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Lemon Coconut Squares

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It's been a while since I've been able to join in with the Baking Bloggers, but I'm glad I was able to participate in this month's theme, Baking for a Tea Party! Spring has been slow coming here in New Hampshire, and I've been trying to keep my spirits up with lots of citrus.  Lemon bars are always a favorite around here, and I've had this version with coconut in my to-try file for a while.

I'm going to admit up front, I am terrible with recipes that require cutting butter in.  I used to use my trusty food processor, but it broke and I haven't replaced it yet.  I read a tip about grating the butter to make it easier, so I gave it a shot with these.   Worked like a charm!


I was a little overenthusiastic with my beating of the eggs/lemon mixture, and when I poured it into the pan, it had lots of little air bubbles on top.  Some deflated when I added the coconut, some didn't.  It had absolutely no effect on the taste, which is the perfect balance o…

Copycat Dunkin Donuts Power Breakfast Sandwich

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I'm one of those people that preparedness makes all of the difference.  If I have easy snack and meal choices ready to go, then I can resist the call of the drive through.  I've been enjoying baked eggs for a while now, usually with sauteed peppers and onion, on top of a whole grain English muffin.  When Dunkin Donuts came out with their new Power Breakfast Sandwich I immediately thought, I can make that at home!

I started with the same base baked eggs recipe that I've been using.  I do normally use whole eggs, but for this version to keep it true to the Dunkin Donuts one, I just used the whites.  I sauteed diced bell pepper and onion until they were soft, then let them cool.  I chopped up some baby spinach, discarding the stems.  I had lots of eggs on hand, so I separated them myself, but you could definitely use the store bought egg whites.

I beat the egg whites, added a bit of salt and pepper, the veggies, and then poured them into a sprayed muffin top pan.  Baked at 3…

Taco Joe Dip

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I've had this recipe for Taco Joe Dip sitting in my to-try file for a while, and what better excuse to pull it out than Cinco De Mayo!  I used low sodium versions of the beans, and taco seasoning.  I also swapped out the canned corn for a "steam in bag" version.  I decided to go with diced tomatoes with hatch green chiles instead of stewed. In place of the canned green chiles, I used jalapenos to dial the heat up a bit. 


This was great with tortilla chips, and would be good with halved mini bell peppers. If you're into cilantro, you could definitely garnish with some.  I love the idea mentioned at the end of the recipe to turn it into a soup, I would also add a little cooked ground beef to it as well. Thank you to Lang S for sharing their recipe!


Thank you so much to Heather from HezziD's Books and Cooks for hosting our #CincoDeMayo party and to all of the other bloggers for sharing their awesome recipes!  Be sure to check out what they made using the links bel…

May Recipe Round Up- Recipes for Mother's Day

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May is here and that means it's time for Mother's Day and spring time recipes! This month we are sharing some of our favorite recipes for the moms in our lives. This is the time of year I really start thinking about rhubarb, eggs, asparagus, peas, and other early produce. I also think about dishes that are delicious for celebrating Mother's Day! Keep reading to see recipe ideas of breakfast, brunch, sides, main dishes, and desserts for Mother's Day and for the whole month of May.


~Breakfast and Brunch~
Sticky Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls from Pies and Plots

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from Girl Gone Mom
Chocolate Chip Scones from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Easy Western Omelette Quiche from Blogghetti
Goat Cheese & Asparagus Breakfast Souffles from Palatable Pastime
Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal from Kate's Recipe Box
Bacon-Wrapped Omelette Muffins from Girl Gone Mom
Yogurt Pancakes from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Steak Benedict from Palatable Pastime 
Sausage Biscuit Dippe…

Mini Chocolate Eclairs with Vanilla Pastry Cream

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Disclaimer- I was given a bottle of Nielsen-Massey's Tahitian Vanilla Bean Paste to test.  All opinions are honest and my own. 

Eclairs are my absolute favorite sweet treat.  Beautiful choux dough, delicious pastry cream, and decadent chocolate on top.   Sure, they take a little effort to put together, but it's absolutely worth it in the end.  When Nielsen-Massey offered me the opportunity to try their new Tahitian Vanilla Bean Paste, I immediately thought of eclairs.

I found a recipe for a mini version on the Nielsen-Massey website. It's very well laid out and easy to follow.  Instead of the vanilla bean and the vanilla extract it calls for, I used 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of the Tahitian Vanilla Bean Paste instead.


Let me just tell you, the pastry cream almost didn't make it into the eclairs at all.  Between the amazing smell and the lovely flavor, I could have eaten the whole bowl with a spoon!  That wouldn't have made for such a great post though, so I carr…

Blackberry Peach Crush #BrunchWeek

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


Today is the last day of Brunch Week, and what an awesome week it's been!  I'm wrapping things up with a cocktail, because I sure could use one (or two)!  I surveyed our supply of alcohol, and right now we are overrun with vodka.  We had a great crop of blackberries last year, and I stockpiled some of them in the freezer, so I pulled them out to defrost.

A traditional vodka crush uses simple syrup, but why not kick it up a level by using a flavored one?  I went back and forth between Torani peach or mango, but in the end, peach won out.  I'm thinking the mango will be great with the blueberries I also have stashed in the freezer.


This is a pretty simple cocktail.  You just place some berries in the bottom of your glass, add the syrup and muddle them together.  Add in vodka, lemon juice, …