I don’t know what is up with our crazy Canadian weather, but as far as I know, it wasn’t suppose to snow last night. It snowed last night. In fact, this crazy Canadian weather is SO crazy that it was snowing above freezing yesterday. Figure that one out. Maybe Mother Nature had one too many kahlua + coffee’s last night…and this morning. With that said, here’s the forecast for the week:


Forecast for Toronto

I’m sure Mother Nature and I can be friends if she keeps with the temperatures here, and ditches the snow. Although these temp’s aren’t ideal for my Florida-induced style of living, it’s better than freezing.

Instead of drinking, the weather brings me to bake. It’s probably an easier habit to kick.

My name is Char…and I’m a binge-baker.

Easy Oat Pancakes
Easiest pancakes you’ll ever make!

Inspired and adapted from Whole Foods

1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of homemade applesauce (this one’s the best)
2 tbsp of maple syrup
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp warm water)
Butter for greasin’ the pan!

1. Put all ingredients, except for the butter, in a blender and blend until everything is nice and smooth ๐Ÿ™‚
2. Preheat a frying pan to medium heat, add the butter once warm, then add scoops of pancake batter. Flip after a few mins.

It’s really that easy!

And really that good.

I opted for one with pumpkin butter and two with peanut butter and syrup…it’s just how I roll!

Next, was onto Cinnamon Sweet Rolls. Have you gathered by now that I love the Whole Foods recipe section?!

These aren’t as easy as the pancakes; they require patience…patience I sometimes don’t have! If ever there was someone looking for a way to speed something up, that would be me.

Cover bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

…is what the recipe says (and ok, yes I did follow these instructions), but, I did induce the ‘warming’ factor by heating the oven and placing them in it. Hey, when you live in Canada, sunshine comes in slim pickin’s! Alright, Canada isn’t that bad, but unfortunately the sun wasn’t out for me when I needed it. So I heated and I waited and wasn’t very happy about the waiting part.

Then, it was time to prep.

walnuts and dates

floured up!

ready to roll

Might I mention…I’m not the cleanest baker. Me and flour probably aren’t great friends.

bleach or flour? ...flour

I had mentioned yesterday that I need an apron – this proves why. It didn’t help when after I said I needed one, my mom said, “I actually was looking at one and thinking about getting it for you.” ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Moving on to the good part.

If you’re Canadian, you’ll understand what I mean when I say ‘beaver tail.’ Equally as delicious as cinnamon buns, just not rolled. Flat out goodness. Unfortunately for this one, I rolled it.

Patience has paid off. My little rose buds are ready for the oven!

the wee rolls

The binge-baking ends here, as I have other important things to do…like finish chemistry *yuck*.

But before I go, I have one last pic to share:

swing, batter, batter, swing!

Saturday at one of the Blue Jay’s home opener games with my husband who surprised me with tickets the night before. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your faves to bake?


8 Comments on “binge-baker”

  1. hahah I am a binge baker too once you mess up the kitchen you might as well keep going ๐Ÿ™‚ jealous you got to go to a baseball game already its finally getting warm here so I am excited for baseball season!

  2. those cinammon buns look divine, im totally craving them now!

    • char says:

      They turned out awesome. I honestly think putting dates in them instead of raisins was a great idea – a little sweeter, so you can use less sugar.

  3. Presley says:

    I almost bought some pumpkin butter last week, but I couldn’t decide if I was still in pumpkin mode from the fall. Now I wish I’d bought it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Seeing other people eat something makes me crave it!

  4. Sโ˜€S says:

    Howdy from another Toronto-based blogger! I’m a sucker for baking sweet bread loaves: banana raisin walnut, pumpkin and zucchini are my favorites!

  5. […] how the hubby and I went to the baseball game last weekend…well this is a lead into the next surprise I encountered last […]

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