7.31.2012

Blueberry Cookies

Have you ever had fresh fruit in your cookies? I can't remember ever having one but I was intrigued at the idea of having fruit especially blueberries in a cookie. I wouldn't feel as guilty about being a blueberry cookie as I would if I ate a chocolate chip cookie so I attempted a blueberry cookie and here are the results.
The recipe I found was on the State of Georgie's Blueberry Commission. If I were to work for a state's commission, I'd like to work for their produce commission. Would one of the perks be getting to eat blueberries any time I want? Ok on to the recipe.
First, gather together your ingredients. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, 1 cup brown sugar, packed, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups and 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/3 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup blueberries.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In your mixing bowl, cream the 1 cup butter. After you creamed the butter, add in the brown sugar and the white sugar and cream these three ingredients together until fluffy. 


Add in the egg and the vanilla extract and turn on your mixer for one last good mix of the wet ingredients. 


Now you add in the flour, baking soda and baking powder.

 Be careful when you turn on the mixer or else you will get a cloud of flour. Once the dry ingredients are completely incorporated in the wet ingredients, take the mixing bowl off of the mixer. 

You will not use the mixer to incorporate the blueberries. Add in the 1 cup of blueberries and as you can see, I mixed the blueberries into the dough with a spatula. 



This preserves the berry as whole. 
Scoop the dough into your pre-greased or non-stick cookie sheet. 

Bake your cookies for 10-12 minutes and once they are done cooking, remove the cookie sheet from the remove.

 Let the cookies rest a little bit on the pan before you remove them, then serve, eat and enjoy and thank me later when you eat these and don't feel guilty eating them!

7.30.2012

Hostess with the Mostess part sept

The winner of my Shabby Apple giveaway is Lindsay of Delighted Momma, congrats girl!
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I mentioned on Friday that Sean and I would be getting frozen yogurt and seeing an outdoor movie, however, we stayed indoors, rented a movie but still got frozen yogurt. Word of warning, don't get in between me and my Yogurtland. 
Their salted caramel pecan is ah-mazing and Little Caesar's pizza makes for a quick buy for dinner.

I am almost finishing up this Hostess with the Mostess, a series on how you can be the perfect hostess for a party. I have been pretty covered all the aspects of  party, if any of you think I have left something out, please let me know. 
To re-cap, I have discussed the theme, decorations,  drinks, appetizersthe main course and a 4th of July inspired party

For this next installation of Hostess with the Mostess, 
I am talking about the sweetest part of any meal, the dessert.
For me, when planning a party, you can to pair the dessert with the meal, if you have a light meal, keep the dessert on the light side with a sorbet or granita.
If I were having hamburgers and hot dogs at a party, I might make an apple pie or have chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches, a staple my mom would make when I was growing up.
Desserts are fun for me to make, I am more of a baker than a cook and if you knew me then you would know I will always ask what dessert can I bring. 
What makes a good dessert for your party is to keep it simple, brownies, cookies, cupcakes. Have the desserts in individual servings for your guest. A cake is not a good idea that everyone has to cut up for themselves, or everyone will stare at everyone else wondering who is going to the first person to cut into that cake. 
Here are a few dessert ideas for chocolate fans.




If you are going for a lighter dessert, fruit is always a great choice!
Source: hwtm.com via Mary's on Pinterest


Source: google.com via Julia on Pinterest


Maybe the humidity still has everyone sweating at 9pm and to cool off, you offer some chilled desserts.

You could pre-slice this dessert before your guests come, leave them in the frozen until it is dessert time

Frozen banana bites are yummy

You could make popsicles

Or a granita

If you want to include ice cream, you can pre-scoop ice cream into cupcake liner, place them in the cupcake pan and leave it the freezer until serving time.

What I enjoy about desserts is the possibilities are endless and I'm sure for the party you are hosting, you will enjoy pairing your dessert with the theme and menu of your party.


7.26.2012

I'm a Georgia peach (pie)

Ok I have to admit something, I am no Georgia peach, in fact I have never ever been to Georgia. But for this week's Friday's Fancies featuring a my favorite summer treat in the version of an outfit, I have to pick peach pie and of course it is a la mode! I love a fresh, summer pie and what better way to capture the sweetness of peaches than in a pie topped with a delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
I did two looks for this week, one a more formal look and the other more casual.



The heels and boots I selected tan to represent the golden brown color the crust should be when the pie is fully cooked. The dress is the peaches and then I incorporated something cream or white into each outfit to represent the a la mode!
peach pie inspiration

In fact, now after creating this outfit and writing this post, I am craving a fresh peach pie. Actually, I did a post of a peach pie I made last summer, here is the recipe and I also have a recipe for a peach and blueberry galette if you are looking for another peach recipe.
Maybe I will make one this weekend. Speaking of weekend, tonight with a date with my husband, 21 Choices, which is a frozen yogurt shop similar to Cold Stone where add-ins are mixed on a frozen surface accompanied by an outdoor movie in Pasadena.
Have a great weekend all!




Key Lime Coconut Bars

*Today is the final day for you to enter my $75 Shabby Apple giveaway
There is nothing like the taste of the island or taste of the tropics. When I hear tropics, I think of coconut, mango and key limes. I love a good citrus dessert, which would explain why one of my favorite desserts is a lemon meringue pie. I had this recipe pinned on Pinterest for awhile. It was staring at me every time I logged into Pinterest, it was calling me to make it and of course eat it. I finally caved to the yummy goodness and made this delicious dessert, eating it while watching the Bachelorette finale with my friend Stephanie, while my husband and her husband went to grab a beer.

Two great things about this recipe, it is super yummy, and requires no eggs. Not to make the entire baking time is 20 minutes and then bam! you have a delicious dessert. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for it to cool, then chill in the refrigerator before you eat it. The best part the smoothness and creaminess you get when you bite into the dessert not to mention homemade whipped cream. Yah baby!
First, gather together your ingredients. 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup of sweetened coconut flakes, 1/2 cup melted butter, 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk, 3/4 cup lime juice(freshly squeezed is best), 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon lime zest.

Preheat your oven to 350F degrees. In your square 8X8 pan, line it with parchment paper and leave the ends out. Or if you are using a non-stick pan, you are good to go. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and coconut flakes.


Add in the melted butter and combine the ingredients until it is the consistency of wet sand.


 Press this mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Once the crust is baked, take it out of the oven and let it cool and leave the oven on.
In your mixing bowl, add the 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice and zest.





Turn your mixer to get the ingredients a good mix.
Pour the contents over the cooled graham cracker crust.


Then bake the lime bars into the oven for another 8-10 minutes or until the mixture is set. Remove the bars out of the oven, let it cool and once cooled, put them in the refrigerator to chill.
When the bars are chilled, slice up them into squares, make some homemade whipped cream, put a dollop on the square and sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes on top of the whipped cream.

To toast coconut flakes, you can do this while the crust or filling is baking, spread some coconut flakes on a baking sheet, pop it in the oven for 3-4 minutes until lightly golden brown. Put the flakes out, let them cool and garnish your key lime coconut squares with them.
recipe via
Then serve, eat and enjoy!


7.25.2012

That Feeling...

Tomorrow is the last day to enter my $75 Shabby Apple giveaway, go here to enter.
I just wanted to share with you today a few observations I have made lately about feelings. In general, I am a pretty stoic person, don't wear my emotions on my face but these are some thoughts or feelings I have had recently that I wanted to share with you all.

1. That feeling you get while with your husband you run into a former crush and you walk away feeling, wow why did I ever have a crush on him?

2. That feeling when talking to your grandma shortly after her husband, your grandpa, passed away and she says to you, it all went so fast. It all went so fast is the life she spent with him , married over 55 years, and the feeling you get that knowing that one lifetime isn't enough time to spend with your true love.

3. The feeling you get when your alarm clock goes off in the morning to wake up for a morning run. You really want to sleep in a bit more but you force yourself to get up and run. The feeling you get when you get back from your run and you say to yourself, yes I did it and I didn't allow myself to be lazy this morning.

4. That unfortunate feeling you get when you realize a friend was there for only a season of your life and not longer than you were thinking.

5. The feeling you get when you are going to eat bbq and you are really really excite because you love bbq and could live off of pulled pork sandwiches, brisket and beef ribs. Sean and I went out to Lucille's Smokehouse a few weeks ago and I was so giddy. I am all about the tomato-based bbq sauce, no vinegar based for this girl, thank you very much.Oh did I ever mention that I went vegetarian at one point in my life?

And just because I wanted to show you a few photos of my dahlias that I planted last year, thank goodness for annuals. Dahlias have a special place in my heart because they were used in our reception centerpieces.


That's all for today, just a simple post.