The Honey List – Christmas Gifts Edition

It’s time for another weekly Honey List!

The Honey List is where I round up my personal Top 10 picks in whichever Kitchen category strikes my fancy at the moment.

Last week it was coffee mugs – who can forget that fantastic Burt Reynolds mug?!

This week, it’s Christmas gifts for the Kitchen mouse! I’m rounding up my Top 10 gifts for the person who loves to spend time in the kitchen, and I’m keeping the price point under $30. Because let’s be realistic – as much as I love Le Creuset and Kitchen-Aid stand mixers, I’m not rich enough to buy one for each of my friends (I wish!).

That being said each of these items could be a great stand alone item, or if you’re super creative, add it to a sweet little gift basket geared for your favorite baker/cook!

1. Dotty Match Potholders from Anthropologie:

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The potholder and Oven mitt are $12 each, so for around $24 you could get both, have a sweet matching set and impress whomever you bestow it upon! It’s definitely a super cute way to protect your hands from the heat.

2. Bloom Utensil Set

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As soon as I laid eyes on this set, I knew I’d be dreaming about it. My favorite part is the price ($30.99) AND the whisk – I’ve been needing a not-stainless steel whisk for-ever! I might ask the hubs for this one! Although maybe I should change my blog post to “under $31”?

3. Pizza Scooter:

The Honey List - Top 10 gifts under $30

A seriously awesome pizza slicer! You’ll want to bake up homemade pizzas everyday just to play with this clever gadget. I personally love the racecar slicer, and at $19.98, the price is a steal!

4. Yolk Hero:

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Mind = Blown on this one! It’s an egg yolk separator!! How cool is that? I didn’t even know things like this existed, but now that I do, I really need one. For $7.98, I wouldn’t even feel guilty about it, either.

5. Celtic Knot Trivet:

The Honey List - Top 10 gifts under $30

I’ve been wanting a trivet for a while, and this one just turned that want into a need. Seriously beautiful work, here by ApocalypseFab! Definitely worth the $20 for a unique and beautiful handmade gift.

6. Personalized Wooden Spoons:

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I’m in love with these wooden spoons from ScissorMill on etsy. The personalization possibilities are endless and it is sure to be a gift that will be treasured for years. Priced at $26.50, these precious spoons are bound to be the best gift you’ll ever give!

7. Snack & Stack Utensils:

The Honey List - Top 10 gifts under $30

You know what’s cool? Legos. What’s even cooler? Lego utensils. Priced at $17.99 the hardest decision you’ll make is whether or not to share!

8.  Magnetic Owl Cake Tester

The Honey List - Top 10 gifts under $30

Owls are probably the hottest trend in everything right now, and with this cake tester, you can show that you know what’s on target and unique. This adorable cake tester serves double duty as an original artwork magnet when not in use and is super affordable at $6. You can find this cake tester, and other beautiful options in ArtistEmilyTerrell‘s shop on etsy.

9. Metal Owl Measuring Spoons Set

The Honey List - Top 10 gifts under $30

These are the most precious measuring spoons, ever. I can foresee pulling hubby into Pier One just so I can find these, drool on them, buy them, and love them forever! They’re only priced at $14.95, so I wouldn’t feel guilty about buying them for myself!

10. Time Bomb Kitchen Timer:

The Honey List - Top 10 gifts under $30

This is definitely a cool kitchen timer! Designed to look like a literal ticking time bomb, it’s bound to bring quite a few amused comments when you gift it – and at $9.30, it won’t blow your bank account either!

There are actually way too many other options for me to choose from, and I totally could have continued the list, but really, 10 is plenty for now, haha.

This list is by no means exhaustive, so I’m curious – what is on your must-buy list this holiday season?




Chewy Browned Butter Cinnamon Chip Cookies

I have to admit, I’m really excited and proud of this recipe. My other cookie recipes are ones I’ve adapted in some small way to suit my tastes, but this one is special. This one is mine. I am proudly saying that I developed this recipe *all by myself.*

*blushes* I know, I know! *blushes*

From conception to bake times, this recipe was my original concept. This is a first for me, but I can tell it won’t be the last. I’m already working on another.

With that introduction, let me proudly share with you: Browned Butter Cinnamon Chip Cookies.

Browned butter cinnamon chip cookies. Cooking with Honey Coconuts.

I’ve had this bag of cinnamon chips in the cabinet for what seemed like forever. Aside from snacking on a few, they weren’t getting much attention. That is, until I realized they deserved a cookie. A brown sugar cookie.

Even better, a browned butter brown sugar cookie. YUM.

Browned butter cinnamon chip cookies

You don’t have to brown the butter for this recipe, but I LOVE the flavor profile. I think it enhances the brown butter and just adds that extra something.

browned butter cinnamon chip cookies

These cookies are chewy, moist, dense, and packed full of flavor. They also didn’t last long.

Browned Butter Cinnamon Chip Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, 1 large egg yolk
  • 12 ounce bag Cinnamon chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

In a saucepan on medium high heat, melt butter. Keep on high heat, stirring continuously. Butter will begin to foam up. After a few moments, the foam will subside and there should be light brown flecks in the bottom of the saucepan. Continue stirring; butter will begin to darken at this point. Remove from heat once the butter has reached a light brown color and has a nutty aroma, about 5-8 minutes. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool before continuing, about 20-30 minutes.

Once butter has cooled, cream it together with the brown sugar and white sugar until smooth.

Add egg, stir until smooth, then add yolk and vanilla.

Gradually add in the flour mixture and stir to combine. Add cinnamon chips. Mixture will be thick, so you may need to press the chips in.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Yield approximately 48 cookies.

I’m already planning another batch of these cookies very soon.

I love the brown sugar cookie base, so be prepared to see that basic recipe utilized again by me. I love a good brown sugar cookie!

Browned butter cinnamon chip cookies

What cookie style is your favorite?





Easy Baking Tips and tricks…

…Or rather, what I needed to understand before I could really recipe up!

When I started baking, it was more of a time consumption tool, rather than a serious “let me understand the process” thing. I needed to be comforted, and really, what better way to comfort oneself than by baking something lovely?

Since I stumbled into the kitchen that fateful day, I’ve come to understand a few things about baking and my preferences within the kitchen. I’ve decided to share a few of my ah-ha moments with you, some are important, some not so much, and some offer up debate within the baking community. I only ask that you take what you wish, and leave a comment if you disagree! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Most of these tips are really going to revolve around baking cookies, because that’s where my obsession has been lately.

The first place I need to start is with one of the most important utensils at your arsenal – your oven…

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I cannot stress how important it is for you to understand the little quirks and variances in your oven. It is essential for you to know if it runs hot or cold, or has cold/hot areas, and adjust accordingly. Every oven is different and we must account for that when baking. It is useful to invest in an oven thermometer; this will help you figure out how to best bake anything!

For nice, uniform cookie sizes, I suggest you invest in a cookie scoop. Not only are they fun to use, but they help create even cookies that will bake perfectly!


I am obsessed with organization, even though I’m so not an organized person. However, when baking, I have to set my ingredients out.


I measure out everything – this helps in several ways. First, I know I have all ingredients on hand and second, as I’m baking, I can clearly see and use everything without having to search in the middle of mixing.

Also, once I’ve set out all of the ingredients, I walk away. Yes, walk away and let everything get to room temperature, especially the eggs!

Did you know that putting a slice of bread in with your soft cookies will keep them soft?


It works, I swear!

Always set your timer to the minimum time suggested. Even then, slightly underbake them. Cookies will continue to cook when they’re pulled out of the oven and it doesn’t take much to over-bake even the best cookie. Always pull cookies off the sheet and transfer to wire rack – this keeps them from sticking to the cookie sheet and encourages them to cool faster.

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s gotten me before too – always read your recipe through completely before starting! It never feels right when you suddenly realize you have to brown butter, or chill for an hour, and you didn’t account for that!


Reading. It’s not just for nudie mags, anymore.

If you are cooler than me, you use a Silpat.


If you are me, you use parchment paper. Parchment paper rocks. Seriously. It keeps cookies from sticking, and your lovely cookie sheets don’t develop that funky buildup that cooking spray can cause.

This tip probably gave me the biggest, “Oh my gosh, are you serious?!” moment. There are wet and dry ingredient measuring scoops/cups.

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You’re not supposed to use dry ingredients in a wet ingredient cup and vise versa.

I know, right?!

If you put dry ingredients into a wet ingredient cup, you run the risk of packing it in too much. This can be problematic for flour, especially. If you put wet ingredients into a dry measuring cup, you run the risk of overflow.

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Lightly scoop dry ingredients into a dry ingredient cup, and use a butter-knife or spatula to lightly scrape the excess off.

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Look at how informed we sound!

I like soft, chewy cookies. Hard cookies are best used as door stops or for skeet shooting.

There are a few things we can do to encourage our cookies to be soft. For instance, replacing an egg with an egg yolk – if the recipe calls for two eggs, do one egg and one yolk instead.


I also like to chill my dough for about half an hour before baking; I also prefer to keep the dough in the refrigerator in between baking.

You can also use melted, cooled butter (but you will want to increase your flour by about 1-2 tablespoons to account for the spread that may occur with melted butter).

In brown sugar cookies, always use more brown sugar than white sugar; this helps create chewy, moist cookies. If you’re doing it yourself, or modifying a recipe, always keep the sugar amount the same, but you can vary the amount of brown/white sugar to your tastes.

Now, I’ve saved probably the most complicated part for last. This is the information that never really clicked in my brain until recently (and I had to share, just because this is how I came to realize that I could build my own recipes.)

I’m reading through cookie recipes, and I’m thinking about how I would love to create my own. But how could I? Only better bakers than me could do that. Plus, I didn’t really understand what was required.

Until I made a list of “basic” cookie recipes and realized I knew what ingredients were needed.

But I didn’t understand why.

Why did this recipe call for baking soda, cornstarch, baking powder, etc?

Now I understand that they are leavening agents that work to help give rise to cookies, cakes, dough, etc.

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Baking powder is a combination of baking soda, some acid in powdered form, such as cream of tartar and cornstarch – is usually paired with whole milk.

When building your own recipe, the general idea is 1-2 teaspoons of baking powder for every 1 cup of flour.

Baking soda is an acid and is usually combined with ingredients such as buttermilk, yogurt, chocolate, brown sugar and lemon.

Baking soda can be combined with cream of tartar and cornstarch to replace baking powder in recipes, but baking powder cannot be used to replace baking soda.

You can read more about baking soda versus baking powder here and here. I’m not gonna lie, chemistry was not my best subject, and I don’t know that I’ve explained the differences, but these were my favorite sources when I was doing my research.

I said that one of my tips has some variation in the baking community – that tip was using melted butter. I’ve read that it makes for a chewier, softer cookie.

I’ve also read that it causes excess spread in the dough.

Some bakers say nay, others say yes.

What are your thoughts? Melted butter or not?




The Honey List – Coffee Mug Edition!

Here we are, ready for a second installment of The Honey List!

This week I wanted to  give some love to one of the hardest working little gadgets in my kitchen.

As background, I am An equal opportunity coffee enthusiast. I love me a good cup of coffee. However, lately it seems that my favorite coffee cup is looking a little… rough.

I want, nay, need a new one.

What better place to start than with the Geekery?!

1. Doctor Who: You Want Weapons?


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that my top choice in a coffee mug would be inspired by Doctor Who. I love the subtle reference of this particular mug – it’s not in-your-face TARDIS, but it is Whovian enough to attract like forces!

This particular mug can be found on in The MugglyDuckling‘s shop. I adore this shop, the Geekery found within makes me warm and fuzzy…

2. Where the Wild Things Are


I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the classic book, Where the Wild Things Are.  I’ve read this book multiple times to my little boy, and I still experience that sweet sense of excitement when I smell the pages. Sort of like I feel when I smell my first cup of coffee in the morning.

Don’t act like you’ve never smelt a book.

2ndstop has this brilliant mug listed in their shop.

3.  Put a Peacock on it

I love peacocks.  The birds incorporate some of the most beautiful colors in their feathers – greens, blues, purples…. This mug does the same:


I adore that this mug represents the beauty of a peacock without actually being a peacock.  Pier1 sells this whimsical little mug.

4. Duct Tape Mug

This is the coffee cup you get for the person who has everything.


Because really, no one wakes up and says, “I need a Duct Tape coffee cup.” No. In real life you have a friend who recognizes that you truly are a redneck at heart, and your fix-it tools consist of a roll of duct tape, spit, and a prayer.

So they buy you this mug because they appreciate your mullet.

I think I need this mug.

5. Minions

I seriously love Minions. Despicable Me is definitely one of my favorite movies, ever. So of course coming across a deliciously adorable Minion mug would make my panties tingle.


Amazon sells this clever coffee cup.

6.  Lego Coffee Cup

Holy Dark Manhole, Batman, this is seriously one of The Coolest Things, Ever!! A Lego coffee cup that really Legos?!?!



Everyone should own one of these. Period.

7. Harry Potter mug

I’m really noticing a trend here. I can’t help it, though, some fandoms are just too awesome to ignore.

Harry Potter is one of them.


Take this coffee cup, for example. It features the Marauder’s Map, and when you add hot coffee, sneaky footprints appear across the cup itself.


8.  First Lines of Literature

If there’s one thing I love more than a good cup of coffee, it’s curling up with coffee and an amazing book.

A good book can take you places.


This coffee mug showcases some of the most popular and well loved first lines from the most famous books around.

9.  Lovely Mermaid

There’s probably not a mythological creature out there that has held our attention any more strongly than a mermaid.

They’ve captured our imaginations since the days of old, and there is some beautiful artwork associated with them.

That’s the reason I chose this mug (because I seriously could’ve just nabbed a Little Mermaid mug… ).


I really love the classic mermaid scene; it appeals to me in an old-school fairy tale way.

10.  The Sexy Mug

 SnarkyCeramics probably has my favorite coffee cups, hands down. The shop offers mugs that reflect my feelings before my morning pot, and cups that reflect what I adore after I’ve downed my first gallon.

In this case, I need a sexy man mug.


Oh yea.

Burt Freaking Reynolds. Only thing more appealing is Ryan. But I’m trying to keep from overheating.


This mug + hot coffee = too much to handle! Love it!

This week was a bit more difficult to decide on just ten mugs. There are so many more varied, adorable, snarky, and just awesome coffee mugs out there. Which one is your favorite?



Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Wow, you guys, I have found the perfect Peanut Butter Cookie recipe, and I *have* to share it!

I’m calling it perfect for one reason – I shared these cookies with my best friend, Misty (hey, girl!!), and her Old Man, John. They both loved them, and Johnny said they were “the perfect peanut butter cookie.”

That was the ultimate comment, that may have gone to my head 😉


But anyhoo, I’ve had this obsession for the past few weeks to find another amazing cookie recipe; that Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese cookie is amazing, but I wanted something different, classic, and not chocolate.

i wanted something easy.

With a quick return time between batter mixin’ and tummy enjoyment.

Peanut. Butter. Cookies.


What’s more classic than Peanut Butter Cookies? And don’t say Chocolate Chip Cookies, because then I’d have to beat you.


Knowing I wanted to go all Cookie Monster on some Peanut Butter Cookies, I began the search for a recipe. I turned to Pinterest first (let’s face it, I am a junkie). I found a few recipes that interested me, so I kept them in mind for comparison. Then i pulled out all of my recipe books and cards.

What I did with this recipe was a bit different from what I normally do.

i gathered the recipes i liked, compared them and cobbled together my own.

Then i jumped in, and …. Succeeded on first try.

Holy Flaming Pink Panties, Batman.


One thing I’ve noticed rather quickly with baking is that there is usually one basic recipe point for everything. You can probably figure it out, too. Flour, baking powder, salt, white/brown sugar, butter, etc. from there you can pretty much put together a starter bake set…

These cookies can be dressed up or dressed down, but since I really wanted something simple and smooth, these babies are naked!


They are delicious naked, but I have been pondering the addition of jam…or even using chunky peanut butter…

Hubby was just happy that I didn’t put coconut in them…


Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies 


2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, melted and cooled

1 cup packed brown sugar (I used light brown)

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup peanut butter ( I used smooth)


Preheat oven to 350°.

Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Place aside to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, cream the brown sugar, butter, and white sugar getting it nice and smooth.

Add in the vanilla, peanut butter, and eggs, then beat until smooth.

Beat in the flour mixture, half a cup at a time until combined and the consistency is smooth and creamy.

At this point, let the dough chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to let it firm up (I generally like to keep my cookie doughs in the refrigerator while the batches are baking because it helps keep the dough firm, easy to manage while scooping, and it helps prevent excess spreading in the oven).

Scoop the dough onto a parchment paper/wax paper covered cookie sheet. I like to use a cookie scoop, but you could use a spoon (or your hands to form balls).

Theoretically, at this point, you would use a fork to make indents on the tops of the cookies. I say theoretically because it didn’t turn out so well on mine… Haha. Rest assured that taste was not affected.

Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the edges lightly brown.

Let the cookies cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack.

Makes roughly 40-46 cookies, depending on the size you make them.


With this batch of cookies, I decided to do something else I’ve never done before – freezing some of the dough so that my family and I could enjoy fresh cookies without having to mix up cookie dough (everyday, haha).

To freeze the cookies, I scooped out the dough on a wax paper lined cookie sheet, then placed them in the freezer for about an hour. I then carefully rolled/folded the wax paper around the frozen cookie dough balls, being careful not to let the dough balls touch. I then placed them in a freezer bag and put them into the freezer.


Two days later hubby pulled the frozen cookies out and baked them…. They were just as fabulous as if I had made the dough that day.

*please note that when I baked them fresh, 12 minutes at 350° worked for my oven; however, the frozen ones (no we didn’t wait for them to thaw, haha) took around 18-20 minutes. Definitely adjust for the frozen cookies and prepare for a slightly longer bake time.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that you consider perfect? I’d love to hear about it!



The Honey List

I’ve decided that I’m going to start a list series on this blog that focuses on all the fun, adorable, quirky, drool-worthy non-food items that are available for me to daydream over. There are so many amazing kitchen gadgets, utensils, accessories, and the like available that I couldn’t possibly own all of them… yet.

Think of it as a year round Christmas list of sorts 🙂

I would like to do a weekly list that focuses on what I may be obsessing over at the moment.

And this week, it’s aprons.

Aprons are possibly one of my most favorite kitchen/home accessories, and I certainly don’t have enough. You can find aprons everywhere, along with some amazing tutorials online if you want to make your own.

The right apron can make you feel like you are about to bake on top of the world; like you can accomplish anything within the kitchen!

They can also offer an amazing silhouette 🙂

This list starts with my absolute favorite apron, hands down, ever –

1. Dalek Apron


A Dalek apron! How much fun would it be to put on this gem, and run throughout your kitchen, shouting Allons-y or Geronimo while baking up something yummy?! This beauty is available on through PandorasProductions.

By revealing my Doctor Who geekery, it’s only natural that my next favorite apron would be this one:

2. Superhero in the kitchen:


Seriously. I need this apron for the days when I have more to do than there are hours in the day available! Superwoman, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman?! Yes, please! This apron is also available as a custom order by Alexenia on

3. Harry Potter apron:

Continuing my geekery even further, next up is an awesome Harry Potter themed apron! This apron actually comes with a tutorial, so if you’re feeling magically crafty you can sew yourself (and me?) one of these beauties! Darla over at Bakingdom was kind enough to post a pictorial and the steps on how she created this awesome apron.


4. Strawberries on top:

Probably the hottest trend right now, in, well, everything, has to be retro-styled items. I can’t think of anything sexier than a 1940s,retro-themed strawberry apron! This apron is available at Stitch Thru Time and is made in the USA.


5. Bridal Lace Rockabilly apron:

This next apron is one that I would naughtily wear everywhere. It’s so precious, lacy, sexy, and just too perfect to stay hidden in the kitchen. Seriously. Bambinoamore offers this sexy, makes-cookies-better apron in her etsy shop. There’s just something about that lace …


6. Frilly Apron:

Sometimes a girl wants to enjoy something girly, and frills are the ticket to that! This next apron is available as a tutorial, so once again, the sewer in you can indulge and craft something super sweet! This is a Spotlight Inspiration Room project that only takes 10 steps!


7. Teal Floral Garden Apron:

Teal seems to be an incredibly popular color on the internet lately, and this apron embodies that color with style! I adore the pockets and light ruffling. The best part? It’s available at World Market, one of my favorite stores!


8. Dotty Match Apron:

Frills. Polka dots. Teal. Pockets. What more could you wish for?! Available at Anthropologie, this apron is definitely on my “hint-hint-hubby” list!


9. Monogrammed Initial Apron:

Probably the most Southern thing you can do is monogram something, anything, then throw on some pearls. This apron makes my Southern heart skip a beat! SomethingYouAprons offers a great selection on some stunning aprons. Of course I had to keep the teal going 😉


10. ACU Army Wife Digital Camo Apron:

We are a retired military family, so you had to expect this, right? I. Am. In. LOVE. With this apron! FirtyandFunAprons over on has this apron available; it is adorable, along with her other apron selections (how could you choose just one?!).


Thank you for reading through my first installment of The Honey List. Check back next week, where I will have another fun list! To be honest, I’m sitting here already contemplating a second 10 Best Aprons list. It was so difficult to narrow down for this first list! Do you have a favorite apron?



Smacked in the face… with a failure!

You know how you find yourself in one of those glorious moments, where everyone is cheering your name. They’re clapping, and shouting, they’re giving you the brightest smiles, and you are CHAMPION.

That doesn’t come close to describing what happened with this goop.

I’m not trying to be mean, or nasty. Trust me. I had incredibly high hopes, but it didn’t match with reality.

I came across the Buffalo Chicken Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese pin recently. It’s from Snappy Gourmet.

I had to try it. C’mon, it’s BUFFALO CHICKEN MACARONI and CHEESE.


The whole consistency was off for me; macaroni and cheese is supposed to have firm noodles, but maybe it’s the slow cooker affecting them, but the noodles here were lost and mushy.

It turned out to be more like a dip.

So I put some of it into a Ziploc baggy and titled it, “Buffalo Chicken Dip.”


I guess I will share one great tip with you guys, though.

One –

Put your chicken in a stand mixer!

Put your chicken in a stand mixer!


Two –

Watch it very closely. Just for fun.

Watch it very closely. Just for fun.


Three –

Enjoy your beautiful SHREDDED CHICKEN!

Enjoy your beautiful SHREDDED CHICKEN!


Yes, it really does work. I do it all the time 🙂

In short, this is a recipe that was not enjoyed by my family as a dinner; if it was a party dip, I’d get rave reviews…

Have you ever had a recipe turn out a failure? What was it?