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cranberry pumpkin millet muffins

granolalola | pumpkin cranberry muffins

This is for all my mama friends (okay, maybe just the two of you), who asked for this recipe. I first made these muffins for a dear friend as “payment” for a luxurious body pillow and other odd gifts she bestowed upon me. Not sure if you are in the know, but pillows are expensive… Let alone one that is crafted to hug your entire body! She asked for something sweet, a small treat per se, for her husband, and these are the gems I whipped up.

It was just before Thanksgiving when I experimented with the recipe, so indeed, pumpkin (and cranberries too!) were quite fitting. I was utterly delighted with their baked goodness. The pumpkin flavor is rich, and the fresh cranberries paired with orange zest are quite the party in your mouth. The crunch of millet and specks of fresh ground cloves throughout are nothing but the… Continue reading

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

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

iced oatmeal applesauce cookies

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I hemmed and hawed a few days over what to bring to my sister’s house for our Mother’s Day celebration. I leafed through various cook books and magazines and finally settled on these lovely iced cookies and a batch of my snickerdoodle blondies. I had just enough butter and flour, and all the other mix-ins, to make the two. It’s a rare occasion when my fridge is not stocked with multiple sticks of butter and even rarer when my flour bins are nearly empty. So I was oh so thankful that I just so happened to have the 21 tablespoons butter, exactly 1/2 cup of my homemade applesauce and the few cups of flour required to whip up both desserts. I say whip, but it took about two hours, including cleanup.

But I still made it to church, squeezed in some lunch, crafted the desserts and made it to… Continue reading

pear crisp

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Now those are some purty pears. When I saw them at the market, in a 3lb bag for only $1.97, there was no question as to whether or not they were coming home with me. I’ve adapted a new way of grocery shopping. Instead of making up my list (checking it twice) and shopping from the list, I now go to the market and fill my trolly (as the Aussies say) with all the produce on sale that week. So that did mean that last week’s planned chicken pot pies (Mr. Bates’s Mushroom and Chicken Pie from this book to be exact) became mushroom and barley stuffed peppers, and apple crisps became pear crisps. But heck, I’m saving money and playing The Price Is Right in the process.

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Speaking of games in the grocery store, once Graham and I actually witnessed a real, live Supermarket Sweep. It was while… Continue reading

chocolate walnut coconut torte

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I think I see some cloud formations there in that dreamy chocolate filling, filling the crust to the brim. I see a profile of a lady. Right to the left of that poking-out walnut (at just about two o’clock). See her? She almost looks like Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Her hair is down and she has dark, sunken-in eyes. And a small white dove, facing west, sits perched upon her crown.

So, back on earth, I made this torte for a good friend’s birthday a month or so back. She had requested something chocolate, and I had no cocoa in the house. I went on to search high and low, in cookbooks and through interwebs, for a recipe that used semi-sweet chocolate, since I had plenty of that in my cupboard. And lo and behold, I found one. So I christened my tart pan (another Goodwill find!)… Continue reading

flourless chocolate banana oat bars

I am practicing major self control and saving the last of these bars for Graham in the fridge. I made this sweet treat for a small gathering I attended last night (a few ladies gathered in a cozy mansion getting free facials and such; no biggie).  Anyway, it was requested that I bring cowboy cookies, but since I just made those, I figured I would make something different. I have a hard time making the same dish twice over the course of a week or two. I like to keep things spicy if you know what I mean. It’s all about v-a-r-i-e-t-y.

So I leafed through my little binder of recipes and decided to make these. They are super moist, very oat-y, full of chocolate chunks, ground up almonds, and oh yes, coconut. Oh how I love coconut. There is no flour, no butter, no eggs, nor any sugar… Continue reading