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Jul 072016
 

Almond Joyous

It’s me again! It has been so damn HOT that I have not been in the mood to cook or even eat for that matter! Every day it’s been just a simple salad or a sandwich to ward off the heat. It has been over 100 degrees every afternoon in the shade for weeks now and I am not looking forward to the rest of July or even August for that matter! Moving to ALASKA!
I do hope everyone had a great 4th of July just as Kenny and I did; nice and quiet with just the two of us. We did manage to cook some steaks on the grill and again a cold salad with garlic bread to sop up the steak juices, well, for me that is as I like my steaks on the mooing side and Husband likes his deader than a door nail, ha ha! But one last story about our blueberries before I get into this recipe. The other morning while waiting for our newspaper to come, I noticed our neighbors chickens in our front yard by the blueberry bushes. Next thing I see is the two of them hovering around them and then jumping up and down. They were getting the ripe berries that I hadn’t picked yet off the bushes, cleaning off the bottom first and when none were left there, jumping up to get the ones left up higher. I’ll tell ya, between ourselves, our dog and the chicks, we have had an entertaining year as far as the berries go…………..

Some times I fell like a nut.....

Some times I fell like a nut…..

I saw this recipe on the internet (don’t know who it was by, sorry) and I said, whoa, where’s the almonds? I have always been a sucker for Almond Joys and Mounds Bars but given my preference, I want ALMONDS! The other thing that caught my eye was the fact that they used honey instead of sugar which was for sure a plus for me as Kenny and I both seem to be putting on a little extra weight and we are not happy campers, no siree!! Another factor was the chocolate and after I put the coconut part together, the honey just didn’t have enough sweetness to it so I added some semi-sweet chocolate to the dark and it went well, along with the chopped almonds that the original recipe did not have………….

 

Almond Joyous
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ⅓ cup honey, I used local not store bought and that could be the reason it wasn't that sweet
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup chopped almonds plus almond halves for topping
  • ½ cup dark bitter sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Combine the coconut flakes, honey, coconut oil and chopped almonds together and mix well; spread into a 9 X 5 inch dish.
  2. Melt the chocolates together with the milk in a double boiler over boiling water, yes I'm still old fashioned!
  3. Pour the warm chocolate mixture over the top of the coconut mixture and spread to cover.
  4. Top with almond halves and let sit to cool or cover and place in frig until time to enjoy, letting pieces come to room temperature before eating!!

I shared them almond joyous’ with the family and everyone loved them, including Husband and myselph!

Will make these again and can’t wait for Christmas to put another twist on them with………….. Hope you enjoy, see ya soon!

Sep 162015
 

Almond Raspberry Brownie Bites

Kenny had to have some with his homemade ice cream!

                            Kenny had to have some with his homemade ice cream!

First of all, let me share with you why I made these flavorful, gooey tasty treats! This weekend we had a baby shower for our new great-grandson and I wanted to take a little something extra for all to try. Big Hit with all who attended including our first great-grandson, Ulric. He is up and walking all over the place and looked so cute in his new hat that his grandma bought for him!

babyshower and brownies 006

I also made two large platters of fresh veggies along with plenty of that dill dip that I just posted and a crock pot full of BBQ chicken with homemade rolls to make sliders………

The stork is due to deliver new baby Atticus in the beginning of December, but between you, me and the fence post, I do not believe that he’s going to wait that long to make his presence. Granddaughter is very large and we all joked about her having twins which is not totally out of the question as twins do run on daddy’s side of the family! God help us all………… Now on with something to satisfy our sweet tooth!

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Almond Raspberry Brownie Bites
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup raspberry jam
  • 1 teas almond extract
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ cup or more of ground almonds
Instructions
  1. Stir cocoa into the melted butter until smooth.
  2. Add the granulated sugar.
  3. Ad the flour, jam, almond extract and eggs; combine to make smooth.
  4. Fold in ground almonds and spread evenly into a 9X13 inch pan that has been greased on the bottom; batter will be thin.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from the sides.
  6. Cool on wire rack before cutting into 1 inch squares.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar if desired before serving.

Hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe and don’t forget the ice cream……….

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