Chapter Twelve – Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung! You would never know it based on the storm we just had last weekend, but I know that those super warm days are just ahead of us. That snowstorm on Saturday was NUTS! My Mom was going to drive up for Hattie’s birthday but based on the forecast, she changed her mind. Thank goodness! Cars in the ditch everywhere! Alas, it has all melted now.

I’m now in Salt Lake City, Utah for the EVERYTHING FOOD Conference! I’ve been wanting to go to this since I started blogging, but I’ve been pregnant or nursing every time it’s on! I am so excited to be here, and so excited to actually meet some of the blogger friends I’ve been chatting with for years now.

I thought it was high time I checked in with you all and talked about life. I haven’t written a Chapter post since January – I swear – this year is going even faster than the ones before! Do you guys ever get tired of hearing that cliché? I can’t help it. It’s true!

A few exciting things have happened with the blog since we last checked in:

Martin’s Apples

I was THRILLED to hear I had won the contest hosted by Food Bloggers of Canada to win a huge prize pack of Martin’s apple chips! They delivered a giant box of their dried apple chips, along with some syrups, apple butters, honey and fun paraphanelia. I didn’t even know they had flavors like caramel and cinnamon. So good! I’m not sure who was more excited, the boys or me!

Cookbook Review

I hope you guys got a chance to see my sponsored review post of Rosie Daykin’s new cookbook, Let Me Feed You. I made her roast chicken with Dijon herb butter, and it has quickly become a new family favourite. SO GOOD. I can’t stress that enough!

Bob’s Red Mill

I participated in a fun Easter campaign sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill last month. Who ISN’T a fan of Bob’s products? I adore their super-fine almond flour and coconut flour in particular. I made two grain-free treats. These lovely 5-ingredient gluten-free crepes and this colorful coconut tart. So fun! My crepes were also featured on Bob’s Instagram page which got me a little excited too 😊

Grain-Free Crepes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling

Grain-Free Chocolate Coconut Tart

Russian Standard Vodka

My favourite drink is a Moscow mule. I had a post last week sponsored by Russian Standard Vodka to create these blackberry-mint Moscow mules. Such a fun flavour twist – I often daydream of kicking back in the sunshine, in the backyard with one of these. My dream is looking less like reality with the onslaught of snow we’ve been having. Go away, winter. Shoo!

Blackberry Mint Moscow Mule

Spring Blog Hop

I was thrilled to participate in another blog hop this past spring, hosted by Kendra of Joy in Our Home. These are always so fun! I made these lemon cream cheese cookies – have you guys had a chance to try them yet? You really can’t go wrong with lemon!

lovely lemon cream cheese cookies

Want the Recipe

Did you catch my little interview the other week on Want the Recipe? I was honored to be interviewed by WTR. I also had fun reading up on some other bloggers – you should go check it out, too!

Mealshare

I’m proud to be an ambassador for the Mealshare program this month – ending youth hunger, one dinner at a time! On May 8th I’ll be dining with some friends at a local brewery to help fundraise for Mealshare!

EFC

Here I am at the Everything Food Conference. So far I’ve met some blogging friends and I’m gearing up for a couple great days of learning and networking!

 

It’s been an exciting past few months for my little blog! I’ve got some great recipes lined up for the upcoming summer. I’m hoping this summer will be much more productive than last, since I was chained to the couch last summer with a newborn 😉

Well, my newborn is now 1!! Hattie loved her healthy smash cake (and so did her brothers). I used whipped cream with a touch of maple syrup, and some pink coloring thanks to beet juice. I added in some cream cheese too, to add stability so I could pipe those pretty rosettes. It wasn’t very sweet, but she certainly didn’t seem to mind. I should have an updated video for my smash cake post, soon!

I am working on getting a few other videos made. They are so much fun to do but they take a lot of time and effort!

I’m also working on a different format for my newsletter. Have you subscribed yet?! I want to know, do you guys like when I change things up a bit and give you something in the newsletter other than just my latest post?

In terms of my personal life, I don’t have a lot to tell you that you don’t already know. Etienne and I are considering a trip for our anniversary this summer, just the two of us. I HATE leaving my babies but the idea of getting away is awfully appealing, too. We’ll see.

We’ve only got one wedding this summer, and the boys are enrolled in a few camps. I hope that we can make it out to the Okanagan again at some point too. Fresh peach picking, please!

As always, thanks for following along with my little blog 🧡

Katherine

 

 

 

20 Comments

  1. Wow, you’ve had an incredible few months Katherine! You always have great recipes, so it’s awesome to see that being recognized by some fabulous brands. Congrats! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for you! I’ll be following along on IG as you take in EFC this year. I’m bummed I can’t be there, but can’t wait to hear all about it from you!

  2. You’ve definitely had a busy few months, Katherine! Hattie looks SOOOO cute in that photo! And also, congrats on the partnership with Bob’s! What an amazing brand! Wish I could be at EFC this year – maybe next year. In the meantime, I’ll be living vicariously through you! Have fun!! πŸ™‚

  3. I hope you’re having a blast at EFC! And congrats on BRM sharing your pic–those crepes are super dreamy :). Happy Friday, Katherine!

  4. praising and appreciating your because you deserve it i’ve seen some great recipes from your site and i’ve learned so much from you thanks for your great work for the moms who are learning to cook for their families πŸ™‚

  5. I love how bright and springy this post is! So many beautiful things happening for you (and your lucky readers, thanks to you!)! I love it!

  6. Crazy how time seems to accelerate as the years go by! And at the same time, we feel busier and busier. But it sounds like you have so many good things happening, my friend! I love all of your posts, food or otherwise, so keep on doing what you’re doing!

  7. How exciting and busy the last few months were for you!! It’s wonderful to see that all your hard work is coming to fruition. I’m excited to see what else you have coming up this summer!

  8. It was SO wonderful meeting you at the conference Katherine! And congrats on winning the apple prize pack! I won something from Beef, it’s what’s for dinner, so we’ll see what it is when I get it. lol That’s so exciting to be featured on an IG page for a great brand like Bob’s too. You deserve it — those crepes are too pretty!

    • It was wonderful meeting you too, Marcie!! I loved that I got to meet so many blogger friends in person. Oooh, I can’t wait to see what you get for your Beef prize, haha! Thank you my friend! It was an exciting couple of months!

  9. Congratulations. Your life sounds very happy and successful. and with a baby to boot!

  10. I always love reading these posts! You have so many exciting things going on with your blog πŸ™‚ And how is Hattie already one?!?!! Time flies!! Have a great weekend Katherine! XOXO

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