coconut-crusted french toast

granolalola | coconut crusted french toast

So maybe I live under a rock.

Is this a thing? Coconut crusted French toast? Because if it isn’t a thing, it darn well should be. I wanted French toast this morning, and as I hunted and gathered food from inside the fridge and around my cupboards, I noticed a theme: coconuts. Aside from the usual French toast ingredients, I had a mason jar filled with leftover canned coconut milk (the thick, creamy, decadent kind), a carton of coconut milk, and a bag of desiccated coconut. And that’s where the ingenious idea for coconut-crusted, custard-dipped, cinnamoned and spiced French toast came to be.

Was it good? Are you kidding me? Out of this world good. Shoveling in forkfuls, I asked Graham, “Why isn’t this a thing?!” (And again, maybe it is; remember, I don’t get out much.) And then I said to him, “I should be a chef.”

And with… Continue reading

peanut butter blossoms

granolalola | peanut butter blossoms

So I’m totally back on coffee and cookies. It’s time to admit: I’m a softy for sugar (sounds so much better than sugar addict, doesn’t it?). I made my very first batch ever of peanut butter blossoms on New Years Eve. A few days prior, I was telling Graham that they, along with snowballs, are my favourite Christmastime cookies. But the crazy thing is, I’d never made either before. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a pantry stocked with kisses or somehow I thought snowballs were hard to make (hardly), but whatever the reason, it was time to make this wrong right.

Big mistake. Why? Well, they turned out amazing (of course, for anytime you start out creaming butter and sugar, you simply can’t go wrong), they’re practically bite size (bite size = eat by the handful) and really, is there anything better than the combination of chocolate and peanut… Continue reading

very vanilla biscotti

granolalola | very vanilla biscotti

A few mornings ago I finished off the last of our Christmas cookies. (Technically they were New Years cookies, since I didn’t get around to any baking before Christmas.) And after nibbling up every last speck of powdered sugar, I had a thought… Perhaps it was time to cut it out with all the cookie eating. Don’t get me wrong, I love cookies, sweets, sugar, all of it, but I thought perhaps I was developing a bad habit with the whole “must-have-cookies-and-coffee” (said in a Miss Piggy voice; at least that’s how it played out in my head) thing.

It surely started out innocent enough with coffee and say, a muffin. And muffins are only mildly sweet and certainly passable as a breakfast food, at least in ‘merica. But then something happened. I had this thing, called a baby, and developed this very hearty appetite. You see, I never used… Continue reading

metropolitan bakery millet muffins

granolalola | millet muffins

When it comes to breakfast foods, these muffins paired with a pot of English breakfast tea, are my husband’s absolute favourite. As for me, a cup of coffee with cream and, ideally, some sort of homemade sweet start me off just right. And then, when my coffee’s long gone, I move on to elevenses (or second breakfasts) which consists of a more substantial and sometimes savoury feast: eggs, oatmeal, toast, yogurt, Belgian waffles… It all depends on the little miss, and just how long she’ll allow me to share my attention with say a frying pan, toaster oven or microwave. Alas, some days cookies and cold coffee are all I get.

But back to the breakfast du jour. We first discovered these muffins at our favourite coffee shop. And ever since Graham first sampled one a few years back, any time we stop in for coffee a) Graham must… Continue reading

cream cheese apricot scones with dried cranberries

apricot cranberry cream cheese scones

I made these scones just before birdie, our little one, was born. I saved two out of the bakers dozen and added them to the pancake meal I had previously made (and froze; pancakes and waffles freeze so wonderfully and reheat like a charm in the toaster oven!) to take with us to the birth center. Not knowing when birdie’s birth day would be, or what hour she’d make her grand debut, I decided a breakfast feast would be the perfect celebratory post-birth meal. Comforting, sweet, full of delicious carbs (giving birth is indeed a full-on marathon) and welcome at any hour.

As it turns out, she was born at 12:59am. We spent the first several hours, food far from thought, just plain in awe of her. We passed her back and forth, quieting her when she decided to be heard, and simply soaked in her beauty. Did you know… Continue reading

little love

angel cake

Graham and I welcomed our daughter into this world, lovingly, one month and three days ago. She weighed 9lbs and measured 21 inches in length. She’s already gained a few pounds and has grown a few inches too. She has my nose and Graham’s chin, adorable dimples and the most dainty eyelashes. Her hair is a reddish brown, her fingers and toes quite lengthy and her legs and neck quite strong. She stands on her own and has held up her head since birth.

She has the most adorable sneeze you’ll ever hear and she’s already saying “ohhh” and “ahh.” Her coos woo you and even when she keeps you up all night, her face is the most welcome sight to grace a set of weary eyes. We love her so, and are so very thankful the good Lord has entrusted us with her. Sweet Ramona, welcome to this world.

dusk

quick & easy honey cornbread muffins

I’ve made these muffins now twice in the last week. And like that super cheesy early 90′s song, I’ve finally found the love of a lifetime… as far as a delicious and easy, super-quick-to-make and incredibly tasty cornbread muffin. I couldn’t be happier!

These muffins have a bit of sugar and honey in them so they are perfectly sweet and wonderfully moist. Toasted or hot out of the oven with a smear of butter, heaven. And since none remain from the last batch I made, I think I know what’s on today’s agenda… making at least another dozen.

The batter takes minutes to whip up, requiring no special tools or gadgets, and they’re beautifully golden brown after just 15 minutes in the oven. Let cool a quick 5 minutes and these honey sweet corn muffins will be on your breakfast or supper table, ready to be gobbled down by… Continue reading