Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies.

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Today I am bringing you an updated Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies recipe. As most people in the world including my family are getting healthy I thought I would repost this yummy recipe. If you are anything like me, you still have to have something sweet while eating healthy. This recipe is even better then the original full fat version. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! In the next coming weeks I will be talking a bit more about the system we will be using to get healthy. Below is the original post as well as new photos. As a side note in the original post I announced I was moving back home to Florida. It is crazy to think we are two short months away from being here a full year! 

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Today I am  taking a quick break from iTunes Tuesday to bring you delicious Almond Meltaway Cookies, that on top of being yummy are also healthy! As a side note I can officially tell you that we are moving home to Pensacola, Fl woohoo! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming :)  My mom loves almond so they were a hit with her as well as my dad and I. The original recipe comes from The Novice Chef. I changed the recipe up a bit to make it a little healthier . The original recipe also had a glaze on top, I did not include the recipe for this but feel free to stop over at The Novice Chef to get the original recipe.  Enjoy :)

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Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Ingredients 

2 cups King Arthur Organic Unbleached Flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

3/4 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon almond extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In measuring cup whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a stand mixer using flex edge beat Coconut Oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined. Using cookie scoop press dough into scoop making sure it is packed in scoop, release dough unto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are! Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cobalt Restaurant and Meeting Emeril Lagasse

A few weeks ago I took my parents to Cobalt Restaurant to celebrate their 27th. Wedding Anniversary. We have been to Cobalt several times, each time the food was wonderful. Typically when we visit I get the burger with a side of cheese risotto, the cheese risotto is the best I have ever had. My parents have had the shrimp and grits, fresh fish, and Tournedos of Beef. Since it was a special occasion Mom had Tournedos of Beef which is twin medallions of beef tenderloin stacked on top of fried mash potato cakes with greens and fried oysters to top it off. My Dad had shrimp and fresh fish, then I tried the wood fired pizza which was amazing. The restaurant also brought out a cupcake to celebrate their anniversary, my parents choose the tiramisu cupcake which was surprisingly good.
While we were eating we noticed the table across from us had a familiar face, at first I just passed if off as someone who looked a lot like Emeril Lagasse but then as the meal went on we realized it actually was him. Emeril was incredibly nice and as we chatted it was evident to see why he is so popular, what a great guy, not to mention a awesome chef, BAM!!

Cobalt Restaurant and Meeting Emeril Lagasse

Cobalt Restaurant and Meeting Emeril Lagasse

Tiramisu cupcake.

Cobalt Restaurant and Meeting Emeril Lagasse

Two cheese Wood fired pizza with grilled chicken.

Cobalt Restaurant and Meeting Emeril Lagasse

Tournedos of Beef

Cobalt Restaurant and Meeting Emeril Lagasse

Wonderful side salad.

Cobalt Restaurant and Meeting Emeril Lagasse

Fountain outside of the restaurant.

Cobalt Restaurant and Meeting Emeril Lagasse

The view from our table.

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler

We will now get back to the regularly scheduled programming, by the way thank you to everyone who commented on my new hair do, I am loving it!
A few weeks ago I had dinner over at a friends house, I offered to bring a healthy blueberry cobbler because I know how much my friends love blueberries. I on the other hand not a huge fan of blueberries but I did enjoy this dessert and my friends raved about it! We had to have a little vanilla ice cream on top but you can just eat it plain but warm is the best 🙂

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Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

Healthy Blueberry Cobbler via LashesandDashes

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic unrefined sugar

3/4 cup flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/8 tsp salt

Filling

1 tablespoon 2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 cup milk

1 dry pint (2 cups) cleaned blueberries

1/4 cup organic unrefined sugar

1/2 cup very hot water

Directions

Whisk together sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Drop coconut oil into dry ingredients, cut coconut oil into flour using a pastry cutter or two knives. Once the mixture is crumbly. Add in milk and combine.  Spread batter into greased 8×8  pan. Place blueberries on top of batter. Sprinkle sugar on top of blueberries. Pour hot water on top of cobbler. Place pan on foil lined sheet to contain bubbling over. Place in pre-heated oven at 350 for 60 minutes.

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies

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Today I bring you Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies, perfect for a rainy day. I have been reading the Hannah Swensen Book Series by Joanne Fluke, in each book Joanne includes several recipes for desserts as well as a few main courses. I have been wanting to try a recipe but had not had the chance until two weeks ago. A friend of ours had a family emergency so I offered to bring over Dinner and some dessert for the whole family.

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This recipe makes somewhere in between 8 to 10 dozen cookies, if that is to much to eat at once feel free to freeze the extras 🙂 The recipe calls for espresso powder, I used Greek Nescafe Classic, next time I think I will try Coffee Extract.I did make a few changes to recipe to accommodate my taste. I absolutely love this recipe, I know I will continue making it for years to come! Enjoy 🙂

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Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cappuccino Chocolate Cookies via LashesandDashes

 

Ingredients:

4 sticks, (one pound) unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup espresso powder

1 TBL 1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups white granulated sugar

3 eggs, beat in measuring cup

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3 cups milk chocolate chips (A bag plus half a bag of chips)

5  1/2 cups all purpose flour, measured with the scoop and level method

 

Directions

Mix into melted butter the espresso powder and vanilla extract, continue mixing until espresso powder is dissolved. Add in the sugar, eggs, baking powder, and baking soda, mix well. Add in the flour one cup at a time mixing until evenly distributed, continue until all flour has been added in. Mix in chocolate chips using a spatula. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop unto parchment lined cookie sheet, 12 to standard sheet pan. Flatten each cookie with a two inch flat surface (I used a small ramekin bottom). Place cookie sheets into a preheated 375 degree oven for 9-11 minutes. After they come out of the oven leave on pan for two minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

 

Dads Chocolate Trifle

Today I bring you my Dad’s Chocolate Trifle. I remember when I was little my mom and I would make this for Father’s Day. This dessert is perfect and quick! This year I did not put any candy in the trifle but typically we use crushed Heath Bars in between the layers. I used a box brownie mix but you could also make homemade. I use Cool Whip since it is stabilized, I suppose you could make homemade whipped cream but I am not sure how it would hold up for a few days in the fridge.

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Dads Brownie Trifle via LashesandDashes

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Ingredients: 

1 boxed brownie mix, made and cut into 1 inch pieces

1 container Cool Whip

1 box chocolate pudding, prepared according to package

1 trifle bowl or small punch bowl

Optional: Crushed Candy

 

Directions:

Layer in brownie pieces, make sure to cover bottom of bowl. Next layer in pudding. After that if you choose layer in crushed candy. Next layer in Cool Whip. Repeat layers. I did two complete layers then crumbled bownie on top of the last layer of Cool Whip. Can be made up to a day in advance. Enjoy!

The Gulf Orange Beach Alabama

Who would’ve ever thought Shipping containers could be cool?! Well the Gulf restaurant in Orange Beach Alabama is built out of shipping containers which offers a very cool atmosphere. With just recently relocating to the area we had heard so much about this restaurant and had to go check it out for ourselves. It is perfectly located just over the bridge into Orange Beach and it’s right on the Gulf of Mexico. When you’re eating you can view all the boats going in and out of the pass. They have mixed seating with tables, chairs and lounges located on grass and sand. They have a rotating menu so you never know for sure what they will have each day but they are all about the Gulf to table setting. When we went I had a hamburger which was delicious, my parents had fresh fish Poboys and we had a side of fresh cut french fries, which reminded me of fair fries. The food was excellent just like the view!
If you are looking for a fun place to eat with a great view while in the Perdido Key/Orange Beach Fl area then The Gulf is for you! Below is a photo journal of our visit.

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Welcome!

 

Out with the Old, In with the New via LashesandDashes

I would like to Welcome you to the New and Improved Lashes and Dashes. The past few weeks have been filled with transferring the site from WordPress.com to a self hosted site and all of the things that go along with it. I am now using BlueHost to host my site and so far I am loving it! They have amazing customer service, any problem that I had was solved within 20 minutes. I highly recommend them for self hosting.

I also wanted to thank my readers for staying with me over the past few weeks, Ya’ll are amazing!  Be on the look out for a few more changes coming! I have several post coming up focusing on travel around the Pensacola area, As well as some food blogs. I am so excited about these changes and the journey of taking Lashes and Dashes to the next dimension!

I appreciate Ya’ll so much and welcome your thoughts about how you like this new layout 🙂