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Hummingbird Cake | Sugar and Grace

Cost is so relative. Have you ever experienced this?

You spend an hour debating between the $.99 calendar app and the $2.99 calendar app. Because are those bells and whistles realllllly worth that extra $2? I mean, all it’s doing is keeping your entire LIFE organized. Then you go and buy a $100 pair of shoes for a special occasion, which more than likely means you will only wear them once.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake | Sugar and Grace

Now, I will tell you I haven’t bought a hundred dollar pair of shoes since middle school, when I HAD to have those new Air Jordans. I was a brat for a few years. But I do the same thing with other purchases. Like bedding. I’ll buy a $50 duvet, which gets occasional use, but then put myself on an under-$10 budget for my pillows, which support my head and neck and basically determine the difference between a good and bad night’s sleep. What is wrong with me?

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JPOctober 15, 2013 - 2:15 pm

I love this post b/c I feel like you are talking to me.

1) Pictures are fabulous.
2) When is our cook-a-thon this year? Next weekend??? Will we have time between pictures of my face?
3) Peel and freeze those bananas!!! Smoothies, hellloooo!
4) You used to be a brat…cracking up. You we also bratty about your CARS as a 16 yr old.
5) Get a better pillow!!!!
6) I want to borrow your special occasion shoes! I’ll wear them to work.

love you!

Mallory @ Because I Like ChocolateNovember 6, 2013 - 9:42 pm

I have never made hummingbird cake but I love the sound of it! It has cream cheese icing so it must be good!

DinaNovember 7, 2013 - 2:56 am

it looks yummy!

breelinne@gmail.comNovember 12, 2013 - 4:39 am

Thanks Mallory! You should try it sometime! It’s just a really decadent banana-nut cake, dressed up a bit!

StepganieNovember 16, 2013 - 4:27 am

This looks and sounds so good, I can’t wait to try this.

breelinne@gmail.comNovember 17, 2013 - 7:04 pm

I hope you do! Let me know!

alexNovember 28, 2013 - 8:28 am

I tried this tonight and my family loved it! Great recipe!

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RaishahOctober 30, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Hi! this looks lovely… can i substitute the pineapple with something else? thx!

bree@sugarandgrace.comNovember 9, 2014 - 2:28 am

Gosh, I can’t think of anything off the top of my head, as the pineapple gives it moisture and a slightly tropical/fruity flavor. Maybe another canned fruit?

Skinny Lemon Caesar Dressing

Welcome to the most unexciting post ever!

Skinny Lemon Caesar Dressing | Sugar and Grace

Here we have lettuce, croutons, and salad dressing. Hardly blog worthy. But don’t leave yet.

I couldn’t really justify dressing this salad up for pictures, because that’s just not how I eat it. I usually end up making it when my crisper drawer is devoid of everything but lettuce. There is nothing crazy inventive about it, but I end up going back to it all the time, because it is just so yummy. And so easy.

This isn’t really a caesar dressing, but it’s a darn good substitute for when you don’t want raw eggs or anchovies in your dressing…or just don’t feel like going to the trouble.

My husband has an weird, ridiculous, completely mind boggling aversion to any meal that is overly lemony, so I usually end of finishing off this entire jar of dressing by myself. And when I’m just making something for myself, I don’t feel like going to the trouble.

Especially when this is sooooo spoon-licking, mouth-puckering good as is. View full post »

toniOctober 7, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Making it right now!!!

toniOctober 10, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Making it for the second time this week!! Lar loved it….as did I.

Consuelo @ Honey & FigsOctober 11, 2013 - 5:23 am

This dressing looks amazing! I don’t usually have caesar salad because I don’t like raw eggs on mine, but this one looks like an awesome version that I’m dying to try 😀

breelinne@gmail.comOctober 12, 2013 - 9:45 pm

Same here! I hope you try it! I LOVE lemon, but you can always lessen the amount if you so choose. Thanks again!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies

I finally understand the appeal of a warm, just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie.
Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies | Sugar and Grace

As I’ve mentioned probably a gazillion more times than necessary, I’m not a huge chocolate chip fan.

It’s not that I’m extremely hard to please when it comes to desserts, but this much loved cookie has never been my drug of choice, and I find it hard to really get excited about them. I know, I know. I’m high maintenance. I’m well aware there are some FANTASTIC recipes out there; I just don’t love the things enough to try ’em all out.

My mind was changed a little about cookies in general though, when I tried these, and ever since I’ve been dying to create some variations. Leave it to me to come up with something incredibly inventive like adding chocolate chips. The best part is, the dough, with its chewiness and butteriness, is flavorful enough to stand up to the chocolate chips without just being a vehicle to hold them all in.

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies | Sugar and Grace

Don’t forget to try some of these warm. My husband is the cookie monster in this house, but even my chip-wary self could have eaten a handful of these.

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies | Sugar and Grace

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies


½ c butter, softened
½ c coconut oil
1 1/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ c all purpose flour
1 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 c quick oats
1 c mini chocolate chips


In the bowl of your mixer, cream together butter, coconut oil, and sugar until smooth and combined.

Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla, mixing until smooth. Then add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix again.

Add in all-purpose flour, mixing just until combined. Turn off mixer and scrape down the sides. Add whole wheat flour, and mix a few seconds longer.

Throw in the oats and chocolate chips and mix one last time, just until ingredients appear to be evenly distributed.

Chill dough in the fridge for 20-30 minutes (yes, there’s a little bit of chilling time, but very little comparatively), and while you wait, preheat your oven to 350.

Remove dough from fridge and roll into spherical cylinders.  I don’t really know how else to describe this y’all. It’s just like rolling your cookie into a ball, but make it taller than it is wide…it will ensure a thick, puffy cookie. I wish I had a picture of this, but if you go here, you can find one.

Bake for 9 minutes, or until just lightly brown around the edges. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes to firm up, then remove to a cooling rack.

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies | Sugar and Grace

Kid approved. Duh. (You can’t see it in this picture, but he has a cookie in his left hand and chocolate all over his lower lip.)

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies | Sugar and Grace



jpSeptember 29, 2013 - 2:41 am

LOVE the addition of coconut oil! These look SO delish!

breelinne@gmail.comOctober 15, 2013 - 12:28 pm

I knew you’d approve of the coconut oil! Just wait till you see what treat I made this weekend! You will be so proud of me 🙂

FoodiewifeOctober 28, 2013 - 1:14 am

I have coconut oil, waiting for me to use it for something special. My men love cookies, and your photos have lured me into adding this to my “must make” list. Thanks for visiting my blog, and I appreciate your kind comment. Blessings! Deby

breelinne@gmail.comOctober 28, 2013 - 4:13 am

I hope you do try them! I just wrote about your pork chops…that recipe was such a blessing for me last week!

WendyOctober 28, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Just made these yesterday for a Halloween party. The kids all loved them but I thought they were a bit too sweet for me. Thanks for sharing!

breelinne@gmail.comOctober 29, 2013 - 10:32 pm

I’m so glad your kids all loved them, but bummed that they were a bit sweet for you. I totally get it though…I’m not normally a chocolate chip cookie fan (I think chocolate chips are in general too sweet), so you could always lessen the amount of chocolate chips. I’ve also successfully made these with sugar substitutes before…Splenda baking blend, etc. Thanks for your feedback!

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Jolie KlassenMarch 21, 2014 - 9:57 pm

This recipe was amazing! Thanks for sharing! I love the coconut oil addition!

Toasted Coconut, Almond, and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Toasted Coconut, Almond, and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Sugar and Grace

So figuratively, Fall is here.

School has started, and football has started, and my dysfunctional, loving family is already trying to put together Thanksgiving plans. It takes that long, yes.

Regardless, it is still +100 degree temps here, and though I love love LOVE fall, I’m still trying to cram in the last of the summer recipes that I didn’t get around to making.

This year, I’ve only made ice cream one other time. I have a four year old, and we only made popsicles once. Where did the summer go??

Toasted Coconut, Almond, and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Sugar and Grace

Fortunately, I do really rebellious things like wear white after labor day and make ice cream all year long. View full post »

jpSeptember 29, 2013 - 2:43 am

Are you serious with that last picture??? Perfection! Looks tasty too!

breelinne@gmail.comOctober 15, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Thanks Jenn! Thought you would like it!

Greek Tostadas

Greek Tostadas | Sugar and Grace

Saturday morning I got up early to make muffins. Muffins that I had just been waiting to try, because the recipe is a little involved, and I knew I needed a weekend morning to make them.

Obviously I’m a little conflicted though, because I also woke up that Saturday morning exclaiming to my husband that I just couldn’t wait to have a quiet morning with my coffee and my book.

But I’m a cranky-when-hungry girl and decided I should probably eat as well, which led to the baking of these muffins. Which then led to me feeling that I wasted my whole hour alone/coffee/book time. Cause these muffins just weren’t my fave.

Don’t you hate it when that happens?!?

You spend weeks obsessing over a recipe, and it doesn’t line up with your expectations. Huge bummer.

But then, for dinner, you try a recipe that you kindaaa sordaaa wanted to try, and it blows you away.

Greek Tostadas | Sugar and Grace

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