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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

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

crustless cheese & kale (or spinach) quiche

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If you’re anything like me, you at least always have a dozen eggs on hand. And usually a block of cheese. Fresh kale is a maybe as is a bag (or box) of frozen spinach. This is an easy dinner to throw together with oodles of protein, delicious melted cheese and handfuls of hearty greens.

I’ve made this dish a few times, each time a bit different. Different greens, different cheeses, even different sized pie plates and each time the quiche tasted sublime. How can you go wrong combining eggs, cheese & yummy greens? You simply can’t. Unless you forget to crack your eggs or something silly like that.

granolalola | crustless spinach & cheese quiche

This recipe is forgiving and versatile. If I had cooked and crumbled bacon, I’d add it in a heartbeat. If I had some red peppers, I’d dice them and saute them with the onions. Your options are endless, but you can’t… Continue reading

cinnamon-swirl banana muffins

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If you happen to be craving cinnamon rolls, or perhaps a piping hot slice of banana bread smothered with a good pat of butter, this muffin (equally delicious as a loaf) marries the two most scrumptiously and will certainly hit the spot. The first few times I made this banana-cinnamon-sugar treat, I made loaves, but Sunday I had a crowd to feed so I experimented with muffins. I was taking these beauties to a gathering of musical people who were helping my husband and fellow band-mates record their newest album. I figured muffins would be a welcome guest and much easier to handle than slices of moist and cinnamon-sugary bread. They turned out perfect and were handled, consumed and enjoyed by all in attendance.

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Making muffins is a tad more labor-intensive, requiring you to split the batter and the cinnamon sugar topping twice each amongst the dozen muffin tins. Whereas… Continue reading

baked pumpkin spice donuts

The stars aligned for me this past week and my desire to make donuts finally came to fruition. You see, we have this little thing called a grocery budget. And typically, everything I place in my grocery cart has a destiny, a meal it will soon be a part of. There ain’t no room for fluff (or Fluff® for that matter) or any other item that isn’t on one of my little recipe cards back home. But it was Thanksgiving week and I wanted to make something pumpkin, darn it. (Sorry to get worked up.) So I veered from the list and threw in a can of Libby anyway. Wait, that sounds bad. Especially since I just started watching The Walking Dead… Let me rephrase. I threw in a can of pumpkin and knew I’d find good use for it at some point during the week. Every day… Continue reading