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I think I’m officially part of the Tuesdays With Dorie baking group. Although I’m still waiting to see my name on the official list. This group bakes one recipe per week from Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. I bought this book last year hoping to get into the group, but wasn’t able to until now.

These recipes are delicious. Since purchasing the book I’ve baked several for me and JD or friends. Dorie’s writing style is very conversational and more informative than any cookbook I own. She takes care in telling the reader how things will look while adding ingredients, and “not to worry” if consistency changes while mixing/folding/prepping. Dorie also gives tips on how to alter the recipe and the time frame to eat or freeze within.

So…this week’s recipe is called Coconut Butter Thins (p. 145) and was chosen by Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch.¬†

I gathered all my ingredients and went to the store for the ones I didn’t have – macadamia nuts, coconut, coriander, and a lime. Since I was laking those this recipe was more expensive than hoped. I did, however, find the nuts on sale at Kroger. ūüôā


This recipe was basically your typical shortbread, but with a twist.

img_65781Dorie suggested that the sugar be infused with the lime zest by pressing the zest in the the sugar. The purpose is to bring out even more of the lime flavor.

img_6579After creaming the butter and sugar, the vanilla, the dry ingredients, coconut, and finely chopped macadamia nuts. 

img_6582This dough is very similar to shortbread, but a little more gooey. If there are dry ingredients in the bottom of the bowl, just kneed them into the rest – and there were. You can tell Dorie has really make these recipes…and knows the questions we novices will ask.¬†

img_6583The next step is to turn the dough out into a gallon zip lock bag, leave the top unsealed and roll out to 1/4″ thick and refrigerate for 2 hours to 2 days. I LOVE this trick. I’ve used it for pastry dough and it keeps the counter clean! Less clean up time is a good thing.

img_6586The dough is cut into 1 1/2″ squares and poked twice with the tines of a fork – then bake!

img_65881And so that’s how they turned out. They spread a little but were really good. They had just right amount of chewy and crunchy and buttery with a little zing from the lime zest. I’m not a huge coconut fan, and macadamias never were my favorite but these were good. I think my Mom would like them a lot. When I think of coconut, it makes me thing of spring. And maybe that’s from my Mom. I shared them with several people who aren’t coconut fans and they said they didn’t taste the coconut at all.¬†

I think I’d make these again. The recipe was easy, fast and very good. Thank you Dorie!

I’ve enjoyed today more than expected. Although it was rainy and gray for a good part of the day, we had sunshine inside. There’s nothing like time for a 2 french presses of coffee and a good home cooked breakfast. We even watched cartoons!

I spent the day doing things that needed to be done, like laundry/dishes/etc. I tried to keep it pretty low key because I’m still not 100% since the surgery.¬†I’m glad it’s only Saturday and I have one more day to the weekend. I’m really looking forward to the farmer’s market opening in a few weeks! Fresh veggies…downtown…delicious meals with that fresh food. YUM!

I looked forward to the next few TWD recipes and spent time flipping through the pages of the April “Living”. I love spring and Easter and green and flowers and trees budding!


Garner has been running a fever since yesterday so we didn’t do much. She never ceases to amaze me. She is growing and learning so much. Now seemed like a good time to do a list so I don’t forget these moments….

  • standing on her own and bouncing when music comes on.
  • taking 5 steps…then 3…then 6…so cute
  • kicking back on daddy and eating strawberries…so good!
  • ¬†figuring out how to stack the lego blocks together and arranging and¬†rearranging towers of blocks.
  • wanting to try every new food she sees and liking almost everything.
  • saying more and more sounds that sound like words
  • knowing what the ball is in her “Big Book of Words”
  • picking her up from daycare and they’ve done her hair in pigtails – for the first time
  • realizing that crawling days are almost over and i’m understanding more and more what people mean when they say, “enjoy this stage”…crawling has been too cute
  • loving the little sound she makes when she kisses me
  • watching her wave bye and hi and blow kisses
  • hurting for her while this second big bottom molar is coming in
  • loving watching her play with Peekaboo Barn on my iPhone – she knows JUST what to do


    Most of you know how much I love fonts…and graphic design…and fun. With a little help from some friends I’ve combined them into fun prints for your office, home or gifts. Some items are also available for sale in Memphis at Toad Hall Antiques in Midtown. They are all available in 5 x 7 (print or laminated with magnet), 6 x 8 (print or laminated with magnet), or 8 x 10 (print only).


    Introducing Serif+Sans…

    Feedback is welcome and appreciated. Check back often, as I plan to grow this over time!

    bfs-logoTWD opened up again yesterday for a day only new member acceptance. April clued me in and I was able to post a comment before their midnight deadline. They have yet to post new members but I’m crossing my fingers.

    Surgery update: didn’t take. The procedure done failed and we’re taking a step backward and basically starting from scratch. It disappointed and discouraged me, however, I’d rather it not have worked from the beginning that have waited 8 weeks to find out it didn’t work.

    It’s not the most pleasant of areas or issues so I will spare the details on the blog. However, it’s pretty painful and I’ve been sitting on ice for 5 days now – if that tells you anything. I plan to return

    We’ve been blessed with friends, meals, and family. I just don’t know how people get through pregnancy and surgery recovery periods without the love and help of friends & family. THANK YOU!


    We’ve had a lot going on in the Meredith household. JD was out of town. JD got home. We had snow. We prepared for guests. We had a birthday…ONE BIG BIRTHDAY.


    We had a few days of down time. I had my second surgery. I am recovering.

    I’m thankful for my husband, my mother-in-law, my mom, and friends who bring food. I’m thankful for blogs, magazines, and tv. I’m thankful for iChat and texting. I’m thankful that my pain medication is finally working!

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