Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut cupcakes. Filled with coconut custard and topped with meringue, these are full of fresh coconut flavor!

Finally, a coconut cupcake that worked. One that doesn’t have that weird, subtle coconut flavor that makes me go “meh.” This isn’t overwhelming, but it is COCONUT and delicious. Like coconut cream pie!

I have made 4 different recipes for food/treats in the last few days, and they all failed. I even spent 5 hours working on a bread that ended up doughy in the middle. It was all so very, very frustrating, so I gave up on Pinterest recipes and went to the library. I loaded up on cookbooks and food magazines, plus a few health-related ones. I ended up finding an indulgent dessert recipe in my health magazine that I had to try, and it turned out perfectly! Sometimes you have to go back to the basics. Continue reading “Coconut Cupcakes”

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Cocoa & Marshmallow Cupcakes

I’m going to pretend like it hasn’t been forever, skip all the rambling and excuses for not blogging, and dive right in. These are worth the wait, I promise:

Cocoa & Marshmallow Cupcakes

My mom always made cocoa in a big pot on the stove while we went sledding in the backyard (we had the perfect sledding hill). I helped her a few times when I was little, and then started making the recipe in a cup for myself almost every morning. We dipped hot buttered toast in it, which was amazing.  Continue reading “Cocoa & Marshmallow Cupcakes”

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Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Chocolate Glazed DonutsI made those Blueberry Buttermilk Donuts (which I am STILL hungry for right now) and I knew they wouldn’t be my last. But you know how you love cookies and try different varieties, but mostly you just dream finding the perfect chocolate chip cookies so you make every version of them? That’s my donut quest- I want to try to find that perfect glazed baked donuts that tastes like a fried donut. Chocolate Glazed DonutsMaybe it’s not possible, but it’s worth a shot. It means I get to try endless kinds of a donut like these ones! They lasted two days, and only because I made other treats.
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Gooey Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy-crisp cookies with toffee bits and dark chocolate

The name of these was my husband’s idea. I asked him if he wanted cookies this week, he immediately wanted chocolate chip ones, and I immediately said “I like to make them a little different, so what should I add?”

“Hazelnuts!”

“Not sure where I’d even find those unshelled, babe.”

“Okay, then, toffee. Gooey Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies!”

And so it was.

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Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream

I warned you that there’d be a lot of strawberry recipes coming your way, right? Okay, good!

Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream- soft, sweet, packed with strawberry flavor…basically it's the strawberry ice cream you've always dreamed of!

Before this, I was pretty sure I just plain sucked at making ice cream. Even if it was good straight from the ice cream machine, by the next day it was always a rock-hard chunk and then it turned straight to freezer burn. Finally I drew on my food prep lab knowledge and added a bunch of fat and sugar. Ta-da! Creamy ice cream that’s as easy to scoop as the store-bought kind. Also, it tastes amazing. So much strawberry flavor! Did you know that ice cream actually needs a lot of sugar to keep the ice crystals small? And the cold temperature tricks your tongue, so it seems less sweet once it’s frozen. Continue reading “Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream”

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No Bake Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake

Fresh, tangy cheesecake topped with strawberries- no need to turn on the oven for this summer treat!
We made it out to a local U-pick farm just in time for strawberry season! It doesn’t last long around here, so I was super excited to get a few pounds of fresh berries. I asked Michael what I should make with our haul, and he said something with lemon sounded good. I had already planned on making these, so adding lemon was no problem!

Picking berries!

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Coconut Butter Granola

Coconut Butter Granola- the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert! Healthy and very simple to make!

I made seven different kinds of treats today and yesterday, but I had to share this one first. It’s my family’s favorite granola! The coconut butter gives it an amazing flavor, plus it stays together in big chunks until you want it broken down. That’s some good granola.

Coconut Butter Granola- the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert! Healthy and very simple to make!

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