Vanilla Coconut Candied Almonds

Vanilla and coconut and almond = all things dreamy. 

Vanilla Coconut Candied Almonds - Mrs. Penguin

I know I’ve talked about how I’m a coconut loving freak. I also love everything vanilla and almonds. If you make these, be prepared to have your home smell like an amazing, sugary wonderland. I don’t know about you, but roasted almonds just smell like the holidays. And for me, coconut just smells awesome. I want to stick my head in a coconut and live there. I drink coconut water like crazy and I love those toasted coconut chips from Trader Joes.

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Browned Butter Pecan and Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

Well that is a mouthful.

Browned Butter Pecan and Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie - Mrs. Penguin

I had this idea while guessing what Mr. Penguin might like for his birthday. He LOVED the butter pecan ice cream. But I thought I’d take it to the next level. Put it in a pie crust. And also add some pumpkin. Mr. Penguin asked me “You can just do that?”, um yeah. Ice cream pie is a thing. Just like ice cream cake is a thing. Not as common, but a reasonable request.

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Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m kind of infatuated with these cookies.

Red Velevt Cookies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - Mrs. Penguin

Can’t you just imagine eating one? Or 12? I don’t know what it is about red velvet, but it’s definitely a special flavor. I feel like red food coloring has a flavor. It’s like a perfect combination of chocolate and vanilla. Plus I added extra chocolate in the frosting, because who doesn’t like extra chocolate? It’s like these red velvet cookies with chocolate cream cheese frosting are exploding with chocolate flavor.

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Eggnog Fudge for #FoodieExtravaganza

Welcome to the December Foodie Extravaganza!  Where we all share delicious recipes with the same main ingredient.  
This month the ingredient is Eggnog!  These yummy recipes will be the perfect thing to bring to your family gatherings and work parties this holiday season.  If you would like to participate in the next Foodie Extravaganza, just go to the Facebook page to join.  We would love to have you!
Which means you can see 17 more delicious & unique eggnog recipes at the end of this post. Yay!
Eggnog Fudge for #FoodieExtravaganza - Mrs. Penguin
I was kind of stumped for the ingredient eggnog this month. Obviously it’s very festive. I decided to go the route of a candy/gift recipe! Who doesn’t like getting fudge as a gift?

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One Year

So, around a year ago, I made a decision to start a blog.

As a little preface, it took months for me to decide “I’m going to FINALLY start a food blog”. Because I had one on blogger and I didn’t move the recipes over here before I had deactivated it. But this is like the official Mrs. Penguin one year. I didn’t keep up with it in the beginning. I made some typical new years resolutions. One of them I really committed to the cause on, I decided to write two posts a week. I have for the most part. I took a couple of weeks off, but for the most part, I committed to this blog, two times a week, testing three or so recipes a weekend. All while trying to have a life, get a six pack (yeah right), eat more vegetables, and work full time.

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