and grated

½ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs – beaten

1.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.  In a separate bowl mix the remaining ingredients.

2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients.  Mix well.

3.  Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan.  Bake for 50 mins, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Makes approximately 12 servings

Per Serving:

Calories 157      Fat 4g       Carbs 28g      Protein 3g

Golden Beet Chips

I’ve been neglecting the blog, but I have a ton of entries stockpiled up so there is about to be a bunch plopped down on here!

One of my favourite vegetables out there is the Golden Beet.  For some reason they are really hard to find, and just magically appear once in awhile.  I got some in my Spud harvest box this week, so a happy dance commenced in my kitchen and I decided I wanted to try something new with them, chips!  Ok, I admit, the golden beets were not the inspiration behind the chips idea…I got a new mandolin last week and have been itching to try it out.  New kitchen toys are oh so fun.

These were incredibly easy to make, super tasty (addictive even) and a very healthy alternative to its fried counterpart.  The dip shown here is just a super simple mix of sour cream, garlic powder, dill and paprika.

Golden Beet Chips

3 golden beets

½ tbsp olive oil

1 tsp dried dill

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp cracked pepper

1. Preheat oven to 325°.  Slice beets thinly with a mandolin or super sharp knife. If using a knife, try to keep thickness as consistent as possible.

2.  In a bowl toss beets with olive oil and dill

3. Lay beets on a baking pan that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil and bake for 15 mins.  Flip and cook for 15 mins more, or until beets are crisp.

3.  Remove from oven, sprinkle with salt and pepper and let beets sit on pan for a few minutes before transferring to paper towel.  Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings

Per Serving:

Calories 42     Fat 2g      Carbs 6g     Protein 1.5g