Banana Boats

Today, my sister and I made a dessert that was an old camp favorite for her… banana boats! All you do is slit the top of the banana and open it wide so you can stuff it with whatever you want. I stuffed mine with red velvet marshmallows, chocolate, coconut and brown sugar. Then, you wrap the banana in aluminum foil and bake it at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes so the banana gets warm and the toppings melt!šŸ˜



Ukrainian “Halva” Dessert

I just got back from going to Rivne and Kiev, Ukraine for a week, which surprisingly had some of the greatest meals of my trip! There, I tried a new specialty Ukrainian dessert called “Halva.” I made dinner for my family tonight and decided to try and recreate some Halva for them to try as a dessert. Here’s the recipe I used:

http://gringalicious.com/ukrainian-sunflower-seed-halva/

It wasn’t 100% the same as what I had in Ukraine, but pretty similar and still very good! Would definitely make this again, especially because it took all of 5 minutes to make!

Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake

My sister is having friends over for dinner tonight, so I made a Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake this morning to sit in the fridge all day until dinner time when we can break in to it! I got the recipe from my Tasty cookbook. It was so simple and easy, and not to mention very delicious!! Definitely want to try it with blueberries or other berries in the future!


Paleo Chocolate Cake

I decided to try and make my mom a paleo chocolate cake for Mother’s Day because she’s been trying to eat more paleo inspired recipes, and is a huge fan of chocolate. I found this recipe and thought it looked good enough to give it a go.

http://www.paleonewbie.com/paleo-friendly-chocolate-cake-with-ganache-recipe

It was really simple and easy, but it ended up tasting a tad dry to me. I wish that I poked some holes in the cake and poured some of the leftover coconut milk from the can on top of the cake to moisten it up a bit. Other than that, it was good!


Homemade Bonuts

Over spring break, I drove to Nashville just for something fun to do, and it was one of the most delicious cities I’ve ever been to! Anyway, the favorite dish by far of the weekend that we agreed upon were the “Bonuts,” or Biscuit Donuts, that we had from Biscuit Love for brunch one morning. It was my friend’s birthday the week after we got back from Nashville, so of course it was my goal to try and replicaye the Bonuts dish from Biscuit Love as a fun and unique birthday cake surprise for her! I just used this Bonuts recipe I found here:

http://altonbrown.com/hot-glazed-bonuts-recipe/

However, instead of making them into donuts of course I tried my best to shape the dough into the Bonuts like Biscuit Love and then I filled them with cream cheese frosting (simply because I didn’t have the time to try and make a mascarpone filling like they did). Finally, I made a blueberry compote like they did as well and put it in the middle of the 5 Bonuts. The blueberry compote recipe was found here:

https://www.google.com/amp/www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/blueberry-compote-recipe.amp

And last but not least, I also rolled the Bonuts in a cinnamon sugar coating and put a cream cheese frosting swirl on top as well. All in all, it was a pretty successful attempt for the most part! Definitely not the true Biscuit Love Bonuts, but as close as I think I can get!

Here were the Bonuts from Biscuit Love that everyone should have on their foodie bucket list (and I will add that the biscuit French toast was killer too):


And here were my attempts at recreating the Bonuts!