Healthy Easter Cookies!

April 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hi everyone! Yesterday I went crazy on Pinterest looking for Easter cookie recipes I could make for my family and friends and after about 5 pins, I realized they were all terrible for me! I didn’t want to bring that home to my family or give my friends (who are pretty health-conscious) treats that would not go so well with their normal eating habits so I took a step back and tried to find some healthier cookies to make. I decided upon coconut macaroons and carrot cake cookies. I got the recipe for the macaroons from McCormik’s website and I found the carrot cake cookie recipe on a blog called Hangry Tales which was adapted from another site which I further adapted (and so on and so forth!). Either way, these cookies were both pretty easy to make, albeit I used a lot of bowls for the carrot cake ones, but it was fun and I will feel better about giving them away/taste-testing a few! Hope you enjoy the recipes and as always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen

Coconut Macaroons

Serves: Makes about 4 dozen or 22 (2 cookie) servings.


2 packages (7 ounces each) flaked coconut, (about 4 cups)

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk1

1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Imitation Almond Extract

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix coconut, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract in large bowl
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  3. Drop teaspoonfuls of mixture onto greased baking sheets.
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  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  5. Immediately remove from baking sheets to wire racks; cool completely.
    Finished Product!

    Finished Product!

    Carrot Cake Cookies 

    Makes about 12 cookies
    1/2 cup pecans
    1 tablespoon flax seed meal
    1 tablespoon chia seed
    4 tablespoons water
    3/4 cup flour (whole wheat or gluten-free if you want to be healthier)
    3/4 cup oats
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 tablespoons coconut oil
    1/2 cup maple syrup (I forgot this ingredient at the store so I made my own with this recipe)
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup grated carrots (2-3 whole carrots



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, toast the pecans for 7 minutes, turning once halfway through. Chop and set aside.

2. In a small dish, mix the flax seed meal, chia seeds, and water. Set aside.

3. In a food processor or blender (I used my NutriBullet), grind 1/2 cup of oats to a flour. Move to a bowl and stir in the remaining oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

4. In another bowl, melt the coconut oil. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla.

5. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.

No maple syrup? No problem! Make your own with 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup boiling water and 1 tbsp butter

No maple syrup? No problem! Make your own with 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup boiling water and 1 tbsp butter

6. Fold in the grated carrots and chopped pecans.
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7. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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8. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

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A Little Fun in the Kitchen from Tweak!

April 15, 2014 § 1 Comment

I recently came across a cute little gift shop called Tweak and fell in love with some of their items (can I gift myself?)! I’m a huge kid at heart and I love fun, silly elements that aren’t too serious like these  Dish Play Dish Gloves, $12.99.

Dish Play Rubber Gloves

Dish Play Rubber Gloves

The Boom Box cutting board, or rather “worktop saver” as they dub it, $34.99, also caught my attention–it reminded me of my friend’s rock ‘n’ roll kitchen that we decorated with old records and other music paraphernalia everywhere–this would have been a perfect addition!

Boom Box Worktop Saver

Boom Box Worktop Saver

And last but not least, who doesn’t want a nice set of gold Glitter Salad Servers, $39.99?! These are awesome and I want all of my salads to be as much fun as these are!

Glitter Salad Servers

Glitter Salad Servers

A cool little bonus is that all of these gifts come pre-wrapped so you can ship them right to your desired giftee! Def check out Tweak if you get a chance! Happy shopping!

As always, thanks for checking out A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen

DSW Opens Tomorrow in Georgetown!

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

A new DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse opens tomorrow at 10 am  in Georgetown at  3222 M Street NW.  The 22,000 square-foot space holds more than 26,000 pairs of women’s and men’s shoes and hundreds of accessories and handbags. The hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, which should give you plenty of time to get shopping! This store marks yet another of my fav places to open up on M St in the last few years and spring is one of my favorite times to walk around Georgetown! I can’t wait to go find some new sandals–happy shopping everyone! By the way, they also have a great sale going on right now, which makes this even sweeter!

As always, thanks for stopping by! XOXO Jen


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Zigi Soho Deliteful Sandal, $49.95

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Crown Vintage Festival Leather Cross Body Bag, $59.95

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