Chocolate Chip Coconut Oat Muffins

Chocolate Chip Coconut Oat Muffins

If there was only one muffin recipe I could make for the rest of my life, this would be it!  These are so SO good and filling but not too dense and perfectly moist and sweet but not too sweet and the topping…THE TOPPING, is beyond.  Loaded with heart healthy oats, shredded coconut, and a smattering of chocolate chips, this muffin is substantial.  One will fill you up – it’s like a bowl of oatmeal in delicious muffin form!

Irish Stout Floats

Irish stout floats
Although there isn’t a drop of Irish blood in my family tree, without fail every March 17th my mom would cook up a HUGE batch of corned beef and cabbage…I say huge because I’ve got 6 brothers and sisters, so 9 of us all together–we’re pretty much our own baseball team.  We all devoured it, dressed in as much green as we could possibly find to cover us head to toe.  And woe betide the sibling who forgot…our pinchers were at the ready, and we weren’t a gentle bunch!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate by the Seasonal Veg Head

The holidays.  They make me a little nuts.  Each year just when I think I have my sh…stuff together, I realize I’m waaaaay behind.  Gifts need to be made, groceries bought, presents wrapped, cards sent, meals planned, goodies baked, gatherings attended, along with all the usual work/kid/husband/house type of stuff.  My mind / not handle.  AHHH!

What I really want is just to chill out.  Enjoy it.  And maybe shove some chocolate in my face.  No bigs.

This winter staple puts you squarely in the intersection of soothing peppermint tea and rich, comforting chocolate…it’s relaxing yet invigorating.  Peppermint is a natural stress reliever and has several health benefits and chocolate solves all worlds problems.  Um, that’s not true, but it does make people very happy.  This is your time out.  Indulge and reenergize.

S’mores: Homemade Graham Crackers and Honey Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows & graham crackers_2

It’s November.  The air has turned chilly.  The farmer’s market is closed for the season.  I’m no longer craving fresh salsa and garlicky bruschetta.  It’s all about soups, baked apples, and bonfires.  And with bonfires comes S’mores.  It’s a prerequisite.  You can’t attend a bonfire and NOT have marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.  Kids would revolt.  The planet would implode.  And most importantly, I wouldn’t get my chocolate fix.  …oh HELL no, that ain’t gonna happen.

But let’s kick up this pyro-loving dessert up a notch.  Homemade is where it’s at.  So much yummier (my husband hates that word) than store-bought and people will FUH-REEK OUT over you bringing homemade marshmallows & graham crackers to the party….”Whaaat?  That’s even possible?”  Yup.  Dig in.  This might be the best thing you do in a long time.