the temperature at which sweets happen

Month: April 2009

Three is a Round Number

Three is a Round Number

As you know (since I’ve been talking non stop about it)Tom and Lucy’s Art Shoppe is coming up this weekend! If you live in Utah, near Utah, or traveling through Utah be sure and stop by!In addition to meeting me and purchasing some fresh Fahrenheit […]

Straying From the Ordinary

Straying From the Ordinary

Gabriel only likes one type of cheesecake, and that cheesecake is plain with a baked sour cream top layer. He doesn’t even like a little lemon juice in it. Needless to say, that’s the only type of cheesecake I make if anyone but myself is […]

Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise

My only regret is that I didn’t make more.


The one year wedding anniversary is traditionally represented by paper. For our one year anniversary Gabriel gave me a paperback book, “Basic Tagalog” and a round trip paper airplane tickets to Manilla, Philippines.

This month’s Sugar High Friday is travel themed, hosted by Heather at Diary of a Fanatic Foodie; my SHF theme is Philippines.

The Filipino’s make a tasty dessert with bananas wrapped in lumpia, and while I was searching out varying recipes I came across this Filipino version of fried Ice Cream, and violà: that is how you make a food baby.

Gabriel lived in the Philippines for two years, but alas I only got to visit for an incredible two weeks.

There are three seasons in the Philippines: Hot, Hot and Rainy and Really Rainy. We visited when it was the Really Rainy season. This is a major street flooded with rain. One day while we were visiting friends it began to pour, and literally, in a matter of a few minutes rain had filled a huge industrial size 40 gallon garbage pail overflowing.

This is Gabriel posing with a native Igarut, a tribe of indigenous people to the Philippine Islands. In Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, we visited Wright Park where we met this man and also rode horseback through the park.

In the capital, Manila, there is a huge marketplace called Green Hills Market where you can find anything, and everything you could ever want from pearls to Nike shoes. The Filipinos are exceptionally skilled in woodcarving, and at Green Hills we bought a set of Igarut chess pieces.

This is Gabriel and I posing with the Beuno Family. Terista is located just behind me, left of her is her daughter Zhara and her son Salvi, and to the left of Gabriel is her other daughter Christine. The rest of the people in the photo were neighborhood friends. We spent the majority of our trip with Terista and her family; the kindest most wonderful people in the world.

Treat: Sagin Na Matamis
Topping: Coconut Sweet Sauce

This treat is quite literally the most perfect thing you will ever consume. A warm, soothing, crispy blanket envelops a cool, taut, tropical paradise; just like my favorite Filipino Island.

This is an easy recipe, but it does involve many steps.

Step 1: Blanket wrapper
Make Crêpes!

Step 2: Crumb coating
Crush 1 cup Nilla Wafers & 1 cup toasted Coconut
Add 1/2 cup Rice Krispies

Step 3: Tropics
Cut whole bananas in thirds, then slice each third lengthwise in half
Soak for 1 minute in 1 cup heavy cream & 1 whipped egg (use more depending how many bananas you are using)
Roll in crumb coating until densely covered
Chill in fridge for 5-10 minutes

Step 4: Blanket
Wrap coated bananas up in crêpe blanket; place banana in middle of crêpe, fold each vertical side over the banana, then roll the banana up like sleeping bag
Pin with a toothpick

Step 5: Chill
Remove toothpick
Soak filled crêpe in heavy cream/egg mixture taking care to coat all sides evenly
Coat crêpe in crumb coating; crêpe should not unravel at this point
Chill in freezer for at least one hour

Step 6: Fry
Heat oil to med high
Completely submerge crêpe in hot oil for 2-3 minutes
Remove and bloat with paper towel briefly
Serve under a layer of Fahrenheit 350° Toasted Coconut Sweet Sauce
(Some crumb coating will be released from your crêpe as it is fried, simply scoop away with slotted spoon – but do so quickly so it does not make your oil burn)

The warm fried crêpe will delight your senses as you nibble luxuriously to unveil a toasty magnificent chilled banana.

Fortunate Circumstances

Fortunate Circumstances

I’m feeling generous this month…And offering another sweet giveaway!!! Enter to win this week, over at Make and Takes, a cacophony of excellent bounty: Half pound Pecan Sweet Log Half Pound Chocolate Pecan Sweet Log Half Pound Walnut Sweet Log 8oz Caramel Sweet Sauce 8oz […]

All American Lunch Ladies

All American Lunch Ladies

You remember your high school lunch lady don’t you? I’m sure you had a relationship with her just like Corey and Topanga had with Brenda on “Boy Meets World”, right? Well, I was likely a tad abnormal, but I share the same sentiment as Chris […]

R&R

R&R

Everyone is a little sad being home today after spending a delightful couple of a days at the Oregon Coast. With the beach so temptingly close, winter always seems so long in Oregon. Not to mention free, as our favorite location is just one hour away!


Our favorite location is Cannon Beach. A lush green Ecola park is just a few strides from a great sandy location sandwiched between Logan Creek and the Ocean with a short bluff to block the wind. Cannon Beach is also home to Bruce’s Candy Kitchen with incomparable salt water taffy, and Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market a delectable fishy eatery.

I’ve been trying for three years to help Danger find his sea legs. I know he wants to go in the water; at my parents house he will fetch his tennis ball and instead of bringing it back to you, he will drop it into the pool. Then he’ll lap excitedly at the water with his paws for hours. Today, somehow he finally realized there was nothing to be afraid of, and there was no stopping him!


Danger was relentless, starting from when we left the house. It didn’t take him long to recognize the highway to the beach, and once he did, he looked out the window stamping his paws the entire hour until we reached Cannon Beach. Once there he didn’t stop for one minute running back and forth from the ocean to the river, running in circles, digging in the sand, and saying hello and wrestling with all the friendly furries on the beach.

After burning off all those calories at the beach this weekend, today we are recouping with some much needed treats.


Cookie Bars: Apple Peanut

Your doggies will forget how much they are missing the beach with these tasty, chewy treats! Plus, having no additives and just a a few standard ingredients they are not only safe for them, but tasty for you too!


1 medium apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup peanuts


Mix all ingredients together and spread thin in a rectangular pan
Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes until edges are just begining to brown
Allow to cool in pan completely

Chocolate of the Earth

Chocolate of the Earth

It’s impossible for me not to be passionate, ask… well, pretty much anyone that has so much as encountered me. To tell me not be passionate is like telling me not to be diabetic, I can’t control it. I’m passionate about baking, I’m passionate about […]

The Secret Room

The Secret Room

Among other things, we got rid of our Easter baskets last year when we moved. It wasn’t a big move, but we did expect, or hope rather, that a big move would speedily follow and in our hasty anticipation we discarded several items which could […]

Extravagant Spoils

Extravagant Spoils

Still disappointed you didn’t win the Fahrenheit 350° San Francisco giveaway?
Don’t fret, and don’t shed another tear!

Vanessa, at I Never Grew Up is hosting a lavish Fahrenheit 350° giveaway (and might I add, much easier to enter with zero photos to identify) running through April 18th! Head over there right now to enter for your chance to win extravagant spoils of sweet logs, sweet sauces, and sweet treats!

For your chance to win this giveaway, click on the I Never Grew Up button above – and then:

  • Leave a comment sharing something from Fahrenheit 350° you are dying to try or a fun blog post you have enjoyed!
  • Bonus: To earn an additional 10 entries, blog about this giveaway on your own blog!! Make sure to email Vanessa with a link to your blog to get counted!

***Giveaway now closed for entries***

A Simple Request Please

A Simple Request Please

At Cherry Park Elementary School 5th grade marked the entrance to the gates of musical exploration. I chose the trombone; secretly I loved it! I loved how after playing it made your lips swell up like inflated nightcrawlers, not to mention the vibration from the […]