Patriotic Cookie Dough, Fruit, & Cream Parfait – My 100th Recipe!!

It is not just a normal Fiesta Fridayย for this girl! Do you know why? This yummy patriotic treat I am bringing is my 100th recipe on my blog! 100 recipes!! I have cooked 100 different things, making many of them up in my head. Me! The girl who just began cooking a little over 5 months ago! 100 recipes! The girl that would have rather cleaned someone else’s toilet without gloves than be in the kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚ย Did I mention 100 recipes!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

As I was thinking about what I wanted to do to make my 100th recipe post extra special, I quickly thought of my dear friend Susan…this woman has prayed for me in my adventures, she has encouraged me, she has taught me, she has inspired me, she has helped me to believe in myself, and she is the main personย who talked me into starting this blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ She has been there since the ugly beginning! ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I thought it would be fun for you to hear from her! As you can tell, I just love this woman!

Without further ado, here is my dear friend Susan….

When Lori asked me to do her 100th recipe blogย post,ย I was so pleased to be able to give her a big โ€œshout out!โ€ in this way. Her Chocolate Orange Muffinsย are to die for! Loved her Strawberry Pieย and want to try the Raspberryย one too. She has a salad for Kale and Sweet Potatoes that is so yummy, I could go on and on. I am looking forward to trying out her Lemon Almond Mousseย and eggs in every way imaginable. You get the picture. She is an amazing cook and I always look forward to her stories behind the food. She makes me smile!

At I write this,ย I do not know what the 100th recipe will be, but we can count on it being beautiful and creative. I have known Lori less than a year, yet she is one of those friends I can say I was waiting to meet. I love the way she has embraced her culinary life and it is a privilege to have been at the beginning of this adventure with her. I am so happy to be able to share a little more of her food story with you, and she will be doing the actual recipe!

It was a cold and stormy nightโ€ฆโ€ฆ..Well, actually a January night without the storm. I was hosting a small dinner for a few ladies at my house and โ€œyou know who” was there.ย The menu to prepare was sautรฉed shrimp over rice pilaf and green salad with homemade honey mustard dressing. Strangely enough I donโ€™t remember the rest, but it could be because the shrimp was so amazing I have forgotten everything else. I was running behind in getting things together, so I needed an extra set of hands. This is where โ€œyou know whoโ€ comes in. I think she did politely offer to help, and I asked her to cut me up some onion for the shrimp. This is where I started to catch on about the โ€œI donโ€™t do onionsโ€, and โ€œactually I donโ€™t do kitchen.โ€

At this juncture Lori was wondering why she had even come, let alone asked to participate in a meal preparation. Being the โ€œbossyโ€ older womanโ€ฆ.did I mention Lori is about the age of my daughter? Anyway, as I looked at Loriโ€™s wide eyes at the mention of cutting the onion they conveyed an unspoken horror of knives and that she may be going to sacrifice not only her fingers, but her eye makeup which she was sure would be running off with the bucket of tears she was going to cry over that onion. Since I can no longer stand the sight of blood I gave her a quick lesson on how to hold the knife safely and how to position the onion with her fingertips and chop away. All went famously well and not one tear was shed! I believe we then went on to the 411 of garlic peeling and mincing.

I was encouraged with her enthusiasm and pluck! I really did not know she was tackling mammoth tasks for the first time, or not having done it much. I just kept telling her she could do whatever the moment required and she courageously and perfectly did what was before her, but this is the kind of woman she is. Willing to be willing! Can you tell I am just a wee bit proud of her? Not only did she go out of her comfort zone, but she helped to make a fantastic meal and lived to go on to be a creative foodie!

If you have not read her blog story, take the time to do it. It is funny, smart, inspiring and makes you want to keep coming back to see what she is up to. I love this girl and I am so thankful she is my Pastorโ€™s wife, too! Not only does she bless others with her creativity, but humbly gives credit to Jesus for it all.

Bon Appetit!


That night that Susan described was the beginning of the end of me no longer cooking. When I look back I am still shocked sometimes at where God has brought me. Never, ever would I have thought I would love to cook…that it would actually become my hobby!

Thank you dear Susan for being a part of my 100th recipe post! So special!

Fiesta Friday AND cooking my 100th recipe? Yep! Aย celebration worthy ofย something sweet and delicious! And since it is the 4th of July here in the United States, this deliciousness had to include some red, white, and blue! ๐Ÿ™‚

I made a rich shortbread cookie dough…yum, yum, yum!!! Add some cherries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream and you have a creative, patriotic, and delicious dessert! I absolutely loved it!! And hubby really enjoyed it too!

Patriotic Cookie Dough, Fruit, & Cream Parfait

*Created by Lori atย Creating Beauty in the Kitchen


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup honey + about 4 tbsp for cream
  • 3-4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 can refrigerated coconut milk, thick stuff only
  • Strawberry Cherries
  • Blueberries


  • Combine the almond flour and coconut flour in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another mixing bowl combine the butter, 1 cup of honey, and 2 tsp of vanilla. Use a hand mixer to blend these together thoroughly.
  • Now combine the wet and dry ingredients together, again using the hand mixer.
  • Set aside, and wash and cut up the cherries and blueberries.
  • To make the whipped cream, combine the thick part of the coconut milk, 1-2 tsp of vanilla, and about 4 tbsp of honey. Use the hand mixer to blend well.
  • Now it is time to make your layers. Find a fun glass you would like to use.
  • For the first layer, take some of the dough and mix some of the cherries in it, making sure the cherries are visible on the outside. Place that in the bottom of the cup.
  • Now put a layer of the cream.
  • The next layer is taking the dough and mixing it with some of the blueberries. Place it in the glass.
  • Pour some more cream on top.
  • Add another layer of dough mixed with the cherries.
  • Then a final layer of cream with a few blueberries on top.

(Depending on the size and shape of the glass, you may have more layers than this. Just experiment and have fun!)

I love Fiesta Friday! Please come join us…it is sooo much fun! A big thanks, as always, to Angieย at The Novice Gardener and our co-hosts this week: Margy at La Petite Casserole and Sylvia at Super Foodista! You are appreciated!

To those of you celebrating this day, Happy 4th of July!




98 thoughts on “Patriotic Cookie Dough, Fruit, & Cream Parfait – My 100th Recipe!!

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    • Thanks Jess! This was actually my 149th post…but by 100th recipe post. Not sure what the other 49 posts were…hehehe. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your encouragement!


  2. Ah! I never realized that we started cooking around the same time!! So exciting! Congrats on 100 recipes!! This looks absolutely delicious and festive. At first I thought your cookie dough was going to be red white and blue, but this is much better. I love all the colors (even the two whites). Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful fourth of July. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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    • I don’t know if I realized that either Kaila! Fun! Thank you so much for your encouragement! I see why you thought that….it definitely sounds that way…hehehe. I thought about doing something like that, but didn’t want to use any food dyes.


  3. Wow Lori – I just can’t believe you have made 100 recipes now – where has the time gone? I am so happy you are enjoying yourself so much, your Father and I are so proud of you. Happy 4th of July to you and your wonderful husband and may you both have a wonderful, wonderful day ๐Ÿ™‚ We Love You!!!!

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    • Thanks Hilda! Would you believe this was actually my 149th post…but my 100th recipe post? Not sure what the other 49 posts were…hehehe. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. First of all a big Thanks to Susan for gifting us a wonderful cook and friend because of your motivation๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š!! Lori… You are amazing!! I just can’t believe that you started cooking just few months back๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ! You are now doing like an experienced one.. Congratz for this great achievement!! Keep going like this with your amazing culinary skills..

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  5. Congrats on the 100th! I’ve been blogging for almost a year and am just now nearing the 100th mark! Must be a good feeling. This looks delicious.


    • Thank you so much! Would you believe this was actually my 149th post…but my 100th recipe post? Not sure what the other 49 posts were…hehehe. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for co-hosting….a lovely co host!


    • Hi sweet Linda! Would you believe this was actually my 149th post…but my 100th recipe post? Not sure what the other 49 posts were…hehehe. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so glad you thought this looked delicious! Thank you!


  6. Hey Lori! Congrats on your 100th post!! How wonderful that you can celebrate that, Fiesta Friday and July the 4th in one day! Your red, white and blue creation is stunning! And as always, I am stumped at how you can make such tasty recipes gluten free! Here’s to your next 100 posts! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • I always appreciate your encouragement Julianna! Thank you for that! Like I have mentioned to some of the others, can you believe this was actually my 149th post…but my 100th recipe post? Not sure what the other 49 posts were…hehehe. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Yum, what a fantastic and patriotic parfait Lori – I love everything about it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And wow, congrats to your 100th post, this is indeed a huge milestone!! Thanks for joining us at the Fiesta this week, I hope you had a lot of fun with everyone! hugs, Sylvia

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  8. Yum!! This looks so good, what a great recipe for you’re 100th! I’m impressed you’ve done so many when you’ve been cooking for such a short amount of time. I’ve had my blog for almost a year and been baking for about 5 years and I’m only on my 46th post haha!

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  9. Lori Lori Lori,
    Big hug for your 100th post. I laughed out loud at Susan’s story about you helping her in the kitchen ;). I am so proud of you on where you started an show far you have reached…and became a fearless food blogger. Loads of love for that. Your recipe is so awesome. Totally loved it :).

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    • You are so encouraging Sonal! Thank you so much for that! It was actually my 149th post (just posted my 150th), but my 100th recipe. I told some others that I am not sure what the other 49 posts were….hehehe. ๐Ÿ˜€ You really are so sweet Sonal, and your kind words mean a lot!!


  10. Happy 100th recipe, Lori! You are so amazing, dear, and have come so far in the span of 5 short months. Your recipes read more like a pro’s than someone just starting on her cooking journey. I do believe you have so much more up your sleeve and look forward to seeing all your delicious creations, like this parfait! Nom noms! Love Susan’s reflections on your first cooking venture, too. It just takes one moment, or one person encouraging us, for each of us to begin a fun, new journey. Here’s to the next 100 recipes! xx

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    • Awe, thanks so much dear Ngan! You have put a big smile on my face! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, I thought you all would really enjoy Susan’s reflections! Glad you did! Hugs Ngan! ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Congrats Lori on the 100th recipe!!! Yay!! that’s so awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ What a perfect recipe for 100 score. Lot more to come ๐Ÿ™‚ I finally read through the complete post today after a long trip. Hearty wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Awww!!! I so love this story, Lori. Whew! Did you say that you just started cooking 5 months ago and now you have 100 recipes?? That’s amazing… No! That’s BEYOND AMAZING! And to think that you almost made up all of these or converting things into low-glycemic and other healthy stuffs?? You are such a creative cook, and not to mention funny and messy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers to the 100th post and your friendship with Susan. โค
    I missed you, my friend!

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    • Hi Jhuls! โค I am so glad you loved reading this! I just knew you all would enjoy hearing from Susan! ๐Ÿ™‚ You are always such a big encourager my friend…very grateful for that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the "funny" part…and yes, we can't forget "messy!" Hehehe.
      Missed you too…sent you an email back today. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. What an interesting idea – have adapted it slight for St Andrew’s Day (30th November). Like the idea of almond flour and coconut flakes to allow the biscuits to retain crunch.



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