There are plenty of “tea” cookies out there… so why not some “coffee” cookies? These cookies are brown sugar based with a hint of coffee taste. They are nice and crisp on the outside but chewy on the inside… great with a nice strong cup of black coffee (my favourite kind lol)
Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with my mother-in-law, doing some online Christmas shopping, eating things we shouldn’t be eating lol, doing a quick tour of the local antique/consignment stores (those that were open) and just enjoying chatting. I didn’t get anything “crafty” done other than cutting a few words out using my Cricut for some wine glasses she wanted to gift friends of hers. That meant we had to go into my craft room which is a complete disaster area right now. I had hoped that was something we could avoid lol… but thankfully she is also a very talented crafter and understands the mess that accompanies the hobby lol!!!
When I made these squares the other week, Chris apparently took the name of them to heart lol. He couldn’t seem to stop eating them lol! I am glad he enjoyed them. I knew he liked the chocolate bar with the same name so I thought for sure he would like squares fashioned after them… and he most definitely did!
Trying to find healthy options for lunch box snacks, something that I can also grab for a quick snack that isn’t full of sugar isn’t easy… especially with how “the boys” love their sugary treats. These bars are great and hit pretty much all the boxes. They have a slightly sweet taste thanks to the maple syrup, they are a quick snack thanks to the fact they are bars and being made from carrots, oatmeal and dates, they are actually good for you! Yay for oatmeal, carrot and date bars lol!
I wanted to do an update on this post. I liked the texture of this loaf cake, and how fresh it stayed in both flavour and texture that I decided to try it with another cake mix/pudding combination.
This time I used a white cake mix and vanilla pudding. I also had about a cup of chocolate chips left in the cupboard so I threw them in too.
While the taste and texture was still awesome and chocolate chips do taste really good in it, the chocolate chips all sunk to the bottom of the loaf. I know that doesn’t affect the taste at all but I think next time it would probably work better if I added the chocolate chips or anything else I might want to add to the dry ingredients to see if they “stay” where they are supposed to be…. scattered throughout the loaf. Still a great taste and texture, just sunken chocolate chips lol!
Next I’m thinking maybe a nice spice cake mix and butterscotch pudding lol???
Last week I finally tried one of those cake mix/pudding recipes… you know the ones that say only 5 ingredients too make?
I really didn’t expect it to work out very well because I tried the same sort of thing with cake mix donuts a few weeks back. That was an epic fail! When I tried to get them out of the pan they just crumbled.
Why I thought it would be a good idea to give it another go is beyond me, but thankfully this time it was an epic win!
The loaf cake turns out so moist and flavorful, and it almost has a pound cake texture. I will definitely try it again!
For as far back as I can remember, this has been one of Dillon’s favourites. He always swore up and down he didn’t like anything with nuts in it, but he loves this loaf cake.
His grandmother used to make loaf after loaf of this each Christmas. I don’t make anywhere near that many loaves and I don’t think it should be relegated to just being eaten at Christmas…. so I make it all year round!
I wanted to make a batch of cookies with something other than just chocolate chips or raisins or that sort of thing. Then I thought….. why not make some with chocolate chips, but both milk chocolate and white chocolate chips plus dried cranberries (aka craisins lol). Add a little cinnamon to the cookie dough and they were delicious! A nice Fall version of the typical chocolate chip cookies!
And before I forgot about… I wanted to introduce everyone to “The Elusive Loch Ness Cucumber lol. I found this in my garden and mine and Chris’ first thought was that it looked like the Loch Ness Monster lol!
Let me start by apologizing for being absent for 2 days… or is it 3? I am so exhausted right now I honestly can’t remember. I have tried starting this post twice now. Both times I literally fell asleep creating the post and until this morning haven’t been able to finish it. By the time I wake up from my unplanned nap it was time to get back to washing and painting the walls.
I am pleased to say that all the walls except for one section is done!!!! I was just so tired yesterday after painting that I decided to wait and do that section today when I start putting the pictures and such back in place.
Holy crapadoodle!!! I have spent the last 2 days washing walls! And I hurt everywhere lol… I guess part and parcel of growing old! Today is going to be pretty much a rest day. All I have planned is filing in holes with spackling before I paint tomorrow!
On Sunday I did some baking for lunches and these donuts were one of the things I made. They love homemade donuts… and I love the fact these are baked and not fried.
A different, healthy take on Pumpkin muffins… lots of flavour in a few bites (I made them in my mini muffin pan lol). I made the muffin batter and before baking I sprinkled some of the cinnamon sugar I had leftover from my Pumpkin Donuts to give it just that little bit of extra flavour, but you can leave that out if you like.
As with the Pumpkin Donuts I made the same day, not all of the muffins even made it to the plate before they were being devoured lol!
I used oatmeal in place of some of the flour in these muffins and put the oatmeal through my food processor on grind until it was almost a flour but still a bit “grainy,” almost a graham crumb type texture. With some of the wonderful fall spices, maple syrup and some walnuts, these are delicious tasting, easy to make muffins!!!
Yum! Caramel and rich, chocolaty brownies!!! What could be a better combination? I love caramel and brownies are my weakness (why I don’t make them often lol), so I decided to combine the two on the weekend for lunch box snacks!
I use my favourite brownie recipe, the one I use every single time, and then added some melted caramels into the mix. Very sweet, but a wonderful treat!