Maybe it was all of that tropical sun beating on my brain while I celebrated Thanksgiving  at the equator. Or maybe it’s just my die hard love of coco-nut—Almond Joys have always been my weak in the knees sweet treat.

Either way, these Coconut Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup just hit the top of my koo-koo for coco-nut list. And it’s all a part of Gold Medal Flour‘s Virtual Bake Day.

Coconut Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup |

Breakfast. It’s the meal that can sometimes get overshadowed by the big guns with tons of variety in the lunch and dinner time menus. I say, rise up breakfast! Let your flavor buds show their flair!

And let’s add coconut to waffles.

turksandcaicosLike most red-blooded Americans I spent Thanksgiving with my family. Unlike most red-blooded Americans I spent it in the British West Indies sucking down Mango Mambos, fresh from the sea Conch salad and digging my toes in the sand while my girl savored every second of cousin time.

Meal times were just about the only thing that kept us in touch with the time of day. Breakfast > beach > lunch > beach > 4:00 rainbow > cocktail on beach > dinner > bed. Then up to do it all again the next day.

Oh what a glorious groundhog day we were in.

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Mediterranean Mini Frittatas

by heidi on December 2, 2013

Eggs just might be one of those miracle ingredients. You know, the kind that can easily morph into breakfast or brunch then slide onto lunch and slither into brinner. Yep, breakfast + dinner = BRINNER! Bring on the mini fritattas.

Mediterranean Mini Frittatas |

If breakfast + dinner = brinner maybe this recipe should be classified as a Brapp.

Breakfast + appetizer = BRAPP? Or a brappetizer? Or perhaps you prefer breaketizer?

Symantics my friends, merely symantics.

The real deal is that these Mediterranean Mini Fritattas will solve any party need. Party for all? These are your deal. Party for one? Sit down—or stretch out—and enjoy an entire muffin tin full.

Bite size and poppable, these babies are seriously addictive. But that isn’t the only reason I’m a fan.

Mediterranean Mini Frittatas |

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In Ree Drummonds’s signature style, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations replicates the recipe style that’s made legions of The Pioneer Woman fans melt with each blog post.

Plus it features this recipe for Caramel Apple Pie. Double plus, you can win a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays for yourself.

Caramel Apple Pie with a crumble crust is a new family fave |

I mean, what’s not to like?

If you’re looking for a cookbook that introduces fancy cooking techniques and intricate recipe stylings, keep on looking through those bookshelves, because this is NOT that book.

And that’s exactly why it’s so good, because it’s a treasure trove of family favorites and other scrumptious excuses to gather around the table for a year of holiday celebrating.

Caramel Apple Pie with a crumble crust is a new family fave |

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Every year it comes down to the same thing. The holiday hype and the self-impressed pressure of finding the perfectly unique gift for my favorite foodies. In my book, this is serious business.

And when you can get your holiday shopping started with a $100 gift certificate, it suddenly becomes even that much better.

UncommonGoods Opener

While I’m a fan of sturdy wooden spoons and pretty linen dish cloths, when it comes to gift giving I’m always on the hunt for gifts that showcase wit with a sidecar of sensibility. A present that brings a smile to my gift giving target.

I’d have to say I’m a pretty stellar gift giver. Just ask around.

For years, one of my all-time favorite destinations to make these unique finds has been through my obsessive catalog shopping at Uncommon Goods. While I still get the catalog to leaf through via the good old USPS, I’m now making my buys with the click of a finger via my good friend Ms. Computer.

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Friday Faves

by heidi on November 22, 2013

I’m starting Thanksgiving early. But this year you won’t find me in the kitchen.

While I’m usually hostess with the mostess and making turkey dinner for the fam, complete with green bean side dishes and pumpkin desserts galore, this year the family is doing it different with the sound of crashing waves on the beach lulling me into an afternoon nap instead of the usual tryptophan-induced side affects of a juicy gobbler dinner.


Here’s what’s been going on at FC HQ this week, clockwise from top left:

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