Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons. 

Tomorrow Evan has Demo Day for his new app at the school he has been attending for three months. It’s his last day! He has been working non-stop, day and night learning how to code and program, and I couldn’t be any more proud.

So of course, in celebration, I wanted to make some treats for when his family comes into town this weekend. I also wanted to make something I haven’t made before. As we all know, it takes practice to make perfect. Not that any dessert or treat that I’ve made tons of times turns out perfect, but at least edible and tastey. With that being said, I totally burnt half of my macaroons! I set the timer on, but half way through I smelled something burning. I ran to the oven to check on the macaroons, and they were just black on the bottom. It was sad to see half of them go, but oh well! As Evan said to me, it’s a glass half full situation, we still have the other not burnt half! And no, I did not take pictures of the burned macaroons. No need to see that kind of destruction.

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Meatball Monday- Asian Inspired Quinoa Turkey Meatballs.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so my apologies for the hiatus. I’ve been on this intense career search, and it seems like a lifetime and a half. I always thought I knew what I wanted to do, but I suppose it’s not that simple. I hope it happens soon, I’m going stir crazy around the house. On the bright side, I was accepted into two Masters Programs for Health Care. Overall, a lot has been on my plate and it’s been quite stressful. It seems that my cooking and baking keeps me sane. It’s something I go out to buy, bring home, take time to clean it, bake it, cook it, whatever it might need, then eat it. It’s all up to me, and I love doing it. I get to put in the work, and enjoy the outcome.

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Dark Chocolate Chip Coconut Muffins.

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Lately I’ve been craving coconut. Anything coconut simply sounds appetizing. Coconut Milk, Coconut water, Coconut flakes… You get the picture. This craving has made me realize how much I’m turning into my dad. He is also a huge fan of coconut and sprinkles it on just about every dessert he has. So with this craving, plus my dads numerous dessert ideas, I was inspired to create a muffin with coconut. Then I asked myself, what taste compliments coconut? Dark Chocolate.

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Vegetarian Italian Spinach Soup.

Vegetarian Italian Spinach Soup

Yesterday was a warm, rainy day in Florida so that could only mean one thing for today’s forecast: COLD. Yep, it’s chilly here. By chilly, I really mean mid-50’s. While many out-of-state friends and family are experiencing below freezing temperatures, we are EXTRA warm blooded so this is cold to us. No judging please.

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Saint Valentine’s Day Dinner.

As another mean cold bug hit, extravagant valentines plans were out the window. Not that I wanted to go out to a super crowded, slow service dinner then an over packed movie in the first place, but plans had to change. Evan and I decided to stay home, make a tasty dinner and watch movies in the luxury of our home.

We wanted a juicy dinner that we don’t have every night so we opted for grilled New York strip steak, baked Parmesan asparagus, and home made garlic bread on the barbecue. Do southerns only say ‘grill’ when referring to grilling? Up north in Michigan, we used to say ‘barbecue’, so that’s what I mean. To each is own, right?

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Blueberry Fig & Cream Cheese Puff Pastry.

Fig Blueberry & Cream Cheese Puff PastryTo be completely honest, this was my first time experimenting with puff pastry. For some reason I was intimidated by the delicate dough, and figured I would somehow screw it up! Boy, oh boy, was I wrong. I bought frozen sheets of puff pastry instead of making my own dough. All you have to do is thaw it out until it becomes soft, roll it out a smidgen, and it’s ready to use. Yep, that easy!

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