Easter Cupcakes: Mix Up a Moment with Family

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a springtime family treat. All opinions are my own.When I was kid I eagerly anticipated the day when we'd dye Easter eggs for the spring holiday. My brothers and sisters would gather around our pedestal kitchen table and make a colorful mess with mom overseeing the festivities. Although we had creative fun, I never liked eating the hard boiled eggs. So this year, I thought it would be more fun … [Read more...]

Bake an Elegant Spring Cake: The Fun and Easy Way

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a springtime family treat. All opinions are my own.When my family comes to visit, I'd love to set out an elegant spread of food and refreshments. But with my busy schedule, that's not always possible. I work full-time as a marketing communications manager, and then I have this blog on top of it. Most of my spare time is spent with family and when the opportunity came for me to see the newest … [Read more...]

Mixing Up a Moment with Valentine’s Day Brownies

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a Valentine's Day brownie treat. All opinions are my own.When I was a young girl dreaming of my future, I knew I wanted to have children early in life so that I would still have energy to play with my grandchildren. I also wanted to feel young enough to enjoy time as an empty-nester with my hubby. I didn't want to feel like we'd be too old to go for bike rides, or walk nature trails, or travel … [Read more...]

Mix Up a Moment with Game Day Brownies!

My entire family loves football, which makes me really happy because I enjoy sharing game day with people I love. Now that it's play-off season, the football conversations are heating up in our home. We recently headed to my daughter's house for one of the play-off games and I decided to bring goodies to make game day brownies! In my opinion, brownies are the perfect dessert because they're quick, easy, and taste so good! Since there always … [Read more...]

Wintermint Cake with Ombre Frosting

Last week when I shared my Christmas in the Kitchen post, I promised to share the recipe for the Wintermint Cake you saw in the photos. Let me just say, the cake is amazing and I can still taste its chocolatey goodness when I close my eyes and think about it. This cake recipe is not for the faint of heart. It's laborious and time consuming ... but it is worth every minute of the day that you invest in it!  You will not be disappointed with the … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

When I was in college we had an ice cream bar in the dining commons and my boyfriend at the time always added a scoop of peanut butter to his bowl of chocolate ice cream. I thought it was kind of disgusting until I finally tasted the combination and loved it! Yes, I love peanut butter and chocolate candy, but cold ice cream and lukewarm peanut butter just didn't seem right to me. I know better now. Since the temperatures are dropping here, the … [Read more...]

A Dozen Tempting Chocolate Recipes

Did you know that about 58 million pounds of chocolate is sold in the US alone during Valentine's week? That's about $345 million dollars worth of chocolate (according to Nielsen research)! And chocolate isn't just a girl thing, either. Men eat almost as much chocolate as women do. To help satisfy your chocolate cravings, I have a round-up of a dozen tempting chocolate recipes for you. Are you ready to get your sweet tooth on?   Aren't … [Read more...]

Ten Decadent Chocolate Recipes

Why am I blogging about chocolate when I'm on a diet? Because when I'm dieting I get a little obsessed with food. It's true! But just because I'm dieting doesn't mean the rest of you can't enjoy yourselves, right? I'm following a P90X program and so far have lost 5 pounds. But enough about me ... let's get on with these 10 decadent chocolate recipes from a variety of bloggers that I think you're gonna love! (Please pin the recipes from their … [Read more...]

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows

My son is convinced this is the worst winter he can ever remember. I don't know if that's true but it's either snowing, bitter cold, or the wind is whipping up skirts everywhere! Tomorrow we're supposed to have wind chill temperatures of 20 below or worse! At least we can comfort ourselves with a piping cup of hot chocolate with peppermint marshmallows!  The recipe is at the end of the post ... I'm not a fan of instant cocoa ... I prefer the … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Ah ... comfort food! Is there anything more tempting to the taste buds and comforting to the soul than sweet, creamy chocolate? Not in my book there isn't.  And when you eat chocolate in the form of a cake it just gets that much better! But then I start to feel guilty about eating chocolate and cake so today's recipe has some healthy fruit added to it! Won't you join me for a slice of this delectable Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake? Paired with a … [Read more...]

Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Have I got a treat for you ... literally! This week I'm part of The Everyday Home's Christmas Cookie Exchange. Each day this week, 6 bloggers (30 in all) share a special holiday cookie recipe. The schedule is at the bottom of this post so you can easily collect 30 Christmas cookie recipes by week's end. Today is my turn and I'm sharing these wonderful Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies! (Recipe below.) The classic thumbprint cookies are filled … [Read more...]

The Secret to Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

It started in high school ... my quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. I searched for a recipe that produced Mrs. Field type cookies. You know, chewy on the inside but with a little crunch on the outside. The Toll House cookie recipe left a bit to be desired, in my opinion. The cookies from that recipe were flat and lifeless. I wanted a recipe that created a pretty, well-mounded cookie that wasn't dry. After many years of trial and … [Read more...]

Success with First Attempt at French Macaron Recipe

A few blog posts ago I shared my love of French Macarons and since these little buggers can be expensive, I decided to try making my own. While researching recipes I read that not only are they expensive, but they can be tricky to make. Since my overall goal for 2013 is to step out of my comfort zone without fear or worry, I continued on. This weekend I made my first-ever batch of chocolate French Macarons.I'm happy to report that the texture … [Read more...]

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