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Mixed Berry Muffins with Coconut

These muffins are too good not to share! They are also great because they can be modified according to your families preference.  Change up the fruit, take out the coconut, add chocolate chips… the options are endless!

Here is my recipe:

Mixed Berry Muffins with Coconut

IMG_1845These muffins have fresh fruit and lemon zest to give them a delicious and fresh taste!

IMG_1844Whole blueberries, raspberries and chopped strawberries are bursting from these muffins!

IMG_1846My only change would be to add more fruit and distribute it more evenly through each muffin so they are more moist and fluffy.

IMG_1847I love the flecks of cinnamon in the muffins

IMG_1849I also love the pieces of sweet coconut and yellow from the lemon zest on top!

mixed berry muffins with coconut



Strawberry Muffins

If you have been to the market lately you’ve probably seen the beautiful displays of strawberries! They are so red, juicy sweet and remind me of summer! I couldn’t help but grab some and whip up some delicious strawberry muffins for breakfast! They were so easy and delicious!



Here’s how I made them:

strawberry muffins

A Crepe Extravaganza (Sweet and Savory)

What Crepe Flavor are you?!?!


I was inspired by a few different awesome items in the Gig Harbor Market today and I can’t wait to share them with you!!!  I can assure you your mouth will be watering and you will be running to the car headed in the direction of Harbor Greens!

IMG_6218The humble crepe: a thin fluffy batter made of eggs, milk, flour, water, melted butter and a few extras! I made sweet and savory crepes today so I created two different batters (well, 3 actually if you count my chocolate batter.  Read on to find out more!!!)  In the savory batter I added salt and pepper and the sweet batter I added sugar and lemon zest!  Besides the extra ingredients the process is the same for both batters. Blend the ingredients, allow to chill in refrigerator, heat a large skillet, coat with melted butter, pour batter in and form desired crepe size, flip and fill with ingredients! The possibilities are endless!!!!! Experiment, create, be adventurous and enjoy!


Pour crepe batter into pan to create desired size.  In this case, size does matter 🙂


Flip when the edges are golden brown

Cooks Note: Making a good crepe is a bit of an art form but anyone can do it! Swirl batter in pan until a thin layer of batter is covering the bottom of the pan.  You want the crepe to be quite thin.  It only takes a few minutes on each side so watch them closely.

 Sweet Crepes


Sweet batter ingredients. Add water to get desired consistency.


Fresh lemon zest pairs perfectly with the sweet batter

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, Hazelnut and Banana Crepe


Wild Friends in Portland Oregon is turing out some awesome flavors of peanut butter! Two girls ran out of peanut butter while studying in college and decided to try their hand at making their own instead of buying more! Plus, they filled my wildest dream by combining chocolate coconut and peanut butter!

IMG_6221These hazelnuts are also from Oregon! Ken and June have been harvesting hazelnuts for 50 years on the Melcher Family Farm!



This delicious and decadent crepe was inspired by Wild Friends chocolate coconut peanut butter.  I was initially looking for Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread, however when I spotted the flavored peanut butter my mind instantly changed.  Chocolate, coconut, peanut butter all in one, how can you go wrong?!?! The answer is: you CAN’T!!! Bananas add some sweet and hearty fruit and a slight crunch from the chopped hazelnuts makes this crepe a true chocolate lovers dream! All this awesome crepe needs is a dusting of powdered sugar.Blueberry Lemon Curd Crepe


Never tried lemon curd before?  Well, after trying this crepe you will be a lemon curd lover! A little sweet, a little sour and a lot lemony this product will leave you wanting to put lemon curd on everything! Especially this crepe with fresh blueberries! Two simple ingredients is all this crepe needs to be perfect!


Stonewall Kitchen Lemon Curd


Topped with vanilla whipped cream and fresh blueberries! Oh My!


Strawberries and Vanilla Whipped Cream Crepe


Such a classis and so delicious!


I used frozen defrosted strawberries that I sweetened up with a little agave syrup! Top with vanilla whipped cream for a classic sweet crepe!

Banana Coconut Chocolate Coconut Crepe


I was feeling a little crazy at the end of my crepe making so I decided to throw some cocoa powder and coconut extract in my sweet crepe batter! It was the best move yet! A chocolate coconut crepe which I filled with a small smear of Wild Friends chocolate coconut peanut butter, bananas and sweetened coconut! Topped off with coconut flakes and powdered sugar! Ummmmm, did you get all that… Whoa!!! It’t even better than it sounds if that is possible!

 Savory Crepes


Savory batter ingredients.  Notice the salt but not the pepper. Don’t forget the pepper like I did! Add water for desired consistency.

The star of the savory crepes featured is definitely this cheese:


Lappi Cheese: Named for the Lapland region of Finland this cheese is rich and buttery and oh so versatile.  It is naturally gluten free for those of us who struggle with wheat which makes it a great cheese for any dish!  It is slightly firm but shreds well and melts great for a gooey cheesy goodness! Try this cheese! Weighed by the pound and wrapped inidividually the market has made it possibly to try this delicious cheese without draining your wallet. Find this cheese, and many others, in the refrigerated cheese case in the deli.  Be sure to ask one of the deli boys if you need help finding it!


Look at that shred!

Ham, Egg, Cheese Crepe


This crepe is much more than it sounds like! From the salty black forest ham, a fluffy scrambled egg, tangy Lappi cheese and herby fresh basil this crepe is sure to impress and satisfy!


And, YES, I do enjoy my crepe with a class of wine so you should to!


Famega Vinho Verde is a crisp and slightly sweet wine that pairs well with this savory crepe! It has a slight sparkling aspect and is smooth and fresh on a warm summer day! Served chilled and even over ice (no shame here!) this wine is a great bottle for any occasion! Currently on sale for only $6.99 a bottle! Don’t miss our weekly ad at

Baked Ham, Egg, Cheese and Arugula Crepe


Fill a crepe with fresh slices of black forest ham, shredded Lappi cheese, fresh arugula, crack an egg on top and fold up the edges! Place on a piece of parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until egg is cooked.  I like mine over medium!


Crispy edges, a baked egg, warm ham and melted cheese! So savory and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Caramelized Onion, Balsamic Roasted Carrots, Cheese and Thyme Crepe


This crepe is everything savory and oh so hearty!

Roast carrots in the oven for 20 minutes, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle fresh thyme on top. Caramelize onions in a skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper for about 30 minutes until tender and sweet.  Fill crepe with shredded cheese, warm caramelized onions and carrots. The warmth from the onions and carrots will melt the cheese! Enjoy alone or with a sweet and savory bechamel sauce (aka, white sauce)  to make it a meal!

Crepe Batter Recipe:

Sweet Crepe batter


2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup water (more if needed)

3 tbsp melted butter

1 cup flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp lemon zest

Chocolate Coconut Crepe Batter

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup water (more if needed)

3 tbsp melted butter

1 1/2 cup flour

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp coconut extract

Savory Crepe Batter


2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup water (more if needed)

3 tbsp melted butter

1 cup flour

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of pepper


Blend all ingredients together.  Allow to chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.  This reduces bubbles.  Butter skillet and pour in batter.  Swirl batter in pan until crepe size is achieved. Flip crepe when edges are slightly brown.  Fill crepe with desired filling.


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