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A Cool treat to beat the Summer heat

Hello Everyone!

In my house, we try our best to avoid refined sugars and artificial flavours/colours. Come summer time, when the kids want an ice cold beverage, running to the store and grabbing what we call a Slurpee would be a quick fix. But I’ve discovered a quicker, easier and healthier way of doing this! We have a wonderful local company called Organic Fair. They have an amazing selection of soda Syrups! The root beer syrup seems to be the favourite of our household, but for myself, I’m loving the new Chocolate Syrup they’ve just come out with. That makes this momma very happy 😉

To make our homemade Slurpee’s, this is what I do:




I grab 1 tray of ice out of the freezer, place it in the blender, add about 1/2 cup of water and 2 tbsp of Syrup. I blend it all together and voila, instant, organic all natural iced drink!!

We also make our own snow cones in a similar fashion. We crush the ice on it’s own in the blender, pour the ice into cups, and then the kids can add multiple favours to their cups of ice!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer! We’ve had an incredible summer on the island so far!



Tanya W - September 13, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Rachel, thank you SO much for sharing about this company! Save-On in Vic carries their line and I have eyed it but never had time to read the label. I love the thought of being able to give our kids a treat that isn’t laced with refined sugar or nasties. We don’t buy pop or Slurpees normally so I know this would be a huge hit with them for a surprise. I’ll definitely be buying some on my next shop so we can make slurpees after school sometime soon!

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An Icy Drink

Want to treat you little ones to something nice and cold but the freezer is empty and the cubbies don’t look promising either?

Here is a way to make your sunny summer afternoon a little cooler!

All you need is:


-ice cubs

-concentrated juice

-a glass

Step one:

Put a whole bunch of ice cubes in a blender and shave it until it’s all the cubes have turned into a pile of white snow.

Step two:

Put the shaved ice in a glass and poor some juice over it.

Step three:

Sit in the shade and enjoy your drink.



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Shauna’s Peanut Butter Squares

Peanut Butter Squares are one of my old standbys as far as quick and easy plus being a total crowd pleaser.  I used to live on Salt Spring Island and there was a little cafe that served these and I loved them, as did my kids.  Eventually the cafe closed.  I was super sad that I wouldn’t be able to get the squares anymore.  Anyways, I was at a party complaining about my plight (lol) and my friend said that she had the recipe.  Since that day it has been a staple for my family.  The squares are great for lunches, potlucks and road trips.  They have that quality of being a treat but also a pretty filling snack.  Enjoy!!

Preheat oven 350
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup cane sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
Mix well
Stir in:
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups flour
1/2 salt
1 tsp soda
1 cup chocolate chips
Spread onto a cookie sheet
Bake exactly 20 minutes.  Cut into squares quickly and then let cool in cookie sheet.
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Recipe: Rice Crusted Nettle Quiche

I’ve been spending my time the last week harvesting nettle. Such a delicious gift of the season. My first mug of fresh nettle tea always seems to awaken me from my winter hibernation.

Here’s one of my favorite ways to incorporate nettle into my weekly menu.

Rice Crusted Nettle Quiche

preheat oven to 400F

1.cup uncooked brown rice
coconut oil or butter to grease pan
Cook the rice until tender. let it cool slightly. in a separate bowl mix the egg. Add egg to the rice, and combine. 
grease your pan of choice. I usually use a pie dish. Today I used muffin tins though, for appetizer style quiches. 
Once the pan is greased, press the rice mixture in to form the crust. Bake for about 4 minutes.
5.Cloves of garlic
2.cups of Nettle (or greens of choice)
Pinch of sea salt
Chop the garlic and lightly fry it in a tiny bit of coconut oil. Crack the eggs into a blender. Add the nettle, garlic and salt. Blend until the Nettle and eggs are combined. It turns into a lovely green liquid! Pour the egg mixture into you prebaked crust. 
Cook about 40 minutes in a full pie shell, and about 25 minutes in the muffin tins.
Don’t forget to grease your pans. I did… They turned out very rustic. Still delicious!
Brittany XO
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Recipe: Quick energy fix!!

Hi everyone,

I don’t want to call myself a kitchen princess and I have been always a little anxious to share anything that comes out of my kitchen, but brave as I was, I brought over some energy balls to the Bamboletta studio and guess what, Christina took one bite and she was hooked! Luckily everybody here at Bamboletta enjoyed the treat and since that first time I’ve made them more often. They are a hit (as long as you don’t eat 5 at the time, makes you feel a little nauseous, I had to try 😉

So have fun making them, it is a nice kids project, no oven needed and a lot of sticky and dirty little hands at the end.

O’ and don’t worry if you feel like adding different ingredients, as long as you have enough peanut butter and honey sticking it all together you are good to go…

Have fun creating!



¾ cup Chopped up pure chocolate (chocolate chips work quick and easy but I was out of them)

¾ cup peanut butter

¼ cup honey

¼ cup sesame seeds

2tbsp flex seeds

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ coconut shavings

1 ½ cup oats (old fashioned oats)

Mix all the ingredients together and start rolling 😉

The recipe makes about 20 balls with a height of 4/4.5 cm. 😉

Darice/Heaing Gems - April 15, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Those look really good!

andrea cohn - April 15, 2013 - 4:51 pm

I am making these tomorrow. My son is always asking for these carob little squares I can buy at Whole Foods. This looks like a great homemade alternative.

cheryl - April 16, 2013 - 5:26 am

This seems to be a great treat for scouts, to feed to me because they always have more energy than me. ha ha…

Atarah - April 16, 2013 - 9:53 am

Going a road trip soon. This will make a great travel snack. YUM!

Suzannah - April 23, 2013 - 4:47 am

Oh i love these, make them for the kids and end up eating most of them myself!!!
The kids love to measure everything out so it’s a good lesson – then I eat them all! ha.

Renee - May 3, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Sooo yummy! We substituted with a a peanut butter alternative b/c of allergies and they were delish! Thank you 🙂

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