Coconut Chia Seed Granola Recipe

While technically speaking it’s still summer, September always feels like fall to me. It also serves as reset. Back to routine, back to meal planning & prepping and back to eating healthy (you don’t want to know how much ice cream we ate this summer).

I’ve always found the easiest way to make healthy eating choices is to have convenient, easy options available. Meal prepping some things like muffins, overnight oats and granola makes it so much easier when the kids tell me they’re hungry at 6:30 am.

Homemade granola is so easy to make, and there’s so many ways to customize it. For me it’s great, because I’m allergic to almonds, and most pre-packaged granola has almonds in it. Most of the time I just use whatever ingredients I have on hand like dried fruit, nuts and seeds. You can also control the type and how much sweetener you use. I like using honey most of the time.

Once it’s made you can just munch on it on its own, with milk or our favourite way—on top of organic vanilla yogurt with fresh berries.

All of the ingredients I used to make this granola were found using local grocery delivery service Spud.ca. They make it easy to find locally-sourced, organic, healthy ingredients to feed my family…and deliver it to my door! If you’re wanting to try Spud for yourself (do it, it’s the best lol) use the code CREDM-SOCALE for $20 off your first order.

Coconut Chia Seed Granola Recipe

Yields: Jar of Granola

You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup coconut strips
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cacao nibs
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, chia seeds, coconut flakes & strips and pinch of salt.
  3. Place the coconut oil and honey in small bowl and melt together in the microwave, then stir to combine and sand add vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are well coated. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
  5. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and pile the granola into a heap on one half of the pan and compress. This will make nice, big clusters. Allow to cool completely and then break into chunks.
  6. Store in an air tight container at room temperature.

Hope you enjoy this recipe! As I said it’s easy to adapt based on what you have or like. Add in almonds or cashews, use maple syrup instead of honey. Make it your own!

Happy {almost} fall!

Alex

Watermelon Basil Martini

There’s few things more reminiscent of summer than fresh, juicy watermelon. It’s the perfect treat on a hot day.

I had a giant watermelon at home needing to be used and figured I’d try my hand at adding an adult twist to this childhood favourite. Did you know that watermelon’s are 92% water and full of vitamins? You’re basically have a health drink with this cocktail 😉.

My recent spud.ca order includes a beautiful new bottle of vodka from Confluence Distilling, out of Calgary, Alberta. The vodka is made from local, glacially-fed water and Albertan grains and has a smooth finish to it. And we all know how much I love supporting local.

I’m so pumped that I can order local beer, wine and spirits online with my Spud grocery order. Makes it so easy and convenient to discover new, local companies.

If you’re looking for a way to use up some leftover watermelon, then look no further than this delicious martini I’ve crafted for you.

Watermelon Basil Martini

Yields 1 drink

You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 0.5 ounces St. Germain
  • Aprox. 2 cups of watermelon
  • 2 basil leaves
  • Splash of fresh-squeezed lime
  • Basil and watermelon, to garnish
  • Ice

Directions

Cut up your watermelon and put it in either a juicer or high-powered blender, along with your basil leaves. After you blend it, run it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any remaining chunks.

Combine vodka, St. Germain liqueur, lime juice and watermelon juice in a cocktail tin with a couple pieces of ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass and garnish with a cube of watermelon and a basil leaf.

Cheers, enjoy this taste of summer!

Pimm’s Iced Tea Recipe

If I think Spring thoughts, and drink Spring drinks, will that magically make Spring appear in Edmonton? Probably not, but this cocktail is so good I don’t even care that it snowed this weekend…again.

I’ve been wanting to make a honey-based cocktail for awhile now, so I was excited to partner up with the Edmonton Home + Garden Show to make a cocktail using some delicious honey from Good Morning Honey, a family-owned and operated apiary just outside of Edmonton.

Good Morning Honey is going to be presenting on the main stage at the Home + Garden Show on Friday, March 19 at 1pm. They’ll be doing a presentation on how to make Beeswax Wraps! How fun is that? There’s going to be tons of other great presentations and activities taking place over the course of the weekend, you can find out more here.

Let’s get back to the honey though! We love honey in our house. I like to use it as a substitute for sugar when I’m baking and occasionally in cocktails too. This cocktail that Holly and I crafted has the perfect mix of sweetness from the honey and tartness from the lemon. Its my first time trying Pimm’s No.1, a gin-based liqueur, but it won’t be my last! This drink is one I’ll be mixing up all summer long on the patio, it’s that good.

Pimm’s Iced Tea

Yields 1 drink

You’ll need:

  • 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) brewed Orange Pekoe tea
  • 2 tsp honey (we used Good Morning Honey)
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Mint sprig
  • Ice cubes
  • Citrus wedges, sliced strawberries and cucumber ribbons, to garnish

Directions:

Brew Orange Pekoe tea and while warm, add honey. Stir and allow to cool (we placed our tea and honey in the fridge).

Add Pimm’s, lemon juice and mint sprig (or about 6 mint leaves) to a cocktail tin and muddle with a muddling stick or the back of a spoon.

Line the side of a second glass with a thin slice of cucumber. Fill glass with ice and strain the mint mixture into the glass. Top with tea and honey.

Mix, garnish with sliced strawberries and a citrus wedge and serve.

I hope you love this cocktail as much as I do! If you try it yourself, be sure to tag @alexandtribe and @chandeliers.and.champagne on Instagram.

The Edmonton Home + Garden Show runs March 19-22 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, grab your tickets here. I’m also giving away a pair or tickets over on my Instagram page!

Cheers! Alex & Holly

Alberta Iceberg Gin and Tonic

I’ve been hearing the dreaded f-word popping up more and more lately…fall. Our mornings are starting to get crisp, the leaves are turning yellow and Starbucks released their Pumpkin Spiced Latte. I flat out refuse to drink a fall drink in August though, call it a principle thing. Instead I’ve decided to honour the dog days of summer and have come up with a delicious drink to celebrate my favourite season.

My favourite part of this Alberta Iceberg Gin and Tonic is the Parlour Gin from at Eau Claire Distillery, an Alberta producer that I’ve grown to love over the last couple years. I used their Prickly Pear Vodka in this cocktail earlier this summer and their Gin is just as delicious. At it’s core this drink is a Gin and Tonic, only a bit more over-the-top, just the way I like it.

I had no idea that Alberta is home to over 10 wineries and meaderies, 17 distilleries and 121 breweries. Although some ALberta beers have made it to the shelves of liquor stores, the majority of Alberta products remain unknown by the public and liquor retailers.

I’ve tried beers from some local companies like Toolshed Brewing, Alley Cat and Wildrose, but I was excited to learn just how many local liquors our province has. I love supporting local, so I plan on whipping up way more local craft cocktails in the future now that I know how much selection there is. To find out more about Alberta liquor products check out the Just Add Alberta website.

Alberta Iceberg Gin and Tonic

Yields 1 cocktail

You’ll need: 

  • 1.5 oz Eau Claire Distillery Parlour Gin
  • Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
  • 1 cup of lemonade
  • 2 large handfuls of ice
  • 5 raspberries
  • Lemon to garnish
  • Mint to garnish

Directions:

In a blender add lemonade, ice and raspberries. Blend until you get a slush consistency.

Add gin to your glass and top with Elderflower tonic until your glass is about 3/4 full. Top with the raspberry lemonade slush. Garnish and serve.

Hope you enjoy this delicious summer cocktail, be sure to follow along on Instagram (@alexandtribe) to see what else I come up with over the course of the summer and tag me in you pics if you recreate any of my cocktails.

Cheers! Alex

Tips for a great Dîner en Blanc experience

I’ve never met a theme I didn’t like. I’m always down for a great party, but one with a fun dress code? Even better! I’ve now been to three Dîner en Blanc’s in Edmonton so I feel like I have a good handle on what to expect and how to make it a great night.

If you’ve never heard of Dîner en Blanc before here is a bit of history. The event was started in Paris, 31 years ago when a Frenchman invited a group of people to an elegant picnic and asked them to all dress in white so that they could easily find each other. Now, the event is held in 80 cities in 30 countries around the world.

This year, Edmonton’s event was held on the field at Commonwealth Stadium, where our professional football team plays. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side. It rained so hard. And not a quick, light shower. It was a torrential downpour, with thunder and lightning and wind. It was a gong show, but you know what, we still had such a fun time. Attitude is everything (refer to tip 4) and our group had a great one.

If you’re getting ready for your first Dîner en Blanc here are five tips to make it a great experience.

1. Make sure you wear white. I know, sounds obvious, that’s the dress code, but there are always people who show up in cream or have another colour on their dress. You stick out like a sore thumb, so look for an outfit that’s all white. Also, it’s a dressy event, so leave the white jeans and sneakers at home.

2. Have fun with your accessories. I love to wear flower crowns, so that’s my go-to for this event, but I’ve seen people in fascinators, white wigs, tutus and boas. It’s not everyday you get to have so much fun with your outfit, so don’t waste the opportunity! Also, ladies, please wear flats. Sometimes the event is held in the grass, sometimes you have a 15 minute walk to get there, regardless you’ll be so much more comfortable in flat shoes.

3. Prepare for the weather. I’ve been rained on at two out of the three events I’ve been to. Like I mentioned above, it torrentially poured on us this year, so I’m so happy I had my clear poncho and umbrella with me. Yup, you read that right, even your rain gear needs to be clear or white, so make sure you’re prepared in advance.

4. Go into it with a great attitude. I’m not going to lie, this event is a lot of work and planning. They’re also always held outdoors rain or shine. Obviously weather isn’t something you can control, but your attitude is. We got totally rained out but had such a fun time this year. I was with fun people, we had wine and dessert (we made sure to grab both when we sprinted for some cover) what more do you need!

5. Pack light. You have to pack your whole life for this event (kidding, sort of), so obviously you can only pack so light between your table, chairs, linens, food and decor, however be smart where you can. Bring collapsible table and chairs and small but attractive decor (flameless candles, flowers etc). This is even easier the larger your group. We had a group of 6 going this year and divided up responsibilities so everyone was bringing something.

Hope this helps prepare you for your first Dîner en Blanc experience. It’s really such a fun event, you just have to make sure you put in the pre-planning work. If you have any other questions about the event, or some tips of your own please share them in the comments!

À votre santé!

10 Edmonton summer date night ideas

Date nights are a precious and rare commodity when you’re a parent. We’ve only got one babysitter (thanks mom!), so when we do get a chance to get out, just the two of us, I want to make sure we make the most of it.

It’s easy to fall into a date night rut of dinner and a movie, but there’s so many fun things to do in Edmonton in the summer that it would be a shame to waste a date night in a dark, over-air conditioned movie theatre.

To help spark your creativity I’ve assembled a list of 10 great dates to do in Edmonton.

1. Snow Valley Aerial Park. I was so excited when this opened up. It’s actually what Justin and I did on my 30th birthday. The aerial park is a ropes course with more than 100 games/challenges. It was pretty challenging, but so much fun. If you’ve ever seen American Ninja Warrior on tv, a lot of the obstacles remind me of that. For a unique date night visit them on Thursdays in the summer for Thirsty Thursdays. After your climbing adventure you can kick back and relax on a one-of-a-kind patio designed by Chateau Lighting. The patio is at the top of the aerial park, surrounded by nature and has a BBQ Concession running with burgers and hot dogs as well as select local micro-brewery beverages.

2. Couples cooking class. I love cooking classes, and there are lots that are geared towards date nights. My favourite classes are through Get Cooking, I’ve been going for years now and love how the menu is interactive and has wine and drinks paired with every course. Some of my favourites have been the pasta making class, Mexican brunch class and taco & tequila class. There’s pretty much any type of cuisine you could want, check out the course catalogue here.

3. Food Crawl. I love food, eating out is one of my favourite ways to spend my free time. Instead of just having dinner at one restaurant, why not make it more of an adventure and turn it into a progressive dinner somewhere on Whyte Ave, Jasper Ave or 124th street? Start off with a drink and appetizer at one restaurant, go somewhere else for your entree and then end at another restaurant for dessert. We had a date night like this last summer and started at Situation Brewing, followed by Have Mercy and ended our night at Julio’s Barrio. It was so much more entertaining than just going out to one restaurant for dinner.

4. Horse races. In case you don’t know, a brand new horse racing track and casino just opened up next to the airport (Century Mile). I haven’t checked it out yet, but can’t wait to get there. I’ve been to the horse races a couple times and even though I’m really not a gambler, I had a blast betting on the horses. Grab your date and place some friendly wagers. Loser buys dinner!

5. Walk and picnic in the River Valley. We have such a beautiful River Valley with views that can’t be beat. Get out and take advantage of the summer by packing a delicious picnic, some bubbly and hiking to a beautiful viewpoint for a romantic picnic. A few of my favourite views are: the Fort Edmonton Park trail (great field for a picnic near the foot bridge), the Victoria Park East trail and Forest Heights Park.

6. River Cruise. What’s more romantic than a sunset cruise overlooking downtown? Impress your date with a bottle of wine and charcuterie plate on Thursday Date Nights on the Edmonton River Boat.

7. “Golfing.” I don’t know about you but 18 holes of golf is a bit much. I have fun for awhile, but by no means am I an avid golfer. My husband is though; so I found the perfect middle ground, a putting course. I’ve tried both the Kinsmen Pitch & Putt and the putting course at Red Tail Landing (by the airport). My favourite was the one at Red Tail Landing, we had the whole course to ourselves and it was great to be able to go at our own pace.

8. Rec Room. This option is a great one for a rainy day. There’s tons to do at the Rec Room from arcade games, to bowling to ax throwing. My husband and I love the old school games like skee ball and the one where you throw balls at the clown faces. There’s two Rec Rooms in the city, South Edmonton Common and West Edmonton Mall.

9. Canoe or Kayak down the river. This one is on my wish list. I think it would be so much fun (and a great workout to boot), to paddle down the river. There’s a couple different companies in the city to rent boats from including Canoe Heads and Haskin Canoe.

10. High Level Bridge street car. This one is a fun day date option. Start your day with brunch on Whyte Ave (Under the High Wheel and Rooster Cafe are great options) or pick up some goodies for a picnic at the Strathcona Farmers Market (if it’s Saturday) and then catch the street car from the Strathcona terminal. Find the schedule and terminals for the street car here.

Hope this list is a good starting point for you to plan some summer dates. Honestly, it’s just a fraction of the things you could do in our city. What are some of you favourite things to do in Edmonton? Anything great that I’m missing?