Banana Oat Muffins

Hey Loves! F & J here!

We have been in a bit of a baking kick lately and felt like we scored with these delicious goodies. They are really easy to make and filled with good for you ingredients. These muffins are moist and not too sweet. We ate them plain but think they would pair nicely with a smudge of peanut butter, or even just butter right after they come out of the oven. we are sure you will love them!

Ingredients

1/3 melted coconut oil

1/2 cup of honey

2 eggs

3 bananas

1/4 cup almond milk

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 3/4 cups of flour

1/2 cups oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips

coconut sugar for sprinkling on the top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and prep muffin tins, either spray or line the tray.
  2. Mix the melted coconut oil and honey until throughly mixed and add eggs. Beat in mashed bananas, vanilla and almond milk.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flour, oats), then slowly add to the banana mixture. Fold in chocolate chips (optional) until completely combined
  4. Pour the batter in the muffin tray, and sprinkle coconut sugar on top for an added bit of sweetness. Bake for 22 – 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Enjoy!

If you have any delicious recipes you want to share we would love to try them, comment below!

Love,

F & J

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Tomato Mozzarella Chicken

Hey Loves! F & J here!

We always find it hard to decide what we want to eat for any meal but especially dinner. We have a long list of requirements; we want it to be easy to cook, relatively healthy, delicious, and something new and exciting. It’s hard to find things to satisfy all our requirements but this does! And it tasted so good we just had to share it with you!

To start slice your chicken breast about 3/4 of the way through, the put a little salt and pepper to taste. Then fill the gaps with fresh basil, tomatoes, and top it off with fresh mozzarella. Place it in the oven at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked to 165 degrees internally. It’s as simple as that! We added a little extra flavor with a side of pesto, which is completely optional. It is delicious with or without it.

Let us know if you give this a try and what you think by leaving a comment down below. And if you have any suggestions for us to try we’d love to hear those too!

Love,

F & J

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Hey Loves! F & J here!

The sun has been shining bright here in Seattle and the sun is rising earlier and despite the cold weather it’s starting to feel like spring! So when we felt like getting a little crafty in the kitchen we decided to make a lemon cupcake with a blueberry frosting. We did get a little creative and added our own little touches to the recipe and we were delighted when we finished and got to try them.We will definitely be making them again!

 We will put the recipes down below so you can make them at home.


The Lemon Cupcake:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  • 2 room temperature eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. Beat the sugar, butter, eggs, and lemon extract until it is all smooth and creamy

3. In a separate bowl mix the baking powder, flour, and salt

4. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones

5. Fill cupcake liners with batter and bake for 15-20 minutes (you can stick a toothpick in a cupcake and if it comes out clean they’re done baking!)


Blueberry Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Milk (not always needed)

1. Put your fresh blueberries and water in a sauce pan and simmer on medium heat until the blueberries break down and most of the water is gone

2. Strain blueberries (pressing through with a spatula if needed)

3. Place in fridge and let cool completely

4. Mix powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla together

5. Add milk if the frosting is too thick, just be careful you don’t add any more than necessary so it doesn’t become too thin!

6. Add 3 tablespoons cooled blueberry sauce to the buttercream frosting


Make sure you let your cupcakes completely cool before adding frosting. We just cut the corner off a plastic ziploc bag to frost. And topped them off with a tiny wedge of fresh lemon.

We highly recommend you give them a try! We’d love to hear what you think so let us know in the comments below. Also let us know what other fun baking ideas you have that we can test out in our kitchen!

Love,

F & J

Maui Food

Hey Loves! F & J here!

One of our most viewed and liked post was our Kaui Food post, which you can check out here, so we knew we had to put together a Maui Food post this trip, more specifically the Kaanapali area! We aren’t the most adventurous eaters, but we made a promise to ourselves that we will branch out and try new foods while on vacation. This trip in particular we found ourselves trying, and loving, a bunch of new things!

This post contains things we loved, and few things we would pass on, but we wanted to provide an honest review of the places we ate.

LahainaLunaLahaina Luna Cafe- Taste ☆☆☆- Cost $$ –This place is cute, has a good location, and has good food. We wouldn’t go as far to say it’s crazy amazing and a can’t miss, but the food is tasty. We tried the Korean Beef Tacos and shared a platter of Garlic Fries. The fries were topped with furikake, a Japanese spice blend containing seaweed, and a delicious garlic sauce. The cost was on the lower end compared to other restaurants in the area. We would definitely go back.Hula GrillHula Grill Barefoot Bar- Taste ☆☆☆- Cost $$$- The Hula Grill is located in Whalers Village, so a perfect place to stop by for a quick bite while shopping. The food was very average, not the biggest selection, and very expensive. BUT the view of the ocean is absolutely gorgeous, and makes the mediocre food worth the cost! We were seated outside under umbrellas, with our toes in the sand facing the sparkling water. Truly tropical. We would go back for the view alone. Maui BrewingMaui Brewing Co- Taste ☆☆ – Cost $$$-  The Maui Brewing Co has an amazing atmosphere, and an unbelievable amount of brews made in the restaurant, on tap. We both regret not trying something different, because we really did not enjoy the burger. But we can say they have hands down the best french fries that we tried in all of Maui! If you are big beer or IPA fan, then definitely add this place to your itinerary.Ululani Shave IceUlulani’s Gourmet Hawaiian Shave Ice- Taste ☆☆☆☆☆ – Cost $ – Oh my goodness! This place was one of our favorite finds on the island. What is better than shave ice on a hot day in Hawaii, we are pretty sure nothing. There is a great array of flavors to choose from, ranging from just about any fruit to coffee and green tea. The ice is smooth, similar to eating snow, and you can even add ice cream to the bottom for an extra treat. This place is a must go for everyone!MonkeyPodMonkeyPod- Taste ☆☆☆☆☆– Cost $$$- This place is a MUST. Located in Whalers village, this restaurant was hands down our favorite place to eat the whole trip! The view of the ocean was a nice addition, but the mushroom and truffle oil pizza alone would have brought us back. Their fries paired nicely with Garlic Aioli and had us drooling for more. Even though it was a tad on the expensive side, we found ourselves going back for lunch a second time before leaving Maui! MonkeyPod is absolutely delicious, our mouths are watering just thinking about.Fruit TruckFruit Truck (on the side of road)- Taste ☆☆☆ Cost $$- We don’t know the name of this adorable fruit truck attached to a fruit stand on the side of the road, but we had to stop. Its located on the drive from the Kahului to Kaanapali. We got ourselves a sweet pineapple, and a smoothie which consisted of coconut water, coconut meat, and cane sugar. Super refreshing.Ono GelatoOno Gelato-Taste ☆☆☆☆☆ Cost $- Our favorite gelato place on the island, with adorable decor. Our favorite flavor was Sandy Beach, which is peanut butter, coconut, and graham crackers. They also have the most amazing coconut peanut butter which you can pick up as a gift, or for yourself! Gelato seemed like a staple in Maui so we highly suggest this place!

We also sadly don’t have pictures, but we highly suggest eating at Dukes Beach House for lunch! They are definitely pricier but they have the most delicious Korean Beef Tacos in all of Maui, and if you have a sweet tooth we highly suggest a slice of Hula Pie!

We hope that you eat your way through Maui, and find as many delicious places as we did! Comment below if you have a must go place that you know about in Maui!

Happy Eating!

Love,

F & J

Samoa Caramel Apples

350c6b96-b733-4a45-b84c-a393048ea132Hey Loves! F & J here!

Here we are again with another recipe. This time we watched a Delish video that someone shared on Facebook and we just had to try!

First, we knew it probably wasn’t as easy to do as the quick little video made it seem and we did have to try a couple things a few times but we’ve got it! And hopefully we can warn you from making the same mistakes!

We needed to make a quick trip to the grocery store for this one but it’s a pretty simple list. You need caramel sauce (we chose to melt caramels instead of buying a prepackaged sauce), chocolate chips, shredded coconut (which we bought in bulk so we only got what we needed!) and some green apples.  86295a99-980a-4b97-8f62-748b109bd57c

We cut the apple into slices so they would lay down flat and cut the centers out in a circle. (We got creative and used our tablespoon measurer to cut our circles out!) Then we put some of our caramels into a microwavable bowl with a tablespoon of water and put it in the microwave. (Keep checking on them ever 15/20 seconds, we burned our first batch because we just put it in the microwave for the whole 2 and a half minutes like the back of the bag said!) When the caramel was melted we poured in our coconut and mixed it. Then we took a spoon to put it on the apple slices.

Then we melted our chocolate chips in the microwave as well. The Delish video says to put butter in with it but we found it made our chocolate not smooth and therefore we were unable to use it. We had much more success when we just melted the chocolate chips by themselves. Once again you need to keep checking on them ever 15/20 after the first 30 seconds so you don’t burn them!

Then take a spoon and drizzle the chocolate on top and enjoy!

These were extremely tasty and we scream fall! We will definitely make them again! Let us know below if you give them a try and love them too!

Love,

F & J

Easy Caramel Snickerdoodles

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Hey Loves! F & J here!

Fall is definitely here  and with the colder weather outside and the rain we are finding ourselves inside more during the day. One of the things we have been doing more of to keep ourselves busy is baking! We found this super simple recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

All you need is a container of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, some caramels (we used the Kraft ones that people use for making caramel apples) and some cinnamon and sugar.

We mixed the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and set it aside for later. Then popped open the crescent rolls and started ripping pieces off to wrap around the caramels. Once we finished rolling the dough into balls, with the caramels in the middle, we rolled them in the cinnamon and sugar mix.

Then all you need to do is bake them at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes! Super easy and super quick!

Personally, they were not our favorite cookies but they were definitely a hit with everybody else! Someone said they were heavenly and they were all eaten! If by chance they manage to last long enough to cool off, just pop them in the microwave for a little to heat them up before eating them!

If you have any favorite recipes we should try please let us know in the comments below!

Love,

F & J

 

Kauai Food

Hey Loves! F & J here!

We had the chance to try a lot of different foods in Kauai. Though we mostly lived off of fresh local fruit. Lychee and Longon Berries anybody?? We tried all the “local specials”, yes that does mean we even tried Loco Moco! Loco Moco is a local dish that has beef, rice, egg, and some sort of sauce. Which let us tell you is quite adventurous for us, we do admit to being extremely picky eaters.

If you are going to Kauai we suggest trying out Duane’s Ono Char Burgers, Paco’s Tacos, Wishing Well Shaved Ice, Tiki Iniki, and Pizzetta just to name a few places. We even got the opportunity to walk to St. Regis Princeville and enjoyed breakfast on the terrace that overlooked the ocean.

Don’t be afraid to try the food trucks since there is an abundance of them and they offer variety.

Also, shout out to Kauai Juice Co. which had delicious fresh kombucha our personal favorite was strawberry guava!

Now that we are back home we would really do anything for a kombucha and a shaved ice by the beach! If you have any other Kauai favorites that we missed comment below!

Love,

F & J