Coconut Oatmeal Cookies by Tiffany

The other day while concocting a new recipe for you, I wanted to bring something this week that disappeared very quickly in my home. I almost wasn’t able to catch a picture, that’s how quick these babies disappeared. I have since had numerous requests to make them again. This is a great recipe to use on that stock pile you have of oats.  If you’re a coconut lover like myself, switch up the vanilla extract with coconut extract to give them that extra coconut taste. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Yields approx. 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, salted
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

1. In a standing mixer beat butter, Crisco, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy. (About 8 minutes) Next beat in eggs.

2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, and baking soda together; add to creamed mixture. Next stir in oats and coconut.

3. Shape cookie dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet. Place on the middle rack in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies set on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Notes: Store cooled cookies in a covered container, sealed bag or cookie jar. If freezing store in freezer safe bags, covered dishware, such as Pyrex brand.

Cookie Tip:

When I’m feeling like a super woman, and this isn’t to often, I might add. I make several batches of different kinds of cookie dough, roll into 1 inch balls and lay on a large baking sheet to freeze. I then take the frozen cookie dough balls and transfer them to gallon sized freezer bags. When we feel like cookies and I don’t feel like making them, all I do is preheat the oven and pop in the amount of frozen cookie dough that I need and voila’, cookies in no time flat!

 Hope you enjoy this Money Saving Recipe.

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How to eat an artichoke

Artichoke Flower

Or you can just let the artichoke turn into a pretty flower.

So recently one of our  friends  just threw away some artichokes.  They said they had never had artichokes and didn’t think you could eat anything on it. Well for years my (Matt) family has been eating artichokes on fun special occasions. Mainly when they went on sale. Now this way to eat them is not the only way, you can grill them (which I never really have tried) or cut out just the hearts and stems. The way we do it is boil them. In a large pot of boiling water, add the artichokes whole. Make sure you have enough room to spin them around and position them to get them under the water as much as possible. Boil them for about 15 to 20 minutes, just long enough that you can easily stick a fork down the end of the stalk.

So here are two of the artichokes we cooked. The one on the left has all of the hard outer leaves on. When you peel these leaves off – one by one- there is not much edible bits on them. But once the outer leaves are off, like the photo above on the right of the plate, the leaves get more and more tender and lighter in color.

The white part on the base of each leave is edible. Now don’t go biting this part off. Simply dip in butter, or even by its self, and slide it over your lower teeth and scrape what comes off with your teeth. You will learn how much pressure to use as the leaves move from being hard and “woody” to really soft and tender. As they get tender, you can almost just eat half of the leave. Any thing that is really tender is edible.

I have always just dipped these in butter, like lobster. I am sure you could use the healthy fake butter stuff. Next time I might try it with those new flavored butters with garlic and such already blended in them.

The outer leaves will look like this after you scrape them off on your teeth. Just the white inside bottom part of each leave is edible. But as you get further inside the artichoke, the leaves become pale green and maybe even cream or white color. Most of these leaves are edible and I will just bite off what ever snaps off. Be careful because the tips of these have little points on them that are not edible.

The artichoke on the right side, above, shows the pale white leaves that are really soft and good. Even the stalk of the artichoke is edible if you peel back the fibrous outside.

Once you get to the inside of the artichoke you will see these small feathery looking pieces – see above photo. They are soft and intriguing, but they don’t call it an artichoke for nothing. Those little soft pieces are the “choke”. They are not edible.

Now in the above sliced view of the artichoke. If you carefully cut out the choke with a butter knife, you can then eat the “heart”. You can see the choke which is a light pale green on the very top. You can pluck off the choke down to about the darker layer right under the choke. Once that is removed the artichoke heart is the prized piece. These are the things you see in salads and sold in jars at the store.

So now you know one way to eat those strange looking artichokes. These are fun to eat after dinner, mid day snack. You can even do this while watching your favorite sports game or at family movie night. Just be careful with the butter 😉

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I am excited to let you know that this week we will be working with Eggo.  We have been selected as a Chief Waffle Officer and get to share 7 amazing recipes with you, all featuring Eggo’s.  Everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack!  I hope these recipes give you some creative ideas, because you can make your own and enter them in the Great Eggo Waffle Off for a chance to win $5000!

Day 1 ~ Eggo Breakfast Kebabs

Day 2Smore Waffles Please, Snack Recipe

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Waffle Bars by Tiffany

I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I’ve had concocting recipes with Eggo waffles this week.

When I was loading up on Eggo waffles, to start developing recipes,  I came across Eggo Wafflers, Strawberry Strudel flavor – I knew right away what I was going to do. The image of these bars just popped in my head. I literally saw them in my mind and knew I just HAD to make them.

Eggo Week Of Waffles, No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Waffle Bars, Dessert Recipes, Eggo Chief Waffle Officer,Money Saving Recipe Gone are the days when waffles were served only for breakfast. Here’s a spectacular dessert that will be sure to turn heads and bring smiles. Plus, from start to finish they only took 30 minutes to make. Between a layer of strawberry strudel wafflers you will find a no bake cream cheese filling with fresh sliced strawberries, dunked in chocolate and then rolled in nuts.  Mmmm!

Yields 8 bars


  • 1 box (10.7) Eggo Wafflers Strawberry Strudel
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup fresh whipped cream – Recipe below
  • Approx. 8 strawberries from a one pound package, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 1 bag (11.5 oz)  milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts – walnuts, pecans or chopped/sliced/slivered almonds

Fresh Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Toast wafflers per package directions. Remove from toaster and set wafflers on a cooling rack. Set aside. Do not let them cool on a plate, because condensation may occur on the bottom of wafflers.
  2. Let’s make the fresh whipped cream. In a standing mixer combine whipping cream and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, beat until stiff. Spoon out whipped cream into a separate bowl, set aside. No need to wash out mixing bowl.
  3. Now let’s make the cheesecake filling. In your standing mixer combine cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 cup whipped cream; beat until smooth. Place bowl in the fridgerator until ready to use.
  4. In a double boiler, melt milk chocolate. Once chocolate is melted turn off heat.
  5. Line a medium to large baking sheet with a piece of waxed paper. Set aside.
  6. Let’s assemble these babies, shall we?! Gently cut or separate wafflers. Spread cheesecake mixture on the inside of each waffler. Now lay a layer of strawberries down the center. Put the second waffler on top to make a sandwich. Dip one end of the bar in melted chocolate and sprinkle with nuts. Lay bars on waxed paper lined baking sheet. Refridgerate bars until chocolate sets or ready to serve.


You will have approx. 3 tablespoons of melted chocolate left over and approx. 1 cup of the cheesecake filling.  Since you only use approx. 8 strawberries from a one pound package for this recipe, we just used  up the remainder strawberries by dipping our left over berries in the chocolate and cheesecake filling. Mmmm!

Disclaimer Eggo supplied the tools needed to create the recipes show above and a stipend.

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Kindergarten Graduation Snacks ~ Healthy and Fun!

Do you have a kindergartener this year?  I do, and wanted to provide a snack for his graduation party.  I don’t know about your child’s class, but I think most of them get plenty of sugary treats during their parties!  That is fine, but why not have something cute, and at least somewhat healthy too?!

You will need:

Fruit cups or applesauce cups

4×4 inch card stock squares (1 per cup)

googly eyes

glue stick

Sharpie (optional)

bakers twine, thin strips of paper, or ribbon

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Begin by cutting your squares of paper into 4×4 squares.

Then, Turn your fruit cup upside down and glue the square to the bottom of the cup.  The thin plastic to open it should now be on the bottom.  Once that is glued onto the bottom of the cup, glue the googly eyes.  I found they stayed on fine with normal glue stick, but if your fruit cup is textured or more round then mine, a hot glue gun may work better.  Glue the eyes on and draw a face with your sharpie if you desire.

Now, cut three strips (per cup) of bakers twine, ribbon, or even of paper.  Tie them in a small knot at the top and glue them to the top of your graduation cap. (The square you glued on first)

Feel free to write something on the top, or leave it plain!  Would work for any graduate.  Would also make a fun addition to a gift basket of supplies for the high school graduate that is headed to college.  I provided some links above for the products on Amazon, why not order them now and be ready to make them when the time comes?

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Graduation Pops ~ How to make Graduation Pops

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