Friday, April 17, 2015

Shirley Temple Cookies

Shirley Temple.  One of the fondest memories of my childhood.  Yes, I'm talking about both the actress and the drink.  I loved watching that cutie, curly-haired little girl with dimples and the smile that would light up the room dance and sing.  I can hear her singing "On the Good Ship Lolly Pop" right now.

As much as I enjoyed, and still enjoy her movies, these cookies are dedicated to the beverage that is named after her.  A beverage that I couldn't wait to suck down every time I was given the chance.  One of the best Shirley Temple's I ever had was at a hole in the wall restaurant that sat right on the Mississippi River.
I remember it like yesterday.  It was after competing in a pageant that myself, my mom and my Grandma went to get a bite to eat before hitting the road back home.  I wasn't feeling a sprite or water, I wanted something good and special.  So my mom quickly asked if they could whip up a Shirley Temple, with extra cherries, of course!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Growing up, one of my favorite desserts was the classic ice cream sandwich.  What is it that's so magically delicious about two chocolate, crispy wafers filled with smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream? It didn't bet much better than having one of these delights on a hot, summer day.

Could it honestly get any better?

Well, what about two, thick, chewy peanut butter cookies filled with a big ol' scoop of creamy, banana ice cream?  What?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

White Chocolate Coconut Cookies

So, it's no news to any of you who have been reading the blog for any amount of time that I love experimenting with different flavor combinations.  Especially the sweet savory combo in desserts.  What can I say, I get a thrill out of combing the unexpected.

But, I think sometime I push the boundaries a little too much.  Even Spencer, who shouldn't be shocked by some of my outlandish ideas, still gives me the side eye from time to time.  And don't get me wrong, I do need honest, unbiased opinions and criticism.  But even that side eye glare doesn't stop me from experimenting.  It does, however, remind me that sometimes heading back to the basics is perfectly acceptable.

And that's what I've done here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

Peanut butter and chocolate.  It's one of my favorite flavor combinations.  Ever.

The two were made for one another.  Wouldn't you agree?

I've made my fair share of chocolate and peanut butter cookies.  I've even made several recipes that showcase that dynamic duo.  And I've loved each and every single one of them.  But can you ever have too many peanut butter and chocolate recipes?  I, for one, think not.

So, what could possibly make this any better.  Well, about about making a giant cookie and baking it in a skillet?

You all know about my obsession with skillet cookies.  I think I've got an illness.  I jump at any chance to make a skillet cookie.  There's something about pulling a big ol' cookie out of the oven that's been baked to perfection in a cast iron skillet.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Rocky Road Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Hey y'all!  And welcome to cookie week.

That's right, it's cookie week here on LL's and I couldn't be more excited.  What could possibly be better than a whole week dedicated to cookies.  Um, nothing.  That's what.

I could go as far as to have cookie month or months.  But, I decided that we might all go into a sugar coma if I did that.  And well, that just wouldn't be good.  So, cookie week it is.

I am beyond excited about the lineup that's in store for you this week.  Cookie lover's rejoice and get your butter, sugar and ovens ready.

We're kicking cookie week off with a bang.  A big, fat, fudgy, chocolaty bang.  That's right!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Blackberry Mojito

The past few days have been picture perfect.  Bright sun shining, a light breeze rustling the trees and temps reaching the mid 70's.  The kind of weather we've been looking forward to for quite some time.  The type of weather that makes you want to grab a drink, slip on those flip flops, and got outside to soak up some of that sun.  Simply perfect.

Yesterday, today and this weekend.  Well, the weather isn't quite as perfect.  Strong winds, severe rain and warnings all over the state.  This weather has me longing for the sunshine and a cool drink in my hand.  A mojito to be more specific.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs with Pickled Okra

It's three days after Easter and I'm still up to my eyeballs in hard boiled eggs.  Although, if my little guy had it his way we'd be swimming in hard boiled eggs.  Needless to say, he loves the egg dying part of the holiday and two and half dozen eggs simply weren't enough!

While he faced the dilemma of not having enough eggs in the dying process, I was facing another.  What in the world was I going to do with all these hard boiled eggs.

Well, one simple yet obvious option was deviled eggs.  My entire family is obsessed with them.  Little egg white boats filled with a creamy, tangy mixture comprised of egg yolks, pickles, a little mayo and various other seasonings.  It's no surprise that they disappear as soon as they enter the room.

I knew we would be devouring deviled eggs, not only because the Easter holiday was right around the corner but also because we'd have an abundance of hard boiled eggs to use.  But, it wasn't until a few days before Easter that the pimento cheese deviled egg came into my life.
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