October 22, 2014

Fudgy Chocolate Coconut Drops

Coconut and chocolate lovers beware ~ with a double dose of coconut and a double dose of chocolate in these Fudgy Chocolate Coconut Drops, you won't be able to get enough!

My husband Mark is a creature of habit.  Once he starts doing some quirky little thing, he keeps on doing it.  Over.  and over.  and over.  and over.  and over again.  Like when I cook something, he pretty much always says {picking, of course}, "Needs more jalapeno."  Doesn't matter what I've cooked.  Or if it's even remotely in the spicy family of foods.  "Needs more jalapeno."

Well now when I bake he's started saying, "Needs more coconut."  Oy.  As if we needed one more quirky, picky little habit around here.

So I decided to bake up some cookies that in no-way-shape-or-form needed more coconut.  'Cause they've got a double dose  of tasty coconut ...

October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Martini {& My Wild Ride}

The fabulous flavors of pumpkin and spice are for more than just pie!  Enjoy them in your fall cocktails, too ~ like this yummy Pumpkin Spice Martini.

So imagine you're driving down the interstate, toodling along at about 70 miles per hour in the passing lane, when all of sudden your car won't accelerate.  At all.

You're dropping speed.  Rapidly.

What happens when you step on the gas pedal?  Nothing.  So you floor it.  And still nothing.

Oh, I don't have to imagine it.  'Cause yeh, it happened.  Yesterday.  To me.  And let me just tell ya ...

October 17, 2014

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Party Squares {Get REAL® on Gameday!}

Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this post.  I'm thrilled to rise to the latest REAL® Seal Dairy Diva challenge ~ to create and share a delicious dish with dairy that would be gobbled up at a football watchin' party.  Spinach and Artichoke Dip Party Squares sure fit that bill! 

Know what my favorite thing about watching football is?  The food!  Of course it is, silly.

Oh come on, you know I'm not the only one.  I truly do love to watch the game ... especially when it's my beloved Carolina Panthers or New England Patriots ..., but watching it with some totally delicious, party-perfect gobble-it-up gameday food makes the game just that much better.

Like everybody's party favorite, Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

But know what makes Spinach and Artichoke Dip even better?  {oh yes, it can  be better}

October 12, 2014

Cinnamon Syrup ~ a Versatile Little Homemade Syrup

Cinnamon Syrup is a simple and versatile little syrup you can easily whip up at home.  Try it on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, honeydew melon, or anything else your heart desires.

My Vermont friends and readers ... look away!  I'm about to talk about a syrup that's not  pure Vermont maple  syrup.

I know, I know.  The horror!  A native Vermonter being disloyal to her syrup true love?

Yes, I'm about to be a syrup traitor.  Yes, I'm about to talk about Cinnamon  Syrup.  Shhhhhhh ... don't tell the maple, okay?  I'm afraid it might be jealous.

October 8, 2014

Banana Spice Dump Cake

Change up you Fall dessert flavors. ~  Instead of apple or pumpkin spice, give banana  spice a whirl with this tasty Banana Spice Dump Cake!  Thank you to Concord Foods' Chiquita Banana Bread Mix and Sun-Maid Raisins for sponsoring creation of this recipe and post.

What a beautiful Fall day it is here in North Carolina!  The sun is shining ... a gentle breeze is blowing ... the temperature is phenomenal ... and it's just perfect for sitting out on the deck with your feet up while enjoying your lunch.  Which is just exactly what I did.

See?  Here's my lovely-Fall-day-with-my-feet-up backyard view ...

October 4, 2014

Oma's Strudla {German Steamed Dumplings or 'Biscuits'}

In honor of Oktoberfest and my husband's German heritage, I decided to share with you one of the few German recipes I've mastered.  And believe me, when my husband asked me to learn how to make strudla, it's a recipe that came with a lot  of pressure!

See, my husband Mark's Oma {German for grandmother} ... who was originally from Germany and lived with Mark and his family while he was growing up ... used to make strudla for him all.  the.  time.  It's a food that holds wonderful memories for him.

And he wanted me  to learn how to make it for him.

Oh sure, ... follow in the footsteps of Mark's native German grandmother to make him one of her signature German foods.  That he adores.  And ate all the time.  For years.

Great.  That's what I was thinking.

But first, what are strudla, you ask?  Well, the answer's apparently not a straightforward one.

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