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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!

Jun 172016
 

Glazed Blueberry Honey Breakfast Cake

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Folks, I’m still picking blueberries, probably 4 quarts already with more to pick tomorrow. I have been giving them away and freezing the rest for use later on. Having so many berries this year is the cause for so many of these tasty recipes popping up on mama. The one thing about our wild berries, is that they do lack a little of the sweetness that you have in the store bought ones which is fine by us because they have that little bit of tartness to compliment these sweet treats I have been posting.

Every morning when I go down the drive to get our paper, I have to stop by just to have a little breakfast for my short journey! This recipe would be a great way to start dad off this Sunday served up with a piping hot cup of coffee. I also topped my cake with some chopped pecans which was the cat’s meow for me but you can add any chopped nut of your liking or DAD’S………..

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Glazed Blueberry Honey Breakfast Cake
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2-1/2 teas baking powder
  • ¾ teas salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries rinsed and dried or 2 cups frozen berries, thawed and drained
  • For the topping:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teas vanilla
  • 1-2 teas hot water
  • Chopped pecans, as many as you want to add
Instructions
  1. Mix the flour, honey, butter, milk, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and beat for 30 seconds; fold in the blueberries.
  2. Pour batter into a 9-inch round cake dish that has been greased and floured.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tests done.
  4. Cool for 10 minutes.
  5. While cake is cooling, combine the powdered sugar and vanilla and adding enough water to make it to a drizzling consistency.
  6. Drizzle cake immediately and sprinkle with nuts if desired.

Hope all you dads out there get treated like royalty this Sunday! Happy Father’s Day to all and enjoy!

 

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