Sunday, 17 May 2015

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Honey-Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Life is the flower for which love is the Honey.- Victor Hugo


Spring began last week. We have already gone stargazing, camped out in our yard and one of my children has gotten a sunburn. We have killed mosquitoes and have been tempted to go swimming in our lake (hmmm, maybe not yet). We stumbled upon a rattle snake,  to later realize it was just a milk snake. And I can not tell you how many times my daughter has said to me, "It is so hot, why is it so hot? Aren't you hot?" No, this is not hot my dear little Canadian children. And that is just the first week of our Canadian spring.
Today we are going on another adventure. We are on our way to the Muskoka Region of Ontario. My husband and his band have a radio interview.  I love to travel, so we decided to all travel north together, about three more hours north. Why not?
These muffins I packed for our adventure. They are delicious. I used fresh honey that my sister in law picked up at a local farmers' store. 4 out of 4 children stuck in a car agree these are amazing! We all highly recommend these muffins for your next breakfast morning...or road trip.


Honey- Lemon Ricotta Biscuits (adapted from Nonna's Lemon Ricotta Biscuits )
Makes 12 muffins

INGREDIENTS:
muffins:
2 cup flour ( I used 1 cup all purpose and 1 cup spelt)
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
lemon glaze;
1 cup icing sugar
1-2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice


DIRECTIONS:
  1. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, ground almonds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer beat butter, honey and lemon zest until well combined.  Beat in Ricotta, egg, lemon juice and almond extract.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until blended. 
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.  While baking, make glaze.
  6. For the lemon gaze: mix 1-2 Tablespoon lemon juice with one cup of icing sugar ( you can add more or less of the lemon juice to make the glaze the consistency you like)
  7. Remove muffins from oven, serve warm with the lemon glaze. Enjoy!



Sunday, 3 May 2015

A May Day

Live each day as if your life has just begun. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Spring comes suddenly in Ontario.  Where I live, it did not come last month or last week.  I do believe it came last night.  Here is the world I woke up to this morning...












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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A Cool Morning in April

There is hope and a kind of beauty in it somewhere, if you look for it. - H.R. Ginger



Here is my world today...








 





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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Melting Snow

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.- Vivian Greene


I have not posted many photos from this winter.  I think I could not bear to be optimistic about snow. And ice. And cold. I tried...but I could not do it, I hope you understand.
But as the sun began to make it's appearance this week, I decided to photograph the last clutches of winter.  So, down to the lake I went.
My son was very eager to see the melting ice up close...and yes of course he fell in (and that is why his shoes and socks are off for most of the photos). How is it where you live?  Do you have any signs of winter still?

 Here is our world today...

 
 





 
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