Spring into Strange (But Good)

I always look forward to spring.

Except the pollen.  Who knew San Diego had pollen?!

Spring food is the best.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a roasted winter squash and the orange glow that comes with it.  The lighter, fresh spring fare has my heart though.

Today’s #strangebutgood is a round up of some of my favorite spring recipes.  Some stranger than others.  All good.  In my not-so-humble opinion.

Berry Chia Pudding

Berry Chia Pudding… 

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Grand Marnier Cranberry Cookies [Recipe]

One of my favorite parts about living in California is the food.

My inner fat kid is in heaven.

Aside from all of the restaurants we’ve been trying, I’ve also loved all the produce.  Citrus is amazing here!  These protein lemon squares didn’t last long in my kitchen… but the cookies I’m sharing today disappeared almost immediately!

I had a bunch of oranges left over from our citrus picking adventure and was trying to think of a fun way to use it.  Naturally, I turned to cookies and booze.  Boozy cookies might seem a bit strange, but they are amazingly good.

Grand Marnier Cranberry Cookies

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Protein Lemon Squares with Cheesecake Frosting [Recipe]

Lemon squares are a totally normal thing.

Until I get ahold of them.

Vegas and I absconded from our citrus-picking adventure last weekend with a few samples.  Lemons, oranges, and sweet lemons.  Yes, sweet lemons are a thing.  No, it’s not just a Meyer lemon.  They’re so sweet you can sit down and eat a whole one!  Strange and incredibly good.  The bright citrus flavor is perfect for spring.

I immediately wanted to bake a treat using the sweet lemons.  If you don’t have sweet lemons, simply add more sugar (think lemonade).  Also of note is the coconut flour.  It makes these incredibly moist (that’s right – I said it); reminiscent of lemon bars.

Protein Lemon Bars with frosting… 

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Oatmeal Jam Cookies [Recipe]

The fun part about moving is using all the baking supplies.

Flour, and sugar, and buttah…. oh my!

I made Cat’s browned butter cookies for the gym crew.  Then I did the Fudgy Brownies that Juli linked up to last week’s #strangebutgood to have as road snacks for Vegas and me.  For ease, I made them as peanut flour-dusted balls (and because balls).

Next up is my own concoction – Oatmeal Jam Cookies.  Jam may sound strange… but – in fitting with the Friday theme – it’s good!*

*Don’t take my word for it – my boss said it’s one of the more delicious things I’ve ever brought in to work.  The he asked if I used “real” butter.

Banana Jam Oatmeal Cookies… 

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Strange But Red Velvet [Recipes]

Red Velvet isn’t so strange.

Until I get a hold of it.

I’ve always been a fan of red velvet, but I went on a bender when I remembered it’s Vegas’ favorite.  Of course, I couldn’t just do it the normal way (though I did once win a cake baking contest with my great grandmother’s “normal” recipe).  I made it healthier and used beets.  A little strange perhaps, but good!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am doing the obligatory red post.  Like I apparently do every year.*  But these red velvet treats won’t leave you so full that you won’t want to participate in and romantic activities.  Who am I not to follow good advice?

*One day I’ll be more original with V-Day food.  This year I’m being original by actually having a Valentine. :)

Red Velvet Protein Shake

Red Velvet Protein Shake… 

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Spiced Protein Fiber Bars [Gluten-Free Recipe]

It’s strange to admit, but we all like to be regular.

I mean that in the most TMI way possible.

Fiber.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Fiber helps you poop.  It’s strange to admit to in public, but being regular is nothing but good.  These bars are loaded with fiber, which helps you stay regular, which is good. #strangebutgood

Spiced Protein Fiber Bars… 

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Eggnog Baked French Toast

Strange can be simple.

Simple is strange in my kitchen!

This recipe consists of simply two things: bread and eggnog.  It’s what we had for breakfast brunch lunch linner (we like to sleep) on Christmas morning.  And a giant side of champagne because all the rum Mom dumps in her eggnog would have cooked out. 😉

Eggnog Baked French Toast

We did get a little complex with the homemade eggnog and using chocolate chip brioche.  I neglected a picture, but I also made fresh whipped cream with coconut rum to top.  You don’t have to get that fancy… but it didn’t suck.

Also served was scrambled eggs with spinach and onion for protein and greens.  And bacon.  Because bacon.

Eggnog Baked French Toast and Bacon

Mom likes to set a fancy table.  This one had a gorgeous centerpiece, a charcuterie, ambrosia, and a magnum bottle of sparkling from Schramsberg.

It was so good we didn’t worry about opening presents until almost 2!

Christmas morning

It’s a little past the holidays, but why not keep celebrating and try this out?  It’s strange… but good!  Besides, the eggnog is on sale at Whole Foods! 😉


Eggnog Baked French Toast

Eggnog Baked French Toast

  • 1 loaf bread, cubed
  • 2 C eggnog

Dip cubes of bread in the eggnog.  Place slices evenly in a greased pyrex dish.  Pour any remaining mixture over the slices.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, preheat oven to 400.  Bake for 20-25 minutes (until poofed up and golden brown on top).

Place on rack to cool slightly before cutting and serving.

Makes 8-10 servings.


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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That magnum bottle was goooooone, plus 2 more standard sized ones.  There were 7 of us!  5 of the 7 were drinking…

Do you like eggnog?  I never have… but I love it baked!

How was New Years Eve?  I have much to share!  Later…

Top 10 in 2014

Happy 2015!

Almost.

Vegas and I escaped to Lake Tahoe for NYE and some other shenanigans, so today’s WIAW post is a look back on the top posts of 2014.

Thank you to everyone for helping make 2014 one of the best yet.  I’ve loved making new friends, learning a lot, and eating a TON of (strange but) good food.

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 posts you thought were good (and likely a little strange) in 2014.

Top 10 in 2014

10. 3 Surprisingly Quick Meals

Stuffed French Toast Egg Wrap
Here are three meals that I threw together quickly when what I had on hand.  They look fancy-ish, but they were incredibly easy (and fun) to make: Stuffed French Toast Egg Wrap, Squachos (nachos… but with squash), and a Pressed Bison Wrap…. 

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A Perfect 10

I am not-so-secretly a teensy bit Type A.

In my head, I hide it well… but no.  

1 more day until Vegas gets here for the holidays.  I Can’t Focus.  So I make lists (you’re not the only one Meghan).  Lists of things to cook, places to take Vegas, items to remember to bring to mom’s for Christmas, errands to run, random tasks to complete before Vegas gets here… it’s all fun to me though.

So today I bring you a list of fun things I’m focusing on to pass the time while waiting for Tuesday.  It’s a perfect 10.  Because I like lists of prime numbers or 10.

1. House Plant’s Mate

Flowers arrive from Vegas on the regular.  Last week’s delivery was a friend for House Plant – Christmas Cactus.  Now we both have mates from the desert.

House Plant's Desert Mate… 

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