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Pineapple Frosting {Cake}

Pineapple Frosting Cake

 

So today I attempted a Pineapple Buttercream Frosting, and it did not exactly turn out like planned.

Recipe:

1/2 cup butter

4 to 6 cups of powdered sugar

6 tablespoons of crushed pineapple

1 to 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice

Seems simple enough, but when I added the Pineapple the frosting freaked out and became lumpy and not buttercreamy at all.

Thankfully the cake was yummi (just a basic French Vanilla Cake) and the pineapple buttercream frosting tasted wonderful.

So even though it doesn’t look lovely, it tasted just fine.

{Which is of course what really matters}

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Coconut Drop Cookies

So today I decided to make coconut macaroons…but the final result was…well not macaroonish enough for me. So I named them coconut drop cookies. But Mother enjoyed them greatly so I guess that’s all that matters.

 

Ingredients: 

1 pkg.  (14 oz.) Coconut Flakes {I used sweetened} about (5-1/3 cups)
2/3 cup  sugar
6 Tbsp.  flour
1/4 tsp.  salt {I never use the actual amount of salt–just a few shakes}
4 egg whites
1 tsp.  vanilla {some recipes use Almond} extract
Set the egg whites aside to rest while you mix the dry ingredients together. Add the whites and vanilla to the dry mixture.
Bake at 325 for about 20 min, the coconut will brown lightly.
I used parchment paper and just a greased pan–result- Parchment! it browns the coconut better without the cookies being over-baked.
Like I said I’m still working a perfect coconut macaroon recipe since this isn’t quite it. But for Coconut Drop Cookies–they are excellent!

 

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Almond Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

So while having a “Chopped Moment” and rummaging through my cupboards for supplies for dinner I came across a bag of dried apricots. Since this was a dinner for Mother & I, it just seemed practical to come up with some way to use them.

I quickly came across a delicious oatmeal cookie recipe. So with a little tweaking I developed an almond apricot version. {The almond was because I ran out of vanilla & I didn’t have an orange to zest as suggested}

First: Cup of finely chopped dried Apricots. I suggest more than a cup. According to my mother “you can never have to much apricot!”

Next boil a cup of water and put the apricot in for about 5 min {reduces the stickiness}

Cream together 2/3 cup of shortening, 1 cup {packed} brown sugar, 1/3 cup white sugar. Then add teaspoon of almond extract and an egg. Beat until light and fluffy. Then add in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Once blended add in the apricots {drained}and and about 1.5 cups of oatmeal. {The recipe called for 2 cups, but I felt that it made the dough a little to loose}

Heat the oven to 350 degrees and roll dough and place on lightly greased pan, or non-stick pan. Bake for about 12-15 min {12 seemed to work well for me}

{as you can see my cookie pans are well used}

They were yummy~ Mother approved!

 

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Recipe for Life

Randomly I get a desire to bake. Usually this desire can be satisfied with a pan or two of chocolate chip cookies (my own personal recipe I’ve modified and perfected) or if I’m feeling super lazy but still need to bake a pan of brownies will do the trick.

But yesterday I was ready for something new.

RedVelvet WhiteChocolateChip kind of new. (O and a new-to-me snickerdoodle recipe–very successful!)

When life gets crazy–I bake. I bake because I know if I put sugar, butter, flour, and a little flavoring I’ll get something delicious. I bake because there is order, steps, and an end result that is {somewhat} guaranteed. I bake because if I mess up the first time, I can usually gather advice (aka Google & Mother) and attempt it again with way better results!

Why can’t real life be as simple as a recipe?

But then verses such as Matthew 22:36-39 come to mind

36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38This is the first and great commandment.

39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Rather recipe like?

Or Micah 6:8

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Maybe it’s my love of lists that inspire order in a chaotic world, but these verses lay out the recipe of life; walk humbly with God by loving God first, and loving your neighbor as much as your love yourself.

And the great thing is, if a “batch” turns out icky, you spend time in prayer & delving into the scriptures & try it again tomorrow.

Life’s Recipe: Walk Humbly with God 

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Lemon Cookies

I love lemon! Fresh and delicious ~

These cookies were super simple and just delightfully {Yummi}

I highly recommend them!

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