Thursday, 28 August 2014

coconut mint blueberry cookies

I adore blueberries. They're definitely one of my favourite summer fruits and I've been buying and eating them by the crateful! These cookies were inspired by our blueberry coconut mojitos recipe, and I won't lie... I was extremely nervous about how these would turn out! I was craving blueberries and lemon and mint and coconut, but wanted them in pastry form... so I took a leap of faith and made these cookies and am sooo happy with how delicious these babies turned out! If you're a blueberry lover, I promise you can't go wrong with these.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of coconut oil
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup coconut flakes
1 cup fresh (or frozen!) blueberries
1/4 cup of shredded mint leaves

Preheat your oven to 35 degrees. Sift together your dry ingredients while in a separate bowl, mix together your wet ingredients. Slowly mix both parts in together. Leave your blueberries for last and gently mix them in so that they don't explode and make a big mess! Then bake for 12-15 minutes.

*sidenote: not that it'll be a problem... but I recommend that you eat ALL of these the day you make them! I saved a half dozen of them and found that because of the milk and blueberries that the cookies got a little soggy the next day and weren't as scrumptious :) *
Enjoy these delicious summer treats! 

p.s.   clara

Sunday, 10 August 2014

wanderlust: mexico city

Folding clothes, checking lists, zipping up suitcases, jumping in the car, waiting in lines, sharing mug shots, walking through security, finding the window seat, taking off, excited chatter, dozing off, poking at mysterious food, filling out customs, the turbulent landing, and then...


I'm in Mexico City with 14 teenagers, 7 other leaders, and so many wonderful, loving, and welcoming locals who embraced us immediately and welcomed us into their lives and families. 
Here's a look into my two week adventure in Huixquilucan and Monte Sion, Mexico serving and being served alongside some incredible souls.

p.s.  ♥ clara

Friday, 8 August 2014

lemon layer dessert // a guest blog over at sift and whisk

Hello friends!  A couple months ago we were asked to be a guest blogger for Sift and Whisk while she was on maternity leave...and were so excited that she reached out to us!  We chose to make a lemon layer dessert, which we think is so perfect for Summer.

Hop on over to Sift and Whisk for the full recipe!

p.s.   kelsey

Monday, 4 August 2014

together again // (a belated post)

So this post is embarrassingly late....oops!

Way back in June, Clara had a wedding to photograph in Kamloops, and asked if I'd second shoot for her!  Of course I said yes (duh!), and we were able to make it into a mini vacation together.  It was an amazing few days of laughter, a belated birthday celebration, forgotten luggage (sorry Clara...that will never not be funny! ;) hehe), amazing food, exploring, thrifting and just enjoying spending time with each other in person.

Kamloops was gorgeous.  The locations we found were stunning.  And the wedding was perfect.

It's always so much fun to go exploring with Clara....especially when we stumble on the most photogenic little spots!  We're like the same person, and just give each other a look, maybe a laugh, and then quickly pull out our cameras!  We saw this gorgeous white fence with pink flowers peeking out, and couldn't resist taking a few snaps on our way to breakfast one morning.

Brambles was perhaps them most unexpected and wonderful surprise of our trip!  We stopped in Merritt for lunch on our way to Kamloops, and had no clue where we should eat.  If you're familiar with the town, you'll know it's pretty small, and we had resigned ourselves to fast food when we stumbled upon this cute little café!  The food was amazing, and the décor was adorable.  It was the perfect pit stop!
And I believe in the photo below Clara is explaining why it's perfectly acceptable to begin a meal with your dessert!

All the photos are mine except this last one of Clara and I, which is from Clara!

Above are a few snaps from the wedding!  It was ridiculously hot day, but everyone was so relaxed and full of joy that it made our job so much fun!  Three cheers for an adventurous bride and groom that didn't mind trekking into the wilderness on the side of a mountain!  So gorgeous.

Hop on over to Clara's photography blog to see the full wedding!

p.s.   kelsey & clara
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