After Dinner Coffee Cocktail

The admins over at Spoonful of Foodies put together a “date night” menu.  Each of us chose a course and made something special.  I’m bringing to you a lovely coffee cocktail to cap off your night.  

Whip cream coffee cocktail

After Dinner Coffee Cocktail
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  1. 6 oz. hot coffee
  2. 1/4 tsp. cocoa powder
  3. 1 oz. whipped cream vodka
  4. 1/2 oz. half and half
  1. Spoon 1/4 tsp. cocoa powder in the bottom of a coffee mug.
  2. Pour hot coffee into mug and stir to dissolve cocoa powder.
  3. Add whipped cream vodka and half and half.
  4. Gently stir and enjoy!
  1. You could substitute half and half for milk or heavy whipping cream if you have it on hand.
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Be sure to check out all of the courses. These are some seriously good recipes!

Drink: Paloma cocktail from Jennifer at Milk and Honey

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Bread: Garlic Bread Rolls from Derik at House of Bakes


Appetizer: Roasted Spicy Chickpeas from Janelle at Bakesinslippers


First course: Arugula, Pear, and Raspberry Salad from Sarah at The Chef Next Door

Arugula Pear Rasp Salad

 Apricot Gazpacho from Michelle at The Complete Savorist 


 Main Course: Crockpot Spaghetti Bolognese from Trisha at The Lazy Mom Cooks

631x472xSpaghetti-Bolognese-4-1024x767.jpg.pagespeed.ic.1O0YFgUXazDessert: Fruit and Goat Cheese Tarts from Loriann at Casa del la Cargill

Fruit and Goat Cheese TartsAlmond Lace Napoleons from Katie at Pearls + Girls


 We had a lot of fun putting together this menu! Hope you enjoy! 

Spoonful Recipe Swap – Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

Brown Sugar and Pecan Cookies

Happy Monday all! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I sure feel like my weekends go by waaaaaaaaay too fast! I can’t complain though because  I am lucky to work a 4-day workweek.  I spent all day Friday in the kitchen which felt so good! I know I’ve been a slacker when it comes to cooking and blogging but things are finally settling down around here as we’re just finishing up the final touches of our remodel.  


I’ve talked about the awesome Facebook group I am apart of, Spoonful of Foodies, several times and if you haven’t joined yet you should! You get so many great recipes. Plus, if you’re a food blogger, you can post your recipes.  It’s a lot fun and a great way for some more exposure.  Us admin’s of the group decided to do a recipe swap.  We all picked a recipe from our blog that we wanted someone else to re-create.  Either following the recipe exactly or putting our own spin on it!  I quickly chose Katie’s brown sugar and pecan cookies – they instantly reminded me of my grandma. Plus, I love me a good cookie! I followed Katie’s recipe exactly (with exception of not using whole wheat flour because I did not have it on hand). These cookies were delicious! And always a plus for me, I had all of the ingredients in my pantry.  Be sure to head over to Katie’s blog, Pearls + Girls and browse around all of her amazing recipes! 


Brown Sugar and Pecan Cookies
Yields 18
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  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  5. 1/2 cup butter
  6. 1/2 cup sugar
  7. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cream tartar; set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugars, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Add flour mixture and mix on low until just combined.
  6. Stir in pecans.
  7. Take tablespoonful of dough and roll into ball.
  8. Roll in sugar and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Adapted from Pearls + Girls
Adapted from Pearls + Girls
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White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies

 White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies Happy Friday everyone!! Hope you all had a good week!  I am so excited because we are finally going to be able to move back into our house today.  We’ve put a lot of work into it, and am looking forward to getting back to my normal routine.  We’ve been staying at my parents house the last few weeks while we finish it up and am SO thankful to them for letting us crash there.  Luckily we actually really like each other so it’s been fun.  But I can’t WAIT to get back into my kitchen and start bringing to life all my scribbled recipes I have in my journal. I did get a chance to bake these cookies that I’ve had in my mind for a while so here they are! DSC_0375

DSC_0377  Lightly beat eggs

DSC_0380Do not over mix dough, it can make your cookies tough.


DSC_0386 If you do not have a cookie scoop, take rounded tablespoonful and roll into balls.


White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies
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  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup white sugar
  4. 2 eggs, lightly beat
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 2 3/4 cup flour
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
  10. 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  11. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  12. 3/4 cup lightly crushed pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together softened butter, brown and white sugar until just combined.
  3. Slowly add eggs, then vanilla.
  4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In 3 increments, add into mixture.
  5. Stir in white chocolate, cranberries and pecans.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, evenly space dough onto ungreased baking sheet 2" apart.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Let cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.
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