Coconut Linzer Cookies

Holiday cookies are a really big thing in my family. Every Christmas my mother and I bake something like a billion different sorts to give out to family and friends. One of my favourites is the hazelnut Linzer cookie, an extra crumbly and buttery cookie filled with raspberry jam. These cookies are pretty similar to that seasonal favourite but they are also loaded with coconut flavour: coconut flour and sugar make these holiday cookies delicious and flavourful, plus they are also gluten free. They are fairly easy to put together and make a great home-made gift.   Coconut Linzer Cookies Ingredients ½ cup hazelnut meal 1 ½ cup coconut flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp baking powder ¾ cup coconut sugar ½ cup butter (at room … [Read more...]

Buckwheat, Cherry & chocolate granola bars

Last week I was walking around an outdoor market in London and I found myself craving a sweet treat, so when I stumbled upon a stand selling dried fruit snacks I went for the 'chocolate & cherry tart' mix: as soon as the sweetness of the cherries and the bitterness from the chocolate reached my tongue, I was suddenly reminded of how wonderfully these two flavours taste when combined. After a little daydreaming and mental recipe planning, I decided to revisit this pairing and transform it into a healthy treat. Granola bars are one of my favourite  breakfast options on weekdays: they are easy to pack up, can be made in advance and are fairly nutritious. These are made with three different types of cereals, seeds and a healthy dose of coconut oil and honey. They make a perfect … [Read more...]

Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham

This post is such a favorite - we wanted to share again for everyone starting to think about those special Holiday dinners - like Thanksgiving!  Enjoy!   If your holiday house is anything like mine, then you run out of oven space very quickly.  That's what makes this recipe so great - whip out your trusty slow cooker and you can make a delicious Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham without so much as warming the oven! Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Ingredients: 9-10 pound precooked spiral cut ham, bone in 2 cups honey 1 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons minced garlic (I use jarred) Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Directions: Combine all ingredients except ham in your blender and pulse until well blended. Reserve one … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Gifts & Table Setting Ideas

Thanksgiving is literally just around the corner & this fun roundup of Goodies will help set the scene for your best Holiday yet! Gobble Wobble Cocktail Napkins These cocktail napkins are just too cute for words. Imagine the delight of your guests as you hand them a beverage with these beauties, so fun! Be Thankful Plate This plate is suggested for kids but I think it would be darling as a dessert plate or just a side plate to use throughout the season. I use white dinner plates & then change my smaller/lunch plates out seasonally. These would be an adorable addition to our collection & would be a great incentive for your little ones to clean their plates! Turkey Plate Holder This guy deserves to be front and center at your Thanksgiving dinner table or buffet. … [Read more...]

15 Citrus Recipes for Fall

In the South, citrus fruits are thought to be primarily Summer fruits. However, our Northern friends tend to enjoy citrus more in the Fall months. Little did I know, as a Southerner, that there are so many Fall recipes that feature citrus fruits as a main ingredient or, at the very least, a complimenting ingredient. Today I have quite a few recipes that include a piece of citrus fruit in its repertoire. From breakfast to dessert, you're sure to find a recipe here that will delight your taste buds! /1/ Broiled Grapefruit with Honey and Pistachios - The flavor of this grapefruit will explode in your mouth! Coupled with honey and pistachios, you're sure to have a delectable breakfast with this recipe. /2/ Cranberry Orange Muffins - Muffins are never a bad idea for breakfast. Make … [Read more...]

10 Great Gifts for Coffee Lovers!

As far as I’m concerned there are two kinds of people in this world: those that appreciate the beauty of coffee and those that don’t. I’m the former & this post is for those like-minded folk that think that getting out of bed almost solely is worth it because of that first beautiful sip of coffee in the morning. The selection that I’ve chosen would make great gifts for your favorite Mom, Dad, Grandparent, Best Friend, Daughter, Son, Teacher and on and on… Enjoy!   Custom K-Cups One of the things that I love about my writing assignments is finding fun new goodies out there that I might not have noticed before. These K-Cups are adorable & would make a great take home gift after a party or in this case a unique birthday gift for a colleague or loved one. Circle Monogram … [Read more...]