I turned some very basic cookies into these fancy delicacies. I was bored and looking for something sweet. We had no flour, so anything from scratch was out of the question. I searched my cupboard and found this lovely mix for pumpkin spice cookies.


I added about a 1/2 a cup of sweetened shredded coconut to the mix and then popped trays full of cookies in to the oven.


Looking at the cover of that box, I knew these cookies weren’t going to be enough without some delicious frosting. Coconut, cream cheese frosting of course! Here is the super simple recipe I used to make the frosting.


  • 6oz Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Coconut Extract

Blend all three ingredients together in a small bowl and spread over cooled cookies.

These cookies came out WAY better than I ever could’ve imagined. So simple and so yum!


03. March 2011 · 3 comments · Categories: food, recipe

Remember The Beets from Doug on Nickelodeon? I used to LOVE that show! I watched it again recently and was very sad that it didn’t seem to hold up, at all.

Ooooh weeee ooooh, Killer Tofuuuuu!!!!


A co-worker of mine brought me in some beets last week because she had so many of them and didn’t know what to do with them. I gladly accepted the bunch and couldn’t wait to go home and cook them up. I may not have cooked them that day, but they were not forgotten in my fridge. I love beets, they are one of my favorite vegetables!


Derek was working late on Monday and this is what I made myself for dinner. A big bowl of sauteed brussel sprouts and roasted beets. It was delicious and quite filling.


Last night dinner consisted of a side salad with beets, goat cheese and walnuts; the perfect salad combination! I also just wanted to take a big bite out of the wheel of goat cheese, it was so good! 😀 We also had some pork chops, which were coated with a very simple, but surprisingly tasty coating. Recipe below!

I bought some more beets to replenish my stock since I can’t seem to get enough. I’m considering making borscht, any recipe recommendations are welcomed!



Serves 3


  • 1-1/2 cups crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian-style seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 pork chops


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the crushed saltines, Parmesan cheese, Italian-style seasoning and garlic powder and mix together well.
  3. Dip the chops in the melted butter and then dredge each chop in the cracker mixture, coating all sides thoroughly. Place the chops in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until internal pork temperature reaches 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).   

I was lucky to grow up with parents who could cook and bake really well. My mom is the baker in the house and has many amazing recipes including Death By Chocolate Cake and her holiday Waffle Cookies. My dad is the cook of the house and I very much miss all of his delicious meals he would make us while my sisters and I were growing up. My goal is to obtain and write down all of my parents recipes so I can make them for my own children.

My dad doesn’t have any recipes written down for any of his creations, so this is going to be the hardest part. I’m making this one of my goals for the year. I’m going to start this as a series on the blog; called Family Recipes. I’ve started tonight with Chicken Marsala, one of my favorite dinners ever!


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lb skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup marsala cooking wine


Flatten out each piece of chicken until it’s rather thin. In a large skillet melt the butter on low heat. Add the garlic to the pan and continue to cook on low heat until the garlic has softened. Dredge each piece of chicken in flour and place into the skillet. Turn the heat up to medium and brown the chicken on each side. Add in the mushrooms and continue to cook for a few more minutes.


When the mushrooms are soft, add in the marsala wine and scrape off anything stuck to the bottom of the pan. This will create a sauce after only a few minutes. Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, plate it and top with the mushrooms.



What’s your favorite family recipe?