Cocoa-nut Chip Cookies

It’s hot here. Most people don’t really get how hot and sticky it gets here in Minnesnowta, viagra sale discount I mean Minnesota. Probably because we usually get a bad wrap for being the coldest place in the country during the winter. Well, site occasionally, there and quite frequently in the past few years we have been both the coldest place in the USA and the hottest place.

We are a land of extremes. Maybe that is why Minnesotans are such a temperate people. At least that’s what I like to think! ;) Anyways, yes, we say anyways instead of anywho, it must be a Midwest thing. But again, anyways, back to it being hot here.

It’s HOT and when it’s hot and the humidity is above 75% I start to crave cold, sweet treats. So I decided that I needed to make my hubby’s favorite. Ice cream sandwiches. Even though he’s not here to enjoy them at the moment. Too bad for you, Hubs!

So anyways, here is my take on an American summer classic treat.

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Cocoa-Nut Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup butter; room temperature

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift the flour, salt, coconut and baking soda in a medium bowl. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale yellow and fluffy, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the egg and vanilla extract and lower the the speed, slowly add the flour mixture so you don’t end up wearing the flour. Do NOT over mix. Add the chocolate chips and fold to combine.

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Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto un-greased cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are just golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Once completely cool, take a medium ice cream scoop and scoop vanilla bean ice cream onto half of the cookies. Smush the remaining cookies on the ice cream and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the freezer and enjoy at your leisure.

Happy Tasting!

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Beat the Heat

A few days ago I was perusing one of my favorite Instagram accounts, viagra generic medicine Food52, doctor and I stumbled across this recipe for a spicy fried chicken sandwich with pickles on it. Those of you who know me, see know I am obsessed with spicy chicken sandwiches.IMG_5548

Last year, a friend, who will remain anonymous, turned me on to the Chik-Fil-A sandwich and they are SO amazing. I could eat one everyday! So of course I though I need to try to make this spicy chicken sandwich. Then I looked at the recipe and of course, changed the whole thing because, well that’s just the way I roll.

It’s not that I can’t follow a recipe… ok, maybe I can’t. It’s just that I am so incredibly lazy when I comes to all the right tools. Who has the time to batter chicken and then fry it? Let alone the time it takes to clean up the mess afterwards. Not me. Mother of a 17 month old. No thanks.

So I decided to BBQ the chicken I had and make it up as I go. Even my hubby ate the entire sandwich and said it was super flavorful, despite the heat, and that all the strong flavors surprisingly blended well together. He’s a born and raised Minnesotan and he doesn’t like anything spicier than Ketchup. No joke. But he still ate the whole thing and love it. That’s saying something as he usually gets this dubious look on his face when I tell him I tried something new (Honest, it was only the ONE time that I cooked something so awful as to be inedible!)

So here is my recipe for my Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich. And remember, if its gets too hot for you, just slather some more slaw on! ;)

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Beat the Heat Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

1 package chicken breast tenderloins (I buy mine at Aldi)

1/2 bottle of Carolina Gold BBQ sauce (Found at Trader Joe’s)

1 pint good quality Cole Slaw

1/2 cup Mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s/Best’s with Olive Oil)

1 Tablespoon Sriracha Sauce

1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon juice

4-8 Refrigerator Pickles

Brioche Buns

Method

Transfer chicken tenders to air tight container and pour 1/2 bottle of Carolina Gold BBQ sauce over. Place in fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours- up to 24 hours.

Preheat your grill. Place chicken tenders on grill and grill 2-4 minutes a side depending on how hot your grill is. Cook until chicken is done. Remove chicken to a bowl and using a hand mixer shred the chicken. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the mayo and the Sriracha. Squeeze in about 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice. Stir and slather onto both sides of a Brioche bun.

Top the buns with about 1/2 cup of chicken and 1/4-1/2 cup cole slaw. Add your desired amount of refrigerator pickles. Press the sandwich together and enjoy!

Happy Tasting!

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Laundry has never been so exciting!

Lately it has come to my attention that my blog has been much more bite that board. That pretty much means that I like to eat, generic viagra doctor haha. A lot! I’m not afraid to admit it, sildenafil doctor I do like to eat, but I also love to craft.

I used to be way more creative in my life. In fact, once upon a glittery city called LA I actually did that as my job. I created for a living. I was good at it and it was SO MUCH FUN! I miss it. Yes, I do. Don’t laugh Kimber. ;) I definitely don’t miss the hours though. But a girl has got to get her creative fix when she can. So today, while the monkey, otherwise known as my son, had a whopping 3 hour power nap I created a cute little sign for my soon to be laundry room in my new house. I had to. My laundry room is ugly. It’s a dark cave. But it’s also a blank canvas and that’s perfect for my little crafter’s heart.

So here it is. My little craft project du jour. Enjoy!

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Laundry Sign

You’ll Need

1 self healing mat

1 homemade stencil printed on computer paper

1 wooden sign (this one was $3.99 at Michaels)

1 bottle of acrylic paint in the color of your choice

1 paint brush

1 glue stick

1 Exacto blade (I used Fiskars Finger blade)

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Method

Using the type font of your choosing type out the word laundry and print it out. Using your Exacto knife on the self healing mat, cut the words out of the paper, keeping the white paper intact. This is a laborious process, but it is worth it if you are like me and can’t line up stencil letters to save your life.

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Once you have cut out your stencil, turn it over and lightly apply the glue stick to the back side. Flip it over and line it up on your wooden sign and press down lightly. Take your paint brush, dip it in your chosen paint color and paint the words. Do not take more than 5 minutes to do this process. Immediately remove the stencil to make sure it doesn’t permanently stick to your sign.

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Allow the paint to dry. If you’re like me, and chose a paint color that’s pretty light, you have the option of taking a Sharpie and outlining the words so they show up better. And that’s it!

Happy Crafting!