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Sweet Honey Butter Buttermilk Cornbread

Find out my secret to getting super tender, mildly sweet and buttery cornbread!  You’re going to fall in love with this family recipe! Get your pans ready and let’s start baking!

Cornbread is a staple in my house in the winter. It’s the perfect accompaniment to hearty chili, pulled pork and fried chicken. It makes for an amazing stuffing and fried up pieces of deliciousness in the morning. Just dip each nugget in an egg bath like you would for French toast and when done, drizzle with maple syrup! Mmm mmm mmm!  Delish! Now before I go any further, this apparently is a northern version of cornbread. I’m told that “no self-respecting southerner sweetens their cornbread”. Okay.. more for me!  I’ve made it without the sweetness and it just tastes bland to me.

Sure some southern versions will add cheese and or jalapenos for a savory version. But I have to ask if you a savory version is okay, why isn’t a sweetened version? *blink blink blink* Shrugs. Anyway, when my grandma (and Mom) made cornbread they sweetened it so that’s what I did. I’ve taken their recipes and changed it slightly as even theirs was coarse, not really soft and tender. It was delicious but kind of mealy from the cornmeal. That’s a texture I don’t care for. It kind of reminds me of sand. Blech.

Sweet Honey Butter Buttermilk Cornbread

I want cornbread that is soft, tender and has that buttery goodness that just melts in your mouth. And that’s exactly what you get with this recipe. As long as I can remember cornbread in my house was made from scratch. Mom and Grandma never bought the 49cent boxed stuff (though truth be told, is pretty tasty in a pinch when you doctor it up!). This, like many of my family’s recipes, weren’t written down which means it took me many, MANY, test batches (and failures) to finally perfect it.

Are you a sweet or savory cornbread fan?

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Toffee

These cookies started out as just a simple chocolate chip cookie but ended up being one of the best loaded chewy chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had!

So this cookie literally just happened. It didn’t start off this way but dear lord I’m so happy that it ended the way it did! Since I’m not really able to cook or bake yet we hadn’t really had too many desserts that took actual baking or prep work. A lot of the stuff we’ve been having were either no bake or super, super simple. While Mr. Fantabulous is my main chef right now, he’s also still not a huge fan of cooking. Oh he loves the end game where he gets to dig in but the whole “what do you mean I have to cook this too???” is still too ‘new’ to him. Perhaps he thought food just magically appeared and that there wasn’t any prep time to it.

But damn it… I wanted cookies. So while he was out cutting the grass I got the ingredients out…one by one. Thankfully he had the mixer out on the counter for me. Now I was going to make just regular chocolate chip cookies as those are his favorite but I was just craving a more chewy cookie, like an oatmeal raisin. Now the rest… yeah it kinda just happened.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Toffee

So here’s the thing, I decided I wanted oats in my cookie but I didn’t want to have to chill my dough overnight to soften. That’s when I recalled the ‘milk oats’ trick my Grandma used in her meatloaf. See she used oats in her meatloaf instead of bread. This allowed for a more moister meatloaf. But in order to get it moist, you had to soak the oats in milk. So I figured why not try and incorporate that method into a cookie?

You’re going to want a eat these all yourself but please, please share!

Super Easy Cherry Pie Bars

These cherry pie bars are filled with cherryrific pie filling layered in a no-roll, cookie pie crust. Perfect for parties as you can hold a drink in one hand and a cherry pie bar in the other!

Okay no, hell did not freeze over nor did yours truly hit her head. No I wasn’t abducted by aliens or is someone impersonating me. It’s me, Lori… for real. Yes I posted yet another cherry recipe. I know what you’re all thinking…’but you hate cherries Lori. Like to the point you call them Demon Seeds from the gates of hell!’. And you’re completely right. I hate those things BUT that doesn’t mean you guys do. I mean it’s okay if you’re a weirdo and like them. lol love you ♥ It’s just I realized that by not sharing cherry recipes that my family loves is well, unfair to the world. You all should be able to share in the deliciousness even though yours truly wont.

Am I harsh on cherries? Nope. LOL I hate ’em and that sucks as they look so good. I mean this dessert, honestly, looks freaking amazing!  And yes, for the record I did try it. I kinda have to. I can’t publish something without ever trying it; that is just well, rude and misleading. What I will tell you is that everyone that has tried this through out the years, LOVES IT! Like to the point it’s almost obsessive. But hey, in the world of chefdom, that’s a huge compliment!

Easy & Super Delicious Cherry Pie Bars!

These types of pie bars recipes have been in my family for generations (i.e., multi-generations peeps). They are faster to make than a traditional pie as there is no rolling involved. These area also portable which meant they were perfect for picnics, cookouts and lunches.  These bars were a huge hit with my dad at the mill.

Trust me, you’re going to want to make this!

Cherryrific Cherry Pie Filling

With fresh cherries in abundance right now, it’s the perfect time to whip up this quick & delicious cherry pie filling for dessert tonight!

Okay so here’s the skinny on this recipe. Did I taste it? Yes. Did I like it?  Nope…BUT hear me out. Anyone that knows me knows I HATE cherries. Like we’re talking I’d rather lick a dirty rock than eat one, hate. However, everyone that has tried this filling (who are weirdos and like cherries in my eyes), LOVE it. Actually many rave over it and beg for the recipe.

It’s funny as this recipe takes only about 15 minutes, minus the pitting but I’ll get into pitting them a bit later in this post, and it’s only a few ingredients. But the outcome is incredible…or so I’m told. See I’ve never like cherries, ever. My sister, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough of them. But my hatred for those demon seeds as I affectionately call them doesn’t stop at just the fruit. Oh no; I go full-on anything cherry must burn in hell, hatred. LOL

I would say about the only thing that I actually like that has those little spawns of Satan in it, is my Cherry Chipotle Cola BBQ Sauce. But let’s be real here, chipotle, bbq sauce and cola combined will push the cherry taste to a mild undertone.

Get your cherry pie filling fix!

Sunday Brunch Toffee Coconut Crunch Cookies

A crispy, chewy cookie packed with toffee chips, coconut flakes, oats and other deliciousness make this cookie the perfect treat to kickstart your week! You owe it to yourself to have a batch of these in your house today!

Okay so let’s be real here when it comes to Sundays…they are both awesome and sad at the same time. How so? Well awesome in the fact that most of us get to sleep in and not have to deal with that stupid alarm clock. You get to snuggle a bit longer, you don’t have to deal with Monday traffic, work or putting on real pants. You can chill out all day in front of the TV or head out on all day hike. So what’s the downside? Um hello, the next day is Monday. You have to get up at some ungodly hour to the most annoying sound (alarm), you sit in traffic, deal with a million emails and do that whole work thing. And there’s that whole wearing real pants thing.

Now for me, my Sundays are spent mixed between laundry, yard work, and creating new recipes. And I can’t forget to mention the photo shoots, TKW administration stuff and oh yeah, “me” time.

these cookies will rock your week a little sweeter!

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