Crisp Time.


T-minus 3 days until Thanksgiving.

Crunch time.

Are you hosting?

Have you ordered your turkey’s like me?

I sure hope so.

My dad I went down to our local meat market on Saturday and purchased 3 birds for the big day.

What do you expect?

We’ve got a ton of Italian mouths to feed.

That’s like 3 mouths per person.

If you know my family…you know what I’m talking about.

Remember this during your Thanksgiving prep…it’s the most important rule: when things get tough, pour a bottle of wine and fuh-gett-aboud-it!

Well, don’t forget about it completely, but ya know what I mean…remain calm…the turkey’s will get finished and you will be feasting in no time.

If you are in the mood for a pre-Thanksgiving dessert, or having a two person Thanksgiving…consider this little gem.

I love cranberry sauce.


This is a five minute cranberry sauce…like seriously the simplest thing I’ve made this week.


We are going to smash-bang it with this crispy walnut topping.


Ummmmmmm yes, please.


This thing is bursting w/ fresh, juicy cranberries.


And then there’s that crumbly, crispy, walnut topping that is too die for!


Plus, the smell of this through the house as it’s baking is enough to knock me into a coma.








Those are my favorite kind of desserts.


I spy a sleepy Annabelle.


She’s a professional moocher.



Cranberry Skillet Crisp
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2
Fresh, juicy, sweet cranberry sauce topped w/ a crispy, walnut topping. Gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, vegan.
  • For the maple cranberry sauce:
  • 6 oz. fresh cranberries
  • ¾ c. organic, no-sugar added, apple juice
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • For the crisp:
  • 1 c. of the maple cranberry sauce
  • ½ c. raw, unsalted, finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 T. softened coconut oil
  • 2 T. coconut sugar
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  1. For the maple cranberry sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a large sauce pot over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until most of the cranberries have "popped."
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  4. For the crisp, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Grease a mini cast-iron skillet with cooking spray.
  6. Pour the cranberry sauce into the skillet.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, combine the walnuts, coconut oil, sugar, cinnamon, and salt using your hands to combine. The mixture should be crumbly.
  8. Sprinkle the mixture over the cranberries evenly.
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the topping is lightly golden.
  10. Serve warm w/ ice cream.


Thinking thoughts.

Let me spill my thoughts.

Summer thoughts.

Thoughts about how I’ve been wearing the same white and blue striped Gap shorts for the past 3 weeks, simply because they are the most comfortable pair of shorts on the face of the planet.

Real talk here, people.

One summer I wore the same brown gladiator sandals every single day.

I thought my mother was going to come unglued.

I swear she had something to do with their magical disappearance.

Oh, and then coincidentally bought me a new pair of bedazzled rhinestone flip-flops w/ a flower in the center.

Yep, I’m thinking that was a devious plan.

Y’all, I tried on my bikinis yesterday just to make sure they still fit.

Oh, and that they were still cute.



Plus, I’m going on two vacations in the next two weeks and I just might be getting some sun.


I wish we could have summer food year round.


I mean summer fruit: see watermelon, peaches, blueberries, nectarines, etc. just aren’t the same if they are eaten outside of the summer.


I’m pretty sure I slurped an entire cups worth of watermelon juice out of the plastic container that my watermelon was sitting in yesterday.


Then, I totally looked around the kitchen as though someone was home and just might be watching me.


Truly hysterical.


Truth is…


I’ve been dreaming up this crisp recipe in my head for over a week!


Then, yesterday morning I had a breakdown, slapped everything together, and


bada-bing…instant crisp gratification.


This is all about the peach-blueberry smash bang!


Then the topping…


well, it’s all about the crispity crunch of all things coconut.


It’s a combo of coconut flour, olive oil, stevia, cinnamon, vanilla, and flaky shredded coconut.


It serves two…but really in this case, two serve one because duh…no significant other here 🙂

More for me 🙂

Oh, plus they are gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and refined sugar-free.

Seems to be a trend lately.

Peach Blueberry Coconut Crisp
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Sweet blueberries and peaches topped with a coconut mixture and baked until crisp. Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and refined sugar-free.
  • For the filling:
  • 4 small peaches, cored, and diced into small chunks
  • 1 c. fresh blueberries
  • 1½ T. granulated stevia
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • For the topping:
  • 1 T. coconut flour
  • 1 T. granulated stevia
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 t. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. unsweetened, flaked coconut
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two small ceramic casserole dishes with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss all of the filling ingredients together until the fruit is evenly coated w/ the stevia and cinnamon.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, using your hands, combine the topping ingredients until a crumbly mixture begins to form.
  5. Divide the filling evenly into the two prepared dishes.
  6. Divide the topping mixture and distribute evenly over each of the fillings.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the fruit begins to bubble and the topping is slightly golden.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes, serve warm with ice cream of Greek yogurt.

Nutritional Facts (per casserole dish 1/2): Calories: 178, Total Fat: 1.8g, Sodium: 5.4mg, Potassium: 393.6mg, Total Carb: 32.7g, Dietary Fiber: 8.1g, Sugars: 22.4g (from the fruit), Protein: 1.8g