Foodie Friday- Did Someone say MERINGUE?!

If any dessert SCREAMS Spring, I’d say it’s a simple meringue topped with a fresh fruit reduction and some yummy whipped cream!

Although is may sound like a scary dessert to attempt, it is actually pretty easy (as long as you have some patience for the cooking portion)! My hubby made these delicious Meringue Fruit Cups for our Easter dinner and they were a huge hit with everyone! They are so light and crisp and the fresh fruit reduction just adds the right amount of tart to the mix.

The fun part about this dessert is the many ways you can serve it. We chose a martini glass display, as you can see from the pictures, and did a layering technique with the meringues and fruit (and of course a little whipped cream). They are so elegant, yet so very simple to make and are sure to impress even your pickiest guest 🙂

Give em a try and let me know what you think! <3

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Foodie Friday- Delicious Coconut Cream Pie!

Ohhh my word, THIS pie!!! I decided to make this for our family Easter dinner (both families…so I made it twice!) as I wanted to try something different than my usual chocolate desserts…and I really wanted to make it from scratch! I have made a coconut cream pie before using one of those boxed mixes for the filling, which was WAY too SWEET, and I knew that I wanted a pie with a creamy coconut filling that wasn’t artificial tasting.

So my friends, I present to you, the ultra dreamy and creamy Coconut Cream Pie!!! It was devoured by both our families (thank God as I really didn’t want any leftovers to fill my tummy!!) and was really quite simple to make. The most difficult part of this pie is not eating all the custard filling before it makes it into the pie shell 🙂

Enjoy <3

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Foodie Friday- Classic Oatmeal Cookie with a Twist

Who’s ready for the weekend?! I am, I am!! I have been sick all week with my “yearly” cold/flu and it’s a bad one! So bad in fact that I have missed two days of work and am really not looking forward to going back tomorrow seeing as how I still feel like a zombie! But, enough about sickness and more about this COOKIE!

You likely have everything you need to make this one right now…how perfect for the cold weekend ahead! You can bake em up tonight and enjoy them over the next two days with your morning cup of tea. I usually make these cookies with chocolate chips but this time I had some nice dried cranberries left from my Christmas baking so I thought I’d throw those in instead…you can really add in whatever suits your taste or occasion (try hard shell chocolate eggs for Easter)!!

So go get your sifters ready and prepare yourself this delicious Oatmeal Cookie NOW!

Evey body needs a little creativity in their lives <3 Enjoy

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Happy New Year!

Back to reality…2016 has been here for a couple of weeks now, the snow is piling up outside and my hands are itching to get back in the kitchen and make some goodies to post for ya’ll to enjoy!

This year I decided not to make any “silly” resolutions like, I’m going to lose 20 pounds by February…or, I’m going to workout two times a day and fit into my honeymoon bikini (from 5 years ago!) and instead am choosing more grounded resolutions that I know I can achieve! Things like, I will take the time to do 5 minutes of deep breathing today, or I will stop and appreciate the nature around me at least once a day! Another huge one for me this year is to take the time I need to relax and de-stress to help lower my everyday anxiety…something that is going to be so much easier thanks to my family for getting me a large selection of adult colouring books for Christmas! I was so excited with each one I opened as I could just feel my stress melting away before even picking up a marker (I’ll post up some pictures once I get a few more done!). This is not to bash anyone who is doing the weight-loss resolutions, in fact, more power to you! I have just realized over the years that this is not one I stick to, and come December 31st I am depressed at the lack of achievements.

With that being said…I have a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake that I want to share with you! I made this the other week for our Ukrainian Christmas get together with my dad, and it was a yummy hit!

So Happy 2016 to you! May this be a year filled with love, happiness and creativity for all of my readers and followers <3

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Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 8!!

Wow, we are over the halfway mark ya’ll! I really hope you are enjoying these daily posts and continuing to find inspiration for your Christmas baking!

Today’s cookie is so much fun! You can get as creative as you want with them, and the kiddos will LOVE helping out! It’s an all time classic, the Sugar Cookie!!! Oh boy, just wait until you click through the little gallery on the cookie page and see what we did with this years batch. These sugar cookies are perfect, not too sweet and they have no “dense flour” taste at all! The icing is also delicious, and uses meringue powder in place of egg whites for those who are a little nervous about raw eggs in their cookies like me!

So grab your sprinkles and your little candy adornments, and get ready to have some FUN!

*ps* Credit for the cookies you see above goes to my hubby!!! He’s a pretty darn good decorator!

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Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 5!!

How about that fudge from yesterday? Every time I think about it I want to sneak down to my freezer where all these goodies are being stored and sneak a couple of pieces out of the tin…but if I did that there wouldn’t be any left for my cookie trays!! I just wanted to share with ya’ll a photo from our full day bake-fest so you could see how many delicious treats were made that day (and perhaps get a look at some of the treats coming up)!

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I am so happy to read your comments everyday about the posts, and love hearing from you when you have made one of the goodies, it makes the posts worth it knowing that someone is getting a new treat to add to their list!

So, for today, ya’ll will be enjoying a yummy Brownie Biscotti! Don’t fret my friends, this is NOTHING like your usual biscotti and is very simple to make! It has a nice gooey center (like a brownie) but the shape of a biscotti. With the addition of some chopped pecans (or nuts you prefer) and a drizzle of white chocolate, this is going to be one of the BIGGEST hits on your Christmas trays! I have made this one for about 10 years now (wow!) and every year I get more and more compliments, and have even had an entire fresh batch eaten from right under my watchful eye while family from the West Coast was visiting (that just SHOWS how yummy these are).

Also on today’s post you will find gift ideas for the gardener on your list! That can be anyone really! If they aren’t a gardener yet I am sure that a couple of my ideas will make them want to be!

Enjoy <3