Lemon Lavender Greek Yogurt Poundcake

Lemon Lavender Greek Yogurt Poundcake {Apartment 302}

Happy Easter to all you lovely people out there!!!  This is the perfect yellow and purple cake to serve to your loved ones!  Because really, who doesn’t love a dense, moist hunk of poundcake (particularly with their morning coffee!)?  I sure do and I suspect I’m not the only one!  I just don’t like how the pound of butter in a poundcake converts to 7 extra pounds on my hips… But not this recipe!  It gets it’s richness from Greek Yogurt instead of horrifying amounts of butter.  So I can have my cake and eat it too!  (Without feeling guilty and spending 14 hours in the gym running it off).

Before Christmas I saw a little jar of lavender at a spice shop.  I was intrigued.  I had seen lavender in a few recipes and was curious to try it my own baking.  It gives this cake a little something extra.  You get a subtle floral aftertaste that’s just enough to make you notice there’s something special in there!  It’s a great way to add a little spring touch to a delicious Lemon Poundcake, just go easy on the lavender or it will start to taste perfume-y.  Yuck.  You should be able to find lavender at spice shops or online at Silk Road Spice Merchants.

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Crockpot French Onion Soup

Crock Pot French Onion Soup {Apartment 302}

Surprise Mama!  I made you a delicious bowl of sweet, caramelized onion-y, cheesy, toasty heaven-in-a-bowl goodness more commonly called French Onion Soup.  The best part is the soup pretty much made itself while I relaxed all day by the beach slaved away at the office.  Prepping the ingredients all morning left my fingers smelling like french onion soup which gave me a reminiscing (drooling) whiff all day at work of what I couldn’t yet devour.  It was a long, tummy-grumbling 9 hours.  But ohhhhh baby was it worth it!!!

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Grilled Halloumi and Quinoa Salad

Grilled Halloumi and Quinoa Salad {Apartment 302}

If I told you I had grilled cheese for dinner, you’d probably assume I meant the delicious toasty, cheesy sandwich that I happen to have an unnatural obsession with love.  But no!  This time I meant I had cheese that I grilled!  Now if you are wondering how long I had to scrub a horrendously gooey cheese mess off my grill, then I would like to introduce you to halloumi, the cheese that’s made to grill!  Seriously, is there anything cheese can’t do?!?!  Halloumi is a sheep and/or goat’s milk cheese with a really high melting point.  This means it grills like a beauty!  It gets a nice golden crust and gooey, melty inside.  Cheese heaven, I am telling you.  The texture reminds me of squeaky mozzarella but the taste is salty like feta.  It’s the perfect cheesy compliment to this fresh and zesty salad.  It’s a great, light vegetarian meal, perfect after indulging in a little too much [insert food that makes you lose all will power until it’s completely hoovered up here].  So go out and track down some halloumi, you can thank me later for your new favourite salad addition.

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Irish Corned Beef and Potato Pot Pies

Irish Corned Beef and Potato Pot Pies {Apartment 302}

First and foremost I want to wish a very happy birthday to the very first reader of Apartment 302…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!  

Thank you for all your support and encouragement!

Alright, now on to other important matters,  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  This day is one of my favourite holidays (ok, which holiday isn’t my favourite, I love all days with a theme!).  So you can bet some green beers I am wearing green socks today!  (Please ignore the fact that they are Christmas socks, they’re the only green socks I own.  And yes, I have socks for every other holiday.  Thanks, Mom!!  But you’re slacking on the St. Patty’s gifts! *cough*HOLIDAYSOCKS*cough*).

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Green Leprechaun Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Green Leprechaun Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies {Apartment 302}

Did you know if you catch a Leprechaun they have the power to grant you three wishes in exchange for their release?  Who needs a genie in a magic lamp when you could have a cute little bearded man with a funny accent!  Besides, they spend all their days making shoes.  Hello!!!  A personal shoe maker?  Dream come true!!  And I wouldn’t mind storing my plethora of gold coins nickels in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (and I’m positive the interest rates are less than at my bank).  So to honour these little Irish folklore fairies, I have created these bright green cookies bursting with mint and chocolate.  Yeah, I just drooled too, they’re even better than you’re imagining.  So quit twistin’ hay and whip up a batch of these.  They are absolute heaven warm out of the oven.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you if nobody else gets any.

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