Today was stinkin’ hot. Super stinkin’ hot. I simply do not do well in the heat. It drains. It discourages. It makes me overly dramatic. Insert long miserable sigh here.
I cleaned my tile shower today. Deep cleaned. Do you have any idea how not exciting that is?? Then I straightened the kitchen. That didn’t raise the excitement meter even one degree. I was having daydreams of a tropical paradise where I was most decidedly currently not at as I scraped my grout and filled my dishwasher. I saw swaying palm trees in my mind’s eye, cool breezes and coconuts. Lots of coconuts. They are my segueway back to reality in my stinkin’ hot but clean kitchen. I made some Blackberry Coconut Bars. They are not as good as a trip to Bali but they will take your mind off your grout for a few minutes.
Blackberry Coconut Bars
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup seedless blackberry jelly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl. Mix in butter until crumbly. Add egg and milk. Spread batter in 8 inch square baking dish. Cover with jelly and then with topping.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup frozen flaked coconut, thawed
Stir sugars and egg together. Add butter and coconut. Spread on top of jelly. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Let cool slightly and then cut into squares.
With no end in sight to the heat, I’m already planning my next tropical treat. It will be cold and refreshing and a pleasant distraction from the current conditions in Georgia. I’m ready for some cooler temperatures and less humid weather. How about you?
*Bonus Chupa photo. He’s an inquisitive and funny fellow.