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Tropical Granola

30 May

My work-life balance has been seriously challenged over the past 6 months, so I decided I needed to reset, and on a whim thanks to a $400 drop in flight prices, I decided to crash my parents trip to the Philippines.   When I informed my coworker, originally from Manila, who was covering for me while […]

Frosted Mint Chocolate Brownies

8 Mar

There are some fun things happening around here this week.  On a personal note, the in-laws are in town, so I get to hear fun stories about my husband that he pretends to have forgotten…{ha!}.  From what I can tell, they are happy to escape the MI winter to our sunny CA weather. On the Pretty […]

Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread with a Coconut Glaze

30 Nov

The folks over at the Blueberry Council put out a “Blueberries Meet their Match” Blogger Recipe contest and I was ready to accept the challenge! I had plans A, B, & C worked out in my head…it was the trifecta of awesomeness.  All twists on favorite recipes of mine. {Plan A} was a Blueberry Coconut Creme […]

Cinnamon Rolls

22 Nov

Fall makes me think of cozy things…and in the kitchen, that translates to really robust spices…my favorite being cinnamon.  It just makes everything taste o.m.g. good {to me anyway}.  I love to add it to pancakes, french toast, yogurt, some cereals, ice cream…all kinds of stuff. Now, cinnamon rolls are like my husband and I’s […]

Raspberry Swirl Banana Bread

25 Oct

Sometimes you have aging bananas on hand.  And sometimes you also have 2 for $5 pints of raspberries on hand too.  Should you find yourself in such a predicament, then you’ve come to the right place.  A spunkier alternative to banana bread to the rescue! {Gina’s Take} Long story short:  I have no sweet-tooth self […]

Caramel Apple Pastries

18 Oct

Life has been pretty hectic lately – between working the past 3 weekends, in addition to all the weekdays too, guests in town, and planning for an international work trip, I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants.  The husband has been helping out here and there, and as a result, we’ve had a […]

Creme Brulee French Toast

20 Sep

Just reading the title of this post makes me feel like I have to hit the gym for an extra hour today.  But it’s so worth it! Whenever I ask my husband what he wants me to make for a dessert, his answer is one of three things:  Creme Brulee, Bread Pudding, or Snaps.  I […]

Coconut Buns

23 Aug

We were hosting a dinner party and while brainstorming about a menu, I wanted something simple so we weren’t fussing with cooking when our guests arrived.  To solve this, I marinated some chicken skewers with pineapple ahead of time and wanted something to compliment the “tropical” feel of the skewers.  To round out the meal, […]

Vegan Coconut Macaroons

16 Aug

Seriously, sometimes the stars just align… I’m excited to report that this week’s recipe was a request from the amazing Ulrica Wihlborg of Sweden With Love.  I met Ulrica in 2010 at a photography workshop in France and we’ve been in touch ever since.  She’s calm, amazingly talented, and sincere…and the words in her blog reflect […]

Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins

26 Jul

So many things swirling around my brain this week…first of all…gratitude.  A couple of weeks ago, we featured a Cheese & Garlic Naan recipe…I was super happy with how the photos turned out, pat myself on the head, and thought nothing of it other than “that was yummy…I can’t wait to make it again soon.” […]