The Cutest class party snack

My oldest is finishing Kindergarten and is having a class party today. Since I’m about to start very vigorous studies, this would possibly be my last chance for a few years to spend any time making a cute snack for him to bring in.

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Rosewater nougat

Rosewater nougat has the most alluring floral taste and scent. It’s a chewy confection with a delicious crunch from two types of nuts. The main nougat color is white, and, when cut, the beautiful green of pistachios and contrasting tan of macadamia nuts make them a feast for the eyes.

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Lilikoi bars (passion fruit bars)

My husband and I went hiking today at a new trail. This trail is a very well kept secret we can’t even find information on online, and we thought we could find everything online! It’s wonderful to have a trail mostly to ourselves with fantastic views, but the trail also offers a tasty surprise: lilikoi!

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Let’s-pretend-it’s-healthy-because-it’s-pineapple dessert

Living in Hawaii comes with perks, such as fresh pineapple year round. But don’t get caught stealing one from the fields: the fine is $5000!

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Thick, soft, and fluffy chocolate chip cookies

Hubby begged me to make him chocolate chip cookies the other day. “Fine,” I said, secretly (or, perhaps, rather obviously) teeming inside from the request that made me spend time in the kitchen for something I couldn’t eat afterwards, “but you’ll have to pick up butter first.” He did, and I began mixing the dough. I only had half a bag of chocolate chips (so I halved the recipe), and right when I dumped them in, I took a look at the bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips and my heart stopped: the chocolate chips were dairy free and I had wasted them adding them to a dough filled with dairy! I could’ve made the cookies with fake butter and been able to enjoy them! Grrrrrrr!

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Grilled rosemary strawberry shortcake

Smoky rosemary shortbread topped with whipped coconut cream and strawberries tossed in honey and an unsuspected spice.

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The five C’s rolled into one: Chocolate, Caramel, Coconut, Coffee, and Cream

Talk about decadence! Silken chocolate coffee mousse layered with creamy coconut caramel and topped with lofty cream. Heavenly! And who needs dairy? This dessert rivals any restaurant offering; it just so happens that it’s dairy free and gluten free.

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Dedairyfied Creme Brûlée 

A neighbor dropped off a tray of cupcakes on Friday, and they have been haunting me ever since as I really, REALLY want to eat one! However, my stomach wouldn’t forgive me for the next three weeks if I did, so today I decided to attempt to dedairyfy my most favorite, best, yummy, delicious, decadent dessert of all time: creme brûlée. I have truly missed eating creme brûlée, and every time I open my drawer where the culinary torch resides, my heart feels a stab, followed by a dull ache of longing and desire. y, delicious, decadent dessert of all time: creme brûlée. I have truly missed eating creme brûlée, and every time I open my drawer where the culinary torch resides, my heart feels a stab, followed by a dull ache of longing and desire.

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Ode to Julia Child’s apple pie

Is there anything more American than apple pie? Well, I’m sorry to say that I think the French may outdo the Americans on this point.

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Boller–the ultimate Norwegian comfort food

Boller, a type of sweet buns, is the ultimate Norwegian comfort food. Sick? Mom will make boller to make you feel better. Bad weather? Mom will make boller to make the day pass by. Birthday? Mom will make boller to celebrate. Ash Wednesday? Mom will make special Fastelavensboller. St. Lucia’s Day? Mom will make boller with saffron. Skiing? Mom will make boller to take along. Guests? Mom will make boller to serve with the coffee.

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