brown sugar coconut bundt cake with dark chocolate ganache #bundtbakers

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Have you had your Girl Scout Cookies yet this year?

brown sugar coconut bundt cake with dark chocolate ganache | Brooklyn Homemaker

We got ours, shipped in from Texas a few weeks ago, fresh from one of Russell’s girlfriend’s daughters. He ordered a few different flavors, but of course our favorites are the coconutty caramelly shortbread Samoas. In my experience, these are most people’s favorite choice, unless they don’t like coconut (in which case they’re probably crazy and may need to be committed).

brown sugar coconut bundt cake with dark chocolate ganache | Brooklyn Homemaker

This month Kelly from Passion Kneaded is our Bundt Bakers host and, in the spirit of the season, she chose Girl Scout Cookies as our theme. It didn’t take me more than half a millisecond to decide my cake would be inspired by the incomparable Samoa.
Thank you Kelly!

If you love Girl Scout Cookies (and Bundt cakes) as much as I do, be sure you scroll down past the recipe to see all the other mouthwatering recipes the…

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My piano loving Golden Retriever


This helps show why I love my golden. Sweet, sensitive soul!

Originally posted on Susan Ruecker:

Luke is quite particular about music.  I can play the first note of a Debussy piece, and he will get up and walk out of the room.  He loves Beethoven, and of course, “Linus and Lucy”.

Inevitably, when Luke starts singing with passion, I start to pay attention to him, and then my fingers stop playing.  Or I am playing per-fect-ly and he isn’t in view on the camera, or he’s scratching, ahem, or chewing loudly on an antler, or he just doesn’t feel like singing at the moment.  And that is how I came to post this video; its all about the dog.

Beloved Brahms, another time.

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Gifts from the Kitchen, Cheddar Cheese Cookies with a Painted Jar



Originally posted on the Painted Apron:

Cheese Straws, Cheese Puffs, Cheese Cookies, Cheese Wafers…no matter what you call them, they are irresistible and a must for any Southern occasion!  When I saw this recipe for Cheddar Spritz Crackers on Happier Than a Pig in Mud, I knew they would be in my kitchen asap!


I decided to make a batch for my cheese loving SIL for his birthday


The recipe is just a basic dough that came together quickly with the help of a food processor

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Lots of options here, make the cookies any size you want by adjusting the diameter of the dough log, and how thick you slice the cookies


You could also add a pecan half on top~

cheese cookie with pecan

gift in a jar

I decided to put them in a jar for a little special touch


I bought this Anchor Hocking tilted jar at Target and painted the lid with chalk paint


2 coats, then some cream…

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Southern Christmas – Leiper’s Fork & Franklin, Tennessee


Just sharing. Not too far away for a day trip.

Originally posted on H I C K O R Y + W O R T H:

A rustic, small-town Christmas in Tennessee consists of flannel shirts, cozy layers and lots of s’mores.  Christmas carols strum on a guitar and crisp, clear winter nights top it all off.


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