Marshmallow Pops!

 

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It’s Thursday, which is pretty much my favorite day of the week. Some like Fridays or Saturdays or even Sundays, but me, it’s Thursdays. I like the anticipation of the weekend. Knowing that the next day is Friday just makes the day, that much better.

Last weekend some of my friends and I got together and had a games night. Have any of you ever played Cards Against Humanity? Oh my. The dirtiest game ever.

SO FUN.

In case you haven’t played. One person draws a card with a statment on it and then each player has to give them a card that they think that person will pick as the best match or funniest or whatever.

Here’s an example:

“While the United States raced the Soviet Union to the moon, the Mexican Government funnelled millions of pesos into research on___________.”

1. A balanced breakfast
2. Getting really high.
3. A bag of magic beans.
4. Figuring out how to have sex with a dolphin.

See what I mean??

I dare ya to try and keep a straight face while playin’ this game. You just can’t.

So, my contribution to games night is treats and this time it was Marshmallow Pops. Fool-proof. These things disappeared lightning fast! And they’re super fun to make.

 

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Marshmallow Pops!

Ingredients

  • Milk chocolate melting wafers
  • White Chocolate melting wafers
  • 12 regular marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker baking crumbs
  • 1/2 cup oreo baking crumbs
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • 1 package of lollipop sticks

Directions

  1. Melt the milk chocolate and white chocolate separately in a double broiler. Stir them until they are nice and smooth.
  2. One by one, dip the tip of each lollipop stick into one of the chocolate coatings. Then stick that end of the stick into a marshmallow, almost half way through. Stand them up as you go.
  3. Roll each marshmallow in one of the coatings. Then tap the stick gently on the side of the double broiler to get rid of the excess chocolate.
  4. Let each coated marshmallow set for a minute (but not too long as if they dry, the toppings won't stick) and then using your fingers, sprinkle the topping of your choice all over the coating.
  5. Stick the marshmallow pops into florist foam (that makes flowers stand up) or set them stick side up on a piece of waxed paper.
http://www.paperandbirch.com/2015/03/26/marshmallow-pops/

Recipe adapted from The Food Network.

 

Happy Thursday!

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Cinnamon Streusel Bread

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How ya all feeling after the clock moving forward? Do ya feel normal yet? It’s crazy how one silly little hour can make such a difference? The husband and I spent that whole day in one continuous haze. I do prefer this time. It’s a little lighter in the morning and in the evening. It really does make ya a little happier with that little extra sunshine. :D

We’ve been looking at houses lately, just trying to see what the market is like out there? It AMAZES me how freakin’ expensive it is to buy a house in Vancouver. Do you know that if you spend $800,000 in Vancouver, that you’re buying a tear down? Yup, a house you will have to tear down and then build your own! How crazy is that?? $800,000!!! BUT, you go just across the border into Seattle and you get a gorgeous home!

What.The.Heck?

Just to put it in perspective for you…

 

Vancouver

Paper & Birch - Cinnamon Streusel Bread

Seattle

Paper & Birch - Cinnamon Streusel Bread

Isn’t that NUTS??

I need to buy a lotto ticket…or 10.

Ok, onto yummier things. :)

When I was a kid, one of my favourite breakfast treats was toast with cinnamon sugar on top. I mean, what kid wouldn’t love that? Sugar for breakfast. Still a no-brainer to this gal. :D

I had come across a few of Cinnamon Streusel Bread recipes a while back. I love Cinnamon Streusel Bread but have never made it.  I had tried a couple and they were either not cinnamon-y enough or too dry. I adjusted this one ever so slightly and it’s OH SO YUMMY. I ain’t kiddin’ ya.

No really, go make it. :)

 

Cinnamon Streusel Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • Streusel:
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter

Directions

  1. Streusel: In small bowl, stir together sugar, flour and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender (or 2 knives), cut in butter until in coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Stir into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of buttermilk.
  6. Scrape half of the batter into non-stick foil lined 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Top with half of the streusel. Scrape remaining batter over top; sprinkle with remaining streusel.
  7. Bake in 325ºF (160ºC) oven until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean, approximately 55- 65 minutes.
  8. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.
http://www.paperandbirch.com/2015/03/11/cinnamon-streusel-bread/

Recipe ever so slightly adapted from Canadian Living

 

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  1. I actually laughed out loud when I saw the picture comparison. It’s crazy how different real estate can be depending on the location. Hopefully your house hunting is successful! Cinnamon Streusel Bread is delicious. I haven’t had it in years, but am eager to try your recipe!

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

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It’s March.

March???

This winter has just flown by. We’ve been having some crazy weather the past month. Oh, I don’t mean mounds and mounds of snow and sub-zero temperatures. Oh no, not here! It’s been 10-15° ABOVE zero.

Yup, I said above. Don’t hate me.

The cherry blossoms have bloomed, the landscapers are back in business & my winter jacket has a layer of dust on it. :)

Yesterday, the husband and I went hiking with some family & friends. We hiked for a good 2 hours. However, the first 20 minutes…..nearly killed me.

Seriously. Me and hills, we will never be friends. My asthma makes it super difficult. They’re all having conversations, one of them is speed walking up the hill.

Show off.

Then there’s me, summoning up the Little Engine That Could, chanting “I think you can, I think you can” all the way up that dang hill. My husband every spring/summer does the Grouse Grind (a.k.a hell on a mountain). It’s a 3km trail straight up the side of a mountain. Apparently there’s parts where you literally are climbing with your hands and feet.

Yep, it’s THAT steep. The only way I’m going up that thing is by a Gondola.

Any other way is just crazy talk.

BUT, that hike yesterday did justify the cookies. Oh, the lovely, chocolatey, chewy cookies.

I have been testing different recipes the past while, trying to come up with Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. I hate it when ya make a batch of cookies and they either flatten or are hard the next day. So, I was determined to come up with a cookie that would be thick, chewy and stay soft. If it has all of those components, to me, that’s the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

And that’s exactly what these cookies are. They are thick, chewy & soft. Still soft almost a week later. To me, that’s pretty darn perfect. I will warn you, if you make them, you will be eating them every day. They’re just that good.

Enjoy!

 

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

12 -16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder & salt.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light & fluffy (about 3-4 minutes).
  4. Mix in egg and pure vanilla extract.
  5. With the stand mixer on low, add the flour mixture and mix until fully combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop out dough. With your hands, shape into thick discs.
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on your oven. The centre of the cookie will still look a little undercooked, but that's ok.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to cooling rack.
  10. Once cooled store in an airtight container.
http://www.paperandbirch.com/2015/03/02/perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Slightly adapted from Life Love and Sugar
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9 Responses to “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. These look beautiful! I’ll never turn down a cookie :)

  2. letsdishrecipes@gmail.com'/Danelle says:

    I am always in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie! I will be trying these for sure!

  3. nataliefraser@shaw.ca'/Christine says:

    Haha – hills aren’t my thing either, but cookies are! :D They look awesome!

  4. I am always looking for more cookie recipes! These really do look perfect!

  5. itsinenglish@gmail.com'/Lily Lau says:

    I totally agree with you, these cookies look perfect! :D

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10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials

 
So, how’s y’all’s week going? Are any of ya caught in the deep freeze that’s hitting some places right now? Some of the YouTube videos are INSANE! It’s like the polar opposite here. Ha. Did ya catch that pun there?

I know, wah-wah-wah. Cheesy cheesy.

But here in Vancouver it was almost 15°C yesterday! All of our local mountains have had to shut down for the season. One of them didn’t ever even open. I don’t know if it’s that whole climate change people keep yappin’ about, but something’s goin’ with this crazy weather!

Lately, I’ve been trying to find different things to do with my hair other than just straighten it or put it in a lazy bun. Yup, I’m pretty lazy with my hair. When I go to get my roots done, I’m always impressed with my hairstylists hair. It’s all done up, curled, sprayed, etc. And here I walk in and sometimes I haven’t even brushed my hair! lol

With that being said, if I’m going to do up my hair all fancy, it’d better be easy! So, here’s 10 Wavy Hair Tutorials comin’ atcha!
 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Soft Flat Iron Curls www.paperandbirch.comSoft Flat Iron Curls – Hair & Makeup by Steph

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - No-Heat Curls with the 'Friar Tuck' www.paperandbirch.comNo-Heat Curls with the ‘Friar Tuck’ – Aunie Sauce

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Perfect loose curls tutorial www.paperandbirch.comPerfect Beachy Curls – A Cup of Jo 

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Messy Curls for Short Hair www.paperandbirch.comHow to Curl Short Hair – Essie Button

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Sockcurls www.paperandbirch.comNo-Heat Sock Curls – Divine Caroline

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Freckled fox hair tutorial www.paperandbirch.comEasy Everyday Curls – The Freckled Fox

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Everyday Curl www.paperandbirch.comMy Everyday Curl – Lauren Conrad

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - 10 minute loose curls www.paperandbirch.com10 Minute Loose Curls – Pink Pistachio

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Beach Wave Tutorial www.paperandbirch.comBeach Wave Hair Tutorial – A Fashion Love Affair

 
 
Which one is your favourite? :)
 
 
 
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  1. nataliefraser@shaw.ca'/Christine says:

    Love the “A Cup of Jo” tutorial, use that one regularly! :)

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Treats!

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Woohoo it’s Friday!

Did you realize that it’s the 13th (insert Twilight Zone music here!). Are any of you superstitious? I’m not superstitious so to speak, BUT, I definitely am SUPER aware of my surroundings on that day cuz I’m a big old klutz.

Like BIG.

When I was a kid, I was flipping a swing around our swing set and the swing hit me square in the eye. Can you say OUCH?

Another year, I was rushing down the stairs and slipped and slid all the way down, bruising my tailbone. And that’s just a few examples.

Hmmm….maybe I should be superstitious…No stop it.

I’m not going to get hurt. I’m not going to get hurt.

I’m sooooo gonna get hurt!

Ok, now onto lovelier thoughts! Valentine’s Day! I used to be against Valentine’s Day. I thought, “who’s gonna tell me when to celebrate my love for my hubby?” Now, I love it. I’m pretty sure it’s the chocolate that won me over, but don’t tell the husband.

With our lives being as busy as they are, I think it’s nice to have the reminder to just stop and just be in the moment with each other. Plus, I found the FUNNIEST Valentine’s Day card for the hubby. Yeah, we don’t do cheese here.

Do you buy your love treats or do you make them? I go back and forth each year, but this year I’m definitely making some treats. What do you like to receive for Valentine’s Day? My husband knows that with me, you can NEVER go wrong with chocolate! If ya want to make a little treat for your hubby or kids, I’ve gotta bunch of easy and yummy treats for you!
 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats!Valentine’s Snack Mix – Glorious Treats

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - XO Sugar Cookies www.paperandbirch.comXO Valentine Sugar Cookies – Lauren’s Latest

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Red Velvet Valentine's Macarons www.paperandbirch.comRed Velvet Valentine’s Macarons – Delectable Deliciousness

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Smore Hearts www.paperandbirch.comI love you, S’Mores – The Cake Blog

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Cinnamon Red Hots Shortbread Cookies www.paperandbirch.comCinnamon Red Hots Candy Shortbread Cookies – Bakingdom

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Heart Shaped Pancakes www.paperandbirch.comValentine’s Pancakes – Camille Styles

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Inside Out Peanut Butter Blossoms www.paperandbirch.comInside Out Peanut Butter Blossoms – Lil’ Luna

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Chocolate Covered Pretzels www.paperandbirch.comChocolate Covered Pretzels – Leanne Bakes

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Red Velvet Truffles www.paperandbirch.comRed Velvet Truffles – The Novice Chef

 
 
 
Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!!

 

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