I felt so good to be back in my kitchen this weekend with my beloved oven, Edna. I missed her and she missed me! I wanted to treat Sir Streusel to his favorite Bread Pudding, but with a twist. You can find his favorite Bread Pudding here. I wanted to add a little chocolate to it, for me!
Chocolate Coconut Macaroons are always one of the favorite desserts on the tea party menu whenever I serve them. Some of the ladies asked for the recipe so I thought I would share it with you as well. We all win!!
When Sir Streusel returns home each week, this little girl, Stella, is ready to see her Daddy. They have this ritual on his first night back home where they get eye to eye and play non stop for about 30 minutes. Stella is quick, really quick, and she can jump around the bed like a cat. I am worn out just watching them each week.
This past week my Sunday School class had its monthly Ladies Night Out. It turned out to be the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Ladies Night Out.” We decided that we would go downtown and eat outside with a view of our beautiful water. As some of us arrived, and I am holding a container of delicious Chocolate Shortbread Bars to share, we were told it would be an hour and a half before they could seat us. No problem, we will just take the party somewhere else. We started frantically texting the ladies that we knew were coming to tell them we were changing restaurants. We arrived at restaurant number two, I am still carrying my container of Chocolate Shortbread Bars, and we are told yet again, one hour to one and a half hour wait. We find out that James Taylor is in concert and that is why all the downtown restaurants are packed. Now, I love my Ladies of the FOLD, but I would have ditched them in a second to hear JT sing “Sweet Baby James.” So we pull out our phones and text away telling the ladies we are moving to yet another restaurant. We pull up to the third restaurant, which by the way is five minutes from my home so I have come full circle, walk in and have a great meal with wonderful fellowship. This….this is what made it all worthwhile….
I am a member of the best Sunday School Class ever!!! We are called “The FOLD”, Following Our Lord Daily. These people are my family. They are the first to show up and the last to leave when there is a need in our class. But please be assured, these friends of mine LOVE to have a good time! Our teacher retired and we honored him at our Valentine Party. Edna and I gifted a dessert table. The class seemed to enjoy it, but then again, they are very easy to please!!
The “Love” day is right around the corner! I love everything pink, red and covered in sprinkles. Sometimes I think I hear the sprinkles talking to me saying things like, “Hey Jody, we need to party, sprinkle on!” “Hey Jody, we need to make these cupcakes cute today, sprinkle on!” “Hey Jody, we can make this bad day you are having better, sprinkle on!” I tend to get way to attached to my sprinkles. Who am I kidding, I am on a first name basis with every appliance, ingredient, cupcake liner, and utensil in my kitchen. I mean, my oven is my BFF!! As a food blogger, I am constantly looking for the latest, greatest and newest food item in my grocery store. As I walked down my favorite aisle, a light started shining brightly guiding me to the very end of the cookie aisle. I kept hearing a voice saying “Go to the Oreo…..the Oreo…..go to the Oreo.”
My Ballerina Baby trained 5 summers in New York City with the Joffrey Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. What great summers we had together!
Right around the corner from the apartment we rented every summer for her training was the Chelsea Market. Chelsea Market is an old warehouse full of the most amazing eateries you could ever imagine. Anything you want is in that warehouse. It is also the office space of Food Network, so you KNOW I loved it! We probably ate dinner there three times a week after she finished her daily classes. One of our favorite items to purchase for our walk back to our little apartment was a brownie from Fat Witch Bakery. Those dang things were addictive. We couldn’t get enough of them. A few years back, Fat Witch came out with a cookbook full of all their delicious brownies and bars. Sir Streusel is a brownie addict. After his love of fruit pies, cobblers, crisps, and cookies, the man loves a good brownie. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. What better way to love on your sweetheart than with a heart shaped brownie. I used these silicone pans. You could always bake these in a 9×9 pan and cut your heart out with a cookie cutter.
He wanted Brownies. She wanted Chocolate Chip Cookies. She only wanted to bake one dessert. She wanted to make him happy after working a long hard week in freezing weather in Connecticut. After all, he is a Florida boy. She combined the wants and needs of these two lovebirds. She must be a BRILLIANT woman! This was the day that the Brownie met the Cookie. Brownie + Cookie equals “Brookie”, and Cookie + Brownie equals “Coonie.” Which is it?! I don’t know and I don’t care. All I know is we were two happy people that weekend. We each got what we wanted plus a bonus dessert. A bite into this baby and you get a taste of rich chocolate followed by a chocolate chip cookie. Have a mat on the ground ready to cushion your fall because you just…might…pass…out when you take a bite. At the very least you will groan, moan and your eyes will roll back in your head. It is just that good.
Every third Tuesday of the month, the ladies in my Sunday School class, The FOLD, meet for Ladies Night Out. We meet at a restaurant or someone’s home and enjoy fellowship and food. We always have food. It doesn’t matter where we are, what we are doing, we always make sure food will be there. I mean, we will forget to tell our husbands where we are going, but we will make dang sure we remember the restaurant where we are eating or what our food assignment is to bring to someone’s home. It is all…about…the…food. Each month, we celebrate the ladies who have birthday’s in the particular month we are meeting. Edna and I bring the dessert to celebrate the birthday girls! We bake cupcakes, cookies, cobbler, layer cake, sheet cake, or whatever jumps into my little brain to bake for the ladies. They are an easy group to please. Whatever I place in front of them, they will eat, as long as butter, sugar, and chocolate are involved. My motto is, “If I feed them chocolate, they will come.” This past month I baked a Chocolate filled Cake. It bakes in a 13 x 9 pan so it is transports easily. It is a chocolate cake, poked and filled with more chocolate, frosted with a whipped chocolate, and because of all the wonderful chocolate, I topped it with mini chips. I felt that if I used regular size chips it might make the cake too decadent. So I went with the mini chips. I’m smart like that sometimes. I think the situation through. I am glad we took the time to discuss this chip situation. Believe it or not, the cake actually doesn’t taste that rich. It was the perfect amount of decadence to indulge in after a night of food, fellowship and fun!
A couple of days ago, I was making a grocery list and preparing to go to the grocery store. As I was making my list, Sir Streusel said, and I quote, “Are you going to bake me something sweet? If not, just buy me a bag a cookies.” After I counted to ten and did a few deep breaths, my reply was, “Of course I am going to bake you something this weekend. I already have all the ingredients. I will start as soon as I get home. You poor, pitiful baby. Your wife and Edna would never think of serving you a bag of cookies. Now come here and let me rub your back and make you feel special.” Nah, that was not my response. After a BIG eyeroll, my response went like this, “Don’t I always? I am going to start on it as soon as I get back from the store. Ok? Ok.” Seriously, I always bake him a goody on the weekend. He works so hard during the week he deserves a treat. Not to mention he has the same size waist as he did when we were first married. I guess he was panicking that he wasn’t going to get his baked goody on that weekend. He loves Pecan Pie. I love chocolate, no secret there. I merged the two and made heaven. This would be a great Thanksgiving pie to have on the table. The chocolate just gives it a little extra bit of gooey decadence…that can never be a bad thing! Continue reading Pecan Pie…with Chocolate→