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A little over a year ago, I began doing short food segments on a local television station.  When I received that first email, asking if I’d be interested, my first thought, was ‘no way’!  It was so far out of my comfort zone, I couldn’t imagine being in front of the camera.  Much to my surprise, I’ve actually come to enjoy these segments.  Talking about good food is fun!  Usually, the segments revolve around cooking for kids and families with recipes that use simple, seasonal, whole food ingredients.  Only recently, did it occur to me that it would be fun to share the segments here.

For this latest television installment, I was asked to share a recipe for families to enjoy, while celebrating the men in their lives this Father’s Day.  After a brainstorming session of dessert possibilities, I landed on German Chocolate Cake Sundaes.  A delicacy inspired by my own dad with his love for both German Chocolate Cake and ice cream.

German Chocolate Cake Sundaes


German Chocolate Cake Sundaes

Ingredients

  • 2 pints chocolate or vanilla fudge swirl ice cream
  • 1 bottle caramel sauce, or homemade
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup wide flake coconut, toasted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the coconut and pecans in 2 separate baking sheets.
  3. Toast the shredded coconut for 5 minutes and the pecans for 10 minutes, until the edges of the coconut start to brown and the pecans are fragrant.
  4. Remove from the oven.
  5. Let the coconut and pecans cool.
  6. Coarsely chop the pecans.
  7. Scoop the vanilla fudge swirl ice cream into individual sundae bowls. Top with warm caramel sauce, toasted coconut flakes and chopped pecans. Serve immediately.
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As many parents know, when it comes to feeding our children it often feels like the job is never done.  Feeding the 3 boys in my house is like trying to fill a bottomless pit.  They are always hungry.  Fortunately, we are able to put food on their plates for 3+ meals a day.  They have no idea what it really means to go hungry.

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Are you starting to think all we do around our house is bake cookies and chocolate cake?

Unfortunately, it’s not. Brussels sprouts, tomato soup and enchiladas have made their way to our table lately too.  However, since it’s Friday, and the end of a good week, filled with good news, I’m going to share one more sweet treat to celebrate it in the form of some heart shaped, shortbread cookies.

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Today, I am over on, The Creative Mama, sharing a little about our annual picture albums and this year’s Instagram book.  Come on over…

Also, a couple other fun things that have gone on this week…

I grew up reading my mom’s Good Housekeeping magazines, so it seems a little surreal to actually be in one.  I’m sharing my idea for Frozen Whipped Cream Dollops in the January 2013 issue.

Also, the much anticipated Holiday edition of the online magazine, Foodie Crush came out this week too.  As always, it is inspiring with beautiful images and stories.  I was honored to be included in the collection of holiday tips provided by food bloggers from around the internet.

Welcome!  I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend full of good food and family time.  As you can see, it looks a little different around here.  Thanks to Erin and Melissa of Wooden Spoons Kitchen my little blog has a brand new look.  To say that I love it would be an understatement.  They so clearly captured what I wanted, when I wasn’t exactly sure myself.  If you are in the market for a blog update, branding or design I can’t recommend them enough.

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