Minty Melon

I was running around the market yesterday trying to decide what to make for a BBQ  when my craving for a really good minty mojito HIT! Mind you it was after 10:00 a.m. on a Saturday which is technically 5:00 p.m. during the week so it was only natural…right? The only problem is that I am currently dealing with stomach issues and have to avoid alcohol (and caffeine, and chocolate, and tomatoes, and spicy food) so I was quickly forced to forgot about the beautiful, refreshing drink and went on my merry way.

For the BBQ, I was in charge of two side and my mushroom burgers (great alternative to beef burgers for all my vegetarians and vegans!). As I was walking past a large watermelon the wheels began to turn. Mint…Watermelon…a little sugar….YES! I decided then and there that one of my dishes would be a cool, minty (water)melon ‘salad’.

Minty Melon 

3 cups cubed watermelon

Hand full of mint

1.5 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon honey

Juice of a whole lime

Pinch of salt

Add all of your ingredients, excluding the watermelon, into a food processor. Pulse 8-10 times until you get a thin sauce (hint, hint: you want to be able to see the mint leaves!). Once your sauce is ready, set in the refrigerator to chill (at least one hour).

Place your watermelon into a large serving bowl and toss gently with your mint sauce. Cover and return to refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.

This is the perfect dish for a BBQ or as a poolside snack! xx

Minty melon


Boxed lemon beauty

I think(?) summer has official hit Toronto so I figured it was time to clean out my cupboards! During my cleaning I stumbled upon a box of Lemon Cake mix. I keep 1-2 cake mixes around to make quick cake bars (usually when I find out that guest will be coming over, at the last minute!) I was taught you have to feed guest whenever they come over, no matter how small the offering is. #GrowingUpInTheMidwest

I did not feel like making cake bars of of this box and right away my mind turned to the beautiful, juicy blackberries I picked up from the market on Saturday! That was it I was going to make blackberry lemon cake!

Blackberry lemon cake 

1 box of lemon cake mix

3 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1 and 1/3 cup water

1 cup blackberries

Preheat your over to 350

In a mixer add your wet ingredients and mix for about 30 seconds, until everything is combined. Slowly add in your cake mix while the mixer is on. (I swear! This is the secrecy to any moist cake, loaf, muffin, etc.). Once your batter is ready, fold in about 1/4 cup of blackberries .

Spray a cake or pie pan with non-stick spray and scatter your remaining blackberries at the bottom of the pan. (You can add as many as you would like!) I like to spread them around so that every cake piece has a few blackberries. Pour your batter over the blackberry filled pan and put in the oven, bake for 50-60 mins.

Once the cake is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes. After that, cover it up with aluminum foil. I let the cake sit over night or a few hours before serving so that is complete cools.

When you go to serve it you can sprinkle powered sugar or top with additional blackberries.

The great thing about this recipe is that it universal and you can change out the fruit or cake flavor:

Other cake and fruit combos (the possibilities are endless)

  • Chocolate cake with raspberries
  • Lemon cake with blueberries
  • Vanilla cake with strawberries

This is the perfect cake for anytime of the year but I find it extra delicious in the summer when there are BBQs, life celebrations and sunshine! xx

blackberry cake

From Grease to Greasy!

I woke up Sunday morning and did my usual browsing through social media. Thumbing through Facebook I saw the loads of graduation photos, hot mess Iowa City photos, and posts about Mothers Day. What I came across I was not expecting…an advertisement about ‘Summer Romance’ but it only had photos of women in their undergarments (to put it politely). First of all how is that even allowed on my Facebook newsfeed? The only thing I browse that I close to porn is photos of cupcakes and pizza. I do not need to see this advertisement…but, the thing that captured my attention the most was the heading ‘In the mood for summer romance?’ When did we go from Grease to Greasy?

The movie Grease is a classic. Beautiful boy and girl fall in love in the summer but are torn apart by parents and life. Luckily, fate brings them back together and the rest movie history. But in the song ‘Summer Lovin’ there was nothing about women in the lingerie. No, it was about building sandcastles and getting friendly holding each others hands. Sandy was a classy lady who wore a skirt to her ankles and hair to her shoulders, that how she scored Danny. Yes, she comes back at the end as a stone cold fox with a giant ‘You want to get ride of me? Well here is what you are missing, stud’ but she was clothed. Danny was obsessed with her…not her colorful $25 bra set she ordered from Adore Me.

Some of you may say Amanda why another hate blog? Well, my friends, this is not a hate blog….I’m just in confusion about the idea switch on summer romances. If you have an answer, please send it my way. And let me just said that (obviously) if I were to gallivant around the streets of Waterloo I would have some kind attention…but I can tell you it wouldn’t be romantic. I would rather have somebody fall in love with me while I am wearing clothes. That is all.