Coconut & Salted Caramel Thumbprints

May I introduce to you all, Mikey’s favorite cookie.

Every Christmas I make about 6-8 different types of cookies to pass out to friends and family. It is a tradition that my Grandma and Mom have passed down to me and I love searching for new recipes to add to the mix each year.  This cookie always seems to be one of the favorites and I’m definitely going to keep making it for years to come.

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Who doesn’t love salty caramel and coconut?! I guess I didn’t really like coconut up until 3 years ago…but now I’m making up for lost time!

These cookies are really easy and fun to make and they are seriously so delicious. They are surprisingly light.  You won’t be able to stop after just one.

The sweet and salty combo mixed in with the toasted and chewy coconut is ridiculous. You may even have all the ingredients to make these in your pantry! (you could always use melted chocolate, candy, jam or Nutella in the center if you don’t have caramel).

Whatever you use, I think you should try making these stat! They make for a perfect breakfast, lunch and dinner :p

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Lately

My life seems to fly by in a series of “Lately” posts. I can’t believe it’s already Friday!

We had the most amazing weekend last week eating and drinking our way through Chicago as well as attending and watching our fair share of sporting events (the boys were in heaven). The fact that it was already a week ago blow’s my mind! I sometimes wish that this incredible life would slow down so I could take it in and savor every moment! Mikey and I are heading down to Marco Island, FL to enjoy some fun in the sun, but I ‘m going to do my best to share a recipe from the “southern office”.

Speaking of savoring moments…here are a few moments (or blog post’s) I found and wanted to share with you this week.

Lets start out with this outfit. Even though pastels are in for the upcoming/current season…I am still going to stick with my favorite wardrobe color. All black everything. Love everything about this street style from the Just a Pretty Style blog. 38faad4ddc02d041ead3a6963fd55b18

Lets switch gears to something equally as pretty, but something I can stuff in my face. Like this absolutely perfect and decadent chocolate cake. 

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You all know I love decorating with all white and that my dream is to live in a giant house with floor to ceiling white-washed everything. But I also love big accents. And to me, this is the most magnificent front door you could ever have on a building. I need to live in this house, wherever it may be.

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I know that by now you sense trends, styles and flavor profiles that I am most attracted to. In fact, I think if I quizzed you you would do pretty darn well in knowing what I like and don’t like. So this next link is not going to surprise you. All you need to know is that it has a few of my favorites. Peanut butter, banana, coffee. 

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And finally, I had to share this breakfast grilled cheese. Because who even knew that was a thing? I want to open a breakfast place that serves breakfast burritos and grilled breakfast sandwiches. Ugh, I want to open so many restaurants! Who wants to invest? I’ve got an endless supply of restaurant dreams in my head and I think they need to come true :p I can dream…and I think I’ll start by dreaming about this amazing grilled goat cheese and jam sandwich.

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Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (Vegan)

I love muffin tops.

Big, fat, fluffy and, at times, juicy muffin tops.

Not the kind that hang out from the sides of your jeans…but the kind that you peel off the top of a big, fluffy and delicious muffin.

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I tend to only eat the top off of my muffins and then either send the bottom half Mikey’s way, or toss it (don’t get me wrong, though, if it’s a really good muffin I’ll eat the bottom in about one giant bite).

The tops of these muffins are only a teeny bit better than the bottoms…so you can eat in all in just a few big chomps.

These muffins are technically vegan, but I didn’t have anything but cow’s milk on hand so they are not. But it’s super easy to make them vegan by using soy milk/whatever milk you have on hand.

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The sweet glaze and the light hint of lemon is so light and refreshing. And I always love the little crunch that comes from the addition of a poppy seed.

I remember as a kid my best friend used to always choke on her food when she ate at out house because my Dad would always tell funny/weird stories during meal time. One particular memory that sticks out is the time that my Dad told her that her bread had “puppy seeds” in it. He started going into this long, detailed story about how puppy seeds grew inside flowers, and they were filled with tiny little puppy faces that would bark at you. He told us that you could pick the flower, bring it home and then the seeds would grow into full dogs. He tried to make us feel guilty for eating the poor, cute little puppies and my friend, Sean, just couldn’t take it. She started laughing and choking and I’m pretty sure she had to run and spit out her “puppy seed” bread so she didn’t choke to death.

It was always (and still is) an adventure during meal time at the Russell household.

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Lately

IT’S SO COLD!!!!!!

I am trying to avoid going outside as much as possible…Which means I’ve been browsing through my favorite blogs all day long and found some delicious things I had to share with you. I hope you love these links as much as I do!

My plan is to order some chinese food, pop open a bottle of Prosecco and watch as many episodes of Sons Of Anarchy as possible! Have a great weekend and stay warm!!!

I can’t wait to try this Autumn Lasagna recipe from the Cozy Apron. It contains all my favorite things!
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7028915d201b2b4e28d41aaf04a315eeI love cupcakes and I love champagne. Therefore, these are the perfect cupcake! 1e05522b39f7211dc20c9c08f4ccfb79I have been looking for a fun, large print to put in our living room. I think I have finally found the perfect piece547c2206f0adfdc170604c75a6ef86f9 I could cook and bake in this kitchen ALL. DAY. LONG. 262bccea8b32dca0533b7d9852108355

Cauliflower and Kale Detox Salad

A new year is upon us and it is time for a detox!

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Our Christmas and New Years celebrations were filled to the BRIM with friends, family, food and drinks. So many cookies and rich desserts, copious bottles of Prossecco and Hot Toddy’s…I woke up New Years day ready for a detox.

I’m not doing an actual cleanse (yet) but, along with everyone else in the world, we did load up on colorful veggies and the first thing I made was this AMAZING cauliflower and kale salad. It has kale, cauliflower, parsley, basil, pepitas, hemp seeds, a lemon and tahini dressing. You can feel the healthy nutrients taking over with every bite!

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Mikey and I are so grateful for all our friends, family and, of course, the blog community who made last year the amazing year that it was. We had some amazing milestones like, buying our first house, welcoming many new babies, surpassing production and goals at our company and health of our families. We thank God for all the blessings he poured over us in 2014.

We had our ups and downs as well; my seamlessly never ending list of injuries, friends and family who suffered heartache and loss as well as the stresses of big decisions that at times left us heartbroken. But, through all that, we were able to focus on the love of those around us and the faithfulness we can look up to.

Cheers to 2015! I can’t wait to see where this incredible life takes me. I’m super glad you are all along for the ride! Here’s to an attempt to eat healthy (for now), be active and live life to the fullest in this new year to come!

Xoxo,
Bethany (and Mikey & Norman)

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