Some Reservations


Cookie Monday…Cashew Dream

So yet again, Cookie Monday happens on a Tuesday. Things have been a little crazy here in Some Reservations land lately, but I will not bore you with all the personal junk nobody wants to hear about anyways. Just know that I am trying to make a serious effort to post more often about more stuff. Keep an eye on the blog, and keep reading!

Due to the constant craziness, I don’t really even have a properly stocked pantry, while rooting for ingredients yesterday to put something together, I found I was out of flour, that immediately narrowed down the possibilities. What I did have was some left over coconut from last weeks episode as well as a can of sweetened condensed milk. So the obvious ensued. Eagle Brand Dream bars.

The Recipe is on the Can of condensed milk, and it couldn’t be easier, I took the liberty of making a few changes, but nothing crazy.


2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 Stick Melted Butter

1/4 Cup Sugar

1 14oz. Bag of Coconut

1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

5oz. Cashew Pieces

12oz. Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Take the cracker crumbs, butter and sugar and put them all in a 9 x 13 pan. Give it a good mix and press it down to form a crust in the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes

While that is baking take the milk, coconut and cashews and mix them all together in a bowl. Once the crust has been in for 10 minutes, pull it out and and spread the coconut mixture over the top. Bake for another 10 minutes.

Once that come out of the oven, you know have this amazing smelling mixture of coconut, sweet milk and graham, it really is amazing that this is so simple.

While it is still hot, just dump the bag of chocolate chips on them and spread around to melt. They are not all going to melt, don’t worry that is a good thing. It adds some chocolate chunks to your final product.

Stick them in the fridge to set up and cool, and there you go. This is an often forgot classic, and one of my favorites, I know coconut isn’t for everyone, but its for me, and I really like it. It has been years since I have had these bars, and adding cashews was just because I has them in the pantry.

What classics do you love, but don’t get made enough?

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Van’s Bakery Protein Power Breakfast Sammy

Van’s Pastry Shoppe
955 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI(616) 458-1637

Van’s Pastry is this little neighborhood bakery on Fulton that turns out some of the best breads, cakes, cookies and doughnuts around. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and get something, anything, you will not regret it.

I have been going there every Wednesday afternoon for almost two and a half years now, and I still don’t think that makes me even close to a regular. Its really got that old school vibe, where super cool old dudes come in, get their sweet roll, their coffee and read the paper until its time to hit the diner for lunch. There is always an awesome mix of people in there. From the aforementioned cool old dudes, too family’s with kids of all ages, to kids from the neighboring schools getting a after school snack, even business types stoping in for a quick treat to make the commute home a bit more tolerable.

Every Wednesday I pick up a loaf of their English Muffin bread, it has a funny name, it is round, and makes the best toast on the planet. No Contest.

Cholmondley’s (pronounced Chumleys) English Muffin Loaf is the name given to the magical bread that produces addicting toast. Almost everyday for the last two and a half years I have had this bread, toasted with peanut butter for breakfast. Its perfect, add some banana or some honey, and you’ve got yourself the breakfast of champions…or so I thought.

You see I am a creature of habit, and sometimes do things with out even realizing it. One Friday morning I got up and was hungry for something more than toast, I also knew I had a 15 mile training run first thing Saturday AM, so this Friday was all about protein and carb intake. I decided to make my self a fried egg sandwich using my favorite toast. Simple enough right? Fry a couple eggs, maybe some sausage or bacon, add a slice of cheese and slap it all on the toast, for a protein and carb packed gut bomb to get the day started.

Well as the eggs were frying, the toast was popping up and being the creature of habit that I am, I pulled down the peanut butter and lathered those two slices up, like I have done about 812 times before.

I turned around to flip my eggs, ahhh s#*t, I am making an egg sandwich, ughhh. Now what!?! I am not going to waste this perfectly peanut buttered toast. A normal person probably would have just put the eggs next to the toast on the plate and eaten it normal. Well folks I am nothing like a normal person, I was so dead set on that perfect egg sammy, that I slapped it all together, peanut butter and all.

Figuring, no matter how bad the taste, I still had my breakfast sandwich. Small wins like that, let me know I still have some control and say in my life, some.

Little did I know, this would turn out to be one of the best mistakes I have ever been a part of. This sandwich was Red Vines and Mr. Pibb crazy delicious. The sweet and salty of the peanut butter, the richness of the eggs, the zing of the cheddar, all sitting in between two slices of the worlds best toast. It all came together so well, I loved every bite of it. If you add sausage or bacon to this, it is just some next level stuff, things you shouldn’t tell your friends about, they are probably not cool enough to handle and breakfast sandwich like that.  I know the ingredients sound messed up, and that its creation was a complete accident, but dude, this is seriously delicious, and a new favorite of mine.

If you got the huevos to try it, you know because you need eggs, do it.

What is the tastiest mistake you have made in the kitchen?


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