Baby Matcha Eclairs

 This is one of the cutest recipes I have ever made: tiny eclairs filled with a delicate matcha cream and glazed with the coolest naturally green glaze. Baby eclairs are so much better than regular ones because you can eat more than one without an excuse, plus they are perfect for a party! You can double and triple the recipe and make multiple flavor creams and icings: for the cream swap the matcha with your flavor of choice (coffee extract, vanilla extract..)  and add some colorant to your glaze.Baby Matcha Eclairs (makes about 12)Matcha creamIngredients250 g full fat milk 1 egg 5 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp matcha 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp + 1 tsp flourInstructionsHeat the milk in a medium pan, when it boils, add in the vanilla and … [Read more...]

Mini chocolate & coconut mini eclairs

A few years ago I was working in a pastry shop that mainly sold éclairs. There were about a billion different flavours and 3 sizes: the regular one, the tiny one and the small one, known as "baby" éclair. Needless to say, baby éclairs were my favourite, aside from having the cutest name in the world, they also have the perfect size for snacking and trying different flavours.These baby/mini éclairs are filled with whipped coconut cream and chocolate ganache.They're also dipped into melted chocolate.And sprinkled with flaked coconut.And da-da! the cutest and most delicious French dessert is ready to be devoured!Notes:You can freeze the (piped) choux pastry and bake it when you are ready (no need for defrosting). Choux pastry recipes usually suggest to … [Read more...]

Good Manners for the Holidays in Four Easy Steps (Prep your kids with games that ACTUALLY work)

‘Tis the season for giving, being grateful and holiday gatherings. Are your kids ready? Does your child know how to accept a gift gracefully? How to be a great host or guest? Write a kind thank-you note? Or do you sometimes feel as if you go to a family gathering with your fingers crossed – “Please let my child behave today”?We all have those moments when our children embarrass us by not behaving properly. The possibilities of what can happen at a holiday gathering are endless! The best way to try to relax and enjoy the festivities is to offer your kids a pre-holiday refresher 101 course on being a good host and guest.Don’t fear. Help is here! Prep your kids with these four game-changing rules to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Play these simple games to equip your kids … [Read more...]

Best 5 Popsicles of the Summer

Whether you like fruit or chocolate, there's a popsicle for you this summer. Not only are popsicles simple to whip up, but the single serving portion sizes are great to keep you in your bikini. Such a great little treat! Are you ready to see the best 5 popsicles of the summer?1. S'mores Popsicles by Hello Home Shoppe - I'm probably biased because I'm a chocoholic, but these popsicles look like the greatest for the summer to me! No need to heat up the fire place to have a s'more with this frozen treat!2. Dulce de Leche Lemon Popsicles from Fit Fun & Delish - Creamy lemon popsicles look like just the refreshing and filling dessert for the summer. Made with just four simple ingredients, these popsicles will be ready in no time!3. Fourth of July Popsicles from Blissfully … [Read more...]

Buckwheat crepes with caramelized bananas

I have always considered myself more of a pancake person than a crepe person, maybe for the simple fact that when I wake up on a lazy morning making pancakes seems the easiest and fastest delicious thing to make. However, when I am craving a pancake at 9 pm, crepes are definitely fancier than pancakes and more appropriate to eat for dessert. Buckwheat crepes are a little bit heavier than ordinary crepes but they also have a nuttier and deeper flavour, in my opinion, in France they are usually eaten with eggs and ham for a savoury snack, the sweet version is quite difficult to find in restaurants but I think that buckwheat pairs very well with caramel. The batter is pretty easy to put together, the tricky part of making crepes is the cooking: a good nonstick skillet and a rubber spatula are … [Read more...]

8 Easy Kitchen Hacks for Busy Moms

This post is sponsored by Sears. All opinions are my own.It's the holidays, it's the end of the year, and the kids are home for Winter Break. What will all of us busy moms do to stay merry and bright?? How will we remain sane until they go back to school in 2016?? I have 8 Kitchen Hacks that will, at least, keep our kitchen more organized and tidy while the kids are home non-stop for two weeks./1/ Want to make a quick and easy breakfast using only your waffle maker?? Try making cinnamon rolls or hash browns in your waffle maker! Easy clean and no piles of dirty dishes./2/ Next time you bake brownies, use a plastic knife to cut brownies and never have a gooey-gooey, crumby mess again. It works, I promise.image via /3/ The kids will surely be in and out of the … [Read more...]