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Baking, Desserts, Holidays, Recipes

Thumbprint Cookies – Coconut Style

Mmmmm – I love thumbprint cookies.  Since I’m supposed to be losing weight – I don’t bake much….but it’s cool out these last few days, and I need to send a care package to my daughter who is a Freshman at Northern Arizona University – so I’m baking cookies to send in her box.

Some thumbprint recipes don’t call for coconut, some want you to put a glaze on top, some are rolled in cinnamon and topped with apple butter (yum) – Maddie loves thumbprint cookies with coconut and berry jam -so that’s what she gets!  We brought home some Marionberry jam from our Oregon vacation last month – so I’m setting her up with some tasty treats.  

Here’s my recipe – its probably very similar to other thumbprint cookie recipes – but it’s easy, has minimal ingredients – and is very tasty!

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Baking, Desserts, Holidays, Recipes

Cinnamon Ribbon Coffee Cake – Kinda Like Starbucks

My husband fancies himself a coffee cake connoisseur – he pretty much loves anything that involves cake, cinnamon, and no frosting.  Today I had plans to make cookies – but that process was vetoed in favor of my cinnamon ribbon coffee cake.  I had to dig around to find the recipe I’d altered and adjusted to our tastes, but finally found it and currently my house smells divine.

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Baking, Holidays, Recipes

Carrot Cake Roll with Walnut & Cream Cheese Frosting

We love carrot cake – but this Easter it was just the 4 of us and I didn’t need a HUGE cake, because we really don’t need that much.  I had such luck with a pumpkin roll at Thanksgiving, I thought I’d try a carrot cake roll.  This cake doesn’t have the walnuts baked in, which was interesting because that’s a yummy part.  I decided to sprinkle the frosting with walnuts before I rolled it back up.

So Yummy.

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Baking, Holidays, Recipes

Chocolate Chip Walnut Pudding Cookies

I modified a recipe from to come up with these yummy cookies.  The vanilla pudding keeps the cookies soft – and the oat flour adds some texture to the cookie.  I LOVE the original recipe – but the nut lovers in my house wanted a bit of a variation – and I wanted to double it.

My husband, who thinks most dessert is ‘too sweet’ likes these with ONLY walnuts – instead of with chocolate and walnuts.  I Split the batter and mix in 2C Chocolate Chips and 1 C walnuts into 1/2 and 1 1/2 C Walnuts ONLY into the other half.  Everyone is happy!

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Entertaining, Holidays, Light and Healthier, Mom Approved, Recipes

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

I got this recipe from my church’s 100th anniversary cookbook and it has been a favorite everywhere I have taken it. As an added bonus the dressing is good for just about any kind of salad. Also, it makes a great Christmas salad because of the red and green colors.

Carrie’s Note: I use Apple Cider Vinegar in this because I like the flavor much better, but balsamic is very tasty as well!  I also leave out the almonds because nuts in my salad is against the rules 🙂  You can also add a grilled chicken breast and make this a meal!

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Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 -10
Author Marge


  • Salad:
  • 1 Lg. bunch fresh spinach
  • 1 Pt. strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 C. slivered almonds
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 C. Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. onion finely minced
  • 1/2 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 Tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 C. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C. Flavored vinegar my favorite is Balsamic
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine the dressing ingredients with a blender or jar with a tight fitting lid & shake or blend really well.
  2. Toss the salad ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Just before serving mix the dressing again and then gently toss with the salad.
  4. Don't do this ahead of time, the spinach gets very soggy.
Baking, Holidays, Homemade Not Storebought

Double Dark Chocolate Espresso Walnut Cookies

These suckers are seriously easy, and amazingly tasty.  They have been nicknamed “Cub Poops” in my house, because upon seeing them cooling on a rack, my 12yo promptly blurted out, “Hey those look like bear cub poops.”  Boys have poop on the brain 24-7 – gross.

I love these because they start with a box mix, but that’s where the “storebought” ends – adding a bit of espresso to the batter kicks up the chocolate flavor, and although I used walnuts in this version – a salty nut, like a salted almond, walnut or peanut would go REALLY well – might try that next time!

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