Wicked Waikiki Sour Cocktail #GalentinesDay

It is finally here – Galentine’s Day! The day where gals get together to celebrate being awesome women over brunch – you know waffles, frittatas and cocktails. Cocktails like my Wicked Waikiki Sour Cocktail I made for you all today. This post is dedicated to all the awesome women in my life from family, to friends I have now and some I have lost ( may they all rest in peace)  to my two young daughters. Each one means so much to me and I couldn’t pick just one to dedicate this post to.
Wicked Waikiki Sour Cocktail #GalentinesDay #treatyoself www.pineappleandcoconut.com
It is also a totally made up holiday from a fictional character on a silly show – Parks and Rec. BUT I love the idea of having brunch with a bunch of gal pals, even if only virtually, to celebrate this awesome day. Last year was the inaugural blogger Galentine’s Day blog party and we have even more awesome bloggers joining in this year to make this one awesome virtual party!

Wicked Waikiki Sour Cocktail #GalentinesDay #treatyoself www.pineappleandcoconut.com

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Chocolate Strawberry Pavlova for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you haven’t thought of what to make for a romantic dessert, my Chocolate Strawberry Pavlova should fit the bill nicely. Its an impressive yet surprisingly easy dessert to make. Equal time is spent hands on and hands off to make this delicious treat. This post is sponsored by Nest Fresh Eggs.
Chocolate Strawberry Pavlova. An impressive yet easy to make dessert for Valentine's Day. www.pineappleandcoconut.com
I have made meringue cookies many times, so easy to whip up and most of the time is spent hands off – they just sit in the oven to dry. Easy peasy. I have attempted macarons before, and lets just say, I will leave those to the experts. When I was thinking of an idea for a dessert to make for Valentine’s Day for Nest Fresh Eggs I knew it needed to be something that utilizes lots of eggs and I wanted to do so in a creative way. Enter the pavlova. Its like a macaron but way bigger and way less fussy to make. No folding in the almond flour – no flour at all actually. But it has the crunchy outer “shell” and soft chewy center. It whips up and bakes like meringue cookies. I wanted to make it more “Valentinesy” so I made it chocolate strawberry flavored since I love this flavor combination for this holiday.
Chocolate Strawberry Pavlova. An impressive yet easy to make dessert for Valentine's Day. www.pineappleandcoconut.com

The trick to a good pavlova is not using super fresh eggs. Not rotten eggs that is gross, but using eggs that are about a week old. The whites are thicker when the egg is fresher and they wont separate from the yolks as easily or whip up with much volume. So use eggs that are about a week old, separate then sit out until they are room temperature. Its way easier to separate eggs when cold, the shell gets thinner at room temperature and more fragile and there is a greater chance of getting yolk into the whites when cracking. You want no trace of yolk in the whites when whipping so you get maximum volume. Any trace of fat from from the yolks can make the whites not gain as much volume.

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Vanilla Pineapple Margaritas #vanillaweek

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This is my third and final recipe for #Vanillaweek. I hope you have all enjoyed the recipes I made as well as all the other recipes from the other bloggers that have been participating. For my final recipe I went with a cocktail. Perfect for Friday and since the weather has been in the 70s […]

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Sparkling Tahitian Vanilla Cupcakes #VanillaWeek

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Vanilla Week continues on and for my second vanilla recipe I bring to you some fun and delicious Sparkling Tahitian Vanilla Cupcakes.  I am such a huge fan of vanilla and I think its anything but “vanilla” as in bland. plain, boring, basic. I have chocolate cupcakes on my blog, plus a few other fun […]

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Vanilla Balsamic Roasted Chicken Thighs with Cara Cara Orange Sauce #VanillaWeek

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Hi and welcome to #VanillaWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. I am so excited about this week-long event. Red velvet and chocolate are everywhere this time of year, and the #VanillaWeek Bloggers have come together to focus on one of our favorite flavors – Vanilla. We hope you join us throughout the week […]

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Honey Lemon Mochi Doughnuts #MovieLovers

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Dinner and a movie part three! The third and final post for my Movie Lover’s Sweepstakes recipe posts and this time its dessert. Honey Lemon Mochi Doughnuts.  I think I had the most fun coming up with these since they too are inspired by several parts of the movie, Big Hero 6 just like the […]

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Easy Japanese Miso Noodle Soup #Movielovers

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Dinner and a movie part two!! After licking our fingers clean from those awesome chicken wings from part one, now is one of my favorite simple meals, Easy Japanese Miso Noodle Soup. My kids love this noodle soup, its one of those quick meals I make when I don’t feel like cooking and I have […]

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Melt Your Face Off Spicy Asian Baked Chicken Wings #MovieLovers

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These are insanely delicious Melt Your Face Off Spicy Asian Baked Chicken Wings are also known as Dinner and a Movie Part 1. Like usual, I couldn’t decide on a single recipe to make to go along with World Market’s Movie Lover Sweepstakes so I made all three. And instead of cramming them all into one […]

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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pizza

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Its Pizza Friday!!  Its supposedly national pie day, and people call pizza “pie” and since I am not the biggest fan of the dessert pie, I am going with this instead for pie day – Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pizza. We are huge fans of pizza in this house. I always make […]

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Maple Date Cream of Rice Hot Cereal

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It was winter for like all of two days here in Vegas last week. Its already back into the 60s, I was wearing flip flops today.  But last week it was FREEZING. Freezing for Vegas, not the rest of the world mind you. 30 deg. in the am and “Warming up” to 40 deg. was […]

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Pineapple and Coconut Fool Recipe #EatHealthy15

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Happy New Year!! I dub 2015 the year of the pineapple and coconut. I wanted to make a lot more recipes with it in 2014, and, well, that year just slipped by faster than any other year it seems, so I am starting off the new year with a fun new healthy dessert, the Pineapple […]

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New Year’s St. Germain Pear Sorbet Champagne Cocktail

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I can’t believe it is almost 2015. This year seems to have flown by faster than any other year so far. So to celebrate the new year I made a fun champagne cocktail. Last year I made a pineapple coconut champagne cocktail, this year I went a little fancier – but still pretty easy to […]

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