Coconut Walnut Blondies with Toffee

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I just switched hosting sites over the past week and finally have it all sorted out (I think). Apparently, my email was down for two to three days and I had no idea until I got a call from one of the people that I was working with. If you emailed me and it bounced back to you, I never got your email! So sorry! It works now and you can resend it if you’d like.

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There’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re dealing with your domain, host, and email. Not only that, but it’s extremely stressful when something doesn’t work! Thanks goodness for Google. I was able how to figure out how to fix the problem on my own after a couple of Google searches and a lot of yelling at my computer.

After all of that, there is one thing that I learned. Stay away from GoDaddy! They’re a terrible hosting site and constantly blame WordPress/the internet for your problems when it’s really on their end. Stay away.

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On another note, I’ve had crazy baby fever this past week. How can you not after watching videos like this?

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I don’t bake with coconut often, mostly because the DH doesn’t like it. Every now and then, though, I find a bag of coconut leftover from making Everything Cookies and go on the hunt to make something with them. Enter: Coconut walnut blondies with toffee.

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They were gooey with crispy edges and tasted the best warm. I can imagine a scoop of ice cream on top, melting into a puddle around the bottom of the bar. Yum! Recipe from Picture Perfect Meals.

Coconut Walnut Blondie with Toffee

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-x-13-x-2 baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine the butter and sugars until creamy. Add in the vanilla and eggs.
  4. Switch to a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula and stir in the dry ingredients until well-blended.
  5. Fold in the nuts, toffee and coconut until nicely mixed. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Place the pan on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake until the top is nicely golden brown, 40 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan before cutting into squares.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/coconut-walnut-blondies-with-toffee.html

Pillsbury Fall/Mix it Up Giveaway

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In regards to my previous post, Pillsbury is going to be giving away a Celebration Starter Kit to one lucky reader! You’ll get assorted “Mix it up” products, plus a $100 Visa gift card!

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The estimated value of the prize package is $110.

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IMG_2295All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know your favorite fall activity! Is it pumpkin picking? Decorating caramel apples? Bobbing for apples? Pumpkin carving? Make sure you comment by Wednesday, October 29th, 8:00 PM Pacific Time.

As for me, it’s giving out candy to all the trick-or-treaters! The costumes get more and more creative every year. I especially love seeing all the baby costumes because it’s about as cute as it gets.

 

Our Wedding Day

We just got our wedding pictures back this week and I’m so excited to share some them with you! Our wedding vibe was easy going, stress-free, and whatever goes, goes. Our number one concern for the wedding was that everyone have a good time. From the feedback we received at the end, it seems like we accomplished our goal!

Details for everything is at the bottom of the post.

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I also wanted to share our wedding invitations, which I forgot to bring for the photographer to take pictures of. UFF! Note to future brides: Bring your invitations to the wedding so you can have a picture of them to treasure forever! Apologies for the quality of the next few photos. They’re nothing like Joanne’s pictures since it’s just me taking them. :)

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These invitations were made by PaperSnaps and I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about them. They went above and beyond in customer service and satisfaction. I must have done at least ten drafts of the invitations before I was satisfied. Still, they were so patient with me (sorry!). The invitations arrived in perfect shape, the paper that they use is of high quality, the colors were vibrant, and the assembly was a piece of cake. I wasn’t stressed one bit when it came to invitations because PaperSnaps put me at such ease. Plus, their pricing was very affordable compared to others! I received so many compliments on them after they were sent out.

photography: joanne leung photography
venue: wedgewood banquet center at sterling hills golf course
cake: sweet art bake shop with a homemade cake topper
bouquet & florals: floral designs by roni
invitations: papersnaps
bride’s outfit: dress by mori lee, belt by the wedding one, and shoes by valentino
groom’s outfit: tux by  j. crew, pocket square by 1901, and shoes by cole haan
engagement ring: coast diamond at robbins brothers
wedding bands: kay jewelers
hair: jena wright at p!ay hair lounge
makeup: jaimee roark at oasis salon
candy buffet: kim luong (family friend)
DJ: Seth Breton from You Should Be Dancing