Cherry Coconut Blondies

The Tall Boy and I never fight.

We’re pretty boring, and I like it that way.

Except when it comes to sports.

When it comes to sports, my usually mild-mannered, super calm, laid back husband turns into the Incredible Hulk. It’s sort of ridiculous and hilarious all at the same time.

Saturday night, we were at my parent’s house watching the Kansas-Ohio State Final Four game. And, if you watched the first half of that game, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the Jayhawks played awful. Terrible. It wasn’t looking good, and the Tall Boy was getting more upset by the minute.

And by “upset,” I mean, screaming so loudly that I was worried he might have a brain aneurysm.

I suggested he might want to tone it down a little, since Doodle likes to mimic everything his Daddy says.  I mean, we’re starting t-ball this spring; I can’t have Doodle calling the referees “a bunch of zebras.”

Anyway, in the throes of game frustration, the Tall Boy informed me “toning it down” wasn’t possible, that he would just watch the game somewhere else, and tossed the phrase “peace out” over his shoulder as he stomped up the stairs.

Um, the Tall Boy is a 6-foot tall, 160-pound, khaki and polo wearing, family-style SUV driving guy.  “Peace out” should not be a part of his vernacular.

At least not without me making fun of him.*

Fortunately, he’d cooled off by halftime, and made his way back downstairs to watch the final half of the game with the rest of the group.  And miracle of all miracles –



Do you understand what this means?

It means I’m going to have to endure another 2+ hours of similar game watching behavior TONIGHT (pray for me, would you?).  This time I’m going in prepared–maybe with a strawberry-orange margarita, or some of these cherry-coconut blondies.

Peace out.

Cherry Coconut Blondies
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 6 ounces dried cherries (I actually used a mixture of cherries, cranberries, blueberries and strawberries)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and brown sugar at half power, stirring occasionally.
  3. Let cool a bit, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Spoon into baking dish.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until center is set and golden brown.
from Paula Deen's Christmas, 2011


*I love you, Tall Boy.  =)

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  1. BruCrew Life

    These sound like the perfect thing to dive into when your hubby starts to get animated with the tv! I sure hope the game goes well…for your sake:-) Peace out…love it!!!
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    • Ashley

      Thanks! I need all the moral support I can get tonight! =)

  2. Hayley

    Ahahahaha “peace out”, hm? Too funny! He was in the zone–my dad and brother get that way also when the 49ers are on. Boys take sports so seriously!! But I am taking these amazing blondies seriously–holy crud, they look awesome! And I would secretly love to hear Doodle call the refs that, though I’m sure you don’t, but it sounds so funny!
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    • Ashley

      “In the zone” is a nice way to phrase it! =) I get pretty riled up myself during football season, though it’s more of an internal thing than anything else. So Doodle probably doesn’t stand a chance with us for parents!

    • Nancy

      These sound right down my alley. GO JAYHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ashley

      Yep, I’m hunkered down with a margarita tonight–hope it helps! =)

  3. Terry

    That’s hilarious! And those blondies sound yummy. Peace out – lol.
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  4. Mama

    When I read your post for the Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake on the Barbara Bakes blog and saw that you had recently posted a recipe for Cherry Coconut Blondies, I first thought that I wouldn’t even go look at the recipe. AM I GLAD I DID! They look scrumptious, and I can almost taste the sweet coconut and the slight tartness of the cherries. I will be heading for the grocery store in a few minutes to get all the ingredients. Glad I found your site.

    • Ashley

      Awww, thanks! I hope you love ’em!



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