We love food that is both delicious and nutritious. These guilt free muffins are a perfect fast breakfast or a healthy snack on-the-go.
1 1/2 cup organic flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3 TB canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup spinach, chopped in blender or food processor (it will look like a lot less than 1 cup once chopped)
1 tsp lemon zest
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
2. Prepare muffin tray with butter or non-stick spray.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
4. In a standup mixing bowl, whisk together egg, honey and apple sauce.
5. Add canola oil, spinach, vanilla, and lemon zest to wet ingredients and whisk until combined.
6. Gently mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
7. Pour batter into muffin tins.
8. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
9. Pop muffins out of pan and let cool.
That's it! These spinach muffins prove that it can be easy being green!
Tips To Create a Gallery Wall
We love the use of a gallery wall. It’s a visual pleasing design feature that adds classic character and makes a house feel more like a home. For Lindsay’s birthday this year, her husband surprised her with some of her favourite black and white framed photos featuring loved ones and cherished memories. These images are now displayed beautifully in their dining area. Check out a few of our top tips when creating your own gallery wall.
Think outside the (picture) box
While the gallery wall we’re featuring consists of images only, we love the use of other items mixed with your favourite snap shots. Letters, eclectic mirrors, clocks, marquee signs and inspirational quotes on banners are all fantastic additions to combine with framed photographs.
Pick your wall
Once you’ve selected what you’d like on display, the next step is to decide which wall will be your feature wall. If you have quite a few objects and images you’d like to use, then obviously you want a good size wall to ensure things don’t look cramped. A smaller collection would work perfectly for a smaller area. Peppered up a staircase, displayed above the bed, or like Lindsay, using a spare wall in the dining or living area, are all excellent options.
Create a layout
While it will take much less time to just hang images and items on the wall randomly, you likely won’t get the gallery wall look you’re trying to obtain. Lindsay started by tracing around each frame on kraft paper, writing a description of the image on each sheet and cutting them out. Once complete, the cut-outs were displayed on the floor to figure out the best layout. Paper can then be taped to the wall and removed easily. This way, you’re not putting unnecessary holes in the wall if you happen to adjust the layout as you go.
Largest piece first
Lindsay started with the biggest image first to act as an anchor or focal point and then proceeded to build out from there. This helped to create a sort of spiral effect with the other images. From there, two-inches was measured around each frame. But there are lots of different design options when planning your layout, so don’t feel like you have to stick to a perfectly symmetric gallery wall.
Whether you’re showcasing loved ones and cherished moments, or featuring some of your favourite finds from travels near and far, a gallery wall is the perfect way to keep those memories fresh all year long.
Masters Party 2018
As you may have figured out by now, we jump at the chance to turn anything into a party, and that includes watching a group of men walk on miles and miles of chemically-treated grass while trying to get a tiny ball into a tiny hole. This past weekend we dusted off our putters, pulled up our argyle socks and donned our green blazers (read ‘Adidas green track jacket’) to celebrate the final day of the 2018 Masters Tournament.
Lindsay’s home was transformed into Augusta National Golf Club on a snowy Sunday afternoon. Lots of greenery and bright blooms were peppered throughout the main level to bring the outdoors in. Signage included “Members Only,” “Clubhouse,” “Washrooms,” “First tee,” and much more. Upon entering the house, guests were asked to retrieve their individual scorecards and a pencil to keep track of the afternoon’s events.
While the pros were vying for the ever-coveted green blazer, our guests were duking it out for serious bragging rights (and a small prize). We went head-to-head in multiple challenges, including chip shots into baskets, guessing how many tees are in the jar, Tiger trivia and a par 3 course that would rival any mini putt in town.
Our Masters clubhouse featured a delicious spread for hungry golfers. Individual cheeseballs, zucchini patties, deviled eggs, breadsticks, meatballs and lots of munchies kicked off the afternoon. Our main course featured lentil burgers with red potato salad and spiralized zucchini salad. A delectable carrot cake and peach crisp seriously satisfied our sweet tooth. (We’re still full!)
Lindsay’s bar was transformed into the ‘watering hole’ featuring signature cocktails and refreshing bevvies for all. The azalea cocktail is a favourite at Augusta so we knew we wanted to give it a try. With pineapple juice, lime or lemon juice, a splash of grenadine and gin, this Southern staple was a refreshing drink after a long day on the greens. Perrier, local brews from Nine Locks, Gatorade and a classic sweet tea with fresh lemons were just some of the other options for thirsty golfers.
For the second year in a row, Jacqueline proudly took home the prize. She clinched the victory after guessing the exact number of tees in the jar (83). And her acceptance speech? Well let’s just say there were tears, cheers and more emotion and excitement than all of the best actor and actress speeches at the Oscars combined.
Masters Party 2018 was a success, and the only question now is, how will we top it next year?
Jacqueline and Lindsay are sisters and new moms living on the East Coast of Canada.