Chocolate cake

Wine, Chocolate, and Blackberries

I’m happy to say that my final baking projects of 2016 all included something I had not used or made before. One of my favorite things about cooking and baking is trying something new and finding out the recipe worked. Chocolate Cake with a Red Wine Chocolate Glaze Another recipe I got from Bon Appetit.…


Dulce de Leche Brownies

When I made the dulce de leche for the mocha caramel cookies, I ended up having quite a bit left over. The recipe I used says dulce de leche will keep for a month in the fridge, but I didn’t like the idea of just having it sit around for that long (especially when it’s…


Giving Thanks in 2016

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the entire year because it is all about coming together with those you love and enjoying delicious food. I traveled down to DC again this year to cook this wonderful feast with my mom. We spend two to three days prepping and cooking to get ready for…


Lemon Thyme and Mocha Caramel Cookies

This past Saturday, the weekend before Thanksgiving, I finally started baking season. Epicurious has a wonderful Holiday Handbook out this year and both of these cookies are twists on the classic sugar cookie. Lemon Thyme Cookies with a Lemon Glaze   For the glaze, I recommend going ahead and using 1 cup of powdered sugar…


Garden Adventures 2016

I absolutely love gardening! I never thought these words would come out of my mouth when I was growing up. Last year was the first time I planted my own garden, and it was such a success that I know I’ll always have one. Flower Bed Setup Happily, my peppermint, spearmint, lavender, oregano, and chives…

chocolate muffins

Triple Chocolate Oat Muffins

Yes, triple chocolate and healthy! Ever since my Road to Inches coach, Amber shared the original version of this recipe with me, I have made these every time I’ve finished a batch. They are perfect for snacks between meals and fit perfectly in my lunch box. What I love the most is that are very quick…

eggs with vegetables

In love with Breakfast

I love breakfast. I never thought I would ever feel that way. Sure, I’ve always loved breakfast foods, but actually making myself breakfast every morning was not something I ever made an effort to do. My excuses were always along the lines of “I don’t have time”, “I’m not awake enough before I leave the…