Showing posts from April, 2013

Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these! 

These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch!

Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.  
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesYield: 8Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a fat wedg…

Recipe ~ New York Coffee Cake Dunkers

Are you a Crumb Picker?
Come on, you know what I mean... ...Are you one of those types who picks the crumbs off of the crumb cake when you think no one is looking?  

I'm unashamed to admit that I'm the little bird that has pecked at many a streusel, crumb cake and cobbler.  
Of course, some do resent this penchant for picking especially when it's their piece of pie that's been pecked.

It was this sweet, crumbly conundrum that inspired me to develop a recipe for a coffee cake cookie that is all about the crumbs.  It's part biscotti, part coffee cake, and is loaded with buttery, crumbly goodness.  It's a coffee cake that you can dunk in coffee or milk. It's not too hard, not too sweet, and is good right down to the last crumb!

New York Coffee Cake Dunkers
Prep Time:  30 minutes
Chill & Bake Time:  1 hour
Yield:  Approx. 4 dozen dunkers 

For the crumb topping
2/3 cups granulated sugar2/3 cups dark brown sugar1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon salt3 1/2 cups cake flo…

Gevalia, Take Me Away ~ New Gevalia Single-Serve Coffee Cups #CupOfKaffe

I'd love to be able to say that it's been quiet around here these past few weeks because I've been on holiday ~
exploring the natural beauty of our rocky shores, enjoying good food, great coffee, and the company of my family ~ sand between our toes sea air leaving salty kisses on our skin.

Alas, the reality is that I've been up to my eyes with textbooks, term papers andfinal exams. I've seen my share of late nights. My steady companion through the weea.m. hours -- my cup of coffee.

The timing couldn't have been better to give the rich, never bitter taste of Gevalia single serve coffee a try. 
(You can take a tour of my path to purchase in this Google+ Gallery.)
Gevalia...take me away!
Perhaps any old cup of Joe could have helped me power through the paperwork and late night study sessions, but why sacrifice quality when you don't have to?
With the NEWGevalia Colombia single serve cups, the smooth, rich taste of a truly excellent cup of coffee took me to my happy place at the touch of a b…

{Reduced Fat} Fluffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Dip

I'm so happy to announce that I'm finished with my graduate classes until  August.  I have just a few more days of papers and projects, and then I'll be free to resume crafting, concocting and sharing ideas for making everyday life a little sweeter.  Thanks for bearing with me.

Like a true mom, I can't just leave you hungry while you wait patiently for "dinner".  So, I made a little something to hold you over:  {Reduced Fat}Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Dip!
You've probably seen a lot of wonderful recipes for apple dip online.  The concept is nothing new. What's different about this recipe is that I've taken some steps, in the creation of my original recipe, to reduce the fat.  I'm still not going to recommend that you eat it every day (even though you'll probably want to), but if you get the occasional sweet tooth and would like to squeeze in some nutrition -- protein, calcium, fresh fruit -- without sacrificing taste, you should give …

The Best Gluten Free Cookies ~ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Coconut & Apricot

I am so, so excited to be sharing this recipe!  These cookies are chewy, toasty, buttery, and have the perfect balance of flavors.  What's more, they're packed with protein and whole grains.  Best of all -- they're GLUTEN FREE!

The creation of this recipe has been a labor of love.  A childhood friend came to me last week and asked me to look after her daughter while she was out of  town for a family emergency.  My girls were excited about having a sleepover during the school-week.  We decided that baking cookies should definitely be on the agenda.  "But, Mama," my little one chimed in, "our friend is hot-toast-intolerant" (her way of saying allergic to gluten).  

I wasn't going to let a little 'ol ingredient get in our way of having a fun evening, so I set right to work on creating a gluten-free cookie so delicious thatit might join the ranks of "best cookie", not just "best gluten-free cookie".  They were a huge hit with the f…

Lilies for Mothers Day ~ Victorian Boot Planter DIY (and $25 VISA gift card giveaway)

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 I lovelilies! They're beautiful, easy to care for and smell divine!

 They're perfect for every occasion from classic to modern casual to formal anniversaries, birthdays... ...and even when you need to apologize for forgetting one of those occasions.

Did you know that there are hundreds of types of lilies and that they're considered a symbol of refined beauty? It's no wonder that they were the inspiration for my
Mothers Day Lily Bouquet!

Don't these Asiatic lilies look elegant in this Victorian ladies' lace-up boot?

I'm excited to show you how to transform a modern pair of thrift store boots into a vintage looking Victorian Boot Planter for the refined beauty in your life!

Victorian Boot Planter with fresh Lily arrangement
For the boot planter:  1 lace-up boot, leather or vinyl (I found a pair at Goodwill for $5.25)A few sheets of newspaper