August 24, 2016

Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe

Do you want to hear a sad story?

My sister has a 'birch sensitivity'. A what? Ya, exactly. It means that she reacts to fruit in the Rosacae family, or more simply, she can't eat cherries, apples or peaches. Her mouth gets all itchy and its not pleasant.

Bummer, right?

Well, good thing I still can still eat all of the cherries, apples and peaches I want. (Sorry, Kenz.) And that's why today, I'm sharing one of my favourite summer dessert recipes, a Fresh Peach Crisp.

Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe

In Ontario, our peaches come from the Niagara region, an area typically known for their grapes and, more importantly, wine.

This fresh peach crisp recipe is similar to my recipe for the perfect strawberry rhubarb crisp, but with fresh peaches instead.

Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe

Fresh Peach Crisp


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups + 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 6 cups fresh, ripe peaches, sliced
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup rolled oats

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice the peaches (see below for tips). 
  3. In large bowl, combine white sugar, 3 tbsp all purpose flour and peaches, and mix well. Place the mixture in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, butter and oats until crumbly. Spread mixture evenly on top of the rhubarb and strawberry mixture.
  5. Bake in oven for 45 minutes, or until crisp and lightly browned. 
Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe

I recommend putting the baking dish on a baking sheet while baking, just incase the crisp bubbles over and onto the bottom of your oven. Messy!

I will admit, this recipe is by no means healthy. But crisp shouldn't be. Instead, it is a refreshing summer treat that takes advantage of the abundance of fresh, local produce. While peaches are delicious in pies, cobblers, crisps and as preserves, along they also make the perfect afternoon snack - one medium-size peach contains 37 calories and is a source of Vitamin C.

How to Slice a Peach
For this recipe, the peaches should be ripe, but not overly soft. Similar to slicing an avocado, using a paring know, start at the stem end of the fruit and cut through to the pit. Run the knife all the way around the fruit, keeping the blade against the pit, finishing where you started. Holding the fruit in your hands, gently give each half of the peach a twist in opposite directions and pull apart. The pit should remain in one side of the peach. Using your thumb, pop out the pit. Cut into thin slices. 


Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe

Look at me over here, just upping my crisp game.

What is your favourite local produce? And your favourite recipe to make with it?


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August 22, 2016

Tips for Flying with an Infant

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Tips for Flying with an Infant

Traveling with a baby may be stressful and also intimidating. But, at the same time it is a great opportunity to create life long memories with your children. 

At just over 3 months old, Morley took her first plane ride. While it was a 'quick' 4 hour flight west to Edmonton, Alberta, flying with her in tow still made us a bit nervous. Having never flown with her before, we didn’t know what we were in for. We knew the trip had the potential to be a bumpy journey. It was all new.

Tips for Flying with an Infant

Are you traveling on an airplane with an infant? Check out these tips to help avoid turbulence along your journey. 

Tips for Flying with an Infant


Time it right.
If possible, book your flight around baby’s schedule. For example, if they usually nap in the morning, then a morning flight would be ideal for you. Also be sure to play it safe when it comes to arriving at the airport, adding a bit of time onto your journey.

Know your airline.
Individual airlines have individual regulations when it comes to traveling with young children. For example, baggage allowance and gate checking strollers, car seats, etc.If you are unsure of the rules for your particular airline, be sure to call their Help Centre for clarification in advance of your trip. 

Tips for Flying with an Infant

Pack smart.
Make sure you have plenty of wipes, diapers, snacks and extra clothing for the flight, or in case of a delay. Choose a bag that allows you to be as hands free and comfortable as possible (such as a cross-body or backpack), with easy access to pockets.

Be sure to check the FAA regulations on formula, milk, snacks (especially fruit and vegetables) before you travel. Regulations will differ depending on your destination. 

Whether we're on a flight or a trip to the grocery store, Huggies Little Snugglers Plus (only available at Costco) are never too far away. These diapers come in three sizes - newborn, 1 and 2 - and are designed to help keep baby’s skin clean and healthy, with Leak Lock® for up to 12 hour protection

Tips for Flying with an Infant

Dress smart.
Planes are often cooler, so make sure babe is either dressed in layers, or you have a light sweater handy. If you are breast feeding, make sure to wear a top that is feeding-friendly. A scarf or light sweater would also serve as a feeding cover and/or a pillow for your lap. 

Carry baby.
Instead of carrying baby on your hip to board and deplane, go hands free and strap them into a carrier. If they are able to be positioned front facing, they will enjoy watching everyone and everything around them.

Entertainment.
You know your baby better than anyone, so how do you think they’ll react on the plane? If they’re always on the move, keeping them settled in a seat for x amount of hours can be tricky. Bring an activity that is new to them, such as a colouring book, to help keep them engaged for longer, or pack only a few toys that you know your baby loves rather than an entire assortment.

Tips for Flying with an Infant

Play it safe.
Each person reacts differently to the change in air pressure, and the same goes for infants. As a precaution, breast feed, bottle feed or have a pacifier on hand during assent and descent to help relieve any pain.

Ask for help.
Not only are flight attendants there to help you throughout the flight, they love babies!  

Ignore the dirty looks.
The majority of people on a plane love seeing babies, and are very accommodating and understanding. But, there is always one or two that give the dirty looks, regardless if your child makes a peep or not. Don’t let it get to you! You’re there to have fun, don’t let anyone ruin that.

Enjoy making memories!
Sit back, relax and enjoy making memories with your family and sparking the travel bug within your babe.

In the end, we had absolutely nothing to worry about. Morley was a flying pro, and we can’t wait to take her on more airplane adventures and share our love of travel with her as she grows.

Tips for Flying with an Infant


Don't forget to check out the awesome diaper savings at Costco - From 9/1 to 9/25, Huggies Little Snugglers Plus (sizes 1 & 2) are $37.49, or $31.49 after the $6 discount & Little Movers Plus (Size 3, 4, 5, & 6) are $42.99, $36.99 after $6 discount and Free shipping (this offer valid 9/1 –to 9/25), with free shipping when purchased online at Costco.com. Starting in August, Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in size Newborn starting at $29.99 in select warehouses and online. What a great value for a quality product!


Do you have any tips for traveling with infants?

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