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Posted by doubleshot2017 on October 22, 2018

Moist Banana Bread With Coconut Glaze

Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog

You know it’s good when you get that feeling of excitement.

Are you ready for the Holidays? Time to pull out the Nutmeg, Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon, and Cloves. Love this time of year where the heart feels humble, kind, and giving.

She Bakes For The Soul Too Believe

My mouth literally waters every time I bake. It must be the love for sweet carbs. This was the first time adding something new to my Banana Bread Recipe and it was a delicious twist.

On every bite you can taste the crunchy burned end of the coconut with a hint of sweet honey. The bread itself is moist, dense, and infused with perfect fall season spices.

If you must bake it…you must share it

Baking is a great way to show your friends and loved ones appreciation for having them be part of your space…”Don’t forget to show your love.”

The recipe is easy to make and you’ll enjoy the final result.


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Moist Banana Bread With Coconut Glaze
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 85 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Coconut Glaze
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 85 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Coconut Glaze
Instructions
Moist Banana Bread
  1. Pour Melted Butter, Brown Sugar, Cane Sugar blend with hand mixer. Add Eggs, Sour Cream, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Almond Extract, Ground Cloves, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Nutmeg, Fine Sea Salt, Baking Flour, Ripped Bananas . Set Aside.
Coconut Glaze
  1. Heat pan on low hear, pour Unsalted Butter, Raw Honey, Cinnamon, Shredded Coconut. Cook for 5-6 minutes
  2. On a 8x8x3x3 Baking Dish Spray Cooking Spray, Pour Coconut Glaze into dish. Add Banana Bread Batter on top of the Coconut Glaze. Place Baking Dish into the oven at 325 Degrees, Bake for 85-90 minutes. Note Insert a toothpick to insure that the batter is cooked throughout.
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Posted by doubleshot2017 on October 6, 2018

Coffee For Reason

Reason

It’s been long since I’ve enjoyed you. Your my peace and serenity.

Your my reminder that I’m here.

And that I must create and allow this space.

The Soul Whispers

Stop before you give up.

Stop before you lose hope.

Stop before you stop dreaming.

Coffee Brings Me Back To Life…Don’t Question The Fact

Cup of Joy

A Cup of Joy at my favorite Coffee Shop is exactly what I needed.

To build momentum and inspiration.

Posted by doubleshot2017 on September 29, 2018

Eggplant Alfredo Sauce Casserole

Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog

Warning Worth Spending Approximately Two Hours

I don’t usually spend two hours in the Kitchen on school night…but when I do I make sure soccer Practice is canceled.😝

My sons soccer coach sends a message around 3:00pm that soccer was canceled…this message came at a (Perfect) time.

Nothing makes me more happier than having time to cook. And if it involves loads of cheese the more pleasure I feel.

Rules to Make It This Recipe Easy

I use to either forget to add the flour to the Alfredo Sauce, and wonder why it wouldn’t feel thick in consistency or eggplant would start burning because I was cutting veggies or grating the cheese.

But I became kitchen smart and looked for ways to make my life a little easier. Yes! you will end up with more dirty dishes but your dish will taste and look irresistible and enjoyable to create.

If you don’t want to forget to add an ingredient

  • Set a timer
  • Pull all your ingredients from the refrigerator
  • Pull all your seasonings from the covers
  • Grab your measuring spoons
  • Grade your chesses ahead of time
  • Cut your Broccoli in small pieces
  • Oh Yes! (Turn Off All Notifications From Cell Phone) Helps The Focus In the Kitchen
  • You will need two large pans, one for the Alfredo Sause, second pan for the eggplant or three pans if you want to cook the whole eggplant without having to use the same pan
  • Have your baking dish ready
  • Most Important imagine it, write it down, and create with passion

Share Your Food…Share The Love

My recipes are made for a table of four. But usually I’m sitting at the table alone and savoring on the glory of my dish…thinking of every person that could be sharing this moment with me.

And if the thought is there then the mission is to serve. Which means that the following day I made it a mission to prepared two plates for friends and shared the love.

 

What Melts Your Soul?

My heart melts for Cheese…and Fuels My soul. Cooking makes me feel alive and motivates every area of my life. I find balance, dedication and time to create space to what really matters which is family and friends.

Cooking is Like Art…Either You Create Your Piece Or You Loose Your Vision


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Eggplant Alfredo Sauce Casserole
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 Minutes
Cook Time 51 Minutes
Servings
People
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 Minutes
Cook Time 51 Minutes
Servings
People
Instructions
  1. Cut the Eggplant thick round wedges. Grade the cheese, Cut Broccoli, Cut Fresh Garlic into Half moons
  2. Pour Whole Wheat Flour on a Bowl add salt, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika, Chicken Bouillon set aside. Separate Bowl add three whole eggs and mix
  3. Place Eggplant wedges into the egg mixture and cover each eggplant with seasoned whole wheat flour. Place Breaded Eggplant on a cutting board or a plate and set aside for frying.
  4. Set stove on low heat and set two pans. One for eggplant and second one for Alfredo Sauce.
  5. On one pan Add Olive Oil Place your Eggplant and cook for three minutes on one side and flipping over second side cook for four minutes. Place Second batch of Eggplant and repeat cooking time.
  6. Second Pan Add Unsalted Butter, Heavy Cream, Salt, Whole Wheat Flour Cream Cheese, Cook for five minutes on low heat or until cream cheese starts to melts. When it starts bubbling add Parmesan Cheese let melt for one minute and it feels thick in texture. Set aside from heat and add Fresh Parsley.
  7. On a 8 in Baking Dish Assemble all cooked ingredients, fresh cut veggies and Cheese. First layer onto Baking Dish add Alfredo Sauce, Second Layer Eggplant, Third Layer Spinach, Fourth Layer Broccoli, Fifth Layer Add Fresh Garlic, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Dried Parsley, Manchego Cheese, and Jack Cheese. Repeat Eggplant, Alfredo Sauce, Spinach, Broccoli, Fresh Garlic, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Dried Basil, Manchego Cheese, Jack Cheese.
  8. Place Baking Dish in the Oven and Cook at 400 Degrees for 25-30 minutes. Note! Stove Should Be Set at Low To Medium Heat. Keep In Mind that I was Frying Eggplant and Cooking Alfredo Sauce At same time. You Can Cook One at a Time and Lower the Chances of the Sauce or Eggplant getting Burned. Enjoy 🙂
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Posted by doubleshot2017 on September 29, 2018

The Best Seasoned Chicken

Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog

Sunday did not consist of a fancy dinner.

And finally I felt the light within my soul.

With the boys going back to school, helping them out with homework, soccer practice, theirs no time think or breath.

Pick a Day To Just Sit

Moving at different directions through out the week is my signature calling at the moment. Impossible to sit and enjoy that freshly brewed coffee from my favorite coffee shop.

If you must compromise with yourself throughout the week and set the intention that you will create a space for yourself and take care “Me”, all your roles will feel a little litter for that moment.

Enjoy that Cup of Coffee to stop time and remind you that life is easy

Indulge into Your Cravings

Weekdays are meant for self control.

But my weekends I’ll personally give into that craving that’s been nagging all week and give into books, chocolate, breads, and sugar.

Give Yourself Permission to Indulge Into Your Passions

Accept And Let Go

As much as I enjoy being a mom and seeing my boys grow up. It can be overwhelmingly challenging to have a carefree personality.

This Sunday I was able to let go of my to do list…begged my son to come with me for breakfast.

And we bonded over Pancakes and Country Fried Steak. It was one of the best morning I’ve had in a long time.

(Begging Is Worth it…With The Right Intension)

If You Must Plan Dinner! Make It Simple

My son and I came home after a great breakfast and shopping for winter sweaters.

I had to set an intention to lay, relax, meditate and remind myself that I don’t always have to save the day. And in ten minutes of positive self talk I was able to let go of the rest of the day.

This dish might not look expectacular but it holds much more value, it gave me more time to sit at the table with my son enjoy a delicious chicken salad and a great conversation.

Boneless Chicken thighs were tender well seasoned and not time consuming.

Salt and Pepper don’t do it for me, and seasonings are my best friends…no need for the extra salad dressing.

Enjoy 😉

The Key To GOOD FOOD Is To Simply Add The Right Seasoning


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Quick Seasoned Chicken
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 4 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 4 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Instructions
  1. Set stove to medium heat, pour olive oil.
  2. Add chicken sprinkle with Garlic Powder, One Teaspoon of Coarse Ground Black Pepper, One Teaspoon Chicken Bouillon, Smoked Paprika, Salt, and Ground Cumin. After five minutes flip the chicken and add half of the Ground Black Pepper, Basil, half of Chicken Bouillon, and Fresh Garlic on second side cook for ten minutes. Flip and finish cooking for another five minutes. Note: Enjoy with your favorite salad, White Rice or my sons favorite fried beans and flour tortilla. 😋
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Posted by doubleshot2017 on September 3, 2018

Sweet Marinated Shrimp

It’s been a challenging week and the best way I find to distress, find confort is through cooking a nice meal for a loved one.

Weirdly it Satisfies Me 

The company, the preparation of the main dish…all the way to how it will taste. As I lay down in bed on Friday nigh and start anticipating the idea, and feels my heart with a warm satisfaction.

I call my mom around 2 pm, and invited her for dinner that Saturday night…”My mom will be the highlight of my day.”

She answers and instantly I notice that she was whispering and unable to talk, which meant that she was working.

I felt a bit disappointed…since she would be tired and not fully present for dinner.

Regardless I asked her to come for dinner, and she agreed.

Fancy Dinner

On the Menu I had the Main Dish which was the Sweet Marinated Shrimp, Rockfish Baked in The Oven, Italian Fried Sausage, Sautéed Collard Greens, Steamed White Rice, Four Cheese Focaccia Bread, and Red Wine. The setting was deliciously prepared and set perfectly. I had every intention surprise my mommy…in hopes that she would relax and feel special.

And even if she didn’t notice that I did it all for her…it didn’t  concern me because it was done with love and appreciation for all her admirable hard work.

Make Someone Feel Special

I’ve build strong connections through cooking for family and friends. And if your my sibling, friend, or child…you’ll get a random invitation at 5:00 am in the morning for breakfast.

Very rarely will I get a (YES) at this time…”I take the time of the invitation is not everyone’s cup of tea…Sadly.”

Give a try cook something delicious for someone whom you would love to spend time with, or make that random invitation. That is if you’re passionate for food just like me. 😉

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Sweet Marinated Shrimp
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
People
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
People
Instructions
  1. Peel the Raw Shrimp, rinse and drain excess water.
  2. Place Raw Shrimp on a Bowl...Add Worcestershire Sauce, Tantillo Balsamic Bliss, Chicken Flavor Bouillon, Smoked Paprika, Liquid Smoke, Oregano Leaves, Coarse Ground Black Pepper, Cumin Ground, Pure Sea Salt
  3. Mix Shrimp and all added ingredients and leave marinated in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  4. Place cooking pan on medium heat add Unsalted Butter, Place Garlic and satay for one minute. Add Raw Marinated Shrimp and fry for 10 minutes. On the last Minute add Fresh Parsley. Note: Enjoy with a nice Collard Green Salad or Over White Rice
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