May 2013 Recipes

May flew by for me and I spent lots of it in the kitchen. Here’s what I made, along with noteworthy events, and my reflections on the month.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Raisinet White Chocolate Bars

French Almond Cookie Cake with Apricot Cream Cheese Glaze

25 Cinco de Mayo and Easy Summertime Recipes

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Caramel Twix Bars

Soft and Chewy Coconut Milk Bread (vegan)

Homemade Ginger Ale (vegan, GF)

25 Desserts For Mother’s Day

Healthy Oatmeal Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF) – NO added sugar, salt, oil, butter, flour, or eggs

 

Peanut Butter Honey Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Streusel

Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

Mini Blue Cheese Quiche Phyllo Cups

Favorite Strawberry Recipes

20 Healthier Lunch and Snack Ideas and Recipes (many vegan, GF)

Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookies

Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Strawberries and Cream Coffee Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee

20 Beat The Heat No-Bake Treats

25 Copycat Recipes and Cookbook Giveaway

Twix Bar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Six-Banana Banana Bread

Bourbon Maple Slow Cooker Baked Beans (vegan, GF)

Notable Events:

I got a Blog Makeover – I was thrilled with my site when I unveiled it, but it still felt a little new and somewhat foreign. With each passing day, I love the new look and functionality even more, and it feels like mine now.

There are so many features and things I love, but am most pleased with the visual recipe indexing and categorizing of the recipes. Please refer to this post for all the ways you can search for recipes on my site.

I strive to make my site as user-friendly as possible because my readers can’t make recipes they don’t know exist. Hopefully it’s easier to navigate now than before and having the pictures that accompany the recipes is nice even for me.

I held my Cookbook for the First Time - Opening the box of author copies that my publisher sent was an extremely proud and happy moment.

Thumbing through the book, seeing my recipes and photography, all glossy, shiny, and new is surreal, wonderful, exciting, and a little bit terrifying. I poured my heart and soul into the book and I hope you love it as much as I do.

The official release date is Tuesday, June 4 – This Week!

If you’ve pre-ordered on Amazon, I believe they may ship slightly before June 4. Thank you to those who’ve bought my book. Your support and vote of confidence means the world.

Reflections:

It was the month for strawberries and strawberry jam (5 posts) – Coconut Milk Bread with Strawberry Jelly, Strawberry Sweet Rolls, a Strawberry Recipe Roundup, Strawberries and Cream Coffee Cake, and Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly Muffins.

Candy was on my mind (4 posts) – Oatmeal Raisinet Bars, Homemade Peanut Butter Twix Bars, Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies, Twix Chocolate Chip Cookies. I loved each and every one of those items, but the Homemade Peanut Butter Twix Bars and the Snickers Cookies stole my heart. The Twix bars were my favorite layered bar in awhile, and the Snickers Cookies are my favorite twist ever on chocolate chip cookies.

I made things I have never made and things that I nothing even remotely close to in my archives (4 posts) – French Almond Cake which turned out to be one of my husband’s favorite cakes and I loved the glaze; Homemade Ginger Ale, Mini Blue Cheese Quiche, Bourbon Baked Beans. The beans are a bucket list item I can now mentally cross off.

I made two savory recipes – Mini Blue Cheese Quiche and Bourbon Baked Beans. This is up from zero for the past few months. I think I’ve maybe posted 5 savory recipes all 2013. I enjoy creating sweets more than savory. Plus, photographing savory is more time-sensitive. Serving cold tacos or cold lasagna to my family just so I can photograph them is not an option as a general rule; whereas cookies and cakes can be made and photographed at any time, without keeping a hungry family waiting.

I made two and a half things with alcohol – Boozy Iced Coffee and Bourbon Baked Beans. The Ginger Ale tasted so much like sake to me, so I count it as a half thing.

New Cookie Recipes (4) – Snickers Chocolate Chip, Twix Chocolate Chip, Healthy Miracle Cookies, Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodles

New Bar-Cookie Recipes (2) – Oatmeal Raisinet Bars, Peanut Butter Twix Bars

I have found that people love cookie and bar cookies. Although it sometimes feels a bit repetitive to make more cookies, that’s what people seem to want, based on page views and clicks. And I’m surely not complaining because I love eating cookies.

New Cakes (3) – French Almond, Peanut Butter Streusel, Strawberries and Cream Coffee Cake. While the first two cakes were very, very good, the Strawberries and Cream Coffee Cake as compared to other coffee cakes, is by far the best coffee cake I’ve ever made or had. For a unique cake that’s reminiscent of a cookie, try the French Almond Cake and for chocolate-peanut butter cravings, try the Peanut Butter Streusel Cake. I’ve had quite a few people say they’ve made it and everyone has raved about it. You can’t ever go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.

Recipe Roundups (6) – I posted quite a few roundups with from Healthy Snack and Lunch Ideas to No-Bake Dessert ideas to Favorite Copycat Recipes. I like it when my favorite bloggers hand-pick their favorite recipes and showcase them again. It serves as both a reminder of what I wanted to try as well as what she feels was noteworthy enough to mention again. Plus, I like going through my archives and digging out some diamonds in the rough.

All in all, such a busy month, and one I really liked.

Previous Recaps:

January 2013 Recipes

February 2013 Recipes

March 2013 Recipes

April 2013 Recipes

What did you do or make in this month that was memorable?

Check back for two awesome giveaways this weekend!

   

34 Responses to “May 2013 Recipes”

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    Ellen — May 31, 2013 at 1:15 am

    May was exciting for you! Holding your book-must’ve been akin to holding a newborn for the first time-exhilirating.
    I had and exciting May on my blog, doing Pumpkin Week in Spring is just about my favorite “event” I do, recipe-wise!
    I put a link to day one of the week, vegan pumpkin mac n cheese:http://scrumptiousgruel.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/third-annual-pumpkin-week-in-spring-day-one-notcho-cheese-macaroni/

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 1:20 am

      I totally love that you did pumpkin week in the spring! I have been cooking my fair share of pumpkin lately, too!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 31, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Congratulations on your significant milestones, Averie! Love your site’s new look! And, Amazon will be shipping your newly published first cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort, soon! So, I shall be baking from it very soon. Promise to post a recipe to share with others and let them know all about PB Comfort! Great recipe recap, too. You’ve reminded me to bake your Strawberry Rolls! Enjoy, girlfriend. You deserve all the accolades that come your way! *mwah!* xo

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 3:41 am

      So exciting the book is on its way! Can’t wait to see what you make first! :)

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    Paula — May 31, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I am on my 3rd batch of your ginger ale as of today and my bananas are ready for action! I threw some leftover produce in the vitamix and came out with a pretty good soup this week–carrot, orange sections, ginger, and a couple of dates with my homegrown thyme and roasted fennel tossed in at the end. I have also been craving blue cheese lately….hmmm…I think those little phyllo cups are to blame (so tasty)! As always, lots of good stuff this month!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 5:59 am

      Wow that soup sounds great! I wish my spare produce tasted that good :)

      And your 3rd batch of ginger ale, and the bananas and beans ready for business…that is just awesome! And craving blue cheese..ha! I wish I could give you some of mine. I received almost 4 POUNDS of it. An insane quantity when 1 ounce at time is about all you need since it’s pretty strong!

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    Tahnycooks — May 31, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Your cinnamon chip snickerdoodles look divine! Love your site!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — May 31, 2013 at 4:31 am

    What a great month for you! And a huge CONGRATS on the book! Such an awesome accomplishment :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 5:57 am

      Thanks, Colleen! It’s finally starting to register! :)

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    marla — May 31, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Holy cow! Girl you sure do get busy in that kitchen! Lovely recipes :)

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    Laura Dembowski — May 31, 2013 at 5:42 am

    May did go very quickly. Sometimes I wish time would slow down just a little. It seems like it was a very big month for you and your blog.

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    Tieghan — May 31, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Yet another amazing delicious month for you! It never stops! I love all your recipes this month, but I think my favorite what that 6 banana bread. I love bananas and ALWAYS have a few ripe one waiting to be used!
    Have great weekend, Averie!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 31, 2013 at 6:27 am

    You definitely had some incredible stand out recipes this month! That strawberry sweet roll is calling my name!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — May 31, 2013 at 6:58 am

    What an incredibly tasty month it was, Averie! I can’t wait to try so many of these recipes. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 8:32 am

      And I saw those buns of yours on the top row of FG yesterday. They look incredible! I need those!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 31, 2013 at 7:08 am

    What an exciting month for you, Averie! June will be off to a great start with the release of your new book! Congrats!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 31, 2013 at 7:52 am

    CONGRATS on such a successful month Averie. If this is May, just think how wonderful June will be!

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    Shundara@SavyNaturalista — May 31, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Wow you have been very busy! Cookbook and blog recipes how do you do it!? I know I love your recipes and the colors are amazing; will you have a signing for your new cookbook?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 8:31 am

      I haven’t lined anything up yet on book signings. I know, I need to get working on that, soon :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 31, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Oh, I am ALL up on your Twix bars and homemade ginger ale! Such a great roundup, Averie. Have a happy and delicious June!

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    Valerie — May 31, 2013 at 9:03 am

    What a month! It feels like Cinco de Mayo was just yesterday (where is the “pause” buttton?).

    Still dreaming about that French almond cookie cake…

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Make it. It’s a one-bowl wonder, ready in like 5 mins. You’ll love it!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — May 31, 2013 at 10:01 am

    You were hard at work – making such delicious treats! Thanks for all the sharing!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — May 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Wonderful May recipes, Averie! I need to make your coffee cake VERY soon. May went quickly, and I can’t believe school will be out. I have no idea how I’m going to get things done once my boys aren’t in school. It will be my first summer of blogging!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      It’s like impossible to get anything done. I know. My daughter is pretty good but still, you know what I mean :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I’m always amazed at how much deliciousness you manage to pack into a month! :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 31, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I am still drooling over those Snickers cookies!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Wow, you have had a busy May and a yummy one! Love all of the recipes you have made!!!

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    dervla @ the curator — May 31, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    eeek you were busy in May! Love those recipes. Happy end of May and happy friday!!

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    Rachelle — June 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes and enjoy trying a new one or two every week. Just not enough time to make them all!! Can’t wait for the cookbook to come in the mail. CONGRATS!!!!!

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    Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life — June 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    WOW! Thanks for sharing all of your amazing recipes!

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    angela @ another bite please — June 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    yeah for your cookbook…holding in your hands was probably so sureal…i bet i will be holding mine tomorrow then if it ships early :-) love the blog…and like you said the recipe index…love the little photo shots that are with the title. you had a wonderful May…cheers to June!

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