Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunday FUNday!

Happy Monday everyone! Yesterday was a beautiful day, I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the awesome weather. Morgan and I spent a relaxing Sunday the only way we know how-cooking, baking, grilling, and drinking. It was great! Morgan will be posting the recipes to our Jerk themed dinner, she took charge of the chicken and veggies. I took charge of the drinks/cookies. I should note I made plantains, you'll see them in the picture of our tasty dinner plate but unfortunately they didn't taste too great so I'll revamp the recipe and get back to you on that one. On to the drinks.

It's get warmer and there's nothing like a light refreshing cocktail to cool you down on a Sunday afternoon. Inspired by strawberries and lemons (wonderful summer flavors) we created this little guy. Morgan and I enjoyed them while we cooked the rest of our dinner.

Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer (serves 2)
-4 muddled strawberries (you can just mash them with a fork)
-1.5-2 shots of Limoncello (depends on how strong you like it)
-1/2 mini shot bottle of passionfruit rum
-Seltzer water.

-Start by muddling up those berries and fill 2 cups with ice. Then add strawberries, along with their juice, to the cups. Poor in the Limoncello and rum. Top off with seltzer water. Stir and drink!

And now...

Dessert! Cookies are wonderful. I really can't say anything negative about these cookies. If you're looking for a healthier alternative to your go to cookie recipe, give these a shot. Save those more decandent desserts for a special day and enjoy a little cookie after dinner all week long! I may have enjoyed 3, but who's counting anyways?

Dark Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
-3 cups oats
-1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/8th tsp nutmeg
-2 mashed bananas
-2 eggs
-1/4 cup canola oil
-1/2 tsp coconut extract
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/4 cup coconut flakes
-1 cup dark chocolate chips

-Preheat your oven to 375F. These cookies should only take about 10 minutes, but this can vary based on your oven so keep an eye on them.
-Mix all your dry ingredients together first. Then toss the chocolate chips and coconut flakes in the dry ingredients. Set aside.
-Mix all your wet ingredients together, make sure there are no brown sugar clumps. You can use an electric mixer but we did it by hand.
-Then add your wet to your dry and scoop away. We used small spoons to make mini versions. Who does love a little cookie? They are so cute!

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