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Pumpkin Pecan Bread with Pumpkin Cinnamon Coconut Butter

9 Oct

titlePhoto Oct 07, 10 07 40 AM (1)s Photo Oct 07, 10 09 01 AMsThe fall foliage is in full force up here on the mountain and I’m taking advantage of it every second I can!  It’s been a very hard week; in my last post I introduced you to my little family of furbabies. My first furbaby that I rescued & adopted passed away last week and needless to say, I’ve been heartbroken over the loss of both her and her husbunny Jack within a 2 month span.  To work through it I’ve been drowning myself in recipe testing & finalizing.  Enter my pumpkin pecan bread: this has been in the works for a year, and I was never 100% satisfied with the outcome, until now!  There’s something extremely comforting on a cool fall morning to have your house fill with the scent of pumpkins & pecans baking.  I love this bread sliced, topped with my pumpkin cinnamon coconut butter, then toasted to melt the butter into the bread! Enjoy! xx Leesmarley 1 scene1 scene2 Continue reading

Brownie Bottomed Swirled Cheesecake Bars: You won’t believe they’re sugar free!

29 Sep

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We spent a long weekend in Vermont, which first meant a road trip with Marley, Lexi, and Beenie! For those who do not know, Marley is my new rescue puppy, Lexi is a rescued cat, and Beenie is a rescued bunny 🙂 . Suffice to say, it was a packed car!  Vermont was a relaxing few days; we stayed in a beautiful house with architectural details that never-ended (like a rainforest bathroom – where the entire bathroom is the shower, complete with a waterfall).  On our drive home back to the heart of the Catskill Mountains, I exclaimed, even though Vermont was gorgeous, it does not beat coming home!  We camped out at a Wilderness Area just 7 minutes from the house and enjoyed watching the sunrise over the lake.  The reason for this background story? Well, as I was away & couldn’t be baking, I HAD to make some goodies for the trip: enter these brownie bottomed cheesecake bars with strawberry & chocolate swirls!  It’s a good thing these were packed away in the back of the car, otherwise I’d have eaten them all on the drive.  That’s not unheard of…while waiting in the car when we were driving to our camping location, I ate a box of cookies.  Yes, in the long 7-minute drive I couldn’t control myself.  Oy vey!post1 post3 post2post4Lexi & Marley had to check out the rainforest shower with me! post7 post9 post10 post5 post6I think someone was tired out over her long-weekend…. 😉 Continue reading

Apple Fritters Two ways with Salted Caramel Dipping Sauce

29 Sep

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Apple season is in full swing here in the Hudson Valley of New York!  I thought I’d make apple fritters two ways: baked & fried, and why not use some hard cider in the batter to emphasize the delicious apple flavor?!  I’m warning you now, the caramel dipping sauce is addictive!!  Continue reading

Cherry Coconut Bars

5 Sep

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With a divine shortbread-esque crust, cherry filling, crumble topper, and toasted coconut there is a scrumptious depth of flavor!

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Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart

4 Sep

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Don’t want to splurge on hazelnuts? This is just as delicious with pecans in place of hazelnuts! Want to skip the simple homemade nut butter? Why not try peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, you get where I’m going with this! 🙂

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Veganized “Nutella” Cupcakes: Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Buttacream

4 Sep

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Hazelnut Coconut Pancakes: Eating whole while camping!

2 Sep

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This past labor day weekend we stayed local and enjoyed the beauty of the Catskill Mountains in our backyard.  This meant this lucky little lady went camping!  Marley, the newly adopted rescue, went on her second camping trip and was well-behaved (yay!).  I always say, just because we’re camping, it doesn’t mean we can’t eat gourmet!  Commence hazelnut coconut pancakes 😉 .  It took me not even 5 minutes to prepare my dry mix in a container at home to bring with us for breakfast, whisk in your milk, and you have quick & delicious decadent pancakes (freshly cut fruit also is a great addition!).  Photo Aug 31, 8 10 15 AM

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Sinfully Dark Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Bars

2 Sep

Photo Sep 01, 6 31 45 PM (1)s title Photo Sep 01, 6 30 58 PMsI made sinfully dark chocolate brownies with walnuts & shredded coconut, added a creamy lemon cheesecake layer, and topped it all off with a simple strawberry sauce.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I wish I could make these appear in front of you right now!!  What’s more, the brownie base is made from black beans!  Ssshh, no one would ever guess!

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Chocolate Coconut Fruit Cookie Bar

29 Aug

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This very well be one of the most requests I have!  And I know why, they’re addicting and absolutely scrumptious!  These cookie bars are always a hit with every eater! 🙂  The fruit fillings can be as creative as you can get!  I love strawberry, raspberry, cherry, blueberry, or even banana filling!  Continue reading

Caramel Apple Cheesecake: No baking required!

29 Aug

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