Monthly Archives: February 2011

Snickerdoodles with a Chocolate Kick

The votes are in from the poll…so here is more chocolate! If you did not vote, keep your eye on the right side of the blog to do so in the future.

You are going to love these irresistible treats! I have added a little chocolate kick to these Snickerdoodles and it just might be the kick they needed. But since plain Snickerdoodles are classics, I have not tampered with the recipe by taking out any of the key ingredients. All I did was Continue reading

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Coconut Cake

If you love coconut, you will love this cake. Its strong flavor and unique appearance makes it a perfect dessert. After searching for a cake to prepare for my girlfriends birthday, I found this one in the Barefoot Contessa At Home cookbook. One requirement for the birthday cake was that I have either have coconut or ginger in it (these are her favorites) so I have modified it by adding Continue reading


Lemon Cranberry Coconut Crumble

This crumble comes to mind when I think of Seattle. The first time I made this, it was for a group of friends in Seattle and it got devoured quite quickly. I was a little worried about how the fruit would mingle with all the coconut, but after I tasted it, I realized that the coconut is its best feature! Most of the crumbles that I have baked include slicing and dicing any fruit that is in the kitchen and making a simple oatmeal topping to drizzle over the fruit. But this recipe has a delicious bottom layer to it that gives it a good crunch when you bite into it. Although I have many other great memories of Seattle, Continue reading


Gingersnaps, the Perfect Treat

There is something about these ginger cookies that make them one of my most asked for treats from my friends and family. It doesn’t matter what time of year I make these gingersnaps, people always want more. It could be the fancy molasses that I use, or the extra ground ginger that I throw in, but I do know for sure that it is always necessary to double this recipe when I make it!

Also, I have heart shaped cookies in the picture because I made these on Valentine’s Day. The trick to making shapes with these gingersnaps is to follow the next 4 steps: Continue reading


Simple and Delicious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Normally I don’t bake anything without chocolate, but these cookies were for a very special occasion. A friend of mine asked me to bake some cookies for her kid’s grade one class for some Valentine’s Day treats and gave me strict regulations to not have any chocolate in them. All she wanted were some oatmeal raisin cookies that were healthier for the kids since it was for their morning snack. So here is a simple and easy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that you can enjoy without chocolate. But if you are like me, and love chocolate, don’t be shy to add a few chocolate chips to the recipe!

Makes 36 cookies

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Tips for Valentine’s Day Gifts

Flower this. Chocolate that. Romanticize this and that.

Frankly, I am sick of all the consumerism surrounding Valentine’s Day. I hate the feeling that I have to do something out of the ordinary for my loved one as soon as it strikes February 14th. There is so much pressure from this consumer created holiday that makes everything I do on this day feel a little less special. What is the big problem with making your loved one feel special on a day that has no “to-do-list” on it? Why can’t yesterday or tomorrow be that day when you surprise your loved and take her out when she doesn’t even see it coming!

I see Valentine’s as a day to celebrate the ordinary and to take it as just another day. My trick is to use any of the other 364 days of the year to make my loved one feel special, that way there are no expectations built into my relationship surrounding Valentine’s Day each year.

If you still feel pressure to hit a home run on Valentine’s Day here are some tips:

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